Jessie J forced to pay £1m to manager

Singer Jessie J is to hand over £1million to the manager who discovered her to bring a two-year legal battle to an end.   Raymond Stevenson discovered the star when she was a 15-year-old student at the Brit School and says he helped to guide her through a ‘self discovery’ when she was a teenager.   Now The Voice judge must hand over 20 per cent of her £5million earnings from her triple-platinum selling debut album Who You Are to Stevenson.

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He landed a record deal for the Essex-born singer, who has had two number one singles, when she was 19 and paid £70,000 of his own money to get her out of it when the label went bust.

Mr Stevenson, who owns management company 141a, previously said: ‘I don’t think there is a dispute about our involvement and what we did for her over five years, and 20 per cent represents that.’

Stevenson helped Jessie – real name Jessica Cornish – get signed by a major record label in the US after British music bosses turned her down.   She was then signed by Crown management, who also manage Union J, who got her a deal with Universal Records.   A music industry source told The Sun: ‘Jessie is signed to the type of huge label who usually just push people around and get what they want.

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‘Ray is extremely well-respected, but he runs a relatively small operation and Jessie’s people thought he would just roll over.’

Lucia Hinton and Raymond Stevenson owners of the Imperial Garden

A joint statement from Jessie J and 141a to the newspaper said: ‘The parties have reached an amicable solution.’  Stevenson also said: ‘141a is very proud of Jessie’s achievements – she is a very talented artist.’

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Home Sweet Home!

She hardly blends into the crowd at the best of times, thanks to her kooky style and growing entourage.   But Jessie J ensured that all eyes were on her as she touched down in the UK on Monday, the bleach blonde regrowth on her shaved head setting her apart from everyone else.   After enjoying a holiday under the sunny skies of Marrakesh, the pop star was back to reality as she returned home, ahead of The Voice live shows.

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The Price Tag singer, who shaved her head for Comic Relief just a few weeks ago, sported a fuzzy head of bleach blonde hair as her locks started to grow back.

Looking in a typically upbeat mood, the singer didn’t seem to have the holiday blues, looking relaxed and ready to get back to work.   The star, who celebrated her 25th birthday last week, looked casual but as on-trend as usual in black leggings and a plain white T-shirt, with a retro-style denim jacket thrown over the top.

She wore a pair of stand-out leopard print trainers and added large gold hoop earrings to the look, accentuating her newly shaved head even more.   Jessie wore tortoise-shell sunglasses while she wandered through the airport, taking them off at one point to show off her fresh-faced complexion.   The Domino singer seemed unfazed by all the attention she was getting, breezing through arrivals looking like she didn’t have a care in the world.

Jessie had been keeping her fans updated with her goings on from Morocco last week, uploading pictures of herself in various exotic locations.   And while she was soaking up the sun, the new series of The Voice debuted on BBC One at the weekend, losing out in the ratings battle to And and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

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Jessie has reportedly already been getting some backs up at the show, as a source has told The Daily Starthat her on-set tantrums are causing problems.   ‘We’re already worried about ratings anyway, with Takeaway and BGT on the horizon,’ said the source. ‘Now there’s Jessie. She’s an amazing talent, but a bit of a loose cannon.’   She was straight back to work on Tuesday, tweeting: ‘Have a lovely day everyone…I’m off to meetings meetings meetings x’   But she seemed pleased to be back, posting a picture of the London sunset, writing: ‘Home sweet home.’

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It’s 1Dye!

One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson has embraced Comic Relief by dressing up with hair dye to mark  Red Nose Day.

The singer is set to officially debut his rouged quiff on TV on Friday night, but images which  have surfaced beforehand give a little taster of his new look.

Louis’ Red Nose Day style change came about in response to a ‘Twittition’ (a petition on Twitter) from his beloved Doncaster Rovers Football Club, after the whole team were great sports and donned red lipstick to raise money for Comic Relief.

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The heartthrob’s locks in fact look more ginger than bright red and are certainly not as  bright as Nick Grimshaw’s pink hair, which he unveiled on Thursday.

But no doubt Louis’ legions of fans will be pleased with his transformation and that he’s doing his bit for charity.

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Going red isn’t the only thing Louis has done to get involved with the charity this year,  his band of course recorded the official Red Nose Day single, which is available to download  on iTunes with the physical CD available to buy from Sainsbury’ stores nationwide.

On top of that the band are also trying to inspire their fans to raise cash for the campaign,  which you can find more information about at rednoseday.com/1D.   Fans will be delighted that One Direction will be performing their charity single One Way or  Another (Teenage Kicks), as part of a star-studded line up on Friday on BBC One from 7pm, as Red Nose Day celebrates its 25th anniversary with a TV extravaganza Comic Relief-Funny for  Money.   Earlier this year the band saw first hand life-changing projects supported by money raised  through Red Nose Day fun when they made an emotional visit to Ghana.

The boys’ video diaries from their trip along with exclusive bonus scenes from their Red Nose Day photo shoot is captured in ‘One Direction: Africa diaries’, which is available to  download on iTunes now.     As if all that wasn’t enough, the clothes One Direction wore at this year’s BRIT Awards have been donated to Comic Relief to sell on eBay.

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Fans also have the opportunity to bid for a place in a box with catering at the O2 for  their concert on 2nd April – there are 18 places available which has been broken down into three lots, each of which will come with a T-shirt signed by all 5 band members and worn by  one of them.

Finally, bidders have the chance to get their hands on a brand new iPad and iPad cover signed by the band in a separate lot on eBay.  You can support Red Nose Day by bidding now  at www.ebay.co.uk/rednoseday and 100% of the final sale price will go to Comic Relief.   One Direction will forgo any royalties due to them and therefore will not receive any payment  in connection with the official Red Nose Day single.

Syco, their record label, will donate 100% of its profits from the sale of each CD single and download to Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England & Wales); SC039730 (Scotland).   This is expected to be £1 for each CD sold in the UK and at least 25p for each iTunes single  download and 68p from every iTunes bundle download sold in the UK.

Meanwhile Louis, who has been touring the UK and Ireland with One Direction since the  beginning of the year, was spotted hobbling about on stage.

It seems he may have over-exerted himself during one high-energy routine, leaving himself with a painful leg, but hopefully he’s had time to heal before Friday night’s performance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She’s got The Voice and The Body!

She’s not got long now until she’s planning to shave off her hair for Comic Relief with only a few days left on the countdown.

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So Jessie J has managed to fit in one last photo call before shedding her locks for charity on Friday.

The Price Tag hitmaker reunited with her fellow The Voice mentors on Monday as she gears up the excitement for the new series.

And she certainly seems on form at the moment as she happily showerf off her slender physique in a sleek black dress for the promotional call.

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Jessie 24 was joined by her colleagues Sir Tom Jones , Will.i.am and Danny O’Donoghue as they set
promoting the second series of the BBC talent show.

Clearly in the mood to impress , she turned up in a black wrap dress with a bow belt deatailing , cut to show off her super toned legs.