Liam Payne overhauls album following Cheryl split

Image copyright Getty Images Liam Payne is giving his much-anticipated album an overhaul following his split from Cheryl. The 24-year-old was expected to release his debut album in September but now says some of the songs on there “felt from another age”. “I’m determined for my debut album to truly represent me,” he wrote. Liam and Cheryl announced they were going their “separate ways” in July after more than two

Ariana Grande’s Sweetener track by track: The stories behind the songs

Image copyright Reuters Ariana Grande’s fourth album Sweetener, which has just been released, sees the US pop star attempt to step up as an artist as she deals with the peaks and troughs of the past couple of years. The Manchester bomb, which killed 22 people after her gig last May, looms large, as does her blossoming relationship with fiance Pete Davidson. The 25-year-old also has much to say about

Huntress frontwoman Jill Janus dies at 43

Image copyright Getty Images Jill Janus, lead singer with California heavy metal band Huntress, has died at the age of 43. A statement from the band on their Facebook page said she took her own life on Tuesday. The band said she was “a long-time sufferer of mental illness” and “spoke publicly about these challenges in hopes of guiding others to address and overcome their mental illness”. The statement said

Ariana, Nicki, and other global stars who worshipped Aretha Franklin

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Beyonce and Ariana Grande paid tribute to Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin’s influence on music was profound during her life with her work often being sampled in pop and hip-hop. And now in her death, artists have been opening up about the way the “queen of soul” shaped them as performers. On Thursday evening, Alicia Keys and Ariana Grande both performed renditions of (You Make

Chuckle Brothers star Barry’s funeral due in Rotherham

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A service is due to take place at the New York Stadium in Rotherham, where Barry Elliott was an honorary president The funeral of Barry Chuckle, one half of the comedy duo the Chuckle Brothers, is due to be held in Rotherham. The 73-year-old entertainer, whose real name was Barry Elliott, starred in ChuckleVision with his brother Paul on the BBC between 1987 and

Aretha Franklin: The sound of the civil rights movement

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Aretha Franklin holds a copy of her Soul 69 album in New York City Aretha Franklin grew up in 1950s Detroit, surrounded from childhood by the now-famous faces of the civil rights movement. Her songs would become their anthems. Her Baptist minister father was the organiser behind the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom – the largest-ever demonstration for civil rights in the US until

University Challenge duo Monkman and Seagull get TV show

Image copyright BBC/PA WIRE Image caption The four-part series will see Monkman and Seagull tour the UK University Challenge stars Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull will tour the country looking at Britain’s technological achievements in their first TV show. The duo who rose to fame as rivals on the 2017 series will be searching the UK for hidden gems of British ingenuity. The pair have also presented a show for

Runrig to say farewell after 45 years

Image copyright Runrig Image caption Runrig was founded in 1973 and enjoyed UK chart success in the 1990s Veteran Scottish rockers Runrig are preparing to play two farewell concerts to mark their retirement after 45 years in the music business. Tickets for Friday and Saturday’s performances in Stirling’s City Park sold out minutes after going on sale. The popularity of the band in the Western Isles led airline Loganair to

Radio 1’s Greg James on breakfast and battling Taylor Swift fans

Greg James feels well prepared for the higher profile that comes with hosting the Radio 1 breakfast show. Thanks, in part, to some angry Taylor Swift fans. From Monday, your morning routine might be a little different. The argument with your snooze button and the double-shot latte order will broadly remain the same, but if you’re one of Radio 1’s five million breakfast listeners, there will be a new voice

Sheku Kanneh-Mason: Teen cellist wins new Breakthrough music prize

Sheku Kanneh-Mason has become the first artist to receive a new breakthrough music prize. The 19-year-old cellist has been given the Brit Certified Breakthrough Award for selling 30,000 copies of his debut album, Inspiration. The certification is an extension of the platinum, gold and silver awards given in the music industry for a certain number of sales. Kanneh-Mason said it felt “amazing” to be the first recipient of the prize.