Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Of course you don't.
Still, since we've brought it up, she's keeping herself busy as a latter-day Jimmy Savile.
Not like that.
A school in Hornsey rolled out the red carpet when one of the Atomic Kittens dropped by.Still, a gig's a gig, eh? And a solo gig is a... hang on... you say this wasn't a solo gig?
Pop star Natasha Hamilton visited Rokesly Infant School, in Hermiston Avenue, to teach children about road safety.
She teamed up with the character Belt from the children’s film The Croods to mark Belt Up Week.I suppose if you're playing second fiddle, better a fictional sloth than Kerry Katona, eh?
The reason why this school was chosen is a bit odd:
The school was one of only five schools from across the country to be recognised for its contribution to road safety over the years.If the school is one of the five best at road safety, wouldn't it make more sense for Belt and Kitten to go and visit one of the ones that are less good at it?
Singer Wilde sighted UFO after Michael Jackson deathWTVQ kind-of implies that Kim might have been hinting that the UFO was somehow connected to Jackson's death, throwing up a possibility that he might not really have died but gone to live on Pluto, but really she's just using the death to provide a time of sighting.
Because Kim's a bit psychic, see?
The Kids in America hitmaker is convinced she and many of her family possess mild psychic powers, and the extraterrestrial sighting from the back yard of her home in England in 2009 convinced her.I'm not entirely sure why one would need to have a psychic power to see something from another planet - unless, of course, it was a ghost UFO.
Wilde tells The New Review magazine, "Maybe a part of me was quite psychic, because we have strong psychics in my family, especially on my father's side... I am tuned into it, a little bit. I don't see ghosts and stuff but I did see something very unusual in the sky once, which I can only say was a UFO. But there were lots of witnesses, it was in the local paper, it wasn't just me...Does that mean that all those other witnesses were also a little bit psychic? Perhaps this spaceship was hovering over a nearby Spiritualist Church?
"It was 26 June, the day after Michael Jackson died, and me and my mate were in the garden and we saw bright lights in the sky. I have to say there's not a day gone by that I don't think about what the hell it was. It was so huge, two of them, going zig-zag for 10 minutes and I knew it was really massive. It could be some very clever thing that someone developed somewhere, but I've got a feeling it wasn't."So it wasn't a clever thing that someone had developed somewhere. Which suggests it was a natural phenomena.
"Woman sees natural event she cannot explain and remembers the day it happened by reference to a story in the news". There's your headline, then.
The other night, NBC did a three-hour live production of the Sound Of Music. It was something of an oddity for NBC in lots of ways - a three hour programme; a live musical in prime time; a programme that people actually watched.
There's sourness, though, as some of the Von Trapp family are bitching over the casting of Carrie Underwood as Maria. It's fair to say nobody has looked at Maria this angrily since Elsa Schräder saw her come back from the abbey.
“I found the overall production to be completely underwhelming and mediocre at best,” blogged Francois von Trapp. “I kept wondering why NBC would settle for a community theater quality production.”'Yeah, I did that thing where you balance a glass of water on the headstone, and it was definitely wobbling, so he was turning in his grave. Or maybe it was nearby fracking.'
Francois, a University of New Hampshire grad, is the daughter of Trapp Family Singers’ Rupert von Trapp, who was portrayed as Friedrich in “The Sound of Music.” She took to her blog over the weekend to defend her criticism of Underwood’s performance.
“I have nothing against her personally,” she said. “She’s an extremely talented country singer, but I’m pretty sure my father is repeatedly rolling over in his grave.”
It turns out the Von Trapps had their own proposal for how you might solve a problem like casting Maria:
Francois’ nephew, Myles von Trapp Derbyshire, added that Underwood didn’t have the “acting experience” to pull off the role. “Although her voice is amazing,” he added.Yeah, we'd all rather have Anne Hathaway as our grandma, Myles.
Myles told ABC the von Trapps, who turned their homestead in Stowe, Vt., into a family-run 3A-star resort, got together and decided who they would have cast as the singing ex-nun: “Les Miserables” star Anne Hathaway.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
You know, the hardest thing for the Obama White House - besides the questions about the way their drones keep raining death down on the heads of people thousands of miles away - is trying to navigate the deep rift between the parties in America.
