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Amanda Seyfried: 'I Want To Play Songbird Eva Cassidy'


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Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried has her sights set on portraying tragic singer/songwriter Eva Cassidy on the big screen.

As she promotes her new movie portrayal of former porn queen Linda Lovelace, the actress admits she has another biopic or two on her mind.

She says, "I'd like to play Eva Cassidy, I'd like to play Hillary Clinton."

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Adele- Bittersweet Success In Funeral Charts


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Adele's instant modern classic 'Someone Like You' immediately struck a chord for those mourning a relationship, so it's no real surprise that this solemn ballad has made it to number 22 in the Co-Operative Funeralcare's chart for funeral songs- a list of the most requested songs at funerals over the past 12 months.

Adele's appearance in the list continues a growing tradition of pop music overtaking the place of hymns at funerals, so found the survey of 250 of the 900 funeral homes run by the Co-Operative. In fact, Gigwise reports that “They found that pop music has replaced hymns in two-thirds of British funerals as hymns have fallen to 30% of funeral music requests.” For the past seven years Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' has topped the list, and is requested at 15% of all funerals. Plus more ironic songs such as Monty Python's 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' often makes an appearance.

The Top 10 pop songs requested at funerals in 2012 include Eva Cassidy's 'Over the Rainbow', Nat King Cole 'Unforgettable' and Robbie Williams' 'Angels' among others.

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Bittersweet Success For Adele In Funeral Charts


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Adele's instant modern classic 'Someone Like You' immediately struck a chord for those mourning a relationship, so it's no real surprise that this solemn ballad has made it to number 22 in the Co-Operative Funeralcare's chart for funereal songs - a list of the most requested songs at funerals over the past 12 months.

Adele's appearance on the list continues a growing tradition of pop music overtaking the place of hymns at funerals, so found the survey of 250 of the 900 funeral homes run by the Co-Operative. In fact, Gigwise reports that “They found that pop music has replaced hymns in two-thirds of British funerals as hymns have fallen to 30% of funeral music requests.” For the past seven years Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' has topped the list, and is requested at 15% of all funerals. Plus more ironic songs such as Monty Python's 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' often makes an appearance.

The Top 10 pop songs requested at funerals in 2012 include Eva Cassidy's 'Over the Rainbow', Nat King Cole 'Unforgettable' and Robbie William's 'Angels' among others.Only 4% of funerals now have classic music requested and hymns account for only 30% of songs at funerals. The popularity of Adele's song may be in the million records that it sold in 2011 and her heart wrenching rendition that she performed at the Brit Awards in the same year, where she was overwhelmed by tears by the end of her performance.


Chuck Brown, Godfather Of Go-go, Dies Aged 75


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Chuck Brown, the man dubbed 'the godfather of go-go' has died, aged 75, BBC News reports today. As a guitarist and singer in Washington DC in the 1970s, Brown helped to create the city's lively 'go-go' scene; a mixture of funk, soul and Latin music. His biggest hit, 'Bustin' Loose,' spent a month at the top of the US R&B chart. Brown was particularly well-known on the scene for his energetic live performances, which often went on for hours, with very few breaks in between songs.

The Mayor of Washington DC, Vincent Gray, paid tribute to Chuck, saying "Go-go is DC's very own unique contribution to the world of pop music. Today is a very sad day for music lovers the world over". Chuck served time in prison in the 1950s and 1960s, for murder after shooting a man in what he claims was self-defence. It was during his time behind bars, that he got his first guitar, after trading it for five cartons of cigarettes with a fellow inmate. Once out of prison, he formed the band the Soul Searchers, combining "funky horns with lively percussion and his own deep vocals to create vibrant club tunes."

Although the go-go scene struggled to make an impact outside of its own city at the time, and was soon usurped by hip-hop, Chuck Brown's legacy endures. He is credited for launching the career of Eva Cassidy, when they performed together on the album The Other Side. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2010, for his collaboration with Jill Scott, entitled 'Love.'

Michael Bolton 'Duets' With Tragic Eva Cassidy On Tv Show


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Tragic singer Eva Cassidy duetted with Michael Bolton from beyond the grave on Monday (19Mar12) in a haunting performance live on British TV.

The veteran crooner sampled Cassidy's classic version of the Sting song Fields of Gold for a collaboration on his album Gems - The Duets Collection, which was released last year (11).

And in an appearance on U.K. talk show Loose Women on Monday, Bolton used a tape of Cassidy to 'duet' with her on the track, as poignant images of the late singer were shown on screen.

Presenter Carol Vorderman told viewers Bolton would be staging "a very special performance featuring vocals from the late, great Eva Cassidy - a woman made world famous by her version of this song".

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Cassidy Sells Millions From Beyond The Grave


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Late singer Eva Cassidy has scored a gold record in the U.K. and sold more than 3.5 million albums - 12 years after her death.


The star's latest LP, Somewhere, has shifted 100,000 copies in Britain, rising to number four on the U.K. album charts.


Although she only released one LP in her lifetime, another 10 discs featuring Cassidy - including compilations and live shows - have hit shelves since her death.


And her overall sales figures in the U.K. have now topped 3.5 million.

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Fourth Week For Katy Perry At Top Of UK Charts

By on 01 September 2008

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Katy Perry's I Kissed A Girl has held on to the UK number one spot for the fourth week in a row.

The 23-year-old held off the challenge of Eric Prydz to crown a month at the top of the singles charts.

