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Harry Styles: The Rockstar Nobody Expected (And How That Will Help Him)
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Just over a week ago, one-time One Direction singer Harry Styles finally ventured out on his own musically with his debut single as a solo act, “Sign Of The Times,” and the track wasted no time in immediately certifying the British musician as a smashing success. The song kicked off its charting life in the singer’s home country at No. 1, knocking Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” out of the top spot after an incredible 13-week run. Here in the States, the track also performed well upon arrival, starting at No. 4, and there is the possibility it could continue to rise.

While Styles had plenty going for him before anybody even heard what he had to offer—a famous name, a dedicated fan base, a powerful record label with massive resources and a level of anticipation which is rarely seen in the music industry—there is one thing about “Sign” that is also helping him succeed: the song’s genre.

It would have been incredibly easy for Styles to pair up with serious pop hitmakers like Max Martin and his crew and secure a No. 1 smash worldwide, but instead, he opted to go another route and take a risk. “Sign” sounds like it belongs more appropriately in the 1970’s than in 2017, and while that might not work for many acts, it’s helping Styles rise to the top of charts everywhere. Who else has the power to try to push glam psych-rock in an electro-pop world but somebody who has already proven themselves to be one of the most successful musicians in history by the age of 23?

“Sign Of The Times’ was greeted first with surprise, and then with almost unanimous acclaim. Critics everywhere loved not only the chance Styles took in going down this rock-y road, but many applauded the song itself, and the majority of media outlets suggested readers give the cut a try. Skeptics and those expecting more boy band-esque fodder were forced to immediately reconsider the man not just as a bestseller, but now as a true artist. One Direction may have taken over the world with their music, but they were never true critical favorites. Where he stands in the eyes of critics and music journalists everywhere may change now that Styles has shown what he can do when left to create with the right talents and some freedom. “Sign” elevates him to a place few singers reach after leaving the group that made them stars.

Perhaps most importantly, everything about his first single out of the gate as a standalone act separates him noticeably from his former bandmates, all of whom are also attempting to make it as solo artists. Zayn, the first One Direction member to leave the band, has already achieved global success, and he is now attempting to do so again with a second album, which is expected later this summer. Other 1D singers like Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson have only dropped one proper single, but they are also off to a good start. Each man has chosen a different lane to operate in, and he and his team were smart enough to know that if they were going to succeed, they needed to differentiate the British boybander from the crowd…and it’s working.

In fact, nobody in the top 40 world is rocking out like Styles seems prepared to do with his upcoming self-titled album, and that will work in his favor. It’s incredibly difficult to out-pop Katy Perry or Lady Gaga, or to beat Calvin Harris or The Chainsmokers when it comes to EDM, but without a serious, famous challenger in the rock arena, Styles can claim charting records and shoot up the charts and grab plenty of attention and new fans doing so.

These are still early days for Harry’s fledgling solo career, but with a serious smash hit already to his credit, a slew of public appearances currently taking place and an album scheduled for less than a month from now, an era of rock and roll from an unlikely candidate may already be upon us.

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Just over a week ago, one-time One Direction singer Harry Styles finally ventured out on his own musically with his debut single as a solo act, “Sign Of The Times,” and the track wasted no time in immediately certifying the British musician as a smashing success. The song kicked off its charting life in the singer’s home country at No. 1, knocking Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” out of the top spot after an incredible 13-week run. Here in the States, the track also performed well upon arrival, starting at No. 4, and there is the possibility it could continue to rise.

While Styles had plenty going for him before anybody even heard what he had to offer—a famous name, a dedicated fan base, a powerful record label with massive resources and a level of anticipation which is rarely seen in the music industry—there is one thing about “Sign” that is also helping him succeed: the song’s genre.

It would have been incredibly easy for Styles to pair up with serious pop hitmakers like Max Martin and his crew and secure a No. 1 smash worldwide, but instead, he opted to go another route and take a risk. “Sign” sounds like it belongs more appropriately in the 1970’s than in 2017, and while that might not work for many acts, it’s helping Styles rise to the top of charts everywhere. Who else has the power to try to push glam psych-rock in an electro-pop world but somebody who has already proven themselves to be one of the most successful musicians in history by the age of 23?

