Lily Allen is convinced the singles from her third album Sheezus flopped because they were not "good enough".
The Smile hitmaker reached the number one spot in the U.K. music charts with her comeback album in May (14) but the record dropped out of the top 40 after just 10 weeks, and her singles have seen little success with her most recent release, URL Badman, entering the countdown at number 93.
Allen previously admitted Sheezus did not match the success of her earlier albums, but blamed the poor performance on unwise single choices by her record label executives.
The pop star has now confessed the flop may be down to the quality of the music, telling Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "Maybe the songs aren't good enough this time, who knows? I just know I can't wait to get back into the studio."
She also blamed her team and her hormones, adding, "I put my trust in other people, which I don't usually do. I usually go with my own gut feeling but maybe I wasn't feeling as confident as I have in the past because of all the hormones."
"The first thing I came back with was Hard Out Here and that was important to me, a real statement of intent, even though you couldn't put it on the radio over here because it had too much swearing. I thought it did really well and then management and the label chose to go with Air Balloon and I just think starting with something really aggressive and in your face and then going in a different direction... people need to know what they are getting."
Hollywood actor Zac Efron jumped from a cliff and completed a sky dive while filming a new adventure show with Bear Grylls.
The Paperboy star teamed up with the Brit to take part in his latest series Running Wild with Bear Grylls, and he was filmed carrying out a number of adrenaline-fuelled stunts for the show.
In one scene, Efron and Grylls are seen stripping off their shirts to scale a cliff face in New York's Catskill Mountains, while the actor is also filmed jumping from a plane.
Grylls says of his co-star, "We reached out to him and he kindly said he was a fan of the show and that he was in 120 per cent. He asked for the biggest, baddest adventure and it was an honor to oblige."
Running Wild With Bear Grylls featuring Efron airs in the U.S. on 28 July (14).
The Script frontman Danny O'donoghue filed a sexual assault complaint against a concertgoer who grabbed his genitals during a show. The Irish singer was performing in Brussels, Belgium last year (13) when he ventured into the audience during a song, and he was so disturbed by a fan grabbing his genitals that he filed a complaint against him.
He tells Britain's Sun on Sunday, "This guy went right under and properly grabbed by balls. So all I could think of doing was turning round and punching him in the face... I felt that my life was in danger.
"His friends started to come at me, it was a big deal... Luckily, the security got them all back... He started saying he was going to call police so I filed a complaint to say the bloke sexually assaulted me and I just reacted."
Teenage actor Jake T. Austin is facing a hit-and-run charge after his vehicle was involved in a four-car accident. The former Wizards of Waverly Place star's Audi allegedly smashed into three parked cars in Sherman Oaks, California in November (13) and the passengers were not present when police arrived on the scene.
At the time, it was not known if Austin, real name Jake Austin Szymanski, was directly involved in the crash but he was listed as the legal owner of the Audi.
The 19-year-old actor, now starring in TV series The Fosters, has been charged with one count of misdemeanour hit-and-run, according to a report by TMZ.com.
If convicted, he could face up to six months in prison and a fine.
Backstreet Boys star Brian Littrell is nursing cuts and bruises after injuring himself on stage. The pop group is currently touring Europe, and the singer has revealed he hurt himself during a show this week (beg14Jul14) when he walked into a projection screen on stage.
Littrell shared a picture of his face covered in cuts, and added in a message on Instagram.com, "Ok I jacked my head pretty good the other night... Lights went out and BANG!!! Right into the low hanging screen... Saw some stars for a bit... Or maybe I was in a cage match... That sounds better... Haha..."
British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been unveiled as the new face of Paige Denim. The beauty also hinted at plans to design items for the jeans company by sharing a note on her Instagram.com page which read, "Thrilled to be the new face of @paigedenim can't wait to #LIVEINIT #STAYTUNED #PROJECTINTHEWORKS (sic)".
Rapper Iggy Azalea has added five more Teen Choice Awards nominations to her resume after the prizegiving's second shortlist was unveiled on Thursday (17Jul14). The star earned just one nod for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist when the first wave of nominations were announced last month (Jun14), but now her smash hit Fancy will battle for the titles of Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song and Choice Summer Song.
She has also landed a double mention for Choice Single Female Artist for Fancy and her Ariana Grande collaboration Problem, while the two pals will face off for the honour of Choice Summer Music Star: Female.
Grande is in the running for Choice Break-Up Song too, for her Break Free track with Zedd.
Meanwhile, comedy sequel 22 Jump Street will be a strong contender in the movie categories, picking up nods for Choice Summer Movie and Choice Movie Chemistry for stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Both actors are also up for Choice Summer Movie Star alongside Melissa McCarthy (Tammy), Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Dwayne Johnson (Hercules).
In the TV category, Pretty Little Liars continues to dominate with three nominations in the Choice Summer TV Star shortlist for Tyler Blackburn, Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell. Fellow cast members Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish will contend for Choice TV Female Breakout Star and Choice TV Villain, respectively.
The winners will be announced on 10 August (14).
This Post Contains Spoilers for the Upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy!
With all of the attention surrounding the Avengers franchise in the last few days, Marvel wanted to make sure the world didn’t forget that they have another team of superheroes hitting screens in just a couple of weeks. And the way they chose to go about that was by revealing a cast list that let some of the most exciting, buzzed about and truly bizarre cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy slip to the entire Internet. According to Stitch Kingdom, cult favorite Nathan Fillion will be appearing as “Monstrous Inmate,” – which is a bit of a letdown, considering the amount of press his cameos has generated over the past few months – Stan Lee will play “Xandarian Ladies Man,” and Howard the Duck will be making an appearance as himself.
