Chrissie Hynde, James Blunt and Fatboy Slim have signed up to perform at a fundraiser for Sir Elton John's AIDS charity next month (Sep14). The star-studded line-up will also feature "pop-up" performances from Take That's Gary Barlow, singer/songwriter Tom Odell and tenor Alfie Boe. Elton John himself will also take to the stage during the event.
The inaugural Woodside End of Summer Party marks the 21st anniversary of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and guests will splash out $5,100 (£3,000) per ticket to exclusive gala, which is to be held in the grounds of the mansion the star shares with his husband David Furnish in Windsor, England.
Fatboy Slim will round out the evening with a DJ set in a secret nightclub.
The gala takes place on 4 September (14).
British pop star Gary Barlow has been recruited to compose music for Colin Firth's forthcoming movie Kingsman: The Secret Service. The Take That star previously contributed songs to blockbuster movies Stardust and X-Men: First Class.
The stars of British pop group Take That suffered a travel nightmare on a flight from Los Angeles to London this week (beg16Jun14) when the plane they were travelling on was forced to make two unscheduled landings. Gary Barlow and two of his bandmates, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, were heading back to their native Britain after spending time in California recording a new album, but the journey, which usually takes around 11 hours, turned into a 24-hour travel marathon.
The plane was diverted to Toronto, Canada due to unspecified technical problems, and continued onwards after the fault had been fixed, according to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper.
However, the plane had to touch down again in Shannon, Ireland as the crew had worked all of their allocated hours and could not complete the journey. The passengers moved to a different plane and continued on to London's Heathrow Airport, where they landed on Thursday night (19Jun14).
Donald was subsequently asked about the travel problems by a fan on Twitter.com, and he added of the drama, "Believe it or not it's actually true! Bleeding nightmare."
Sir Paul McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell has given the rocker a big boost on Britain's annual Sunday Times Rich List, thanks to a combined £710 million ($1.2 billion) fortune. Shevell's estimated £150 million ($225 million) fortune helps rocket the 71 year old up the Music Millionaires List to number four, behind Zomba Group boss Clive Calder, Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Warner Music Group head Len Blavatnik, who tops the rich list with a £10 billion fortune.
The countdown of the 50 wealthiest music men and women in Britain and Ireland also includes Simon Cowell (£300 million/$480 million), Sir Elton John (£260 million/$416 million), Adele (£45 million/$72 million), and the five members of One Direction, who share a £70 million ($112 million) fortune.
Take That star Gary Barlow, who has recently been accused of tax avoidance, also makes the rich list with a £65 million ($104 million) fortune.
The full list will be available in the Times on 18 May (14).
The top 10 is:
1. Len Blavatnik (£10 billion)
2. Clive Calder (£1.4 billion)
3. Sir Cameron Mackintosh (£1 billion)
4. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell (£710 million)
5. Lord Lloyd-Webber (£640 million)
6. U2 (£428 million)
7. Simon Fuller (£382 million)
8. Simon Cowell (£300 million)
9. Mohammad and Kamaliya Zahoor (£300 million)
10. Sir Elton John (£260 million)
"@GaryBarlow is a good, standup man. He needs everyone's support. Remember, there are two sides to every story. He is a decent human being." Sharon Osbourne offers embattled Take That star Gary Barlow her support amid a new tax scandal swirling around the singer. Reports suggest Barlow and his Take That bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald are facing the possibility of having to pay millions in back taxes after allegedly investing in a tax avoidance scheme.
British pop star Gary Barlow was subjected to a disgusting message about his baby tragedy by a hacker who broke into his Twitter.com account on Monday (12May14). A mystery cyber-crook accessed the Take That star's official page on the social networking site and wrote a sickening, offensive message about Barlow's fourth child, who was delivered stillborn in 2012. The post was deleted within an hour.
It is believed the hack was in response to reports over the weekend (10-11May14) that Barlow and his Take That bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald are facing the possibility of having to pay millions in back taxes after allegedly investing in a tax avoidance scheme.
Several leading politicians have called for Barlow to be stripped of his Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal over the scandal.
Pop star Gary Barlow has been urged to hand back a top honour from the British Establishment over claims he invested in a tax avoidance scheme. The singer and two of his Take That bandmates - Mark Owen and Howard Donald - are reportedly facing the possibility of paying millions in back taxes after a partnership they invested in was branded a tax scam by a judge.
All three singers have declined to comment on the report but several leading politicians have called for Barlow to hand back the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal he was awarded in 2012 for services to entertainment.
Margaret Hodge, leader of the U.K.'s Public Accounts Committee, says Barlow "might want to show a bit of contrition by giving back his OBE", and another Member of Parliament (MP), Charlie Elphicke, tells The Times newspaper, "People who have seriously abused the tax system should be stripped of their honours."
However, Barlow has since received the backing of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who told TV show Good Morning Britain, "I don't think that's necessary, frankly. Gary Barlow has done a huge amount for the country... He's raised money for charity, he's done very well for Children in Need so I'm not sure (he should hand back) his OBE in respect of the work he has done."
Barlow, Donald, Owen and their manager are said to have invested $105 million (£66 million) into a partnership company that was later allegedly exposed as an elaborate tax avoidance scheme.
Robbie Williams has been handed a deadline to decide whether or not he will rejoin pop group Take That. Williams quit the British band in 1995 but reunited with them in 2010 after working with fellow singer Gary Barlow on the album Progress. He even joined them on tour between 2010 and 2011.
However, the Angels hitmaker has since gone on to work on more solo material, as well as welcoming his first daughter in 2012, and it is unclear how he will feature in the group's future plans.
Barlow has now given Williams until May (14) to decide if he will officially rejoin the group, telling U.K. chat show host Alan Carr, "We'd need to know what we're doing by the end of May... The thing with Robbie is he's family with us now. If he's not in the band he'll write on the record and you know we'll work with him on his next record. We do this now, we work together a lot. Whether he'll be in the final line-up I'm not sure."
British pop star Gary Barlow will recreate his duet with Sir Elton John every night on his upcoming tour by broadcasting a recording of the Rocket Man on giant TV screens. The Take That star included a track with his hero, Face to Face, on his 2013 solo album Since I Saw You Last, and he was determined to treat his fans to a rendition of the song when he hits the road.
However, Barlow knew he would not be able to convince Sir Elton to join him on his upcoming U.K. tour, so he filmed the Your Song hitmaker performing the track and will 'duet' with the video at every concert.
Barlow tells U.K. TV show This Morning, "I videoed Elton singing the song. He is going to be on screen - the big screen. I said to the production man, 'Don't make him bigger than me! It's my show, remember.'"
Former Spice Girls stars Mel C and Emma Bunton have reteamed in the studio to sing the England soccer team's official World Cup tune. The veteran pop stars joined Gary Barlow, Katy B and Kimberley Walsh for the World Cup single in conjunction with the Sport Relief charity.
Former soccer stars Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, David Seaman and Glenn Hoddle will be part of the accompanying video, which will debut on 21 March (14).
The World Cup kicks off in Brazil this summer (14).