Leona is ‘overwhelmed’ by Whitney praise

Leona is 'overwhelmed' by Whitney praise


X-Factor winner Leona Lewis was staggered after meeting Whitney Houston at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party.

Record executive Davis invited Lewis to perform at his star-studded party and the singer, who performed ‘Bleeding Love’ and ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, caught the attention of her idol Houston.

Lewis said: “I was overwhelmed! I was told afterwards that when I performed she (Whitney) had said to a friend at the record label ‘My God, she’s a baby me!’ Wow – what a huge compliment!

“It’s been almost surreal and feels just so wonderful that I performed in front of so many people I admire – especially that Whitney even knows who I am and said that about me when I’ve been such a fan all these years!”

Timbaland making ‘mobile album’

Timbaland making 'mobile album'


Timbaland will follow up the success of his recent album Shock Value by creating a record exclusively for mobile phones.

The hip-hop producer has signed a deal with U.S. telecommunications company Verizon to produce one song each month in 2008 and release them through Verizon’s V Cast service.

The rapper told Billboard: “Every place don’t get a CD [but] everybody has a mobile phone.”

The project also gives Timbaland an opportunity to break new ground.

“Just producing a mobile album has never been done. I’m the first to ever do it,” he added.

Timbaland will tour the U.S. in a Verizon Mobile Recording Studio Bus and record a mobile track with a new artist each month.

The first Verizon song will feature Keri Hilson while acts such as OneRepublic, Paramore, Chris Cornell and Natasha Bedingfield are all rumoured to be contributing to the album.

Amelle thanks Sugababes for ‘saving’ her

Amelle thanks Sugababes for 'saving' her


Amelle Berrabah has claimed that being part of the Sugababes has stopped her from going down the “wrong path”.

The singer joined the group in December 2005 as a replacement for Mutya Buena, who quit because she wanted to focus on motherhood and launching a solo career.

“I used to be a right nightmare before I was in the band. I’d drive my mum round the bend with worry,” Amelle told the Daily Star. “I’d stay out late, or all night, and not let her know where I was. I really could have gone down the wrong path. Then the Sugababes audition came up.”

“I realised then I had the chance to make something of myself and didn’t want to mess around any more,” she continued. “The band saved me. God knows what I’d be doing now if it wasn’t for the girls.”

The Sugababes’ latest album Change, their first with Amelle, has now sold over half a million copies.

Berrabah has not managed to stay out of trouble completely, however. She was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage and committing public order offences last month, while there have also been rumours that she could be axed from the Sugababes due to controversy surrounding her boyfriend Freddie Fuller.

Amy Winehouse is granted US visa

Amy Winehouse is granted US visa


Amy Winehouse’s representatives have confirmed that the star has finally been granted a US visa.

The troubled singer was originally denied entry to the States after officials at London’s US Embassy allegedly found traces of an illegal drug in her blood stream.

Winehouse was said to be “gutted” by the original decision as she had planned to perform live at the Grammys in Los Angeles tomorrow. However, organisers then announced plans for her to appear via satellite link from London.

Despite Amy receiving permission to enter the US, her team have decided to stick with the satellite link idea due to “timing complications”.

Her spokesman said: “Following further discussions involving the US Embassy in London and officials in the United States, Amy Winehouse has been granted a visa to enter the United States of America.

“Unfortunately, due to the logistics involved and timing complications, Amy will not be travelling to the US to perform at the Grammys in person. However, she will be performing via satellite broadcast as previously announced yesterday.”

Basshunter still on top in Ireland

Basshunter is at the top of the Irish singles chart for a third week with ‘Now You’re Gone’.

Nickelback’s ‘Rockstar’ remains in second place, while Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Superstar’ rises up one position to number three.

Rihanna’s ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ re-enters the top ten this week, moving up five places to number six in the chart.

Meanwhile, Jack Johnson’s Sleep Through The Static debuts at the top of the album chart, followed by Tom Baxter’s Skybound at number two and Adele’s 19 at number three.