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Ellie Goulding's absent dad helped her overcome writer's block

April 17th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
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British singer Ellie Goulding's estranged father helped her beat a bout of writer's block.

The Burn hitmaker, who hasn't seen her dad in over a decade, reveals she was struggling to come up with lyrics until she decided to write a song about him.

She explains, "I woke up and I wrote this song, called Explosions, about my dad... and then it sort of just all came out."

But fans needn't go back and look for hidden meanings about her feelings in the song because she insists the lyrics are not that deep.

She adds, "The songs that I write are not bitter or angry. They're just sort of: 'What h...
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Ellie Goulding put men on 'pedestal'

April 8th, 2014 6:20pm EDT
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Ellie Goulding used to "put men on a pedestal".
The 'Goodness Gracious' hitmaker - who has recently been romantically linked to Dougie Poynter - regrets that she used to put men before "everything" else in the past.
Speaking in the May issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, she said: "I [used to] put men on a pedestal. I decided to remedy that, and that's why I'm single now.
"They'd be everything [but] I've realized I don't need a guy. I've got amazing, awesome, stupid friends in the best way possible."
However, the 27-year-old singer believes her past experiences of love have helped her prepare...
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Eminem and Rihanna to perform at 2014 MTV Movie Awards

April 8th, 2014 10:20am EDT
Eminem
Eminem and Rihanna are set to perform 'Monster' at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
The two pop stars have been confirmed to take to the stage at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles this Sunday (04.13.14), where they will sing their number one hit single, 'The Monster'.
The performance will be a precursor to their US summer stadium tour of the same name, which will take them to LA, New Jersey and Detroit.
Eminem and Rihanna, who previously collaborated on two versions of 'Love The Way You Lie', achieved international success with the latest single taken from the rapper's 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2...
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Lily Allen leads tributes to Peaches Geldof

April 7th, 2014 3:20pm EDT
Lily Allen leads tributes to Peaches Geldof
Lily Allen has led tributes to Peaches Geldof.

The TV personality and DJ, 25, who has sons, Astala, 23 months, and Phaedra, 11 months, with husband Tom Cohen, was found dead at their family home in Kent, England on Monday afternoon (04.07.14).

The 'Hard Out Here' hitmaker was among dozens of celebrities to express her condolences on Twitter, writing: "My thoughts are with the Geldof's at this awful time. I hope they get to grieve in peace. Peaches, rest in peace gorgeous girl."

Danny Jones from McFly tweeted: "So so sad to hear about Peaches Geldof. #RIPPeachesGeldof"

TV personality Myl...
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Ellie Goulding: 'I need to sort my life out'

March 22nd, 2014 11:20am EDT
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Ellie Goulding "needs" to sort herself out.
The 'Burn' hitmaker has admitted she has to figure her life out before she risks being "forever on the road" focusing purely on her career as a musician.
She told Billboard magazine: "I need to sort my life out. And if I don't do it soon, I may as well just be forever on the road, because that's what it feels like."
The 27-year-old singer explained while she still loves her career and her art, she is being "pulled home" and feels like she needs to have some time to herself.
She added: "As much as I love what I do, and music is obviously everything...
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Pharrell Williams scores first number one album in U.K.

March 9th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams has continued his winning streak in the U.K. charts by scoring his first number one album.

G I R L debuted at the top with sales of nearly 70,000 units, making it the fastest-selling project of the year (14) so far.

Ellie Goulding's Halcyon climbed to two, while last week's (ends02Mar14) bestseller, Bad Blood by rockers Bastille, fell to three.

However, singer and superproducer Williams wasn't able to make it a double victory - his Oscar-nominated track Happy slipped to number two on the U.K. singles chart after being replaced by British DJ Route 94's tune My Love, feat...
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Ellie Goulding opens up about rebellious past

March 9th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
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British singer Ellie Goulding was branded a "goth" as a teenager due to her long black hair, multiple piercings and rebellious behaviour.

The Lights hitmaker looked very different at the age of 14, and admits she was a "rebel" who dabbled in drink and drugs.

Goulding tells British TV interviewer Michael Parkinson, "I very nearly did go down that (bad) path, I was a bit of a rebel when I was 14. People would call me a goth, I had long black hair which was real, I had piercings and I liked heavy metal music, and the rest of it."

