Tom Jones: Rap Is Like Poetry

Welsh crooner TOM JONES is a huge fan of hip-hop, which he compares to poetry.

The 63-year-old IT'S NOT UNUSUAL singer is open to all types of music.

He says, "I listen to a lot of newer people - people like NELLY and USHER.

"The thing about rap is they make those words up as they go along. That's clever - like EMINEM. They have these word fights. They get up and they start to rattle one another.

"It's like poetry. It's making up poetry on the spot with a beat. The only musical part of it is the beat."

09/11/2003 21:16

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Tags: Tom Jones - Nelly - Usher - Eminem


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Manic Street Preachers Named Most Lyrically Diverse As 'Futurology' Released 4284760 News

A tasty chunk of news for the music nerds: Manic Street Preachers have been found to be the most lyrically diverse act in a study of Welsh artists. Wales Online conducted the study to celebrate the release of the rock act's latest album, Futurology, and found that 2,056 unique words were used in only the Manics' first three albums.

The band emerged as top of the study, beating fellow Welsh superstars Stereophonics and Tom Jones. As the news site so appropriately points out, "For a band who sang "libraries gave us power," it's no shock that their use of language and words to get their message across."

For comparison, Cynon Valley group Stereophonics also scored highly with 1,453 different words used in their early back-catalogue, but Tom Jones' early work in the '60s saw just 867 words used over the his three first albums, with his third most-used word being "pussycat."

Jones and the Manics' favourite words - with 73 and 66 mentions respectively - is "love" showing that, crooner or alternative rock act, emotions are always going to be high on the list of themes.

More: Listen to Manic Street Preachers' 'Walk Me To The Bridge.'

The Manics' early nineties releases Generation Terrorists, Gold Against the Soul and The Holy Bible were the records included in the study but new LP Futurology, which was released a week ago, looks to be no less verbose with a wide range of themes and thought-provoking lyrical content.

More: The sun comes out for Manic Street Preachers at Portmeirion's Festival No.6.

Band members James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore are renowned for their musically and lyrically diverse and often politically-charged songs so it's hardly a surprise that they have been identified as having an articulate range of words at their disposal.

The trio are also credited with having introduced the Japanese translation for tidal wave, "tsunami," into the English lingo in the '90s. The site also claims that Wales' musicians possess the most varied vocabularies compared with the rest of the UK, citing The Beatles' use of "love" 151 times in their first three albums.

Manic Street Preachers
The Manic Street Preachers Have Been Named As The Most "Lyrically Diverse" Welsh Music Act.

A tasty chunk of news for the music nerds: Manic Street Preachers have been found to be the most lyrically diverse act in a study of Welsh artists. Wales Online conducted the study to celebrate the release of the rock act's latest album, Futurology, and found that 2,056 unique words were used in only the Manics' first three albums.

The band emerged as top of the study, beating fellow Welsh superstars Stereophonics and Tom Jones. As the news site so appropriately points out, "For a band who sang "libraries gave us power," it's no shock that their use of language and words to get their message across."

For comparison, Cynon Valley group Stereophonics also scored highly with 1,453 different words used in their early back-catalogue, but Tom Jones' early work in the '60s saw just 867 words used over the his three first albums, with his third most-used word being "pussycat."

Jones and the Manics' favourite words - with 73 and 66 mentions respectively - is "love" showing that, crooner or alternative rock act, emotions are always going to be high on the list of themes.

More: Listen to Manic Street Preachers' 'Walk Me To The Bridge.'

The Manics' early nineties releases Generation Terrorists, Gold Against the Soul and The Holy Bible were the records included in the study but new LP Futurology, which was released a week ago, looks to be no less verbose with a wide range of themes and thought-provoking lyrical content.

More: The sun comes out for Manic Street Preachers at Portmeirion's Festival No.6.

Band members James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore are renowned for their musically and lyrically diverse and often politically-charged songs so it's hardly a surprise that they have been identified as having an articulate range of words at their disposal.

