British songstress Adele has the #1 album worldwide with the lovelorn ballad-filled “21.” Now, the ex-boyfriend who inspired the album’s emotional tracks is demanding some of the royalties. Adele, who has said she wrote current hit “Rolling in the Deep” just a day after their break-up, has sold millions of records since the album and its lead single were released at the beginning of the year.
Adele was stunned when her source of inspiration contacted her to claim his cut from the profits. Adele’s unnamed ex had no hand in writing or producing any of the tracks on the album.
“For about a week he was calling and was deadly serious about it. Finally, I said, ‘Well, you made my life hell, so I lived it and now I deserve it,’” Adele told The Sun.
“He really thought he’d had some input into the creative process by being a p–ck,” she added. “I’ll give him this credit – he made me an adult and put me on the road that I’m traveling.”
Adele will keep rolling deep in cash as both of her albums, “21” and “19,” are in the Top 20 on Billboard. She’s also set to kick off a string of sold-out shows around the U.S. beginning Thursday in Washington, D.C.
The Animal Collective to curate ATP at Butlins Minehead’ The Animal Collective will be curating ATP at Butlins in Minehead which runs from 13th ‘ 15th May 2011. Animal Collective’s most recent album Merriweather Post Pavilion was hailed with universal acclaim; 5 Stars and album of the year in Uncut, 5 stars and album of the year in The Sunday Times, album of the year in MOJO, 8/10 in NME and a 9.6 from Pitchfork, who also named it their album of the year and put it in their top 20 albums of the decade. ATP promoter Barry Hogan said: “I always wondered what kind of mixtape Animal Collective would put together, so we are really stoked that they are climbing into the curating hot seat at Butlins next May where they will headline and curate the festival that includes the likes of Lee Scratch Perry and Gang Gang Dance from an already eclectic mix of 40+ acts.” The first announcements chosen by Animal Collective for the line-up are: Animal Collective, Lee Scratch Perry, Ariel Pink’sHaunted Graffiti, Broadcast, Black Dice, Meat Puppets , The Sun, The Frogs, Omar-s, beer, soda, Prince Rama, Spectrum, Dent May,Group Doueh, The Brothers Unconnected, Sublime Frequencies DJs , DeRadoorian, Zomby, Vladislav Delay. with far more to be announced
Kings of Leon guitarist Matthew Followill got a broken toe. Kings of Leon guitarist injured in yachting accident. Guitarist Matthew Followill has been injured while on board the luxury boat as the band relax whilst taking a short break from touring. He told The Sun how it happened, “I’ve got a broken toe right now. I ran into a chair. There was a beer falling off a table and I ran to grab it. “When I ran over two toes went this way and the other ones went (the other way). I painted the toenail green just to be funny, because it was so heinous.” It is also reported that his cousin Nathan hurt his shoulder while jumping overboard.
I Like Trains live dates. Leeds’ returning cult heroes I LIKE TRAINS are proud to announce that they will be playing a handful of club shows in late October and early November. These gigs will coincide with the release of the widely anticipated and hotly tipped second I LIKE TRAINS album ‘He Who Saw the Deep’, released on October 25th via the bands own ILR label. Previously hailed by the likes of NME (‘iceberg sized heavenly sounds’), The Sun (‘breathtakingly powerful’) and RockSound (‘a glacial beauty’) amongst others, I LIKE TRAINS sophomore full length continues to expand the bands creative palette as well as serving as a timely reminder just why their expansive, cinematic style has gained them such a cult following. These dates are an opportunity for fans to see one of the UK’s most exciting, independent bands playing songs from the new album for the first time, as well as indulging in old favourites. The dates in full are:
Mon 25th October Glasgow ABC2
Tue 26th October Manchester Ruby Lounge
Thur 28th October Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Tue 2nd November London 100 Club
Katie Price has banned her wedding from being shown on her reality show. Fans of her ITV2 series “What Katie Did Next” were expecting to see her Las Vegas wedding to Alex Reid tonight, but it has now been revealed that they will only be shown before and after the ceremony. The ex-glamour model barred her ITV2 cameramen from filming the ceremony and her wedding night, which was spent in the world’s biggest strip club. Her camera crew joined Price on her cross Atlantic trip in February, but it was thought to just be for a vacation not for a wedding. In the episode of “What Katie Did Next” shown tonight on ITV2 at 9pm (GMT), viewers will see the events that lead up to the couple tying the knot and their reaction to becoming newlyweds. According to U.K. newspaper The Sun, Price says during the show: “It is like starting a new life. I wish I’d met Alex years ago.” The mother of three continues to say: “I don’t care about having the big house. I’d rather people look at us and go, ‘They’ve got all that money but they are so normal’. I get a buzz out of knowing I am so happy and content.” An ITV spokesman confirmed: “Viewers will see the couple as they celebrate their first days as man and wife.”
