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Ozzy Osbourne is “halfway through” finishing his album.

The 72-year-old rocker’s producer, Andrew Watt – who worked with the Prince of Darkness on his last solo album, ‘Ordinary Man’ – has revealed they are making steady progress with the follow-up while making sure to keep Parkinson’s sufferer Ozzy and everyone “safe” amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Andrew told Guitar World magazine: “We’re about halfway through. But, you know, it’s been hard with COVID and everything to keep him safe. We all test every day before we work and it’s just me, Ozzy and my engineer. So it’s taken a little longer this time, but it’s cool because the last one was made in this, like, swift love affair of passion, like, ‘Oh my God, this is incredible!’

But this time everyone’s moving a little slower and we’re taking a little more time. And the songs, there’s some songs on there that are like eight or nine minutes long that are these really crazy journeys. I’m really excited about it.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins and Robert Trujillo of Metallica have been involved in the record.

The music icon was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in February last year, and he’s credited making his most-recent album with saving his life.

He said previously: “It saved my life, doing that last album.

“[It’s better than] sitting on my a** all day waiting for the f****** pandemic to be over. And then you go, ‘Oh, yeah, I am a rock and roller. I’d better do an album.’

“You’ve got all the f****** time in the world to make the best album possible.”



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Anne-Marie | Anne-Marie’s embarrassing music taste

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‘Mr Blobby’ was Anne-Marie’s first record.

The 29-year-old singer/songwriter admitted the novelty song by the character Mr Blobby was the first record she ever bought for herself, along with Brian Hyland’s ‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’.

She told British GQ: “‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ on tape and also ‘Mr Blobby’. That was when I was really young. Then, later, my dad got me ‘Jagged Little Pill’ on CD from a charity shop. That was it. I was in love with Alanis Morissette, in love with music. My dad played music every day. He’d work such long hours, so his freedom would be coming home and banging in the music really loud. Seeing his joy in it made me interested in why it made him so happy. I really concentrated on what Morissette was saying in the lyrics.”

Anne-Marie also admitted she has always suffered with self-doubt.

She explained: “Rudimental discovering me and telling me, while I was in college, that they wanted me to come on tour with them was a really big thing. I’ve always been really anxious about it. I have huge self-doubt. Even when people told me I was good, I wouldn’t believe it. People might think that’s just me being humble, but honestly, it’s been a massive problem. I think if I actually believed in myself I could be one of the biggest pop stars in the world. I really struggle with imposter syndrome and what I’m able to do.

“As I was saying, though, after last year, when I had loads of therapy and tried to figure out that part of me, things are better. I’ve got a show coming up in Dubai and it’s the first time when anxiousness isn’t taking over. Right now I’m just thinking, ‘Wow, I’m so lucky to be able to get on stage and perform in front of all these people.’ It’s the first time my brain has switched into the excitement of doing it. It sounds cliche but 2020 has definitely changed my life.”



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Kimberly Wyatt | Kimberley Wyatt ‘almost’ got kicked out of Pussycat Dolls for acne

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Kimberly Wyatt was “almost” thrown out of Pussycat Dolls for having acne.

The blonde beauty admitted the group were under a lot of pressure to look a certain way and the stress she was under only made her skin flare-ups worse.

Asked if she felt any pressure about her appearance, she told New! magazine: “Massively, massively.

“I had horrible cystic acne when I first became a Doll and it almost cost me my place in the group.

“The pressure to get rid of it was intense, but it also caused more stress, which made me break out.

“As a dancer, finding a good relationship with fitness and food became key.”

But these days, Kimberly is less concerned about how she looks and her exercise regimes are all about building stamina and staying strong and flexible.

She said: “I’ve had to fight my battles with the way that I look but now, instead of focusing on my waistline and my six-pack abs, it’s more about what my body can do.

“I want to be able to get on stage and be the best Pussycat Doll. I want to have stamina and flexibility.”

The 38-year-old star – who has children Willow, six, Maple, three, and Ford, 15 months, with husband Max Rogers – insisted she and the rest of the band didn’t get competitive over how they looked but were a great source of support for one another.

She added: “We were supportive of each other. We were each other’s workout buddies but also there to be a shoulder to cry on when being in a girl band becomes too much.

“We had this pressure to be the winning girl band and were up against women with incredible bodies.

“We were fortunate that the amount of fitness involved with our shows kept us in good shape.

“That’s not to say we didn’t feel the pressure in between and it was very vocal that we had to look a certain way.”



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Leslie Mann | Leslie Mann ‘intimidated’ by filming with Dame Judi Dench

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Leslie Mann was “totally intimidated” by working with Dame Judi Dench on ‘Blithe Spirit’.

The 48-year-old actress plays Elvira Condomine in the comedy movie – which is based upon the 1941 play of the same name by Noel Coward – and admits she was daunted at the prospect of sharing scenes with the screen icon who plays mystic Madame Arcati.

Leslie exclusively told talkRADIO: “It was so much fun, the first day I worked with her was in bed and that was terrifying for me because she’s someone who I have so much respect for and there I was laying in bed with her.”

The ‘Knocked Up’ star also revealed that Judi helped her feel “at ease” as they filmed together.

Leslie recalled: “I think she knew I was nervous, I was probably sweating or something, and she went out of her way to make me feel comfortable and she set me at ease.

“It took me about an hour and a half to calm down. Because it’s too close up, she was right there!”

Leslie revealed that she relished wearing the costumes as filming a period movie was a new experience for her.

She said: “It was exciting to learn something new and a new way of doing things. All the costumes were so much fun, incredible to wear something other than what my characters would normally wear like jeans or t-shirts.

“It was so much fun to wear the beautiful feather capes and the gorgeous high waisted trousers and blouses and just the whole thing. It was like a dream, so much fun!”

Leslie also explained how she had to alter her typical approach when playing Elvira.

She explained: “The way I normally speak is very different to what I did with this character, Elvira, which is very fun.

“The way she dresses, her voice, the way she behaves, it was completely different from anything I’ve ever done. That was very fun to do, it was very free-ing.”



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