Lorraine Kelly takes aim at ‘irrelevant’ Meghan Markle and Prince Harry | Entertainment Daily

Lorraine Kelly has given her views on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – and she didn’t leave any room for doubt.

Hosting the final section of Good Morning Britain, the star said: “I just think it’s very sad.”

Presenter Lorraine was discussing the royal couple’s decision to step back from royal life with Dr Hilary Jones, 66.

Lorraine Kelly said Meghan and Harry are “irrelevant” (Credit: ITV)

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“They could have been such an asset to the Royal Family, especially now and there they are stuck in La La Land,” Lorraine went on.

“He’s away from his family and actually, to be honest, they both seem kind of irrelevant.”

Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior Royals at the end of March (Credit: Splash News)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in quarantine in Los Angeles with their son Archie.

Lorraine added: “Obviously we don’t with them any ill will. I hope they will be happy, it just seems really sad.”

The couple got off lightly with Lorraine compared to her fellow GMB presenter Piers Morgan.

He was scathing about their decision to announce a “zero engagement policy” with tabloid newspapers this week.

Meanwhile, Piers branded Harry and Meghan “repulsive, deluded narcissistic tools” on Twitter.

He said they shouldn’t have made the announcement in the middle of a global pandemic.

Meghan is in America with Harry and Archie (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Harry and Meghan reportedly had leaked details of their video call to the Queen to media outlets which they favoured.

However, other Royals have played a key role in comforting the public as the coronavirus pandemic.

Prince Philip, 98, released a rare statement yesterday to praise all the workers fighting on the frontline.

Meanwhile, the Queen gave an inspirational speech earlier this month, urging people to stay at home.

In addition, she reminded the population that “we will meet again,” in an echo of wartime solidarity.

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US Rapper Doja Cat On How She Has Never Met Her Father Dumisani Dlamini – SA Hip Hop Mag

US Rapper Doja Cat On How She Has Never Met Her Father Dumisani Dlamini. A few years back we learnt that Yizo Yizo actor who also graced the screen as crocodile from Sarafina Dumisani Dlamini is a father to rapper Doja Cat.

What wasn’t known widely is that Dumisani and her daughter Doja Cat who grew up and resides in America never met. The 24 year old was born to Deborah Elizabeth Sawyer who is a Jewish-American artist. Although she proclaimed she has never met her father she goes by the name Zandile Dlamini.

“He’s always commenting (on my IG) “my African princess” and I’m like whaaat…,” she said on a YouTube video from 2019.

Speaking to TshisaLIVE Dumisani said : “Beautiful girl (who goes by) the name Doja Cat, she’s singing with Nicki Minaj. If you google you will see, it’s D. O. J. A. C. A. T, she’s one of the best singers now in America. That’s my daughter.”

The Moo rapper uttered the shocking statement of not knowing him after meeting legendary actress Whoopi Goldberg. The two met backstage to Doja’s concert, the meeting saw Cat introducing herself as a daughter of Dumisani.

Whoopi worked with Dlamini on a Sarafina film where she portrayed a character of a teacher Miss Masombula. The film was released in 1993. Even after all these years Goldberg seemed to have remembered Dumisani.

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The world’s a mess, and X is back

In early March, the four original members of X sat in the mixing room of an Eagle Rock recording studio recounting the how and why of “Alphabetland,” their first studio album as a quartet in 35 years.

Arranged in a semicircle on a couch and in a few chairs, John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom and D.J. Bonebrake were taking a break from a long day of mixing and overdubbing the 11 hard, fast and distorted new rock ’n’ roll songs — the kind that first ignited the city on X’s 1980 debut album, “Los Angeles.”

“Exene and I talked about writing some songs five to seven years ago together, but we weren’t sure where it would go,” Doe, 67, said of collaborating with his ex-wife and longtime writing partner. (The two were married from 1980 to 1985.) “We were doing other creative stuff, and whatever creative force you have goes into whatever’s in place, right? Whether it’s building a car, making a garden or writing a song.”

