Joss Stone

Joss Stone has turned into ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in the aftermath of the foiled plot to kidnap her

Joss Stone has turned into ‘Sherlock Holmes’ in the aftermath of the foiled plot to kidnap her

The singer was targeted by two men who were arrested near her home in Devon, South West England, in June and charged with planning to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Although she is trying to put the terrifying incident behind her, Joss has been taking inspiration from the famous fictional British detective to find out what the motivation behind the plot was.

She said: ‘That (the kidnap plot) is a little bit crazy. God, I could go on about that for some time.

“I feel like . I’ve turned into Sherlock Holmes like, ‘Oh, OK, well maybe this person? But no, can’t be. Well what about this time I went to this place and I told that guy to shove it? No, it’s not him. No, I don’t know.’ ‘

Joss still finds the whole situation “crazy” and her mother Wendy is still furious and upset about what happened.

Speaking to ‘Access Hollywood’, she said: ‘People are crazy and maybe they need a hug? Or a spliff? I don’t know . they need something. It’s very rude and uncouth . Like, ‘Come on, can’t you do something better with your Tuesday? It’s very, very weird.’

“Yeah, my mum’s pretty p***ed off, let me tell you.”

Two men, Junior Bradshaw, 30, and 33-year-old Kevin Liverpool – both from Manchester, North West England – were at Exeter Crown Court last week for a preliminary hearing.

The 24-year-old pop star is now concentrating on her new super-group Super Heavy, which she has formed with Sir Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman.

Joss Stone took less than week to record her new album

The 24-year-old singer ‘ who was recently the subject of an alleged kidnap plot ‘ recorded ‘Lp1′ in six days with former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart and had a “brilliant” time making the record.

She said: “I had lots of fun making it with Dave. We went to Nashville for like six days and at that end of that jam we found an album in there which is quite cool.

“It’s because the band was so tight and the studio was so brilliant. They had so many people in there making sure everything was sorted, so many brilliant people involved. Dave was like, ‘Look come over here, it will take a week, we’ll have a laugh. If you don’t like it you don’t have to use it. This band is great, I’ve worked with them, they’ve got a week free,’ and I was like, ‘That sounds like fun.’

Though Joss is a huge Eurythmics fan, she insists she wasn’t intimidated working with Dave because she has known him for such a long time.

She told website PopEater: “Was I intimidated? No because I’ve known Dave for ages now but I was at first. I first met Dave when I was 16 and I was pretty much intimidated by everything. I listened to Annie Lennox all the time.

“My mum and dad listened to her all the time, they have good taste luckily. So yeah with Dave it was like, ‘Oh my God you did that record? Wow, that’s amazing.

Ellen DeGeneres claims she’s related to Kate Middleton.

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

The talk show host discovered through a genealogical society that she is a distant cousin of the future princess and still has her fingers crossed for a last-minute invitation to her wedding to Prince William.

In an interview with Terri Seymour for ‘Extra’, she said: “We’re 15th cousins, yeah, it’s not like we’re 20th or something … we’re 15th.

“It’s not too late, Terri. I’m not counting anything out. That’s not how I got to where I am, by being a glass-half-empty kind of person. I mean, there could be a phone call.

“I have a beautiful outfit picked out, and a hat.”

Although she may not be invited to the nuptials, Ellen is hopeful she can use her family connections to secure an interview with Kate.

She said: “There will be a time when Oprah’s not gonna be around next year. Who will be around to help her when she needs something? Me.”

Ellen – who is married to actress Portia de Rossi is not the only American celebrity desperate to attend Kate and William’s nuptials at London’s Westminster Abbey.

Reese Witherspoon – who recently wed Hollywood agent Jim Toth – admitted she would have given anything to get an invite.

She said: “I can’t even contain my enthusiasm for the royal wedding! I’m kind of bummed I’m not invited to the royal wedding. My girlfriend asked me if I was invited. Well, no, but I invited them to my wedding!”

Celebrities fortunate enough to be invited include David Beckham and his wife Victoria, Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish, Guy Ritchie and Joss Stone.

