Andrea Bocelli - Andrea Bocelli Leads Classic Brit Awards Nominations

Blind tenor Andrea Bocelli is to be honoured at the upcoming Classic Brit Awards with the event's International Artist of the Year prize.
The Italian opera star has also been nominated for Male Artist of the Year and his Concerto - One Night In Central Park is up for Album of the Year.
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, composers Paul Mealor and Ennio Morricone, tenor Noah Stewart and guitarist Milos Karadaglic have landed multiple nominations for the prestigious British music awards too.
Hollywood composer John Williams will be honoured at the prizegiving event with a Lifetime Achievement Award, while he will also compete for Composer of the Year with Morricone and Mealor.
The event will be held at London's Royal Albert Hall next month (Oct12).


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Out Now - UK Albums Releases: Biffy Clyro's Double Disc Opus Opposites, Fleetwood Mac Release 35th Birthday Version Of Rumours, Justin Bieber's Believe Gets Stripped 3472289 News

Biffy Clyro have, somewhat ambitiously, decided to opt for a double album release for their sixth studio album. The Scottish alt-rockers recently described the Opposites experience as “like climbing up Mount Biffymanjaro,” in an interview with NME. We’re hoping that this means they see it as a rewarding experience, rather than a death-defying and terribly gruelling one. The two discs are named separately: The Land At The End Of Our Toes and The Sand At The Core Of Our Bones. With 20 songs spread across the two discs, this is a ballsy approach from a band of Biffy Clyro’s stature.

Reviews suggest that – somewhat predictably – the quality control may have been overlooked in favour of adding out the two discs and that they have lost their edge, in favour of a more stadium-friendly sound. That’s not to say that the band are being shunned for their grand gesture, though; Opposites remains a sturdy effort and will go down well with Biffy’s ever-growing fan base.

Watch the video for Biffy Clyro's 'Black Chandelier'

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was the album that truly broke the band into the big time, back in 1977. A 3CD, 35th anniversary edition of the album is released this week (yeah, we’re a little bamboozled by the maths on this one), amidst the excitement and anticipation of the tour that the band will embark upon later this year. It was initially rumoured that the band would be playing Glastonbury Festival but that’s now looking like it won’t happen as they have American dates scheduled on the weekend of the festival.

This special edition release features the original album, with classic tracks such as ‘Don’t Stop’ and the painfully bitter break-up song ‘Go Your Own Way’ (the band were going through some well-documented personal struggles when the album was written and recorded). The second disc features live versions of the album’s tracks, as well as extras, such as ‘World Turning’ and ‘Monday Morning.’ Disc three is rife with the stuff of a Fleetwood Mac collector’s fantasies: demo recordings, early takes, acoustic versions and instrumentals. Think you’re a Fleetwood Mac fan? Think again. Not until you’ve purchased this definitive release of their breakthrough album. 

Watch the video for Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way' (Live)

Talking of acoustic versions, Justin Bieber has decided to release an acoustic version of his 2012 album Believe. Entitled, somewhat imaginatively, Believe Acoustic, the album also contains three new songs, just to make sure that fans are getting a little something more for their money, rather than simply the pared down versions of the tracks they already own.

One for the die-hard fans of course, the acoustic versions and rearrangements of the songs that Bieber fans are already familiar won’t be receiving quite the fanfare that the original album did and we very much doubt that it will prompt another celebratory tattoo from the teenage pop star (unless he fancied getting the words “cash cow” inked upon him somewhere.

Watch the video for Justin Bieber's 'As Long As You Love Me' (Acoustic)

Moving away from pop to classical, one of the world’s most famous tenor’s, Andrea Bocelli releases Passione. The album features vistors from the world of pop though; Bocelli duets with Nelly Furtado and Jennifer Lopez, lending the album a crossover appeal. Ever since 1999’ Sogno, Bocelli’s albums have been regular hitters in the UK Top 20 and there’s no reason why Passione should be any different. He’s one of the biggest selling classical singers and has an enduring appeal that never fails to translate into record sales. 

Watch the video for Andrea Bocelli - 'Amazing Grace' (Live)

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Biffy Clyro have, somewhat ambitiously, decided to opt for a double album release for their sixth studio album. The Scottish alt-rockers recently described the Opposites experience as “like climbing up Mount Biffymanjaro,” in an interview with NME. We’re hoping that this means they see it as a rewarding experience, rather than a death-defying and terribly gruelling one. The two discs are named separately: The Land At The End Of Our Toes and The Sand At The Core Of Our Bones. With 20 songs spread across the two discs, this is a ballsy approach from a band of Biffy Clyro’s stature.

