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Madonna thinks awards are ‘overrated’

The 60-year-old singer doesn’t care about having accolades bestowed on her in recognition of her career and doesn’t pay much attention to them. Asked if she felt it was about time when she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, she said: “No. No. I don’t know about awards and things like that. They’re overrated.”However, the ‘Medlin’ singer admitted it was “an honour” to induct her idol David Bowie – who died of cancer in 2016 – into the hall in 1996. Reflecting on the moment, she said “To be connected with him in any way is an honour. “I watched his documentary recently, just to be reminded of what a genius he was. “So brilliant, so amazing. So fearless. He tried on so many things. “He just went down so many roads and tried so many different genres of music too. And he really went for it and was fearless. He didn’t care what people thought. I love that about him.” Madonna thinks the ‘Life on Mars’ singer “changed [her] life” and she was blown away the first time she saw him perform when she was just 15. She gushed to MOJO magazine: “He changed my life. It was the first concert I ever went to. I remember just being frozen. Rigid. “Staring up at this creature thinking, Oh my God, he’s everything. He’s male and female and beautiful and elegant and poetic and funny and ironic and other-worldly. “And I recognised myself in him somehow and he gave me license to dream a different future for myself.”

Ed Sheeran feels inspired by Bruno Mars

The 28-year-old pop star has joined forces with Bruno, 33, for his latest album, ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ – which features a number of the world’s best-known musicians – and Ed has admitted to being a long-time fan of the ‘Finesse’ hitmaker. Speaking on his own YouTube channel, Ed explained: “He’s just a talented writer. And he’s so musically talented, he’s played every instrument on that [track, ‘Blow’]. “Played the drums, played the bass, played the guitar. He’s like, different level in the studio.” Ed also admitted that the song’s rock vibe came about because of the influence of country singer Chris Stapleton. He said: “It was purely by accident with having Chris Stapleton, and he just seemed the most interesting. “Chris was there and he played us the riff … and then we were like ‘Oh, let’s write a song about that.'” Similarly, Ed relished working with Cardi B on the track ‘South of the Border’, which also features Camila Cabello. Speaking about Cardi, he shared: “I love how unfiltered she is. “She’s so media trained not to be media trained. Like her whole shtick is she goes on and says whatever she wants and that is what works for her. “She’s successful because she is who she is; there’s no one else that could be Cardi B.”

Yesterday almost featured all the Beatles

All the Beatles almost showed up in Danny Boyle’s new Fab Four film Yesterday. In the movie, Robert Carlyle has an uncredited role as John Lennon and now screenwriter Richard Curtis has revealed he toyed with the idea of featuring actors as George Harrison and Ringo Starr and actually asking Paul McCartney to be part of the film, about a struggling singer/songwriter who becomes the only person who remembers the Beatles following a global black-out. “When he (character Jack) first goes to Liverpool, I’d written a long scene where he just goes to a pub and he bumps into George and Ringo,” Curtis tells NME.com. “It was, I hope, a sweet scene, and they were just two delightful, oldish men who’d once been in a band together.” And there was a spot for McCartney at the end of the film: “He (Jack) was going to move to the Isle of Wight, to a cottage, and you were going to hear outside his window someone saying, ‘Vera, Chuck, Dave!'” Curtis adds, naming the kids in Macca’s song When I’m 64. “There were going to be three dogs and Paul was going to be walking them.” But in the end Curtis stuck with a poignant scene between Jack and Lennon, who was reimagined as an artist who had never tasted musical fame. “It was the scene that had the most meaning, and was in some ways the pivotal scene of the film,” he adds.

Camila Cabello has a rare friendship with duet partner Shawn Mendes

Camila Cabello has gushed about her relationship with Senorita duet partner Shawn Mendes as rumours the couple is dating continue to swirl. The duo is playing coy about the status of the friendship, but now Cabello, who recently split from boyfriend Matthew Hussey, is very fond of Shawn. Speaking to Clash magazine, the 22 year old said, “I’ve never had a lot of friends. I’ve always just had a few people in my life that I trust. I feel like it’s so rare to meet someone in this industry and find a person of that quality, and I feel like Shawn is that person for me. “I just trust him, and no matter the level of intensity that he has around his career or I have, he is just normal, and that is so rare and precious to find in this industry. To be able to hang out with someone and you don’t really care that they’re Shawn Mendes, you know what I mean? You’re just people, and that is definitely something that is rare.” And Camila insists it felt so natural to work with Mendes on Senorita. “I think I’ve actually known him the longest out of anybody in the music industry,” she added. “We’ve been in each other’s lives for, like, four or five years, and it’s been really beautiful to kinda grow up together. It’s actually a really beautiful feeling to know that this person is always going to be in my life, we’re always going to love each other.”