The trio are also credited with having introduced the Japanese translation for tidal wave, "tsunami," into the English lingo in the '90s. The site also claims that Wales' musicians possess the most varied vocabularies compared with the rest of the UK, citing The Beatles' use of "love" 151 times in their first three albums.

Manic Street Preachers
The Manic Street Preachers Have Been Named As The Most "Lyrically Diverse" Welsh Music Act.

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Michael Sheen, Tom Jones Cast In BBC Wales Adaptation Of 'Under Milk Wood' 4160110 News

Michael Sheen, Sir Tom Jones and Sian Phillips have been cast to star in an upcoming BBC Wales TV adaption of Under Milk Wood, a 1954 radio drama written by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The news comes a month before the centenary of Thomas’ birth and 60 years after the play was first aired on BBC radio.

Michael Sheen Under Milk Wood Michael Sheen will be lending his voice to the omnipotent narrator in Under Milk Wood.

Set in Llareggub, a fictional Welsh village, Under Milk Wood explores the dreams and thoughts of the village’s inhabitants via an omnipotent narrator. A notable 1972 film adaption starred iconic couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, while the play has also been performed in theatres.

Sir Tom Jones will star as Captain Cat, a blind sea captain dreaming of his long lost shipmates and lover, with Frost/Nixon actor Michael Sheen joining a host of other famous actors, including Griff Rhys Jones and John Rhys Davies, to play First and Second Voice.

Tom Jones
Tom Jones Will Be Helping Celebrate Two Major Milestones For Thomas & His Classic Play.

The production will be 60 minutes long, executive producer Bethan Jones explained: “It’s been an enormous privilege to work with such an extraordinary ensemble of Welsh talent for this unique presentation of Dylan Thomas’ play, and an amazing experience to witness how this familiar text feels fresh and alive when read with truth and simplicity by this wonderful cast.”

Under Milk Wood will be broadcast on BBC One Wales and available on BBCiPlayer in May to provide a fitting close to a season of shows aimed at celebrating the centenary of Dylan Thomas, who died in 1953 aged just 39 years old.

MORE: Tom Jones to headline British Summer Time festival - find out more.

MORE: Welsh actors thrilled with new movie studio

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Michael Sheen, Sir Tom Jones and Sian Phillips have been cast to star in an upcoming BBC Wales TV adaption of Under Milk Wood, a 1954 radio drama written by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The news comes a month before the centenary of Thomas’ birth and 60 years after the play was first aired on BBC radio.

Michael Sheen Under Milk Wood Michael Sheen will be lending his voice to the omnipotent narrator in Under Milk Wood.

Set in Llareggub, a fictional Welsh village, Under Milk Wood explores the dreams and thoughts of the village’s inhabitants via an omnipotent narrator. A notable 1972 film adaption starred iconic couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, while the play has also been performed in theatres.

Sir Tom Jones will star as Captain Cat, a blind sea captain dreaming of his long lost shipmates and lover, with Frost/Nixon actor Michael Sheen joining a host of other famous actors, including Griff Rhys Jones and John Rhys Davies, to play First and Second Voice.

Tom Jones
Tom Jones Will Be Helping Celebrate Two Major Milestones For Thomas & His Classic Play.

The production will be 60 minutes long, executive producer Bethan Jones explained: “It’s been an enormous privilege to work with such an extraordinary ensemble of Welsh talent for this unique presentation of Dylan Thomas’ play, and an amazing experience to witness how this familiar text feels fresh and alive when read with truth and simplicity by this wonderful cast.”

Under Milk Wood will be broadcast on BBC One Wales and available on BBCiPlayer in May to provide a fitting close to a season of shows aimed at celebrating the centenary of Dylan Thomas, who died in 1953 aged just 39 years old.

MORE: Tom Jones to headline British Summer Time festival - find out more.

