Double A-SideMelanie C was on morning show T4(UK) this morning and said that the new Spice Girls single will be a double A-Side of "Let Love Lead The Way" and "Holler Holler". She said that the video for "Let Love Lead The Way" was filmed last week and the video for "Holler Holler" will be filmed soon. She also mentioned that the single will be released between September and November. Melanie gave the same news last night on BBC Radio 1.
Thanks Norman Hayes, David G
Beesley Dumps MelBRUMOR WARNING
Boyfriend Max Beesley has ditched Scary Spice Melanie B over allegations that she has become involved with television star and pop singer Richard Blackwood. Mel was on Blackwood's Channel 4 show last week and afterwards they both went to a party at London nightclub China White for singer D'Angelo. At the party Mel got into a fight with another woman and Blackwood supposedly broke up the fight and took mel out of the club. Max Beesley had the newspaper reports faxed to him on the Italian island of Capri, where he is shooting a movie with Mariah Carey. He then dumped Mel B after reading the reports. Publicists on both sides deny the allegations. A "source close to Mel B" said:
"Mel is telling people that she has been dumped. She's being quite upbeat about the whole thing and has actually been out partying more than usual."
MelB In FishMelanie B will be doing some acting this weekend, working on a 15 minute film entitled "Fish". The film is running on a low sub £50,000 budget so Mel won't be getting paid much to do it. She is doing it rather for the cause and even asked for no favors before filming. In the movie Melanie is a single mother of a 14 year old mixed-race boy called Jimmy who moves to a North East housing estate. She has to work hard at Fishy Frank's and feels really tired. She's too weary to understand her son. Frank fancies her but there isn't anything going on really. She's a single parent trying to make ends meet. The story is told from Jimmy's point of view and because he's a boy of 14 there's a heightened sense of reality. He feels different because he's from a Caribbean background and looks exotic. Mel was told about the flick by director Bruce Goodison, who made the documentary about her last year.
Posh & Dane Interviewworldpop has an interview up with Victoria & Dane Bowers in both RealVideo format and transcript. In the interview Victoria & Dane talk about working together, and Dane hints that they may collaborate again.
Here is a local copy of the transcript.
It's always refreshing to see that Victoria humor!
MelB Release DatesRUMOR WARNING
- September 18, 2000 - "Tell Me" (First single from upcoming album)
- October 2, 2000 - Hot (Album)
On MelC & J RelationshipSporty Spice Melanie C and Five singer Jason Brown who reportedly split up their relationship(Story), commented on their relationship and show signs that it might not be quite over. Melanie said:
"It was so hard even at the beginning with J because we had met atthe Brit Awards and I really fancied him but the next day it was all over the papers. I couldn't bring myself to speak to him for a while because we were supposed to be having this great love affair, yet we hardly knew each other."
"We are still really good friends and that friendship willnever die. We'll always be close. I don't know what is going to happen in the future but I wouldn't rule out the possibility of us getting back together again. We don't have any plans to do so right now but you never know. I don't let anybody rule how I go about my love life. Melanie and I knew for a fact that people would say stuff about it but we knew that we wanted to be together."
MelC's AquariumSporty Spice Melanie C has had a big fish tank installed in her new house. Nicholas Lloyd, a marine biologist who designs extravagant fish aquariums recently told about his installation at Mel C's new pad:
"We recently installed a massive freshwatertank for Mel C in her house in North London. It's finished in stainless steel and is about seven-feet tall, beautiful."
Thanks to Zila.
Gay CorrectionA correction to the post a few stories below: Victoria will be performing her single "Out Of Your Mind" at London's gay club G.A.Y. on Saturday August 5th, NOT August 25th as was previously posted.
Out Of Your Mind VideoThe video for Victoria's single "Out Of Your Mind" is now getting airplay in Europe. There is a low quality RealVideo capture on the net as well. Here is a local copy of that. (2megs)
MelB Knocks Out BlondeScary Spice Melanie B was at an after-show party for singer D'Angelo at London's China White on Thursday night when she got into a fight with another girl. A witness explained the scene:
"One minute everyone was enjoying themselves and the next there were all these screams. Mel was pulling this blonde girl's hair, and the blonde had a fistful of Mel's hair in her hands. She screamed, 'You bitch, you've had it now', and Mel was just telling her to 'Fuck off'."
