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John Newman wants battle with Jake Bugg

John Newman wants to take on Jake Bugg in a game of table tennis.
The 'Love Me Again' hitmaker, who will go up against the musician in the Best Male Solo Artist category at the BRITs tonight (19.02.14), claims he only wants to compete with him when it comes to ping-pong.
He told the Metro newspaper: "I've heard Jake's really good at table tennis and I want to play him. I don't want to smack him or fight him. I'd just quite like to play against him. I can hold my own. I could smash his a**e around the table!"
John, 23, feels "fortunate" to be nominated along with Jake, Tom Odell, James Blake and David Bowie, and insists Jake is the only BRIT rival he would dare confront.
He continued: "I wouldn't want to take on James Blake. He is a quiet guy. Or Tom Odell - I love Tom Odell, he's lovely. And David Bowie! Imagine punching Bowie. It would be the most surreal moment of your life and the biggest regret ever."
John insists he wouldn't be bitter if Jake, 19, won the award at London's O2 Arena because he feels he hasn't yet had the recognition he deserves.
He said: "Jake hasn't been credited for the brilliant work he has done yet.
"It is a tough category. I just see it as I am new blood and I feel fortunate to be nominated."
John is also up for Best Single for 'Love Me Again' and Best Video for the same song and said he never stops writing new songs.
He added: "I don't like to stop song-writing or expressing myself and being creative - that's why I do what I do.
"I don't understand how people say, 'I'm writing a new album' - because surely you should write all the time? That way, you'll have more practice, and can make an album with better material."

Kylie Minogue interrupts fans workout to perform new single

Kylie Minogue interrupted a fan's gym session to perform her new single.
The 'Spinning Around' hitmaker left fan Adam Milner stunned when she arrived unannounced during his workout at The Factory Gym and Dance Centre in London to perform her song 'Into the Blue' for the first time, after she heard he listens to her music whilst exercising.
Adam - who was busy doing sit-ups - gasped as Kylie, 45, sashayed into the room accompanied by glitter cannons, before hunky dancers disguised as fellow gym members joined the star for the performance of her new single.
Speaking of the performance, Kylie said: "I've never performed in a gym before, so it was a crazy and exciting experience for both me and my fan, Adam.
"I loved Adam's reaction when I walked in and even in his shocked state he still managed to sing along to all the word."
Kylie's performance comes as part of a string of surprises in conjunction with Mastercard's #PricelessSurprises campaign which sees a host of stars such as Pharrell Williams and 'Green Garden' singer Laura Mvula surprise their biggest fans.
All of the videos will be interspersed between the ad breaks during the BRIT Awards tonight (19.02.14) which airs on ITV at 8pm.

Spotify predicts Bastille to win 3 Brit Awards

Spotify has predicted Bastille will walk away with three Brit awards.
The music streaming service believes the band - which has been nominated for British Group, British Breakthrough, British Single and Album of the Year - will dominate the ceremony tonight (19.02.14) by picking up accolades in almost every category it's nominated in.
Spotify is confident the four-piece - consisting of Dan Smith, Kyle Simmons, Chris Wood and William Farquarson - will walk away with British Breakthrough Act, Best British Single for their track 'Pompeii', and Album of the Year for 'Bad Blood' under their belts.
Will Hope, Director of Label Relations at Spotify, said: "Since their debut in 2010 Bastille has consistently wowed the world with their music and this year's BRIT Awards should reflect their global acclaim."
Spotify also believes Ellie Goulding will win Best Female, Jake Bugg will be honoured for Best Male, Daft Punk will get Best International Group, and Pink will be recognised for Best International Female.
Spotify has predicted the winners of this year's event based on analysis of streams over the past 12 months.
Will added: "We're very excited to see whether the winners shape up to what we've predicted based on the popularity of tracks and artists being streamed on Spotify."
The Brit Awards 2014, hosted by James Corden, will take place tonight at London's O2 Arena.

Pharrell Williams announces album date

Pharrell Williams is set to release his new album 'G I R L' next month.
The 'Happy' singer, who is preparing for his performance at the BRITs tonight (19.02.14), will release his new record on Monday, March 3 through Columbia Records.
He said: "When Columbia Records presented me with the opportunity to make an album, three things came to mind. "One was the sense of overwhelming honor that I felt when I realised that they were interested in partnering with me on the album that I had always dreamt of making.
"Two, it would have to feel festive and urgent. And three, I instantly knew it would be called G I R L", adding: "I hope you like it."
'G I R L' is Pharrell's first record in eight years and is set to be released earlier than planned after the success of his single 'Happy', and insiders have described it as "incredible".
The 40-year-old singer was spotted at London restaurant Ping Pong on Monday (17.02.14) with four friends ahead of his BRITs rehearsals with Nile Rodgers.
The star, who won big at the Grammy Awards last month for his collaboration with Daft Punk on hit song 'Get Lucky', also picked up the International Recording Artist award at last night's Style Awards.
He will join the likes of Ellie Goulding, Katy Perry and Lorde at London's O2 Arena for the BRITs.

