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,...
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!
British pop star Florence Welch showed her support for sibling rockers Haim on Tuesday (10Dec13) by joining them onstage at the end of their London concert and jumping into the audience. The Wire hitmakers were wrapping up their performance at the city's Forum venue when Welch, wearing a white T-shirt bearing the trio's name, stepped into the spotlight and decided to crowdsurf.
Bassist Este Haim took the Florence and the Machine singer's lead and threw herself into the audience too.
Welch's impromptu stage dive wasn't the only surprise during the show - the Haim stars were also presented with their first ever gold disc for selling more than 100,000 units of their debut album Days Are Gone in the U.K. The project hit the top of the British albums chart in October (13).
Welch is no stranger to the Haim sisters - the band supported the Dog Days Are Over star during her U.K. tour last year (12).
Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has put himself forward for consideration to portray Star Wars robot R2-D2 in the upcoming sequel after sharing a spoof audition tape online. The rocker joined forces with editors behind YouTube.com comedy channel Stinky Mike to shoot the funny clip, in which the singer and self-confessed "giant Star Wars fan" decides to try out for a role.
When a pretend casting assistant suggests his tall stature and ginger hair makes him more suited to audition as a Wookiee, a hairy humanoid species in the sci-fi franchise, he replies, "Dude, don't be stupid. This (body) is like, obvious R2-D2. I want to be king of the droids. (Wookiee) Chewbacca's just like, a hairy beast. I'm like, an articulate, multi-lingual do-er."
He then dons a cardboard costume in an effort to make himself look like R2-D2 for casting directors, but the audition goes drastically wrong as he crashes into a presentation board and falls over as he utters the robot's sounds, "gleep glorp".
Homme's fake audition is part of Stinky Mike's series of joke auditions for the J.J. Abrams movie, Star Wars: Episode VII.
The rocker's audition may be a spoof, but Irish actress Saoirse Ronan revealed this week (begs30Sep13) that she really has tried out for the film, although she can't reveal anything about the much-anticipated sequel.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to return to the franchise as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, while Alex Pettyfer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, Florence Welch, Michael B. Jordan and Chloe Grace Moretz have also been linked to the cast.
The Lovely Bones star Saoirse Ronan has confirmed she auditioned for the seventh Star Wars movie. The Irish actress tells Sky News she met with casting directors connected to Star Wars: Episode VII, but she can't reveal anything about the much-anticipated J.J. Abrams film.
The 19-year-old actress insists producers would "chop off my head with a lightsaber" if she reveals anything about the sequel.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford are expected to return to the franchise as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo, while Alex Pettyfer, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, Florence Welch, Michael B. Jordan and Chloe Moretz have also been linked to the cast.
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.<p>Florence Mary Leontine Welch was born on Aug. 28, 1986 in London, England. The oldest of three children, Welch's father worked in advertising and her mother was a Renaissance studies professor. She was born with dyspraxia, a form of dyslexia that did not affect her reading but had an effect on certain aspects of her life that required organization or focus. In her early teens, Welch was forced to deal with the suicide of her maternal grandmother, which reportedly triggered her fascination with darkness and gloom. As a way to express her feelings, Welch turned to music. She started singing along to artists like Nina Simone and Dusty Springfield before expanding her vocal range with arias. She was also heavily influenced by her father's punk and rock CD collection, becoming obsessed with soundtracks from cult films such as "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975) and "Pulp Fiction" (1994).<p>An artist at heart, Welch briefly attended Camberwell College of the Arts in London, which boasted notable alumni such as Pink Floyd vocalist Roger 'Syd' Barrett and filmmaker Mike Leigh, before dropping out to pursue a music career. She sang in local pubs and bars with a band named Ashok, only to resign after reportedly feeling that she was in the wrong group. In 2007, Welch gathered a few of her friends and session players, and formed Florence + The Machine, an indie rock, soul, and pop band that started to gain notoriety in London's underground clubs and art scene.<p>Florence + The Machine, with Welch as its lead singer, released its 2009 debut album <i>Lungs</i>, a gothic- and pop-inspired collection of songs that showed off Welch's soaring voice, which drew comparisons to iconic British singers Kate Bush, Amy Winehouse and Siouxsie Sioux. The album also featured Welch's evocative lyrics about love, violence and death against a backdrop of string quartets, harps, tribal drums, syncopated handclaps, and other indecipherable wailing, sighing, and stomping sounds. Fueled by the infectious single "Dog Days Are Over," the album jumped from No. 44 to No. 14 on the U.S. <i>Billboard</i> Top 200, and earned Florence + The Machine a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2011. Reportedly inspired by a giant text installation by the New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone, the single "Dog Days Are Over" crept into America's consciousness in a big way, including the theatrical trailer of the film adaptation of "Eat Pray Love" (2010) starring Julia Roberts. Actresses Jenna Ushkowitz and Amber Riley also performed the uplifting song on an episode of the hit series "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ). Welch's haunting songs - including "Heavy in Your Arms," "Kiss with a Fist" - were also featured on soundtracks for the teen-oriented films "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" (2010) and "Jennifer's Body" (2009).<p>Aside from her vocal stylings, Welch's studied fairy-meets-vamp look also set her apart from her contemporaries. Florence + The Machine's frontwoman often played up her translucent skin and fiery red hair with a parade of diaphanous long dresses and edgy accessories like chiffon batwings, and for the cover of <i>Lungs</i>, a sheer dress with fine chains that revealed a set of prosthetic leather lungs. Welch channeled a more glamorous, polished look for the cover of the band's second album <i>Ceremonials</i>, which <i>Rolling Stone</i> described as "dark, robust, and romantic as ever." Like the band's previous work, their sophomore effort delivered soaring ballads like "What the Water Gave Me" and "Never Let Me Go" as well as some dance-worthy tracks including "Lover to Lover" and "Shake It Out" - all encompassed in a package of heartbreak and suicide-like dark themes set against music with Celtic, blues, rock, and gospel touches.<p><i>By Candy Cuenco</i>