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A Spotify advert referencing Lily Allen's new song F**k You has been banned by the U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority (Asa). The song title was included in a promotional email sent to users of the music streaming platform.


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Lily Allen's Instagram Prank Might Get Aussie Policeman In Trouble 4304443 News

Lily Allen’s Instagram prank with the help of an Australian police officer could land her and her co-conspirator in some trouble. Let’s rewind a bit. On Sunday, Allen was leaving Sydney, being escorted by officers through Gold Coast Airport, which was apparently just for her safety. According to TMZ, the Sheezus singer jokingly asked one of the officers to handcuff her and then posed on her knees for an Instagram picture. Allen will be joining the Bangerz tour for a handful of dates in the US this August, so maybe she was just channeling her inner Miley Cyrus?

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Hope the photo op was worth it. 

Apparently that doesn’t fly with the Australian Federal Police. The law enforcement body has now launched an investigation into the incident, claiming that protocols were breached. Since then, the AFP has been sending some mixed signals about the whole thing, more or less excusing the officers by saying they were “caught up in the moment.”

More: Lily Allen Defends Hard Out Here Video Against Racism Claims

Evidently, when Lily Allen asks to borrow a pair of handcuffs, the only possible answer is yes. It is unclear whether Allen is getting any backlash over this and whether the police contacted her. The Instagram pic has been deleted from her profile, but since things posted online never really go away, screenshots of it have been reposted on several celebrity gossip sites already. 

More: Lily Allen Gives Gary Barlow Both Barrels Over "Tax Avoidance"

Lily Allen
Lily Allen's Instagram is still a treasure trove of weird, though.

Lily Allen’s Instagram prank with the help of an Australian police officer could land her and her co-conspirator in some trouble. Let’s rewind a bit. On Sunday, Allen was leaving Sydney, being escorted by officers through Gold Coast Airport, which was apparently just for her safety. According to TMZ, the Sheezus singer jokingly asked one of the officers to handcuff her and then posed on her knees for an Instagram picture. Allen will be joining the Bangerz tour for a handful of dates in the US this August, so maybe she was just channeling her inner Miley Cyrus?

Lily Allen
Hope the photo op was worth it. 

Apparently that doesn’t fly with the Australian Federal Police. The law enforcement body has now launched an investigation into the incident, claiming that protocols were breached. Since then, the AFP has been sending some mixed signals about the whole thing, more or less excusing the officers by saying they were “caught up in the moment.”

More: Lily Allen Defends Hard Out Here Video Against Racism Claims

Evidently, when Lily Allen asks to borrow a pair of handcuffs, the only possible answer is yes. It is unclear whether Allen is getting any backlash over this and whether the police contacted her. The Instagram pic has been deleted from her profile, but since things posted online never really go away, screenshots of it have been reposted on several celebrity gossip sites already. 

More: Lily Allen Gives Gary Barlow Both Barrels Over "Tax Avoidance"

Lily Allen
Lily Allen's Instagram is still a treasure trove of weird, though.

28th July 2014 4293317
Sam Smith Beaten By Lana Del Rey To Billboard No.1 4298773 News

Besides a promising musician, Sam Smith’s debut record has also shown him to be a savvy businessman – but not enough. In an effort to boost US sales and get the album to Number 1 on the Billboard 200, Smith’s management kept In The Lonely Hour off Spotify. The album did well, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, but ultimately fell short of Lana Del Rey’s sophomore effort Ultraviolence. The sultry pop record sold 182,000 units for Capitol Records, making it the biggest (bigger) debut of Lana’s career.

Lana Del Rey
Despite Smith's Spotify gamble, this round went to Lana.

Still, it wasn’t a bad week for Smith. Besides the respectable debut of In The Lonely Hour,  the singer-songwriter also discovered a lost connection recently. The saga of Smith’s relation to Lily Allen and her brother, Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen unfolded over Twitter, when Smith tweeted at the Sheezus hitmaker that, according to his parents, they were third cousins. To his surprise, Lily quickly responded, confirming his suspicion.

More: Sam Smith Speaks Candidly About Being Gay, And A Man Who Didn't Love Him Back

Sam Smith
Smith had other news to celebrate this week.

