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22
Oct

Tom Jones criticised after saying he used to be 'paranoid about homosexuals'

Sir Tom Jones has faced criticism over comments he made while discussing his first impressions of the music industry, stating that he was “paranoid” of homosexuals.

The veteran performer released his new covers album ‘Long Lost Suitcase’ earlier this month, which features the Welsh singer covering the likes of The Rolling Stones, Hank Williams and more.

Speaking to The Big Issue, Jones is quoted as saying: “I was ready for most aspects of the music industry but when I met the producer Joe Meek, that threw me off a bit. Because he was a homosexual. I thought, wait a minute, is the London scene, the people who run British showbusiness – are there a lot of homosexuals involved here? Because if so, I’m going back to Cardiff.”

The singer says his naive paranoia was “so much so that when I signed with Decca and Peter Sullivan became my manager, and he said the same thing Joe Meek said – tell the boys to pack their gear up, I want to talk to you myself – I said, you’re not one of these queer fellows are you? And he said, what are you on about? I became paranoid, you see.”

“I wondered, was that required to make a hit record? But then I got into it and I realised no, it just so happened that the first guy to record me was a homosexual producer. Once I got over the shock of that, and realised it wasn’t true, most people were normal. Well, I shouldn’t put it like that. Homosexuals are normal, it’s not that they’re not normal. It’s just that they are what they are.”

Jones has been criticised for his comments, with Andrew White, Director of LGBT rights group Stonewall Cymru, telling The Daily Mail: “It’s not unusual to meet gay people in show business so we’d have thought that Sir Tom would have learnt how to talk about us by now. Instead he’s still painfully tripping over his words.”

“Here in Wales we call him Jones The Voice, it would be a real shame if he became Jones the voice of the past.”

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Elsewhere in the interview, Jones discusses his reputation as a lothario: “The women, the sex… That’s all been talked about so much. But that’s not the essence of me, that’s not what makes me tick. ‘It’s Not Unusual’ was a hit before anyone saw me. It was the power of the voice. The media always pick on the women, and how did that affect your wife. With everyone famous, not just me. They always bring sex into it. It’s part of life of course or we’d all die out. But what’s important is why are you different, what’s unique? I don’t regret anything. All in all, no matter what happened, my marriage is still solid and my son still loves me. I haven’t done anything bad in my life.”

Jones recently spoke about his reaction to being axed from The Voice this summer. He says he told the BBC to “go fuck themselves”.

Tom Jones criticised after saying he used to be 'paranoid about homosexuals'

22
Oct

Drake director says 'Hotline Bling' clip was inspired by his work with Sean Paul

Director X, the director behind Drake’s new video ‘Hotline Bling’, has explained inspiration behind his new clip, which has spawned many memes and jokes online.

The filmmaker, real name Julien Christian Lutz, has recently worked with the likes of Iggy Azalea, Little Mix, Kendrick Lamar and Justin Bieber. He previously directed Drake’s videos for ‘Worst Behavior’, ‘Started From The Bottom’ and ‘HYFR’.

Lutz recently told The Fader that one of the inspirations behind the video was his own work with Sean Paul.

“I’m influenced from a lot of places,” Lutz said. “I’m a set-driven director. A lot of kids were noticing that this feels like the Sean Paul video [for ‘Gimme The Light’] which was a light-driven piece. A lot of kids were saying it looks like this other Sean Paul video, ‘I’m Still In Love,’ which is another video I did, which is another set-driven, people in boxes kind of piece. I do understand why people would say that’s Turrell’s thing but this is my style best of all. I’m definitely familiar with the man’s work, he’s a genius. But if you look back at what I do, this is my style.”

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The director added: “Drake’s vibe and involvement [made the ‘Hotline Bling’ video experience] a little different than your usual music video, where you’re hired and it’s: ‘Here’s the gig and here’s the thing we’re doing.’ Drake is a part of it, he has an idea of what he wants. He wanted to do that whole dance number with [dancer] Tanisha at the end.”

