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New Video, Articles About Tom: Will. i. am: “…You don’t often get the chance to hang out with legends like Tom…”Monday, March 12th, 2012
TJI learned for sure last week that Tom’s new CD has been mastered and, now, it is in a newspaper that it will be released in May. To promote it, he’s going back to the tracks – 2 UK racecourse dates for Sir Tom:
On Friday, June 22, Sir Tom will play Kingsholm Rugby Stadium in Gloucester, where he has family roots. Buy tickets here or call 0871 871 8781 opt 2. A VIP package including an allocated padded seat in prime viewing of the stage as well as access into a private lounge with its own bar and a welcome drink on arrival is Â£60. Add a two-course meal and it’s Â£100 and a hospitality suite and it’s Â£1,500 for 12 people. General admission is Â£32.
Negotiations noted here on December 27 have borne fruit and Sir Tom will again play Newmarket Racecourse. The date is Friday, August 10. “Adrian Simpson, sales and marketing director at Newmarket Racecourses, said: “We’re thrilled that Tom Jones is returning to Newmarket Nights in 2012. His performance last year sold out quickly so people interested in attending this year will need to be quick. We can guarantee everyone attending a wonderful evening of top racing and live music.”
Tickets are now on sale and start from Â£12 for under 16’s and Â£22 for adults. To book tickets or for more information visit Newmarket Racecourses or call 01638 675500. Prices range from Â£22 to Â£40 for adults and Â£12 to Â£17 for children.
‘People are seeing and not listening': Tom Jones slams other reality shows for focusing on styling over vocal talent
By Liz Thomas | The Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 18:19 EST, 11 March 2012 | UPDATED: 18:44 EST, 11 March 2012
Modern music is too focused on styling and production over vocal ability, Sir Tom Jones has warned. As on X Factor, left.)
The 71-year-old singer said people had got too used to “watching” artists and the industry needed to get back to basics of finding talented and unique stars.In a dig at ITV’s The X Factor he added that his new show The Voice was purely about singing rather than a lavish production or an image overhaul.
He said: ‘People now are seeing and not really listening. You can see shows with a lot of singers in there and there is a production value involved, a lot of people like that kind of thing but I like to hear a voice.’
The veteran entertainer added that many artists today sounded the same because record bosses are too focused on finding acts that are similar or can be compared to those already a success.
He added: ‘I look and listen to these shows for talent. I don’t want to hear someone copying other people.
“I don’t want someone to say, oh you don’t move like so and so and so or you need to be more like so and so for production values.
‘We have to start with basic talent. It’s like listening to the record for the first time without knowing who that person is.’
The X Factor, which Cowell created, is famed for the millions it spends on production values to provide a Saturday night spectacle.
Sir Tom also said he had been offered a role on all the talent shows but had turned others down.
In a further criticism of The X Factor and similar shows, he said he opted for The Voice because it had “four coaches” instead of judges and the coaches were made up of successful singers rather than managers or record company bosses.
The X Factor has had a mix of artists, managers and record company bosses as its judging panel .
Sir Tom said: ‘We are here to be coaches. We are not judging them. It’s the first time they’ve had four singers as coaches not record producers.’
His comments come at a time when ITV and the BBC admitted they are embroiled in a bitter battle for Saturday night audiences, this spring.
BBC1’s The Voice will clash with Britain’s Got Talent on ITV1 when they launch on Saturday March 24.
To see the rest of this article and the interview with Will. i. am where he talks about Tom and explains why the UK version of The Voice is better than the US version, please click here to
Schedules have yet to be finalised but BBC1 is aiming to broadcast the first episode between 7 and 7.30pm.
An ITV insider admitted it plans to schedule Britain’s Got Talent between 7.45 and 8pm on the same night.
As the opening episode of The Voice will be at least 75 minutes long — this means there will be an overlap between the two.Corporation executives believe ITV has brought forward the start date to Britain’s Got Talent by more than three weeks, compared to when the show began last year.
They believe it is a deliberate attempt to undermine its new talent show, which will see Sir Tom, Jessie J, Will.i.am, and The Script’ s Danny O’Donaghue, attempt to find a singing star.
The first series of Britain’s Got Talent aired in June, but since it has traditionally launched in April.
There is a lot riding on the success of The Voice for the corporation, as it spent Â£22million on the rights for the show.
BBC1 has secured a two-year deal for the reality entertainment show, which was originally a Dutch format but has been a big success in the US.
ITV is angry at suggestions that it is trying damage the BBC show, which is presented by Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates, saying its own programme is the ‘incumbent’ and accusing the corporation of ‘pitching’ The Voice directly up against Britain’s Got Talent.
BBC sources believe that its commercial rival was ‘spooked’ by the success of the last series of Strictly Come Dancing last year.
Corporation insiders believe ITV, which also bid for The Voice, is worried it will hit Britain’s Got Talent’s ratings.
A BBC insider said: ‘It is no coincidence that for the first time in four years they are [bringing] Britain’s Got Talent forward knowing The Voice would be set to transmit.
‘They obviously want to get it up and running before The Voice starts. It is because they are so worried it will steal their Saturday night thunder.’
‘It spooked them because Strictly did so well.’
But an ITV source hit back: ‘We thought they were going to do it in the first quarter of the year and are surprised that they decided to pitch it against Britain’s Got Talent. We are the incumbent and they are playing it against us effectively.’
The two broadcasters traditionally battle for ratings in the autumn when The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing both broadcast on Saturday nights.
There was huge public outcry when the two programmes overlapped in 2009, prompting the BBC to move Strictly to an earlier time.
The Voice has a similar format to shows like The X Factor but at initial auditions the judges are unable to see the acts and they must make their decisions solely on the artist’s vocal skills.
will.i.am: ‘The Voice UK will honor what music was originally about’
Published Sunday, Mar 11 2012, 8:01pm EDT | By Alex Fletcher | Digital Spy
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am has revealed that he wanted to take part in The Voice UK because he believes the show will “honor” the original spirit of pop music from the 1950s and ’60s.
will.i.am said that working alongside Welsh icon Tom Jones was a deal-breaker in getting him to join the series, because the ‘Green, Green Grass of Home’ singer had performed through five decades and witnessed the changing face of pop music.
“Tom Jones was a part of that. He was a part of music when it was about going on the Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand. He was a part of that. He witnessed the American music industry when it was feuding black and white. He saw two cultures come together.
“That’s why I’m proud to work on a show with Tom. He worked through the ’70s and ’80s. And then MTV was born. He’s lived in the ’90s when people could sell two million CDs in a week. He’s now living in the ’00s when people hear music on their phones and every detail about this show can be shared in split seconds online.”
The I Gotta Feeling singer added: “Hopefully this show will honor what music was originally about and take it back full circle to what it was always meant to be, The Voice.”
will.i.am claimed that the presence of Jones made the BBC series superior to the US version of The Voice, which features Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green as coaches.
“In this industry these days you don’t often get the chance to hang out with legends like Tom anymore,” he said.
“To hang out with him and pick his brain is unbelievable. The difference between the UK and US Voice is Tom. He grounds this show in so much authenticity. I get to go back to America and when I speak to Cee Lo, I’m like, ‘I was hanging with Tom’.”
will.i.am also sung the praises of the other two Voice UK coaches Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue, describing Jessie as a “real pick-me up, like 1,000 volts of electricity”.
Joking about The Script frontman O’Donoghue, he said: “Danny has been super cool. I never thought I would meet someone who talks about music every second. I was eating lunch with him and he was like, ‘Dude, I just wrote this song about my sandwich’.”
The Voice launches on Saturday, March 24 on BBC One.