Jailed A$AP Rocky axes July tour dates

A$AP Rocky has been forced to cancel the remainder of his July (19) tour dates as he remains locked up in a Swedish jail. The L$D rapper has been behind bars in Stockholm since 2 July, when he and members of his entourage were arrested on suspicion of assault relating to a street brawl on 30 June. Rocky previously insisted he was acting in self-defence, but prosecutors have been granted permission to hold the hip-hop star in jail until at least 19 July while they work to bring the case to trial. If necessary, authorities can also file for an extension in a bid to keep Rocky, real name Rakim Mayers, in custody for a longer period of time. As a result, the MC’s representatives tell TMZ they have been left with little choice but to scrap a string of live performances, including sets at Germany’s Splash! Fest on Friday (12Jul19) and Barcelona, Spain’s Sonar festival on 19 July, as well as concerts in Russia, the Ukraine, Belgium, and Italy. The news emerges as Rocky’s manager, John Ehmann, continues to draw support from the likes of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Justin Bieber, Michael B. Jordan, and Travis Scott for his Change.org petition demanding his client’s immediate release. Ehmann claims Rocky has been forced to put up with “inhumane” and “unsanitary” conditions while behind bars, but the prison’s governor, Fredrik Wallin, insists there is no truth to the allegations, declaring the facility is clean and newly-renovated.

Jessica Simpson to pen memoir filled with ‘love, laughter, tears and truth’

Jessica Simpson is set to delve into the ups and downs of her life and career in a candid new memoir. The I Wanna Love You Forever hitmaker has inked a deal with publishing bosses at Harper Collins to pen a book, in which she’ll give fans an honest look at her rise to fame, the building of her billion-dollar lifestyle empire, and her family life. “I have been approached many times over the years about writing a book,” she tells People.com. “It never felt right to me until this very moment. I have always felt that one of my God-given purposes in this life is to inspire people.” She adds: “I hope that by telling my whole story and not holding back I can help move people to walk through their fears and defeat their challenges, as I am working hard to do every day with mine. I hope readers will feel the love, laughter, tears and truth contained in every page.” Set for release on 4 February (20), the as-yet-untitled release will also explore her marriage to former American footballer Eric Johnson and the joys and difficulties of parenting their three children, Maxwell, Ace, and newborn Birdie. The book will also highlight Simpson’s marriage to pop star Nick Lachey and their headline-grabbing divorce in 2006. Simpson also took to Instagram to share the news on Wednesday (10Jul19). “I have been waiting for so long to share some exciting news…I will be releasing my first book on February 4th with @harpercollinsus,” she writes. “I have been working so hard on it – I have opened my heart up in a way I never have before and now I can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Gavin Rossdale calls police over unwanted visitor – report

Rocker Gavin Rossdale reportedly had to call in the police last week (ends05Jul19) to deal with an unwanted visitor. The Bush frontman first became concerned after a woman turned up on the doorstep of his Los Angeles home and rang the bell in the middle of the night, muttering something about the Illuminati secret society. Rossdale was present during the incident, but didn’t open the door or say anything to the female, allegedly in her 40s, who subsequently left. However, the singer came face-to-face with the same person the following afternoon, when she pulled her car into his driveway after spotting Rossdale about to leave the property. According to TMZ, Gwen Stefani’s ex-husband initially mistook her for a courier, before recognising her from his rude awakening hours earlier, and drove off as he reported her to local authorities. Los Angeles Police Department officials have since launched an investigation into the encounters. The news emerges days after Chloe Grace Moretz’s family endured a similar scary situation with an overzealous male fan, who was arrested twice within 24 hours for showing up at the actress’ front door on 30 June. He was initially arrested for misdemeanour trespassing, but was slapped with felony stalking charges after heading straight back to Moretz’s California pad upon his release from jail.

