Lady Gaga says she wants to have sex with the whole of Take That. The Paparazzi singer thinks the group, consisting of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Jason Orange, are “sexy” and would love to get them all in the bedroom at the same time. The 23-year-old star says: “I’d like all four at once. They’re very sexy. I’m a single girl now and I like to have a good time.” If Gaga – real name Stefani Germanotta – has her way the Greatest Day singers better be on their guard. The outrageous pop star claims she never fails to bed a man she is seriously attracted to. She boasts: “I don’t have any crushes in particular, if I did, they’d be mine!” Gaga is due to perform at the V Festival in the UK this weekend, where she is likely to be looking browner than usual.Fake tan company St. Tropez – who will be offering their services in the Virgin Media Louder Lounge – has created a special shade called Glow On The Go especially for her.
We’re very excited to announce that Robbie Williams will be releasing his much-anticipated new album, Reality Killed The Video Star, on November 9th, 2009. However, ahead of that, the first single to be released will be Bodies, on October 12th, with the digital version available one day earlier on the 11th. Robbie, he has been Continue reading →
PRS for Music the organisation that collects royalties for songwriters and composers, today published details of revenues generated by touring acts in 2008. The PRS research shows that the top musical talent generated more than £403m in touring revenues in the UK last year, up from £331m the year before, a rise of more than 30%.
PRS for Music licenses all the live performances in the UK and is able to track trends in consumer spending. In addition, PRS for Music staff regularly attend concerts on these tours, in order to ensure that members are paid their proper royalties.
The top touring acts in 2008 were:
1. Spice Girls
2. Kylie Minogue
3. Elton John
4. Bon Jovi
5. Neil Diamond
6. Bruce Springsteen
9. Foo Fighters
Barney Hooper at PRS for Music said:
“It has already been noted that recorded music’s share of consumers’ disposable income is going down, while the share for live music is going up. The latest data from PRS data suggests that the longevity of the top acts is a factor in this. Between them, the top acts in 2008 have around 200 years of touring experience. More than ever, consumers want to see the legends of the industry in the flesh. This suggests that the value of touring will only continue to grow.”
The value of tours has increased steadily from £251m in 2005, to £297m (2006), £311m (2007) and £403m (2008).
The top touring acts, 2005 – 2008 were:
1. Take That
2. Girls Aloud
4. Status Quo
6. Kaiser Chiefs
7. X Factor
8. Katherine Jenkins
9. James Blunt
10. The Osmonds
Steve Porter, Chief Executive at PRS for Music said:
“Live music is more popular than ever and therefore it is a great UK success story, generating huge revenues for UK PLC. In particular, older talent is driving demand. While these trends continue, PRS for Music will continue to make sure that this income is collected.”
TAKE THAT’s enture back catalogue to to be made available on a special edition of SingStar. Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that it will arrive on PS2 and PS3 later this year. SingStar: Take That will span the boyband’s entire back catalogue, including the hits ‘Back For Good’, ‘Could It Be Magic’, ‘Never Forget’ and ‘Shine’. A sample pack containing five songs will arrive on SingStore later this summer to whet fans’ appetites. Sony has previously released SingStar: Queen and SingStar: Abba for its home consoles, with SingStar: Motown announced at the E3 Expo. An additional online community dedicated to the games will also go live this September. An official release date for SingStar: Take That is yet to be confirmed.
