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Ricky Gervais is a 'failed pop star'

March 20th, 2014 7:20am EDT
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Ricky Gervais is a "failed pop star".
The British comic - who released a number of singles in the early 1980s as a member of duo Seona Dancing and has also toured with a band as his 'Office' character David Brent under the name 'Foregone Conclusion' - can be seen singing and dancing in his new movie 'Muppets Most Wanted', and although he isn't the best mover he embraces the opportunity to show off his skills whenever he can, especially the shuffle, known as the "white man overbite".
He told ShortList magazine: "I'm a failed pop star. I always try to sneak it [song and dance] in , whether i...
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David Bowie's 'proud' son

February 20th, 2014 4:20am EST
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David Bowie's son is "proud as punch" over his BRIT Award win.
Filmmaker Duncan Jones was thrilled his 67-year-old father picked up the Best Male accolade - which he previously won in 1984 - at last night's (02.19.14) ceremony, but joked the honor wasn't as impressive as the two BAFTA awards he picked up in 2010, for Outstanding Debut and Outstanding British Film for his movie 'Moon'.
Duncan - whose mother is the singer's first wife Angie Bowie - tweeted: "Dad done good! A Brit! Not quite a Bafta, but... proud as punch."
Though the 'Fame' hitmaker - who released his first album in 10 years...
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Arctic Monkeys And One Direction Double Winners At 2014 BRIT Awards

February 19th, 2014 5:08pm EST
Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys and One Direction were double winners at the 2014 BRIT Awards on Wednesday night (19Feb14).

After opening the ceremony with a fiery performance of their hit RU Mine?, the British rockers took home the trophy for Best British Group, joking that they had lost money by betting on category rivals One Direction to win.

The band also took the stage to accept the coveted Best British Album award for AM, which beat off releases by Rudimental, David Bowie and Disclosure, and frontman Alex Turner delivered a poetic acceptance speech about the resurgence of rock music.

He told the a...
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Gary Oldman: David Bowie is 'planning something'

February 9th, 2014 10:20am EST
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman says David Bowie is "planning something".
The two stars are close friends, and the 'RoboCop' actor thinks there's still a chance the reclusive singer could go on tour again following the surprise release of his album 'The Next Day' in January 2013.
He told the Mail on Sunday newspaper's Event magazine: "I was thrilled when he released the new album last year.
"I was on the phone to him and he said, 'I don't know about touring. I have no great desire to get out there again at the moment.'
"And I said, 'But you're writing again?' And he said he was. I think we'll probably see him ...
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Bradley Cooper returning to Broadway

January 22nd, 2014 10:20am EST
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Bradley Cooper is to star in 'The Elephant Man' on Broadway.
The 'American Hustle' actor will reportedly portray disfigured John Merrick - who toured the UK in a freak show before being rescued by Dr. Treves - on the New York stage "without the aid of make-up or prosthetics", Entertainment Weekly has revealed.
He previously played the role in a limited run in 2012 at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. It is unclear whether his co-stars in that production, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, will also appear in the Broadway show.
The play will mark Bradley's first retur...
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David Bowie heaps praise on newcomer Lorde

January 6th, 2014 6:10am EST
David Bowie
Rock legend David Bowie has shown his support for teen artist Lorde, hailing her as the future of music.

The 17-year-old New Zealander has been lauded by critics and pop fans alike since she was catapulted to fame last year (13) following the release of her hit song Royals.

And Lorde reveals she received the seal of approval by rock royalty Bowie following a recent meeting with the reclusive Brit.

In an interview with Rookie magazine, she recalls, "Meeting David Bowie was like seeing my life come full circle. To have someone like that tell you that listening to you felt like listening to...
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Morrissey Attempts To Bury The Hatchet With David Bowie

January 3rd, 2014 8:58pm EST
Morrissey
Former The Smiths frontman Morrissey has attempted to end his long-running feud with legendary rocker David Bowie almost 20 years after they first fell out.

The 54 year-old singer was enlisted as the main support act on Bowie's 1995 European tour,however he quit after a few of shows and later blamed Bowie for trying to overshadow his performances.

Since then he has made several cutting remarks about his former hero in interviews, and Bowie fueled the bust-up by reportedly refusing to allow permission for Morrissey to use a photograph of them together on a release last year.

