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Street named after David Bowie to be unveiled in Paris next week – but the UK doesn’t have one
David Bowie is set to be opened next week – meaning France will have a street to honour the musician, while his home country of the UK does not.News that the French capital would be naming a street after the iconic singer was first shared back in 2020, when Mayor Jérôme Coumet – a professed fan of Bowie – revealed that he was planning the move.Now, the street is set to open next Monday (January 8), and will be a new road near Austerlitz train station, rather than a pre-existing one that has been renamed.According to Coumet, the idea for the “rue David Bowie” emerged as the “Space Oddity” singer had “a strong link with the city of lights” (via The Connexion).An inauguration party is also set to be held at Salle des Fetes that same day to celebrate the launch, and a variety of photographs and paintings related to the singer will be showcased at the Galerie Athéna until January 14.As highlighted by The Connexion, Bowie’s ties to France not only include his countless shows across the country, but also his time recording music at the legendary Miraval studio – which is now owned by Brad Pitt.While his home country of the UK does not yet have a street named after the late music legend, his birthplace of Brixton does have a famous mural of the singer, painted by Australian artist James Cochran.Bowie died in 2016, following a cancer diagnosis.In other news about David Bowie, back in November it was reported that the artist’s handwritten lyric sheet has been estimated to fetch up to £100,000 at auction.The documents contained the late singer’s corrections, drafts and notes to his tracks ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide’ and ‘Suffragette City’.
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Billie Eilish talks having a “dark episode” before writing ‘Barbie’ song ‘What Was I Made For?’
Billie Eilish has recalled going through a “dark episode” before writing ‘What Was I Made For?’, her song for the Barbie soundtrack.The song was released back in July as part of the highly anticipated film’s official soundtrack, and has been nominated for Best Original Song at the 2024 Oscars alongside Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo and more.Last night (January 4), the song won the Chairman’s Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival, and Eilish spoke of the difficulties she had before writing the song during her acceptance speech.“I would really like to say that this award and any recognition that this song gets, I just want to dedicate to anyone who experiences hopelessness, the feeling of existential dread and feeling like, what’s the point, why am I here and why am I doing this?” Eilish said.“I think we all feel like that occasionally, but I think if somebody like me, with the amount of privilege that I have and the incredible things that I get to do and be and how I have really not wanted to be here … sorry to be dark, damn, but I’ve spent a lot of time feeling that way.”She added: “I just want to say to anyone that feels that way, be patient with yourself and know that it is, I think, worth it all.Eilish went on to discuss how she “was in a dark episode and things didn’t make sense in life” when she was asked to write a song for Barbie. “I just didn’t understand what the point was and why you would keep going.
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Shawn Mendes cancels remainder of his world tour due to mental health struggles
Shawn Mendes has cancelled the remaining dates of his ‘Wonder’ world tour in order to recover from his mental health difficulties.In a statement posted on Instagram today (July 27), Mendes said he “wasn’t prepared for the toll that being back on the road would take” on him.“After speaking with my team and working with an incredible group of health professionals, it has become more clear that I need to take the time I’ve never taken personally, to ground myself and come back stronger,” the singer wrote.He ended the statement: “It breaks my heart to tell you this but but I promise I will be back as soon as I’ve taken the right time to heal.”Mendes had performed seven of 87 scheduled shows across the US, UK and Europe, some of which were not due to take place until June 2023.See the full statement below.A post shared by Shawn Mendes (@shawnmendes)Earlier this month (July 9), Mendes postponed 12 dates on the North American leg of his ‘Wonder’ tour on similar grounds.In a personal statement shared at the time on social media, Mendes wrote: “I’ve been touring since I was 15 and to be honest it’s always been difficult to be on the road away from friends and family. After a few years off the road, I felt like was ready to dive back in, but that decision was premature and unfortunately the toll of the road and the pressure has caught up to me and I’ve hit a breaking point.“After speaking with my team and health professionals, I need to take some time to heal and take care of myself and my mental health, first and foremost.