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End of the road for Gladys Knight’s fried chicken business

Gladys Knight in concert
Gladys Knight has called time on her fried chicken business following legal wrangles with her son. The soul legend's 'Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles' mini-chain opened in Atlanta in 1997. But following a lawsuit and a recently failed health inspection, it has now been officially renamed 'World Famous Chicken & Waffles'. It comes after Knight sued her son Shanga Hankerson, who founded...

Mykki Blanco claims he was victim of homophobic discrimination on flight to US

Mykki Blanco performs onstage during the Yo Sissy Music Festival in Berlin
Mykki Blanco claims that a passenger called the police on him during a flight over the weekend. The rapper, performance artist and poet, whose real name is Michael Quattlebaum Jr, said he was approached by the authorities on a Delta Airlines flight from Toronto to Detroit after a fellow passenger alerted them, citing discomfort for being seated next to “someone like ." Blanco also...

‘La La Land’ tops UK album chart

Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone
The soundtrack to La La Land has topped the UK album chart. It went in at Number One four weeks after its release, after knocking Pete Tong's 'Classic House' down to Number Two. The record is the first soundtrack to top the chart in the UK since Les Miserables in 2013. La La Land recently swept the Golden Globes taking home seven awards. It...

Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl party menu revealed

The menu for this weekend's pre-Superbowl party featuring Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, The Chainsmokers, Sam Hunt and Snoop Dogg has been unveiled. The bash, which will take place ahead of the final on Sunday (February 5), will see artists tucking into 1100 lbs of ribeye, 900 lbs of pork, chili spiced chicken, confit with roasted corn, chili rubbed lamb chops,...

Dame Vera Lynn to release new album on her 100th birthday

Dame Vera Lynn is set to celebrate her 100th birthday by releasing a new album. The wartime singer will mark the occasion with re-orchestrated versions of her most famous music alongside original vocals. Her new record will be released on March 17, three days before her birthday and will make Lynn the first singer to release a new album as a centenarian. She...

PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Future Islands announced as Green Man 2017 headliners

Green Man 2017 headliners
PJ Harvey, Ryan Adams and Future Islands have been confirmed to headline this year's Green Man festival. The three acts will top the bill at the Brecon Beacons bash from August 17-20 on what will be the event's 15th birthday. Tickets are on sale now. For more information head to Greenman.net. It will be all three acts' only UK festival...

Actor shot dead during filming for Australian hip-hop act

Johann Ofner was shot dead in Brisbane
An actor has died after being shot during filming for a music video for hip-hop act Bliss n Eso in Australia. Johann Ofner, 28, suffered a chest wound inside the Brooklyn Standard bar in Brisbane. Several firearms had been discharged during filming just before 1400 local time (0400 GMT), according to police in Australia. Despite CPR efforts by fellow film crew members,...

Mott The Hoople bassist Pete Overend Watts dies aged 69

Pete Overend Watts of Mott The Hoople has died
Mott The Hoople bassist and founding member Pete Overend Watts has died aged 69. Watts, who played on songs including 'Roll Away The Stone' and 'All The Young Dudes', written and produced by David Bowie, passed away yesterday (January 22) after battling cancer. His death comes almost exactly a year after drummer Dale Griffin. Born in Yardley, Birmingham, Watts attended Ross Grammar School...

London record store set to close its doors

London record store Lucky Seven is set to close after the shop was put for sale. Store owner Jason Gore blamed rapid rent increases over the last few years for its closure. “The rent went up by a third in 2009 and if it goes up again there’s only one way it’s going to go,” he said. “I’ve given it until...

2016’s biggest selling UK albums and singles revealed

Adele and Drake have scored this year's biggest selling UK albums and singles. '25' is the biggest record of 2016, notching up a combined sales and streams total of 753,000 in the last 12 months. Ninety-five per cent of the album's chart sales total was made up of physical and digital purchases. Discounting streams that '25' has amassed since it was...