The English Beat have become the latest group to turn to fans to help fund a new album. The Mirror in the Bathroom hitmakers, led by Dave Wakeling, have launched a new PledgeMusic campaign to pay for recording costs for their latest project, For Crying Out Loud.
And the initiative is already looking like a huge success - 58 per cent of the funds needed have been raised with 30 days to go.
Donors will receive copies of the completed album, T-shirts and lyric sheets, while those offering up over $1,000 (£590) will get the chance to actually tour with the band.
Ten per cent of all funds raised will benefit the charity Doctors Without Borders.
Launching the campaign, frontman Wakeling wrote: "I am the most excited anyone has ever been about our PledgeMusic campaign! I have always enjoyed interacting with the band's fans, and this Pledge campaign provides us with a tremendous opportunity for even greater hi jinks and connection.
"The songs have been hand picked from a cauldron of passion, cuddled for endless nights, then tested for connectivity in front of selected crowds, and are now ready to be fully realized and revealed! I would be as pleased as punch if you would join us on this journey."
Sting has risked the wrath of anti-drug campaigners by describing marijuana as a "creative tool". The former Police rocker, who has long supported the decriminalisation of cannabis, admits he rarely smokes the drug "socially" but often sparks up a joint if he is struggling with writer's block.
Sting is adamant attitudes towards drugs need to change, telling Britain's Event magazine, "I think if they're (drugs are) used specifically as tools for a stated purpose (they should be decriminalised). As in 'I'll smoke this joint and I'll write a song... or I will write a piece of poetry.' Then I think it's perfectly acceptable... If I'm feeling stuck on a lyric or an idea isn't quite gelling, sometimes a puff of weed will free it up. I rarely smoke it socially. It's a tool, just as a pen is. I'm not alone. Several artists have used drugs to make great art. I certainly wouldn't advocate that you have to take drugs to make art, but then you can't nullify the work of the Beatles. They took LSD and they made fantastic albums..."
Sting is also convinced it is not just artists who should be allowed to puff without punishment. He adds, "The drug laws aren't helping... People want to make life richer. Life seems flat a lot of the time. Chemicals, alcohol, marijuana can help... I think that people are disenchanted with modern living and the drug culture is an attempt to re-enchant the world."
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Taylor Swift showed off her sewing skills by hand-stitching a Drake-themed needlepoint to give to her celebrity pal Ed Sheeran.
Sheeran displays the homemade present, which features a lyric from Drake's song Started From The Bottom and a picture of the friends climbing a flight of stairs, during MTV documentary 9 Days And Nights Of Ed Sheeran, which airs in the U.S on Tuesday (10Jun14).
However, Swift, who has previously showed off her baking and jam-making skills, was surprised by the reaction to her needlepoint artwork, writing in a post on her Twitter.com page, "But I thought everyone does this?"
On Tuesday, the Disney Channel released the opening theme song and accompanying video for its upcoming Boy Meets World spin-off series Girl Meets World. At the behest of her editor, Hollywood.com writer Julia Emmanuele watched the video one hundred times in a row, recording her thoughts after each viewing. Experience the phenomenon below.
Viewing # 1:
This sounds nothing like the old Boy Meets World theme songs did. I wish it sounded more like that.
Viewing # 2:
It’s definitely very “Disney Channel,” with the pop song and the CGI graphics. I’ll give them that.
Viewing # 3:
Is… is that a ukulele? Is there a ukulele in this?
Viewing # 4:
There’s a lot of weird arm-dancing in this.
Viewing # 5:
That’s the cleanest subway station I have ever seen. There’s no way that’s really New York.
Viewing # 6:
They actually carried over the whole paper airplane thing from the original credits. That’s a nice touch.
Viewing # 7:
Rowan Blanchard looks nothing like Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage, but she does strangely look a lot like Sabrina Carpenter.
Viewing # 8:
Who dresses these children? These are the weirdest outfit combinations I’ve ever seen. I mean, a red plaid skirt over yellow leggings?
Viewing # 9:
This boy looks way too old to be the main character’s love interest.
Viewing # 10:
Topanga had better hair than this dude. If you’re gonna be the Topanga of this show, you’re gonna need to step up your hair game.
Viewing # 11:
See, look at Topanga’s old hair. Way better.
Viewing # 12:
Remember when Topanga was a weird hippie with a sister named Nebula? Good times.
Viewing # 13:
This younger brother seems very melodramatic. That’ll get old quick.
Viewing # 14:
Is she pouring paint on her own head?
Viewing # 15:
You know, the more I listen to this song, the more I like it. It’s pretty catchy.
Viewing # 16:
There are a lot of weird parallel shots between Riley/New Shawn and Cory and Topanga.
