Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd, 14.6.1961)
Boy George is an English singer and songwriter, who rose to fame in the 1980s with his band Culture Club.
Childhood: Boy George was born in London, to Gerald and Dinah O'Dowd. His parents were originally from Thurles, County Tipperary and he has five brothers and sisters.
In the 1980s, Boy George and his friend Marilyn became frequent attendees of The Blitz nightclub, which was run by Steve Strange, of the group Visage. Boy George briefly worked at The Blitz as a cloakroom attendant.
Music Career: When Boy George's outlandish dress sense caught the attention of music mogul Malcolm McLaren (the former manager of the Sex Pistols), he arranged for an audition with Bow Wow Wow. However, Boy George decided to form his own band, with the bass player Mikey Craig. They were later joined by Jon Moss on drums, who had previously played with the Damned and Adam and the Ants. The last member to join was Roy Hay.
Culture Club's debut single, 'Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?' was released in 1982, after they signed to Virgin Records in the UK and Epic Records in the US. The song was a number one hit in the UK and was followed by another Top 10 hit, ''Time (Clock of the Heart)'. Culture Club became the first group since The Beatles to have three Top 10 US hits from their first album.
Colour By Numbers was Culture Club's second album. The track 'Church of the Poisoned Mind' featured Helen Terry and 'Karma Chameleon' added to their growing list of hits, along with 'Miss Me Blind' and 'Victims'.
The various members of Culture Club contributed to the soundtrack to the film Electric Dreams, with P.P. Arnold also collaborating with them.
Culture Club's third album, Waking Up With the House on Fire did not sell as well as its two predecessors, though 'The War Song' was a hit single. Boy George sang one of the lead vocals on the Band Aid charity single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'
It has been reported that by 1985, Boy George had developed a heroin addiction. Around the time that the band's fourth album (From Luxury To Heartache) was released, Boy George was arrested for possession of cannabis. Michael Rudetski, a former Culture Club collaborator, was found dead in Boy George's home, from a heroin overdose. Soon after this, the band disbanded.
Boy George went on to launch a solo career, with his debut album entitled Sold. In 1989, Boy George started to record under the pseudonym Jesus Loves You and released tracks on his own label More Protein. He also had a hit with the Pet Shop Boys in 1992, entitled 'The Crying Game'.
In 1995, Boy George release a more rock-based Cheapness and Beauty, though the album was not a success. In 1997, Boy George formed another group with John Themis and Richie Stevens, named Dubversive, though they failed to attract any label interest. 1999 saw Boy George collaborating with Faithless on 'Why Go', from their Sunday 8PM album. He also collaborated with Groove Armada.
Boy George continued to work throughout the 2000s, mixing compilations for Ministry of Sound and Fantazia. He also starred in the West End musical Taboo, which was based on his life story (though he did not play himself).
In 2002, Boy George released an acoustic compilation, U Can Never B2 Straight. He then turned to electronica, releasing music under the moniker The Twin. Five years later, he released Time Machine on Plan A Records, which was co-written by Amanda Ghost (who has also written for James Blunt, among others). Boy George has also co-written tracks for Mica Paris, Charlotte Church and the Beach Boys.
Personal Life: In 1995, Kirk Brandon (of Spear of Destiny and Theatre of Hate) sued Boy George for libel after Boy George claimed that they had had a love affair, in his autobiography Take it Like A Man. The case was won by Boy George.
Boy George has been in trouble with the law on a number of occasions, for cocaine possession, failure to appear in court, and assault and false imprisonment. For the latter offence, Boy George was forced to wear an ankle monitor tag and as a result, he was not allowed to enter the final series of Celebrity Big Brother, which eventually starred Lady Sovereign and Vinnie Jones.
The singer is leaving Will.i.am as the only original coach over on ITV
While Will.i.am seems desperate never to leave singing reality show, The Voice UK, the format can’t seem to keep anyone else whether on BBC or its new home ITV and one series wonder Boy George is the latest coach to call it quits.
Boy George is the latest coach to quit The Voice UK
The 55-year-old took to Twitter to reveal he would not be following the show across the television spectrum but wished Wiill.i.am luck on his continuing venture.
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The talent competition may be switching channels, but Will.i.am isn't going anywhere.
‘The Voice’ coach Will.i.am has confirmed he’ll be staying on with the show when it moves to ITV next year. The Black Eyed Peas main man has been with the show since its first series in 2012 and has seen a revolving door of fellow music stars join him on the panel.
Will.i.am will be retuning to ‘The Voice’.
Will will also be a coach on spin-ff show ‘The Voice Kids’, which is aimed at 7 to 14 year olds. In a statement he said: “I’m delighted to be continuing ‘The Voice UK’ on ITV and being a voice of direction and guidance for the usual suspects, and I’m thrilled to add ‘The Voice Kids’ to the mix.”
