2012 - In the music world...

Jules De Martino and Katie White of The Ting Tings
Jules De Martino and Katie White of The Ting Tings

THE Ting Tings kicked off 2012 with a bang, releasing their second album, Sounds From Nowheresville.

The duo, which features Lowton-born Katie White, were forced to rush out the album in February following an online leak.

They released their second track from the album, Soul Killing, that month online through Spinner.

The pair were busy promoting their new tunes at a variety of gigs, headlining at the V Festival and performing in America and Poland.

But they were forced to cancel a set of UK gigs due to logistical reasons.

And never allowing the ink to run dry, the band have already started working on their third album in Ibiza and hinted they wanted to try country and western.

Newton-le-Willows crooner Rick Astley returned to the fore.

The eighties singer, whose most famous hit is Never Gonna Give You Up, was part of the PWL Hit Factory 25th anniversary celebrations.

He was featured on a documentary about Stock Waterman and Aitken tunes and performed at the anniversary concert at Hyde Park last week.

Rick also toured Australia, but had to cancel one of his gigs due to food poisoning.

Another singer touring Australia was Starsailor frontman James Walsh,

The former Wigan and Leigh College student also returned to his home ground as he performed at Indiependence in October.