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Adam Lambert has revealed that he once auditioned for a role in A Star Is Born.

The Queen singer said he tried for the role of Ramon, Ally’s (Lady Gaga) gay friend in the movie.

Speaking on the latest episode of Apple‘s Nova Podcast Brenda, Call Me! With Courtney Act and Vanity, Lambert said: “Do you know, it’s funny, I auditioned for that part in A Star Is Born? It was so funny to me, because they told me about it and they were like ‘She’s going to have like a gay best friend’ and I was like ‘Okay, that could be cute’ and then I got the script and it was like… he was a Latin American character, like he was a Latino character.

“You know his name was Latino, a lot of the slang that he was using, he was calling her [Gaga] ‘Mami’ and all this stuff and I was like ‘Now how is this gonna work?, Should I just not go to the audition? This is not my part’.”

The part eventually went to Anthony Ramos, who starred in Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Gaga recently shared the first photo on set from her next movie – Ridley Scott’s forthcoming House Of Gucci.

Gaga will portray Patrizia Reggiani, the ex-wife of Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci, who was killed in a 1995 hit she orchestrated.

The MGM film will follow the true story of Reggiani, who in 1998 was convicted of orchestrating Gucci’s assassination after discovering that he’d been unfaithful. Despite originally receiving a 29-year prison sentence, Reggiani served 18 years before being released in 2016.

It is Gaga’s first film role since A Star Is Born (2018), for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for ‘Shallow‘.

Posted On Friday, 19 March 2021 14:54 Written by

Lucinda Williams has shared a cover of Sharon Van Etten‘s ‘Save Yourself’ – you can listen to it below.

The country-rock artist’s rendition of the song will appear on ‘Epic Ten’, a special 10th anniversary edition of Van Etten’s second album ‘Epic’ (released in 2010). A cover of ‘A Crime’ by Big Red Machine arrived earlier this month.

Ahead of the new record’s digital release on April 16, the video for Williams’ take on ‘Save Yourself’ landed on Van Etten’s YouTube channel today (March 18). In the clip, we see the Louisiana musician performing in the studio.

Van Etten announced the cover on Instagram last night alongside an image from the first night she and Williams met after the latter’s show in Tarrytown, New York in 2016.

“I shyly came backstage after being invited and she walked up to me with a glass of wine in her hand singing ‘Every time the sun comes up I’m in trouble…’,” she recalled. “I wanted to cry.”

Van Etten went on to hail the “legendary” Williams for covering ‘Save Yourself’ “with such devotion”. You can see that post below.

‘Epic Ten’, which comes with the original album, also features SVE covers from Idles, Courtney Barnett, Fiona Apple and more. A physical edition arrives on June 11 via Ba Da Bing.

Speaking about the anniversary release, Van Etten said ‘Epic’ “represents a crossroads for me as an artist – going from intern to artist at Ba Da Bing, from solo folk singer to playing with a band for the first time and beginning to play shows on tour where people showed up”.

A documentary on the making of ‘Epic’ will be screened along with a special livestream show by Van Etten and her band on April 16 and 17 – you can find out more information here.

Sharon Van Etten’s latest full-length album, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, came out in January 2019.

Posted On Thursday, 18 March 2021 23:08 Written by

By Gbenga Bada, Assistant Editor/ THE NATION

Music star Davido has reacted to the victories of his contemporaries at the 2021 edition of the Recording Academy Awards aka Grammys.

The 28-year-old singer reacted to Burna Boy and Wizkid wins hours after the 63rd edition of the awards ceremony hosted by Trevor Noah on Sunday, March 14, in the United States of America.

“Whichever way you look at it, this is a victory for Nigeria for the culture and for my people! Congrats to our winners! Tule Naija!” Davido tweeted.

Burna Boy broke the Nigerian music record at the 63rd Grammy Awards by winning a Grammy award for his album, ‘Twice As Tall.”

On the same night, Ayo ‘Wizkid’ Balogun won his first-ever Grammy Award after two nominations.

The win came through his duet with Beyonce on the song, ‘Brown Skin Girl’ off the 2019 album, ‘The Lion King.’

Sikiru Adepoju is the first Nigerian to win a Grammy for his performance in an album jointly produced.

Burna Boy remains the first Nigeria-based, solo artiste to win the Grammys.

