Thursday, April 30, 2009

VIDEO: Car Kills 4 People In Front Of Dutch Queen

Watch the dramatic video below of the moment a car deliberately crashes into crowds as Dutch Queen Beatrix, killing four people in the process. The stunning footage was captured live by Dutch TV and the incredible pictures can be seen on the Daily Mail's website.

Reports say the car was travelling about 50 mph as it managed to get through a cornered off police area as the Queen (seen in the picture below with a red hat on) rode past in an open top bus. Up to 20 people have been injured as bodies were thrown up in the air by the speeding car.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Girls Aloud 'Untouchable' Set To Flop?

Girls Aloud look set to miss the Top 10 singles chart for the first time ever, according to midweek chart predictions. The new single 'Untouchable' becomes Girls Aloud twenty first UK single as they embark on their 'Out of Control' UK tour, denying reports about splitting up.

The single currently sits just outside the Top 10 in the latest midweek chart but still has a chance of making the Top 10 by Sunday if the public get behind Girls Aloud. Polydor need not worry if 'Untouchable' fails to make the Top 10, as the album 'Out of Control' topped the charts back in November.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Times Rich List 2009

The Times Rich List is out and makes bad reading for the wealthiest people in the UK as only Sir Ken Morrison (owner of the large supermarket chain) increased his personal wealth inside the Top 25 Rich List. The full list can be viewed HERE, but the Mail had a simple summery below:

*Pic: Mail

Jerry Dammers - The Specials Reunion?

Jerry Dammers, the man behind The Specials success thirty years ago, is back in the news today as one of the performers at the Love Music Hate Racism event on May 30 at Stoke's Britannia Stadium.

He will be joined by some "very special guests", which is leading some to believe that the long awaited reunion with Jerry and the rest of The Specials could happen. Both Dammers and The Specials have long been campaigners for equality and spoken out against racism, having performed together at Coventry's Butts College at a similar event three decades prior.

The Specials and Dammers had been unable to agree about the way The Specials would return to celebrate thirty years of Two Tone SKA music, eventually leading to Jerry Dammers missing from the line-up during the tour which is currently taking place. Yet, Jerry and The Specials have both left the door open with the hope of being able to perform together on stage once again.

The Love Music Hate Racism would be the perfect opportunity for the whole band to reunite under the umbrella of racial harmony. Could the 'very special guests' appearing on stage with Dammers be the original Specials? Watch this space for more updates....................

Monday, April 27, 2009

Lily Allen UK Tour Dates

Fresh from her headline grabbing US tour, Lily Allen will be performing around the UK in November. The down to earth singer is currently enjoying chart sucess with her album 'It's Not Me It's You' (number 5 in this weeks album chart) as well number nine in the singles chart with 'Not Fair'.

The Lily Allen Tour dates are:

November 16 - Sheffield, O2 Academy
November 17 - Manchester, Apollo
November 20 - Bournemouth, BIC
November 21 - Plymouth, Pavillions
November 22 - Swindon, Oasis
November 24 - Birmingham, NIA
November 25 - Glasgow, SECC
November 27 - London, O2 Academy Brixton

*Tickets go on sale at 9am on May 1.

BAFTA Awards 2009 - The Winners

Here is the full list of winners from this years BAFTA Awards - with Skins, X Factor and Harry Hill among the winners:


Stephen Dillane – The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall (Channel 4)


Anna Maxwell Martin – Poppy Shakespeare (Channel 4)


Harry Hill – Harry Hill's TV Burp (ITV1)


David Mitchell – Peep Show (Channel 4)


White Girl (BBC Two)


Wallander (BBC One)


Criminal Justice (BBC One)


The Bill (ITV1)


Mad Men (BBC Four)


Amazon with Bruce Parry (BBC Two)


Life in Cold Blood (BBC One)


Chosen (True Stories) (Channel 4)


The Choir: Boys Don't Sing (BBC Two)


Saving Africa's Witch Children (Dispatches) (Channel 4)


News at Ten – Chinese Earthquake (ITV1/ITN)


ITV1 F1: Brazilian Grand Prix 2008 (ITV1)


Embarrassing Bodies Online (


X Factor (ITV1)


Harry and Paul (BBC One)


The IT Crowd (Channel 4)


Skins (E4)


Jane Tranter


Dawn French & Jennifer Saunders

Saturday, April 25, 2009

PICTURES: The Specials

The Specials got their 30th Anniversary Tour underway and Owen Humphreys for PA Wire captured the Two-Tone legends at their opening gig in Newcastle this week. Six out of the seven original line-up have returned with just Jerry Dammers missing (for now!).