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Iain Glen, who is best known for his role as Ser Jorah Mormont in the worldwide smash hit HBO fantasy drama has been spotting filming in Frankfort Gate in Plymouth on Friday morning (September 22).

The Scottish star swapped his leather and chainmail for a linen blazer to reprise his role as Leo. His presence caused a stir among shoppers, and rumours circulated that a film stunt would be taking place in Frankfort Gate.

Dawn French’s Gina and Silent Witness actress Emilia Fox’s Sam play sparring hoteliers caught in a love triangle over Leo in Delicious. –CornwallLive

(Sorry the photos aren’t high quality but it’s exciting to know that Iain will be back for season two of Delicious!)

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Just over a week ago, one-time One Direction singer Harry Styles finally ventured out on his own musically with his debut single as a solo act, “Sign Of The Times,” and the track wasted no time in immediately certifying the British musician as a smashing success. The song kicked off its charting life in the singer’s home country at No. 1, knocking Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” out of the top spot after an incredible 13-week run. Here in the States, the track also performed well upon arrival, starting at No. 4, and there is the possibility it could continue to rise.

While Styles had plenty going for him before anybody even heard what he had to offer—a famous name, a dedicated fan base, a powerful record label with massive resources and a level of anticipation which is rarely seen in the music industry—there is one thing about “Sign” that is also helping him succeed: the song’s genre.

It would have been incredibly easy for Styles to pair up with serious pop hitmakers like Max Martin and his crew and secure a No. 1 smash worldwide, but instead, he opted to go another route and take a risk. “Sign” sounds like it belongs more appropriately in the 1970’s than in 2017, and while that might not work for many acts, it’s helping Styles rise to the top of charts everywhere. Who else has the power to try to push glam psych-rock in an electro-pop world but somebody who has already proven themselves to be one of the most successful musicians in history by the age of 23?

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On this day in music history: July 27, 1985 - “Everytime You Go Away” by Paul Young hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 2 weeks on August 10, 1985. Written by Daryl Hall, it is the biggest hit for the British blue eyed soul vocalist from Luton, Bedfordshire, UK. Initially making his breakthrough in the UK with the album “No Parlez” and the hit singles “Come Back And Stay”, “Love Of The Common People” and “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That Is My Home)”, singer Paul Young also develops the beginnings of a loyal following in the US. Influenced heavily by American R&B music and blessed with an instantly recognizable and distinctive voice, it does not take Young long to become a worldwide star. Though midway through a tour to promote his debut album in the US, Paul is sidelined for much of 1984, when he seriously strains his vocal cords. Ordered to rest his voice, he immediately leaves the road and allows himself time to recover. Back in good voice by the end of the year, Young participates in the recording of Band Aid’s landmark charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, as the first vocalist heard on the track. Shortly after, Paul returns to the studio with producer Laurie Latham to work on his second album. Titled “The Secret Of Association”, the album consists of half original songs and half cover versions, including a cover version of soul singer Ann Peebles’ “I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down”. Among the other songs Young covers on the album includes “Everytime You Go Away”. Written by Daryl Hall and featured on Hall & Oates 1980 album “Voices”, the song is never released as a single by the duo. Recognizing the song as a diamond in the rough, Laurie Latham and keyboardist Ian Kewley come up with an arrangement for it. Giving it a contemporary, but slightly retro feel, “Everytime” features Young’s bassist Pino Palladino playing his now trademark late 70’s fretless Music Man Stingray bass and Chapman Stick, guitarist John Turnbull on acoustic guitar (an Ovation bowl back) and for an added retro touch, a vintage Coral Electric Sitar which provides the new version with one of its most distinctive traits. Drummer Mark Pinder programs the Linn LM-1 drum machine and plays percussion, and Ian Kewley is featured on keyboards, with background vocals by future Londonbeat members Jimmy Chambers and George Chandler, and Tony Jackson. Released as the first single from “Secret” in April of 1985, it quickly becomes a worldwide smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #70 on May 11, 1985, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. “Everytime You Go Away” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

anonymous asked:

Sophie sometimes i find your tone towards 5h condescending objectively speaking even camila could have possibly hit her peak while in 5h because shes yet to have a worldwide smash hit like work from home or worth it (billions of views, streams) obviously as a celebrity shes rapidly gaining success due to endorsements and visibility but as an artist shes yet to break out commercially so i got offended by ur dismissal of 5h future we cn never predict mayb they end up makin anothr album who knows😐

That’s you projecting you own thoughts and your own tone onto my answers sweets - and again you can’t help yourself, you have to bring Camila into it… Why the need to always compare them? The question was about 5H so I answered talking about 5H! It doesn’t mean that I think Camila would do better than them, she’s probably not gonna do better than WFH either. That song was a fucking hit, most watch video of 2016! It’s gonna be hard to beat that.

