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Shirley Manson: 'Lil Nas X Is An Absolute Treasure'

Shirley Manson says Lil Nas X is an "absolute treasure".The 54-year-old singer admitted she was "blown away" by his recent 'SNL' performance and says he is a great example to the LGBTQI community. She told The Guardian: "A couple of...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 June 2021

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Robert Plant Turned To Music In Lockdown

Robert Plant says music kept him sane during lockdown.The Led Zeppelin legend has opened up on how he turned to music to help him through the pandemic, although he didn't have any set artists or songs which he'd always listen...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 June 2021

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No Solo Ambitions For Emma Bunton

Emma Bunton would have hated to be a solo star.The 45-year-old singer found fame as a member of the Spice Girls with Geri Horner, Victoria Beckham, Mel B and Mel C, and although she has released solo singles, Emma was...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 June 2021

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Jack Garratt 'finds Catharsis' Through His Music

Jack Garratt is "finding catharsis" in songwriting.The 'Time' singer - who recently finalised his divorce from ex-wife Sarah after more than two years of marriage - admitted he still needs to figure out how to address recent events in his...

By Bang Showbiz on 13 June 2021

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Jennifer Lopez And Rita Ora Planning Music Collaboration?

Jennifer Lopez and Rita Ora are planning to collaborate on new music.The 51-year-old star and the 30-year-old singer recently met up in Los Angeles and insiders have revealed that they discussed working on music and possibly even a movie together.A...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 June 2021

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Johnny Marr's Theory On Why Singers Are So Difficult...

Johnny Marr enjoyed working with Bernard Sumner because he didn't have a "w***** mentality" like most singers.The former Smiths guitarist and New Order frontman created the supergroup Electronic - which also featured Pet Shop Boys stars ​Neil Tennant and Chris...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 June 2021

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James Arthur Wants To Start A Band

James Arthur wants to ditch pop for a rock 'n' roll band.The 33-year-old singer/songwriter revealed he is passionate about rock and hip-hop but feels he has been unfairly labelled as a pop star.He said: "I’m passionate about rock and hip-hop....

By Bang Showbiz on 12 June 2021

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Noel Gallagher Teases 'acoustic' Album

Noel Gallagher's next album is going to be "more acoustic" than his last solo LP.The 54-year-old musician has been busy over the past year writing new songs and he has teased that the record is going back to his Oasis...

By Bang Showbiz on 12 June 2021

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Ed Sheeran 'can't Wait' For Fans To Hear Bad Habits

Ed Sheeran "can't wait" for fans to hear his new single on June 25.The 30-year-old pop star has been busily working on new music over recent months, and Ed is thrilled to be releasing 'Bad Habits' later in June.He said:...

By Bang Showbiz on 11 June 2021

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Ricky Martin Hails His 'astrological Connection' With Paloma Mami

Ricky Martin has an "astrological connection" with Paloma Mami.The 49-year-old pop star has collaborated with Paloma, 21, on the single 'Que Rico Fuera' and Ricky revealed he relished the experience of working with her.He reflected: "We have an astrological connection....

By Bang Showbiz on 11 June 2021

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Hall & Oates 'opened Doors For Crossover Music'

John Oates thinks Hall & Oates helped to open up "the minds of commercial radio".The 73-year-old musician believes the pop rock duo managed to open doors for "crossover music", as they blurred the lines between different genres.He reflected: "One of...

By Bang Showbiz on 11 June 2021

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Album Of The Week: The 42nd Anniversary Of Get The Knack By The Knack

Back in 1979 The Knack were a very big deal; some critics had even predicted, rather foolishly, that they were going to be bigger than The Beatles. The LA based band, made up of Berton Averre, Doug Fieger, Bruce Gary...

By Andrew Lockwood on 11 June 2021

Neil Finn Says Touring Amid Pandemic Was A 'rare Privilege'

Crowded House's Neil Finn thinks touring New Zealand amid the coronavirus pandemic was a "rare privilege".The 63-year-old singer and the band were able to reconvene for a 12-date tour earlier this year, as New Zealand was relatively untouched by the...

