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Liam Payne loved Ghana visit most


Liam Payne loved visiting Ghana and claims it has been his most memorable trip.
The One Direction hunk and his band mates - Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan - paid a visit to the country at the beginning of 2013 for Comic Relief and despite jetting all over the world, Liam insists it was the best.
He said: "We haven't really performed there per se, we didn't get to perform in front of loads of people, but Ghana was one of the best places, it was ace."
The band, who won the Global Success Award at the BRITs last night (19.02.14), along with Best Video for their track 'Best Song Ever', were amazed to win two gongs.
When asked how they felt, Liam replied: "I feel drunk", before swigging more wine.
He added: "This has been one of the first times we've seen each other in quite a long time, it's been nice today, to fill each other in on what we've been doing in the past few weeks, it's been ace."
Harry, 20, also thanked the band's fans and said they were "incredible" for voting for them.
Niall, 21, said: "This is our second year to win the Global Success Award, which means so much to us. Australia was my favourite country, it was great."
Louis, 22, added: "It's half to please Niall, but true, I'd say my favourite city to play in was Dublin."
After the BRITs, Liam, his girlfriend Sophia Smith, and band mates Harry and Niall went to Sony Music's after party with Belvedere Vodka at the Arts Club in London.
They were joined by Pharrell Williams, Nicole Scherzinger, and couples, Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Rita Ora and Calvin Harris.
Later on, loved-up Jason and Rosie had a dance-off with Rita and boyfriend Calvin as guests watched on.

Rudimental risked careers for Waiting All Night


Rudimental risked their careers to release 'Waiting All Night'.
The dance group have revealed they put their "careers on the line" to push for the song to be released after opposition from record bosses, but are happy the risk paid off after the track was named Best British Single at the BRITs last night (19.02.13).
Speaking at the ceremony, band member DJ Locksmith said: "Everyone was kind of against us putting it out there and all four of us came together and we put our careers on the line with 'Waiting All Night'. It got us through to where we are now, that's why it's such a special track for us."
Meanwhile, the electronic quartet - which also consists of producers Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor - praised singer Ella Eyre, whose vocals featured on the song, and revealed the track was completed in a hotel room in Scotland whilst supporting Plan B on tour two years ago.
Piers explained: "This song, we actually finished it in a Glasgow hotel room on the Plan B tour. It's got elements of our live shows, it's a big special track for us, it came just before our album came out, it fuelled the hype, Ella did a great vocal performance on it. It came at a time when we really worked hard on tour."

Arctic Monkeys feel awards prove their talent


Arctic Monkeys don't feel their BRIT awards prove how talented they are.
The 'R U Mine?' hitmakers picked up the coveted Best Album and Best Group awards for the third time at the ceremony at London's O2 Arena last night (19.02.14), but think their trophies don't show how good they are as musicians.
Frontman Alex Turner said: "We're really delighted to be here tonight and it was wonderful to perform and have our name on fire, it's something I've been really looking forward to.
"But as wonderful as it is to be acknowledged for something you've created, I don't necessarily think the talent or how good a group of musicians is, is directly shown by the size of their trophy cabinet, but that's not meant to be like a downer on it.
"It's a pleasure to be mentioned alongside great people, but for us, any victory comes closer to the conception of the song or the record in the first place."
The band - also made up of Jamie Cook, Nick O'Malley and Matt Helders - won Best Album for their record 'AM', which conquered the charts last year, and were up against One Direction in the Best Group category.
Alex, 28, said it has been a "big year" for the group and they are now looking forward to the summer, as they prepare to headline Reading and Leeds Festivals and play two special outdoor shows at Finsbury Park in London.
He added: "We can't wait for the summer, it's going to be great."

Nile Rodgers preparing upcoming Chic album


Nile Rodgers is working on a new Chic album.
The legendary music producer attended the BRIT awards in London last night (19.02.14) and revealed that he's recently found a collection of lost material that the disco group recorded nearly 30 years ago.
He told Digital Spy: "I'm doing a new Chic album now. When I was working on my solo album and David Bowie's solo album back in 1883, I was cutting demos with my old band.
"I like to affectionately call it the 'Lost Chic Tapes' because they just disappeared until recently. I've already written hooks to five of the songs. They're so amazing."
The 61-year-old 'Le Freak' hitmaker was sat with his fellow music producer Pharrell Williams at the ceremony at the O2 Arena and they both took to the stage to perform a surprise medley of Pharrell's hit singles 'Happy' and 'Get Lucky'.
Rodgers - who also accepted the International Group Award on behalf of Pharrell's 'Get Lucky' collaborators Daft Punk - will soon be celebrating his own success when he reaches the landmark of 20 years without drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
He told the Metro newspaper: "As of Madonna's next birthday if I'm lucky, it will be 20 years since I've had a drink or drug in my body, which is the most remarkable, incredible thing.
"I remember reading an article by Keith Richards saying he could live without drugs but he couldn't live without music and I feel exactly the same way."

Sam Smith breaks BRIT Award trophy


Sam Smith broke his BRIT Award.
The 21-year-old singer was honoured with the Critics' Choice Award in December but, he was so happy to receive the gong, he kept shaking it and the light on the trophy stopped working.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the BRIT Awards last night (19.02.14) at London's O2 Arena, he said: "It's incredible to win. I'm just happy because I've had it for a few weeks and I kept shaking it and the light went out but it's working tonight.
"But just to be here today is amazing. Last year I was in my living room with a Chinese watching it."
Sam was chosen for the award by votes from leading experts; including newspaper music editors, journalists from music websites, music and lifestyle magazines, and radio and TV bosses.
Sam got his big break in 2012, as the featured vocalist on 'Latch', by Mercury-nominated dance act Disclosure.
The single spent 15 weeks in the UK top 40, peaking at number 11 and he later featured on the track 'La La La', a collaboration with British producer Naughty Boy.
The single went to number one and became the fifth biggest-selling song of 2013.
Sam's debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' will be released on May 26.

