On Saturday night at 7pm, the wild and wonderful dancers on the latest series of Let’s Dance For Sport Relief will be shown how it’s really done by some of your favourite pop acts. Jessie J will be singing her latest single ‘Domino’, while JLS give a performance of the official Sport Relief single ‘Proud’. We’ve added the date and time to our Pop Diary. Hit like below if you’ll be watching.
Jessie J and JLS set for Sport Relief, Simon wants Katy Perry for X Factor, Blue Ivy causes a stir and Marina announces new single – gossip!4
Little baby Blue Ivy is only weeks old but is already creating quite an impression. In fact, so much so that her parents Beyoncé & Jay-Z have apparently filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office to protect her name for future branding opportunities. Watch out for official Blue Ivy pencil cases, coming to a House of Dereon near you soon.
Marina And The Diamonds has announced the details of her brand new, upcoming single. ‘Primadonna’ is reportedly produced by Dr Luke and will be released in April. It’s the second single (or ‘first official single’ if you’re taking her word for it) to be taken from Marina’s forthcoming album Electra Heart. Confused? Us too. But we’re excited to hear it nonetheless.
Both Jessie J and JLS have been lined up as guest performers on this year’s Let’s Dance For Sport Relief. The show, in aid of Sport Relief is set to begin next month and will feature celebrity contestants such as DJ Tony Blackburn and Ulrika Johnson. Couldn’t they just have JLS competing against each other?
Katy Perry could be joining The X Factor USA if rumours are to be believed. In an interview with US show Extra, Simon Cowell described her as ‘fun and feisty’ and the ideal candidate for a judging role. The singer is no stranger to this, after guest judging on UK X Factor – and she provided so much entertainment (read as: pretending to feel up Cheryl Cole) we’d love to see her as a permanent fixture.
The Queen is celebrating her sixtieth year on the throne. As part of the festivities, the BBC and Gary Barlow are teaming up to throw a huge concert in front of Buckingham Palace with some of the biggest names from music, dance and musical theatre. Jessie J, JLS and Ed Sheeran are already confirmed to perform.
You’ll be able to watch or listen to the whole concert on the BBC, but if you want to be there – free of charge, and with a picnic in the Palace gardens beforehand – you can enter the ticket ballot here. You have to be 18 or over to apply (and 13 or over to attend) and do it before 2nd March to be in with a chance.
We’ve listed the event in our Pop Diary so you won’t forget. Hit like below if you want to be there.
Here’s a pretty average performance of Jessie J hittings lots of big notes, wearing little shorts and singing chart topping single ‘Domino’ on the Jonathan Ross show; the fifth single to be taken from the re-release of her debut album Who You Are. Let us know what you think in the comments:
BBC Radio 1′s Hackney Weekend concert will take place on the 23rd and 24th of June and the line-up includes acts like Dappy, Jessie J, Labrinth, David Guetta, Tinie Tempah, Lana Del Rey, Emeli Sandé, Leona Lewis and many more. Find out more and register for tickets here. We’ve listed this event in our pop diary. Hit like below if you’re going to attend.
*In best radio DJ voice* It’s Sunday, it’s just gone 7pm, the chart results are in!
It was a good week for:
Jessie J. ‘Domino’ has made it two weeks in a row at the top of the charts. How long until that well-known pizza company starts using the song to advertise Two for Tuesdays?
Pixie Lott. ‘Kiss the Stars’ has clawed it’s way up into the top ten and right now is sitting comfortably at Number 8. As Miley says, it’s all about the climb.
One Direction. After premiering their video for ‘One Thing’ last week the boys have finished this week at Number 28. Who wants to bet the track will be the Valentines week Number 1 when it’s officially released on 12th February?
Cher Lloyd. The other big new entry this week is ‘Want U Back’ which also gets its official release next month, the track has entered the midweeks at Number 26, that’s two ahead of 1D.
Gotye. ‘Somebody I used to Know’ is one of this week’s biggest climbers (up 15 to Number 21) which may have something to do with clever cover version that’s currently sweeping Twitter. Watch it so you know what everyone’s talking about at school tomorrow.
It was a bad week for:
Rizzle Kicks. OK Number 2 in the singles chart is exactly soul-shattering but we’re sure the boys were hoping for their first Number 1 without the help of Olly Murs. There’s always next week.