Posted On Monday, 15 March 2021 23:53 Written by

By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

Nigerian Music Stars Wizkid and Burna Boy emerged winners at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

While Burna Boy’s ‘Twice As Tall’, his last year’s project, fetched him the ‘Best Global Music Album’ Category, Wizkid won his first-ever Grammy award for his role in ‘Brown Skin Girl’, a 2019 song by Beyonce.

‘Brown Skin Girl’ was nominated for the category alongside ‘Life Is Good’, a song by Future featuring Drake, ‘Lockdown’ by Anderson Park, ‘Adore You’ by Harry Styles and ‘Goliath’ by Woodkid.

Trevor Noah, South African US-based comedian, hosted the show from the Los Angeles Convention Center.

It was originally scheduled to take place in January but was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

WINNER: Lady Gaga with Ariana

Best R&B Album

WINNER: John Legend – Bigger Love

Best Progressive R&B Album

WINNER: Thundercat – It Is What It Is

Best R&B Song

WINNER: Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello – Better Than I Imagine

Best Traditional R&B Performance

WINNER: Ledisi – Anything for You

Best Latin Jazz Album

WINNER: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Four Questions

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

WINNER: Maria Schneider Orchestra – Data Lords

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

WINNER: Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade – Trilogy 2

Best Jazz Vocal Album

WINNER: Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pérez – Secrets Are the Best Stories

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

WINNER: Chick Corea – All Blues

Best Alternative Music Album

WINNER: Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Best Musical Theater Album

WINNER: Jagged Little Pill

Best Comedy Album

WINNER: Tiffany Haddish – Black Mitzvah

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)

WINNER: Rachel Maddow – Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

Best Children’s Music Album

WINNER: Joanie Leeds – All the Ladies

Best Global Music Album

WINNER: Burna Boy – Twice As Tall

Best Reggae Album

WINNER: Toots & the Maytals – Got to Be Tough

Best Regional Roots Music Album

WINNER: New Orleans Nightcrawlers – Atmosphere

Best Folk Album

WINNER: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – All the Good Times

Best Contemporary Blues Album

WINNER: Fantastic Negrito – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?

Best Traditional Blues Album

WINNER: Bobby Rush – Rawer Than Raw

Best Bluegrass Album

WINNER: Billy Strings – Home

Best Americana Album

WINNER: Sarah Jarosz – World on the Ground

Best American Roots Song

WINNER: John Prine – I Remember Everything

Best American Roots Performance

WINNER: John Prine – I Remember Everything

Best Song Written for Visual Media

WINNER: Billie Eilish – No Time to Die


Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

WINNER: Hildur Guðnadóttir – Joker

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

WINNER: Jojo Rabbit

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

WINNER: Christopher Rouse – Rouse: Symphony No. 5

Best Classical Compendium

WINNER: Isabel Leonard – Thomas, M.T.: From the Diary of Anne Frank & Matt Haimovitz – Woolf, L.P.: Fire and Flood

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

WINNER: Sarah Brailey & Dashon Burton – Smyth: The Prison

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

WINNER: Richard O’Neill – Theofanidis: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

WINNER: Pacifica Quartet – Contemporary Voices

Best Choral Performance

WINNER: James K. Bass, J’Nai Bridges, Timothy Fallon, Kenneth Overton, Hila Plitmann & Matthew Worth; Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus & UCLA Chamber Singers – Danielpour: The Passion of Yeshua.

Best Opera Recording

WINNER: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera

Best Orchestral Performance

WINNER: Los Angeles Philharmonic – Ives: Complete Symphonies

Best Tropical Latin Album

WINNER: Grupo Niche – 40

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

WINNER: Natalia Lafourcade – Un Canto por México, Vol. 1

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album

WINNER: Rito Paez – La Conquesta del Espacio

Producer of the Year, Classical

WINNER: David Frost

Best Engineered Album, Classical

WINNER: Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, “Babi Yar”

Best Remixed Recording

WINNER: Saint Jhn – Roses (Imanbek Remix)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

WINNER: Beck – Hyperspace

Best Historical Album

WINNER: Mister Rogers – It’s Such a Good Feeling: The Best of Mister Rogers

Best Album Notes

WINNER: The Replacements – Dead Man’s Pop

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

WINNER: Wilco – Ode to Joy

Best Recording Package

WINNER: Desert Sessions – Vols. 11 & 12

Best Roots Gospel Album

WINNER: Fisk Jubilee Singers – Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album)

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

WINNER: Kanye West – Jesus Is King

Best Gospel Album

WINNER: PJ Morton – Gospel According to PJ.

