Ellie began suffering from panic attacks in 2010, as her career was taking off.
Singer Ellie Goulding has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and how boxing and kickboxing has helped her manage it.
Writing for Well + Good magazine, Ellie explained how her problems began once her career started taking off in 2010 and suddenly everything began happening so fast.
Continue reading: Ellie Goulding Reveals How Boxing Helped Her Fight Her Anxiety
The pair first came to blows on Twitter.
It all started when Hopkins tweeted a post in favour of Italy leaving the European Union after the country’s recent referendum result.
Will we be seeing Ellie Goulding face Katie Hopkins in the ring?
Continue reading: Katie Hopkins Agrees To Take On Ellie Goulding In Charity Boxing Match
Playing 'Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts' on 'The Late Late Show', he was also asked by James Corden about his relationship with the rest of One Direction...
In fairness, he was asked to choose between only Goulding and his other former flame, Selena Gomez, during the game of ‘Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts’ he played with Corden’s other guests, Isla Fisher and Ewan McGregor. In the game, each guest was asked to reveal a deep persona truth or eat or drink some kind of revolting foodstuff.
Goulding was speaking on Australian TV when the interviewers began a slightly awkward line of questioning relating to the rumoured relationship between her and Prince Harry.
Ellie Goulding was a bit thrown at having to deny that she is pregnant with Prince Harry’s baby, in an awkward line of questioning during an appearance on Australian television.
The 29 year old singer appeared on ‘The Project’, where she’s promoting a stand-alone single that appears on the soundtrack to the new movie Bridget Jones’s Baby. The show’s presenter asked her if she related more to Bridget or Fifty Shades of Grey’s Anastasia Steele – as one of her songs also appeared on the soundtrack to that movie.
Ellie Goulding was forced to deny she's pregnant with Prince Harry's baby
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Internet security Intel Security (McAfee) published its annual list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online in 2016.
She’s long been a thorn in the side of the patriarchy with her irreverent and forthright brand of comedy, but now Amy Schumer is proving to be actively dangerous – to internet users who search for her name!
A new report conducted on various search engines by anti-virus experts shows that Amy Schumer has been the most dangerous name to search for online in 2016, as the internet security firm Intel Security published its annual list of the TV, music and film stars whose names are most regularly hijacked by hackers to lure people to sites carrying malware.
Amy Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online in 2016
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Goulding pulled a number of live shows back in late July, after doctors told her to take time off to recover from exhaustion.
Ellie Goulding has opened up about her recent battle with exhaustion, revealing that she felt her body about to “give up” when it was at its worst.
The 29 year old pop singer took a few months off earlier this summer, cancelling a number of live performances in late July having been ordered to rest by her doctor having reached “breaking point”. However, she said that she didn’t realise how bad a state she was in at the time.
Ellie Goulding took a number of weeks off this summer having suffered from exhaustion
Continue reading: Ellie Goulding Opens Up About Recent Battle With Exhaustion
The hard-working singer has played more than 100 shows during 2016.
Ellie Goulding has been forced to pull out of a series of gigs after doctors warned her she was putting her voice at risk. Doctors told the singer that her voice was going to ‘burn out’ if she kept going without proper rest.
Ellie Goulding has been order by doctors to rest her voice.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Ellie said: “I’ve had to cancel some festivals this weekend because of exhaustion. I’ve done nearly 100 shows this year and my doctor has said if I do this weekend my voice might not bounce back from it.”
Continue reading: Exhaustion Causes Ellie Goulding To Cancel Gigs
The singer played the festival’s Pyramid Stage for the first time over the weekend.
Singer Ellie Goulding called on the public to “carry the spirit of Glastonbury home” with them when she played the festival’s main stage over the weekend. Goulding had previously tweeted that she was ‘heartbroken’ over the result of the EU Referendum, which hanged heavy over the annual festival all weekend.
Ellie Goulding shared her thoughts on Brexit during Glastonbury.
“I know things have been a bit weird the past few days. Actually that’s an understatement,” she told the crowd. “But it is so nice to be in a place where there is so much unity and where everyone is so happy and friendly and dancing together and laughing together and loving each other."
The prince and the pop princess are said to have been cosy at a recent polo game.
Prince Harry has always had the most interesting royal love life, but now the 31-year-old is rumoured to be dating popstar Ellie Goulding. According to The Sun the pair got close during the recent Audi Polo Challenge and might have even shared a kiss under a blanket.
Could we soon be saying Princess Ellie?
A source close to Harry’s social circle told the newspaper: “He has told friends how much he likes Ellie and she is clearly taken by him. Harry got Ellie’s number a while ago and got in touch.” Ellie was the singer and Harry’s brother William’s wedding in 2011 and the two are said to have always got on well.
Continue reading: Is Prince Harry Secretly Dating Ellie Goulding?
Because panic attacks are things celebrities get too.
It's always reassuring to hear when a star is going through the exact same things as a regular person, especially when it comes down to mental health issues. Ellie Goulding has candidly opened up about her own struggles with anxiety, and how it affects her day-to-day life and even career.
Ellie Goulding opens up about her anxiety attacks
The 29-year-old singer has recently been talking about undergoing therapy to help deal with her crippling panic attacks. It wasn't something she'd ever thought about doing, and indeed at first she wasn't totally convinced by the idea of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT, but it was something she thought was necessary as she floundered during the release of her most recent album 'Delirium'.
Continue reading: Ellie Goulding Reveals Therapy Helped Her Cope With Anxiety
The 29 year old British star is hooking up with Harris for a third collaboration, due later in 2016.
On the day she announces a brand new collaboration with her some-time musical partner-in-crime Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding has given a new interview in which she’s tried to clear up a few misconceptions the public have about her – mostly, that she’s boring.