Now an Austinite, Doe was wearing cowboy boots, blue jeans, a Western-style button-up shirt and a bolo tie. “So Exene and I just kind of got busy and said, ‘OK, we’ve got a place to put it.’”

When Doe finished speaking, Cervenka, 64, who was lounging on her side of the couch with her eyes half-shut, lifted her head: “Actually, I’ve been writing X songs for 10 years, and finally everybody decided to make a record. That’s the real story.”

Epidemiologists and government officials agree that large-scale concerts and festivals can’t be safely held until 2021, a crushing blow.

“Alphabetland” arrived out of the blue on Wednesday. Landing months sooner than the band had originally planned, it was recorded with producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck, Joyce Manor) during two sessions in the fall of 2018 and January 2020.

Doe‘s and Cervenka’s competing narratives on X’s creative return mirror the call-and-response tension that has powered their work since “Los Angeles” came out. X was scheduled to play that Ray Manzarek-produced debut from start to finish for a 40th-anniversary celebration at the Wiltern on Saturday.

X circa 1979: from left, Billy Zoom, Exene Cervenka, John Doe.
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Instead, after teasing fans on their Facebook page with a photo of wrapped presents (wild gifts?), X surprise-released “Alphabetland” to Bandcamp through the indie label Fat Possum.

At just over 30 minutes long, its 11 hit-and-run songs are as driving, poetic and accomplished as anything X has ever done. The album will land on the other major music streaming platforms on May 1. The band hopes to tour behind the album in the fall.

Featuring guitarist Zoom’s electric guitar riffs and solos, drummer D.J. Bonebrake’s wrist-snapping rhythms and Doe’s tugboat bass lines, songs including “Water & Wine,” “Strange Life,” “Delta 88″ and “Angel on the Road” move with a focused fury. Gone is the country twang that accented X’s post-Zoom album “See How We Are” and the alt-rockish “Hey Zeus” from 1993. Back is Cervenka and Doe’s tag-team invective.

“It sounds like an X album,” said the oft-stoic Zoom, 72, on the couch beside Cervenka.

“People ask, ‘How can you be playing rock ’n’ roll for so long?’ ” Doe said. “Well, because that’s what we do. It’s a thing.”

John Doe: “People ask, ‘How can you be playing rock ’n’ roll for so long?’ Well, because that’s what we do.”
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“The same way that they keep sending me a bill for the mortgage every month,” said Zoom, who survived a bladder cancer diagnosis in 2015. His arms were crossed, and he was wearing a black Ramones T-shirt. Partway through, the affable Bonebrake, who lives in Los Angeles, sneaked away to address a drum issue with a studio engineer.

Across a furious five-year period, X recorded five essential rock ’n’ roll albums: “Los Angeles,” “Wild Gift,” “Under the Big Black Sun,” “More Fun in the New World” and “Ain’t Love Grand.” Through songs including “The World’s a Mess, It’s in My Kiss,” “White Girl,” “The Once Over Twice,” “We’re Desperate,” “The Hungry Wolf” and “The New World,” the band was a crucible for the Hollywood scene of the late ’70s and helped draw the blueprint for West Coast punk. The first four albums were recently remastered for streaming platforms. The records never broke through on a commercial level but they remain among the most enduring Los Angeles documents of the era.

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A few shuffled lineups — Zoom left the band in 1985 and returned in 1998 — dozens of years and hundreds of shows later, X plays with a telepathic sense of momentum. Songs ignite, then burn for a few hot minutes until the energy’s spent.

“We have weathered many storms. … But we don’t know that we can weather the COVID-19 storm,” says a new GoFundMe page for California’s beloved Amoeba stores.

Noting that she hadn’t made solo music in years, Exene, who is spending isolation in her Orange County home, said she’d been pushing for a new album for so long in part because she has a harder time writing without purpose. “You can write all day long,” she said, adding that her creative aim was simple: “I was hoping that we would be able to make a new record if I kept writing really good lyrics — so I just started sending stuff to John.” She also included her sung melodies. Doe, along with Zoom and Bonebrake, then added music.

