Thursday, February 26, 2015

BRIT Awards 2015: 5 Essential Moments From a Night of Flamethrowers and Falls

BRIT Awards 2015: 5 Essential Moments From a Night of Flamethrowers and Falls:

It was a night of a few thrills and one show-stealing spill at the BRIT Awards in London. Ed Sheeran (British Male Solo Artist, Mastercard British Album of the Year) and Sam Smith (BRITs Global Success Award, British Breakthrough Act) confirmed their rising-star status, picking up two trophies each at the O2 Arena. But it was the night's falling star – Madonna, who dramatically crashed down a flight of steps during her performance – that ended up grabbing the headlines.

Madonna later said on Instagram that she was "fine." Otherwise, it was an atypically slick show genially hosted by TV personalities Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly and heavy on genuine global stars, with performers including Taylor Swift and Kanye West. Here are the five key moments:

1. Kanye West Gets Fired Up

As his wife Kim Kardashian introduced him, Kanye was stomped around the stage demanding that the seated music biz execs in the front rows get to their feet. Unusually, many of them obliged – only to be rewarded with a grime-inflected performance of new song "All Day," featuring dozens of extras, several guest rappers and a couple of flamethrowers that seemed to run out of juice halfway through. British social media users simply flamed Kanye instead, but regardless of their chatter, it remained the night's most exciting moment.

2. Madonna Takes a Tumble

Madge's return to the BRITs stage after a two decade-long absence seemed to be going smoothly. The song was "Living for Love," the look sexed-up demonic bullfighter, the "vibe" a Spanish True Blood end-of-season finale. But then, in a seemingly choreographed move that went wrong, a dancer tugged at her cape, the cape failed to detach and Madonna fell down a flight of stairs live on the Internet. Lesser stars might have stayed down, but Madonna just about styled it out – though her dance moves proceeded a little more gingerly thereafter. As might her backing dancer after the surely spectacular backstage debrief. You mess with the bull, you get the horns.

3. Royal Blood Get Crowned

Last year, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner banged on, at some length, about bringing rock & roll back to the BRITs. This year, Royal Blood actually did it, receiving the British Group award from Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. "It's a huge surprise to us," frontman Mike Kerr told the crowd. "And probably more of a surprise for people here, as you might not know who we are." After a stripped back but still brutally effective performance of "Figure It Out," however, the band is surely well on its way to becoming a household name.

4. The Return of Taylor Swift's Surprised Face

Her stunned expression during Kanye's performance seemed to speak for the nation, and her brilliant opening performance, seemingly channeling Cabaret through "Blank Space," confirmed her current Queen of Pop status. Meanwhile, her International Female Solo Artist win – surprisingly, her first-ever BRIT Award – saw her back on familiar "I can't believe this, you guys" acceptance speech territory. "I've been coming to England and playing shows for eight years so I'm so happy," she enthused, before adding, "I wouldn't be up here if it wasn't for one of my best friends who took me to pubs and showed me how to make a nice cup of tea – I love you Ed Sheeran!" Bless.

5. British Music Is Back

The U.S. contingent might have brought the stardust, but the night proved that the locals are good for more than taking visiting Americans down the pub. Confident performances from Sheeran (battering his guitar like a drum kit on a loop pedal-enhanced "Bloodstream"), Smith (crooning "Lay Me Down" in front of a white-clad string section) and up-and-comer George Ezra (strumming through "Budapest" in front of an Elvis-style illuminated giant Ezra sign) might not have been very edgy, but they did show there's no shortage of genuine British global success stories right now. Maybe one day a Brit will even be allowed to close the show.

Full list of winners:

British Artist Video of the Year: One Direction, "You and I"

British Breakthrough Act: Sam Smith

Mastercard British Album: Ed Sheeran, XBritish Female Solo Artist: Paloma Faith

British Male Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran

British Group: Royal Blood

International Male Solo Artist: Pharrell Williams

International Female Solo Artist: Taylor Swift

International Group: Foo Fighters

Critics' Choice Awards: James Bay

British Producer: Paul Epworth

British Single: Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars, "Uptown Funk"

British Global Success Award: Sam Smith

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson Go on the Road Again for Summer Tour

Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson Go on the Road Again for Summer Tour:

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will join forces once again for a few more dates on their shared tour this summer. The run of shows follows the pair's summer trek of 2014, which was complicated by "an unforeseen and urgent health concern," according to a statement on Krauss's website last April.

The nine newly announced shows begin June 17th in Missoula, Montana, and are concentrated in the western U.S., with the majority taking place in California. (See the list of tour dates below.)

In addition to the co-headlining tour, Willie Nelson and Family continue their seemingly never-ending trek with a series of shows this spring and summer, including a two-night stint at Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium March 3rd and 4th. Krauss and her band Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas, will be featured at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 30th.

Nelson, whose 82nd birthday will be celebrated in April, has plenty more in store throughout the year, including the May 5th publication of his autobiography, It's a Long Story: My Life. The erstwhile actor, seen in such films as Barbarosa and The Electric Horseman, is headed back to the big screen for a lead role in the fantasy-adventure Waiting for the Miracle to Come. Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson, the film is being shot at Nelson's "Luck, Texas" film set on his Hill Country ranch. The Old West setting was originally built for the iconic performer's 1986 film, Red Headed Stranger. Production on Miracle is set to begin next month.