Geri Halliwell wants the Spice Girls to reunite for next year’s Olympic Games

Spice Girls

Spice Girls

The singer – who famously quit the group in 1998 before they all got back together for a world tour in 2007 – thinks they should appear at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 summer games, as it will help put British music back on the map.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “The Spice Girls are part of me and always will be. If it happened and felt natural and right, then I’m always open to singing with the other girls.

“Singing at the Games is a great idea and would be an amazing opportunity – and it’s a sign the Brits are back. This is our time. Everything is circular and now there’s a British pop revival.

“It needs to put itself back on the map on a world stage. This is our opportunity to show that British music, which has led and dominated the world, should do, always.”

While the Spice Girls – also made up of Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Mel C and Emma Bunton – are one of the acts in the frame to appear at the opening ceremony, indie band Coldplay are said to have been approached to perform an especially written anthem, ‘Welcome Song’.

Other singers considered to appear include Joss Stone, rockers Muse and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn.

Morrissey has labelled the British Royal Family ‘benefit scroungers’

Morrissey

Morrissey

Morrissey has labelled the British Royal Family “benefit scroungers” ahead of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding on Friday (29.04.11).  While the ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey will be attended by 1,900 guests and is expected to be watched by a worldwide audience of two billion, the former Smiths singer won’t be among the viewers as he believes Queen Elizabeth and her family don’t “serve any purpose”.

The ‘Queen Is Dead’ singer – who is famously against the UK monarchy – said: “Why would I watch the wedding? Why would I watch it? I couldn’t take any of that seriously.

“I don’t think the so-called royal family speak for England now and I don’t think England needs them. I do seriously believe that they are benefit scroungers and nothing else. I don’t believe they serve any purpose whatsoever.”

Morrissey – real name Steven Patrick Morrissey – also claimed his view is shared by many of his countrymen and says he won’t be the only person not celebrating when Kate and William tie the knot.

In an interview on station BBC – Radio 5 Live, he added: “Go out now and speak to people on the street and they will laugh at you. They really will.”

While the 51-year-old singer won’t be watching the nuptials, a number of celebrities have been invited including Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish, David Beckham and his wife Victoria, Guy Ritchie, Joss Stone and comic actor Rowan Atkinson.

Cheryl Cole and Charlotte Church high on new Sunday Times Rich List.

Cheryl Cole high on new rich list

Cheryl Cole high on new rich list

Cheryl Cole’s wealth has grown by 150 per cent in the last year. The ‘Fight for This Love’ singer – who is the face of L’Oreal Elvive hair-care range and Coca Cola Zero – came fourth in the Young Music Millionaires aged 30 and under list with earnings of £10 million. She was beaten to the top spot by Charlotte Church, Katherine Jenkins and Leona Lewis, who are all worth £11 million. Dr Philip Beresford, who compiled the list, claims the statistics prove British women are working harder than ever and no longer need a man to be a success. He said: ‘The girls are showing you can make it big if you keep trying. It doesn’t matter where you come from.

Drive and determination can get you the Hollywood lifestyle.’  The highest charting male on the list – which is part of the annual Sunday Times Rich List published on Sunday (25.04.10) – was Craig David, worth £8 million, putting him at number seven.

Dr Beresford added: ‘Britain’s women superstars are showing they have the talent and drive to make it big in their bank balances. And they can do it without the support of overpaid husbands or hangers-on.’ Among the surprise inclusions were Joss Stone, who is worth £4 million more than Lily Allen with £9 million earnings and Katie Melua, who came in one place behind 26-year-old Cheryl raking in £10 million in 2010. Sunday Times Rich List: Young Music Millionaires aged 30 and under top 15:

1. Charlotte Church – £11 million
2. Katherine Jenkins – £11 million
3. Leona Lewis – £11 million
4. Cheryl Cole – £10 million
5. Katie Melua – £10 million
6. Joss Stone – £9 million
7. Craig David – £8 million
8. Natasha Bedingfield – £6 million
9. Lily Allen – £5 million
10. Nadine Coyle – £5 million
11. Sarah Harding – £5 million
12. Nicola Roberts – £5 million
13. Kimberley Walsh – £5 million
14. Jamie Cullum – £5 million
15. Duffy – £5 million

More info on the Times ‘Rich List’ page.

