A Certain Ratio's Jez Kerr launches new label Small Moves Records
Jez Kerr of A Certain Ratio has launched a new independent record label named Small Moves Records.The musician - who is best known as a member of the British post-punk band - has teamed up with Steve Brown from Higuera Records and Factory Records' graphic designer Trevor Johnson for the new indie label based out in Manchester.
Megan Thee Stallion is two features away from finishing her new album. © Bang Showbiz Megan Thee Stallion
The 'Savage' hitmaker took to Twitter to give her 4.5 million followers an update on her hotly-anticipated debut album, while she also hinted at a collaboration with City Girls.
When one follower asked how long it will be until she's completed the record, Megan replied: "Waiting on 2 more features then I’m done."
And when another fan asked if she has done a track with the hip-hop duo - which comprises of Yung Miami and JT - Megan simply posted the purple devil emoji.
Last week, the 'Hot Girl Summer' rapper teased that her album was "about to get crazy".
Machine Gun Kelly believes his pop punk album will drive "demand" for guitar music
Machine Gun Kelly is confident that by him bringing pop punk to a different audience with his album 'Tickets To My Downfall', demand for guitar music will be given a boost.The rapper believes his latest record - which is influenced by the genre's pioneers Blink-182 and produced by the band's drummer Travis Scott - has inspired the "new generation" of teenagers to get into pop punk or rock music in general and make way for new bands to come through.
Megan - who has quickly become one of the best-selling artists in the music industry - wrote on the micro-blogging platform: "My album abt to go crazy [smiling emoji] (sic)"
Gallery: Famous Swifties! These stars love Taylor Swift (BANG Showbiz)
Taylor Swift's friends list
Who is in and who is out of Taylor Swift’s squad has attracted plenty of attention over the years. The pop superstar makes no secret of who her pals are, posting pictures with them online, featuring them in her videos and bringing them to her tours. These are the singer’s best friends, and this is what they think of her…
Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift have been best friends for years and it’s all thanks to The Jonas Brothers. The singers met when Selena was dating Nick and Taylor was seeing Joe in 2008, but they have stuck together through everything. In August, the former Disney star revealed that she would love to collaborate with her best friend in the studio: "I’ll say there’s a few artists for sure, but I’ve always dreamt of doing a song with Taylor. I mean, we both wanted to do that. I’ve known her for 13 or 14 years now. So she’s been my best friend. But we’ve talked about it for sure.”
Emma Stone has been one of Taylor’s biggest supporters from the very start. The girls first met at the Young Hollywood Awards and became inseparable. Emma even took TayTay to the ‘Easy A’ premiere as her plus one, and Taylor said in 2011: “My friends are amazing and I'm so thankful to have them, [but] the ones that are like sisters to me are Selena Gomez and Emma Stone ... They can predict my thoughts; I've known them for so long it's really cool to have friends that are that close.”
Lena Dunham have been friends for years and the ‘Girls’ actress has even appeared on stage during Taylor’s ‘Reputation’ tour and in her ‘Bad Blood’ music video. Their respect for one another is mutual too. Lena tweeted about the pop star: “If she’d been here when I was in college, I would have written papers on her, not Sylvia Plath.” Lena’s kind words prompted Taylor to reply “You made my day with that. I’m now going to sit in my dressing room reciting my fav @girlsHBO quotes Which is all of them.”
Katy and Taylor’s feud in former years is well and truly over, despite being so entrenched that Taylor allegedly wrote ‘Bad Blood’ about her pop rival. The ‘Firework’ singer sent Swift a real olive branch to make amends in 2018 and not long later, the pop princesses appeared together dressed as a burger and as fries in Taylor’s ‘You Need to Calm Down’ music video. Katy revealed in February that the bitterness is all in the past and she loved Taylor’s ‘Miss Americana’ documentary. She said: "We don’t have a very close relationship because we are very busy, but we text a lot. I was impressed by her documentary because I saw some self-awareness starting to happen and I saw a lot of vulnerability.”
Nina Nesbitt recently posted a photo of herself wearing a cardigan sent by the ‘Love Story’ singer. Taylor sent a cardigan inspired by the single of the same name from her latest album ‘Folklore’. The Scottish singer thanked her pal for the special gift, writing on Instagram: “Thank you @taylorswift for this cozy gift and for being such a support on my last album. I will forever be inspired by you! Folklore is my favourite one yet … the lyrics are so beautiful and I love the new sound.”
Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift have been friends since they collaborated on ‘Everything Has Changed’ in 2012 and then toured together in support of TayTay’s ‘Red’ album. From there, their friendship has gone from strength-to-strength. The ‘Castle on the Hill’ singer said: “She would be there if everything ended for me. Taylor is kind of an anomaly in that sense.” It seems Taylor has similar feelings, as she said of Ed: “We’ve gotten matching Scottish folds, made each other arts and crafts Christmas presents, vacationed with our families, and had each other’s backs. He is the James Taylor to my Carole King and I can’t imagine a time when he wouldn't be.”
Beyonce has supported Taylor Swift from the very start and never misses an opportunity to sing her praises. Beyonce and Jay Z even attended the star’s 25th birthday party. If that wasn’t enough, who can forget the night at the MTV VMAs when Beyonce gave Taylor her moment? Kayne West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech to say that Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ video should’ve won the prize for Best Female Video instead of Taylor. But Beyonce wasn’t having any of it and brought Swift back up on stage later in the evening to make a proper acceptance speech.
Sarah Hyland has admitted that she is a huge admirer of Taylor and has often been spotted hanging out with the hitmaker. Sarah said: "She's just the most down-to-earth person. She just seems like a really true friend, and it's just really great to meet people in this industry (like her)” When Taylor was facing plastic surgery rumours in 2017, the ‘Modern Family’ actress stood up for her friend, tweeting: “CAN YOU F****** STOP?!?! Let's empower women instead of judging their looks. There's more to us than that. Guess you can't teach stupid...”
Despite her recent successes, Megan has previously admitted to encountering plenty of stresses in her everyday life.
Drake to drop new album in January
Drake has confirmed he will release his long-awaited sixth studio album, 'Certified Lover Boy', in January.The 34-year-old rapper made the announcement via a one-minute video, which featured nods to some of his previous records, including 2013 album 'Nothing Was the Same' and his second studio album 'Take Care'.
And the hip-hop star doesn't have any qualms with being open about her worries.
She said: "I don’t know when it became the trend to be so mother******* perfect, but I hate it.
"I know that I’m a mess sometimes, and it’s okay to be a mess. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to scream. It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to go through a thousand different emotions."
Megan thinks female rappers are held to a higher standard than their male counterparts.
She explained: "A man can be as mediocre as he wants to be but still be praised."
The 'WAP' hitmaker - who has collaborated with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Normani and Cardi B - also rubbished the idea that her music is too raunchy.
Megan - who is known for her explicit lyrics and eye-catching music videos - said: "What are you really mad about? You cannot be mad about me rapping about sex. That’s not what you’re mad about."
Why you should consider an forgotten early favourite this year .
Planning on taking a punt at the Melbourne Cup? Form expert Chris Lines shares his favourite options - and the ones not worth putting your money on.Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien has the top two runners with bookmakers in Tiger Moth and Anthony Van Dyck, but there's at least five other runners that could yet challenge for favouritism in late betting on Tuesday.