"She's my cousin but I've only met her once in my entire life. My family told me for years that she's my cousin,” Smith later explained, according to The Daily Mail. "I never believed them so I tweeted her and she tweeted me back saying that we are cousins."

More: Who Is BRIT Awards Winner Sam Smith?

So all in all, not a bad week for Smith – even if he did fall short of the Billboard win.

Besides a promising musician, Sam Smith’s debut record has also shown him to be a savvy businessman – but not enough. In an effort to boost US sales and get the album to Number 1 on the Billboard 200, Smith’s management kept In The Lonely Hour off Spotify. The album did well, selling 166,000 copies in its first week, but ultimately fell short of Lana Del Rey’s sophomore effort Ultraviolence. The sultry pop record sold 182,000 units for Capitol Records, making it the biggest (bigger) debut of Lana’s career.

Lana Del Rey
Despite Smith's Spotify gamble, this round went to Lana.

Still, it wasn’t a bad week for Smith. Besides the respectable debut of In The Lonely Hour,  the singer-songwriter also discovered a lost connection recently. The saga of Smith’s relation to Lily Allen and her brother, Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen unfolded over Twitter, when Smith tweeted at the Sheezus hitmaker that, according to his parents, they were third cousins. To his surprise, Lily quickly responded, confirming his suspicion.

More: Sam Smith Speaks Candidly About Being Gay, And A Man Who Didn't Love Him Back

Sam Smith
Smith had other news to celebrate this week.

"She's my cousin but I've only met her once in my entire life. My family told me for years that she's my cousin,” Smith later explained, according to The Daily Mail. "I never believed them so I tweeted her and she tweeted me back saying that we are cousins."

More: Who Is BRIT Awards Winner Sam Smith?

So all in all, not a bad week for Smith – even if he did fall short of the Billboard win.

23rd July 2014 4292559
Lily Allen To Headline Latitude Festival After Two Door Cinema Club Cancel 4287977 News

Lily Allen has been drafted in to headline the Friday night at Latitude Festival after indie-rockers Two Door Cinema Club were forced to cancel. The band's lead singer Alex Timble was hospitalised with a chronic stomach complaint after collapsing at Chicago airport. 

Lily AllenLily Allen performs at the Glastonbury Festival 2014 [Getty/Ian Gavan]

"It is with deep sadness that our longstanding supporters and Friday night headliner Two Door Cinema Club have had to cancel their performance under advice of doctors. We wish Alex all the best and a speedy recovery," said Melvin Benn of Latitude organisers Festival Republic.

More: Lykke Li confirmed for Latitude 2014

"We are honoured that Lily Allen is able to step in at the last minute and would like to thank her for filling the headline slot. After her show-stopping performance at Glastonbury, Lily was a natural choice. The Latitude audience are in for something really spectacular," he added.

Two Door Cinema ClubTwo Door Cinema Club perform at the Coachella Festival 2013 [Getty/Frazer Harrison]

"[I'm] so sorry to hear about Alex from Two Door Cinema Club. However I am more than happy to step in," said Lily. "I've never been to Latitude but I hear it's fabulous, and I can't wait to get my heels on for some serious dancing action on Friday evening - so, so excited."

More: Check out our Latitude Festival picture gallery

Allen is a pretty sensible choice for Latitude - a festival increasingly known for its relaxed, middle class vibe with poetry tents, comedy areas and an all-round air of Guardian-ness about it. The singer, who recently played the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, has been busy promoting her new album Sheezus.

Damon Albarn and The Black Keys will also headline Lattude, with Haim, Editors, Kelis and Bombay Bicycle Club also playing.

Latitude Festival

Lily Allen has been drafted in to headline the Friday night at Latitude Festival after indie-rockers Two Door Cinema Club were forced to cancel. The band's lead singer Alex Timble was hospitalised with a chronic stomach complaint after collapsing at Chicago airport. 

Lily AllenLily Allen performs at the Glastonbury Festival 2014 [Getty/Ian Gavan]

"It is with deep sadness that our longstanding supporters and Friday night headliner Two Door Cinema Club have had to cancel their performance under advice of doctors. We wish Alex all the best and a speedy recovery," said Melvin Benn of Latitude organisers Festival Republic.