I don’t know why you always think I have a mean secret agenda, that I’m being subtly shady or whatever, but truly I’m not sweets - I’m just trying to be honest in my answers. Just because I feel uncomfortable with Ot4 doesn’t mean I hate the girls or want them to fail, I truly don’t. But again, having an opinion, even a negative one, is my right. As long as I’m being respectful to the girls I’ll allow myself to share my feelings and thoughts on certain things on my own personal blog - just because you stan someone doesn’t mean you have to like and agree with everything they do. That being said, there is definitely a big part of me that does want for 5H to end soon, simply so I can go back to stanning the girls 100% without feeling guilty. But I do hope they end on a bang.

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On this day in music history: June 6, 1987 - “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by Kim Wilde hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, it is the biggest hit for the British pop/new wave singer. Born Kim Smith in the West London suburb of Chiswick in 1960, she is the eldest daughter of 50’s teen pop idol Marty Wilde. With both of her parents coming from a musical background, Kim becomes involved in music herself in her teens along with her younger brother Ricky. Adapting her famous father’s stage surname in 1980, Kim is signed to RAK Records by label founder Mickie Most (The Animals, Donovan, Herman’s Hermits, Hot Chocolate). Her debut single “Kids In America” written by her father and brother and released in early 1981, is a huge worldwide smash, even cracking the Top 30 (#25 Pop) on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1982. While Kim has major success in Europe and throughout the rest of the world, further American chart success proves elusive even after switching to MCA Records in 1984. For her fifth album “Another Step”, Kim again works with her brother as well as songwriter Rod Temperton and engineer Bruce Swedien also producing tracks for the project. While working with Ricky, they come up with the idea of recording a cover of The Supremes’ 1966 classic “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. For their remake, it is made over with Hi-NRG synth pop arrangement. Released in the UK first in October of 1986, it peaks at #2 on the UK singles chart. Off of the back of its European chart success, MCA Records in the US releases it in March of 1987. Entering the Hot 100 at #96 on March 28, 1987, it climbs to the top of the chart ten weeks later, replacing U2’s “With Or Without You at the top. Wilde’s version of "You Keep Me Hangin’ On” becomes the sixth song of the rock era to top the US singles charts by two different artists. It is also the third time the song has reached the top ten by different artists, with versions The Supremes and Vanilla Fudge having proceeded it. While Wilde continues to be successful throughout the world for the rest of the 80’s and into the early 90’s, she only charts two more times on the Hot 100 with the singles “Say You Really Want Me” (#41 Pop) and “You Came” (#44 Pop), both stopping outside the Top 40. Still recording and performing today, Wilde is a currently a presenter on radio with programs on the air in London and in Germany.

Hi, I’m the Harry fan who wrote yesterday and I hope I can have a chance to reply. I get that music is a matter of taste but didn’t one of the replies kind of prove my point about Harry being special, that the label wanted to put him out front bc he’s the most attractive? Attractive means a lot, not just being good looking. It also means that from the start the label knew that Harry was the charming one that made him the most popular. That doesn’t mean the others have no talent, I’m not trying to say that. It just means that in a group of people, someone will be the best and that’s how life works. Harry was just that person and the label knew it.

I get that charts are important and Harry did have a worldwide smash with SOTT. I was trying to say though that charts don’t measure everything. The reason Harry is the favorite and the main star is more than his music. It’s his star quality that people just respond to. You can say he’s selling his personal life but I see it as big media knowing that Harry is so popular and people want to know so much about him that he’s a big draw. That’s rock star power. He has that no matter where TG charts. The song isn’t as important as Harry and no matter what he does, people want to know about him.  