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss + Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas tour dates:

June 17th — Missoula, Montana

June 19th —  Nampa, Idaho

June 20th — Salt Lake City, Utah

June 25th — Bend, Oregon

July 18th —  Los Angeles

July 19th —  Costa Mesa, California

July 21st — Paso Robles, California

July 22nd — Santa Barbara, California

July 23rd — Berkeley, California

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Rihanna Looks 'Towards the Sun' in New Song for Animated Film

Rihanna Looks 'Towards the Sun' in New Song for Animated Film:

Prior to the release of DreamWorks' Home, the animated film's star Rihanna has released the first song off the soundtrack. Titled "Towards the Sun," the track showcases the singer's falsetto on the epic, empowering pop tune. Listen below.

Home, due in theaters March 27th, is a 3D animated comedy featuring vocal talents from Rihanna alongside Jim Parsons, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez. The film is adapted from Adam Rex's children's book The True Meaning of Smekday.

"Towards the Sun" showcases a more optimistic and brighter side of Rihanna than darker recent albums. "Turn your face towards the sun," she sings. "Let the shadows fall behind you." It's Rihanna's second song this year following "FourFiveSeconds," her collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney that will appear on both Rihanna and West's new albums. New LPs from both artists are reportedly due this year. According to Variety, the Home star has penned an entire concept album based on the movie, but there is no word on whether that will be the film's actual soundtrack.

Rihanna debuted "FourFiveSeconds" live at the Grammy Awards with both West and McCartney. She had previously performed with West at a pre-Super Bowl party, and a joint tour featuring the pair may be in the works thanks to a fluke announcement by Live Nation Finland for a July date in Estonia.

Home is not Rihanna's first crack at acting. She had a cameo in last year's Annie remake and played herself in 2013's This Is the End and 2006's Bring It On: All or Nothing. In 2012, she had a role in Battleship alongside Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson and Alexander Skarsgard.

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Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration to Feature New Collections, Documentary

Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration to Feature New Collections, Documentary:

Bob Dylan's Shadows in the Night isn't the only celebration of Frank Sinatra's music that will arrive in 2015: To commemorate what would have been Sinatra's 100th birthday on December 12th, the Sinatra family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises have planned a multimedia event called "Sinatra 100" that will focus on the crooner's music and films in a variety of different venues.

The Sinatra 100 celebration kicks off March 4th at New York's Lincoln Center with the opening of the Grammy Museum's Sinatra: An American Icon exhibit. After six months stationed at Lincoln Center, the exhibit will hit the road starting September 4th. The Grammy Museum has also planned panels at places like Yale University and South by Southwest where the singer's legacy will be examined. In addition, UCLA will offer an extension course this May called "Why Sinatra Matters."

Sinatra's music will be the subject of new collections by Capitol, Sony and Universal, while Warner Bros. will host special screenings of Sinatra's most memorable films at both USC and the Tribeca Film Festival. The Sinatra family has also planned to launch a Frank Sinatra 100 app, a Sinatra-branded whiskey courtesy of Jack Daniels and a Frank Sinatra-themed tribute at an upcoming San Francisco Giants game.

In addition to the Sinatra family's 100th birthday plans, HBO and director Alex Gibney will celebrate Ol' Blue Eyes hitting the century mark with a two-night, four-hour documentary titled Sinatra: All or Nothing at All. The film, which revolves around rare footage from his 1971 "Retirement Concert" in Los Angeles and will incorporate plenty of music and pictures from Sinatra's life, will air on April 5th and 6th.

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Hear a Sample of Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Upcoming Epic

Hear a Sample of Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Upcoming Epic:

Crescendo architects Godspeed You! Black Emperor will return with a new album, Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress, next month. The record, which "clocks in at a succinct 40:23," according to the band's label, contains four new, sure-to-be overwhelming compositions that the band recorded in 2013 and 2014 in North Carolina and Montreal.

The label reports that the album's two middle songs, "Lambs' Breath" and "Asunder, Sweet," are drone works, while the final tune, the 14-minute "Piss Crowns are Trebled," contains a series of the band's signature crescendos. To accompany the album announcement, the band offered an eight-minute snippet of lead track "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'" Beginning with brassy, neo-classical guitar trumpeting and atonal violin screeches, the sample congeals into a folky, art-rock fusion of guitar fuzz, reedy-sounding strings and vaguely Middle Eastern melodies before fading out.

The album is the collective's first single-LP record since the late Nineties. It will be available on March 31st on CD and LP; the latter format comes on 180-gram vinyl and includes a download code for high-quality MP3s of the album and a "pull-out art poster."

Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress is the group's first offering since 2012's Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!. That release was, at the time, the band's first new album in a decade. The following year, the ensemble won Canada's Polaris Prize for the album, but did not attend the ceremony. It said it would donate the prize money, $30,000, to support musical education in Quebec prisons.

Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress Track List:

1. "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'"
2. "Lambs' Breath"
3. "Asunder, Sweet"
4. "Piss Crowns Are Trebled"

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Listen to Thom Yorke's Minimalist 'UK Gold' Score Contributions

Listen to Thom Yorke's Minimalist 'UK Gold' Score Contributions:

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood wasn't the only band member working on film scores during the band's hiatus. Between Thom Yorke's surprise solo album Tomorrow's Modern Boxes and working on the new Radiohead album, the singer managed to sneak in some minimalist soundscapes to help score the documentary UK Gold, which details Big Business' history of tax avoidance in England. The 12-song score also features six tracks by Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja.

