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Sea Shanties Surge On Spotify Following Nathan Evans' Viral Wellerman Cover

Viral TikTok star Nathan Evans' cover of 'Wellerman' has led to the sea shanty being streamed over 7,000 per cent more on Spotify.On December 23, the video of the 26-year-old Scottish postman-and-singer's cover of The Longest Johns shanty went viral...

By Bang Showbiz on 19 January 2021

James Arthur Urges Everyone To Take 'responsibility' Of Their Mental Health And 'speak Up'

James Arthur says everyone has a "responsibility" to speak up when they are suffering with their mental health.The 'Say You Won't Let Go' hitmaker struggles with anxiety and depression and has been having CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy) in lockdown.James struggled...

By Bang Showbiz on 19 January 2021

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SZA Seemingly Heard A New Song By Lizzo

SZA has seemingly teased new music from Lizzo.The 'Good Days' hitmaker took to Twitter to share that the 'Truth Hurts' singer had played her "the best song" she's "ever heard", but she hasn't said whether it was new material from...

By Bang Showbiz on 19 January 2021

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D12 Rapper Bizarre Suffers Mini Stroke

D12's Bizarre has suffered a mini stroke.The 44-year-old rapper - who is best known for his work in Eminem's Detroit hip-hop group - was hospitalised after he had a transient ischemic attack, his manager revealed.Alongside a picture of Bizarre -...

By Bang Showbiz on 19 January 2021

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Gary Barlow: Take That Were Really Selling Sex

Gary Barlow says Take That were "really selling sex" as they appeared on magazine covers before they had hits.The 'Back For Good' hitmaker has reflected on his time in the boy band ahead of his 50th birthday on Wednesday (20.01.21).And...

By Bang Showbiz on 19 January 2021

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Weezer Confirm New January Album

Weezer are to release a new album next week. The US rockers will drop their "piano-based" 14th studio album, 'OK Human', on January 29th, but beforehand the first single from the record, 'All My Favorite Songs', will be out on...

By Bang Showbiz on 19 January 2021

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Sam Smith Is Working On Their Next Album

Sam Smith is already working on their fourth studio album.The 'Promises' hitmaker only released their latest record, 'Love Goes', in October, but Sam is already hard at work on the follow-up.Their longtime songwriting partner, Jimmy Napes, told the 'Straight Up'...

By Bang Showbiz on 19 January 2021

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Twitter Reacts To Unforgivable Headlines Surrounding The Death Of Convicted Murderer Phil Spector

With the news that Phil Spector - convicted murderer of Lana Clarkson - has passed away at the age of 81 due to COVID-19 complications, many headlines have displayed shocking ignorance and insensitivity by choosing to focus on his music...

By Holly Mosley on 18 January 2021

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Take That Prodcuer Sells Rights To Band's Early Hits

Take That producer Ian Levine has sold his rights to a string of the band’s early hits.Ian, 67, has made a deal with music publisher One Media iP Group to sell his stake in Take That hits from their 1992...

By Bang Showbiz on 18 January 2021

Apple And Shazam Reveal The Offical Shazam Predictions 2021 Playlist

Masked Wolf, Serena Isioma, and Tai Verdes are among the acts who have made it onto Shazam and Apple Music’s new ‘The Shazam Predictions 2021’ playlist.Shazam – which is an app owned by Apple that can identify music, movies, advertising,...

By Bang Showbiz on 18 January 2021

Robbie Williams Plans To Get Revenge On Troll By Using Quotes From His Book In A New Song

Robbie Williams is planning to get his own back on a troll by writing a song about them.The 'Rock DJ' hitmaker has revealed the unknown Twitter user has fuelled him up to pen a song containing quotes from their book...

By Bang Showbiz on 18 January 2021

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Phoebe Bridgers Gets Tattoo Of Sword Impaled With A Fan's Letter

Phoebe Bridgers has gotten a tattoo of a sword impaled with a letter from a fan.The 26-year-old singer has shown off her new ink of the gift one of her fans gave to her at one of her gigs in...

By Bang Showbiz on 18 January 2021

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Dua Lipa To Release Future Nostalgia B-sides 'soon'

Dua Lipa is set to drop some B-sides to 'Future Nostalgia' soon.The 'Levitating' hitmaker took to her social media pages over the weekend to tease the imminent release of the companion tracks to her chart-topping LP.Dua captioned what is seemingly...

By Bang Showbiz on 18 January 2021

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Zayn Malik Would Love To Do A Virtual Gig For Fans

Zayn Malik hasn't ruled out doing a virtual gig.The former One Direction star has just released his third solo album, 'Nobody is Listening’, and has hinted he could perform some of the songs live for his fans.During an Instagram Live,...