More: Lykke Li confirmed for Latitude 2014

"We are honoured that Lily Allen is able to step in at the last minute and would like to thank her for filling the headline slot. After her show-stopping performance at Glastonbury, Lily was a natural choice. The Latitude audience are in for something really spectacular," he added.

Two Door Cinema ClubTwo Door Cinema Club perform at the Coachella Festival 2013 [Getty/Frazer Harrison]

"[I'm] so sorry to hear about Alex from Two Door Cinema Club. However I am more than happy to step in," said Lily. "I've never been to Latitude but I hear it's fabulous, and I can't wait to get my heels on for some serious dancing action on Friday evening - so, so excited."

More: Check out our Latitude Festival picture gallery

Allen is a pretty sensible choice for Latitude - a festival increasingly known for its relaxed, middle class vibe with poetry tents, comedy areas and an all-round air of Guardian-ness about it. The singer, who recently played the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, has been busy promoting her new album Sheezus.

Damon Albarn and The Black Keys will also headline Lattude, with Haim, Editors, Kelis and Bombay Bicycle Club also playing.

Latitude Festival

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Lily Allen - URL Badman Single Review 4277651 Reviews

Lily Allen's return to music has been eventful to say the least. She managed to garner plenty of negative attention online for her allegedly racist video for her Platinum single 'Hard Out Here', but she's out to boldly show she doesn't care about criticism from ruthless 'keyboard warriors' with her newest single 'URL Badman'.

The track opens with playful, music-box like tones before the steady drum beat kicks in and Lily begins to express her apathy over her frequent criticism. As usual, she's talking about real, contemporary issues in her uniquely comedic way that forces you to listen all the way through.

The dreamlike, psychedelic hooks dissipate with the arrival of the echoing chorus. The song seems to explode with synth whirrs and dubstep bassline - it's pretty cheesy in all honesty, but it sort of doesn't matter as it only adds to the humour. Despite this, there's another incredible catchy melody from an artist who has always been a master at creating sing-a-long tunes.

Of course, 'URL Badman' is another example of a genuinely carefree attitude and hilarious rhyming: 'I'm a London white boy rapping ATL/ Keyboard Warrior that can't spell/ I don't like you, I think you're worthless/ I wrote a long piece about it up on my WordPress'. It's obvious to any listener that Lily Allen's not one to take herself too seriously and the addition of weird sheep noises at the end are just laugh-out-loud appropriate.

It's always difficult to critique someone whose music feels like a bit of a joke; though perhaps that's criticism enough. Even so, Lily's impressively fast and flawless vocals and her insistence of tackling modern issues deserves respect in itself.

3/5

Holly Williams

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A Week In News: Sheeran's 'x' Ed, 'Transformers' Schools Rivals, Monty Python Class Reunion, A 'Hundred-Year-Old Man' Breaks All The Rules 4271417 News

Arcade Fire at Glastonbury

Glastooo!: You'd have had to have been living under 17 rocks on the other side of the world to avoid the constant Glastonbury Festival coverage. As well as hundreds of thousands of punters, Somerset's Worthy Farm played host to one of the strongest line-ups seen in recent years, including Metallica, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Jack White and Elbow.

Pop star Lily Allen raised a few eyebrows but more cheers with her foul-mouthed rant, whilst country rock superstar Dolly Parton was the biggest crowd draw ever seen and Rudimental were reduced to tears when their set was cut short due to the stormy weather.

'x' Sells: Ed Sheeran has proved himself the king of British pop music since his latest album, x, has shot to the top of the charts in the UK and USA, becoming the fastest-selling album of 2014, breaking Spotify streaming records and impressing critics along the way. Following several successful Glastonbury performances last week, the 23 year-old singer is on a seemingly unending high.

Bobby Womack

RIP Bobby Womack: This week we were faced with the sad news that soul legend and songwriting master Bobby Womack had passed away. Read all the best tributes here. The singer enjoyed a long and illustrious career in soul that spanned six decades and saw him work with a diverse range of fellow artists: read his obituary here. RIP Bobby Womack: 1944 - 2014.

