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    Huge boyband announce surprise new music two years after last appearing together

    RAK-SU are back with a bang after a two-year break from the music scene.The popular boyband have delighted fans by announcing a new single.Rak-Su released a new single todayCredit: GettyIt has been two years since they last performed togetherCredit: Instagram/raksuraksuFans have responded with delight, saying ‘finally’Credit: GettyThe group, who won the hearts of millions during their time on X Factor, have been secretly working on a new project that promises to deliver the same vibrant and catchy tunes that catapulted them to fame.Rak-Su’s new song, Role Play, dropped on streaming services today.Chatting about their return in a recent video on Instagram, lead vocalist Ashley said: “We’ve got loads of new music coming, because we haven’t released in ages.”We haven’t just been sitting doing nothing, we have been making lots of stuff.read more in music”We just had to figure out how we were going to get it to you.”[We thought] instead of asking you guys what your favourite songs are, instead of making you have to pick, why don’t we just give you all of the music?”So from now on, you are going to be getting at least two to three songs from us a month until we are ready to release an album.”Band member Jamaal chimed in: “You know we’ve never released an album, so we’ve just been working in the background, just trying to make this thing work.”Most read in MusicRak-Su’s surprise announcement has already generated a buzz among their fanbase, with many expressing their excitement on social media.One exclaimed: “YES LADS!”Ellie Goulding goes topless in rare sexy snaps as she parties with palsAnother cheered: “YESSSSS FINALLY.”The R&B band was signed by Simon Cowell’s record label Syco after they won X Factor back in 2017.However, just one year later the music boss left Syco, and they were moved to a new label called RCA.In 2019 Ashley Fongho said: “For any artist/label relationship to work it’s going to have to be a partnership.”I feel like for us, knowing what we want, it’s really really nice to be in an environment where people are going to help to facilitate what we want.”He added: “Releasing the Rome EP on RCA, everything has been great. We said we wanted to release four visuals we wanted to do the EP and they just supported us.”Whether (Simon’s) had the chance to sit down and listen to it we don’t know.” More

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    Damon Albarn breaks down in tears in heartbreaking new film about Blur’s Wembley Stadium comeback

    IT takes drummer Dave Rowntree to say what his Blur bandmates are thinking.“It’s a bit overwhelming — having all that emotion,” he says.Blur’s Damon Albarn broke down in tears in a new film about the band’s Wembley Stadium comebackCredit: SuppliedThe new film shows Blur getting back together at Damon Albarn’s ‘Country House’Credit: SuppliedSomewhere in deepest Devon, not far from the rugged coastline, ­Rowntree is perched at one end of a cream-coloured sofa in a cavernous barn conversion.Bassist Alex James adopts a typically laidback pose at the opposite end while, sandwiched between them, guitarist Graham Coxon holds his head in his hands.Melancholic strains of The Everglades (For Leonard) from Blur’s comeback album, The Ballad Of Darren, are playing in the background.On the other side of the room, a solitary figure in a flat cap sits with his back against the wall, sobbing uncontrollably.READ MORE ON BANDSIt is Damon Albarn.Everything has become too much for the band’s singer and chief songwriter.Is it because he’s back in the ­company of his old muckers who helped him give Oasis a run for their money during Britpop’s glory days?Is it because of a personal break-up, or is it simply a realisation of lost youth, never to be regained?Most read in Music‘Time is not infinite’The answer is probably a bit of everything.Watch the awkward moment a furious Damon Albarn slams Coachella crowd in sweary rant “I’m just getting sentimental in me old age,” Albarn is heard saying.These scenes come from the fly-on-the-wall documentary Blur: To The End (after their Parklife album song), which charts the band’s reunion capped by two euphoric nights at Wembley Stadium in July last year.Directed with an assured eye by Toby L, it is a refreshingly candid portrayal of the four protagonists, filled with happy/sad moments and just the right degree of nostalgia.When Albarn recovers his composure, he alludes to his new-found ­single status.He says the latest Blur album, their ninth, is “about the aftershock of loss once something dramatic has ­happened — whether it’s a break-up or the pandemic”.“I live alone, essentially, in the countryside. That’s what has happened,” he continues.