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Labrinth and Ella Henderson set for BBC Music Awards duet


Labrinth and Ella Henderson will duet at the BBC Music Awards next month.
The 'Let It Be' hitmaker and former 'The X Factor' contestant will collaborate for a special performance at the ceremony on December 11, which will award prizes to the highest achievers in music from the past 12 months.
Chris Evans and Fearne Cotton will host the inaugural event - which will be broadcast live on BBC One, Radio 1 and Radio 2 - presenting awards including British Artist of the Year, International Artist of the Year and Song of the Year.
Talking about the star-studded ceremony last month, Chris said: "Every year is a marvellous year for music in the UK and 2014 has been no exception.
"We shall gratefully be tipping our hats to those whose lights have shone brightest and whose music has helped water the inner flowers of our souls, hearts and minds over the last 12 months. Call it a review with prizes, or a show full of surprises, I cannot wait."
The pair will join other artists who have been confirmed for performances at the Earls Court ceremony, including 'Steal My Girl' hitmakers One Direction, DJ Calvin Harris and 'Thinking Out Loud' crooner Ed Sheeran.
The crowd of 13,500 attendees will also be treated to live tracks from Coldplay, Clean Bandit and Paloma Faith, with further acts to be announced in the run up to the ceremony.

Rita Ora to feature on Matthew Morrison album


Rita Ora will perform on Matthew Morrison's new album.
The 'Glee' actor is thrilled the "talented" 'I Will Never Let You Down' singer will perform on the concept LP for his new stage musical 'Finding Neverland'.
Tweeting a picture of himself and Rita backstage at the American Music Awards at the weekend, Matthew wrote on Monday (24.11.14): "Such a great time at the American Music Awards last night with my friend Rita Ora. She's on the Finding Neverland - The New Musical concept soundtrack. TALENTED!! (sic)"
The pair were seen at the awards ceremony making music with 'Ray' star Jamie Foxx and his daughter.
A source told the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column: "They were singing an a cappella version of Iggy Azalea's 'Black Widow' with Jamie Foxx and his daughter, Annalise."
As well as Rita, Jessie J will also feature on the 'Finding Neverland' album.
It was announced earlier this month that Matthew will return to Broadway in the production, which explores the back story of the 'Peter Pan' book, as author J.M. Barrie.
The musical has been written by British playwright James Graham and features music written by Take That singer Gary Barlow.

John Legend always loved performing


John Legend found performing in front of a crowd "addicting" from a young age.
The 35-year-old singer became hooked in singing for an audience when he was a member of a church choir as a child because he loved the feeling of having the congregation respond to the music.
He said: "When I was singing in church, people will let you know how they feel pretty quickly.
"You can feel the energy of the congregation, and you get a sense of whether they like what you're doing, if you did a good job. That was very tangible to me. It was very addicting too, that feeling of affirmation and love, just feeling the elevation of the spirit and excitement of the crowd."
The 'All of Me' hitmaker - who is married to model Chrissy Teigen - was always "very precocious" and quickly learned to play the piano.
Speaking to the new issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine, he said: "I was a very precocious kid, so I was very thirsty for learning. I wanted to learn the piano. I wanted to study the encyclopedia. I wanted to do everything. I just wanted to soak up a lot of knowledge."

Metallica to headline Reading and Leeds


Metallica will headline Reading and Leeds festivals next year.
The 'Enter Sandman' rockers will top the bill at the dual-sited event for the fourth time next August and are "beyond thrilled" to have landed the gig.
Drummer Lars Ulrich said: "We are obviously beyond thrilled to be returning to headline the magnificent and mighty double shot at Reading and Leeds for the fourth time. We are practically the house band. Bring it!"
Event organisers are delighted to have landed Metallica - who headlined Glastonbury earlier this year - and think they will give an "amazing" performance.
Reading and Leeds Boss Melvin Benn said: "I'm excited to be able to announce Metallica as the first headliner for Reading & Leeds 2015. Their amazing live show promises to be a favourite with rock, metal and genuine music fans at the UK's most important music festival, perfectly topping a bill of brilliant acts from across the genres.
"I'm looking forward to revealing the rest of the Festival line up, which will feature the absolute best of rock, indie, dance and hip hop and will only add to the amazing atmosphere that make Reading & Leeds so special."
Other acts also confirmed to play next year include Jamie T, Pierce the Veil, Wilkinson, Refused, Run the Jewels and Manchester Orchestra.
The festivals take place over the weekend of August 28-30 and tickets are on sale now.

Pixie Lott to release ‘fun’ fourth album


Pixie Lott will release her "fun" fourth album in January.
The 'Mama Do' singer - who launched her greatest hits album 'Platinum Pixie' with a secret gig in association with Viber yesterday (25.11.14) - has taken a "fresh" approach to putting together her upcoming record.
The 23-year-old singer - who is currently appearing on this year's series of 'Strictly Come Dancing' - confessed her time on the BBC One dance competition has inspired the album's "fun, up-tempo vibe", and will also be featuring collaborations "with loads of different producers".
Pixie told BANG Showbiz: "The album in January is just going to be my fourth album. We've already got the sessions booked in. We're going to go to New York, LA.
"My last album, I wanted it to be really organic, I worked with like a small group of people, but this album, I think after just dancing and stuff, I want to do more of a fun, up-tempo vibe, do some collaborations, do something fresh and be up for working with loads of different producers."
The blonde beauty - who was joined at the secret London gig by fans who had been following her Public Chat on the Viber messaging app - has also teamed up with rapper Plan B's writing team and is keen to duet with some of her favourite British artists in the future.
She said: "I have got a session next month with Plan B's writers. It's really hard to schedule anything this month because I don't know when I'm going to be chucked off Strictly.
"I love the British talent, like Ed Sheeran, Labrinth, Disclosure, Rudimental. I think we've got loads of homegrown talent."