Transformers Annihilates: Transformers: Age of Extinction has extinguished the hopes of its box office rivals upon its opening weekend. Check out the trailer. Dinobots, autobots and a sword-wielding Optimus Prime: the new movie has it all, well, apart from the praise of critics. Michael Bay's action sequel detonated with an estimated $100 million domestically and $300 million worldwide total over the weekend. Wowzers.

Monty Python are back

Python Debuts: One of the most eagerly-anticipated reunions of the year, Monty Python, returned this week at London's O2 Arena for a series of final shows. Remaining Python members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam took to the stage on Tuesday night for the start of their 10-show run...with a little help from Professors Brian Cox and Stephen Hawking, as well as TV star Stephen Fry. Find out what went down, and check out Mick Jagger's hilarious promo video here.

BET Awards: Who knew so much gossip could be generated from just one awards ceremony! Last week's BET Awards were a dazzling affair but have generated enough column inches to last until next year's. First there was the doofus who spelled Lionel Richie's name wrong, then there was Nicki Minaj's shade/no shade Iggy Azalea low-blow, and finally Robin Thicke continuing his crusade to win back Paula Patton.

Video Of The Week - 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared': Adapted from the hilarious best-selling novel by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson, THYOMWCOTWAD is a unique and entertaining movie set for release this weekend. Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) is a 100 year-old man living in a retirement home who has seen his fair share of life. Still not satisfied, Karlsson wants more adventure but ends up running from both the police and an angry druglord along the way. Check out the trailer.

Arcade Fire at Glastonbury

Glastooo!: You'd have had to have been living under 17 rocks on the other side of the world to avoid the constant Glastonbury Festival coverage. As well as hundreds of thousands of punters, Somerset's Worthy Farm played host to one of the strongest line-ups seen in recent years, including Metallica, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Jack White and Elbow.

Pop star Lily Allen raised a few eyebrows but more cheers with her foul-mouthed rant, whilst country rock superstar Dolly Parton was the biggest crowd draw ever seen and Rudimental were reduced to tears when their set was cut short due to the stormy weather.

'x' Sells: Ed Sheeran has proved himself the king of British pop music since his latest album, x, has shot to the top of the charts in the UK and USA, becoming the fastest-selling album of 2014, breaking Spotify streaming records and impressing critics along the way. Following several successful Glastonbury performances last week, the 23 year-old singer is on a seemingly unending high.

Bobby Womack

RIP Bobby Womack: This week we were faced with the sad news that soul legend and songwriting master Bobby Womack had passed away. Read all the best tributes here. The singer enjoyed a long and illustrious career in soul that spanned six decades and saw him work with a diverse range of fellow artists: read his obituary here. RIP Bobby Womack: 1944 - 2014.

Transformers Annihilates: Transformers: Age of Extinction has extinguished the hopes of its box office rivals upon its opening weekend. Check out the trailer. Dinobots, autobots and a sword-wielding Optimus Prime: the new movie has it all, well, apart from the praise of critics. Michael Bay's action sequel detonated with an estimated $100 million domestically and $300 million worldwide total over the weekend. Wowzers.

Monty Python are back

Python Debuts: One of the most eagerly-anticipated reunions of the year, Monty Python, returned this week at London's O2 Arena for a series of final shows. Remaining Python members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam took to the stage on Tuesday night for the start of their 10-show run...with a little help from Professors Brian Cox and Stephen Hawking, as well as TV star Stephen Fry. Find out what went down, and check out Mick Jagger's hilarious promo video here.

BET Awards: Who knew so much gossip could be generated from just one awards ceremony! Last week's BET Awards were a dazzling affair but have generated enough column inches to last until next year's. First there was the doofus who spelled Lionel Richie's name wrong, then there was Nicki Minaj's shade/no shade Iggy Azalea low-blow, and finally Robin Thicke continuing his crusade to win back Paula Patton.

Video Of The Week - 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared': Adapted from the hilarious best-selling novel by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson, THYOMWCOTWAD is a unique and entertaining movie set for release this weekend. Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) is a 100 year-old man living in a retirement home who has seen his fair share of life. Still not satisfied, Karlsson wants more adventure but ends up running from both the police and an angry druglord along the way. Check out the trailer.

