Lily Allen took her pop career to new heights on Thursday night (14Nov13) when she performed her new single Hard Out Here on the London Eye tourist attraction. She was joined by DJ/producer Mark Ronson for the sky-high Red Bull Revolutions In Sound gig.
British pop star Lily Allen suffered a crippling bout of insomnia before she unveiled her comeback track to fans. The Smile hitmaker returned to the spotlight this week (beg11Nov13) after spending four years concentrating on motherhood, releasing a racy video for her new single Hard Out Here.
The promo has caused a huge stir, with fans flocking to see the singer seemingly poking fun at her pop peers Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, and Allen admits she suffered weeks of sleepless nights over fears her sarcastic new song and satirical video would prompt a backlash.
She says, "It's (was) an exciting 24 hours, that's for sure. I'm a bit of a catastrophiser (sic). I haven't really slept much in the last couple of weeks, thinking about the negative feedback I was going to get."
The star continued her comeback campaign by performing her new song in a pod on the iconic London Eye attraction on Thursday (14Nov13) alongside her producer pal Mark Ronson for the Red Bull Revolutions In Sound gigs.
Singer Neneh Cherry made an impressive comeback in London on Tuesday night (12Nov13) ahead of her first album release in 17 years. The Swedish star is gearing up to release a new record in early 2014, her first solo studio album since 1996's Man, and she marked her impending chart return by taking to the stage in front of a star-studded crowd in the U.K. capital.
Cherry played several old and new tracks at the bash to celebrate the first birthday of hotspot Sushi Samba at Heron Tower in front of celebrity guests including Leona Lewis, Alexa Chung, Mark Ronson and his DJ sister Samantha.
Music producer Mark Ronson has given up eating meat after working with vegetarian superstar Sir Paul McCartney. The studio wizard was recruited by The Beatles legend to work on his upcoming album New, and he changed his diet after gorging on vegetarian dishes which were available for free during their studio sessions.
He tells Mojo magazine, "Did the experience (of working with McCartney) change me? Yes, it turned me into a vegetarian! I'm a (late night) studio rat, and if you ordered food at two in the morning it was free if it was veggie. Better than ordering a Nando's. You have more energy, which you can see every day in Paul, he's so driven."
British singer Lily Allen took to the stage in Italy on Thursday (19Sep13) for a warm-up gig ahead of her planned pop comeback. The Smile hitmaker provided the entertainment at the Martini party in Lake Como, playing for guests including model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Shakespeare in Love star Joseph Fiennes.
She was accompanied by pianist Chilly Gonzales, and DJ Mark Ronson later hit the decks at the glitzy bash.
After the event, Allen tweeted, "Thank you Martini Drinks for a wonderful evening, and thank you Lake Como for being so beautiful. Quite sad to be leaving."
Allen took time off from her music career to become a mother to two daughters, but last month (Aug13) she launched a new website and hinted at releasing a comeback single.
"gig tomorrow on lake como just @chillygonzales a piano and me. and @iamMarkRonson for afters... And I have a chest infection! Yay!" Lily Allen is battling poor health as she prepares for an intimate gig with producer/DJ Mark Ronson in Italy on Thursday (19Sep13).
Sir Paul McCartney and music producer Mark Ronson finalised their plans to work together in the studio during a chance meeting in a lavatory. The recording wizard has engineered two songs on the Beatles legend's upcoming album - the title track New and another number, named Alligator.
McCartney was first attracted to the idea of working with Ronson when he entertained the congregation by DJing at the Fab Four star's wedding to Nancy Shevell in 2011, but the deal was not agreed until they met again in the restroom at a New York restaurant.
McCartney tells NME magazine, "That sounds pervy, doesn't it? We bumped into each other and said, 'Hi, we should work together.' So I called him to ask properly and he said yes."
"He phoned to ask me to do it but it was the same weekend as my own wedding and I was completely spaced because I had my own marriage on my mind. Then on my honeymoon 10 days later, I was like, 'I forgot to call Paul McCartney back!' Which just sounds like a pretty ridiculous sentence." Mark Ronson nearly missed his chance to DJ at Sir Paul McCartney's nuptials in 2011 because he was too busy with his own wedding to Josephine De La Baume.
British superproducer Mark Ronson has been honoured by Sir Paul McCartney at the performing arts school the rock legend founded in his native Liverpool, England. The Beatles icon returned home on Thursday (25Jul13) to congratulate 260 graduating students at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and during the commencement ceremony, Ronson was presented with the LIPA Companion award in recognition of his outstanding achievement and contribution to students' learning.
He was celebrated alongside five other honourees, including Seymour Stein, who famously signed The Ramones and Madonna to Sire Records in the 1970s and '80s.
McCartney has attended every LIPA annual graduation ceremony since launching the academy in 1995.
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone refused to attend his daughter Tamara's wedding party in France earlier this month (Jun13) as he feared the lavish four-day celebration was "too much". The billionaire racing boss flew to the French Riviera to give his daughter away when she married Jay Rutland in an extravagant ceremony, which was part of four days of events rumoured to have cost around $5.4 million (£3.5 million).
The socialite reportedly hired chart-topping acts Sir Elton John, Lionel Richie and Mark Ronson to perform during the celebrations, but Bernie admits he left before the end as he didn't see the point of the parties.
He tells Britain's The Times, "I don't celebrate. I don't see the point. I went to my daughter's wedding last week and walked her down the aisle. But I didn't go to the celebrations the next day. I went home. I was there to do a job (give her away) and was happy to do that. I didn't want to hang around. The whole thing was a huge affair, too much really."
However, the 82-year-old mogul insists he didn't open his wallet for his daughter's big day, leaving his ex-wife Slavica to foot the extortionate bill: "I didn't pay for it. My ex-wife did."
Bernie and Slavica, who also have a 24-year-old daughter named Petra, divorced in 2009.