She and Harris revealed a new song is set to drop in the summer, which has been recorded but not yet given a title. The two have collaborated twice before, on 2012’s ‘I Need Your Love’ and 2014’s ‘Outside’, which between them have over one billion Vevo hits.
Ellie Goulding is fed up of everybody calling her boring
The acts that will be joining Adele, Coldplay and Muse this year have been revealed.
Glastonbury has unveiled its first line-up poster for the annual festival, which will take place this year from June 22nd to 26th at Worthy Farm. The newly confirmed acts will join already announced headliners Muse, Adele and Coldplay, with a further 800 acts to be announced on a second poster in the coming weeks.
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The 29 year old star has broken up with her boyfriend of two years, and is taking an indefinite break from music.
Confirming that she has indeed split up with boyfriend Dougie Poynter, British pop star Ellie Goulding has also announced that she’s taking a substantial break from making music.
The 29 year old is currently in the middle of her biggest sell-out tour of the UK of her career, supporting her recently released album Delirium, but according to a new report in The Sun she’s made a big career decision after breaking up with Poynter, her boyfriend of two years.
Ellie Goulding performing during her Delirium tour, March 2016
After rekindling their romance following a break-up in December it seems the couple are now off once again.
Ellie Goulding and McFly’s Dougie Poynter have reportedly called time on their relationship once again. The couple, who have been together for two years, did split briefly back in December before reuniting, but it seems the romance is off again.
Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter are reportedly off again.
According to The Mirror, the couple have been spending increasing amounts of time apart in recent months, as Dougie makes a bid to crack Hollywood. A source told the newspaper: "They are finding it hard to spend time together as Ellie’s music career takes her all over the world and she is pulled in different directions.”
Continue reading: Have Ellie Goulding And Dougie Poynter Split Again?
The singer is not happy about how she was portrayed.
Ellie Goulding has lashed out at a news publication after their article suggested that she used IV drips instead of eating while touring on a busy schedule. She has branded the misquotation as 'dangerous' and 'irresponsible' for ignoring the context of her original statement.
Ellie Goulding shames the Metro for misquote
The singer has always been very aware of the image she's putting out in the media, extremely aware that she has a multitude of young and impressionable female fans. Therefore it's no surprise that she has reacted with utter disgust at the Metro's interpretation of her interview with Red magazine.
Continue reading: Ellie Goulding Brands Newspaper 'Dangerous' Over IV Drip Misquote
'You don't throw something like that away so easily.'
Being a popstar might sound like the idyllic life; money, fame, designer labels, magazine shoots and devoted fans; but in reality it can be one of the most trying of careers. Ellie Goulding opens up about how her busy schedule has affected her sanity, her health and her love life over the last few weeks.
Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter are back together
Goulding and Dougie Poynter seemed like the perfect couple when they began dating in 2014, but the music industry has pushed a lot of pressure on them both since them, very nearly tearing them apart last year when they announced that they were taking a break in December. It was shocking news, given the rumours that were circling of their engagement. However, now they're back together as Goulding explains that some things are worth clinging on to no matter how tough things get.
Continue reading: Ellie Goulding's Candid Confessions On Dougie Poynter Romance
She and her photographer had to escape through the roof of their van after it crashed into a frozen lake in Norway three weeks ago.
Ellie Goulding recently narrowly escaped drowning in a frozen lake in Norway, after a vehicle she and another passenger were travelling in crashed through the thin ice and sank moments later.
The 29 year old English pop star uploaded a photo to her Instagram account of a van half-submerged by frozen water once they had escaped to safety in an accident that happened almost three weeks ago. “Throwback to a few weeks ago when myself and @conormcdphoto nearly ended up in a lake in -30... Note to self don't drive a BV206 over a frozen lake (sic).”
Ellie Goulding revealed that she almost drowned in a frozen lake in Norway
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Taylor Swift has shared an adorable snap with her rumoured beau Calvin Harris. The two enjoyed an afternoon in the pool alongside an inflatable swan.
Taylor Swift’s romance with Calvin Harris seems to be going well. The ‘Bad Blood’ singer posted a cute picture of the two enjoying a pool on none other than a giant inflatable swan. Swift was pictured sitting behind Harris, who was at the head of the swan, with her legs wrapped round his hips. She pointed triumphantly into the air whilst Harris shielded his eyes with one hand and gazed off into the distance. The two looked remarkably comfortable in each other’s company.
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris photographed holding hands in New York in May.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Shares Adorable Pool Picture With Calvin Harris
Taylor Swift borrowed clothes from an L.A. sex shop for her 'Bad Blood' video.
Taylor Swift borrowed clothes from a sex shop for her 'Bad Blood' video. The 25-year-old singer reportedly borrowed more than $13, 000 in clothes from The Stockroom, an erotic boutique in Los Angeles. Although the majority of outfits were borrowed for the occasion, the star and her team kept around $5000 worth of clothing.
Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' video required $13,000 worth of sex shop clothing.
Guys. Guys. It's time to face the facts.
Update: Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are indeed a thing. Besides hanging out A LOT recently and adopting matching outfits (see here), the pair have now stepped out holding hands. So that means it’s on... right?
While not too obvious in this photo, that leather-clad arm is indeed attached to Calvin Harris.
According to People’s timely report, The 25-year-old singer was spotted holding hands with DJ Calvin Harris as the pair left a concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Thursday. What makes this even more awesome is that said show was by Haim, aka the awesome all-female indie trio, who vacationed with Swift last month.
West Palm Beach brings you five days of genre-spanning music from Ellie Goulding to Dropkick Murphys with this year's SunFest.
Probably the best sun-soaked family vacation you could ask for at such great value, SunFest arrives at West Palm Beach today (April 30th 2014) with a line-up that truly has something for everyone - if you'd pardon the cliché. Like any decent festival, filling in the spaces between bands is everything from the BB&T Juried Fine Art & Craft show to the Floating Oasis barge parties, not to mention the much anticipated fireworks display on Sunday. Having hosted its first event in 1982, it's no wonder it has remained such a family favourite, attracting over 165,000 revellers each year.
