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26
Jun

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s twins are reportedly out of hospital

Reports suggest that the newborn babies were kept for a week and a half after being born with jaundice

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have reportedly left hospital with their newborn twins over a week after their births were confirmed.

On June 18, Beyoncé’s father announced that the singer had given birth to twins, with reports following that the babies had been kept at the hospital due to a “minor issue”.

Now TMZ reports that the infants are “out of the hospital and at home” after being monitored at Los Angeles’ UCLA Medical Center for a week and a half. The report suggests that the children were “born prematurely” and had been “placed under light… presumably to cure jaundice.”

The couple’s children are thought to be a boy and a girl, although this hasn’t officially been confirmed.

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Beyonce announced her pregnancy with a now-iconic Instagram post

Beyoncé gave birth to her first child with Jay Z, daughter Blue Ivy, in January 2012.

The singer announced news of her pregnancy back in February via an instantly-iconic Instagram post. She wrote at the time: “We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes. – The Carters.”

Beyoncé was later forced to pull out of her Coachella headline slot on doctor’s orders, but will headline the festival in 2018 instead.

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26
Jun

New Netflix film ‘To The Bone’ criticised for potentially ‘glamourising anorexia’

Mental health experts have argued that the movie could be triggering to vulnerable viewers

A new Netflix film has been criticised by mental health experts who say that it could risk “glamourising” and “trivialising” anorexia.

To The Bone will be released via the streaming service on July 14. It stars Lily Collins as “an unruly, 20-year-old young woman with anorexia” named Ellen and Keanu Reeves as her “non-traditional doctor”.

The Guardian reports that the film has faced opposition from some mental health experts even before release over the portrayal of its subject.

Dasha Nicholl, chair of the eating disorders faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has said that the film is “potentially risky” and that “vulnerable” viewers should “consume with caution”. Nicholl also urged Netflix to add a trigger warning and parental advisory to the movie.

Psychologist Dr Carolyne Keenan, meanwhile, said: “It is very possible that some viewers may find the material distressing and triggering, and both Netflix and viewers will need to take responsibility for what they do with that. I wonder if it might be helpful to have an advisory prior to the trailer, for example, stating what viewers are about to see so that they can make an informed choice about watching.”

Keenan, however, did add that the topic of eating disorders is “one that does need to be spoken about”, saying: “Both the director and the lead actress have struggled with anorexia nervosa and created the production in collaboration with related organisations. There is evidence that they have attempted to make this a useful, informative piece in order to invite discussion.”

The movie’s director and writer, Marti Noxon, has responded to criticism by saying: “My goal with the film was not to glamorise [eating disorders] but to serve as a conversation starter about an issue that is too often clouded by secrecy and misconceptions.”

Collins has admitted to losing weight for the role, explaining: “There never was a ‘goal’ weight, but I knew that hair and makeup and wardrobe could only do so much. And that to pay tribute to the girl that I was when I was younger, and also to the character, I wanted to do it in a way that really went there – but was also healthy. But, yeah, there’s always a fine line.”

You can watch a trailer for the film above.

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26
Jun

Charlie Brooker auctions prop from ‘Black Mirror’ episode ‘San Junipero’ in aid of Grenfell Tower residents

All proceeds from the sale of the ‘Tuckers’ bar sign will go to the people who have been affected by the recent west London disaster

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The acclaimed episode was a highlight of the dystopian show’s third season

Charlie Brooker has announced that a prop from the popular Black Mirror episode ‘San Junipero’ has been entered into a charity auction in aid of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

The episode featured in the acclaimed dystopian anthology’s third season, which premiered on Netflix back in October 2016.

Brooker, who created Black Mirror, announced on his Twitter account this evening (June 26) that a prop from ‘San Junipero’ has gone up for auction in aid of those affected by the recent west London disaster.

The genuine prop in question is a perspex sign from ‘Tuckers’ bar, which features in the decade-hopping episode as the narrative switches to 2002.

