Sarah Brightman Returns from Space Training for New Album and Tour: ‘I Needed to Earth Myself’

Sarah Brightman is making an astronomical landing with her fifteenth studio album Hymn.

After spending months in Russia training for a trip to outer space that she postponed in 2015, Brightman, 58, opened up to PEOPLE exclusively about the creation of her newest album and the planning stages of her tour.

“I needed to earth myself,” says the soprano singer. “I said I would like to do an album of songs which are full of light, full of hope. Songs that remind me of when I felt safe and familiar with things in my childhood when I sang in my church.”

“If I don’t use and I don’t convey my feelings through it, I feel depleted,” she added. “I don’t function very well and that’s the beauty of having a gift like a voice. You sort of know what to do. You know what direction to take, you know that you want to communicate through it.”

Brightman, who shot to fame after star-turning roles on Broadway musicals Cats and Phantom of the Opera, linked up with producer Frank Peterson for the album-creating process. What came out of two-and-a-half years of planning and recording was the dynamic, choir-filled album, Hymn, out on Nov. 9.

“ is about looking into the good in things because I do believe that good prevails always,” she said, adding that the word “positivity” would describe her album.

“I did experience huge amounts when I was in the space program that actually how precious everything really is on this beautiful planet and how precious that is,” she added.

Now, the “Time to Say Goodbye” vocalist is ready to take Hymn on the road later this fall for a tour that’s “going to be quite beautiful.”

“I have a lot of energy. I tend to before I go on these tours, I become more energetic,” she says. “You create a power for yourself which will protect you because when you go on tour you’re dealing with the hardship of jet lag and moving around continually.”

The “Angel of Music” singer says her set on tour will be divided into two halves. The first will feature a more retrospective aspect to Brightman’s music, which will look like “somebody who is going to the ballet or the opera.” The second will be a bit more modern and feature most of the songs off Hymn.

“I’m wearing all these amazing runway gowns, which I’ve made a little more theatrical by adding things to them. Stones, crystals, all sorts of stuff,” she says. “I’ve got a big choir behind me. Up really high. I’ve got an orchestra on one side, a band on the other side and myself in the middle.”

Brightman’s album is filled with collaborations with artists like French tenor Vincent Niclo on single “Sogni” and Japanese composer Yoshiki on the emotional “Miracle.”

“ is a really interesting guy and we got along very well,” she said. “It was a very interesting collaboration with Japan’s most famous rockstar writing a beautiful contemporary classical piece.”

Along with the collaborations, Brightman’s album jumps from classical and cinematic music to pop rhythms in a cohesive album threaded by its spiritual nature. The album also takes fans back to one of her most famous classics “Time to Say Goodbye” with Andrea Bocelli, which she recreates in a touching English rendition.

“I wrote the lyrics for it but they were very much inspired from the original Italian lyrics when translated,” she said. “It’s quite a grand song, it’s almost like an opera song, but I wanted to do this in a very intimate way.”

Fans can purchase tickets for “Hymn: Sarah Brightman in Concert” through her website.


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You have to see the make-up bag Meghan took on the royal tour

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Meghan Markle’s first royal tour with Prince Harry might be over, but that doesn’t mean we’re done talking about the outfits/cute moments/baby news. (In case you missed it, here’s why they chose to announce the pregnancy in Australia.)

When you’re packing for a trip as big as, say, an official tour of four countries, your luggage is a huge part of the organisation when it comes to managing clothes, hair, make-up, etc.

We’ve snuck a peek at the make-up bag Meghan took with her and boy, it is GOOD. But first, a little backstory.

By now we’re all aware that Meghan’s good friend and MUA Daniel Martin was behind her make-up look for the royal wedding back in May.

Martin has recently launched his own (dreamy) vanity case with fashion label Cuyana, and it’ll have you questioning everything you thought you knew about make-up storage. Spoiler alert: ‘I actually gave Meghan and Harry this bag before their trip,’ he revealed in a recent interview.

So, why do we keep wanging on about how great these bags are? We’ll let Martin explain in his own words.