ROBBIE WILLIAMS settles all the arguments in Take That, according to his former bandmate. Mark Owen today revealed that the ‘Angels’ singer – who quit the group in 1995 to pursue a solo career – is now the mediator in the band when there are disagreements between Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald. He said: “Sometimes in a band you have to compromise. I might have an idea about something and Jason might have another idea. There are four of us, so when we have two on each side, we’ll phone Robbie and say, ‘What do you think?’ “ Take That reunited in 2006 – without Robbie – after their split in 1996 and Mark says his initial stint as a pop star was a great learning curve. He explained: “I always say that being in Take That was like going to university. I learned about music, bought my first keyboard and wrote my first song. A lot of it was hard work. Trying to learn all those routines – that was hard, but not as hard as having to get up every day and do a proper job
Robbie Williams is adamant his new album will be a huge success. The ‘Angels’ singer is currently in the studio working on his long-awaited eighth release and says he’s never felt more positive about a collection of songs. Robbie, who is recording with producer Trevor Horn, star: ‘It sounds big. I’m buzzing.’ The former Take That star has penned over 50 potential songs for inclusion on the album and believes every one could be a potential hit single. In a bid to change his image, Robbie recently parted ways with his publicists and hired the people who represent Lily Allen, Radiohead and the Pet Shop Boys to help turn his ailing career around. A source said: “Robbie had nothing but good things to say about his previous firm but it’s time for a change. “He is determined to be involved with a firm specialising in music not celebrity.” Robbie has seen his career wane in recent years, while his former Take That bandmates have enjoyed worldwide success with their comeback. In a bid to boost his flagging fortunes, he is said to be desperate to reconcile with Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Howard Donald. However, Gary – whose rows with Robbie were one of the main reasons why he quit the band in 1995 – denied a reunion was imminent, though he admitted he was keen to eventually work with Robbie again. He said: “We’d all love to do something. It will happen, I just don’t know when.”
Pop culture superstar Beyonce is bringing her 2009 “I AM…” World Tour to North America this summer with a series of full-length concerts launching at New York’s Madison Square Garden in June and winding down with a four-night residence at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas July 30-August 2 (please see full itinerary following). The most heavily-anticipated concert event of 2009, Beyonce’s “I AM…” world tour occasions the artist’s first full-length concerts since 2007′s sold-out “The Beyonce Experience” shows. Beyonce’s current tour premieres live performances of songs from I AM…SASHA FIERCE, her latest international #1 chart-topping album. The “I AM…” world tour production showcases the music and film superstar like you’ve never seen her before. Beyonce’s extraordinary all-female band will join her again to perform musical hits, classics, and surprises in a newly-created high-tech state-of-the-art concert environment. Winners of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” Video Dance contest will see themselves on-screen during one of the centerpiece sections of the “I AM…” extravaganza.
BEYONCE’S “I AM…” 2009 NORTH AMERICAN CONCERT DATES*
DATE CITY VENUE
Sun/Jun-21 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
Wed/Jun-24 Washington DC Verizon Center
Fri/Jun-26 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center**
Sat/Jun-27 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Mon/Jun-29 Ft Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center
Wed/Jul-1 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Fri/Jul-3 New Orleans, LA Superdome (Essence Music Festival)
Sat/Jul-4 Houston, TX Toyota Center**
Sun/Jul-5 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Tue/Jul-7 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
Thu/Jul-9 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
Fri/Jul-10 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Sat/Jul-11 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Mon/Jul-13 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Thu/Jul-16 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Fri/Jul-17 Chicago, IL United Center
Sat/Jul-18 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
Thu/Jul-23 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Thu/Jul-30 Las Vegas, NV Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
Fri/Jul-31 Las Vegas, NV Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
Sat/Aug-1 Las Vegas, NV Encore Theater, Wynn Las Vegas
Sun/Aug-2 Las Vegas, NV Encore Theatre, Wynn Las Vegas
*Future dates may be added.
MARK OWEN is reportedly planning to relaunch his solo career. The Take That star hopes to release his fourth studio album after the band record their their third and final record under their current deal with Polydor. A source told The Sun: “Mark has loved the Take That reunion, every second of it. But he still has a huge desire to be on stage with his own band regardless of all the money, huge crowds and success he has been used to with Take That.” Owen, who has reportedly been working on solo material, released his first debut single ‘Child’ in 1996, which reached number three in the UK charts, although his debut album Green Man peaked at number 33. Take That’s second LP since reforming in 2006, The Circus, debuted at number one last year.
New Kids On The Block are hitting the road again in support of their album The Block! Donnie, Jordan, Joey, Danny and Jon will kick off the ‘Full Service Tour’ on May 28th in Atlanta, playing shows through July 18th in Houston.
Jabbawockeez, the champs from season one of MTV’s ‘America’s Best Dance Crew,’ will join NKOTB on the road for what promises to be the hottest party of the summer.