You can bid on the ‘Tuckers’ bar sign from Black Mirror‘s ‘San Junipero’ here, although only UK bids are being accepted “due to transport limitations.”

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Back in April, Brooker spoke about his plans for season four of Black Mirror, which is due to be released on Netflix later this year.

Speaking about the nature of the storylines of the new batch of episodes, Brooker said: “For this coming season they’re quite far out there so I don’t envisage that being a problem. Although if that does happen the world is really fucked… well, then the world is really fucked, so we’ll see.”

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Charlie Brooker auctions prop from ‘Black Mirror’ episode ‘San Junipero’ in aid of Grenfell Tower residents

26
Jun

N-Dubz’s Dappy ‘weeps’ in court as he receives sentence for knife possession

Star admitted to carrying a butcher’s knife during an argument with his partner Imani Campbell

N-Dubz star Dappy has been handed a suspended jail sentence for being armed with a knife during a row with his partner earlier this year.

In May, the member of the late-2000s pop-rap group was arrested on suspicion of hitting a woman with a tennis racket and making threats with a knife.

Dappy pleaded guilty to knife possession but not guilty to common assault. Accepting the latter plea, Luton Crowd Court has now been sentenced Dappy to nine months in jail – suspended for two years – for knife possession.

BBC News reports that Dappy admitted to carrying a butcher’s knife during an argument with his partner Imani Campbell in Hatfield, Hertfordshire on May 10.

According to the report, Dappy “wept in the dock and thanked the judge” upon hearing his sentence. The star was told he must “act as a proper role model” and attend a relationship programme and 10-day rehabilitation course.

Earlier this year, Dappy’s group N Dubz confirmed that they’re planning to reunite “really soonish”.

When asked OK magazine if they’d be getting back together, Richard ‘Fazer’ Rawson said: “100%, that’s definitely going to come really soonish. Not right now, we’ve all got individual things we’re focusing on at the minute, but obviously it’s all about timing.”

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N-Dubz’s Dappy ‘weeps’ in court as he receives sentence for knife possession

26
Jun

Ed Balls says Radiohead’s Glastonbury headline set was ‘dirge-like’

Former Labour politician and Strictly Come Dancing contestant wasn’t a fan of Thom Yorke and co

Ed Balls has described Radiohead‘s headlining set at Glastonbury as “dirge-like”.

Friday night (June 23) saw Thom Yorke and co take to the festival’s main Pyramid stage to headline Glastonbury for the third time. NME described the set as “an ‘OK Computer’-filled celebration” as Radiohead paid homage to their classic album, which turns 20 this year.

Now, former Labour politician – and Strictly Come Dancing contestant – Balls has penned an article for The Guardian in which he described going to Worthy Farm for the first time.

Describing Solange as “dreamy” and saying that he also enjoyed Kaiser Chiefs and Stormzy, Balls wasn’t so positive about Radiohead’s performance.

“The atmosphere for Radiohead is funereal,” he wrote. “The end of each song barely acknowledged by anyone other than the hardcore fans at the front. People around us chat through the songs, openly bored at the dirge-like offerings. And yes, there is a good reason why the large screens sit either side of the stage to help faraway audiences stay engaged; if you fill the feed with fuzzy, blurry, psychedelic pap, then it’s no wonder you lose your audience.”

Balls added that he much preferred Major Lazer to Radiohead, saying: “What a contrast to go over to the Other stage and join the energy, excitement and musical wizardry of Major Lazer. It would have had me bouncing on the bed at home.”

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Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received what many have called a “rockstar welcome” when he arrived at Worthy Farm on Saturday, before making a number of appearances across the site – including a powerful speech on the Pyramid Stage to one of the biggest crowds that Glastonbury has ever seen.

Glastonbury boss Emily Eavis has since explained why Corbyn was invited to the festival.

“It’s felt like such a long time since you would put a political leader in that place, but it was the right time,” she said. “There are things we’ve been campaigning about here for such a long time. And the history that the festival has with politics and CND [Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament]. It really felt like the right time. It was quite an overwhelming moment, actually. A lot of people were very moved by it. It was something totally special and a complete one-off.”