Yorke contributes four solo instrumentals to the score, while the singer and Greenwood team for a pair of songs, "Tap24 + Hiha24" and "Pin Loon Break Up," the latter featuring an infectious loop of Yorke's trademark voice. Yorke's "Mono Jam One V2" is also an extended version of the caustic opening of Tomorrow's Modern Boxes' "A Brain in a Bottle," which provides a timeframe on when he crafted these tracks.

Radiohead reenter the studio next month to continue work on their follow-up to 2011's The King of Limbs. While it's unclear if Yorke's UK Gold contributions offer any glimpse into the band's sound, it wouldn't be the first time seemingly random song sketches ended up as a more polished finished product. Last year, a low-key update to the band's Polyfauna app ended up premiering bare-bones versions of what would become Yorke's Tomorrow's Modern Boxes tracks.

"Now is the time to reveal the revolving doors between government and the City that has bred lies and corruption for so long, siphoning money through our tax havens for the global super rich, while now preaching that we the people must pay our taxes and suffer austerity," Yorke said in support of the documentary. "Just who does our government work for."

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Zac Brown Band to Play 'Saturday Night Live'

Zac Brown Band to Play 'Saturday Night Live':

Country music will be featured on Saturday Night Live for the second time this season when Zac Brown Band serve as musical guest on March 7th. Actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor) will host the episode, which comes hot on the heels of the NBC comedy sketch show's recent 40th anniversary special. Presumably, Zac and company will perform their latest single, "Homegrown," during their appearance.

With this latest news, viewers may start wondering if SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels has had something of a country-music conversion, since throughout the long run of the series, relatively few country acts have appeared as musical guests and even fewer have hosted the program. But just last month, The Voice coach Blake Shelton did both. Prior to Shelton's stint, the most recent country artist to appear as musical guest was Lady Antebellum, in October 2011. Former country star Taylor Swift pulled double duty during the series' 35th season, in November 2009. During season 34, Swift was the musical guest when Neil Patrick Harris hosted, and late in 2008 Tim McGraw hosted the show, making that the last season in which more than one country artist appeared in some capacity.

Other recent seasons that featured more than one country performance: Season 32 (2006-2007), when both Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood appeared, and season 28 (2002-2003), when Faith Hill and Dixie Chicks were musical guests. Interestingly, while not a single country artist performed on the show in the season prior to that one, three of the hosts did dabble in country music: Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon.

In the early days of SNL, musical guests included such folk-country artists as John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III. Anne Murray was musical guest in 1976, during the show's second year, making her the first bona fide country artist to serve in that capacity. Willie Nelson followed in 1977. Other country artists who have served as musical guest, host, or both, include Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton and Rosanne Cash.

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Apple Must Pay $533 Million for Patent Infringement, Judge Says

Apple Must Pay $533 Million for Patent Infringement, Judge Says:

A federal jury has ruled that Apple willfully infringed on patents when developing iTunes' data storage systems, following eight hours of deliberation. The Tyler, Texas–based judge presiding over the case has ordered the company to pay $532.9 million in damages, according to Reuters.

The plaintiff, Smartflash LLC — which is based on the British Virgin Island of Tortola but also has a Texas address — filed the suit (viewable as a PDF) in May 2013, seeking $852 million in damages and citing six patents that related to the storing and accessing of songs, videos and games. The company does not make any products, nor does it have any employees other than founder Patrick Racz, who is a co-investor in the patents.

At the time, the suit named three game manufacturers as defendants in addition to Apple, claiming that another one of iTunes' functions violated Smartflash's in-app-purchase patents, but they were later dismissed from the suit. Regarding Apple's role, it claimed that Racz had met with one of Apple's current senior directors, Augustin Ferrugia, in 2000 when he was at another company to discuss the technology related to the patents. Bloomberg reports that Smartflash also claimed it deserved a percentage of sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs, which use iTunes.

Apple had attempted to get the case thrown out, claiming that Smartflash's technology was too generic for patenting, Reuters reported, but the judge who presided over the case ruled against them. Apple's subsequent argument in trial was that the jury should deem Smartflash's patents invalid because other, previously patented technologies had similar functions, and were worth only $4.5 million.

Bloomberg reports that Apple made $18 billion off iTunes in the last fiscal year, about 10 percent of the company's total revenue.

"Apple doesn't respect Smartflash's inventions," attorney John Ward told the jury, according to the news service. "Not a single witness could be bothered with reviewing the patent."

The jury arrived at the half-a-billion-dollar figure, the BBC reported, because it decided Apple "willfully" infringed on the patents. The damages were scaled accordingly.

Following the verdict, which applied to three of Smartflash's patents, Apple said it planned to appeal the ruling. "Smartflash makes no products, has no employees, creates no jobs, has no U.S. presence and is exploiting our patent system to seek royalties for technology Apple invented," the company said in a statement. "We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating, and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system."