MORE: Welsh actors thrilled with new movie studio

Watch Michael Sheen in the trailer for 'Frost/Nixon':
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18th April 2014 4139810
Tom Jones To Feature In Under Milk Wood Tv Adaptation 4159084 News

Veteran crooner Sir Tom Jones, singer Charlotte Church and classical star Katherine Jenkins are to join Hollywood actor Michael Sheen in a new Tv adaptation of Dylan Thomas' play Under Milk Wood.

A new small screen adaptation of the story has been put together with an all-star Welsh cast to mark the centenary of the poet's birth and 60 years since the Bbc radio debut of Under Milk Wood, which focuses on the residents of a Welsh fishing village.

Jones plays haunted seafarer Captain Cat while the cast also includes Sheen, Fantastic Four actor Ioan Gruffudd, and Brothers & Sisters star Matthew Rhys, who ironically played Thomas in 2008 movie The Edge of Love.

Singers Jenkins and Church have also landed roles in the production, along with opera star Bryn Terfel.

Jenkins tells the Bbc, "It was wonderful to be involved in a project celebrating such a great Welshman. It's also been such a joy to collaborate with so many other Welsh artists whom I respect and admire. I hope the results are a fitting tribute."

The 60-minute Tv feature is due to air in the U.K. in May (14).

A new movie adaptation of the play is also in development staring Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.

Veteran crooner Sir Tom Jones, singer Charlotte Church and classical star Katherine Jenkins are to join Hollywood actor Michael Sheen in a new Tv adaptation of Dylan Thomas' play Under Milk Wood.

A new small screen adaptation of the story has been put together with an all-star Welsh cast to mark the centenary of the poet's birth and 60 years since the Bbc radio debut of Under Milk Wood, which focuses on the residents of a Welsh fishing village.

Jones plays haunted seafarer Captain Cat while the cast also includes Sheen, Fantastic Four actor Ioan Gruffudd, and Brothers & Sisters star Matthew Rhys, who ironically played Thomas in 2008 movie The Edge of Love.

Singers Jenkins and Church have also landed roles in the production, along with opera star Bryn Terfel.

Jenkins tells the Bbc, "It was wonderful to be involved in a project celebrating such a great Welshman. It's also been such a joy to collaborate with so many other Welsh artists whom I respect and admire. I hope the results are a fitting tribute."

The 60-minute Tv feature is due to air in the U.K. in May (14).

A new movie adaptation of the play is also in development staring Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.

17th April 2014 4139810
Kylie Minogue Blames Voice Exit on Tour Times 4152270 News

The Voice may have been given a popularity boost via a certain Australian popstar, but it’ll have to source a new famous face for next season as Kylie Minogue has confirmed she won’t be returning as judge.

Kylie MinogueKylie Minogue rehearses for The Voice

The diminutive singer blamed her tour schedule, tweeting: "#Lovers, due to timing of my tour I won't be back next season for The Voice UK. Thanks to all who supported! Hope to see you on my KMO tour!"

She added on Facebook, "Hi Lovers, thanks to all of you for your incredible support throughout this past season of The Voice UK. I'm sad to say that, due to the timing of my European tour, I won't be back for Season 4. I absolutely loved my time on the show, and I'll miss all of the incredible people who were a part of my experience. I hope to see you all on my Kiss Me Once tour and wish continued success to everyone at The Voice! Love, Kylie."

The Voice UK’s executive producer Moira Ross has paid tribute to Minogue, saying that she "brought her own very special magic" to the show. "We have loved having her on the show," Ross added. "We wish her well for her tour and hope to welcome her back in the future."

Now, The Voice faces a tough task once more to keep the rest of their team together, with Minogue's fellow panellists Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am not confirmed to return for the fourth series next year. Speculation will be rife as to who will replace Kylie, but you can be sure the candidate will be female – unless one of the existing male members follows suit and leaves the show.

Jermaine JackmanJermaine Jackman was the eventual winner of 'The Voice'

The Voice may have been given a popularity boost via a certain Australian popstar, but it’ll have to source a new famous face for next season as Kylie Minogue has confirmed she won’t be returning as judge.

