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Kate Bush is back... and working with Elton?

Kate Bush's '50 Words
for Snow' is out in November
Kate Bush's '50 Words for Snow' is out in November
John Meagher

John Meagher

A new Kate Bush album is always going to be an event, and details of 50 Words for Snow, to be released on November 18, have started trickling through. It is understood that the album will feature contributions from both Elton John and actor/director Stephen Fry. The former's appearance isn't as surprising as it might first appear: Bush is an avowed fan of Elton's early work and in 1991 recorded a compelling version of Rocket Man for a tribute album.

The single was released with Bush's interpretation of Candle in the Wind as B-side. The Fry connection is more difficult to fathom, albeit even more intriguing.

50 Words for Snow will be the first Kate Bush studio album since 2005's Aerial. Director's Cut -- which she released in May -- offered new interpretations of songs from two of her previous albums, 1989's The Sensual World and 1993's The Red Shoes.

•Florence Welch (right) releases her second album, Ceremonials, on October 28, but she's been getting some practice in on the live front. She was the toast of Paris Fashion Week on Monday when she performed at Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel show.

An extravagant set -- designed to look like an ocean bed -- was created for the occasion and Welch, dressed as a mermaid and singing from a giant mock seashell, stole the show.

Florence isn't the first to sing at a Chanel show: Lily Allen took to the stage in 2009 while models frolicked in a bale of hay.

•Meanwhile, Kanye West was having a far harder time of it at Paris Fashion Week when he made his debut as a womenswear designer.

Used to the critics salivating over his musical outpourings, poor Kanye was subjected to brickbats from the great and the good of the fashion press.

The Daily Telegraph's Lisa Armstrong had this to say: "Kanye West's fashion debut was like being subjected to an hour-long MRI scan -- but not as much fun ... It was the equivalent of Karl Lagerfeld launching a hip-hop career: ie absurd."

And Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune, wasn't enamoured either: "For all his personal style, his striking jewellery and his grasp of modern glamour, his collection of sexpot low-bodice dresses and skintight pants, decked out with heaps of ginger fur, did not inspire the fashion crowd to tell him to give up his day job ... A celebrity tag and a lively audience filled with music-business friends does not cut it in Paris."

•At first glance, it is hard to imagine a Welsh pensioner having much in common with Snoop Dogg.

But when 68-year-old gardening enthusiast Ian Neale smashed the Guinness world record by producing a swede weighing in at more than six stone, the rapper felt moved to post a YouTube video congratulating him on his success.

In one of the stranger moves of a decidedly odd career, Snoop Dogg's video clip shows him standing in front of cannabis plants wearing a Cardiff City football shirt and bigging up "my home boy Ian Neale".

Dogg said in the clip: "I do vegetation myself and I want to know your secret." He then invited the gardener to join him backstage at his show at Cardiff.

Unfortunately, Mr Neale was unwilling to take Snoop up on his offer. "It's very nice to be asked," he said, "but I'm more of a country and western man myself."

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