Asked whether she dabbled with drugs, Goulding adds, "Yeah. I...
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Ellie Goulding couldn't trust men

March 8th, 2014 6:20pm EST
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Ellie Goulding never used to be able to trust her boyfriends.
The 'Burn' hitmaker admits she had insecurities when it came to dating the opposite sex because she feared they would abandon her, like her father did when she was a youngster.
She is quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying: "I did find it hard to trust people when my dad left. Particularly men.
"I have got over that now but I thought if I had a boyfriend I would wonder why they were being so nice to me."
The 27-year-old singer, who grew up on a council estate in Hertfordshire with her brother and two sisters, could never understa...
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Ellie Goulding likes 'womanly' figure

March 2nd, 2014 3:20pm EST
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Ellie Goulding likes her "womanly" figure.
The 'Burn' hitmaker - who dropped two dress sizes four years ago by starving herself - has maintained her UK size 8 physique with regular exercise and she admits she's happy with her bust and bottom now.
She said: "Before I had a flat bum, no boobs and not much shape. I'm way more womanly now. I'm a bit more confident with my body. I've got a belly, boobs and a bum."
However, the 27-year-old singer has hit out against rumours suggesting she's gone under the knife to achieve her bustier look and credits her diet for her new-found curves.
She expla...
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BRIT Awards Red Carpet Pics: Lily Allen, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, More

February 19th, 2014 11:48pm EST
BRIT Awards Red Carpet Pics: Lily Allen, Ellie Goulding, Rita Or
The BRIT Awards took place in London tonight, and several English stars strutted the red carpet in an array of interesting attire.

Lily Allen wore a body-hugging sequined dress, but the highlight was her yellow ponytail.

Allen, who on Tuesday was named the female "U.K. Recording Artists of the Year" at the Elle Style Awards, also attended Fashion Week and rubbed elbows with other celebrities at the BAFTAs.

The singer "retired" from music in 2009 but made a comeback last year. She recently confessed she felt unfulfilled spending her days with daughters Ethel, two, and Marnie, 14 months.

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Elle Style Awards: Woman Of The Year Katy Perry, Actress Emma Watson, More Photos

February 19th, 2014 12:00pm EST
Elle Style Awards: Woman Of The Year Katy Perry, Actress Emma Wa
Katy Perry was named "Woman of the Year" at the 2014 Elle Style Awards on Tuesday night for her work empowering women on a global scale and her hugely successful music career.

British singer Kylie Minogue presented the award at One Embankment in London. She shared a photo of the two of them at the event on Twitter, writing: "I presented the 1&only @katyperry with her @ELLEUK Woman of the Year award. Con-grats and con-kittens!!"

The absent "Thor" star Tom Hiddleston won "Man of the Year" and sent a video message thanking fans. Lily Allen and Tinie Tempah were named the female and male "U.K...
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Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter attend fashion party together

February 18th, 2014 12:20pm EST
Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding and Dougie Poynter looked cozy at a London Fashion Week party last night (02.17.14).
The 'Burn' hitmaker and the McBusted bassist, who are rumored to be in a relationship, attended the Storm Models party to launch Red Bull Zero at London's Red Bull Studios, and were spotted deep in conversation.
However, Dougie - who recently insisted the pair are "just friends" - reportedly "shrugged" when asked about his relationship with Ellie at the Storm bash, before the pair made a low-key exit from the venue.
And though she was reluctant to be drawn on whether she is dating Dougie, E...
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Celebrity Sightings At London Fashion Week: Bradley Cooper, Kendall Jenner, More

February 18th, 2014 9:05am EST
Celebrity Sightings At London Fashion Week: Bradley Cooper, Kend
On the heels of New York Fashion Week, several celebrities jetted to England to celebrate London Fashion Week.

Bradley Cooper, 39, was spotted hanging out with his girlfriend and model Suki Waterhouse, 22, at the Tom Ford show. The pair met last February.

Waterhouse recently told Rollacoaster magazine, "I met him at the Elle Style awards in London last year. We were introduced and hit it off almost immediately.

"We were dancing at the after-party, and he asked me if I fancied going to a club. We went to Cirque Le Soir in London - and he's a ridiculously good dancer, yes. But I'm a seriou...
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Katy B lands first U.K. number one album

February 16th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Katy B
Katy B has scored her first U.K. number one album after debuting Little Red at the top of the charts.

The 24 year old Londoner edges out Ellie Goulding's Halcyon at the top of the countdown, while London Grammar lands in third place on the new chart.

Meanwhile, Clean Bandit have snagged their fourth week atop the Official UK Singles Chart with their song Rather Be.

Stay The Night, Zedd's collaboration with Paramore's Hayley Williams lands at two, while Pharrell Williams' Happy slides a spot to three.
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Taylor Swift chops off long locks to celebrate end of tour

February 12th, 2014 3:00am EST
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift cut off her long locks on Tuesday (11Feb14) to celebrate the end of her year-long world tour.

The music superstar's massive Red Tour ended at London's O2 Arena to a sold-out crowd, and following her final show, Swift took to Instagram.com to show off her new hairdo.