An example. I really love Niall’s songs from what I’ve heard of the new album. But even though I’m loving Niall’s music, succeeding in the business takes more than musical talent. You’ve got to make a big splash and be the kind of person that GQ and Vanity Fair want to talk about. I don’t mean this in a mean way, but there’s not a place in the industry for someone like Niall longterm. The public isn’t interested in his relationships, he has an ordinary look (you can laugh at Harry’s Gucci but ppl notice it) and he doesn’t have a big stage show. Too many people will be put off including 1D fans.

That’s what Harry has and that’s why everyone’s solo career will keep getting compared to him. Harry’s the stand out bc he’s already an icon and everyone wants to know what he’ll do next. Apple even just mentioned him as part of their new plan. He’s gained so much respect in the industry as a big name because ppl have always felt that he was an icon.  

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Once again, you are trying to say Harry is the best but not backing it up with any real evidence other than the record company used some metric and determined he was the cute one. That’s nothing to do with him, his abilities or even his looks, it’s just the usual way things are done in boy bands and I don’t really think he lived up to it because I don’t find him charming and never have. You talk about his star quality and people wanting to know about his personal life because of that but I’m sorry, that is not even remotely true. Tabloids and the media focus on his personal life because it’s been controversial from the start and that fact has overshadowed and at times made him into a laughingstock for his presumed behaviour. He’s on the level of a Kardashian with that. That’s not rock star power, that’s tabloid media. It’s not because of popularity or supposed icon level stardom, it’s because people find other people’s drama entertaining. But what does that say about him as an artist. I fully respected him when he claimed he wanted to separate his personal life from work and show himself more as an artist but yet there still seems to be gimmicks at play to get his name into the headlines when his music isn’t doing it for him. When magazines like Vanity Fair and GQ talk about him, they are talking about the brand he’s wearing, he’s essentially a mannequin at that point and sure, once again, it gets him some media coverage, but it also once again, has squat to do with him as an artist. The point I’m making is that he came into this solo album and rollout proclaiming a desire to speak through his music, show his artistry in his music and be an artist and he’s done absolutely the opposite because the music is frankly, not good enough. SOTT charted and then crashed. I know the old excuse is that it’s not radio friendly but I’m afraid that good music is good music and radio friendly as per the usual metric or not, it will gain and keep popularity if the audience responds to it. They didn’t. Harry may have still had the 1D fans support at the beginning which is how he sold tickets to the tours but he is losing them now as far as I can tell and the person they seem to all be switching their allegiance to is Niall, so I’m not sure where you get this belief that everyone is turning on Niall when there is zero evidence of that but plenty to show people walking away from Harry. He’s not an icon, the only people who say he’s an icon are die hard fans and people associated with his manager and his managers father. The music, the image, the personality, none of it adds up to icon, not by a long shot. He needs many many more years of experience and work before he will even be considered close. I’m not trying to shit on him, but this is sort of the reality as someone looking at it from the outside now, who isn’t blindly supporting him. I still think he’s crazy talented, but he has work to do, and he’s made a lot of mistakes. He’s not a flop, but he’s also not the major success you want to paint him as either. He middle grounded, which for most is fine, but is it enough for him or his team? I don’t know. I get that you are a big fan and want to defend him but you have a tendency to do what all Harries do, put him on a pedestal and ignore reality, proclaim him the best of the best and the icon of our generation when there is zero evidence of that and none currently on the horizon either.

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Prominent Japanese lyricist Rokusuke Ei has died at the age of 83. The composer of Chinese descent was best known for his work on the 1963 worldwide smash hit Sukiyaki, which protested against continued US military presence. The song was released in 1961 and topped the US Billboard charts, selling more than 13m copies worldwide and more recently served as one of the main themes in Studio Ghibli’s 2011 film From Up On Poppy Hill set in 1960’s Japan. Relatives said Mr Ei suffered from Parkinson’s disease and prostate cancer and died peacefully at home.

Stock up on rice and iron, because Pulgasari is back! Netflix announced today that the streaming service will revive the famous North Korean kaiju for a new thirteen-episode animated series titled Pulgasari: The Legendary Adventures.

Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix, said:

With the recent worldwide success of the smash hit comedy ‘The Interview’, we at Netflix think the world is ready for another dose of North Korean craziness. ‘Pulgasari’ is among the great North Korean films, and ‘The Legendary Adventures’ will honor its legacy. Each episode is an exciting fantasy-adventure, which makes watching ‘Pulgasari’ an event the whole family will enjoy.”