‘A lot of girls I know carry bags that don’t fit their foundation. Or if it does, it’s laying on its side or it’s in a flimsy kind of case,’ he explained to Allure. ‘So I took my Dior Undercover Foundation, which is a pretty standard height for foundation, and measured it from that.

‘If the bottle could stand tall, then you could fit a lot more things into the bag. I wanted to create a bag that you could put your full face in, that’s foundation, concealer, bronzer or blush, a small eyeshadow quad, and lipsticks.’

The bags have a larger base to make sure things can stand up properly, a removable inside wallet and come in five different colours. But they’re not just great for make-up, they’re perfect for skincare and grooming products, too (hence why Harry also has one).

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‘For guys, our stuff tends to be a bit bigger, whether it’s a deodorant stick or a cleanser. So I really thought about how versatile this bag could be, regardless of what you want to put in it.

‘The most important thing, though, was that whatever you had inside could stand up.’ See what I mean? Genius.

The Vanity Sets retail for $ 110 but, good news, they ship to the UK. We’ll take ten, please.

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Spice Girls Getting Back Together For Mega Bucks Global Tour

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British pop group the Spice Girls are to reform for a comeback tour which is expected to gross them millions, it will be officially announced today.

However, it will be a case of five become four as Victoria Beckham, now a fashion designer, will not be reprising her role as Posh Spice in the ‘girl power’ supergroup that ruled the airwaves on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1990s with hits like Wannabe (which hit number one in 37 countries) and Spice Up Your Life.

Beckham does stand to make millions from the new tour, however, as a major shareholder in the Spice Girls brand and intellectual property.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke away from tour for a mini moon

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set off on their royal tour this month, with the couple currently on the New Zealand leg of their trip, having already visited Australia, Fiji and the kingdom of Tonga.

But with a jam-packed schedule of official events and appearances, it’s hardly surprising that Harry and Meghan haven’t had much downtime – something they surely need, especially following the news of their future baby, expected in Spring 2019.

It has recently emerged however that the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex did actually escape for a mini moon on their tour and we didn’t even notice.

The royal couple reportedly took some time away during their royal tour of Fiji, escaping for a ‘mini moon’ at the Vatuvara Private Islands Resort on Kaibu Island, before returning to royal duties in Tonga.

Meghan has opened about her pregnancy during the tour, explaining how it has made her feel jet lagged, so here’s hoping she managed to catch up on some sleep!

Luckily, it looks like the mini moon did the trick, with the royal couple seeming relaxed and restored when they arrived in Tonga.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently in New Zealand – and people are talking about them more than ever, especially after Harry let his nickname for his future baby slip!

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Here’s hoping they get to have another mini moon soon!

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Here’s why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are postponing their USA tour

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently undertaking their first official long royal tour, journeying through Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga together.

To say that they have been a hit would be a huge understatement, with the royal newlyweds making viral news every day, from their sweet comments about their future arrival to their warm greetings with members of the public.

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From Meghan staying up late to bake banana bread for their host family to Prince Harry having his beard stroked by a very young fan, these two might have accomplished one of the most successful (and friendly) royal tours ever.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that there is a high demand for the royal couple to visit other countries too, with many questioning when a tour around the United States would take place.

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Well, according to TMZ, a royal tour of the USA was supposed to take place in Spring 2019. It has now however been postponed.

But why the push back? Well, for their baby!

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to welcome their newborn in Spring 2019, with an exact due date not yet announced.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that the royal couple want to wait a bit before they travel to America.

They’re sure to have their hands full!

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Culture With a Side of Exercise: Try a Bicycle Tour of Your City’s Murals

Greg Stanek hopped off his bike and switched on his microphone headset.

“I can see six murals standing here,” he said, pointing as he counted them one by one. Meanwhile, 40 more bicycles circled up around him in a St. Petersburg, Florida, alleyway tucked between shops and nightlife hotspots.

The cyclists were not there for the exercise, although they covered several miles together under the bright October sun. Instead, they had joined a bike tour of the city’s murals, of which there are at least 50.

