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Jorja Smith, Laura Mvula, UB40, Dexys and more to close Commonwealth Games tonight
Jorja Smith, Laura Mvula, UB40, Dexys have been announced to perform at the 2022 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony tonight (August 8).West Midlands acts and other associated figures Beverley Knight, Goldie, Jacob Banks, Ash, Apache Indian, Mahalia, Musical Youth, Neelam Gill, Panjabi MC, Raza Hussain, Talulah-Eve, and The Selecter will appear at the event to round off the multi-sport event that’s been hosted this year by Birmingham.The acts in question have been selected to “celebrate the diverse musical heritage of the West Midlands, championing the genres and trends that run through this great Commonwealth city; from rave to reggae, street and grime to R&B, drum ‘n’ bass and rap”, according to a press release.Masterminded by creative directors Amber Rimell and Bronski from TAWBOX, the ceremony staged at the city’s Alexander Stadium will also feature a sequence from the theatre production Peaky Blinders: The Redemption Of Thomas Shelby. Laura Mvula will perform a freshly commissioned track for the show, which has been inspired by the Blinders‘ theme tune, ‘Red Right Hand’ by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds.The Redemption Of Thomas Shelby is written and adapted for the stage by creator Steven Knight, and choreographed and directed by Rambert’s Artistic Director Benoit Swan Pouffer.
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Frank Ocean’s luxury goods company Homer is selling a $25,000 cock ring
Frank Ocean has released a luxury cock ring as part of the latest capsule from his luxury goods company, Homer.The new collection from Homer – which Ocean debuted last August – is highlighted by the XXXL H-Bone Ring, an 18-karat yellow gold cock ring retailing at $25,000 (£20,700).There are other styles of cock rings being made available through the Homer website, all falling within a range of $1,365 to $5,695 (£1,130 to £4,710). Also among the new range of goods are premium pendants, earrings, and key rings.The artist modelled the XXXL H-Bone Ring himself in a censored Instagram post shared to the Homer account on Sunday (August 7), which you can see below.A post shared by Homer (@homer)Last August, Ocean gave his first interview in two years, discussing Homer when it was in its infancy.Speaking to the Financial Times, Ocean spoke of the high-end jewellery line – “I didn’t want our work to be any less expensive than Cartier,” he said – among a slew of other topics, though he never mentioned his music.Since then, the artist – real name Christopher “Lonny” Breaux – has shared previously unreleased music to mark the 10th anniversary of his debut album, ‘Channel Orange’.Last month, the music appeared across two episodes of Breaux’s Apple Music 1 show Blonded Radio – ‘Blonded Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Blonded ENERGY!’In December 2021, the musician-come-designer shared an almost-nine-minute song on the programme as part of the show’s Christmas special.‘Channel Orange’, released in 2012, was followed by ‘Blonde’ in 2016.