Still, the inauguration is a good time to try and overcome those divisions, isn't it? To remember that Obama is the nation's president, not just a Democratic president. That's why its a cultural event as much as a political one, and why singers like Katy Perry are invited along. To be inclusive. After all, if Perry's family can straddle a political fault line, why can't America, right?
Hang on, what's that, Perry?
Pop star Katy Perry, who will be featured on the cover of the January 2014 issue of Marie Claire, told the magazine that she refused to allow her parents to watch her sing at President Obama’s inauguration “on principle,” and because they are Republicans.Yes. Because the idea of someone who didn't vote for Obama not attending one of his inaugurations is impossible to even conceive, isn't it?
“My parents are Republicans, and I’m not. They didn’t vote for Obama, but when I was asked to sing at the inauguration, they were like, ‘We can come.’ And I was like, ‘No, you can’t,’” she told the magazine.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Following Blackfish - the movie which said the things a lot of people have been saying about Seaworld for years - bands are starting to pull gigs at the whale-torture fun park.
Heart have just said no:
"Heart has chosen to decline their forthcoming performance at SeaWorld on 2/9/14 due to the controversial documentary film 'Black Fish.'" the band said Sunday on its verified Twitter account.It's a slightly oddly worded tweet - kind of suggesting that they're avoiding the place because of the controversey than because of the practices at the park - but anything that helps hasten the end of captive orcas helps, I guess.
Sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson did not elaborate.
But the duo isn't the first to cancel a concert at the Florida theme park because of the film.
Country singer Willie Nelson and Canadian rock act Barenaked Ladies also pulled the plug on their shows.
The most-read stuff from across the site in the last month:
1. With two tweets, Charlotte Church makes Louise Mensch crumble
2. KT Tunstall blames sexuality rumours on her braces
3. Ian Watkins changes his plea
4. Tatu can't figure out why people think they're gay
5. James Arthur returns to Twitter to make things worse
6. Miley Cyrus turns ruined anniversary into PR moment
7. The last ever Mark & Lard
8. Remember that time Eminem sold his wedding to Hello?
9. Simon LeBon calls out Robin Thicke
10. Video: Tori Amos - Jackie's Strength
These things you could buy, for Christmas or whatever:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Live From KCRW
Download Live from KCRW
British Sea Power - From The Sea To The Land Beyond
Download From The Sea To The Land Beyond
Muse - Live at Rome
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Saturday, December 07, 2013
The BBC - presumably sensing it was sailing towards a rerun of the U2 at the BBC disaster - has suddenly got cold feet over Gary Barlow Day.
The day's original plans have been scaled back. These included numerous appearances across Radio 2, along with Gary's face being superimposed on BBC One's swimming hippos; a special edition of Bake Off where contestants had to create cakes shaped like Gary Barlow; Gary dancing in the background of the News At Six; the entire BBC website having every word changed to GARY for ten minutes; Gary doing the travel for BBC Lincolnshire and Barlow running up and down the stairs at New Broadcasting House wearing the skin of Lord Reith.
Now, showing some restraint, the day will instead consist of Jason Orange doing Ken Bruce's popmaster with one question having the answer "Gary Barlow".
Simon Amstell was on Radio One yesterday morning, and made a joke at the network's expense:
Amstell said: "What is going on? We're next to 1Xtra, it's so white in here. Mandela would not approve of the situation at the BBC."Apparently, this silly joke about how the BBC created a station for black music was offensive, somehow, so Amstell has been made to apologise:
When Nick Grimshaw asked why, the guest replied: "Look at all these people in here." Grimshaw answered: "There's a lot of people."
The comedian then said: "Yeah, but look at the segregation that's happened."
He then laughed when the producer of the Breakfast Show, Matt Fincham, said: "I don't think that's the right thing to be saying right now."
Amstell added: "Well, someone had to say it. Mandela would say it if he was here."
"It may have been unclear this morning, as things often are but what came out of this mouth today was silly. Apologies to everyone involved."