Apple said the ruling was "one more example" of why Congress should reform its patent laws in a "meaningful" way, according to CNN Money. In February of last year, President Obama said he wanted Washington to "combat patent trolls." A White House press release (via the BBC) said the President wants reform that "encourages innovation and invention and provides the right incentives to drive investment, inspire and reward creativity, and spur job creation."

"I would expect Apple to say they will appeal as part of Apple's standard operating procedure," Smartflash's lead counsel, Brad Caldwell, said, according to The Wall Street Journal. "However, Smartflash believes the facts and the law support the jury's verdict."

Smartflash, whose lawyer told Reuters it was "very happy" with the ruling, has also filed similar suits against Samsung, Google and Amazon. The court will schedule the Samsung case now that the proceedings with Apple are done.

The court in Tyler, Texas has a history of ruling against Apple in suits like these. In 2012, a judge ordered the company to pay $368 million to VirnetX Inc. in a patent suit, Reuters reported, though a federal appeals court later ruled that the court had calculated the damages wrong and threw out that amount.

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Cliff Richard Sex Assault Investigation Expands

Cliff Richard Sex Assault Investigation Expands:

An investigation into sexual assault allegations against 74-year-old musician Sir Cliff Richard has "increased significantly in size," U.K. police recently disclosed. The singer, who is best known for a string of U.K. hits with the group the Shadows, previously faced only one claim against him, but now authorities say he faces multiple allegations. He has not been arrested or charged, but The Telegraph reports police have previously raided his home in Berkshire, U.K., in association with the claims last August.

"I have no idea where these absurd and untrue allegations come from," Richard wrote on his Facebook page in response. "The police have not disclosed details to me. I have never, in my life, assaulted anyone and I remain confident that the truth will prevail. I have cooperated fully with the police, and will, of course, continue to do so."

The singer went on to say that he would not comment on the matter further until the investigation was done, "which I hope will be very soon," he added. But that might not be the case, though. In a letter that South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton sent to a member of parliament, the BBC reports, he wrote, "It would be premature and potentially misleading to predict a likely date when it will be concluded."

The alleged victim who made the first allegation was under the age of 16 at the time of the reported assault, according to The Telegraph, which is said to have occurred at a speaking event held by American Christian evangelist Billy Graham in June 1985. No details on the other complaint or complaints are currently public.

Although the police did not offer any further comment on the investigation, other than it was ongoing, The Associated Press reports they said that Richard has been cooperative.

Richard rose to prominence in the late Fifties with songs like his Drifters single "Living Doll," a U.K. Number One that reached Number 30 in the U.S., and many U.K. hits with the Shadows like "Travellin' Light." He achieved his greatest chart success in the U.S. with "Devil Woman," a tune that appeared on his 1976 album I'm Nearly Famous. He was knighted in 1995.

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On the Charts: Imagine Dragons Conjure Up Number One

On the Charts: Imagine Dragons Conjure Up Number One:

With the post-Grammys sales surge ebbing away — and no other major debuts to battle with — Imagine Dragons cruised to the top of the Billboard 200, as the Las Vegas arena rockers' second LP, Smoke and Mirrors, grabbed the Number One spot thanks to 195,000 units sold. It's the best sales week yet for the "Radioactive" act, besting the opening week sales of their debut, Night Visions, of 83,000 in September 2013. That album, which peaked at Number Two on the charts, went on to sell more than 2.5 million copies.

Last week's winner and the best-selling album of 2015 so far, Drake's surprise If You're Reading This It's Too Late, dropped to Number Two. After selling 495,000 units in four days, the Drake release pushed another 187,000 purely digital copies. Last week's second-place finisher, the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, ended the week at Number Three and another 165,000 copies sold.

Outside the top three, no other albums hit six-digits last week: After Taylor Swift's 1989 slipped to Number Five last week – its lowest placement since it debuted in October 2014 – the album rebounded slightly, moving up to Number Four, due to another 93,000 units sold. 1989 flipped spots with last week's Number Four, Ed Sheeran's X, while Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour, the biggest benefactor of the post-Grammy spike, thanks to his dominating the night, came back to reality by falling from Three to Six.

This week, Imagine Dragons' Smoke and Mirrors will have to duke it out against Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise and Kid Rock's First Kiss for next week's Number One.

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Scarlett Johansson's New Band Faces Cease-and-Desist

Scarlett Johansson's New Band Faces Cease-and-Desist:

News of Scarlett Johansson's new group, the Singles, is less than a week old, but the band is already facing legal issues. When the actress revealed her new band – which also features Este Haim, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan – the group's radio-friendly moniker described their candy-coated pop sound almost too perfectly. But now they may no longer be allowed to use it. Pitchfork reports that Vincent Frederick, frontman of a Los Angeles group also named the Singles, has filed a cease-and-desist letter, alleging trademark infringement, to Johansson's reps.

"I woke up one morning and learned from the news that our band name was literally just taken by someone else as their own," Frederick said in a statement. "It's hard to believe that any musician would do something like that to another band. The Singles has been my life for the past 16 years. We have worked so incredibly hard to make it a success."

According to Frederick, his band the Singles have accounts on "nearly all social media sites," and their music is available at record stores, on iTunes and many websites. The top two results for "The Singles" on Google directs readers to Frederick's official website and SoundCloud account.

A spokesperson for Federal Prism declined to comment on the cease-and-desist.

