A FEW years ago no one had heard of Joel Corry, except for some veteran Geordie Shore fans.
But now the DJ-du-jour has been nominated for THREE Brit awards.
DJ Joel Corry says there were times he considered quitting music[/caption]
The Head & Heart hitmaker reveals he nearly quit music altogether after slogging away behind the decks for ten years before landing a winning track.
In an exclusive interview, London-born Joel said he is still reeling from the news he’s been nominated for Best Male Solo Artist, Breakthrough Artist and British Single.
He said: “If you’d have told me a few years ago that I’d even be nominated for one Brit award, I would’ve thought you were mental.
“It’s surreal. I have been DJing since I was a teenager. Sometimes I’d turn up to a club and it would be empty. At times I thought I’d have to give it up and get a nine-to-five job.”
Joel tried to move on from clips of him arguing on MTV with his Geordie Shore ex Sophie Kasaei, adding: “There is a stigma around reality TV, but it just motivated me more.
“When it finally happened for me it felt better as I went through those years of trying.”
Joel has treated his mum Debbie since his single shot to No 1 in the charts last year.
He said: “I’m always treating her. I recently replaced her fancy kettle. I went on Amazon and spent over £100 on it — she was buzzing. Mum loves a cup of tea.”
Slick Joel is looking forward to getting dressed up for the slimmed-down event on May 11 at London’s O2 Arena.
He said: “I’m coming suited and booted to the Brits, I don’t really wear suits so I’m going to be James Bond-slick. I’m really excited.”
Joel Corry says his dream is to work with Ed Sheeran[/caption]
Since his No1 collaboration with MNEK, Joel has been fishing for his dream project — with Ed Sheeran.
He said: “Ed is my dream collaboration.
“He’s not done a dance track so I have some beats in mind. I slid into Ed’s DMs but I don’t think he read it.”
Hopefully he will now . . .
Step up women, says Faye
STEPS won the Best Live Act gong at the 2000 Brits, and while she’s delighted to see female artists such as Arlo Parks and Jessie Ware in this week’s nominations list, Faye Tozer believes more work is needed to end sexism in the music biz.
Faye told us: “The Brits, and any celebration of music, is incredible.
Steps, who will release seventh album What The Future Holds Pt 2 later this year, have enlisted another powerful lady to feature on their latest single Heartbreak In This City – RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage.
Faye added: “We’re really lucky in Steps – we have three really strong females but we need to keep our voices being heard.”
Anything less would be a Tragedy.
Mix go on ghoulash
Little Mix will be joined in their next music video by contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK[/caption]
THEY are celebrating after being nominated for Best British Group at the Brits, but Little Mix will share the limelight with a glam new trio in their next music video.
As well as dressing up as drag kings for new single Confetti we can reveal that RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series two contestants Bimini Bon Boulash, Tayce and A’Whora will join the girls in the promo.
It comes after Jade Thirlwall appeared as a guest judge in the first series of the BBC3 reality favourite and last year landed cookery show, Served!, where she pitted her culinary skills against some of our best-known drag stars.
A well-placed music source said: “This video has pushed all the boundaries and there is a huge buzz around the queens being involved.
“The girls had great fun on set dressing up as men and the queens formed their own ‘gang’ for the onscreen storyline. The costumes are out of this world and there is plenty of sass from everyone involved.”
We can’t wait to see it.
Aidan: ‘Gay kiss felt right’
POLDARK star Aidan Turner has opened up about kissing another man on screen for the first time.
The Irish actor appears as legendary artist Leonardo da Vinci, who was thought to be gay, in upcoming Amazon Prime series Leonardo.
Aidan, who has secretly married actress girlfriend Caitlin Fitzgerald, said: “In a lot of ways, it was just another love scene. The fact that the gender was different, that was never a thing.
“It didn’t feel any different at all – it felt right.”
The recent remake of BBC1 drama Poldark ended in 2019 after five series.
But Aidan has not ruled out the possibility of returning to the much-loved role.
In an interview with The Times, the hunk added: “There’s the possibility some day, maybe. I enjoyed working with everybody on Poldark, from the writers to the cast and crew. It really is like a family, so I’d be open to chat about it, but not for a while.”
We’re happy to wait . . .
Lott of stress
Lottie Moss says she is lonely in LA[/caption]
LOTTIE Moss may have thrown herself into a new life as a raunchy glamour model in LA – but behind the front it seems she is lonely and homesick.
She posted this week: “Ugh, I’m so lonely. Sometimes I wanna be happy so bad but I feel like I’m trying and it’s so exhausting.”
It comes after she revealed some of her family are none too pleased with her posing for X-rated website Glow.
Maybe it’s time to come home, Lottie.
Daniel’s mission to woo
RUMOURS might be swirling about Bridgerton star Rege-Jean Page becoming the new James Bond, but we can reveal Daniel Craig is planning to end his own 007 career with a bang.
The actor is planning to throw himself into a whirlwind tour of in-person premieres when No Time To Die finally hits cinemas in September, covering London, Europe and the US then the Far East.
Last night an industry source said: “The studios MGM and Universal want to give No Time To Die the greatest promo push with old-fashioned cinema ticket sales.
“Despite losses from two release delays they feel there are the ingredients to make this movie a billion-dollar release – and so reaching out to the world and putting on a show is important.
“Daniel knows that and as long as safety measures are employed and risks averted he is on board.”
Becky brow beaten
REBEKAH Vardy has blamed looking grumpy in pics on dodgy eyebrow tattoos.
The Dancing On Ice star says she regrets undergoing the cosmetic treatment.
Rebekah said: “My main beauty disaster is getting my eyebrow tattooed a few years ago, they just made me look very scary.
“I’ve got a resting bitch face anyway and tattooed eyebrows on a face that already looks like it’s chewing a wasp is not a good look.”
Rebekah says she is a happy person even if she does not look like it[/caption]
Ta, we’ll stick to eyebrow pencil in future.
JLS team hit beat again
JLS want to go back to their winning formula for their relaunch[/caption]
DOUBLE Brit winners JLS are back with the songwriting team who penned their No 1 smash Beat Again.
Aston Merrygold told us: “We went to the first JLS album heavy hitters – Wayne, Steve, Ale Tenant and Talay Riley. I’m all for the original JLS vibe as people loved it.
“It obviously needs to evolve because we’re grown men now but the standard is set.”
Aston has teamed up with Virgin Atlantic’s Airplause, which asks people to nominate the person who got them through lockdown to win flights to top destinations.
He said: “It’s important to pay back with kindness.”
Vote at virg.in/airplause.
In a pickle
An even wackier single than Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar is on it’s way[/caption]
IF you thought Harry Styles’ Brit- nominated single Watermelon Sugar was dripping with innuendo, check out dance track Pickle – masterminded by DJs and songwriters Nervo, with vocals from Paris Hilton and Tinie Tempah.
Twins Mim and Liv Nervo, who won a Grammy for their co-writing on David Guetta and Kelly Rowland’s When Love Takes Over, were inspired to make the naughty track after enjoying a cheese and pickle sandwich.
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Liv said: “Times are tough so we want people to have a laugh – pickle is code for penis.”
The Aussie sisters, who now live in London, toured with Britney Spears in 2011.
Liv revealed: “She was very guarded. There was always security around.”
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