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Music news and reviews, music videos and tittle tattle, with a lingering look at the past from Anorak. A source for rock, pop, album and live music, new releases, artist interviews and features.

Leona Lewis Plays Nottingham’s Trent FM Arena: Pictures

LEONA Lewis was on stage at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham. Would you go to see Lewis sing? Great voice, but she possesses all the stage appeal of a shiny CD. The voice is great. But Lewis is not dancer. She lacks charisma. And even in a pair of thigh boots and teetering on a stage seemingly designed by a school drama workshop for a GCSE project, Lewis lacks sex appeal. We’ve got pictures. But, in truth, unless you’re a fan, even they’re pretty dull… Still, nice boots:

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EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO MERCHANDISING. Leona Lewis performs on stage at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham.

Posted: 3rd, June 2010 | In: Music | Comments (7) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: Lady Gaga Plays London For Eurovision

LADY Gaga was in concert, while you were watching Satan’s Karaoke, or Eurovision as the continentals call it. Lena from Germany won the battle of glitter and wind farms with her black lipstick, little dress and pastel pastiche of Lily Allen, Lou Bega and the Ting Tings. Gaga played London’s 02. She managed to get an entire concert in between the Greek’s awarding the Cypriots 12 points (douze points), an estate agent called Josh doing his bit for the UK music business by not winning the show, and the Greeks seeing if a ring tone could be the continent’s favourite tune…

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EDITORIAL USE ONLY - NO MERCHANDISING - NO FURTHER PUBLICATION PERMITED FOLLOWING ONE MONTH FROM EVENT DATE Lady Gaga on stage at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, south London.

Posted: 31st, May 2010 | In: Music | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: The Reformed Faces Then And Now

THE Faces are reformed. Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones and Ian McLagan are back. Former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock replaces Ronnie Lane, who died in 1997 of MS. And all is good. What’s that you say? Where’s Rod Stewart, the lead singer? Where, indeed? Whatever happened to him? Last seen, Rod was scaling a model’s legs. He should reach the top by 2015. The good news is that the lead winger replacing Rod is… not Small Faces frontman, Steve Marriott. The new frontman is Mick Hucknall. It not easy to make Ronnie look good – but the lads might just have cracked it…

The Rolling Stones – Rare Pictures

Malcolm McLaren & The Sex Pistols

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Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood (left) of The Faces on stage at a concert in Kilburn

Posted: 26th, May 2010 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: Rihanna Plays Radio 1 Big Weekend

RIHANNA played the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Bangor, Wales. Bangor in Wales. More of a question than a fact…

Radio 1 Big Weekend In Pictures: The Race To Be the UK’s Lady Gaga

In Pictures: Justin Bieber’s Groupie Face Tops Cheryl Cole
In Pictures: Cheryl Cole Works The Bangor Stage At Radio 1 Big Weekend
Jared Leto’s Day Trip To Bangor: Radio 1 Road Show Pictures

Posted: 23rd, May 2010 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Radio 1 Big Weekend In Pictures: The Race To Be the UK’s Lady Gaga

DAY 2 of the Radio 1 Big Weekend, at Vaynol Estate in Bangor, and with Sue Pollard pre-booked, it’s left to Marina Diamandis, of Marina and the Diamonds, to wear Thumper’s old bedspread, huge bins and call it edgy fashion. The UK needs a Lady Gaga, apparently, Paloma Faith was the front runner, but Marina is catching up. By our calculations, in accordance with Boy George’s Karmic scale, Marina is a few inches of genitalia away from being Our Lady. Keep it royal…

In Pictures: Justin Bieber’s Groupie Face Tops Cheryl Cole
In Pictures: Cheryl Cole Works The Bangor Stage At Radio 1 Big Weekend
Jared Leto’s Day Trip To Bangor: Radio 1 Road Show Pictures

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Rihanna performing on the Main Stage at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, at Vaynol Estate in Bangor, North Wales.

