Billie Eilish: Singer, dancer, actual pirate

Billie Eilish: Singer, dancer, actual pirate

Billie Eilish may only be 15 years old, but she’s already a formidable talent (and a real-life pirate, but more on that later). A member of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, she wrote her first song – about falling into a black hole – when she was four. But it was her dance instructor who unlocked her talent for smart, dark pop songs when he asked her to submit a song for class. Along with…

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Cardiff Singer of the World winner crowned

Cardiff Singer of the World winner crowned

Mezzo soprano Catriona Morison has been crowned the winner of this year’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. The 31-year-old from Scotland was the judge’s wildcard and one of five finalists who performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. The week-long competition featured 20 young classical singers. They were selected from an original list of 400 entrants before auditions. Ms Morison was presented with the Cardiff Trophy and…

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US singer Katy Perry is first to 100m Twitter followers

US singer Katy Perry is first to 100m Twitter followers

The US singer-songwriter Katy Perry has become the first person to reach 100m followers on Twitter. The website posted a video compilation of her tweets since she joined in 2009 along with a message saying “Today, we #WITNESS history”. Witness is the name of Perry’s new album. The Canadian singer Justin Bieber has the second highest number of followers at 96.7m with Barack Obama in third place with almost 91m. The rest of the top…

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Chris Cornell: Audioslave and Soundgarden singer dies aged 52

Chris Cornell: Audioslave and Soundgarden singer dies aged 52

Media playback is unsupported on your device Chris Cornell has died at the age of 52, his representatives have confirmed. He was best known as the lead singer in Soundgarden and Audioslave, and also performed the theme song to the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale. In a statement, Cornell’s representative Brian Bumbery said his death was “sudden and unexpected”. It also said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine…

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George Michael: Private funeral for singer

George Michael: Private funeral for singer

George Michael’s funeral has taken place, three months after his sudden death at the age of 53. His family said a “small, private ceremony” on Wednesday was attended by “family and close friends”. In the statement, they thanked his fans for “their many messages of love and support” following the funeral, thought to have been held in London. Michael died of natural causes at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day. The riverside cottage…

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Eurovision 2017: Ukraine bars Russian singer Samoilova from contest

Eurovision 2017: Ukraine bars Russian singer Samoilova from contest

Ukraine has barred Russia’s Eurovision contestant because of a visit she made to Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014. Julia Samoilova was banned from Ukraine for three years because she had entered Crimea “illegally” – entering directly from Russia, not via Ukraine. Samoilova, 27, has confirmed that she sang in Crimea in 2015. Ukraine is due to host Eurovision in Kiev, in May. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which founded Eurovision, said it was “deeply…

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Sister Sledge singer Joni dies at 60

Sister Sledge singer Joni dies at 60

Joni Sledge, the singer best-known for the disco anthem We Are Family, has died aged 60. Sledge, who formed Sister Sledge with her three siblings in 1971, was found unresponsive by a friend at her home in Phoenix, Arizona, her publicist said. She had not been ill and the cause of death is unknown. Sledge, who is survived by her adult son, last performed with the band in October. Her death was announced on social…

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Al Jarreau: Seven-time Grammy-winning jazz singer dies at 76

Al Jarreau: Seven-time Grammy-winning jazz singer dies at 76

Seven-time Grammy Award-winning jazz and pop singer Al Jarreau has died in Los Angeles at the age of 76, his publicist says. The cause of his death was not immediately clear. He was in a hospital being treated for exhaustion. A rare artist to have won a Grammy in jazz, pop and R&B categories, Jarreau was famed for writing the theme to hit television show Moonlighting. Earlier this month, he retired from touring after more…

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