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Rebecca Ferguson claims campaign is being backed by high profile stars

Rebecca Ferguson says a number of high profile music stars are backing her campaign against abuse in the music industry.

The 35-year-old former ‘X Factor’ contestant has lifted the lid on the dark side of the industry and recently went to the police to report allegations of harassment and coercive control against a senior male music boss.

Rebecca told The Sun on Sunday newspaper’s Biz on Sunday column: “I have been in contact with a few female singers since opening up about my own experience to discuss the treatment of artists in the industry and we have offered each other support.

“Some people are too afraid to speak out but I have been working with people in the Government to try and make a change. We need to help each other.”

She also called for more protective measures to be put in place for younger artists.

Rebecca said: “I think some sort of chaperone system, like footballers have, should be put in place.”

Rebecca previously claimed music bosses had banned her from having cancerous cells removed because the 10-day recovery period was too long and she was warned she could be left “permanently disabled”.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, she also accused unnamed people and companies of “limiting” her food and drink intake, constantly medicating her because she was always ill, and interfering in her personal life.

Roger Daltrey contracted pneumonia after beans shoot

Roger Daltrey contracted pneumonia after sitting in a tub of baked beans for a photoshoot.

The Who frontman “drew the short straw” when it came to creating the artwork for the group’s 1967 album ‘The Who Sell Out’ – which featured the band posing with giant props for spoof advertisements – and ended up “very sick”.

He recalled: “We’d just come back from Hawaii on the Herman’s Hermits tour. We’d only been home for five days.

“I drew the short straw of getting to sit in the baked beans.

“Unfortunately for me, the beans had been put in cold storage. They were freezing cold and after sitting in them for an hour my teeth were chattering.

“So they put an electric fire at the back, and by the end I was literally cooking.

“I did get very sick from that.”

The band had described the record as “power pop”, which subsequently signified a whole new genre and guitarist Pete Townshend explained they wanted to show pop was more than just throwaway tracks.

He told Classic Rock magazine: “I suppose it’s about writing pop songs that have a little more going for them than the usual subject matter.

“I think power-pop was just an attempt to say, ‘Listen, pop songs are not going to be about what they’ve been about any more. They’re going to have power and energy and colour and humour. And they’re going to be more important and they’re going to be much more emphasised. They’re going to be more mischievous. They’re going to be more dangerous, possibly.’

“In a sense, the power-pop thing was a recognition, during that time in 67, that the function of the pop song had changed.”

The ‘Baba O’Riley’ hitmakers “very much enjoyed” the challenge of making the record.

Pete said: “I very much enjoyed that process.

“It felt to me like I Was discovering things about the guitar that I hadn’t discovered before.

“I was finding way of creating new harmonies and textures and new sounds. There were challenges going on for me and I was rising to them. And sometimes I Was pulling them off.”

Kanye West fan selling bag of air from album event

A Kanye West fan is selling a “bag of air” from his album listening party.

The 44-year-old rapper recently hosted the preview of his new record ‘Donda’ at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium and a fan who attended claims to be selling a Ziplock bag full of oxygen from the event for $3,330 on eBay.

A listing from the user imacanon16canz – who has 100 per cent positive feedback – states: “Bag of Air from DONDA Drop LAST ONE OFFICIAL Kanye West – Mercedes-Benz Stadium.”

It also comes with the disclaimer that: “Seller does not accept returns”.

Meanwhile, it was revealed at the album preview party that Jay Z appears on the new album, his first collaboration with Kanye since Drake’s 2016 track ‘Pop Style’.

Jay can be heard rapping: “Donda, I’m wit your baby when I touch back road / Told him stop all that red cap, we goin’ home / Cannot be with all of these sins casting stones / This might be the return of The Throne / Hova and Yeezy like Moses and Jesus.”

Playboi Carti and Roddi Ricch also appear on different songs on the record.

Carti could be heard rapping over an uptempo beat before Kanye took over the vocal, while Roddi features on a piano-led track with lines such as: “They said I was mad at the Grammy’s/But I’m looking at my Grammy right now”.

And the likes of the late Pop Smoke, Travis Scott, Pusha T, Baby Keem, Lil Baby, and Lil Durk can all be heard on various tracks on the highly-anticipated album.

Dave set for Top 10 takeover with songs from new album ‘We’re All Alone In This Together’

The Official Chart: First Look offers a first glance of the Top 20 ahead of Friday’s Official Singles Chart Top 100. The chart is based on preliminary sales and early streaming reports.

Dave is set to dominate this week’s Official Singles Chart with three entries currently inside the Top 5 following the release of his new album We’re All Alone In This Together. Stormzy collaboration Clash is on course for a new peak, up six places to Number 2, while Verdansk is new at Number 3 and In The Fire places at Number 4 – potentially taking the rapper’s total of Top 10s to 10.

Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits looks likely to claim a fifth week at Number 1 this Friday, currently leading the way by just over 7,000 chart sales.

Anne-Marie and Little Mix’s brand-new collaboration Kiss My (Uh Oh) is on track for a Top 20 debut, currently at Number 14. The track is the latest single from Anne-Marie’s new album Therapy, released last Friday.

Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s new single Industry Baby opens at Number 16 on the First Look, set to earn Lil Nas X his fifth Top 40 and US rapper Harlow his second.

Dance track Talk About – which samples Nelly Furtado’s 2012 single Big Hoops (The Bigger The Better) by Rain Radio and DJ Craig Gorman is set for another climb this week, so far up one place to 20.

Camila Cabello grateful for time to work on family relationships during lockdowns

Camila Cabello is grateful to have been given the chance to “consciously” reconnect with her family and friends during the Covid-19 lockdown.

As a former member of Fifth Harmony and now a successful solo artist, Camila has always had a busy schedule to abide by – one that kept her away from home for a lot of the time.

And while she acknowledges that the coronavirus pandemic has been “terrible” for the world, she recently told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1’s New Music Daily that she enjoyed the downtime at home.

“I think for my personal life and my brain, it was really good to slow down,” she said. “And so, I was like, ‘Oh, this is…’ I don’t know. I was just kind of learned how to be, I think a human and develop interests and passions outside of the studio and outside of music and outside of that.

“And I think that that brought me really close to… brought me really close to my family. And for me, even when I think of… there’s the word family in terms of your immediate literal family and for me, it’s also your chosen family, your friendships and your relationships, in that broader sense. And I think for me, that was neglected for so long too, because I was never in the same place for more than a week or two.

“I think this was a chance for me to really consciously work on and invest in what I think makes me and human beings truly happy, which is your relationships and your connection to the people around you.”

Camila is now gearing up to release her third solo studio album, which she has titled Familia in honour of her newfound reconnection to her relatives thanks to the pandemic.

“I think being in Miami for so long and having more family around me and speaking Spanish more made me feel, I don’t know, just kind of brought me back,” the 24-year-old added. “I think my roots went deeper in a way that I really needed. And I think this album for me was a manifestation. The name of my album is Familia.”

Camila has yet to reveal a release date for the record.

Professor Green doesn’t feel pressure any more

Professor Green is “content” now he doesn’t feel “pressure” to be successful.

The 37-year-old rapper – whose real name is Stephen Manderson – admitted it’s “incredible” to still be making music, more than a decade after he began his career and he feels like he now has more “freedom” to do what he wants than ever before.

Discussing his career highlights, he told OK! magazine: “There have been so many. Even recently, to sign one of the best record deals of my career.

“It’s incredible to be this far into a successful career, which started in March 2009.

“I’m 37 and I now have the freedom I always craved. I have no pressure.

“I’m not chasing anything or pinning happiness on anything. I’m very content.”

The ‘Lullaby’ hitmaker has finally learned the importance of taking time off and better understands how it can benefit him in the long term.

He said: “For someone who works a hell of a lot in and around mental health advocacy, I talk a really good game about taking care of myself.

“But I’m only starting now to have time off from it all. I’m only now putting into practice that it’s good to stop and take stock.

“It doesn’t mean you’re not going to get another opportunity if you say no to another tour.

“It means you might have a break which will inspire creativity and give you room to write records.”

And the ‘Just Be Good To Green’ hitmaker – who has four-month-old son Slimane with partner Karima McAdams – feels he’s able to live in the moment more instead of constantly having to plan ahead.

He said: “The cool thing is that anything good that happens now, I’m in a place where I can actually enjoy it.

“I’m not in the hamster wheel with that perpetual state of ‘What’s next?’

“It’s cool that after all these years to have all of these plates spinning, and then in between that, my family and my home.

“But for the first time, my personal life is not suffering because of my work, which it has done previously.”

KSI admits his music success is ‘mad’

KSI thinks his chart success is “mad”.

The 28-year-old star first rose to prominence as a YouTuber, and after achieving his first-ever UK number one album with ‘All Over the Place’, he’s confessed to being staggered by his own success in the music industry.

The rapper – who has worked with the likes of Anne-Marie and Craig David – told “Your boy did it! Finally got it, a number one album – mad!

“Thank you to everyone who has supported, I wouldn’t have this without you. I’ve been doing music for so long and to finally get this is crazy. Official Charts Company. Number 1. I never thought I’d ever get one of these. I have no right – I’m a YouTuber!”

KSI confessed to being shocked by his own success last year.