Reviews suggest that – somewhat predictably – the quality control may have been overlooked in favour of adding out the two discs and that they have lost their edge, in favour of a more stadium-friendly sound. That’s not to say that the band are being shunned for their grand gesture, though; Opposites remains a sturdy effort and will go down well with Biffy’s ever-growing fan base.

Watch the video for Biffy Clyro's 'Black Chandelier'

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was the album that truly broke the band into the big time, back in 1977. A 3CD, 35th anniversary edition of the album is released this week (yeah, we’re a little bamboozled by the maths on this one), amidst the excitement and anticipation of the tour that the band will embark upon later this year. It was initially rumoured that the band would be playing Glastonbury Festival but that’s now looking like it won’t happen as they have American dates scheduled on the weekend of the festival.

This special edition release features the original album, with classic tracks such as ‘Don’t Stop’ and the painfully bitter break-up song ‘Go Your Own Way’ (the band were going through some well-documented personal struggles when the album was written and recorded). The second disc features live versions of the album’s tracks, as well as extras, such as ‘World Turning’ and ‘Monday Morning.’ Disc three is rife with the stuff of a Fleetwood Mac collector’s fantasies: demo recordings, early takes, acoustic versions and instrumentals. Think you’re a Fleetwood Mac fan? Think again. Not until you’ve purchased this definitive release of their breakthrough album. 

Watch the video for Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way' (Live)

Talking of acoustic versions, Justin Bieber has decided to release an acoustic version of his 2012 album Believe. Entitled, somewhat imaginatively, Believe Acoustic, the album also contains three new songs, just to make sure that fans are getting a little something more for their money, rather than simply the pared down versions of the tracks they already own.

One for the die-hard fans of course, the acoustic versions and rearrangements of the songs that Bieber fans are already familiar won’t be receiving quite the fanfare that the original album did and we very much doubt that it will prompt another celebratory tattoo from the teenage pop star (unless he fancied getting the words “cash cow” inked upon him somewhere.

Watch the video for Justin Bieber's 'As Long As You Love Me' (Acoustic)

Moving away from pop to classical, one of the world’s most famous tenor’s, Andrea Bocelli releases Passione. The album features vistors from the world of pop though; Bocelli duets with Nelly Furtado and Jennifer Lopez, lending the album a crossover appeal. Ever since 1999’ Sogno, Bocelli’s albums have been regular hitters in the UK Top 20 and there’s no reason why Passione should be any different. He’s one of the biggest selling classical singers and has an enduring appeal that never fails to translate into record sales. 

Watch the video for Andrea Bocelli - 'Amazing Grace' (Live)

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The Queen Mistakes Robbie Williams For Pudsey's Trainer 3386862 News

Having met and performed for her on more than one occasion and being one of biggest names in modern British pop music, Robbie Williams has admitted that HRH Queen Elizabeth II still has no clue who he is.

At one point, Robbie told the crowd at last night's triumphant comeback show at London's o2 Academy, during the most recent encounter with the Royal at the Royal Variety Performance this month where Robbie shared the stage with Alicia Keys, Neil Diamond, Kylie Minogue, Andrea Bocelli and Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey, the Queen met with the performers after the show and apparently thought that the former Take That star was Pudsey's trainer! He told the crowd: "At the Royal Variety Performance, in the line-up afterwards, we were shaking hands... and she thought I was Pudsey's trainer."

Robbie of course also made an appearance at this years Diamond Jubilee festivities that was organised by Take That head honcho and OBE recipient Gary Barlow, and even then the Queen failed to recognise him in the proceedings after the show admitting, "she thought I was a member of congress."

Ouch, don't worry Robbie we wont forget you anytime soon.

Having met and performed for her on more than one occasion and being one of biggest names in modern British pop music, Robbie Williams has admitted that HRH Queen Elizabeth II still has no clue who he is.

At one point, Robbie told the crowd at last night's triumphant comeback show at London's o2 Academy, during the most recent encounter with the Royal at the Royal Variety Performance this month where Robbie shared the stage with Alicia Keys, Neil Diamond, Kylie Minogue, Andrea Bocelli and Britain's Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey, the Queen met with the performers after the show and apparently thought that the former Take That star was Pudsey's trainer! He told the crowd: "At the Royal Variety Performance, in the line-up afterwards, we were shaking hands... and she thought I was Pudsey's trainer."