Local arts organization Florida CraftArt hosts a monthly tour, but this was one one of several expanded tours added to celebrate St. Petersburg’s annual SHINE Mural Festival. It not only offered a chance to see large-scale works of art locals might miss when going about daily life; it also offered participants a chance to see new work in progress by local and visiting artists. The program invited 17 artists to create new murals in the city for the 2018 festival.

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Bicyclists explore the city’s murals before taking a break at Chief’s Creole Cafe. The St. Petersburg tour costs $ 20 if you bring your own bike and an extra $ 5 if you rent a bike. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

As Stanek explained how the city has embraced murals and their origins from graffiti and street art, he was peppered with questions: “Do the murals last forever?” “Do the artists get paid?” “What neighborhood are we in now?”

Nancy Ferrara of Tampa organized a group of nearly 20 to join the bike tour. The avid cyclist runs a regional Meetup group for couples ages 45 and up and thought the mural tour might make a good outing. “I’ve never done a tour like this before,” she said during a break at a cafe serving sweet tea and beignets. “It’s a great option to see what’s out here.”

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Elise Barnes (left) and Andrew Odell (right) ride past an apartment complex in St. Petersburg, one of many buildings in the city painted with murals. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Meanwhile, Andrew Odell of St. Petersburg and Elise Barnes of Atlanta navigated the streets via Coast Bike Share. The 3 1/2-half hour tour cost $ 20 for those bringing their own bikes, but for an extra $ 5, riders could take the tour via on-demand rental bikes that are typically docked around the city.

Odell explained the pair had gone on a walking tour of murals in St. Petersburg before Barnes learned about the bike version of the tour through SHINE’s Instagram feed. “It’s really cool to see the artists in action,” Odell said. They had already picked out a few murals-in-progress to revisit once completed.

The large group kept a leisurely pace that at times felt unwieldy for a group so large, but the tour’s winding route with plenty of stops meant even the most novice of cyclists were well-equipped to keep up. As the pack of 40 coasted down St. Petersburg’s business district on Central Avenue, a hairstylist burst through the door of her salon to wave and wish us good morning. Along the Pinellas Trail, a popular spot for cyclists, others passing the group often welcomed us with shouts of hello and fist pumps.  

Guide Greg Stanek talks about the “You Are Beautiful” community mural, a public-art display, during a tour stop. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Bike tours have long been an option for travelers, but those highlighting outdoor art put a creative spin on typical sightseeing spots. Marlene Rodriguez of Tampa brought her bike to St. Petersburg for the tour. The frequent traveler said it gave her a chance to play tourist in a nearby city.

“When I get to a [new] city, if I have limited time, I grab a bike tour of the city and see most of it in a short amount of time,” she said. She said she had just missed the mural festival in Montreal while visiting this summer and wants to go back next year during the event.

For now, she already has plans to revisit St. Pete’s murals by bike; she and a friend signed up for next month’s mural bike tour to see some of the new murals once they’re finished. Instead of bringing her own bike, she’ll rent one from Coast.

You miss so many of the murals when you’re driving in your car, Rodriguez explained. “It’s the best way to see them,” she said of touring the murals by bike. “And you still can’t see them all.”

Hop on These Mural Bike Tours

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A pedestrian walks past one of the many murals in Los Angeles. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Want to play tourist by pedaling through your own city — or want to see somewhere new? These bike tours will help you see murals and other art you might have missed otherwise.

Los Angeles

The Alley Adventure Urban Art/Graffiti Bike Tour costs $ 19 with your own bike or $ 30 with a rental bike for 2 1/2 hours of touring street art in downtown Los Angeles.

Miami

Tour the Wynwood graffiti district in a three- to four-hour tour. It’s a splurge at $ 59, but bike rental is included.

Philadelphia

Philly has had a thriving Mural Arts program for more than 30 years. The Mural Mile two-hour walking tour will run you $ 23. A newer biking version of the tour lasts three hours and covers 15 miles for $ 49.

Phoenix

The two-hour Downtown Art & Mural Bike Tour costs $ 25 and uses the Grid Bikeshare program. Bikeshare membership is not included in the tour cost.