Another “squeaky clean” celeb is turning out to be a womanizer. British singer Mark Owen has admitted to cheating on his wife with at least ten women during the course of their five-year relationship. The 38-year-old boyish member of Take That admitted his transgressions to Emma, the mother of his two kids whom he married last year. He told The Sun, “She loves me and I let her down. I’m really sorry.” “I’ve been living with the guilt. It has always been there- you carry it around with you. It held me back in my relationship with Emma. I wouldn’t have done any of this if I had my time again. I am halfway through my life now and this, in a way, is a lesson. You’ve got to learn and that’s what I am going to do.” “Emma is really strong and I know she will do what is right for her and the kids. I support that and I really appreciate that. She loved me – she still does love me – and I have let her down. That’s the truth of it.” He added that he has been completely faithful to her since their wedding in October. But just a month before that, he slept for the last time with accounts manager Neva Hanley, 24, with whom he has had an affair for the most part of his five-year relationship with Emma. The rest of his affairs were one-night stands with girls while the boyband was on tour. “I don’t know how many girls were there in all. Maybe ten.” And as to the reason why he strayed from his then-girlfriend and now-wife, Owen blames alcohol for his behavior. He said that he wants a fresh start that’s why he is confessing his sins now.
Eighties-era teen actor Corey Haim was found dead in a Los Angeles apartment in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The Los Angeles police confirmed the death to TV station KTLA this morning in what it termed an “accidental overdose.” LA County coroner’s Lt. Cheryl MacWillie Wednesday told the Associated Press that Haim died at 2:15 a.m. at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank and that no new details will be released until the cause of death is determined by an autopsy. Haim is best known for his role in “The Lost Boys” and for his frequent pairing with actor Corey Feldman in numerous movies. Haim and Feldman starred in a short-lived a reality show, “The Two Coreys,” on A&E in 2007-2008. In a 2004 interview with British tabloid the Sun, Haim described his drug addiction: “I started on the downers which were a hell of a lot better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck. But one led to two, two led to four, four led to eight, until at the end it was about 85 a day — the doctors could not believe I was taking that much. And that was just the Valium — I’m not talking about the other pills I went through.” The interview concluded with Haim’s proclamation that he was clean, sober and ready to make a Hollywood comeback.
International pop superstar and 3-time Brit Award winner Lady Gaga announced today that her hugely successful Monster Ball Tour has been extended. Following her upcoming and sold out concert dates in the UK; Australia and Japan, Lady Gaga will perform in Europe beginning May 7th in Sweden, followed by dates in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France before returning the UK. In a show that the Sun described as ‘awe-inspiring” and “the best live show you will see this year,” The Monster Ball tour is a visual spectacular bringing the vision of pop music’s biggest star to vivid reality. Self-described as ‘more of a musical than a concert’ the journey to the ball takes Gaga and fans on a wild and warped ride from start to finish. From the Gaga’ized Rolls Royce through 15 costume changes, as the Times say, this is truly ‘one helluva ride.’ North American audiences can look forward to her first major arena tour when Lady Gaga returns to North America this June for a 30-city tour. The North American itinerary and on-sale information will be announced soon. It was also announced that Live Nation Global Touring will act as International tour promoter and producer for The Monster Ball Tour under the direction of Arthur Fogel, CEO/Chairman Live Nation Global Touring who said: ‘We’re absolutely thrilled to be taking The Monster Ball Tour to fans around the world. Lady Gaga is a truly exceptional artist and the production is beyond amazing.’