Netflix will drop all thirteen episodes on the 22nd of August. Voice talent for the series is yet to be announced. Supreme Leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un will act as executive producer, continuing his father’s monster movie legacy.

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On this day in music history: January 14, 1983 - “Nena”, the self-titled debut album by Nena is released (US release is retitled “99 Luftballons” and is released on February 28, 1984). Produced by Reinhold Heil and Manne Praeker, it is recorded at Spliff-Studio in Berlin, West Germany in Late 1982. The German new wave pop/rock bands debut release includes their worldwide smash “99 Luftballons” (#2 US Pop), which is inspired when the bands guitar player Carlo Karges watches balloons being released at a Rolling Stones concert in West Berlin. He collaborates on the song with the bands’ keyboardist Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen. The songs’ lyrics are a fictional narrative of children releasing balloons that are mistaken for incoming weapons by the East German army, setting off a nuclear war between the east and west. When the album is released in the US thirteen months after its international release, it features three of the songs re-recorded in English, including “99 Luftballons” (re-titled “99 Red Balloons”) and the follow up single “Just A Dream” (#102 Bubbling Under). “Nena” hits number one on the German album chart, with the US version “99 Luftballons” peaking at number twenty seven on the Billboard Top 200.

  • ellen: please welcome one of the biggest pop stars to come out of england!
  • marina: hey wait label wait i wasnt told i was going on ellen
  • label: you're not they're talking about ellie goulding
  • marina: i thought she was recording her 3rd album after the international smash hit worldwide #1 sophmore album Electricia Heart
  • label: uh marina that's you? aren't you recording your album?
  • marina: wtf no? i've been singing starry mouths and lightings on repeat in my room preparing for my #hallycone tour
  • label: did you confuse your career with ellie goulding's again?
  • marina: no?? hallycone was my best effort yet
  • label: no your last album was electra heart and it ruined us financially and you left us to make bad tshirts and tbh we havent seen you until now
  • marina: i do not remember recording ellen heart but no matter it was clearly a success
  • label: are you okay? you seem really confused?
  • marina: im FINE
  • label: wait are you drunk?
  • marina: stop JUdGIng ME mY GOD label YOU'RE SUCH A DIck I Cnat WHWHY DID BURNS LEAVE ME HIS NAME WAS A FUCKING SIMPSONS CHARACTER
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This week’s LAST photoset of Sakurai’s Pics of the Day! December 1st - December 5th 2014. More of those Extravagant! Wii U features :D And wait… Both Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS has now been released Worldwide!!! Happy Smashing Japan! Go get your copy! Mewtwo is still on his way… Just wait on it! :D Well that’s the News for this week. Until next week see ya! :)  #PicsofTheWeek #EventsofTheWeek

Lorde's Interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Taylor Swift is mentioned throughout.

A lamp or a bowl? Ella Yelich-O'Connor wants to buy a Christmas present for her manager, which is why she’s standing, with a puzzled look, in a chic design store in Herne Bay, an Auckland, New Zealand, suburb that smells like affluence and the ocean. They’re both great gifts, but Ella is determined to figure out which one is better. The choices: a hand-shaped brass bowl with a glowing gold wash, or a minimalist globe table lamp with no base. 

“Taylor’s supergood at this stuff,” says Ella, who’s wearing light-gray trousers and a slightly-less-gray shirt. “She’s decorated her own houses for ages.” So why not text photos of both gifts to her? “That’s a great idea.” Her friend Taylor Swift is in London, where it’s almost midnight, and doesn’t reply immediately, so after more furrowed deliberation, Ella chooses the bowl.

Outside, at a cafe on Jervois Road, we’re interrupted approximately every six minutes bu autograph and photo requests from polite New Zealanders enjoying the summer weather. A bus of school kids in red blazers pauses at a stoplight, and when the kids spot Ella, they wave in unison delight.

In “Royals,” her worldwide smash, Ella mocks the fatuousness of pop stars who brag about driving Maybachs and drinking Cristal, and she also brazenly offers to replace the idiots who dominate Top 40: “You can call me Queen Bee, and baby, I’ll rule,” she sings. Big talk for a teenage nobody from nowhere.