“That dance was a throwback for me and Tanisha, to Sean Paul’s ‘Gimme The Light.’ Tanisha and I do the same dance and situation in those videos. This really does feel like a ‘Gimme The Light’ for a new millennium, or the ’10s. But this is definitely on a different level. I’ve seen some videos react, ‘Gimme The Light’ was a real pice of culture. It was a music that was out of the spotlight for a while—it all really hit and people were excited when it happened.”

Watch the videos for ‘Hotline Bling’ and ‘Gimme The Light’ below.

Drake has been accused of “jacking” another artist’s music with ‘Hotline Bling’, with Virginia newcomer DRAM pointing to what he perceives as similarities between the song and his own ‘Cha Cha’.

‘Cha Cha’ was originally released in March, with Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ following in July. The similarities between the two songs has been noted previously, with Beats 1 describing Drake’s song as a ‘Cha Cha remix’ when it first premiered on the artist’s own Ovosound radio show. Drake has since described it as a “quasi cover”, according to Billboard.

Now, DRAM himself has taken to Twitter to accuse Drake of “jacking” his song. He recently wrote: “Just performed in Toronto for the 1st time tonight and it was bittersweet… cus after my performance all I’m seeing is Cha Cha/Hotline Bling comparisons on my timeline.”

He continued: “I feel I got jacked for my record… But I’m GOOD.”

Following the comments, Erykah Badu, who recently covered ‘Hotline Bling’, replied: “We loved ‘Cha Cha’ first. Very unique and raw. That’s that underground magic force that sparks a seed to grow a tree.”

Drake director says 'Hotline Bling' clip was inspired by his work with Sean Paul

22
Oct

Lana Del Rey: 'It's hard for me to go on when I know we're going to die'

Lana Del Rey has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and revealed a phobia of death.

The singer, who released latest album ‘Honeymoon’ in September, spoke to Billboard in a new interview, revealing that her panic attacks have become progressively worse over the past few years.

“It’s hard for me sometimes to think about going on when I know we’re going to die. Something happened in the last three years, with my panic [attacks]… It got worse.”

She added: “I’ve always been prone to it. I remember being four years old and I’d just seen a show on TV where the person was killed. And I turned to my parents and said, ‘Are we all going to die?’ They said ‘Yes,’ and I was totally distraught! I broke down in tears and said, ‘We have to move!'”

“I saw a therapist – three times. But I’m really most comfortable sitting in that chair in the studio, writing or singing.”

Asked whether having children would “chill her out”, Del Rey replied: “I don’t think so, but… sometimes you just want to be able to enjoy the view. I think I’m really like my mother, in the sense that I make small lists. To calm myself down. I reward myself.”

“You know, ‘If I finish this, then I’ll do that’ – I’ll go for a walk on the beach or swim in the ocean. I go for swims and am actually shocked I do that. Because one thing I’m terrified of is sharks.”

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Speaking to NME recently, Foals joked that they were like “sweaty teenagers” when meeting Del Rey.

Frontman Yannis Philippakis said: “She [Del Rey] was in Paris, just being Lana Del Rey and ended up coming to dinner via a mutual friend. I got really excited. I’m in awe of her. It’s funny to see someone like that. She’s really nice. I didn’t say anything. I was like a sweaty teenager, wanting to hide under the table.”

Asked what the band spoke to her about, Philippakis said the subject of Foals’ own music came up: “She said some nice things. She said she liked ‘Give It All’, and was just generally a sweetheart. The world is better for Lana Del Rey being here.”

When asked if Foals would collaborate with Lana Del Rey, synth player Edwin Congreave joked that he is not sure she’d be interested. “A collaboration would be great. But to be honest, if the choice was between hanging out on my yacht being Lana and working with some tense guys from Oxford, I’d probably stay on my yacht.”

