James Bay says surprise EP, Oh My Messy Mind, is "super-honest, raw and real"
James Bay surprised fans this past Friday by dropping a new EP called Oh My Messy Mind. It features four songs, including his duet with Julia Michaels, "Peer Pressure," and his new single, "Bad." James says these days, it's almost a requirement for artists to continually release new material.
"The atmosphere at the moment is, like, 'more is more,'" James told ABC Radio at a taping of an upcoming segment for VEVO. "I want to play into the hands of that -- everybody does. But you wanna makes sure you're giving out the absolute best stuff that you have."
Calling the release a "surprise attack," James says he made a last minute decision to put out all four new songs -- "Peer Pressure," "Bad," "Rescue" and "Break My Heart Right" -- instead of just releasing "Bad."
"It was fun to kinda know there was no pressure," he explains. "It was, 'Y'know, I think I'm gonna do the whole EP and just give you guys a load of new music to listen to.'"
James says he wanted fans to have the new music because he's going to be touring so much in the near future. In fact, he kicks off a stint opening for Ed Sheeran on Ed's European stadium tour on May 24.
As for whether or not these four songs, some of which are very stripped-down, are an indication of where he's going musically, James explains, "I think it's just 'James Bay Right Now' -- but I think it's wrong to feel like it's not an indication of where I'm going as well."
"I just want it to be super-honest and direct and very raw and real," he notes. "So that's all where I'm at right now."
Britney Spears' manager clarifies comments about her performing future
Even though he was specific in saying yesterday that he wasn't certain Britney Spears would ever again perform in Las Vegas, Britney's manager, Larry Rudolph, found some outlets taking his comments to mean Britney might never perform again, period.
"That’s not what I said," Rudolph told Billboard later Wednesday. "I simply said that the Vegas residency is now officially off and that she hasn’t called me in months to talk about doing anything so I’m not sure if or when she will ever want to work again. It’s that simple."
Rudolph also clarified his role in Britney's affairs: "I have one role in Britney‘s life. I’m her manager," he told Billboard. "She calls me if and when she wants to work. Other than that I’m not involved in anything else. Not the conservatorship, not her medical treatment, not her kids. Nothing else."
Rudolph, who's managed Britney for years, initially told TMZ, "As the person who guides her career -- based on the information I and all of the professionals who work with her are being told on a need-to-know basis -- from what I have gathered, it's clear to me she should not be going back to do this Vegas residency, not in the near future and possibly never again."
Even so, TMZ itself ran Rudolph's comments under the arguably misleading headline: "Britney Spears Manager Larry Rudolph Says She May Never Perform Again."
Last January, Britney canceled plans for her new Las Vegas show, Domination, after her father experienced a health crisis from which he continues to recover. Then she voluntarily checked herself into a mental health facility for three weeks last month to de-stress and adjust her psychiatric medications.
Rudolph told TMZ that given all this, it's up to Britney whether or when she wants to perform.
"Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day. She was excited. She hasn't called me in months," he said. "Crickets. She clearly doesn't want to perform now."
Rudolph also said he only wants the best for Britney, insisting, "I don't want her to work again 'till she's ready, physically, mentally and passionately. If that time never comes again it will never come again. I have no desire or ability to make her work again."
Last week, Britney and her parents appeared in court at a hearing in connection with her longtime conservatorship. The court ordered an expert evaluation of Britney's current condition. The hearing was continued to September 18.
Spice up your life by staying overnight in the Spice Girls' original Spice World bus
You're gonna really really want to hear this: Now you can spend the night in the original bus from the Spice Girls' movie Spice World.
As People magazine reports, starting May 22, the Union Jack-covered double-decker bus will be available to book on Airbnb for just $129 per night. It's located in Wembley Park in Market Square in London, which makes it a great place to stay if you're traveling to the U.K. to catch the Spice Girls' reunion tour.
Up to three guests can stay in the bus, which is decorated with '90s magazines and CDs, a neon light that reads "Girl Power," a zebra-print carpet and two disco balls. A list of bus rules includes cheeky suggestions like "Double denim is permitted," "Girl Power is essential," as is "a compulsory rendition of 'Goodbye' upon check out."
The bus is being run by Spice Girls fanatic Suzanne Godley, who decided to turn the bus into an Airbnb after her boss purchased it.
“The Spice Girls were my childhood obsession,” Godley she tells People, adding, "I must have watched the Spice World movie hundreds of times. And while I have grown up over the years, I don’t think I’ve ever grown out of my love for them.”
Ellie Goulding thought about quitting music for good
Ellie Goulding has a hit on her hands with "Close to You," and is gearing up to release her fourth album this year, but there was a brief moment a few years ago when she thought about giving up music completely.
"I had to [step away]," she told U.K.’s ITV show This Morning. "It was 10 years of nonstop touring. I've toured the world a few times and it just got to a point a few years ago where I really just had to just go away from it all.”
She admitted she almost packed it in for good and moved on to something new.
“I thought for a second, 'Maybe I could just quietly go away,’” she said. “But I've rediscovered my love for writing and songwriting and I'm playing guitar and I've started to teach myself piano, so I kind of have been rejuvenated and got back to a point where I really love it again."
Ultimately, the time away from music was good for Ellie's personal life as well. She was able to spend time with her family and watch her nephew grow up, and she got engaged to boyfriend Caspar Jopling in 2018.
“I feel a bit more in control now,” she said. “I needed that moment.”
Ellie’s last album, Delirium, came out in 2015. Her new single, “Sixteen,” is out now.
Game of Thrones fans calling for season eight do-over with "competent writers"
(SPOILERS AHEAD) A number of Game of Thrones fans apparently aren't happy with the direction of the show's eighth and final season, and they're calling for a remake with better writers.
A Change.org petition has surfaced, urging HBO to “remake Game of Thrones season eight with competent writers.”
“David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on,” reads the petition, referring to the drama’s showrunners. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense. Subvert my expectations and make it happen, HBO!”
As of 3:00 am. ET Thursday, the petition's collected over 240,000 signatures and climbing fast -- far more than the 200,000 signature goal set by its creator.
Fan reaction to last Sunday’s penultimate episode, titled “The Bells,” was divided after Emilia Clark's character, Daenerys Targaryen, and her dragon rained fire down upon King's Landing after the city surrendered -- an action many fans said came out of proverbial left field for the character.
However, that was only the straw that broke the dragon's back for many viewers, who have complained about the season being rushed in general, with many characters engaging in questionable acts. They also complained that that episode three, "The Long Night," was too dark -- literally. And, of course, there was the Starbucks-style coffee cup that appeared in a scene from episode four, "The Last of the Starks."
Game of Thrones' series finale airs Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m.
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