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Charlie Puth was told he wasn’t cool enough to sing ‘See You Again’.

Although the 28-year-old singer co-wrote the track, he almost didn’t end up singing it on the soundtrack to the movie ‘Furious 7’ because he ”didn’t fit the profile of ‘The Fast and the Furious”’ franchise.

He told British GQ: ”It was very early on when they told me that I couldn’t sing ‘See You Again’ because I didn’t fit the profile of ‘The Fast and the Furious’, AKA I wasn’t cool enough and I had goofy music videos. I hadn’t even signed my deal yet, but I called them up and said that I wasn’t going to give them the song, then I hung up and miraculously, one week later, I’m singing it.”

Charlie also revealed he has had some tough times in his career, including when a songwriter he admired told him his lyrics were terrible in 2012.

He said: ”In September 2012, a successful songwriter told me, pretty harshly at the time, that my lyrics sucked and that if I wanted to be better I really needed to hone in on becoming a stronger lyricist. It wasn’t the easiest thing to swallow at the time, but it ended up being really beneficial.”

However, Charlie finally started to believe in himself after he wrote the 2016 track ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’.

He said: ”I think when I wrote ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’, I felt like I was pretty good, because I thought that pre-chorus melody was clever. People actually didn’t really like that song when I first played it for them, the label wasn’t really feeling it, but I just knew it was catchy.”



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Stevie Nicks | ‘I broke a big rock ‘n’ roll ceiling’: Stevie Nicks on being inducted twice into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Stevie Nicks says she “broke a big rock ’n’ roll glass ceiling” when she became the only woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.

The Fleetwood Mac legend was first honoured back in 1998 as part of the ‘Go Your Own Way’ group’, and as a solo artist last year.

During an appearance on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’, Nicks said of making history: “It’s 22 men that are in twice for their solo work and being in a big band and no women.

“Until me. So I feel that I definitely broke a big rock ’n’ roll glass ceiling.”

Elsewhere, the 72-year-old singer spoke about her “pact” with bandmate Christine McVie, 77, to walk out of a party if they were ever disrespected by their male counterparts.

She said: “We made a pact at the very beginning that if we were ever in a room of super famous guitar players that didn’t treat us with the respect that we thought that we deserved, that we would just stand up and say, ‘This party’s over’ and we would walk out.

“We never actually did have to do that so that was a nice surprise. We never had to make a scene.”

Meanwhile, Nicks admitted it’s “blown [her] mind” that Fleetwood Mac’s mega-hit ‘Dreams’ has seen a resurgence in popularity, following Nathan Apodaca’s viral TikTok video of him riding his skateboard while drinking cranberry juice and listening to the song.

She said: “So four decades after ‘Dreams’ and ‘Rumours’ came out, they’re both in the top 10 again.

“This TikTok thing has, kind of, blown my mind. And I’m happy about it because it seems to have made so many people happy.”

Both Nicks and her bandmate Mick Fleetwood put their own spin on the viral video on their own profiles on TikTok, which have both amassed millions of views.



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Lee Morrison | James Bond bosses dowsed an Italian street in $60k worth of Coca-Cola for a stunt

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James Bond bosses spent almost £60,000 spraying Coca-Cola onto an Italian street.

The upcoming film in the franchise, ‘No Time To Die’, opens with a chase sequence in Matera, with a stand-out moment being when the suave spy carries out a 70ft leap onto the Piazza del Duomo on a motorbike.

And stunt coordinator Lee Morrison had a special trick up his sleeve to help rider Paul Edmondson – who was standing in for Daniel Craig – to hit an 8m ramp at 50-60mph in order to to successfully scale the 22 metre wall on his 450cc motocross bike.

Speaking to Total Film magazine, he explained: “It’s a bit of a dark art. You’ve got to hit the back brakes and bring the front end down because the front wheel spins and acts as a gyro. You’re doing it subconsciously. It’s 40 years of riding.”

To gain traction on the smooth stone, Lee found dousing it with the fizzy drink very helpful.

He added: “I’ve been spraying Coca-Cola on slippery surfaces for a very long time. I spent nearly £60,000 spraying Coca-Cola around Matera – Barbara [Broccoli, producer] looked at me as if I’m crazy. And it makes things look very clean after it washes off.”

And the wardrobe bill was also likely to have caused huge costs on the theme because every time Bond is seen wearing a designer suit from Tom Ford, the fashion house have had to produce more than 30 replicas to fulfil the needs of the production.

Costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb explained: “A lot of people are aware of the multiples thing. But some people aren’t aware that one suit on Bond has 33 versions, spread across Daniel’s stunt double, driving double, a VFX version of it, and then multiple stages of action distress.

“Tom Ford has done it so many times before they don’t even had an eyelid when you ask for tens of these one-off tuxedos that aren’t available anywhere else in the world.”



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Noel Gallagher | Noel Gallagher: I want John Squire on my next album

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Noel Gallagher wants Stone Roses guitarist John Squire to play on his new album.

The former Oasis rocker is working on a new album with his High Flying Birds band, and has said he would love for John to make a guest appearance on the record, although he noted the musician can be “a bit aloof”.

Speaking about John, Noel said: “He’s a great artist, so he’ll be selling art if he’s got any sense. He’s a great guitarist, I’m always threatening to get him to play on one of my records, but I never get round to asking him. I will do. He’s a bit aloof. He used to work for an animation studio before he was in The Stone Roses. There was a kids TV programme, like a puppet thing, kind of like Trumpton, he worked in the studio that made that. He was an animator and model maker. He did all The Stone Roses art work.”

Noel, 53, is hard at work on his new material, and says he’s written a song that would be perfect as the soundtrack to a Quentin Tarantino film.

He added: “I’ve got a song that I recently wrote that sounds f****** great, it sounds like a spaghetti western, and it would be great in a Quentin Tarantino film, it’s brilliant, but the verses are really low and the chorus is really high.”

And the ‘Black Star Dancing’ hitmaker teased his new album will be “more raw” that his previous solo studio ventures.

Speaking on Matt Morgan’s podcast, he said: “I’m doing this album on my own. I just tend to record the best songs, but as I’m not in a period of writing in the studio – I did all that with David [Holmes] and on ‘Black Star Dancing’ and ‘Blue Moon Rising’, just making it up – I’ve got a lot of songs written that we written before David got involved, he didn’t want any full songs.

“I’ve got a feeling that it will be very heavily guitar based. They’ll be pop songs but they’ll be a bit edgy. Like, ‘Chasing Yesterday’ is a guitar album, but they’re cleanish guitar sounds, they’re quite considered, this will be more raw I think. Now I’ve got my studio they’ll be more time to dig into it.”



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