Robbie of course also made an appearance at this years Diamond Jubilee festivities that was organised by Take That head honcho and OBE recipient Gary Barlow, and even then the Queen failed to recognise him in the proceedings after the show admitting, "she thought I was a member of congress."

Ouch, don't worry Robbie we wont forget you anytime soon.

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Bocelli Sang To Baby Daughter In Delivery Room 2936146 News Opera star Andrea Bocelli serenaded his baby daughter in the delivery room just moments after her birth.
The blind Italian tenor, who is father to two teenage sons from a previous relationship, welcomed a little girl called Virginia with his current partner Veronica Berti last month (Mar12).
The couple has shown off the little girl in a new spread for Britain's Hello! magazine, and Bocelli reveals he sang Ange Adorable from Romeo and Juliet when he went into the delivery room to hold his daughter for the first time.
He says, "We heard the applause when Virginia came out," and Berti adds, "When Andrea held her, Virginia had her eyes wide open, like she was watching him."
The singer also admits he is opting out of diaper-changing duties, but will happily sing his little girl to sleep every night: "It's not so interesting for me to change the pannolino (diapers)... My job is to sing her to sleep."
Opera star Andrea Bocelli serenaded his baby daughter in the delivery room just moments after her birth.
The blind Italian tenor, who is father to two teenage sons from a previous relationship, welcomed a little girl called Virginia with his current partner Veronica Berti last month (Mar12).
The couple has shown off the little girl in a new spread for Britain's Hello! magazine, and Bocelli reveals he sang Ange Adorable from Romeo and Juliet when he went into the delivery room to hold his daughter for the first time.
He says, "We heard the applause when Virginia came out," and Berti adds, "When Andrea held her, Virginia had her eyes wide open, like she was watching him."
The singer also admits he is opting out of diaper-changing duties, but will happily sing his little girl to sleep every night: "It's not so interesting for me to change the pannolino (diapers)... My job is to sing her to sleep."
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Bocelli: 'Pavarotti Launched My Career' 1767466 News Singer ANDREA BOCELLI has credited late opera legend LUCIANO PAVAROTTI with launching his career - but insists he's not the star's singing successor. The Italian tenor, 49, is grateful for fellow countryman Pavarotti's support during his life, branding him a "key player" in his chart success. But Bocelli remains adamant no other star could ever come close to emulating the late singer's talent. He says, "He played a key role in my career. He was the first important person to believe in me and introduced me to other important people. He helped open a lot of doors that might otherwise have remained shut. "I don't think there's much point in looking for heirs to Pavarotti. He was unique. He touched people's hearts the world over in a special way. The rest of us just try to do our best." Pavarotti died after a battle with pancreatic cancer on 6 September (07). Singer ANDREA BOCELLI has credited late opera legend LUCIANO PAVAROTTI with launching his career - but insists he's not the star's singing successor. The Italian tenor, 49, is grateful for fellow countryman Pavarotti's support during his life, branding him a "key player" in his chart success. But Bocelli remains adamant no other star could ever come close to emulating the late singer's talent. He says, "He played a key role in my career. He was the first important person to believe in me and introduced me to other important people. He helped open a lot of doors that might otherwise have remained shut. "I don't think there's much point in looking for heirs to Pavarotti. He was unique. He touched people's hearts the world over in a special way. The rest of us just try to do our best." Pavarotti died after a battle with pancreatic cancer on 6 September (07). 5th November 2007 1474378
Scientology Why Bocelli Skipped Cruise Wedding Ceremony 1802872 News Opera superstar ANDREA BOCELLI sang for TOM CRUISE and KATIE HOLMES at their nuptial celebrations, but refused to attend the actual wedding because it was a Scientology-based ceremony. The celebrity couple tied the knot in November (06) and the renowned tenor performed as his gift to the newlyweds. He tells the US edition of OK! magazine, "Tom is a friend of mine. He is a big talent and has a great sensibility. "I sang two small songs - one at the party for the dinner. (It was) a romantic, classic piece in Italian." Bocelli said he was present at most of the festivities, but refused to attend the actual ceremony because he felt it went against his Catholic faith. He adds, "I was not present at the (Scientology) ceremony because I'm Catholic. I didn't think it was respectful for my religion to be there."