It's unclear if Johansson would consider a new name for her pop project. "The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls," Johansson told Rolling Stone, citing the influence of Grimes, the Bangles and the Go-Go's. "I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra-pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke."

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Doutzen Kroes Left Victoria's Secret, Suki Waterhouse's Sister Makes Runway Debut

Doutzen Kroes Left Victoria's Secret, Suki Waterhouse's Sister Makes Runway Debut:

Doutzen Kroes looks heavenly. Photo: Pascal le Segretain/Getty Images
Doutzen Kroes looks heavenly. Photo: Pascal le Segretain/Getty Images
The industry has been buzzing about Karlie Kloss's decision to leave Victoria's Secret, but it turns out fellow Angel Doutzen Kroes actually left before her. Her reason: a business opportunity in Europe. This means there are now two open spots for Angels-in-Training. Who will they be? {Fashion Gone Rogue}

Now that we know every detail of Kim Kardashian's beauty look, the real question is: can we afford it? Between makeup, haircare, and laser treatment for her psoriasis, Kim's routine costs roughly $2,087. Yikes. {Gawker}

Immy Waterhouse is officially on our radar. The 20-year-old sister of Suki signed with Next Model Management this past November and made her runway debut at Ashley William's show in London on Tuesday. We believe her fierce look and confident strut set a very good precedent for things to come. {Modelina}

Macy's annual earnings estimate fell short of analysts' forecasts due to disappointing sales growth over the holidays. According to CEO Terry Lundgren, the retailer plans to cut back on discounted pricing. {Business of Fashion}

Former Spice-Girl-turned-fashion-designer Victoria Beckham was announced as Most Inspirational Woman of the Decade in Fashion by Grazia, surpassing icons such as Kate Moss, Stella McCartney and Mary Portas. Girl power, indeed. {Sydney Morning Herald}

