The British boyband are huge fans of the ‘Country Strong’ actress and budding singer and loved performances she gave alongside Cee Lo Green and Babyface so much they want her to work on a track for their new album.
Singer Aston Merrygold said: ‘She could be the lead girl on a track. It would be brilliant.’
His bandmate, Marvin Humes, added: ‘She was brilliant on ‘Glee’ and wicked with Babyface too. And with Cee Lo Green.’
As well as working with Gwyneth, the boyband ‘ currently preparing for the release of their 3D movie ‘Eyes Wide Open’ – also hope to follow in the footsteps of fellow boy band Take That, who appear on the soundtrack to new movie ‘X-Men: First class’.
JB joked: ‘We’d like to do something similar one day. I’d like to do it for a film like ‘Gladiator’ but the other boys prefer a rom-com.’
Marvin added: ‘We’re all ladies men so yeah, definitely for a rom-com.’
JLS and Take That will both perform at the National Movie Awards, held at London’s Wembley Arena tonight (11.05.11), which Gwyneth is also set to attend.
The ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ hitmakers are currently in Los Angeles working on a new record and say initial sessions have proved particularly fruitful. Band member Jonathan ‘JB’ Gill said: ‘t’s going really well.’
His bandmate Oritse Williams added: ‘t’s off to a good start. We’ve written around 16 tracks so far.’
The group – which also includes Aston Merrygold and Marvin Humes ‘ have previously told of their plans to learn instruments for their new album.
Marvin, 25, said: “We all want to play our own instruments. We want to take the band forward.
“Take That inspired us. We’ve already decided what we’re playing – I’m playing drums and Oritse is on guitar.”
Jonathan added: “I used to play the piano and I’m going to take it up again. I feel like I’ve lost touch with it and I want to be able to play it on stage as well as on future albums.”
The band is keen to stay together as a group and have ruled out any of them going solo at this point in their career.
Aston said: ‘We’re new to this game as a group. It feels like we’ve been here for a little while but we’re still new.’
Jonathan added: ‘Before the group we were all doing solo things and that didn’t work.
We’re strong and unified and that won’t change.’
Hailing from Essex and Cambridge, Twenty Twenty are lead singer and guitarist Sam Halliday, his brother bassist Jack Halliday and drummer Sonny Watson-Lang. The band formed in early 2009 after Sonny agreed to play drums with the Halliday brothers.
Since then the trio have steadily created an incredible buzz prior to their major label signing. Honing their craft playing live shows with the likes of JLS, McFly, Selena Gomez and The Sugababes and touring the UK on their own headline sold-out tours throughout 2010, they amassed a huge fan base along the way.
Their independently released ‘Get Down Live With Twenty Twenty’ DVD sensationally reached No.4 in the UK’s music DVD charts, behind only the likes of U2 and Michael Jackson.
Now with major label support in the shape of Geffen, Twenty Twenty will release their new single ‘Love To Life’ on 17th April followed by a mini album in late April. Written by the band and produced by Julian Emery (McFly, Simple Plan, Lissie), ‘Love To Life’ is an infectious cocktail of rock and pop featuring an indelible melody, an anthemic sing-along chorus and soaring guitar riffs, while the lyrics reveal the excitement of feeling love for the first time.
The band recently supported on The Saturdays UK tour throughout February to great acclaim – and will now be supporting The Wanted on the following tour dates:
THE WANTED UK tour ‘ support slot:
26th Mar: Rhyl Pavillion
28th Mar: Manchester Apollo
29th Mar: Manchester Apollo
30th Mar: Newcastle City Hall
1st Apr: Brighton Centre
2nd Apr: Notts Royal Concert Hall
3rd Apr: Cardiff CIA
5th Apr: Plymouth Pavillion
6th Apr: London Hammersmith Apollo
7th Apr: London Hammersmith Apollo
9th Apr: Bournemouth BIC
10th Apr: Sheffield City Hall
11th Apr: Wolves Civic Hall
13th Apr: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
14th Apr: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
15th Apr: Edinburgh Playhouse
Pop superstars JLS, Olly Murs and Britain’s Got Talent winners Spelbound will be amongst the stars performing in ‘The Sunshine Concert’ for Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity at The Troxy, East London on Friday 11th March.
Despite their huge success the UK’s biggest boy band are devoted supporters of Rays of Sunshine www.raysofsunshine.org.uk which grants wishes for seriously ill children in the UK aged 3-18.