Lana Del Rey: 'It's hard for me to go on when I know we're going to die'

22
Oct

Fall Out Boy cover 'Jungle Book' song for Disney covers album – listen

Fall Out Boy have unveiled a pop-punk cover of ‘I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)’ from The Jungle Book for a new Disney covers LP.

The band are among numerous artists taking on classic Disney songs for the forthcoming compilation ‘We Love Disney’.

As well as Fall Out Boy’s contribution, the album will include new versions of classic Disney songs, with Jessie J taking on a song from The Little Mermaid, Jessie Ware covered a song from Cinderella and Gwen Stefani re-recording a track from The Muppet Movie.

‘We Love Disney’ is due out October 30. The ‘We Love Disney’ tracklisting is:

Ne-Yo – ‘Friend Like Me’ (Aladdin)
Jessie J – ‘Part Of Your World’ (The Little Mermaid)
Jason Derulo – ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ (The Lion King)
Gwen Stefani – ‘The Rainbow Connection’ (The Muppet Movie)
Ariana Grande – ‘Zero To Hero’ (Hercules)
Jhené Aiko – ‘In A World Of My Own/Very Good Advice’ (Alice In Wonderland)
Fall Out Boy – ‘I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)’ (The Jungle Book)
Tori Kelly – ‘Colors Of The Wind’ (Pocahontas)
Kacey Musgraves – ‘A Spoonful Of Sugar’ (Mary Poppins)
Charles Perry – ‘Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat’ (The Aristocats)
Jessie Ware – ‘A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes’ (Cinderella)
Lucy Hale & Rascall Flatts – ‘Let It Go’ (Frozen)
Various Artists – ‘It’s A Small World’
Brenna Whitaker – ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’ (The Muppet Show)
Yuna – ‘A Whole New World’ (Aladdin)

Meanwhile, Azealia Banks is reportedly working with Fall Out Boy on new music.

The controversial US rapper tweeted about her latest collaboration last week (October 16) and appeared to suggest that the recording session with the US pop-punk band had already happened, telling fans she “couldn’t wait” for them to hear the results.

Fall Out Boy have a history of collaborating with rappers, having previously worked with Kanye West, 50 Cent, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa among others. The band toured the latter earlier this year on the ‘Boys Of Zummer’ tour. Professor Green, meanwhile, supported Fall Out Boy on their recent UK arena tour which ended earlier this month (October).

Fall Out Boy cover 'Jungle Book' song for Disney covers album – listen

22
Oct

Justin Bieber to perform live at MTV EMAs this weekend

Justin Bieber has been added to the line-up of performers at this weekend’s MTV EMAs.

The annual awards ceremony will take place on Sunday (October 25) at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy and will be hosted by Ed Sheeran and Orange Is The New Black actress Ruby Rose.

Bieber joins a line-up of performers including Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding, Jason Derulo, Twenty One Pilots, Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Tori Kelly, James Bay, Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Andrea Bocelli. Host Sheeran will also play live, joining Rudimental for a collaboration.

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“I’m excited to share this performance and this new material with my fans around the world. The EMAs are always a blast. I’m glad to be back and it’s going to be fun,” Bieber said.

Billed as an ‘epic night of music and mayhem’, the awards are voted on by members of the public, with voting remaining open until midnight the night before the event on MTV’s award show website.

Nominees across the dozens of categories include Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding and Foo Fighters. Taylor Swift leads the charge with eight nominations.

Bieber releases new album ‘Purpose’ in November.

Justin Bieber to perform live at MTV EMAs this weekend

22
Oct

'Bloody excited' Adele reveals '25' album artwork and release date

Adele has confirmed the title of new album ’25’ and revealed the album artwork.

’25’ will be released on November 20. The album artwork is a simple black and white image of Adele’s face which can be seen below.

25 out November 20th A photo posted by @adele on Oct 22, 2015 at 6:55am PDT

Yesterday (October 21) Adele published an open letter to fans in which she apologised for making fans wait to hear it.