The Smiths never wanted Factory deal


Johnny Marr insists The Smiths would have only signed to Factory Records over his "dead body".
The guitarist claims rumours they were refused a deal by Tony Wilson's famous label in the 1980s were a "crock of sh*t" and the band preferred being signed to London's Rough Trade.
He told the NME: "If you were a musician in Manchester at that time, it was almost the law that you went on your hands and knees and begged Tony Wilson for his papal blessing to stick you in the studio, and I wasn't about to do that.
"So much has been made of Factory apparently turning The Smiths down, but that's a crock of sh*t.
"The Smiths would have signed to Factory over my dead body ... I didn't want to be assimilated into the Factory aesthetic. Before we knew it, we would've had side-partings and khaki shorts, with bongos round our necks ... No disrespect to A Certain Ratio."
The musician also said The Smiths - including Morrissey, Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce - looked like a band "all the f***ing time" and their jeans were specially manufactured by their manager, Joe Moss.
Johnny, 50, said: "Literally no-one else on the planet had those jeans. Mine had little V's in the side, as a tribute to the Perry Boys and Stuart Sutcliffe.
"Morrissey had his made with the big baggy seams at the back, so they were almost falling off him.
"But we didn't have to dress up for Top Of The Pops, because we lived offstage what we lived onstage."

Bastille joke about retirement


Bastille have joked they're ready to "retire and work in McDonalds".
The 'Pompeii' hitmakers admit they're so happy to be honoured with the Best British Breakthrough prize at the BRIT Awards, held at London's O2 Arena, tonight (19.02.14) that they could now just give up their careers to work in a fast food restaurant.
Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, frontman Dan Smith joked: "It's completely unexpected to win Best British Breakthrough. We can now give up music, retire and all go and work in McDonalds like we always dreamed."
The quartet - consisting of Dan, Chris Woody, Kyle Simmons and Will Farquarson - fought off stiff competition from the likes of London Grammar, Disclosure, Laura Mvula and Tom Odell for the prize.
However, the band - who released their debut album 'Bad Blood' in March 2013 - admit they never expected to achieve so much success in just a year and they're really grateful for being able to travel the world and meet their fans.
Dan explained: "It's been a wicked year, it's a year no-one, apart from a couple of people, could have predicted. We've been able to go all over the world, it's been ridiculous."
Bastille had also been nominated for Best British Group, Best British Single for their track 'Pompeii' and Best British Album, but narrowly missed out on the gongs.

Harry Styles almost misses One Direction’s BRIT win


Harry Styles almost missed One Direction receiving a BRIT Award.
The 'Little Things' hitmakers were honoured with the Global Success prize tonight (19.02.14), but the 19-year-old hunk left his bandmates hanging on-stage while he dashed off to the toilet.
Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson were forced to stall time as they waited for the heartthrob to join them.
Quick-thinking Liam, 20, asked the crowd: "Has anyone seen the curly lad? Right, there's four of us now."
He added: "I want to say thank you to our international team, management, the fans."
Then Harry sprinted on stage, snatched the microphone, and said: "I'm really sorry I was having a wee, the toilets are ages away!"
He then whispered to Liam, "what did we win?"
Before adding quickly: "A massive thank you to all our incredible fans. Thank you."
The boyband - who narrowly missed out on British Group and British Single trophies - were presented the award by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley at the glamorous event, held at London's O2 Arena.
Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, Liam said: "It's absolutely amazing to win the award, I can't believe we're here again, third time we've been to the BRITs now, our fourth award, it's absolutely incredible. Getting nominated for the first award was amazing, now we're receiving a Global Success Award."
Niall then did an impromptu rap about winning the gongs as Liam became a human beat-box.

Rudimental want to outdo Brits performers


Rudimental aim to "outdo" other performers at the BRITs tonight (19.02.14).
The band - made up of Amir Amor, Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden and DJ Locksmith - are up for three awards and will also take to the stage at London's O2 Arena, joining the likes of Katy Perry, Beyonce, Ellie Goulding, Lorde and Arctic Monkeys.
Amir told The Sun newspaper: "It's a massive line-up. We're going to try to outdo everyone else. We're going to play live and play to our strengths ... we're not gonna have pole dancers or whatever."
Band mate Piers added: "We're playing 'Waiting All Night' and there'll be a 'wow factor'. We'll push the music and the fact that we play everything live."
'Waiting All Night' is up for Best Single at the ceremony, while they are also nominated for Best Group and Best Album for their successful debut, 'Home'.
But they realise they have some stiff competition, going up against One Direction for Best Group, along with Disclosure, Arctic Monkeys and Bastille.
Rudimental are still hopeful and say they are taking the ceremony seriously this year and intend to leave the drinking until the after party.
Amir admits: "At these kind of things the nerves kick in and you have one glass of champagne, then two, three, four, five. We're gonna be doing a little after party, like us and Disclosure. A mash-up boat party.
"We've done so many gigs together and we've seen each other grow, and we play their tunes in our DJ sets."
Later this year, the band will be working on their second album and heading out on the road, touring in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Piers added: "We've been jamming and there are some ideas that we're excited about. There's a funk feel so far - so Amir's got to learn some slap bass."


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