The full selection of pictures featuring The Specials can be found on the Coventry Telegraph website. With Pete Chambers review from the gig: HERE.

The Specials will be performing in Birmingham (25/26 April) before performing a home coming gig at Coventry's Ricoh Jaguar Hall on Friday 15th May 2009, with support from Coventry's very own hero's - The Ripps. Their official website has had a makeover and worth a view -

Friday, April 24, 2009

Girls Aloud Going Solo?

It's official, Girls Aloud are to pursue solo projects according to their spokesman and rumoured on websites like this for months. Once the current 'Out of Control' tour ends, solo projects will begin in earnest.

Cheryl Cole has had several offers from various music producers with her spokesman saying, "Cheryl is going to work on some solo music - there is no release date set for this yet as she has not recorded any music." Sarah Harding has already been building up her acting roles with a part in the BBC Two drama Freefall. Nadine spends a lot of her time in America where she has set up side projects and moved her family out there.

Split rumours have always been denied by Girls Aloud and they have signed up for another three albums with Polydor with the first of those albums set for release late 2010.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

FHM's 100 Sexiest Women - Top 10 Winners

The FHM Top 100 Sexiest Women results are in and here are the Top 10 winning ladies for 2009. Finally Girls Aloud singer and X Factor judge, Cheryl Cole has topped the list - with over 10 million votes cast world-wide it was a hotly contested title.

FHM 100 Sexiest Women 2009: Top Ten -

1.Cheryl Cole (last year 7)

2.Megan Fox (1)

9. Anna Friel (re-entry)

10. Freida Pinto (new entry)

Here are a few facts and figures from the Top 100:

Highest Brit: Cheryl Cole (1)

Highest Actress: Megan Fox (2)

Highest Singer: Cheryl Cole (1)

Highest Sportswoman: Ana Ivanovic (11)

Highest Soap Star: Louisa Lytton (30)

New entries: 22 including Lily Allen (89), Katy Perry (23) and Carla Bruni (40)

Re-entries: 14 including Kate Moss (75), Lisa Snowdon (90) and Thandie Newton (19)

Age: The youngest woman in the list for the third year running is 19-year-old Emma Watson.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Ripps Are Back!

Patch and Raul Ripp

The Ripps are back with a whole new sound and a brand new line up after being out of the spotlight for many months. Legends in Coventry and the originators of the "I Love Cov" t-shirts long before Rebecca Shiner went into the Big Brother house.

Brother's Patch and Raul Lagunas form part of the original band with Phil Cox (drums) and Alan Ferguson (bass) joining them to deliver the SKA influenced beats during their performance at Cox's Yard in Stratford-Upon-Avon. While many bands would compromise their lyrics for the sake of the record label, The Ripps have kept their integrity and maintained their ability to write about real life.

The Ripps @ Cox's Yard, Stratford

The Ripps pull no punches with their hard hitting lyrics and song titles to match, 'Blood On The Streets' and 'Guilty Conscience' lead the way before 'Rudeboy' took us back to their main influence - SKA. Several more tunes into the set and the lads are joined on stage by the brass section as they performed 'Daddy Was A Hero'. Mr Lagunas senior was in the audience and a fitting dedication to a father who can be proud of his kids and in response he is a hero in their eyes. The set ended with 'The People Have Spoken' and judging by the cheers and claps the people approved!

Patch and Raul Ripp

This weekend (April 25/26) will see The Ripps fulfilling one of their dreams - they share the stage with Coventry SKA legends The Specials. With two dates at Birmingham Academy and one date at Coventry's Ricoh Arena (May 15), fans are in for a musical treat. The Ripps are indeed back and this time around the sound is a lot more grown up and mature.
*see more photos HERE

Depeche Mode Set For Album Chart Topper

Depeche Mode look set to top the UK Album Chart on Sunday with their twelfth full-length album 'Sounds Of The Universe', knocking Lady Ga Ga from the top spot. Her album will spend it's fifteenth week inside the charts but looks set to drop down into the number two position. The Noisettes 'Wild Young Hearts' is also chasing the #1 spot in the album chart this week.

