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Gloria Estefan felt her late mother was with her ”every step of the way” as she recorded her new album.

The 62-year-old singer lost her mother in 2017, aged 88, but she could still feel her influence during the recording process for her new album, ‘Brazil305’.

The award-winning star recalled: ”I was going to release this in 2017 but right on the weekend I was going into the studio, my mom was taken ill and passed away 33 days later and I couldn’t sing.

”It took me over a year to get back in there and put the joy that I intended on this album … I had sung it to her live in her home with all the tracks that we’d recorded in Brazil with amazing arrangers and musicians, and she was so excited about it.

”So when I did actually record it, I knew she was with me every step of the way.”

Gloria hopes her new record – which is also her first bilingual album – will help to lift the spirits of her fans amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The music star acknowledged that 2020 has been a ”difficult” year for everyone, but she thinks her new tunes could help to improve the mood during the health crisis.

Gloria – who released her debut album, ‘Cuts Both Ways’, back in 1989 – told ‘Good Morning America’: ”I thought we needed to balance some joy into the world after all of this fear and difficult time we’ve all been going through. That’s my job as a musician.

”Music did that for me in my life. It got me through my toughest moments, so I’m hoping that this will do so for the fans.”



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Tiffany Haddish | Tiffany Haddish shaves her catchphrase ‘She Ready’ into hair

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Tiffany Haddish has had “She Ready” carved into her shaved head.

The 41-year-old actress debuted her shaven head in July and is now sporting a buzzcut with her famous catchphrase on the back of her head.

During an Instagram Live, in which she thanked her hairstylist LaMarr Randle for her new look, she said: “I’ve always wanted something cool on my head. When people see me coming they’ll be like, ‘I think that’s Tiffany.’ Then I’m gonna walk past them and they gonna see “She Ready” and they gonna know what it is!”

The ‘Girls Trip’ star said last summer that the best part of having short locks is that when water hits her head “it feels like kisses from God”.

She wrote at the time: “Just Loving my new look thought I’d share it with y’all. The best part is when water hits my head it feels like kisses from God. #sheready for more of Gods Love! (sic)”

The fresh hairdo went down a treat with Tiffany’s famous friends.

Her pal Kelly Rowland commented alongside a red heart emoji: “She don’t need no hair, she is gorgeously gorgeous! (sic)”

Whilst actor Bill Dawes added in the comments section of her post: “You can pull it off beautifully with those eyes and that smile, Tiff. Plus, now you can have any hair in the world you want at any time without needing a wig cap. It’s the best! (sic)”

Tina Lawson – Beyonce’s mother – also wrote alongside the photograph: “You look absolutely gorgeous !! I love it (sic)”

And Kate Hudson – who famously shaved her hair – branded it “freedom”, writing: Best feeling ever … #Freedom (sic)”

The ‘Like A Boss’ star previously revealed her boyfriend, Common, helped her to cut her hair during the coronavirus lockdown.

She said: “My man cut it for me last week.”



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Paul Smith | Sir Paul Smith calls for fashion seasons to go back to just two per year

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Sir Paul Smith wants to see less fashion seasons going forward.

The 74-year-old fashion designer has admitted he hopes the industry goes back to having just two seasons per year.

He told the Indian edition of Elle magazine: “I hope the fashion industry slows down. We don’t need as many seasons as there were. I would like it to go back to a couple of years ago when there were two seasons, and in between those, you would have a one-week sale period.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the fashion muse has worked alone in his studio and designed his eponymous fashion house’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection over video call, which subsequently inspired his team to make pieces that are “loose and comfortable”.

Asked how the global health crisis will impact the fashion business going forward, he added: “Clothing wise, I think silhouettes will change to softer and more relaxed fits. During the lockdown period, I was in my London studio for 16 weeks all by myself, where there are usually around 150 members of staff. The whole SS21 collection was designed over the phone and video calls, this really inspired us to make garments loose and comfortable but still presentable and of course, well made.”

Elsewhere, Paul shared his goal to “expand” his Paul Smith Foundation, which he launched in 2021 to give back to the “younger generation”, after five decades in fashion.

He said: “I have launched the Paul Smith Foundation to mark our 50th anniversary this year. The foundation is created with an endeavour to give something back to a younger generation. At the moment, it is an online platform where people from all different professional fields can come to find inspiration. I hope to expand this over the years to come.”

The homepage for the foundation’s website reads: “This is the best advice gathered and given by Sir Paul Smith over the past 50 years. It won’t teach you how to cut a suit, but it will help you figure out how to take your ambition to the next level.

“Please explore our regularly updated archive of advice, or keep scrolling for more insights and inspiration…”



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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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