Drake's One Dance edges closer to UK chart record

Drake has retained the UK number one spot for the 15th consecutive week.

His single One Dance is now only two weeks away from breaking the record for the longest uninterrupted reign at the top of the chart.

Bryan Adams’s single Everything I Do (I Do It For You), which held the number one spot for 16 weeks in 1991, is the current record holder.

The last single to notch up 15 weeks at number one was Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around, released in 1994.

One Dance owes much of its continued success to its popularity on streaming sites.

The song received 4.33 million streams this week – equivalent to 43,300 sales.

It has also been boosted by its absence from YouTube, which has prompted music fans to download or stream the song in order to hear it.

Cover versions of the song are available to listen to on the video sharing website, but Drake’s original version has yet to be uploaded by his official account.

Top five singles
1) Drake ft Wizkid and Kyla One Dance
2) Jonas Blue ft Cooper Perfect Strangers
3) Chainsmokers ft Daya Don’t Let Me Down
4) Calum Scott Dancing On My Own
5) Kungs vs Cookin’ on Three Burners This Girl
Source: Official Charts Company

Drake’s closest competitor this week was Jonas Blue ft Cooper’s single Perfect Strangers – which climbed one place to number two.

Don’t Let Me Down by Chainsmokers ft Daya dropped to number three – while Calum Scott’s Dancing On My Own and Kungs vs Cookin’ on Three Burners’ This Girl held their positions at numbers four and five respectively.

This week’s highest new entry was Katy Perry’s Rise – which landed at 25.

US band 5 Seconds of Summer also scored a new entry, with Girls Talk Boys, taken from the new Ghostbusters movie, debuting at 28.

On the album chart – which celebrates its 60th birthday this week – Michael Kiwanuka debuted at number one with his second record Love & Hate.

His previous peak on the album chart was in 2012, when his first album Home reached number four.

Adele’s album 25 held its number two placing this week, while Christine & The Queens leapt five spots to hit a new peak at number three with Chaleur Humaine.

Drake’s album Views and Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams both dropped a place to numbers four and five.

Top five albums
1) Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate
2) Adele 25
3) Christine & The Queens Chaleur Humaine
4) Drake Views
5) Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Source: Official Charts Company

This week’s other new entries included Good Charlotte, who reached number 13 with Youth Authority, and Jeff Beck’s first album in six years Loud Hailer – which entered at 27.


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Drake's One Dance edges closer to UK chart record

Drake has retained the UK number one spot for the 15th consecutive week.

His single One Dance is now only two weeks away from breaking the record for the longest uninterrupted reign at the top of the chart.

Bryan Adams’s single Everything I Do (I Do It For You), which held the number one spot for 16 weeks in 1991, is the current record holder.

The last single to notch up 15 weeks at number one was Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around, released in 1994.

One Dance owes much of its continued success to its popularity on streaming sites.

The song received 4.33 million streams this week – equivalent to 43,300 sales.

It has also been boosted by its absence from YouTube, which has prompted music fans to download or stream the song in order to hear it.

Cover versions of the song are available to listen to on the video sharing website, but Drake’s original version has yet to be uploaded by his official account.

Top five singles
1) Drake ft Wizkid and Kyla One Dance
2) Jonas Blue ft Cooper Perfect Strangers
3) Chainsmokers ft Daya Don’t Let Me Down
4) Calum Scott Dancing On My Own
5) Kungs vs Cookin’ on Three Burners This Girl
Source: Official Charts Company

Drake’s closest competitor this week was Jonas Blue ft Cooper’s single Perfect Strangers – which climbed one place to number two.

Don’t Let Me Down by Chainsmokers ft Daya dropped to number three – while Calum Scott’s Dancing On My Own and Kungs vs Cookin’ on Three Burners’ This Girl held their positions at numbers four and five respectively.

This week’s highest new entry was Katy Perry’s Rise – which landed at 25.

US band 5 Seconds of Summer also scored a new entry, with Girls Talk Boys, taken from the new Ghostbusters movie, debuting at 28.

On the album chart – which celebrates its 60th birthday this week – Michael Kiwanuka debuted at number one with his second record Love & Hate.

His previous peak on the album chart was in 2012, when his first album Home reached number four.

Adele’s album 25 held its number two placing this week, while Christine & The Queens leapt five spots to hit a new peak at number three with Chaleur Humaine.

Drake’s album Views and Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams both dropped a place to numbers four and five.

Top five albums
1) Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate
2) Adele 25
3) Christine & The Queens Chaleur Humaine
4) Drake Views
5) Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Source: Official Charts Company

This week’s other new entries included Good Charlotte, who reached number 13 with Youth Authority, and Jeff Beck’s first album in six years Loud Hailer – which entered at 27.


