Lily Allen

Lily Allen back in the studio

After being harangued on twitter, Lily Allen admits that she’s back in the studio.

Website Popjustice have been tweeting at Allen for an update about any new music. And yesterday Allen tweeted, ‘@Popjustice you will be pleased to know that i am currently in the fucking studio with @GregKurstin so SHUT UP PETER!’

British writer Caitlin Moran accused Popjustice of bullying Allen, but she responded with, ‘@caitlinmoran @Popjustice no big deal really, im just throwing shit at the wall and seeing if anything sticks.’

That Greg Kurstin is the same man that co-wrote the single that Pink announced a couple of days back, and also worked on both of Allen’s albums.

It turns out the rumours were true, then.

Allen’s most recent musical output was guesting with Wiz Khalifa on T-Pain’s ’5 O’Clock’.

Lily Allen is married and pregnant

Lily Allen

Lily Allen

Lily Allen, who usually makes headlines for her celebrity feuds, really does have a reason to “Smile.” She’s pregnant and was just married over the weekend. The 26-year-old singer married decorator and business owner Sam Cooper during a ceremony at St. James the Great Church in Gloucestershire, England, on Saturday, where she wore a dress by French designer Delphine Manivet.

The couple shared the baby news at the wedding, and her rep confirmed the news to the press. The news comes just seven months after the couple suffered a miscarriage.

Allen and Cooper began dating in the summer of 2009, and Cooper reportedly popped the question while they were on vacation in Indonesia in December of the same year.

It’s the first marriage for Allen, who publicly announced a break from her music career.

Lily Allen has hired a 12-year-old DJ for her wedding

Lily Allen

Lily Allen

The ‘Smile’ hitmaker has enlisted the services of Ted Lavender – who calls himself Ted at the Controls ‘ to provide the entertainment at her reception following her nuptials to fiance Sam Cooper on Saturday (11.06.11) in Gloucestershire, South West England, after hearing his demo tape – and he cannot wait to play at the event.

He told The Sun newspaper: “I do a lot of practising in my bedroom and I don’t get nervous, except at the beginning.

“But mostly it’s just really exciting when the crowd gets going. Lily’s really nice and I’m looking forward to really rocking her party.”

Ted’s dad Andy revealed Lily is keen for Ted to mix reggae and ska tunes for her 150 guests to dance to.

He said: “My eldest daughter Sarah is Lily’s half-sister and we’re all going to the wedding. Lily wanted Ted to play.

“I’ve got quite a large vinyl collection and Ted really enjoys playing my records.

“He saved up to buy his own decks and spends every hour he can on them.”

But Ted ‘ who is also set to play in the Hipshaker tent at the Isle of Wight Festival this weekend ‘ is not planning to be a full-time DJ.

He added: “I want to be an antiques dealer and I’ll probably do DJing at the weekends.”

Lily and Sam are set to celebrate their wedding with a honeymoon at Glastonbury Festival in a luxury £1,000 tepee.

Lily Allen plans to change her surname to Cooper after her wedding

The 25-year-old singer ‘ who is set to marry building firm boss Sam Cooper on June 11 in Gloucestershire ‘ will become professionally known by her new moniker, with the ‘Smile’ star telling record company chiefs it will be her new recording name.

A source said: “Lily has already told her management and record label bosses that from now on, she’ll be recording under her married name, Lily Cooper.

“She is actually a very traditional person in many respects and she just can’t wait to be a good wife and a great mum.”

The ‘Not Fair’ hitmaker has been preparing for her wedding by having two bespoke gowns by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld ‘ costing £38,000 in total ‘ because she can’t decide on a classic or a more modern design.

The source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Lily has been planning her dream dress for months and couldn’t decide between a classic, full-length ivory and lace gown or a shorter, more modern dress.

“In the end, Karl suggested she get one of each and decide on the morning which she’ll wear down the aisle. At the moment it looks as though she will plump for the more classic, vintage gown with a small train for the ceremony, and then change straight after the service into a shorter, tighter number.

