Sam Smith is singing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, ‘Spectre’.
Sam Smith has confirmed he is singing the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, Spectre. Smith made the announcement on Instagram, with an image of the cover of his soon-to-be-released single entitled ‘Writing’s On The Wall’. Smith has also co-written the song along with his frequent collaborator Jimmy Napes.
Sam Smith at a private view of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A in London, March 2015.
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The 'Stay With Me' singer released a pretty telling picture on Twitter on Monday.
Sam Smith has dropped a pretty powerful hint that he’s recorded the theme tune to the forthcoming Bond movie Spectre. The British singer, one of the best-selling artists around the world last year, posted a picture of his hand bearing a plain silver band embossed with the ‘Spectre’ octopus symbol.
The 23 year old has been one of the most prominent names bandied about in the rumours about who’ll get the honour of recorded the theme song to the 24th Bond movie, which is being released in cinemas on October 26th. However, fellow Brit Ellie Goulding had been the bookies’ favourite until this revelation.
Is Sam Smith recording the theme song for 'Spectre'?
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The signer has shown he’s still subject to vile abuse from trolls online.
Award-winning artist Sam Smith has shared a screengrab of a social media account which was set up to troll the singer with abusive, homophobic comments. Smith shared the Instagram account named ‘Gay Sam Smith’ to draw attention to the homophobia which is still prevalent in society today.
Sam Smith has shared an image of a homophobic Instagram account to highlight online bullying.
"This genuinely doesn’t offend me, coz I’m way too tick (sic) skinned when it comes to this kind of shit. BUT I just wanted to share this with everyone, so you can see how homophobic is still SO PRESENT in our society!!” Smith said sharing the screengrab.
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The British singer posted a picture of herself leaving Abbey Road studios, where the last theme song was recorded, with the caption 'That's a wrap!'
The 28 year old British singer posted a photo on Instagram of herself leaving the legendary Abbey Road recording studios in North London on Monday night (July 27th), writing “That’s a wrap!” as a caption. Soon afterwards, bookmakers began suspending betting on the odds of her singing the soundtrack, on which she’s rumoured to be collaborating with fellow Brit Sam Smith.
Ellie Goulding is favourite to sing the theme song to 'Spectre'
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The British dance duo will be working with the worldwide megastar once again on their second album 'Caracal', releasing the music video for the single 'Omen'.
Disclosure released the music video for brand new single ‘Omen’ on Monday morning (July 27th), the second to be taken from their eagerly awaited new album Caracal, which will be released on September 25th.
Sam Smith with Guy and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure
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Sam Smith’s performance at Louisville’s Forecastle Festival was interrupted by heavy thunderstorms and the audience was evacuated.
An audience watching Sam Smith perform at Forecastle Festival on Friday (17th July) had to be evacuated because of extreme weather conditions. It was the first day of the festival in Louisville, Kentucky and the organisers made the decision, in the face of high winds and heavy rain, to cut short the performances and evacuate the whole festival. The British singer was 35 minutes into his set when the area was evacuated.
Sam Smith performing in Amsterdam in March 2015.
Sam Smith has collaborated with European fashion house Balenciaga for their Autumn/Winter line. Smith and the company shared the campaign video and pictures on Thursday (16th July).
Sam Smith has turned to designing and modelling. The 23-year-old British singer has collaborated with Balenciaga for their upcoming Autumn/Winter collection. He announced the collaboration to his fans on Instagram on Wednesday (15th July) and the European fashion house confirmed the news on Thursday.
Sam Smith at a private viewing of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V&A, London in March 2015.
The singer is teaming up with designers at Balenciaga to create a fashion range in time for autumn/winter 2015.
Seemingly not content with his domination of the charts in both Britain and the States, Sam Smith is extending his talents into the world of fashion with the announcement that he’s to create his own clothing line.
The multi-Grammy and Brit Award winner revealed that he would be collaborating with designers at Balenciaga, posting the news via his Instagram account in a short video on Wednesday evening (July 15th). The short clip indicates that the 23 year old singer won’t just be modelling, but also actively involved with the design.
Bearing the hashtag #BALXSAMSMITH, it shows Smith walking slowly towards the camera wearing glasses and his recognisable quiff. He asked his followers: “Ladies and gentlemen. The time has come for my first ever collaboration with a fashion house. You ready?”