Kylie MinogueKylie Minogue rehearses for The Voice

The diminutive singer blamed her tour schedule, tweeting: "#Lovers, due to timing of my tour I won't be back next season for The Voice UK. Thanks to all who supported! Hope to see you on my KMO tour!"

She added on Facebook, "Hi Lovers, thanks to all of you for your incredible support throughout this past season of The Voice UK. I'm sad to say that, due to the timing of my European tour, I won't be back for Season 4. I absolutely loved my time on the show, and I'll miss all of the incredible people who were a part of my experience. I hope to see you all on my Kiss Me Once tour and wish continued success to everyone at The Voice! Love, Kylie."

The Voice UK’s executive producer Moira Ross has paid tribute to Minogue, saying that she "brought her own very special magic" to the show. "We have loved having her on the show," Ross added. "We wish her well for her tour and hope to welcome her back in the future."

Now, The Voice faces a tough task once more to keep the rest of their team together, with Minogue's fellow panellists Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am not confirmed to return for the fourth series next year. Speculation will be rife as to who will replace Kylie, but you can be sure the candidate will be female – unless one of the existing male members follows suit and leaves the show.

Jermaine JackmanJermaine Jackman was the eventual winner of 'The Voice'

12th April 2014 4140532
Kylie Minogue Quits 'The Voice', Leaving BBC In A Pickle 4151247 News

Signing up Kylie Minogue for The Voice was the BBC's way of proving that this singing contest - with its spinning chairs and blind auditions - could pack as much of a punch as The X-Factor, despite losing Danny O'Donoghue and Jessie J following its second season. The Australian was certainly a marquee signing, and alongside Tom Jones and Will.i.am (and the fella from Kaiser Chiefs), the BBC show had a judging line-up that could rival that of its ITV rival.

Jermaine JackmanJermaine Jackman Won 'The Voice'

Now, The Voice executives are on the hunt for another big name  to fill the gap left by Minogue, who has quit the show after just one season to focus on her live touring. 

"Due to timing of my tour I won't be back next season for The Voice UK," she wrote on Twitter. "Thanks to all who supported!"

"I absolutely loved my time on the show, and I'll miss all of the incredible people who were a part of my experience," the singer said.

Jermaine Jackman was crowned the winner of this year's series - the first victor of the BBC show that would probably have conquered all on The X-Factor too.

Jermaine Jackman Will.i.am The VoiceWill Will.i.am remain on the Voice without Kylie?

The problem for the BBC is not just replacing Minogue, but convincing Will.i.am - one of the biggest stars in the world - that a fourth season is worth his time. Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson had already hinted that he would only stay should Minogue sign on the dotted line, though his latest album's entry at No.1 on the charts will probably be enough to persuade him to stay.

Although the latest season enjoyed a ratings spike during the auditions stages, the live final was the least successful yet. An average audience of 6.6 million tuned in for the show, down from 7.24 million 2012 and 7.1 million the year before.

Moira Ross, executive producer at production company Wall To Wall, said: "Kylie has brought her own very special magic to The Voice UK and we have loved having her on the show.

"We wish her well for her tour and hope to welcome her back in the future."

The Voice has been commissioned for another two seasons. The X-Factor returns this summer with Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole back on the judging panel following the departure of Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger. 

Kylie Minogue goes floral for The Great Gatsby screening:
3651769-0;noautoplay; Kylie Minogue Goes Floral For 'The Great Gatsby' Screening - 09.05.2013 13:21:49

Signing up Kylie Minogue for The Voice was the BBC's way of proving that this singing contest - with its spinning chairs and blind auditions - could pack as much of a punch as The X-Factor, despite losing Danny O'Donoghue and Jessie J following its second season. The Australian was certainly a marquee signing, and alongside Tom Jones and Will.i.am (and the fella from Kaiser Chiefs), the BBC show had a judging line-up that could rival that of its ITV rival.

Jermaine JackmanJermaine Jackman Won 'The Voice'

Now, The Voice executives are on the hunt for another big name  to fill the gap left by Minogue, who has quit the show after just one season to focus on her live touring. 

