Monday, 28 September 2009

Nelly Furtado mourned Oasis split

NELLY FURTADO was devastated when NOEL GALLAGHER quit OASIS because she adored the band when she was growing up.

The Maneater hitmaker looked to the British band for stirring when she was starting out in the music business, and even dreamed of dating frontman Liam Gallagher.Furtado was distraught to learn guitarist Noel walked away from the pair after a fight with his brother before a gig in Paris last month (Aug09).She says, 'I was disconsolable when Oasis split up. That band meant the world to me.'As a 16 year old I would write letters to Liam with my photo attached and pray that he would ask me out on a date, but he never did. At college I learned to play guitar to Wonderwall.'Oasis were everything I loved about pop music. They could express emotions with the most simple song structures. They had the kind of brash attitude I could completely relate to.'The Champagne Supernova hitmakers are yet to confirm plans for the future, but reports suggest Liam is auditioning for a replacement for his brother and intends to continue with the band.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Desert Oasis puts up fight but finally bows to Bishop Gorman

Bishop Gorman has a tendency to intimidate its opponents. With its roster full of Division-I prospects and weekly blowout victories, the Gaels usually force the other team to crumble by halftime.
That wasn’t the case against Desert Oasis Thursday night. The Diamondbacks stuck right with the Gales for the first three quarters, until Bishop Gorman pulled away for a 42-11 victory in the final 12 minutes.
“I’ll give them credit for heart,” Bishop Gorman senior running back Victor Belen said. “They had the most heart we’ve played so far, the most heart I’ve seen in four years playing here.”
At the end of the third quarter, the Gaels led only 21-11.
But in the fourth quarter, Belen rushed for two touchdowns to put Desert Oasis away. Overall, Belen carried the ball 17 times for 152 yards and three touchdowns.
“He’s been great since game one,” Bishop Gorman coach Tony Sanchez said. “He’s a heck of a player.”
It was the Gaels’ other star running back, sophomore Shaquille Powell, who struck first. He put Bishop Gorman up 7-0 in the first quarter with a three-yard touchdown run.
Belen followed it with a 24 yard sweep for a score on the team’s next possession. The two touchdown deficit did not deter Desert Oasis.
The Diamondbacks capitalized on the Gaels’ mistakes by recording a safety after a bad snap on a punt attempt and recovered two punts that hit Bishop Gorman players.
With 10 minutes remaining in the second half, Desert Oasis senior quarterback Brennen Stott scored on a 19 yard option run to make the score 14-8.
“They made us grind it out, and I think that’s good for our kids, because we haven’t played past the third quarter the whole season,” Sanchez said.
At halftime, Desert Oasis coach Faron Seibel challenged his players. He told them to win the game, they needed to shut Bishop Gorman out in the third quarter.
The Diamondbacks did exactly that but couldn’t supplement it with points. Stott threw two interceptions in the red zone, one to Belen and the other to Bishop Gorman senior Taylor Spencer, who also had four catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.
“We made a few mistakes there at the end that kind of cost us,” Seibel said. “But we were very proud of how we played.”
Offensively, the Diamondbacks leaned on senior Ronald Hunt. The running back had 21 carries for 57 yards and caught three passes for 55 yards.
“We underestimated them. We did,” Belen said. “They came out swinging and we didn’t play as hard as we do in practice. We came out here and got smacked in the mouth and we smacked them back. That’s all we can do.”