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Posted: 23rd, May 2010 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: Justin Bieber’s Groupie Face Tops Cheryl Cole

JUSTIN Bieber won the face off hands down at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, at Vaynol Estate in Bangor, North Wales. Cheryl Cole’s Grosvenor House grind was no match for Bieber. Jared Leto’s middle-aged coxcomb looked less a product of virility than a result of hairspray and bloody mindedness. Flarence Welch, of Florence and the Machine’s, Miss Havisham burka was a nice try. Ellie Goulding, Tinie Tempah and Alicia Keys’ ComfiSlax (Anorak own brand) were all trumped by Bieber’s face. This is the face the fans see when Bieber interviews for groupies. This is face of your honeymoon dreams, Bieberettes. This is face that walks into doors that say ‘push’ and still pulls…

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Justin Bieber performing on the Main Stage at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, at Vaynol Estate in Bangor, North Wales.

Posted: 23rd, May 2010 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: Cheryl Cole Works The Bangor Stage At Radio 1 Big Weekend

CHERYL Cole is on the Main Stage at the Radio 1 Big Weekend. She’s fight-fight-fighting for the love. Ashley Cole – whom she has fought with, and some would say lost – is in South Africa. He’s fighting for England to win the World Cup. Ashley wins. You can buy love. You can’t buy the World Cup. Well, ok, you can, allegedly. He’s ‘nation’s sweetheart’ Cheryl thrusting her pelvis like a Premier League footballer in a suite at the Grosvenor Hotel impersonating a Bangkok stage dancer…

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Justin Bieber performing on the Main Stage at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, at Vaynol Estate in Bangor, North Wales.

Posted: 22nd, May 2010 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jared Leto’s Day Trip To Bangor: Radio 1 Road Show Pictures

JARED Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars is 38. He may be the right age to wear a raincoat in front of teenage girls. Jared Leto is Benjamin Button. His hair is as pert as a cub scout’s ears. Jared Leto was at the Radio Roadshow in Bangor. Also there was Chris Moyles. He’s 36. Genes can be cruel. We also spotted and heard from Kelly Rowland, Tinie Tempah and Roy Stride of Scouting For Girls sings a few of our favourite songs. Bangor is a day tripper’s dream…

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Justin Bieber performing on the Main Stage at the Radio 1 Big Weekend, at Vaynol Estate in Bangor, North Wales.

Posted: 22nd, May 2010 | In: Music | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Elton John Tribute: Gay Allowed But No Mincing

TO the Elton John Tribute night in the Warwickshire hinterlands. “Gay’s” allowwd but “no mincing”…

Posted: 22nd, May 2010 | In: Music | Comments (8) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ivor Novello Awards 2010: Winners And Pictures

LILY Allen scooped her three Ivor Novello Awards. Says she: “Really, truly, from the bottom of my heart, it’s the songs I’m most proud of. This song [The Fear] is so much about feeling lost in a lot of ways. All of a sudden, this has made me feel found.” Johnny Marr won the “inspiration prize”. Says he: “I always thought that the greatest thing you can achieve as a musician is to be called an inspiration – aside from a big house in Sunningdale obviously.”

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Lily Allen is interviewed after winning Best Song Musically & Lyrically to add to her earlier PRS For Music Most Performed Work at the Ivor Novello Awards at the Grosvenor House in central London.

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Posted: 20th, May 2010 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Michael Buble And The Double – 02 Gig In Pictures

I WAS lucky enough to be at the 02 yesterday, to see Michael Buble. Well done also to the fans for creating a superb atmosphere with no real hint of trouble. (Earlier your writer has seen Chelsea win the Double)…

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Michael Buble performs onstage at the 02 Arena in London.

Posted: 16th, May 2010 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: 1980s Nostalgia At The Mencap Our Friends Acoustic Gig

WAZZUP, nostalgia fans. To the IndigO2 venue in east London, as part of the Mencap Our Friends Acoustic fundraising concert, to see Carol Decker, Nick Kershaw, Howard Jones, Andy Bell, Jimmy Somerville, Steve Strange and China Crisis. All eyes on Sumerville who looks exactly as he did in the 1980s, when he played Bod

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Carol Decker performs live at the IndigO2 venue in east London, as part of the Mencap Our Friends Acoustic fundraising concert.