"Due to timing of my tour I won't be back next season for The Voice UK," she wrote on Twitter. "Thanks to all who supported!"

"I absolutely loved my time on the show, and I'll miss all of the incredible people who were a part of my experience," the singer said.

Jermaine Jackman was crowned the winner of this year's series - the first victor of the BBC show that would probably have conquered all on The X-Factor too.

Jermaine Jackman Will.i.am The VoiceWill Will.i.am remain on the Voice without Kylie?

The problem for the BBC is not just replacing Minogue, but convincing Will.i.am - one of the biggest stars in the world - that a fourth season is worth his time. Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson had already hinted that he would only stay should Minogue sign on the dotted line, though his latest album's entry at No.1 on the charts will probably be enough to persuade him to stay.

Although the latest season enjoyed a ratings spike during the auditions stages, the live final was the least successful yet. An average audience of 6.6 million tuned in for the show, down from 7.24 million 2012 and 7.1 million the year before.

Moira Ross, executive producer at production company Wall To Wall, said: "Kylie has brought her own very special magic to The Voice UK and we have loved having her on the show.

"We wish her well for her tour and hope to welcome her back in the future."

The Voice has been commissioned for another two seasons. The X-Factor returns this summer with Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole back on the judging panel following the departure of Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger. 

Kylie Minogue goes floral for The Great Gatsby screening:
3651769-0;noautoplay; Kylie Minogue Goes Floral For 'The Great Gatsby' Screening - 09.05.2013 13:21:49

11th April 2014 4140532
Tom Jones To Headline An Eclectic Hyde Park Roster 4146820 News

Over two weekends in July, London’s Hyde Park adopts the veneer of festival season, attracting some of the world’s biggest acts to play in front of a sun-drenched crowd, weather permitting. This year’s proceedings will be headlines by legendary singer, Tom Jones, who called the park “a beautiful place,” in a statement.

Tom JonesTom Jones is clearly very excited to be headlining Hyde Park

"I love playing in Hyde Park, it's such a beautiful place and so many of the greats have played there," explained Jones, who recently reignited his popularity with a judging role on the BBC singing show, The Voice. "There is a real sense of musical history and a fantastic atmosphere that comes with playing in the middle of a great London park on a wonderful summer evening."

The family-friendly shows certainly have something for everyone, with Irish band Boyzone, X Factor winners Little Mix and veteran group 10cc all joining in on the fun. Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Neil Young & Crazyhorse, McBusted, The National, Faith No More, Backstreet Boys and Motorhead are also playing across the two July weekends in London’s famous park. 

More: Tom Jones Performs With Jessie J At Birthday Gig

“Wow, Hyde Park – so many amazing artists have played there and to be on a line up with Sir Tom Jones is a true honour,” wrote Little Mix.“We can’t wait to see all The Mixers in the summer sun. And it’s Perrie’s 21st birthday a few days before, so we will be celebrating in style,” they added.

Jones starts a worldwide tour in Nashville later this month, and will be supporting Morrissey alongside Cliff Richard as a special guest during a concert at the LA Sports Arena on 10 May. Tickets for the British Summer Time festival will go on sale on Friday 11 April at 9am.

Check out this fan video for 'Hit or Miss'
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Over two weekends in July, London’s Hyde Park adopts the veneer of festival season, attracting some of the world’s biggest acts to play in front of a sun-drenched crowd, weather permitting. This year’s proceedings will be headlines by legendary singer, Tom Jones, who called the park “a beautiful place,” in a statement.

Tom JonesTom Jones is clearly very excited to be headlining Hyde Park

"I love playing in Hyde Park, it's such a beautiful place and so many of the greats have played there," explained Jones, who recently reignited his popularity with a judging role on the BBC singing show, The Voice. "There is a real sense of musical history and a fantastic atmosphere that comes with playing in the middle of a great London park on a wonderful summer evening."