Friday, 18 September 2009

Oasis also star, Arctic Monkeys lead Q award lists

LONDON (Reuters Life!) Sheffield band the Arctic Monkeys lead this year's Q Awards with four nominations, while Oasis, who currently announced their split, are up for two prizes.
Among other artists with multiple nominations for the music publication's annual awards were U2, Florence & The Machine, The Prodigy, Kasabian and Dizzee Rascal. The prizes are handed out on October 26.
Arctic Monkeys, who have just released their third album, appear on the shortlist for best track ("Crying Lightning"), best live act, best album ("Humbug") and best act in the world.
Manchester's Oasis have been nominated for best live act and best act in the world, despite songwriter and guitarist Noel Gallagher announcing last month that he had quit the band due to a bust up with his brother and frontman Liam.
"The nominations are compiled from votes cast in their thousands by Q's readers, listeners, viewers and online users, so they reflect the choice of the nation's music fans," said Q Magazine editor-in-chief Paul Rees.
Following are the nominations:
Best New Act:
White Lies; Friendly Fires; Empire Of The Sun; Passion Pit; The Dead Weather
Breakthrough Artist
Florence & The Machine; Lady GaGa; La Roux; Mr. Hudson; Pixie Lott
Best Track
Kasabian/Fire; Muse/Uprising; Arctic Monkeys/Crying Lightning; Dizzee Rascal/Bonkers; Noisettes/Never Forget You; Lily Allen/The Fear
Best Video
The Dead Weather/Treat Me Like Your Mother; Dizzee Rascal/Holiday; Florence & The Machine/Drumming Song; Mika/We Are Golden; Lady GaGa/Just Dance
Best Live Act
The Prodigy; U2; Oasis; Kasabian; Arctic Monkeys; Blur; Take That
Best Album
Arctic Monkeys/Humbug; U2/No Line On The Horizon; Florence & The Machine/Lungs; The Prodigy/Invaders Must Die; Kasabian/West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Best Act In The World Today
Kings Of Leon; Arctic Monkeys; Oasis; Coldplay; Muse

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Oasis (Update1), Debenhams Said to Consider Buying Karen Millen

Debenhams Plc is considering buying Karen Millen and Oasis, U.K. fashion brands that were forced into administration when Iceland’s banking system collapsed, a person familiar with the matter said.
Debenhams, the U.K.’s second largest department store chain, is concerned in the Aurora Fashions Ltd. brands, which also include Coast and Warehouse, said the person, who declined to be identified because the talks are private. Aurora, held by Kaupthing Bank Hf and former managers, bought the brands from administrators in March.
“You could get Aurora for not a lot of money, say 100 million pounds ($164 million),” said Nick Bubb, an analyst at Pali International in London who has a “neutral” rating on Debenhams. “They have some nice brands. It would be a useful thing to do.”
A spokesman at Aurora, who declined to be identified, said Kaupthing sees the business as a long term investment and it has no intention of disposing of any assets. The brands are performing ahead of plan, he added.
Officials at Debenhams declined to comment. Debenhams, which makes more money from designer brands that it owns than it does from selling clothes on behalf of third parties, is considering “opportunistic acquisitions,” Chief Executive Officer Rob Templeman said in June.
The owner of the clothing lines before Aurora, Mosaic Fashions Hf, entered bankruptcy protection in March following newspaper reports that it owed creditor Kaupthing 450 million pounds in the wake of Iceland’s financial crisis.
Aurora brands, aside from Karen Millen, are already stocked at Debenhams in retail concessions. In March, Debenhams bought clothing inventory from the failed Principles chain, once also owned by Mosaic.
Baugur Stake
“Switching Debenhams concessions to own bought would be logical and would internalize quite a lot of margin,” UBS AG analyst Andy Hughes said by phone. “It would take Debenhams into new territory, as they would have some standalone stores.”
Failed retail investment firm Baugur Hf, which collapsed in February after talks broke down with its main creditors, had a nonage stake in Mosaic.
Debenhams is interested in buying other brands that have currently been taken private, the person familiar with the retailer’s plans said. The person said brands would be like to, but not include, surfwear maker Fat Face Ltd., the U.K. sports clothing chain acquired by Bridgepoint Capital Ltd. Adding stores from competitors such as department-store chain House of Fraser Plc is also an option, the person said.
House of Fraser Chairman Don McCarthy said last week he would “never rule out” selling underperforming stores at the right price.
Debenhams, which has 144 stores, said today that annual profit rose after it gave more space to its more profitable designer ranges. So-called concession ranges, which include Oasis, Coast and Warehouse, under-performed its “Designers at Debenhams” brands, Templeman said on a conference call today.
The shares, which have more than tripled in value this year, fell 4.1 percent to 81.55 pence in London trading. The company has a market value of 1 billion pounds, less than a fifth that of its larger rival, Marks & Spencer Group Plc.
Templeman, besides considering purchases, has been repaying debt after raising 323 million pounds selling shares. The CEO said he would update the market on acquisition plans at the Oct. 22 earnings announcement.