September Highlights

September has been another month of interesting news for the music industry! From rumours of leaked songs to new tours! Let’s take a look at some of the news this month:

10. Eurovision to tackle ‘bribery’.

It’s become the running joke of Eurovision that each country has voted politically – but after more claims of bribery at the 2013 Malmo Eurovision, they have announced changes to their rules! The organisers of the 2014 Copenhagen Eurovision have announced that each countries jury (which accounts for half of the votes) will be revealed before the contest. Additionally previous jurors from the past two years cannot take part.

Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said: “We want to make sure the participants, viewers and fans know that we will always do our upmost to secure a fair result.”

NEW RULES: The Copenhagen Eurovision Song Contest is to tackle claims of bribery during its role as host in 2014. Photo (c) Press.

NEW RULES: The Copenhagen Eurovision Song Contest is to tackle claims of bribery during its role as host in 2014. Photo (c) Press.

9. Miley hits back at VMA performance!

A feisty Miley reacted to criticism of her VMA performance with Robin Thicke last month claiming the MTV producers “cut almost everything” from the original performance! Speaking with Fashion magazine, the artist said: “I’m proud of that performance! I feel like the music [industry] is really stale right now,” she followed up with, “I think it was a breath of fresh air!”

I’m not sure everyone will have the same point of view Miley!

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ALREADY A CENSORED PERFORMANCE: Miley Cyrus told Fashion Magazine that most of her VMAs performance had already been cut down when it was shown on television. Photo (c) Fashion Magazine.

8. One Direction loves… Diana?

‘Who is Diana’ you might ask? Well if you happen to be a fan called Diana, I’m sure you were left screaming in tears! A clip from a new One Direction track called ‘Diana’ leaked online this month, and is rumoured to be from their up-and-coming album! Although it hasn’t been confirmed, fans on Twitter seemed certain as the hashtag #dianaisperfectthankyou1D trended worldwide. Whoever she is, Diana must be one special girl!

WHO IS DIANA?: One Direction have leaked a new track, 'Diana', online as they continue to sell tickets for their worldwide stadium tour. Photo (c) Splash.

WHO IS DIANA?: One Direction have leaked a new track, ‘Diana’, online as they continue to sell tickets for their worldwide stadium tour. Photo (c) Splash.

7. Lily Allen on balancing motherhood and fame.

Describing her comeback album as “empowering with feminist vibes”, Lily Allen told Hello! Magazine that becoming a mother has not changed her music style. She said: “It’s the same old me with a bit of swearing going on,” but juggling her career and being a mother of two girls is not easy.

She added: “It’s hard. I’m constantly trying to get the balance right. I always just want to get home and put my little girls to bed [but] it doesn’t always happen.”

WORKING MUM:

WORKING MUM: Cockney songstress Lily Allen told Hello! Magazine all about her new, upcoming album and the challenges of balancing work and motherhood. Photo (c) Getty.

6. Lady Gaga tweets that ARTPOP is almost complete!

Lady Gaga has tweeted fans confirming her latest album is in its last days of production. Set to be released on 11th November, Mother Monster gave us a giant preview of the album performing tracks for the first time at the iTunes Festival earlier in the month. Gaga tweeted: “Everyone’s asking me what my favorite song is on ARTPOP. It changes all the time but I LOVE LOVE Jewels n’ Drugs feat. TI Too $hort & Twista”

HERE COMES ARTPOP: Gaga tweets her most loved track on her forthcoming album. Photo (c) @ladygaga/Twitter.

HERE COMES ARTPOP: Gaga tweets her most loved track on her forthcoming album. Photo (c) @ladygaga/Twitter.

5. Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus duet failed.

Minaj revealed this month that a duet venture between her and Miley Cyrus ‘didn’t work out’. Speaking with E! News, the ‘Super Bass’ rapper said: “There was a song that was a possibility but it didn’t work out”.

Fans on twitter seem disappointed, referring to Miley’s latest single ‘23’ @asani__ tweeted “I kind of feel like @nickiminaj should’ve been on #23 #MileyCyrus”.

YOUR MINAJESTY: Rapper Nicki Minaj told E! Online about a failed duet with Miley Cyrus as she promoted her new fragrance, Minajesty. Photo (c) Nicki Minaj.

YOUR MINAJESTY: Rapper Nicki Minaj told E! Online about a failed duet with Miley Cyrus as she promoted her new fragrance, Minajesty. Photo (c) Nicki Minaj.

4. Tom Odell announces February 2014 Tour.

It’s been a great year for Tom Odell and things seem to keep climbing. After releasing his hit debut album ‘Long Way Down’ and supporting Elton John at the iTunes Festival – his second headline tour is set to begin next month. On top of that he will be kicking off his third tour on 7 February 2014. Odell will be visiting the entire length of the UK with dates at Plymouth, London, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Edinburgh.

TOURING IN 2014: Tom Odell has announced live dates for the coming year. Photo (c) Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

TOURING IN 2014: Tom Odell has announced live dates for the coming year. Photo (c) Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

3. The Stone Roses new album?

After reforming last year for a few live shows, rumours suggest a new album is set for release in 2015. Speaking with Gigsluz, bass player Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield said: “Yeah we’ve been working on a few bits”. However, official spokespeople for the band have refused to comment to the media! They have previously signed two record deals back in 2011 prior to reforming, so all I can say is watch this space!

ALBUM RUMOURS: The blogosphere is going wild over rumours of a new Stone Roses album in 2015. Photo (c) Press.

ALBUM RUMOURS: The blogosphere is going wild over rumours of a new Stone Roses album in 2015. Photo (c) Press.

2. Christina Aguilera to sing on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire O.S.T.

Christina Aguilera has confirmed via Twitter that she will join Coldplay on the soundtrack for the highly anticipated sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’. The track, titled “We Remain” is described by the popstar as having an “underlying message of love”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due for release in cinemas November 22.

JOINING THE CAPITOL: Christina Aguilera is the latest big name to join Coldplay on the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack with 'We Remain'. Photo (c) @xtina/Twitter

JOINING THE CAPITOL: Christina Aguilera is the latest big name to join Coldplay on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack with ‘We Remain’. Photo (c) @xtina/Twitter

 

 1. Zack Galifianakis spanks Justin Bieber!

Justin Bieber got more than he bargained for when he sat down for an interview on the web series Between Two Ferns this month. The Hangover star Zack Galifianakis begins the interview with: “”It’s really exciting to talk to you, especially right in the middle of your public meltdown,” following it up with “I’ve never interviewed a seven-year-old before.”

Surprisingly, Bieber takes it on the chin and even comes back with from great comedy lines of his own. If you’ve never seen it before, the show is for the comedy website funnyordie.com and it is well worth a watch… here!

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ROSE AMONGST THREE FERNS: Justin Bieber joins actor Zach Galifianakis in an interview for the Funny or Die web series ‘Between Two Ferns’. Photo (c) Funny or Die.

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