“I’ve always been into the idea of confidence. Like, I called my record Pure Heroine.” She laughs. “Even my stage name is kind of cocky or grandiose.” She mentions a lyric from Kanye West’s “Dark Fantasy” (“Me found bravery in my bravado”), which gave her courage to announce her ambition in “Royals.” “I get paralyzingly nervous a lot of times, so I tried bravado. The way I dress and carry myself, a lot of people find it strange or intimidating. I think my whole career can be boiled down to the one word I always say in my meetings: strength.”

Now, at 17, she is the Queen Bee, with four Grammy nominations and well-deserved acclaim for her smart and unique album. On the day in October when “Royals” went to Number One - displacing Miley Cyrus, symbolism that’s hard to miss - Ella had a photos hoot in New York. “The photographer kept saying, ‘Pop your hip out. Try to look cute. Big smiles, now.’ And I was like, 'I’m Number One in this country not because I flirt and wink and all that ****, but because I’ve done exactly what I want to do.’ So, no, he did not get smiles.” And then she smiles.

Her phone dings. It’s a reply from Swift. “Oh, ****. She wrote, 'I love the lamp.' Noooooo!


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When Ella was young, she stuttered. Physiologists hypothesized that her mouth couldn’t move as fast as her brain. The stuttering has past, but now she has frequent insomnia. Her mom describes it best: “Ella’s head is always on fire.”

Fortunately, she’s found a slightly older peer she can turn to for advice: Taylor Swift. When “Royals” went to Number One and Ella arrived home from America, Swift sent her a bunch of roses: “I was floored.” Ella had recently told a New Zealand reporter that Swift’s success wasn’t “breeding anything good in young girls,” because the singer was “so flawless and so unattainable." On the heels of her dig at Selena Gomez’s song, the quote quickly turned into blog headlines ("Lorde slams Taylor Swift”), and Ella apologized on her tumblr, clarifying that she disliked the “importance placed on physical perfection in this industry,” and not Swift personally.

Swift didn’t know about any of this, until Ella thanked her for the roses and mentioned what she’d said. “She was like, 'It’s fine. If all you’ve done is call someone perfect, it’s not that bad.’” On her way home to New Zealand from the Grammy-nominations concert in L.A. last month, Ella stopped in Australia, and joined Swift for her 24th Birthday party. Their reconciliation, like their original conflict, took place in public. 

It makes sense that they’re friends - both are smart and driven, command their own careers, and perform with what Ella calls “real teenage voices.” “There are very few of us,” she continues, “There’s Tavi and the Rookie group, King Krule and, to an extent, Jake Bugg. The other teenagers sing other people’s songs, which is fine, but it’s not an authentic teenage experience.”

Sick Chirpse Meets Asa Butterfield

If you haven’t heard of him, Asa Butterfield is one of the biggest child (almost adult) actors in the game, having starred in The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Merlin and the worldwide sci-fi smash hit Ender’s Game. Fortunately for us, he’s also a massive fan of Sick Chirpse so was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule – he’s currently in New York filming a new movie with Ethan Hawke – to answer a few of our questions. Check out what he had to say below:

Your name is really unique (I’m including Maxwell Thornton Farr in that too), any stories behind how that came about? 

(‘Maxwell Thornton’ is on my birth certificate, but I never use it, my passport/real name is Asa Bopp Farr Butterfield. Which is just as weird.)

My middle name ‘Bopp’ came about from the comet (Hale-Bopp) that was in the sky when I was born, other than that I just have my parents’ names.

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Sia is on Woman’s Hour’s 2015 Power List! The list features 10 influential women.

Sia: singer, songwriter and music video director.

“Sia Furler is a singer-songwriter who has penned hits for the likes of Rihanna and Beyoncé. She’s also gained popularity as a performer of her own work, despite shunning publicity.Raised in Australia, Sia rose to fame after moving to the U.K. where she worked as a prominent guest vocalist and released her own solo albums.She withdrew from the spotlight in 2010 and became a backroom songwriter for names including Madonna, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, and Rihanna, for whom she wrote the worldwide number one smash hit Diamonds.In 2013 she started on a new album and negotiated a near-unprecedented contract with RCA which stipulated that she would not have to tour or do press; her first public appearance to promote the album on US show saw her perform her new single Chandelier with her back to the audience. The album, entitled 1000 Forms of Fear, arrived in July 2014. It promptly hit number one in several countries, including the U.S. and Australia.”