In the letter Adele wrote about how she always wanted to be older when she was growing up and her regrets over not enjoying her life in the moment. Talking about her new music, Adele writes: “My last record [’21’] was a break-up record and if I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myelf. Making up for lost time. Making up for everything I ever did and never did.”

SEE MORE: Adele’s New Album Collaborators – 11 Big Names In The Frame

Later in the letter Adele added: “’25’ is about getting to know who I’ve become without realising. And I’m sorry it took so long, but you know, life happened.”

pic.twitter.com/dDImEhKt10— Adele (@Adele) October 21, 2015

Adele announced her return in an anonymous advert which aired during The X Factor in Britain on Sunday (October 18).

Viewers of the ITV show saw a thirty-second clip of Adele’s voice with the lyrics to the song flashing up in black and white on the screen.

Watch the advert below:

@OfficialAdele @grimmers #XFactor pic.twitter.com/R0vyEUUhCc— Sarah Stevenson (@stevensonsarah) October 18, 2015

It has been five years since Adele’s second album, ’21’, came out and dominated the Offiial UK Album Charts for 23 weeks solid.

Damon Albarn worked on new material with Adele, but said he doesn’t think she will use it. He also referred to her new music as “very middle of the road”.

The new material is also rumoured to include a song written by Tobias Jesso Jr, as well as appearances from OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, producer Danger Mouse and pop writer-producer Max Martin, who’s best known for his work with ’90s pop acts N’Sync, Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys.

Earlier this year, producer Emile Haynie revealed he met with Adele in February to discuss potentially working together, but that the singer was “taking her time” over a new album. “We got along well as friends when we met in February and I hope we can cut some songs, but Adele is taking her time,” he said. “I’d push for it to happen, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

'Bloody excited' Adele reveals '25' album artwork and release date

22
Oct

Ed Sheeran receives honorary doctorate and gets wing of old people's home named in his honour

Ed Sheeran has had an eventful week returning home to Suffolk, receiving an honorary degree and opening a new wing of a care home in his home town.

Sheeran was awarded an honorary doctorate from University Campus Suffolk (UCS) in Ipswich for his “outstanding contribution to music” on Monday.

The singer said during his acceptance speech: “I’ve had an amazing year with my world tour and this makes it even better. Suffolk is very much where I call home and I’m always welcomed back and get so much support.”

I graduated today, I am now officially Dr. Sheeran A photo posted by @teddysphotos on Oct 19, 2015 at 11:32am PDT

Watch Sheeran’s acceptance speech in full below.

Sheeran also visited the Mills Meadow Care Home in Framlingham, Suffolk, with the newly opened wing named Sheeran Suite in his honour.

During his visit, Sheeran had a tour of the facilities and was given a cheque for £500 for his chosen charity of the East Anglian Children’s Hospice by Care UK.

The care home manager Sue Hill told BBC News: “We are over the moon that Ed could visit us and officially open our new Sheeran Suite.”

“Ed is delightful. We are really grateful that he could spare the time in his busy schedule to pop in.”

Care home resident Mary Swan, who helped Sheeran cut the ribbon, said: “It was a very exciting day and I enjoyed meeting Ed. I even got his autograph.”

Ed Sheeran receives honorary doctorate and gets wing of old people's home named in his honour

22
Oct

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson calls BBC host 'a little shit' for not listening to new single

One Direction member Louis Tomlinson called a BBC News presenter a “little shit” in an interview after the host admitted he had not heard the group’s new single ‘Perfect’.

Tomlinson spoke to BBC Northern Ireland presenter Stephen Nolan backstage at the band’s Belfast gig this week when the interview turned to the subject of ‘Perfect’.

‘Perfect’ was unveiled last week to accusations that it sounds like Taylor Swift’s song ‘Style’. Listen to both songs here.

“‘Perfect’, yeah, the new single. Have you heard it?” Louis asks Nolan, who responds: “Do you want me to tell you the truth? No I have not.” Tomlinson then says: “You should have before this interview, you little shit.”

