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  • Hozier thinks fame is 'f***ing b*******'
    Hozier thinks fame is 'f***ing b*******'

    Hozier thinks fame is ''f***ing b*******''.

    The 'Take Me To Church' hitmaker has been putting a few ideas together for his second album - the follow-up to his 2014 self-titled debut LP - and one topic he won't be writing about is being famous because he thinks it is a myth.

    In an interview with Idolator, he said: ''I think you have to be careful about what you are drawing from. I don't worry about it so much in that this [fame] is a myth. The myth of fame and the myth of success is cultivated because it is monetizable and it is profitable. We sell the myth of fame and the myth of success in music, we sell it in videos, but it's f***ing b*******. It's all nonsense.''

    The 26-year-old singer/songwriter - whose real name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne - also warned against the danger of losing yourself amongst the trappings of fame and success.

    He said: ''The thing is, when you think you've arrived at the point that you've been striving to get to, you f***ing have to bring yourself with you. Much to my disappointment, I still am myself. I still view the world with the same eyes that I did when I did the first album.''

    Meanwhile, the hunky Irishman has revealed he plans to go home and live a normal life before he begins work on his next record.

    However, he's not going to stay away from touring for too long because he fears he will ''go crazy''.

    He said: ''I'm gonna catch up with friends and family, close family members that I didn't see a lot of over the past two years at great personal expense. It's at great personal expense for your well-being. I think I need to look after myself in that regard and it's giving myself that space and drawing a line in the sand. I'm not going to be sitting doing nothing. I'll dive into arranging what I already have for the next album. And I'm gonna be on tour again. I'd go crazy if I wasn't touring by next year.''

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  • Dolly Parton wants to collaborate with Jack White
    Dolly Parton wants to collaborate with Jack White

    Dolly Parton has hinted she will collaborate with Jack White in the future.

    The 70-year-old country music legend met with The White Stripes frontman - who covered her classic hit 'Jolene' in 2004 - in Los Angeles recently and she's revealed the pair discussed getting into the studio together when their busy schedules align.

    She said: ''I love him [Jack] to death. The White Stripes did one of the greatest versions ever of 'Jolene'. I had a chance to have dinner with Jack in LA not long ago and we talked about the possibility of one someday down the road that we may get together to do something.''

    However, the buxom blonde admits she's not had enough time to work with other artists because she's been so busy readying her new album 'Pure and Simple', which she is currently touring around the world.

    However, she teased that she and the 41-year-old rocker would make ''beautiful music'' when they do decide to work together.

    She added: ''I haven't had time to sit down and really focus with someone else on an album. But he would be someone wonderful. And I think we would make some beautiful music together.''

    Meanwhile, the '9 to 5' hitmaker - who has a huge fan base amongst the LGBT community - has admitted she's had to put off doing a gay-centric dance album - for now.

    She told Britain's Guardian newspaper: ''Every time I start to work on that, something else comes up, like this big tour. ''I'll have to put that dance album on the shelf again. But one day I promise you I will get that out. One of the songs is I'm a Wee Bit Gay. It's a fun, tongue-in-cheek type of song. I promise I'll get it out.''

    Dolly also admitted that she doesn't understand why the LGBT community look up to her as role model, however, she thinks has something to do with the fact she has ''fought'' to be herself.

    She added: ''I don't really know why for sure ... I've fought for the right to be myself, so that is one of the reasons that the gays and lesbians relate to me. They know that I appreciate everybody for who they are. We are who we are, so why can't we be allowed to be that?

    ''I ain't out to preach no sermons, I'm just out to do my work, sing my songs and write them, and love people and share them.''

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  • LeAnn Rimes listens to Beyoncé to feel 'empowered'
    LeAnn Rimes listens to Beyoncé to feel 'empowered'

    LeAnn Rimes listens to Beyoncé to feel ''empowered''.

    The 33-year-old 'Can't Fight The Moonlight' hitmaker has admitted she plays 'Don't Hurt Yourself, which features Jack White, to make her feel more confident and upbeat, although she also ''loves'' listening to X Ambassadors track 'Renegades.

