Robbie Williams & Gary Barlow debut new single at Heroes concert. The concert in aid of the Help for Heroes charity already has some of the biggest names in music and comedy performing for 60,000 fans at Twickenham. And now Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow have confirmed that they will sing together at the event. The pair today revealed their new song, ‘Shame’, that will appear on Robbie’s double disc ‘In & Out of Consciousness’ Greatest Hits album and is due for release on October 4th. Robbie and Gary said, ‘t’s great that people love ‘Shame’ so much and we can’t wait to perform it live for the first time at the Heroes Concert at Twickenham on September 12th. We hope everyone supports Help for Heroes as much as possible ‘ it’s a great bill and we are thrilled to be part of it.’ The cream of the nation’s entertainment industry have signed up for the gig, names as diverse as Jason Manford, Plan B, Jack Dee, The Saturdays, Katherine Jenkins, James Blunt, Alesha Dixon, Enrique Iglesias and the UK’s latest Number 1 boy band The Wanted. Due to phenomenal demand, organisers have acquired special permission for Twickenham Stadium to hold an extra 5,000 fans and troops, taking the concert capacity up to 60,000 for the very first time. The show will be hosted by the best of the UK’s comedy talent – John Bishop, Kevin Bridges, Jack Dee, Rhod Gilbert, Peter Kay, Jason Manford and Michael McIntyre have all pledged their support. All proceeds go straight to Help for Heroes to raise money to help fund further rehabilitation centres around the country. The spectacular event will be broadcast on BBC One and around the world to military bases through British Forces Broadcasting (BFBS).
JLS and Robbie to clean up at the REAL Brits. UK Music lovers show who they really want to win Brit Awards ahead of tonight’s event. JLS and Robbie Williams are the undisputed champions of the 2010 Brit awards – and the event hasn’t even happened yet. Music video streaming site MUZU.TV polled over 5,000 Britons all last week to find out which artists we most want to win. Despite critics claiming that this year’s awards will be dominated by the women, the public have voted otherwise. Every day last week, MUZU.TV put hot favourite Brit nominees up against each other, to battle it out for the public vote on its ‘Video Fight Club’. Fans voted for the artists they think deserve to win in each category. The results of the REAL Brits are: · The most popular artist of the entire poll was international heart-throb Robbie Williams. The cheeky northerner gave Calvin Harris, Dizzy Rascal and Paulo Nutini a run for their money, winning a staggering 98% of votes for the British Male Solo award.
· X-Factor stars, JLS, have clearly also won the hearts of the nation – 77% of those polled voted for the boy band to win British Breakthrough Act.
· Diva Leona Lewis stole 97% of the votes to win the Best Female Solo Artist, leaving Pixie Lott and Bat for Lashes in the shade
· According to British music fans, Florence and the Machine should be taking home the Best Album gong. The flame haired crooner had 51% of the public’s vote, beating Dizzee Rascal and Lily Allen.
· 73% of us want Tinchy Stryder to walk away with Best Single for his track ‘Number One’, featuring N-Dubz. The pint sized urban music star, who’s monocle is ‘Star in the Hood’, stomped all over competition from Alexandra Burke, Alesha Dixon and Cheryl Cole
· Indie and rock fans around the country showed support for Kasabian, who won 62% of all votes to win Best Group.
The Brits will take place on Tonight 16 February at London’s Earls Court Arena commemorating 30 shows of the best in British music
There is more gossip about Alesha Dixon’s rumoured job as a judge on the next season of Strictly Come Dancing. Last week a paper reported the singer would be joining the panel, as BBC bosses are hoping the next series will appeal to a younger audience. Now, according to a new article in the Daily Star, Alesha has been offered £100,000 for her services – which is double her fellow judges – Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel-Horwood. A show source apparently told the paper: “Alesha doesn’t come cheap but was well worth it in the Beeb’s eyes.” “She’s a young star who will chime with younger viewers who they are very keen to attract in their ratings battle with ITV’s X Factor.” “However, the rest of the judges may not like to hear how much money she is getting compared to them.” “There could be rumblings of discontent in the run-up to the series, with the others demanding a pay rise to bring them close to Alesha.”Dixon will be touring in October and November and tickets are still on sale.
