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Morrissey supported by Cliff Richard and Tom Jones on US tour


Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones are to support Morrissey on his US tour.
The 54-year-old singer has announced he will perform two dates at two huge arenas in Los Angeles and Brooklyn this year, and will be supported by the veteran performers.
The former Smiths frontman will take to the stage with Sir Tom and Missouri singer Kristeen Young on 10 May at Los Angeles Sports Arena, before performing with Sir Cliff and Kristeen on 21 June at New York's Barclays Center.
The Welsh singer, 73, took to his official Facebook page earlier today to confirm the news.
He wrote: I will be Morrissey Official's special guest at his show at the LA Sports Arena on May 10th. We hope to see you there! (sic)".
These are the first confirmed shows for Morrissey after he abandoned a series of tours last year due to lack of funding and a bout of sickness.
Meanwhile, Morrissey, who has been without a label since 2009, recently signed a deal with Universal Music's American-based Harvest Records to release his tenth studio album.
The album is due to be released in the second half of 2014.

Drake thought Macklemore text was cheap


Drake thought Macklemore's decision to share his consolation Grammys text to Kendrick Lamar was "wack as f**k".
'Thrift Shop' hitmakers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were champions in almost every rap category at the ceremony last month but thought Kendrick should have won the prize for Best Rap Album for his record 'good kid, m.A.A.d city'.
Macklemore decided to share a text he sent to the star on his Instagram account, in which he wrote, "I wanted you to win ... It's weird and it sucks that I robbed you."
Kendrick then responded to Macklemore's win, saying: "It's well deserved, he did what he did, man."
But Drake said the rapper's decision to share his text to Kendrick with the world was "cheap".
He told Rolling Stone: "I was like, 'You won. Why are you posting your text message?' Just chill ... if you feel you didn't deserve it, go get better -- make better music. It felt cheap. It didn't feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?
"To name just Kendrick? That shit made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!" he added, after he was also nominated in a number of the same categories as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Along with the award for Best Rap Album for their record 'The Heist', the rap duo also picked up gongs for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song Title for their hit 'Thrift Shop'.

Jared Leto finds juggling acting and music easy


Jared Leto doesn't find it difficult switching from his role as a frontman to being an actor.
The Thirty Seconds to Mars singer, whose recent performance in 'Dallas Buyers Club' as transgender AIDS victim Rayon has seen him win a string of awards, insists moving between the two professions comes naturally to him.
He told Faster Louder: "You could stick me in front of a pile of rubbish, and I'll make something out of it.
"It all comes from the same place, I'm a creative person, I find creative solutions to problems, and the difference is process.
"The process of making music is very intimate, because at least for me, and Thirty Seconds to Mars, I write the songs, my brother [Shannon] plays the drums, and we have so much responsibility from the music to the production to the videos to the design to the marketing to the tours and the production of the tours ... everything."
The star feels he has less to worry about in terms of production when it comes to acting and tries to focus purely on his role and work with other cast members.
Jared, 42, said: "When you're an actor you're responsible for the vertical within that collaborative effort.
"I think in some ways that can be a really good thing, because you can hyper-focus on your one task.
"But normally as a musician if you write your own songs, it'd be more akin to a director who also stars in his own movies and also writes and produces them as well."
The singer - who is currently performing gigs with his band mates Shannon and Tomo Millicevic - said the group are always "playing with new ideas."
He added: "It's something that you can't really shut down. 'Love Lust Faith and Dreams' still feels like a brand new album to us, it came out in May [2013], so it's not too long ago, and we're on tour.
"Right now we're in Los Angeles but we'll be heading out to Europe in a matter of days again. We just played Mexico. And we'll be playing shows all over the world for the rest of this year."