Friday, December 06, 2013
From Charlotte Church last night, following the news of the death of Nelson Mandela, came a perfect retweet followed by a perfect tweet:
Pygmies of the left so predictably embarrassing yourselves, know this: not a one of your leaders will ever be globally mourned like her.— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) April 8, 2013
How wrong Louise Mensch was.— Charlotte Church (@charlottechurch) December 5, 2013
Warpaint are sharing out a free track from the new album. And it's a Biggy. As in that's what it's called, and also how large it is:
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
With that much-promised Bros reunion still very much an unwanted puppy left in the window of a pet shop on Christmas Eve, Matt Goss is trying to keep things moving by sharing a tale about the time his life briefly intersected with that of someone famous:
He told BANG Showbiz: "We had a lunch with her back in the day and it was an extraordinary experience.Where do you even begin? If Diana had flirted with you, that might be an anecdote. "I flirted with someone at a dinner thirty years ago" just sounds a bit creepy. Especially when you say you "tried [your] best", like you were attempting to win a goldfish in a fairground.
"You had a sense that she knew she had a beautiful presence. When you looked into her blue eyes it was very hard not to blush.
"She had that intensity that a woman should have.
"I'm a hopeless romantic, I was flirting with her, of course I was, I tried my best. I like grace and femininity in a woman."
But I wouldn't worry about coming across a bit creepy, Matt, as the "intensity a woman should have" and "I like grace and femininity" stuff is more than quease-making enough in its own right.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Brilliant news, everybody: Spotify are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into rights' holders pockets:
According to Spotify, its new site is designed to provide additional insight into its operation through the use of data and business analysis. As part of that, Spotify said on Monday that it has issued $1 billion in royalties since its inception in 2009. At this time last year, its total royalty payout was at $500 million, meaning during 2013 alone, Spotify has coughed up $500 million in royalties.That's excellent, right? Especially since a lot of that cash would never have been handed over in the past, as people would have been simply sucking the tunes off the internet.
On its new Web site, Spotify also tries to make the case that it's exceedingly generous with artists. The company claims to pay nearly 70 percent of its revenue in royalties, adding that "we believe that this is the fair approach to take."
I'll go and make dip. We'll have dip and pie to celebrate, right?
Hang on... you look quite glum, Music Week:
As part of a new site specificially built for artists, the company reveals that it has recently paid out an average of $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream to rightsholders.Maybe no pie, then.
That figure is presumably a mix of streams on its premium service (thought to be around $0.01 per stream) and its ad-supported free service.
Of course, much of this money will, anyone, end up in the key-locking cashbox of labels rather than going towards artist's desire to purchase food and soap.
Spotify reckons that its royalties are roughly double those of YouTube, and more than treble those of Pandora, on a like-for-like basis; it also suggests that a "niche indie album" could earn about three thousand dollars a year. This obviously raises a question of what they consider a niche indie album to be - to me, that sounds like something in the area of a death metal band covering Trembling Blue Stars, but I suspect they could be thinking of something a bit more Primitives-sized.
It's not terrible money, but you really wouldn't be giving up the day job on this alone.
Junior Murvin, the reggae singer whose Police And Thieves, about Jamaican turf wars, became a soundtrack when the policing at the 1976 Notting Hill Carnival led to a riot, has died.
Murvin's first attempt at music didn't quite work out - a rastaman called Mr Sunny advised him to attend an audition, but his mother, unimpressed by the enthusiasm of Derrick Morgan, Roland Alphonso and Desmond Dekker, called him back home. Luckily, opportunity knocked again, and Murvin started back-up singing - first for Sonia Pottinger, and then for Derrick Harriot.
A return to his birthplace saw him join the band Young Experience, but their lack of a van scuppered them. Three weeks after the split, though, Murvin wrote Police And Thieves - an impressed Lee Perry played the track to an even more impressed Chris Blackwell; a release on Island later, and Murvin had an international hit.
Talking to UnitedReggae last year, Murvin talked about Police And Thieves being covered by The Clash:
I wouldn't even say Police and Thieves is a song. I would say it has moved from a song to a proverb. A proverb is greater than a song, I would put it that way. Music doesn't carry a grievance to nobody. It's just in the lyrical content. Music only talks to you when you play it. Music can't say "hey no play me"". Music can't do that! So as long as the man them sing the conscious things we can uplift the nation with it. But if you deal with violence, violent and downgrading lyrics that call the woman "Gyal" and that sort of thing there "Gyal yuh underwear" and "siddung pon it" I have no business with it.Murvin was 64. He died from complications from diabetes on Monday 2nd December.