Melanie quickly ended the cat-fight however by punching the blonde out.
Secret VacationPosh Spice Victoria Beckham and her husband & son arrived back in England on Friday after a secret ten day vacation in a villa in the South of France. They stayed in Al Fayad's villa, the father of Dodi, who romanced Princess Diana. Al offered the Beckams to stay at his villa a bit ago after having sympathy for their complaints of not being able to have a peacefull family vacation away from the press. The Beckhams called Al a couple weeks back asking him if they could still accept the offer. Al was very hospitable and setup security and made all arrangements for the family.
Victoria @ G.A.Y.Victoria will be performing her single "Out Of Your Mind" at London's gay club G.A.Y. on Saturday,
August 25thAugust 5th.
I Turn To You CoverRUMOR WARNING
Here is a small picture of the supposed cover of "I Turn To You", Melanie C's next solo single which releases on August 7th.
Thanks to Fernando
J On Mel SplitFormer boyfriend of Mel C Jason Brown of boy group Five spoke in an interview about his relationship and breakup with Mel. He said:
"We realised over time that it wouldn't work because we were too good friends. I have spoken to Mel a lot since we split. We are still really good mates and nothing has changed. It was all very amicable. In fact, we went out for dinner last night. It was very nice. We have kept in touch and she is a very close friend. We were only seeing each other for a couple of months. There were no plans for marriage or moving in, so it wasn't too heartrending for either of us. I didn't tell anyone that we had split because we didn't intend to say anything. But I made one comment and it was made into a full story, like making a mountain out of a mole hill."
MelC Worldpop Interviewworldpop has a new RealVideo interview with Melanie C up! There is also a transcript version of the interview available there. It's an interesting interview where Melanie officially says "If That Were Me" will be the final single off her debut album Northern Star and all it's proceeds will go to charity. But perhaps most interestingly she reveals that she has been surfing the web recently checking out Mel C sites! Here is a local copy of the transcript.
Aprilia Case Continues..The Spice Girls vs. Aprilia case(Story) continues. This past Friday the court ordered Spice Girls to pay £400,000 to Aprilia for damages and court costs. Spice Girls are expected to appeal the decision.
MelC Sky Video InterviewSky News has a video interview with Melanie C available on this page.
Thanks to Zila.
NBTSA North America PushMelanie C/Virgin Records are now pushing Melanie C's last single "Never Be The Same Again" in North America. The song has been added to MuchMusic's(CAN) video playlist, and will soon be pushed to US radio stations for radio play. Unfortunately there will be no single release, the radio version will be labed as the album cut, but it will really be the single mix?
Next MelC AlbumThere is a short interview with Melanie C up at worldpop(who promise another interview with Mel tomorrow, check out the dope Mel C pic). In the interview Mel talks about her next album, and that she would like to work with Eminem. She says:
"I've been been very inspired for my new album. It's gonna be very bitter and twisted! Really, 'I Turn To You' is about me. No matter how much support and love you've got around you there's only one person who can make it better and that's yourself. I'd love to work with Eminem and Dr Dre. I think they're really sound. I don't think you can put boundaries on people's creativity. I know what his[Eminem's] music's about and I like it. We'd have to do something that suited both of us. I don't know whether they'd want to work with me."
I wonder if Eminem still can't figure out which Spice Girl he wants to enpregnate?
MelC TrackHerMelanie C was out yesterday shopping in London with her personal assistant and friend Chai Ling Yau. Mel was wearing jeans, a sleeveless t-shirt, and boots, and had a "girlie" shopping bag.
MelB Talks About Her AlbumMelanie B recently talked about her upcoming solo debut album Hot which is set to be released this October. Mel talked about working with producer Teddy Riley amongst other things:
"Riley was tough to work with. He had a pretty bad attitude and seemed to have decided that I'd be a popstar Spice wanker before he'd even met me. This made for some pretty uncomfortable times, but luckily the team around him were very professional and we ended up with three great tracks from the sessions. It was not like working with the Spice Girls because I knew that it was all down to me, vocally. It was a challenge because I had to be very focused. If there was a high not to be hit for instance, I knew that I'd have to concentrate and get it right, no chance to get one of the other girls to do it. It seemed natural for me to work with US producers on the album since they understand my influences. Coming up with the songs was intense. It's an extremely personal record and writing it has been like therapy. The album is like a documentary of all the things that I've been going through in the last two years. As my first solo album, this record means a lot to me. Everyone will have their opinions and no doubt some people will slag it off. I'm confident in the record and as long as I've got that, who cares what people think."