Rihanna's Disturbia climbed one place to number three while Biffy Clyro rose five places to number five with Mountains.

Though The Verve's Love is Noise fell two places to number nine, their new album Forth debuted at the top of the charts.

Slipknot's fourth album All Hope is Gone opened at number two while Somewhere, a new collection of Eva Cassidy recordings, charted at number four.

King of Pop, a Michael Jackson best of compilation for which fans were able to vote to decide the tracklisting, completed the top five in the album chart.

The top ten singles in the UK are: (last week's position)

1 Katy Perry: I Kissed A Girl (1)
2 Eric Prydz: Pjanoo (-)
3 Rihanna: Disturbia (4)
4 Script: The Man Who Can't Be Moved (2)
5 Biffy Clyro: Mountains (10)
6 Kid Rock: All Summer Long (3)
7 Madcon: Beggin' (5)
8 Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris: Dance Wiv Me (6)
9 Verve: Love Is Noise (7)
10 Noah and the Whale: 5 Years Time (8)

The top ten albums in the UK are: (last week's position)

1 Verve: Forth (-)
2 Slipknot: All Hope is Gone (-)
3 Script: The Script (1)
4 Eva Cassidy: Somewhere (-)
5 Michael Jackson: King of Pop (-)
6 Abba: Gold - Greatest Hits (2)
7 Duffy: Rockferry (3)
8 Coldplay: Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends (4)
9 Game: LAX (-)
10 Teddy Thompson: Piece Of What You Need (-)

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X Factor Producers Under Fire For 'Unfair Editing'

By on 22 August 2008

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The X Factor is generating tabloid headlines yet again, with its producers' editing the latest target of the show's critics.

Seventeen-year-old wannabe Alexandra Davies has accused X Factor bosses of asking her to talk about the unhappy reputation of her home town, Bridgend, which has seen 23 suicides in the last two years.

"Because of all the bad press that Bridgend has had recently I just think that getting through would be a good bit of news that we need," she said on Saturday's show.

"Today is a big deal. This is where my confidence needs to deliver and I can prove to myself that I can do this."

Now Alexandra has come out fighting against the show's producers, saying she would much rather have left this particular sob story out of her own narrative.

"I would much rather be known for the talent than the girl that comes from the suicide town. I didn't know I was going to be on television and didn't think I would be on as much as I was," she said.

ITV has denied any pressure being placed by its producers on the teenager, whose performance of Eva Cassidy's Fields of Gold saw her go through to the show's second round.

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Leon Tops Chart Again

By on 31 December 2007

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X Factor winner Leon Jackson extended his run at the top of the singles charts for a second week with his version of Disney classic When You Believe.

The Scottish crooner became the third consecutive winner of the ITV1 show to top off victory on the show with the Christmas number one prize last week.

The Christmas hangover chart saw several of last week's festive classics slip out of the top ten, including Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua's What A Wonderful World which fell from two to 14.

The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's classic Fairytale of New York managed to cling on, slipping to nine from four, as publicity surrounding BBC censorship attracted sales.

This week, though, it was 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis who made her powerful presence felt, climbing up a spot to number two with debut single Bleedin' Love.

That track was the biggest selling single of the year, beating Rihanna's Umbrella and Mika's Grace Kelly to the title in the 2007 total sales chart.

In just two weeks Jackson sold enough copies to get to number four, while Take That's Rule the World was the fifth-best selling.

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Leon Grabs Christmas No 1

By on 23 December 2007

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X Factor winner Leon Jackson has grabbed the UK Christmas number one spot with his debut single.

The Scottish crooner's debut single When You Believe flew off the shelves this week, knocking What a Wonderful World, Katie Melua's duet with the late Eva Cassidy, into second place.

And as well as scooping a £1 million record contract after his win on the ITV1 talent show, the 18-year-old sold a massive 276,000 copies of When You Believe, the highest weekly total for any track released in 2007.

"It's been a great ending to a fantastic year and it's just the best Christmas present I could ever wish for," Jackson told BBC Radio 1's chart show.

Though a third consecutive X Factor Christmas number one was widely predicted, the recent furore surrounding the Pogues' 1987 classic Fairytale of New York saw the song make a late charge for the top spot.

BBC Radio 1 attempted to censor the song this week only to be forced into an embarrassing climb-down after thousands of people complained.

And it climbed to fourth in the UK charts, pushing entries from Soulja Boy and Mariah Carey down the charts.

But Leon held on to mark the third Christmas number one in a row from an X Factor winner.

Leon's cover of When You Believe - the 1998 Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston duet - was only officially released in stores on Monday, but fans were able to download the ballad since his unexpected victory was announced last weekend.

Top ten UK singles: (last week's position)

1 Leon Jackson - When You Believe (new entry)
2 What A Wonderful World - Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua (1)
3 Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis (2)
4 Fairytale of New York - The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl (8)
5 Crank That – Soulja Boy (3)
6 All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey (4)
7 Rule the World – Take That (7)
8 Valerie - Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse (11)
9 Call the Shots - Girls Aloud (5)
10 Apologise – Timbaland featuring One Republic (6)

Top five UK albums:

1 Spirit – Leona Lewis (1)
2 Back Home – Westlife (2)
3 Call Me Irresponsible – Michael Buble (3)
4 Vivere: The best of - Andrea Bocelli (6)
5 Long Road out of Eden – Eagles (5)

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