Stars including singer Nicole Scherzinger and British actor Simon Pegg have been photographed in mid-air for a new Oxfam charity campaign. The organisation's new Lift Lives for Good campaign aims to publicise the charity's work in poverty-stricken communities around the world, and a number of famous faces offered to jump in the air for a striking advertising drive.
In the pictures, by celebrity snapper Rankin, Scherzinger is seen in a jump while fellow singer Eliza Doolittle appears to float like Peter Pan, and Pegg pulls a Superman-style pose.
Other stars who took part include Anna Friel, Harry Potter star Bonnie Wright, David Morrissey, former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, and model Laura Bailey.
Blur bassist Alex James is hoping to expand his foray into the food and beverage industry with the release of his own line of drinks. The guitarist applied to the U.K.'s Intellectual Property Office for a trademark for the name Britpop in October (13), to cover various types of beverages including, "(ones) enriched with added minerals, low alcohol beer and alcopops."
If the application is approved, James will be able to use the term for his drinks for the next 10 years, according to Buzzfeed.com.
This isn't James' first venture in the industry - in 2003, he bought a farm in the English countryside and started making his own cheese.
James and Blur were a big part of the Britpop resurgence in the mid-to-late 1990s, which also featured Oasis, Pulp, Supergrass and many more acts.
Veteran rocker Paul Weller will bring festive cheer to fans in London next month (Dec13) by staging a special Christmas concert to aid kids in war-torn Syria. The former The Jam star will headline Save The Children's Christmas Tree Sessions along with Supergrass rocker Gaz Coombes and soul star Will Heard.
The gig at the British capital's Union Chapel on 5 December (13) will raise funds for Save The Children's Syria Crisis Appeal.
Veteran rock stars from Roxy Music, The Smiths, Suede and Supergrass have teamed up to form a new supergroup for an upcoming drama series. Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, Suede bassist Mat Osman and Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes have come together as Chaz Chance And The Prophets.
The fictional 1970s glam rock band was put together to feature in a three-part U.K. TV series titled The Records, which charts the highs and lows of a music industry talent agent, and the rockers have recorded three songs for the show.
Joyce tells NME magazine, "The calibre of the players - heroes, y'know (sic) - it'd be mad not to do it. And the tracks are genuinely good. They sound Bowie-ish, but they're not a pastiche."
The brunette beauty posed for a photoshoot while wearing the limited edition top, which will be sold by U.K. fashion chain Peacocks later this month (Sep11).
The T-shirt was designed by former Powder singer Pearl Lowe, and bosses at the retail giant have pledged to donate 15 per cent of proceeds from the garment to Cancer Research UK.
Pearl, who is married to former Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey, says, "It was an honour to be able to raise money for a cause that sadly touches too many people's lives.
"Daisy looks fabulous in the T-shirt and I couldn't think of a better muse, however I wanted to create a design that will look great on women of all ages from 16 to 60."
He's not the original glam rocker for nothing.
David Bowie, whose stage character the Thin White Duke pushed the envelope in rock music during the '70s, has been crowned the musician's musician by a British magazine, Reuters reports.
The New Musical Express conducted the yearlong "Under the Influence" survey, in which they asked hundreds of musicians who their biggest influence was. Bowie, 52, beat out the Beatles and other top rock and pop stars.
Bowie is best known for such tunes as "Space Oddity," "Changes," "Suffragette City," "Let's Dance" and "China Girl" and has been covered by several bands, including Nirvana and Oasis.
JACKSON TACKLES FAMILY ISSUES: Belief.net, a religious Web site, is scheduled to publish a story Wednesday in which pop star Michael Jackson talks about his troubled childhood and his desire to simply be a "normal little boy with an ordinary life," Reuters reports.
In the posting, Jackson writes: "That little boy ... may have had every material need filled," but he "did not have playtime, and he did not have freedom." He says he always loved to perform but was "rarely happy and anything but carefree."
JOHN, MCCARTNEY FIGHT 'FREE' MUSIC: Singers/composers Elton John and Paul McCartney campaigned today against the phenomenon of downloadable music. The pop stars said that not only would the record company execs suffer from lost income, but also more importantly, the high-profile musicians like themselves as well as song writers who compose music for others, Reuters reports.
Internet music swapping companies such as Napster, McCartney and John say, will make up most of the $3 billion loss in sales by the year 2005. The campaign was organized by British Music Rights, an organization of composers and songwriters.
LUCIANO WHO?: Even opera stars have to carry I.D. Luciano Pavarotti was turned away at a Padua, Italy, hotel were he had reservations because he didn't have any form of identification, Reuters reports. Guess his signature rotund shape and black beard weren't enough to convince front desk attendants that he was Pavarotti.
"Rules are the same for everyone,'' explained a duty manager at the Sheraton Hotel. "Plenty of famous people come to stay here but even they have to have I.D.'' EMINEM, RADIOHEAD WIN NET AWARDS: For the first time ever, rapper Eminem and British rockers Radiohead picked up awards not for their music but for their Web sites. Radiohead won an award at the inaugural British Online Music Awards for best alternative Web site, Reuters reports.
The band's site features news of the band, social commentary, pictures and links to anti-corporate Web sites. Eminem took home the prize for best international artist Web site. Other winners included Toploader and Supergrass. The winners were selected by online voters.