The 25-year-old passed away suddenly, causing a wave of grief and confusion.
As tributes are flooding in from friends, colleagues and fans, the sudden death of 25-year-old Peaches Geldof is yet to be explained. Model, TV presenter and daughter of musician Bob Geldof was found dead at her home in Kent on Monday, after a crew from South East Coast ambulance service responded to a call about “the welfare of a woman.” - but how did she day? One day later, no further information has been released. Geldof’s case is being treated as an “unexpected sudden death.”
One day later, Peaches Geldof's death remains unexplained.
Bob Geldof issued a statement on behalf of the whole family, which he referred to as “fractured so often, but never broken”.
Continue reading: How Did Peaches Geldof Die? Death Remains A Mystery
The singer also talks about her experiences growing up on a council estate and singing at the Royal Wedding, in a new Sky Arts interview.
Ellie Goulding is one of the freshest faces in pop music today, but this wasn't always the case.
The 27 year-old has recently opened up about her youth, and admitted to taking drugs and dressing as a Goth when she was a teenager.
Goulding, who grew up in a council estate in Lyonshall, Herts, made these revelations while being interview by Michael Parkinson for a Sky Arts documentary, according to The Mirror.
Continue reading: Ellie Goulding Reveals A Gothic Rebellious Past In Teen Years
The BRIT Awards will be held tonight, what can we expect from the UK's most exciting music awards?
All set for the BRIT Awards this evening? Indeed, Britain's biggest night of music awards will take place today and we're feeling pretty excited for the ceremony, which is set to be as spectacular as ever. Of course, if it was purely based on sales, most of the awards would go to One Direction, who have sold 3.19 million albums in the past year. Luckily that's not the case and the awards look set to be handed out to a diverse range of acts who've made their mark on music this year.
Nominated 'International Female Solo Artist' Will Be Bringing Her Pop Hits To Tonight's Ceremony.
This year's musical entertainment will be provided by Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding Arctic Monkeys, Rudimental, Bruno Mars, Bastille, and Lorde but a rumour has arisen that Prince may make a surprise performance with his band, 3rdEyeGirl. The funk singer has been delighting Londoners with surprise gigs over the past week so it's highly plausible that he'll make the BRIT Awards his final London date.
Continue reading: Tonight's BRIT Awards Preview: Who's Performing, Who's Up For A Prize?
2014 Brit Awards: Although Ellie Goulding has received a nod in three categories, the 27 year-old tries to remain pessimistic: "if I don't [win] I won't be surprised. I have learnt not to get my hopes up."
The 27 year-old has received a nomination in the categories for Best Female, Best Single and Best Video.
But she realizes the competition is steep and isn't getting her hopes up for any of the prizes.
She's back and ready to show she can still hold her own in the fight to the top of the charts.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back in the charts, baring her teeth with her latest album Wanderlust as it fights for the throne in this week's UK number one. The 34 year-old diva is raring to steal the top perch from current charts hot-shot Ellie Goulding as well as race past current number two, Bruce Springsteen and his album High Hopes.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor Takes The Charts By Storm...Yet Again!
It won't be all plain sailing for Sophie, who famously denied Victoria Beckham a number one single in 2000 with her debut solo single 'Groovejet (If This Ain't Love), but with a further six more Top 10 singles and four Top 40 albums, she's pretty well-placed to do it all over again and blow the other acts out of the water.
The veteran performer scored his tenth UK No. 1 with the new album
Bruce Springsteen released his latest album, High Hopes, in the UK last week and at the first time of asking the latest collection of songs from The Boss soared straight to the top of the album chart. Springsteen is now among an elite club of artists who have managed to score 10 No. 1 albums in the UK, with High Hopes unlikely to be his last either.
High Hopes is Springsteen's 10th No. 1 in the UK
Bruce has now surpassed David Bowie, Abba, Queen and Michael Jackson in the race for double figures, with these four each earning nine No. 1 albums to date. Springsteen is now on par with U2 and the Rolling Stones, but still places behind Elvis Presley, Robbie Williams (with 11 each), Madonna (who has 12 No. 1's) and The Beatles, who lead the way with 15 No. 1 albums in total.
Continue reading: Bruce Springsteen Back At No. 1 With 'High Hopes'
The emerging singer beat Sampha, Ella Eyre and Banks to the success-predicting crown
Sam Smith is a name we are hearing more and more of recently, and it is also a name that we will be hearing even more than we are already, as his star keeps on rising and rising. In his latest brush with success, Smith has been named as the BBC Sound Of 2014 by the broadcasting company, which marks the best new artist of the upcoming year.
Sam Smith's stock is rising fast
Having tasted considerable success in 2012 and 2013 with collaborative singles from Disclosure and Naughty Boy, with the songs 'Latch' and 'La La La' both becoming big tracks last year, Smith is ready to make a name for himself, by himself, and his recognition by the BBC is the latest indication that more success is on the horizon.
Continue reading: Sam Smith Picked As BBC Sound Of 2014
Find out which artists have been nominated for a Brit Award (or three) this year.
The nominees have been announced for this year's Brit Awards, which will be presented live in a ceremony on ITV on the 19th February. The annual awards celebrate the year's biggest British music stars, in a competition that is as hotly contested as ever after a thrilling year in music.
Disclosure Could Be About To Get A Lot More Famous With Four Potential Brit Awards Headed Their Way.
Bastille and Disclosure have emerged as the early front-runners after netting four nominations apiece and will go head-to-head in the Mastercard British Album of the Year, British Breakthrough Act, British Single and British Group categories. Though both groups have enjoyed rocketing to success this year, Disclosure and their album Settle may have the edge due to having been also nominated for last year's Mercury Music Prize.
