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In Solo: Gary Kemp stays true to his pop roots with a smart and sometimes moving album

Gary Kemp’s hits include the timeless ballad True, inspired by his unrequited love for Clare Grogan, dancefloor favourite Gold and the band’s first smash, New Romantic anthem To Cut A Long Story Short. It’s one heck of a scoresheet.

Four decades on, Kemp is back with his second solo album, the follow-up to 1995’s Little Bruises, Gary’s way of dealing with his divorce from Sadie Frost.

The poignant opening ballad In Solo is about an urban couple whose lives are exactly that – solo. They’re together but alone. Kemp’s piano gives way to swelling orchestration and a tastefully searing guitar break.

A Rumour Of You moves the mood up a gear. It’s funky with an edge of menace.

Then the creepiness gives way to the reflective Waiting For The Band, Kemp recalling his teenage self at Hammersmith Odeon, with his painted face and “clockwork gang”, waiting for Bowie to play on the night he killed off Ziggy Stardust. Theo Travis’s sax break comes with an echo of archive fan voices.

Ahead Of The Game is more upbeat, with a late 70s’ pop soul vibe and terrific fluid guitar solo from Kemp.

This is smart, mature pop, thoughtful and sometimes moving.

Guest artists sparkle throughout the album, from Lily Carassik’s trumpet on I Remember You to Roger Taylor’s drumming on Too Much – Kemp’s reaction to the bad news that keeps afflicting us of late, making even the most optimistic feel occasionally helpless.

The Rolling Stones’ keyboardist Matt Clifford plays French horn on three songs, while bassists include Richard Jones (The Feeling) and some chap called Martin Kemp.

The result is slick, impressive and welcome.

To cut a long story short, Gary should do this more often.

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The Beatles and Freddie Mercury’s Queen top most influential UK bands and solo artists

During the 20th century, the UK has produced some of the most popular and impactful musicians in the world. And now new research has found the Top 10 most influential British bands and solo artists based on how much tracks are sampled, covered and remixed in commercially released songs. It should come as little surprise that The Beatles, the world’s most successful musicians of all time, came out on top by a long way.

According to 888’s analysis, The Beatles’ music has been used an incredible 11289 times in remixes, covers and samples.

The Fab Four’s most influential songs in the ranking were Yesterday, Something and I Saw Her Standing There.

While Freddie Mercury’s Queen came second much further down on 1323.

Here are the full Top 10 most influential bands and solo artists in the UK and the number of times they have influenced other songs:

The UK’s Top 10 musicians to listen to while driving:

1. Queen – 4.7%
2. Ed Sheeran – 2.7%
3. ABBA – 2.5%
4. Little Mix – 2%
5. Coldplay – 1.7%
6. The Beatles – 1.7%
7. Oasis – 1.6%
8. The Eagles – 1.6%
9. Fleetwood Mac – 1.5%
10. AC/DC – 1.5%

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Star Wars: Harrison Ford was turned down for Han Solo by George Lucas

Today, July 13 2021, marks Harrison Ford‘s 79th birthday. Back in the 1970s Ford was an unknown actor and was working on becoming a star. The young heartthrob had claimed a few small parts in some films but had not really gathered enough renown to become a huge hit just yet. In the meantime, Ford was also working as a carpenter to pay the bills and put food on the table for his family. During one of his smaller jobs, he was cast in a George Lucas movie titled American Graffiti.

American Graffiti was one of Lucas’ first feature-length films.

The movie was released in 1973 and starred a familiar cast, including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Terry McGovern and Ford.

Ford’s part in the film was small but notable enough that Lucas would remember him in the months to come.

A year later, when Lucas was working on casting actors for his next feature, Star Wars, he refused to cast Ford again.

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Years later, Ford recalled: “I had already done American Graffiti with George Lucas.

“George Lucas made it known that he was not interested in working with anybody that he’d worked with in American Graffiti, that he was looking for new faces.”

Because of this, he was out of the running for Han Solo.

But that was not the last Lucas saw of Ford.

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Ford added: “Somehow that rang a bell with George, and I became, eventually, Han Solo.”

Despite the star becoming one of Lucas’ leading men, the pair didn’t always get on while shooting Star Wars.

The American actor spoke about the “beef” between himself and the director in 2017.

And he blamed Lucas’ cheesy writing for Star Wars.