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

WINNER: Zach Williams & Dolly Parton – There Was Jesus

Best Gospel Performance/Song

WINNER: Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music – Movin’ On

Best New Age Album

WINNER: Jim “Kimo” West – More Guitar Stories

Best Music Film

WINNER: Linda Ronstadt – Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Best Music Video

WINNER: Beyoncé – Brown Skin Girl

Best Arrangement, Instruments, and Vocals

WINNER: Jacob Collier – He Won’t Hold You

Best Arrangement, Instrumental, or A Cappella

WINNER: John Beasley – Donna Lee

Best Instrumental Composition

WINNER: Maria Schneider – Sputnik

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

WINNER: Snarky Puppy – Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Best Dance/Electronic Album

WINNER: Kaytranada – Bubba

Best Dance Recording

WINNER: Kaytranada Featuring Kali Uchis – 10%

Posted On Monday, 15 March 2021 19:27 Written by

By Muhaimin Olowoporoku/ PM NEWS

Reality TV star and former BBNaija housemate, Rebecca Nengi Hampson has acquired a new mansion.

The reality TV star shared photos of the new property via her Twitter and Instagram pages on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

The BBNaija lockdown housemate has been in the spotlight before her time in the Big Brother Naija house as she is a former model and had made it to the MBGN 2017 top five contestants.

After finishing 2nd runner-up at the reality TV show, her fame amplified as she achieves celebrity status and now famous beyond Nigeria and across Africa.

She recently returned from a media tour in Ghana where she and her Ghanian fans were all excited to have her in the country.

She can be described as one of the most successful reality TV stars from BBNaija.

In 2020, she was appointed as a Senior Special Assistant to the Bayelsa State governor on ‘The Girl Child.’

Sharing the news of her new mansion, she said “2021 just keeps getting better. With consistency, dedication, and hard work, I finally get to tick this off my checklist. Thank you Lord for continued blessings. Can’t wait to play table tennis with my friends in my ‘Pengi’ home.”

Posted On Thursday, 11 March 2021 01:58 Written by


Milan Fashion Week is here. The digitally-focused schedule is stacked with brands on the half-hour, starting with Missoni, Alberta Ferretti, and Kim Jones’s highly-anticipated ready-to-wear debut for Fendi.

Born in different parts of Africa but all operating under the Made in Italy brand, here are the five designers who opened Milan Fashion Week as part of a collective Wednesday:

Fabiola Manirakiza, 50

Fabiola Manirakiza Image AFP

She was born in Burundi but it was in Zaire, which became the Democratic Republic of Congo, that she learned how to sew, in a school run by Italian nuns. A doctor by training, she used this skill when she founded her label Frida Kiza in Italy in 2016, the name a tribute to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Fabiola Manirakiza’s Piece Image AFP

She describes her work as a “mix between Africa and Italy”, like her silk scarves with Masai prints inspired by Botticelli’s painting, “Primavera” (Spring).

Claudia Gisele Ntsama, 29

Cameroonian fashion stylist Claudia Gisele Ntsama (C) from the collective “Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion” poses with her models on February 17, 2021 in Milan/ AFP

She was born in Cameroon, has since childhood wanted to be a designer and particularly in Italy, as “fashion is Italy”. She spent eight years learning Italian before moving to Italy in 2012, where she worked in odd jobs, in cleaning and at football stadium entrances among others, before getting a diploma in design from Bologna. She “fell in love” with hemp, “one of the most ecological fibres”, and built her own label.

Mokodu Fall, 45

Senegalese fashion designer, Pape Mokodu Fall/ AFP

He is originally from Senegal, has worked as a cartoonist, actor, and then painter. He came to Italy at the age of 22 “to experience the art and culture”. “My collection reflects my African origins,” explained the diplomat’s son who splits his time between Rome and Dunkirk in the north of France. “They are works of art that I transpose onto clothes.”