Queens of the Stone Age, The Replacements, Beck and The Knife are also among the top-billed performers
Coachella 2014 will be returning to Indio, California, this spring for a two-weekend spectacular that will see some of the world's biggest performers gather in one polo field in the middle of the desert. This week the full line-up for the latest incarnation of the ever-popular festival was announced, with the bill yet another feast for the eyes (and eventually the ears too).
Big Boi and Andre 3000 will reunited for the headline performance
Eight years since their last album and eventual hiatus, Outkast will reform to headline the first day of the festival, which will kick start on the weekend of 11-13 April. The Grammy-winning hip-hop duo will be joined on the first day by fellow returnees The Knife, who released their first album in seven years - the acclaimed Shaking the Habitual - in 2013 and The Replacements, who reformed in 2012. Ellie Goulding, Chromeo, Haim, A$AP Ferg, Bryan Ferry, DJ Falcon and many others will also appear on the first day.
Continue reading: OutKast, Muse And Arcade Fire To Headline Coachella 2014
Ellie Goulding took responsibility for the iTunes Festival's 24th night.
Ellie Goulding returned to home turf last night to play at London's iTunes Festival, representing the 24th headline artist to perform at the month of free concerts at Camden's Roundhouse venue.
Ellie Returned To Play The iTunes Festival.
The 26 year-old singer is currently on a high after her latest single, 'Burn,' from her upcoming album Halcyon went straight to the top of the charts in August, marking the first No.1 single for the Herefordshire-born star.
Continue reading: ITunes Festival 2013: Ellie Goulding Rocks The Roundhouse [Pictures]
The newest single from Katy Perry, 'Roar,' has knocked Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' from the top spot after three weeks
Katy Perry is officially the UK's number one artist, scoring her fourth UK number one single with her comeback track 'Roar' - the first single from her upcoming third album, Prism. The single knocked Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' from the number one spot after three weeks as the UK's most popular single, having sold 179,500 copies in the last seven days alone, a figure that makes 'Roar' Katy's fastest selling single in the UK to date.
Katy Perry is back with a 'Roar'
Radio 1’s Official Chart Show DJ Jameela Jamil revealed that Katy has scored another No. 1 during her show on Sunday, 8 September, and spoke briefly to Katy about her success and gave the 'California Girls' singer the chance to giving a gushing acceptance speech to thank the UK public for buying her latest single in their droves. The single is also number one in her native USA, where it knocked Robin Thicke off his perch after 12 long weeks atop the Billboard Hot 200.
Continue reading: Katy Perry's 'Roar' Is Too Powerful To Keep Off The Number One Spot
With her comeback single 'Roar' made available a week early, Katy Perry was able to storm in at Number One on the UK iTunes chart
Katy Perry's comeback may be more eagerly anticipated than we first thought, as her comeback single 'Roar' needed only a few hours to race all the way to the top of the iTunes chart when it was release on Sunday (1 September). The single was actually released earlier than expected, a full week in fact, as Perry apparently couldn't wait to bring out her new single any longer.
Katy's comeback single tasted immediate success when it was released early
The first single from her strangely titled upcoming third album Prism, the unexpected early release did the trick for Perry as she watched the song storm the iTunes chart and knock Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' from the number one spot. Still, she may have stormed the iTunes chart, but Perry was unable to knock Ellie Goulding from the top of the Official UK Singles chart, where she managed to stay for a third successive week on Sunday (1 September). Given the lateness of it's release, we doubt whether Katy was banking on her single doing so well in the first place, so she can probably look forward to battling for the top spot during next week's chart countdown.
UK singer Ellie Goulding has managed to stay at the top the UK Singles Chart for a third week with her single 'Burn'
Ellie Goulding has beaten off competition from her trans-Atlantic rivals to remain at the number one spot on the UK Singles Chart for a third successive week, with her song 'Burn.' The single, Ellie's first ever number one, first entered the chart a month ago and soon knocked Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' from the No. 1 spot, where it has stayed for yet another week.
Ellie on the red carpet at the recent VMAs
Continue reading: Ellie Goulding Holds Off Miley & Gaga To Stay At No. 1 For A Third Week
It is as though Katy Perry hasn't been away from the charts at all, as her new single has 'Roar'-ed to the top of the iTunes chart at the first time of asking
A week earlier that planned, Katy Perry has released the first single from her upcoming album, Prism. 'Roar' is already feeling the benefits of the early release too, with the singer seeing her single shoot straight to number one in the iTunes chart in the UK as her fans came out in their droves to catapult the first single from the album to instant success.
Perry performed the single at the recent VMAs
Ellie Goulding is on the rise like never before.
Ellie Goulding, the 'Starry Eyed' singer who has enjoyed quite a lot of success in recent years as a staple in everyone’s private playlists, has finally landed her first UK number one and seems to be sticking to her guns this week. Goulding is poised to top the chart again this week with her single 'Burn.' 'Burn' is a the flagship track of Halcyon Days, a more comprehensive repackaging of her sophomore effort, Halcyon.
Goulding is no stranger to the festival circuit.
The singer’s unique vocal abilities in 'Burn' once again beat out Avicii’s 'Wake Me Up' to the top. According to Entertainmentwise, only 4,500 individual sales separate the two. 'Wake Me Up' spent another three weeks on top earlier this year, before being bumped from Number 1 by Miley Cyrus’s controversial party anthem 'We Can’t Stop.'
'Burn' claims biggest selling record for second week in a row, above Avicii, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.
Solo singer Ellie Goulding has snatched the week's top track yet again from the claws of rivals with lead single 'Burn' from her upcoming album, Halcyon Days. The track was Goulding's first ever number one hit after it was announced that it was the bestselling track a fortnight ago and now has dominated the UK charts for two straight weeks, selling over 200,000 copies.
Ellie Goulding Is Chart Queen For A Second Week.