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Fatima Manji complains over Kelvin MacKenzie hijab remarks

Channel 4 News reporter Fatima Manji has complained to the press watchdog over comments made by a Sun columnist about her wearing a hijab while reporting the Nice attack.

Writing on Monday, Kelvin MacKenzie questioned whether the Muslim presenter should have appeared on the bulletin.

In his latest column, the former editor said his views were “reasonable”.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) said it received some 1,700 complaints over the remarks.

Manji co-presented the Channel 4 News bulletin – produced by ITN – from London while Jon Snow reported from France during the coverage of the attacks in Nice on 15 July.

The programme’s editor, Ben de Pear, said the correspondent had been a victim of “religious discrimination”.

“Yesterday, Channel 4 News correspondent Fatima Manji made an official complaint to Ipso.

“ITN believes the article was in breach of a number of provisions of the Editor’s Code, in particular discrimination, harassment by intimidation and inaccuracy.”

De Pear said a “further complaint” had been made by ITN chief executive John Hardie “which fully supports and endorses the grounds and reasoning of Fatima’s complaint”.

“ITN accepts and understands that our reporters and presenters are in the public eye and can expect criticism and comment from many quarters, including newspaper columnists,” he added.

“What it cannot accept is an employee being singled out on the basis of her religion.”

In the latest edition of The Sun, MacKenzie said his question was a “simple” one and “a reasonable inquiry”.

He added, in a question to the television regulator Ofcom, if presenters should “be allowed to wear artefacts which advertise their religion?” before equating a Christian wearing “a huge cross outside of their shirt or blouse” with the wearing of a hijab.

On Tuesday, a spokesman for The Sun said it was making “no comment” on the issue.


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Eric Clapton to appear on new Rolling Stones album

Guitarist Eric Clapton will appear on the Rolling Stones’ blues-inspired new album, Keith Richards has confirmed.

The musician “dropped by for a couple of numbers”, Richards told BBC 6 Music, adding the recording sessions had been “like old times down in Richmond”.

Both the Stones and Clapton’s former band, The Yardbirds, used to perform at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey.

Richards said the Stones were hoping to play some European dates next year and would “love to” perform in the UK.

“I think it’s on the menu somewhere,” the 72-year-old said.

The new album was confirmed by the band earlier this year at the launch of Exhibitionism, a career retrospective at London’s Saatchi Gallery.

The recording sessions have included both new material and a number of blues covers, including songs by Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf.

Richards said the album would feature “a lot of Chicago blues” and would be “coming out in the autumn some time”.

Last month Clapton revealed that damage to his nervous system was making it difficult to play the guitar.


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Idris Elba: I'm too old to play James Bond

Idris Elba has said he feels he is “too old” to play James Bond.

The 43-year-old actor has been widely tipped by bookmakers to take over the role when Daniel Craig leaves the film series.

Elba, who is currently on the big screen in Star Trek Beyond, told ABC’s Good Morning America: “I think I’m too old for that.

“Running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that? Sounds terrible.”

The oldest actor in the film’s history to have taken on the role of James Bond was Roger Moore, who was 45 when he appeared in his first film – 1973’s Live and Let Die.

Elba, famous for his roles in Luther and The Wire, said he has not been contacted by the James Bond team about the possibility of joining the franchise.

“I keep saying if it were to happen it would be the will of a nation because there haven’t been any talks between me and the studio about any of that,” he said.

“But everywhere I go people want that to happen.”

Elba is one of the favourites to step into Craig’s shoes, with bookmakers naming him, Tom Hiddleston, Aidan Turner and James Norton as the frontrunners.

Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is currently working on other projects – including Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, which will star Jamie Bell and Annette Bening.

It is not yet known when the next James Bond film – the 25th in the franchise – will begin production.


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Minchin 'in knots' over Groundhog musical

Tim Minchin is worried. He may be a successful comedian, actor and composer, but he says he “just feels sick all the time” ahead of the world premiere of his new musical Groundhog Day. It opens at The Old Vic in London in August.

Minchin has written the score and the lyrics for the show, which reunites the creative team behind the musical Matilda and has been a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic.

And although he insists he likes Groundhog Day “as much as Matilda”, he is nervous about how the show will be received.

“I have not been sleeping and my guts are in a knot. It’s hard,” he says.

He has spent four years working on the stage version which is based on the film, starring Bill Murray, about a man who has to relive the same day over and over again.

Although Minchin thinks the film is “brilliant”, he says he tries not to think about it and hasn’t watched it since he embarked on the project.

He also believes the story of a man stuck in a time loop is actually more suited to the stage than the screen.

“The concept of a person trapped in a day, trapped in a world, the parameters of which they don’t understand, it screams theatre,” he says.

“It’s like Waiting for Godot or Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. These characters, who have to find their way philosophically through a life that they don’t comprehend.

“So I think Groundhog Day should be a piece of theatre. And then the question is, can you make it sing?”