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The star is returning to the live arena for the first time since his vocal cord surgery earlier this year.
He’s been one of the best-selling and successful artists in the world over the last twelve months, but Sam Smith has admitted to being “scared” about getting back on the stage and performing after his vocal cord operation a few months ago.
The multi-platinum singer was speaking to Kiss FM and was asked whether he felt nervous ahead of his world tour resuming this summer. “I am. I'm scared. If anyone's listening I'm really going to try my absolute best, but I am scared though. It's quite intense to go into. But I love what I do and I wanted to do it, and hopefully I can hold it all together and perform every show.”
Sam Smith had vocal cord surgery in May
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UK albums and singles generated approximately $2.75 billion in world sales last year.
One Direction and Ed Sheeran led a record breaking year for British artists in 2014, who had five of the top 10 best-selling albums worldwide. More than one in seven albums sold worldwide last year were by British artists, giving them a record 13.7% share of the global market.
One Direction’s Four was the highest selling British album of 2014.
One Direction led the way with Four, which was the biggest-selling album by a UK artist in 2014, with 3.2 million in global sales. The boyband came in second over all and were only beaten by Taylor Swift’s 1989 which sold six million copies worldwide.
The British singer’s debut album has reached a milestone only previously managed by the Beatles.
British singer Sam Smith has secured his place in chart history, after achieving a record-breaking milestone previously managed only by the Beatles. The singer has become the only artist since the fab five to spend nearly a year in the top five with a debut album thanks to his massively successful, In The Lonely Hour.
Sam Smith has made chart history with In The Lonely Hour.
The singer’s debut album has so far spent 50 weeks in the top five of the UK album chart, according to the Official Charts Company. That’s only one week short of The Beatles’ record, as they managed 51 weeks on the chart with Please Please Me in 1963.
Red Nose Day airs tonight on NBC.
It's the first ever Red Nose Day in the United States today (May 21st 2015), and all manner of celebrities are donning the appropriate big red nose to raise awareness. It's one of the UK's most famous charity fundraisers - undertaken mainly for Comic Relief - but this year goes international for a host of charitable foundations.
Annoyingly, curvy reality star Kim Kardashian is now so good at posing in front of a camera that she even manages to maintain that seductive aura even while holding a novelty clown nose to her face, but many other celebrities provided some well needed laughs on this momentous occasion.
The 'Stay With Me' singer had been forced to cancel a string of Australian tour dates in order to have the vital surgery, but he's expected to make a full recovery within the next couple of months.
British superstar Sam Smith has undergone successful vocal cord surgery in Boston and is expected to make a complete recovery, it has been reported.
Massachusetts General Hospital released a statement on Tuesday (May 19th) that read: “Sam Smith underwent vocal cord microsurgery by Dr. Steven Zeitels to stop recurrent vocal cord hemorrhage (bleeding). This condition is the result of unstable blood vessels in the vocal cord that can rupture and prevent vocal performance.”
Sam Smith has had successful surgery on his vocal cords
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Also, some other people won some other stuff.
At last night’s Billboard Awards, Taylor Swift reached a new milestone in her career, becoming the award show’s most decorated artist. Her eight awards (out of 14 nods), including one for Best Artist, bring her Billboard total to twenty, more than the previous record holder, Garth Brooks.
All of the awards.
Taylor had more than one reason to celebrate on Sunday though, since the award show coincided with the release of her music video for Bad Blood, featuring the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Karlie Kloss, Zendaya, Ellie Goulding, Hayley Williams and many more. The video premiered at the awards, after a brief introduction from the woman of the hour. Taylor also won a special achievement award chosen by fan voting.
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Taylor Swift tweets to reveal the final character in the hotly awaited video for her new single.
It's not often a simple music video receives this much hype before anyone has even seen it - but the video for Taylor Swift's new single 'Bad Blood' looks to be anything but simple. It's a celebrity-packed spectacle with a Sin City-like visual style, and Swift has just revealed the lead actress at the centre of all the drama is Selena Gomez, playing a femme fatale named Arsyn.