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26
Jun

Listen to Stevie Nicks’ re-recorded version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Gypsy’ for new Netflix show

The 1982 track in question was written by Nicks and featured on the band’s album ‘Mirage’

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Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Gyspy’ was the inspiration for the new Netflix show

Stevie Nicks has re-recorded Fleetwood Mac‘s ‘Gypsy’ for a new Netflix show of the same name – listen to the new version below.

Nicks wrote the ‘Mirage’ track, which was released in 1982. The song served as the inspiration for the new Netflix show, which will debut its 10-episode first season on the streaming service on Friday (June 30). Watch a trailer for Gypsy below.

Gypsy‘s creator Lisa Rubin wrote the new show’s pilot episode after listening to the Fleetwood Mac track, and Nicks subsequently offered to re-record the song for Gypsy‘s opening credits.

Speaking about the new version of ‘Gypsy’ – which was produced by Adele and Sia producer Greg Kurstin – Nicks told Entertainment Weekly: “I’m very excited for the world to hear ‘Gypsy’ more like I wrote it — on piano. I am very proud of this version.”

Listen to Nicks’ re-recorded version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Gypsy’ in the title sequence for Gypsy below.

Last month, Lana Del Rey discussed her forthcoming collaboration with Nicks on her upcoming album ‘Lust For Life’, which has yet to receive an official release date.

“She was amazing,” Del Rey declared. “She’s just everything you hope she’s gonna be. She’s so contemporary, and she knows all the new music that’s out weekly. She loved the track and she added so much to it.”

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Listen to Stevie Nicks’ re-recorded version of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Gypsy’ for new Netflix show

26
Jun

Kidnapping suspect arrested during Iron Maiden gig after his friend posts ticket details on Facebook

The Bexar County Sheriff’s department in Texas announced the unusual arrest on their social media accounts yesterday (June 25)

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The legendary band had a part – albeit unintentional – to play in the arrest

A suspect in an aggravated kidnapping case in Austin, Texas was arrested in his seat at an Iron Maiden concert on Saturday (June 24) after police were able to track him down from ticket details his friend had posted on Facebook.

Derrick Roseland was located by the relevant authorities after the unnamed friend took to social media prior to the show to enthusiastically announce that they would be attending the legendary metal band’s gig at the AT& Center in San Antonio over the weekend.

Austin P.D. detectives obtained the picture – which clearly revealed where the suspect would be sitting – and shared the information with their colleagues in the intelligence department at The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies then made their way to the venue, located the seats and arrested Roseland without incident. See The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office’s statement on the arrest below.

Last month, it was revealed that Iron Maiden aren’t able to perform ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ on their ongoing ‘Book of Souls Tour’ as they’re currently sued by another songwriter over the song.

The band’s track – which used to be a live favourite – is being disputed by the writer of another song called ‘Life’s Shadow’, which is referenced in ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’.

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26
Jun

Kiefer Sutherland on importance of Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘hopeful’ message: ‘We’ve seen a lot of negative ones lately’

Actor/musician talks playing Glastonbury, describing it as ‘such a honour’

Actor and musician Kiefer Sutherland has stressed the importance of Jeremy Corbyn’s “hopeful” political message and the power of festivals like Glastonbury.

Labour leader Corbyn received what many have called a “rockstar welcome” when he arrived at Worthy Farm on Saturday, before making a number of appearances across the site – including a powerful speech on the Pyramid Stage to one of the biggest crowds that Glastonbury has ever seen.

Sutherland himself appeared at Glastonbury too, performing a country and western set on the Avalon Stage. Speaking to NME, Sutherland described it as “such a honour” to play the Worthy Farm event.

He then went on to speak about the “hopeful” atmosphere at the festival, as well as Corbyn. “The fact that Greenpeace has been a part of this [festival] from the very beginning, there’s a conscientiousness of what we’re doing to the world,” Sutherland said.

