STORMZY has been a big name on the UK's underground grime scene for years, but has gone more mainstream after his debut studio album went straight to No.1 in the charts. The rapper has gone from strength to strength, and now has a Brit award to add to his collection - here's what you need to know about the outspoken star... Who is Stormzy? What's his background? Born in July 1993, Stormzy grew up in Thornton Heath, South London and went to Harris Academy South Norwood. It was here, at the academy, where he started rapping at the age of 11. In an interview with music magazine Clash, he referred to himself as a "proper little s***" during his school days and was "excluded from school every week". He left school at 17 and joined an engineering firm, but spent a lot of his time trying to perfect his freestyles on Post-it notes. At 24-years-old he's won two MOBO Awards and was named as an artist to look out for in the BBC's influential Sound of 2015 list. His first studio album, Gang … [Read more...] about Who is Stormzy, what was his BRITs 2018 rap about Grenfell Tower and who’s his girlfriend Maya Jama?
Songs about homelessness
ED Sheeran has submitted plans for 5ft railings outside his £8million home to keep out homeless people — even though he wrote a song about sleeping rough. The millionaire singer, 27, wants the barrier between his front door and the street to improve security. In the planning application his building agent Paul Smith says one of the reasons for the railings is “preventing opportunities for rough sleeping.” Ed wrote the song Homeless based on his own experiences sleeping rough while a struggling teenage musician. It features the line: “It’s not a homeless night for me, I’m just home less than I used to be.” In his 2014 book A Visual Journey, he said: “There was an arch outside Buckingham Palace that has a heating duct and I spent a couple of nights there. That’s where I wrote the song Homeless.” The song was on Ed’s 2010 EP Loose Change. He also supported a homeless charity’s helpline. Ed was previously refused … [Read more...] about Ed Sheeran to build 5ft railings outside his £8million home in bid to keep out homeless
THERE are not many music stars who have not collaborated with will.i.am at some point. The Black Eyed Peas star has returned to UK TV screens for the 2018 series of The Voice on ITV - here are a few things you might not know about the superstar musician. 1 - Years of working in the music biz has left him with tinnitus It appears that all art comes with a price - and Will has been left to suffer with tinnitus as a result of years of exposure to loud noises. The 42-year-old star is often left hearing sounds and high-pitched noises that aren't actually there. Speaking about the issue to The Sun, he revealed: "I don't know what silence sounds like any more. Music is the only thing which eases my pain." 2 - He has sent his music to Mars will.i.am is known for his innovation and wanting to take things to the next level - so much so he sent a song to Mars. Reach for the Stars, a song created by Will just for the occasion, whisked its way to Mars and played as NASA's Curiosity landed on the … [Read more...] about The Voice UK 2018 judge will.i.am – five facts about the Black Eyed Peas star
JENNIFER Hudson has gone from a talent show participant on the X Factor all the way up to judge and mentor on The Voice. We have delved into the background of the sultry singer – so here are five things you might not know about her... 1 – Jennifer didn’t come anywhere CLOSE to winning American Idol While it’s hard to imagine now, superstar Jennifer actually came in SEVENTH in the finals of American Idol – where she first found her fame in 2004. She was actually brought in as the judge’s wild card in the semi-finals, and lasted through two stints in the bottom two before being eliminated in week six of the final heats. Fantasia Barrino took home the crown that season, with Diana DeGarmo coming in second. While Jennifer has since gone on to the big time, Fantasia and Diana have both been received well as stage performers rather than pop stars. 2 – She’s an Oscar winner While American Idol gave her a platform, it was 2006’s … [Read more...] about The Voice 2018 judge Jennifer Hudson – five fast facts about the Oscar award-winning actress and singer
RAYE had to put up a fight to get her first top five hit You Don’t Know Me, with Jax Jones, last year. She co-wrote the tune, which reached No3, but rising singer-songwriter Raye said: “The label loved the song and wanted to make it a single but for someone else to sing on. “I was like, ‘Hell f***ing no!’ I’m so lucky I wrote it because they would have given it to someone else.” Thankfully she hasn’t had the same issue with new tune Cigarette, which features Mabel and Stefflon Don. Raye doesn't just stand her ground in terms of music – she also feels strongly about not being told what to wear In an interview for Notion magazine she said: "I was always very conscious of not being super sexy, but now as I grow up I want to get more skin out and flick my hair. "But that's my decision. I won't be told to wear less, and if you do I'll rock up in long johns and a bin bag." Raye feels passionately about representing young women in the … [Read more...] about Pop star Raye opens up about having creative control over her music – and not being told what to wear by anyone