Girl power: Swift teams up with other female stars in Bad Blood
Selena Gomez joins Swift (who plays Catastrophe) and a long list of other female stars in the video, including Gigi Hadid (as Slay-Z), Hayley Williams (The Crimson Curse), Ellie Goulding (Destructa X), Lena Dunham (Lucky Fiori) and Jessica Alba (Domino).
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Teases 'Bad Blood' Video One Final Time
Their third album 'Wilder Mind' stormed to the top of the charts with nearly a quarter of a million sales in its first week.
As was widely expected, folk-turned-rock group Mumford & Sons have raced to the top of the American Billboard charts, selling nearly 150% more than its nearest rival in the process. Wilder Mind, their third album, sold 249,000 copies in its first week to claim the Number 1 spot, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The figure isn’t anywhere near as large as the first week sales for their last record Babel, which shifted a whopping 600,000 units back in 2012, and remains the biggest sales week for a guitar album this decade.
Mumford & Sons top the Billboard Albums chart once more
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In addition to his vocal cord troubles, the globally popular singer admits that his body is now exhibiting symptoms of stress.
Less than a fortnight after revealing that he’s had to cancel a number of Australian tour dates to have surgery on his vocal cords, Sam Smith has now revealed that he’s suffering from stress.
The 22 year old singer, who is still riding a massive wave of publicity with the success of his debut album In The Lonely Hour worldwide, told The Sun that he had developed a rash on his body in response to the high stress levels that he’s been working under.
“I've been itching all over my body for the past week from stress,” he said. “I'm stressed. I don't know why. I think it's a delayed reaction from the Grammys.”
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The singer has been forced to cancel more dates in light of significant damage to his vocal chords.
Being a multi-million selling popstar might sound like a dream, but in truth it's not as comfortable a life as it may seem. Sam Smith is living proof of that as he now prepares to undergo throat surgery after pretty much continued touring since the start of the year.
Sam Smith cancels more dates over throat problems
It's obvious that Sam Smith is an extremely hard-working individual, but unfortunately, his hectic schedule has forced him to cancel yet more dates on his first headline tour supporting debut album 'In the Lonely Hour'. Last month, fans everywhere were disappointed to learn that Smith had suffered a mild haemorrhage on his vocal chords and therefore would have to rest his voice for a few dates in a bid to heal them. However, things have gone from bad to worse and he now has to suspend his tour for the next six to eight weeks.
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Taylor Swift will premiere her new video at this month's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
The line-up for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards was already very impressive, with Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith all set to perform on stage, and officials have now filled a (blank) space by confirming Taylor Swift will be there to debut the video for her new track 'Bad Blood', according to Hollywood Reporter.
And the singer has teased the premiere of the forthcoming video with a stylish image on Twitter.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift To Open Billboard Music Awards With New Video
The country ensemble sold over 200,000 copies of their fourth album 'Jekyll + Hyde' to ease to the top of the American charts.
There’s change at the top of the American albums chart this week as the Zac Brown Band enters at Number 1 with its fourth LP Jekyll + Hyde.
The eight piece ensemble notched up their third consecutive Billboard chart topper by selling 228,000 copies, including track equivalent and streaming equivalent sales, in the week ending May 3rd, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
These are impressive sales figures for the group, which previously had Number 1 albums in 2012 with Uncaged and 2010 with You Get What You Give. Jekyll + Hyde contains two popular singles already, one being the Chris Cornell collaboration ‘Heavy is the Head’ and the other the country-flavoured ‘Homegrown’.
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Is this the first signs of the post-'Blurred Lines' legal ruling coming into effect?
The biggest selling single of the year so far has seen a significant change to its writing credits. Mark Ronson’s record-breaking ‘Uptown Funk!’ now includes the writers of The Gap Band’s 1979 hit ‘Oops Up Side Your Head’.
It’s not clear as to how this alteration came about – there have been no court cases or lawsuits in the offing – but five extra names are now included on Ronson’s hit, according to Music Week. They are The Gap Band’s three members Ronnie Wilson, Charles Wilson and Robert Wilson as well as producers Lonnie Simmons and Rudolph Taylor.
Mark Ronson has altered the writing credits for 'Uptown Funk!'
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The Alabama outfit (as you'd guess by their name) are celebrating their first Number One record this week after 'Sound & Color' beat all other records.
