Monday 23 October 2017

True blue summit gift to G8 leaders

All the G8 leaders were given a compilation album by David Cameron
All the G8 leaders were given a compilation album by David Cameron

Strong language is not unknown at high-level political summits but world leaders at this year's G8 meeting probably did not expect to hear the airwaves turn blue when they tuned into a compilation album given as a gift by David Cameron.

G8 leaders, including US President Barack Obama, Russia's Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, were all given the gift of a USB stick featuring 10 songs at the gathering in Northern Ireland last month.

The stick, which included tracks by Mercury Prize winners Alt-J, Jake Bugg and Rudimental, featured Tom Odell's hit Another Love.

The song, a top 10 hit earlier this year, is marked "explicit" on digital music site Spotify.

Answering a freedom of information request, the Prime Minister's office said the playlist was put together by industry group the BPI and described it as "a bespoke creation for the leaders" that was not "available for reproduction", although the playlist is on Spotify.

The Prime Minister's love of pop music is well-documented and only last month he joked that he had been forced to find a new band to listen to after Morrissey and Johnny Marr forbade him from listening to The Smiths.

Mr Cameron has often talked about his love of the 1980s indie band, but its songwriting duo have been embarrassed by his mentions of them and told him to stop.

In 2006, he was revealed as a secret fan of Benny Hill's comic creation Ernie, The Fastest Milkman In The West, when he chose the 1971 hit as one of his eight favourite records on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs.

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