Kanye West was not asked to play ‘traditional’ Donald Trump inauguration

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Donald Trump said he “discussed life” with Kanye West at Trump Tower in December

Kanye West was not asked to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration, which will be a “traditionally American” event, the chief organiser has said.

There has been speculation since the star told a concert crowd he would have voted for Mr Trump – if he had voted – and then turned up at Trump Tower.

But Tom Barrack, the Presidential Inaugural Committee chair, told CNN the ceremony is “not the venue” for West.

He said the rapper is “a great guy” but “we haven’t asked him”.

Mr Barrack said: “He considers himself a friend of the president-elect, but it’s not the venue.

“The venue we have for entertainment is filled out, it’s perfect, it’s going to be typically and traditionally American, and Kanye is a great guy but we just haven’t asked him to perform. We move on with our agenda.”

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Artworks worth almost £300m leave country permanently

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Picasso’s Child With A Dove is now thought to be in Qatar

Artworks worth almost £300m have left Britain permanently since 2011, according to new figures.

The pieces include Picasso’s Child With A Dove worth £50m which is now thought to be in Qatar.

Wealthy buyers are using “exploitable loopholes” and “gentlemen’s agreements” to avoid export restrictions on national treasures, say experts.

However, the Arts Council said 32 such items had stayed in Britain because of the rules since 2011-12.

Important cultural objects bought by overseas collectors often have a temporary export ban put on them.

This gives British dealers or museums a chance to match the price.

But a total of 41 national treasures worth £278m were granted export licences between 2011 and 2016.

These include:

  • Veronese, The Triumph of Venice (£15.4m)
  • Marble statue of Aphrodite from Syon House (£9.6m)
  • Rembrandt van Rijn, Rembrandt Laughing (£16.5m)
  • Christian van Vianen, Dutch silver ewer and basin (£7.5m)
  • Francesco Guardi, Venice: A View of the Rialto Bridge from the Fondamenta del Carbon (£26.7m)

The Art Fund – which campaigns to save art for the nation – said the rules should be tightened.

Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: “Applying for an export licence you have to promise if a museum raises a matching sum you will sell it to them.

“We [the Art Fund] want to see some proper legal muscle to a system currently based on gentlemen’s agreements.

“The civil servants running it need to listen to people who have new ideas for change.”

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Francesco Guardi’s view of Venice has left the country

But leading art historian and dealer Bendor Grosvenor said the UK’s export system was probably the best in the world because it balanced the interest of both the public and private collectors.

“Art is a global business,” he said. “Is it in the public interest for the state to effectively seize someone’s private assets?”

Artefacts are considered to be a “national treasure” if their loss would be felt through historical importance, appearance and scholarship.

A Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokesman said: “The UK’s cultural export controls helps to keep national treasures, such as TE Lawrence’s dagger and Jane Austen’s ring, in the country.

“While it’s not possible to save every object, the system is designed to strike the right balance between protecting our national cultural heritage and individual property rights.”

The decision on whether an artwork is a national treasure is made by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.

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Desert Island Discs at 75: David Beckham is anniversary show castaway

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Beckham told Kirsty Young music was a big part of his life

Former England captain David Beckham is being cast away for the 75th birthday celebrations of BBC Radio 4′s Desert Island Discs this weekend.

More than 3,000 guests have been on the show since it was first broadcast on 29 January 1942.

Presenter Kirsty Young said having “fascinating” Beckham as her castaway for the anniversary show was “the perfect gift”.

Beckham, 41, said music has been a “huge” part of his family’s life.

‘Extraordinary legacy’

He is married to former Spice Girl singer turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham and the couple’s youngest son Cruz, 11, released a Christmas-themed single last month.

It is not yet known if he has picked any of his wife’s hits with the pop group, or any of her solo endeavours.

Beckham said: “I’m delighted to join Desert Island Discs for its 75th anniversary celebrations.

“Music has been a huge part of my – and my family’s – life and it is a real pleasure to highlight that on such an iconic programme.”

What is Desert Island Discs?