PIXIE LOTT WALLPAPER BIOGRAPHY

PIXIE LOTT WALLPAPER BIOGRAPHY

Pixie Lott  Background information Birth name Victoria Louise Lott Born  12 January 1991 (age 22) Bromley, London, England Origin London, England Genres Pop, dance, soul, electro, R&B Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress, dancer Instruments Vocals, piano Years active 2006–present Labels Mercury, Interscope Website pixielott.com Victoria Louise "Pixie" Lott (born 12 January 1991) is an English singer-songwriter, dancer and actress. Her debut single "Mama Do" was released in June 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. Her second single "Boys and Girls", also topped the UK charts in September 2009. Her debut album Turn It Up was released in September 2009. It reached number six on the UK Albums Chart, spawned five consecutive Top 20 singles, and sold over a million copies. Her second album, Young Foolish Happy, was released on 14 November 2011. "All About Tonight", the first single from that album, entered the charts at number one on 17 September 2011, making it her third UK number one hit.  Contents    1 Early and personal life 2 Music career 2.1 2008–10: Turn It Up 2.2 2011–12: Young Foolish Happy 2.3 2012–present: Third studio album and other projects 3 Musical influences 4 Filmography 5 Awards 6 Discography 7 Tours 8 References 9 External links  Early and personal life  Lott was born in Bromley and initially lived in Petts Wood and then Bickley, all suburban areas of London. Her mother gave her the nickname Pixie because she was "such a tiny, cute baby who looked like a fairy". She started singing in her church school and when she was five she attended the Italia Conti Associates Saturday school in Chislehurst. She went on to attend the main school – Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts – at 11, where she was awarded a scholarship. At the age of 13, Lott moved with her family to Brentwood. During her time as a student she appeared in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, and in BBC One's Celebrate the Sound of Music in 2005, aged 14, as Louisa von Trapp. At the age of 14, she was part of the chorus, recording vocals on Roger Waters's opera Ça Ira. Despite missing school time because she was recording her album, Lott says she received straight 'A' grades in her GCSEs. She was voted No. 45 in 2010, No. 31 in 2011, No. 12 in 2012 and No. 7 in 2013 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women list.  Music career  2008–10: Turn It Up  Main article: Turn It Up (Pixie Lott album) In 2006, at the age of 15, she sang for L. A. Reid after he heard a few of her demos. He then signed her to the Island Def Jam Music Group. After a change of managers, a bidding war ensued and Lott parted ways with the Island Def Jam Music Group, to sign with Mercury Records in the UK and to Interscope Records in the U.S. She signed a publishing deal, as a songwriter, with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in December 2007, while writing and recording tracks for Turn It Up. Lott wrote a song for Alexandra Burke's debut album, Overcome, titled "You Broke My Heart" and a song for Girls Can't Catch titled "Happy Alone". She also wrote two tracks on Lisa Lois – the Dutch X Factor's winners album, titled "No Good For Me" and "Promises, Promises". Lott played her first festival concert in the Big Top at the Isle of Wight Festival 2009, during her first full British tour, where she supported The Saturdays on The Work Tour. Lott's debut single, "Mama Do", was released on 8 June 2009. It spent one week at number one, eleven weeks within the top forty and eighteen weeks within the top seventy five. The single also had considerable success outside the UK, reaching the top forty in eleven other countries, including top ten peaks of number eight in Denmark and number ten in France. The single was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry on 28 August 2009 after selling over 200,000 copies in the United Kingdom. On 15 August 2009, Lott was featured alongside Hoobastank, The All-American Rejects, Kasabian, Boys Like Girls, Estranged and Raygun as one of the live acts at Asia's very first MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia concert. Lott's second lead single "Boys and Girls" was released on 6 September 2009 and topped the UK Singles Chart on 13 September 2009. On 14 September 2009, Lott's debut album, Turn It Up was released. This followed an intensive promotional tour where Lott visited the Asia-Pacific region to promote the album and 'Mama Do'. The album debuted at number six on the UK Album Chart, and sold over 600,000 copies in the United Kingdom. In August 2010, it was certified Double-Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. Lott's third single from the album, "Cry Me Out" was released on 23 November 2009. It was during this time that Lott was chosen as the face of Nokia's "Illuvial Pink Collection" mobile phone range and Casio's range of Baby G watches. The fourth single, "Gravity", was released in the UK on 8 March 2010. Lott won two MTV EMA Awards MTV Europe Music Awards 2009, Best UK & Ireland Act and Best Push Artist (best break through artist). Lott was nominated for British Breakthrough Act, British Female Solo Artist and British Single at the 2010 BRIT Awards. Lott also served as the opening act of Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth Tour in the UK 7–26 May 2010. In April 2010, Lipsy launched a fashion range co-designed by Lott. The first Pixie Collection comprised two ranges: Pixie Festival and Pixie Party. Pixie Lott's second collection for Lipsy was launched in September 2010 and consisted of a new range, Pixie Rocks, and an updated Pixie Party collection. In July 2010, Lott appeared as a guest judge for the auditions for the seventh series of The X Factor in Cardiff, covering for Dannii Minogue, who was on maternity leave. Lott also performed on the main stage at the V Festival in August 2010. The fifth single from Lott's album, the title song "Turn It Up", was released on 7 June 2010. Lott recorded a song for the film Street Dance 3D, "Live For The Moment". Lott released "Boys and Girls" as her debut US single on 24 August 2010. The release coincided with the TV premiere of her film debut, Fred: The Movie. In January 2010, Lott was named one of 2010's "Faces to Watch" by US magazine, Billboard. Lott was cast as Judy, Fred Figglehorn's crush, in the film Fred: The Movie, starring alongside Lucas Cruikshank. The comedy was released on America's Nickelodeon channel on 18 September 2010. Turn It Up was to be released in the US in 2011, but this never materialised. It was, however, rereleased in the UK. "The Way The World Works", from Lott's debut record was used in the U.S.-produced medical drama Private Practice. For the new repackaged version of Turn It Up Lott recorded duets with Jason Derulo and Joe Jonas, though the latter failed to make the final tracklisting for the album. This edition included her single, "Broken Arrow".  2011–12: Young Foolish Happy Main article: Young Foolish Happy   Lott performing the song at Hanley Park Festival in Stoke-on-Trent, England. In July 2011 it was revealed that Lott had signed a deal with Select Model Management. The company is also responsible for signing Cher Lloyd, Agyness Deyn and David Gandy. Lott's second album, Young Foolish Happy was released on 14 November 2011, it includes collaborations with Stevie Wonder and John Legend. Young Foolish Happy debuted at number eighteen on the UK Albums Chart, selling 18,503 copies in its opening week. The following week, it dropped twenty-four places to number forty-two. On 10 February 2012, it was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), denoting shipments in excess of 100,000 within the UK. The album also entered the Irish Albums Chart at number thirty-three. "All About Tonight" was released on 2 September 2011 as the album's lead single. Lott premiered the song on BBC Radio 1's The Chris Moyles Show on 11 July 2011. It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart with first-week sales of 88,893 copies (the highest of Lott's career), giving Lott her third UK number one. It also reached number nine on the Irish Singles Chart, her second top ten hit in that country. The second single "What Do You Take Me For?", featuring rapper Pusha T, was released on 4 November 2011, while the music video premiered on 6 October. It debuted at number ten on the UK Singles Chart, selling 34,335 copies. In July 2012 Lott performed "Kiss the Stars" and "Use Somebody" at the Men's Gymnastics Finals in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Lott also performed at V Festival (her second performance after appearing in 2010), the "Access All Eirias" festival in North Wales and the MTV "Titanic Sounds" festival in Belfast.  2012–present:Third studio album and other projects In June 2012, Lott stated she had started recording her third album citing Motown as inspiration for the album: "I'm going to be heading to New York to work with the guys who did the original Motown records in the '60s to make a new album soon." In June 2013, Lott tweeted that she was recording the first single from her third album with Jack Splash in Miami. In September, Splash confirmed that the single had been mixed. On 17 July 2013, Lott tweeted that she was on her way to a photo shoot for her new single and her third studio album. On 1 November 2013, Lott trended on Twitter after announcing that her new music was "coming soon", and posting a cover of Avicii's "Wake Me Up" on YouTube. Michael Einziger, one of the writers of "Wake Me Up", later took to Twitter to praise Lott's interpretation. On 8 November, Lott's cover of "Royals" by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde was uploaded. "Royals" was chosen because Lorde had previously covered Lott's number one single, "Mama Do". After watching the cover, Lorde likened Lott's voice to "baby angels and peanut butter chocolate". It was also announced in March 2013 that Lott was to make her TV acting debut in BBC One's Inspector George Gently playing the role of Megan, an entertainer at the Blue Bird Holiday Camp in 1969.  Musical influences  She cites Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston as major influences on her style of singing. For her second album, Lott told Digital Spy that the sound was "a little more soulful. That's the kind of thing that I'm into. That influence is stronger on this album." Lott has also stated that her third studio album will have a Motown sound.  Filmography  Film Year Title Role Notes 2010 Fred: The Movie Judy  2011 The Itch of the Golden Nit (Voice) Short 2011 Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred Judy Uncredited Television Year Title Role Notes 2007 Genie in the House Guest Dancer Episode: "I Feel Like Singing" Episode: "Drama Queen" 2012 Sadie J Herself Episode: "Pixiepopalistic: Part 2" 2013 George Gently Megan Episode: "Blue for Bluebird"  Awards  Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Pixie Lott  Discography  Main article: Pixie Lott discography Turn It Up (2009) Young Foolish Happy (2011)  Tours  As the headline act 2010 – The Crazycats Tour As supporting act 2009 – The Saturdays – The Work Tour (Selected Dates) 2010 – Rihanna – Last Girl on Earth Tour (UK Dates)
PIXIE LOTT WALLPAPER BIOGRAPHY

