NEWS: Girls Aloud officially call it a day after 10 years
Girls Aloud have officially called it a day after a 10-year run at the top of the pops.
The British girl group, formed in 2002 on the TV series Popstars The Rivals, announced their split on Twitter last night after the conclusion of their tenth anniversary tour.
“Your love and support will stay with us forever but we have now come to the end of our incredible time together,” the group tweeted.
Girls Aloud became the most successful UK girl group of the century, scoring 20 consecutive top 10 hits, including four number ones, and churning out five platinum albums.
In 2009, Girls Aloud announced that they would take a break to pursue solo endeavors – Cheryl Cole in particular saw great success with three number one singles.
The “Biology” singers reunited late last year to celebrate their tenth anniversary as a group, releasing the greatest hits collection Ten and embarking on an arena tour.
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On a personal note, this is obviously the saddest day in pop music ever, because there has not been a single pure-pop act since Girls Aloud who have been as entertaining, enjoyable, creative, and quirky without even trying to be any of those things. Girls Aloud were the soundtrack to my adolescence. I don’t think I will ever fall in love with a pop group the same way I fell in love with Girls Aloud ten years ago - and I’ve been in love ever since. R.I.P. Girls Aloud – forever yours. XO
NEWS: Selena Gomez has made a “huge fun dance record”
Selena Gomez’s fourth album will be a “huge fun dance record.”
“It is so much fun [making music]. I made a huge fun dance record that I’m so proud of,” the “Who Says” singer said.
“I got to record 20 or so great songs and work with a bunch of different producers and they’re all really fun, pop songs and a little Ellie Goulding-ish, a little island-y feel.”“
“It’s a really fun pop record. I’m super stoked for it,” she told Teen Vogue. “It’s kind of been hush-hush about it and I’m excited for the single to come out and for my fans to hear it.”
Meanwhile, you can see Selena take a leaf out of Miley’s book as she rips a bong in the Harmony Korine film Spring Breakers, also starring Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars) and James Franco.
NEWS: Girls Aloud cancel gig in Dublin
Girls Aloud have canceled a gig in Dublin, Ireland, citing “production difficulties.”
The gig was due to take place on St Patrick’s Day, March 17, at the Dublin O2, where they will perform the day before.
“Unfortunately, due to unforeseen time restraints with the transportation of production equipment between the Irish & UK tour dates, the extra Girls Aloud concert added on Sunday 17th March 2013 at The O2 has been cancelled. Due to tour routing it has not been possible to reschedule this date.”
So… they will be performing at Dublin on March 16, but not the 17th… in order to make it back to England for a gig in Nottingham on the 19th.
If you say so, Girls!
NEWS: Spice Girls musical to be rewritten?
After critics panned the Spice Girls musical Viva Forever! upon its premiere in December, Judy Craymer, who penned the show with Jennifer Saunders, is allegedly rewriting parts of the script.
“Judy is doing all she can to make it sharper and funnier,” a source told The Mirror. “There will also be a few major set reworkings, giving Viva Forever! a fresher feel.”
The show is expected to make its Broadway premiere in New York soon, giving Viva Forever! more reason to become bigger and better.
Despite being slated by critics, the show has extended its run on London’s West End until February 2014.
#Madonna to present @GLAAD award to Anderson Cooper #VitoRusso
NEW YORK (AP) — Gay advocacy group GLAAD says Madonna will present CNN’s Anderson Cooper with an award for openly gay media professionals.
GLAAD told The Associated Press on Saturday that the singer has been chosen to give Cooper the Vito Russo Award at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on March 16.
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick says Madonna and Cooper are longtime friends who have both used their careers to support lesbian, gay and transgender people.
Cooper declined to speak publicly about his sexuality for years. But last July he gave blogger Andrew Sullivan permission to publish an email in which Cooper said he was gay and “couldn’t be more happy.”
Russo helped found GLAAD and wrote a book about gay people in the movies called “The Celluloid Closet.”
NEWS: Azealia Banks will finally release “Yung Rapunxel”… soon
Azealia Banks has confirmed details on the release of her new single “Yung Rapunxel” after a series of delays.
The song will be released on iTunes on March 26, 2013, over a month later than the original release date.
The “Liquorice” singer tweeted: “HOLY FUCKING SHIT YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH HOLDING ON TO #YUNGRAPUNXEL WAS FUCKING EATING ME UP.”
Banks also promised snippets and a music video directed by Jam Sutton.
“Yung Rapunxel” will be the second single lifted from Banks’ debut album Broke with Expensive Taste, following her breakthrough hit “212.”
Last year Banks released the “1991” EP and the official mixtape Fantasea.
NEWS: Goldfrapp announce new album
Praise the heavens. Goldfrapp have announced details of their sixth album, the follow-up to 2010’s Head First.
The duo revealed the news on their official website, as well as revealing their appearance at Manchester International Festival in July.
“Hello Deers! We wanted to be the first to share some exciting news with you. We’re finishing up the new album, which is set for release in late summer 2013,” the group posted.
“Across two nights at the Manchester International Festival (July 16 & 17), we’ll be giving you all a chance to hear the new album live for the very first time - accompanied by the RNCM string orchestra.”
Last year Goldfrapp released their first greatest hits collection, spanning their decade-plus career and including two new tracks.
NEWS: Lana Del Rey discusses second album!
Lana Del Rey has discussed her second major label album in an interview with BBC Newsbeat, stating that she has “moved on to a more spiritual place lyrically”.
“It’s a little more stripped down but still cinematic and dark,” said the “Video Games” singer. ”I’ve been working on it really slowly but I love everything I’ve done.”
The album will be the follow up to Del Rey’s 2012 breakthrough Born to Die and the EP Paradise, a collection of 9 new tracks released in November.
“I’ve been writing in Santa Monica (California) and I know what the record sounds like. Now I just have to finish it,” the BRIT Award winner continued. ”Musically I’ve worked with the same three guys.”
“For some reason the videos are still the easiest things that come,” she explained. ”As soon as I write the words to a song, I can paint exactly what I want the picture to look like.”
“I have a song called Black Beauty and I’ve already talked to people about making it.”
NEWS: Beyoncé to headline 2013’s V Festival
Good news for British music fans and festival goers… Beyoncé has been confirmed as a headliner at this year’s V Festival, alongside Kings of Leon.
The Destiny’s Child singer, who coincidentally covered Kings of Leon’s “Sex on Fire” on her last tour, and the band will play alternate days in Chelmsford and Staffordshire on the weekend of August 17 and 18.
Other big names include Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé, Fun., Jessie J, Jessie Ware, Kendrick Lemar, Rita Ora, and Two Door Cinema Club.
X Factor alumni Olly Murs and Little Mix will also play the festival.