A review of the Inns of Aurora in New York for The Telegraph.
A review of The Horseguards Inn in Tillington, W Sussex for The Telegraph.
A review of the Welldiggers Arms in Petworth, W Sussex for The Telegraph.
Idris Elba responds to Matt Damon’s endorsement to be cast as the next James Bond
Matt Damon says Idris Elba should play James Bond.
Why Lyme Disease needs to be taken seriously.
Tom Hanks jokes that he backed Leicester City for the Premier League title
New ‘Jungle Book’ a bare necessity? Sequel already afoot
Chris Hemsworth says the set of The Huntsman: Winter’s War was “like a big creche”.
‘Hometown Glory’ for Adele as she debuts tour in London
Joe Jonas, formerly of the Jonas Brothers, is back with new band DNCE
A dystopian satire, set in the 1970s, High-Rise is the new film from British director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers).
Pop singer Justin Bieber has met his Christmas Number 1 UK chart rivals, the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS (National Health Service) Choir.
Kate Winslet says playing a Brit “would be ultimate challenge”
Ian McKellen will host bus tours of locations used in his movie adaptation of Richard III
Jennifer Lawrence confirms directorial debut
Stars of In The Heart of The Sea talk filming challenges
How The Danish Girl captured the zeitgeist
Sixty years on, Attenborough back to Great Barrier Reef for new series
Winslet, star of “The Dressmaker,” attends special screening in London
British pop punk band Busted announced a reunion tour on Tuesday, nearly 11 years after Charlie Simpson left the group and forced it to break up.
Film stars mingled with royals at the world premiere of “Spectre” on Monday, marking British secret agent James Bond’s glitzy return to the silver screen.
Blanchett, Mara premiere ‘Carol’ at London Film Festival
James Bonds past and present on show at Madame Tussauds
People expect ‘album full of mummy songs’
Sam Smith says ‘at the top’ with Bond film ‘Spectre’ song
YouTube pop star comes of age
Lauper, Fierstein bring ‘Kinky Boots’ musical show ‘home’
Inspired by Spice Girls, Britain’s Little Mix eye movie next
Zac Efron says new ‘Baywatch’ movie to be raunchy comedy
Sandra Bullock: ‘I did Minions movie for my son’
Entourage movie ‘not misogynistic’ – BBC News Article
Burberry gets ‘Strait-Laced’, Christopher Bailey interviewed
Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca is awarded the title of world’s best restaurant in London.
U.S. singer Nick Jonas says he was “nervous” about launching a solo career
Scarlett Johansson hints of darker side to next ‘Captain America’
On the red carpet of Interstellar Live
Interviewing Keanu Reeves at the UK premiere of ‘John Wick’.
Naturalist Attenborough fancies the lowly slug – for sex appeal
Interviewing Dame Judi Dench at the premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Pop newcomer Meghan Trainor belies being just the ‘Bass’ girl
Eddie Redmayne discusses his role as Stephen Hawking
The Brooklyn trio on meeting, music and Miley Cyrus…
Interviewing Jennifer Lawrence at the world premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 in London for Reuters.
Interviewing Lorde at the world premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 in London
Little-known Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers beat the bookies to take home the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for best album with their debut release “Dead”.
Country music’s Hunter Hayes goes ‘pop-western’ for Britain
At only 22 years old, one could be forgiven for thinking that British pop star and songwriter Charli xcx had found fame young. However, for the Hertfordshire girl, otherwise known as Charlotte Aitchison, success in the industry has been a long time coming.
Chatting to Game of Thrones’ Hannah Murray for the October issue of NYLON magazine
Pharrell in element in Britain, where “Happy” is top download. Interviewed for Reuters.
In February, a Brooklyn band named Mother (now known as MOTHXR) uploaded a song called Easy to SoundCloud.
Sam Smith says chart-topping debut inspired by unrequited love. Interviewed for Reuters.
It’s been two years since the release of South Londoner Jessie Ware’s debut album, Devotion.
She’s been hailed as the original and irrepressible new voice in the world of female rap (and beyond).
Ed Sheeran says new album takes him ‘outside comfort zone’. Interviewed for Reuters.
This summer, the charts are likely to be dominated by knob-twiddlers – these are the ones to watch…
Scandi-pop fever is set to strike again with the rise of Stockholm’s Tove Lo.
To a casual observer, it might seem like SOHN has rocketed from nowhere to become both a go-to producer for some of the biggest rising stars in music and a hotly tipped artist in his own right.
Chatting to Femme for Nylon Magazine’s March issue.