“And this record obviously feels very much like that.”The film’s opening sequences, including the one where Albarn breaks down, take place at the Devon farm he has owned since the Nineties.It’s the “very big house in the ­country” he bought back then, even if it was “a bit rough and ready”.The irony of these surroundings isn’t lost on Rowntree, who remembers taking the p**s back when Blur released their song, Country House.He says: “I was the very last ­member to get a very big house in the country. But we’ve all done it and it’s funny how these sneering comments you make in your twenties turn around and bite you in the ass.”The film begins with Albarn driving to his house down narrow lanes — and nearly crashing when someone comes too fast the other way.Soon, we’re introduced to his ­chickens and we hear about his “rambunctious” cockerel called Tony.“Well, I’ve been coming here since 1996/97,” he says.“I don’t mind not being around people.“My brain’s not racing so fast. I’m able to relax.“I suppose that’s why I realised I could actually live here now.”For Albarn, the Blur reunion represents a single but significant step in a feverish, multifaceted career. His numerous other projects include Gorillaz, The Good, the Bad & the Queen, solo albums, stage musicals and operas as well as that enthralling collision of cultures, Africa Express.But, at some point, he was always going to return to the group of people who joined him at the start of his epic journey.Graham Coxon gives it his all at Blur’s Wembley Stadium gigs last summerCredit: Supplied“We just carry a lot of experience collectively,” he affirms.“That’s why I wanted to do it again. For some ­reason, it felt wanted.“At this moment in time, I’m 55 and I have to accept that time is not ­infinite.”The passage of time looms large on The Ballad Of Darren, an album which summons the special chemistry Blur have always had, but also reflects the older and wiser status of its members.“I don’t think any of us thought we’d make another record, especially not a record like this,” says Albarn.“I suppose that’s why I wanted to try to make it as good as possible. Otherwise, it’s just a bunch of old c*s trying to relive their past.”For James, being back with his bandmates means a lot.“We’ve barely communicated for the last ten years,” he says.“But as soon as the four of us get in a room together, it’s just the same as it was when we were all 19. Four sweaty blokes annoying each other.”The band is like a marriage… it’s bloody hard. Are you willing to subdue your ego for the sake of thewhole?Dave RowntreeWhen Blur split in 2003, a lot of people, including the band members themselves, wondered if they would ever get back together.But live shows in 2009, 2012 and 2015 kept their great songs like Parklife, Beetlebum, The Universal, Girls & Boys, Song 2, There’s No Other Way and Tender in the public eye.While Albarn dived into his myriad other projects and Coxon embarked on a solo career, Rowntree branched out into law and politics.And James says: “When everybody went their separate ways, I got ­married and made some cheese.”I have always communicated musically with Damon. That developed into friendship – and I haven’t got many friends!Graham CoxonThe latest reunion gives Coxon a chance to rekindle the spark between himself and Albarn.The guitarist says: “Damon and I communicate musically a lot. We always have.“That developed into friendship — and I haven’t got many friends. So every now and then, we have to check up with each other to see if something is brewing.”Rowntree explains what it means to be in a band like Blur: “It’s like a marriage. It’s just bloody hard.“You ask yourself, ‘What are you willing to sacrifice to be in the band? Are you willing to subdue your ego for the sake of the whole?’.”Booze-fuelled perilsJames gives this insight: “You never know how any of them are feeling. We’re not good at communicating.“I mean, there’s a point in Devon when I thought Damon was laughing, singing along to the songs — he was crying. I completely misread it.”And Albarn says: “Ours is a ­brotherhood that has been sustained by our musical relationship.“It’s been a long time, so it is a very precious one. We’re happy to see each other and get on that stage together and then we’re happy to go our separate ways.”If you’re thinking that the tone of the To The End documentary is quite serious, you’ll be glad to know there’s also plenty of goofing around and funny anecdotes.One song “brewing” was The Ballad Of Darren’s most all-out rocker, St. Charles Square, featuring ace lead guitar from Coxon.It includes the line, “It’s up and down the clock of the town hall back in time”, which brings this explanation from Albarn.“That is about when I went round to Alex’s flat in New Cross and took acid,” he says.He explains how he made a life- endangering leap in order to climb up the nearby town hall tower and change the time on the clock face.But, as you might expect, all roads lead to Wembley in this film.As Blur return to touring with warm-up gigs and festival dates, we hear James discussing the booze- fuelled perils of life on the road — past and present.Alex and Damon share a heartfelt moment just before they nearlyget drenchedCredit: SuppliedDamon takes a dip in the sea as the film draws to a closeCredit: SuppliedThen we learn of Rowntree’s severe knee injury, sustained playing tennis, which put him on crutches just before the Wembley shows.But, as anyone who was present will testify, the two nights, Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of July, 2023, at England’s home of football were unqualified triumphs.