  • A famous guest is cast away on a fictional desert island each week
  • They can choose eight songs, a book and a luxury item to take with them
  • They are always given two items – the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible
  • Guests have to choose one record they would save if a storm hit the desert island
  • Four presenters have hosted the show since it started in 1942 – Roy Plomley (who originally devised the programme), Sir Michael Parkinson, Sue Lawley and Kirsty Young, who took over presenting duties in 2006
  • Desert Island Discs has an on-air audience of 2.8 million
  • Its first-ever castaway was actor and comedian Vic Oliver, whose first music selection was pianist Alfred Cortot playing Chopin

Young said of her guest: “His sporting legacy is of course extraordinary. And along with his charisma, cultural impact and humanitarian work, he is a modern man of many parts.

“He’ll be a fascinating guest to welcome on to my little interview island.”

Desert Island Discs’ anniversary will be marked with a three-hour programme on BBC Radio 4 Extra on Saturday, presented by Young, featuring some of the guests from past shows.

They include Cilla Black, talking about her early career singing with The Beatles, and Richard Dimbleby, discussing taking a cutlery set from Hitler’s bunker after being one of the first correspondents to visit it after the dictator’s death.

‘National identity’

Extracts from recently rediscovered episodes that are being added to the show’s online archive will also feature.

Sunday’s show, featuring Beckham, will reintroduce the sound of the sea to the opening and closing of the programme for the first time since the 1960s.

BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra controller Gwyneth Williams said: “A sure way to uncover an elusive British national identity is to listen to this programme week after week.

“The broad range of guests is a measure of contemporary talent and achievement, and the music opens up different eras and prompts emotional memory in all of us.”

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Louis Tomlinson talks about mum’s death

Louis Tomlinson says he felt like “throwing in the towel” after his mum died.

It’s the first time the singer has spoken publicly about Johannah Deakin since she passed away from leukaemia in December.

“It was my mum who said to me that I’ve just got to keep going,” he says in the interview with US station SiriusXM.

The former One Direction star was promoting his new single with DJ Steve Aoki.

Louis and DJ Steve Aoki

“It’s not something that I feel 100% comfortable talking too much about but just quickly, when I first found out the news I kind of did want to throw the towel in,” he tells hosts Michael Yo, Tony Fly and Symon.

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“But it was my mum who said to me that I’ve just got to keep going, telling me very sternly that she wanted me to,” he says.

Johannah died on 7 December , aged 43.

She had been suffering with the aggressive form of blood cancer since May.

Louis on stage

Louis dedicated his performance on the X Factor final last month to her.

He said Johannah, who was a midwife, would have been proud to see him perform his single, Just Hold On.

“It was tough, but I felt like it was nice for me to almost have a little send off for her,” he says in the radio interview.

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ITV moves Xtra Factor from ITV2 to an online-only programme

Xtra Factor will no longer be broadcast on ITV2, instead moving to an online-only programme.

The spin-off X Factor show has aired on ITV’s sister channel since 2004.

In a statement, ITV said it made the decision “to focus efforts on digital platforms” and to move away “from a linear switchover show”.

ITV says the decision is not related to its most recent presenters Radio 1′s Matt Edmondson, Rylan Clark-Neal, and Roman Kemp.

Matt tweeted it was his “dream job” and he had an “absolute blast” working on it.


Rylan posted that it was an “honour” to host the show.


Previous presenters include Fearne Cotton, Holly Willoughby, Olly Murs, Caroline Flack and former 1Xtra presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford.


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Alanis Morissette’s manager admits $5m fraud

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Morissette’s former business manager has admitted stealing $4.8m from the singer

The former business manager of pop star Alanis Morissette has admitted stealing over $7m (£5.7m) from the singer and other celebrities, US prosecutors say.

Jonathan Schwartz was charged with fraud over claims he transferred the singer’s money into his own accounts.

When initially confronted about the theft, Mr Schwartz lied and said he had invested the money in an illegal marijuana growing business.

Mr Schwartz handled Morissette’s finances between 2009 and 2016.

He was responsible for collecting revenue, managing her accounts and organising the payment of bills on her behalf.

At the federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Mr Schwartz admitted to stealing $4.8m from Morissette and more than $2m from other celebrity clients, who have not been named.

