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24 Oct 2016 - Pete Burns (1959 - 2016)

Dead Or Alive singer Pete Burns has suddenly died on Sunday October 23, 2016, after a cardiac arrest. 

Pete Burns rose to fame in the 1980s with the band's hit song You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) and rose to super stardom in Japan. 

A statement released by his partner, Michael Simpson, his ex-wife, Lynne Corlett, and his manager and former band member, Steve Coy, read: "All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul and will be missed by all those who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with."

Born in Cheshire to a Liverpudlian father and German mother who was a survivor of the Holocaust, Pete Burns described his upbringing as unconventional. His mother was an alcoholic, and attempted suicide several times when he was growing up.

"As far as parental skills go in the conventional, normal world, she certainly wasn't a mother, but she's the best human being that I've ever had the privilege of being in the company of, and I know that she had a special plan for me," he said in his autobiography 'Freak Unique'. "She called me 'Star Baby' and she knew that there was something special in me."

Never one to conform to the rules, Pete Burns dropped out of his Liverpool boys school at the age of 14 after he was summoned to the headmaster's office "with no eyebrows, Harmony-red hair and one gigantic earring". He began working in a record shop in Liverpool, where he formed his first band, the Mystery Girls, though they played only one gig. Pete Burns formed Dead Or Alive in 1980.

Pete Burns also became famous for his androgynous style and his progressive approach to gender. He often wore women's clothes and said: "Everyone's in drag of some sorts, I don't give a fuck about gender and drag. I'm not trying to be a girl by putting on a dress - gender is separated by fabric. I was brought up with an incredible amount of freedom and creativity. Society has put certain constraints on things."

Pete Burns lived out his life in the full public glare, though his most notorious appearance was on season four of Celebrity Big Brother, in which he memorably performed a dance with the former MP George Galloway, both dressed in lycra leotards.

Pete Burns married his first wife, Lynne Corlett, a hairdresser, in 1978 but the pair separated in 2006 and Pete Burns married his partner, Michael Simpson, soon after, inviting television cameras to their wedding.

He also admitted to having an addiction to cosmetic surgery, having over 300 operations in his lifetime, mainly on his face, and in 2006 almost died on the table during nose surgery.

Despite various attempts, Pete Burns's solo career never reached the mainstream success of Dead Or Alive. His last single, Never Marry an Icon, was released in 2010.

Pete Burns remained a regular on TV chat shows and reality shows and was recently promoting a box set of Dead Or Alive's LPs called Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI

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10 Oct 2016 - Sophie Ellis-Bextor News


Hello! The gorgeous video for Sophie's new single, Crystallise, has premiered today. Click here to watch the video now. The song is the second single to be taken from Sophie's acclaimed new album, Familia, which you can get from the following links:


Sophie also performed Crystallise on Strictly - It Takes Two on Friday. You can watch that on the BBC iPlayer here


Tickets for Sophie's upcoming shows in the UK, Russia and Ukraine are on sale now. Check out the dates, and get your tickets, below…

Nov 1st   - Glasgow Oran Mor TICKETS
Feb 16th - Norwich Waterfront TICKETS
Feb 17th - Birmingham Institute 2 TICKETS
Feb 18th - Gateshead The Sage TICKETS
Feb 20th - Edinburgh Queen's Hall TICKETS
Feb 21st - Inverness Ironworks TICKETS
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Feb 24th - Holmfirth Picture House TICKETS
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Mar 1st   - London Koko TICKETS
Mar 3rd  - Moscow Space TICKETS
Mar 4th  - St Petersburg Aurora TICKETS
Mar 6th  - Kiev Sentrum TICKETS

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