Westlife have announced the release of their 11th album, due out November 15th. The band have recorded the entire album in the States and London with the legendary John Shanks, who has worked with the likes of Alanis Morrisette, Leona Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Take That and Bon Jovi. A single will preceed the album on 7th November digitally and 8th November physically.
This morning saw the national unveiling of Simon CowellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s charity song for the victims of the Haiti earthquake as radio stations around the country played the cover version of the REM classic Everybody Hurts.
Despite the fact that the single features huge names such as Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Kylie Minogue, Westlife and, erm, Joe McElderry, I still canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seem to enjoy it. Okay, so I know IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not meant to enjoy it, and I know an upbeat pop song might not have been the best way to go, but surely the lyrics in this song are just the totally wrong choice for victims of an Earthquake?
Personally IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always seem the single as a way of trying to prevent someone from committing suicide. That might not be the way R.E.M meant it to come across, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the way IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always viewed it, and to think that Simon and friends have decided to tell the people Haiti not to bother committing suicide isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really the best way forward if you ask me, that’s possibly not the best message we could be sending out here.
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not the best cover in the world is it? You all know IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not a fan of covers, and even more so when thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so many people singing so I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s doing what. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not even something IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d go out and buy, even if it is for a good cause. However, before you all start slating me for not Ã¢â‚¬Ëœhelping HaitiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, I would like to point out that you can donate in many other ways than buying a CD, and having a physical copy in your hands to say Ã¢â‚¬Ëœlook at me, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m giving money to charity and all I got is this CDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ is NOT the only way forward.
You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to tell the world you helped charity, and you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to make Simon Cowell and all those popstars feel good about themselves, all you need to do is slip your hand in your pockets and make a donation by one of the many channels available, take the Disasters Emergency Committee for example, that way 50% of your money isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to The Sun and their charity, instead everything you give will go directly to the victims.
But, for those of you who ARE going to head out and buy the cd – whether you really want a copy or are just buying it Ã¢â‚¬Ëœbecause itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for charityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ – the order of those singing is; Leona Lewis, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Cheryl Cole, Mika, Michael Buble, X Factor winner Joe McElderry, Miley Cyrus, James Blunt, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Jon Bon Jovi. James Morrison, Alexandra Burke, Susan Boyle, Aston Merrygold and Marvin Humes from JLS, Westlife’s Shane Filan and Mark Feehily, Kylie Minogue and Robbie Williams.
The single will split all proceeds 50/50 between the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) and The Sun newspaper’s Helping Haiti appeal and Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged to waive VAT on the song. The track will be available to download on February 7 and can be bought in shops on February 8.
Is it just me, or does anyone else think the choice of REMÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s single, Everybody Hurts as Simon Cowell’s Haiti charity single is just a bit of an odd choice? I mean, it is one of my all-0time favourite songs, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like Ã¢â‚¬ËœEverybody Hurts Haiti, get on with it.Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ
So, I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expecting Kool & the GangÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Celebration to be the choice, but this would NOT have been my first thought, I mean, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just a bit depressing isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t it? Surely it would have been better to chose something which inspired hope?
Either way, it hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stopped stars clamouring over each other in the hope of being chosen to feature on the track, and vocalists such as Leona Lewis, JLS, George Michael, Rod Stewart, Lady GaGa, Michael Buble, Take That and Robbie Williams are all said to have offered their services.
At the same time, Florence and the Machine will donate all the proceeds of an upcoming gig to the charity whilst Will Young, Joe McElderry and even N-Dubz (cough cough) are keen to get involved.
I know IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be buying the track, regardless of whether or not I think Cowell picked Ã¢â‚¬Ëœthe wrong songÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sorry to disappoint any fans of ‘real’ music, but it looks like a Led Zeppelin reunion is never going to happen. It’s a shame the boys can’t find a replacement for Robert Plant, but at least ‘musicians’ like Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse aren’t going to face any real competition with their releases this year.
It would seem that Amy Winehouse is not doing much to appeal herself to fellow holidaymakers in St. Lucia. Amy has already upset hotel guests with her drunken behaviour and now she has taken things one step further by throwing water over a female tourist while she was having dinner with her partner. Well you can take the girl out of Camden but it seems you can’t take the Camden out of the girl.
The awards season is just getting better and better for Slumdog Millionaire and director Danny Boyle as the film dominated the Critics’ Choice Awards taking home five gongs.
So it appears that Vivienne Westwood has made some fashion that is available to us ordinary folk. Her cute retro jelly shoes are set to be massive this year and come in a range of funky styles that remind us of our childhood, especially her heart Ladydragon shoes. We officially have a new style crush…
Chris Brown was shocked to find two naked women under a concert stage.
Not that they aren’t all busy making friends with Charlie White…the latest celeb to be caught white-nosed is Heather Locklear. And I thought she was one of the good ones…!
Evan Rachel Wood says making ‘The Wrestler’ was “like 10 years of therapy in a week”. …
He speaks of the city as his source of energy as he jumps like a cat between the ties, chimneys and narrow lines between buildings The Spirit this man is another crime fighting swoop.
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Ouch! It much suck to be Madonna today after the man she’s been referring to as her boyfriend has turned round and announced they’re “just friends.” Poor Madonna looks a fool now,
How wonderful it must be to be married to Tom Cruise after her has revealed that he plans to whisk Katie Holmes away on a romantic cruise for her 30th Birthday. On second thoughts, my statement “How wonderful it must be to be married to Tom Cruise” Is quite possibly the worst thing I’ve ever said. I would rather marry a dinosaur.
Not content with one fix of reality TV, Britney Spears has announced plans to be a judge on Project Runway. Lets just hope this offering isn’t as abysmal as her X Factor performance… oh dear.. shall we never speak of it again?
It’s very rare you hear a musician urging a member of their band to go solo but Noel Gallagher is doing just that after thinking that his brother Liam would do far better on his own. Don’t do it Liam, music wouldn’t be the same without you lager louts!
It seems as the Oasis aren’t the only band on the verge of splitting either as Kevin Jonas has revealed a desire to go solo. Oh the teenage girls must be heartbroken!
If you’re stuck for something to do tonight the GO AND SEE
THE INCREDIBLE HULK at your local cinema. I went last night and thought it was amazing, regardless of the fact that it was based on a comic book. Plus, staring at Edward Norton for a hour and half was probably the highlight of my day….he even looked hot in green.
Relieve all those vile
ninties fashions and wonder what the hell you were thinking choosing tiny backpacks over glamour!
Could there be more sex videos round the corner for
Pammy and Tommy as they have rekindled their romance. Let’s hope not, I think they’re getting a bit old for home-made porn now!p>
Brits abroad can now have peace of mind over their money issues as there is now an easier and safer way to
transfer money around the globe. Although many travelllers prefer to visit the bureau de change before heading off on holiday, this method makes getting mugged a lot less costly.
From X-factor to bond girl
Leona Lewis Is set to record the new James Bond film’s theme song.
I say bloody well done Leona, she’s the best singer I’ve heard in a long time, oh what I wouldn’t give to have her lungs!
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