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Björn Ulvaeus Praises Robbie Williams And Guy Chambers

ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus has praised Robbie Williams' and Guy Chambers' songwriting partnership.Björn, 75, has been researching ways to ensure songwriters receive adequate compensation in the streaming era and he believes a partnership model - similar to Williams and Chambers -...

By Bang Showbiz on 17 April 2021

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Sir Mick Jagger Felt 'very Lucky' Amid Lockdown

Sir Mick Jagger thinks he's been "very lucky" amid the coronavirus lockdown.The 77-year-old star counts himself as incredibly fortunate, as he's been able to live very comfortably during the global health crisis.He said: "You have to be patient, learn self-reliance...

By Bang Showbiz on 17 April 2021

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Previously Unreleased Music From Mary Wilson On The Way

Previously unheard music from Mary Wilson is set for release.The former Supremes star - who died in February at the age of 76 - had a large collection of unreleased music when she died and there are plans in place...

By Bang Showbiz on 17 April 2021

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Peter Andre Writes New Music With Ricky Wilson

Peter Andre has been writing with Ricky Wilson.The ‘Behind Closed Doors’ hitmaker is hard at work on his next album, with his latest collaborator being the Kaiser Chiefs frontman, and the 48-year-old star is delighted with their efforts.He explained to...

By Bang Showbiz on 17 April 2021

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Taylor Swift Breaks Chart Record Set By The Beatles

Taylor Swift has broken a chart record set by The Beatles after her re-released version of 'Fearless' took the number one spot in the Official Albums Chart.The 31-year-old singer scored her third chart-topping album in just 259 days for 'Fearless...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 April 2021

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Album Of The Week: The 30th Anniversary Of Temple Of The Dog By Temple Of The Dog.

The performance, and even raison d'être, of most so called supergroups has always been questionable but back in 1991 Temple Of The Dog bucked the trend with their one and only album. Whilst the motives surrounding the formation of groups...

By Andrew Lockwood on 16 April 2021

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Lil Nas X Wants Rihanna And Bad Bunny For Montero (Call Me By Your Name) Remix

Lil Nas X wants to recruit Rihanna and Bad Bunny for a remix of 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)'.The 'Old Town Road' rapper has revealed he's keen to get the 'Diamonds' hitmaker and the Latin hip-hop star on a...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 April 2021

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Sir Paul McCartney Drops All-star McCartney III Imagined LP

Sir Paul McCartney has released his star-studded 'McCartney III Imagined’ collection, featuring the likes of Idris Elba and Damon Albarn.The former Beatles legend originally released his 18th solo album, ‘McCartney III’, in December, and he joined forces with a host...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 April 2021

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Sir Tom Jones Knew He'd Made It When Fangirls Tore His Raincoat To Pieces

Sir Tom Jones knew he'd hit "the big time" before a Cilla Black concert when fangirls shred his raincoat to pieces.The 80-year-old music legend - who became famous for having female fans throw their lingerie at him on stage -...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 April 2021

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Bebe Rexha Unveils Second Album Better Mistakes And Drops New Song Sabotage

Bebe Rexha has unveiled her second album, 'Better Mistakes', and released the new single, 'Sabotage'. The 'I Got You' hitmaker is set to release her follow-up to her 2018 debut studio album 'Expectations' on May 7.Bebe shared the album's artwork...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 April 2021

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Posthumous DMX Song Released Featuring Swizz Beatz And French Montana

A posthumous DMX song has been released featuring Swizz Beatz and French Montana. The hip-hip legend tragically passed away a week ago, following a stint in an intensive care unit after suffering a heart attack at his home on April...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 April 2021

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Royal Blood Wouldn't 'exist' If Mike Kerr Hadn't Got Sober

Royal Blood's Mike Kerr says the band wouldn't "exist" if he hadn't got clean.The rock duo - also comprising drummer Ben Thatcher - will return with their third studio album, 'Typhoons', on April 30, their first since the 31-year-old vocalist-and-bassist...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 April 2021

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Arlo Parks And Headie One Confirmed To Perform At 2021 BRIT Awards

Arlo Parks and Headie One are set to perform at the BRIT Awards.The 20-year-old singer has been nominated for three awards at the upcoming ceremony – Best Solo Female Artist, Breakthrough Artist and Best Album - and has vowed to...

By Bang Showbiz on 16 April 2021

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What I Am Needs No Excuses: Music To Empower Anyone To Be Themselves [Playlist]

Whether you are on her side or not, it seems that JK Rowling is a huge point of contention for people across the LGBTQ+ community for her repeated inflammatory statements on gender identity. Many have gone so far as to...