The pop star tweeted to express her excitement at the news she was chart queen yet again: "Biggest smile on my face hearing that Burn is No1 for the second week running!...love you guys so much."
Continue reading: Burn! Ellie Goulding Incinerates UK Charts For Second Week
Chicago's biggest music festival Lollapalooza to feature stunning headline acts, great activities and shelters for all weathers.
Since it's revival in 2003, Lollapalooza has been bringing you the very best of rock, metal, punk, hip hop and dance from all the major music legends to the up-and-coming rookies of the business. Taking place at Chicago's Grant Park from August 2nd - 4th 2013, the festival this year features a bedazzling headline roster of Las Vegas indie rockers The Killers, West Sussex goths The Cure, Grammy winning folk four-piece Mumford & Sons and long-running industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails. There will also be a huge range of activities to occupy yourself with over the weekend from the Samsung Galaxy Experience where you can check out the latest gadgets, to art stations where you can become a comic strip or be transformed into a work of pop art.
The Radio 1 Big Weekend became a star-studded event with performances from some of the biggest chart toppers.
Rudimental at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend
BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend was just that - a BIG weekend! With a huge range of hit artists, the radio station left no genre uncovered over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (May 24th - 26th 2013).
Day 1 saw performances from Dizzee Rascal as he promotes his upcoming fifth album due out later in the year; Rudimental, whose debut album 'Home' has had some remarkable reviews and a number one spot on the UK album chart; Rita Ora who is also working on a new album; and her platinum selling boyfriend Calvin Harris. Saturday brought in an equally impressive line-up with Ellie Goulding who is in the UK before she embarks on a lengthy US tour later in the summer; The Saturdays minus Rochelle Humes who is still recovering from the birth of her first baby Alaia-Mai; and Iggy Azalea whose debut album release is imminent. As for day 3, it certainly wasn't a day of rest as hitting the stage in Derry, Northern Ireland were alt-rock threesome Paramore, BRIT award nominated Jessie Ware and Grammy winning Bruno Mars who's set to kick off a major world tour in the summer spanning through 'til March 2014.
Calvin Harris was soaked by a drink-slinging reveller, but continued unperturbed.
Calvin Harris was given an almighty soaking by a member of the audience at this show at London's Project Club at the weekend. The Scottish DJ was 30 minutes into a planned hour long set when he was given a watering by a fan who got a little excited. Ever the professional, Harris stuck up two fingers, downed a shot, and continued with his set which ended up being four hours long.
A club source said: "Calvin took it all in his stride. He even joked that next time he DJs he'll wear waterproofs. The culprit was dealt with very quickly and 95 per cent of the clubbers didn't even notice. Calvin was a pro and carried on unphased and ended up DJing for extra time when a lot of lesser performers would have stormed off." It's probably not difficult for Harris to keep an audience on the dancefloor for four hours - his latest album 18 months is packed with chart hits. I Need Your Love, featuring Ellie Goulding, has become the eighth top ten track from the album. It means Harris now holds the record, overtaking Michael Jackson who scored seven Top 10's from his Dangerous record.
Harris is about to take off to the U.S for a handful of shows, before heading back to Europe for the summer. He'll play multiple shows in Ibiza and Mallorca before returning to the UK for a number of festivals including Oxegen and V Festival.
Continue reading: Calvin Harris Left Soaked By Drink-Hurling Fan At London Show
Calvin Harris has made chart history by becoming the first person to have eight top ten hits released from the same album.
Calvin Harris' latest track, 'I Need Your Love', featuring singer Ellie Goulding, climbed up to number seven on the Official Chart at the weekend and while his continued run of form in the charts is impressive, the success of this particular song was extra special. With his latest chart entry, the DJ and producer from Dumfries, Scotland became the first artist ever to have eight top 10 hits in the UK from one studio album, 18 Months.
A Week in Videos... Undoubtedly the most eagerly-anticipated video of the week comes from Daft Punk, who return to the scene with ‘Get Lucky.’ Featuring Pharrell on vocals and the legend that is Nile Rogers on guitar, the track has already broken daily play records on Spotify and quickly became one of the most talked-about tracks online. A classic in the making, Roger’s distinctive guitar sound lends the track an authentic disco edge.
Heavy on the expletives, low on production costs, this Frank Turner video for ‘Plain Sailing Weather’ sees the angry troubadour continuing the confessional vibes of his last single ‘Recovery.’ Playing with his band in a church, the track begins with Frank playing alone, with his guitar, before the band kick in with him for the chorus.
Pair both have relationships
What’s this!? Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding canoodling? Topless!? (Well Calvin is anyway,) MAKING OUT!? Fear not, those who are aware that both the DJ and the singer are currently in relationships with other people, the pals are just fooling around in a new video for Calvin Harris new single I Need Your Love.
The single is the seventh (!) to be released from Harris’ third album 18 Months – overkill much? – and evidently aware that surely no one gives a toss anymore about a track that’s been around for almost seven months, Harris has sought to spice things up a little in the video by having him and Goulding making out on the beach and in bed, to get people talking about it a little. It’s evidently worked given what we’re typing right at this instant.
In real life things are somewhat different, with Ellie Goulding going out with actor Jeremy Irvine, star of Spielberg film War Horse, and Harris dating former girlfriend of Maroon 5 man Adam Levine and Victoria’s Secret model, Anne Vyalitsyna. We can’t help but wonder what those two think of the pair in this video, however, we can’t help but feel they’ll feel a little perturbed by the clear chemistry that exists between the pair. Oo-er.
Continue reading: What's This!? Calvin Harris And Ellie Goulding Kiss In New Video
John Legend is excited to perform on the same bill as Beyonce and a host of other famous acts, in aid of Chime for Change - an initiative, focusing on women's issues worldwide.
