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Dave beats Foals and Dido in UK album chart race

Dave beats Foals and Dido in UK album chart race

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Image copyright Official Charts Company Image caption Dave, sometimes known as Santan Dave, was born David Orobosa Omoregie London rapper Dave has topped the UK charts with his fearless, emotionally raw debut album Psychodrama.It was inspired by his brother, who is serving a life sentence for murder.Over 11 tracks, Dave unflinchingly examines the impact of that conviction and the tough social conditions that confront black working class youths.Foals were just 279 copies behind with their fifth album Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Pt 1, while Dido's comeback landed at number three.According to the Official Charts Company, Psychodrama racked up 26,390 combined sales, with streams making up 79% of the total.Psychodrama is the first Bri...
George Michael’s art collection sells for £11.3m at auction

George Michael’s art collection sells for £11.3m at auction

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Michael, pictured in 2005, died in 2016 as a result of heart and liver disease Contemporary artworks owned by George Michael have sold for £11.3m at an auction, 27 months after his death.They included pieces by Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst. The highest price was for The Incomplete Truth, a 2006 Hirst work consisting of a dove preserved in formaldehyde, which sold for £911,250.The 53-year-old was a keen collector of works by the Young British Art movement and was friends with many artists.The money raised will go to causes that the philanthropic star supported.George Michael's art collection unveiled 'Everybody warmed to George Michael' Another of Hirst's works - Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain
James Gunn: Disney rehires sacked Guardians of the Galaxy director

James Gunn: Disney rehires sacked Guardians of the Galaxy director

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Image copyright Getty Images Director James Gunn has been rehired to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after he was fired by Disney over decade-old tweets that joked about rape and abuse.It comes after famous cast members from the Marvel series signed an open letter pleading for Gunn's return.In a tweet he thanked Disney and his supporters and said he is "excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all".He was fired last July over the tweets that Disney called "indefensible".Stars from the first two films in the franchise had openly supported Gunn after his dismissal, including Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista.The Guardians of the Galaxy series has grossed over $1.6bn (£1.2bn) world
Ralph Fiennes: ‘I’d like to see a black actor in a Bond-like persona’

Ralph Fiennes: ‘I’d like to see a black actor in a Bond-like persona’

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Ralph Fiennes is an Oscar nominated actor, well known for roles in blockbusters including the James Bond and Harry Potter films, as well as his acclaimed stage career.He spoke to Newsnight's Culture Editor Stephen Smith about political correctness, the tight security around the making of a Bond film, and whether there could ever be a black or female Bond.Watch more of the interview on BBC Two at 22:30 GMT on Friday or later on the iPlayer. Source link
‘Making history’ as female rappers

‘Making history’ as female rappers

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The Queens of Art tour, which travels across eight UK cities and towns, claims to be the first UK tour to feature a female line-up of rappers, musicians and DJs for every date.So what is it like to be a woman working on the scene today? And what goes into putting on a tour?Video journalist Aisha Doherty Source link
Comic Relief 2019: Stars line up for Red Nose Day on BBC TV

Comic Relief 2019: Stars line up for Red Nose Day on BBC TV

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Image caption A host of stars will be presenting this year's Comic Relief Some of Britain's best-loved TV and film stars are appearing together on BBC television in aid of Comic Relief.This year's highlights include One Red Nose Day and a Wedding - Richard Curtis's mini sequel to his smash hit 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral.But One Direction star Louis Tomlinson pulled out of his planned performance following his sister's sudden death.The last Comic Relief in 2017 raised more than £76m to help vulnerable people in the UK and around the world.The charity telethon, set up by Lenny Henry and Richard Curtis, is shown on BBC One every two years.Henry is among this year's hosts, as are David Tennant, Zoe Ball, Emma Willis, Romesh Ranganathan, Padd
How Emeli Sande rediscovered the joy of melody (and lost her quiff)

How Emeli Sande rediscovered the joy of melody (and lost her quiff)

