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).
Glee star Matthew Morrison has been tapped to play the lead role of J.M. Barrie in a U.S. musical adaptation of Finding Neverland. The actor/singer is set to take on the role that Johnny Depp made famous in the 2004 film of the same name in a stage show produced by Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein.
Finding Neverland focuses on Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, and family which became the inspiration for the beloved tale.
The project received mixed reviews at its world premiere in 2012 in England, so Weinstein decided to overhaul the show by hiring Tony-winner Diane Paulus as director and former Take That star Gary Barlow to take over the music and lyrics.
Various workshops and test runs will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts and London this year (14), and if all goes well, Weinstein hopes to bring the production to Broadway during the 2015-16 season.
While the project marks Weinstein's first foray into a major theatre project, Morrison is no stranger to the stage. He has numerous Broadway credits to his name, including turns in Hairspray, South Pacific and 2005's The Light in the Piazza, which earned him a Tony Award nomination.
British pop star Olly Murs has hired the personal trainer who helped comedian David Walliams prepare for his charity swim across the English Channel to whip him into shape. Two-time Olympian Greg Whyte is putting the Troublemaker singer through his paces for a top secret endurance challenge. Whyte also helped Gary Barlow get into shape for a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro and he was behind Eddie Izzard's preparation for his 43 marathons in 51 days effort.
Hip-hop star Pharrell Williams has beaten out Pitbull and Ke$Ha to reclaim the top spot on the U.K. singles chart with his song Happy. Pitbull and Ke$ha’s Timber ended Williams' run at the top - or so it seemed. He's back to begin another term.
Timber does just that and falls a spot to two, while Avicii’s Hey Brother is at three. Jason Derulo’s Trumpets and Fuse ODG's Million Pound Girl (Badder Than Bad) round out the top five spots on the singles chart.
Meanwhile, on the albums chart, Ellie Goulding's Halycon stays put at number one, despite a charge from Beyonce's self-titled fifth studio album, which sits at two, and Gary Barlow’s Since I Saw You Last, which rounds out the new top three.
WENNThe BRIT Awards may no longer be the must-see event it was in the 90s, but it's still by far the British music industry's biggest night. Here's a look at the list of this year's nominees and the acts who should perhaps start preparing their acceptance speeches ready for February 19. British Male Solo ArtistDavid Bowie, Jake Bugg, James Blake, John Newman, Tom OdellConsidering the BRITs' reputation for awarding sales over talent, it's surprising but pleasing to see that both Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams have been snubbed here. The panel may want to justify giving New Boring singer-songwriter Tom Odell the Critics Choice award last year, but there would surely be an outcry if David Bowie didn't get the sentimental vote and pick up his first BRIT in nearly 30 years.Who Will Win: David BowieWho Should Win: David BowieBritish Female Solo ArtistBirdy, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Laura Marling, Laura MvulaLaura Marling surprised everyone by pipping Ellie Goulding to this award in 2011 but considering the latter's triumphant twelve months, it's difficult to see her doing the same this year. Just as long as the caterwauling Jessie J doesn’t get her hands on it.Who Will Win: Ellie GouldingWho Should Win: Laura MvulaBritish GroupArctic Monkeys, Bastille, Disclosure, One Direction, RudimentalIt’s encouraging to see the BRITs recognise two of the year's best commercial dance acts in this category, but British Group almost always goes to a guitar band so Arctic Monkeys are almost certain to add to their tally of five.Who Will Win: Arctic MonkeysWho Should Win: DisclosureBritish Breakthrough ActBastille, Disclosure, Laura Mvula, London Grammar, Tom OdellLondon Grammar produced one of the most beautiful albums of last year with If You Wait but as this award is voted for by listeners of Radio 1, it will inevitably go to the act with the biggest fan base. Step forward the unfathomably successful Bastille.Who Will Win: Bastille Who Should Win: London GrammarBritish SingleBastille ("Pompeii"), Calvin