I became an Ivor Novello devotee from the first day of rehearsals from that moment on (I know, Kiss Me Kate!) avidly soaking up info on him as a movie star, composer (to me he is the British/Welsh Lehar and his waltzes as lilting as Strauss') and actor.
Tom Hanks walked the carpet confidently to open the BFI London Film Festival. He will also close it with his other movie in the show, Saving Mr. Banks. Hanks bestrides this Festival like a movie superstar colossus.
I've been writing for a while now and one thing I've learnt is to always finish a song. Even if it turns out to not be one of your best, it's important to get it finished and out of the way so you can move on to the next. Here's some other tips that I hope will help any aspiring songwriters out there.
The show tonight was ace. A game of two halves; the main set was solid, but we really came to life during the encore. After a good run of consecutive shows, we can now follow Peter's wilder 'band direction' with ease.
Adolescent girls are not children, but they're not quite adults. That makes them particularly vulnerable, powerless and at risk of different forms of exploitation. They are a category on their own, with very specific needs that global policy makers and the international humanitarian community must identify, understand and tackle appropriately. So far, this hasn't happened. Adolescent girls have notably been left out of the Millennium Development Goals agenda which, while successfully targeting the improvement of healthcare standards for women and children, has failed to address crucial issues regarding teenagers. In the eyes of those driving development, an adolescent girl is invisible.
It's a rare thing when a modern day artist who is consequentially a 'celebrity' actually inspires. I have to be honest, before today I was definitely leaning towards the anti-Kanye camp.
When you're launching a new album, it's important to get yourself noticed, but you can have too much of a good idea, so has Miley Cyrus shot herself in the foot?
What are state schools doing if they fail to equip students to compete on a level playing field? Placing a bias and targets into the admissions process is to put a sticking plaster over a an ugly wound in the hope that no one will see what is wrong.
I say to all the young people I work with: the future of music is in the past. The secrets to today lie there. All you have to do you have to do is bring it forward to today, add some fairy dust and make it your own.
This folk-rock singer is nothing like anyone else in the charts and she's proud of it. I caught up with her at Bestival to discuss music, festivals and her love of Tequila.
The glitz, the glamour, oh darling you were maaarrvelous! Last night saw classical music's moneyed PR wallah back slap that forms the Classical Brit A...
His book is not going to be a classic (see above). Either Morrissey knows that - in which case the 'classic' label is a genuinely hilarious joke - or, horribile dictu, he believes it, in which case the book is likely to have all the humour and finesse of a statue produced by the Kim Jong-Il metallurgy factory for the glorification of the great leader.
NEW YORK - At a recent meet and greet held at midtown Britpub Churchill's here for Shane Richie, the actor schmoozed a few dozen stateside fans, some who traveled several hundred miles to speak with EastEnders' Alfie Moon, arguably the Queen Vic's favourite manager of all time.
The debate and who's side to take from the outset seems a no brainer, in one corner you have Sinead O'Connor who's back catalogue and talent instantly command respect! In the other corner you have Hannah Montana gone wild- enough said!
The cultural stereotype of the catfight reduces the lady, who is noted for her passivity and elegance, to a creature capable of stealth and crafty animalism; a creature called woman. Whether Natural Vs Processed; Full-Figured Vs Skinny; Lesbian Vs Heterosexual; Black Vs White or Younger Vs Older, catfighting is belittling to an already belittled body of people.
A well respected and shape shifting tastemaker, DJ, radio presenter and now proud mother, Annie Mac has set her own standard. In a mainly lad led industry she stands shoulder to shoulder with the guys who look up to her.