Jackson Disappoints At World Music Awards 1798594 News MICHAEL JACKSON returned to the stage at a starstudded World Music Awards in London last night (15NOV06), but only managed to sing a few lines of his hit WE ARE THE WORLD. Jackson was at the event to collect a Diamond Award for selling more than 100 million albums. But what was billed as a spectacular comeback for the world's biggest star fell flat. Fans outside the Earls Court venue were left fuming when Jackson failed to greet them and then revealed he wouldn't be performing - despite reports he would sing live in the British capital for the first time in nine years. Inside, the arena was only half full. The superstar did make it onstage to join a gospel choir performance of the 1985 song he co-wrote with LIONEL RICHIE - but he barely uttered a line. Jackson was presented the Diamond Award by BEYONCE KNOWLES and also a Guinness World Record for THRILLER, the biggest selling album of all time. During an emotional speech, Jackson thanked his friends, family and fans. He said, "I'm greatly humbled by this award. It was my dream that thriller would become the biggest selling album ever. I thank God and you for it's success. "There have been so many who have loved and stood by me for the 25 years I have been in the entertainment industry. I'd like to thank my children particularly. PARIS, PRINCE MICHAEL and BLANKET (PRINCE MICHAEL II) for their unconditional love. I love all my fans from the bottom of my heart." At the ceremony - hosted by LINDSAY LOHAN - MADONNA was presented with the Best Pop Artist award, Beyonce won Best R+B Artist and KANYE WEST was named Best Hip Hop Artist. KATIE MELUA, ANDREA BOCELLI and FAITHLESS also performed at the awards, being held in Britain for the first time. The full list of winners is as follows: World's Best Pop Artist - MADONNA World's Best Pop/Rock Artist - NELLY FURTADO World's Best Rock Group - NICKELBACK World's Best R+B Artist - BEYONCE KNOWLES World's Best Hip Hop Artist - KANYE WEST World's Best Latin Artist - SHAKIRA World's Best New Artist - JAMES BLUNT World's Best DJ - BOB SINCLAIR Best-selling Arabic Artist - ELISSA Best-selling British Artist - JAMES BLUNT Best-selling German Artist - TOKYO HOTEL Best-selling Irish Artist - ENYA Best-selling Italian Artist - ANDREA BOCELLI Best-selling Russian Artist - DIMA BILAN Legend Award - MARY J BLIGE Diamond Award - MICHAEL JACKSON. MICHAEL JACKSON returned to the stage at a starstudded World Music Awards in London last night (15NOV06), but only managed to sing a few lines of his hit WE ARE THE WORLD. Jackson was at the event to collect a Diamond Award for selling more than 100 million albums. But what was billed as a spectacular comeback for the world's biggest star fell flat. Fans outside the Earls Court venue were left fuming when Jackson failed to greet them and then revealed he wouldn't be performing - despite reports he would sing live in the British capital for the first time in nine years. Inside, the arena was only half full. The superstar did make it onstage to join a gospel choir performance of the 1985 song he co-wrote with LIONEL RICHIE - but he barely uttered a line. Jackson was presented the Diamond Award by BEYONCE KNOWLES and also a Guinness World Record for THRILLER, the biggest selling album of all time. During an emotional speech, Jackson thanked his friends, family and fans. He said, "I'm greatly humbled by this award. It was my dream that thriller would become the biggest selling album ever. I thank God and you for it's success. "There have been so many who have loved and stood by me for the 25 years I have been in the entertainment industry. I'd like to thank my children particularly. PARIS, PRINCE MICHAEL and BLANKET (PRINCE MICHAEL II) for their unconditional love. I love all my fans from the bottom of my heart." At the ceremony - hosted by LINDSAY LOHAN - MADONNA was presented with the Best Pop Artist award, Beyonce won Best R+B Artist and KANYE WEST was named Best Hip Hop Artist. KATIE MELUA, ANDREA BOCELLI and FAITHLESS also performed at the awards, being held in Britain for the first time. The full list of winners is as follows: World's Best Pop Artist - MADONNA World's Best Pop/Rock Artist - NELLY FURTADO World's Best Rock Group - NICKELBACK World's Best R+B Artist - BEYONCE KNOWLES World's Best Hip Hop Artist - KANYE WEST World's Best Latin Artist - SHAKIRA World's Best New Artist - JAMES BLUNT World's Best DJ - BOB SINCLAIR Best-selling Arabic Artist - ELISSA Best-selling British Artist - JAMES BLUNT Best-selling German Artist - TOKYO HOTEL Best-selling Irish Artist - ENYA Best-selling Italian Artist - ANDREA BOCELLI Best-selling Russian Artist - DIMA BILAN Legend Award - MARY J BLIGE Diamond Award - MICHAEL JACKSON. 16th November 2006 430950
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