By Bang Showbiz on 11 June 2021

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H.E.R. Says New Album Will 'peek Into Her Soul'

H.E.R.'s new album will offer a "peek into [her] soul".The 23-year-old singer is set to release her much-anticipated new record, titled 'Back of My Mind', on June 18, and she's given fans an insight into what they can expect, revealing...

By Bang Showbiz on 11 June 2021

Hollis Lomax Talk To Us About Fermenting Şalgam, Jamming With Neighbour Thurston Moore And Headlining Glastonbury

Hollis Lomax; consisting of Will Rowland (Keyboard/Vocals) Hugo Keays (Guitar) Will Ellis (Bass Guitar) and Rob Taylor (Drums), are excited about "reaching an audience who'd particularly enjoy our sound" now that lockdown restrictions look set to be eased further. After...

By Andrew Lockwood on 11 June 2021

Noel Gallagher Planning Solo Oasis Tour

Noel Gallagher is planning a tour in which he only performs Oasis songs.The 'Holy Mountain' singer doesn't worry about his background with his former group when he's working on new material for his solo project, High Flying Birds, but acknowledges...

By Bang Showbiz on 11 June 2021

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Bruce Springsteen And The Killers To Release Collaboration

Bruce Springsteen and The Killers are to release a new collaboration. The 71-year-old singer has joined forces with Brandon Flowers and his fellow bandmates to work on a new project, which is set to be released "in a week or...

By Bang Showbiz on 11 June 2021

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Lorde Announces Third Studio Album Solar Power

Lorde has released her comeback single 'Solar Power' and announced her third studio album of the same name.The New Zealand singer-songwriter has dropped her first new music since 2017's 'Melodrama' and surprised fans on her mailing list by announcing her...

By Bang Showbiz on 10 June 2021

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Jack Garratt 'can't Afford' To Wait Four Years For His Next Album

Jack Garratt "can't afford" to spend years working on his next album.The 29-year-old singer - whose 2016 debut 'Phase' was followed by 'Love, Death & Dancing' last summer - admitted the impact of the pandemic on the music industry means...

By Bang Showbiz on 10 June 2021

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Chris Martin: I Want To Perform On The Moon!

Chris Martin wants to perform on the moon.The Coldplay frontman would love to take his band into space for an exclusive live performance on the moon, although no-one would be able to hear it because space is a vacuum with...

By Bang Showbiz on 10 June 2021

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Stone Roses Won't Tour Again Says Mani: 'I Don't See Myself Being On Stage Anytime Soon'

The Stone Roses won’t tour again “anytime soon”, according to bassist Mani.The ‘Waterfall’ hitmakers reformed in 2012 for a series of massive outdoor concerts and continued to play shows until 2017, but Mani – whose real name is Gary Mounfield...

By Bang Showbiz on 10 June 2021

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Arlo Parks Leads Nominations For 2021 AIM Awards

Arlo Parks leads the nominations for the 2021 AIM Awards with four nods.The 20-year-old singer is the front-runner at this year’s Association of Independent Music Awards, which will take place on August 25 with a virtual event co-hosted by Tiffany...

By Bang Showbiz on 10 June 2021

Noel Gallagher Patches Up Feud With Lewis Capaldi: 'He's A Good Lad'

Noel Gallagher is friends with Lewis Capaldi after previously feuding with the singer.The former Oasis rocker took aim at the ‘Someone You Loved’ singer in 2019 when he blasted the current music scene for being “w***”, and later told Lewis...

By Bang Showbiz on 10 June 2021

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Carrie Underwood And John Legend Win Video Of The Year At CMT Awards

Carrie Underwood and John Legend won the top prize at this year's CMT Awards. The pair scooped the Video of the Year accolade for their tune 'Hallelujah', and Carrie congratulated John - who wasn't able to attend the ceremony at...

By Bang Showbiz on 10 June 2021

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Doja Cat To Team Up With Ariana Grande And The Weeknd On New Album

Doja Cat will team up with Ariana Grande and The Weeknd on her upcoming album.The ‘Say So’ hitmaker is set to release her third album, ‘Planet Her’, on June 25, and on Wednesday (10.06.21) she unveiled the track list for...