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Image copyright Simon Emmett Image caption The star's hits include Clown, Read All About It., Hurts and Highs and Lows Listen to Emeli Sande's new single Sparrow and you'll hear dozens of influences: the spirituality of Aretha Franklin, the sophisticated phrasing of Anita Baker, the lyrical positivity of Alicia Keys.But there's another, unexpected, inspiration: Disney's The Little Mermaid."When I was three or four, I would just play that movie and rewind it and play it and rewind it and play it," the singer laughs."I think I learned how to sing from Ariel!" Last summer, Sande dusted down her old Disney videos, using them as a sort of instruction manual for her third album."When you see the way children gravitate toward...
Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra Zohra visits the UK

Afghanistan’s first all-female orchestra Zohra visits the UK

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Image copyright ANIM Image caption Zohra is led by conductor Negin Khpalwak Five years ago, a unique all-female orchestra was formed in Afghanistan, a nation where only a few years previously music had been outlawed and women barred from education. Now Zohra is visiting the UK for the first time.No-one claims that in Afghanistan, the Taliban influence has been rooted out entirely. Violence continues. But two decades ago, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music would have been unthinkable.ANIM was founded in 2008, with international support, to bring music education to young Afghans. Not long before that, the Afghan capital Kabul had finally been wrenched from the grasp of the fundamentalist Sunni Muslim Taliban.In the Taliban year...
The Killers and The Cure to headline Glastonbury

The Killers and The Cure to headline Glastonbury

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Image copyright Getty Images / BBC Image caption Some of the 2019 Glastonbury line-up (L-R): The Killers, Billie Eilish, Stormzy, Janelle Monae, The Cure The Killers and The Cure will top the bill at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival this June, it's been revealed.They're among more than 60 acts joining this year's line-up, including R&B legends Janet Jackson and Lauryn Hill.Stormzy had already been revealed as the Friday night headliner; while Kylie Minogue will play the coveted "legend slot" on Sunday afternoon.The festival kicks off on Worthy Farm on 26 June, with full coverage on BBC radio, television and online.Other acts announced on Friday morning include:George Ezra Miley Cyrus Christine & The Queens Jorja Smith Liam Gallagh...
Four Weddings and a Funeral’s Comic Relief sequel: All you need to know

Four Weddings and a Funeral’s Comic Relief sequel: All you need to know

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Image caption Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant return for One Red Nose Day and a Wedding It launched the careers of stars like Hugh Grant, and inspired a slew of romantic comedies.Now, 25 years after its release, most of the original cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral have reunited for a short sequel to be shown during Friday's Comic Relief telethon on BBC One. Skip Twitter post by @comicrelief Ladies and gentlemen, you are cordially invited to the wedding of the year... 👰💒💍#RedNoseDay🔴 returns on Friday 15th March and reunites the fabulous cast of 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' with a one-off comedy sketch; 'One Red Nose Day and a Wedding'. Are you excited? pic.twitter.com/r6brc3pQYw— Comic Relief: Red Nose Day (@comicrelief) Februar
Pat Laffan: Father Ted’s ‘Pat Mustard’ dies aged 79

Pat Laffan: Father Ted’s ‘Pat Mustard’ dies aged 79

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Image copyright PA Irish actor Pat Laffan - best known for playing milkman Pat Mustard in Father Ted - has died at the age of 79.Announcing the news, his agents described him as "one of the leading stage actors of his generation".Father Ted creator Graham Linehan tweeted: "Rest in peace, Pat, a pleasure to work with you."Throughout his career, Laffan appeared in almost 40 films and made 30 TV appearances, including in BBC's EastEnders and in RTE's The Clinic.He was also known to Irish audiences for his portrayal of Mr Burgess in Roddy Doyle's 1993 film The Snapper.In a statement on social media, the Lisa Richards Agency, which represented Laffan for almost 30 years, said it was with "tremendous sadness" that it could announce his death."All here will rem...
Netflix to remove real disaster footage from Bird Box film