In quite a low-selling week, the rockers sold 96,000 copies of their sophomore effort to reach the top spot in the Billboard 200 chart. The reformed system counts track equivalent sales and streaming equivalent sales, though some 91,000 of Sound & Color’s sales total came from traditional physical sales.
Alabama Shakes’ debut album Boys & Girls won the group a lot of plaudits upon its release in 2012 for its classic rock sound. It peaked at Number 6 in the American charts, nearly a year after its release, due to its three Grammy nominations in 2013.
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The singer had already played shows in Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney.
Sam Smith has been forced to cancel the remainder of his Australian tour dates, after suffering a vocal chord haemorrhage. The singer had been due to perform shows in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, as well as appearing at the Logie Awards next week.
Smith has been forced to cancel his Australian shows.
“I am deeply, deeply saddened to tell my Australian fans, I have to cancel my Australian tour,” Smith announced in a statement. “I have been vocally exhausted for a while now however last night in Sydney i had a small haemorrhage on my vocal chords.”
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The 'Life of the Party' singer has risen from internet fame to land a Number 1 record at his first attempt.
Internet sensation Shawn Mendes has completed his rise from a cult following on Vine to chart-topping sensation, as his full-length debut album has entered at Number 1 in the Billboard Top 200. Handwritten sold 119,000 units, including track and streaming album equivalent sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
16 year old Mendes is the youngest person to top the American album charts since 2010, when Justin Bieber – six months younger then than Mendes is now – spent a month at Number 1 with My World 2.0.
Shawn Mendes has scored his first Number 1 album with his debut 'Handwritten'
Continue reading: Shawn Mendes Scores US Chart Topper With Debut Album 'Handwritten'
The annual awards ceremony will be held in London on May 21st.
Some of the biggest British stars of the last year are in the running for 2015’s Ivor Novello Awards. Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’, George Ezra’s ‘Budapest’ and Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’ are all nominated for the most played song of the past year.
The annual awards, which are now in their 60th year, are exclusively voted for by songwriters, making it a rare example of musicians being recognised by their peers instead of by the public. ‘The Ivors’ is a comparatively short and exclusive list of categories, with only three nominations in each.
Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' is up for Most Performed Work at the 2015 Ivor Novellos
It's sure sold a lot of copies for an album about nothing.
It’s all change at the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart this week, as rapper Wale claims the Number 1 spot with his fourth LP The Album About Nothing – his second chart topper following his previous effort, 2013’s The Gifted.
Wale’s album, which he has revealed was inspired by Jerry Seinfeld and features the comedian himself, sold 100,000 copies in the week ending April 5th, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Billboard chart now measures individual track and streaming equivalent sales as well as conventional physical and digital album sales.
The rapper scored his second American Number 1 album this week
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The Billboard Music Awards are being held on May 17th in Las Vegas.
Swift and Smith, whose respective albums 1989 and In The Lonely Hour are still in the Top 5 of the Billboard Albums Chart well over four months after their release, are both gunning for the Top Artist, Top 100 Songs, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Hot 100 Artists categories, while each is up for the Top Artist in their gender-specific prizes.
Taylor Swift scored the most BMA nominations with 14
'To Pimp A Butterfly' matches its rave reviews with another week of six figure sales, meaning a second week at the top of the Billboard charts.
In a quiet week on the US Billboard 200, Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly spends a second week in the Number One spot. The rapper’s third album sold more than double the amount of its nearest rival, the soundtrack to TV drama ‘Empire’, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Shifting 123,000 copies in its second week on sale, including track and streaming equivalent sales figures as well as physical copies, To Pimp A Butterfly is the first album to spend its opening fortnight at the top of the chart since Taylor Swift’s behemoth 1989 at the end of last year. The ‘Empire’ soundtrack was a non-mover in second place, selling 61,000 copies.
Kendrick Lamar spends a second week on top of the US Albums chart
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Kendrick Lamar is at Number 1 in both the US and the UK with his third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly', which came out a week earlier than scheduled last Monday.