The family-friendly shows certainly have something for everyone, with Irish band Boyzone, X Factor winners Little Mix and veteran group 10cc all joining in on the fun. Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Neil Young & Crazyhorse, McBusted, The National, Faith No More, Backstreet Boys and Motorhead are also playing across the two July weekends in London’s famous park. 

More: Tom Jones Performs With Jessie J At Birthday Gig

“Wow, Hyde Park – so many amazing artists have played there and to be on a line up with Sir Tom Jones is a true honour,” wrote Little Mix.“We can’t wait to see all The Mixers in the summer sun. And it’s Perrie’s 21st birthday a few days before, so we will be celebrating in style,” they added.

Jones starts a worldwide tour in Nashville later this month, and will be supporting Morrissey alongside Cliff Richard as a special guest during a concert at the LA Sports Arena on 10 May. Tickets for the British Summer Time festival will go on sale on Friday 11 April at 9am.

Check out this fan video for 'Hit or Miss'
<iframe width="636" height="324" src="http://cache.vevo.com/m/html/embed.html?video=GBUV71200849" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

9th April 2014 4139810
Tom Jones Performs With Jessie J At Birthday Gig 4128790 News

British pop star Jessie J had a birthday to remember on Thursday (27Mar14) as music legend Sir Tom Jones took to the stage to perform with her at a special gig in London.

The Price Tag singer announced the acoustic concert in east London just hours before showtime and fans were let into the Oslo Hackney venue on a 'first-come-first-served' basis.

Jessie J put together the show to mark her 26th birthday and she had reason to celebrate when a special guest agreed to share the stage with her.

Jones, who worked with the singer on the U.K. version of The Voice singing series, wished his friend a happy birthday before joining her for a rendition of a song called Mockingbird.

British pop star Jessie J had a birthday to remember on Thursday (27Mar14) as music legend Sir Tom Jones took to the stage to perform with her at a special gig in London.

The Price Tag singer announced the acoustic concert in east London just hours before showtime and fans were let into the Oslo Hackney venue on a 'first-come-first-served' basis.

Jessie J put together the show to mark her 26th birthday and she had reason to celebrate when a special guest agreed to share the stage with her.

Jones, who worked with the singer on the U.K. version of The Voice singing series, wished his friend a happy birthday before joining her for a rendition of a song called Mockingbird.

28th March 2014 4128173
Kylie Minogue doesn't think she'll get married 4072049 News

Kylie Minogue doesn't know if she'll ever get married.

The 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' hitmaker split from her boyfriend of five years Andrés Velencoso last year due to conflicting work commitments and, although she believes in the ''power of love'', she's not sure whether she'll ever settle down completely.

She said: ''I'm a romantic and I love it, and when it happens I can definitely fall hard - you're in a spin arranging everything else so you can see that person.

''But it's not so much the picture frame with the perfect couple. I don't know if someone is gonna change all that, and I'll be walking down the aisle one day, but I've never really seen it.''

The 45-year-old singer - whose Grandmother passed away last year - also admitted that work and family are the most important things in her life.

She told The Sunday Times newspaper's Style magazine: ''I'm totally fluid. For me, love is the people I work with, it's my family.''

The Australian star - who rose to fame on the soap 'Neighbours' - recently joined BBC One talent show 'The Voice' to judge aspiring pop stars alongside fellow mentors will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and the Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson.

Kylie Minogue doesn't know if she'll ever get married.

The 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' hitmaker split from her boyfriend of five years Andrés Velencoso last year due to conflicting work commitments and, although she believes in the ''power of love'', she's not sure whether she'll ever settle down completely.

She said: ''I'm a romantic and I love it, and when it happens I can definitely fall hard - you're in a spin arranging everything else so you can see that person.

''But it's not so much the picture frame with the perfect couple. I don't know if someone is gonna change all that, and I'll be walking down the aisle one day, but I've never really seen it.''

The 45-year-old singer - whose Grandmother passed away last year - also admitted that work and family are the most important things in her life.

She told The Sunday Times newspaper's Style magazine: ''I'm totally fluid. For me, love is the people I work with, it's my family.''