By Bang Showbiz on 10 June 2021

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Noel Gallagher Slams Little Mix After BRIT Award Win: 'They Are Not In The Same League As Oasis'

Noel Gallagher doesn’t think Little Mix deserved their Best British Group win at the 2021 BRIT Awards.The ‘Confetti’ hitmakers – made up of Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock – made history at this year’s BRIT Awards when they...

By Bang Showbiz on 10 June 2021

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Taylor Swift Thanks Songwriting Teachers As She Receives Songwriting Icon Award

Taylor Swift has thanked her “teachers” for helping learn “the craft of songwriting”.The ‘Cardigan’ hitmaker was honoured with the 2021 National Music Publishers’ Association’s Songwriter Icon Award at the organisation’s annual meeting on Wednesday (09.06.21), and she used her acceptance...

By Bang Showbiz on 10 June 2021

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Little Mix And Anne-Marie Collaboration 'put On Hold Amid COVID Scare'

Little Mix's collaboration with Anne-Marie has been put on hold after a crew member reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.The chart-topping girl group and the 30-year-old singer - who have been good friends for years - were set to team-up for...

By Bang Showbiz on 10 June 2021

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Wolfgang Van Halen Aimed To Be His 'own Person' On His Debut Album

Wolfgang Van Halen says it was important for him to "be his own person" on his debut album.The son of late Van Halen guitar god Eddie Van Halen - who passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer in October...

By Bang Showbiz on 09 June 2021

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Lewis Capaldi Announces Feature Film About His Stratospheric Rise To Stardom

Lewis Capaldi's stratospheric rise to global superstardom will be documented in an upcoming feature film.The 'Someone You Loved' hitmaker has joined forces with BAFTA-winning director Joe Pearlman and Pulse Films - who were behind 2020’s 'Beastie Boys Story' and Beyoncé‘s...

By Bang Showbiz on 09 June 2021

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Spice Girls Will Tour Again After Lockdown: 'I'm Sure That Will Happen When We Can!'

The Spice Girls will tour again once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.The ‘Wannabe’ hitmakers – comprised of Emma Bunton, Mel B, Mel C, Geri Horner, and Victoria Beckham – previously embarked on a reunion tour in 2019 as a four-piece without...

By Bang Showbiz on 09 June 2021

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Shaun Ryder: My New Album Is Nonsense

Shaun Ryder says his new solo album is “nonsense”.The Happy Mondays star has insisted his upcoming record, ‘Visits From Future Technology’, includes lyrics that are just as whacky as they’ve always been, despite the tracks being written completely sober.Speaking about...

By Bang Showbiz on 09 June 2021

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Pete Townshend's Music To Be Used To Promote Blood Donation

Pete Townshend’s classic track ‘Give Blood’ will be used to promote blood donation for World Blood Donor Day.The 76-year-old music icon has given permission for his 1985 solo track to be used for the first time to promote blood donation...

By Bang Showbiz on 09 June 2021

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Tom Grennan To Perform At Amazon's Prime Day Live

Tom Grennan is set to perform at Amazon’s Prime Day Live on June 16.The 26-year-old musician will join singer-songwriter Mimi Webb and lyricist and rapper Shaybo for Prime Day Live, which is a free livestreamed event presented by Amazon Music.In...

By Bang Showbiz on 09 June 2021

Coldplay's New Album Inspired By Star Wars: 'It Led Us To Imagining This Whole Other Planet'

Coldplay’s upcoming album was inspired by ‘Star Wars’.The band are gearing up to release their ninth studio album, and frontman Chris Martin has now revealed the music came to life after he sat down to watch the hit sci-fi movies...

By Bang Showbiz on 09 June 2021

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Lewis Capaldi Loves The Vamps

Lewis Capaldi is a fan of The Vamps.The ‘Someone You Loved’ hitmaker is believed to be an avid listener of the pop rock band, as bass guitarist Connor Ball has revealed the Scottish singer once came up to the group...

By Bang Showbiz on 09 June 2021

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KISSTORY Festival 2021 Lineup Revealed: Judge Jules, DJ Luck And MC Neat Among Performers

DJ Luck and MC Neat, Oxide and Neutrino, and Judge Jules are among the acts confirmed for this year’s KISSTORY Festival.The annual Old Skool and Anthems music extravaganza is set to take place this year on September 25 and 26...