THE MONSTER BALL TOUR
STARRING LADY GAGA
with special guest in Europe
Semi Precious Weapons
7-May Stockholm, SW Globe Arena On sale Fri. March 5
10-May Hamburg, DE Colorline Arena On sale Fri. March 12
11-May Berlin, DE O2 Arena On sale Fri. March 12
15-May Arnhem, NL Gelredome On sale Sat. March 6
17-May Antwerp, BE Sportspaleis On sale Fri. March 5
21-May Paris, FR Bercy On sale Mon. March 8
24-May Oberhausen, DE Arena On sale Fri. March 12
27-May Nottingham, UK Arena *Rescheduled Event
28-May Birmingham, UK LG Arena On sale Fri. March 12
30-May London, UK O2 Arena On sale Fri. March 12
02-Jun Manchester, UK MEN Arena On sale Fri. March 12
04-Jun Sheffield, UK Arena *Rescheduled Event
Being the Queen of Pop’s latest boytoy has its perks. Brazilian model Jesus Luz has reportedly signed a record deal, thanks to Madonna’s star power. According to U.K.’s The Sun, the 51-year-old pop superstar used her power to get her 23-year-old boyfriend signed up by her former label Warners. To secure him a deal, Madonna allegedly gave her rare permission for her classic tracks “Vogue” and “Like a Prayer” to be licensed for a major advertising campaign. A source told the tabloid, “Madonna was determined to give Jesus all the help she can. She holds a lot of sway at Warners, where she had a deal until very recently. But getting him on the books wasn’t completely plain-sailing.” “There was a little give and take between her and execs, but a compromise was eventually settled upon.” Because of Madonna’s influence and sacrifice, Luz has now a two-single deal, with the label allowed first refusal on an album as well. He will release “We Came From Light” in the first half of May
Take That back Cowell’s Haiti single. Take That and Susan Boyle have both agreed to appear on Simon Cowell’s charity record. The pop singers have joined an ever growing list of stars who will record a version of REM’s song ‘Everybody Hurts’ to aid the victims of the two earthquakes that have struck Haiti in the last two weeks. Susan told The Sun newspaper: “The Haiti earthquake has caused devastation and suffering that most of us will never experience nor could imagine. “I feel privileged to be a part of such a wonderful project that will raise money to help the country.” The line up for the single so far includes Rod Stewart, Mika, Michael Buble, Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis, JLS and Westlife and Alexandra Burke. ‘Broken Heels’ singer Alexandra is flying from Germany to the UK on Monday to record her part for the song. She said: “I hope the single raises lots of money. It’s great that we can come together and do this. It’s a very special song.” REM have agreed that all royalties from the single – including those they would get from originally writing the song – will go to the Haiti appeal. Lead singer Michael Stipe said: “Any time anyone does something good, or tries to do something positive, the world shifts ever so slightly towards love and towards goodness.” U2 and Jay-Z are also assembling their own charity single to raise money for the disaster in the US.
The British boy band – who topped the UK singles charts with their first two singles ‘Beat Again’ and ‘Everybody In Love’ – will return to the recording studio as soon as they’ve finished touring their debut album ‘JLS’ and hope to release their second LP in November 2010. Singer Marvin Humes told The Sun newspaper: ‘It’s straight back into it with the tour in February and the release of our third single. As soon as the tour is finished the plan is that we will go into the Continue reading →
Mika is set to change career – and swap pop for cartoons. The ‘Love Today’ singer, who designed the vivid cover of his hit debut album ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’ in 2007, has revealed he wants to launch his own animation company. The 26-year-old pop star also plans to be a full-time artist if he stops selling records. He told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: ‘I might continue making music until I die but there’s also a chance I might quit soon. There’s a chance people think, ‘We’re done with that Mika.’ In that case I’d start a cartoon company. I’m a good artist and designer.” Mika, who has been nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award (EMA), recently admitted he can be annoying when people first meet him. He said: “When I first work with people they either think I’m the biggest idiot in the world and quit and go around spreading total nonsense about me, or they get me and stick with me. “My band and crew will be with me forever.”