Let’s not all get over excited about Lily Allen’s return to the music scene. Last week the star was pictured outside a recording studio in London, prompting the rumour mill to get ‘hyped’ about Lily – who famously said she was bowing out of the music business – recording a new album. The truth of the matter is the star is in the studio – but only to finish work on the score for the Bridget Jones Diary West End stage show. The star has to finish that by May apparently. A source tells me: “She’s working her arse off on the show and loving being in the studio – but she’s not doing a solo album yet. She’s been thinking about it but for now she’s working on the show and loving every minute.” Good for her. I’d personally love her to push out an album of solo material after. Fingers crossed.
Will the Spice Girls appear together for the premiere of Viva Forever: The Spice Girls Musical? Not likely….April 15th, 2012
It doesn’t sound like we will be having the five Spice Girls back in the same room together in the foreseeable future.
From what my sources say the bubbling feud between Victoria Beckham and Melanie Brown shows no sign of ending anytime soon and it’s causing a big divide between my favourite girl group.
So much so that the pair have not spoken for two YEARS and are not planning on reacquainting themselves with each other any time soon.
My Spice source tells me the five some were due to appear at the opening night of Viva Forever – the Spice Girl’s musical – but as things currently stand there’s ZERO chance of that happening.
“Victoria and Mel have not spoken for so long and have had no contact,” says the source. “For them to kiss and make up is going to be a miracle.
“None of the girls are contracted to appear at the launch – but they wanted too initially. Melanie C, Emma and Geri have been heavily involved throughout the process of making the show. Victoria’s been in touch with the show’s producer Judy Craymer on the phone but both her and Mel B have more been kept in the loop because they’re just too busy to get involved.
“Both girls have no love for each other at the minute.”
It’s no surprise with Victoria’s fashion empire taking over her life and Mel presenting Dancing with the Stars and being a judge on X Factor in Australia these days.
The pair initially fell out when VB refused to lend a dress from her up-market collection to Mel for her to wear on her reality show in the States and since then have barely ushered a word to each other – even tweeting the rest of the band without including each other.
And I can reveal fans of the band – who have sold 55 million records worldwide – may have to wait quite a while longer for the premiere of the musical on the West End – because they can’t find a theatre large enough to house it.
“There are actually only three theatre’s large enough to house the production in London,” says my mole. “And none of those productions are closing anytime soon. And they can’t cast the show until the theatre is in place. So instead of casting taking place now it’s likely it won’t happen until July or August. Which means the show won’t open until possibly as late as March or April next year.”
But on the plus side Viva Forever is shaping up very well indeed. Work shops have gone down a storm, the songs have been turned into a story that everyone is thrilled with and Jennifer Saunders is thrilled the script has gone down so well. They think they have a huge hit on their hands.”
Let’s just hope we also have five ladies hand in hand on that red carpet – after all….didn’t they say “Friendship never ends”.
When an actual living Beatle throws a party to celebrate his latest work efforts you’re pretty much guaranteed an A-List crowd will turn out for the peacock feather display.
So when Sir Paul McCartney (above with wife Nancy Shevell) held a viewing party, hosted by daughter Stella McCartney, for his latest single My Valentine – which features Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman – obviously half of Hollywood decided to show face.
Gwen Stefani blew my mind in a Stella creation, Kristen Stewart left boy toy Robert Pattinson at home for the evening and looked vampish, Reese Witherspoon showed off her bump and Gwyneth Paltrow showed out for Stella too.
And it appears Macca is showing no sign of slowing down despite being 69 years old. He made a surprise trip to Coachella last night to catch a few bands before jumping back on his private jet to Uruguay for the start of his South American tour tonight.
Above: Sir Paul and Zooey Deschanel pose up
Above: Reese, Nancy, Stella and Sir Paul at the My Valentine event….
Above: No Doubt about it Gwen Stefani is smouldering at the party….