    Speaking about her go-to song, which immediately uplifts her, the blonde beauty said: ''That's a hard one. I love 'Renegades' by X Ambassadors and I also love Beyoncé's 'Don't Hurt Yourself' with Jack White. When I feel empowered, I listen to that song.''

    And LeAnn has revealed she tries to be a ''positive'' light, and likes to pass on her happiness to her fans via motivational posts on social media.

    She explained: ''Personally, I come from this place where I've been judged and shamed and it gave me this whole different outlook on human beings. I'm very aware of the judgement and hatred just in everyday life, so I try to be a positive light and give that love.

    ''On my Instagram account I do this thing called 'chalk talk' where I post my favourite quotes, and people are so into it.''

    However, the 'How Do I Live' powerhouse - who is married to 'Sunset Beach' actor Eddie Cibrian and is the stepmother to his two sons Jake, nine, and Mason, 13, who he had with his ex-wife Brandi Glanville - has admitted her stepchildren taught her to enjoy life.

    She explained to Very.co.uk magazine: ''They [The children] were two and six when I met them, but they were so much fun. It's been great. I learnt how to lighten up and enjoy things and that's been really good for me. At the ned of the day, it's all about my family - us bonding and doing the healthiest things we can do together.''

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  • James start work on album 15
    James start work on album 15

    James have already started working on their next album.

    The British indie band made a huge comeback in March with their 14th studio LP 'Girl at the End of the World' - their first album since 2014's 'La Petite Mort' - and now bass player Jim Glennie has revealed they've spent four days in the studio getting ''the ball rolling'' for album number 15.

    Glennie, 52, exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''We've started writing it [the album] we've been in the studio for four days last week and we're getting the ball rolling. We've just banged loads and loads of ideas down, but we've not even had time to go through them yet. It's still early days we don't want there to be big gaps in the record really.''

    Asked when fans can expect the record, he said: ''We want to get the next record out relatively quickly and there not to be a gap.''

    And on what it's likely to sound like, he added: ''It's early days to know what the feel is going to be. We just see what appears and we're like 'ah yeah okay this is what it's gonna be.'''

    Glennie - who is joined by Tim Booth, Larry Gott, David Baynton-Power, Saul Davies, Mark Hunter and Andy Diagram in the group - can't believe the success they've had since they made their big comeback and feels they as successful as they've ever been before.

    He said: ''It's mad, this is probably the most success we've had since the early 90s which is mental really absolutely mad it just seems a bit daft really. But we're enjoying it.

    I don't really understand it I think we're obviously being played on the radio again, which is helping a chunk.''

    It's a surprise the Manchester group are so keen to get into the studio again as frontman Tim admitted the last album was their most ''difficult'' and ''stressful''.

    At the time, he said:''Bands talk about that difficult second album but it's the trickster 14th one that's the real mother f***er.''

    James headline OnRoundhay Festival on Saturday 17 September

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  • Backstreet Boys wants Meghan Trainor duet
    Backstreet Boys wants Meghan Trainor duet

    Backstreet Boys' A. J. McLean has asked Meghan Trainor if she will do a duet with them.

    The 'No' hitmaker performed with the boyband - also comprised of Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson - on a new TV show in the US called 'Greatest Hits' where they did a rendition of 'I Want It That Way'.

    And after her performance A.J. asked if she'd consider working with them on a song in the future.

    He said: ''Meghan, thank you so much for being a part of this amazing experience for us. We're are such huge fans. And hopefully, maybe a duet?''

    Singing with the boys was a dream come true for the 22-year-old singer who admitted singer Brian, 41, was her ''pop star crush'' when she was young and both her and her mum planned on marrying him.

    According to the Ceylon Daily News, speaking backstage, she said: ''Singing with the Backstreet Boys is definitely a bucket-list moment.

    ''My first band that I loved was the Backstreet Boys. My pop star crush was Brian. I was gonna marry him and my mum was gonna marry him. That was our husband. The day he got married, I remember we were like, 'Nooo!.'''

    The 'Everybody' hitmakers are currently in the studio working on their eagerly-anticipated 10th studio album and recently recorded a song with country music duo Florida Georgia Line.