Watch the video below:

BBC presenter Nolan called 'a little shit' by One Direction Louis pic.twitter.com/9q0e5uRIPn— Stephen Nolan (@StephenNolan) October 21, 2015

One Direction’s UK tour was disrupted by illness this week when the band were forced to cancel their show at Belfast’s SSE Arena at last minute on Tuesday night (October 20) when Liam Payne was taken “suddenly ill.”

A spokesperson from the venue appeared on stage minutes before the band were due on stage at 8.30pm, telling fans the concert had been cancelled and asked them to exit the building slowly.

The gig will now take place at the same venue on Friday (October 23). Original tickets will apply.

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson calls BBC host 'a little shit' for not listening to new single

22
Oct

The Weeknd says drunk Taylor Swift wouldn't stop stroking his hair

The Weeknd has recalled a time he met Taylor Swift when she was drunk and confused him by stroking his hair.

The R&B artist behind hit single ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, real name Abel Tesfaye, spoke to Rolling Stone in a new interview.

At one point Tesfaye tells the story of when he first met Taylor Swift at a Grammy Party thrown by Sam Smith. Despite the celebrations going on around him, Tesfaye had decided to stop drinking alcohol during the month of the party.

“The whole time she was talking she was kind of, like, petting my hair?” he said of Swift. “I think she was just drawn to it — she must have been a little gone off a few drinks. And of course I’m not going to be like, ‘Hey, can you stop?’ I mean, it felt good! But when she started petting my hair, that’s when I was like, ‘I definitely need a drink.'”

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As well as touching his hair, Swift confessed to being a big fan of The Weekend’s music. “She actually schooled me on my own shit,” he said. “She was like, ‘I’ve been listening to ‘The Morning’ [from ‘House Of Balloons’] for years – it’s one of my favorite songs ever!’ I mean, she might have just Googled it. But she seemed genuine.”

The Weeknd’s unique hairstyle is also covered, with the singer saying he grew the dreadlocks out in order to be memorable.

“I want to be remembered as iconic and different. So I was like, ‘Fuck it—I’m gonna let my hair just be what it wants.’ I’ll probably cut it if it starts interfering with my sight. I can kind of see it right now. But if I cut it, I’d look like everyone else. And that’s just so boring to me.”

The Weeknd went straight to Number One in the Official UK Album Chart earlier this year with his ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ album. The record follows 2013’s ‘Kiss Land’ and features collaborations with Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and Labrinth.

The Weeknd says drunk Taylor Swift wouldn't stop stroking his hair

22
Oct

Gwen Stefani unveils studio version of new single 'Used To Love You'

Gwen Stefani has released her new single ‘Used To Love You’ – a solo ballad tackling her recent split from British rocker Gavin Rossdale.

The No Doubt singer unveiled the track on Saturday night during a performance at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Now she has released the studio version of the track, her first single since 2014’s ‘Baby Don’t Lie’.

‘Used To Love You’ features the lyric: “Never thought this would happen/ I’ve let it sink in/ You’re gone.” Apparently a reference to the break-up of her relationship with Rossdale.

Stefani and Rossdale decided to end 13 years of marriage and filed for divorce earlier this year. They cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason behind the separation.

They wed in 2002 after meeting at a 1995 concert where Stefani’s band opened for the Rossdale-fronted Bush and are currently seeking joint custody of their three children (Zuma, Kingston and Apollo).

The release of ‘Used To Love You’ seems to bookend a difficult period in Stefani’s life which includes her taking out of a three-year restraining order against an allegedly obsessed fan earlier this year.

The man, Richard Portnoy, who turned up at her acupuncturist to accost the ‘Just a Girl’ singer, is accused of threatening to kill himself because he found pictures of the singer tripping over upsetting.

Meanwhile, Eminem came out in support of Stefani after the duo collaborated on new song, ‘Kings Never Die’, which appears on the soundtrack to boxing film Southpaw.

This is despite once writing a track asking her to “pee pee” on him.

Gwen Stefani unveils studio version of new single 'Used To Love You'

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