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The 51 Best Albums Of 2013 - What Made Your List?

December 30th, 2013 6:00pm EST
Daft Punk
Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses. 2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed, its triumphs and flaws. One thing’s for sure – the top ten to fifteen albums are pretty close to the cream of the crop from my perspective. Here are the 50 (+1) best albums of 2013!

1) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
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The Ivy Leaguers outdo th...
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Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

December 9th, 2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...
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Lady Gaga: David Bowie is 'an alien prince'

December 7th, 2013 10:20am EST
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga describes David Bowie as an "alien prince".
The 'Applause' singer is a huge fan of the music legend and - although she hasn't met him yet - she admitted he is an inspiration in her everyday life.
Speaking on the 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man' talk show, she said: "I have not met him yet, it's okay - you know I'm such a big fan, that it's kind of this weird amazing thing that I haven't met him yet.
"He's sort of like an alien prince. He still runs my universe as well, like, every morning I wake up and I think, 'What would Bowie do?' "
The star also compared herself to her hero, noting "a ...
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Brandon Flowers no karaoke king

November 16th, 2013 4:20am EST
Brandon Flowers
Brandon Flowers is no good at karaoke.
The Killers singer claims he has only picked up a mic to sing to a backing track once in his life as a teenager, and at the time his famous vocals weren't fully formed.
He said: "I only ever did karaoke the one time. I sung Oasis' 'Don't Look Back In Anger'. I was working at a French restaurant and it was a Christmas party. We went to a Thai restaurant and they had karaoke, so I did it. I was about 18 or 19, and honestly, I wasn't a good singer."
By the time The Killers got to making their debut album, 'Hot Fuss', a few years later, the 'Somebody Told...
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David Bowie's 'Love Is Lost' Video Produced For Just $12.99

November 1st, 2013 9:12am EDT
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David Bowie needed a video for his new single "Love Is Lost," which was released this week, so the singer picked up his camera, grabbed a couple of puppets and then wrote, shot and edited the video over this past weekend in his Manhattan office.

Bowie's assistant, Jimmy King, manned the camera and Bowie's BFF Coco Schwab helped with all the little stuff -- like running out for sandwiches -- and the three were able to complete the work and have it ready by Monday morning.

The entire production budget ended up being just $12.99 -- the amount it cost to buy the thumb drive to store the video...
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Lou Reed died peacefully

November 1st, 2013 6:20am EDT
Lou Reed
Lou Reed died "looking at the trees" while doing Tai Chi.
The legendary Velvet Underground musician passed away from liver cancer at his home in New York last Sunday (27.10.13), and his wife, Laurie Anderson, says his life ended in a peaceful way.
In a tribute she wrote to the East Hampton Star newspaper, Laurie said: "What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us. Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we're city people this is our spiritual home.
"'Last week I promised Lou to get h...
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David Bowie's new Louis Vuitton ad debuts online

October 31st, 2013 9:30pm EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie's new Louis Vuitton commercial has debuted online a day after the rocker premiered his new $12.99 (£8.60) video at the Mercury Prize award ceremony in London.

The rocker is featured in a new ad campaign promoting the French fashion brand Louis Vuitton, and he'll also star in a short film sponsored by LV, which will premiere on the company's website next month (07Nov13).

The film, titled L'Invitation Au Voyage, stars model Arizona Muse. It was directed by M.I.A.'s video director pal Romain Gavras.

Bowie used the Mercury Prize award ceremony on Wednesday (30Oct13) to showcase h...
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David Bowie promises 'good news'

October 30th, 2013 12:20pm EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie has teased he has "good news" coming.
The reclusive singer - who made a surprise comeback earlier this year with a critically-acclaimed album, 'The Next Day' - hinted he is to make a new announcement on his Facebook page.
Alongside a new promotional image by photographer Jimmy King, he quoted his song 'Moonage Daydream' by writing: "Keep your 'lectric eye on me babe..
"Good news coming."
While it is unclear what the announcement relates to, a number of new tracks from his upcoming repackage 'The Next Day Extra' are being premiered on radio stations in the UK today (10.30.13)
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Lou Reed died of liver disease

