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How Jade Bird went from 'brutal' open mic gigs to the Brit School and US success

How Jade Bird went from 'brutal' open mic gigs to the Brit School and US success

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Here's a list of things that make Jade Bird laugh during our conversation: Coats, chickens, theatre school, her own songs, other people's songs, yoghurt, bathrooms, being cheated on, her grandmother's guitar and writer's block.The 20-year-old is vivacious and chatty and frequently hilarious - characteristics that have earned her legions of fans when she plays live (which is all the time)."I've often been told that if music doesn't work out I could be a comedian," she guffaws. "I'm like, 'Thank you so much... Or maybe not?!'"Stand-up's loss is music's gain. The singer's British spin on Americana is compelling and gutsy, combining her love of Loretta Lynn with the punky energy of Patti Smith.It's already caused a fuss in the US, where Rolling Stone named her a "country artist you need to kno...
'Got myself a fiancee': Ed Sheeran is engaged

'Got myself a fiancee': Ed Sheeran is engaged

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Singer Ed Sheeran has announced he is engaged to girlfriend Cherry Seaborn.The Grammy award-winning artist posted a photo on Instagram of him kissing her with the caption: "Got myself a fiancé just before new year."We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well xx"Sheeran, 26, met 24-year-old Cherry at Thomas Mills High School in Framlingham, Suffolk.Image:The couple have been dating since 2015. Pic: Beretta/Sims/REX/ShutterstockShe then left the UK to study at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina before working at an accountancy firm in New York.The pair embarked on a long-distance relationship in mid-2015.In December 2016 it was revealed she had moved back to the UK to be with him as the relationship became more serious.At the end of last year Sheeran revealed he wo
Tom Petty died from accidental overdose

Tom Petty died from accidental overdose

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US musician Tom Petty died last year from an accidental drug overdose, his family has revealed.The Free Fallin' singer, 66, suffered a fatal cardiac arrest in October just days after completing a 40th anniversary tour.In a statement on his official Facebook page, Petty's widow Dana and daughter Adria revealed the results of a coroner's report into his death.They said Petty had "passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications"."Unfortunately Tom's body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip," their statement said."Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more ...
Kim Cattrall suggests Sex and the City replacements

Kim Cattrall suggests Sex and the City replacements

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When Kim Cattrall ruled out appearing in Sex and the City 3, saying her relationship with her co-stars was "toxic", it looked like there was no prospect of the film ever being made.But the actress, who played Samantha Jones, has now suggested two women who could play her part instead.She endorsed Tiffany Haddish from Girls Trip and Modern Family's Sofia Vergara. They are among the "many fabulous actresses to choose from that will make Samantha their own", Cattrall said.The Liverpool-born actress played the PR executive in two films, as well as all six series of Sex and the City. She denied that her decision to turn down the third film was due to pay or "diva" demands. Her latest comments came after Sarah Jessica Parker, who starred as Carrie in the long-running comedy-drama about a group o...
Inquest opens into Dolores O'Riordan's death

Inquest opens into Dolores O'Riordan's death

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A coroner is awaiting results of "various tests" as the death of The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan is investigated.An inquest has been opened into O'Riordan's death, as is expected when a person dies suddenly.Westminster Coroner's Court was told that O'Riordan was found unresponsive in her hotel room on Monday and was declared dead at the scene by the London Ambulance Service.Coroner's officer Stephen Earl said: "A post-mortem examination has now taken place and the court is awaiting the results of various tests that have been commissioned."O'Riordan, 46, had been in London for a recording session at the time of her death, her publicist said earlier this week.She had been staying at the Hilton on Park Lane.More from UKFollowing her death, tributes came from singers, producers ...