“For me, it doesn’t get better than that,” says an elated Albarn afterwards.Coxon decides that the shows “made me feel happy. It made me feel a bit more valued.Damon sent one of three emails he’s ever written to me! It went, ‘Wembley was the best show I’ve ever done. ’Alex James“I know I don’t really care what people think, but when they’re saying they love me or they love Blur, you can’t help but feel good.”James talks of being at home on the Monday morning after the second gig when an email arrived from Albarn.“It’s one of three he’s ever written to me! It went, ‘That was the best show I’ve ever done’. There was a kind of unselfconscious glee in the house.”For the final scenes of To The End, we’re back in Devon with Damon as he drives down the country lanes near his gaff.He recalls writing The Ballad Of Darren songs by himself, “intuitively feeling that something heavy was about to happen”.For the first part of the process, he says, “I was ­completely on my own but, for the second part, I had my brothers back”.He continues: “We all have hugely involved and complicated lives and we were so lucky to spend this time together, just the four of us. That’s the beauty of it.”But, typically for this restless soul, he asks himself the question, “Do I want to repeat this next year?“No,” he replies emphatically.“Because why would I? I had an amazing year doing Blur. Fantastic. And that’s it, really.”Yet Albarn stresses that the band’s journey may not be at an end.“Maybe it will manifest itself again, if it’s wanted,” he says.The final scene finds him stripping down to his swimming trunks and wading out into the sea near his Devon home.READ MORE SUN STORIESIt’s as if he’s washing away the tears and the joy from one of the most momentous years of his life — all set for his next great adventure.Blur: To The EndBlur: To The End is in cinemas from tomorrow.The album Live At Wembley Stadium is available from July 26 in CD, vinyl and digital formats. More

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    Adele to take on German beer bars by opening her own British pub in Munich

    PROUD Tottenham girl Adele will be giving Germany’s world-famous beer halls a run for their money when she kicks off her residency in Munich next month.Despite the nation’s steins of ale being popular around the world, it seems the Easy On Me singer thinks they are no match for a ­traditional British pint.Adele wants to open a British pub in MunichCredit: GettyI’m told the singer is currently building a replica of an East ­London boozer near the site.The British pub will serve traditional English pints and includes a stage for a cover band.It will be part of a special pop-up “Adele World” area neighbouring the purpose-built 80,000-seat outdoor venue.In a special press conference in the city ahead of the ten gigs next month, bosses revealed the shows will feature the largest outdoor screens ever made for a stage show.READ MORE ON ADELEMeasuring 220 metres wide and 30 metres high, the LED screens will mean that everyone in the stadium will be able to see Adele – even if they are right at the back.Teasing the shows, Adele’s ­manager Jonathan Dickins said: “The gigs will be the total opposite of the small Vegas shows and be made up of a different set list.”He added: “But I’m not going to say anything more. There has to be ­something surprising.”Adele hasn’t released an album since she dropped 30 back in 2021, but fans should not be expecting a new record any time soon.Most read in BizarreSpeaking on German TV, Adele said: “I don’t have any plans for new music at all. I want a big break after this and I think I want to do other creative things, just for a little while.”You’re always welcome to come and work on Bizarre, Adele.Furious Adele launches into scathing rant at audience member during Las Vegas residency showFresh BeatBRONSKI Beat are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their debut album The Age Of Consent with a deluxe reissue.The new version will feature fresh remixes and exclusive formats as well as early versions of the songs and rare radio sessions.Frontman Jimmy Somerville said: “When there is something we do in our life that can have such an impact on other people’s lives, and to be told this by others, it’s humbling.”Raye paves way for NellyRAYE basked in the glory after performing her seven-minute track Genesis at a massive gig in Malta.The Brit singer-songwriter was backed by a brass band as she sang at the Isle of MTV Malta concert.Raye held her hands up for the crowd after performing her track Genesis at a massive gig in MaltaCredit: ShutterstockThe night was headlined by Nelly FurtadoCredit: ShutterstockThe night was headlined by Nelly Furtado who announced her comeback album, due out in September, seven years after her last release, 2017’s The Ride.Maneater singer Nelly, whose set will be part of a special airing on September 14 on MTV, said: “I started going out again and I kept hearing my music being played and remixed by DJs.