His UnitedReggae interview ended on what sounds a bit like a epitaph:
Tell my fans I wish the best for them and love them and I will always sing until my eyes are closed.
Monday, December 02, 2013
And while we're going through the pile marked "people saying stupid things about homosexuality", it would be wrong to let any more time slide by without recording Robbie Williams' contribution to sexuality studies:
In an interview with the Daily Star, he said: "I love musical theatre and a lot of the other things that are often associated with gays. I am 49% homosexual and sometimes as far as 50%.I know what you're wondering: How come Williams doesn't score any higher?
However, that would imply that I enjoy having a particular sort of fun, which I don't.I believe some straight people have expressed surprise at this discovery that the final exam before you get your gay certification works like this, but it's true. Growing up, we've all, surely, had to comfort someone who had put in the hours rimming, cruising, fisting and bitching but failed to get a pass mark because they did poorly on the Rogers And Hammerstein paper. "Sorry, Tom, you know the rules - you might have aced the practical, but if you can't remember the order of the Favourite Things, you're not gay-worthy."
Robbie: Being gay isn't about "liking musical theatre". God only knows what you've got on your list of of "other things associated with the gays" are, but I don't think it matters. Like rimming, cruising, fisting and bitching, those activities like musical theatre and those other things in your mind? They're things that some gay people might do - equally, they're things that some straight people do. Bisexuals do them, too. And pansexuals. But they don't define your sexual orientation.
So how would ITV square inviting unacceptable rapper James Arthur onto the channel after sacking unacceptable rapper Chris Fountain?
By getting Arthur to mumble something which sounded like it might have been an apology. DigitalSpy was watching:
Speaking to Dermot O'Leary on tonight's show, he said: "It's been an amazing year for me. There's been incredible highs paired with some terrible lows. I've made a few very silly mistakes.First of all: "abusing my position as an X Factor winner" - that's not even a thing, James. It's not like you're the chair of the Co-Op Bank, or Cabinet Secretary. Nobody thinks your homophobia would be okay if you'd not made it through to Boot Camp.
"I just want to thank all the people who are still supporting me and especially The X Factor for giving me the opportunity to do my dream job.
"Above all, I'd like to say sorry for abusing my position as an X Factor winner, because I owe everything to this thing."
Secondly: Even if it was a thing, that's not what you should be apologising for, and not who you should be apologising to.
No indication that he understands why what he did was terrible; no suggestion that he shouldn't have said those things. ITV have managed to make things worse.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Soukous pioneer Tabu Ley Rochereau has died.
During the period of Mobutu Sese Seko regime, Tabu Ley spent years living in exile - including a spell in Southern California - before returning home in 1997.
He'd first became famous after singing on Indépendance Cha Cha, which celebrated Congolese independence from Belguim:
He stayed with Africa Jazz for a few years, before founding first African Fiesta National and then Orchestre Afrisa International. En route, he helped establish the careers of Papa Wemba, Sam Mangwana, Faya Tess and M'bilia Bel. The latter would also become his wife.
As well as pretty much creating soukous, the Congolese musician also had a political career - he eventually became vice-governor of Kinshasha. He also, apparently, found time to father 68 children and write over 3,000 songs.
Tabu Ley suffered a stroke in 2008, from which he never recovered; he was receiving treatment for the after-effects when he died.
Here's just a couple of those 3,000 songs:
This piece from ContactMusic reeks of a press team rushing a story out to avoid the risk of someone else getting there first:
Miley Cyrus paid for a couple's meal after she disturbed them in a restaurant.Yeah, because what could be more down-to-earth and polite than ruining someone's wedding anniversary, throwing money at the problem to make it go away and then leaking the story to the papers to show how great you are?
The 'Wrecking Ball' singer was reportedly noisy and caused a scene when she and a friend went into an upmarket eatery in New York, but after a couple complained, she immediately went over to apologise.
A witness explained to the National Enquirer: ''She went over and apologised and told the folks, 'I'm sorry, I've just had too much caffeine today.' Then she asked the couple about themselves.''
The pair were celebrating their second wedding anniversary, so generous Miley left $100 to cover their bill and posed for pictures with them.
Miley may be famous for her risqué outfits and twerking dance moves, but many people are surprised to find she is actually very down-to-earth and polite.
