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Soul singer Percy Sledge dies aged 74

US soul singer Percy Sledge, famed for his song When a Man Loves a Woman, has died aged 74. Steve Green from talent agency Artists International Management Inc confirmed to the BBC that he died at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Tuesday. “He was one of my first acts, he was a terrific […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Life & Style | Read More »

Digital music matches physical sales for the first time

Digital music revenues matched physical sales for the first time in 2014, thanks to strong growth in the streaming market. The digital market rose 6.9% to $6.9 billion (£4.6 billion), representing 46% of all global music sales, reported the music industry body IFPI. CDs, vinyl and other physical formats also accounted for 46% of the […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Life & Style | Read More »

Mean Girls musical to be finished ‘by end of summer’

The Mean Girls musical by Tina Fey and her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, should be finished this summer, according to Richmond. They are adapting Fey’s 2004 film which starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert as a cliquey gang of mean high-school girls. The film also starred Lizzy Caplan, Amy Poehler and […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Life & Style | Read More »

Iceland: Eurovision worries over legal strike

Iceland’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest could be in doubt because of an ongoing legal strike, it’s reported. Notaries who work at the Reykjavik District Commissioner’s office have traditionally overseen and verified the voting process of Iceland’s professional Eurovision jury. But they’re currently on strike along with other legal professionals over a wage dispute, […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Life & Style | Read More »

Seven Up! director Paul Almond dies aged 83

Paul Almond, the Canadian director behind the groundbreaking Seven Up! documentary, about a group of British children, has died aged 83. The 1964 television documentary later gave birth to the Up series, which has followed the children into middle age at seven year intervals. Almond, who helped come up with the original idea before Michael […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Life & Style | Read More »

One Direction say they’re not breaking up after Zayn Malik leaves

One Direction is not on the verge of splitting up, despite rumours started on social media. The members say they’ll continue as a four-piece after Zayn Malik announced he was leaving the group last week to “live like a normal 22-year-old”. His departure was followed by rumours on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook that One Direction […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Life & Style | Read More »

Interstellar triumphs at Empire film awards

Deep space epic Interstellar left the competition earthbound at this year’s Empire awards, taking off with three prizes including best film. Christopher Nolan won best director, and also received the film magazine’s “inspiration” award. Andy Serkis won best actor for his motion-capture performance in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Ralph Fiennes, meanwhile, was […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Life & Style | Read More »

Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

South African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, the New York Times reports. The 31-year-old made his debut as a contributor to the nightly satirical show last December. His first appearance took aim at racial tensions in the US, saying: “I never thought I’d be more afraid of police […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Life & Style | Read More »

Export ban on £15m Egyptian Sekhemka statue sold by Northampton council

A 4,000-year-old Egyptian statue that was controversially sold by a council for £15.76m will not be allowed to leave the country, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has said. Northampton Borough Council sold the Sekhemka statue to an overseas buyer. But Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export ban on the statue, and Arts Council England says […]

March 30th, 2015 | Posted in Life & Style | Read More »

Kris Jenner ‘SPLITS from toy boy Corey Gamble’ amid reports she was ‘using him for SEX’

Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s matriarch Kris Jenner had reportedly split from her toy boy lover Corey Gamble. The 59-year-old started dating the 34-year-old not long after her split from Bruce Jenner last year, following 22 years of marriage. However the couple, who haven’t been seen together since February, are thought to have broken up […]

March 19th, 2015 | Posted in Life & Style | Read More »