Sharing a photo of herself with special guest Ellie Goulding, who joined Swift onstage for a duet of the Brit singer's hit Burn, Swift added the caption, "London, I could never thank you enough. See you next time! PS: short hair, don't care. (!!!)"

The blonde beauty also posted a video prior to the haircut showin...
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Bombay Bicycle Club score first number one U.K. album

February 9th, 2014 8:30pm EST
Bombay Bicycle Club
British rockers Bombay Bicycle Club have raced to the top of the U.K. albums chart to score their first number one.

The indie group's So Long, See You Tomorrow sailed into pole position, easily outselling its closest rival, Avicii's True, by over 6,000 units.

Ellie Goulding's Halcyon rounded out the new top three in third place.

Meanwhile, in the U.K. singles chart, electro group Clean Bandit held on to number one with Rather Be, followed by Pharrell Williams' Happy and Dibby Dibby Sound, a new collaboration between DJ Fresh, Jay Fay and Ms. Dynamite.
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You Me At Six score first-ever U.K. number one album

February 2nd, 2014 8:30pm EST
You Me at Six
You Me At Six have sailed to the top of the U.K. music chart landing their first-ever number one album with Cavalier Youth.

The English rockers' fourth album has bested Ellie Goulding's Halcyon to take the top spot.

Coming in at number three is Beyonce's self-titled fifth studio album, while Avicii's True drops to number four.

Meanwhile, Clean Bandit's Rather Be scores the number one spot on the singles chart for a second week, while Will.i.am, Miley Cyrus and Wiz Khalifa's Feelin' Myself comes in at number two and Pharrell Williams' Happy nabs the third spot.
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Ellie Goulding: 'I won't be playing in Russia anytime soon'

January 29th, 2014 3:10am EST
Ellie Goulding
British singer Ellie Goulding has joined the growing list of stars boycotting Russia in the wake of the nation's anti-gay propaganda laws.

The Burn singer has announced she won't be playing any shows in Russia for the foreseeable future as part of a protest against legislation that was passed last year (13), making it illegal to teach youngsters about homosexuality.

She joins stars like Cher, who took a stand against the laws by refusing to perform at the opening ceremony for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Goulding tells The Hollywood Reporter, "It's probably a no for Rus...
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Clean Bandit top U.K. pop charts

January 26th, 2014 8:40pm EST
Pharrell Williams
Clean Bandit have ended Pharrell Williams' run at the top of the U.K. pop charts.

The quartet has debuted at number one with Rather Be.

Williams' Happy falls to two, while the Vamps' Wild Heart is a new entry at three.

Meanwhile, on the album chart, Ellie Goulding reclaims the top spot with Halcyon, a week after Bruce Springsteen ended her two-week run at the top of the countdown with High Hopes.

The Boss' new album falls to two, while Beyonce's self-titled album stays put at three, and Sophie Ellis Bextor's Wanderlust was the chart's highest new entry at four.
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Ellie Goulding to perform at We Day

January 22nd, 2014 12:20pm EST
Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding, Clive Owen and Sir Richard Branson are among the world-renowned leaders and entertainers set to take part in youth empowerment charity Free The Children's 'We Day'.
The announcement was made earlier today (22.01.14) at Paddington Academy in London in front of 480 students by Free The Children co-founder Craig Kielburger, Holly Branson, Lord Rumi Verjee and former 'X Factor' contestant Sam Callahan.
'We Day' will see speakers and performers entertain 12,000 students, teachers and supporters throughout the day, combining educational and inspirational speeches with show-stoppin...
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Ellie Goulding: Men think I'm wife material

January 3rd, 2014 4:20am EST
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Ellie Goulding says men think she's "wife material".
The 26-year-old pop star claims guys fall for her and want to skip the dating part and marry her straight away, which is the reason why she is currently single.
Speaking in the February issue of Britain's Marie Claire magazine, she said: "People seem to think I'm more wife material than girlfriend material. That's probably why I'm single! People want to marry me - and nothing before it."
Ellie - who has dated BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James and has been romantically linked to One Direction's Niall Horan - does want to get married in the future...
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Ellie Goulding struggled to keep royal wedding performance secret

January 3rd, 2014 3:10am EST
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British singer Ellie Goulding reveals she had an extremely difficult time keeping her private performance at Prince William and Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge's wedding reception a secret - because she wanted to share her royal appointment with family and friends.

The Burn hitmaker was personally asked by the British royals to perform at their post-wedding party in 2011, and the couple took to the dancefloor as Goulding sang a cover of Sir Elton John's classic track Your Song.

