British pop stars The Hoosiers have split from their record label following disagreements over the promotion of their latest album.
The Goodbye Mr A hitmakers were unhappy with the way executives at Sony marketed their 2010 record The Illusion of Safety and have decided to part ways with the company.
The trio is now planning to reissue the album with extra songs and a new title, Bumpy Ride.
Frontman Irwin Sparkes tells Scotland's Daily Record, "I don't think many people knew that the second album had been released. So we're having to reissue it to bring it to people's awareness."
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THE Hoosiers frontman IRWIN SPARKES is looking forward to a busy Valentine's Day - he's promised to send a romantic message to every fan who sponsors his upcoming marathon attempt.
The British singer plans to run the London Marathon in April (11) and hopes to raise $7,500 (£5,000) for support group charity Samaritans.
Sparkes admits he's daunted by the prospect of taking on the 26.4-mile (42.2-kilometre) race - but he's determined to maximise his fundraising potential by offering a saucy gift to any fans who sponsor him before February 14.
He says, "I am not expecting any cards this Valentine's Day so I am hoping my fans will show me some love by sponsoring me ahead of 14 February. I will return the romance and send you all a Valentine's message!"
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THE Hoosiers frontman IRWIN SPARKES is set to run the 2011 Virgin London marathon to raise money for charity.
The singer hopes to make $7,500 (£5,00) for U.K.-based support group Samaritans, which provides help and advice over the phone to those in need.
Sparkes admits the prospect of running 26.4 miles (42.2 kilometres) is daunting, but he's determined to finish.
He says, "I'm running for Samaritans to raise awareness of the invaluable help they give to people. This will be my first ever marathon and I just hope I don't finish last, after all those brave runners in massive costumes! The money I raise will help in making sure this worthwhile cause is open round the clock 365 days a year."
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British pop stars THE Hoosiers feared their second album would never materialise because they were struck down with a bout of writers' block.
The group scored a chart hit with its debut record The Trick to Life in 2007 and they have been busy working on the follow-up for the last three years.
But the project was nearly abandoned after the musicians hit a wall and failed to create any new songs.
In a column for Britain's Daily Star, the band writes, "It's been three years since we released our last album... and for a scary moment or two we didn't think there would ever be a follow-up. We had serious writers' block for the first six months of working on the (album)... We'd sit down at the piano, or with our guitars, and try to create something but sweet FA (f**k all) would materialise. People think we're always happy, but we were getting quite fatalistic about it. Nevertheless we kept battling and about seven months in, something clicked and the songs started coming together."
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Dennis Hopper, who appeared in more than 200 movies and television dramas during his career but is remembered best for his role in the '60s' counterculture film Easy Rider , died in the Venice area of Los Angeles Saturday at the age of 74 from prostate cancer. A contemporary of James Dean (the two studied acting at New York's famed Actors Studio), Hopper appeared with Dean in 1995's Rebel Without a Cause and, the following year, in Giant . But 13 years of routine movie and TV roles ensued before he became an overnight film sensation as the director, co-writer (with Peter Fonda and Terry Southern), and co-star (with Fonda and Jack Nicholson) of 1969's Easy Rider. The success of the movie, made for less than $1 million, established Hopper as a Hollywood wunderkind, and Hollywood turned to him to show it the way. They eagerly bestowed another $1 million on him to devise a follow-up counterculture paean. But Hopper, reportedly high on assorted designer drugs that he bought with his newfound wealth, contrived a film that only an acid head could appreciate. It was titled The Last Movie , and for a time it seemed that it might also be Hopper's last movie. The film opened in a single theater in New York in 1971 and quickly closed. Aside from a handful of festivals it has never been seen in a theater since. The wonder is that Hopper's career survived that debacle at all. An even greater wonder is that it survived his numerous bouts with drugs and alcohol over the years. For he continued to appear in films, albeit almost always as a crazed villain, a druggy, or an alcoholic, virtually until the end. He even received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor in 1986 for his performance as an alcoholic basketball coach in Hoosiers . In its obituary today, Britain's Guardian newspaper recalled that Hopper once remarked "There are moments that I've had some real brilliance, you know. ... And sometimes, in a career, moments are enough."
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