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Culture Club recently reformed and Boy George and the rest of the band were at the ABC studios where they performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 28th June 2016
The 35-year-old first found success with Liberty X back in 2001.
Kevin Simm has been crowned this year’s winner of BBC talent show ‘The Voice’, beating rival Jolan to take the crown. The 35-year-old is a talent show veteran, having previously appeared on 2001 BBC show ‘Popstars’, where he formed group Liberty X with Michelle Heaton, Tony Lundon, Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young.
Kevin Simm has won ‘The Voice’ 2016.
After his victory was announced, the father of two said: "I can't believe it. I'm so grateful to everyone who has voted for me. I couldn't have dreamed this would happen, especially at my ripe old age.” In the early 2000s Simm had enjoyed 10 consecutive top 20 singles with Liberty X. But after the group split in 2007 he had been reduced to £100 a night gigs to provide for his family.
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Robbie is reportedly being eyed as a judge when the talent show moves to ITV next year.
Robbie Williams is reportedly being considered to take a judge’s seat on ‘The Voice’ as part of a massive revamp of the talent show, once it moves from BBC to ITV. According to The Daily Star, ITV thinks Robbie ‘ticks all the boxes’ and would be a perfect fit for the judging panel.
Could Robbie Williams soon be seen on ‘The Voice’?
An insider told the newspaper: “X Factor have been courting Robbie for years but The Voice team think they have a better chance because their filming schedule is shorter, and it allows him to concentrate on other projects.”
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They might be on rival talent shows, but Boy George only has love for Simon Cowell.
‘The Voice’s’ Boy George has admitted he’s “in love” with ‘X Factor’ judge Simon Cowell and would even date the music mogul. George also revealed that a spot on the ‘X Factor’ judging panel was once talked about, but he’s glad he ended up with a chair on ‘The Voice’ instead.
Boy George has strong feelings towards Simon Cowell.
Speaking to The Sun, George said: “I’ve always felt Simon might be part of my future. I have this weird feeling that somehow we’ll either have dinner together or maybe we’ll become lovers. I love watching him on his shows.”
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Viewers couldn’t believe Rick Snowdon’s amazing transformation.
Viewers of ‘The Voice’ were left astounded last night (February 13th) when one contestant shared his incredible weight loss story. Rick Snowdon, 29, appeared on the BBC singing competition after shedding over 13 stone, by beating his sugar addiction and focusing on music.
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Paloma apparently incurred the wrath of George's acid tongue when she pretended to fall asleep while he was talking.
‘The Voice’s new judges certainly seem to be doing the trick when it comes to getting publicity for the singing contest, with Paloma Faith reportedly storming off the set after a row with Boy George after he called her “b****y” and “extremely rude”.
Viewers are set to see footage of the feisty clash this weekend, as former Liberty X star Kevin Simm unwittingly causes a maelstrom between the two newcomers to the judging panel. The contestant is apparently aiming for a second shot at stardom, nearly 15 years after the group was put together on ITV’s ‘Popstars’, and gave a rendition of Sia’s hit ‘Chandelier’ for the judges.
Boy George is a new judge on 'The Voice'
Continue reading: Paloma Faith Flees 'The Voice' Stage After Boy George Lays Into Her
The fifth and current series of ‘The Voice’ will be the last to air on the BBC.
The BBC have confirmed they have lost talent show 'The Voice' to rival channel ITV, after refusing to engage in "a bidding war". The fifth and upcoming series will be the last to air on BBC, before it moves over to ITV as part of their Saturday night line-up.
‘The Voice’ judge, Boy George.
In a statement BBC Acting Director of Television Mark Linsey confirmed that the upcoming fifth series would be the last to air on the channel. "The BBC is incredibly proud of ‘The Voice’, but the fifth series which starts in January will be our last.”
‘The Voice’ audience doesn't seem to get Boy George’s sense of humour yet.
A rep for BBC talent series ‘The Voice’ has said that judge Boy George was just joking when he claimed he had slept with Prince during a live taping of the show. George’s comments have been making headlines worldwide with many taking them pretty seriously, but it seems some people just aren’t getting the singer’s sense of humour yet.
Boy George was just joking when he claimed he’d slept with Prince.
Speaking to People, a rep for ‘The Voice’ said the whole thing was just "a joke" by the Culture Club frontman which has been taking out of context. "He just went, 'Oh darling, I've slept with him,'" the spokesperson said. "He went on to say that he had Prince posters on his wall as a kid. He was never being serious.”
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He made the claim while shooting the new series of 'The Voice', which sent the audience "wild" and caused producers to temporarily stop filming.
The ‘80s pop star and Culture Club singer is reported to have sent BBC production staff into such a frenzy that the shoot, in front of a studio audience, had to be temporarily shut down in the wake of the jaw-dropping claim, according to The Sun.
A source told the paper that the 54 year old singer’s revelation “sent the audience absolutely wild and forced producers to stop filming”.
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Date of birth
14th June, 1961