What’s the most underrated thing in Stockholm? The area around Katarina Church on Södermalm. It’s full of red wooden houses and quaint narrow streets, but gets very little space in the guidebooks compared to Gamla Stan (the Old Town)- and is pretty free of tourists as a result. It also has beautiful views of the Old Town, Djurgården and the Baltic ferries. What’s the most popular request from tourists? Most people want to get away from the tourist traps, so when I take people to Gamla Stan we get off the busy streets like Västerlånggatan and walk through the backstreets. There are lots of hidden treasures there, such as the ‘Järnpojke’ sculpture. The name means ‘Iron Boy’ and it was erected in 1967. For the past couple of decades locals have taken to dressing him up – giving him a hat in winter and putting a flower in his hand in the summer. They’ve even given him the name ‘Olle’- he’s a … [Read more...] about Stockholm: a tour guide’s tips
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MELISSA Schuman has come forward to accuse Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter of raping her in 2002.The singer was in girlband Dream but her claims against Nick sound nothing short of a nightmare, here's what we know.Melissa Schuman is a 33-year-old singer from California.She is married to dancer Brandon Henschel, after the couple tied the knot in June 2006.The couple has one child, son Elin, who was born in July 2010.Melissa Schuman - a former singer in girlband Dream - has accused Nick of raping her in his apartment in 2002.At the time, Melissa was 18 and Nick was 22, and she claims he performed unwanted oral sex on her before demanding she carry out oral sex on him in his bathroom.Writing on her blog, she said: "'He was stronger and much bigger than me, and there was no way I would be able to open that door or have anyone help me."She then alleges he threw her on the bed and raped her, despite her crying out for him to stop and that she was a virgin saving herself for when she was … [Read more...] about Who is Melissa Schuman, what are her rape allegations against Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and what are her biggest songs?
RITA Ora has taken the entertainment industry by storm since bursting onto the scene in 2012.But what are the singer's biggest hits and what Hollywood blockbusters has she appeared in? Here's what we know...Rita Ora is a 26-year-old singer, actress, presenter, judge and model of Albanian heritage.Born in Yugoslavia in 1990, Rita grew up in London after her family fled from Kosovo for political reasons.She auditioned - but later withdrew - for the BBC's Eurovision: Your Country Needs You before signing a recording deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation label in 2008.Rita's debut album, Ora, was released in 2012 and spawned several chart hits - R.I.P, How We Do (Party), Shine Ya Light and Radioactive.She scored her fourth number one in 2014 with the release of I Will Never Let You Down which was intended to launch Rita's second album.Rita released Poison in 2015 which reached the top 3 and was followed by Chris Brown collaboration, Body On Me, but the album never saw the light of day.Rita, … [Read more...] about Where is Rita Ora from, how old is she, when’s her new album released and when is her tour?
IT’S the largest outdoor stage in North America, on the site of the Battle of Quebec, and is monumental even by Metallica’s standards.The giant platform has been built for 1.5million music fans who flock to the 11-day Festival d’été de Quebec in Canada.Today, it rises above an audience of more than 100,000 — one of the largest Metallica will play to on their world tour — and also provides us with a pocket of peace to catch up behind the scenes.Lars Ulrich, Metallica’s founder member and drummer, parks himself comfortably on a black sofa. In a black room. Dressed in black. Naturally.Talking about the audience, he says with a smirk: “Yeah, they’ve always been a bit extra-mental here.“I guess there’s something properly European in them. Obviously. D’huh,” he adds, mocking himself.The metal giants are at the top of the bill, joining acts as varied as Gorillaz, the Backstreet Boys and Flume.But would a thing … [Read more...] about Metallica reveal they can’t wait to hit the UK as they wow Quebec on epic world tour
The Backstreet Boys are in the middle of a huge Vegas residency but they found time to prove they've still got what it takes at a glitzy showbiz bash.The original line-up showed that Backstreet really is back as the lads took to the stage at the ACM awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.Nick, Howie, AJ, Kevin & Brian dominated the pop scene of the nineties and as the Backstreet Boys they became the best-selling boy band in history.Backstreet Boys are following in the footsteps of fellow pop royalty Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin by taking on a Vegas residency.The band never split up but they’ve been absent from the charts for several years and the Vegas shows are just the beginning of a huge global comeback with a world tour currently in the works.They've promised a new album later in 2017 with a headline world tour to follow.The new music was originally planned for 2016 but seems like it was pushed back to fit in the Vegas residency where the band have won rave … [Read more...] about Backstreet Boys give a Larger Than Life performance at American Country Music Awards
