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Monday Music News 2013 12.9
KEANE are celebrating the first 10 years of their career to date with their first official compilation album, The Best of Keane, just out on Island Records. The disc brings together hits and favourites from the UK band’s first four studio albums, Hopes and Fears, Under the Iron Sea, Perfect Symmetry, and Strangeland, plus additional tracks from the Night Train EP and two brand new songs, “Higher Than the Sun” and “Won’t Be Broken” (the deluxe version of the set also includes a second disc with B-sides and the previously-unreleased “Russian Farmer’s Song.” A super-deluxe edition also includes an acoustic performance CD for which Keane fans voted on the setlist.

THE JAM have dropped a vinyl box set via Polydor Records, namely The Jam – The Studio Recordings, which contains eight discs in all (six of the band’s original studio albums, plus two additional discs.) In addition to the music, the aforementioned albums plus a host of non-album singles, B-sides, and other surprises, the set also includes a 40-page book complete with tons of memorabilia, pics, liner notes, and an intro by Paul Weller.

ED SHEERAN was personally picked by director Peter Jackson to compose the end credits song for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, out this month. Sheeran was treated to a special early screening of the film to gain inspiration for the track, and the result is “I See Fire,” a faintly-Celtic influenced, pensive indie-pop ballad that fits the gorgeous, epic scale of Jackson’s filmmaking perfectly. Sheeran not only sings and plays guitar on the song, but also throws in a little violin for good measure.

PYXIS POINTS | The 2013 BMI London Awards full list is out, and among its honorees are the aforementioned Ed Sheeran (for “The A-Team”), Adele (for “Rumour Has It”), Snow Patrol (for “Called Out in the Dark”), and Ellie Goulding (for “Lights”) | Muse’s much-anticipated concert film is just out last week – Live at Rome Olympic Stadium is being offered as a CD/DVD and Blu-Ray package in ultra high-definition | Robbie Williams has been named Global Heart’s Live Artist of the Year | And the house where John Lennon lived as a youth in Liverpool, England has been sold for £480,000 ($771,000) | – Kristi Kates