“The latter will be more in keeping for the evening party and will allow her to dance more freely.”

Planning for the nuptials have not always been so easy ‘ Lily has previously hit out at those involved in her wedding and given advice to never walk down the aisle.

She raged on twitter: “Tip of the day: don’t ever get married, its a nightmare, and everyone involved (or not as the case may be) turns into a ****. Is there a train station for Gretna Green?

Lily Allen is hiring extra police for her wedding

The ‘Smile’ hitmaker ‘ who is set to tie the knot with her builder partner Sam Cooper in Gloucestershire, South West England, on June 11 ‘ is bringing in the additional protection in order to keep any troublemaking to a minimum.

A police spokesman said: “The couple agreed to pay for extra officers. They will ensure minimal disruption.”

Lily and Sam’s wedding is set to take place in the village of Cranham, near Stroud, and the main road around the area will be closed, although residents will be given passes for access.

The 26-year-old singer will celebrate her nuptials by spending her honeymoon with Sam, 32, in luxury £1,000 tepees in the backstage VIP area at the Glastonbury Festival ‘ and event organiser Michael Eavis has vowed to make their celebration “special”.

He said: “Lily’s coming down for her honeymoon. We’ll look after her, I’ll set her up a special tent – she’ll get well treated.

“I’m going to the wedding in Gloucestershire. I’ve known her since she was tiny. She’s such a star isn’t she? I’m really looking forward to her wonderful wedding.”

Lily Allen is entering a baking contest.

Lily Allen

Lily Allen

The ‘Smile’ singer – who is marrying building firm boss Sam Cooper in Gloucestershire on June 11 – has been practising her culinary skills in the kitchen in the hope that she will impress judges and took to her twitter account to say she is pleased with the results.

She wrote: “I just made a kickass chocolate mousse cake, in preparation for my local baking competition. (sic)”

The star is brushing up on her domestic skills for when she becomes a wife and has made no secret of her desire to lead a domesticated family life, and is even planning a rural-themed wedding.

In her documentary mini-series ‘Lily Allen: Rags to Riches’ – which followed her career move from music to fashion and the opening of her vintage boutique store Lucy In Disguise – she said: “I want to get married and have kids and make sandwiches cutting the crusts off.”

However, despite the pretty brunette looking forward to wedded bliss she is not keen on the idea of getting older, with her 26th birthday coming up next Monday (02.05.11).

Shortly before boasting about her baking skills she tweeted: “I’ll be 26 in 5 days. Wrong side of 25.”

Arcade Fire to headline INmusic festival

Arcade Fire to headline INmusic festival

Arcade Fire to headline INmusic festival

The INmusic festival takes place on the 21st & 22nd June 2011 and will be headlined by the seminal Montreal act Arcade Fire who are fresh from Sunday’s GRAMMY AWARD and experimental band Grinderman. Set on the shores on the idyllic Lake Jarun in Zagreb, the festival boasts six different stages and will welcome 60,000 music fans to dance in the Croatian sunshine.

INmusic has grown rapidly from the first event in 2006 and has previously welcomed guests such as Moby, Franz Ferdinand, Kraftwerk, Lily Allen, N*E*R*D*, The Prodigy, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, LCD Soundsystem, Massive Attack, and Morrissey. Little wonder why the event has become the go-to destination for music lovers visiting Croatia.

This year the camping experience has been enriched so that people can enjoy the site for a full six days from the 18th to the 22nd June. The site will boast a plethora of amenities such as hot running water, wireless internet, food and drink stalls, mobile phone and laptops recharging points.

For those that need an additional buzz to the music there are a host of activities such as beach volleyball and handball, soccer, skate park, rollerblading, cycling, surfing, rowing, horse ridding, table tennis, hanging bowling hall, mini golf, and badmington near the festival.