John Legend is excited to team up with Beyonce for a London concert, endorsing Chime for Change – a charity, aimed at helping girls and women around the world. The singers will perform at London’s Twickenham stadium on June 1st alongside a host of other international acts, including Florence + the Machine, Haim, Ellie Goulding, Iggy Azalea, Laura Pausini, Rita Ora and Timbaland. Chime for Change was founded by Gucci and profits from the initiative go to various NGOs around the world, which aim to affect change in the lives of underprivileged women.
John Legend himself has been working with various organisations, focusing on women’s rights, for a long time. For The Huffington Post, the singer said he was “inspired” to act after traveling to Ghana with Millenium Promise co-founder Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who wrote The End of Poverty.
The Grammy Award winner is excited to perform alongside Beyonce.
Continue reading: John Legend Would Love To Duet With Beyonce In Aid Of Women's Rights
Didn't get your fill with the last dose of State-side halftime entertainment, well the NBA All-Star Weekend is here to help, with the show's line-up trying its best to out do Beyonce and co. last Sunday.
Taking place in Houston on Feb. 16-17, the showcase will be an all-star event in more than just b'ball-ability terms. Alicia Keys will be holding down the reigns at the halftime performance, whilst Ne-Yo will be performing before the main event. John Legend will perform the United States national anthem before the game. On the Saturday before, the newly reformed Fall Out Boy will be providing the half-time entertainment, their first live performance sine their 2009 split, whilst Ellie Goulding will play before the game.
The entertainment isn't just resigned to the match schedule though, as the full weekend of entertainment will also see American Idol winner Phillip Phillips performing on Saturday during the day, which will coincide with the time-honoured Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest — all of which will be presided over by Nick Cannon.
Continue reading: Alicia Keys, Fall Out Boy And More Confirmed For NBA All-Star Weekend
Who wasn't at the ABC studios this week? Ok, so we weren't, and to be fair most of the world were probably elsewhere too, but three huge stars that were included Jennifer Lopez, Ellie Goulding and Drew Barrymore. All three were appearing on the network's flagship breakfast show Good Morning America, and there were contrasting ways in which each of the ladies coped with the early mornings and brisk seasonal cold.
Albums of Note... Deftly side-stepping the pitfalls of ‘second album syndrome,’ Everything Everything have stepped things up a notch with second album Arc, which looks set to raise their profile even further. They’ve retained their quirky dance geek sound, but this time around, the songs have a darker, more emotional sound. Where their debut was playful, a newfound intensity can be found on this follow-up. “Arc offers more drama and intensity than the playful-ness we heard on Man Alive, Everything Everything's 2010-released debut… each track stands in its own right; nothing is filler and Arc maintains interest throughout; it's a much more mature offering than Everything Everything's previous, particularly with the likes of the gentle, piano-backed 'The Peaks, which sensitively showcases their trademark falsetto vocals in an atmospheric setting.”
Paul Weller’s latest release, the ‘Dragonfly EP’ is described by our reviewer as a “victory lap.” The EP contains a number of unreleased tracks from the Modfather’s trilogy of experimental albums released in 2012. Described as “by no means essential for the casual fan,” the tracks contained herein are a step away from the sonic experimentation of the albums and are closer to his early solo days.“The Dragonfly EP is therefore well worth your time if you have any interest in Weller's more recent output. However, for the more casual listener, it may seem like it's business as usual for the Modfather. The 5 additional songs certainly deserve to be heard, and it's a welcome move that they haven't just ended up on the cutting room floor.”
Well, amicable enough, it would seem, that he’s still happy to release the collaborative track that they created, but not so amicable that he asked her to appear in the video for the track.
Instead, ‘Summit’ features footage of various young, lithe looking folk, most of whom look as though they just stepped straight out of an American Apparel advert. Crazy young kids, setting each other’s hair on fire, setting other things on fire, rolling around in a sorry excuse for a ball pool coasting around on their BMX bikes and, of course, spraying squirty cream moustaches on their faces. Because who DOESN’T want to do that whilst a Skrillex track whomp-whomps about in the background. The six minute track features vocals from Ellie throughout and they are largely distorted, though there are points when that voice is quite distinctly that of Elle Goulding.
It was fun and games at BBC Radio One DJ Fearne Cotton's house this morning (December 21, 2012) as the imminently expecting disc jockey invited a host of friends around for a live broadcast of her show. This week's been a tough one for Cotton, with it being revealed that her ex-boyfriend, Ian Watkins of the Welsh band Lostprophets, was arrested and remanded in custody on charges of a sexual nature; how great then that her celebrity pals rallied around her for this festive edition of her show.
The up-and-coming British songwriter Tom Odell has been named as the winner of the Brits Critics’ Choice Award. He got his break in the music industry when a friend of Lily Allen’s took her to see him play and she was instantly drawn to the singer’s talents. Odell recently released his debut EP ‘Songs From Another Love’ and has expressed his surprise at learning that he’s been awarded the accolade of Critics’ Choice – becoming the first ever male artist to do so.
“I genuinely can’t believe it. Thank you so much. Looking at the list of amazing female artists who have won the Award already, I just hope I don’t let the boys down!" said Odell. Lily Allen – now known as Lily Rose Cooper – had already tipped Tom for success in NME, revealing “I went to see him play and signed him to my label straight away. His voice is fragile yet powerful and he sings mainly love songs. I'm not usually a massive fan of singer-songwriter stuff, but when I saw him live his energy onstage reminded me of David Bowie. It's not soppy and moany at all, it's energetic and insightful. And he's totally gorgeous as well! Blond hair and blue eyes, and simply just lovely.”
The Critics’ Choice award is chosen by a panel of industry insiders every year and is awarded to an artist who is yet to have released a debut album. Previous winners have included Emeli Sande, Jessie J and Ellie Goulding.
