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Shooting Stars Book Launch

Dame Shirley Bassey - Shooting Stars Book Launch at the London Film Museum, Covent Garden at London Film Museum - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 19th May 2015

'Shooting Stars' book launch party

Shirley Bassey - 'Shooting Stars' book launch party at the London Film Museum - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 19th May 2015

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Celebrities at the London Palladium

Dame Shirley Bassey - Celebrities at the London Palladium for Royal Variety rehearsals at London Palladium - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th November 2014

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Dame Shirley Bassey Announces New Album For November


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The iconic singer Dame Shirley Bassey has announced the release of her first studio album in five years. To be entitled Hello Like Before, the new record will be released on November 17th.

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Dame Shirley Bassey will release her first album in five years next month

Hello Like Before will consist entirely of versions of old songs from the twentieth century, most of which were originally performed by other artists but in some cases re-recordings of some of Bassey’s own tracks. For instance ‘Goldfinger’, unquestionably her signature song, makes an appearance on the tracklisting in a new form.

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Celebrities at Chiltern Firehouse

Dame Shirley Bassey - Celebrities visit Chiltern Firehouse restaurant in Marylebone - London, United Kingdom - Monday 23rd June 2014

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Amber Lounge 2014 Gala

Shirley Bassey - Amber Lounge 2014 Gala at Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel - Inside - Monaco - Friday 23rd May 2014

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Shirley Bassey

Oscars 2013: Adele Fails To Get Standing Ovation For Skyfall (Polite Applause, At Best)


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Adele failed to get a standing ovation for her performance of Skyfall at the Oscars on Sunday evening. The Londoner had the unenviable task of following Dame Shirley Bassey - who turned in a storming performance of Goldfinger earlier in the night - and her voice never really reached the heights of the Welsh legend.

By the end of the performance, the star-studded audience were happy to offer polite applause though nobody was prepared to arise from their seat. Django Unchained actor Jamie Foxx looked rather bored by the whole thing, while others hardly looked overjoyed with Adele's performance, which also suffered from some slight sound issues. Twitter had its say too, with movie critic Jason Solomons tweeting, "Nice one Adele - but you really didn't need that Bassey going first, did you?" One user added, "Is it me or did Adele look like she couldn't really be bothered?" while another joked, "The way Adele was miked there, "Skyfall" sounded more like "Skype Call." BOOM!"

Earlier in the evening, 76-year-old Bassey had performed Goldfinger as part of a celebration of fifty years of James Bond. Sam Mendes's excellent Skyfall - now the all-time biggest grossing UK movie - shared the Sound Editing award with Zero Dark Thirty.

Oscars 2013: Dame Shirley Bassey Stuns Academy Awards With 'Goldfinger'


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Halle Berry introduced a celebration of fifty years of James Bond on-screen at the Oscars 2013 on Sunday night (February 24, 2013). The former Bond girl - wearing a stunning Versace dress - spoke briefly about the best-loved franchise before a promo of 007's finest moments played before the star-studded audience at the Dolby Theatre.

Dame Shirley Bassey promptly arrived on-stage to sing her classic Bond hit Goldfinger, herself dressed from head-to-toe in sparkly gold. The stage legend gave a typically effortlessly performance and was quite rightly given a huge round of applause by the celebrity audience, with actress Reese Witherspoon in particular appearing blown away from the rendition. 

It's been a huge year for the Bond franchise, despite its future looking bleak just a couple of years ago. The casting of Daniel Craig strengthened the brand and his first movie Casino Royale pumped new life into the story of 007. However, it was last year's Skyfall - directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes - that won Bond a whole new generation of fans. It quickly became the biggest Bond movie of all time while storming to the top of the all-time top UK grossing movies list. Craig signed on for additional films, while Sam Mendes is thought to be in discussions to helm the next movie too.

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Oscars 2013: Will Shirley Bassey Belt Out Those James Bond Classics?


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One thing popped into our heads when we learnt that Shirley Bassey would be performing at The Oscars 2013: Bond tunes. 

She just has to give us one of Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, or Moonraker, otherwise we'll be deeply disappointed. Let's look at the facts, and there aren't many: it's Shirley Bassey; it's The Oscars, and it's the 50th anniversary of James Bond, 007. Nailed on, it has to be! "We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show," producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. "Her association with film music is world-renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast." She'll be joined - not on stage we don't think - by Adele and Barbara Streisand in a show that comprises three of the best singers around today. Oh and some film stars will be there too, we reckon.

Bond will be hoping for more than just a 50th anniversary celebration, which, for most film frachises would be a honour, but, given 007's paltry return from the Academy. Adele's Skyfall has been nominated for best original song at the 2013 Academy Awards; the first awards for the Bond franchise in more than 30 years, which, given the hugely popular response to Skyfall, is a disappointment in itself. 

