MAVERICK filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is starting his foray into music — oddly enough, with Paolo Nutini.
I can report that the American director is credited as the songwriter of Afterneath, the first track on the Scottish singer’s first album in eight years, Last Night In The Bittersweet.
Paolo contacted Quentin to ask if he could sample a clip from his 1993 film True Romance, which starred Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette, and while the Reservoir Dogs director would not normally agree to such requests, this time he agreed.
A source said, “Paolo is a big movie fan and the part used in the song really resonated with him. Quentin usually never signs stuff like this, but Paolo sent him the track and it turned out he liked it and gave the go-ahead.
“Paolo likes to create all his music himself, but having Tarantino’s name in your track is cool.”
This isn’t the first time Paolo has managed to include a clip from a movie in one of his songs, he did the same in his 2014 composition Iron Sky.
It was an excerpt from the speech of the great Charlie Chaplin in his 1940 film The Great Dictator.
Last Night In The Bittersweet will be released on July 1 and will include the singles Lose It and Through The Echoes, as well as Shine A Light, which he released last Wednesday.
Paolo will play a series of festivals to play material from the record before embarking on his eight date UK tour in October.
But he faces stiff competition from Lewis Capaldi when it comes to the biggest selling Scottish album of the year.
Lewis is also expected to release an album in the coming months, having recently filmed a video for his comeback single.
But given that Lewis has been talking a lot about how much of a Paolo fan he is, I doubt he’ll be too excited if he loses this fight.
Sugi’s mighty dash
The SUGABABES reunited in spectacular fashion, headlining their first show in nine years at the Mighty Hoopla Festival.
The original line-up of Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy played hits including “Push The Button” and “Overload” at South London’s Brockwell Park on Saturday when Jessie Ware also played.
Keisha said on stage, “This is our first performance in a long time. The last couple of years have been tough for all of us. . . But I would like to think that we are much more resilient than people think. We’re all here today, right?
The Steps, who headlined Friday, said they were so blown away by ABBA Voyage’s digital avatar show that they wanted to be on it themselves.
Lisa Scott-Lee of the group said: “This is such a smart project. I’ve heard great things and we’re all ABBA fans.
“One day this might be useful for Steps. I’m looking forward to the show.”
Gemma: Under that, I went
AFTER the departure of Emily Maitlis, Andrew Marr and Dan Walker from the BBC, they were followed by another big name – Gemma Collins.
I can report that GC dropped her podcast online after three years to sign a commercial deal for five times her salary.
Gemma Collins’ podcast became one of the most popular and spawned a spin-off, The Love Lounge, where she gave dating advice.
But she decided to leave the BBC after discussions about wanting more editorial control.
Gemma has yet to announce the podcast giant she’s moving in with.
A source said: “She left the BBC because she was able to negotiate an amazing deal to host her podcast elsewhere.
“Gemma is being paid more than the BBC simply can’t afford and she will have a lot more editorial control.
“Gemma loves the BBC and knows they helped make her podcast what it is today. But this step will help to continue her career.
“She wants to be even more outrageous when the podcast returns later this year.”
I wasn’t the biggest fan but Gemma definitely had the pull as her show had the largest share of listeners under 35 of any podcast on BBC Sounds in 2020.
Judge decided big girl was fun
AMNESIA is hosting two massive parties to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Enfield and Kathy Burke’s British comedy Kevin & Perry Go Big, set at the Ibiza Superclub.
The parties – one tonight and another on September 27th – have been postponed for two years due to the pandemic. Judge Jules, who released a new hit from the movie Big Girl (All I Want To Do Is Do It) called Precocious Brats, performs at both concerts.
In an exclusive chat, Jules said: “I realized the enduring power of this film and the fun factor of this record.
“In its farce, the film provides the most accurate depiction of clubs and club culture of any film.”
Vibration of a big bird
JESSIE J gave me a pink Big Bird vibe in this outfit.
She wore a fuchsia top with oversized feathered sleeves, matching trousers and fishnets as she took the stage at the Outloud Raising Voices music festival at West Hollywood Pride in the US.
In one picture posted to Instagram, she appears to have borrowed a pair of glasses from Elton John. It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Serge’s battle with doubts
THEY returned to Knebworth over the weekend, opening for Liam Gallagher for two sold-out nights, but Kasabian rocker Serge Pizzorno admitted he’s still unsettled.
Serge, who switched from guitar to vocalist after shame-faced frontman Tom Meighan left the band, said: “There’s always self-doubt every morning. It’s natural for us to be better when the chips are down.”
The band will release their seventh studio album The Alchemist’s Euphoria on August 5th. Serge added over the weekend: “As epic as it sounds, the record is a very personal thing. ”
Kasabian will play at Manchester’s AO Arena on 28 October before heading to London’s Alexandra Palace the following day.
They then have two more shows, November 2nd in Cardiff and November 4th in Birmingham.
If you haven’t seen these guys live yet, they should be added to your must-see list.