Posted: 14th, May 2010 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: Myleene Klass’s Megan Fox Metronome Presnts The Classical Brit Awards

WITH Myleene Klass’s impression of Megan Fox (NSFW), we went to the Classical Brit Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall. You can’t get a Myleene metronome to sit atop your piano yet. And this cruel luck for music fans. At the awards, we spotted and heard X Factor’s Ryhdian Roberts, who despite being mocked on the show and beaten by Leon Jackson (?) has managed to carve out a successful career in music. Why? Well, he can actually sing.

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Myleene Klass arrives for the Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in west London.

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Posted: 14th, May 2010 | In: Music | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


US Radio Show Edits Phone In Request To Replace Marc Mysterio With Black Eyed Peas

WHAT news of Anorak’s pal Mark Mysterio, of Sam Fox fame, and his pals for world domination? News is that he’s been banned by radio stations. A caller wanted to hear Mysterio’s song One More Time played on Twin-Cities-based KHTC-FM (Now 96.3fm).

I’m A Celebrity’s Sam Fox’s Career In Pictures

The presenter thinks better of it and cuts caller Michelle Luftus’ voice to make it appear that she was requesting the Black Eyed Peas.

Says the DJ: “You wanna hear the Black Eyed Peas, right?”

Says Michelle Luftus: “…Yeah…”

That “Yeah” was taken from Michelle’s 5 minute call with the DJ, says Michelle.

Michelle might be heard from again when the DJ broadcasts her saying “..I..Will.. Kill…Obama”, “Al..l…ah…Wa…k…b…ah…” and, “Stephen… Haw…king…eats… pil…chards…di*ks”

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Posted: 13th, May 2010 | In: Music | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


RIP Tom McGrath, You Were Willy Eckerslike Of The Lancashire Hotpots

RIP Tom McGrath AKA Willy Eckerslike, drummer and singer with the Lancashire Hotpots. Reader Bat E Bird sends us these films of some of your best moments.

And:

Posted: 13th, May 2010 | In: Music | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: X Factor Diana Vickers Does The Scala

DIANA Vickers – an X Factor semi-finalist – was singing at London’s Scala. The singing was good and Vickers, once billed as the news Sandi Shaw (the old Sandi Shaw refused to relinquish her title, or die as we call it, and Vickers became her own singer), has found some boots. But our eyes were on the venue. The place used to an all-night cinema, somewhere to go when you’d run out of money and needed to drink and smoke while you waited for the Tube to open. Film buffs would take to making airplanes from paper, lighting them and launching them towards the screen. No-one throw a lite ball of paper at Vickers. She was better than that…

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Diana Vickers performs on stage at the Scala, in London.

Posted: 13th, May 2010 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Courtney Love’s Ugly Sex For The Clash: Pictures

COURTNEY Love was performing at the Clash Magazine 50th Edition Party, at the Monarch in Camden, north London. Camden is all the better for Love. She’s singing Leonard Cohen numbers. Times are changing.  No-one gropes her when she crowd surfs in Glasgow. She might not be great looking but she’s a good shag, as she says:

I’m better because I was never pretty,” she said. “Pretty girls just lie there. Us girls who grew up a little more homely have to try a lot harder. That’s why pretty girls never threaten me, it’s like, yeah, you want to take me on? Take me on. Go for it.”

They have more to lose…

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Courtney Love performing at the Clash Magazine 50th Edition Party, at the Monarch in Camden, north London.

Posted: 9th, May 2010 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: Katie Melua At The Hard Rock Cafe

KATIE Melua was at the Hard Rock Cafe in central London, as part of the Q Music Club, London, last night. She took along a gigantic guitar. Pictures:

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Katie Melua performs at the Hard Rock Cafe in central London, as part of the Q Music Club, London

Posted: 6th, May 2010 | In: Music | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: The Black Eyed Peas And Cheryl Cole Bed Show

TO the The Black Eyed Peas concert at the O2, gamely supported by Cheryl Cole. Fans came with high hopes that the concert would turn into a live sex show or a Girls Aloud concert, as the in pre-match hype BEP singer Fergie has “told pal WILL.I.AM that SHE will bed CHERYL COLE before he does.”

