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Zayn Malik hasn’t ruled out doing a virtual gig. The former One Direction star has just released his third solo album, ‘Nobody is Listening’, and has hinted he could perform some of the songs live for his fans. During an Instagram Live, he said when one follower asked if he’d do a live-streamed gig: “Yeah, I might do that. “ Zayn has yet to headline a major solo concert and previously axed planned shows due to crippling stage fright, but he’s previously admitted he is eager to perform. He tweeted in 2019: “F*** me, I can not wait to get on stage ! Mans got tunes that bang for days ! Haha feelin ready (sic)” The 28-year-old singer – who quit the chart-topping group in March 2015 – previously explained one of the reasons for his anxiety around performing was not having worked out how to do a solo show…

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Sleaford Mods‘ Jason Williamson has criticised Stormzy for the religious references in his lyrics. The punk duo – which also includes Andrew Fearn – slammed the use of the hook ‘One time for the Lord?’ from the Grime megastar’s hit ‘Blinded By Your Grace’ on their latest album’s title track, ‘Spare Ribs’. Jason raps: ‘One time for the Lord? My a**!’ And the ‘Big Burt’ star has elaborated on why he’s not a fan of artists talking religion in music. He told the Daily Star newspaper’s Wired column: “The older I get, the more I see what people appreciate from religion as a good thing. “People believe in religion as gateway to wisdom that they don’t get from what’s around them. “That’s great, but religion also reinforces the idea of rule, patriotism and fear. “So, having religious quotes in songs? I’m just not sure about it. “I can’t see how…

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Matt Damon has joined the cast of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’. The 50-year-old actor has arrived in Sydney, Australia where he will quarantine for two weeks before production begins on the Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster. In a statement to local media, Matt said: “I’m so excited that my family and I will be able to call Australia home for the next few months. “Australian film crews are world-renowned for their professionalism and are a joy to work with so the 14 days of quarantine will be well worth it.” Damon will join an all-star ensemble including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Chris Pratt, Tessa Thompson and Dave Bautista although his part in the movie has not been disclosed. The ‘Ford v Ferrari’ star had a cameo role in the movie’s predecessor ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ as an actor who plays villain Loki in an Asgardian stage play. The new flick is being directed…

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Noel Clarke thinks he’s become more resilient since joining Twitter. The 45-year-old actor believes it’s possible to find the “worst of humanity” on the micro-blogging platform, but he also thinks it’s helped to toughen him up. Noel explained: “I love all the platforms I have, even if Twitter can be vile. “I’m older and wiser now. You have to be really offensive or catch me on a bad day to get me to bite back.” Noel – whose film credits include ‘Kidulthood’, ‘Adulthood’ and ‘Bulletproof’ – thinks he was more sensitive to online criticism during his younger years. He told the Guardian newspaper: “When I was younger I bit back all the time. People would review stuff and I’d be like, ‘I’m coming in to find you.’” Meanwhile, Noel previously admitted to being inspired by the work of Spike Lee, explaining that the acclaimed filmmaker encouraged him to make projects…

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Ian McShane believes ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ will shoot this year. The 78-year-old actor plays the role of Winston in the Keanu Reeves-led action franchise and he expects production on the latest movie to take place in 2021 after being delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ian said: “Keanu and I exchanged New Year’s greetings and said, ‘Hope to see you this year.’ “I know the script is being written and they’re hoping to do it this year. I know they announced they were gonna do (‘John Wick 4’) and (‘John Wick 5’) together, but who knows. The studios announce all sorts of things. No doubt, at some point this year, we’re gonna do ‘John Wick 4’.” Ian also reflected on the success of the action franchise and admits that he knew it had “all of the elements” of a hit movie series. He told Collider: “They got such a…