Exene Cervenka: “I’ve been writing X songs for 10 years, and finally everybody decided to make a record.”
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

“I think, in some way, we all thought we might make a record years ago,” Doe said. “But it was like, ‘Where? How? When?’”

It’s not as if they hadn’t had the time to figure it out. In 2019, the band logged more concert dates than they had in decades. Touring remains the primary source of income for its members. Doe last issued a solo album, “The Westerner,” in 2016. In the interim, he published two well-received books about the rise and fall of L.A. punk: “Under the Big Black Sun” and “More Fun in the New World.” Bonebrake has his own old-time combos, including the D.J. Bonebrake Trio and the Bonebrake Sycopators. Zoom is all in on X.

In late 2018, X converged at Sunset Sound in Hollywood with Schnapf to record five songs. Working on a combo of early ideas and, in the case of “Cyrano deBerger’s Back,” the reimagining of an old one, the session marked the first time the four had been in a recording studio to make an album since “Ain’t Love Grand.”

The success of those initial sessions wasn’t assured. All of the band’s classic work was cowritten by Doe and Cervenka, which has long meant that they earn songwriting royalties that Zoom and Bonebrake don’t. To assure parity and lessen friction, all four members receive songwriting credit on “Alphabetland.”

“They got to see if they could all work together in this creative way again,” said producer Schnapf. “It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, let’s do this because we’re all great friends.’ There’s still that creative tension in the band, and it comes across.” Describing the stress as that rub, the mood was such that “everybody gets along fine but nobody gets a free pass. And just because someone has an idea doesn’t mean it automatically has to happen. You get that push back and forth.”

That dynamic manifests itself in Zoom’s Gretsch-powered chords and Cervenka’s lyrics, which on the new songs only further confirm her place as one of music’s most accomplished writers: “There’s a heaven and a hell / And there’s an, ‘Oh well’ / Who gets passed to the head of the line? / Who gets water? Who gets wine?” she wonders on the politically charged “Water & Wine.” “Where did I put my wings? / I can never find those things,” she sings on “Angel on the Road.”

In “Star Chambered,” the band riffs on Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons”:

I played sixteen bars and what did I get?
Another town over and covered in sweat
Almost run over
With another hangover and drunker in debt.

Her head resting on her arm as if she were a recovering damsel, Exene echoed Doe as the band cued up an unmixed version of the title track: “It sounds like X.”

“Alphabetland” was originally scheduled to come out in August. But in mid-March, as the COVID-19 coronavirus spread, Fat Possum and the band began discussing a surprise release. Speaking on the phone from Austin, Texas, earlier this week, where he has been in quarantine with his longtime partner, artist Krissy Teegerstrom, Doe said the rationale for the early drop was twofold.

“Let’s give people — at least our audience and maybe beyond that — something that is upbeat. Something that’s new and vital.” Logistically, the early release made sense too: With record and CD manufacturing plants shuttered, Fat Possum couldn’t guarantee hitting the planned August release date. So X and the label opted to drop the album on the same date that “Los Angeles” was released 40 years ago.

Lines penned and recorded before the pandemic, especially those about class, hope and loss, resonate anew. Asked about those connections, Doe at first brushed off the question. “When you get your heart broken, you think every song on the radio is about your situation,” he said. “However,” he added with a laugh, in January he started writing “Goodbye Year, Goodbye,” which he said was a song about “what it’s like to start a new year and think about the old one,” a theme that rings true as the coronavirus has marked a kind of end of an era.

“But it’s not like we knew something,” he said. “A lot of our lyrics have been about extreme situations and extreme moments. ‘The World’s a Mess,’ ‘It’s in My Kiss,’ ‘I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts’ — all those songs are relevant to any situation you think has gone bad or it isn’t the way that you hoped that it would have evolved.”

Reciting Exene’s lyrics for “Water & Wine,” Doe added, “‘Who gets sent to the front of the line? / Who gets water? / Who gets wine?’ That’s timely, prophetic.”