The most-read November stories:
1. Ian Watkins changes his plea to guilty
2. James Arthur returns to Twitter to defend his homophobic asshattery
3. Simon LeBon worries about filth being flung at pop kids
4. BPI, RIAA ignore licence terms on software
5. Video: Tori Amos - Jackie's Strength
6. Tony Hall has big plans for Radio One
7. Britney Spears has come to save music
8. James Arthur: It's not homophobic if you're talking to a straight guy
9. Buy an indie compilation; help the homeless; see a picture of Grant Shapps in a sleeping bag
10. JFK-related pop music special
This week's releases sound kinda interesting:
Shearwater - Fellow Travelers
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Brendan Benson - You Were Right
Download You Were Right
Darkside by Tom Stoppard
Various - Love, Poetry and Revolution
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Saturday, November 30, 2013
There's trouble at the Hydro, the music venue spin-off of the SECC in Glasgow. A few weeks after it opened with a Rod Stewart gig, the manager has quit. There's a lot of politeness about it public:
The SECC said: "John believes this is the natural time to take on his next career challenge and allow a new successor to consolidate the potential of the new, expanded SECC campus and enlarged business. He will announce his future plans at a later date."According to the Herald, though, behind the scenes there's been a hell of a battle over the size of salaries being paid by the project. Not to everyone, of course. Just to the management.
City council chief executive George Black said: "Having driven this complex and successful project to completion, I wish John well in his future endeavours."
Mr Sharkey said: "It is undoubtedly a massive privilege to have had the opportunity to see the SSE Hydro from its gestation through construction to its successful opening and now it's time for me to take on another challenge."
I suppose, pragmatically, there's not a person in the country who would want to buy a Lostprophets record in public now, and in that sense HMV's decision to remove their records from stores makes sense.
On the other hand, it's an interesting precedent that HMV has set, now it's decided that conviction for some child abuse crimes makes an artist's work unacceptable. But only some - Roman Polanski's drugging and rape of a girl, for example, is not a a bar to the chain selling his work; and their Gary Glitter artist page even mentions his convictions while still offering a chance to buy his tracks.
I don't think it's a bad move to have a policy on this. It's just not clear what HMV's policy is.
What is it with bassists called Kim and the Pixies?
They've just lost the second one in a year. Kim Shattuck posted this to Facebook:
Super disappointed to learn that my time with the Pixies ended today. Amazing experience. Looking forward to focusing my attention back on the Muffs and our upcoming new album. All the best to everyone.This shouldn't be too much of a surprise - if you had suspicions that she was being viewed as hired help, Tom Howard's Pixies piece in the NME last week would have confirmed it. The manager wouldn't let Howard talk to Shattuck; when he asked Black Francis why, he was told to ask the manager.
Lawson want Rita Ora to be in their next video but are afraid of annoying her boyfriend Calvin Harris.Oh, Lawson, everything you do annoys Calvin Harris. And anyone else who has ears. Why suddenly start worrying about that now?
Friday, November 29, 2013
Here's a surprise: homophobic tosser James Arthur is due to appear on The X Factor this Sunday, and ITV are okay with that:
A spokesperson says, "Both Itv and the producers of The X Factor would like to make it clear that in no way do we support, condone or share any form of homophobia or discrimination.Yes, ITV seem to be endorsing Arthur's tortuous 'it's not hateful providing you know the guy you're calling a fucking queer is straight' logic.
"Following his comments James has since apologised last week, making it clear that he did not mean to cause any offence and explaining the context behind his remarks."
The odd thing, though, is that when Coronation Street's Chris Fountain was revealed to have pushed an ill-advised rap video to the internet, ITV were less forgiving:
An ITV spokesperson said: "Chris Fountain's contract with ITV has been terminated as a result of the unacceptable comments he made in a number of online clips."But Chris Fountain also "explained the context", said he didn't mean to cause offence and apologised profusely. He was still sacked.
Not quite sure what the difference is, unless ITV really is so scared of Simon Cowell it's quite happy to apply double standards. But it couldn't be that, right?
