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Busta Rhymes has hailed his late friend and collaborator MF Doom as “a God MC and incredible human being”.

The rap legend – whose real name was Daniel Dumile – passed away on October 31, a statement by his family confirmed on December 31.

DOOM and Busta had worked together frequently since their 1991 track ‘Nitty Gritty Remix’ with the former’s group KMD.

The 48-year-old hip-hop star admitted he is struggling to come to terms with the devastating loss of the beloved rapper, who was just 49.

Alongside a video of their 2016 track ‘In The Streets’ – which also featured The Chicago Kid – Busta began his lengthy post on Instagram: “Rest easy on levels that words can’t describe @MFDOOM.

“It has taken me days to come terms with this enough to type about it and I still can’t believe it or come to terms with it. I’m completely f***** up by the loss of this God MC & incredible human being!! Over 30 years of friendship & brotherhood almighty!! I wanted to believe this was another elaborate scheme by the great Whodini MF DOOM himself but this time I have received the confirmations that it wasn’t.

“From before our records came out, grinding together trying to figure it out and navigate through this s*** and recording Nitty Gritty Rmx back in 1991 to recording “In The Streets” over a @officialjdilla beat in 2016 and still being brothers to this day and will always be despite your transition on Oct.31st 2020.”

On his legacy, he added: “This has meant something to our culture that no other MC has because he figured out something that none of us before him and that was to be completely free!!!

“We all have soooooo much to still learn from this great mind!! Again rest easy king!!! I will tell all the stories when it’s time for me to do my testomonial for your documentary almighty!! I love you and salute you mr. Dumile aka zev love x aka metalface aka the ultimate super villain aka MF DOOM!!!! I’m so still at a loss for words!!!!…(sic)”

DOOM’s wife Jasmine announced his death via an Instagram post.

She wrote: “To Dumile

“The greatest husband, father, teacher, student, business partner, lover and friend I could ever ask for. Thank you for all the things you have shown, taught and given to me, our children and our family. Thank you for teaching me how to forgive beings and give another chance, not to be so quick to judge and write off. Thank you for showing how not to be afraid to love and be the best person I could ever be. My world will never be the same without you. Words will never express what you and Malachi mean to me, I love both and adore you always. May THE ALL continue to bless you, our family and the planet.

“All my Love

“Jasmine

“Transitioned October 31,2020 (sic)”



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Jason Donovan | Jason Donovan open to another Kylie Minogue duet

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Jason Donovan would “never say never” to another duet with Kylie Minogue.

The ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ hitmaker is proud of how “iconic” their collaboration ‘Especially For You’ – which was released in 1987, shortly after their ‘Neighbours’ alter egos Scott and Charlene got married – has proven to be and he’s open to trying to replicate its success again in the future.

Asked about the possibility of another duet, he said: “Look, never say never.

“It’s such an iconic moment, probably more so than Scott and Charlene, our characters in the show, because it lived on through radio and video.

“You don’t necessarily see our episodes repeated but the song does pop up a lot. All I can say is I’m so lucky. I genuinely pinch myself and go, ‘wow’.

“It was such a big thing for many people, including myself, to have made that mark, and a soundtrack to people’s lives.

“Not many people get that chance and it’s all about timing.

“I was in the right place at the right time with an ambition and a little bit of talent and I just went for it.”

Jason admitted he’s kept a lot of memorabilia from his pop peak, even though he knows it’s not something other people would do.

He told Heat magazine: “I know a lot of people in a similar position to me tend to throw a lot of that stuff out.

“I sort of understand that, but I’ve kept posters and I’ve kept discs. I’ve even kept letters from people and all sorts.

“Even if they’re not important to anyone but me, it doesn’t really matter. I like that I’ve got them.”



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KT Tunstall | KT Tunstall “self-sabotaged” her own career.

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KT Tunstall thinks she “self-sabotaged” her career.

The ‘Suddenly I See’ hitmaker always wanted to be a musician but didn’t know how to “handle” overnight success because she hated being famous and the pressures that came from being a well-known artist.