Ford said: “He sold the company for, you know, $ 4 billion. He doesn’t give a s**t what I think.

“George usually sits near a monitor, far removed, so I had to convey my impression… or my feelings… about the dialogue across a great space.

“So I did shout it: ‘George! You can type this s**t, but you sure can’t say it! Move your mouth when you’re typing!'”

He added: “But it was a joke, at the time. A stress-relieving joke.”

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Madonna's son David follows in her footsteps, starring in new solo music video

It is no surprise that any child of Madonna will be encouraged to express their artistic freedom. Her eldest daughter Lourdes has already established herself a model and fashion influencer after graduating from LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where the 24-year-old briefly dated Timothee Chalamet. Her half-brother, 20-year-old Rocco Ritchie hit headlines when he fought his mothers’s court custody battle in order to remain based in the UK with his father, director Guy Ritchie. Madonna’s second son, David, was adopted by the couple after she saw him in a Malawi orphanage in 2006, but remained with his mother after their 2008 divorce. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH DAVID’S NEW VIDEO

David (full name David Banda Mwale Ciccone Ritchie) is a keen footballer but has has also shown a flair for performing, and is often featured on Madonna’s social media feeds.

Just a week ago, the mother and son caused an uproar when the star posted a provocative video of David strutting through their home in a slinky white silk dress. The 15-year-old appeared perfectly happy and at ease, saying he found the experience “freeing” but many of the rather harsh comments posted on the star’s Instagram were highly critical.

A new video shows another flamboyant side to the teenager as he sings and dances in their living room. 

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While other previous home videos show lavish hallways filled with art, the latest one shows a much more homely and cosy side to the superstar’s home.

The room is filled with comfy chairs, simple shelving units and pictures of the family.

David lives there with his mother and his three sisters. !4-year-old Mercy and eight-year-old twins Stella and Esther were all also adopted from Malawi.

David seems as at ease performing as he does on a football pitch. After he showed early promise in the sport, Madonna and the family moved to Lisbon, Portugal, where David was able to train with Benfica.

Following the family’s return to Los Angeles in 2020, David enrolled at the Benfica Academy and is said to have attracted attention from talent scouts.

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Matteo Bocelli posts beautiful new acoustic video ahead of solo album

Matteo has been teasing the arrival of his solo material since 2019. With the world slowly returning to normal he has started to post videos collaborating with musicians, as well as his famous father. His latest upload over the weekend has his fans swooning and has only increased anticipation for his official debut album. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH MATTEO BOCELLI’S NEW VIDEO

Matteo uploaded a beautiful vocal and piano version of the new song Torno a Te (I Return to You) by Italian rapper and singer Random.

It was performed earlier this year by Random at the annual San Remo music festival and competition. Part of the event is to choose the Italian entry for the Euroviison Song Contest. You can watch Random’s original version below.

Despite the rather lovely song, the young star actually came last out of 26 entries. The winners, of course, were Måneskin, who ended up romping home as the first Italian Eurovision champions since 1990 with the rock anthem Zitti e Buoni.

READ MORE: Andrea Bocelli: Why he made son Matteo wait years to sing 

Matteo wrote: “It’s been two years since my debut at the most important music festival in Italy. I’ll never forget the incredible feeling of walking on to the stage for the first time. That moment marked the beginning of an intense creative journey – I can’t wait to share my music with you soon.”

Matteo had performed Fall On Me with Andrea. The ballad from The Nutcracker and the Four Realms soundtrack would take the father and son across the world, launching Matteo as a star in his own right.

Later in February he added another image of himselfin a recording studio with the message: “Today in the studio recording a special surprise #neverstopexploring”.

This teasing has been going on for a while now. In October last year, Matteo tagged two classic images in a recording studio.

First he wrote: “When you have the chance to spend some time in an amazing studio with some incredibly talented songwriters from all over the world you can only say… grazie.”

He followed that with: “Sessions, sessions, and more sessions to make a #newrecord.”

Fans are desoperately hoping the young star will Return to Them very soon with the new music…


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Brian May gives update on re-mastered Back to the Light solo album – ‘Powerful feelings!’

