British singer/songwriter Gary Barlow is preparing to return to the charts without his Take That bandmates for his first solo album in 14 years. The Relight My Fire hitmaker revealed on Twitter.com on Tuesday (17Sep13) that he has been working on the follow up to 1999's Twelve Months, Eleven Days and he can't wait to share the new music with fans.
He writes, "After 14 long years I'm proud to announce my new solo album out on November 25th! I'm excited for u (sic) to hear it!"
Barlow hasn't been completely absent from the pop charts - he scored a number one single last year (12) with Sing, which was recorded in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
He isn't the only Take That star gearing up for another chart assault - Robbie Williams will also release his new duets album, Swings Both Ways, in November (13).
Child stars...many of them flame out or go on reality shows, like Danny Bonaduce. The list of those who didn't make it out is long, too: Gary Coleman, Dana Plato, etc. Here are the ones from the 1980s and 1990s that survived and thrived:
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
He was capturing people's hearts on Growing Pains LONG before Titanic. DiCaprio's had a pretty good run too, being in Blood Diamond, The Departed and Inception of late. Yeah. I'd say he's doing pretty well.
2. Mila Kunis
Before she hit the '70s and Black Swan, Kunis was on shows like Seventh Heaven. She's also great at voiceover work, doing a long stint on Family Guy. Her love life has been well-chronicled too, but she seems to have kept her head on her shoulders quite well.
3. The Olsen Twins
They might not be doing as much now, but they made a mint post Full House. During a certain period in the 2000s, they were EVERYWHERE, having their own line of clothes, direct-to-DVD movies, you name it. Oh yeah, there was that whole creepy "Wait-until-they-turn-18" countdown. That was a bummer.
4. Alyssa Milano
Who's The Boss? She's the boss now on shows like Mistresses. She's also got a huge following on Twitter and she's a die-hard baseball fan. She's certainly got a Charmed life.
5. Neil Patrick Harris
Before Barney Stinson, he was legen - wait for it... - dary as Doogie Howser, MD. Of course, there were those hilarious appearances in the Harold & Kumar movies. He's also been a great role model for the LGBT crowd.
6. Jason Bateman
His life's in Arrested Development now, but he had a Silver Spoon in his mouth in the '80s. Bateman's always been someone who realizes he has an awesome job as an actor and is glad to be making a living doing that. Heck, he's even appeared on Yo Gabba Gabba.
7. Sarah Jessica Parker
Carrie Bradshaw sure was a Square Peg in the '80s. She's also married to an icon of the decade: Matthew Broderick. I wonder if he keeps giving her Ferris Bueller advice...
8. Michael J. Fox
He hasn't severed his Family Ties with NBC; he's got his own show coming up in the fall. It's a miracle that he's doing that, since he's been fighting Parkinson's for a very, very long time. I hope his good run continues.
9. Drew Barrymore
As a kid, she met with an extraterrestrial: that might explain the weird people she subsequently dated. Since then, she's become a Angel and a rom-com queen, and she's been the face of beauty commercials for a long time.
10. Justin Timberlake
This ex-Mouseketeer is doing much better than another one, his ex Britney Spears. He recently briefly re-united with his former boy band N'Sync and had one of the most anticipated album releases in 2013 with The 20/20 Experience. He's also been in some movies, and he's a staple on both Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Yeah, I think he's doing okay.
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The Titanic star attended a ceremony at London royal residence Buckingham Palace to receive the accolade, which she branded "incomparably overwhelming".
She says, "The sense of gravity is enormous and you very much feel you are being acknowledged by the whole country in a way. There is something incomparably overwhelming about that."
The Queen asked Winslet how much she enjoys acting, and the star recalls, "I said yes I liked it but not as much as being a mother. She said, 'It is the best job'."
Take That star Gary Barlow was also honoured at the ceremony - he was presented with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal by the reigning monarch.
Barlow said he was "deeply proud" to land the OBE and admitted the honour "hadn't seemed real until today".
Earlier this year (12), the pop singer wrote a commemorative song and planned London's star-studded Diamond Jubilee Concert for the royal in recognition of her 60 years on the throne.
The Titanic star has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to drama, while Branagh has been given a knighthood.
Winslet says, "I feel deeply proud to receive this, as a part of an ever-expanding community of British actors who are fortunate enough to be able to contribute to an international industry. This makes me very proud to be a Brit."
Branagh adds, "When I was a kid I dreamed of pulling on a shirt for the Northern Ireland football team. I could only imagine how proud you might feel. Today it feels like they just gave me the shirt, and my heart's fit to burst."
Take That star Barlow was given an Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal for organising the star-studded Diamond Jubilee Concert for the Queen in London earlier this month (Jun12).
He says, "I enjoy every minute of the work I do, with a lot of it being a reward in itself, so for somebody to decide I should get recognised for that is just amazing."
Sarah Burton, who designed the dress worn by Prince William's wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at their 2011 wedding, was also made an OBE.
The Titanic star will be handed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) medal by the monarch when the annual list of recipients is announced later this month (Jun12), reports U.K. newspaper The Sun.
A source tells the publication, "Kate... (has) made a significant contribution to modern Britain. The Queen is pleased to be able to reward (her) in her Jubilee year."
On Saturday (09Jun12) it was revealed Take That star Gary Barlow will be given an Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal for his efforts organising the star-studded Diamond Jubilee Concert in London last Monday (04Jun12).
Take That star Gary Barlow and theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber put together a track called Sing to mark anniversary of the British monarch's 60-year reign, which has been celebrated in events across the U.K. over the last few days.
