ONE Direction fans are eager for the band to get back together... but will they? Since the boys - Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik all went their separate ways, they've forged successful solo careers, but what have they been up to? And will they reunite? The 1D boys are currently on a hiatus that began in January 2016, allowing all members to pursue other projects. Zayn left the band in 2015, leaving Harry, Louis, Liam and Niall to hold the fort. Despite the boys finding success on their own, their former boss, Simon Cowell, said that he believes they will once again become a chart powerhouse and “be bigger than ever”. In April 2018 Liam hinted that the band could be getting back together when he discussed them planning a comeback show. Speaking to German press he said: "We've all spoken about it, the dream for this most fantastic show....I think it will happen at some point." And in June Liam revealed that the mega famous group are … [Read more...] about Are One Direction getting back together, when did 1D go on hiatus and what are their biggest songs and albums?
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LEON Bridges is a gospel singer with a smooth music style. Here's everything you need to know about the musician who has released his second album Good Thing... Who is Leon Bridges? Leon Bridges, 28, is a US musician from Fort Worth Texas. His real name is Todd Michael and he originally went by the stage name Lost Child. He chose Leon after friends at college remarked on his resemblance to the actor Leon Robinson from Cool Runnings. Leon got his break in the music industry in 2014 when he was in a bar and the girlfriend of White Denim guitarist Austin Jenkins remarked on his jeans. Austin then paid for Leon to have a three-day recording session. His debut album Coming Home was released in June 2015 with Columbia Records. The single Coming Home reached number six in the US charts and was a Top Ten Most Viral track on Spotify. When was Leon Bridges' second album Good Thing released? Good Thing was released on May 4, 2018. It reached number three in the Billboard US charts and … [Read more...] about Who is Leon Bridges, what are the lyrics to River and when was his latest album Good Thing released?
STING & SHAGGY: 44/876 (Polydor) Verdict: Sun-kissed collaboration Rating: Sting has sung with jazz musicians and rappers, written a musical about shipbuilding on his native Tyneside and released an album of Renaissance lute music. But his latest escapade - a set of Caribbean-themed songs with dancehall reggae star Shaggy - is his most improbable yet. The record takes its title from the international dialling codes for the UK (44) and Jamaica (876) and is a sun-kissed mix of pop and reggae. After being introduced by Sting's manager, who used to work with Shaggy, the unlikely couple got together to record a duet, Don't Make Me Wait, and were so happy with the results that other songs soon followed. The fruits of 'Shaggy and Sting inna combination' are sometimes rather gimmicky, but 44/876 avoids sounding like a vanity project by making the most of the pair's respective strengths The fruits of 'Shaggy and Sting inna combination' are sometimes rather … [Read more...] about Sting and Shaggy get reggae fever…ADRIAN THRILLS reviews their album
Spanish band Hinds always seem to be in a hurry. Their debut album, Leave Me Alone, was done in a rush (they think), and while they took their time on the follow-up - I Don't Run - which has just been released, it still feels as though they made it at breakneck speed compared to your average band. Working with Gordon Raphael, who produced The Strokes' first two records, the quartet - Ana Perrote (vocals, guitar), Carlotte Cosials (vocals, guitar), Ade Martin (bass) and Amber Grimbergen (drums) - put together an album with a summery, DIY feel; packed with upbeat melodies and downcast lyrics. "He’s really easy to work with," Cosials says of Raphael. The band are sprawled around a coffee table at The Independent headquarters - some on chairs, some sat cross-legged on the floor - a little weary from their flight from Spain but excited to talk about I Don't Run. "He didn’t want to influence anything … [Read more...] about Hinds interview: We said ‘let’s be more honest’ on this album
Take an early-Eighties band in need of hits, a mid-tempo song about a conflicted missionary on a parched savanna, a catchy-as-hell keyboard hook and one of the most syllable-heavy lines in pop music. What have you got? A bonafide pop classic. Africa by Toto, released 36 years ago, is a song whose appeal appears to grow with every passing year. It’s impossible to go to a festival, wedding or karaoke bar these days without hearing Africa somewhere in the mix. Television shows from Stranger Things to South Park have featured the song, it’s been sampled by hip hop artists including Nas and Wiz Khalifa, and covered by everyone from Chris De Burgh to the none-more-hipster Hackney Colliery Band. In 2012, Africa was listed by NME as having one of music’s all-time most explosive choruses. And whenever it’s played, it seems to inspire something approaching euphoria in the audience. “We always end our nights with Toto somewhere in the mix,” says Sean … [Read more...] about ‘It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you’: How Toto made Africa, and why we still love it now