Earlier this year, Queen guitarist Brian May revealed he was re-mastering his debut solo album Back to the Light for re-release. The 73-year-old’s solo work has been pretty hard to find these days, but now he’s finally gearing up for fans to hear an updated version of his 1992 record. In fact, the rock legend has recently shared his progress on the project, while posting the opening to his second solo album Another World, which came out in 1998.

Brian May wrote on his Instagram: “This is the opening of the Another World album – my second solo record – thanks @maryf.3d for reminding me (with this lovely visualisation) that 1st of June is the anniversary of its release.

“I suppose I didn’t post about the anniversary because I am now so wrapped up in preparing the new release of my FIRST solo album – BACK TO THE LIGHT !

“I was filming a new EPK for it today in the exact spot I filmed the first EPK 39 years ago. Powerful feelings !!”

The Queen guitarist then signed off with a commitment to re-master and re-release his Another World album in the future too.

Brian added: “Thanks for flagging this, guys. Makes me proud !

“And this too will soon be polished and unleashed on the world again soon. All in good time ! Cheers ! Bri.”

The 73-year-old told Express.co.uk earlier this year that he hopes to re-release Back to the Light this summer.

He said: “I’m very excited, I’ve been putting a lot of work in and polishing that up, finding some tracks that weren’t on the original; a nice new package.”

Brian shared: “For me, it’s been a nice thing to explore. Again, probably if Covid hadn’t have happened I wouldn’t have had the time.

“But we’ve been able to go back into the archives and find all the original masters; re-polish them if you like.

“And for me, it’s been a discovery of where my brain was at the time. [It’s been] fascinating for me.”

The 73-year-old added that while working on Back to the Light once again he found that there are “some things inside me that are eternal.”

Brian said: “I still feel I want to stand by this album as a statement from me.

“There are some hits on it too, so it’s something I’m quite proud to bring out and dust off and bring to a new generation. I’m well excited I must say!”

At the time, the Queen legend teased that he’d been working on a new video for the re-release, for which he’s had “some great ideas”.

He added: “Again, [producer] Simon Lupton’s working with me, bless him; patiently listening to all my crazy demands.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, 73, Looks Buff In Fitted T-Shirt While Out For A Solo Bike Ride In Venice Beach

Former bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking just as buff as ever! The 73-year-old has been keeping fit, and was recently spotted on a solo bike ride.

Arnold Schwarzenegger[1] is staying in shape! The 73-year-old former Governor Of California showed off his very muscular arms while out for a bike ride by himself in Los Angeles’ Venice Beach on April 1. He wore a fitted, dark blue tee with black shorts and matching black sneakers. He also accessorized with orange-tinted shades, a silver watch and a black protective face mask. Although it’s been decades since Arnold was in his bodybuilding prime, the father-of-five is truly looking as toned as ever.

Arnold goes for a solo bike ride. Image: Stoianov / BACKGRID

His mini-me son Joseph Baena[2] has been taking after his dad in the fitness world, and the 23-year-old has even been spotted joining his father for bike rides[3] around Venice Beach. Joseph took to Instagram on January 15 to post a series of pics, including a photo which showed the father-son duo posing in front of a mural. It featured Arnold doing one of his famous bodybuilding poses[4], while the real-life Mr. Universe watched on. Joseph, who looks like the spitting image of his father[5], crossed his arms in the background, while rocking a black tee, grey shorts and dark sunglasses. Like father, like son!

Most recently, the Pepperdine University grad[6] proved he can pose like a pro, in a new Instagram snap. He wore very short-shorts in the March 5 pic, allowing his bulging thigh muscles show. He has all of the competition poses[7] down pat, and even showed off the most famous one, with featured him with his arms curled upwards in the front double bicep pose. The movement, which is one of the mandatory poses in men’s bodybuilding competitions, allowed Joseph to flex his biceps as well as his incredibly ripped lats, and fans couldn’t believe how much he looked like his old man.

The former body builder was spotted in Venice Beach. Image: Stoianov / BACKGRID

Of course, Arnold has been using his platform for good. Back in January, he lambasted former President Donald Trump[8] in a powerful PSA, in which he compared the siege on Capitol Hill[9] to the rise of Nazi Germany. He took to Twitter on January 10, releasing an eight-minute-long video in which he declared Trump the “worst president ever”.[10] “Wednesday was the Day of Broken Glass right here in the United States. But the mob did not just shatter the windows of the Capitol. They shattered the ideas we took for granted … [and] trampled the very principles on which our country was founded.”