4th July 2014 4255773
Lily Allen Unleashes C-Word Tirade Against Sepp Blatter Onstage At Glastonbury Festival 4263602 News

Younger revellers at this year's Glastonbury Festival may have needed to cover their ears during Lily Allen's set yesterday afternoon. The pop singer, who is known for her occasionally foul language, launched into a profanity-filled tirade against FIFA boss Sepp Blatter.

"The next song is dedicated to possibly one of, actually not, the most corrupt, annoyingly corrupt, person there is in the world, Sepp f***ng Blatter, you c***," she said before kicking off her hit 'F**k You.' Many in the crowd joined Lily in her anger towards the football supremo and were heard cheering loudly.

The 29 year-old singer crowned her musical comeback with a slot on the prestigious Pyramid Stage on the first day of the British festival. Appearing in a satin pink and white ball gown with a pint of beer in her hand, the 'Hard Out Here' star performed on a stage adorned with enormous baby milk bottles.

Her unusual stage design was a nod to her newfound role as a mother to daughters Ethel, two, and Marnie, 17 months, who watched from the wings.

Allen's appearance was delayed by 30 minutes due to the widely publicised thunderstorm over Worthy Farm but she made the most of her shortened set by playing all of her hits. Kicking off with her debut album's hit 'LDN', Lily proved her worth as a popstar with clout, commanding the audience through several singalong moments.

More: The 14 best beards at Glastonbury 2014.

"Thank f**k for that, the rain stopped! Just in time. I've got to be quick 'cos our set time has been cut short," she reportedly said as she took to the stage. She even managed to make the crowd laugh on several occasions, saying "Is my camel toe like really prevalent?" and later apologising for having "a massive wedgie."

More: Lily Allen gives free Glastonbury tickets to kids in her village.

It wasn't all jokes and swearing though: Lily even managed to squeeze in a tribute to her husband, Sam Cooper. "Last time I played here was five years ago and that was the night I got together with my husband. Five years later he's here with my two beautiful babies. I love y'all so much."

Lily Allen Carling Apollo
Lily Allen Raised A Few Eyebrows With Her Sweary Glastonbury Festival Show.

Younger revellers at this year's Glastonbury Festival may have needed to cover their ears during Lily Allen's set yesterday afternoon. The pop singer, who is known for her occasionally foul language, launched into a profanity-filled tirade against FIFA boss Sepp Blatter.

"The next song is dedicated to possibly one of, actually not, the most corrupt, annoyingly corrupt, person there is in the world, Sepp f***ng Blatter, you c***," she said before kicking off her hit 'F**k You.' Many in the crowd joined Lily in her anger towards the football supremo and were heard cheering loudly.

The 29 year-old singer crowned her musical comeback with a slot on the prestigious Pyramid Stage on the first day of the British festival. Appearing in a satin pink and white ball gown with a pint of beer in her hand, the 'Hard Out Here' star performed on a stage adorned with enormous baby milk bottles.

Her unusual stage design was a nod to her newfound role as a mother to daughters Ethel, two, and Marnie, 17 months, who watched from the wings.

Allen's appearance was delayed by 30 minutes due to the widely publicised thunderstorm over Worthy Farm but she made the most of her shortened set by playing all of her hits. Kicking off with her debut album's hit 'LDN', Lily proved her worth as a popstar with clout, commanding the audience through several singalong moments.

More: The 14 best beards at Glastonbury 2014.

"Thank f**k for that, the rain stopped! Just in time. I've got to be quick 'cos our set time has been cut short," she reportedly said as she took to the stage. She even managed to make the crowd laugh on several occasions, saying "Is my camel toe like really prevalent?" and later apologising for having "a massive wedgie."

More: Lily Allen gives free Glastonbury tickets to kids in her village.

It wasn't all jokes and swearing though: Lily even managed to squeeze in a tribute to her husband, Sam Cooper. "Last time I played here was five years ago and that was the night I got together with my husband. Five years later he's here with my two beautiful babies. I love y'all so much."

