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Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy is “writing better” since becoming a dad.

The Wombats frontman and his wife Akemi Topel welcomed daughter Dylan into the world last year and the 36-year-old singer has hailed the tot as a “huge inspiration” for his songwriting.

Asked how being a dad has changed his approach to music, he exclusively told BANG Showbiz: “I’ve removed a huge amount of pressure from myself and therefore I am writing better. The whole thing has been amazing. She has been a huge inspiration and she’s a total legend to be honest.”

Murph and his family live in Los Angeles but he’s keen to return to the UK at some point to show Dylan his childhood haunts in Liverpool, though he doesn’t think they’d ever move back permanently.

He said: “I haven’t been back to Liverpool in a long time. I definitely want to get back more often and show Dylan around London and Liverpool and my old stomping ground in the UK. So that is going to be important to me at some point.

“I do miss it. I can’t see myself moving back but I miss the place and the people a lot.”

Murph released his side project Love Fame Tragedy’s debut album, ‘Wherever I Go, I Want To Leave’, in June, but he didn’t ask his Wombats bandmates Tord Overland Knudsen and Dan Haggis to give him their feedback on the songs, though they have loved what he’s done so far.

Asked if he sends them his music for seal of approval, he said: “No, not really. They’ve sent the odd encouraging text and stuff, but I am not really worried about anyone’s opinions really, I just get on with it.”



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Nathan Evans | Sea shanties surge on Spotify following Nathan Evans’ viral Wellerman cover

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Viral TikTok star Nathan Evans’ cover of ‘Wellerman’ has led to the sea shanty being streamed over 7,000 per cent more on Spotify.

On December 23, the video of the 26-year-old Scottish postman-and-singer’s cover of The Longest Johns shanty went viral and saw #ShantyTok trending worldwide.

And between then and January 13, 2021, streams of shanties have rocketed on the streaming platform.

Over 12,000 new user-generated playlists have been added that include “sea shanty” or “sea shanties” in the title.

While searches for “Sea shanty” jumped by 630% this week.

What’s more, ‘Wellerman’ has been the top-added global track to “sea shanty” playlists.

Other shanties to see a surge in streams include, ‘Leave her Johnny’ by Michiel Schrey, Nils Brown, Sean Dagher, which is up more than 225 per cent.

While ‘The Scotsman’ by Hair of the Dog has seen more than a 140% increase in streams and ‘Drunken Sailor’ by The Irish Rovers has increased by 80 per cent.

Listen to Spotify’s ‘Sea Shanties’ playlist on Spotify now.



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Venus Williams | Venus Williams loves full-body peels

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Venus Williams loves full-body peels.

The 40-year-old tennis ace is obsessed with the popular beauty treatment that has left her skin feeling smooth and glowing after three days.

Speaking to NewBeauty’s Winter 2021 issue, she revealed: “Last year I did a wonderful whole-body peel. When I was done, my skin looked unreal. It took about three days for everything to just peel off. My dermatologist in New York has incredible peels for the face and body, and the hands and feet peel so beautifully. And honestly, the butt peels so nicely, too. I love a good treatment.”

Venus likes to experiment with her beauty routine but refuses to try anything “too crazy” as she aims for “prevention” in her skincare.

She added: “I’m all about prevention. I love Laser Genesis or anything that’s going to help build collagen. I honestly like to keep it simpler and do something like a Laser Genesis treatment, some red light therapy, constant exfoliation and chemical peels. Nothing too crazy, but those sorts of things really turn over your skin and make it look beautiful. And if you keep it up and can continue your routine at home, you’ll be amazed at how well it works.”

Venus previously revealed she tried more aggressive treatments, like Ultherapy and Thermage – a non-invasive skin tightening and lifting treatment and a radiofrequency contouring method – for prevention but found they weren’t right for her skin type.

She added: “They’re both a little too painful for me, but they’re definitely two gold standards for anti-ageing.”

Venus has no qualms about ageing and insisted the only thing that could catch up with her, is the fact she never used sunscreen for “the first 35 years” of her life.

She said: “I’m really fine with it. I’m really fortunate to have really good genes, honestly. I think a lot of times it comes down to that and how you take care of yourself. I was very naughty not wearing sunscreen for pretty much the first 35 years of my life, so I just hope it never catches up with me! That’s all I can say.”



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Missy Elliot | Lil’ Kim’s iconic MTV VMAs outfit was inspired by Missy Elliott’s joke about her nipples

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LIL’ KIM has revealed her iconic 1999 MTV VMAs outfit was inspired by Missy Elliott.

The 46-year-old rapper put on an eye-popping display in a bold lavender jumpsuit that was cut off below her breast on one side with a sequinned seashell nipple cover keeping her modesty intact.

And now, Kim has shared how the ensemble was inspired by a joke the ‘Work It’ hitmaker, 49, made about her always revealing her nipples in public.

She told People: “My nipples used to pop out so much on their own. They said something in a movie and made it look like it was planned — it was never planned. The girls used to laugh at me and Missy said, ‘Girl, your nipples pop out so much. One day, you need to just come outside with one nipple out.

“We were laughing, but Misa’s [Hylton] lightbulb went off and she just went from there. How the whole lavender wig came out was funny.”

The hairstylist had accidentally “oversaturated” the colourant and the blonde wig came out lavender.

She continued: “She was so stressed because we were literally 45 or 30 minutes away from showtime. She was like, ‘Misa, oh my God. I have to redo the hair, the whole wig is lavender.’ Misa was like, ‘Did you say lavender? Kim’s outfit is lavender. ‘It’s perfect!’ And I’m always with the s***. I was like, ‘Let’s do it! Put it on me.’ I’m always excited to see what I’ll look like in different colors.”

Meanwhile, the ‘Lighters Up’ hitmaker recently collaborated on a new fashion line with PrettyLittleThing to bring her favourite pieces to her fans.

She said: “It’s something I was working on for a long time, so I’m very proud. Y’all are gonna be like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s Lil’ Kim for real.'”



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