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Iwan Thomas vowed never to dance live on TV again after voguing to Madonna

1 September 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

After giving his best Madonna impression during Sport Relief, former Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas swore he would never dance on TV again.

However, the experience can't have been that traumatic as he's admitted he's looking forward to putting on the glittery lycra to face his fears on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 winner: We rank the celebrities' chances of topping BBC One's dance-off

He said: "The last time I danced was for Let's Dance for Sport Relief with a team of Olympians and we danced to Madonna's 'Vogue'. After that, I vowed I would never dance live on TV again because it was so scary!

"But here I am now on the biggest dance show on TV and will be facing my fears live every Saturday night, I can't wait."

When asked if he is competitive, Thomas admitted he's trying to avoid thinking about it too »

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Sarah Harding's 'cathartic' music

31 August 2015 12:22 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Sarah Harding finds writing about her relationship woes ''cathartic''. The former Girls Aloud singer - who recently split from boyfriend Jason, was previously engaged to DJ Tom Crane and dated childhood friend Mark Foster for two years - admits she has been ''burnt'' several times in love and has found the right way to deal with her feelings is to get them all down on paper. Discussing the inspiration behind her new single 'Threads', she said: ''I made the fatal mistake several times and got burnt and that's what my new single is about. ''Kiss and tells, ex-boyfriends, friends, family members, the song could relate to a lot of people who've really hurt me. ''What I've learned is you have to let it go because if you carry all that negativity it will drag you down. It was cathartic. I've put it on paper and now I'm like, 'See ya, »

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Arts Alliance staffs Us office

15 April 2015 3:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Execs from AMC, Deluxe and Sony join La operation.

UK event cinema specialist Arts Alliance has opened an office in La in a bid to grow its stateside footprint.

Heading the Studio City-based distribution outfit, which also comprises a Us outpost for subsidiary Park Circus, will be MD Brad Carroll, formerly of Miramax and AMC Theatres.

Cyndi Ex, formerly of Deluxe and Ets joins the company as director of finance and operations, while

Former Sony Pictures exec Chris Lane joins the company as sales manager.

Chris Chouinard continues in his role as sales manager for Park Circus.

Mark Foster, CEO of Arts Alliance, said: “Establishing a North American centre in Los Angeles will enable us to maintain and develop our already-strong relationships with key partners from film studios, to exhibitors, to management companies, record labels, and arts institutions.” 

Key clients for Arts Alliance include The Royal Opera House, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Foster The People

14 April 2015 3:11 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009, Foster the People are an Indie/electronic band known for their hit song ‘Pumped Up Kicks’. In 2011, they released their debut album Torches, touring it extensively all over the world. The album would receive platinum certifications in the Us, Canada and Australia. But, it’s main selling point was still Pumped Up Kicks.

The song has gone on to sell, as of August 2013, 5.17 million copies in the Us alone. But the band would return to the studio and write their next album Supermodel, released in 2014. The album would not chart or sell as well as Torches, but saw them take on a darker, more mature sound.

From humble beginnings in Cleveland, Ohio, Mark Foster (singer/founder/multi-instrumentalist) would move to L.A. in an attempt to make it in the music industry. Out there, he would form the band with friends »

- James Davidson

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Madeon – Adventure Review

16 March 2015 9:30 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Adventure, the debut album for French Wunderkind Madeon, takes listeners on a colourful and whimsical musical journey. It represents three years of hard work on the producer’s part, and it certainly shows. Every single note and vocal is crafted to orchestrate a soundtrack to an imaginary world. One which is filled with good vibes, catchy pop sounds, and a lasting state of euphoria.

Kicking off the 12-track LP is a prelude titled “Isometric.” Winding scales prepare the listener for the adventure ahead, progressing towards a sneak peak of the signature Madeon break. While brief in length, it creates anticipation and a yearning for what’s to come. Following that is “You’re On,” which was also the second release from the album. It highlights the soothing R&B vocals of Kyan, which ride a 100 bpm wave of pop melodies and synths.

“Ok” is up next and it’s a »

- Krista De Leon

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Madeon To Release Debut Album Adventure On March 31

19 January 2015 9:08 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Though we already knew that French wunderkind Madeon was planning to release his debut album this year, we now know exactly when it will drop. Titled Adventure, the 20-year-old producer will release the disc on March 31st and along with familiar tracks like “You’re On” and “The City,” the album will bring with it exciting collaborations from artists like Bastille and Passion Pit.

“With Adventure, I wanted to capture the feeling and sensibility of my teenage years. I wanted the album to start very vibrant and pop and end with a more contemplative tone,” said Madeon.

“In making the record I both collaborated in the studio with some of my favourite musicians, and wrote and performed vocals on songs myself, two things I hadn’t really done before with my own music.”

Available to pre-order on iTunes from today, those who place an order for Adventure will receive instant »

- Matt Joseph

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