Kylie Minogue blames Sia for sexy album


Kylie Minogue has blamed Sia for making her album about sex.
The 'All the Lovers' hitmaker has teamed up with the producer for her forthcoming album 'Kiss Me Once' - which includes tracks 'Sexy Love', 'Sexercize' and 'Les Sex' - and insists she encouraged her to put a cheeky spin on her tracks to make them sound hotter.
Kylie said: "Sia is executive producer with me, which is amazing and a little dream come true, and there was a certain point on the album where we had countless songs, and she said, 'we need some sex on there.. we need a hot song'.
"Next thing I know there's 'Sexy Love', 'Sexercize' and 'Les Sex'! And even looking at the album titles, trying to figure out what makes it on the album, I thought 'I can't really do that', and then I thought 'yeah, I really have to do that because they're all really great songs'. And I couldn't call them anything else, because that's what they are."
Meanwhile, the 45-year-old singer - who has a duet with Enrique Iglesias on the album - has confessed she would love to collaborate with Prince in the near future because, although she's written a track with him before, she's never sung with him.
She explained in a Q&A with Spotify: "[I would love to duet with] Prince. The 14-year old me.. The fact that I have met Prince... I could be on Cloud 9 forever. I met him around the Diamonds and Pearls Tour."
She added: "Yes, [I've written with him] a long time ago. But I haven't sung with him. That would be amazing! It might happen one day."

Cliff Richard and Tom Jones support Morrisey’s US tour


Sir Cliff Richard and Sir Tom Jones are to support Morrissey on his US tour.
The 54-year-old singer has announced he will perform two dates at two huge arenas in Los Angeles and Brooklyn this year, and will be supported by the veteran performers.
The former Smiths frontman will take to the stage with Sir Tom and Missouri singer Kristeen Young on 10 May at Los Angeles Sports Arena, before performing with Sir Cliff and Kristeen on 21 June at New York's Barclays Center.
The Welsh singer, 73, took to his official Facebook page earlier today to confirm the news.
He wrote: I will be Morrissey Official's special guest at his show at the LA Sports Arena on May 10th. We hope to see you there! (sic)".
These are the first confirmed shows for Morrissey after he abandoned a series of tours last year due to lack of funding and a bout of sickness.
Meanwhile, Morrissey, who has been without a label since 2009, recently signed a deal with Universal Music's American-based Harvest Records to release his tenth studio album.
The album is due to be released in the second half of 2014.

Sarah Harding has ‘controversial’ solo album


Sarah Harding believes her solo album will be "controversial".
The former Girls Aloud singer has been working on her own material following the split of the band last March and she insists her upcoming music will be "honest" and have an "edge" to it.
She told The Sun newspaper: "The odd swear word doesn't harm anyone, does it? I love pop, but with an edge so that's what I'd say my music is. And quite controversial."
She added: "My songs are very confessional and honest. You have to be able to relate to what you're singing otherwise you're just a mannequin. That's not at all what I felt in Girls Aloud, but obviously it's different in a band."
The 32-year-old star - who checked into rehab in 2011 for depression, alcohol addiction and prescription drug abuse - has enlisted her boyfriend Mark Foster - who she has known for 17 years - to help produce the tracks after he came back into her life last year.
She explained: "I really can't wait for people to hear the music, I think they'll be surprised. I didn't write it all my myself, but I definitely had more input, which felt good."
The blonde beauty admits her former band mates, Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Cole and Nadine Coyle, are yet to hear her new album, but insists she's still in contact with all of them.

Alison Goldfrapp wants to inspire ’emotional journeys’