High priestess of radio Jo Whiley has never been afraid to be vocal about X Factor making her feel uncomfortable. But when it comes to BBC1 newbie The Voice she revealed she’s already addicted!
“After the X Factor I felt a bit bored by that style of program but thought this was a really great idea and was really intrigued. I thought I would only dip in to watch it but I’m actually I’m finding it quite compelling and enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. The quality of the artists who are auditioning is pretty high so you don’t have those comedy acts who people like to laugh at – that makes me cringe because I really don’t like that. The judges are great too and I love the way they interact. If the winner’s single is good then I’ll definitely play the record because my BBC2 evening show isn’t snobby.”
But when it comes to telly talent show contestants the presenter – who has teamed with Kingsmill to become their Big Lunch ambassador – reckons people have been too swift in tipping boyband One Direction to become as big as The Beatles.
“It’s taken everyone by surprise how they are being received over there but I think it’s amazing. It’s great that they are helping the type of music which comes out of the UK get recognised. I think it’s quite a big statement to say that they’ll be as big as The Beatles. They are a pop band as opposed to be a collection of singer-songwriters which The Beatles turned out to be be. It will be interesting to see if they develop songwriting skills and then maybe they could start to be compared. They are babies at the moment and have got an interesting and exciting journey ahead of them. It will be fascinating to see how it develops.” Hear, hear!
All eyes are on newcomer Conor Maynard who releases his debut single Can’t Say No tomorrow. The 19-year-old has had artists like Pharrell and Ne-Yo begging to work with him and has been hailed as the new Justin Bieber. And like the Baby singer he’s proving pretty popular with the ladies.
“It’s flattering to be compared to one of the biggest artists in the world right now when it’s so early for me. It would be pretty crazy to get as much female attention as Bieber but then he seems to handle it pretty well. My fans are called the ‘Mayniacs’ and fit that name very well. The head of my label told me that that Pharrell had reached out to them and said that he would love to work with me. I then went out to Miami last month to work with him for a week. I’d always dreamt of working with him so to be working with him before my first single was even out was incredible experience. He told me that he’d been watching my Youtube covers for 3 years and had reached out initially to sign me. There could potentially be some cool collaborations on the first album.”
And once such collaboration could possibly be with hot new female songstress Rita Ora. Speaking before his gig this week at Nando’s in London’s Kensington High Street he said: “I’m really close to Rita as we’re both on the same management and have been in the studio together. She’s incredibly talented and it’s great that we are popping up at the same time.”
Above: Cleo Sol also performed at the low-key gig….
It must be so nice being in The Wanted right now. Girls throwing themselves at them all over the globe, freebies galore and they even get to have a day off from time to time!
Siva, Jay, Max and Tom spent the day at Universal Studios Hollywood yesterday enjoying some of the attractions including Jurassic Park – The Ride. I love Universal – great day out if you’re ever in LA!
Last night Jean Paul Gaultier launched his highly anticipated limited edition bottle designs with Diet Coke at a star studded bash in Paris.
And the iconic designer – who I adored in his Eurotrash days – brought along former Bond Girl Gemma Arterton for the ride. She scrubbed up well in her corset outfit – and loving the no fuss hair too!
The launch took place at Paris venue Crazy Horse before the 600-strong crowd partied the night away at Le Trianon in Montmartre.
You can buy one of the special Jean Paul Gaultier “Night and Day” Diet Coke bottles at Harvey Nichols stores from Monday.
Nicki Minaj has the best butt in the business – surely close to eclipsing J-Lo’s crown on the derriere front! And the rapper but her assets to great use as she performed at the launch of the new Nokia Lumia 900 in Times Square on Friday night. The star told me she’s been learning lots about the business of late – and taking lots of tips from new girl pal Madonna!
She revealed: “Madonna is everything and more. I was rehearsing with her for the Superbowl and I learnt a lot from her about being a business woman and a boss.”Hear, hear! See Nicki perform at the event at www.facebook.com/nokiaus.