Phil Rudd acted strangely for some time


Angus Young admits Phil Rudd had been acting "strangely" before his arrest.
The AC/DC drummer was arrested earlier this month and will appear in court on Thursday (27.11.14) to answer charges of making threats to kill and possession of illegal substances and his bandmate believes the musician had been having problems for some time.
Angus told Triple M's The Grill Team: "He's in a strange place, in a strange situation
"It's something we have to get resolved, if we're going forward, something has to get resolved.
"We had a few problems ourselves before he got into this situation. There was a lot of strange behaviour going on. I guess you could put it down to him just not showing up for a lot of what we were doing and when you have to get to a stage where you have to convince someone to be there, you know it wears thin after a while - but it's something we have to resolve."
The group are planning to tour their new album 'Rock or Bust' next year but are unsure whether the troubled rocker will be joining them on the road.
Angus admitted: "It is a bit of a question mark...we go back a long way, he is a great drummer, but I think over these last few years, I don't know what he's got into or anything - I guess it doesn't help the situation that he's in."
AC/DC were further shaken this year when rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young - Angus' older brother - had to be admitted to a care home after developing dementia.

Pharrell Williams honoured to be part of Paddington


Pharrell Williams says recording a song for the 'Paddington' soundtrack was a "wonderful opportunity".
The 'Happy' hitmaker - who has five-year-old son Rocket with wife Helen Lasichanh - has teamed up with his 'The Voice' co-coach Gwen Stefani to record 'Shine', which will be released in support of the new family adventure, which is based on Michael Bond's popular children's books.
Pharrell said: "What a wonderful opportunity, as a parent, to contribute to something as classic, authentic and generational to all of our lives, as Paddington Bear."
And Gwen - who has previously worked with Pharrell on 'Hollaback Girl', 'Can I Have It Like That' and 'Spark the Fire' - said she was "honoured" to collaborate with the star again and be a part of "Paddington's next big adventure".
Movie bosses are equally thrilled to have the pair on board for the project and think they have created the perfect track for the adventuring bear, who is voiced by Ben Whishaw.
The Weinstein Company's Bob Weinstein said: "Pharrell and Gwen are the perfect artistic duo and they truly brought to life the charm that Paddington represents in the terrific song 'Shine'.
"We are so proud to have them be a part of this classic film."




Jessie J explains AMA performance


Jessie J wanted to "show what music can do" with her American Music Awards (AMAs) performance on Sunday (23.11.14).
The British singer walked through the crowd at Los Angeles Nokia Theatre as she kicked off a rendition of 'Bang Bang' - her collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj - and felt doing that echoed the celebratory nature of the evening.
She said: "I just want people to see how much I love to sing... I just wanted to show people what music can do. You know, from the little girls in the front row that were turning around and taking pictures with everyone who I observed the whole night, to the Kardashians, to Taylor Swift, to everyone that's in this industry in different ways and how they [got into] it.
"It's a celebration, and that's what I wanted to be a part of. I wanted to walk around, you know, from my boyfriend Luke James who I went up to, my manager was in the shot.
"It's about celebrating all the people who make this happen for me."
The 26-year-old singer enjoyed getting chance to watch the other performances on the night and particularly enjoyed Taylor Swift's rendition of 'Blank Space'.
She told 'Access Hollywood': "Taylor Swift's performance was incredible. I think the production was one of the best I've seen.
"Sam Smith is one of my good, good friends. His voice sounds like it's recorded all the time. I've, who else did I enjoy? I love 5 Seconds of Summer, I think their energy is amazing. I enjoyed everyone. Iggy was great."

Bob Dylan plays gig for one fan


Bob Dylan played a gig for just one person on Sunday (23.11.14).
The legendary singer took to the stage at Philadelphia's Academy of Music with his touring band to sing Buddy Holly's 'Heartbeat', Fats Domino's 'Blueberry Hill', 'It's Too Late (She's Gone)' by Chuck Willis and an unidentified blues jam for 41-year-old Fredrik Wikingsson, who sat alone in the second row.
The fan said: "I was smiling so much it was like I was on ecstasy. My jaw hurt for hours afterwards because I couldn't stop smiling."
The special show was part of a Swedish film series, 'Experiment Ensam' ('Experiment Alone'), where people experience things alone which are usually undertaken by large crowds, such as karaoke bars or comedy clubs and Dylan was paid an undisclosed sum for taking part.
TV personality Wikingsson applauded after the first song, then found he couldn't hold himself back.
He laughed to Rolling Stone magazine: "Nobody took notice of me [when I clapped].
"I figured that maybe it just sounded phony or weird. During the second song, 'Blueberry Hill,' I realised I had to say something. It was just too weird. I screamed out, 'You guys sound great!'
"That caused Dylan to burst out laughing. Now, I have two kids and their births were great, but him laughing onstage at some lousy f***ing comment of mine was unbelievable..."
"When the show ended Dylan said, 'Swing by anytime.' He was highlighting the fact this was a weird thing that will never happen again. It was just so f***ing great."
Despite the empty theatre, Wikinsson - who admits to being a "wreck" before the show - spent a lot of time considering where to sit.
He explained: "I thought the first row might freak him out.
"I was like a guy picking the next-to-most expensive bottle of wine in a restaurant, which is a very Swedish thing to do. I figured the second row would be ideal."
A 15-minute documentary of the event will debut on YouTube next month.



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