Alison Goldfrapp wants to take her fans on an "emotional journey".
The Goldfrapp singer has produced a short film inspired by her latest album 'Tales of Us' and says working on music and film both come from a desire to "create narrative and atmosphere".
She said: "For me personally, they both come from a similar desire to create narrative and atmosphere, and to take the listener/viewer on an emotional journey.
"I have always been a huge fan of film and it's often had an influence on the music we've written, particularly for the latest Goldfrapp album 'Tales Of Us'."
Alison says the record was influenced by several novels she was reading during the writing process, as well as the movies she was watching.
She said: "The inspiration came from reading lots of noir-style novels, from authors like Patricia Highsmith and Dorothy B Parker. Also, the novel 'Annabel' by Kathleen Winter.
"I love to watch film too so visually and musically both these mediums had a huge influence on this particular album. I was interested in the central characters in these books and films. This inspired naming each track on the album by the person's first name."
Alison will be at the BFI in London tonight (13.02.14) as part of the BFI Screen Epiphany, where she will introduce and premiere her new short film inspired by 'Tales of Us'.The BFI Screen Epiphanies in partnership with American Express showcase inspirational films hosted by a prominent figure from the arts and culture community.
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U2 don’t want to become a heritage act


U2 have no desire to become a "heritage act".
The Irish rockers, who will take to the stage at the Oscars next month to perform their track 'Ordinary Love', which is nominated for Best Original Song, say they don't want to grow old gracefully and have no plans to retire.
Guitarist The Edge told The Hollywood Reporter: "We don't want to ever be a heritage act.
"It might happen, but we'll go kicking and screaming into that mode. We feel the place for us to be is part of the conversation of contemporary culture and music and film and everything else, and we don't see the reason why we can't, because it's been possible for various artists in different forms.
"Frank Lloyd Wright, to the day he died, was designing the most incredible things - we want to be part of that rather than grow old gracefully."
The band - which also features Bono, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton - wrote their Oscar-nominated song especially for the 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' soundtrack and didn't think twice about signing up to do it.
Bassist Adam said: "This was the one project you just couldn't say no to. For our generation, South Africa was a real illustration of how music could affect change in the world, and it was a rite of passage in terms of our political awareness."
Frontman Bono isn't getting his hopes up ahead of the Academy Awards but said "if the song gets to shake the hand of the little gopher ... it would give a whole other imprimatur to our audience, which would be great", adding, "I would love if it had a life outside of the film. Because we poured so much of our life into the song and, I hope, his life, the life of Mandela."
The 'Vertigo' hitmakers are also set to release their new album this year but don't want to rush to finish it.
Bono explained: "The album won't be ready till it's ready. There's a couple of songs that are part of the story we haven't quite finished. We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good."

Ricky Wilson had to prove his singing ability


Ricky Wilson has had to prove himself as a singer on his band's new album.
The Kaiser Chiefs frontman, whose band are set to release their new record 'Education, Education And War' next month, admits he felt under pressure to brush up on his vocal skills after becoming a coach on BBC talent show 'The Voice'.
He told the Daily Star newspaper: "I've really had to step it up vocally on the new album. Obviously, if I am judging other people's singing on the show, then I have to prove I can do it too."
The 'Ruby' hitmakers - including Andrew White, Nick Baines, Simon Rix and Vijay Mistry - hit a low point when drummer and main songwriter Nick Hodgson, 36, quit in 2012.
But the band are now ready for a comeback and feel Ricky's exposure on 'The Voice' has helped.
The 36-year-old star explained: "When Nick left, people assumed we were finished and we realised: 'Sh*t, we're in trouble.
"We had to prove to ourselves, to Nick, the critics and all our fans that we were still fighting."
Ricky began filming 'The Voice' with fellow coaches Kylie Minogue, will.i.am, and Sir Tom Jones, during a break from recording the new album in Los Angeles.
He said: "Leaving my friends in LA felt horrible but feeling so low proved that I love being in a band."
Ricky admits he has struggled with the hectic schedule when appearing on the show and begged producers to let him have a day off during filming in Manchester.
He said: "We arrived before daylight and finished at 1am.
"After seven days in a row I said to the other three: 'Shall we take a day off?' Tom said, 'No. You just get on with it, don't you?'
"I would go back to the hotel, but Will would go mix Britney Spears' album and turn up totally committed the next morning."
The Kaiser Chiefs new album is released on March 31 and the band will showcase material at Scala in London tonight (13.02.14) from 9pm.

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