Pausing to connect the dots, Doe added of the current quarantine, “You know, the one funny and wonderful element to this is when you see celebrities saying that we’re all in this together. No, we’re not. You’re on your boat. We’re here.”

It sounds like an X song.

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Post Malone’s First Livestream Concert Will Be Nirvana Tribute Set – UNILAD

Post Malone’s First Livestream Concert Will Be Nirvana Tribute Set

by : Emily Brown on : 22 Apr 2020 18:40
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Post Malone will soon become one of the many artists entertaining fans through a livestream concert, but rather than sticking to his own tracks he’ll be performing a tribute to Nirvana. 

So far we’ve had Charli XCX, Niall Horan, Chris Martin, Bastille and John Legend all organise and perform special gigs from the safety of their homes, and as more artists continue to get involved Posty obviously didn’t want to leave his fans wanting.

While it doesn’t look like they’ll get to hear his own hits, fans will be able to watch Malone perform a series of Nirvana tracks when the livestream kicks off on Friday, April 24 on Malone’s YouTube channel.

The singer announced the concert with a video on his social media pages, which showed clips of him performing on stage before cutting to reveal the details of his upcoming event.

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It’s no secret that Malone is a big fan of Nirvana, as he’s been known to cover the band’s tracks numerous times in the past. He performed Lithium at Coachella in 2016 and All Apologies in Boston in 2017, back in the days when concerts could be held in public, and not via webcam.

Unfortunately, we probably can’t expect Nirvana band member Dave Grohl to join Posty in his performance, though fans might be able to hold out hope for a surprise Zoom appearance from the drummer.

Fans have expressed their excitement for the livestream, with many dubbing the singer as the perfect soundtrack for their quarantine.

Tune in to Malone’s livestream concert from 6pm ET on YouTube. 

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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

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Josh Groban Touches Our Heart With An Outstanding Performance Of ‘Bring Him Home’

Josh Groban is one of the most impressive male singers of his generation, with a voice that’s simultaneously strong but also angelic. In this performance of Bring Him Home, from the musical Les Misérables, Groban shows off his vocal abilities, while managing to touch our souls and pull at the heartstrings.

Alongside this video version, his rendition of Bring Him Home was also released on his 2015 studio album Stages.

The official music video for Bring Him Home features a classic studio setting, with Groban singing as a pianist plays for him in the background. From the moment Groban opens his mouth to start singing, his familiar and angelic voice sounds. It is clear from his focus and dedication in the video that Groban is giving it his all, and we’re just lucky to witness such a magical performance. 

The video allows us to share an intimate moment with the singer, as it focuses on him up close and personal as he sings Bring Him Home. The song is theatrical and highly emotive, allowing Groban to show off his full vocal range and build drama. Having garnered over 9.5 million views on YouTube, it’s clear that fans of both Groban and Les Misérables have enjoyed this special rendition, recorded beautifully in the studio.

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Viewers have commented their support, with one user summing it up perfectly when they wrote: “Josh Groban is one of the most talented young singers of our time. What a joy to listen to him.”

Les Misérables is a musical that is based off of Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name from 1862. The musical first premiered in Paris in 1980 and was originally sung in French, before English lyrics were written later. First performed in English in London’s West End, Les Misérables has run continuously since October 1985, making it the longest-running musical in the West End and the second-longest running musical in the world. 

The story is set in France in the early 19th century and is about a French peasant named Jean Valjean, who is seeking redemption after a nearly two-decade jail term for stealing bread for his sister’s starving child. Along his journey he meets other characters, all the while France is swept into a revolutionary period.

The song Bring Him Home is about Valjean asking God to save and return one character to another. It is clear from the emotional style that the song is full of meaning, which can be interpreted in a literal sense when considering the plot of Les Misérables, but also in other subtler ways when simply enjoying the musical elements.

What did you think of Josh Groban’s rendition of Bring Him Home? Have you seen Les Misérables and if so, how did you think Groban’s studio version compared to the live performance in the musical? Let us know in the comments and be sure to pass this on to your friends and family!

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