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Plan B's School Poverty Heartache

25th May 2012

British rapper Plan B has been left saddened after witnessing the plight of poor youngsters in inner city London schools.The musician, real name Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew, has teamed up with singer Leona Lewis and fellow...

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Plan B Encourages Music Lovers To Protect Hearing

22nd May 2012

British rapper Plan B is encouraging music fans to protect their hearing at gigs by wearing earplugs.The star has spoken out after suffering tinnitus, a condition resulting in a constant ringing tone in the ear...

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Plan B Unveils Brutal Gang Movie At Cannes Film Festival

21st May 2012

Plan B, the British musician and actor, has unveiled his directorial debut 'iLL Manors' at the Cannes Film Festival. The "brutal and graphic" film revolves around crime and its consequences, with particular focus on London's...

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Plan B Racially Discrimination Against At School

20th May 2012

Plan B was racially discriminated against at school. The 'iLL Manors' rapper say he was in a minority of white people at his school, located in the Forest Gate area of East London, and was...

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Leona Lewis To Teach London Kids

11th May 2012

Leona Lewis is to teach a masterclass to London teenagers.The 'Bleeding Love' hitmaker, along with rapper Plan B, will help with the BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra Academy initiative in her home town of Hackney,...

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Leona Lewis And Plan B To Hold Music Academy Sessions

11th May 2012

Leona Lewis and Plan B are to share the secrets of their success with keen youngsters after signing up to speak at a music academy masterclass in London.The stars, as well as rappers Labrinth and...

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Rita Ora Only Wanted To Sing

6th May 2012

Rita Ora couldn't imagine anything doing anything other than singing.The 'Hot Right Now' hitmaker says she has always wanted a career as a singer and had no back-up plan if her dreams failed to materialise.She...

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Fix You: Chris Martin Tells Music Fans: Wear Earplugs!

4th May 2012

Chris Martin and Plan B have both backed a campaign to raise awareness of tinnitus, Bbc News reports today (May 4, 2012). Tinnitus is a constant, usually high-pitched buzzing sound in the ears. It's often...

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Chris Martin Has Tinnitus

4th May 2012

Chris Martin is suffering from tinnitus .The Coldplay frontman contracted the debilitating condition - a persistent ringing in the ears which also causes severe headaches - over 10 years ago and he has now started...

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Plan B Says Parents Should Try Drugs

29th April 2012

Plan B advises parents to try drugs in order to teach their kids about them. The singer-and-rapper - who has previously admitted to once smoking heroin but not enjoying it - thinks the best way...

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Plan B Is Too Busy For Love

25th April 2012

Plan B only has causal relationships. The 'iLL Manors' rapper doesn't feel able to commit to any one girl as he is too busy with his career as a rapper, film maker and actor, and...

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Plan B Inspired By Arnold Schwarzenegger

24th April 2012

Plan B was inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Who and Jimi Hendrix to succeed as a musician.The 'iLL Manors' rapper grew up in the Forest Gate area of London, and while he found it tough,...

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Plan B Fears Losing Fans With Hip-hop Album

29th March 2012

Plan B fears he will lose a large portion of his fan-base after moving away from his hit soul sound to return to gritty hip-hop.The British singer/rapper, real name Benjamin Ballance-Drew, scored a hugely successful...

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Plan B Wants To Destroy Music Industry 'Machine'

28th March 2012

Plan B is in a ''great position to destroy'' the music industry ''machine''. The 'iLL Manors' rapper upset his record company with plans to follow up his million selling 'The Defamation of Strickland Banks' album...

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Stone Roses Announce Support Acts

28th March 2012

Beady Eye, Professor Green and Primal Scream have been announced as support acts for the Stone Roses' comeback shows.The legendary 'Fool's Gold' hitmakers will play three dates at Manchester's Heaton Park on June 29, 30...

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Beady Eye And Primal Scream Unveiled For Stone Roses Shows

27th March 2012

Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye, Plan B and Primal Scream have been announced as the Stone Roses' main support acts for the cult group's three reunion shows this summer (12).The Fools Gold hitmakers set a...

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Rizzle Kicks Want Prince Track

14th March 2012

Rizzle Kicks want to write a track with Prince. The 'Mamma do the Hump' group draw from an eclectic range of influences like the 'Purple Rain' star, and would like to work with him, or...

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Plan B Pulls Out Of Punk Tour

28th February 2012

British rapper/actor Plan B has axed a scheduled tour with a punk band - because he's too busy with his movie career.The star, real name Benjamin Ballance-Drew, was set to form a punk group with...

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Plan B Scraps Side Project

28th February 2012

Plan B has axed plans for a punk side project.The 'She Said' hitmaker is too busy working on his other commitments - new movie 'The Sweeney', promoting his forthcoming album 'Ill Manors' and the film...

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Jonah Hill And James Franco To Star In True Story

28th February 2012

Jonah Hill and James Franco are teaming up for 'True Story'. The 'Superbad' star and the '127 Hours' actor will appear in the movie adaptation of Michael Finkel's memoir which will see Jonah play the...

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Flo Rida Added To Radio 1'S Hackney Weekend Line-up

27th February 2012

Flo Rida has joined the star-studded line up for BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend 2012. The US rapper is one of a number of urban music acts including Sean Paul, Tinchy Stryder, Mindless Behaviour, Chip,...

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Plan B Sets Up Publishing Company With Emi

17th February 2012

British rapper/actor Plan B is on the hunt for up-and-coming songwriters to sign to his new publishing company.The star, real name Benjamin Ballance-Drew, has teamed up with Emi Music Publishing to launch a joint venture...

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Katy B And Mark Ronson Olympic Theme Video Released

16th February 2012

A commercial for Katy B and Mark Ronson's Olympic theme 'Move to the Beat' is now released and posted on Nme's website. The corporate sponsors, Coca Cola are heavily prominent; the video starts with a...

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O'dowd Mistaken For Festival Stage Hand By Plan B

10th February 2012

Actor Chris O'Dowd was left red-faced at last year's (11) Glastonbury festival after British rapper Plan B mistook him for a stage hand.The Bridesmaids star was backstage at the event in Somerset, south-west England when...

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Plan B Eyeing Second Stint As Director

10th February 2012

British rapper Plan B began work on his second movie during filming of his directorial debut Ill Manors - and he's promised fans it will be a "masterpiece".The star, real name Ben Drew, has set...

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Plan B Looked To Director Icons For Debut

8th February 2012

British rapper Plan B took inspiration from filmmakers Quentin Tarantino and Shane Meadows for his directorial debut, Ill Manors.The hip-hop star, real name Benjamin Ballance-Drew, admits he was heavily influenced by his heroes when he...

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Plan B Announces Ill Manors, The Album And The Movie

8th February 2012

British rapper Plan B has announced that his forthcoming album, iLL Manors, will be released through Atlantic Records on May 7th, 2012. It will come after the release of his feature length film of the...

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Plan B Wants To Start A Charity

8th February 2012

Plan B wants to start his own charity.The singer-and-rapper - who is currently working on his third album - is keen to set up his own organisation which will help underprivileged children across England.He said:...

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Plan B Wants To Launch Charity

8th February 2012

British rapper Plan B is hoping to launch his own charity to help community projects in the U.K.The She Said hitmaker is planning to distribute funds to other organisations in a bid to help young...

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Jessie J Leads Radio One's Olympic Celebrations At Hackney Weekend

3rd February 2012

Radio One have announced that Jessie J will be one of the main attractions at their Olympic music event, Hackney Weekend. The event will take place on the same weekend that Glastonbury Festival is historically...

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