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Elton John Uses Radio Show To Pay Emotional Tribute To George Michael

The 69-year-old is to dedicate several tracks on his Elton John's Rocket Hour show on Apple's Beats 1 network on Tuesday (07Feb17), to George, who passed away aged just 53 on Christmas Day...

John Legend Channels Anger Into Songwriting

John Legend says being angry helps him ''create'' as an artist.The 'Love Me Now' hitmaker has revealed how his own emotions about the wider world affect his songwriting.He said: ''A lot of people are worried...

John Legend: Honesty In Music Is Key

John Legend thinks ''honesty'' is important in songwriting.The 'Love Me Now' hitmaker always tries to be truthful and sincere in the music he writes as he feels it is ''an artist's duty to reflect the...

Rebecca Ferguson Will Not Perform At Donald Trump's Inauguration

Rebecca Ferguson has declined an invitation to sing at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration concert - hinting she was told she would not be allowed to perform the song of her choice.The 30-year-old British singer had...

Sly Stone And Nina Simone To Receive Grammys Special Merit Award

Nina Simone and Sly Stone are among those to receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement gong at the 2017 Grammys Special Merit Awards.The 70-year-old soul singer - who is best known for the 1965 classic...

Nina Simone And Sly Stone Land Lifetime Achievement Honours

Jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, gospel singer Shirley Caesar, country legend Charley Pride, and pop star Jimmie Rodgers will also be recognised at the 2017 Grammy Special Merit Awards. "This year's Special Merit...

Michael Buble To Launch New Fragrance With Facebook Gig

The Canadian crooner has set up a Facebook concert on 24 August (16) to promote the new scent, which was originally primed for a release in June (16). The eau de parfum...

Zoe Saldana Addresses Nina Simone Controversy

The 37-year-old actress was slammed by critics for wearing make-up to darken her skin and a prosthetic nose in the movie, which was released in April this year (16). The jazz singer's...

Nina Simone And Marlon Brando Documentaries Land Peabody Awards

The top picks were unveiled on Tuesday (26Apr16), and What Happened, Miss Simone?, the Oscar-nominated film about the revered singer/civil rights activist, was among the nine films to claim the coveted prize....

Nina Simone's Bandleader Approves Of 'Very Good' Biopic

The Avatar beauty has faced a backlash from the singer's fans ever since landing the lead role in Nina in 2012, with some claiming the actress, who is of Dominican and Puerto Rican...

'The Amazing Nina Simone' Director Slams New Biopic For Script And Zoe Saldana Casting

The controversy surrounding the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic rages on, with the director of a previous documentary about the singer reacting to the distributor’s recent defence of the...

Queen Latifah And Paula Patton Back Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone

Controversy surrounding the Avatar star's casting in the movie, titled Nina, was reignited last week (ends06Mar16) when the trailer for the project was released showing Zoe wearing make-up to darken her skin....

India.arie: 'Zoe Saldana Looks Ugly In Nina Simone Biopic'

The Avatar beauty has faced a backlash from the iconic musician's fans ever since landing the lead role in Nina in 2012, with some claiming the actress, who is of Dominican and Puerto...

Nina Simone's Daughter: 'Stop Attacking Zoe Saldana'

The Avatar beauty has faced a backlash from the late jazz singer's fans ever since landing the lead role in Nina in 2012, with some claiming the actress, who is of Dominican and...

Nina Simone Family: 'Zoe Saldana Film Is Raping Her Legacy'

The family stepped up their criticism of the project which has been embroiled in controversy since Zoe's casting was announced. The actress drew wide criticism at the time due to her lack of singing...

Nina Simone Distributor Defends Zoe Saldana Casting

Zoe is portraying the late singer in the upcoming movie Nina, directed by Cynthia Mort, but her casting has upset fans from the beginning amid concerns the actress, who is of Dominican and...

The Nina Simone Estate Lash Out Over Zoe Saldana's 'Blackface'

If there's one thing that never needs to rear its head in Hollywood again, it's blackface. But it seems that no-one told the crew of the new Nina Simone biopic 'Nina', because that's reportedly what...

Nina Simone's Estate Blasts Zoe Saldana On Twitter

Zoe is portraying the late singer in the upcoming movie Nina, directed by Cynthia Mort. Following the release of the first trailer for the film on Wednesday (02Feb16), Zoe posted a quote from the singer...

Zoe Saldana Isolated Herself During Nina Simone Biopic Filming

The Guardians of the Galaxy star was cast to portray the singer in 2012. Her casting was met with much criticism because of her race, but the 37 year old was adamant about...

Lana Del Rey To Release Lp Next Month

Lana Del Rey will release her new album next month.The 'Summertime Sadness' singer has announced her fourth studio album 'Honeymoon' will be available on September 18, with fans gaining an instant download of new song...

Lauryn Hill Honours Nina Simone

The former Fugees star hit the stage at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem to celebrate the upcoming release of Netflix movie What Happened, Miss Simone? which tells the story of the singer's rise...

A Week In Movies: Red Carpets Draw Stars In Los Angeles And New York, While Two Film Crews Hit The Streets Of Brooklyn And New Trailers Drop For Three Festival Favourites

Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara star in 'Hot Pursuit'Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara led the charge as their new action comedy 'Hot Pursuit' premiered in Los Angeles this week. It's about an uptight policewoman trying...

The Voice And The Life Of Nina Simone Is Charted In New Documentary

Nina Simone was a force of soul nature, a musical, chart-topping genius whose tunes still reverberate within a number of musical genres today. But the life of this immensely talented fusion of gospel and pop...

Common And Erykah Badu Lead Sundance Tribute To Nina Simone

Common, Aloe Blacc and Erykah Badu were among the stars who celebrated the music of jazz legend Nina Simone at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Sunday night (25Jan15), performing new renditions of her...

"What Happened, Miss Simone?" Makes Waves With Sundance Premiere

It’s Sundance weekend again and the star of the show this year is definitely What Happened, Miss Simone? The Netflix-produced Nina Simone documentary traces the life of the famed Jazz singer from her beginnings as...

Annie Lennox Announces New Album

Annie Lennox has announced her new album will be released this year.The 59-year-old singer will unveil her seventh solo LP entitled 'Nostalgia' in October this year.The record will feature a collection of Annie's takes on...

Zoe Saldana And Husband Have Artist Connection

Zoe Saldana claims being ''desired'' helps her life make sense.The incredibly private actress - who has been the subject of speculation she is pregnant - shares a connection with her painter spouse Marco Perego because...

Lana Del Rey's Tattoos Cure Her Lonliness

Lana Del Rey's tattoos help her feel less lonely.The 'Born To Die' singer has revealed she recently got 'Nina & Billie' inked across her chest because having the names of her jazz influences and favourite...

Nina Simone Biopic Producers Sued By Director

The writer/director of jazz and blues legend Nina Simone's biopic is suing the film's producers for allegedly cutting her out of the decision-making process.Cynthia Mort spent years developing the project, but claims she was ignored...

Zoe Saldana Felt Responsibility To Role

Zoe Saldana says playing Nina Simone was a huge ''responsibility''.The 35-year-old actress portrays the late jazz legend in an upcoming biopic, 'Nina', and despite facing criticism for not looking enough like the singer, Zoe felt...

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