    So there could still be time for a Meghan Trainor/Backstreet Boys collaboration to appear on the album.

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  • Steven Tyler sends support to Joe Perry after he collapsed
    Steven Tyler sends support to Joe Perry after he collapsed

    Steven Tyler has sent his ''love'' to his Aerosmith bandmate Joe Perry after he collapsed at a concert.

    The 68-year-old rocker has showed his support for Perry after he was rushed to hospital after he reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest on stage at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island in Brooklyn on Sunday (10.07.16).


    Perry was performing with the Hollywood Vampires - also comprised of Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp - when he had his health scare and the 'Poison' hitmaker gave an update on Perry's condition saying he was ''stable''.

    He wrote: ''Thanks to everyone asking about brother @JoePerry. He is stable right now, with family & is under the best care. (sic)''

    It comes as the future of the 'Crazy' hitmakers is uncertain after Tyler announced the band would go out on their final tour in 2017.

    However, Perry is adamant the band are not splitting up.

    He recently said: ''At this point in our lives and career, maybe it is time to say, 'OK, it's the end of this era - but there's a new era on the horizon.' So I don't know if I'm comfortable saying 'final tour' and making a big deal out of it.''

    Guitarist Brad Whitford has backed up Tyler's claim.

    He said: ''I guess it's just because of our age. You know, something's gonna happen. It's just inevitable that somebody's not gonna be able to do it anymore. So it would be very nice to take a nice long bow and say thank you and ... put it to bed kind of gracefully.''

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  • Puff Daddy credits Lil' Kim as the 'only Queen Bee'
    Puff Daddy credits Lil' Kim as the 'only Queen Bee'

    Puff Daddy has credited Lil' Kim as the ''only Queen Bee''.

    The 46-year-old rapper - whose real name is Sean combs - made a surprise appearance at the 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honours: All Hail The Queens, which was held at the Lincoln Centre in New York on Monday (11.07.16), to honour the 'No Time' hitmaker for changing the music industry.

    Speaking at the star studded bash, he said: ''I flew in here tonight to honour my sister, Lil' Kim.

    ''Everything about you, Kim, from your music to your fashion...you brought glamour to hip-hop.

    ''With your style...you changed the female MC game and became one of the biggest international stars in rap history.

    ''Kim made rap feminine and sexy, stylish and hardcore all at the same time.

    ''As soon as I heard her rhyme. It was something I had never seen or heard before. I knew she was going to be a superstar.''

    However, the father of six - who has sons Quincy, 25, Justin, 22, Christian, 18, and daughters Chance, 10, Jessie, nine, and D'Lila also nine - has revealed the female artist's strong persona and fearlessness is the key to her success.

    Speaking about the mother of one - who has two-year-old daughter Royal Reign - Puff Daddy explained: ''It's her courage.

    ''She has no fear. Fearless. She's not afraid to do things differently. She's a diva at times. She's high maintenance with me at times. At the end of the day, she demands the ultimate respect, and that's how you treat a queen.''

    And Lil' Kim - whose real name is Kimberley Denise Jones - responded by thanking her ''sisters'' Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah who influenced her career.

    She said: ''Thank you so much Diddy. I love you so much.

    ''I don't even know what to say, I am so lost for words. The first thing I've got to do is thank you father God. Let, me tell you, I thank you so much father god because you keep lifting me up higher and higher event through the harshest times...

    ''I want to thank the whole Queen Bee Squad.

    ''I've got to thank my sisters, Missy, Latifah ... You girls inspired me so much, and its an honour to be honoured with you girls.''

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  • Chase and Status promise new LP this year
    Chase and Status promise new LP this year

    Chase and Status are set to release their new album later this year.

    The electronic duo - comprised of best friends Saul Milton and Will Kennard - haven't dropped any new content since their last LP 'Brand New Machine' in 2013 but have spent the past year slaving away in the studio working on new tracks set to be ready for the end of 2016.

    Speaking about plans for their fourth studio LP, Will - known as Status - exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ''We actually wrote most of this album in 2015. In October and November we worked in Metropolis studios in Chiswick, which is a world famous studio - one of the best in the UK. Basically we were in there every single day for two months having lots of sessions. We're about to release the new album at the end of this year.''