Nothing New Pussy Catwhoooaaaaaoooooaaaaoooooaaahhhh... ANYWAY.. Victoria didn't get the part in the upcoming movie What's New Pussycat(Story). She just wasn't right for the role.
Baby Breast ImplantRUMOR WARNING
On a London bar date this past Saturday with boyfriend Jade Jones, many people noticed Emma was wearing a low-cut top that showed off her bust. Some British tabloids are of course already calling that she has had a boob job. I wouldn't believe it, just the press jumping the gun again most likely, trying to sell more copies of da paper.
Victoria On Future ChildrenVictoria has talked about her future plans for more children. Victoria said:
"I'm going to have my second child after the solo album, but you never know, the last one kind of cropped up on me. So it could come at any time. David and I have bought a big house and now I want to fill it with loads and loads of children. That's what I want to do in life. Music is important to me but my family is the most important thing. Having a big family and a great big Christmas tree, that's what I want. It doesn't matter if the Spice Girls split in the future because I'm going to be so busy with the kids. I want to have loads hanging off each hip."
I Turn To You Release DateMelanie C's next single, "I Turn To You", has had it's release date pushed back to August 7th.
Pop Is A Rip-OffSporty Spice Mel C recently talked about current pop music and how it is marketed and ripping off kids. Mel was asked about what she thought of competition in pop music for the #1 spot:
"It's just whoever is marketed the best and who can rip off the kids most. I don't care who wins. When my solo single Never Be The Same Again was there, Westlife only sold a couple of thousand more but they were doing in-store signings and everything. It was a case of 'Get your money out kids'. It's the same with all pop acts, a big rip-off. It's exploitation within the marketplace. Kids are getting ripped off by people who are not talented and can't cut it live. The kids are getting fleeced."
MelC & J SplitRUMOR WARNING
Jason Brown, boyband Five star and recent boyfriend of Melanie C has dumped Melanie C. J said:
"We've called it a day, but we're still friends. It's just one of those things, but we'll still go out for drinks now and then. It was great just being boyfriend and girlfriend. You can't have a girlfriend you only see eight times a year, it isn't on. I'm a bachelor again now, and I've been enjoying nights out on the town. I've been in Ibiza 37 hours and haven't slept a wink. Me and the boys went to Cream at Amnesia the other night and got wrecked. This girl came up to me and asked me to sign her breasts. She didn't need to ask me twice! It was mad but when you're here you just go with the flow."
Album 3 InfoMelanie C says that Spice Girls actually still have two more weeks of studio work on the third album before it's ready to release. She also said that it will be released in November and that the first single HAS NOT been chosen yet, no video has been shot, and it's still up for discussion which one will be the first single. A seperate rumoristic news report states that Spice Girls will release a single on December 18th, and will have to battle a Westlife single for the Christmas #1 spot. Finally, mtv.com(US) has posted a story about the possible return of Spice Girls before year's end. MTV(US) also has a poll up gathering information on whether there is interest in the new Spice album. Go there and vote NOW as it could influence the amount of coverage and exposure MTV gives the new Spice album.
Thanks Adam for the MTV news.
Out Of Your Mind PITP VideoOver at Nowspice the video performance of "Out Of Your Mind" by Truesteppers featuring Victoria and Dane from this year's Party In The Park(Story) is available for download in low quality realvideo format.
Here is a local copy of the video. About Linking SpiceNews Files
Health Farm Bashes VictoriaAfter Victoria revealed that she and husband David Beckham were sick of the food at the health farm they were staying at(Story), the health farm's owner Stephen Purdew said of Victoria & David:
"It is preposterous. Their tastes are very junk food orientated and they think burgers, chips, and Chinese are culinary delights. In order to have kept them happy we would have had to build a drive-in Burger King."