Viewing # 17:
The love interest’s face looks like it’s been airbrushed. It has a weird, glowing quality to it like someone put an Instagram filter over his title card.
Viewing # 18:
This theme song sounds like a Kidz Bop cover of The Lumineers.
Viewing # 19:
I feel like it’s only a matter of time before Disney Channel capitalizes on the whole “folk-revival” bandwagon and we get a bunch of tween Mumford and Sons groups. This will be the first single.
Viewing # 20:
The little brother reminds me of Lindsay, but the first version. The one who went into her room and never came back down. [Editor's note: She means Morgan, but you can't really fault her for mixing up names at this point.]
Viewing # 21:
I will never get this song out of my head. I will die with this song still stuck in my head.
Viewing # 22:
The only time Ben and Rowan look alike is when she’s in the blue dress in his classroom. She still looks nothing like Danielle.
Viewing # 23:
Rowan does a lot of that hand-to-head swooning movement. I hope that’s not like a thing her character does.
Viewing # 24:
There are a lot of strange facial expressions in this.
Viewing # 25:
I feel like I’m going to end up downloading the full version of this song. I will tell nobody.
Viewing # 26:
Is the guy just wearing a cardigan without a shirt underneath? Who does that? Riley, you can do better.
Viewing # 27:
Who let a horse in the school? Even when it got ridiculous, Boy Meets World still kept the animals outside. [Editor's note: Actually, in Season 3, Episode 6 of Boy Meets World, Shawn brought his pet pig Little Cory to John Adams High School.]
Viewing # 28:
Never mind, Riley’s wearing suspenders and shorts. She and Cardigan deserve each other.
Viewing # 29:
Danielle Fishel looks the same as she did when the show went off the air. She’s gorgeous.
Viewing # 30:
I like her oddly delayed reaction when Riley’s screaming. Quality acting.
Viewing # 31:
Is the younger brother putting on a play in the living room? With professional lighting? What the hell?
Viewing # 32:
Every time Ben savage pops through that door, all I hear is him screaming “Topanga!”
Viewing # 33:
I’m starting to hit a turning point with this song.
Viewing # 34:
That weird chanting bit at the end is starting to grate on me.
Viewing # 35:
Does she have Britney inflections now? Have I just not noticed them until now?
Viewing # 36:
Everything’s starting to look a little bit stupider now.
Viewing # 37:
Why does New Shawn have a top hat? Original Shawn would never.
Viewing # 38:
I miss Shawn. This show needs Shawn.
Viewing # 39:
New Shawn is getting awfully close to Cardigan at the end of this. That’s not going to end well.
Viewing # 40:
The little brother already annoys me. Although, everything’s starting to annoy me at this point.
Viewing # 41:
I appreciate them keeping the globe and paper plane motif, but the crappy CGI Chrysler building takes a lot away from the aesthetic.
Viewing # 42:
They put like, no effort into CGI Times Square.
Viewing # 43:
You know what? I take back what I said about this song. This song is terrible.
Viewing # 44:
Not a single person on this show is a decent dancer.
Viewing # 45:
I like the weird computer theme song better than this. [Editor's note: She's referring to the theme song from the first season of Boy Meets World.]
Viewing # 46:
The younger brother has an absurd number of layers on. Who dresses these children? [Editor's note: You said that already.]
Viewing # 47:
Has Cory always been this much of an idiot? Or are they dumbing him down for this show?
Viewing # 48:
This song makes me want to punch something.
Viewing # 49:
Did they just re-use the set from iCarly for this? Because I’m pretty sure those are the same apartment doors.
Viewing # 50:
Why do these two only have their faces covered in paint? Did they just stick their faces in the paint? Is everyone an idiot?
Viewing # 51:
I feel like the Britney inflections are becoming more and more pronounced. Who says “cray-zay?”
Viewing # 52:
This whole title sequence is really stupid.
Viewing # 53:
Those stupid bunny slippers are stupid.
Viewing # 54:
Cory’s weird hand moments at the dinner table are stupid.
Viewing # 55:
The fact that Cory has a Bob Dylan lyric written on his blackboard is stupid. Cory never would have listened to Dylan.
Viewing # 56:
Topanga’s old ‘90s choker is stupid.
Viewing # 57:
The little brother putting his face in his breakfast is stupid. You’re gonna make a mess, little brother, and then someone’s gonna have to clean up after you. Just be courteous and put your eha don’t he table. [Editor's note: Um... what?]
Viewing # 58:
Why are you putting your head in the bowl in the first place? You’re like 9. How stressful could your life possibly be?
Viewing # 59:
I feel like Riley and New Shawn at the end, when they’re on the conveyor belt.
Viewing # 60:
Are we supposed to believe their hair just naturally ended up like that? That hair is painstakingly styled.