It certainly posed a musical challenge, but not necessarily the one you might think.

Minchin says he has lost count of the number of people who have approached him and asked: “Groundhog Day, it’s just the same song over and over again right?” He laughs weakly, but however flippant, the comment clearly frustrates him.

“Songs in a musical illuminate the state of mind of the person singing. The music can’t repeat all the time because the state of mind of the character isn’t the same.

“Even though there is repetition in the world that he is in, his state of mind alters dramatically and so what he sings is going to change. The idea that you are singing the same song is absurd.”

The concept of Groundhog Day as a musical had been floated since the film was released in 1993. There had been rumours of various projects, with Stephen Sondheim working on one for a while. However none of them came to anything.

But Danny Rubin, who wrote the film – and now the script for the stage show – says he thought it would make a good musical “from the very beginning”.

“I love musicals, I play instruments and write songs and I thought this was something that would be fantastic at some point,” he says.

But he was in no rush because, he says: “I didn’t want Groundhog Day to be the only thing I was doing in my life.” Nonetheless he worked on a draft stage version on and off for 20 years.

He had more or less finished it when the director Matthew Warchus rang him to discuss the idea, so the timing could not have been better.

Bill Murray’s performance was central to the film’s success. But Rubin never doubted the musical could work without him.

“Bill was fantastic. He really defined the character and defined the movie,” Rubin says.

However I always felt the story would withstand any number of ways of telling it. And the character didn’t need to be Bill Murray.

“We’ve found ways to let the character be somebody else. There is a lot of Tim Minchin that comes through and may be some other aspects of me that come through as well. I think Bill will be pleased.

Producers say they “would love Bill Murray to come and see the show when it is ready and open”.

“He will find a rich musical that builds hilariously and movingly on the film. We hope he likes it.”

Rubin says he hopes the audience will like it too – and enjoy an experience that is even more fulfilling than watching the film.

Minchin, meanwhile, is asking people who come to see the show, to turn off their mobile phones and “turn your mind on”.

“You can’t have your phone on in a theatre. It’s a horrible, disrespectful thing to do to be honest,” he says.

“It’s very hard for actors if people have got their phones on. I have been on stage and looked out and seen glowing faces.

“People are really thick about phones. I just wish audiences would engage.”

Groundhog Day will run for 10 weeks at the Old Vic before, Minchin hopes, moving to Broadway.

“It will go if it’s good,” he says. “Work like this will live or die on its merits.”


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Clare Mackintosh wins Crime Novel of the Year award

A former police officer’s debut novel has won the main prize at one of the UK’s top crime-writing festivals.

Clare Mackintosh’s I Let You Go was named best crime novel at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

She beat five authors, including Robert Galbraith – the crime-writing pseudonym of Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Author Val McDermid was also honoured with an outstanding contribution to crime fiction award at the festival she helped to set up.

McDermid, a co-founder of the festival who won its best novel award in 2006, said it was “unlike any other in its warmth and generosity”.

The 61-year-old Scot said the outstanding contribution award meant “a huge amount”.

“This year sees the publication of my 30th novel and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that,” she went on.

Rowling congratulated her “friend and colleague” McDermid on her “justly deserved” award and said she had “been showing us all the way for a long time now”.

She added that the author’s “favourable review” of her work as Galbraith had provided “one of Robert’s proudest moments”.

“She received a thank you note in fake handwriting, only to receive one two weeks later in my real handwriting when I was unwillingly unmasked.”

Mark Billingham, another crime novel of the year nominee, called McDermid “the Queen of Crime”, adding: “Long may she reign over us”.

McDermid, he went on, had “represented this genre quite brilliantly all over the world, both in person and through her novels, which have earned her legions of fans and a place among the very greatest crime writers of all time.”


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One Direction's Liam Payne signs solo record deal

Liam Payne

One Direction’s Liam Payne has signed a solo record deal with Capitol Records UK.

The 22-year-old said he was “really happy” to have signed to “such a prestigious label”.

In a statement he said: “One Direction will always be my family; I’m now excited to show what I can do as a solo artist.”

Other artists on the same label as him include Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer.

He’s the first member of One Direction to sign a record deal away from the band’s parent company, Sony.

Capitol Records UK is part of another major label, Universal.

There’s no word on when to expect any new music from the singer but he’ll be heading into the studio shortly.

Nick Raphael, the president of Capitol Records UK, said: “It’s not often you get the chance to sign such a talented and ambitious 22-year-old who has already conquered the world.”

So far, Zayn is the only 1D member to have released a solo album. Mind of Mine went to number one in the UK Official Album Chart in March.

Harry Styles has also signed a solo deal with Colombia, although he’s currently filming Christopher Nolan’s World War Two movie Dunkirk so music is not expected any time soon.

Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson are both working on various projects at the moment.

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