J Could Produce Next MelC AlbumIn an interview yesterday morning on GMTV(UK), Melanie C was asked if she would ever consider working with boyfriend Jason Brown of boyband Five. Mel said:
"I respect what he does, people don't realise how talented he is. It's like with the Spice Girls, they're all very different musically and he's a very talented guy. If circumstances changed and we were just buddies then I'd probably work with him... because he produces, maybe he'll produce my next record, that'll save a bit of cash, and then he can buy me dinner!"
£50,000 Ring Over £30 MealAfter her Party In The Park performance(See Below Story), Victoria revealed that David gave her a £50,000 anniversary ring over a £30 Chinese food meal. The couple spent their anniversary at a health farm(Story) but got so sick of the food that was served to them there that they decided to sneak out for some chinese food. While at the restaurant, husband David Beckham surprised Victoria with the £50,000 anniversary ring.(Story)
Party In The Park Follow-UpYesterday was the day of the UK's Party In The Park music festival at which both Melanie C and Victoria performed! It was a very rainy day but the performances went on. There was a bit of a stir about the number of acts that were lip-syncing. Melanie C was one of the few artists there that sang live and when asked about it Mel said:
"I think when you go to see bands you don't go to see them mime. I don't agree with artists miming."
Victoria did lip-sync her song "Out Of Your Mind" but the crowd loved the performance regardless and Victoria got very favorable reviews of her first solo performance. Victoria said when she came off stage:
"I hope people like the track, that's themain thing. This is the kind of music I like listening to when I'm going out, so my album I'm working on will be a bit dancey and a bit more poppy, like this song. I haven't been on stage for such a long time, it feels like a year at least, but I haven't been lazy, I've been being a mummy. I was really nervous because it was the first time I have appeared before 100,000 people. I didn't do that with the Spice Girls and, apart from Top Of The Pops earlier this week, this is the biggest performance I have done on my own. It's a shame about the weather but everything went well and I got all the dance steps right so it was a good performance."
Here are some pictures of Victoria from the event(both Mel C & Victoria had their hair extensions in):
Watch Party In The ParkTomorrow is the Party In The Park music festival at which both Melanie C and Victoria Bekcham will be performing. The event will be broadcast live on channel 4(UK) from 9am to 10.30am, 3.20pm to 3.40pm, and 4.35pm to 6.40pm. Channel 4 will also be showing footage on Monday at 5.30pm and Friday at 6pm.
For those of us not in the UK, the event will also be broadcast online at the official Party In The Park site!
Thanks to Dawn M.
More On Wedding AnniversaryAfter she shot her "Out Of Your Mind" video, Victoria enjoyed her wedding anniversary with husband David Beckham. The couple took retreat at the ultra-discreet Forest Mere health farm spa in Liphook, Hants. Victoria had an invigorating scalp massage as well as the experience of having salt-water blasted at her from various high powered jets to boost blood circulation.
Victoria & MelC TrackHersVictoria and Melanie C were both at Top Of The Pops(UK) yesterday recording performances of their respective songs "Out Of Your Mind" and "I Turn To You". Victoria still has her hair extensions in!
Out Of Your Mind VictoriaHere is a picture of Victoria from the "Out Of Your Mind" video shoot(Story). She is wearing hair extensions here.
Bunton & Gately DuetBoyzone's Stephen Gately and Spice Girls' Emma Bunton are in talks of doing a duet together. The two have been allegedly planning the collaboration for several months now. Gately says:
"We have had a chat about it and she agreed to do it. I have to call her again and get it into action."
Beckhams Sell NameRUMOR WARNING
Victoria and David Beckham will be putting their name on a range of luxury goods and possibly a chain of restaurants. The couple founded their own compay - VDB(Victoria, David, Brooklyn) for the joint venture backed by Northern and Shell, the £500 million media empire which owns OK! magazine and paid the Beckhams £1 million for exclusive rights to their wedding. David & Victoria will put their stamp on perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries, and an official calendar in a 12-month deal. It is also possible that restaurants, shops and film projects could to follow in a tie-up with publishing tycoon Richard Desmond.