Check out the new video of Donnie on the homepage of NKOTB.com discussing what to expect on the new tour. The clip features plenty of live footage and the guys’ signature dance moves.
Group Members: Joey McIntyre, Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight
Dates for NKOTB’s full service tour:
May 28: Atlanta (Lakewood Amphitheatre)
May 29: Birmingham, Ala. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
May 30: Tampa, Fla. (Ford Amphitheater)
May 31: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Cruzan Amphitheater)
June 2: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
June 3: Raleigh, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion )
June 5: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
June 6: Camden, N.J. (Susquehanna Bank Center)
June 7: Washington, D.C. (Nissan Pavilion)
June 10: Scranton, Pa. (Toyota Pavilion)
June 11: Pittsburgh (Post-Gazette Pavilion)
June 12: Wantagh, N.Y. (Nikon at Jones Beach Theater)
June 13: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
June 14: Buffalo, N.Y. (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
June 16: Saratoga, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
June 18: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun)
June 19: Boston (Comcast Center)
June 21: Toronto (Molson Amphitheater)
June 23: Cleveland (Blossom Music Center)
June 25: Detroit (DTE Energy Music Center)
June 26: Chicago (First Midwest Bank Amphitheater)
June 27: Cincinnati ( Riverbend Music Center)
June 28: INDIANAPOLIS (Verizon Amphitheater)
July 1: St. Louis (Verizon Wireless)
July 2: Memphis, Tenn. (Mud Island Ampitheater)
July 3: Wichita, Kans. (Hartman Arena)
July 7: Seattle (White River Amphitheatre)
July 9: San Francisco (Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord)
July 10: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Ampitheater)
July 11: Las Vegas (The Pearl)
July 12: Phoenix (Cricket Wireless Pavilion)
July 15: Denver (Fiddler’s Green)
July 17: Dallas (Superpages.com Center)
July 18: Houston (Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion)
After his success with New Edition, producer Maurice Starr decided to replicate the singing group, substituting suburban white kids for the young black teenagers. The result was New Kids on the Block, a pioneering boy band that quickly eclipsed the popularity of Starr’s previous group while laying the groundwork for the teen pop boom of the late-’90s. Comprising Boston-area singers Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, Jon Knight, Danny Wood, and Joe McIntyre, the New Kids were awkward and enthusiastic on their 1986 debut, which wasn’t surprising given the boys’ age (the oldest members were barely 16 years old, while McIntyre was only 12). With their next album, 1988′s Hangin’ Tough, the group’s image had toughened up and they had the slick, radio-ready material to support it. From the saccharine ballad “I’ll Be Loving You Forever” to the title track’s stab at funk, the band enjoyed a seemingly endless streak of hits in 1988 and 1989. Five songs entered the Top 10, and even the group’s Christmas album went double platinum as it road the coattails of Hangin’ Tough up the Billboard charts.
New Kid mania continued in America with 1990′s Step by Step; even if it sold five million copies less than Hangin’ Tough, it still sold an impressive three million copies. The album also fared well internationally, moving an additional 16 million units in other parts of the world, but Step by Step was nevertheless the group’s last album to enjoy such worldwide success. New Kids were the subject of an endless amount of jokes, including allegations that they hadn’t sung a note during the Hangin’ Tough recording sessions. Furthermore, their audience was growing up. In 1994, they rechristened themselves NKOTB and returned with the Starr-less Face the Music, which actually showed a remarkable musical maturity. The group had grown into a credible urban R&B outfit, yet the album hardly sold anything, even if NKOTB continued to pack theaters on tour. In June of 1994, the members announced that they had acrimoniously parted ways
Various members of New Kids launched solo careers later in the decade, with Knight scoring a gold record in 1999 and Donnie Wahlberg landing several movie roles. Attempts to reunite the group in the early 2000s proved fruitless; however, the band surprisingly reconvened in early 2008, announcing their decision to tour in support of a new album. The Block arrived later that year, followed by tour dates in Canada and America. Although critically panned, The Block nevertheless debuted at number two on the Billboard charts.