October 29th, 2013 8:20am EDT
Lou Reed
Lou Reed died of liver disease.
The legendary Velvet Underground frontman and pioneer of modern rock passed away on Sunday (27.10.13) aged 71, and it has now been confirmed he died of complications with his liver, which he had been suffering with for a year.
The 'Perfect Day' star had undergone a liver transplant in April and also had to cancel his Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California due to his illness.
The transplant initially appeared to be a success and Lou was looking forward to the future and to returning to performing.
He wrote on Facebook in June: "I am a triumph of mod...
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Stars pay tribute to Lou Reed

October 28th, 2013 4:10am EDT
Lou Reed
Stars have rushed to pay tribute to Lou Reed, who passed away yesterday (27.10.13).
The former Velvet Underground star died from complications stemming from a liver transplant earlier this year, and ex-bandmates, friends and fans have all posted emotional tributes to the singer and songwriter, who was widely regarded as one of the most influential of his generation, and significantly helped change the course of rock music.
John Cale - who formed the Velvet Underground with Lou - wrote: "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet ... I've lost my 'school-yard buddy'."
Friend and collabor...
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David Bowie radio to launch for two weeks only

October 25th, 2013 3:00am EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie has landed his own radio network, but it will only be on the air for two weeks.

The British rocker, who is currently in the middle of a career resurgence, will join the likes of Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Buffet when he gets his own dedicated satellite station on Sirius XM Radio from 30 October (13).

The station will run until 12 November (13) and will offer fans round-the-clock hits, rarities, live performances and covers of Bowie tunes.
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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 1

October 11th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and some fell somewhere in between the two extremes.  As difficult as it was, as of October 7, 2013, I have compiled a list housing my favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.  I’m almost certain I’ve slighted someone and I’m sure there will be continual revisions, but for now, here’s what you should’ve sp...
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David Bowie to release 5 new songs

September 30th, 2013 3:33pm EDT
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David Bowie is to release five new songs.
The 66-year-old musician's new three-disc album 'The Next Day Extra' - the collectors issue of his acclaimed LP 'The Next Day', which was released in March - will feature a 10-track companion CD with five never-heard-before tracks, such as 'Atomica', 'The Informer', 'Like A Rocket Man', 'Born In A UFO' and 'God Bless The Girl'.
The collection will also include two brand new remixes - including one by LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy - and a DVD, which will have visuals from 'Where Are We Now?', 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight), 'Valentine's Day' an...
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David Bowie signs on as the face of Louis Vuitton

September 26th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
David Bowie
Rock icon David Bowie is reportedly following his supermodel wife Iman into the fashion industry to become the new face of design house Louis Vuitton.

The Ashes to Ashes hitmaker, who recently released his first album in a decade, will front the French label's L'Invitation au Voyage campaign alongside model Arizona Muse and he is said to have shot a TV commercial for the brand in Venice, Italy earlier this year (13), according to WWD.com.

Bowie isn't the first legendary musician to team up with Vuitton - Madonna, Bono and Keith Richards have all previously featured in their ads.
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Ringo Starr lands top French honour

September 26th, 2013 3:00am EDT
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Beatles icon Ringo Starr has been feted with France's highest honour in recognition of his lengthy career.

The Yellow Submarine hitmaker was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony held in Monaco on Tuesday (24Sep13).

The drummer was handed the award by France's ambassador to Monaco, Hugues Moret.

Speaking about his achievements, Starr quipped, "I'm a drummer, but I can do other things. Like painting, living, breathing."

The rocker is in good company as the latest recipient of the medal - previous honourees include Sir Sean Connery...
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David Bowie Collaborates With Arcade Fire

September 7th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
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David Bowie is preparing another surprise for his fans after collaborating with Canadian rockers Arcade Fire on a new track.

The legendary singer made a surprise return to the music industry earlier this year, releasing his first new material for a decade and scoring a hit around the world with his comeback album The Next Day.

Bowie is now preparing to unleash a song he recorded with Arcade Fire after working with the group and producer James Murphy at a studio in New York.

The song will reportedly appear on the band's upcoming album Reflektor.

Bowie has been a fan of the band for many ...
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David Bowie's 'The Next Day' Leads 2013 Q Award Nominations

September 5th, 2013 9:36am EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie's first album in 10 years has scored him a slew of nominations at this year's Q Awards.

