THEY are responsible for the longest-reigning No1 by any female group after spending eight weeks at the top of the charts way back in 1992 with Stay.
And a whopping 27 years after that release, Shakespears Sister are reuniting.
I’m told Siobhan Fahey, who was previously in Bananarama, and Marcella Detroit are heading for a comeback after settling a feud which had lasted almost three decades.
The pair, who won British Video of the Year at the 1993 Brit Awards for Stay, are now expected to be back on stage this year and release new music.
An industry insider revealed: “It’s taken years to broker this truce and reunion between Siobhan and Marcella. They’re both such strong-willed women but they know they make some of their best music when working together. The rumours have been circulating for a while and finally they’re true.”
During their heyday, the duo spent 36 weeks in the Top 40 and released two Top Ten albums. It all came to a messy end in 1993 following months of in-fighting.
The tensions had surfaced due to their runaway hit, as Marcella had been given the majority of the vocals and also appeared most prominently in the accompanying video. Siobhan felt she had been sidelined, despite founding the group in 1988.
She announced she was dismissing Marcella from the band in a letter read out by her publisher on stage at the Ivor Novello awards — which was how her bandmate discovered she had been kicked out.
Since then, Siobhan has released three albums under the name of Shakespears Sister but as a solo artist — the last being 2011’s Cosmic Dancer, which failed to chart.
If the Spice Girls can put their differences aside, I’m sure these ladies can, too.
Great material, girls
MADONNA and Taylor Swift proved pop still packs a punch at the Billboard Music Awards.
The Queen of Pop teamed up with Maluma to performed Medellin with holograms, as I told she would on Monday.
Taylor sang a show-stopping version of Me! with Brendon Urie. . Also there were Jennifer Hudson, Halsey, BTS, Mariah Carey and Cardi B.
After the Las Vegas bash, Joe Jonas and actress Sophie Turner tied the knot in a surprise ceremony at the Little White Chapel.
They got hitched with rings made from sweets in a ceremony officiated by an Elvis Presley impersonator.
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Riri's undie wear
RIHANNA knows just what to do to promote her range of underwear – model them in saucy photos like this one.
The singer decided to basque in the spotlight to celebrate the first anniversary of her Savage x Fenty line.
The photoshoot should keep fans occupied while RiRi works on her new music.
Phoebe's bag on stage
AS IF she didn’t have enough on her plate with writing the new script for Bond 25, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has revealed that Fleabag is coming to the West End.
The award-winning writer and actress will star in the four-week run, which begins on August 20 at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre.
Just as tickets went on sale online the website crashed due to the massive demand.
The play that inspired the hit TV series has just finished a sell-out run on Broadway, and the London homecoming will be the final time that fans can see Phoebe performing her one-woman show.
ELLIE Goulding tells Jonathan Ross on tomorrow’s show about her fiancé Caspar Jopling’s odd proposal.
She says: “We were doing a jigsaw puzzle. Anyway I think he was getting bored of it, then he proposed.”
Perrie: Fame gave me panic attacks
SHE oozes confidence on stage as a quarter of chart-topping girlband Little Mix, but Perrie Edwards has admitted that fame left her suffering panic attacks every time she was alone.
The singer opened up about her battle with anxiety in a frank chat in a bid to help the group’s millions of fans talk more about their own mental health.
Perrie said: “When I first started experiencing the panic attacks I developed a fear of being on my own. My mum would even be like, ‘I’m going to the shop for a bottle of milk’. I’d sweat and panic and be like, ‘Please don’t leave me on my own because the second you leave that door, I’m going to have a panic attack and I’m on my own’. My mum got to the point where she didn’t know what to do, because she can’t babysit me 24/7, even though she did for a long time.”
Recalling her first attack, Perrie said: “It was so scary because I didn’t know what was going on. I was ringing doctors, I was ringing everybody being like, ‘I’m dying, I’ve just had a heart attack.’”
Perrie, who has now started to deal with her mental health using therapy, thanked r bandmates Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall for keeping her going.
She added: “If I didn’t have the other three girls to think about, and the tour to prepare for, and all the fans that want to see the show be the best it can be, I don’t think I would have come back to work.”
THE Prince Of Egypt is coming to the West End as a new musical based on the 1998 Dreamworks film.
It will open at London’s Dominion Theatre next February, with songs by Stephen Schwartz, who created hit musical Wicked.
Boyz in the zone for song
BOYZONE plan to put out one more single when their farewell tour ends in October. The band released a final album last November, but Shane Lynch said a new song would “tie everything up”.
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However, the song choice is causing friction with his bandmates Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating and Mikey Graham. In an exclusive interview, he said: “I think when it comes to Boyzone and the record company, there’s a certain understanding of what people want from Boyzone and it’s never what I see. I see progressive and left-field stuff.”
He DJs solo at The Grand in Clapham, South London, for its club night The Grand Goes Pop tonight, where his twin sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch will also be performing with B*Witched.
On whether he will make more music after the group splits in October, he said: “I love being part of a band but I guess what runs through my veins mostly is motorsport. I don’t really think about music.”
- AFTER spending seven weeks at No1 with Someone You Loved, Lewis Capaldi is treating fans to new song Hold Me While You Wait for free. It is from debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent – which is set to be released on May 17. The Scottish singer said: “It’s a song I wrote about the uncertainty of being in a relationship.”
- BASTILLE will release their third studio album, Doom Days, on June 14. Their previous two, Bad Blood and Wild World, both hit No1. The Brit quartet, responsible for last autumn’s massive hit Happier with Marshemllo, are also to do an intimate nine-date tour for November and December, with tickets on sale now.
- LIAM Hemsworth has revealed he was spurred on to marry Miley Cyrus in December after they lost their Malibu home in the California wildfires. He told GQ Australia: “Going through something this emotional with someone brings you closer. I’m not sure without losing Malibu, we would have been ready to take this step or ever even gotten married.”
- AWARDS and gold discs don’t mean much to Noel Gallagher, who has admitted giving most of his trophies away. He said on the Dave Berry Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio: “Out of all the things I’ve one – I’ve got one of the Ivor Novellos at home, and I think that’s it. The discs and all that, I think I’ve given them all to charity.”
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