Psychedelic Pill is the 35th studio album from Neil Young and was written and recorded in collaboration with his sometime band, Crazy Horse, marking their first album of original material since Greendale in 2003. As with many of Young’s latter-day releases, the quality is less than consistent. Reviews from The Guardian and the Independent suggest that Psychedelic Pill contains “moments of majesty,” (The Independent) as well as some less impressive tracks. It’s unlikely that any of this week’s releases are going to shake Taylor Swift from her throne at the top of the UK album chart but with reassuring reviews in the mainstream press, Psychedelic Pill should prove popular amongst Young’s considerable fanbase.
Also released today is the interestingly-titled Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da, by veteran ska-pop band Madness. It’s the tenth studio album from Madness and contains 14 new tracks, as well as cover art from the ever popular pop-art legend Peter Blake (he designed the cover for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band). The Guardian gave the album an impressive 3 stars out of 5 but can Madness really recapture the youthful exuberance of their glory days, with this latest album? It seems unlikely that they’ll continue to enjoy the success that they experienced in years gone by.
Katy Perry kicked off her birthday festivities this weekend by throwing a predictably lavish costume-party at Los Angeles' Magic Castle nightspot. The singer turns 28 on Thursday (Oct 25, 2012), though hardly made an effort to upstage her famous guests by dressing as a fairly standard vampire.
It was beau John Mayer who put a little more thought into his outfit, opting to arrive as a vampire hunter complete with prosthetic nose and chin, reports US Weekly. Elsewhere, Kristen Stewart snuck into the event fairly unnoticed, while house music DJ Skrillex and girlfriend Ellie Goulding were snapped in some pretty poor looking skeleton outfits. Diane Warren, Johnny Wujek, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris were also in attendance. The 'How I Met Your Mother' star tweeted a photograph from the event, adding, "Thank you @KatyPerry for having @DavidBurtka and me at your frightfully fun B'day Bash at the @MagicCastle last night."
Earlier in the weekend, Katy had joined Mayer's family and friends to celebrate his 35th birthday at Freemans restaurant on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Albums of Note... That 'difficult second album' phase is probably even more difficult when - in between your first and second album - you have performed at the Royal wedding, had your songs splashed all over the TV, dumped one of the UK's best-known radio DJs (Greg James) and started dating one of the United States' best-known producers (Skrillex). Ellie Goulding seems to have done a solid job of navigating the pressures of retaining her identity, whilst no doubt being squeezed by her record label. Overall though, Halcyonis not quite the blast of personality that we expected from Goulding: "The most disappointing thing is that they've not even really allowed Goulding's voice to flourish. She has a vocal that's pleasant if not exactly stand out, but all life in it's been stamped out through auto-tuning and correction, the singer sounding as though she's being possessed by the spirit of nothing at all."
Tall Ships are beginning to gather serious momentum on the live circuit in the UK and their debut album, Everything Touching cements that reputation. It's by no means a perfect debut but Tall Ships are already breaking free of the 'math rock' parameters that have been loosely placed about them. "The majority of the ten tracks are instrumentally intense with sounds overlapping and complimenting each other. An intriguing debut from Tall Ships, but there's just a spark missing. They should cut down on the instrumentals and replace with some words because, when they're used, the science and instrumental beauty are amplified perfectly."
The have and have not of artistic credibility used to be pretty clear cut in the UK music scene in the 1980s. You had your pop stars, appearing on Top Of The Pops, wearing ridiculous costumes, spending (in the case of the really successful ones) hundreds of thousands of pounds on the blossoming music video phenomenon. Then you had your surly looking bands, sullen of expression in their hand-me-down clothes, earnest of word and writing music that was jumped upon and praised by the leftfield music press, but ultimately still left them sharing a scabby bedsit in the arse end of suburbia. It was clear; one group just wanted everyone to sing their song enough to want to go and buy it, the others believed they were artistically expressing themselves, whether to the detriment of the listener or not.
That's been changing ever since the turn of the 90s, from when the Stone Roses decided they would rather play to 20,000 people on an island than a few hundred at a Barfly, to when the BBC decided they were going to take a closer order of alternative music and started sending all their cameras down to Worthy Farm to cover Glastonbury, to Blur, Oasis and Britpop suddenly becoming commercial and political commodities and on and on ad infinitum. The point is that over the last twenty or so years this mythical 'indie cred' has become high profile and highly profitable. The BBC Sound of 2010 list, where we first met Ellie Goulding, has always tried to give the impression that the artists it's championing are the alternative; they're the bands, the underground producers and rappers. Yet there is no 'alternative' once you reach that level, winning the Sound list becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as you find yourself plastered on billboards, shown on the red button, welcomed into the music industry and given a Best Rising Star award at the BRITS so that everyone can slap themselves on the back and say, 'look, we were right all along!'
Which is why artists like Ellie Goulding rankle, because there's no doubt that the team around them only have profit in mind, and yet the marketing behind it tries to convince us that they're pedalling something of substance. Here's a thought; have you ever seen the 25-year-old in a live promo picture without holding a guitar? It doesn't happen often, because that outdated notion of guitars = indie still exists in the major label offices. Additionally, with Goulding, she's being pushed as the sort of girl-next-door, who underneath it all is still just a singer songwriter earnestly pouring her heart out. On this album they've given her room for two songs that do just that, non-entities called 'I Know You Care' and 'Dead In The Water'. Interviews see her still try to talk about recording techniques she's developed and experiments with sounds; yet listening through Halcyon doesn't really reveal much other than the sort of bland, all-the-EQ-up noise war production that's become common place as labels desperately attempt to shout louder than the rest, in order to clasp the pitiful drain of money that's coming into the industry.
Continue reading: Ellie Goulding - Halcyon Album Review
Ellie Goulding's Halcyon hits shelves on Tuesday (October 9, 2012) and has its sights firmly fixed on the upper echelons of the Billboard chart. It seems domestic success isn't good enough for the Hereford born star and Goulding is likely to emulate the recent US success of British offerings from Mumford And Sons, and One Direction.