Harris ("I Need Your Love"), Disclosure ("White Noise"), Ellie Goulding ("Burn"), John Newman ("Love Me Again"), Naughty Boy ("La La La"), One Direction ("One Way Or Another/Teenage Kicks"), Passenger ("Let Her Go"), Rudimental ("Waiting All Night")Bar Passenger's contrived snoozefest, this isn't a bad list of the best-selling singles of the last year. Again voted for by the public, One Direction will inevitably walk away with the award. But it's a shame that it'll be for their karaoke mash-up of Blondie's "One Way Or Another"/The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks" rather than the far superior "Story Of My Life."Who Will Win: One DirectionWho Should Win: Naughty BoyBritish Album of the YearArctic Monkeys (AM), Bastille (Bad Blood), David Bowie (The Next Day), Disclosure (Settle), Rudimental (Home)A welcome departure from the bombastic EDM favoured by the likes of Guetta et al, Disclosure's Settle was the album that 2013 needed. But following the return-to-form of AM, BRITs favorites Arctic Monkeys will probably pick up the second and arguably the most coveted award of the night.Who Will Win: Arctic MonkeysWho Should Win: DisclosureInternational Male Solo ArtistBruno Mars, Drake, Eminem, John Grant, Justin TimberlakePossibly the biggest snub of the awards is the lack of Kanye West, who like his former touring partner Jay-Z, has been entirely ignored in favour of Justin Timberlake's two bloated and self-indulgent comeback albums and Eminem's regressive Marshall Mathers sequel. More encouraging is this year's most leftfield nominee John Grant, but with Bruno Mars set to perform on the night, this category will only go one way.Who Will Win: Bruno MarsWho Should Win: John GrantInternational Female Solo ArtistJanelle Monae, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lorde, PinkSuggesting the BRITs panel aren't too keen on the whole twerking phenomenon, Miley Cyrus is another major omission here. Lorde might be worth an outside bet but currently the most bankable pop star on the planet, Katy Perry will probably reign supreme.Who Will Win: Katy PerryWho Should Win: Janelle MonaeInternational GroupArcade Fire, Daft Punk, Haim, Kings Of Leon, Macklemore & Ryan LewisIf there was an award for Best International Single, Daft Punk would run away with it. But despite the mixed reaction to their last album, the BRITs are more likely to favour Kings of Leon than any of the more adventurous names on the list.Who Will Win: Kings Of LeonWho Should Win: Haim
British singer Ellie Goulding is celebrating after her 2012 album Halcyon finally topped the U.K. charts more than a year since it was first released. The Lights hitmaker's second record debuted at number two following its initial release in October, 2012, and it finally made it to the top of the British album chart on Sunday (05Jan14) after 65 weeks on sale.
The record was re-issued last year (13) with eight bonus tracks and a new title, Halcyon Days, and it has now become Britain's first official number one album of 2014.
Goulding celebrated the news in a series of posts on Twitter.com, writing, "Today my second album Halcyon went to No1. A cheeky 65 weeks after it was released... I love my fans, I love my team. Absolute dedication. Never felt so proud... thank you for your love."
Goulding saw off competition from Take That star Gary Barlow, whose new solo record Since I Saw You Last landed in second place, ahead of Beyonce's self-titled record in third. Barlow's former bandmate Robbie Williams took fourth place with Swings Both Ways and Tribute by John Newman was fifth.
In the singles chart, Pitbull landed the number one spot with Timber, his collaboration with Ke$ha. Pharrell Williams' former chart-topper Happy sank to second place ahead of Avicii's Hey Brother in third. The top five was rounded out by Jason Derulo's Trumpets and Ellie Goulding's How Long Will I Love You in fourth and fifth respectively.
Hip-hop star Pharrell Williams has topped off a hugely successful 2013 with a new number one - Happy has climbed to the top of the U.K. singles chart. The song, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, swapped places with Christmas chart-topper and The X Factor winner Sam Bailey, whose Skyscraper slipped to two, just ahead of dance star Avicii's Hey Brother at three.
Happy is Williams' third U.K. number one of the year - collaborations with Daft Punk on Get Lucky and Robin Thicke for Blurred Lines also hit the top spot over the summer (13).