Hip hop sensation Kendrick Lamar has stormed to Number 1 in the US Billboard 200 Albums chart with his third album To Pimp A Butterfly. It clocked up over 363,000 equivalent sales (totalling physical, track and streaming data) despite being released one week earlier than planned, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
To Pimp A Butterfly has the second highest first-week sales of 2015, behind fellow rapper Drake’s recent surprise release If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, which sold 495,000 in its debut week back in February.
Kendrick Lamar is Number 1 in the US Billboard 200 albums
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Elton John and Mumford And Sons are leading the line-up.
Outside Lands organisers have finally unveiled the spectacular 2015 line-up for their eighth year, featuring headliners Elton John and Mumford And Sons. The event is set to bring its usual combination of music and munchies to San Francisco this August.
Joining Elton and Mumford are a range of equally exciting acts, both of the veteran and the up-and-coming variety. Man of the moment Sam Smith - whose already bagged a total of six awards this year, including four Grammys - will bring his pop genius to the stage, alongside The Black Keys who released their first chart-topping album last year, and Kendrick Lamar whose highly anticipated third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' sailed to number one in both the US and the UK last week.
The official UK chart has been announced on a Sunday evening since 1967.
The BBC has announced that their long running top 40 chart show is moving from its traditional Sunday afternoon slot to Friday evening, as a global release date for singles and albums comes into effect. As well as the change of days, the show will also be shorter, meaning that not all songs will be played during the run down.
Artist such as Sam Smith will now hear their official UK chart position on a Friday
From June, Friday will become the global release date for singles and albums, as announced by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents the worldwide record industry, last month.
Widespread Panic and Modest Mouse will also perform at the Kentucky rock fest.
Locals My Morning Jacket lead the line-up for Forecastle Festival 2015, as the first selection of acts entice more and more towards a sun-soaked weekend in Louisville, Kentucky this July. The band will also be joined by Brit singer Sam Smith.
Hot on the heels of their latest album announcement 'The Waterfall', My Morning Jacket return to their hometown for a jam down by Waterfront Park this summer, alongside British superstar Sam Smith who is looking at his most successful year yet with four Grammy wins, a sell-out tour and a number one already with his re-released debut single 'Lay Me Down' featuring John Legend.
The US rapper had released the album a week earlier than expected on March 16th.
Kendrick Lamar has taken the top spot in this week’s Official Albums Chart in the UK, knocking Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour off the number one position. To Pimp A Butterfly is the third studio album from the Compton- born rapper, following on from 2012's Good Kid, MAAD City.
Cover art for Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly
The album caught fans off guard after it was made available March 16th on iTunes and Spotify, nearly a week before its original release date of March 23rd. Since becoming available on Spotify the album has broken the service’s global streaming recording, notching up over 9.6 million streams on the service last Monday.
Continue reading: 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Gives Kendrick Lamar His First UK Number 1 Album
The British soul sensation has achieved the rare feat of having the UK's Number One Album and Single at the same time, following his Red Nose Day performance.
Sam Smith has scored a rare ‘double Number 1’ in the UK’s Official Charts this week. His recent single ‘Lay Me Down’ sits atop the UK Singles Chart and his debut LP In The Lonely Hour has returned to the summit of the Official Albums Chart as well.
A re-recording of ‘Lay Me Down’ as a duet with soul singer John Legend was released as the official Comic Relief / Red Nose Day single for 2015, and his live performance of it on Friday night helped it achieve sales of 105,000. The song dislodged last week’s Number One ‘King’, by newcomers Years & Years.
Sam Smith sits atop both the UK Albums and Singles chart
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The British singer kept the Queen of Pop Madonna off the top spot on the album chart this week.
Sam Smith has taken the top spot in both the official UK singles and albums chart this week, along with setting a new record as the only male solo artist whose album has achieved six different spells at number one in Official Chart history.
Sam Smith is doing the double in this week's UK chart
Smith’s In the Lonely Hour reclaimed the top spot in the album chart this week, knocking Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds’ Chasing Yesterday down to fourth place. The singer managed to beat off some tough competition to grab the top spot, including the latest offering from Madonna, Rebel Heart, which debut in the number two position.
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The British singer, who is openly gay, recently recalled his harrowing experiences dealing with homophobic bullies from his youth.
Sam Smith was arguably the music industry's biggest breakout star of 2014, which is proven by the fact that the British singer won four major awards at this year's Grammys, but his journey to success wasn't as easy as people may assume.