By Holly Mosley on 15 April 2021

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Anne-Marie Lets Slip That She Has More Songs With Nathan Dawe On Second LP

Anne-Marie has worked on more tracks with Nathan Dawe for her second album.The 'Don't Play' hitmaker teamed up with the 26-year-old DJ-and-producer and rapper MoStack, also 26, on recent hit, 'Way Too Long', and Anne-Marie has now confirmed they have...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 April 2021

Ray BLK: My Mum Taught Me I Can Be Anything I Want To Be

Ray BLK's mother taught her that she can be and do "anything" she wants to.The 'Lovesick' star's parent told her there is nothing stopping her from achieving her dreams, no matter how big or small they are, and she even...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 April 2021

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Suggs: Madness Saved Us From A Life Of Crime

Suggs says music saved him and his bandmates from a life of crime.The Madness frontman was arrested for affray as a teen growing up in Camden, north London, and in the band's upcoming three-part docuseries, 'Before We Was We: Madness...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 April 2021

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Kendrick Lamar's Longtime Engineer Hints New Album Might Drop In 2021

Kendrick Lamar's long-serving engineer has hinted the hip-hop megastar might drop his long-awaited fifth studio LP in 2021.The Grammy-winning rap star hasn't released a studio album since 'Damn' in 2017, but, earlier this year, Top Dawg Entertainment president Punch claimed...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 April 2021

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Marina Unveils Upcoming Album Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land

Marina has announced her new album, ‘Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land’, and released the new track, ‘Purge The Poison’.The pop star - who previously went by the name Marina and the Diamonds - returned with 'Love + Fear' in...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 April 2021

Kylie Minogue Working On Extended Edition Of Hit Album Disco

Kylie Minogue is working on a new extended edition of 'Disco'.The 'Real Groove' singer has confirmed that 2021 will see her "repack" her chart-topping disco-pop album - and she's hinted "there's a lot to play with".She told T Australia magazine:...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 April 2021

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Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Teases Unreleased Taylor Swift-featuring Track

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon has shared a preview of an unreleased track featuring Taylor Swift.The 39-year-old musician added his vocals to 'Exile' on the megastar's 2020 album, 'folklore', and also co-wrote the title track and played on several other tunes...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 April 2021

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Sarah Harding Planned Musical Reinvention

Sarah Harding was planning to reinvent herself as a blues singer before being diagnosed with cancer.The former Girls Aloud singer had been working hard on new material and improving her skills on guitar in a bid to "find herself musically"...

By Bang Showbiz on 15 April 2021

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The Snuts 'owe' Lewis Capaldi 'a Few Pints' After He Backed Their Battle To No1

The Snuts owe fellow Scot Lewis Capaldi "a few pints" after he supported their chart battle with Demi Lovato. The West Lothian rockers beat the 28-year-old international megastar's LP 'Dancing with the Devil... The Art of Starting Over' to the...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 April 2021

Grammy-nominated CHIKA Announces Early Retirement From Music

Grammy-nominated rapper CHIKA has announced her retirement from the music industry.The 24-year-old star - who was in contention for Best New Artist at the 2021 awards ceremony - has decided to step back from her music career due to the...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 April 2021

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Tom Grennan And Sophie Ellis-Bextor Join Big Feastival Bill

Tom Grennan, Maisie Peters and Sophie Ellis-Bextor have been added to the line-up for The Big Feastival. Blur rocker and cheesemaker Alex James' annual music and food festival is set to return on August Bank Holiday (August 27 – 29...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 April 2021

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Exodus Drummer Tom Hunting Vows To Beat Cancer 'like A Snare Drum'

Exodus drummer Tom Hunting has vowed to beat cancer like a f****** snare drum" after being diagnosed with the disease.The thrash metal legends' sticksman found out he has a gastric tumour in his upper stomach in February, and the 56-year-old...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 April 2021

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Paris Jackson Features On The Struts' Upcoming Single, Low Key In Love

Paris Jackson is featured on The Struts' upcoming single, 'Low Key In Love'.The 23-year-old model-and-singer released her debut solo single, 'Wilted', in November, and she has teamed up with the British rockers on their new track out on Friday (16.04.21).Luke...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 April 2021

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Lil Nas X Announces Montero (Call Me By Your Name) Is Hitting Pornhub After Streaming Issues

Lil Nas X announced 'Montero (Call Me By Your Name)' will be available on Pornhub, after the hit was briefly taken down from streaming platforms.The 'Old Town Road' hitmaker's fans took to Twitter to share their dismay that the song...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 April 2021

Olivia Rodrigo Unveils Debut Album Sour

Olivia Rodrigo has unveiled her debut studio album, 'Sour'.The 18-year-old singer-and-actress - who achieved chart success with her debut single ‘Driver’s License’ when it was released in January - has shared the artwork and track-listing for the hotly-anticipated LP, which...

