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Drake praises Adele and Florence and the Machine
Drake praises Adele and Florence and the Machine

Rapper Drake has revealed how he is a big fan of a couple of the UK’s biggest female artists right now. Drake has admitted that he and Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine are good friends, while he also has huge admiration for Adele.

Drake explained to Capital FM, “Florence is like one of my dear, dear friends, so supportive of me, and did a great cover of ‘Take Care’. Her album is so phenomenal and I actually sample Florence on my album - nobody really detected that but there’s a little Florence sample in We’ll Be Fine.”
 
He added, “Well I’m a big Adele fan so I had to make a little Adele joke at the show because she’s so successful - obviously in London - but where I’m from also. I think she’s the biggest artist in the world right now so she deserves it.”
 
Drake recently admitted that he had done some work with teen heartthrob Justin Bieber and was hoping that it would be used on Justin’s new album Believe. He also admitted that he struggled to come to terms with his fame and turned to drugs to help him cope.
Florence Welch reveals Snow White and the Huntsman track inspiration
Florence Welch reveals Snow White and the Huntsman track inspiration

Florence and the Machine singer, Florence Welch has revealed to MTV News, that the Charlize Theron character, Queen Revenna was the inspiration behind her song for the Snow White and the Huntsman soundtrack.

Welch explained, “The Queen is just this incredible character; so hungry for life but so dead inside. She’s sort of eternal, but inside there’s nothing. She’s kind of like charcoal or something. [There are] these amazing scenes where she’s kind of picking out birds’ hearts and eating them. [She has] this thirst for youth and for life, but for what kind of life? This darkness, but she’s so beautiful, so it’s this kind of juxtaposition between beauty and, ultimately, death.”
 
She added, “We went in and demoed the track, these big, clattering drums, huge bass sounds and everything was very intense… and then we sent that to the guys in LA who composed it. And it was amazing to see the music we played being turned into this amazing orchestral thing.”
 
Florence continued, “You feel in a bit of a way like you’re kind of making it up as you go along, and then when you see it done, laid out before you in such a beautiful, orchestral fashion, it’s really incredible… I love choirs and I love choral music, and there was a 60-piece choir singing the vocal parts that I had written. When the baritones came in, I nearly wept, it was so emotional.”
 
Snow White and the Huntsman is set to be released in both the US and the UK on June 1.
Florence and the Machine singer discusses her rise to fame
Florence and the Machine singer discusses her rise to fame

Florence and the Machine singer Florence Welch has revealed that, despite the fact that her life has changed dramatically in the last four years, she still lives at home with her mother. Florence claims that she still gets a little freaked out when she hears herself on the radio but still living at home has helped to keep her grounded.

Welch explained, “So much has changed since 2008. It’s amazing to think what has happened. It still freaks me out when my songs come on the radio. It’s like someone has seen me naked all of a sudden. Wherever you are, I’ve almost crashed cars trying to turn it off the radio, because you suddenly feel like everyone can see you. All this stuff has happened but I am still at home. I feel bad for my mum, especially because of my clothes. It’s like a constant battle between me and my wardrobe. It’s like invading armies of vintage clothes.
 
She added, “I think about moving out constantly, but then again I’m never there. I’m always in a hotel. My two goals as a teenager were to move out and also to have a music career. It seems one has really taken precedence and made the other one quite hard. Also, I think it has been a slightly unstable time, especially touring. It’s a nerve-racking process putting out a new record, travelling all the time, so having the stability of home is a really good thing. Because everything is still changing so much, it’s nice to have that base. I’m there and my sister Grace is there. My family is there.
 
Florence continued, “You can just go back and be normal. It keeps me grounded. I’m 25 and I’ve got to move out before I’m 26. That’s my goal now.” Florence and the Machine are up for two Brits, Best Album and Best Female, at the Brit Awards, which take place tonight at the O2 Arena in London.
Florence + the Machine found The X Factor daunting
Florence + the Machine found The X Factor daunting

Florence Welch, the voice behind the successful artist Florence + the Machine, has revealed how she found performing live on The X Factor one of the most daunting experiences of her life. Matters were not helped by the fact that one of the dancers had a wardrobe malfunction just seconds before they were set to go live.

Welch explained, “Just before it went live one of the dancers’ dresses got ripped and the stylist had to run on stage as they were counting down to the start. I had to stay really still and it was one of the most high pressured things I’ve ever done. I was freaking out inside, it was so frightening. We all talked about how much could go wrong, I’m surprised more doesn’t happen with live TV performances.”
 
She also admitted that, out of all of The X Factor judges, she was most looking forward to meeting Tulisa Contostavlos. Florence added, “I was really excited to meet Tulisa Contostavlos - I think she’s amazing.” Florence + the Machine have released the second single from their album Ceremonials in the form of the track No Light, No Light.