Tom Odell’s whirlwind 12 months

Tom Odell feels the past 12 months have been a "whirlwind".
The 'Another Love' singer, who is up for two BRIT awards tonight (19.02.14) for Best Male and Best Breakthrough at London's O2 Arena, has barely stopped working since winning last year's Critics' Choice award but insists he couldn't be happier.
He told The Sun newspaper: "It's a whirlwind - just madness. Nothing can prepare you for the attention that comes with it."
Talking about this year's Critics' Choice winner, Sam Smith, he said: "Sam is already doing so well. He already has his record out and album made, which is such a help.
"The past year has been really mad, it has all gone by in the blink of an eye.
"We have been around the world four times - it's hard to take it all in.
"Recently, I found myself doing a show on this remote island in Tanzania and I was like, 'What's going on here?' It has been quite a journey."
The 23-year-old singer, whose album 'Long Way Down' conquered the charts, is currently based in New York where he's recording his second record.
He continued: "I'm always working on new stuff and writing things down in my phone as I go along.
"Everyone asks if the new material will be about lost loves but I honestly don't think about that. I have no theme. It's just what I feel at a particular moment."
Tom is focusing on trying to stay grounded and insists he still takes the tube.
He said: "For me, the most important thing in all of this is to stay normal - to get on the Tube and read books and just be a normal person. I don't know how these people go to red carpet events all the time. Frankly, I would just go insane."

Ellie Goulding: I’m a ‘professional’ at not winning awards

Ellie Goulding believes she's a "professional" at not winning awards.
The 27-year-old singer is hoping to secure the Best Female, Best Single and Best Video prize at the Brit Awards tonight (19.02.14), but she admits she won't be surprised if she doesn't win.
She said: "I'm definitely a professional at dealing with not winning.
"I've been to a lot of awards now where I haven't won. Who knows if I'll win at the Brits. Fingers crossed, but if I don't I won't be surprised. I have learnt not to get my hopes up."
The 'Burn' hitmaker has added pressure tonight as she's been booked to perform at the event, held at the O2 Arena in London, but she insists she's going to "embrace" the opportunity.
She explained: "I've wanted so badly to perform at the Brits so I'm just gonna embrace it and enjoy it.
"It's going to be nerve-racking but I'm just going to give it my everything.
"It's been fun to plan the performance and it's been fun to go a bit further and push it a little bit.
"I've been on the O2 Arena stage before and I've got used to playing big shows because I've supported Bruno Mars and Katy Perry."
Although, if the blonde beauty does get struck with nerves, she'll have the 'Dark Horse' hitmaker and her friend Taylor Swift close by.
She told The Sun newspaper: "Taylor Swift will be there and Katy Perry's performing. Her crew and mine get on, so that will be nice backstage."

Marcus Mumford tells people band have split

Marcus Mumford loves telling people his band have split up.
The Mumford And Sons frontman is enjoying a well-earned break from music and claims people keep asking him if the band have broken up, which he doesn't deny.
He told radio station XFM: "It's been quite nice just to have a few months to chill out.
"Everyone keeps asking if we've broken up as a band, which I love ... So I keep saying 'yes', and then we can have a big come back tour next year."
While Marcus and band mates Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane are only on a break, he admits there is one member of the group who has been involved in a band split in the past.
Marcus, 27, said: "Winston went to Nashville and set up a band, played six gigs, recorded a live show and then they broke up, citing artistic differences at the end of the night - after playing six gigs in one night.
"Apparently they were rubbish. Apparently they were genuinely rubbish. But they're really proud of it, because they love that kind of thing."
Last year saw the second installment of Mumford and Sons' 'Gentlemen of the Road' stopover tour - a series of mini-festivals put on by the band.
Marcus quipped: "It's loads more work, much less money and really inconvenient. Our three favourite things", adding: "It was brilliant, it's really fun to get to do something completely on our own and basically we just wanted to get all our favourite bands together in one spot."

Jack White produces Michael Kiwanuka song

Jack White has produced a single for London singer Michael Kiwanuka.
The former White Stripes frontman has worked on the 'Home Again' hitmaker's new song 'You've Got Nothing to Lose', which is part of Jack's Third Man Record Blue Series of releases.
Michael said: "I'm a big fan of Jack White. I used to hear his guitar riffs in secondary school growing up as a teenager. He inspired loads of us to start bands and pick up a guitar which I did.
"He's an artist that still inspires me today, so it was such a pleasure getting to work with him, and put out this single on Third Man Records."
The song has been recorded ahead of sessions for Michael's next album, the follow-up to 'Home Again', his successful 2012 debut record.
The video for the song was directed by James Cathart, who also works for Third Man Records.
He said: "Michael's song has this air about it - of a father figure imparting wisdom. So I looked for an unexpected context to apply that to.
"It's about misleading perceptions - not just in terms of the character's gender, but also from what we expect of the people she encounters.
"Acceptance comes from a camo-clad country boy, while it's the presumably enlightened young person that harasses her on the bus ... we were able to strike just the right tone - sweetness tainted by melancholy ... or perhaps it's the other way around? We've all had bittersweet birthdays."
The single is available on vinyl and through iTunes now and also features a B-side of Townes Van Zandt's song 'Waitin' 'Round to Die'.

Pharrell overwhelmed by solo success

Pharrell Williams is overwhelmed by the success of his new single 'Happy'.
The 40-year-old singer, who has also worked on Daft Punk's hit 'Get Lucky' and Robin Thicke's song 'Blurred Lines', wasn't sure how to deal with the attention from his own song conquering the charts.
He said: "Seriously, I find myself trying to be cool about it, but I'm really like ... whoa! I've always produced music for artists who are going through this level of success, but I just didn't know it would be this crazy.
"I'm like with a sweet tooth waking up in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory."
The star, who will perform at the BRIT Awards tomorrow (19.02.14) at London's O2 Arena, insists he didn't get sick of hearing the infectious songs he has worked on with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke, which have won a host of accolades, including Grammy Awards.
He added to Time Out magazine: "I was just very thankful to all the people voting, requesting, downloading, sharing and talking about those songs.
"I always think it's really funny really funny when a person claims to be the author if their own success. They think it's all 'I, I, I'. And then when people don't like them anymore, they get all like 'But my success was supposed to happen'. No it wasn't. You forgot who gave you success. The people. The fans."

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