By Bang Showbiz on 18 January 2021

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Sleaford Mods Slam Stormzy For Religious References In Blinded By Your Grace

Sleaford Mods' Jason Williamson has criticised Stormzy for the religious references in his lyrics.The punk duo - which also includes Andrew Fearn - slammed the use of the hook 'One time for the Lord?' from the Grime megastar's hit 'Blinded...

By Bang Showbiz on 18 January 2021

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Myleene Klass Rules Out 'backwards' Move Of Hear'Say Reunion

Myleene Klass won’t “go backwards” and reunite with Hear’Say.It was claimed last month that the ‘Pure and Simple’ group – which also included Kym Marsh, Noel Sullivan, Suzanne Shaw and Danny Foster – would be getting back together to mark...

By Bang Showbiz on 18 January 2021

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Josh Franceschi: No One Prepares You For The Highs And Lows Of Touring

You Me At Six's Josh Franceschi has struggled with the "extreme highs and lows" of being on and off the stage.The 'Room to Breathe' singer has been on the road since he was a teenager and admitted "no one prepares...

By Bang Showbiz on 18 January 2021

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Phil Spector Dies Aged 81 Of Coronavirus Complications

Phil Spector has died aged 81 of coronavirus complications.The legendary music producer - who worked with some of the world's biggest artists including Tina Turner, The Beatles and The Ramones and was the creator of The Wall of Sound music...

By Bang Showbiz on 17 January 2021

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Jason Donovan Open To Another Kylie Minogue Duet

Jason Donovan would “never say never” to another duet with Kylie Minogue.The ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ hitmaker is proud of how “iconic” their collaboration ‘Especially For You’ – which was released in 1987, shortly after their ‘Neighbours’ alter egos Scott...

By Bang Showbiz on 17 January 2021

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Sleaford Mods Brand Idles As 'harmless Idiots'

Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson has branded Idles “harmless idiots”.The outspoken rocker previously accused the punk band of class appropriation, prompting their frontman Joe Talbot to hit back and call him a bully, and now Jason has taken their feud further...

By Bang Showbiz on 17 January 2021

Aaliyah's Estate Are Still 'resolving All The Issues' Around Getting Her Music On Streaming Sites

Aaliyah’s estate has insisted they are working hard to “resolve all the issues in freeing her music” for use on streaming services.The late R&B legend - whose full name was Aaliyah Haughton - tragically passed away at the age of...

By Bang Showbiz on 17 January 2021

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KT Tunstall "self-sabotaged" Her Own Career.

KT Tunstall thinks she “self-sabotaged” her career.The ‘Suddenly I See’ hitmaker always wanted to be a musician but didn’t know how to “handle” overnight success because she hated being famous and the pressures that came from being a well-known artist.She...

By Bang Showbiz on 17 January 2021

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Gerry Marsden Has Been Laid To Rest

Gerry Marsden has been laid to rest.The Gerry and the Pacemakers frontman - who passed away on January 3, aged 78, after suffering a heart infection - was remembered in a service at a church near the River Mersey in...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 January 2021

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Anne-Marie's Embarrassing Music Taste

'Mr Blobby' was Anne-Marie's first record.The 29-year-old singer/songwriter admitted the novelty song by the character Mr Blobby was the first record she ever bought for herself, along with Brian Hyland's 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini'. She told...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 January 2021

John Mayal: The First Generation Release

This month 'John Mayall:The First Generation', a stupendous 35 CD record set will be launched worldwide by Madfish Records through Snapper music.It showcases not only his talent but also some of the amazing musicians whose careers he has launched and...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 January 2021

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Kimberley Wyatt 'almost' Got Kicked Out Of Pussycat Dolls For Acne

Kimberly Wyatt was “almost” thrown out of Pussycat Dolls for having acne.The blonde beauty admitted the group were under a lot of pressure to look a certain way and the stress she was under only made her skin flare-ups worse.Asked...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 January 2021

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Avenue Beat Celebrate Female Beauty With Woman

Avenue Beat have celebrated female beauty, body and soul with their new single 'Woman'.The pop trio - made up of Sami Bearden, Savana Santos and Sam Backoff - has released their funky new track with the aim of being more...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 January 2021

Marianne Faithful And Warren Ellis Announce New Album

Marianne Faithfull and Warren Ellis have collaborated on a new album of poetry and music.The 73-year-old singer and the multi-instrumentalist composer have confirmed details of their upcoming 'She Walks In Beauty' collection - which is set to be released on...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 January 2021

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Tom Jones Covers Diverse Songs For New Album

Sir Tom Jones has announced a diverse set of cover songs for his new album.The 80-year-old singer - whose upcoming record 'Surrounded By Time' drops on April 23 - has re-imagined tracks by the likes of Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 January 2021

