Pop goes Stormzy: Grime king’s gone all soulful
The rapper is too big for his grime boots, according to No1 singer JP Cooper who has persuaded him to sing for the first time.
JP is working with Stormzy on his debut LP Raised Under Dark Skies and we will hear the rapper sing on soulful single Momma’s Prayers.
JP told me: “It shows Stormzy’s softer side.
“It shows Stormzy’s softer side”
“He has a lovely tone for his voice – he has a really honest delivery, in a similar way a lot of rappers do a little bit of singing in the chorus, he does on this track.”
He’s not the only one who’s been drawn in by the superstar’s raw vocal range.
Clean Bandit are desperate for him to sing a chorus for them too.
JP continued: “I would like to hear more of that from him, his voice records really well.
“I am not surprised other artists are interested.”
JP’s debut LP drops on September 22.
Jason Derulo seemed to be taking tips from Busted with his dance moves.
The buoyant pop star and his dancers took to the stage yesterday and performed a gravity-defying jump similar to one Busted – who were also on the bill – used to do in their heyday.
Jason surprised his fans recently by announcing he’s working on a country music project, and collaborating with an as-yet-unamed country star.
Could this be the last time we see Jason in his leather jacket before he swaps it for a flannel shirt?
Scottish heart-throb Callum Beattie insists he does his country proud when it comes to boozing.
The Man Behind The Sun hitmaker admitted he fully embraces the stereotype when it comes to Scots’ drinking habits, especially as he used to play gigs in pubs.
Speaking ahead of his slot on the V Street stage, he told me: “I’m definitely able to handle my drink. I think it was sewn into my veins at a very young age.”
Perrie Edwards left Towie’s Chris Clark running for cover as the pair came face to face in the backstage area.
Chris used to date Perrie’s Little Mix bandmate Jesy Nelson, but dumped her – reportedly over the phone – earlier this year, and looked determined to avoid running into the band.
Perrie showed off a jewelled festival look by make-up artist Anna Lingis and chatted with Stacey Solomon.
But Chris wasn’t having such a pleasant time – he was spotted having a bust-up with girlfriend Amber Dowding.
Nobody would expect Jay-Z to turn up in a bog-standard tour bus, but his V Fest transport was extravagant even by his standards.
The rapper flew in on the world’s largest commercial helicopter – an S-92 model reportedly worth £18million with an on-board bathroom!
He was greeted by more than 30 guards for five dressing rooms.
He ended his set with his Linkin Park collab Numb/Encore, in tribute to Chester Bennington, who took his own life last month.
“Can I get some love for Chester tonight?” Jay asked the crowd.
Booze might be what you’d expect to see on a superstar’s rider, but Steve Aoki seems to have a taste for cakes!
An insider told Wired: “Steve Aoki had a very unusual rider list.
“He had a six-page request full of baking items ahead of his slot on Sunday Brunch.”
Jonas Blue has revealed his secret to songwriting. The talented By Your Side hitmaker told me that “slow, timeless music” is what he aims to make.
He said: “I focus on melodies. I’m sure when you hear my songs, it catches on and you know it’s me. That’s what I focus on.”
Headliner P!NK really did bring the heat to her 90-minute set.
There was a whole bunch of potential safety hazards with the singer getting dropped in from a crane, running through the crowd in a Zorb and flying up in the air.
But the pyrotechnics went wrong.
Fear spread in the crowd as a fire started on the roof of the main stage, ironically while she sang Just Like Fire.
However, a worker came to the rescue and put the flames out.
Busted want fans to know that their last album was not simply a one-off.
The pop-rock band have now revealed they’ve started working on their second album since reuniting two years ago.
“It will be a bridge between the last album and the old stuff,” they told me.
“We did feel like we had something to prove with this album as everyone did think we were back for one album only.”
Caught Live: Muse, Shepard’s Bush Empire, London
A funfair rocked up outside Shepherd’s Bush Empire, but those expecting flashy gimmicks inside the venue might have been disappointed.
Muse will bring full production to Reading and Leeds Festivals next weekend, but they let the music do the talking at this charity gig in aid of The Passage – London’s resource centre for homeless and vulnerable people.
Ticket holders could nominate 10 tracks they wanted to hear, so the 18-song set was full of surprises.
There were elusive fan favourites, such as Assassin and Citizen Erased.
There were live debuts – Easily saw Matt Bellamy shed his guitar and slip into mic-toting frontman mode – and golden oldies such as Plug In Baby, which was written when the band were teenagers.
Snatches of AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine and Guns N’ Roses added to a spectacular evening of rock.