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Album Of The Year Grammy Nominee Sara Bareilles Says She Struggled In 2013

January 26th, 2014 5:15am EST
Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles had a "mid-life crisis" in 2013.

The 34-year-old singer made a number of life-changing decisions last year and took a new direction with her music, which has made her feel happier in herself.

She said: "I sort of went through a mid-life crisis last year. I didn't feel alive and so I made a lot of big changes. I left Los Angeles after 14 years there and moved to New York. I left a long-term relationship and went in a different direction from my old bands. This feels like a beautiful finish line, no matter what."

The 'Love Song' hitnaker is up for two Grammy awards, Album of...
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The Strokes come out of hiding

January 18th, 2014 8:30am EST
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The Strokes have announced their live return with a festival date in New York this year.

The American band,featuring Julian Casablancas, Nick Valensi, Albert Hammond, Jr., Nikolai Fraiture and Fabrizio Moretti, are set to play the Governors Ball on Randall's Island with OutKast, Jack White and Vampire Weekend in June.

The Strokes haven't played together since November 2011 at the Planeta Terror festival in Brazil, despite releasing their fifth album 'Comedown Machine' last year.

They have also not performed in the UK since they headlined Reading & Leeds Festival in August 2011 and fans h...
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Ed Sheeran disappointed by Oscar snub

January 18th, 2014 5:15am EST
Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is disappointed he didn't get an Oscar nomination.

The 22-year-old singer wrote the track I See Fire for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and was hoping for an Academy nod for Best Original Song this week but has been snubbed.

The Drunk hitmaker took to Twitter to share how he felt with his eight million followers, writing: "Schnubbed", which was shared more than 2,000 times on the site.

Ed was left out of the nominations list, which includes Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' from 'Despicable Me 2', Demi Lovato's 'Let It Go' from 'Frozen', 'Alone Not Yet Alone' from the movie of t...
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Kasabian inspired by horsemeat scandal?

January 18th, 2014 4:15am EST
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Kasabian's track 'Ezz Ehh' was partly inspired by the horse meat scandal.

The band admitted their single contains lyrical reference - "Horsemeat in the burgers" - to the scandal, which saw beef that was contaminated with horsemeat sold in Britain and Europe.

In addition, their surreal late night rants which are both "ridiculous" and "amazing" helped them create their music.

Serge Pizzorno told NME.com: "It's more a conversation that me and Tom [Meighan] might have at five or six in the morning.

"Ridiculous rants when you think you're making the most amazing points, and the next morning ...
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Sheryl Crow Wishes She'd Been More Daring

January 12th, 2014 4:06pm EST
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Sheryl Crow wishes she had been "more courageous" when she was starting out in the music industry.

The 'If It Makes You Happy' hitmaker feels she played it safe when she was a young musician and could have been more bold with the decisions she made.

She said: "I would go back and tell myself to be braver and more courageous and to go for things that were scary.

"I'd say to work with people that are artistic and on the edge of their game, rather than just people that you know who are comfy and unintimidating."

The 51-year-old musician revealed a low point in her career was when she was m...
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Vanilla Ice Claims He Helped Eminem Become Successful

December 29th, 2013 1:03pm EST
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Vanilla Ice claims he helped Eminem become a successful rapper.

The 'Ice Ice Baby' star shot to fame with the hit single when he was just 16 years old and claims he "paved the way" for other white rappers such as the 'Slim Shady' hitmaker.

He said: "I definitely opened doors and made it acceptable to get into hip-hop.

"White rappers are few and far between and, during that era, I made it possible to move into that genre and be very successful."

The 46-year-old father of two suffered with depression during the early years of his career but continues to perform and work on new material an...
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Mick Jagger Is Impossible To Gift At Christmas

December 24th, 2013 10:01pm EST
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Sir Mick Jagger is impossible to buy Christmas presents for.

The Rolling Stones frontman's daughter Jade Jagger claims all seven of his children - who he has with four different women - struggle to buy their famous father festive gifts because he already owns everything.

Discussing her close relationship with her half-sisters, Jade said: "Lizzy lives in London, and Georgia May is building a house here ... We talk about our career paths and our houses, and how difficult it is to find Mick a Christmas present."

The unconventional family make a point of reuniting for Christmas and they plan...
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Rihanna To Release Two Albums In 2014?

December 24th, 2013 6:01pm EST
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Rihanna is planning to release two albums in 2014.

The 'Stay' hitmaker has put out a new record every year since 2009 and although this year she hasn't released another she is hoping to have "big hits" in the future.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "The plan is to put two records out. Rihanna wants big hits on both the albums."

The Barbadian beauty's last album 'Unapologetic' hit shelves in November 2012 and she's since been busy on her 'Diamonds World Tour', which kicked off in March this year, in support of her seventh studio album.

Rihanna has had a successful year and was recently ...
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Leona Lewis' New Album Inspired By Motown

December 24th, 2013 12:30pm EST
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Leona Lewis' Christmas album was inspired by Motown.

The 'One More Sleep' singer says she wanted to have a heavy old school influence on the songs on 'Christmas, with Love' as she grew up listening to soulful, R&B records.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "The inspiration for this is very much Motown. When I was first going to record the Christmas album, immediately that's what came to my mind because those are the kinds of Christmas records that I listened to. We wanted to go Motown, and we did ... we went there. It was really fun."

While the festive-themed album is sure to provide th...
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Ozzy Osbourne's bandmates had no idea about his relapse

December 15th, 2013 3:03pm EST
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne's Black Sabbath bandmates had no idea he had relapsed.

The 65-year-old star confessed to breaking his sobriety by taking drugs and drinking again earlier this year and his fellow rockers Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi admit they were shocked to learn the extent of his downfall, especially as Ozzy had been spending time at Tony's house to record their latest album, '13'.

Tony, 65, said: "You know what, I couldn't believe it. He was working at my house and I didn't pick up on it at all. None of us did. He really hid that well. It was a shock, actually, when [Ozzy's wife] Sharon ...
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