“This is a place to come together and celebrate a hope for making things better. I hope Mr Corbyn delivered a very hopeful message because unfortunately we’ve seen a lot of negative ones lately. Festivals like this are more important than ever.”

Watch the full interview in the video above.

Meanwhile, Glastonbury boss Emily Eavis has explained why Corbyn was invited to the festival.

“It’s felt like such a long time since you would put a political leader in that place, but it was the right time,” she said. “There are things we’ve been campaigning about here for such a long time. And the history that the festival has with politics and CND [Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament]. It really felt like the right time. It was quite an overwhelming moment, actually. A lot of people were very moved by it. It was something totally special and a complete one-off.”

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Kiefer Sutherland on importance of Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘hopeful’ message: ‘We’ve seen a lot of negative ones lately’

26
Jun

Official Charts Company introduces new rules that could prevent repeat of Ed Sheeran’s chart dominance

The new regulations are aiming to “support new music” – and also seem set to end such sights as Sheeran having 16 tracks in the top 20

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Sheeran’s achievement of having 16 tracks in the UK top 20 may have prompted the rule change

The Official Charts Company have introduced new rules to the compilation of its weekly UK Singles Chart in a move that should reduce the kind of dominance enjoyed by Ed Sheeran earlier this year.

Sheeran took the Singles Chart by storm in March after the release of his third album ‘÷’, with the release prompting 16 of his tracks to enter the top 20 during one week – with the top six places all taken by Sheeran tracks.

His record-breaking exploits may never be beaten, however, after The Official Charts Company announced that they would be introducing new rules to how they compile their weekly chart.

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From this Friday (June 30), only the three most popular tracks from a lead artist will be eligible for entry into the Singles Chart, with the streams-to-sales ratio also being cut in half to “accelerate” the removal of existing songs from the chart in order to usher in brand new releases. The first chart to be affected by these new changes will be published on July 7.

Speaking to Music Week, Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot explained that the new regulations aimed to “support new music.”

“This is not a chart for album tracks; we want to remain the Official Singles Chart, for singles,” he said. “It’s tougher than ever for new music and developing artists to break through, and this is us doing our bit… This is about injecting energy back into the chart.”

Meanwhile, Sheeran delivered a crowd-pleasing headline set to close Glastonbury 2017 last night (June 25).

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Official Charts Company introduces new rules that could prevent repeat of Ed Sheeran’s chart dominance

26
Jun

Haim announce North American tour dates

Band to tour US and Canada in support of second album ‘Something to Tell You’

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Haim have announced a series of North American tour dates in support of their upcoming new album.

The trio are set to release second album ‘Something to Tell You’, the follow-up to their 2013 debut album ‘Days Are Gone’, on July 7.

Following a stellar set at Glastonbury festival this past weekend, Haim have now confirmed a series of US and Canada shows for August, September and October. See those in full below.

August 19 Long Beach, CA – ALT 98.7 Summer Camp at Queen Mary Events Park
September 3 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
September 4 Vancouver, British Columbia – Malkin Bowl
September 5 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
September 7 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
September 9 Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
September 10 Dana Point, CA – Ohana Music and Arts Festival at Doheny State Beach
September 12 Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
September 13 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
September 15 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater
September 16-17 Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown
September 24 Las Vegas, NV – Life is Beautiful Festival
October 20-22 Phoenix, AZ – Lost Lake Music Festival

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Haim

Haim recently unveiled a new song called ‘Little Of Your Love’. The track follows on from the previously released ‘I Want You Back‘ and ‘Right Now‘.

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At Glastonbury, the band staged an impromptu dance party during their crowd-pleasing set in the sun on The Other Stage. Following a rendition of the ‘Days Are Gone’ track ‘Falling’, Este asked if “they should keep the dance party going” – a question that was met with wild cheers from the audience.

Earlier in the set, Este Haim declared that the band had brought “the Californian sunshine” to Worthy Farm, and also joked that she was prepared to leak the band’s new album before its release next month.

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