Models present creations by Senegalese fashion designer, Pape Mocodou Fall, aka Mokodu from the collective “Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion” on February 17, 2021 in Milan during the filming of the fashion show that opens the Milan Fashion Week on February 24, 2021./ AFP

Joy Meribe, 43

Nigerian fashion stylist Joy Ijeoma Meribe Image AFP

She left Nigeria where she was born because there, “designers have no status”. She obtained a master’s in international business before entering fashion, adding: “I’m not an ethnic designer, I live in Italy, I studied in Italy and I produce in Italy.

A model presents a creation by Nigerian fashion stylist Joy Ijeoma Meribe from the collective “Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion”/ AFP

” Her inspiration? “Strong, intelligent African women, like my grandmothers.”

Karim Daoudi, 27

Moroccan shoe designer, Karim Daoudi from the collective “Black Lives Matter in Italian Fashion” / AFP

He born in Morocco 27 years ago, arrived in San Mauro Pascoli in northern Italy at the age of 13 with his family, “looking for a better future”. “At 17, I started working in a workshop making shoes for major brands,” before winning a competition on shoe design in Rome. His collection, entitled “Journey into the forest”, brings together shoes in bright colours that remind him of Morocco. To finance his passion, he works as a postman.

Posted On Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:22 Written by

By Alao Abiodun/ THE NATION

The 14th edition of the prestigious Headies award held on Sunday.

The event, which was virtual due to COVID-19 pandemic, was hosted by funnyman Bovi and Nancy Isime.

Fast-rising singers like Fireboy DML, Bad Boy Timz and Omah Lay received their first plaques.

Fireboy was the biggest winner at the 14th Headies on Sunday night snagging four awards — including the ‘Best R&B Single’, ‘Best R&B Album’, ‘Headies revelation’, and ‘Best Pop Album’ categories.

Here is the full list of the winners:

Producer of The Year

  • Pheelz – Billionaire by Teni

Best Vocal Performance (Female)

  • Niniola – Addicted

Best Vocal Performance (Male)

  • Praiz – Under The Sky

Best Street Hop Artiste

  • Mayorkun – Geng

Rookie of The Year

  • Bad Boy Tims – MJ

Best Pop Single

  • Nobody – DJ Neptune feat Joe Boy and Mr Eazi

Read Also: 14th Headies: Wizkid wins artiste of the year

Best Collabo

  • Ladipoe and Simi – Know you

Best Alternative song

  • Moelogo – I wonder

Best Rap Single

  • Falz – Bop Daddy feat. MS Banks

Best R&B Album

  • Fireboy DML – Tears, laughter and goosebumps

Best Alternative Album

  • Roots – The Cavemen

Next Rated

  • Omah Lay

Viewers Choice Award

  • Wizkid

Songwriter of the Year

  • Simi – Duduke

Best Pop Award

  • Fireboy – Apollo

Lyricist on The Roll

  • Ilbliss Goretti – Country

African Artiste Recognition Award

  • Master KG

Headies Hall of Fame

  • King Sunny Ade
Posted On Tuesday, 23 February 2021 18:28 Written by

By Samuel Oamen/ THE NATION

Nollywood veteran actor, Victor Decker, was found dead in his apartment on Monday by his neighbours at about 5 pm.

The Nation gathered Decker’s neighbours broke down the door to his apartment before they found his lifeless decomposed body in his sitting room.

He was 72 but the cause remains unknown.

Mayor of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Abuja, Jesse Nazareth, confirmed the incident.

“Yes, Victor Decker is dead. I am in the mortuary where they want to embalm him. I am not aware of the cause of his death. I just got a call that his neighbours did not see him for days so they got concerned.

“They went to his house, knocked on his door but got no response so they had to break down the door. That was when they saw him sitting on his chair lifeless.

“He was already smelling as he was decomposing. I rushed down there to arrange the necessary things.”

She added that several hospitals rejected the body of the late actor because it was already decomposing.

“I had to obtain a police report and cars to convey him to a hospital. I took him to several hospitals but they rejected him because his body was already decomposing. At about 3 am this morning, we were referred to a private hospital in Bwari, Abuja, where they accepted his body. This morning, they are embalming his body but they need to first reduce its size as he has swollen.”

Decker starred in films like Double Strings, If I am President and Lotanna.