Lily Allen Carling Apollo
Lily Allen Raised A Few Eyebrows With Her Sweary Glastonbury Festival Show.

28th June 2014 801081
The 14 Best Beards at the Glastonbury Festival [Pictures] 4261386 News

Thousands of Glastonbury Festival revellers turned out to watch the Kaiser Chiefs launch the first full day of music at the event, on the Other Stage early on Friday morning. "Glastonbury sing along if you know the words," yelled frontman Ricky Wilson before launching into 'Every Day I Love You Less and Less'.

Glastonbury FestivalLarge beard, larger hat [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

With rain persistent all morning, the fans have already begun navigating the muddy fields and paths but appeared in high spirits for the Kaiser Chiefs.

Other acts on Friday's line-up include Blondie, Lily Allen and Paolo Nutini though thundery showers are forecasted for later in the day. 

Canadian rockers Win Butler headline the Pyramid Stage later tonight and frontman Win Butler remains optimistic, despite the weather.

"The positive thing about having more people is you get this energy where people really go for it," he said.

"It's a great gig, and I think there's a lot of goodwill because of what it means culturally. For kids in high school it's like this rite of passage."

More: The 10 acts you never knew were playing Glastonbury Festival 2014

Obviously, and as every dedicated Glastonbury reveller will know, the music is only part of the festival. For example, beards are huge this year. So, without further ado, here's the top thirteen beards at this year's Glastonbury Festival 2014. Well, fourteen if you count the magical beard at the top.

Glastonbury beardA serious man with a beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury beards
Strong beard, serious glasses [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury festival 2014
Glastonbury worker with a beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury fashion
Alternaive beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury beard
Probably the strongest beard at the Glastonbury Festival [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury
A carefree beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury Festival beard
A silly hipster beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury Festival
A nice beard. A nice beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury 2014
An out of control beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury
Nicely manicured beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury
A reasonable beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury Michael Eavis
A Michael Eavis beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Thousands of Glastonbury Festival revellers turned out to watch the Kaiser Chiefs launch the first full day of music at the event, on the Other Stage early on Friday morning. "Glastonbury sing along if you know the words," yelled frontman Ricky Wilson before launching into 'Every Day I Love You Less and Less'.

Glastonbury FestivalLarge beard, larger hat [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

With rain persistent all morning, the fans have already begun navigating the muddy fields and paths but appeared in high spirits for the Kaiser Chiefs.

Other acts on Friday's line-up include Blondie, Lily Allen and Paolo Nutini though thundery showers are forecasted for later in the day. 

Canadian rockers Win Butler headline the Pyramid Stage later tonight and frontman Win Butler remains optimistic, despite the weather.

"The positive thing about having more people is you get this energy where people really go for it," he said.

"It's a great gig, and I think there's a lot of goodwill because of what it means culturally. For kids in high school it's like this rite of passage."

More: The 10 acts you never knew were playing Glastonbury Festival 2014

Obviously, and as every dedicated Glastonbury reveller will know, the music is only part of the festival. For example, beards are huge this year. So, without further ado, here's the top thirteen beards at this year's Glastonbury Festival 2014. Well, fourteen if you count the magical beard at the top.

Glastonbury beardA serious man with a beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury beards
Strong beard, serious glasses [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury festival 2014
Glastonbury worker with a beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury fashion
Alternaive beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury beard
Probably the strongest beard at the Glastonbury Festival [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury
A carefree beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury Festival beard
A silly hipster beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury Festival
A nice beard. A nice beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury 2014
An out of control beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury
Nicely manicured beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury
A reasonable beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

Glastonbury Michael Eavis
A Michael Eavis beard [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Matt Cardy]

27th June 2014 4260351
Unofficial England World Cup Song #8576: Monty Python Chime In With Their Own 4236618 News

Monty Python’s cheeky reimagining of 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' is a playful ditty, sure to galvanise the nation’s spirit ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. This is probably the best unofficial World Cup song England has had. Sorry, Lily Allen.