Love HurtsMax Beesley Recently talked to The Mirror(UK) about his relationship with Scary Spice Melanie B. Max admitted that their affair began before Mel left her husband Jimmy Gulzar. They had been pals since meeting in New York three years ago but friendship turned into romance when Max's long-time affair with Mel Sykes collapsed. Max said:
"I am so in love with Mel, it actually hurts. Mel's gorgeous. She's so laid back we have such a great time together. We've been going out for eight months now. I'm trying to keep out of anything to do with the divorce but I don't mind admitting I'm totally and absolutely loved up. I divide my time between my brother's house and Mel's. She doesn't like it when I'm not there at night because it's a fucking great big house and even though she's got the dogs, she gets scared being there alone with Phoenix. But I've no plans to move in permanently, things are fine as they are. And before you ask, we haven't talked about marriage."
Out Of Your Mind Video FilmedVictoria spent her wedding anniversary filming the video for her upcoming single "Out Of Your Mind". She wore a full-length black coat, dark glasses and long black hair to shoot the video. It is said to have parts of it that are in style of the Matrix. It was shot in Chalk Farm, London. David Beckham was at the shooting and after the video was shot, the couple went out for a romantic anniversary meal.
Spice Girls On Future TourIn an interview with worldpop Spice Girls said that they originally planned to tour at the end of this year, but plans for a tour have been pushed back since the album has taken longer to complete. The girls said:
Emma: "Once the album is out then we can plan the tour. We'd like to start in England and then go around the world and come back."
Mel B: "We missed out on a lot of places the last time we toured so we'd want to go everywhere we haven't been for a while."
The girls were questioned about how Mel B & Victoria's babies would interfere with touring:
Emma: "They would come along with us but we would come back every couple of weeks to rest. It would probably be a much longer process than the last one." Emma also talked about the track "Woman" on their upcoming third album:
"Woman is really different to most of the things that we've done. I think that naturally we're all growing musically and individually as well."
Better Out Of Your Mind MP3Here is a better version of "Out Of Your Mind", the upcoming single by Truesteppers featuring Victoria. This is still a radio rip, but better quality and length then the first one. - 3.3MB
Victoria Fires Back At NeighborVictoria was in for an interview with Mike Toolan on Manchester's Key 103 breakfast show. She was open to talk about everything except the legal battle with one of her former bodyguards.(Story). Victoria in particular fired back at her neighbor Cybil Davis-Brummell who is trying to kick Victoria out of the neighborhood.(Story) Victoria said she knows little about her. Victoria said:
"Who was that bird sitting on the grass, the one with a cup of tea? I don't know who she is. Some posh bird with a blooming deck chair. Brooklyn and David have played football on that grass I think once since we've been living there.. I mean Brooklyn's only 14 months old for goodness sake."
Victoria also talked about worries of death threats and rumors of husband soccer star David Beckham leaving Manchester United:
"We do get a lot of death threats. It does upset me because obviously we've got a baby and I don't want to die. We are both really happy in Manchester and David has no intentions of moving for a long, long, long time. So the rumours are not true and you can all stop throwing things at me in the street now."
Thanks to Luke Peterson.
ITTY Behind The ScenesMelanie C's official homepage now has exclusive behind the scenes footage from the making of the "I Turn To You" video in the videos section.
Thanks to Angie Hung.
David Buys Victoria New RingRUMOR WARNING
Husband David Beckham is splashing out £50,000 on an anniversary present for Victoria. David secretly consulted Victoria's favorite jeweller Theo Fannel and told him to create a black diamond ring to match the £30,000 earrings he bought Victoria for her 26th birthday. Pals say he plans to slip it on to Victoria's finger during an intimate dinner to celebrate the couple's first wedding anniversary tonight. A close friend said:
"Victoria will flip out when she sees what David has bought her. He knows exactly what she likes and, just like her, he has great taste when it comes to presents. He knows she's been under a lot of pressure lately and just wants to see her face light up again."
MelB To Be On BBC2RUMOR WARNING
Scary Spice Melanie B is lined up to be an expert guest on Mark Lamarr's new BBC2 series. No more info on this at the moment.
MelC To Learn WelshMelanie C is learning to speak a bit of Welsh so she can talk to her Welsh fans. She is trying to learn some phrases in time for the Party In The Park concert in Cardiff, Wales on July 15th. Mel said:
"I was offered the chance of learning a bit of Welsh and I was up for it straight away."