    The 'Time' hitmakers refused to divulge who they have collaborated with on the forthcoming release but have admitted Rihanna, who they worked with on her album 'Rated R', won't feature on the untitled soundtrack this time around, although they think she's a ''great girl.''

    Saul - known as Chase - explained: ''Rihanna, no she's not on this album, we were going to go to her show at Wembley last week. We used to be managed by her management [Roc Nation]. We're still really close with everyone - they invited us down. She's great, she's a great girl. Respect to them for taking a chance with us, the music we do is very different. We've got a lot of time for those guys.''

    Meanwhile, once the new album has dropped around the world, the pair are planning to go on tour but have admitted being away from their families can be tough.

    Will said: ''It is sometimes anti-social hours, but it's all good this is what we do. We don't complain about it too much.''

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  • Jake Bugg hits out at celebrity culture
    Jake Bugg hits out at celebrity culture

    Jake Bugg has hit out at celebrity culture for taking over the music industry.

    The 22-year-old singer/songwriter is annoyed that music has been pushed to the background and that people are more obsessed with fame and being fashionable, and he believes the fact most artists use the same songwriters is partly to blame.

    In an interview with the Metro newspaper, he said: ''That's what people seem to be buying into now. It's more about fashion. The fashion's at the front and the music is at the back.

    ''I think it's the songs themselves. They are all written by the same people. They all sound the same.''

    Meanwhile in his spare time, The 'Gimme The Love' hitmaker runs the Robin Hoody Foundation, which aims to help musicians who can't afford the costs involved.

    Speaking of his work, he said: ''It's hard for working class bands to find the time to rehearse, get the equipment and the cost of rehearsal rooms. So, if I can help out in that way then that is cool. That is the reason I became a solo artist, so I didn't have to find the money for that rehearsal room.

    ''If you want money, you have to work, so it was finding the time. I used to stay in the room by myself and write songs that way.''

    And it's not the first time Jake has slammed the modern music industry, he previously ranted about how easy it is to get a number one single.

    He said: ''Anyone can get a number one now. You only have to sell, like, 20,000 albums or something ... It's not really an achievement anymore. You know, the charts are the charts. I can't really get excited about anything I see in them.''

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  • Take That to reunite with Robbie for 25th anniversary tour
    Take That to reunite with Robbie for 25th anniversary tour

    Gary Barlow has teased plans for Take That to reunite with Robbie Williams for a 25th anniversary tour.

    Following their triumphant British Summer Time Hyde Park show on Saturday (09.07.16), the 45-year-old frontman has confessed the band - also comprised of Mark Owen and Howard Donald - are keen to get on the road and so they plan to tour next year as a trio before uniting with Robbie in 2018.

    He said: ''It's got us talking about next year. To only do one date a year, from what we've seen, everyone is like: 'We can't wait any longer.'

    ''We are definitely going to do another tour next year. The Three of us. Then at the end of next year is our 25th anniversary so I'd imagine we would do a tour with Robbie.''

    Meanwhile, Gary also had some words of advice for Spice Girls Emma Bunton, Mel B and Geri Horner, who are reuniting as a trio under the new name GEM to mark the girl group's 21st-anniversary.

    He told the Daily Star newspaper: ''Those first few days will feel a bit strange for the girls but once they get used to it, they'll get used to it.

    ''You can find your own space. I think we feel comfortable as a three now.''

    The 'Back For Good' hitmakers have been working on some new songs in the studio and Gary has admitted that working without Jason Orange, who left the band in 2014, has been a lot easier.

    He said: ''It's exciting to be in the studio under better circumstances. Last time we were waiting to find out if Jay was going to be part of the band, and this time, we know we're a three and we've approached this record as a three.''

    Take That formed in 1990 but split in 1996 - a year after Robbie decided to quit the first time - before reforming again in 2006.

    Robbie rejoined the group in 2010 to pen the band's sixth album 'Progress' before he left again in two years later to go solo.

    The band then continued as a trio, releasing their seventh album 'III' in 2014, and in May of this year they released new single 'Cry' with Sigma.

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