Although they have both been heavily involved in New Zealand’s music scene since childhood, it was only last year that Caleb Nott, 21, and sister and Georgia, 19, decided to form the synth-pop duo now known as Broods.
The girls and guns formula of traditional R&B has grown tired. Now a new wave of talent has arrived to reinvent the form and challenge listeners.
Now 27, the Cambridge philosophy grad has gone through a total artistic rebirth. Gone is her gothy attire and dirty blonde hair in favour of a fresh, vibrant, 90s style. And she has collaborated with coveted producer and DJ Jakwob on her new material, taking her folk rock roots and spinning them over achingly cool electro beats.
Jay Z’s fave Islington girl goes in on a J Dilla beat with a buoyant, easy flow – meet her here
Chatting to Jetta for Nylon Magazine.
A couple of years ago, SZA was completing a degree in marine biology, with no aspiration of becoming a singer because she “didn’t fit the stereotype.
If the name John Newman doesn’t instantly ring a bell, his voice—that soul-laden voice—almost certainly will.
Career reinventions are a risky business. Some pay off dividends – like Katy Perry, originally marketed as Katy Hudson, the blonde Christian Rock singer. Or Lana Del Rey, who made her musical debut as the virtually unrecognisable and much less saucy Lizzy Grant. Others simply confuse – see Snoop Dogg coming back as… Snoop Lion.
20-year-old Joel Compass has been turning heads since his debut track ‘Back To Me’ surfaced earlier this year, receiving over 30,000 SoundCloud plays and 150,000 YouTube views in just one week. His single “Astronaut” was released last week on Black Butter records along with an EP of the same title.
In a world saturated with new music on a daily basis, it’s a bold move to sit back and let the music do the talking—which is exactly what British trio London Grammar chose to do.
There’s something undoubtedly terrifying about being tipped as the buzz act for a year of music.
With the release of his EP, Dublin rapper Rejjie Snow is causing an uproar on both sides of the Atlantic.
“I don’t look for trouble but trouble look for me”, sing the ladies of new girl band Neon Jungle.
It’s a Saturday night. You’re single. You walk into a bar, hoping this will be your lucky night. You get chatting and wait for the right time to ask the all-important question: “So… are you a fan of Nirvana?”
Today we are here to talk about grime music. Don’t turn over, readers. London grime, having grown out of Bow, East London, in the early 2000s, is probably the most intriguing music scene I’ve ever encountered. From one tiny borough of London emerged a sound and means of achieving success dissimilar to anything else in the music industry.
There is growing anecdotal evidence that some UK firms are filtering out job candidates with foreign-sounding names.
Article for The Guardian.
Jacob Banks is not your average soul singer. In fact, the Birmingham native tells me that his voice used to be pretty ordinary. Then, one day, his tonsils spontaneously dislodged from his throat.
After topping the BBC’s Sound of 2009 poll ahead of Lady Gaga, La Roux and Florence and the Machine, Victoria Hesketh – aka Little Boots – found herself dumped by her record company, despite also having a top 5 debut album. After a long wait, she has returned with “Nocturnes”, a record that is set to become a soundtrack to summer.
It’s been nearly 18 months since a white, female, Australian rapper named Iggy Azalea stormed onto the US hip hop scene, dropping her mixtape “Ignorant Art”, which quickly became a cult classic. Two more mixtapes, and millions of YouTube hits later, Iggy is finally set to release her first UK single, “Work”.
There’s a mystery and allure that has surrounded The Neighbourhood since a faceless band with no back-story emerged online. They soon charged up the hype blogs, with a single track entitled ‘Female Robbery’. After a few months, it emerged that the group were a California 5-piece led by heavily tattooed front man Jesse Rutherford, 21.
Her name came from what seemed out of nowhere, to become one of the most touted new musical talents for 2013. Birmingham-born Laura Mvula (pronounced “mmm-voola”) had arrived, pioneering a genre-defying, incomparable new sound for the music industry to digest and ultimately embrace – all out of a tiny studio in Acton, West London.
Hailing from Hackney, London, Rudimental consists of Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor, and DJ (Leon) Locksmith. The quartet took over the charts this summer with the worldwide smash “Feel The Love”.
Last year, JLS were named the hardest working band in pop music. This year, no doubt they’ll live up to that title, with Aston currently judging on Got To Dance, and Marvin expecting his first child.
2012 was the year that Wiliam Sinclair aka Willy Moon’s life suddenly changed. After years of grafting, the captivating retro throwback hit the jackpot when his track “Yeah, Yeah” was chosen by Apple to soundtrack their new iPod ad.