Sounds Of The Universe was released yesterday in the US and Canada following the European release at the start of the week. The last time Depeche Mode had a #1 album in the UK was way back in April 1997 with 'Ultra' but it seems fans have been willing to wait for the latest album. So far the band have sold over 75 million albums worldwide and will be heading off to the US in August to perform at Lollapalooza.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Enemy Video Banned From Music Channels

The Enemy have been banned from certain UK music channels as the networks pulled the plug on 'No Time For Tears' (as reported on The Enemy Coventry Blog by robmacca).

The video concept was directed by Rankin & Chris Cottam who encased the band in a box, where they have to face waves of well hard, good old British hate – plus the odd moment of adulation. A thoughtful concept to reflect the song’s stoic, ‘take it like a man’ theme of which music channels have missed the point and decided to 'ban' The Enemy's video from some of their programmes.

This weeks Official UK Top 40 chart show omitted the video and announced it would not be shown because it was "not suitable for the whole family." The Enemy entered the UK charts at number 16 on Sunday and release their new album 'Music For The People' on April 27.

The Enemy Latest News Updates:

21/04/09: NEWS - The Enemy Video Banned From Music Channels
NEWS - The Enemy Competition
NEWS - No Time For Tears Sales Figures
PRESS - Observer - Review Of Music For The People
INTERVIEWS - The Sun - Interview With Tom Clarke
17/04/09: INTERVIEWS - Coventry Telegraph - The World According To The Enemy
GIGS - The Enemy @ HMV Coventry Videos
INTERVIEWS - BBC - The Enemy Newsbeat Interview
PRESS - Music Vice - The Enemy Brixton Gig Review For Music Vice
PRESS - The Sun - Enemy Headline Opening Camden Crawl
INTERVIEWS - Live Music Scene - Interview With The Enemy
PRESS - Coventry Telegraph - The Enemy Frontman Tom Clarke To Take Part In Gumball Rally
INTERVIEWS - - Q & A With Tom Clarke
PRESS - Guardian - Review of Brixton Gig
PRESS - The Sun - Tom Buys Jag In Honour Of His Grandad
PRESS - The Sun - NTFT Single of the Week
YOUR PICS - Lauren's Brixton Gig Pictures
PRESS - NME.COM - The Enemy Join Camden Crawl

* - for the latest news on The Enemy

Monday, April 20, 2009

Britain's Got Talent Susan Boyle Early Recordings Discovered

Two songs recorded ten years ago by Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle have found their way into the media this week. The Telegraph have made the audio tracks 'Killing Me Softly' and 'Cry Me A River' available online (as seen below).

Already over 35 million people have watched Susan's first performance on ITV's Britain's Got Talent on YouTube and now these audio tracks are expected to propel the 48 year-old even further into the limelight.

According to the Telegraph, Boyle's recording was made at her own expense with Miss Boyle telling friends at the time that she had "spent all her savings" on it.She was later rejected from Michael Barrymore's My Kind of People but has stunned millions with her stunning voice since being discovered on Britain's Got Talent.

Kasabian Confirmed For Glastonbury

Kasabian have been confirmed as performers at this year's sold out Glastonbury Festival, they will be performing on the Pyramid Stage on Saturday 27 June - just before Bruce Springsteen's headline show.

The Leicester lads release their third album 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum' earlier in June and will be joined at the annual festival at Worthy Farm by Blur, Neil Young, Doves, White Lies, Echo & The Bunnymen, Fleet Foxes, Lily Allen, Florence & The Machine and Emiliana Torrini. Other acts such as The Specials and The Noisettes are also rumoured to be appearing at Glastonbury.

Last year the festival caused a storm by having Jay-Z as the headline act and ticket sales were slower than normal but Michael Eavis has promised a return to rock 'n' roll as the big names are being brought in to save the massive event. Having sold out already, Eavis has managed to upset a few local residents by withdrawing a number of free passes. This has been due to boundary changes and Michael explained, "a small percentage of people who have in the past got free tickets are now being offered the option of Sunday tickets."

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Kutcher Beats CNN In 1 Million Twitter Race

It was the battle between the network and the Hollywood A-lister in the race to win over one million followers on Twitter. It was a closely fought contest as Ashton Kutcher narrowly beat global news giant CNN to the million mark.