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Masked Wolf, Serena Isioma, and Tai Verdes are among the acts who have made it onto Shazam and Apple Music’s new ‘The Shazam Predictions 2021’ playlist. Shazam – which is an app owned by Apple that can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, based on a short sample – have put together their official annual predictions playlist, which features 50 songs from up-and-coming artists who are poised to make a splash in the next 12 months. Among the artists are hip-hop artist Masked Wolf – who first entered Shazam’s emerging artists lists back in January 2019 – singer/songwriter Serena, and eclectic indie pop artist Tai. Other artists featured in the playlist include Kansas City trio BLACKSTARKIDS and teenage rapper LB SPIFFY, as well as Midas the Jagaban, SLEEPWALKRS, and Finn Askew among many others. The playlist is created using Shazam’s uniquely predictive data and algorithms, and the tracks are…

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Take That producer Ian Levine has sold his rights to a string of the band’s early hits. Ian, 67, has made a deal with music publisher One Media iP Group to sell his stake in Take That hits from their 1992 debut album ‘Take That & Party’, including ‘A Million Love Songs’, ‘Could It Be Magic’ and ‘I Found Heaven’. The songwriter and producer held producing royalties for the songs on the record – which was certified platinum twice in the UK – as well as two other recorded Take That tracks which were never released, which he has also sold to One Media iP Group. According to The Guardian, One Media iP did not disclose the cost of buying the rights, saying only that it had acquired them for a “modest consideration”. The One Media iP chief executive, Michael Infante, said: “Given the current global crisis and corresponding impact…

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Jennifer Lopez‘s beauty brand, JLo Beauty, has promised to go global. The 51-year-old superstar’s company is “hustling behind the scenes” to make the popular products available worldwide, and they’ve shared their plans to expand into more markets this summer. Responding to several users who asked if JLo Beauty will be coming to Australia and Europe, the official Instagram page for the brand replied: “It’s important to Jennifer that JLo Beauty is accessible to everyone worldwide! “JLo Beauty can be purchased in the U.S. at JLoBeauty.com. Also, in the U.S. and Canada at Sephora and on Amazon today. “In the meantime, we’re hustling behind the scenes to bring that JLo glow to even more international markets this summer. Stay tuned.” The ‘In The Morning’ singer launched her eponymous brand on January 1 and, as of January 14, the line has been available at Sephora stores in the US and Canada. The…

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With the news that Phil Spector – convicted murderer of Lana Clarkson – has passed away at the age of 81 due to COVID-19 complications, many headlines have displayed shocking ignorance and insensitivity by choosing to focus on his music career rather than his crime. Naturally, readers have reacted with predictable disgust. Phil Spector, 2004 / Photo Credit: Milan Ryba/Zuma Press/PA Images It’s true that the media often has a habit of overlooking respect and sensitivity when it comes to getting headlines out quickly, and this time they have gone a step too far by underplaying the fact that music producer Phil Spector was a brutal killer.  In many obituaries, actress Lana Clarkson was merely a footnote in a long memorial of Spector’s life and work. But the headline that really struck a nerve was from BBC News, who initially reported: “Talented but flawed producer Phil Spector dies aged 81”.…

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Russell Crowe has hit back at social media criticism of ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’. The 56-year-old actor starred in the 2003 war epic as Captain Jack Aubrey and replied to a tweet suggesting that Peter Weir‘s movie was a good “sleep aid”. The original Tweet read: “Lots of folk complaining about lack of sleep during the pandemic. May I recommend ‘Master and Commander’ starring the usually captivating, attention-grabbing Russell Crowe. I’ve never made it past the 10 minute mark. You’re welcome. And thanks Russell. (sic)” The Oscar-winning star replied with a fierce defence of the flick, describing it as “brilliant” and lauding the “incredible cinematography”. Russell wrote on the platform: “That’s the problem with these kids these days. No focus. “Peter Weirs film is brilliant. An exciting, detail oriented, epic tale of fidelity to Empire & service, regardless of the cost. Incredible cinematography by Russell…

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