The YouTuber-turned-rapper – whose real name is Olajide ‘JJ’ Olatunji – admitted that even he’s been shocked by what he’s managed to achieve in recent times.

Speaking about collaborating with the likes of Craig David, he said: “Twenty years ago when I was in the car with my parents, we’d listen to ‘Seven Days’ and ‘Fill Me In’ … So I’m like, ‘How have I ended up here?'”

KSI has a huge online following, with more than 13 million subscribers to his YouTube channel.

But he’s insisted that in spite of his fame and popularity, he won’t allow the success to go to his head.

He said: “It’s crazy, like, I don’t even go into studios. A lot of times, I just play the beat over and over and actually just write in my bedroom.”

Halsey used to lie awake at night questioning gender identity

Halsey used to stare at the ceiling late at night and question her gender identity.

The Without Me singer is openly bisexual, and back in March, announced that she uses she/they pronouns.

But while Halsey is comfortable with their sexuality and gender-fluid identity now, in an interview for the August 2021 issue of Allure magazine, she insisted that wasn’t always the case.

“I’d be staring at the ceiling, going, ‘What does this mean?'” the 26-year-old recalled. “I don’t spend that time questioning or wondering anymore. The whole thing to remember about pronouns and identities is that they’re not meant for other people. They’re meant for you to help better understand yourself.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Halsey offered advice to fans who may be grappling with similar issues surrounding their identity, and admitted that “coming out” is an ongoing process.

“You never stop coming out. It’s not like you tell your mom and dad and then everything’s all good. You need to prepare yourself for that,” the star commented, before adding that it’s OK for people to change their minds too. “It’s not for other people to validate you or determine if your queerness is real enough.”

Imelda May ‘nervous’ to approach Noel Gallagher

Imelda May was “nervous” about asking Noel Gallagher to appear on her album.

The 47-year-old singer’s latest album, ’11 Past The Hour’, features a string of collaborations from the likes of Miles Kane, Ronnie Wood, Charlotte Hatherley and the former Oasis rocker and she felt “lucky” to know “amazing” people who helped push her out of her comfort zone.

She said “I’m lucky enough to know some amazing people. So I wrote with Tim [Bran, Dreadzone] and Davide [Rossi, Goldfrapp] as I wanted to focus on lyrics and melody and I wanted whoever I was writing with to take me somewhere else musically.

“Andrew Innes from Primal Scream is there, as they were in the studio at the same time.

“There’s also Niall McNamee, an amazing songwriter, who I’m now dating, who I worked with on ‘Don’t Let Me Stand On My Own’. The message means a lot to me. It’s all about being there for somebody and having them be there for you.

“Ronnie introduced me to Noel. I was nervous about asking him to duet on ‘Just One Kiss’ but I knew he would kill it.”

Ronnie is like “family” to Imelda as they’ve known one another for decades but she joked she wishes he’d spread the word about her more.

She told Classic Rock magazine: “Ronnie is like family. I met him when I was 16 and he jumped up and jammed on stage with me in a club in Dublin.

“We lost touch until I was on tour with Jeff Beck and one night he was there.

“He said, ‘I discovered you!’ and I said, ‘Yeah but you didn’t mention it to anyone.’

“So I’d just been on tour with him for his Chuck Berry album and I said, ‘Will you be on my record?’ He said yeah and that was just lovely.”

Cardi B hits back at ‘queerbaiting’ claims

Cardi B thinks accusations of “queerbaiting” force musicians to discuss their sexuality.

The chart-topping rap star has hit back at claims of queerbaiting – which refers to straight individuals implying non-heterosexual encounters to attract members of the LGBTQ community – following the recent release of the ‘Wild Side’ music video with Normani.

Speaking about their steamy video, Cardi – who is currently pregnant with her second child – explained: “You do know we was trying to hide a whole baby bump right ?Also I’m married to a man but I have express soo much about my bisexuality and my experiences wit girls .All of a sudden “queer baiting” is the new word & people use it to the ground !

“I don’t like this new “queer baiting” word.I feel like it pressure artist to talk about their sexuality or their experiences that they don’t feel comfortable speaking about.If a artist kiss a girl on a video does that means she gotta show videos & text wit wit other women? (sic)”

Cardi, 28, previously spoke about the issue after featuring on the track ‘Girls’ alongside Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX in 2018.

The song touched on the issue of sexual fluidity and Cardi subsequently defended herself on social media after the record attracted some criticism.

Cardi – who is one of the world’s best-selling artists – wrote online at the time: “We never try to cause harm or had bad intentions with the song. I personally myself had experiences with other woman, s*** with a lot of women! I thought the song was a good song and i remember my experience. (sic)”