By Bang Showbiz on 09 June 2021

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NYSNC's Chris Kirkpatrick Felt Rivalry With Other Boy Bands

NSYNC star Chris Kirkpatrick felt a rivalry with other boy bands.The 49-year-old singer admitted the 'Dirty Pop' hitmakers shared "competitiveness" with the likes of 98 Degrees and Backstreet Boys earlier in their careers.Chris joined AJ McLean and Jeff Timmons for...

By Bang Showbiz on 09 June 2021

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Foo Fighters To Headline Full-capacity Madison Square Garden Gig

Foo Fighters are to perform at Madison Square Garden later this month.The 'Times Like These' hitmakers will take to the iconic stage on 20 June for a concert which will be the first full-capacity concert in New York City since...

By Bang Showbiz on 09 June 2021

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Coldplay Perform On Alien Planet In Music Video For Higher Power

Coldplay's new music video for 'Higher Power' is a "metaphor" for how "alienated" everyone has felt amid the global pandemic.Chris Martin and co perform on the planet of Kaotica, which is "populated by robot dogs, giant holograms and a street-gang...

By Bang Showbiz on 08 June 2021

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Lindsey Buckingham To Release First Album In A Decade

Lindsey Buckingham has announced his first solo album in a decade.The former Fleetwood Mac star will release his self-titled follow-up to 2011's 'Seeds We Sow' on September 17.Lindsey has given fans a taste of what's to come with the release...

By Bang Showbiz on 08 June 2021

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BBC Bringing Glastonbury Into People's Homes

As the Glastonbury Festival has been cancelled again this year the BBC has announced they will instead be running 'The Glastonbury Experience 2021’ and beaming some of the highlights from previous years into people’s homes.For the second year running organisers...

By Bang Showbiz on 08 June 2021

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Sinead O'Connor 'retracts' Retirement Announcement And Will Keep Touring

Sinead O'Connor has "retracted" her retirement announcement.The 54-year-old singer had revealed plans to step away from music and touring over the weekend, but just days later she has insisted she will carry on, explaining her initial statement was a "knee...

By Bang Showbiz on 08 June 2021

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Manic Street Preachers Rescheduled Both NHS Tribute Gigs

Manic Street Preachers have rescheduled their NHS tribute shows until later this year.The 'Everything Must Go' rockers were set to play two sold out gigs at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena in December last year before moving them to July, but now...

By Bang Showbiz on 08 June 2021

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Gladys Knight Making Live Return To The UK

Gladys Knight has announced her live return to the UK.The 77-year-old singer - known as the 'Empress of Soul' - will be returning to Britain for a host of dates in June 2022, her first appearances outside of the States...

By Bang Showbiz on 08 June 2021

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Eurovision Winners Maneskin Chasing Miley Cyrus Collaboration

Maneskin are hoping to collaborate with Miley Cyrus.The 'Eurovision Song Contest' winners - who triumphed as they represented Italy in the annual music competition last month - received kind words from some of their inspirations, and they would love to...

By Bang Showbiz on 08 June 2021

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Jonas Blue Battled COVID-19 Twice During Pandemic

Jonas Blue has been inspired to live a healthier life after two battles with COVID-19.The 30-year-old DJ and producer has revealed he suffered particularly badly with the coronavirus over the festive period having already caught it earlier in the pandemic.He...

By Bang Showbiz on 08 June 2021

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Lorde Teases First New Music In Four Years

Lorde has teased her first new music in four years.The 'Royals' hitmaker has promised fans she will be unveiling a new track called 'Solar Power' sometime this year, as she plans to release her first new music since 2017's 'Melodrama'.Not...

By Bang Showbiz on 08 June 2021

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Snoop Dogg Lands Consultancy Role At Def Jam

Snoop Dogg is joining Def Jam as a strategic consultant.The ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ hitmaker will be working at the record label in a newly-created role as Executive Creative and Strategic Consultant, which will see him work across their...

By Bang Showbiz on 07 June 2021

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Streaming Until You're Blue In The Face: Are Artists Under Paid Each Time You Listen To One Of Their Songs?

In a recent open letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, major players in the UK music industry, including Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Tom Jones, have called for a major reform of the way that they,...

By Andrew Lockwood on 07 June 2021

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