In the U.K. albums chart, Robbie Williams continues his reign with Swings Both Ways, followed by his former Take That bandmate Gary Barlow at two with Since I Saw You Last, and One Direction's Midnight Memories at three.
Simon Cowell has fuelled speculation British pop star Cheryl Cole is set to return to his hit U.K. TV show The X Factor. Former Girls Aloud star Cole was a mentor on the programme but was famously dropped by Cowell from the first season of the U.S. version of the show in 2011 after filming just two audition rounds.
Cowell tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "She was a really, really good judge. I mean, she took what she did seriously. She used to phone me almost every night - one, two, three o'clock in the morning, talking about songs and what she should be doing.
"That's the kind of judge you want to be working with on these shows, because they really care. I hope we're going to get the chance to work together. We have to find a way because we had a lot of fun."
Cole reportedly received $2.1 million (£1.4 million) in an out of court settlement after she sued executives at Blue Orbit Productions, the team behind the show, for loss of earnings following her exit from the U.S. programme.
Reports of Cole's return to the British contest began to spread after current judges, Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh announced their plans to quit after the 2013 show.
British pop star Lily Allen has been given an early Christmas treat after returning to the top of the U.K. singles chart with her cover of Keane hit Somewhere Only We Know. The Smile singer performed the tune as the soundtrack for festive TV adverts for leading British retailer John Lewis, but she recently confessed she was not a fan of her own version, insisting it's "quite shrill".
However, devotees don't appear to agree - they have taken the song to number one again, two weeks after it first topped the chart. Music analysts have even tipped the track to reign supreme on Christmas Day (25Dec13).
One Direction took second place with Story of My Life and Bastille climbed to third with Of The Night.
Meanwhile, in the U.K. albums chart, One Direction have held on to the coveted top spot with Midnight Memories, leaving Robbie Williams' Swings Both Ways at two and his former Take That bandmate, Gary Barlow, at three with Since I Saw You Last.
Britney Spears entered the chart with Britney Jean at a disappointing 34.
Frank Hoensch/GettyCelebrating ten years of manipulative sob stories, staged judge bickering and karaoke covers, the team behind The X-Factor UK released the series' first official compilation last week. While the track-list is largely a fair reflection of the show's output, it inevitably also contains its fair share of dross (two Lucy Spraggan entries, One Direction's dreary "Little Things," and Joe McElderry's pointless cover of "The Climb," just to name a few). Here are five under-rated singles which should have made the cut instead.Olly Murs – "Dear Darlin'"Forget the Maroon 5 rip-off ("Troublemaker") that opens up disc two. This string-soaked trip-hop ballad was the track which even those previously averse to his cheeky chappie charms were forced to admit was one of this summer's classiest hits.Matt Cardle – "Starlight"2010 winner Matt Cardle may have triumphed over One Direction. But the Gary Barlow-penned dirge of "Run For Your Life" then virtually sank his career before it had even begun. If the rousing, echo-laden indie-rock of "Starlight" had been released instead, things could have been very different.Leon Jackson – "Don't Call This Love"Arguably the most forgettable winner in The X-Factor's history, Leon Jackson appeared hopelessly out of his depth on the show itself but made a surprisingly convincing crooner on this lush and hugely under-rated Burt Bacharach-inspired slice of lounge-pop.Shayne Ward – "No U Hang Up"Lumbered with a series of dull MOR ballads following his 2005 win, Shayne Ward spectacularly failed to live up to all the 'UK’s answer to Justin Timberlake' expectations. However, this seductive R&B mid-tempo, a surprise U.K. No. 2 hit in 2007, briefly suggested that he was worthy of such a tag.Leona Lewis – "Collide"The 2006 winner's transatlantic number one, "Bleeding Love," and inspired cover version of Snow Patrol's "Run" are already on the compilation. But as the show's first global breakout star, she certainly merits a third inclusion. This understated foray into melancholic dance-pop, featuring a sample of Avicii long before he became one of the EDM scene's most prominent DJs, proved she could do more than just showy ballads.