By Bang Showbiz on 14 April 2021

Sir Mick Jagger And Dave Grohl's New Song Eazy Sleazy

Sir Mick Jagger has teamed up with Dave Grohl on a new song, 'Eazy Sleazy'.The Rolling Stones rocker unveiled the brand new song - which he worked on with the Foo Fighters star and producer Matt Clifford - on his...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 April 2021

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Eight Times Grimes Got So Weird We Fell In Love With Her A Little Bit More

Anytime we see Grimes trending, we're immediately intrigued to see what wild thing she's done lately - and we're rarely disappointed. In fact, it's her perpetual weirdness that makes us adore her so much. Here are just a few examples...

By Holly Mosley on 13 April 2021

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AC/DC Legend Brian Johnson Announces The Lives Of Brian Memoir

Brian Johnson is set to release the memoir, 'The Lives of Brian'.The AC/DC legend's tell-all tome, which will follow his upbringing and storied life on the road in one the most iconic rock bands of all time, will be published...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 April 2021

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DMX's Family Deny Beyonce And Jay-Z Bought The Late Rap Legend's Master Recordings

DMX's family have shut down a rumour circulating claiming Beyoncé and Jay-Z bought the late rapper’s master recordings for $10million.The 50-year-old rapper-and-actor passed away last week after a stint in an intensive care unit following a heart attack at his...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 April 2021

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Boy George And Culture Club Announce A Series Of 2021 Heritage Live Gigs

Boy George & Culture Club have announced a series of outdoor Heritage Live Concerts for 2021.The 'Karma Chameleon' hitmakers will play Kenwood on Hampstead Heath in London on June 26, which guarantees to be a special night as it will...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 April 2021

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Lady Gaga Reacts To Artpop Act II Campaign And Thanks Fans For 'celebrating' The Record

Lady Gaga has recalled being in "desperate pain" making 2013's ‘Artpop’, and thanked fans for "celebrating" the record by campaigning for Volume II.The 'Born This Way' hitmaker has responded to the campaign for 'Act II', which subsequently saw #buyARTPOPoniTunes go...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 April 2021

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Soft Cell Reunite For First Album In Two Decades

Synth-pop pioneers Soft Cell's first album in two decades is "a lot more worldly-wise".The Marc Almond-led duo have been back in the studio in lockdown working on what will mark their first new music since 2002's acclaimed LP 'Cruelty Without...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 April 2021

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Olly Alexander Vows To Release His 'best' Leftover Tracks

Olly Alexander has a slew of unreleased songs waiting to be released. The Years & Years star - who has just released 'Starstruck', his first single since announcing he will continue as the sole member of the group - has...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 April 2021

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Rina Sawayama Recruits Sir Elton John For New Version Of Chosen Family

Rina Sawayama is releasing a rendition of 'Chosen Family' featuring Sir Elton John.The music legend is a massive fan of the 30-year-old Japanese-British singer and has tinkled the ivories and added his iconic vocals to the ballad, which is Rina's...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 April 2021

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Dave Grohl's What Drives Us Documentary Set To Hit Amazon Prime On April 30

Dave Grohl's 'What Drives Us' documentary is set to land on Amazon Prime on April 30.The first trailer for the star-studded film, which features interviews with the likes of Sir Ringo Starr, Brian Johnson, St. Vincent, Slash, Duff McKagan and...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 April 2021

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Garbage, St. Vincent, Dry Cleaning And More Feminist Anthems Of Empowerment For 2021

Women shouldn't still be fighting for rights in 2021, but here we are. As much as laws have changed to give us back our power theoretically, society continues to shame, criticise, abuse and manipulate the female population. And these female...

By Holly Mosley on 12 April 2021

The Libertines Announce 15-date Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour

The Libertines have announced the 'Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour’.Pete Doherty, Carl Barat, and co will embark on a 15-date run this November and December across the UK, for what will mark their first shows in two years.The jaunt includes...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 April 2021

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The Who Reunite With Heinz After 50 Years To Launch Limited-edition Beanz Meanz The Who Cans

The Who have reunited with Heinz five decades after their iconic 'The Who Sell Out' album artwork, which featured frontman Roger Daltrey sitting in a bath full of Heinz Beanz.Daltrey, 77, and guitarist Pete Townshend, 75 - the surviving members...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 April 2021

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Olivia Dean Named Amazon Music UK's Breakthrough Artist Of 2021

