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Lightning Seeds Change Direction

Well, a new site, but virtually NO NEWS!! It's been a pretty dead week on the UK music scene, with the ONLY happenings being at last weekend's V98 festival. The only bit of shocking news from the weekender comes from, of all people, the LIGHTNING SEEDS' IAN BROUDIE, who announced onstage that this show would be his last in this format. Apparantly Broudie intends on abandoning his patented style of perfect pop in exchange for a more laid-back, loose sound on future releases. What this means for the rest of his touring and studio band is unknown.

Football *cough* Soccer *cough* Anthems

The battle of the British football anthem appears to have a clear winner. BADDIEL/SKINNER AND THE LIGHTNING SEEDS' re-hashed version of "Three Lions" has shot straight to #1 on the UK charts, while this year's official anthem, the Spice Girls/Ian McCullough ENGLAND UNITED collaboration, "(How Does It Feel to Be) On Top of the World," debuted last week at a disappointing #9, and has now dropped this week to an insignifigant #19.

World Cup Supergroup Track

This year's England World Cup song "(How Does It Feel To Be) On Top Of the World" was co-written by Ian McCulloch and Johnny Marr . It is set to be released on June 1st. The track also features all the Spice Girls on backing vocals, as well as contributions by members of Space and Ocean Color Scene . Also scheduled for release is "Three Lions 98" from the Lightning Seeds , a reworking of their prior World Cup theme.