The Amazon.co.uk MP3 store has broken through the 5 million track mark, having added over 10,000 tracks a day to its catalogue since launch in December 2008. To celebrate, Amazon.co.uk is now offering a selection of over 100 top-selling MP3 tracks for just 29p per track.
‘Our aim is to always offer the lowest prices and the most comprehensive choice,’ said Julian Monaghan, Head of Music Buying at Amazon.co.uk. ‘Since our launch just four months ago, we have been presenting our customers with some great deals on MP3s whilst rapidly expanding our catalogue and we will continue to do so going forward.’
Amazon.co.uk has been offering chart topping MP3 albums for just £3 and individual tracks from as low as 59p. Now, more than 100 tracks in the MP3 store are priced at just 29p including Lady Gaga ‘Poker Face’, Flo Rida ‘Right Round’, Lily Allen ‘The Fear’ and The Prodigy ‘Omen’.
In order to ensure there is something for everyone, Amazon.co.uk is offering a number of bestselling tracks from all the major MP3 genre categories for just 29p per track – from pop to rock, classical to jazz and indie to hip-hop.
‘Customers have responded very positively to our competitive pricing. Offering MP3 albums for just £3 has resulted in strong sales of a number of titles, including must-have pop and rock albums by the likes of Take That and Kings of Leon, as well as less mainstream titles like ‘The 99 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music’,’ said Julian Monaghan. ‘We will continue to provide our customers the best possible value and offering tracks for just 29p is very much in keeping with our approach.’
We’ve had Boyzone and (of course) Take That – could the next pop stars to make a comeback be cheesy dance act Steps? The teen favourites sold an incredible 15 million records from 1997 to 2002 and enjoyed an amazing run of 14 consecutive top ten singles – something which hadn’t been achieved since the Beatles racked up their hits in the 1960s. The five piece act called it a day in 2002 and left the charts, seemingly forever. But now it has been revealed that the band has been offered big money to reform for a reunion tour. However former Steps member Lee Latchford Evans said he couldn’t see the reunion happening – just yet. Lee, who is now working as an actor and has just appeared as a murderous gangland thug in indie British action film Ten Dead Men – out on DVD May 25 – said a future re-union was definitely a possibility. He said: ‘We all had a fabulous time in Steps and the success we had all over the world was amazing. ‘There have been some offers put to us to get back together and do a tour but it isn’t the right time right now. ‘We are all older, the girls are married and having children, we are all really busy doing other things. ‘I am enjoying getting away from the cheesy pop image with my acting. I have just played the part of an alcoholic, gambling addicted thug in a movie called Ten Dead Men and it was brilliant – about as far away from my image in Steps as you can get. ‘Steps was light hearted, bubble gum, cheesy pop so playing the part of gangster was certainly a departure for me. ‘I’m heavily into fitness and don’t really drink so it was great to play a part that was so dark and sinister, so different to my own character and from what I’ve done in the past. ‘But Steps is something I’m also very proud of. We are all still friends and get along fine so a re-union is something I don’t rule out. I just can’t see it happening right now. Never say never though.’ Lee’s new movie includes stunning action sequences choreographed by the highly sought after Jude Poyer who has worked on countless Hong Kong martial arts films, as well as blockbusters such as ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ’28 Weeks Later’. Lee plays a character called Harris – a nasty piece of work who ends up getting murdered in the movie. For Lee, making the film was a return to acting, something he did a great deal before joining Steps in 1997. He said: ‘The hardest part was playing dead because one of the crew kept walking past my line of vision and I had to concentrate not to follow him with my eyes. ‘I’m really pleased with the movie and with my part in it. It’s important in this business to be versatile and acting is another string to my bow. ‘I think the film definitely has the shock factor and I think people will see me in it and think, is that really Lee from Steps? It’s a good shock factor.’