The Australian star - who rose to fame on the soap 'Neighbours' - recently joined BBC One talent show 'The Voice' to judge aspiring pop stars alongside fellow mentors will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones and the Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson.

17th February 2014 4072048
Morrissey Live, With Support from Sir Cliff Richard and Tom Jones 4065994 News

Morrissey has announced two dates in the United States with support coming from Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones. According to the reliable fan-site True To You, the former Smiths frontman will perform with Tom Jones at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on May 10 before playing at Brooklyn's Barclays Center with Sir Cliff Richard on June 21.

Morrissey ManchesterMorrissey Performing at the Manchester Evening News Arena

They are the first confirmed shows since Morrissey abandoned a series of tours last year blaming a "lack of funding" and cancellations.

"Cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us," he wrote on the fan-site at the time  "and the only sensible solution seems to be the art of doing nothing."

After briefly finding himself without a record deal, Morrissey has since inked a deal with Capitol/Harvest Records who plan to release his tenth studio album in late 2014. The 54-year-old's album will be produced by Joe Chiccarelli - best known for his work with The Strokes.

The unusual gigs are announced in the same week that critic AA Gill was named the author of the Hatched Job of the Year for his scathing review of Morrissey's Autobiography - published under the Penguin Classics imprint.

MorrisseyMorrissey At The Hop Farm Festival

In his review, Gill called the book, "A cacophony of jangling, misheard and misused words . a sea of Stygian self-justification and stilted self-conscious prose."

Further live dates for Morrissey's upcoming tour are likely to be announced in the near future. 

Morrissey has announced two dates in the United States with support coming from Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones. According to the reliable fan-site True To You, the former Smiths frontman will perform with Tom Jones at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on May 10 before playing at Brooklyn's Barclays Center with Sir Cliff Richard on June 21.

Morrissey ManchesterMorrissey Performing at the Manchester Evening News Arena

They are the first confirmed shows since Morrissey abandoned a series of tours last year blaming a "lack of funding" and cancellations.

"Cancellations and illness have sucked the life out of all of us," he wrote on the fan-site at the time  "and the only sensible solution seems to be the art of doing nothing."

After briefly finding himself without a record deal, Morrissey has since inked a deal with Capitol/Harvest Records who plan to release his tenth studio album in late 2014. The 54-year-old's album will be produced by Joe Chiccarelli - best known for his work with The Strokes.

The unusual gigs are announced in the same week that critic AA Gill was named the author of the Hatched Job of the Year for his scathing review of Morrissey's Autobiography - published under the Penguin Classics imprint.

MorrisseyMorrissey At The Hop Farm Festival

In his review, Gill called the book, "A cacophony of jangling, misheard and misused words . a sea of Stygian self-justification and stilted self-conscious prose."

Further live dates for Morrissey's upcoming tour are likely to be announced in the near future. 

13th February 2014 3993334
'The Voice' Ready For A New Era, With The New Season Kicking Off Tonight 4018762 News

The Voice is back, and with an almost entirely new line-up too, as the BBC's returning singing contest hopes to come back with a bang and establish itself as a favourite with the British viewing public. Having suffered in the ratings in the last season, BBC bosses are hoping that the shake-up on the show will reinvigorate it's formula and turn the show into the country's top-rated reality contest.

The Voice
The new judging panel [L - R]: will.i.am, Rick Wilson, Kylie Minogue and Sir Tom Jones

Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson join the judge's panel, taking up the spots vacated by the departing Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue, and previous hosts Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates have been replaced too, with Emma Willis and former JLS star Marvin Humes fronting the show this time around. The question is, will this shake up be enough to see the show surpass The X Factor as the nation's favourite singing contest? And can the show actually produce any stars this time?

"Because we live in this disposable, forgetful society, we forget real fast," returning judge will.i.am told the BBC ahead of Saturday's episode. "You have to have a champion and this format doesn't really have a champion when it comes to the record company end. So after the season's finished, who's holding the singers through this tundra?"