Enter Shikari. After this very loud and shouty band entered the mid-week album chart at Number 1 we were a tad worried. But luckily pop has triumphed over the bullies with Adele moving back into the top spot and Ed Sheeran just behind. In your face.
JLS get romantic, Jessie J and her shaven head, The Voice UK’s supergroup and the latest Sugagabes news – Gossip!
One of the best pop events in the summer calendar (in MP!’s humble opinion), T4 on the beach will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary this year. The gig will spend its eighth year in Weston-super-Mare on 1st July, with organisers already promising “this year’s line-up will be the best yet.” Tickets go on sale in March. EEK!
The saying goes that the band that share together stay together, or something along those lines. In which case JLS are gonna be around for a long time. Marvin has shared his romantic proposal to Rochelle with the rest of the JLS boys. Smooth operator Marvin filmed the big event and after viewing it, Aston reckons “it was better than Michael Jackson flying out of the arena on his Dangerous Tour.” Quite the compliment. Marvin has repaid Aston’s kind words by promising to spend Valentines Day with his band-mate because Rochelle is out of the country. It’s also Aston’s birthday on February 13th so Marv better double up on gifts.
The judges on new talent show The Voice have joined forces to form a super-group. The motley crew of Jessie J, Tom Jones, will.i.am and That Bloke Who Replaced Will Young sung together at the taping of the show last week. Apparently audience members “jumped out of their seats” when the group performed ‘I’ve Gotta Feeling.’ Reports that the “jumping” was actually due to Tom Jones’ gyrating are still unconfirmed. In other Voice news, Simon Cowell is apparently pretty peeved that the BBC have scheduled the show to clash with Britain’s Got Talent, he’s called it a “declaration of war.” We’ll see who gets beaten to a pulp when both shows air in March.
After skating her troubles away on Dancing On Ice Heidi Range is ready to take on the world. Speaking to the Sunday Mirror Heidi credits the show for giving her her “groove back” after her recent break-up. In fact she’s even thinking about a solo album. Everyone wave bye-bye to the Sugababes.
More news on that original Sugababes reunion. Despite the girls denying they’re reforming there’s fresh reports that Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan have recorded a song together. The latest rumours are that the band recorded a track called ‘Love Like This’, written by Emeli Sandé and produced by Naughty Boy, at a recording studio last week AND are working on a comeback album. The trio are said to be really dedicated to the project with Siobhan even leaving her job in the City to concentrate on the music BUT Keisha wants to get her solo work out before the band’s new material. Everyone caught up? Good, it’ll be all change this time tomorrow.
Jessie J reckons she can heal the world by shaving her head this year. She’s been chatting about her plan to get rid of her locks in aid of charity and the inspiration behind her much-publicised stunt. When she broke her foot last year Jessie spent time visiting kids in hospital and realised “I need to use being someone that people know to do something good for the world.” Translation: She’ll be going bald. Good luck Jessie! MP! once sat in a bath of baked beans for a Blue Peter appeal and raised £23.50, not quite enough to heal the world.
JLS unveiled their shiny new single ‘Proud’ yesterday. As we told you earlier this week, the track is the Official Sports Relief single and is released on March 18th. Our verdict? It’s predictably uplifting and stuffed full with emotional high notes, listen to it here. As part of their Sports Relief role, the band will also perform ‘Proud’ and lots of other hits at a special one-off concert at London’s O2 Arena on March 24. AND! Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks will be there! Tickets go on sale at 10am tomorrow. We could insert the obvious “we’re so proud” statement here but we know you JLSters have got that one covered.
You’ve got three guesses, who’s broken a US chart record for the longest time spent at Number 1 for a British act? No it’s not Matt Cardle. That’s right Adele! The singer has broken a record previously set by The Beatles and Pink Floyd after 21 spent it’s 16th week in the top spot on the US Billboard 200 this week. Thrillingly she’s also matched the success of the Titanic soundtrack.
Occasional singer and full-time red carpet accessory Miley Cyrus has said she’d love to play Carrie Bradshaw in a planned Sex and the City prequel series. Miley admitted the lead role in The Carrie Diaries, created by the people behind Gossip Girl, would be “really cool.”
Simon Cowell has hinted he will return to this year’s X Factor. Following his absence from the judging table in 2011 Si says he’s signed up for the second series of the US show “but anything could happen regarding the British one.” Gary Barlow’s wiping away the tears of rejection with fifty pound notes as we type.
