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Bono: ‘U2 are becoming irrelevant’


Bono thinks U2 are becoming irrelevant.
The 'Invisible' rocker admitted that it has become harder for his band to remain significant in the music industry as they grow older, because the personal experiences they depict in their songs may no longer connect with a mainstream audience.
Speaking during an interview on BBC Radio 1, frontman Bono told Zane Lowe: "We're on the verge of irrelevance. You have to make stuff relevant to you and where you're at, make an honest account of what you're going through. If that's relevant to other people, great. But we don't know."
The singer also spoke about the inspiration behind the band's as-yet-untitled 13th studio album, which he claims harks back to when the group - including The Edge, 52, Adam Clayton, 53, and Larry Mullen, Jr., 52, - first got together in 1976.
Bono, 53, explained: "We went back to why we wanted to be in a band in the first place. We were listening to the Ramones and Kraftwerk - you can hear both on 'Invisible'. It opened up a whole valve for me writing, it was like a damburst of sorts. "
Bono says the record won't be finished for another two months, but once it's complete the group are looking forward to playing the new tracks in smaller venues.
He explained: "For this album, we're going to start indoors. We'd like to play the O2 [arena]. Sometimes it's nice to play intimate things like that."

Pharrell Williams at intimate London gig


Pharrell Williams will perform an intimate gig in London.
The 'Happy' singer says he is looking forward to getting "up close and personal" with his fans when he performs his biggest hits for a small audience before treating one lucky fan to a special surprise.
The venue is yet to be announced, with dates for the gig expected to be revealed in the coming weeks, but Pharrell 40, says he excited at the prospect of performing.
He said: "My fans are so important to me, so I'm excited to get up close and personal and thank them for all their support with a priceless experience."
The producer and singer is the latest star set to perform intimate gigs as part of Mastercard's Priceless campaign, which saw Laura Mvula perform at London's Kensington Roof Gardens last month, while Kylie Minogue is set to host a special gig in March.
The news comes after Pharrell was announced as a performer at the BRIT Awards 2014 which kicks off on February 19.
He will join Katy Perry and the Arctic Monkeys to take to the stage at London's O2 arena for the annual ceremony.

Wiley scraps new album which cost $42k to make


Wiley has scrapped his new album after spending $42,000 on recording sessions.
The East London-rapper has revealed he isn't happy following the completion of his ninth studio album 'Snakes and Ladders' and took to Twitter on Monday (03.02.14) to tell fans he plans to start the project from scratch.
Wiley wrote: "I am gonna scrap snakes and ladders and start again cos I ain't happy with it ... Needs to be epic or else there is no point. (sic)
"Start from scratch ... I very rarely do this that's why I am gonna try it. (sic)"
The album was set to feature collaborations with fellow Grime stars - Lethal Bizzle, Devlin and US rapper Cam'ron - but fans hoping Wiley would unveil the unwanted tracks for free will be left disappointed as he claims they cost him too much money to give away.
He added: "I ain't leaking s**t either ... not this time I'm 42 thousand dollars in ....NOLEAKS LOL (sic)"
The news comes after the 'Holiday' rapper reportedly refused to refund the £15,000 fee he had been paid to perform at Cumbria's Cockrock festival last July, which he played for only 15 minutes before being booed off stage.

Nick Jonas working on Demi Lovato’s tour


Nick Jonas has been hired as the musical and creative director of Demi Lovato's tour.
The former Jonas Brothers singer, who parted ways with the band four months ago, shares the same manager as the 'Let It Go' hitmaker and was thrilled to be offered the position ahead of her 'Neon Lights' tour, which kicks off on February 9 in Vancouver.
He told Rolling Stone: "I'm overseeing video content, wardrobe, lighting and staging. And then I'm extending into the musical side of things, which includes creating the arrangements for the songs.
"I'm building what Demi wanted, which is a show without stops and starts."
The 21-year-old performer, who was previously in a band with his brothers Kevin, 26, and Joe, 24, and has been close friends with Demi, 21, for a number of years.
He continued: "I was immediately excited when I was offered the position. The relationship that Demi and I had over eight years really gives me the insight into how to best communicate with her and her team."
The tour will feature tracks from all four of Demi's studio albums, including 2008's 'Don't Forget', and Nick has been in rehearsals with the band for the past two weeks.
He said: "The biggest challenge has been just trying to rethink some of the music and see how we could compliment it with lights and video."
The singer is also focusing on his own material and says he has "a lot of things in the pipeline".
He added: "I'm waiting to release some news about my music and my next steps. It isn't quite locked in yet, but I have started making some music and now it's all about lining up the pieces."

Ed Sheeran’s tattoos inspired by new album


Ed Sheeran is getting a tattoo sleeve inspired by his upcoming album.
The 'Lego House' singer, who is set to release his second record this year, the follow-up to his debut album '+' in 2011, already has a number of inkings by celebrity tattoo artist Kevin Paul and plans to add to the collection with artwork relating to his music.
Kevin exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "He's getting another sleeve done with inspiration from his new album.
"The left arm is done and we are working on the right one. He had a teddy bear a couple of weeks ago, because he was called 'Teddy' at school.
"He's also had a rose done, and a lizard, which was to do with his new album. There's loads we're working on now."
The artist gushed about the 22-year-old singer and his new album after he was treated to an exclusive preview.
Kevin said: "I've heard it [the new album], it's really good. There's a song called Tenerife, that is my favourite song. This year is definitely going to be his year."
Ed also counts a number of big stars as friends, including Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift, and Kevin said "every celebrity wants to be around Ed" including 'The World's End' actor Paddy Considine.
Kevin explained: "Paddy is a big fan of Ed and for his 40th birthday I asked him [Ed] if he could sign something for him. He was really ecstatic that Paddy liked him because he was a fan.
"He ended up giving me his double platinum disk for 'Lego House' signed to give him for his birthday. That's just the kind of guy he is. He's just a genuinely nice person."

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