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Zoe Ball on choosing her first song for Radio 2 Breakfast Show

New Radio 2 Breakfast Show presenter Zoe Ball has revealed how she chose what will be her very first song as she begins her new role next week. Ball replaced Chris Evans after he announced he would be leaving to host the breakfast programme on Virgin Radio. Speaking on BBC One’s The One Show, she told viewers her famous guest line-up included stars such as Saoirse Ronan and Hugh Jackman. Ball’s first Radio 2 Breakfast Show will be on 14 January. Source link

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Rock and sausage roll: blogger dad’s novelty song is UK Christmas no.1

LONDON (Reuters) – Perennial chart-topper Ariana Grande has lost the race to top the British singles chart at Christmas – to a blogger who posts about fatherhood and sings about sausage rolls. LadBaby, whose real name is Mark Hoyle, recorded his version of Starship’s 1985 hit “We Built This City” with his wife and two sons, changing the lyrics to pay tribute to the British snack, a puff pastry roll filled with sausage meat. “Thank you everybody in the UK who has got a sausage roll to the top,” the…

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LadBaby’s charity sausage roll song pulls off Christmas chart upset

Image copyright Official Charts Company Image caption LadBaby celebrates his number one with wife Roxanne and children Koby and Phoenix YouTube star LadBaby has pulled off a festive upset by winning the race to this year’s Christmas number one spot. The UK blogger – real name Mark Hoyle – has reached pole position with a cover of Starship’s We Built This City called We Built This City… On Sausage Rolls. The charity single, in aid of food bank network The Trussell Trust, beat Ava Max and Ariana Grande to the…

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Billie Marten: Having SAD made me write the happiest pop song

Billie Marten’s Blue Sea, Red Sea featured as Annie Mac’s hottest record on Radio 1 earlier this month. This came just a year after the 19-year-old was diagnosed with severe seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It’s a type of depression caused by changes in the seasons, particularly in the winter, and is estimated to affect one in 15 people in the UK. The condition has inspired Billie’s latest single and here she explains the meaning behind the lyrics. Follow Newsbeat on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45…

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Therapy through song: Choir helps Hungarian lung patients breathe more easily

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – A Hungarian doctor has prescribed her lung disease patients a new form of physical and spiritual therapy – singing in public as part of a choir. Members of the “Breathing for the Soul” choir, who are patients suffering from lung diseases, sing during their concert in Budapest, Hungary, November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo The “Breathing for the Soul” choir, which was formed this spring, gave its second performance on Thursday in the ball room of a Budapest Hotel. Its members, many seriously ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary…

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Carole King calls new anti-Trump song ‘a call to action’

Image copyright Getty Images Carole King has come out of retirement to write an anti-Trump song. The songwriter’s first new music in seven years is a reworked version of her 1977 track, One. The song features a new final verse, which King told the Guardian is “a call to action” ahead of the mid-term elections in the US. The 76-year-old initially rewrote the song to play at a political fundraiser last month, but then recorded the new version to “empower people”. King – a staunch Democrat – is one of…

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It’s a little bit pricey: Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ lyrics for auction

FILE PHOTO: British musician Elton John talks on radio station air as he attends a charity event to support innovative HIV prevention and to raise awareness about AIDS in Kiev, Ukraine May 28, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The handwritten original lyrics to Elton John’s breakout hit “Your Song” are going up for auction in New York and are expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars. Written by John’s long time collaborator Bernie Taupin, the romantic ballad was the British singer’s first big hit in 1970,…

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Aretha Franklin’s A Natural Woman: Why the song still moves us, 50 years on

When Aretha Franklin died, the clip that was shared most widely – the most potent reminder of her raw, soul-stirring emotional force – was a 2015 performance of her 1967 hit (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. The rendition at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony brought a tear to Barack Obama’s eye, and left the song’s co-writer Carole King in raptures. It was also the song that Ariana Grande and Alicia Keys both turned to when they separately performed tributes after the Queen of Soul died on Thursday.…

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Pay with a song: sing or the engine stops in Finnish karaoke taxi

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Driver Topias Uusipere has been giving rides to music festival goers in the Finnish city of Turku since Friday — for a song. Jenni Santero (L) helps Natalie Pekonen and Salli Degerman to pick a song before they take a ride with the ‘Singalong Shuttle Cab’ to Ruisrock festival area in Turku, Finland, July 7, 2018. Passengers can pay for electric car taxi rides by singing. Lehtikuva/Ville-Veikko Kaakinen via REUTERS A pilot taxi service in Turku during the July 6-8 Ruisrock festival lets riders “pay” for their…

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Dua Lipa, George Ezra, Cardi B – who’s made the song of the summer?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dua Lipa, George Ezra and Cardi B are all contenders for the song of the summer Music sounds better in the sunshine. There’s no scientific evidence for that, but it’s a fact. And with the UK in the middle of a heatwave, it’s time to indulge in one of music’s purest pleasures – the summer song. Whether it’s frothy and euphoric or laid-back and relaxed, every year produces one song that defines the season. Last year, it was Luis Fonsi’s Despacito. The year before…

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