2013 looks set to be a non-stop year for R&B singer and songwriter, Miguel. As well as continuing his tour of the world, bringing hits like “Adorn” and “All I Want Is You” to legions of adoring fans, he has recently released his first fashion collaboration with Deer Dana…
It’s hard to believe its been 10 years since Lemar Obika took to the Fame Academy stage, and wowed viewers with his soulful voice and song writing skills. Since then he has had seven top ten singles, sold over two million albums, won several Brit and MOBO awards, and had two children – Nyiema, 4, and Uriah, 2.
Last week as I arrived at a well-known South West London nightclub and was whisked with my girl friends to the front of the queue to be let in free of charge, I felt increasingly frustrated that, once again, our male friends who had come with us were left to stand in the cold to queue and pay an indeterminate figure for entry.
I caught up with Suggs from the legendary ska-pop institution that is Madness about their new album, some of the biggest perfomances of their lives, and what the future holds.
After the success of Wretch 32′s debut, Black & White, and the appearance of a very very good mixtape in the form of Wretchercise, the London MC is coming back with a new single ‘Pop’ and a highly anticipated second album.
Rebecca Ferguson is no ordinary X Factor alumni. In fact, her time on the show (and the sometime stigma attached to it) was all but forgotten following the release of her debut album “Heaven”. Rebecca co-wrote “Heaven” with a who’s who of the most credible songwriters in the industry, including Eg White, Fraser T Smith, and Brian Higgins.
Following a sold out headline show at Heaven and a stunning performance at this year’s Lovebox Festival, multi-platinum pop-star Mika has returned with the first single from his forthcoming album “The Origin Of Love”. Here he takes me through what went into making this record, from stalking unsigned musicians, to his sister’s tragic accident.
US singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko was holed up in a studio recording a duet with Rihanna only a few months ago. The result was ‘Stay’, which has gone on to dominate charts across the globe, as well as giving the Louisiana native the chance to break into the mainstream with his own solo career. Here we have 5 minutes with the man in question.
South Londoner Obaro Ejimive aka Ghostpoet, is a musician who is hard to define. A talented producer, singer and master of the spoken word, he solidified his position as one of the most exciting up and coming artists with a Mercury prize nomination for his debut album “Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam”, and through high profile supporters such as The Streets’ Mike Skinner.
It’s hard to believe that Scissor Sisters – our favourite glam-disco-electro-pop band, ever – formed back in 2001, and received their first Grammy nomination 8 years ago (for disco classic, Comfortably Numb).
Back in 2009, a music industry friend of mine played me the rough demos of a new signing of his. An ethereal wispy voice floated over hook driven riffs, a sound soon to be dubbed “folktronica”. Even at this raw stage, the tracks seemed to somehow sparkle. These songs went on to make up Ellie Goulding’s debut album “Lights” which, a year later, entered the chart at number 1, and earned her a BRIT award.
Since making his recording debut in 2005, Trey Songz has undeniably become one of music‘s hottest R&B artists today thanks to an infinite streak of hit singles including ‘Can‘t Help But Wait’, ‘Successful (feat. Drake)’, ‘I Invented Sex’ ‘Neighbours Know My Name’ and ‘Say Aah’.
As one of the most popular new artists for 2012 – The Guardian tips her as “most likely to win a Brit award” – it is hard to believe that Jessie Ware very nearly didn’t go into music at all.
The last 12 months couldn’t have gone better for him, featuring on a number one track which he also penned and produced; performing to huge crowds at Glastonbury, Wireless and Global Gathering; and being whisked under the wing of Simon Cowell.
The only thing that worries me is that I’ve never said that I’ll never drink, so I’m scared that if I have a glass of wine and got snapped, it will say “Jessie J said she’d never drink”.
Aino Jawo, 25, and Caroline Hjelt, 24, are Icona Pop. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, the electro-pop twosome are taking over the hipster nightlife scenes of New York, London and Paris with their fiendishly catchy pop numbers, and DJ skills.
Sub Focus, aka Nick Douwma has long been one of electronic music’s most exciting names.
Marina and the Diamonds’ new album ‘Electra Heart’ is a huge leap forward and promises to be one of the most exciting pop releases of 2012, underlining that she is amongst the most talented young British artists around.
“Somebody I Used to Know” is one of the best-selling singles of 2012 so far. He has rocketed to international success, even having a song featured on Glee. I interviewed Gotye just before he hit the big time about how he makes music, his major influences and what makes him tick.