She told the Big Issue magazine: “I would tell that young girl, the young me, stick to your guns, use your gut and don’t hold it all in when you’re feeling upset.

“I think there was an element of self-sabotage in the way I handled things because I didn’t really like being famous.

“It really was a case of overnight success – after I did Jools Holland in 2004 everything changed. It went crazy.

“I was never a magazine cover artist, and I didn’t really want to be and that’s not very helpful if you want to be a rock star. So I didn’t really use the power I had.

“I remember telling myself, nothing will really change. But of course it did.

“Everybody hanging on tenterhooks waiting to see where the next album is going to chart. Being told I couldn’t delay my second record because it was going to make somebody’s share prices drop. That’s not what I wanted.”

The 45-year-old star wishes she could relive the night in 2006 when she won the British Female Solo Artist accolade at the Brit Awards because it meant so much to herself and her parents.

She said: “If I could go back and re-live any moment in my life, I would go back to the Brits in 2006.

“It had been such a long road, and really tough with my family, too. They’d been very worried about me.

“We were at odds for a long time because I was pursuing this career they just didn’t think was going to work.

“But they were at the Brits with me, I have this amazing photo of my dad – he’s passed away now – but in this photo he has this really smug smile on his face, holding my Brit above his head.

“Prince was playing, and my mum turned to me, and she goes, he’s good, isn’t he?

“I met all these incredible artists that I loved. And I won the category I was in alongside Kate Bush and PJ Harvey! I said I was gonna break the head off and give it to Kate Bush.

“And I met Jimmy Page and he said he loved my boots. What an amazing, amazing night and I had such a good time. I’d love to do it all again.”



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Gerry Marsden | Gerry Marsden has been laid to rest

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Gerry Marsden has been laid to rest.

The Gerry And The Pacemakers frontman – who passed away on January 3, aged 78, after suffering a heart infection – was remembered in a service at a church near the River Mersey in his home city of Liverpool on Saturday (16.01.21).

The private ceremony could only be attended by 30 friends and family, with his widow, Pauline, and Scottish football legend, Sir Kenny Dalglish, among those to pay their respects.

In a touching tribute, the late singer’s wife of 55 years said on behalf of their family: “We, his family, are totally devastated and have been so moved and amazed at the extent of the respect, love and affection received from all over the world.

“When the time is right and we have come out of this terrible pandemic we hope a fitting memorial can be held for him in the city he loved so much.”

Gerry is also survived by their daughters, Yvette and Vicky, and grandchildren, Tom and Maggie.

Sir Paul McCartney was among those to pay tribute to Gerry upon the news of his passing.

The Beatles legend promised to always think of the ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ singer “with a smile”.

He wrote on Twitter: “Gerry was a mate from our early days in Liverpool. He and his group were our biggest rivals on the local scene. His unforgettable performances of You’ll Never Walk Alone and Ferry Cross the Mersey remain in many people’s hearts as reminders of a joyful time in British music.

“My sympathies go to his wife Pauline and family. See ya, Gerry. I’ll always remember you with a smile.”

The 78-year-old musician also shared a photo of The Beatles with Gerry and the Pacemakers and the late Roy Orbison from 1963.

While Frankie Goes to Hollywood frontman Holly Johnson, who, like Gerry and Paul, hails from Liverpool, North West England, also remembered the singer.

Holly – who previously covered ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ – tweeted: “So sorry to hear about the passing of Gerry Marsden what a Liverpool Legend. So glad I met him. ferryacrossthemersey youllneverwalkalone.”

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ was adopted as an anthem by Liverpool FC.

And there will be a tribute before the team take on Manchester United on Sunday (17.01.21).

Gerry had undergone a triple bypass heart surgery in 2003, before having a second heart operation in 2016, and ultimately had a pacemaker of his own fitted, which he once joked wasn’t “funny” given his band’s name.

When asked last year if he finds it funny to have a band called the Pacemakers in his older age, he quipped: “No. I’m wearing one, for Christ’s sake.”



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