His lawyer, Nathan Hochman, said Mr Schwartz had co-operated fully with the investigation and had accepted responsibility.

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Mr Schwartz now faces a jail sentence of between four and six years if convicted on criminal charges.

Last year, Morissette sued Schwartz and his former company GSO for $15m in damages, claiming that he transferred money to his own accounts without permission.

It led to an internal investigation at the company, with GSO later issuing a statement saying that it was “shocked” to discover that Schwartz had been using the money to sustain a lavish lifestyle.

The lawsuit was later dropped by Morissette after a settlement was reached.

The Canadian-born singer, whose hits include Ironic and You Oughta Know, discovered the fraud after she appointed a new manager, who noticed sizeable discrepancies in her accounts.

Mr Schwartz is due to appear in court on criminal charges on 1 February.

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Maria Balshaw: Manchester gallery boss to be Tate’s first female director

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Maria Balshaw has run the Whitworth gallery in Manchester for the past decade

Maria Balshaw, the head of Manchester’s acclaimed Whitworth Art Gallery, has been chosen to run the Tate art empire.

Dr Balshaw will become the first female director in the Tate’s 120-year history and will replace Sir Nicholas Serota, who has been at the helm since 1988.

She will take charge of the Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London as well as offshoots in Liverpool and St Ives.

Under her stewardship, the Whitworth had an award-winning expansion in 2015. She also runs Manchester Art Gallery.

Dr Balshaw said she will focus on developing the organisation’s reputation as “artistically adventurous”.

She added: “I am tremendously excited to be leading Tate in the next chapter of its life. I look forward to developing Tate’s reputation as the most artistically adventurous and culturally inclusive gallery in the world.”

Balshaw, whose appointment was approved by Prime Minister Theresa May, is the gallery’s ninth director and will take up her new post on 1 June.

Lord Browne, chairman of the trustees of Tate, said: “The Trustees and I know that Maria has the vision, drive and stature to lead Tate into its next phase of development. We enthusiastically look forward to working with her as she does so.”

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Maria Balshaw accepted the Whitworth’s museum of the year prize in 2015

Who is Maria Balshaw? by Ian Youngs, BBC News arts and entertainment reporter

An ambitious, charismatic and indefatigable operator who is admired by artists and administrators alike, Dr Balshaw has been one of the key movers in Manchester’s cultural renaissance over the past decade.

She took over the Whitworth in 2006 then took on the main civic gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, in 2011. They have been good training for Tate – you could say the contemporary Whitworth is the Tate Modern of Manchester, while the more traditional Manchester Art Gallery is the equivalent of Tate Britain.

She has been Manchester City Council’s cultural leader, is on the Arts Council England board and was made a CBE in 2015. She proved her vision and leadership with the £15m redevelopment of the Whitworth, which was named museum of the year by The Art Fund in 2015.

She also helped persuade then Chancellor George Osborne to include a £110m arts venue, The Factory, in his Northern Powerhouse plans.

But she is equally at home with the world’s leading artists – she has forged strong relationships with the likes of Gerhard Richter, Marina Abramovic and Cornelia Parker.

Her Whitworth exhibitions have shown a passion for work from all corners of the globe, from the excellent current Warhol show to the art of her beloved West Africa, and work that brings her rooms to life – stimulating, not static. Which sums her up pretty well.

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Sir Nicholas Serota has been Tate’s longest-serving director

She has big shoes to fill. During his 29 years in charge, Sir Nicholas has built up the Tate to be one of the world’s most successful art brands.

Tate Modern alone gets 4.5 million visitors per year and has just opened a £260m new extension. Tate St Ives is currently closed for renovation and will reopen in March.

When he announced his departure, Sir Nicholas set a challenge to his successor, saying Tate still has “the potential to reach broad audiences across the UK and abroad, through its own programmes, partnerships and online”.

Sir Nicholas will now become chairman of Arts Council England.

Prominent women in UK arts

Maria Balshaw’s appointment as director of the Tate sees her join a growing number of women in top jobs in the UK arts establishment.

They include Frances Morris, who became Tate Modern’s director last year, Jude Kelly, artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre and Tamara Rojo, artistic director as well as principal lead dancer at English National Ballet.

