Take That, Muse, Sir Paul McCartney, Dizzee Rascal, Paolo Nutini, Mika, Snow Patrol, Leona Lewis, Dame Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins, Cheryl Cole, and Lily Allen have been announced for a massive concert for Children In Need, the BBC have confirmed. The line-up for Children In Need Rocks at London’s Royal Albert Hall was revealed this morning on Radio 1. Take That singer/songwriter Gary Barlow was expected to make the announcement but was forced to cancel due to a family bereavement. Barlow said in a statement: “It’s fantastic to be able to kick off BBC Children In Need 2009 in such a special way. I’ve always wanted Continue reading →
The Reverend slams Lily Allen on file-sharing debate Frontman says ‘Don’t lecture the kids’ Reverend And The Makers singer Jon McClure has joined the debate on illegal file-sharing, speaking out against the likes of Lily Allen and Take That. Saying that there are far more important issues going on in the world today, the singer weighed-in on the high profile musicians who have been Continue reading →
Robbie Williams fans listen up! The solo singer is set to relaunch his career to the world on the X Factor live show, it has been confirmed. Robbie will appear on the reality TV talent show next month when the final 12 finalists are battling it out to be crowned the X Factor winner. Following in the footsteps of Beyoncé and Britney Spears, Robbie has recognised the power of Simon Cowell’s hit show and knows that a Saturday night spot to promote his new single Bodies is the best platform to showcase his new material. Speaking on the announcement, the ex-Take That singer said: ‘I’m a huge fan of The X Factor. Of course I’ll be watching every week, just like everyone else.’ Bodies, the single Continue reading →
Mark Owen to marry long-term love . The Take That star will wed long-term girlfriend Emma Ferguson – mother of his two children, Elwood Jack, three, and nine-month-old Willow Rose – in November at a secret venue in Scotland. The couple have sent out save-the-date invites and guests – who will include Mark’s bandmates Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Jason Orange – have been told to meet at a pick-up point, where they will be taken to the mystery location. A source said: “They have Continue reading →
Lady Gaga says she wants to have sex with the whole of Take That. The Paparazzi singer thinks the group, consisting of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Jason Orange, are “sexy” and would love to get them all in the bedroom at the same time. The 23-year-old star says: “I’d like all four at once. They’re very sexy. I’m a single girl now and I like to have a good time.” If Gaga – real name Stefani Germanotta – has her way the Greatest Day singers better be on their guard. The outrageous pop star claims she never fails to bed a man she is seriously attracted to. She boasts: “I don’t have any crushes in particular, if I did, they’d be mine!” Gaga is due to perform at the V Festival in the UK this weekend, where she is likely to be looking browner than usual.Fake tan company St. Tropez – who will be offering their services in the Virgin Media Louder Lounge – has created a special shade called Glow On The Go especially for her.
We’re very excited to announce that Robbie Williams will be releasing his much-anticipated new album, Reality Killed The Video Star, on November 9th, 2009. However, ahead of that, the first single to be released will be Bodies, on October 12th, with the digital version available one day earlier on the 11th. Robbie, he has been Continue reading →
PRS for Music the organisation that collects royalties for songwriters and composers, today published details of revenues generated by touring acts in 2008. The PRS research shows that the top musical talent generated more than £403m in touring revenues in the UK last year, up from £331m the year before, a rise of more than 30%.
PRS for Music licenses all the live performances in the UK and is able to track trends in consumer spending. In addition, PRS for Music staff regularly attend concerts on these tours, in order to ensure that members are paid their proper royalties.
The top touring acts in 2008 were:
1. Spice Girls
2. Kylie Minogue
3. Elton John
4. Bon Jovi
5. Neil Diamond
6. Bruce Springsteen
9. Foo Fighters
Barney Hooper at PRS for Music said:
“It has already been noted that recorded music’s share of consumers’ disposable income is going down, while the share for live music is going up. The latest data from PRS data suggests that the longevity of the top acts is a factor in this. Between them, the top acts in 2008 have around 200 years of touring experience. More than ever, consumers want to see the legends of the industry in the flesh. This suggests that the value of touring will only continue to grow.”
The value of tours has increased steadily from £251m in 2005, to £297m (2006), £311m (2007) and £403m (2008).
The top touring acts, 2005 – 2008 were:
1. Take That
2. Girls Aloud
4. Status Quo
6. Kaiser Chiefs
7. X Factor
8. Katherine Jenkins
9. James Blunt
10. The Osmonds
Steve Porter, Chief Executive at PRS for Music said:
“Live music is more popular than ever and therefore it is a great UK success story, generating huge revenues for UK PLC. In particular, older talent is driving demand. While these trends continue, PRS for Music will continue to make sure that this income is collected.”
TAKE THAT’s enture back catalogue to to be made available on a special edition of SingStar. Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that it will arrive on PS2 and PS3 later this year. SingStar: Take That will span the boyband’s entire back catalogue, including the hits ‘Back For Good’, ‘Could It Be Magic’, ‘Never Forget’ and ‘Shine’. A sample pack containing five songs will arrive on SingStore later this summer to whet fans’ appetites. Sony has previously released SingStar: Queen and SingStar: Abba for its home consoles, with SingStar: Motown announced at the E3 Expo. An additional online community dedicated to the games will also go live this September. An official release date for SingStar: Take That is yet to be confirmed.
ROBBIE WILLIAMS settles all the arguments in Take That, according to his former bandmate. Mark Owen today revealed that the ‘Angels’ singer – who quit the group in 1995 to pursue a solo career – is now the mediator in the band when there are disagreements between Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald. He said: “Sometimes in a band you have to compromise. I might have an idea about something and Jason might have another idea. There are four of us, so when we have two on each side, we’ll phone Robbie and say, ‘What do you think?’ “ Take That reunited in 2006 – without Robbie – after their split in 1996 and Mark says his initial stint as a pop star was a great learning curve. He explained: “I always say that being in Take That was like going to university. I learned about music, bought my first keyboard and wrote my first song. A lot of it was hard work. Trying to learn all those routines – that was hard, but not as hard as having to get up every day and do a proper job
Robbie Williams is adamant his new album will be a huge success. The ‘Angels’ singer is currently in the studio working on his long-awaited eighth release and says he’s never felt more positive about a collection of songs. Robbie, who is recording with producer Trevor Horn, star: ‘It sounds big. I’m buzzing.’ The former Take That star has penned over 50 potential songs for inclusion on the album and believes every one could be a potential hit single. In a bid to change his image, Robbie recently parted ways with his publicists and hired the people who represent Lily Allen, Radiohead and the Pet Shop Boys to help turn his ailing career around. A source said: “Robbie had nothing but good things to say about his previous firm but it’s time for a change. “He is determined to be involved with a firm specialising in music not celebrity.” Robbie has seen his career wane in recent years, while his former Take That bandmates have enjoyed worldwide success with their comeback. In a bid to boost his flagging fortunes, he is said to be desperate to reconcile with Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Howard Donald. However, Gary – whose rows with Robbie were one of the main reasons why he quit the band in 1995 – denied a reunion was imminent, though he admitted he was keen to eventually work with Robbie again. He said: “We’d all love to do something. It will happen, I just don’t know when.”