The songwriters had wanted to secure a lead performer to tackle the main vocals and they hoped to give the job to Harry Potter star Radcliffe, who has proved his musical credentials in Broadway musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
However, they were forced to reconsider when they discovered Radcliffe is not a fan of Britain's royal family.
Lloyd Webber tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "Initially, we thought we needed a principal performer. Then I had a bright idea. In fact, I thought it was corker. Daniel Radcliffe. I had seen him perform sensationally in last year's Tony Awards (for which, disgracefully, he was not nominated). Gary agreed. Who better than a young Brit, known throughout the world as Harry Potter, to sing on such an occasion? The problem was that Daniel is anti-monarchy and has given interviews to this effect, so we decided that it was probably not a path we should pursue."
Sing features on a collaborative record of the same name which topped the U.K. album charts over the four-day Diamond Jubilee public holiday (02-05Jun12).
While many in the U.K. are busy celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a familiar face in Britain has died. The English-born actor, Richard Dawson — who was most known as the host of Family Feud — passed away in Los Angeles on Saturday. He was 79-years-old.
His son Gary made the announcement on Facebook saying, "It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away [Saturday] evening from complications due to esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered."
Many remember the personable TV actor for his penchant of kissing all the female contestants on the popular game show, which ran from 1976 to 1985 and won him an Emmy. But he also had a fan following for his role as the Cockney POW Cpl. Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes.
This year marks 60 years since Queen Elizabeth first took reign as the Queen of England in 1952. In proper British tradition, a four-day celebration will take place across the UK in her honor.
Here are 5 things you should know about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
1. THE BASICS
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is in honor of Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne. At 86-years-old she is only the second UK monarch to mark that major milestone, having come to the throne on February 6, 1952.
2. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Events are being held from June 2-5, over the four-day holiday weekend. Many of them will take place in central London, but also in various locations throughout the UK.
3. WHY THEY'RE DOING IT
It's tradition. And you don't mess with a British tradition (tea and crumpets, anyone?). In the past, the Queen has had similar celebrations: the Silver Jubilee to mark her 25th year in 1977, and her Golden Jubilee to mark her 50th in 2002.
4. WHO IS ATTENDING
All of the events will be attended by the royal family as well as royals from around the world, with some of the events open to the select public. In the way of celebs, musical acts scheduled to perform at the concert on Saturday includes: Paul McCartney, Elton John, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, boy band JLS, X Factor's Cheryl Cole with Take That's Gary Barlow, and Shirley Bassey.
5. ACTIVITY CALENDAR
Buckingham Palace is responsible for coordinating all of the events taking place over the four days. The Epsom Derby kicked off the festivities on Saturday, where Queen Elizabeth attended the horse race accompanied by her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh and her two granddaughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. On Sunday up to 1,000 boats will assemble from around the world and parade down the Thames River. Monday a concert will be held at Buckingham Palace where local residents were given the chance to win a ticket in a public ballot. The weekend will culminate on Tuesday with a service at St. Paul's Cathedral, followed by a formal carriage process back to Buckingham Palace.
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Gloria Estefan had it right when she said The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You because it now seems to have reached even members of the royal family. Prince Harry makes his musical debut (well, sort of) as part of a music video created to mark Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee and her on-going commitment to the Commonwealth.
Throughout the clip, the red-haired prince is seen playfully tapping on a tambourine and sort of dancing to the beat. The new anthem, titled "Sing," was created by singer Gary Barlow and Phantom of the Opera composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.
As for how Prince Harry managed to make his way into the video, Barlow claims he happened to run into the 27-year-old during a visit to Jamaica last March. "We turned up and I asked him would he play on the record and he said, 'I don't sing,'" Barlow told the U.K. Press Association. "But I said, 'No, no – I don't want you to sing, I want you to play the tambourine.' And so he said, 'It'll cost you.' Then we met him later on that night and he did the tambourine hit and we spun it into the track. He probably hasn't got a clue what he's part of just yet."
The official song will be released on May 28, but for now, enjoy watching Prince Harry get in touch with his artistic side.His
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We're heading towards Summer which means icy boozy beverages, copious movies about super power-laden humans, and lots and lots of outdoor concerts. And in August, there's an explosion of two of those factors: Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival. For three days, August 3 through 5, bands take over the city's Grant Park — the same park that held the jubilant crowd the night President Obama won the 2008 election.
And 2012 is going to fill out the picturesque park with tents, stages and sweaty music fans for the lineup chock full of big name acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Florence + the Machine. Plus, TV fans will be happy to find American Idol alum Haley Reinhart and Community star Donald Glover (as his rapper alter ego Childish Gambino) slated for the fest. So yeah, it's going to be a big one. Fire up the Spotify, crank up your headphones, and start listening because this year's lineup is nothing short of huge.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
THE BLACK KEYS
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
AT THE DRIVE-IN
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
THE TEMPER TRAP
SKREAM & BENGA
THE HEAD & THE HEART
THE BIG PINK
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
TORO Y MOI
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
GARY CLARK JR.
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
AMADOU & MARIAM
BAND OF SKULLS
JJ GREY & MOFRO
DUM DUM GIRLS
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
BEAR IN HEAVEN
THE BLACK ANGELS
BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
SHARON VAN ETTEN
TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
THE DEVIL MAKES THREE
THE WAR ON DRUGS
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD
FIRST AID KIT
JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND
KOPECKY FAMILY BAND
THE WHITE PANDA
WALK OFF THE EARTH
DRY THE RIVER
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