Viewing # 61:
I no longer remember a time in my life before I heard this song.
Viewing # 62:
I no longer remember other songs.
Viewing # 63:
That weird dance Danielle Fishel does is amking me irrationally angry.
Viewing # 64:
This is making me hate the city of New York as a whole.
Viewing # 65:
Why does Cardigan have so many sweaters and coats? How cold is it in that school?
Viewing # 66:
You know, you wouldn’t need a sweater if you actually wore a shirt under your cardigan like a normal person.
Viewing # 67:
This is making me hate everyone involved in it.
Viewing # 68:
This is making me retroactively hate Boy Meets World.
Viewing # 69:
None of those fake New York landmarks are anywhere near each other in real life. Who researched this?
Viewing # 70:
You know, I’m starting to understand why the little brother is faceplanting into his bowl.
Viewing # 71:
I like how they tried to wedge a globe into every scene set at school. It’s an apporiate homage to the original.
Viewing # 72:
Either that or the production designer got paid by the globe.
Viewing # 73:
Feeney never had this many globes. Cory, what would Feeny do?
Viewing # 74:
I miss Mr. Feeny.
Viewing # 75:
I miss Eric.
Viewing # 76:
I miss everyone but Cory and Topanga. They’re the reason I have to keep watching this. They’re dead to me now.
Viewing # 77:
The lyrics to this song are dumb. I mean, “Stuck by lightning/my heart’s beating like a drum?” Come on.
Viewing # 78:
I feel like being struck by lightning would result in your heart stopping, not beating faster.
Viewing # 79:
Although, in retrospect, they’re probably better than “Wandering down this road that we call life/wondering what we’re doing.”
Viewing # 80:
Actually, you know what? I think I’m starting to come around to this song again.
Viewing # 81:
Why is New Shawn playing softball in a subway station? Why did it take me this long to notice?
Viewing # 82:
Why are they just crouching in the hallway? You’re in a school, there are chairs everywhere. Go find one.
Viewing # 83:
Do you think New Shawn’s sparkly jacket comes in adult sizes?
Viewing # 84:
I feel like the whole Cory/Riley hand-on-chin bit is supposed to be endearing, but it’s just coming off as trite.
Viewing # 85:
Is Cardigan just blatantly using his cell phone in class? Why is nobody yelling at him for that?
Viewing # 86:
I’m not even processing the words to this song anymore. It might as well be an instrumental.
Viewing # 87:
I feel like this theme needs more buckets of water being dumped on people’s heads. I volunteer.
Viewing # 88:
The little brother’s dramatic performance just reminds me of Eric’s weird one-man show. I miss Eric.
Viewing # 89:
The guitar at the beginning of this song is so over-processed, it barely even resembles a guitar anymore.
Viewing # 90:
I’m pretty sure I barely resemble a person anymore. I’m a shell of a person.
Viewing # 91:
I regret ever being excited about Girl Meets World in the first place.
Viewing # 92:
That being said, I’m probably going to watch every episode. Cory’s dorkiness is winning me over again.
Viewing # 93:
Or I have some sort of TV-related Stockholm Syndrome. I can’t tell anymore.
Viewing # 94:
Riley has a huge bedroom for an apartment in New York.
Viewing # 95:
Topanga’s ‘90s revival bangs look like someone dropped an animal on her head. I don’t remember her actual ‘90s bangs being that bad.
Viewing # 96:
They didn’t even try to make those trees in “Central Park” look real.
Viewing # 97:
Oh, thank god, I’m almost done.
Viewing # 98:
If I ever hear the phrase “Take on the world” again, I might lose my mind.
Viewing # 99:
I do enjoy how, in the end, every Disney Channel title card looks exactly the same.
Viewing # 100:
It’s not that bad, in the end. I might be on board with it. I’m gonna skip the titles whenever I watch it, though. I’m never listening to them ever again.
Girl Meets World is available on the WATCH Disney Channel streaming service starting tomorrow, and will premiere on actual televisions on June 27 at 9:45 PM, which is insane.
Pop superstar Mariah Carey poked fun at herself during a live U.S. TV concert on Friday (16May14) after flubbing the lyrics to her hit song Always Be My Baby. The Hero hitmaker brought New York's Rockefeller Plaza to a standstill as she kicked off the 2014 Summer Concert Series on breakfast show Today and she delighted fans at the outdoor gig by performing her 2008 tune Touch My Body and debuting her new single You Don't Know What To Do with rapper Wale.
She wrapped up the short show by belting out her 1995 pop classic Always Be My Baby, but she couldn't help but laugh as she messed up the words to the first verse by singing "my love" instead of "our love", and then made another minor mistake in the chorus by saying, "ooh darlings" instead of "ooh darling".