Netflix to remove real disaster footage from Bird Box film

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Streaming service Netflix has apologised for the incident Streaming service Netflix has said it will remove footage of a real-life rail disaster from the film Bird Box.The company confirmed in January that the popular thriller contained a brief clip from Canada's deadly Lac-Mégantic tragedy. The excerpt was used early in the film to depict a fictional news story about an apocalyptic scenario. Netflix had initially said it would not substitute the footage in question. In a brief emailed statement to the BBC on Thursday, the company confirmed that, along with the filmmakers of Bird Box, it has decided to replace the clip. "We're sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community," the statement
Joss Stone performs in North Korea on world tour

Joss Stone performs in North Korea on world tour

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Joss Stone is trying to perform in every country in the world, and was pictured here singing in Havana in January British singer Joss Stone has performed at a bar in North Korea, as part of her effort to play in every country in the world. The artist from Devon was pictured singing in a bar in the capital Pyongyang, and going to various sites around the city. Ms Stone announced the visit as part of her Total World Tour, which has already seen her perform in Syria.She wrote on Instagram that she had learned a Korean song for the trip."I am learning a song called arrirang which apparently is the national song of Korea as a whole which is nice," the post read. She was referring to Arirang, a Kore...
Spider-Man: What fans want to see in Marvel’s eight-year plan

Spider-Man: What fans want to see in Marvel’s eight-year plan

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Image copyright Sony Pictures Image caption Miles Morales (on the left) first appeared in the Spider-Man comics in 2011. A new universe. 900 characters at your disposal.It's the sort of thing super fans dream of.But for Spider-Man, it's now a reality.In an interview with Variety, Sony bosses announced an eight-year plan for the Spider-Man franchise, hinting at a load of new characters and even a television series. Image copyright Sony Pictures Image caption Into the Spider-Verse fused printing techniques of the original Spider-Man comic with cutting edge CGI "I think a television series is a great idea. There are so many characters you could delve into," Claire Lim, c...
Michael Jackson ‘innocent’ adverts to be removed

Michael Jackson ‘innocent’ adverts to be removed

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Image copyright Getty Images Transport for London says it will be removing advertisements that proclaim Michael Jackson is innocent.The decision comes after a sexual assault victims' charity said it was "concerned" about the adverts that have appeared on buses and bus stops.Posters were put up in response to a documentary in which the singer is accused of child sex abuse.The adverts have been financed through a crowdfunding campaign and feature the slogan: "Facts don't lie. People do."The Survivors Trust said the message could discourage victims of sexual assault from coming forward.In a statement to BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, TfL says: "We have reviewed our position and will be removing these advertisements. "They have been rejected due to the public sensiti...
Lori Loughlin: US actress released on bail in college cheating scam

Lori Loughlin: US actress released on bail in college cheating scam

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Image copyright EPA Image caption (From left to right): Olivia Jade Gianulli, Lori Loughlin and Isabella Gianulli. Ms Loughlin allegedly used the scam to get her daughters into USC. US actress Lori Loughlin, of the sitcom Full House, has been released after posting $1m bail over a college cheating scam.She appeared in court on Wednesday and was granted permission to travel to British Columbia for a film project. Ms Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman are among 50 people charged in an alleged criminal enterprise to get their children into top US colleges.Yale, Stanford and Georgetown were among the universities targeted.The colleges have not been accused of any wrongdoing and are investigating the matter internally.Authorities ...
Luke Perry’s daughter Sophie hits out at online ‘grief-shamers’

Luke Perry’s daughter Sophie hits out at online ‘grief-shamers’

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Image copyright Instagram/lemonperry The daughter of late Riverdale actor Luke Perry has hit back at people who have criticised her grieving process.Sophie Perry explained on Instagram how she's "received a lot of attention online" following her father's death."Yes I am hurt and sad and crying and beside myself with what happened to my dad," she wrote."But I'm not going to sit in my room and cry day in and day out until the internet has deemed it appropriate for me to do otherwise," she continued."And if you knew my dad you would know he wouldn't want me to. So you shouldn't either."The US actor died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke.Perry rose to fame for playing Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills, 90210 and gai...
Comedian Phill Jupitus admits hit-and-run in Fife