She may have kept a low profile since the birth of her second child, but Charlotte Church took a break from mum-duty this weekend, to hit the Isle of Wight Festival. Joined by partner, Gavin Henson, the singer left five-month old Dexter and 20-month-old Ruby at home, and hit the tents in a boho floor-skimming maxi dress and wide-brim hat. Rubbishing rumours that their relationship is on the rocks, the couple enjoyed a laidback weekend, watching acts such as Stereophonics, The Noisettes, The Ting Tings and Alesha Dixon. And they weren’t the only stars hitting the summer circuit. Festival-favourite, Fearne Cotton, adopted a weekend uniform of printed oversized tees, leggings, flat boots, and a bowler hat. Meanwhile making a bid for the season’s fashion icon, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley raced to the top of the weekend’s best dressed list, in denim cut-off shorts, a beaten-up leather jacket, flat brown boots and an on-trend oversized red printed scarf. Ms Moss had better watch out; we have a new festival fashionista on our hands!
Asylum UK, a division of Atlantic Records UK, today announced that Alesha Dixon is to front a new campaign for Toblerone from July, offering fans a free download of an exclusive, brand new track and a competition to win VIP tickets to her UK tour. As the queen of summer anthems, Alesha Dixon is known for her perfect pop hits and this summer sizzler, ‘Before the Sun Goes Down’, is no exception. The track will only be available as a free download via promotional packs of Toblerone*, which will feature unique codes to be entered at www.toblerone-alesha.co.uk Alesha fans will also have the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets to see her much-anticipated live show and meet the star in person, as well as being able to enter a free draw to win exclusive signed merchandise including albums, photos and Toblerone bars. The new promotional packs have real shelf stand-out, featuring pictures of Alesha and details of the offer to help retailers encourage purchases. Jane Furze, Toblerone Marketing Manager at Kraft Foods UK, said: “Enjoying Toblerone while listening to great music is a favourite treat for many customers, and this promotion gives them the chance to get their hands on a top track before anyone else. “We’re delighted to have Alesha on board – she’s a great personality and the perfect fit with the brand.” Paul Craig, SVP, Artist Partnerships, Warner Music UK said “This deal is further evidence of our ability to partner with artists across all aspects of their careers, taking a more co-ordinated holistic view that helps develop an on-going dialogue with fans and long-term success. As a fun, quality brand, Toblerone is a great fit with Alesha’s winning personality and upbeat pop sound. Whilst the popularity of Alesha’s platinum-selling album ‘The Alesha Show’ continues to build, this activity offers her further visibility in stores across the country and deepens her connection with her audience.” The promotion will run on 100g Milk, Fruit & Nut and Honeycomb Crisp tablets until 30th September 2009, download available until 30th May 2010.
From 11 Jun 2009 – 14 Jun 2009
Top rock and indie names, legendary acts, and rising stars, on a large main stage or the smaller tented stage in a relaxed festival atmosphere. The dates for the eighth Isle of Wight festival are confirmed as from Friday 12th until Sunday 14th June 2009. The confirmed acts for 2009 include The Prodigy who headline on Friday, with Stereophonics, and Razorlight confirmed as joint Saturday headliners, and Neil Young headlining the Sunday. Basement Jaxx, Pendulum, Maximo Park, White Lies, The View, The Rifles, Pixies, Simple Minds, The Pigeon Detectives, and The Script are just some of the names confirmed to appear on the main stage. Tim Burgess of The Charlatans curates the Sunday of this year’s Big Top, and will headline it on the same day, as well as a full line-up there’s DJ sets from Tim Burgess, Rhys Webb, and The She Set. Also appearing there on the Saturday will be Australian Pink Floyd, Calvin Harris, McFly, Mercury Rev, Ultravox, and more. Friday is Ladies night with Bananarama, Ladyhawke, Alesha Dixon, and The Noisettes. For campers The Human League lead the entertainment on the Thursday night. For the line-up details, day splits, and rumours as available. Tickets are priced at £140 for an adult ticket with camping which includes entertainment in the campsite on Thursday night, and Â£70 for a child ticket (12 years and under). The price of an adult ticket without camping is Â£120 and Â£60 for children (12 years and under). Every person attending the festival must purchase a ticket. This includes babes in arms.