She brushed off the mistake by ad-libbing during the track, telling the audience, "See I said, 'Ooh darlings' it was that bad!", and quipping about the mishap in tune by singing, "Messing up the words to my own song, and I don't care!"
Rocker Jack Antonoff is using Craigslist.com to promote the upcoming album from his new band Bleachers. The fun. guitarist has taken to the classified advertisements website to promote his side project's debut album, which is due for release on 15 July (14).
Antonoff posted a listing in the musicians section for the New Jersey area under the title: "Artist seeking 'Strange Desire'", referring to a lyric from one of the tracks on the new record.
He added, "'Strange desire' is something that came to me a few weeks ago when I was working on the last song I wrote for the bleachers album. The lyric is, "feeling like i never was young I followed a dream and a strange desire.
"It was just something that came out in a scratch vocal take off the top of my head and I didn't realise how important it was in that moment. That line speaks to my entire life over the past 14 years of writing and being on tour. I do feel like I'm constantly mourning a childhood I never had. Mostly because I dealt with a lot of loss in the most formative years of my life. That ties into a lot of the lyrics on the album."
The original handwritten lyrics to Bruce Springsteen's iconic song Born To Run are to be displayed in public for the first time - and they reveal some startling differences from the finished track. In December (13), the draft lyrics for the 1975 classic smashed estimates after going under the hammer at Sotheby's auction house in New York for $197,000 (£131,330), almost double the estimate of $100,000 (£66,670).
The mystery buyer has now revealed himself as Floyd Bradley, from California, who is loaning the lyric sheet to officials at Duke University in North Carolina, where both his daughter, Melissa, and Springsteen's daughter, Jessica, are due to graduate this weekend (09-11May14).
The sheet of words will be displayed at the university's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library from 12 May to 27 June (14), and a preview look has revealed Springsteen's initial draft of the song was a lot different to the eventual lyrics.
There is no mention of the writer's lover 'Wendy', who features heavily in the finished track, and instead Springsteen makes several references to a "gold Chevy 6" car, that were later removed from the song.
The lyric sheet also features Springsteen's margin notes, which include the words "wild angels" and "the rebels", but despite the differences, the song's famous hook - "Tramps like us/Baby we were born to run" - is featured in the chorus.
Meg Brown, exhibit librarian at Duke University, says, "Something as iconic as this song, it's going to be important to American history. It came in at a time with a lot of change in American history and it made a significant difference."
Infamous White House intern Monica Lewinsky has lightheartedly reprimanded Beyonce for an incorrect lyric in her sexy song Partition in a new magazine piece.
Opening up about her affair with former U.S. leader Bill Clinton in the new issue of Vanity Fair, Lewinsky pokes fun at the R&B singer over the line "He popped all my buttons, and he ripped my blouse/He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown".
She corrects the singer, suggesting she should have used a better verb, stating, "Thanks, Beyonce, but if we’re verbing, I think you meant 'Bill Clinton’d all on my gown', not 'Monica Lewinsky’d.'"
The song lyrics and Lewinsky's correction refers to the act of ejaculating on a woman's dress. Lewinsky's blue dress with Clinton's semen stain on it was used against the former President as evidence of his affair with the intern.
Former child star Blake Mciver is hoping to stage an unofficial 20th anniversary The Little Rascals reunion when he launches his new album next month (Jun14). The actor/singer, who played bespectacled Waldo in the family favourite film, will perform tracks from his new release The Time Manipulator at the Lyric theatre in Los Angeles - and he's hoping his former castmates can join him for the show.
He tells WENN, "I'm trying to get the whole cast to show up. As far as an official reunion, I haven't heard anything about that but it would be great to have an official reunion over the summer.
"And whatever happens, thanks to social media, I've been able to keep in touch with the other Little Rascals... We've pretty much all found each other again, which is great."
McIver is also hoping that his Full House co-stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen might show up, even though he hasn't spoken to the twins in years.
He adds, "I went to college with their brother, but we haven't really gotten to see each other in quite a few years. I wish I was still in contact with them... It would be fun to see them again."
British singer Ed Sheeran has hinted he has bedded a mystery Hollywood superstar.
The A Team hitmaker dishes the dirt on several ex-girlfriends on his upcoming new album X, and in one song, Take It Back, he sings the line: "Sleeping with a movie star and adding to the population". Now he has confirmed the lyric is based on a real-life romance - but is coyly refusing to name the actress he enjoyed a fling with.
Sheeran tells Q magazine, "I'm British so I have to be a gentleman in these situations and not say any names. But you know what? I spent a year in America and did what any young lad would, which is experience Hollywood life. I think that's the best way to put it..."