Clean Bandit's breakout smash "Rather Be" is a very romantic song, but the group says when they wrote it initially, they never planned for it to be a love song. In fact, it was their co-writer -- who isn't even the band -- who turned the song into a tribute to his future wife.
The members of Clean Bandit wrote the music for "Rather Be," but the lyrics were written by one member, Jack Patterson, and another guy called Jimmy Napes. "He's a lyricist. He wrote [Disclosure's hit] 'Latch' and other songs," says Clean Bandit's Grace Chatto. "And we've kinda…
Sam Smith has been racking up the awards -- and the award nominations -- in recent weeks, both in the U.S. and the U.K. But the soulful British singer says he can't quite bring himself to think about that one award that trumps them all: the Grammy.
Asked by Vibe magazine if he cares what musical category the Grammys would put him in, should he receive a nomination, Sam laughs, "Not at all!" He then adds, "I don’t even want to think about it too much because I don’t want to jinx anything, but if that did happen, that would…
Taylor Swift's whirlwind promotional blitz for her new album, 1989, brought her to The Voice on Monday night. She served as an adviser for all four teams, helping out the artists as they prepared for the latest stage in the competition, the Knockout Rounds.
Taylor played an active role in rehearsals, suggesting to each contestant ways they can improve. Occasionally, she would even demonstrate by singing a few notes of the artist's song choice, as she did when Team Gwen member Bryana Salaz practiced Demi Lovato's "Heart Attack."
The Voice made sure to sneak in a plug or two for…
Katy Perry's overseas birthday celebration included her oft-rumored boyfriend, Diplo.
After spending time in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, Katy flew with the DJ and others by private jet to Paris on Saturday, when she officially turned 30. An insider tells E! News that the crew dined at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower, adding, "They were inside for about two and a half hours. Katy looked happy but tired as she was yawning."
Katy and Diplo went their separate ways the next day, with Diplo heading to South Korea for a performance.
Katy's birthday festivities came amid a new…
Bruno Mars is the latest performer to be confirmed for the first Rock in Rio U.S.A. music festival, taking place this May in Las Vegas. Bruno will join No Doubt, Taylor Swift and John Legend at the event, which will take place over two weekends: May 8-9 and May 15-16. Bruno will perform on May 16, the same day as John Legend.
Bruno is a familiar face in Las Vegas, thanks to the mini-residency he did at that city's Cosmopolitan hotel.
Before that, though, you can see Bruno perform live if you can get yourself to L.A. this weekend. Remember…
After announcing that she was partnering with Fisher-Price for a line of baby toys, Shakira has now premiered the first in a 12-part web series tied to the new line of products.
Among the topics that Shakira, who has one son and is now pregnant with her second child, discusses in the series: what it means to her to be a mother, how motherhood has changed her and the importance of talking to your baby.
Shakira's line of toys can now be ordered at Amazon.com, but they won't be available until mid-November or early December. The products include a "piano…
Kanye West commands top dollar for his performances, but even when presented with a multi-million dollar offer, he isn't afraid to turn it down, according to a report.
TMZ says the rapper turned down a $4.5 million contract in Vegas, which would have earned him the title of highest paid Sin City performer, surpassing Celine Dion, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez. He would have been obligated to perform three shows a week for three weeks at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, earning him $500,000 for each show.
There's no word in the TMZ report about why Kanye’s turned down the…
Taylor Swift isn't the only one encouraging her fans to go out and buy her new album 1989 -- her famous friends are also beating the drum for her.
First up: Lorde. "OMG 1989 IS OUT WHAT A DAY," she tweeted. "So proud of my sista. my favourite [song] is 'Style' (and also 'Blank Space') (and also all of them)." Lorde also posted a photo of herself and Taylor on the beach together, and added, "i first heard style driving down the pacific coast highway and it was EVERYTHING i chair-danced so hard you have no idea."
Another of Taylor's…
Sinead O'Connor got into a feud with Miley Cyrus last year, and it looks like the '80s star is starting up again with Miley.
On her website, Sinead has posted a photo of Miley onstage with a bunch of money stuffed in her mouth, and written an essay that starts with these words: "Urgent! Does Anyone Know the Whereabouts of this Girl’s Parents?"
Sinead then adds, "...Because they appear to be missing in action." She goes on to write, "In short, no human being on earth would be photographing, filming or watching my child-like looking daughter dressed as a stripper…
Taylor Swift's new album, 1989, is now in stores. She's described it as her first official pop album, and says making it was the next logical step in her artistic journey from her country-pop roots.
"I think that this felt like the most sonically cohesive thing to do. This felt like the most authentic thing for me to follow because I've been playing around with pop sensibilities with my writing for the last couple of years," Taylor said on Monday's Good Morning America.
“I could have made Red twice," she continued, referring to her last album. "I could have done…
The lineup for this year's American Music Awards continues to grow. Both Fergie and Lorde will take the stage at the telecast, and so will One Direction.
Fergie's performance will mark the worldwide TV debut of her new single, "L.A. LOVE (la la)," from her forthcoming album, while Lorde's performance will be an AMA first. One Direction will perform a song from their forthcoming disc Four.
As previously reported, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige, Charli XCX and 5 Seconds of Summer are also on the bill for the American Music Awards, which airs November 23 on ABC starting at 8…
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett are getting their duet act together and taking it on the road.
The stars, whose album Cheek to Cheek debuted at #1, have announced three dates for 2015: May 30 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, June 8 at London's Royal Albert Hall, and June 19 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Tickets go on sale November 3 for L.A. and New York, while London goes on sale October 31.
A full orchestra, as well as two different jazz ensembles, will back up Gaga and Bennett during these shows.
The two artists…
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