The festival is perfectly situated only 1.5hours from Zagreb, giving the opportunity to enjoy the tourist attractions and the surrounding areas before or after the festival. There is the opportunity to take organised trips to attractive destinations such as the beautiful Plitvice Lakes.

Rastamouse releases video for debut Ice Popp single

 

Rastamouse releases video for debut Ice Popp single

Rastamouse releases video for debut Ice Popp single

Fantastic and fun new digital single, taken from the brand-new, 52-part, BBC children’s animation series, launching on CBeebies 31st January 2011.

Based on the successful range of books by Michael De Souza and Genevieve Webster, the series follows the adventures music-making, skateboarding, crime-fighting Rastamouse and his crew!

Music – reggae, rap and hip-hop – is crucial to the series, and many of the stories have strong musical themes. Stories are fast paced, fun and the dialogue is a cool blend of English, Street and Patois, often interspersed with rhyming verse. The show has positive universal values and a philosophy of ‘Makin’ a bad ting good’.

Rastamouse features the voice and vocals of actor / presenter / DJ Reggie Yates. The music and songs are by writer Andy Kingslow (http://www.myspace.com/akingslow) who has worked with Mr Scruff, Lily Allen, Mia, Dizzee Rascal, Future Cut, Corrine Bailey Rae and others. The music is recorded using real instruments.

CBeebies will be promoting the release ‘on-air’ and as part of their channel launch. There will be various merchandise spin-offs, with a possible live show at some point in the future.

EMI will be releasing a CD and download soundtrack album in May featuring music from the series plus bonus material.

Lily Allen and Sam Cooper has got engaged.

Lily Allen and Sam Cooper has got engaged.

Lily Allen and Sam Cooper has got engaged.

Lily Allen has got engaged. The ‘Who’d Have Known’ singer is overjoyed after saying yes to her boyfriend Sam Cooper after he proposed to her on a beach in Bali on Christmas Day (25.12.10). The 32-year-old building firm boss got down on one knee at sunset on the balcony of their £800-a-night suite at the Amankila cliff-side resort, which overlooks the Indian Ocean. Following the proposal the couple celebrated in the hotel bar, drinking champagne and cocktails with other guests. One onlooker told our source: ‘Lily was telling everyone that she and Sam had just got engaged ‘ they could not keep the smiles off their faces. It couldn’t have been more romantic. The resort is just so peaceful and picturesque.’ The engagement means 2010 ends on a happier note for the couple, who lost their baby in November when Lily was six months pregnant. The 25-year-old pop star has been dating Sam since July 2009 and has previously spoken of how happy she is with him. She said: “Sam treats me differently. He’s told me he’ll look after me forever. That’s what I’ve always wanted – someone to look after me. “We’ve never had one argument and there’s nothing about him that annoys me.”

Razorlight front man plays surprise show with new band

 Razorlight front man plays surprise show with new band

Razorlight front man plays surprise show with new band

Razorlight front man plays surprise show with new band at UK’s biggest club night, Propaganda. Propaganda, the UK’s biggest club night played host last night to a special gig from Johnny Borrell’s new band. The Razorlight founder and front man played a set of new material and Razorlight classics to a rapturous audience at the O2 Academy in Birmingham with his as yet unnamed new outfit.  Further Propaganda shows for the band have also been announced over the next week enhancing the reputation of this burgeoning UK club night which has seen DJ sets and live performances from the likes of Lily Allen, Kaiser Chiefs, Zane Lowe, Vampire Weekend, The Cribs, Mat Horne, Pendulum and Nick Grimshaw. The shows where Johnny Borrell and his band will be performing are as follows.

Fri 1st Oct – Propaganda Sheffield @ O2 Academy Sheffield
Sat 2nd Oct – Propaganda Liverpool @ O2 Academy Liverpool

Propaganda, the UK’s biggest club night was founded by DJ Dan and plays weekly to 20,000 people in 16 UK cities. Further announcements about more special guests will be made over the forthcoming weeks.

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