The majestic lead single from the record, Anything Could Happen, has already featured in a commercial for Beats By Dre and looks likely to chart high in the U.S. singles chart. However, in conversation with MTV News, Goulding revealed her more far-reaching ambitions for the track, "I'm hoping it will make people go out and propose to their girlfriend and do that holiday they never ended up doing," she said, adding, "I hope it will provoke positivity as opposed to making people really sad." Though her 2010 debut 'Lights' suggested Goulding would continue down the EDM path, the 25-year-old appears to have moved in a different direction with her sophomore effort, "I've got more influences and different influences.I think it's a different sound. It is kind of a bit more tribal, a bit more anthemic.
Goulding will begin a mini-tour of the United States and Canada in New York on October 11, 2012, before heading to the Sound Academy in Toronto (14th), the Troubador in Los Angeles (16th) and Amoeba Music (17th).
Taylor Swift goes dubstep on ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’? The country music star has always had one foot in the mainstream pop arena but Taylor Swift’s new song is really something else. She’s not the first to dabble in a spot of dubstep, of course; Britney Spears famously did it, with her track ‘Hold It Against Me,’ released last year and more recently, Muse have let elements of the formerly underground dance sound into their music. Dubstep may have originated in Croydon, in the UK but now that Skrillex has popularized the genre Stateside, it seems that everyone wants a piece of the action. Might as well do the whole ‘female singer-songwriter goes dubstep’ thing before Skrillex’s girlfriend Ellie Goulding gets in on the action, eh?
Taylor Swift debuted the track on Good Morning America and introduced the song by saying that it was one of her favorite tracks from the new album Red “It sounds just as chaotic as the feeling was when I wrote it. It’s a song about kind of being frustrated with yourself, because here you are heartbroken, and you knew when you first saw that person, you saw all these red flags and you just went for it anyway.” She doesn’t speak about her new love of dubstep but the production on ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ is undeniable. It basically sounds like classic Swift, but with added ‘whomp’!
Fans will be left wondering if this new direction has got legs, or if Taylor’s going to stick to traditional country ground from now on. And, of course, they will be wondering which of her unlucky exes the song’s about! John Mayer, perchance?
Ellie Goulding has returned with her second album Halcyon with a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the 25 year-old to repeat the feats of two years ago. In 2010 she topped the BBC Sound of 2010 poll and went on to top the UK album charts and break the top 30 of the American Billboard charts, selling over 1.5 million copies of debut LP Lights.
Halcyon came out this week and, if the critics' reaction is anything to go by, then it's hard to tell whether it's going to hit quite the same peaks. The good comes from Entertainment Weekly, who write "Halcyon could have gone for easy crossovers. But the album is slightly too weird for that--and that's what makes it good." In the UK The Telegraph comment "Her second album, however, belatedly delivers on all Goulding's latent promise", whilst The Fly add that the album "is a bold and confident step forward."
The Independent and The Guardian are less impressed though, the former claiming "It's a well-crafted, stylish piece of work. But it's hard to love songs that try to hide" and the latter adding "The main flaw of Halcyon is that it occasionally feels a bit too much." Nevertheless, it's currently sitting pretty with an average of 72% on reviews aggregating site Metacritic, and given the promotion her label Interscope have given it, we're pretty sure it'll be entering the upper echelons of the charts this week.
'I read someone comparing our relationship to when Kylie met Michael Hutchence but it's not like that - drugs etc', she told The Sun in an interview. 'It's absolutely not that. I did all that stuff when I was young. I've always been bright and I'm sensible enough now to not be so easily influenced by someone.' The singer, who rose to fame with her hit cover of Elton John's 'Your Song', admitted that she wasn't always so sensible. 'I've always been an absolute rebel. When I was in my teen years I had piercings and wore all black. I smoked and drank and did what all my mates did around me', she confessed, adding, 'I was never a 'sensible one'.'
In fact, the 25-year-old says that Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) is actually influenced by her rather than the other way round. 'I read somewhere that I made him feel more secure', she said. '[People] ask if I've copied his hair too but I had mine first!'
Continue reading: Ellie Goulding Influences Boyfriend Skrillex (Not The Other Way Round)
The tracklisting for Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has finally been announced, via Yahoo and amongst the highlights of this latest instalment are Green Day, Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding. Green Day, obviously are a pretty big coup for the compilers of the soundtrack (Summit Entertainment release the album in collaboration with Chop Shop Records and Atlantic Records) and the band’s bass player Mike Dirnt spoke to Yahoo! about contributing their track ‘The Forgotten’ and said “When we were asked to be part of the 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' soundtrack, we readily agreed because the films are an insane cultural phenomenon, and we have always been impressed with the way the 'Twilight' soundtracks are so carefully curated.”
Ellie Goulding’s track will draw attention to the soundtrack too, not only because it’s an exclusive track but because it’s the first track that she’s released, to have been produced by her new boyfriend Skrillex. Following in the vein of slightly kooky female artists, St. Vincent and Feist have both contributed a track; both will undoubtedly make an excellent accompaniment to the dark, moody atmosphere of the Twilight movie.
Coming from a slightly more mainstream angle, Christina Perri returns with ‘A Thousand Years (Part Two)’. Naturally, it’s a follow on from her theme to the first installment of Breaking Dawn and Perri was almost a dead cert to be included on this final musical bow. She’s such a fan of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga that she has the word ‘Bitten’ tattooed on her, in the Twilight font. She told Yahoo! “I am so honored and excited to be involved again in this final film and soundtrack.” She revealed that part two of the track will be different but hasn’t yet said how and the tracks are yet to be released. “It's not the same [as the original]... you'll just have to wait and see how,” she teased.
Continue reading: Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Soundtrack Listing Finally Announced
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