Vicky Featherstone and Josie Rourke head up London’s Royal Court and Donmar Warehouse theatres, while Erica Whyman is deputy artistic director of the RSC and Cressida Pollock has been the ENO’s chief executive officer since 2015.

In the world of film, a pair of Amandas – Berry and Nevill – hold the chief executive positions at Bafta and the BFI respectively.

As co-organiser of the annual Glastonbury Festival, Emily Eavis arguably occupies one of the most influential posts in the UK music scene.

Not half as influential, though, as Karen Bradley MP‘s current role – that of Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

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La La Land is big hit at UK box office

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Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling

La La Land took more than £6m in its first weekend in UK cinemas, nearly £5m more than any other film.

The musical, which broke the record for the most Golden Globe awards with seven, has also been nominated for 11 Bafta awards, including best film.

The record opening weekend takings for a musical was the £8.12m paid to see Les Miserables when it opened in 2013.

Assassin’s Creed, the most popular film last weekend, dropped down to fourth behind Rogue One and Moana.

La La Land stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Emma Stone as a hopeful actress who are both trying to fulfil their dreams in Los Angeles.

They each won individual awards in the Golden Globes with the film itself scooping the best motion picture (comedy or musical) prize.

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New festival from Glastonbury will be Variety Bazaar

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A new festival from the organisers of the Glastonbury Festival will be called Variety Bazaar.

Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis said they had registered the new event’s name, which will be The Glastonbury Festival team present the Variety Bazaar.

The organisers say it will be separate to Glastonbury and will be at a different location.

There was no indication from Mr Eavis if this affects Glastonbury’s future.

However, fellow organiser Emily Eavis tried to clarify the situation by tweeting: “We’re still planning an event in the future at a different location – which we are calling Variety Bazaar. But Glastonbury Festival will always be called Glastonbury and will remain at Worthy Farm.”

‘Risk taker’

Mr Eavis revealed the name to Paul Cannon of Glastonbury FM and admitted he was taking “a huge risk”.

“I’ve been a risk taker all my life. I mean 47 years of taking risks really and so far touch wood, I haven’t come unstuck so far. This might be one risk too far, I don’t know,” he said.

There has been speculation about the future of the festival for some time.

Glastonbury will not take place in 2018 to give the Worthy Farm land a chance to recover but Mr Eavis had said he was keen to fill that year with “something special” because at his age of 81 he did not want to miss out on any festivals.

In June it was revealed the organisers had been in talks with the owners of the nearby Longleat estate to host a festival in 2018 or 2019, but in September organisers said they would not hold an event at another site next year.

In a statement on the Glastonbury Festival website, the organisers said: “We will be taking our next fallow year in 2018, in order to give the farm, the village and the festival team the traditional year off.

“There are no plans to hold an event at another location in 2018.”

In December Mr Eavis said the 2019 Glastonbury Festival could be held at a site 100 miles away from Worthy Farm, “towards the Midlands” to help protect the main site.

He said the new site would be used every five years to help the land at his farm recover.

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T in the Park organisers told to pay back £50,000 of government grant

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T in the Park moved to Strathallan Castle in 2015

The organisers of T in the Park will have to pay back a third of a £150,000 Scottish government grant awarded to help the festival relocate.

The event was forced to move from Balado in Kinross to Strathallan Castle in 2015 over concerns about an oil pipeline that ran under the site.

DF Concerts confirmed in November that the festival will not take place this year.

The promoter has now been asked to pay back £50,000 of the grant.

Councillors gave permission for the festival to be held at Strathallan Castle for three years, following a public consultation.

‘Clear rationale’

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop, who was accused of “cronyism”, was called before the Scottish Parliament’s education and culture committee in 2015 to give evidence over the grant.

She was cleared in March 2016 by a public spending watchdog of any wrongdoing.

Audit Scotland concluded that there was a “clear rationale for the grant”, saying clear conditions had been attached to the money.

A Scottish government spokesman said: “We have advised DF Concerts of the repayment that is due and expect repayment to be completed shortly.”

DF Concerts declined to comment.

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