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Beck, Animal Collective, Jeff Tweedy and more join birdsong compilation
Beck, Animal Collective and Jeff Tweedy are among the artists that will appear on a new birdsong-inspired compilation album.‘For The Birds: The Birdsong Project’ is set to be released in five monthly stages between now and September, with the first volume arriving yesterday (May 20).Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Karen O, Kamasi Washington, Terry Riley, Mary Lattimore, Tyondai Braxton, and Elvis Costello are among the other artists that feature on the expansive compilation.Costello said of the project: “This should be so very obvious: without birds we would be knee-deep in worms, swarmed by bugs, the trees bereft of song. The least we can do is raise our voices in praise or lament.”In addition to the musical selections, the project also includes spoken-word pieces from the likes of Florence Welch, Matthew McConaughey, Bette Midler, and Natasha Lyonne. Randall Poster produced the entire collection, with Lee Ranaldo serving as one of the set’s executive producers.All proceeds from ‘For The Birds: The Birdsong Project’ will be donated to the National Audubon Society.Listen to the first volume of ‘The Birdsong Project’ below:The project will be also be released in a massive vinyl set, spread across 20 LPs.
Love Island's Iain Stirling reacts to news contestants will only wear secondhand clothes
Love Island star Iain Stirling has praised the "eco" 2022 season of the ITV2 dating series on The One Show.The voiceover artist and comedian, 34, appeared on the BBC evening programme on Friday (May 20) alongside hosts Alex Jones and Ronan Keating.Asked about the forthcoming "eco" run of Love Island, which will see contestants where second-hand clothing, Iain said: "We're going 'pre-loved' this year on the clothing."He later added: "It absolutely is [a move in the right direction]. "The fashion industry has a big impact on the climate and all those sorts of things so it's great that we're stepping away from [fast fashion] and moving to pre-loved."Iain appeared on The One Show alongside celebrity guests Rose Leslie and Florence Welch.During his interview, the comedian also opened up about welcoming a child with his Love Island co-star Laura Whitmore.Iain and Laura welcomed their first daughter together in March last year.On how the married couple had adjusted to being parents, Iain described parenting as "the best thing".He said: "Obviously, it's a big adjustment but it's just the best thing just watching this little person learn to laugh and play."So, it's amazing.Giving a shout-out to his presenter wife, Iain added: "I'm so lucky to have Laura by my side to help out and I'll obviously help out where I can and it's a collaborative effort."We're a tripod."This is a live TV story and is being constantly updated.
Florence + The Machine score fourth UK Number One album with ‘Dance Fever’
Florence + The Machine have scored their fourth Number One album with ‘Dance Fever’.Florence Welch’s band’s fifth studio album beat Kendrick Lamar‘s Mr Morale & The Big Steppers’ to the top spot.The band’s previous chart toppers include 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ follow up ‘Ceremonials’ and 2015’s ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’.Despite not claiming the top spot Lamar’s new LP was the most-streamed album of the week, in the absence of a physical release, according to the Official Charts Company.Meanwhile, The Black Keys ended up at Number Five with their new LP ‘Dropout Boogie.Elsewhere, in the UK singles chart, Sam Ryder‘s ‘Space Man’ was pipped to Number One by Harry Styles‘ ‘As It Was’,despite his success in the Eurovision Song Contest.Ryder’s song is also the highest Eurovision chart entry since Gina G’s Number One hit ‘Ooh Ahh…Just A Little Bit’ in 1996.‘Space Man’ was the UK’s most-downloaded song of the week, landing at Number One on the official download chart.Despite his defeat, Ryder hailed Styles who has remained top of the charts for seven consecutive weeks.“I feel like what Harry stands for, as a fan of his and listening to his music, he stands for the same things that Eurovision celebrates; a freedom of expression, of inclusivity. A celebration of music, joy and togetherness,” he said.