“At the same time, my eldest daughter was showing me how the online community – including a whole new audience of Gen Z fans – were discovering and embracing my music 20 years later. I heard the calling.”Rita puts Taylor in secondRITA ORA’S latest acting role has gone down a storm.Disney+ has revealed Descendants: The Rise Of Red, in which the singer and actress, right, plays the Queen Of Hearts, has racked up a staggering 6.7million views in its first three days.Rita Ora has impressed with her role in Descendants: The Rise Of RedCredit: GettyThe feat means Rita’s flick is the most-viewed premiere ever on the streaming service.In comparison, earlier this year Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour film had 4.6million views in three days on Disney+.Impressive stuffRenee gets winter bluesWE may be in the middle of a mini-heatwave, but Renee Zellweger is getting in the festive spirit.The Hollywood actress wore a blue satin top and skirt as she filmed in a winter wonderland for the fourth Bridget Jones film in London this week.Renee Zellweger was getting in the festive spirit for her latest filmCredit: ErotemeRenee filmed snow scenes on the set of ‘Bridget Jones: Mad About the BoyCredit: Gary StoneFake snow covered the 16th Century Spaniards Inn pub in Hampstead, North London, ahead of a night shoot, which didn’t wind up until 5am.During filming, she was seen sheltering under an umbrella from the artificial snow as she enjoyed a break with co-star Nico Parker, who is the daughter of Thandiwe Newton.And while Bridget’s love life is all over the place, Renee proved she has had more luck as she was supported by her boyfriend, British TV host Ant Anstead.The film, titled Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, won’t be out until next year but I’m already excited to see it.Zellweger was seen sheltering under an umbrella from the artificial snowCredit: ErotemeThe crew wrapped up filming at 5amCredit: ErotemeFilming took place at the iconic 16th century Spaniard’s Inn pub in HampsteadCredit: ErotemeDanny feared Robbie duet would be DyerDANNY Dyer has admitted he was terrified about his surprise appearance with Robbie Williams at BST Hyde Park earlier this month after a disastrous rehearsal.He joined the Angels singer on stage to cover Blur’s Parklife and, on yesterday’s Chris Evans Virgin Radio show, Danny admitted: “I’m not a musical fella but if ­Robbie Williams asked me to come on and sing Parklife, I’m going to do it.“It was petrifying, as I did the soundcheck in the morning and got it all wrong. It was sideways rain in me face.“I’ve got the earpieces in, miss me cue. I left the stage and thought, ‘Oh, so the next time I do it in front of 65,000 people.’ I had a lot of fear.“I just took me time. I got up there, believed in myself, believed in Robbie. And it was a beautiful experience.”Proving he is a Jack of all trades, this afternoon Danny will host TalkSport Drive from 4pm to 7pm.If I were you, Danny, I’d get Robbie on the line to spice up the show.Madge reverts to typeI REVEALED last month that Madonna had restarted work on her big-screen biopic, 18 months after abandoning the plans.Now she has confirmed my exclusive, by sharing photos on Instagram of her tapping away at a typewriter as she worked on the script.Madonna has confirmed that she is working on her biopic againCredit: Instagram/MadonnaEagle-eyed fans noticed she also accidentally shared the titleCredit: Instagram/MadonnaI have an old laptop you can have if you can’t afford some modern tech, Madge.READ MORE SUN STORIESEagle-eyed fans noticed she also accidentally shared the title, revealing it has the preliminary name Who’s That Girl – despite the fact she already released a movie with that title back in 1987.The screwball comedy was a bit of a flop at the box office, so fingers crossed this one fares better. 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    Ayres Sasaki dies aged 35 after suffering horror electrocution during live concert when he got wet from hugging a fan

    A SINGER has died in a freak accident on stage after he was electrocuted during a live show.Brazilian rocker Ayres Sasaki, 35, died when a fan in soaking-wet clothes hugged him during the concert, leading to the artist suffering an electric shock caused by a cable.Ayres Sasaki died on the spot in a freak accident on stageIt’s said to have happened when a fan in wet clothes came up and hugged himHe married his wife only months ago in a tragic twistThe singer died almost instantly on stage when the wet fan came up and hugged him.Seconds later, the musician suffered an electric shock and was killed on the spot in Salinopolis, Brazil on July 13. It remains unclear how the soaked fan got wet. Police are probing the death but have not released further details.The singer’s family have refrained from commenting in detail amid the investigation. Aunt Rita Matos told local media: “What we know is that his show was scheduled for a specific time