With her soaring, melodramatic vocals, haunting lyrics, and ethereal presence, Florence Welch redefined the meaning of "rock goddess. " As the lead singer of the wiry rock band Florence + The Machine,...
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris prefers working with British artists because they understand his dry sense of humour much better than others. The Summer hitmaker is known for creating popular tracks with some of the biggest names in music, but he admits that in the recording studio, he would rather spend time with British artists who understand his jokes.
He tells BBC.com, "I find it easier to work with British people. I'm a bit of a joker and sometimes they don't quite get me. It's completely important. If anyone does a bad take, I want to be comfortable enough to tell them it was bad and they could do it better."
Harris has worked with many Brits throughout his career, including Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah, Florence Welch and John Newman, but he has also earned acclaim thanks to collaborations with American artists such as Ne-Yo and Haim, and Barbadian star Rihanna.
Florence And The Machine frontwoman Florence Welch suffered a "nervous breakdown" during her year-long hiatus from music.
The British star decided to take time off after recording her debut album Lungs and the follow-up Ceremonials back-to-back, but she suffered a "crash landing" when she stopped working. Welch also reveals her "on and off relationship with drinking" meant the year was even more "chaotic". She tells Britain's BBC Radio 1, "Ceremonials and Lungs all blurred together, we didn't take any time off. It was a decision to have a year off. (During that time I had) a bit of a nervous breakdown... It was a bit of a crash landing in a sense.
"In the year off, I was still going out and going to events but something wasn't quite right, I was spiralling a bit. I wasn't making myself happy. I wasn't stable. It was a really vulnerable time for me when we first started making the (new) record and because of that it's the most personal record I've ever made."
The star has spoken in the past about her mental health woes and in 2010 revealed that a bad break-up led to a bout of depression. Florence and the Machine's new record How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is set for release in June (15).
Florence + The Machine previewed their forthcoming album during a star-studded private listening party in London on Monday (09Feb15). The Shake It Out hitmakers treated family members and friends to a special preview at Les Trois Garcons restaurant.
Frontwoman Florence Welch hosted the party, and played the record in its entirety to celebrity friends like Jessie Ware and model Daisy Lowe.
Florence + the Machine recently joined Foo Fighters and AC/DC among the frontrunners to headline this summer's (15) Glastonbury festival in England.
Liv Tyler has apparently confirmed her romance with David Beckham's close friend Dave Gardner after they were spotted holding hands on Friday (15Aug14). Reports suggesting the Armageddon star was dating the sports agent surfaced last month (Jul14) and now the couple has gone public with the romance.
They were pictured leaving London's Shoreditch House on Friday following a party held to celebrate the birthday of British DJ Nick Grimshaw. Model Daisy Lowe, actress Jaime Winstone and singer Florence Welch also attended the bash.
The couple, who were introduced by supermodel Kate Moss, have reportedly been dating in secret for months.
Tyler has a son with ex-husband Royston Langdon and Gardner was previously married to British actress Davinia Taylor.
A dress drama almost ruined Blake Lively's 2012 wedding after a sparkler burned a hole in her designer gown. The Gossip Girl beauty has opened up about the highly-private South Carolina ceremony in the new issue of Vogue magazine, revealing her big day, which featured a reception performance from her singer pal Florence Welch, was almost ruined by a hand-held firework.
She recalls, "I look down and my wedding dress has a big burn mark from one of the sparklers. Right on the front! And it was just so heartbreaking to me."
But Lively learned to love the damage done to the custom-made Marchesa gown after her husband Ryan Reynolds helped her gain a new perspective on the wedding day drama.
She continues, "Later, my dress was hanging up and Ryan said, 'Isn't that beautiful?' I said, 'What?' And he pointed to the burn. My heart just stopped, because it was such a sensitive little subject. And he said, 'You'll always remember that moment with Florence singing and the sparklers. You have that forever, right there, preserved'. Now that's my favourite part of the dress."
The comment has since inspired the name of her new lifestyle website, Preserve.
Lively also reveals her rustic wedding ceremony may not have happened at all had it not been for the help of lifestyle queen Martha Stewart, who came to the couple's rescue as it faced a series of last-minute problems.
She explains, "Our wedding was becoming a disaster, and we didn't know what to do, so we called Martha! She said, 'Don't worry. I'll handle it'. She sent her team down to save us. And then she called her friends who have a home in South Carolina and set us up at the most amazing getaway. This is (on) the day of our wedding!"
Photos from Lively and Reynolds' big day were later published exclusively in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.
Lily Allen reunited with producer Mark Ronson in London on Wednesday night (04Jun14) for a charity fundraiser. The Smile hitmaker worked with Ronson on her 2006 album Alright, Still, and they teamed up again at the The Other Ball event in London's Mayfair.