Rays of Sunshine ambassador, JB said:
‘JLS loves supporting the work of Rays of Sunshine and has met around 150 children through the charity in the last 12 months. Every one of these children has inspired us with their bravery. ‘The Sunshine Concert’ will be a moving event for the performers and an amazing night of entertainment for music fans everywhere.’
The event will be hosted by breakfast radio DJs, Rickie and Melvin from Kiss 100.
All downstairs seating will be reserved for special guests of the charity from hospitals around the country, giving them the opportunity to put their illness on hold to enjoy a night of pure entertainment.
JLS are set to star in their own movie. The UK boy band have reportedly signed up to star in a 3-D adventure, following in the footsteps of the Beatles and The Spice Girls, who both went from pop acts to musical movie stars during their careers. A source close to the ‘Beat Again’ band told The Sun newspaper: ‘The boys are keen to do a movie, it’s the next logical step. “JLS have a huge fanbase who are bound to lap this up and see the film over and over again in the cinema, as well as buying it when it comes out on DVD. The lads can’t wait to start shooting.”The JLS film will see the band ‘ made up of Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold, Oritse Williams and Jonathan ‘JB’ Gill – playing versions of themselves, and will include a number of dancing and singing routines. The as-yet-untitled film will reportedly be aimed at younger fans of the group, although no details as to the storyline have been confirmed at present. Last summer it was reported the ‘Love You More’ singers had been offered a part in movie ‘New Year’s Eve’, after a successful trip to the US. The film is a sequel to ‘Valentine’s Day’ which starred big names including Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher and Taylor Lautner. The band are also set to star in their own TV show, a one off programme entitled ‘This is JLS’, which will feature a series of sketches and hidden camera stunts showing the group’s funny side, as well as live performances in front of a studio audience. In a joint statement, the group ‘ who shot to fame after competing on UK TV talent show ‘The X Factor’ in 2008 – said: “It will be a real celebration of everything that has happened to us in the last two years. It’s going to be a great night!”
Katy Perry added to BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards. International singing superstar Katy Perry is set to join chart-topping acts JLS, The Wanted, Taylor Swift and Professor Green on the line-up for the first ever BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards. The event, taking place at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, London on Sunday 14th November 2010, celebrates the achievements of inspirational teens alongside awards for top stars from the music and entertainment world. Katy will also present the award for Teen Hero to one inspiring young worthy winner. Other awards up for grabs in the Teen Award categories include Teen Community Hero and Teen Entrepreneur. Radio 1 listeners were able to nominate teenagers who they felt should be recognised in these categories, with the winners selected by a panel of industry insiders, experts and celebrities. BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards is presented by Radio 1 DJ’s Fearne Cotton and Nick Grimshaw. The event will air on BBC Radio 1, BBC Three and extensive coverage will be featured on bbc.co.uk/radio1. These very special teen awards will be presented alongside awards for top stars from the music and entertainment world in 2010, as voted for by Radio 1 listeners, and will form the centrepiece of the whole ceremony. The categories include Best Song, Best Actor/Actress and Young Sporting Hero. The announcement was made during The 5:19 Show with Tom Deacon on BBC Radio 1 on Sunday 31st October (7-9pm). BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 with a special hour-long programme airing on BBC Three on Wednesday 17th November. For further details about BBC Radio 1′s Teen Awards, including interview requests and accreditation for the event, please contact Elin Rees, BBC Radio 1, 020 7765 2527 / firstname.lastname@example.org
X Factor winner takes it all. Whether you’re a fan of the X Factor or not, there’s no denying that the show has shaken up the music industry and delivered some successful pop acts along the way. But is winning the show the only route to the top? Listener data from Last.fm shows that in recent years, coming second in the show might now be enough to make it big in the music industry. Leona Lewis, who took the X Factor crown in 2006, takes 99% of listener traffic on Last.fm versus runner up of the same year – Ray Quinn. The contestants from 2007 paint a similar picture with the runner up Rhydian only getting 3% of listeners compared to Leon Jackson. But as time marches on, the second place getters begin to gain ground on the winners. In 2008, JLS, who came in second place, account for 43% of Last.fm listens against the 2008 winner, Alexandra Burke’s 57%. 2009 brought similar results with winner Joe McElderry and runner up Olly Murs getting a 65/35 split in listens. Matt Sheret, Data Griot at Last.fm commented, ‘From the beginning of each series, right through to the final, the nation is gripped by all things X Factor. The show is now in its seventh year, and over time, actually winning the show has become less and less important. Runners up from the past few series are making it just as big, despite not making it to the finish line. So what does this mean for this year’s winners? Only time can tell but watch this space to see if the names Diva Fever, Wagner or Treyc mean anything in twelve months time!’