and was moved up, but we are contacting people who were with him at the moment to understand how everything happened.”We will gather all the information in a statement that we will release to the press.”The Solar Hotel, where the concert was being held, expressed sorrow over the singer’s death.Most read in The SunThe hotel added it is cooperating with authorities in the investigation.Watch the shocking moment woman is led out of JLS concert by security after ‘urinating in the middle of the crowdA statement said:  “We are fully dedicated to providing support to his family and taking the necessary measures.”We reaffirm our commitment to fully cooperating with the competent authorities for the proper clarification of the events.”Off the stage, Sasaki was an architect and urban planner.He is survived by wife Mariana, who he had been married to for just 11 months.Friends and colleagues of the artist described him as a very talented performer with an enormous passion for music.Pal and singer Adriano Freitas told local media: “We were friends in daily life, beyond music.”(He was) a super charismatic guy, his talent was incredible. He was the best singer and guitarist in Belem.”A great friend, very family-oriented, attentive to his friendships, and to those who appreciated his work.”He is being remembered as the “king of encores” – having once played for 12 hours straight, Adriano said.READ MORE SUN STORIESComedian and friend Natto Almeida said: “What will definitely stand out about Sasaki is his good heart, very polite.”I think this will be the lasting mark he leaves behind.”Sasaki was electrocuted by an on-stage cableHe’s being remembered by mates for his ‘good heart’He leaves behind newly-wedded wife Mariana More

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    Adele sparks fears she’s quit music for good as she reveals she’s taking a ‘big break’ after Las Vegas residency

    ADELE has sparked fears she’s quit music for good.The singer, 36, says she’s taking a “big break” after her two-year Las Vegas residency ends in August.Adele has no plans to make more music, she saysCredit: GettyShe’s set to perform a run of eight shows in Munich from August 2 before returning back to Las Vegas.Then from November, Adele says she is stepping back from performing.She told German Outlet ZDF: “I don’t have any plans for new music at all.”I want a big break after this and I think I want to do other creative things.”READ MORE ON ADELEShe then reassured fans by adding: “Just for a little while.”The mini-residency in Munich is being held in an open-air stadium made especially for Adele.She will then return to Las Vegas in October until her residency ends in November.  The Sun revealed Adele is planning a move back to the UK.Most read in CelebrityHer long-time assistant Rose Moon moved back to the UK a few weeks back and is believed to be planning the singer’s return.Rio Ferdinand celebrates Ollie Watkins’ England goal against Netherlands with Arsene Wenger and Adele A source said: “Adele is a Brit through and through and London will always be her home.”Adele split from her husband  Simon Konecki in 2019, but found love with sports agent Rich Paul while living out in America.She announced the pair had got married last November.But despite buying Sylvester Stallone’s Beverly Hills mansion for a reported £44million, the pop star is still planning on coming home – unlike the football. More

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    Iconic British rock band in talks for 10-night residency at Wembley as they shun traditional tour to support new album

    THEY blew me away at Glastonbury with their Saturday headline set on the Pyramid Stage.Now Coldplay are planning something just as spectacular to support their new album Moon Music, due out on October 4.Coldplay are considering playing a residency in the UKCredit: GettyInsiders tell me the group, who had hit Hymn For The Weekend with Beyonce, are considering playing a residency at a football stadium here rather than hitting the road on a traditional tour.The move would also support Coldplay’s pledge to reduce their carbon footprint, an issue close to frontman Chris Martin’s heart.A source said: “Coldplay want to do something super special for Moon Music and they have discussed the idea of doing a set residency rather than touring across the UK.“Wembley has been mooted as a possible location which would work for a ten-date residency, for example.READ MORE CELEB NEWS“It means they would be able to play to almost a million fans, all while keeping down their carbon footprint.“On their last tour the band went all out to try to reduce the impact of their work on the environment.“By keeping the shows in one place they are removing the need for HGVs to drive the stages and kit across the country, for example.