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Josh Groban’s fans suggested the songs he recorded on his new album.

The 39-year-old singer has recorded two original tracks and his take on hits from the likes of Robbie Williams, Joni Mitchell, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra on his new LP ‘Harmony’, and he admits some of the covers came from his loyal supporters asking him “over and over” to sing them.

He said: “Part of the early process was getting a piano and singing through songs I’ve wanted to sing for a long time, songs people shared with me that they thought might be right or that they just love, and songs I haven’t listened to in a long time, but which have new meaning with what you’re going through in your life.

“Also songs where fans have said over and over, ‘Please sing this song!’

“One of the good things on social media is talking about music and fans telling you songs they love hearing you sing.

“You start to realise what feels good in your voice and feels good in your soul.”

Josh finds it more “daunting” presenting his take on someone else’s song than an original track.

He explained to Sorted magazine: “It’s daunting picking classic songs that people know.

“In some ways, it’s scarier than writing your own, because these songs have meant so much to people – they’re soundtracks to people’s lives.”

The ‘Hidden Away’ hitmaker had intended for the album to be all covers but inspiration struck when he was left isolating at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: “This album was going to be all covers. I thought, ‘The album after this, I’ll start refilling the tank to write again.’

“But the world changed and all I had was time by myself and a piano.

“I listened to music to feel better and get inspired, and I played the piano to express myself.

“Writing these songs was therapeutic for me and I recorded them in my bedroom.

“They felt right for me, right now, because they express the hope, the gratitude and the idea that we have to take stock of the simple things in our lives that give us the most joy.”



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Cardi B | Cardi B pledges to speak her mind on social media

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Cardi B will continue to speak her mind on social media.

The chart-topping rap star has insisted she won’t shy away from posting divisive things on social media, after bemoaning criticism of new US President Joe Biden.

Cardi, 28, wrote on Twitter: “How they trying to impeach Biden already ? He hasn’t even taken a s*** at the White House yet .This just shows me how delusional and dumb people can be. (sic)”

The rapper was subsequently told to “stay in [her] lane” and avoid speaking about politics on social media.

In response, the outspoken star explained: “This is my lane .Im a American that pays taxes right ?Are you a politician? ….No! Sooo how is this your landless more then mine ? (sic)”

Cardi has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, Biden’s predecessor, in recent months.

The rap star blasted Trump in an interview last year, describing him as an ineffectual leader.

Cardi said: “Those people that he caters [to], he’s not going to do anything for them. It’s not like Republicans are getting better housing. It’s not like Republicans are getting better benefits. They’re not.

“He’s not doing anything for anybody. He’s just saying things that appease the same people.”

Cardi hopes Biden will adopt an entirely different approach.

She explained: “I want a president who makes me feel secure. I want a president who understands the pain of the people. I want a president who is going to give us answers.

“That’s why I like [New York governor Andrew] Cuomo. I like him because he makes me feel like he’s listening to me.”



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Elisabeth Shue | Elisabeth Shue is so proud of the lasting legacy of her 1980s movies

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Elisabeth Shue is immensely proud that the movies she made in the 1980s still have such huge fan bases.

The 57-year-old actress – who appeared in the likes of ‘The Karate Kick’, ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ and both ‘Back To The Future’ sequels – is delighted at the legacy she has built on the silver screen.

Appearing on the ‘ID10T with Chris Hardwick’ podcast, she said: “It is incredible, it’s amazing that I happened to end up in a bunch of movies in the 80s that meant so much to people and that people still see.

“It’s pretty cool. I really am very grateful for that, for sure.”

Teen comedy ‘Adventures in Babysitting’ – which was Chris Columbus’ directorial debut – is one of her favourite parts to look back on, particularly as it’s a film she and her three kids – Miles, Stella and Agnes – with husband Davis Guggenheim have been able to watch together.

She added: “Oh, I love that movie! It’s one of my favourites, for sure!

“I’ve been able to watch that movie a lot – not a lot, but enough because it’s one of those movies your kids can watch. I think they’ve all watched it once or twice.

“It was my first starring role. It was a really wonderful time in my life, my brothers all came to the set – I think if you look you can find each one of them in background scenes.

“So that was very special – even my father is in it!”

More recently, Shue reprised her ‘Karate Kid’ role as Ali Mills in the third season of series ‘Cobra Kai’ – and her decision to sign up was motivated by her absence from the sequels.

She explained: “I was very grateful to get the truth of Ally’s story in ‘Karate Kid 2’ cleared up. That meant a lot of me, I have to say.

“I was bitter about that situation for many years! I really was! I never watched Karate Kid 2 or 3 because of it.”



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Anne-Marie | Anne-Marie and KSI to work on new track together

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Anne-Marie and KSI are working on a second track together.

The pair’s collaboration with Digital Farm Animals, ‘Don’t Play’, went to number two in the UK singles charts and they are already working on a follow up.

Anne-Marie told The Sun’s Bizarre column: “Number two is basically a number one for us! It feels amazing to be starting 2021 with a banger and the music video is popping off and it’s streaming loads so it’s great.

“I am very open and honest and I try to be as down to earth as I can be all the time but meeting JJ opened my eyes even more.

“He is so real, it was very inspiring. He taught me to be myself and not to change myself for anyone. And his laugh is as crazy as mine. I was so happy about that.”

The video sees them boxing together in a ring and KSI admitted Anne-Marie has great talent.

He said: “Legit, she can kick. She can get her leg quite high up and give a few people a few roundhouse kicks left, right and centre. She could kick people through walls.

“She has power. I had my hands out to take her punches and I was like, ‘Damn! I see you, Anne-Marie.'”



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