Dance stars Rudimental are to double up at Britain's V Festival next month (Aug14) by performing an extra set which will be streamed online. The BRIT Award winners are booked to play at both legs of the U.K. music event, held at two sites in England, but they will be hitting the stage twice on the final day to perform a 'sound clash' competition away from the main stage.
Rudimental will perform on the Our House stage at the site in Chelmsford, England on 17 August (14) to pitch their skills in a music contest with the stars of Hospital Records.
Fans will be able to watch the performance online as it will be streamed live on Virgin Media's YouTube.com channel and powered by Virgin Media's superfast broadband network.
Richard Larcombe, brand and marketing director at Virgin Media, says, "This year we are inviting everyone to join in the ultimate house party experience, live from V Festival. By live-streaming the sound clash from Our House, it means even more people can get involved and experience the festival - whether they're logging on from their living room or grooving in their garden."
The Our House stage in Chelmsford will also feature performances from stars including Naughty Boy, while Justin Timberlake, The Killers, Blondie and Ed Sheeran are also scheduled to perform at the festival.
British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos used a secret code when talking to a drug dealer to avoid saying the words 'cocaine' and 'marijuana', a court has heard. The former N-Dubz singer allegedly bragged that her ex-boyfriend was a major cocaine supplier and told an undercover journalist she used the terms "green sweets" and "white sweets" to differentiate between substances when putting in an order.
Contostavlos, a former judge and mentor on the U.K.'s The X Factor, is accused of brokering a $1,360 (£800) cocaine deal for the reporter, who she believed was a Hollywood movie boss lining her up for a film role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
The jury at London's Southwark Crown Court heard on Wednesday (16Jul14) that Contostavlos had several meetings with the journalist after she "swallowed the story completely", and in one of their chats she was allegedly recorded bragging about smoking cannabis to help her sleep.
The court was told she was caught on tape saying, "I use cannabis to get to sleep, it helps me switch off."
As she then allegedly discussed ordering drugs from her ex-boyfriend, she added, "I call them green sweets and I call them white sweets. They will ask, 'What kind of sweets do you want?' and I will go, 'Green sweets please, not white sweets for me but for my mates and that'."
A recording of a phone call between the singer and the journalist, Mazher Mahmood, was played to the jury on Wednesday, and when he asks about drugs Contostavlos can be heard replying, "Definitely on the day. What I will do, I can definitely sort it, I just need to make some more calls."
Mahmood then tells her, "Obviously, just keep this between us," and the pop star giggles as she replies, "It wouldn't sound too good that Tulisa is off finding white sweets."
Contostavlos allegedly later texted her manager the message: "Need 2 hook up 2 nits (nights) out in a row 4 these dudes. And some white sweets."
Prosecutor Timothy Cray told the jury that Mahmood later bought cocaine from a rapper pal of Contostavlos in May last year (13), and the story subsequently appeared in The Sun on Sunday newspaper. She was arrested shortly afterwards.
When she was interviewed by police, the star insisted her words had been "taken out of context" and she had been "playing a role" and talking to the journalist in an "exaggerated manner".
Contostavlos, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies being concerned in the supply of cocaine.
The trial continues.
BBC bosses have defended their decision to name singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran the most important artist in Britain's black and urban music scene.
The A Team hitmaker saw off competition from black artists including rapper Tinie Tempah and soul star Emeli Sande to top the Power List, which was compiled by a panel of experts for the BBC Radio 1Xtra station.
The list sparked a backlash among many fans and musicians, with rapper Wiley branding the U.K. music industry "backwards" and accusing the BBC of "skullduggery" for "bumping" black artists from the list.
BBC bosses have now responded to the criticism and defended their decision to pick Sheeran as the leading figure in the black music scene.
Austin Daboh, BBC Radio 1Xtra's music manager, says, "Every single day of the week, every single hour of the day we support black artists and other races that make black music sounds... I think that anyone who wants to bring race into the discussion is probably a little bit misguided."
Newlywed pop star Cher Lloyd is already planning to start a family with her husband Craig Monk. The British singer, 20, married hair stylist Monk in a secret ceremony in November (13), less than three years after they first met in the salon where he worked.
The Want U Back hitmaker has now revealed she is loving life as a doting wife and is already planning to have children.
She tells British magazine Fabulous, "I love being married. I love being a wife. People think I'm young because I'm just 20, but where I come from it's normal to get married at 16... I'm actually very old-fashioned. Craig had to ask my dad permission to marry me. Every day I have his tea (dinner) on the table and I want kids very soon."
Actress Kaley Cuoco shocked her tennis player husband Ryan Sweeting by organising a huge surprise party for his 27th birthday. The Big Bang Theory star threw a bash for the sportsman on Saturday night (12Jul14) ahead of his big day on Monday (14Jul14) and she posted a video online showing the moment the surprise was revealed.
In the clip, the couple is seen standing in front of black drapes which are suddenly pulled down to reveal Sweeting's friends and family standing behind. The tennis ace is visibly stunned, and drops to the floor.
Cuoco adds in a caption on Instagram.con, "Think we surprised him... Happy birthday baby doll."
She also shared pictures of a cake personalised with photographs of her husband, a midnight pool party after the main event and a snap of the pair kissing along with the message, "Happy birthday to my incredible husband... I can't wait to spend every single birthday with you... #lifeisweeting (sic)."
Country singer Justin Moore has become a father for the third time. The Til My Last Day hitmaker and his wife, Kate, welcomed their third daughter on Monday (14Jul14).
Moore announced the happy news in a statement which reads: "We're very excited to welcome Rebecca Klein Moore into the world. Both Mom and Klein are healthy."
The couple's new daughter joins sisters Kennedy Faye, two, and Ella Kole, four.
Moore adds, "Her two older sisters helped with her first bath and are thrilled to have a little sister! We are blessed."
Moore and his wife have been married since 2007.
Khloe Kardashian's estranged husband, basketball player Lamar Odom, has been dropped from the New York Knicks' roster after failing to impress new team president Phil Jackson. The embattled sportsman signed a two-year deal with the Knicks in April (14), on the final day of the regular season. However, the second year was not guaranteed and now team bosses have decided to exercise their option to waive the athlete. Reality TV star Kardashian filed for divorce from Odom in December (13) after four years of marriage.
A joke about Sir Tom Jones joining Black Sabbath has turned into an unlikely collaboration plan for the Welsh singer and Tony Iommi. The guitarist admits the April Fool's joke perpetrated by British magazine Kerrang! over two decades ago became the kernel of an idea and now he and Jones are talking about working together.
Iommi tells Classic Rock magazine, "I've met Tom a few times. We were talking one day and he said, 'Did you ever see that thing in the press about me joining you guys?' I said, 'Yes, I did,' and he said, 'It's not a bad idea, is it?'
"I like Tom, he's good. I'd actually like to do something with him. It could work."