Yes, you read that last sentence correctly: Howard the Duck will be in Guardians of the Galaxy. It hasn’t be revealed why, when, or how he will make a cameo, but he will be there, and Stitch Kingdom has the casting scroll to prove it. But as absurd as it seems to have Howard the Duck, who despite his divisive feature film is a Marvel fan favorite, appear in Guardians of the Galaxy, it doesn’t even come close to topping the list of the most bizarre character crossovers and cameos. Seriously, there are things out there that are stranger and more confusing than the prospect of Howard hanging out with Rocket and Groot. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself:
Charles Barkley and Godzilla The union of the five-time NBA All-Star and two-time Hall of Famer and the giant mutant lizard that has been known to both spit fire and shoot lasers from his eyes was originally conceived as a Nike ad, and later expanded into a comic book. Because nothing says “cool sneakers” like a basketball-playing kaiju that can’t actually fit his giant feet into shoes. Also, who was buying that comic book?
Spider-Man and Ren and Stimpy There was once a time when you hadn’t properly made it until your cartoon got its own comic book. Unfortunately, some shows just aren’t meant to be read, and Ren & Stimpy is one of them, so when the comic book (unsurprisingly) failed to sell, they brought in the big guns: Spider Man. In true Ren & Stimpy fashion, Spidey took on Powdered Toast Man, that beloved vigilante superhero/breakfast food spokesman. If you’ve ever wanted to know what it was like to read a 12-year-old's fever dream, this is the comic for you.
Superman and the Quik Bunny Spider-Man isn’t the only superhero to succumb to some very obvious product placement. Superman one teamed up with the Quik Bunny, purveyor of powder that makes your milk brown, in order to fight the Weather Man, a lame villain with fourth-tier powers and a costume that made him look like he was starring in a community theater production of Robin Hood. At least Spider-Man had the dignity of fighting with a fictional breakfast-hero.
Inspector Gadget and Mario and Luigi Remember the Super Mario Bros. Super Show!? No? Well, that’s probably for the best, but it does mean that you missed seeing Inspector Gadget, the world’s more over-equipped and incompetent detective, get his various malfunctioning parts fixed by Mario and Luigi, who are supposed to be plumbers. You probably wouldn’t be surprised to find out that it goes horribly wrong, to no-doubt hilarious consequences. Clearly, the moral of this episode was to play to your strengths, and maybe not to call a plumber to fix a wire problem.
Archie and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles On some level, this one probably makes some sense. After all, Archie and his friends are teenagers, and so are the Ninja Turtles. Both groups like pizza and video games and, from the looks of the cover, dance parties. But what’s really strange about this crossover is that it happened as the result of the Turtles being spit out by a giant cow head, which apparently allowed them to hop through various dimensions. Mutant ninja turtles or no, there had to be an easier way to get these guys to Riverdale.
Arthur and Mr. Rogers In what is perhaps the most well-meaning, mild-mannered crossover of all time, Mr. Rogers appeared on an episode of Arthur that centered around Arthur being embarrassed that the friendliest man on television was going to be staying at his house. Of course, this conflict is solved with a charming heart-to-heart that taught children that real friends don’t make fun of their friends for what they like. Unless that thing is Transformers. Not even Mr. Rogers can endorse Michael Bay.
Marvel Superheroes and Guiding Light You know who’s really into comic books and superheroes? The kind of people who religiously watch daytime soap operas – we’re assuming that was the pitch that got Guiding Light to team up with Marvel on a crossover episode that saw soccer mom Harley Davidson Cooper gain superpowers after being struck by lightning on Halloween night and transform into Guiding Light. (Seriously.) The saddest part of this is that Marvel clearly didn’t learn anything from their failed experiment at reaching a new audience, since they had the Thor announcement revealed on The View.
Batman and Robin and Scooby Doo When it comes to crime-fighting teams, there are two that stand above everyone else: Batman and Robin and the Mystery Gang. So teaming them up on The New Scooby Doo Movies to uncover a hooded counterfeiter who’s been sending the Penguin and the Joker fake money makes perfect sense, right? Sure, if you live in a world where Mrs. Baker is on the same level of super villainy as two of the most iconic comic book villains of all time. Fun fact: this episode was so poorly received that Batman later made fun of it in an episode of his own.
Cartoon All-Stars to the RescueThe plot of this movie sees cartoon favorites like Winnie the Pooh, Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Muppet Babies, the Looney Toons, and the Smurfs come to life in order to convince Michael to stop smoking pot, drinking, and stealing from his sister’s piggy bank for drug money. Because if anything is going to convince someone to stop doing drugs, it’s a bunch of cartoon characters who suddenly come to life and sing songs about life choices. Clearly, all D.A.R.E. really needed to be effective was Daffy Duck.
Lady Gaga has become the latest celebrity to suffer an embarrassing nipple slip in an Instagram photo. The Poker Face singer posted a shot of herself during a plane ride to Montana on Thursday (17Jul14) and clearly didn't realise her right breast was exposed under her jacket.
Gaga wrote, "FASHUN (sic): Vintage Mugler on the plane Listening to Miles Davis My favorite is Flamenco Sketches."