“Plus seeing acts like Adele setting up shop in one place has given them real food for thought.Most read in BizarreRight direction“Nothing is set in stone yet but they hope they can get a residency to work.”For their ongoing Music Of Spheres world tour, which began in 2022, Coldplay put together a 12-point plan to try to cut their emissions.Glastonbury viewers left baffled at Chris Martin’s bizarre accent at band’s headline gigThe move was a huge success and last month the band, also including Will Champion, Guy Berryman and Jonny Buckland, revealed that in the first two years of the tour they saw a 59 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared to their global run of gigs in 2016-2017.To help them reach the goal they reduced air travel, used more efficient lighting and pulled in sustainable materials for their stages.They also created really cool kinetic dancefloors, which meant that fans could help generate electricity for the show as they jumped up and down.Their new album is also going to be as environmentally friendly as possible.Each vinyl copy of the record will be pressed on to discs made from plastic bottles.And a special “notebook” edition is made up from 70 per cent of plastic recovered from the Rio Las Vacas river in Guatemala.Chris and Co said this would enable them to reduce their carbon emissions by 85 per cent and stop the production of 25 tonnes of virgin plastic.After revealing they had beaten their targets with their Music Of Spheres tour, they said: “As a band, and as an industry, we’re a long way from where we need to be on this.“But we’re grateful for everyone’s help so far and we salute everyone who’s making efforts to push things in the right direction.”Coldplay should be proud of how they are leading the way with tackling climate change in the music industry by setting an example.Others should be paying close attention and following suit.Richard ear and nowRICHARD ASHCROFT made a string of gags about Donald Trump while on stage at Kew The Music – dedicating The Verve’s 1997 Lucky Man to the ex-President’s lughole.He told a crowd: “This one’s called Lucky Man, but I’m not a lucky man.Richard Ashcroft made a string of gags about Donald Trump while on stage at Kew The MusicCredit: GettyHe told the crowd in South West London: “This one’s called Lucky Man, but I’m not a lucky man.“But Donald Trump’s ear is lucky, man. He’s a lucky man.”Richard also paid tribute to his wife, Spiritualized keyboard player Kate Radley, from the stage.He told how he took her mother on The Verve’s most recent tour so the family could be together.He added: “It’s our 29th anniversary. I want to thank Katie, because without her I wouldn’t be here.“I’ve taken my mother-in-law on tour, and people say, ‘You took your mother-in-law?’.“Yeah, because she’s beautiful and special and it’s a family thing, it’s a family affair.”I don’t know many men who feel the same way about their mother-in-law, but like Trump, Richard clearly is a lucky man.’Babes sweeten up PrideSUGABABES have joined the line-up for Manchester Pride over the August Bank Holiday weekend.The girls will headline on Sunday, August 26.The Sugababes have joined the line-up for Manchester PrideCredit: GettyOther acts include Rita Ora, Jessie J, Lorren and Keala Seattle.Also taking to stages around the city will be Katy B, Claire Richards and Natasha Hamilton.The Gay Village Party will host three performance spaces in Manchester’s Gay Village – an indoor arena, The Alan Turing Stage in Sackville Gardens and The Village Stage in an outdoor car park in the middle of the event site.It’s going to be a fun weekend.Ed’s top of spotsED SHEERAN has been crowned the UK’s biggest artist of the streaming era, with 2017 album Divide the top record and 2017 single Shape Of You the top song since streaming was introduced into the charts.This week marks a decade since the Official Charts were overhauled to include figures from sites such as Spotify. Shape Of You, which Ed originally intended to be recorded by Rihanna, has had 627million plays.Ed Sheeran has been crowned the biggest artist of the streaming eraCredit: GettyBut looking only at streaming figures, it is leap-frogged by Lewis Capaldi’s 2018 hit Someone You Loved, which is the most streamed song in UK chart history at 697.5million.But Ed also takes the No3 spot with 2017’s Perfect.Across physical, digital and streaming sales, the combined number of singles shifted here has risen from 303.3million in 2014 to 1.62billion last year.There has been a lot of debate over whether artists get paid a fair whack on streaming sites.But one thing is for sure, more people are getting to listen to music than ever before.And this is only a good thing in my eyes.Bryson likes gold callingIF I’ve done something I’m proud of at work I treat myself to a posh can of lager from Marks & Sparks for the train home.But America golfer Bryson DeChambeau has blown my bleak celebrations out of the water after he revealed he’d gifted himself a solid gold phone after winning the US Open last month.The 24-carat gold Samsung was made by iDesign Gold, which created gold iPhones worth £175,000 for footie’s Lionel Messi to dish out as gifts to his team-mates when they won the World Cup two years ago.Bryson’s one-of-a-kind phone cost £7,500…which won’t even make a dent in the £3.3million he got for winning.It’s alright for some.Em’s bits for the