Monty Python GangThe Monty Python gang reunite [photo: Getty, Ian Gavan]

Uploaded to YouTube, the lyrics include: “When you’re in the World Cup, And all your hopes are up, And everybody wants their team to win.” – “Then they go and let you down, And come slinking back to town, It’s time for this daft song to begin.”

More: Monty Python Clothes Eaten By Moths

The anthem will no doubt prove more popular than the official World Cup 2014 song - written by Gary Barlow and featuring vocals from the Take That singer and 20 other celebrities - which was dropped last week. The FA stated that it had no plans for the track, called Greatest Day, to be released as an official single.

Monty Python’s status as cult legends almost renders the world ‘unofficial’ as defunct. With such a strong following, it’s hard to see another song permeating the zeitgeist with the potency of this one, and its sharp, self-effacing satire will surely strike a chord with England’s football lovers this summer. 

More: John Cleese Left Soaked After Provoking Interviewer

It’s certainly better than Lily Allen’s garage-pop effort, which seemed half-baked in its execution; vague references to British culture – unwanted ones of binge drinking and the monarchy at that – were twinned with only one cast-iron football reference: Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne. 

The England team landed in Brazil ahead of their opening game against Italy on Saturday, 14 June. They then face Uruguay five days later on 19 June before their last group game, the sure-to-be must-win tie against Costa Rica on 24 June. 

Monty Python’s cheeky reimagining of 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' is a playful ditty, sure to galvanise the nation’s spirit ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. This is probably the best unofficial World Cup song England has had. Sorry, Lily Allen.

Monty Python GangThe Monty Python gang reunite [photo: Getty, Ian Gavan]

Uploaded to YouTube, the lyrics include: “When you’re in the World Cup, And all your hopes are up, And everybody wants their team to win.” – “Then they go and let you down, And come slinking back to town, It’s time for this daft song to begin.”

More: Monty Python Clothes Eaten By Moths

The anthem will no doubt prove more popular than the official World Cup 2014 song - written by Gary Barlow and featuring vocals from the Take That singer and 20 other celebrities - which was dropped last week. The FA stated that it had no plans for the track, called Greatest Day, to be released as an official single.

Monty Python’s status as cult legends almost renders the world ‘unofficial’ as defunct. With such a strong following, it’s hard to see another song permeating the zeitgeist with the potency of this one, and its sharp, self-effacing satire will surely strike a chord with England’s football lovers this summer. 

More: John Cleese Left Soaked After Provoking Interviewer

It’s certainly better than Lily Allen’s garage-pop effort, which seemed half-baked in its execution; vague references to British culture – unwanted ones of binge drinking and the monarchy at that – were twinned with only one cast-iron football reference: Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne. 

The England team landed in Brazil ahead of their opening game against Italy on Saturday, 14 June. They then face Uruguay five days later on 19 June before their last group game, the sure-to-be must-win tie against Costa Rica on 24 June. 

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Mark Ronson admires Lily Allen's honesty 4236069 News

Mark Ronson likes Lily Allen's honesty.

The 38-year-old star collaborated with the 'Hard Out Here' hitmaker on their 2007 single 'Oh My God' and has since maintained a close with relationship with her, claiming that her ability to tell the truth is what makes her music so successful.

Quizzed about what his opinion of Lily's new album 'Sheezus' was, he said: ''It's great. I think Lily has a way of telling it like it is. She's so honest and that's what strikes me about her.''

While Lily, 29 - who has daughters Ethel, two, and 17-month-old Marnie with her husband Sam Cooper - is an avid user of social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram, Mark admits he's not as keen and doesn't even have a smartphone.

When asked if he keeps up to date with Lily's posts, he admitted: ''I'm not really interested in all that. I have, like, an old Nokia phone!''

Mark - who is married to French actress Joséphine de La Baume - also spoke about his family life and admitted that although growing up with lots of siblings was hard, he feels lucky to have had their support.

Speaking about whether family life was important to him, he told BANG Showbiz: ''I have 9 brothers and sisters so I don't have much of a choice. All families have arguments but you've just got to get on with it and appreciate what you have.''

Mark Ronson likes Lily Allen's honesty.

