Jesy is dosh spice
AFTER quitting Little Mix to pursue a solo career Jesy Nelson made it clear she wanted a clean break from the group.
And I can reveal her bandmates have taken her at her word — cutting her off from the business they shared for a decade and costing her millions in the process.
Unlike Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, who coined in £1million without singing a note during the group’s comeback tour in 2019, Jesy has been formally cut out of all financial ties with her former bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards.
That means she will not make a penny from their planned tour next spring, while her mates will be coining it in.
A source said: “Jesy could have made megabucks if she’d have remained as a director on Little Mix’s business, Eternal Magic Touring, just like Victoria did with the Spice Girls.
“Leigh-Anne, Jade and Perrie are playing 24 dates from next April, including two sold-out nights in London.
"They are expecting to make almost £5million from the gigs and if Jesy had remained on board as a director of the firm she would have been privy to cash from the band’s live shows even if she didn’t sing a note.
“But this was the only fair way for everybody going forward. It just wouldn’t have seemed right for Jesy to remain part of it.”
Fair play to the band, it is a decision made with their business heads on.
The Sun told last year how Posh Spice had banked £1million from the Spice girls tour, despite Mel B, Mel C, Geri Horner and Emma Bunton doing all the legwork.
While Little Mix may have lost Jesy, they will have two newbies joining them on the road.
Both Leigh-Anne and Perrie are pregnant and their babies are expected to accompany them on the tour, which kicks off the tour in Belfast on April 9.
As a working dad-of-two, I know just how full their hands are going to be.
A couple of hours on stage each evening will be a walk in the park compared to those sleepless nights.
LITTLE Mix sang about how “these wings are made to fly” on their 2012 hit Wings and they are soaring once again.
Perrie, Jade and Leigh-Anne wore these fairy costumes to shoot the video for Heartbreak Anthem, the new single from pop duo Galantis which they feature on with David Guetta which came out last night.
The sci-fi burlesque-themed clip was shot at Wilton’s Music Hall in East London earlier this year, but the song has been a long time coming.
Christian Karlsson from Galantis said: “We’ve been working on Heartbreak Anthem for over a year.
“It started with just the chord progression at a studio in London right before the pandemic.
“We’d been talking with David about working together for a long time, and having Little Mix and their unique, strong vocals has made this one really special.”
Looks it, too.
It's Cold comfort
COLDPLAY are used to selling out stadiums but their last two gigs have had an audience of zero.
I have learned they will be the surprise performers at Radio 1’s upcoming virtual Big Weekend and filmed their secret set at Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire on Tuesday.
But because of Covid rules, no one could go to dance or sing along.
The same applied when they filmed another headline performance for the Glastonbury livestream show Live At Worthy Farm, which will be broadcast tomorrow evening.
The group join Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie, AJ Tracey, Celeste, Royal Blood, London Grammar and Mabel on the line-up for Radio 1’s Big Weekend of Live Music, which kicks off next Friday on the station and iPlayer.
Playing in front of little more than grass and old stones could be humbling for frontman Chris Martin, after he said he had come to rely on the love of a crowd.
He said: “Last year was an eye opener. I was like, ‘Who am I without Wembley Stadium saying, ‘you’re awesome’?”
“I’m trying right now to not attach too much to being a pop star. I’m trying not to get my self worth from external validation.”
Forget Chris’s ego, I just want to see a proper gig again.
Meet Ted Sheeran
ED SHEERAN’s house is probably packed with toys after his wife Cherry gave birth to their daughter Lyra last August.
And I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one.
The Afterglow singer posted this snap yesterday, with the caption “Snorlax knows what’s up” referring to the Pokemon teddy he’s pictured with.
Fans are eagerly awaiting news of his new album.
It can’t be far off as Ed, who has barely used social media in the last year, posted a photo on Monday of him holding a guitar and wrote: “Something’s cookin’.”
He’s a tease.
REIGNING Eurovision champ Duncan Laurence has had to pull out of performing at tomorrow’s final after testing positive for Covid.
The Dutch singer won the 2019 competition for the Netherlands and had planned to return to the stage in Rotterdam to sing his winning song Arcade once again.
A member of Iceland’s entry has also tested positive, meaning they won’t play live and a rehearsal video will be played.
Our hope James Newman is in good health and raring to take to the stage with his song Embers.
Kylie starry eyed
KYLIE Minogue has expressed her admiration for Years & Years' Olly Alexander after I told how they are teaming up for a new version of his song Starstruck, released today.
She said: “I thought he was a star in 2015 when I fell in love with King and Desire, among others . . . the songs, the aesthetics, the cuteness and the talent. Now we get to be Starstruck together.”
Following five weeks at No1 with Montero (Call Me By Your Name), Lil Nas X’s new track Sun Goes Down is also out today.
So is the brilliant debut album Sour, from Drivers License singer Olivia Rodrigo.
Believe in biopic
CHER is the latest star to land a biopic after signing a deal with film giants Universal.
The Believe singer announced the news yesterday, her 75th birthday, and revealed it is being made by the team behind Mamma Mia! and the 2018 sequel Mamma Mia!
Here We Go Again, which she starred in.
GEMMA Collins reckons she can get any bloke she wants to after shunning men when she was younger.
She bragged on The Gemma Collins Podcast: “I was pretty much always the single friend and I loved it because I focused on my dancing, singing and acting.
“I wasn’t sitting over the park with a guy and it’s paid off in the long run.
“I’ve got everyone wanting to go out with me now. I’ve got the pick of the bunch.”
So modest, too.
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