Pixie Lott Biography

Background information
Birth name Victoria Louise Lott
Born 12 January 1991 (age 22)
Bromley, London, England
Origin London, England
Genres Pop, dance, soul, electro, R&B
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress, dancer
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2006–present
Labels Mercury, Interscope
Website pixielott.com

Victoria Louise "Pixie" Lott (born 12 January 1991) is an English singer-songwriter, dancer and actress. Her debut single "Mama Do" was released in June 2009 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. Her second single "Boys and Girls", also topped the UK charts in September 2009. Her debut album Turn It Up was released in September 2009. It reached number six on the UK Albums Chart, spawned five consecutive Top 20 singles, and sold over a million copies. Her second album, Young Foolish Happy, was released on 14 November 2011. "All About Tonight", the first single from that album, entered the charts at number one on 17 September 2011, making it her third UK number one hit.

Early and personal life

Lott was born in Bromley and initially lived in Petts Wood and then Bickley, all suburban areas of London. Her mother gave her the nickname Pixie because she was "such a tiny, cute baby who looked like a fairy". She started singing in her church school and when she was five she attended the Italia Conti Associates Saturday school in Chislehurst. She went on to attend the main school – Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts – at 11, where she was awarded a scholarship. At the age of 13, Lott moved with her family to Brentwood. During her time as a student she appeared in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, and in BBC One's Celebrate the Sound of Music in 2005, aged 14, as Louisa von Trapp. At the age of 14, she was part of the chorus, recording vocals on Roger Waters's opera Ça Ira. Despite missing school time because she was recording her album, Lott says she received straight 'A' grades in her GCSEs. She was voted No. 45 in 2010, No. 31 in 2011, No. 12 in 2012 and No. 7 in 2013 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women list.

Music career

2008–10: Turn It Up

Main article: Turn It Up (Pixie Lott album)
In 2006, at the age of 15, she sang for L. A. Reid after he heard a few of her demos. He then signed her to the Island Def Jam Music Group. After a change of managers, a bidding war ensued and Lott parted ways with the Island Def Jam Music Group, to sign with Mercury Records in the UK and to Interscope Records in the U.S. She signed a publishing deal, as a songwriter, with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in December 2007, while writing and recording tracks for Turn It Up. Lott wrote a song for Alexandra Burke's debut album, Overcome, titled "You Broke My Heart" and a song for Girls Can't Catch titled "Happy Alone". She also wrote two tracks on Lisa Lois – the Dutch X Factor's winners album, titled "No Good For Me" and "Promises, Promises". Lott played her first festival concert in the Big Top at the Isle of Wight Festival 2009, during her first full British tour, where she supported The Saturdays on The Work Tour.
Lott's debut single, "Mama Do", was released on 8 June 2009. It spent one week at number one, eleven weeks within the top forty and eighteen weeks within the top seventy five. The single also had considerable success outside the UK, reaching the top forty in eleven other countries, including top ten peaks of number eight in Denmark and number ten in France. The single was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry on 28 August 2009 after selling over 200,000 copies in the United Kingdom. On 15 August 2009, Lott was featured alongside Hoobastank, The All-American Rejects, Kasabian, Boys Like Girls, Estranged and Raygun as one of the live acts at Asia's very first MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia concert. Lott's second lead single "Boys and Girls" was released on 6 September 2009 and topped the UK Singles Chart on 13 September 2009. On 14 September 2009, Lott's debut album, Turn It Up was released. This followed an intensive promotional tour where Lott visited the Asia-Pacific region to promote the album and 'Mama Do'. The album debuted at number six on the UK Album Chart, and sold over 600,000 copies in the United Kingdom. In August 2010, it was certified Double-Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. Lott's third single from the album, "Cry Me Out" was released on 23 November 2009. It was during this time that Lott was chosen as the face of Nokia's "Illuvial Pink Collection" mobile phone range and Casio's range of Baby G watches.
The fourth single, "Gravity", was released in the UK on 8 March 2010. Lott won two MTV EMA Awards MTV Europe Music Awards 2009, Best UK & Ireland Act and Best Push Artist (best break through artist). Lott was nominated for British Breakthrough Act, British Female Solo Artist and British Single at the 2010 BRIT Awards. Lott also served as the opening act of Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth Tour in the UK 7–26 May 2010. In April 2010, Lipsy launched a fashion range co-designed by Lott. The first Pixie Collection comprised two ranges: Pixie Festival and Pixie Party. Pixie Lott's second collection for Lipsy was launched in September 2010 and consisted of a new range, Pixie Rocks, and an updated Pixie Party collection. In July 2010, Lott appeared as a guest judge for the auditions for the seventh series of The X Factor in Cardiff, covering for Dannii Minogue, who was on maternity leave. Lott also performed on the main stage at the V Festival in August 2010. The fifth single from Lott's album, the title song "Turn It Up", was released on 7 June 2010. Lott recorded a song for the film Street Dance 3D, "Live For The Moment".
Lott released "Boys and Girls" as her debut US single on 24 August 2010. The release coincided with the TV premiere of her film debut, Fred: The Movie. In January 2010, Lott was named one of 2010's "Faces to Watch" by US magazine, Billboard. Lott was cast as Judy, Fred Figglehorn's crush, in the film Fred: The Movie, starring alongside Lucas Cruikshank. The comedy was released on America's Nickelodeon channel on 18 September 2010. Turn It Up was to be released in the US in 2011, but this never materialised. It was, however, rereleased in the UK. "The Way The World Works", from Lott's debut record was used in the U.S.-produced medical drama Private Practice.
For the new repackaged version of Turn It Up Lott recorded duets with Jason Derulo and Joe Jonas, though the latter failed to make the final tracklisting for the album. This edition included her single, "Broken Arrow".