GOOD news Backstreet Boys fans – it looks like the popular pop group will be making a huge comeback for 2017 with a UK wide tour.The Sun's Bizarre column exclusively revealed the boy band are making a comeback as a part of their 25th Anniversary tour, and will be performing in the UK.Here’s what we know so far.At present, the boys are holding a residency at The Axis at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas – but reports suggest that the 1990s power group will soon jet to the UK for a “substantial tour”.AJ, Howie, Nick, Kevin and Brian debuted at the US venue on March 1 and are due to perform shows there until July 1.Tickets and dates for the shows have yet to be announced – but fans should keep an eye on backstreetboys.com for upcoming announcements.Although the band never officially split, they haven’t released an album since 2013.In a World Like This was the band’s eighth studio album and was released via the group’s own record label, … [Read more...] about When is the Backstreet Boys 2017 tour? UK dates, venues, presale info, prices and how to get tickets
“THERE’S no switching off,” muses John Lennon as he recalls life on tour with The Beatles.“The elevator man wants a little piece of you on the way back to your room,” he continues.“The maid wants a little piece of you back at the hotel. I don’t mean sexually, I mean a piece of your time and energy,” he adds with typical Lennon humour.“It’s like being a politician. You’re on 24 hours a day.”His telling insights are included in director Ron Howard’s fabulous fly-on-the-wall film Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years.It charts a side of the Fab Four often overlooked when ranged against their astonishing run of albums, A Hard Day’s Night, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band et al.That aspect is the hard yards they put in playing live . . . from Liverpool’s Cavern Club and the backstreet dives of Hamburg to their final full concert at Candlestick … [Read more...] about Beatles doc Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years shows what life on the road was like for the band that were ‘bigger than Jesus’
VICTORIA Beckham has scuppered plans for a £10million Spice Girls reunion tour by her old bandmates.Posh drafted in lawyers to stop Geri Horner, Mel B and Emma Bunton performing the group’s glittering back catalogue.It has left in tatters the trio’s plans for a major arena comeback tour and potential new material.A source said: “The girls are devastated. It is an extremely sad way for things to end.”Last year Victoria hinted there were serious problems in the Spice camp when she suggested she did not think Mel, Geri and Emma should refer to themselves as the Spice Girls.When asked in an interview with Claudia Winkleman if she wished her old bandmates luck, she said: “Of course, as a new group, I do.“I do think they should sing their own material though, because what we did in the Spice Girls was so special. If they sang Spice Girls songs I think I might be a bit sad.”Posh holds joint writing credits on the band’s string of … [Read more...] about Victoria Beckham scuppers £10million Spice Girls reunion after calling in lawyers to block group from performing classic songs
IF there's one thing you can say it about twin singing sensation Jedward, it's that they've got bags of personality hair gel.The Irish brothers finished runners-up in Celebrity Big Brother 2017 earlier this year, and then tried to find love on TV. But what do we know about them?Jedward are a performing duo made up of twins Edward and John Grimes, born in Dublin on October 16, 1991.The 25-year-olds are nearly identical in appearance, but John is one inch taller than Edward and has a scar above his left eyebrow and nose.But it's their heir matching, gravity-defying hairstyles that we know them for best.During their youth the brothers loved Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.This led them to form a singing duo in 2008 called John & Edward, and they decided to help people tell them apart by always having John stand on the left.In their youth they were also keen athletes and briefly worked as games testers for Microsoft.A decade on from that job and the … [Read more...] about Who are Jedward? Celebrity Big Brother 2017 housemates and singing duo
The European Commission's "Feel Free to Say No" anti-smoking initiative received a boost this week when stars from music and sport joined the campaign in a bid to help young people resist the temptations and pressures surrounding the habit. Television and cinema advertisements for the campaign featuring the EU Commissioner David Byrne with Lou Pearlman, the man behind the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync, together with Canadian band B4-4 started on November 10th. The ads will be seen on 30 national TV channels across the continent, on MTV Europe and in over 5000 cinemas. B4-4 has also released a new single under the title of the campaign. Stars from music and soccer help spread the message Moby just says 'no'. The EU's message is simple. Young people across Europe should be persuaded not to smoke or should be supported in their efforts to stop. Pop stars such as the American techno icon Moby, boy band Natural and British singer Sophie Ellis Bextor have lent their support while a … [Read more...] about EU Anti-Smoking Campaign From the Stars