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Mick Fleetwood Sells Recording Rights

Mick Fleetwood has sold his share of Fleetwood Mac recordings to BMG.The 73-year-old drummer - who founded the group in the 1960s - has agreed to the sale, which covers classic albums including 'Tango In The Night', 'Rumours' and 'Tusk'.He...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 January 2021

George Ezra Takes Up Birdwatching

George Ezra has taken up birdwatching during the pandemic.The 'Shotgun' hitmaker has become a keen twitcher after his father bought him a book to identify different types, but those in his garden have been scared off by a squirrel.Speaking to...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 January 2021

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New York Dolls Guitarist Sylvain Sylvain Dead At 69

New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain has died.The 69-year-old musician - who was an original member of the band and stayed with them until they split for a second time in 2012 - had been battling cancer for over two...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 January 2021

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The Pussycat Dolls In Talks To 'sign New Management Deal'

The Pussycat Dolls are in talks to sign a new management deal. The pop group - who are made up of Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta - are said to have attracted interest from...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 January 2021

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Is Megan Thee Stallion On Ariana Grande's 34+35 Remix?

Megan Thee Stallion has sparked speculation she's to feature on Ariana Grande's '34+35' remix.The 'Hot Girl Summer' hitmaker commented on the 'positions' singer's visual Instagram clip of the track, which features two mystery artists with a question mark over their...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 January 2021

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Celeste's Debut Album Now Set To Be Released Later This Month

Celeste has brought forward the release of her debut studio album, 'Not Your Muse', to January 29.The 'Stop This Flame' hitmaker's first full-length release was due to arrive on February 26.However, Celeste excitedly updated her fans this week to let...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 January 2021

Shakira Sells Rights To Her Music Catalogue

Shakira is the latest star to sell the rights to her music to Hipgnosis Songs Fund.The 43-year-old Latin megastar has sold the publishing rights to all 145 of her songs - including huge hits such as 'Hips Don’t Lie' and...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 January 2021

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Cardi B Claims WAP Music Video Cost $1 Million

Cardi B has claimed it cost $1 million to shoot the music video for 'WAP'.The promo for Cardi and Megan Thee Stallion's explicit 2020 hit - which saw the girls film at a mansion with real-life snakes with the likes...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 January 2021

Arctic Monkeys In 'early Stages' Of Writing New Album

Arctic Monkeys are in the "early stages" of trying to "write a [new] record". Drummer Matt Helders has revealed the group are working on a follow-up to 2018's 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino', but the band have been "faced with...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 January 2021

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Alan Carr: Adele's New Album Is So Amazing

Alan Carr says Adele's new album is "so amazing".Amid rumours that the 'Rolling In the Deep' hitmaker is set to release her hotly-anticipated follow-up to 2015's '25' next month, her close pal has revealed he's listened to some of the...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 January 2021

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Emma Bunton Doesn't Think She'd Have 'dealt' Well With Being A Spice Girl In The Age Of Social Media

Emma Bunton doesn't think she would have "dealt" well with being a teenage Spice Girl in the age of social media.Baby Spice was just 19 when the girl group formed and she has opened up about how "frightened" she was...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 January 2021

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Cerys Matthews To Release Collaborative Poetry Album We Come From The Sun

Cerys Matthews is set to release her new album, 'We Come From The Sun', this week.The 51-year-old Welsh singer - who was the founding member of popular rock band Catatonia - worked remotely with field recordists and musicians across the...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 January 2021

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Yungblud Has Nearly Completed An Entire Album In Lockdown

Yungblud has "nearly finished" an entire album in lockdown.The 'Mars' hitmaker has been "mad-creative" amid the global health crisis with touring off the cards for now and hinted it might not be too long before his fans get a follow-up...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 January 2021

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Gwen Stefani Grew Up On Madness And 'really Looked Up To' The Camden Ska Legends

Gwen Stefani "really looked up to" Madness growing up.The No Doubt singer has revealed that one of her first introductions to the ska genre that her band were part of the resurgence of in the 1990s, was the 'Baggy Trousers'...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 January 2021

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Matty Healy Wants To Play Some Intimate Gigs Later This Year If Covid-19 'cleans Up A Bit'

Matty Healy would like to play some “intimate" gigs later in the year if "small shows" are allowed.The 1975 have just cancelled all of their touring commitments for 2021, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.However, the 'Love It If We...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 January 2021

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Billie Eilish To Release Photobook And Audiobook Documenting Her Meteoric Rise To Fame

Billie Eilish is set to release a photobook and audiobook about her life and career.The 19-year-old megastar will document her childhood and her meteoric rise to fame as a teenager in the audiobook, which is narrated by herself, while she'll...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 January 2021