HouseI’M hooked on House Of The Dragon, with Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen opposite Matt Smith’s Damon.And I’m still rubbing my eyes after that mind-boggling sex scene in this week’s episode of the Game Of Thrones spin-off.House Of The Dragon Star Emma D’Arcy was snapped running errands in LondonCredit: SplashEmma’s role in House of Dragon has made them a household nameCredit: �2022 Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved. HBO® and all related programs are the prBut while Emma’s now a household name, the actor was spotted doing the big shop at Morrisons stocking up on toilet roll.All while driving a pretty beaten-up family car.It just goes to show, we’re all the same at the end of the day.Jess’s big loveIT is my TV guilty pleasure – and it turns out Jess Glynne is also a rather big Love Island fan.She popped up on last night’s episode to sing Hold My Hand, Rather Be and her new song, Summer’s Back, from her latest album.Jess Glynne appeared on last night’s Love IslandCredit: ITVJess is a big fan of the ITV showCredit: ITVJess also introduced new bombshells Harry Baker and Lola Deluca to the villa.She told the contestants: “I’ve been watching the show and I’m actually invested.”Me too, Jess. I’m living for the drama.Christina wants hint of SabrinaCHRISTINA AGUILERA is preparing to start work on a new record after taking a break following the end of her Las Vegas residency in March.It comes six years after the release of her last English language record, Liberation.US singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera is preparing to start work on a new recordCredit: AFPInsiders claim Christina has been tapping up producers who have worked with Sabrina CarpenterCredit: GettyA music insider said: “Christina is ready to return to the mainstream and wants to make an album which feels like the ultimate girls’ night out.“She is scheduling time to go back into the studio with Claude Kelly, who worked with her on her 2010 record Bionic.Christina has also been tapping up producers who have worked with Sabrina Carpenter to try to channel some of that magic.”Earlier this year Christina said she was looking forward to starting work on a new album following the release of Aguilera, a Spanish album, two years ago.She said: “A lot has happened over the past six years – huge personal and professional changes, growth and new inspirations – so I’m so excited to share all of it in the next album.”I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait for fans.Life’s a Blur… on new filmBLUR are clearly still living their Best Days – and looked thrilled to be back together at the premiere of their documentary last night.Alex James, Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree were all smiles on the red carpet at Picturehouse Central in London ahead of the screening of Blur: To The End.Blur looked thrilled to be back together at the premiere of their documentaryCredit: GettyBlur in 1994Credit: GettyThe film, which is out on Friday, follows the group as they work on 2023’s The Ballad Of Darren, their first new album in eight years, which went straight to No1, as well as their huge Wembley stadium gig last year.Fans will be able to see a new side to the band, from studio sessions to banter on the road.The film also lifts the lid on what life is really like for the lads, who have had seven No1 albums in their 35-year career.READ MORE SUN STORIESI saw the film earlier this week and can confirm it’s a must-watch for fans.Expect stacks of Britpop nostalgia and a no-holds-barred insight into what really makes them tick.Graham Coxon and Damon Albarn in concert at Wembley in 2023Credit: Rex More

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    80s pop star and 90s sitcom legend, 62, has barely aged a day as she performs pop hits in mini-dress at UK festival

    AN EIGHTIES pop legend stunned fans with a dazzling performance at retro festival Let’s Rock 80s – 43 years after her chart-topping debut.Music-lovers gushed “looking fabulous” as Clare Grogan, now aged 62, took to the stage in a glittery golden mini dress.Clare Grogan has been touring the UK with festival performances this summerCredit: Instagram / @therealclaregroganShe first became a pop star in the eightiesCredit: Getty Images – GettyClare has not lost the charismatic personality she charmed audiences withCredit: Instagram / @therealclaregroganThe singer used to be a part of Scottish new wave group, Altered ImagesCredit: GettyClare, best known as the lead singer of Altered Images, shot to fame in the early eighties with hits like Happy Birthday, I Could Be Happy, and See Those Eyes.The Scottish songstress was adored for her bubbly personality and distinctive style, and her performance this weekend proved she hasn’t lost her touch.During the festival, Clare took to the stage with an enthusiasm that reminded nostalgic fans of her heyday.Her golden tasseled dress, paired with shiny matching heels, showcased her timeless elegance.read more in musicClare finished off her festival look with her blonde hair in an updo and a touch of red