Posted On Wednesday, 17 February 2021 18:22 Written by

As the world celebrates St. Valentines Day, some women in Jos say they would prefer ”meaningful gifts” than receiving flowers, cards and chocolates, usually accepted as standard lovers’ day gifts.

A survey of both married and unmarried women also indicated their preference for spending quality time at home, than going out to fancy restaurants, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Valentine’s Day is a holiday when lovers express their affection for one another with greetings and gifts, and lately this had expanded to expression of affection between relatives and friends.

Other activities identified with the holiday, believed to have its origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February, is in simply spending time with loved ones and reading romantic Valentine’s Day quotes; or posting a Valentine’s Day caption on a cute couples social media photo.

Mrs Ajalah Omusa, said: “I don’t want any flowers for Valentine, it really doesn’t mean so much to me, flowers to me are not special, I want other gifts that I will see every day to remind me of the special day.

“I don’t get to receive gifts very often from my husband, so I will want something very special on a special day like Valentine,” Omusa said.

Mrs Amy Cassidy, on her part, said she would prefer to be pampered and would not mind getting a credit alert from her husband.

“I don’t want any flowers, I just want to be pampered at home like having dinner in bed and spending quality time with my husband, as we don’t get to do this all the time due to the nature of our jobs.

Mrs Gift Udom said she would prefer her husband taking the kids out on an outing, while she relaxes at home all by herself.

Udom said, resting at home, without the kids for some hours, would help her rejuvenate and also afford the kids the opportunity of spending quality time with their father.

She also noted that a credit alert would also brighten up her day and make her happy.

Miss Mary Izang, stated that she would prefer the roses to come with a proposal, than just roses and chocolates.

“Last year, my boyfriend bought me rose flowers and chocolates, we also hung out and I appreciated it, I would want the roses to come with something different.

“It will be romantic if he bought the flowers and hid a ring in it. We will go out later today, so I hope that happens,” a hopeful Izang said.

Some men who spoke to NAN, however, expressed displeasure on receiving no gift at all, while some stated they only received singlets and boxers all their lives.

“I will not stress myself too much about Valentine this year because I don’t get gifts at all, Jonathan Iliya said, adding, “I always do the buying and get a hug and a thank you at the end of the day, it should be reciprocal, that will make it beautiful”.

Mr Isaiah Badung, said women were fond of buying boxers and singlets for their men as Valentine gifts, a norm which he said should stop.

He stated that he would celebrate Valentine at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAN observed in Jos, at the weekend, that several eateries, hang out spots and shopping centres were decorated in red with several shoppers queuing to buy gifts, while a few residents were spotted in red attires. (NAN)

Posted On Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:23 Written by

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sabur Dimeji Bankole, will, on Friday, January 15, tie the nuptial knot with Miss Aisha Shinkafi Saidu, daughter of the Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu.

Bankole, who divorced his first wife in 2017, had, in the past few years, been a much sought after bachelor in the circle of eligible spinsters both within and outside Nigeria.

Friday’s marriage ceremony will draw the curtain on speculations regarding his matrimonial intentions since the divorce.

The bride, a lawyer and graduate of the University of Hull in the UK, is a granddaughter of the late political heavyweight and onetime head of Nigeria’s security organisation, Alhaji Umaru Shinkafi, Marafan Sokoto. The bride’s mother is Shinkafi’s daughter and a sister to the former Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Aliyu Shinkafi.

A statement from the Bankole family of Iporo, Abeokuta, disclosed that a quiet introduction between the two families had taken place a few weeks earlier to kick off the joining together in line with Islamic and traditional injunctions.

At the introduction ceremony, the Governor of Sokoto State and Bankole’s successor as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, had led the groom’s family to the bride’s family home to seek her hand in marriage.

Friday’s event will be the culmination of a courtship that both families had kept very discrete. Political observers, however, note that the marriage would appear to straddle Nigeria’s great political divide, as Bagudu is the chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, while Tambuwal is the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum.

Meanwhile, the Bankole family advised that in keeping with the requirements of COVID-19 protocols, the ceremony would be low-key. It, therefore, implored invited guests to observe all health and safety directives at the event, while appealing to friends and well-wishers who might not have received invitations for their understanding given the uncertainties of the present times.
Posted On Wednesday, 13 January 2021 03:42 Written by
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