Hotzone: Misha B talks possible collaborations and other music news

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Hotzone: Misha B talks possible collaborations and other music news

Ive gone from busking on the streets to working on my album with a single out in just a year, its crazy good


Mighty Misha
X Factor powerhouse MISHA B is plotting to team up with talent show rival WILL.I.AM.

The 20-year-old is currently recording her first album and would love to get the 36-year-old Voice UK judge on board.

She said: “I like will.i.am, I love what he does. I was impressed with him on The Voice.”

Misha is thrilled her debut single Home Run is hurtling up the UK’s Top 10 charts.

The mega-voiced star said: “Things couldn’t get any better ... I’ve gone from busking on the streets to working on my album with a single out in just a year, it’s crazy good.” Home Run is about breaking up with a former lover, but there’s a happy ending.

She explained: “I wrote it quite some time back about an ex, so it’s a bit of a sad one. The ex loves it, we are good friends now. We were quite young back then.” The rest of the album promises to be a soulful affair.

She revealed: “There are some clubbier songs on the album but overall I’d say it’s heavily soul. It’s all good-feeling music, songs that make you want to party. Stuff you can relate to and cheer you up. I’m working with producers TMS, NAUGHTY BOY, who did EMELI SANDE’s album, and FRAZER T SMITH, so I’m having so much fun.”



Minx is top Dogg
Irish rap sensation LUCCI MINX is to drop new single Love Hate You in September. The hip-hop beauty has already received 130,000 hits on YouTube for the promo video to the track. Lucci — who met up with rap legend Snoop Dogg at the recent Swedish House Mafia gig in Dublin — is also playing an Olympics show in London for the US basketball ‘Dream Team’.

Mut’ do better
The reunited original line-up of the Sugababes have imaginatively named their comeback act Mutya Keisha Siobhan. Redhead Siobhan Donaghy blamed bullying for quitting in 2001 — but insists the girls have worked out their differences. New material from the trio isn’t expected until 2013.

Van Dyk plays Belfast
Legendary DJ Paul Van Dyk, who has worked with Irish stars like Rea Garvey and Johnny McDaid of Vega4, plays Transmission at Queen’s University Belfast on Friday. Tickets are on sale now priced at £20 (€25.70) from all usual outlets.

Take one for the Theme
THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS will release their theme for the Olympic cycling stadium — Theme For Velodrome — next Monday. It joins tracks by Muse, Dizzee Rascal, Elton John and Delphic as one of the five official songs.

Beth’s so Notorious
BETH DITTO (31) is Olympic rockers DURAN DURAN’s new favourite Girl On Film. The GOSSIP singer has joined the pop legends on stage to sing Notorious at a number of live shows. Drummer ROGER TAYLOR (52) said: “We have to really love the artist to make (a collaboration) happen, but with her it’s always ‘yes’.”



Where there’s a Will
FLO-RIDA has paid tribute to his pal WILL.I.AM for showing him the route to success. With 12 Top 20 singles to his name, Flo (32) said: “Will showed me the way, he is like a mentor to me. He always gives me great advice ... so hats off to Will.”

Tom’s a real fake
Pop legend Tom Jones reckons he’s a great actor — because he has to fake all the sadness in his songs. Although the Welsh favourite has a string of classic heartbreakers like Delilah and The Green Green Grass Of Home, he admits life has been so sweet that he acts his way through the lyrics of his ballads. The 72-year-old has been married to wife Melinda for 55 years. Tom said: “There hasn’t been much darkness in my life.”

Catch some Ray
KINKS legend Ray Davies is coming to Dublin to play an intimate, theatre-style gig at the O2 on October 21. Davies is one of the most successful and influential songwriters to emerge from the 1960s. Tickets for the gig go on sale this Thursday at 9.00am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

Festival should be ship shape
CIDER giant Bulmers will hold a free four-day live music festival to mark the return of the Tall Ships races to Dublin. From August 23-26, George’s Dock will host a stellar line-up of Irish acts including Cathy Davey, Ash, Ryan Sheridan and many more.




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