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* British rock act the Darkness has named Richie Edwards as its full-time bass player. For the past two years, Edwards has toured extensively with the band as its guitar technician. The former Onion Trump member has also assisted the Darkness with its equipment in the studio throughout the recording of its as-yet-untitled new album. Due in the fall, the set is the follow-up to follow-up to the Darkness’ multi-platinum debut “Permission To Land” (Must Destroy/Atlantic), which has sold 675,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band had auditioned a number of potential bassists since the March departure of Frankie Poullain.

* Kinks leader Ray Davies has signed with V2, which will on Sept. 6 release his long-in-the-works, as-yet-untitled solo debut. A spokesperson says the track list has not been confirmed, but Davies has been performing a number of new tunes in recent live shows, including “The Morning After” and “The Tourist.”