2011–12: Young Foolish Happy
Main article: Young Foolish Happy


Lott performing the song at Hanley Park Festival in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
In July 2011 it was revealed that Lott had signed a deal with Select Model Management. The company is also responsible for signing Cher Lloyd, Agyness Deyn and David Gandy.
Lott's second album, Young Foolish Happy was released on 14 November 2011, it includes collaborations with Stevie Wonder and John Legend. Young Foolish Happy debuted at number eighteen on the UK Albums Chart, selling 18,503 copies in its opening week. The following week, it dropped twenty-four places to number forty-two. On 10 February 2012, it was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), denoting shipments in excess of 100,000 within the UK. The album also entered the Irish Albums Chart at number thirty-three.
"All About Tonight" was released on 2 September 2011 as the album's lead single. Lott premiered the song on BBC Radio 1's The Chris Moyles Show on 11 July 2011. It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart with first-week sales of 88,893 copies (the highest of Lott's career), giving Lott her third UK number one. It also reached number nine on the Irish Singles Chart, her second top ten hit in that country. The second single "What Do You Take Me For?", featuring rapper Pusha T, was released on 4 November 2011, while the music video premiered on 6 October. It debuted at number ten on the UK Singles Chart, selling 34,335 copies.
In July 2012 Lott performed "Kiss the Stars" and "Use Somebody" at the Men's Gymnastics Finals in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Lott also performed at V Festival (her second performance after appearing in 2010), the "Access All Eirias" festival in North Wales and the MTV "Titanic Sounds" festival in Belfast.

2012–present:Third studio album and other projects
In June 2012, Lott stated she had started recording her third album citing Motown as inspiration for the album: "I'm going to be heading to New York to work with the guys who did the original Motown records in the '60s to make a new album soon." In June 2013, Lott tweeted that she was recording the first single from her third album with Jack Splash in Miami. In September, Splash confirmed that the single had been mixed. On 17 July 2013, Lott tweeted that she was on her way to a photo shoot for her new single and her third studio album.
On 1 November 2013, Lott trended on Twitter after announcing that her new music was "coming soon", and posting a cover of Avicii's "Wake Me Up" on YouTube. Michael Einziger, one of the writers of "Wake Me Up", later took to Twitter to praise Lott's interpretation. On 8 November, Lott's cover of "Royals" by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde was uploaded. "Royals" was chosen because Lorde had previously covered Lott's number one single, "Mama Do". After watching the cover, Lorde likened Lott's voice to "baby angels and peanut butter chocolate".
It was also announced in March 2013 that Lott was to make her TV acting debut in BBC One's Inspector George Gently playing the role of Megan, an entertainer at the Blue Bird Holiday Camp in 1969.

Musical influences

She cites Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston as major influences on her style of singing. For her second album, Lott told Digital Spy that the sound was "a little more soulful. That's the kind of thing that I'm into. That influence is stronger on this album." Lott has also stated that her third studio album will have a Motown sound.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Fred: The Movie Judy
2011 The Itch of the Golden Nit (Voice) Short
2011 Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred Judy Uncredited
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Genie in the House Guest
Dancer Episode: "I Feel Like Singing"
Episode: "Drama Queen"
2012 Sadie J Herself Episode: "Pixiepopalistic: Part 2"
2013 George Gently Megan Episode: "Blue for Bluebird"

Awards

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Pixie Lott

Discography

Main article: Pixie Lott discography
Turn It Up (2009)
Young Foolish Happy (2011)

Tours

As the headline act
2010 – The Crazycats Tour
As supporting act
2009 – The Saturdays – The Work Tour (Selected Dates)

2010 – Rihanna – Last Girl on Earth Tour (UK Dates)