Emma Willis Marvin Humes
Emma Willis and Marvin Humes are the show's new hosts

Next Page: the new judges prime themselves to life in the red chairs

Kylie Minogue has been speaking with the BBC ahead of her debut on the show and although the task seemed daunting at first, the Aussie singer is sure that she is ready to fill Jessie J's boots. Although initially feeling as though her ascension to the red swivel chair was like a "baptism of fire," she feels totally ready for whatever the new challenge has to offer.

Kylie MinogueRicky Wilson
Kylie and Ricky are ready for their new challenge on The Voice

"It's so totally different being in the chair and not seeing anything - it's really intense, but the fun parts are really fun," the veteran entertainer said at the launch of the show. "I think Jessie did a great job and especially for someone so young. I hope [she] enjoys seeing me in her seat and I'm very proud to be taking over the reins from her."

Ricky Wilson on the other hand sees his first foray at becoming a 'TV personality' as a chance to impose himself as a worthy success to The Script frontman, but will ensure that he succeeds him and doesn't just fit into the Irishman's place as a like-for-like copy. He joked, "I can't wear those low slung t-shirts," after admitting that he wasn't sure if he'd enjoy being on the show at first, an opinion that was quickly changed. He said, "If you'd asked me then and there I would have said: 'This is hell', but looking back it's one of those things where now I'm going: 'It was great wasn't it'."

The Voice returns to BBC1 on Saturday, 11 January at at 7.00 pm.

Tom Jones
Tom can't wait to get started on The Voice again

The Voice is back, and with an almost entirely new line-up too, as the BBC's returning singing contest hopes to come back with a bang and establish itself as a favourite with the British viewing public. Having suffered in the ratings in the last season, BBC bosses are hoping that the shake-up on the show will reinvigorate it's formula and turn the show into the country's top-rated reality contest.

The Voice
The new judging panel [L - R]: will.i.am, Rick Wilson, Kylie Minogue and Sir Tom Jones

Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson join the judge's panel, taking up the spots vacated by the departing Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue, and previous hosts Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates have been replaced too, with Emma Willis and former JLS star Marvin Humes fronting the show this time around. The question is, will this shake up be enough to see the show surpass The X Factor as the nation's favourite singing contest? And can the show actually produce any stars this time?

"Because we live in this disposable, forgetful society, we forget real fast," returning judge will.i.am told the BBC ahead of Saturday's episode. "You have to have a champion and this format doesn't really have a champion when it comes to the record company end. So after the season's finished, who's holding the singers through this tundra?"

Emma Willis Marvin Humes
Emma Willis and Marvin Humes are the show's new hosts

Next Page: the new judges prime themselves to life in the red chairs

Kylie Minogue has been speaking with the BBC ahead of her debut on the show and although the task seemed daunting at first, the Aussie singer is sure that she is ready to fill Jessie J's boots. Although initially feeling as though her ascension to the red swivel chair was like a "baptism of fire," she feels totally ready for whatever the new challenge has to offer.

Kylie MinogueRicky Wilson
Kylie and Ricky are ready for their new challenge on The Voice

"It's so totally different being in the chair and not seeing anything - it's really intense, but the fun parts are really fun," the veteran entertainer said at the launch of the show. "I think Jessie did a great job and especially for someone so young. I hope [she] enjoys seeing me in her seat and I'm very proud to be taking over the reins from her."

Ricky Wilson on the other hand sees his first foray at becoming a 'TV personality' as a chance to impose himself as a worthy success to The Script frontman, but will ensure that he succeeds him and doesn't just fit into the Irishman's place as a like-for-like copy. He joked, "I can't wear those low slung t-shirts," after admitting that he wasn't sure if he'd enjoy being on the show at first, an opinion that was quickly changed. He said, "If you'd asked me then and there I would have said: 'This is hell', but looking back it's one of those things where now I'm going: 'It was great wasn't it'."

The Voice returns to BBC1 on Saturday, 11 January at at 7.00 pm.

Tom Jones
Tom can't wait to get started on The Voice again

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