To active minds this means Fergie will shag Chezza. To anyone else, this is a source saying:

“Fergie has been telling everyone she’s more likely to sleep with Cheryl than he is.”

Going on to say, no doubt, that she also has more chance to shagging Queen Elizabeth than he does, moreover Ellen Degeneres and the Vienna Boys Choir.

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Posted: 6th, May 2010 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Music | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: Candi Staton Souls Out Nottingham

CANDI Staton is leaving it late to be billed as the new Whitney Houston. But unlike the sweaty mess on stage at the 02, Staton san sing and remember the words. We saw her at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham, backed by Push, with former Style Council player Mick Talbot. A small room. A great voice. And talent shines…

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American soul singer Candi Staton performs on stage at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham.

Posted: 28th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: Grace Jones Gives Lady Gaga Her Unicorn Of Pity

ANORAK went to see Grace Jones perform live at the Royal Albert Hall, London. How close would you dare get to Grace Jones? We got close enough to smell her pelt. Jones is like a modern-day Medusa. One stare and you’re transfixed. One day Jones will turn Lady Gaga to stone. Says Jones of being asked to work with Madonna’s camel: “Yes, she did, but I said no. I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually.” There’s only room for one unicorn on this beat. Although a fight would be good watching…

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Grace Jones performs live at the Royal Albert Hall in central London.

Posted: 27th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comments (6) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Whitney Houston Loses Her Voice In London, Literally: Pictures

WHITNEY Houston was on stage at the big oxygen tent, the O2 in Greenwich, London. It was billed as Whitney comeback concert.whitney cameback. But her voice – Little Whitney – was lost.

USA Today reports that “hundreds in the audience walked out” as the singer “missed high notes, cut short her songs and apologized for her shortcomings”. And sweated. Boy did she sweat. People in the front row needed umbrellas. Says Houston:

“She don’t want to come, my soprano friend. Sometimes the old girl sings, but not tonight.”

Whitney’s voice has it’s own personality. Whitney talks to Whitney’s voice.

“I want to do it, but she doesn’t want to. … She’s getting a little … temperamental, even.”

Whitney voice needs whipping into shape or, maybe, sectioning.

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THIS PICTURE IS ONE TIME USE ONLY / EDITORIAL USE ONLY / NO MERCHANDISING. Whitney Houston performing on stage at the O2 in Greenwich, London.

Posted: 26th, April 2010 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


50 Cent’s Tattoo Removal And Tipp-Ex: Pictures

TOOTHY rapper 50 Cent wants to clear some space on his body by removing some of his tattoos. The tatts will not be cut away in a clinic and auctioned for charity – for shame! – but burnt off with a laser beam. Hit-tech stuff , readers. Says 50, now touting himself as an actor:

The Most Disgusting Tattoos (NSFW)

“It cuts down on the amount of time I have to spend in makeup covering them up.”

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Posted: 15th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


N-Dubz’s Dappy Goes Iggle Piggle Pob

KAYE Vasell, mum to N-Dubz front man Dappy’s son gino and unborn foetus, says the singer loves Iggle Piggle.

For some time Anorak believed Dappy was modelled on Pop, the spitting TV star. But he moves whit the times. Says Kate:

He loves Iggle Piggle so much he went out to buy every Iggle Piggle soft toy that’s available. He take one of the soft toys on tour…”

As a stunt double.

Posted: 15th, April 2010 | In: Music | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In Pictures: Justin Bieber Is A ‘Lesbian’

JUSTIN Bieber is huge. Literally. Bieber is massive. In real life he’s the size of a large horse. He also looks just like a lesbian. Lesbians are the last taboo in the mainstream media. You only ever see a lesbian when they are young and kissing another young woman or when two woman are having a kiss mean dream about. The Bieber is big in the lesbian community. We’ve been to the meetings. We know. He is making strides to acceptance and more lesbians in showbiz. Pictures of lesbians who look like Justin Bieber prove how he adopted their look to prove a point:

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Posted: 14th, April 2010 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comments (5) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0