In other X Factor news, hilariously Cheryl Cole has been voted “Best Judge” in Virgin Media’s TV Awards. She was up for her doomed stint on X Factor USA and faced competition from the show’s more permanent judges and loads of other TV personalities. Proud Chez tweeted the results to Simon Cowell this morning saying: “Oh my!” And all in a couple days work, LOVE this.”
It’s still freezing but the first bits of summer festival news are starting to filter through. Jessie J has just been confirmed for the Isle of Wight line-up in June. Jessie joins Example, Stooshe and Magnetic Man at the festival but the organisers have admitted they’ve deliberately stayed away from booking “pop acts” this year, instead opting for craggy headliners Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Tom Petty. MP! are launching a petition.
The Saturdays recording new material, Rihanna to duet with Coldplay, Marcus Collins releasing debut album and limited edition The Wanted mag out now – gossip!
Despite the fact that we uncovered their sick notes last week, The Saturdays have hinted that they’ve returned to the studio to record new material. The girls have already confirmed that they’ll release their fourth studio album this year, but what with Una’s pregnancy and rumours of a music video for ‘The Way You Watch Me’ being filmed with Travie McCoy, we certainly weren’t expecting it so soon. Also, Mollie stands on her toes when recording songs. Thrilling stuff.
After reaching 2 billion views on YouTube, Rihanna decided to celebrate the best way she knows how. And no, we don’t mean getting wasted and grinding in the club. Taking to her infamous Twitter account, Rih-Rih announced that she’ll be sharing the stage with Coldplay at this year’s Grammy Awards to perform their collaborative effort ‘Princess Of China’. Rumour has it that they’ll also treating everyone at the Brit Awards to the duet too. So much for that holiday, eh Rihanna?
It sounds to us like one of Tom Jones’ fellow The Voice UK judges has a bit on an unhealthy obsession with him. Can you guess who came out with this nugget? ”I get to hang out with Tom Jones soon. We’re going to dinner together. I’m just looking forward to seeing what he orders, to see what he eats.”Is he a no-carbs man? Does he just have soup or salad?” Well put it this way, if Tom Jones turns up dead next week, we’re going with Jessie J, in the restaurant, with the soup poison.
This one is an update for your mum. Sensible crooner Marcus Collins is going to become the first of last year’s X Factor’s contestants to unveil an album, with his debut currently pencilled in for release on March 12th. He’s been working with Gary Barlow and you can pre-order the… Zzzzzzz. Oh, sorry, must have dozed off there. Little Mix need to hurry up, right? Right.
Remember magazines? Well you should because contrary to popular belief, they do still exist. And you might be interested to know that the new issue of Top Of The Pops magazine is a The Wanted special. 68 pages (68!) of exclusive interviews, photos and limited edition posters. Go forth teens of Britain and strip the shelves of your local WHSmith bare.
You probably won’t recognise her name yet, but Azealia Banks is set to be one of 2012′s biggest stars – and the pop Gods have dealt her a lucky hand this week. After creating ridiculous amounts of online hype with her song ’212′ (warning: definitely not for the easily offended!), Azealia revealed that she’s been signed to major record label Universal and is hoping to release her debut album in May or June. Watch this space!
It’s Wednesday, it’s just gone 4pm which means the mid-week chart results are in!
It’s been a good week (so far) for:
Jessie J. ‘Domino’ is still topping the singles chart after getting the Number 1 spot on Sunday. Her closest rivals for this weekend’s top spot are new entry Swedish House Mafia vs. Knife Party and David Guetta. We know who we’re rooting for…
One Direction. After premiering their video for ‘One Thing’ on Friday the boys have entered the chart at Number 31, ahead of the single’s official release on 12th February. We’re predicting they’re just gonna keep climbing until Sunday. Niall’s dad dancing definitely has something to do with it.
Cher Lloyd. The other big new entry this week is ‘Want U Back’ which gets its official release next month, the track has entered the midweeks at Number 29 just beating 1D.
Kelly Clarkson and Pixie Lott. After some harsh words from MP! on Sunday these two have pulled their socks up with ‘Stronger’ climbing ten places to Number 11 and ‘Kiss The Stars’ now at Number 7. Good work girls.
It’s been a bad week (so far) for:
Pop albums. A very loud and shouty band called Enter Shikari have entered the mid-week album chart at Number 1 leaving Adele, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran in their wake. Big bullies.
Check back on Sunday for the final chart results!