Ronson was hosting the bash, which raised money for Arms Around The Child, an organisation which helps provide the basics for a child to be happy and healthy.
Allen performed at the event, and Florence Welch also took to the stage after banishing herself to the studio in recent months to work on a new album.
She tells the London Evening Standard, "The daily routine involves a bicycle and an anorak. I make a packed lunch - I do. Bicycle, anorak, packed lunch. It's kind of like, really old English. I've just really dedicated myself to one thing and everything else has got simplified."
British singer Florence Welch, Canadian rockers Arcade Fire, and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson are among the stars who have donated clothing to a yard sale to raise money for Oxfam. The Florence + The Machine frontwoman leads a group of celebrities, also including British singer Paloma Faith and U.K. rappers Tinie Tempah and Professor Green, who have donated second-hand goods to the Rumble In The Jumble event.
Proceeds from the celebrity sale, which raised more than $25,600 (£16,000) last year (13), will be donated to the Oxfam charity to help women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The event will take place in London on Saturday (26Apr14).
Hollywood star Andrew Garfield surprised London theatre-goers on Wednesday night (09Apr14) with an unannounced cameo in an interactive play. The Punchdrunk theatre company hosts unique stage shows in which the audience has to move around the performance space and interact with the actors.
The Amazing Spider-Man star unexpectedly appeared during a performance of the company's production The Drowned Man, which is staged across four floors in a London office building.
Garfield featured as part of the supporting cast whose job is to add intrigue and distractions for the audience while the lead stars act out the play's tragic love story.
The movie star isn't the only celebrity to unexpectedly appear in a Punchdrunk production - singer Florence Welch made a similarly unannounced appearance as a supporting actor in The Drowned Man at the end of March (14).
Florence + The Machine star Florence Welch made a cameo appearance onstage during a production of the play The Drowned Man in London on Tuesday night (25Mar14). Following her unannounced appearance, Welch took to Instagram and wrote, "I learned that when all is dark. Only the moon can show you the way. ThankYou to #punchdrunk for letting me enter your world for the evening."
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The recent release of Lana Del Rey's delightfully creepy cover of "Once Upon A Dream" got me ruminating on hypothetical Disney covers. Of course, many exist already: Demi Lovato's "Let it Go," Christina Aguilera's "Reflection," and my personal favorite, Fiona Apple's "Sally's Song." But lucky for us, there are still plenty of Disney songs in need of high-profile covers. Here are a few to get you started:
"A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes," as sung by Lorde
This old-school Disney tune (Cinderella, 1950) evokes the sound of retro crooners like Judy Garland and Cass Elliot, but who could take a fresh spin on it these days? Lorde. Her signature rasp would contrast nicely with the champagne-bubble optimism of the song.
"Feed the Birds," as sung by Regina Spektor
Come on, wouldn't it be cool? Spektor's voice is so mercurial; she seems to flit seamlessly between opposite sides of the emotional spectrum in an instant – at turns both melancholy and euphoric. Her ultra-expressive style and her clear-as-a-bell voice fit this song to a T.
"Gaston," as sung by Nathan Fillion
From his turn as Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog, we know that no one plays a self-involved bravissimo-filled beefcake quite like Fillion – he'd make a perfect Gaston, and I'd pay hard cash to see him do it.
"I Won't Say I'm In Love," as sung by Florence Welch
Florence Welch may just be too cool for Disney. But, if she were to do a cover, I'd love to see her do some sort of love ballad. Her rock-tinged voice could make even the dorkiest Disney song sound cool, and I'd love to hear her croon out Hercules fan-favorite "I Won't Say I'm In Love." She's certainly got the attitude to play Meg!
What Disney covers do you want to see? Share in the comments!
With her soaring, melodramatic vocals, haunting lyrics, and ethereal presence, Florence Welch redefined the meaning of "rock goddess. " As the lead singer of the wiry rock band Florence + The Machine, it was Welch's distinctive voice that gave heart and soul to the critically acclaimed album <i>Lungs</i> (2009), which featured a mesmerizing collection of ballads, rock songs, and pop-like dance tracks that often spoke of love and loss. The album featured the ubiquitous single "Dog Days Are Over," one of the album's more hopeful songs that went on to be featured on numerous film soundtracks and popular television shows. The album also catapulted Welch into international superstardom as a style icon who was not afraid to mix romantic, wispy dresses with hard leather accents. Following the success of Florence + The Machine's debut album, Welch and her band released their sophomore effort, the equally acclaimed <i>Ceremonials</i> (2011), which again delivered Welch's epic vocals, tormented yet romantic storytelling, and made her one of her generation's most compelling and original artists.