Madonna’s former manager commits suicide

Madonna’s former manager commits suicide. Careese Henry, the former manager of Madonna, has died from what is being called at this stage a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was 44.  In her time representing artists Henry also worked with Ricky Martin, Jessica Simpson, Joss Stone and Paula Abdul.  She died at her home in Irvine, California on Wednesday.  Henry leaves behind two daughters, Honour Kristen Norman and Ava Careese Hinojosa. The family has issued a statement asking for the media to respect their privacy at this time.  A funeral has been arranged for April 9th at 11am at St Paul’s Church in Westwood, California.  Caresse Henry worked with Madonna for 10 years up until 2004. She was credited as Executive Producer of the Madonna Drowned World Tour of 2001. When she left Madonna’s employ stories abounded that she was fired due to a conflict in Madonna’s choice of Kabbalah.

Hey there! Noush Skaugen is using Twitter.

Hey there! Noush Skaugen is using Twitter.

Hey there! Noush Skaugen is using Twitter.

Stream Noush Skaugen Twitter’s most followed unsigned act. With a massive and ever-increasing 1.2 million followers on Twitter (comedy legend Stephen Fry has 1.3m) classically trained London rocker Noush Skaugen has the sort of viral clout that most artists can only dream about. Noush’s instinctive use of social media – crowd-sourcing poster designs from fans, and tweeting pictures of last-minute changes to hand-written set lists seconds before going on stage – has made her the number one most followed unsigned artist on the explosively popular social network, and a real force to be reckoned with.   This fact has not escaped the attention of Twitter bosses, who invited her to play a live-streamed showcase from their San Francisco HQ on Friday, March 12th– the performance was watched live by thousands of her online fans on http://noushskaugen.com/live Noush’s Twitter gig kicked off a series of dates prior to the May release of her new single Run Baby Run, including a performance at the showcase of influential London promoter Tony Moore (The Kashmir Klub, The Bedford, The Regal Room) at last week’s SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. The single can be previewed at http://myspace.com/noushskaugen With two albums under her belt and a third due for release in the spring – cut by Robbie Williams’ legendary producer Steve Power and pulling in writing talent from 80s icons Nik Kershaw, Jeff Trott and Paul Brady -  The hard-working and charismatic performer has also notched up a string of impressive live dates during two years touring in the USA, appearing alongside a multitude of impressive acts including Nine Inch Nails, TV On The Radio, Paramore, R.E.M., Joss Stone and The Mars Volta at gigs in LA, Nashville, Austin and New Orleans. This culminated in her winning Alternative Pop Artist of the Year at the 17th Annual LA Music Awards, and National Independent Rock EP of the Year at The Hollywood Music Awards.

March 31st – The Elgin, Ladbroke Grove – London, UK
April 16th – Indie Week Ireland – Dublin, Ireland

www.twitter.com/noushskaugen and www.myspace.com/noushskaugen

Joss Stone releases new album

joss-stoneJOSS STONE will release her fourth studio album on Monday 2nd November 2009 titled COLOUR ME FREE. In the writing and recording of COLOUR ME FREE, which took place at Mama Stones, Joss’s mums live music venue, in Wellington, England, Joss who produced the album along side Jonathan Shorten and Conor Reeves, created 12 finely crafted yet raw tracks that owe as much to Continue reading →

Mel C to join the girls a breast cancer charity gig.

mel_cMEL C is set to join forces with Bananarama and Joss Stone for a breast cancer charity.  The former Spice Girl will take to the stage alongside the 80s girl group and the soul singer for Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER Presents: Women of Rock charity concert  Jamelia, Bonnie Tyler and Sharon Corr have also been confirmed for the show – in celebration of ten years of breast cancer research – at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 1. Mel – full name Melanie Chisholm – said: “I’m really happy to take part in another fundraising event for the Caron Keating Foundation following my PINKTOBER show at Hard Rock Cafe Manchester Continue reading →

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