The 38-year-old star collaborated with the 'Hard Out Here' hitmaker on their 2007 single 'Oh My God' and has since maintained a close with relationship with her, claiming that her ability to tell the truth is what makes her music so successful.

Quizzed about what his opinion of Lily's new album 'Sheezus' was, he said: ''It's great. I think Lily has a way of telling it like it is. She's so honest and that's what strikes me about her.''

While Lily, 29 - who has daughters Ethel, two, and 17-month-old Marnie with her husband Sam Cooper - is an avid user of social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram, Mark admits he's not as keen and doesn't even have a smartphone.

When asked if he keeps up to date with Lily's posts, he admitted: ''I'm not really interested in all that. I have, like, an old Nokia phone!''

Mark - who is married to French actress Joséphine de La Baume - also spoke about his family life and admitted that although growing up with lots of siblings was hard, he feels lucky to have had their support.

Speaking about whether family life was important to him, he told BANG Showbiz: ''I have 9 brothers and sisters so I don't have much of a choice. All families have arguments but you've just got to get on with it and appreciate what you have.''

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Lily Allen's Garage Pop England World Cup Song. It's Terrible. [Listen] 4229392 News

England don’t have an official World Cup song yet, but Lily Allen has attempted to remedy that with her take on the niche bubble of pop usually reserved for aging actors/rockers prancing around in budget productions.

Lily AllenLily Allen has offered up a world cup song for England

Allen’s effort differs from those rather depressing efforts, but is equally disheartening due its reliance on the ancient relic of patriotism in the absence of any real musical qualities. It’s all garage poppy. 

“Who gave you [William] Shakespeare? Who gave you melons?” trills Allen almost pointlessly. “We gave you Gazza [Paul Gascoigne], twisted your melons. God Save The Queen with a pint of lager. I've been around, there's no where I'd rather be. Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves. We've been doing this since way back in the day. (sic)”

More: Did Lily Allen Lie About Being Offered A Role In 'Game Of Thrones'?

Allen unleashed the song on Twitter, saying: "My unofficial #worldcup song BASS LIKE HOME." She’s been in the news recently for basically lying about being offered a role in Game of Thrones. Well, according to her brother Alfie, but he’s actually in Game of Thrones so we’re inclined to trust him. 

The ‘Sheezus’ star alleged that she’d been offered a cameo role alongside her brother, but turned it down due to some incestuous content in the script. But Alfie – who was the subject of a rather vindictive song by Lily at the beginning of her career – denied that was true. 

"The only thing I'm going to say on that is that it's not true," he said in an interview with Vulture. "Gemma Whelan was always their first choice for the part. And she's fantastic. And that's the only thing I'm going to say about that."

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England don’t have an official World Cup song yet, but Lily Allen has attempted to remedy that with her take on the niche bubble of pop usually reserved for aging actors/rockers prancing around in budget productions.

Lily AllenLily Allen has offered up a world cup song for England

Allen’s effort differs from those rather depressing efforts, but is equally disheartening due its reliance on the ancient relic of patriotism in the absence of any real musical qualities. It’s all garage poppy. 

“Who gave you [William] Shakespeare? Who gave you melons?” trills Allen almost pointlessly. “We gave you Gazza [Paul Gascoigne], twisted your melons. God Save The Queen with a pint of lager. I've been around, there's no where I'd rather be. Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves. We've been doing this since way back in the day. (sic)”

More: Did Lily Allen Lie About Being Offered A Role In 'Game Of Thrones'?

Allen unleashed the song on Twitter, saying: "My unofficial #worldcup song BASS LIKE HOME." She’s been in the news recently for basically lying about being offered a role in Game of Thrones. Well, according to her brother Alfie, but he’s actually in Game of Thrones so we’re inclined to trust him. 

The ‘Sheezus’ star alleged that she’d been offered a cameo role alongside her brother, but turned it down due to some incestuous content in the script. But Alfie – who was the subject of a rather vindictive song by Lily at the beginning of her career – denied that was true. 

"The only thing I'm going to say on that is that it's not true," he said in an interview with Vulture. "Gemma Whelan was always their first choice for the part. And she's fantastic. And that's the only thing I'm going to say about that."

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