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Usher Comes To London At The O2 Arena

Usher Comes To London At The O2 Arena

Usher Comes To London At The O2 Arena. Only a handful of current artists can light up the stage in the way that Usher Raymond manages to.

Blessed with an incredible voice and even more impressive dance moves, the 36-year-old still knows how to put on a show.

With his last album underperforming, the new one delayed and a track given away in a cross-promotion with Honey Nut Cheerios, the R&B A-lister perhaps has cause to take stock – but tonight he plays it like a winner.

A successful businessman as well as singer and dancer, this superstar still has his swagger.

He opened up with the bouncy Euphoria and quickly followed it up with Love in The Club.

“It’s been some time since I’ve been here,” he said. No-one would have known. He is still adored around the world and England’s second city is no exception.

Arenas are his natural habitat: his 20 musicians and dancers need the stage room, but so does he, given his propensity for big gestures. Usher baits-and-switches, getting fans to bawl along to the much-loved Pop Ya Collar, only to cut it off as they reach a high-pitched crescendo and slip in a medley of other people’s less worthy hits that he’s featured on, including Diddy’s I Need a Girl and Chris Brown’s New Flame.

International popstar Usher has told of his admiration for the Royal Academy after visiting the Summer Exhibition and how he hopes to use a similar model to help young people at his own foundation.

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The US singer, who has sold millions of records worldwide, first visited the art institution two years ago for the world’s largest open-submission exhibition and was so impressed with the concept that he started a dialogue with them.

Last night he returned to speak about his career, inspirations and his charity New Look Foundation to an audience of young Londoners from charity Kids Company as part of the Royal Academy of Arts’ Learning Programme at The RA Schools at Burlington House.

The 36-year-old, who is tonight set to close his tour at The O2, said it was “really encouraging” to see emerging or unknown artists exhibited in the same space as the well-established.

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Brit Awards 2015 Winners List

Brit Awards 2015 Winners List

Brit Awards 2015 Winners List

A full list of winners at this year’s Brit Awards, held at London’s O2 Arena.

British male solo artist

Winner: Ed Sheeran

Damon Albarn

George Ezra

Paolo Nutini

Sam Smith

British female solo artist

Winner: Paloma Faith

Ella Henderson

FKA Twigs

Jessie Ware

Lily Allen

British group

Winner: Royal Blood


Clean Bandit


One Direction

British breakthrough act

Winner: Sam Smith


FKA Twigs

George Ezra

Royal Blood

Critics’ Choice

Winner: James Bay

George the Poet

Years & Years

British single

Winner: Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Calvin Harris – Summer

Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne – Rather Be

Duke Dumont ft Jax Jones – I Got U

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Ella Henderson – Ghost

George Ezra – Budapest

Route 94 ft Jess Glynne – My Love

Sam Smith – Stay With Me

Sigma – Nobody to Love

British album of the year

Winner: Ed Sheeran – X

Alt-J – This Is All Yours

George Ezra – Wanted On Voyage

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

British artist video of the year

Winner: One Direction – You and I

Calvin Harris – Summer

Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Sam Smith – Stay With Me

Global success award

Winner: Sam Smith

International male solo artist

Winner: Pharrell Williams



Jack White

John Legend

International female solo artist

Winner: Taylor Swift


Lana Del Rey


St Vincent

International group

Winner: Foo Fighters

5 Seconds of Summer

The Black Keys

First Aid Kit

The War On Drugs

British producer of the year

Winner: Paul Epworth

Alison Goldfrapp & Will Gregory


Jake Gosling

Brit Awards 2015 Nominations

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Sky To Buy O2 Home Phone And Broadband

Sky To Buy O2 Home Phone And Broadband

  • Posted: Mar 01, 2013
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As new figures show 33 million Britons log onto the internet daily, Sky agrees to buy Telefonica’s O2 home telephony services.

Sky is to become the UK’s second-largest broadband provider after agreeing a deal to buy rival O2’s half a million customer accounts.

The satellite broadcaster, which is the parent company of Sky News, will pay O2 owner Telefonica £180m for the O2 and BE consumer broadband and home phone businesses.

The deal is due to complete by the end of April, subject to regulatory approval.

Approximately 3.6 million Sky customers will take the services: TV, broadband and home telephony.

The company said the acquisition will provide advantages of scale for its home communications business.

Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch said: “From a standing start in 2006, we have added more than 4.2 million broadband customers.”

“The acquisition of Telefonica’s UK consumer broadband and fixed-line telephony business will help us accelerate this growth.”

The company said O2 and BE’s broadband customers will be switched to its all-fibre network and that it might also pay up to £20m to Telefonica UK for the successful completion of the migration process.

Mobile phone business O2, which has more than 23 million customers in the UK, and is expected to concentrate on 4G services.

Telefonica UK chief executive Ronan Dunne added: “We believe this agreement is the best way of helping our customers get the highest quality home broadband experience from a leading organisation in the market.”

The news comes as official figures show that some 33 million adults in Britain logged on daily to the internet in 2012.

The Office for National Statistics said the number has more than doubled since 2006, when 16 million Britons used daily web services.

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