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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.


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.

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.”

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.

[Denise] also has a whole new fan base thanks to her son Matt Healy, heartthrob frontman of The 1975. The band’s debut album was a worldwide smash, and they are currently working on a follow-up, writing much of it in LA, where Matt, 26, is a big star. Last year he was linked to American pop singer Taylor Swift – but Cheshire-based Denise is keeping schtum about her. 'I’m not allowed to talk about that person,’ she stonewalls. ‘All I can say is that I am ridiculously proud of Matty and have seen how hard those boys have worked. There have been no doors opened for them and they are no overnight success. If I’m stopped in the street now, it’s more likely to be as ‘Matt’s Mum’ than because of anything I’ve done.’
—  Denise interview with The Mirror 4.29.15 [x]
Amy Poehler to Star in Basketball Comedy ‘Balls’ for Universal

Amy Poehler will star in and produce comedy “Balls” for Universal through her Paper Kite Productions.

Poehler will play a once-promising basketball coach who is asked to lead an NBA team. Ike Barinholtz, who will also appear in the pic, will co-write the script with David Stassen.

Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark will join Poehler as producers, producing through Bluegrass Films along with Paper Kite’s Brooke Posch, Barinholtz and Stassen, who will serve as exec producers.

The film is quite timely following the San Antonio Spurs making history by tapping former WNBA star Becky Hammon as the first female assistant coach in the NBA. Hammon was named head coach of the Spurs Summer League team made up of first and second-year players, leading them to a Summer League title.

Poehler is hot off the worldwide smash hit “Inside Out” and will next be seen in Universal’s “Sisters” opposite Tina Fey and Barinholtz. She is currently shooting the New Line comedy “The House” opposite Will Ferrell.

Barinholtz and Stassen wrote the upcoming action/comedy film “Central Intelligence” starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, and continue to write for “The Mindy Project,” which will start its fourth season on Hulu later this year.


  • Lin-Manuel Miranda: (says the M word, on stage, every day)
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda: (is Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of a worldwide musical phenomenon)
  • Me: (smashes 13 mirrors, walks under a ladder, buys a black cat) SUPERSTITION IS A LIE
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda: Um, excuse you, I actually worked really hard and you have been sitting in a pile of broken mirrors holding that black cat for like 20 minutes. You need to put in some effort, starting with cleaning up this mess.
  • Me, grabbing a broom: Fuck.

FUN FACT! “Anime” was invented in 2012, when acclaimed arthouse studio GlasgowAnimation released Sir Billi. The film starred Sir Sean Connery in what is undoubtedly his finest role, and went on to become a worldwide box office smash, becoming the first animated film in history to gross over a billion dollars! The film continues to inspire generations of “anime” artists and writers.

Everything we know and love about “anime” today we owe to Sir Billi!

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris to collaborate in studio as DJ plans No1 hit with ANOTHER girlfriend


Calvin previously collaborated with ex Rita Ora on No1 hit I Will Never Let You Down

Lovers Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are plotting a worldwide smash No1 duet together.

Superstar DJ Calvin and singer-songwriter Taylor have been jamming in the studio and are determined to marry their distinctive musical styles in a song.

A source told the Daily Star Sunday: “Taylor and Calvin have been speaking about collaborating since they started dating.

"They’ve had a couple of sessions jamming in the studio and are working with producer Detail.

"He was behind a string of Jay-Z and Beyonce tracks including Drunk In Love.

"Taylor has already been in LA laying down vocals for one of the tracks which could be premiered at the American Music Awards later this year.

"Musically, Calvin and Taylor are from different worlds - but they are determined to bring their styles together.”

Mirror Celebs have contacted the reps of both stars for comment.

Calvin previously collaborated with ex Rita Ora on No1 hit I Will Never Let You Down.

The Scot has now banned the Londoner from performing it - but that hasn’t stopped him heading down the same road with his new American love.

Hollywood Life reports that the power couple are NOT planning to move in together as they don’t want to jinx their fledgling relationship.

And Taylor recently credited Lady Gaga with helping her get together with Calvin… through Twitter.

Back in February Gaga tweeted that Taylor, 25 - who was previously unlucky in love- would find her Prince Charming.

Now she’s loved-up with the 31-year-old, she thanked her fellow singer for bringing her luck.

Don’t know how much of this to believe but I think it could be an interesting collaboration.