In March, the reclusive rock icon returned to the charts with his 24th album, The Next Day. He is now leading the way in the nominations at the magazine's annual prizegiving, with six nods under his belt.

Bowie is up for Best Track, Best Video, Best Solo Artist, Best Act in the World, and new award, Best Event for his sold-out career retrospective in London.

The 66-year-old singer will also battle for the night's top prize, Best Album, against Biffy Clyro Opposites, Daft Punk Random Acc...
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David Bowie's Rep 'Not Ruling Out' Comeback Tour

September 3rd, 2013 1:28pm EDT
David Bowie
David Bowie is supposedly feeling enormous pressure to make a concert comeback.

The legendary star is reportedly at the center of a bidding war, with promoters Live Nation and AEG allegedly vying for a multi-million dollar deal to stage his first concert for eight years next year.

It is rumored that Bowie is lined up for a huge London show - at either the Olympic Park or Hyde Park - but a new report suggests the 66 year-old singer is cautious about returning to the stage.

A source tells the London Evening Standard, "Bowie knows that the level of expectation for the shows would be huge...
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David Bowie and Oprah help Tina Turner celebrate nuptials

July 21st, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Tina Turner
Rocker David Bowie and TV mogul Oprah Winfrey reportedly helped Tina Turner celebrate her recent nuptials to her longtime partner during a lavish party in Switzerland on Sunday (21Jul13).

The What's Love Got to Do With It hitmaker, who became a Swiss citizen in April (13), wed German record executive Erwin Bach during a discreet civil ceremony at the town hall in Kusnacht last month (Jun13).

And to mark the occasion, the newly-weds opened up their manor on the banks of Lake Zurich to around 120 people, including composer Sade Adu and DJ BoBo, for a special Buddhist bash.

Turner was previ...
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Handwritten David Bowie lyrics a big draw at London auction

July 4th, 2013 11:17pm EDT
David Bowie
Handwritten lyrics by David Bowie have exceeded auction estimates after selling for $29,063 (£18,750) in London.

The 1972 scrawl, which was signed and dated by the rock icon, was expected to fetch a maximum of $23,250 (£15,000) at the Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia event on Wednesday (03Jul13), but it proved to be one of the biggest draws of the day.

A red Vox 12-string electric guitar the singer used while promoting his 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars was another popular lot, going under the hammer for $21,313 (£13,750), and an acoustic guitar ...
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TV producers courting David Bowie for Hannibal role

June 27th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Reclusive rocker David Bowie has been offered the chance to return to the small screen with a role on U.S. horror series Hannibal.

The Under Pressure hitmaker has starred in a number of movies and TV shows over the years, but hasn't acted on the small screen since 2007, when he voiced a royal character on hit children's cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants.

However, Hannibal creator and producer Bryan Fuller is hoping to tempt the singer to step back in front of the cameras to play Count Robert Lector on season two of the grisly programme, which is based on characters in author Thomas Harris' bo...
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Out-of-this-world Bowie performance brought back bad memories for Jean Michael Jarre

June 23rd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Jean Michel Jarre
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's recent performance of David Bowie's Space Oddity high above the earth brought back bad memories for French musician Jean Michel Jarre, who had hoped to feature tragic spaceman Ron Mcnair playing a saxophone solo at a gig in 1986.

Jarre had planned to link up with McNair on board space shuttle Challenger as part of a show in Houston, Texas, and watched in horror as his pal and his crewmates perished when the craft disintegrated just 73 seconds after lift-off.

And Jarre reveals Hadfield's out-of-this-world tribute to Bowie, performed 230 miles (370 kilom...
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Canadian Astronaut Covers David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' From The International Space Station

May 13th, 2013 11:48pm EDT
Canadian Astronaut
On Sunday, David Bowie's 1969 classic song Space Oddity was covered by a Canadian astronaut.

230 miles above the Earth, Commander Chris Hadfield recorded his version of the intergalactic hit to mark the end of his time on the International Space Station, posting his music video online ahead of his scheduled return to Earth the following day.

In the clip, Hadfield sings Bowie's track while strumming an acoustic guitar, floating effortlessly around the craft and gazing out of a window into space.

In a post on his Twitter page, Hadfield writes, "With deference to the genius of David Bowi...
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