MelC Welcomes Charity Walkers59 year old Dave Williams used to have bowel cancer. He has walked 235 miles to raise money for a cancer centre in memory of Linda McCartney. His journey began in June 18th at The Cavern Club in Liverpool and made his way to London's Abbey Road Studios, where The Beatles used to record, and Spice Girls do record. Melanie C met up with and congratulated Dave, from John Lennon Drive in Liverpool along with fellow walkers Julie Bond(40) from Crosby, Liverpool(who is an appeal director for the centre), Ian Gibbons(40) from Tamworth, Birmingham, and Lois Douglas(40) from Crosby, Liverpool. Mel greeted them and said it was vitally important to open the centre as soon as possible in order to help cancer sufferers throughout the country. They hope to raise £100,000 from the walk that will be used towards a new centre of excellence for treatment of cancer soon to be opened on Merseyside - The Linda McCartney Centre.
Detective To Visit VictoriaA detective investigating the Heathrow Airport British Airways case of Victoria's stolen baggage will meet with Victoria at her parents house this week to ask Victoria to indentify some of the stolen clothing which they have found.(Story)
Better Quality I Turn To YouChar @ Eternal Melanie C has uploaded a 15MB higher quality .asf version of Melanie C's video for "I Turn To You". Make sure to get it!
Beckhams Battle Ex-Bodyguard In CourtLegal action is underway by Victoria & David Beckham against former bodyguard Mark Niblett, 40, to keep him from releasing a book about his time with the Beckhams. This is the same man who was arrested last week on death threat charges against the family(Story). Mr Niblett was in High Court and ordered not to speak or provide any further information about his book to publishers Mr. Morton and Michael O'Mara Books(publishers of the best selling book about Diana, Princess of Wales) pending a hearing in about three weeks. In the upcoming hearing the Beckhams will seek an extended injunction to protect their privacy. The beckhams will plead on the point that Niblett was bound by a confidentiality agreement governing his employment with them. Lawyers for the book company objected to the three week gag order because it would delay research and preperation of the book and jeapardise it's planned Autumn release date and saleability. The judge played this off saying that pushing the book back to Christmas would not hurt sales at all due to the Beckham's popularity. The Beckhams are planning to release their own book this fall as well and this might turn into a battle to see who can get their book out first. If the Beckham's win a confidentiality injunction at the next hearing, any offending material will have to be withheld from Mr Morton's book pending a full trial of the action.
MelC TrackHerMelanie C presented boy band Five with a gong for Best International Newcomers at the 25th Silver Clef Awards for music charity Nordoff-Robbins. Mel kissed, cuddled, and held hands with boyfriend Jason Brown before handing him his award.
Here is a picture of the couple at the event.
Geri's Breath StinksMel C revealed on radio on Friday on Atlantic 252's breakfast show(UK) that Geri Halliwell has bad breath. When Mel revealed the info, host Tony Wrighton said "Geri Halliwell has bad breath!" after which Mel asked him to quickly move off the topic. Mel talked about how they would try to approach Geri about the problem:
"I would normally tell people if they had smelly breath, especially if I were close enough. Whenever that occasion arose with one of the members who used to be in the band, we used to say does anyone want some chewie? We have all been there sometimes, like when we had a bit of garlic the night before."
ByeI'm not going anywhere, but there is a stupid rumor in The Sun(UK) that goes something like..
There is a track on the upcoming third Spice Girls album which is seven minutes long and titled simply "Bye" in which the girls reminisce about all the memories they have of being in the Spice Girls. It looks like it's supposed to be a goodbye, this is the end of Spice Girls message. The ONLY reason this is being posted is because it somehow made it to a national British newspaper, I wouldn't believe it.
Emma to host CD:UKBaby Spice Emma Bunton will be a celebrity guest and help host CD:UK(UK). She will be hosting the show with Cat Deeley for four weeks in August.
I Turn To You RemixesMelanie C's official website is posting the different remixes of "I Turn To You" in RealAudio starting tomorrow, although they already have the hex hector radio mix up.
Victoria's MovieVictoria has not been interested in any of the movie roles that have been available for her thus far. She does not want to play a role that she isn't 100% sure about. Victoria said:
"I've been seeing a lot of scripts and I have been offered a lot of parts, but nothing has been right for me. Now I'm working on projects myself, actually creating a film for myself. That is with writers at the moment, which is very exciting. People are so cynical. So when I do a film, it's got to be right. I really want to get the groundwork done, rather than just rushing something out and it not being the right thing."