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In a move that has stirred a deep sense of betrayal among members of the music industry, it has been revealed that the UK may well have rejected a deal to allow British artists to tour EU countries without a work visa, which, especially given the hit that the touring industry has taken with the COVID-19 pandemic, could prove disastrous for many popular musicians.

Thom Yorke at Rome Film Fest 2020 / Photo Credit: Mondadori Portfolio/SIPA USA/PA Images

Apparently, the government claimed that, despite pushing for a more “ambitious agreement which would have covered musicians”, their proposals were rejected by the EU. But that’s not at all what the EU are saying…

“It is usually in our agreements with third countries, that [work] visas are not required for musicians”, an anonymous EU source told The Independent. “We tried to include it, but the UK said no.”

“The UK refused to agree because they said they were ending freedom of movement”, they added. “It is untrue to say they asked for something more ambitious.” 

In fact, even the US and Saudi Arabia have a standard deal with the EU to allow artists in those countries to tour without permits.

Naturally, musicians and other artists have responded to this news with absolute outrage on social media.

Rina Sawayama, whose debut album made our top ten albums of 2020, branded the decision “devastating, pointless [and] mean-spirited” while Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nitin Sawhney CBE accused the UK government of xenophobia.

“Why the hell is this government so keen on destroying the music industry???” He wrote on Twitter. “They give no money to struggling artists (none of the £1.7 billion was for artists themselves) and then this after lockdown robs musicians of live performance income. Why??”

Meanwhile, The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess tagged politicians Oliver Dowden, Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson in a Tweet reading: “I think we are owed an explanation.”

Rock band Garbage featuring Scottish singer Shirley Manson weighed in, calling the situation a “scandalous disaster for already beleaguered musicians”, but it was Radiohead’s Thom Yorke that got straight to the point.

“Wow. Spineless f***s. Wow…” He said, in a now widely-circulated Tweet. 

Musicians have also been showing their concern for the visa issue by signing and sharing an official petition to allow artists to tour Europe on a visa-free work permit. It’s already received more than 200,000 signatures ahead of its June 22nd deadline, but that doesn’t mean that the issue will necessarily be up for debate in parliament.

Sign the petition here.



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Patrick Dempsey | Patrick Dempsey confirms role in Disenchanted

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Patrick Dempsey will return for the ‘Enchanted’ sequel.

The 55-year-old actor has confirmed that he will reprise his role as Robert Philip in the follow-up to the 2007 Disney film, ‘Disenchanted’, which is set to be released on streaming service Disney+.

Speaking on ‘Good Morning America’ on Thursday (14.01.21), Patrick said: “I just got the script for the second movie. Then I’m starting to go through and get notes together.”

The ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star also hinted that the sequel could begin filming in the spring.

Patrick said: “There’s talk that we’ll start shooting that in the spring, which is exciting.”

He was also full of praise for co-star Amy Adams who played his romantic interest – fairytale princess Giselle – in the original movie.

Dempsey remarked: “Amy Adams is so amazing in that film. It was a fun project to be a part of.

Adam Shankman will direct the new film while it has been suggested that James Marsden will return as Prince Edward, even though he previously expressed concern about the moving taking so long to come to fruition.

The 47-year-old star said: “They’ve been talking about making that movie for a while but I hope so, I hope we make it.

“We’ve been fooled before that it was gonna happen, it didn’t happen. We should do it before we get too long in the tooth.”

Meanwhile, Patrick explained that he is pleased to be recognised by people having played some notable roles in his career.

He explained: “Everyone’s really familiar with you. It’s like living in a small town because everybody knows you. You don’t necessarily know them, but they come up to you with such warmth and with great memory.”



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Lauren Hutton | Lauren Hutton: Sex is my beauty secret

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Lauren Hutton has revealed sex is her beauty secret.

The 77-year-old model believes getting intimate with someone can be great for helping her maintain glowing skin as it is great exercise.

She said: “Making love is pretty good exercise, too! I think it’s important to be held and to hold someone, and to love someone if we can. A man can be hard to find, [because] I think there are way more good women than good men. I don’t know why, I guess that’s because of privilege. They’ve been the head sex for 6,000 years! That’ll make you feel like you’re in a really exclusive club.

“Sex is still absolutely a beauty secret for me – I hope I believe that forever. Although I’ve always talked [about sex], I never spoke about who my mates and partners are, that’s for sure. Nobody ever knew the man I lived with for 26 years – no one knew his name.”

However, the ‘I Feel Pretty’ star admitted the best secret to great skin is having “good photographers” that capture her best side.

She said: “I guess [the secret is] good photographers. It’s not retouching, they don’t retouch me.”

What’s more, Lauren has learned how to care for her skin over the years as her body changed from age and lifestyle habits and has since become “rabid” about moisturiser.

She explained to British Vogue: “My skin has gotten really thin because of my age – I’m 77 – and because I have spent probably half of my life near the equator. [The skin is] our first organ, you know, and the barrier to everything. So I’ve become rabid about moisturiser, and luckily I have a very good medical skincare cream contract, that helps a lot! I used to be more of a soap and water person because I was always trying to be as fast as possible to get to work. Now, I get the pleasure of trying all of Strivectin’s products. It’s really good.”



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New York Dolls | New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain dead at 69

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New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain has died.

The 69-year-old musician – who was an original member of the band and stayed with them until they split for a second time in 2012 – had been battling cancer for over two years but passed away on Wednesday (13.01.21).

A statement shared on his Facebook page by his wife, Wanda O’Kelley Mizrahi, read: As most of you know, Sylvain battled cancer for the past two and 1/2 years.

“Though he fought it valiantly, yesterday he passed away from this disease.

“While we grieve his loss, we know that he is finally at peace and out of pain. Please crank up his music, light a candle, say a prayer and let’s send this beautiful doll on his way.”

The band’s frontman, David Johansen, has also paid tribute to his “best friend”.

He wrote on Instagram: “My best friend for so many years, I can still remember the first time I saw him bop into the rehearsal space/bicycle shop with his carpetbag and guitar straight from the plane after having been deported from Amsterdam, I instantly loved him.

“I’m gonna miss you old pal. I’ll keep the home fires burning.”

The statement from Wanda also included a touching tribute from musician Lenny Kaye, who touchingly reflected on the life of the “lynchpin” of the group.

Lenny wrote: “Syl loved rock and roll.

“His onstage joy, his radiant smile as he chopped at his guitar, revealed the sense of wonder he must have felt at the age of 10, emigrating from his native Cairo with his family in 1961, the ship pulling into New York Harbor and seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time.”

“His role in the band was as lynchpin, keeping the revolving satellites of his bandmates in precision.

“Though he tried valiantly to keep the band going, in the end the Dolls’ moral fable overwhelmed them, not before seeding an influence that would engender many rock generations yet to come.

“The New York Dolls heralded the future, made it easy to dance to.

“From the time I first saw their poster appear on the wall of Village Oldies in 1972, advertising a residency at the Mercer Hotel up the street, throughout their meteoric ascent and shooting star flame-out, the New York Dolls were the heated core of this music we hail, the band that makes you want to form a band.

“Syl never stopped. In his solo lifeline, he was welcomed all over the world, from England to Japan, but most of all the rock dens of New York City, which is where I caught up with him a couple of years ago at the Bowery Electric. Still Syl. His corkscrew curls, tireless bounce, exulting in living his dream, asking the crowd to sing along, and so we will. His twin names, mirrored, becomes us.

“Thank you Sylvain x 2, for your heart, belief, and the way you whacked that E chord. Sleep Baby Doll.



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