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Angus Young Confirms Axl Rose Didn't Write Any New Music With AC/DC

Angus Young says Axl Rose didn't write any new music with AC/DC when he was Brian Johnson's live replacement. The Guns N' Roses frontman stepped in to replace the 'Highway To Hell' rockers' lead singer for the remaining shows of...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 January 2021

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Mary McCartney To Direct Tell-all Abbey Road Studios Doc If These Walls Could Sing

Mary McCartney is set to direct 'If These Walls Could Sing’, an upcoming documentary about Abbey Road Studios.The Beatles are synonymous with the iconic recording space in St John’s Wood, London, which was renamed in 1970 from EMI to the...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 January 2021

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New Eddie Van Halen EVH Guitars To Be Released In Tribute To Late Rock Legend

Eddie Van Halen is being honoured with a new set of EVH guitars.The late Van Halen axe-slayer's own brand - which bares his initials - has announced the release of nine guitars for the reimagined 5150 series.The instruments include many...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 January 2021

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Zayn Malik Gives Fans A Taste Of New Album Via Phone

Zayn Malik has given fans the chance to hear snippets of his upcoming album via phone.The former One Direction star took to Twitter to post a number to call to get a preview of the tracks on his third solo...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 January 2021

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Rita Ora To Make Comeback With New Single Co-written By Dan Smith And MNEK

Rita Ora's comeback single, 'Flame', is co-written by Bastille's Dan Smith and MNEK.The 30-year-old singer is gearing up to make her return with the new track later this month. And it's been revealed that she worked with the 'Happier' hitmaker,...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 January 2021

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Twitter reacts to unforgivable headlines surrounding the death of convicted murderer Phil Spector

Twitter reacts to unforgivable headlines surrounding the death of convicted murderer Phil Spector

Here's what the public had to say about the death of Phil Spector.

Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over The Country Club Video

Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over The Country Club Video

Lana Del Rey takes her 60s vintage aesthetic to the extreme with the video for new single 'Chemtrails Over The Country Club'.

Thom Yorke, Garbage and more react to disastrous visa negotiations

Thom Yorke, Garbage and more react to disastrous visa negotiations

As negotiations continue, it's clear that the UK government doesn't have everyone's best interests at heart.

Racism or white fragility? We need to talk about Lana Del Rey

Racism or white fragility? We need to talk about Lana Del Rey

The singer awkwardly responded to potential backlash regarding her new album cover.

Album of the Week: The 5th anniversary of David Bowie's Blackstar

Album of the Week: The 5th anniversary of David Bowie's Blackstar

Five years ago, on the day of his 69th birthday and two days before his death, David Bowie released his 25th, and final studio album,...

Upcoming Releases: The January albums ringing in 2021

Upcoming Releases: The January albums ringing in 2021

These are the albums we're looking forward to most this month.

People are re-sharing a 1983 interview on race with David Bowie and it's beyond iconic

People are re-sharing a 1983 interview on race with David Bowie and it's beyond iconic

David Bowie poses difficult questions about lack of racial diversity on MTV.

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The KLF: The Return Of The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu

The KLF: The Return Of The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu

Nearly twenty nine years since they famously deleted their entire back catalogue The KLF have re-emerged to upload their songs onto streaming sites, including Spotify.

Wonder Women 1984: Musical Icons Of Their Age.

Wonder Women 1984: Musical Icons Of Their Age.

As Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman 1984 seems to be everywhere at the moment we thought we'd take a look back at the wonder women of...

The Pretty Reckless - 25 Video

The Pretty Reckless - 25 Video

Taylor Momsen radiates some seriously ethereal beauty in the video for The Pretty Reckless' latest single '25'.

From WAP to Say So: 10 pop songs that made our year

From WAP to Say So: 10 pop songs that made our year

The 2020 pop masterpieces that we've had on repeat.

2020's Most Searched For Artists On Google

2020's Most Searched For Artists On Google

After a crazy year of CoVID19 enforced lockdowns this year's most searched for things on Google were likely to have been skewed somewhat by the...

The Year of the Woman: Our top 10 albums of 2020

The Year of the Woman: Our top 10 albums of 2020

From Fiona Apple to Laura Marling, women have come out on top this year.

The Long Goodbye: A Brexit inspired playlist.

The Long Goodbye: A Brexit inspired playlist.

As we reach the death throws of the protracted Brexit negotiations between The United Kingdom and Europe we thought we'd compile our own little playlist...

U2 open up about their Vegas experiences in Brian Doogan's new boxing book 'The SuperFight'

U2 open up about their Vegas experiences in Brian Doogan's new boxing book 'The SuperFight'

Ringside seats to Hagler vs Leonard and buddying up with Frank Sinatra, U2 have fond memories of their time in Vegas.

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