lipstick.The star took to Instagram to share behind-the-scenes moments from Let’s Rock 80s.Her post was met with an outpouring of admiration.One fan commented: “You were brilliant! And love the dress.”Most read in MusicAnother added: “A rose between two more roses. Keep on singing and smiling.”A third exclaimed: “You were fabulous, loved your dress!”Music icon Bob Dylan announces two phone-free concerts at Edinburgh’s Usher HallAfter Altered Images disbanded in 1983, Clare continued to entertain audiences with a solo career and acting roles.She had her breakthrough role while starring as Susan in comedy drama Gregory’s Girl back in 1980.Producers originally objected to Clare starring in the flick because of a scar she had on her face from an incident that occurred while she was dancing at Glasgow College of Technology.But director Bill Forsyth stood his ground and refused to recast the role of Susan.Instead, any close up shots saw the scar covered with derma wax. More

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    Legendary Nineties rock band break huge record with iconic album – thirty years after it was released

    A LEGENDARY Nineties rock band have smashed a huge record with one of their iconic albums – more than 30 years after its release date.The American group – who credited The Rolling Stones for saving them from their split after years of drugs, booze and rows – have clocked up the milestone with their fifth album.A legendary rock group are celebrating a huge milestone 30 years after the release of one of their iconic albumsCredit: GettyMetallica released their self-titled fifth album in 1991Credit: AlamyIt is commonly known as The Black Album due to the all-black sleeve and snake designCredit: AmazonThe American rockers’ album has now clocked up a huge 750 weeks on the Billboard 200 chartCredit: GettyMetallica’s self-titled album, commonly known as The Black Album due to the all-black sleeve with a just-visible logo and snake, was released in 1991.It was produced by Elecktra Records with tracks including singles Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Sad But True, Wherever I May Roam and Nothing Else Matters.A tour followed, with Los Angeles-based Metallica swiftly becoming the group’s most successful release.It charted at number one in 10 countries at the time it hit shelves – and now it has reached a major record on the Billboard 200.read more nineties bandIt has clocked up a huge 750 weeks on the chart and is now hot on the heels of Journey’s Greatest Hits at 813 weeks.Then, Bob Marley’s legend lies in wait with at 843 and finally Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon at the top of the tree on 990 weeks.A message on Billboard’s page on X announced the achievement and put: “@Metallica’s Metallica has now spent 750 total weeks on the #Billboard200 (No. 178 this week).”The House of the Rising Sun hitmakers celebrated the 30th anniversary of The Black Album in 2021.Most read in MusicAt the time, drummer Lars Ulrich – who formed Metallica with singer-guitarist James Hetfield – said of the release: “We had been loners, inspired by a lot of British hard rock but completely ostracised from the American mainstream.Heartbroken family of Meath man killed in crash thank Metallica for dedicating song to him at Slane gig“We existed in our own little bubble which had nothing to do with the rest of the world.“The idea that, ten years after forming, we could have a US No1 album for four straight weeks was preposterous.”He added: “Obviously the record’s got incredible legs and now you and I are talking about it 30 years later. It’s crazy.“If you ask Mick Jagger about the creation of Jumpin’ Jack Flash, I doubt he has some satisfying cosmically analytical answer. “Sometimes these f***ing songs just happen and it’s best to just make sure you don’t f*** them up.”Talking of Mick Jagger and co, Lars told us in 2019 the band’s invite to join them on tour proved a saving grace following their epic fallout n 2004.He said: “The Rolling Stones called us up and said, ‘Come and play some shows with us in ­California,’ and we sort of agreed, you’re not going to say no to the Stones, so that was it.“It gave us the way to start it back up again. Whether you’re a team in an office or a bunch of dudes in a rock and roll band, at some point people have to figure out how to get along and work as a team.“If you don’t care, it’s easier to walk away, but fortunately we cared enough about Metallica on behalf of ourselves and  the fans to figure out a way to make it function.  I’m happy that we did.”Last year, Metallica hit the stage at Download Festival as the headline act.Their 16 song set was hailed “incredible” – and sent fans wild.READ MORE SUN STORIESNow they can celebrate their major milestone while on tour in the US.They have two gigs at the Gilette stadium in Massachusetts on Friday and Sunday, followed by a trip to Chicago the following week.Drummer Lars Ulrich recently opened up to The Sun following the album’s 30th anniversaryCredit: GettyThe Enter Sandman hitmakers are currently on tourCredit: Alamy More