San Antonio

San Antonio Mural Ride offers two different 10-mile routes in the city. The two hour tour costs $ 40, or $ 30 if you bring your own bike.

San Francisco

In San Francisco, spend a half day touring the Mission District art scene mixed in with local food tastings and a picnic lunch. You might guess this trip, which includes a bike rental, costs a bit more — tickets are $ 74 for those under 18 and for older students with identification and $ 79 for adults.

Even Cheaper Ways to Tour Art by Bike

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Greg Stanek leads bicyclists down Central Avenue on a tour of the annual SHINE Mural Festival in St. Petersburg. Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder

Not sure you want to spend $ 20, $ 50 or more on a guided bike tour? You can set off on foot or pedal your own way by designing a tour of your own.

Many cities have resources to help you plan such a journey. Download a map or scroll the interactive version of a directory of murals in Portland, Oregon, for example. In Atlanta, check the map to plot your own route or choose from five different free, self-guided street-art tours.

Don’t forget to check for apps that can help. For instance, download the Sacramento Urban Mural Bike Tour app from Sacramento Cycling Tours for $ 4.99 to explore downtown and Midtown Sacramento murals at your own pace.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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Magical mystery tour: a road trip through Mexico

Kicking off at a raucous Day of the Dead party, this odyssey takes in indigenous culture rarely seen by outsiders, with plenty of music and laughs along the way

I’m lying on the grass in the churchyard in Huaquechula, a small town in the state of Puebla, central Mexico. I open my eyes and look up. A man dressed in eagle feathers is standing on top of a 30-metre telegraph pole banging a small drum, and four other men are climbing up towards him. When the four reach the top, they attach ropes to their ankles and lean far back, arms out, until they are upside down. Then the eagle-man starts to dance and sing.

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Part surf film, part conservation film, Never Town takes a journey along some wild coastlines and talks with the people fighting to keep them wild. Filmed along the Southern Ocean coasts of Australia, it’s an exploration of what these places mean to surfers… and what surfers are willing to do to save them. As surfing elder Wayne Lynch says, “We mythologised these places. We lose them and we lose ourselves.”

Never Town spans Australia’s vibrant southern fringe from the dusty edge of South Australia to the deep forests of Victoria and Tasmania. It features the surfing of Dave Rastovich, Dan Ross, Belinda Baggs and Heath Joske, set alongside conversations with coastal activists who are standing up against deepwater oil drilling and industrial fish farms.

Midnight Oil, Yirrnga Yunupingu, Ziggy Alberts and Bad Dreems provide a distinctly Australian soundtrack. With coastlines around the world under pressure like never before from growing populations, rampant development and exploitation from resource companies, Never Town is a rallying call for surfers and local communities to stand together to protect the wild spaces around them.

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Never Town Film | October 15th | Huntington Surf and Sport | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 16th | Patagonia, Santa Monica | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 17th | Patagonia Pasadena, Pasadena | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 18th | Patagonia, Ventura | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 19th | The Sandbox, Santa Barbara | 7pm

Never Town Film | October 22th | Patagonia Denver, Denver, CO | 7pm

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Lindsey Buckingham reportedly sues Fleetwood Mac for kicking him off tour

Lindsey Buckingham is none too thrilled to be going his own way.

The ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer has reportedly filed suit against his former bandmates after getting the boot from their North American tour in January.

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A foodie tour of Osaka, Japan

In Japan’s second city, a night out means ‘scoffing until you drop’ – so our writer asks a couple of local experts for help exploring the stalls, cafes and bars

The woman on the early morning train from Osaka station made swift work of a large noodle-stuffed omelette, and just as I was thinking that was a substantial breakfast for a far from substantial person, it was out with the chopsticks again as she set about a generous bento box, its nine compartments filled with rice, fish, veg and pickled bits and bobs.

But that’s Osakans for you: prodigious appetites for food and, in marked contrast to Tokyoites, also for drinking and general fun. You have to love a city that has a word for “scoff till you drop”. Kuidaore literally means “eat to ruin” (whether that’s financial or physical is not specified).

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