Florence + The Machine and Kendrick Lamar battle for UK Number One album
Florence + The Machine and Kendrick Lamar are battling it out for this week’s Number One album in the UK.Florence Welch’s band’s fifth studio album ‘Dance Fever’ is currently ahead of Lamar’s ‘Mr Morale & The Big Steppers’ after clocking up over 26,000 chart sales so far in the midweek album chart, according to the Official Charts Company.The Black Keys are not far behind at Number Three with their new LP with ‘Dropout Boogie’ and Bear’s Den are currently at Number Four with ‘Blue Hours’.If Florence + The Machine do go to Number One it’ll be their fourth chart topper after 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ follow up ‘Ceremonials’ and 2015’s ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’.Reviewing the record, NME awarded it four stars and described it as “the triumphant sound of a singer reborn”.If Lamar scores this week’s Number One album, it will be his first since 2015’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’. His current record ‘Mr Morale & The Big Steppers’ his first in five years, was awarded a whopping five stars by NME and was described as a “cathartic, soul-bearing autobiography”.Welch also received a writing credit on the record for the song ‘We Cry Together’ for its use of a Florence + The Machine sample.Elsewhere, in the UK singles chart, Sam Ryder has climbed up to Number Three following his success in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Watch Florence + The Machine’s dramatic ‘King’ performance on ‘Fallon’
Florence + The Machine performed their recent single ‘King’ on yesterday’s episode (May 12) of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – check out the video below.The London band appeared on the US chat show for the second night after playing ‘My Love’ during Wednesday’s instalment (May 11), which also included an interview with frontwoman Florence Welch.Welch and co. delivered a dramatic live rendition of the Jack Antonoff co-produced/co-written song, the first to be lifted from F+TM’s fifth album ‘Dance Fever’ (out today, May 13).Watch Florence + The Machine perform ‘King’ on Fallon here:Elsewhere on Wednesday’s episode, Welch joined Fallon for the ‘Audience Suggestion Box’ segment of his show – where she, Fallon and Jimmy Buffett sang the latter’s 1977 song ‘Margaritaville’ – before speaking to Fallon more in-depth about the making of her new record.In a four-star review, NME said that ‘Dance Fever’ boasts “gorgeously expressive songs”, adding: “This 14-track collection reflects a new sense of resolve, packing an invigorated spirit into powerful, sneakily thrilling pop.”Florence + The Machine will showcase the album on a UK and Ireland headline tour in November.
Watch Florence + The Machine perform ‘My Love’ on ‘Fallon’
Florence + The Machine performed their song ‘My Love’ on last night’s episode (May 11) of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – you can watch their performance below.The track, which was co-written with Glass Animals’ Dave Bayley (and remixed by the band last month), is taken from the Florence Welch-led band’s new album ‘Dance Fever’, which is set to be released tomorrow (May 13).Welch and her band brought ‘Dance Fever’ to the Tonight Show last night with a theatrical performance of ‘My Love’.You can watch Florence + The Machine perform ‘My Love’ on The Tonight Show below.Elsewhere in the episode, Welch joined Fallon for the ‘Audience Suggestion Box’ segment of his show – where she, Fallon and Jimmy Buffett sung the latter’s 1977 song ‘Margaritaville’ – before speaking to Fallon more in depth about the making of ‘Dance Fever’.You can watch both clips below.Speaking about ‘Dance Fever’ in a recent interview with Vogue, Welch said that the new album is like her 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ but “with more self-knowledge”.“I’m kind of winking at my own creation,” she added. “A lot of it is questioning my commitment to loneliness; to my own sense as a tragic figure.” Florence + The Machine will embark on a UK and European arena tour in November.
Loose Women's Kaye Adams cracks up fans as she goes 'crotch to crotch' with Nadia Sawalha
Loose Women panellists Kaye Adams, 59, and Nadia Sawalha, 57, had fans laughing hysterically when they filmed a demonstration of going “crotch to crotch” after Kaye had a hilarious encounter during a trip to Florence, Italy, with her partner Ian Campbell.Recalling the incident on her podcast, How To Be 60, Kaye said she had spotted a young couple sitting on a wall.Setting the scene, she explained: “They were sitting legs out in front of each other wound around each other’s waist, crotch to crotch.“I was looking at them and I just started laughing uncontrollably.”Kaye said Ian asked her what she was laughing at, before she questioned: “What do you think the reaction would be if we got up on that wall, looking deep into each other’s eyes, crotch to crotch.”Following the funny revelation, Kaye’s fans were apparently baffled by the term “crotch to crotch”.Therefore, she decided to give a demonstration with her Loose Women pal, Nadia.The clip saw Kaye instructing Nadia to sit on a park bench with her legs up and spread apart.Kaye told her to “imagine we are a romantic young couple” and then proceeded to straddle the unsuspecting actress.In her shock, Nadia exclaimed: “Oh my god!” as Kaye laughed hysterically.The Loose Women star quipped to her 126,000 followers in the caption that “going crotch to crotch” had scarred Nadia “for life”.Fans found the clip hilarious and hundreds took to the comments to share their thoughts.@Fttskinclinics wrote: “Absolutely howling.”Michelle echoed: “You two make me howl.”While Claire added: “Hysterical you two!”And Jane said: “Brilliant, I want more demonstrations.”Kaye and Nadia have been good friends since they began hosting Loose Women together in 1999.They were so close that they even lived