  1. ^ Arnold Schwarzenegger (hollywoodlife.com)
  2. ^ Joseph Baena (hollywoodlife.com)
  3. ^ joining his father for bike rides (hollywoodlife.com)
  4. ^ bodybuilding poses (hollywoodlife.com)
  5. ^ spitting image of his father (hollywoodlife.com)
  6. ^ Pepperdine University grad (hollywoodlife.com)
  7. ^ all of the competition poses (hollywoodlife.com)
  8. ^ Donald Trump (hollywoodlife.com)
  9. ^ siege on Capitol Hill (hollywoodlife.com)
  10. ^ declared Trump the “worst president ever”. (hollywoodlife.com)

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Queen’s Brian May performs epic solo on his new guitar model The Arielle – WATCH

Queen guitarist Brian May continues to keep his fans entertained through the third UK lockdown with a series of micro concerts. And the latest sees the 73-year-old showing off the latest model in his Brian May Guitars range. The Arielle is named after the musician of the same name, who the rock legend has collaborated with in the past.
Next to his new Instagram video, May wrote: “Introducing …. The ARIELLE guitar !!! She’s a beaut !! @officialarielle @brianmayguitars Bri.”

While in the actual footage the 73-year-old embarked on an epic guitar solo on his very own Arielle.

He said: “So! Who expected this little beauty? This is the Arielle, finally I have one in my hands.

“And finally I have a moment to play it. This is the new guitar from Brian May Guitars.”

READ MORE: George Harrison’s heart-wrenching song about split with wife Boyd

May continued: “Based on the original design by my dear friend Arielle, who will be demonstrating it.

“And I will also be demonstrating it in the weeks to come, so you’ll be seeing quite a lot more.

“But ain’t she a beauty? We’ll be launching properly pretty soon now. If you want details right now please go to my slink in the bio.”

The Queen legend added that the relevant link would take you to Brian May Guitars where fans can see some pictures and find out a little bit more information on The Arielle.

To mark Mother’s Day last Sunday, May posted a childhood photo with his mum Ruth from 61 years ago. Sporting a good old-fashioned short back and sides was a young Brian aged 13.

He wrote: “This is my own dear Mum and me ‘After a dip at Sidmouth, 1960’. Photo by my dear ol’ Dad, Harold May. Yes – I miss them both terribly.”

“Treasure your Mums and Dads, folks. Tell them you love them. Get them to talk about your childhood (and theirs) on video. Right now.

“Ask them all the questions you never asked. Because one day the door will close … and there will be no one to ask. Bri.”

This year is Queen’s 50th anniversary, marking when John Deacon joined as bassist in 1971 and thus completing the final line-up.

Sadly Queen and Adam Lambert’s UK and European tour has been postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic.

Nevertheless, Queen The Greatest has been announced for the band’s official YouTube channel.

Over the next 50 weeks, a weekly mini-documentary on Queen’s highlights will be released on Fridays. Covering the band’s history chronologically, the first one covers Keep Yourself Alive.

Check out The Arielle guitar here

Brian May crowns the greatest guitar solo ever and it's not his: 'I'll never get over it'

Unprompted, he then offered up his personal favourite guitar solo of all time.

Brian told Guitar World: “It’s Clapton, Key To Love, from the John Mayall’s Blues Breakers album.

“It’s the hottest burning high-passion piece I’ve ever heard in my life – still to this day. I just love it.

“It totally rips, and I’ll never get over that. That’s one of my great inspirations.”

Asked to describe what it was about the sound Clapton managed to create on the track, Brian waxed poetic.

He said: “Incendiary is a good word, yes. He burned in that solo! The whole track revolves around that solo.” 

Brian May shares the Queen guitar solo he is 'proudest of' and it's NOT Bohemian Rhapsody

May told Total Guitar magazine: “Killer Queen has always been a favourite of mine. And again, that was always in my head.

“It was something a bit more complex, an adventure in putting guitar harmonies into the solo.

“It was quite a step into the unknown, that solo, and it has a melody that I put in there which doesn’t appear anywhere else in the song, so in a sense they’re quite comparable, that and Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The Queen icon also shared the incredible way that the Bohemian Rhapsody guitar solo came about and why, even though it remains the centerpiece of the live shows, he never plays it exactly the same way twice.