Molly Shannon embarrassed herself sending red heart emoji to Nick Jonas

Actress Molly Shannon was once left red-faced after accidentally sending a red heart emoji in a direct message to Nick Jonas on social media. The Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby funnywoman first met Jonas at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah a few years ago, and they hit it off after realising they shared the same birthday. Shannon lost touch with the singer/actor until he reached out via Instagram last year (18) and asked the actress to take part in the reading of a play he had written. Recalling her excitement at reading the Sucker hitmaker’s note, she told U.S. daytime show The Talk, “He DM’d (direct messaged) me and said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you about something,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my God, Nick Jonas DM’d me!’ I was like a teenage girl! “He’s so sweet and nice, and so I DM’d back, and was like, ‘Sure, give me a call’, or whatever, and then I accidentally pressed the big red heart (emoji) and sent it, and then I was like, ‘Oh no, that’s so dorky!’ I’m an adult mother… of a teen, sending a heart to Nick Jonas!” Luckily, Shannon’s daughter Stella, 15, was able to come to her mother’s rescue, and save her the embarrassment of having the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hunk see her accidental love heart. “I showed it to my daughter, and she was like, ‘You can reverse it!’ so she showed me how to take the heart (message) back and I was like, ‘Phew…!'” she added. “But he was asking me about doing a play reading so thank God he never saw the heart. It’s so embarrassing!” The play reading Jonas had wanted Shannon to take part in was for Dessert First, a drama he had been developing, which was staged for a group of industry executives in Los Angeles in September. Jonas also recruited Darren Criss, Nina Dobrev, Ballers’ Omar Miller, and Pirates of the Caribbean actor Damian O’Hare for the event, as well as Irish theatre regular Killian Donnelly, best known for Kinky Boots, Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera. The 26 year old has yet to reveal if anything came of the reading.

Nipsey Hussle’s brother and mother seeking co-guardianship appointment

Nipsey Hussle’s mother and brother are seeking to be named co-guardians of the late rapper’s young daughter.The late hip-hop star’s sister, Samantha Smith, was officially granted custody of 10-year-old Emani in May after claiming the child’s birth mum, Tanisha Foster, was an unfit parent.Now, Samantha has filed new court papers regarding her care of the little girl, so Emani’s uncle, Samiel Asghedom, aka Blacc Sam, and her paternal grandmother, Angelique Smith, can be “appointed as co-guardians with Samantha Smith,” reports The Blast.In the documents, Samantha explains the request was being made at the recommendation of an attorney.”(Samiel and Angelique have been a) constant and strong presence in Emani’s life,” reads the amended petition. “They have participated in her care and upbringing since her birth. Since the unfortunate murder of Emani’s father in March 2019, Samiel and Angelique have assisted in providing care for Emani.”It continues, “The request to appoint Samiel and Angelique as co-guardians is, per the recommendation of Minor’s Counsel, a form of ‘insurance policy’ so that should anything happen to one of Emani’s guardians, other guardians are already in place to continue in providing for Emani’s care without having to return to Court.”Nipsey did not have a will in place when he was fatally shot outside of his Los Angeles clothing store at the end of March.The Victory Lap star, real name Ermias Asghedom, also had a two-year-old son named Kross with his girlfriend, model/actress Lauren London.

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello fuel romance rumours with hand-in-hand outing

Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello have fuelled rumours they’re more than just friends, after being photographed hand-in-hand while out together on Wednesday night.The pair first sparked speculation of a romance when they teamed up on the track Senorita, for which they appeared in a steamy music video. Camila’s subsequent split from boyfriend Matthew Hussey did little to halt the rumours, and images have now emerged of the potential new couple enjoying a cosy date night together in West Hollywood, California on Wednesday. The snaps, posted on Entertainment Tonight Canada’s website, showed 22-year-old Camila, wearing a sexy backless black jumpsuit, holding hands with In My Blood star Shawn, 20, who looked smart in a striped shirt and trousers. The pair also spent the Independence Day holiday together on Thursday, with a short video clip shared from a pool party on Instagram Stories that showed Camila and Shawn cuddling up by the pool away from the rest of the revellers. The former Fifth Harmony star previously revealed she had to “drink a lot of wine” to get some courage ahead of shooting the steamy Senorita video with Shawn. In the video, the duo cuddled up in some intimate scenes as they acted out a night of passion between Camila’s diner waitress and Shawn’s customer, including a motorcycle ride, some sensuous dances and a night in a hotel. “The whole music video was funny because we were both really nervous, I had to drink a lot of wine!” she laughed in a live chat ahead of the track’s release. Camila and Shawn also gushed about their love for one another in the chat, with the stunning brunette smiling: “We’ve known each other for about four years now, and I really love Shawn as a person and he’s always been there for me. I’m lucky I found someone like that early on when I started this. While Shawn gushed, “She is the most creative most fun most empathetic person I know! Working with her is a dream.”