Comedian Phill Jupitus admits hit-and-run in Fife

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Image caption Phill Jupitus admitted failing to stop after a collision Comedian Phill Jupitus has been fined over a hit-and-run car crash.The Never Mind The Buzzcocks star smashed his Volvo XC60 SUV into a Ford Ranger pick-up truck in Colinsburgh, Fife, last December.But the TV star failed to stop, leaving the Ford car damaged at the side of the road.He was fined £300 and given five points on his driving licence after the smash which happened a few miles from his home in the East Neuk of Fife.Jupitus was not present for the short hearing at Dundee Justice of the Peace court.The 56 year-old, of Pittenweem, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident.'Radically different'The charge states that his car collided with the F
Keith Flint: Braintree statue campaign for Prodigy singer

Keith Flint: Braintree statue campaign for Prodigy singer

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProdigy singer Keith Flint dies aged 49A campaign to build a statue of The Prodigy singer Keith Flint in the band's hometown in Essex has been started by fans.Flint, who sang lead vocals on the band's number one singles Breathe and Firestarter, was found dead on 4 March.An inquest into his death opened on Monday and heard a provisional cause of death was from hanging.The band formed in Braintree in 1990. A council spokeswoman said Flint was an "iconic part of our cultural heritage".A petition to the council states that Flint "was important to not only the people of Braintree, but was well loved and respected worldwide".Saphya Gower, who began the campaign, said the band's "music makes me feel alive, indestructible, in...
Felicity Huffman: Desperate Housewives star charged in exam cheating scheme

Felicity Huffman: Desperate Housewives star charged in exam cheating scheme

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Felicity Huffman (left) and Lori Loughlin (right) were among those charged Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman is among more than 40 people charged in a US college cheating scam, according to unsealed court records.The alleged scheme involved helping students cheat on entrance exams, as well as getting non-athletic students admitted on fake athletic scholarships.Elite schools Yale, Stanford and Georgetown were among the destination universities.There was no suggestion that the schools were involved in wrongdoing.Who was a part of the alleged scam?The defendants are largely wealthy and also include CEOs of major companies. "These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege," said US ...
BBC investigated over pay discrimination

BBC investigated over pay discrimination

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Image copyright PA The BBC is to be investigated over suspected past pay discrimination against female employees.The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) inquiry follows complaints that female workers were not paid the same as men for equal work.The BBC has voluntarily provided the EHRC with information about its pay policies. The investigation will look at records dating back to 2016.The EHRC says it hopes to publish the results by the end of this year.'Gold standard'The BBC's director general Tony Hall said: "We've been through a tremendous period of reform - and have already changed things for the better. The Commission itself recognises our commitment to reform and our collaborative approach. "We try to be the gold standard of what everyone wa...
Evan Rachel Wood: I don’t remember what it feels like to not be scared

Evan Rachel Wood: I don’t remember what it feels like to not be scared

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Image copyright Getty Images Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood has shared an emotional video and Instagram posts about her experience of an abusive relationship.The actress says she thinks about it "every day".She shared a number of posts with the hashtag #IAmNotOk - a movement highlighting domestic abuse."I'm not ok because no matter how much work I do I'm still searching for some sort of peace and I'm searching to feel safe," she said in the video."I'm still trying to put all this behind me but I don't know if I'll ever be fully able to do that."I'm not OK because I don't remember what it feels like to not be scared." She also posted images from a 2010 photoshoot with the fashion label Gucci for Elle magazine, describin...
Eurovision 2019: The acts to look out for in Tel Aviv

Eurovision 2019: The acts to look out for in Tel Aviv

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Image copyright Getty Images The line-up for this year's Eurovision Song Contest is complete, with 41 countries competing. The contest will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel between 14 and 18 May. Michael Rice, the winner of British talent show All Together Now, is representing the UK with his ballad Bigger Than Us. The 21-year-old wasn't born when the UK last won the contest (in 1997) but told the BBC: "You have to be positive when it comes to stuff like this."However, he has strong competition from many other countries, including these lot:ICELAND Image copyright RUV Artist: HatariSong: Hatrið mun sigraHatari are perhaps the most eye-catching entry this year - leather, spikes, masks, flesh - with a song that