The original Isle Of Wight Festival will forever be etched in musical history after it housed Jimi Hendrix’s last ever performance, attracted the largest ever UK festival crowd and led to any future festivals being banned from the island after nearly half a million hippies turned the 1970 site into a chaotic free-for-all. However, since it was re-ignited in 2002, the festival has forged a new identity that differs from its predecessors. Big names like The Rolling Stones and The Police honour the spirits of greats like Dylan and The Doors as some 60,000 fans annually cross the Solent for the three-day bash. With one main stage and a big top the festival is predominantly about the music and a varied line-up means there is often something for everyone with The Cribs, Amy Winehouse and Sugababes performing recently. Onsite there is a funfair as well as a selection of food and drink stalls. Camping is available from the Thursday
The line up for Wireless 2009 sponsored by Barclaycard just keeps getting hotter as it’s announced that London’s very own Alesha Dixon and stateside superstar Kelly Rowland join Sunday’s bill alongside headliner Kanye West. More top artists added to the already amazing line-up for Saturday are Jack Penate, Saint Etienne, Afrika Bambaataa and the Soulsonic Force and on the Sunday, Ironik, Example and Florence Rawlings. Taking place in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July, Wireless 2009 sponsored by Barclaycard, is all set to be the highlight of London’s summer. On Saturday 4 July, headliners Basement Jaxx will be supported by ‘the Father of Electro Funk Sound’, Afrika Bambaataa and his rap crew Soulsonic Force. The ensemble will be bringing their infamous break-beats from the Bronx to the capital. Influential indie-dance darlings Saint Etienne will be getting their groove on and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jack Penate will bring his infectious energy and anthemic songs to the star studded stage. Performing tracks from new album ‘Everything is New,’ the Blackheath boy is set to show why he’s still the ‘one to watch’ this summer. Kanye West will lead a bill jam-packed with stars on Sunday 5 July, which includes one of the UK’s brightest and sassiest R’n’B talents, Alesha Dixon. Wireless gig-goers will get a special sneak preview of The Alesha Show ahead of her debut UK tour in October. International super-star Kelly Rowland is also armed to thrill the audience with her contemporary R’n’B. This is a Wireless debut for the four-time Grammy Award winning star, who is part of the best selling female group of all time, Destiny’s Child. Nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2008 MOBO Awards and Best Newcomer and Best Video (for ‘Stay With Me’) at the 2008 Urban Music Awards, Ironik will be bringing his myriad of R’n’B, grime, pop and hip-hop to Hyde Park. Together with the English rapper Example, who describes his new sound as ‘an up-tempo electro garage rap mash-up’ and phenomenal 20 year-old London soul singer Florence Rawlings. Wireless 2009 sponsored by Barclaycard, is an unparalleled open-air live music experience in the heart of bustling London. It offers a chance to experience the excitement and watch the best in popular music right on your doorstep; and with more acts and details still to be unveiled, Wireless 2009 is set to be the big event on the summer’s musical calendar.
SATURDAY 4 JULY – LINE UP TO DATE:
BASEMENT JAXX, THE STREETS, DIZZEE RASCAL, PAUL OAKENFOLD, JACK PENATE, AFRIKA BAMBAATAA AND THE SOULSONIC FORCE, SAINT ETIENNE, DIGITALISM, SNEAKY SOUNDSYSTEM, FRANKMUSIK, N.A.S.A., TOMMY SPARKS, DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH?, DELPHIC, FILTHY DUKES, SKINT & DEMORALISED, MASTER SHORTIE, THE JAPANESE POPSTARS AND PHENOMENAL HANDCLAP BAND PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
SUNDAY 5 JULY – LINE UP TO DATE:
KANYE WEST, ALESHA DIXON, KELLY ROWLAND, Q-TIP, N-DUBZ, TINCHY STRYDER, NOISETTES, KID CUDI, FLO RIDA, DANIEL MERRIWEATHER, MR HUDSON, LADY SOVEREIGN, IRONIK, YOUNG JEEZY, ZARIF, EXAMPLE, CHIPMUNK, STEVE APPLETON, BLACK AND WHITE YEARS WITH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
For new additions to the line up and more info go to www.wirelessfestival.co.uk
Tickets are available at www.wirelessfestival.co.uk or call 0844 847 2502 (24 hour credit card hotline.
Single day tickets are £45 plus booking fee and weekend ticket is £80 plus booking fee.