Olivia Dean has been named Amazon Music UK's Breakthrough artist of 2021.The British singer-songwriter is thrilled to have been chosen as the recipient of the up-and-coming music prize, which is part of Amazon Music’s developing artist programme.The recognition follows the...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 April 2021

Grey Daze Hit Studio To Record New Album Featuring Posthumous Chester Bennington Vocals

Grey Daze are working on a new album featuring the late Chester Bennington's vocals and his daughters Lily and Lila's.The late rock legend's pre-Linkin Park grunge band took to Instagram over the weekend to share some snaps from Sunset Sound...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 April 2021

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DJ Khaled Teases New Album Is '98 Per Cent Done'

DJ Khaled's new album is “98 per cent done.”The chart-topper - who has sons Asahd, four, and Aalam, 14 months, with his wife Nicole Tuck - is gearing up to release his 12th studio album, 'Khaled Khaled', which takes its...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 April 2021

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Megadeth Close To Completing New Album

Megadeth are just hours away from finishing their new album.The thrash metal titan's bassist David Ellefson has revealed the follow-up to 2016's 'Dystopia' is in "the final hours getting everything done".He told Rock Music Star: “I was actually just down...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 April 2021

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Driver's License Hitmaker Olivia Rodrigo Gets Parking Ticket

'Drivers License’ hitmaker Olivia Rodrigo has been handed a parking ticket.The 18-year-old singer-and-actress, who took four attempts to pass her driving test, was sent a City of Los Angeles Parking Violation through the post.Olivia - whose record-breaking mega-hit spent nine...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 April 2021

Download Festival: 10 Bands That Are Ready To Headline

The organisers of Europe’s biggest rock and metal festival, Download, have earned a reputation for booking seemingly impossible bands in the past. After bringing Guns n Roses back from the dead, getting the ominous and elusive Tool to headline on...

Posted 11 April 2021

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London Grammar Star Hannah Reid Nearly Quit Music Two Years Ago

London Grammar’s Hannah Reid was ready to quit music two years ago.The 31-year-old singer felt she “wasn’t cut out” for the industry anymore because she was tired of its “sexist and exploitative” nature, but writing the group’s new album, ‘Californian...

By Bang Showbiz on 11 April 2021

Joel Corry Slid Into RAYE's DMs

Joel Corry slid into RAYE's DMs. The 31-year-old DJ approached RAYE, 23, via social media to ask her to collaborate on the song 'Bed' with David Guetta and said he is the "DM king".Speaking on Smallzy’s 'Celebrity Small Talk', RAYE...

By Bang Showbiz on 11 April 2021

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What I am needs no excuses: Music to empower anyone to be themselves [Playlist]

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JK Rowling is trending again, and the trans community needs support.

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Royal Blood - Boilermaker Video

With the release of their third album 'Typhoon' growing steadily nearer, Royal Blood have unveiled yet another single entitled 'Boilermaker' alongside a video that's verging...

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Olly Alexander shows off his journey of self-love in the video for Years & Years' newest single 'Starstruck'; the lead track from his forthcoming third...

Garbage, St. Vincent, Dry Cleaning and more feminist anthems of empowerment for 2021

Garbage, St. Vincent, Dry Cleaning and more feminist anthems of empowerment for 2021

Eight songs about female power that you definitely need to hear right now.

Garbage - The Men Who Rule The World Video

Garbage - The Men Who Rule The World Video

Shirley Manson is well known for her vocal political views, and she takes no prisoners with Garbage's latest single 'The Men Who Rule The World'.

The timely return of pop-punk veterans The Offspring

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BRIT Award Nominations 2021: A triumph for diversity with the likes of Arlo Parks, Celeste and Young T & Bugsey

BRIT Award Nominations 2021: A triumph for diversity with the likes of Arlo Parks, Celeste and Young T & Bugsey

One of the most diverse line-ups we've seen for a major awards show in a while.

It's time we stopped talking about Madonna's age

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Her new lingerie photos have divided opinion across the internet.

The Offspring - Let The Bad Times Roll Video

The Offspring - Let The Bad Times Roll Video

Ahead of the release of their tenth studio album 'Let The Bad Times Roll', The Offspring unveil an extremely trippy (if appropriate) video for the...

Lil Nas X is the queer artist the LGBTQ+ community needs right now

Lil Nas X is the queer artist the LGBTQ+ community needs right now

New video 'Montero (Call Me by Your Name)' is yet another masterpiece.

The internet mocks Ian Brown once again over COVID vaccination rage

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As far as he's concerned, the virus is just a lie designed to control the public.

The Best of Elton John: A birthday playlist for the Piano Man himself

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Elton John's ten best songs on his 74th birthday.

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