Zayn Malik: One Direction ignore me when I try to call

Zayn Malik: One Direction ignore me when I try to call

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik says he is no longer on speaking terms with his former bandmates. The 22-year-old singer, who quit the boyband last March, claimed that despite trying to stay in touch with old pals Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, he hasn’t had a reply. “I had every intention of remaining friends with everybody, but I guess certain phone numbers have changed and I haven’t received calls from a lot…

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Stevie McCrorie to perform at HMV Edinburgh

Stevie McCrorie to perform at HMV Edinburgh

Despite winning the show last year, Stevie McCrorie won’t be tuning in to watch The Voice when its fifth series kicks off this weekend – instead, he’ll be performing live and signing copies of his debut album for fans in Edinburgh. The Scottish singer, who was mentored by Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson on the show, will celebrate the release Big World, his first studio album, with a live performance and signing session at HMV…

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Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk was the biggest track of 2015

Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk was the biggest track of 2015

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ chart-topping single Uptown Funk has been named the biggest-selling track of 2015. According to the Official Charts Company, the Grammy-nominated song racked up a combined sales and streaming total of 1.76 million. Despite being officially released back in November 2014, Uptown Funk spent a total of seven weeks at number one, and a staggering 39 weeks in the Top 40. The track only exited the Top 40 in October, nearly…

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Star Wars beats Spectre to become UK’s biggest film of 2015

Star Wars beats Spectre to become UK’s biggest film of 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has become the UK’s biggest grossing movie of 2015 after just 16 days of release – raking in a whopping £94.06m at the box office to overtake Spectre’s £93.5m. JJ Abrams’ film has also overtaken Avatar (£94m) as the second most successful film in history in the UK. But Bond flick Skyfall still reigns supreme as the UK’s highest-grossing film of all time with £103m in 2012. At the end of December,…

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Ian Rankin, JK Rowling, Bay City Rollers and Bruce Findlay on Evening News’ Hot 40

Ian Rankin, JK Rowling, Bay City Rollers and Bruce Findlay on Evening News’ Hot 40

Superstar authors JK Rowling and Ian Rankin, reformed 70s boyband the Bay City Rollers and music industry legend Bruce Findlay all feature in the Edinburgh Evening News’ annual Hot 40 – a list of those who have made the biggest impact on the Capital in 2015. Capping what’s been an extraordinary comeback, The Rollers feature at No.2 on the list, beaten into first place by tragic teenager Jak Trueman, the schoolboy whose incredible fundraising exploits in…

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Ten Ways to Enjoy Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Ten Ways to Enjoy Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

1 Carry a flaming torch through the streets of Edinburgh in the Torchlight Procession The opening event of the 2015/16 Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Festival sees a river of fire through the streets of the city as 10,000 people carry flaming torches from George IV Bridge to Calton Hill and the son et lumière and firework finale which can be viewed from across the city and from the streets surrounding the hill. Access to Calton Hill will…

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Bwani Junction to play Graceland with original musicians

Bwani Junction to play Graceland with original musicians

Edinburgh indie-rock band Bwani Junction will perform Paul Simon’s classic Graceland album at the Celtic Connections festival, joined on stage by some of the original musicians. Amongst those travelling from South Africa and New York for the show on Saturday, 23 January, at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Glasgow are Barney Rachabane, Diane Garisto and Morris Goldberg, who all featured on this classic recording, which celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2016. How it happened: last June, as a stop-gap gig whilst recording…

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Exclusive: Bay City Rollers to play BBC’s Hogmanay Live

Exclusive: Bay City Rollers to play BBC’s Hogmanay Live

The Bay City Rollers are set to appear on the BBC’s Hogmanay Live at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow on New Year’s Eve, we can exclusively reveal. The 70s sensations triggered a new wave of Rollermania in September when they announced a string of comeback gigs before releasing a brand new album and going on to be honoured with a Living Legends award at Scotland’s music industry Oscars last month – and now they will cap…

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Shirley Manson begs Edinburgh City Council to rethink music lesson cuts

Shirley Manson begs Edinburgh City Council to rethink music lesson cuts

Alt-rock goddess Shirley Manson has written an open letter to Edinburgh City Council, begging them to rethink a controversial proposal to introduce charges for instrumental music tuition for children in schools across the Capital. The Edinburgh-born singer, who fronts genre-bending alt-rockers Garbage, claims tuition fees would “rob” youngsters of the chance to “engage with music, learn from it, fall in love with it, master it”. The 49-year-old superstar penned an emotional open letter on her Facebook…

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Are you a closet Justin Bieber fan?

Are you a closet Justin Bieber fan?

He’s (whisper it) almost cool and credible these days thanks to some undeniably good singles – but 21% of Justin Bieber’s fans wouldn’t own up to liking his music, according to a new study, which also claims that Edinburgh is the joint-second biggest home to secret Beliebers in the UK. New research by ticketing company Ticketbis shows that the Canadian pop icon has attracted 10% more fans in the UK than he had just two years ago,…

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