Watch the Telegraph/ITN video below for the full story:

Read how Oprah Winfrey got 100,000 Twitter followers in two hours in the Telegraph story

Saturday, April 18, 2009

David Beckham Motorola Advert

David Beckham's last campaign for Armani saw him stripped to his underwear alongside wife Victoria, with the images shown on 40ft high billboards in the US and across Europe, this time Becks is keeping his trousers on for his endorsement of the new Motorola Aura.

This time David Beckham recreates the role as The Terminator, with special effects showing the topless footballer with a red laser eye.

Watch the David Beckham Motorola Aura advert here:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bow Wow Retires From Music Aged 22!

American Rapper Bow Wow is set to retire from the music industry at the tender age of 22 as he wants to focus on his acting career instead. He told Contactmusic, "This is my last album because for me, there's no more that needs to be done on the music side, I've done everything."

Although Bow Wow (formerly Lil' Bow Wow) has not been well known in the UK (only Top 20 single 'Like You' charted at #17 in March 2006), he has been very successful in the US where all six studio albums have been well received. The young rapper hit the headlines long before his first album at the age of thirteen, Dr Dre had signed him up at the age of seven and Bow Wow also performed with Snoop Dogg.

Recently Bow Wow has been busy with his acting career and was featured on Entourage as Charlie an up and coming comedian, he has a part in Hurricane Season due for cinema release this year. Not bad for a 22 year-old - enjoy your retirement Bow Wow!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

No Take That Reunion For Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams will NOT be joining Take That on stage, despite constant press rumours. Gary Barlow has said, "People constantly ask if Robbie will rejoin us but nothing has changed,we're a happy band right now. Robbie won't be joining."

Both Robbie Williams and Take That are recording new albums in the same studio, which added to the speculations. Recently Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams buried the hatchet and were spotted talking together at a football match as stories began to circulate about a possible reunion between Robbie and Take That.

Gary Barlow's comments this weekend have put the reunion rumours to rest as it appears the former band mate will be left outside of any future plans following his departure in 1995.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Dr Who - Final Tennant Companion Revealed

The final Doctor Who companion for David Tennant has been revealed today and fans of the cult BBC Sci-fi programme will recognise him as Donna Noble's grandfather.

The actor Bernard Cribbins will appear in the final Dr Who specials later this year as Russell T Davies and the crew say farewell to David Tennant. The specials will be broadcast in November and December and promise to be big, as several stars from previous Dr Who episodes on set recently for filming.

Matt Smith will become the eleventh Doctor in 2010 after David Tennant "dies" in the Christmas episodes.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Jackson Fails To Stop Auction

Michael Jackson has failed to stop the auction of his possessions ceased after a bitter feud. The auction takes place on April 22 and will include the white glove worn during the 1983 video Billie Jean. Items were taken from Michael Jackson's Neverland Raunch after it was claimed he had broken a contract, could fetch up to $20m (£13.9m).

Jackson's team are fighting the auction, saying the items have effectively been stolen and want the items returned.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Idelwild To Headline Godiva Festival

This year's Godiva Festival in Coventry will see Scottish indie rock band Idelwild headline the free festival on July 4. The band will be releasing a new album in the summer and are well known for their previous chart hits "You Held The World In Your Arms" and "American English" in 2002.

Idelwild have developed over the years since their first singles in 1997, growing in popularity and credibility and will headline on the main stage on the Saturday evening. The festival will run in Coventry’s War Memorial Park from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th of July 2009.

Previous high profile acts seen at Godiva Festival include The Enemy, The Human League, Kasabian, Super Furry Animals, The Fratellis, Shed Seven and Biffy Clyro. More acts will be revealed in the coming days.

Gavin & Stacey Star Collapes On Stage

Gavin & Stacey star Michael Horne collapsed on stage during a West End performance of Entertaining Mr Sloane, raising fears the comedian actor has been over working in recent weeks. Shocked members of the audience desperately dialled 999, calling for medical assistance and the theater asked if there were any doctors in the house.

It was ten minutes before thirty year-old Michael Horne received medical assistance and the West End theater was cleared as the production ended abruptly following his surprise collapse. At first the audience thought it was part of the play, with one audience member telling the Daily Mail,

"When he fainted, there was a long pause and everyone thought it was part of the play.
But then we realised something was wrong and it was awful. We were all shocked."

After spending a short time in hospital the Gavin & Stacey star was allowed home and is said to be suffering from a mild form of exhaustion after a hectic few months filming and theater work.
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