IT’S been seven years since Gary Barlow released solo material, but I can reveal he has a new album.
And he has teamed up with superstar crooner Michael Buble for the record’s lead single.
With two powerhouses of modern music combining forces, a hit seems all but guaranteed.
The pair, who first worked together ten years ago, will unveil their first single next week following almost a year of planning.
And Michael, who lives in Argentina with his model wife Luisana Lopilato and their family, has roped in rising Latin star Sebastian Yatra to join them for track Elita, which Take That frontman Gary describes as “salsa-infused pop”.
He tells me: “Elita is a song about witnessing the power of women — that’s really at the core of this track.
“Originally it was just the two of us, but then Michael said he knew this amazing talent that would be perfect for the song.
“Within an hour we were all on the phone and when Sebastián sent the track back, we were just thrilled.
"He has this amazing charisma — it just sounded so authentic.”
The track will be Gary’s first solo track since 2013’s Since I Saw You Last, though he has kept himself busy with his Take That bandmates since then thanks to a host of tours and 2017 album Wonderland.
But he’s used his time away from the spotlight this year to finalise his latest project, after spending the summer hosting his hugely successful Crooner Sessions online to entertain fans during lockdown.
The online duets featured a host of big names, including Chris Martin, Jack Whitehall, Nicole Scherzinger, Paloma Faith and JLS — as well as Gary’s Take That bandmates Robbie Williams, Mark Owen and Howard Donald.
It clearly whetted is appetite to get back behind the microphone again.
It's J-Lo house rock
JENNIFER Lopez is back with a steamy two-part music video in her latest collaboration with Colombian singer Maluma.
The pair’s two new singles, Pa Ti and Lonely, share the one music video, which was released yesterday.
It tells the story of a wealthy woman who falls in love with her security guard, later revealed to be an undercover FBI agent.
In the video, directed by Jessy Terrero, the Papi singer gets up close and personal with Maluma, before showing off her steamy dance moves in prison.
His character later helps her find a way to escape.
Adele’s VR date
ADELE and her “love interest” Skepta enjoyed a date night at a virtual reality centre in London earlier this week.
The pair, joined by MC Jammer, were spotted enjoying pints and £12 VR sessions.
One onlooker said: “We were asked to move from the lounge because a VIP was arriving.
“I couldn’t believe it when Adele just walked in with Skepta and Jammer.
“After doing the VR I saw her chatting to people and putting her boots back on.”
The onlooker added: “She seemed really down to earth.
“They were screaming and laughing when they were doing the VR together. I could hear her from the other end of the venue.”
The Hello singer and Boy Better Know star were first linked last October, following the news that Adele had split from her husband Simon Konecki.
£28.5 million? That's not little
The Little Mix girls are now worth a staggering £28.5million – despite no world tour and little new music.
The Black Magic singers made £938,827 profit for the year ending December 31, according to accounts released by the girls’ firm Eternal Dance.
It rocketed the company’s net worth to £4,870,417.
Paperwork also revealed another £6million in cash on the books – £1.8million up on 2018.
The girls have gained 17.6 million Spotify listeners since winning the X Factor in 2011, filling up the pot even more.
Tonight sees the launch of their BBC talent show Little Mix: The Search, and new album Confetti is due out on November 6.
Next year’s bonus looks good.
KATY Perry thinks motherhood is a “full- time job” following the birth of her first child Daisy with Orlando Bloom. The Chained To The Rhythm hitmaker tweeted: “Call your mom and tell her you love and appreciate her.”
Covid film? No thanks
IN what has been the most miserable year in recent memory for the entertainment business, there is nothing I want to see more than some huge blockbuster films firing up again – alongside live gigs, stand-up comedy and the theatre.
But one thing nobody is crying out for is a movie based on Covid and lockdown. Not now, and not ever, frankly.
I’m told A-listers including Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor begin work in London next week shooting on a new project centred around life during Covid.
It’s hard to think of anything less appealing right now than sitting at home watching a film about everybody being stuck at home and wearing masks.
Already we’ve been subjected to lockdown television shot on fuzzy Zoom calls, with comedy panellists trying to strike up an amusing rapport through jolting sound delay.
Socially-distanced gigs haven’t taken off either after fans realised the prospect of sitting in your car to watch a mid-ranking veteran crooner, without even being able to numb the misery with a beer, wasn’t worth forking out for.
Of course I’m sympathetic to the artists involved and desperately want to see live entertainment back up and running – and I’ll be first in line.
But Hollywood’s magic means it’s the one industry that stands a chance of helping us escape from reality – complete with stunts and explosions, racy love scenes and intense drama.
Don’t bring the misery to the big screen too, thanks.
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