Smith recently opened up about being bullied as a youth
Sam first came out at only aged 11 and he quickly experienced what it was like to be picked on for being a homosexual.
The pair will perform the song on Red Nose Day this Friday.
Sam Smith is set to perform a special re-recording of his debut single, 'Lay Me Down', with Oscar winner John Legend for this year's Comic Relief, which will air on BBC One this week under the title 'Comic Relief: Face the Funny'.
Sam Smith and John Legend re-record 'Lay Me Down' for Comic Relief
It may not be among his Platinum selling singles, but Sam Smith is keen to express his attachment to his moving first single. He has re-recorded a rendition of 'Lay Me Down' with John Legend as the official single for Comic Relief, with all proceeds from the sales going to the charity campaign.
The rapper's third album 'Dark Sky Paradise' features contributions from Kanye and John Legend, and has made Big Sean a chart topper for the first time.
Rapper Big Sean has claimed his first Billboard chart topper with his new album Dark Sky Paradise. His third album beat Kid Rock’s latest offering First Kiss to the top spot by 27,000 units in the week ending March 1st, according to figures by Nielsen SoundScan.
Dark Sky Paradise moved 173,000 units in its first week on sale, a combination of traditional physical sales and track and streaming equivalents. Both of his previous albums, 2011’s Finally Famous and 2013’s Hall of Fame, both entered at Number 3.
Rapper Big Sean has the U.S. Number 1 selling album this week
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Kasabian and Calvin Harris are heading to V Festival 2015
Calvin Harris and Kasabian have been announced as headliners for this year's V Festival. The Scottish DJ and Leicester rockers were head up the bill at Hylands Park and Weston Park and will be joined by Sam Smith, James Bay, Ellie Goulding, The Script, George Ezra, Stereophonics, Olly Murs, Ella Henderson, Kodaline and Cvhrches.
Kasabian will headline this year's V Festival
Simon Moran, V Festival director, said: "We wanted to champion British talent at this year's festival and with the likes of Calvin and Kasabian leading the way we don't think it'll disappoint. The eclectic mix of established artists and rising stars, with a few more in the pipeline, means that once again there is something for everyone at V Festival."
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After a bit of reflection, 'Coming to London' just sounded so odd. We live in a world now, after all, where artists need nothing more than an internet connection to be able to collaborate with each other, meaning Mary J Blige's announcement that she was forsaking New York for Britain's capital had something of a twentieth century ring about it. Countering, the singer explained that this wasn't some kind of Royal engagement from her perspective, and that she wanted to use the energy and creative vibe generated by the Thames to give her music a regenerative makeover. With the cutting edge being provided by a clutch of talented young froth from around the city, 'The London Sessions' are the result.
For much of its first third, it's easy for the listener to ask themselves why she bothered to make the trip. Opener 'Therapy' - co-written with cherubic, Grammy scoffing Sam Smith - is a sardonic, bare bones number that leaves few stones unturned lyrically, but opens up no new doors. It's followed by 'Doubt', a slightly overblown tale of ultimate redemption clearly indebted to gospel but again, not really very well... Shoreditch. Make no mistake, this is Blige doing what she does impeccably, her voice still honeyed where it needs to be, raw in other moments, but again the pattern of living within her glossy means continues through 'Not Loving You' and 'When You're Gone'; both polished, mid-tempo and full of poise but, equally, neither being anything which breaks her mould.
Blige in the build up had spoken about immersing herself in the underground house sounds of the nineties, beats which outfits like Disclosure and Gorgon City have reproduced so faithfully over the last couple of years, and the breakthrough finally comes on 'Right Now', produced and co-written by Blige with the former (MJB gets those joint chops on every song) but bearing their spidery minimalism throughout. Finally, with any inhibitions abandoned, what follows is a kind of whistle-stop genre tour, from the rave squawks and big piano vamps of 'My Loving', the crisp two step of 'Pick Me Up' through to the lush disco of 'Follow'. Despite the diversity, each of these you think speak more to the singer's open mindedness and versatility rather than a sea change in her philosophy; when in Rome and all that, rather than casting aside a formula which has helped sell more than 50 million albums worldwide.
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Date of birth
19th May, 1992