I'm sure all our thoughts and prayers are with Dappy, who cannot ride a horse:
Dappy's representative, Terry Mills, says, “I can confirm that my client was involved in a horse riding accident at home where he fell from his horse and was subsequently kicked in the face.It does appear that, although Mills doesn't make it clear, Dappy's face-kicking came from the horse; it's not like someone saw him fall off the horse and thought 'well, that's an open goal'.
“Dappy was rushed to hospital where he received medical treatment and is now recovering.”
No word on how the horse is.
It's unclear if this is going to cause Dappy to have to cancel any work he has coming up. Actually, it's unclear what Dappy is actually doing these days when he hasn't been kicked in the face by a horse.
There's no shortage of poorly-chosen music-related advertising and marketing campaigns, but the people attempting to turn Ebril into a tourist hotspot have managed to bounce themselves to the top of the list. This constitutes some sort of clanger being dropped:
One of the most recent triumphs for authorities in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, had was getting their metropolis named Capital of Arab Tourism for 2014. A schedule of events to draw more attention to the city and to attract visitors has been launched, as has a promotional campaign. But the latter has already run into some controversy.Now, so far, that doesn't sound so bad - Samira Said, with something of a global profile - coming over to sing a song about the joys of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Local officials have brought in Moroccan-born singer, Samira Said, to perform a song called “Erbil”, in which the musical star, who’s well known throughout the Arab world, praises the locale for its beauty.
Apparently Said was chosen, in part, because she is one of the nominees in the Monte Carlo-based World Music Awards, where best selling artists in each region and in various categories are given prizes. Said has been nominated for her single, “Mazal” and she’s also up for the Best Female Artist prize.
What could possibly be wrong about that?
The same singer, Samira Said, was employed by Saddam Hussein to sing hymns to his regime, the same regime that tried to exterminate Iraq’s Kurds.Yeah. That's taking "ill-judged" to a new level.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
The Mail has glossed the results of Beyonce's bad behaviour at the Pyramids:
Beyonce 'banned' from Pyramids by Egypt's Indiana Jones after her 'stupid and rude' behaviourBy "Egypt's Indiana Jones", they mean "an Egyptian archaeologist who loves himself a bit", Zahi Hawass. And by "banned", if you read the Independent version, it turns out they mean that he withdrew an offer to show her around:
"She said she would come at 3pm but she came late. I said 'You have to say I'm sorry I'm late'. But she didn't open her mouth," continued Dr Hawass, credited with modernising the management of Egypt's ancient sites and who claims to have repatriated 6,000 artefacts "stolen" by Western powers.Actually, "Beyonce told she is stupid" is both a more accurate and more interesting headline than the suggestion that she has somehow been "banned" from the World Heritage Site.
"I brought a photographer and she also had a photographer and a guard. When my photographer started to shoot, he said 'No, Stop! I am the one who says yes or no, not you.' I said 'In that case since you almost hit my photographer and you are not polite - out! I am not giving you the privilege of having you on my tour.' I said Beyoncé was stupid and I left."
It's not just the Ian Watkins whose Twitter name is an underscore away from the Lostprophets' child-raping singer. Ian H Watkins out of pantomime, mostly, has also been targeted by people who can't tell the difference between Lostprophets and Steps.
Still, at least there are proper entertainment journalists who won't make that mistake, right?
The Mirror says that H is considering legal action over the error, although their actual quote:
When asked if the Steps singer was considering taking legal action, a spokesperson replied: "We're not sure at this point."... doesn't quite say that so forcibly.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The world, and all seven billion people upon it, are expected to fall silent next week, as our new leader Billy Joel will address us:
Billy Joel just announced that he will hold a press conference at Madison Square Garden on December 3rd to make an "exclusive and historic announcement." Neither he nor the arena have given indication of what they are going to announce, but the moment will be broadcast live on Fuse, the MSG Network and BillyJoel.com.A historical announcement, eh? There's no way that's just going to be a few extra gigs, because nobody would attract attention to such a 'man does job' press conference in such terms, would they?
My guess is that he's pulled off cold fusion. I literally cannot wait for this moment of unprecedented import in our planet's story.
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How about watching Robyn meet a robot that's been based on her?
The robot is able to detect music and make rudimentary dance moves, giving the appearance of some sort of emotional life. Which already makes it more than qualified for a role in Little Mix.
The team at Sweden's KTH University plan to have the robot completed early next year.