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Dame Shirley Bassey At The Oscars Alongside Adele and Barbra Streisand


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With Dame Shirley Bassey confirmed to perform at The 2013 Oscars, alongside fellow songstresses Adele and Barra Streisand, it looks as though we can expect some powerful performances at the Academy Awards come February 24th. 

Having conducted for the 79th and 83rd Oscars, this will be the first time Bassey has performed at the Oscars, and it's been a long time coming. The well-respected composer and arranger has worked for clients like fellow performer Streisand as well as Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Buble, Mariah Carey and the late Whitney Houston. Craig Zadan - who is producing the ceremony alongside Neil Meron - says, "We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey to our Oscar show. Her association with film music is world renowned and we are proud that she will be making her first Oscar appearance on our telecast." The pair refused to divulge any information about her performance, but considering the Academy is set to honour James Bond's 50th anniversary, we can't see anything but her Bond themes to Goldfinger and Moonraker being performed.

Of course, the real attention will be for the on-screen talent set to be recognised for their feats in 2012. Ben Affleck's excellent Argo - which he starred in as well as directing - has recently overtaken Lincoln as favourite for best picture, while Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis remain favourites to pick up the Best Director and Best Actor in a Lead Role nods respectively.

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Has Adele Recorded A Song For The New James Bond Film ‘Skyfall’?


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There has been no official announcement yet by Sony Pictures, but according to the BBC rumours are growing stronger that pop sensation Adele will be taking the vocal reigns of singing the official song for the 23rd James Bond movie. Many are surprised that Sony hasn’t yet made the move to announce who will be doing the Skyfall the theme song, which has traditionally been a big draw for artists – Shirley Bassey, Tina Turner and Sir Paul McCartney are just three who’ve written or collaborated on Bond themes in the past.

Several news outlets have started reporting that the deal has been confirmed, and the BBC have pointed to several quotes from last year that suggest the multi-million selling artist is going be the chosen voice for Skyfall. "I'm going back in the studio in November, fingers crossed," Adele told Jonathan Ross on his show last year, adding "Well this is actually a theme, what I've got to do for, um… Wow. That's really giving something away isn't it?”

Last year Adele’s pal Tinie Tempah seemed to suggest that she had recorded a song for the film too, saying "I was with her (Adele) yesterday, she was telling me about it and that's amazing. I've always wanted to do a Bond theme. I'm a bit jealous actually. No, let's leave it to her, it's always a really big diva that does it right?" Until that official word comes from Sony comes we still won’t know, but with the recent flurry of reports, it would seem highly likely that it will be Adele.


'Bond' Singer Adele To Follow In The Footsteps Of Shirley Bassey


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Adele’s ‘Bond’ theme will see the London songstress follow in the footsteps of singing greats Shirley Bassey and Nancy Sinatra, both of whom are responsible for recording some of the most recognizable 007 tunes in the secret agent’s 50 years in film.

The multiple Grammy award winner had long been rumoured to be handed the prestigious role for Sam Mendes’ forthcoming ‘Skyfall’ – again starring Daniel Craig – and Total Film.com confirmed the speculation this week. Adele’s single, named after the new movie, will be the first release from the star since ‘Turning Tables’ from her much-feted ‘21’ album. Given her phenomenally successful couple of years, Adele will certainly be a popular choice for the job and she boasts the kind of heavyweight soulful voice synonymous with the theme tune. One thing’s for sure: it’s almost certain to be an improvement on the poorly received tune ‘Another Way to Die’ by Jack White and Alicia Keys from 2008’s ‘Quantum of Solace’.

‘Skyfall’ – set to open in the UK on October 26 – stars Daniel Craig, alongside Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw.

Extra Glastonbury Tickets Snapped Up


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An additional 20,000 tickets for this year's Glastonbury Festival sold out quickly on Sunday morning, to the delight of successful music fans who missed out in the main sale three weeks ago.

Today's tickets constituted those from the April 1st sale which were returned or where payment for the £145 tickets failed to process properly.

A total of 137,500 of the festival's 177,000 maximum capacity were sold three weeks ago using organiser Michael Eavis' new registration system, designed to beat ticket touts.

Previous ticket sales for the festival have been blighted by tickets appearing on internet auction websites soon after the annual sell-out is completed.

This year 400,000 applicants passed through the festival's online pre-registration process, which required them to provide photo identification.

Most of those will have failed to get tickets to the extremely popular festival, which returns after taking a break in 2006.

Headline acts already confirmed for this year's event include the Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, The Who and Dame Shirley Bassey.

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Shirley Bassey

Date of birth

8th January, 1937

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.60