Muse named Silver Clef Award award winners. Muse have been named as recipients of the Silver Clef Award at the 35th 02 Silver Clef Awards. The charity’s annual luncheon, which raises money for the charity. Muse said, ‘We are delighted to be presented this year’s Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef and join the ranks of such artistes as Robert Plant, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Elton John & The Who. Nordoff Robbins is an exceptional charity that has a positive impact on so many people’s lives, and we are very proud to be recognised by them in this way’. Nordoff Robbins’ O2 Silver Clef Awards celebrated its 35th anniversary in style with some of the biggest names in music from a plethora of genres and generations. Hosted by Sharon Osbourne the charity’s flagship annual music luncheon was again a massive success and honoured the following.
O2 Silver Clef Award Muse
Sony Ericsson Lifetime Achievement Award Tony Bennett
Investec Icon Award Dame Vera Lynn
Hard Rock Ambassador Of Rock Award Slash
TAG Newcomer Award JLS
PPL Classical Award Russell Watson
Royal Albert Hall Best British Band Award Scouting For Girls
American Express Digital Innovation Award Dizzee Rascal
Raymond Weil International Award Kelis
Teenage Cancer Trust auction exclusive signed merchandise. To celebrate 10 years of music and comedy at the Royal Albert Hall, Teenage Cancer Trust is auctioning exclusive signed merchandise from legendary artists. The exclusive catalogue includes signed t-shirts, programmes and show laminates from this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall concerts. The star studded line up includes The Who, Noel Gallagher, Depeche Mode, Suede, JLS, Arctic Monkeys, The Specials, Them Crooked Vultures, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding and more. In addition to the show merchandise, a one-off signed Marshall Amp by Muse is also up for grabs. Teenage Cancer Trust’s annual concerts have become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the British music calendar. Now into their tenth year, the concerts were the brainchild of Teenage Cancer Trust Patron and The Who frontman Roger Daltrey CBE. Each year, the shows have featured some of the world’s biggest bands and artists. Teenage Cancer Trust believes that teenagers should not have to stop being teenagers, just because they have cancer. The charity funds and develops specialist teenage cancer units within NHS hospitals which enable young people to be treated together, by an expert team, in the best possible environment. Teenage Cancer Trust focuses on quality of life and aims to improve the chances of survival for young people with cancer. Since its inception in 1990, the charity has opened a total of 15 units and plans to build enough so that, by 2012, every single teenager in the UK can have access to the support they provide. To find out more or to make you bid visit www.teenagecancertrust.org
Diana Vickers joins T4 On The Beach. T4 On The Beach, sponsored by Aygo by Toyota, returns to Weston-super-Mare on Sunday 4th July and today Channel 4 announces yet more of the dazzling chart-toppers who will be performing at the UK’s best beach party. X Factor finalist Diana Vickers will make her first appearance on the beach, following on from her spectacular success over the past month. This week, she celebrated her debut album ‘Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree’, which shot straight to the top of the UK album charts just a fortnight after her debut single ‘Once’ reached number one in the Official UK Top 40. Pop sensations The Saturdays will return to the beach for a second year after a stunning debut in 2009. The quintet will belt out hit tracks from their second album ‘Wordshaker’, including ‘Forever Is Over’ and ‘Ego’, as the girls get ready to get the crowd dancing in the sand.R’n’B king Taio Cruz will also be joining the line-up, fresh from his successful collaboration with pop diva Ke$ha. The ‘Dirty Picture’ star has had a good year, with his smash-hit single ‘Break Your Heart’ storming to number one in the US Billboard Chart and UK singles chart and he will showcase his unique talent to the T4 crowd for the second consecutive year.After receiving plaudits for his debut single ‘I Need You Tonight’ from pop princess Lily Allen, fast emerging English rapper Professor Green will make his T4 On The Beach debut. The singer will showcase his rapping skills to the bumper crowd, ahead of what is shaping up to be a promising debut year for the East London artist.There are very few tickets left so fans hoping to head to the beach to enjoy the action are advised to snap them up quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets are priced at £37 and can be bought from Ticketmaster (0844 847 1743) and www.channel4.com/t4. Channel 4 has already revealed a number of acts who will be performing at the event with JLS, N-Dubz, Jason Derulo, Tinie Tempah, Alexandra Burke, Scouting for Girls, Pixie Lott, Chipmunk and Ellie Goulding already confirmed for the summer bill. More acts and special surprises will be revealed over the coming months so fans are advised to keep tuning in to T4 weekends, the T4 website www.channel4.com/t4 social network profile pages for all the latest news and exclusives.