The 27 year old tells U.K.'s Marie Claire magazine that keeping quiet about the gig was one of the toughest thin...
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Slideshow: Celebrity Butterfaces

January 1st, 2014 6:06pm EST
Slideshow: Celebrity Butterfaces
The Urban Dictionary describes "Butterface" as "A girl with an exceptionally hot body but an exceptionally ugly face. Everything but-her-face is attractive."

Here are 14 stars who have rockin' bods, but aren't exactly easy on the eyes...

Bethenny Frankel - She's got a super-banging bikini bod at 43, but her face reminds us of the Joker

See lots more Bethenny Frankel photos here!

Brooke Hogan - Hulk Hogan with ****

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Ellie Goulding - she reminds us of Humpty Dumpty

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Miley Cyrus - chipmunk...
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Ellie Goulding to run marathon in 2014

December 31st, 2013 10:20am EST
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Ellie Goulding is planning to run a marathon in 2014.
The 'Burn' singer is a big sprinting enthusiast and hopes to compete in a marathon, as well as a half-marathon, in the New Year.
She said: "I'll do a marathon next year. Maybe another half-marathon before the year's out, maybe in November. I'm good at running."
Ellie believes running is a "good force" in her life and helps her get a hold of her emotions.
She said: "I'm good at singing and I'm quite good at running. I do the training by waking up at joke o'clock and I get out there. It's very physical and it's nothing to do with emotion, ...
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Ellie Goulding shares bond with Taylor Swift

December 15th, 2013 1:30pm EST
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Ellie Goulding and Taylor Swift have a strong understanding of one another.

The two singers have bonded over their soul-sharing lyrics about the opposite sex, and the 'Burn' hitmaker believes her friend understands even her most "cryptic" messages.

She said: "Me and Taylor are similar in that we write about relationships. We text and sometimes I only have to say one thing, and even if it's cryptic she gets it.

"She's an inspiration to me because she reinstated how honest you can be about a boy in your music. I thought maybe I should stop being so explicit at one point, then I slapped mys...
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Ellie Goulding damaged by dad

December 12th, 2013 1:20am EST
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Ellie Goulding thinks her father has damaged her.
The 26-year-old singer was just five years old when her her dad, Arthur, walked out on her family and though she is "baffled" by his actions, she doesn't want to delve too deeply into them.
She said: "When you reach a point of no return with someone and you feel there's going to be no reconciliation, you have to disconnect. I can't allow myself to be emotionally connected with people like that again, it's too damaging. It's just a giant question mark why he's not around. It baffles me; I have no idea what happened. But, it's not for me to in...
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Nicole Scherzinger pays tribute to Nelson Mandela at Cosmopolitan Awards

December 6th, 2013 6:20am EST
Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger paid tribute to Nelson Mandela as she picked up her top TV personality prize at the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year Awards 2013.
The 'X Factor' UK judge sang an impromptu rendition of 'This Little Light of Mine' at the star-studded awards ceremony in London last night (12.05.13) after hearing of the anti-apartheid revolutionary's tragic passing at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Nicole said she had performed the track for Mandela at his 90th birthday party and was moved to tears as she took to the stage at the V&A Museum.
The 35-year-old star later wrote ...
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Ellie Goulding's panic attack struggles

December 4th, 2013 4:20am EST
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Ellie Goulding needed therapy after panic attacks convinced her she was going to die.
The 'Burn' hitmaker - whose father walked out on her family when she was five years old - felt she was having a "heart attack" on a train one day, and it turned out to be the first of many terrifying incidents which left her terrified to go anywhere.
She said: "From that day, I kept having them. It was the weirdest time of my life. Sick, horrible things would go through my mind but I didn't want to draw attention to myself... It got to the point when I couldn't even get into the car and go to the studio.
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Ellie Goulding is enjoying the single life

November 18th, 2013 4:20am EST
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Ellie Goulding loves being single.
The 'Burn' singer dated British radio DJ Greg James and has been romantically linked to Ed Sheeran and One Direction's Niall Horan, but insists she is currently unattached and very happy with her dating status.
She said: "I am so single now - I am single and I am loving it. I can't imagine being in that place now.
"Being alone I've realised a lot of things about myself and who I am. In the last six months I've completely changed - being single has taught me that I have to focus on myself.
"But I have a team of people around me who would slap me down the...
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Ellie Goulding: People are obsessed with my love life

November 12th, 2013 4:20am EST
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Ellie Goulding can't understand why people are more interested in her love life than her music.
The 26-year-old singer - who has previously been romantically linked to Ed Sheeran, Niall Horan and Skrillex - finds it frustrating how people care about is who she is dating rather than admiring her voice.
Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, she said: "I'm single and I don't have a boyfriend, so it's funny always being linked with everyone."
The 'Burn' hitmaker admits fans often come up to her and ask if she'll end up marrying Calvin Harris - who is currently dating Rita Ora - because they c...
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