The winners room at the Brit Awards was taken over by bands this evening. Girls Aloud were incredibly excited to win Best British Single for “The Promise” and Kings of Leon picked up two gongs, for Best International Group and Best International Album. I was pleased to hear them dedicate their award to England, as I mentioned in my live blog with Scandalist earlier tonight. Katy Perry was there to pick up her Best International Female award, but Best International Male Kanye West couldn’t make it. Duffy was the big winner of the night and had her arms full with three awards for Best British Female, Best British Breakthrough Act and Best Album. Coldplay, on the other hand, didn’t get a single award but still wandered in to share in the others’ glory. Check out the full list of winners after the jump.
At 2009 BRITs, Duffy grabbed Best Female Solo Artist, MasterCard British Album and British Breakthrough Act, while Kings of Leon got two nods; International Group and International Album.
Winners for this year’s BRIT Awards have been announced at a ceremony taking place on February 18 at London’s Earls Court. Duffy was revealed as the one who led the pack, walking away with three trophies out of four categories she was nominated at the awards.
Bagging an honor as Best Female Solo Artist, Duffy won over Adele, Beth Rowley, Estelle and M.I.A.. She added another prize to her collection in MasterCard British Album for her debut effort “Rockferry” after a stiff competition against Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida”, Elbow’s “The Seldom Seen Kid”, Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” and The Ting Tings’ “We Started Nothing”.
Duffy got her third award in British Breakthrough Act, once again pushing aside Adele and The Ting Tings in addition to beating down The Last Shadow Puppets and Scouting for Girls. “Oh my gosh, I don’t mean to be greedy,” so she said after she was presented with the award by Blur’s bassist Alex James.
Following Duffy’s domination were Kings of Leon with two kudos. The Grammy Award-winning rock band from Nashville received two prizes, bagging International Group and International Album, the latter they got for their fourth studio album “Only by the Night”. In those two categories, they beat down AC/DC, Fleet Foxes, The Killers and MGMT.
Winners list of 2009 BRIT Awards:
British Female Solo Artist: Duffy
International Female Solo Artist: Katy Perry
British Breakthrough Act: Duffy
International Group: Kings Of Leon
British Male Solo Artist: Paul Weller
International Album: Kings Of Leon – “Only by the Night”
British Live Act: Iron Maiden
British Group: Elbow
Critics’ Choice Award: Florence and the Machine
International Male Solo Artist: Kanye West
British Single: Girls Aloud – “The Promise”
MasterCard British Album: Duffy – “Rockferry”
Outstanding Contribution to Music: Pet Shop Boys
This year’s Brit Awards have been handed out at Earls Court in London.
Best British male: Mark Ronson
Also nominated: Jamie T, Mika, Newton Faulkner, Richard Hawley
Best British female: Kate Nash
Also nominated: Bat For Lashes, KT Tunstall, Leona Lewis, PJ Harvey
Best British album: Arctic Monkeys – Favourite Worst Nightmare
Also nominated: Leona Lewis – Spirit, Mark Ronson – Version, Mika – Life In Cartoon Motion, Take That – Beautiful World
Best British group: Arctic Monkeys
Also nominated: Editors, Girls Aloud, Kaiser Chiefs, Take That
Best British breakthrough act: Mika
Also nominated: Bat For Lashes, Kate Nash, Klaxons, Leona Lewis
(Winner chosen by BBC Radio 1 listeners)
Best British live act: Take That
Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Klaxons, Muse
(Winner chosen by BBC Radio 2 listeners)
British single: Take That – Shine
Also nominated: Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love, Mika – Grace Kelly, Mark Ronson Ft Amy Winehouse – Valerie, The Hoosiers – Worried About Ray
(Winner chosen by a live public vote on the night)
International male solo artist: Kanye West
Also nominated: Bruce Springsteen, Michael Buble, Rufus Wainwright, Timbaland
International female solo artist: Kylie Minogue
Also nominated: Alicia Keys, Bjork, Feist, Rihanna
International group: Foo Fighters
Also nominated: Arcade Fire, Eagles, Kings of Leon, White Stripes
International album: Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Also nominated: Arcade Fire – Neon Bible, Eagles – Long Road Out Of Eden, Kings of Leon – Because Of The Times, Kylie Minogue – X
Critics’ choice: Adele
Outstanding contribution to music: Sir Paul McCartney