Taylor Swift is without doubt the biggest, most kind-hearted pop star in the world having already sent presents to fans and video messages to sick children. Now, her latest act of kindness has seen her donate £33,000 to a fund which will help the nephew of one of her backing dancers as he battles cancer.

Thirteen month old Ayden was diagnosed with the disease earlier this week.


Donating to Ayden’s GoFundMe page, Swift added a message which read:

“Baby Ayden, I’m lucky enough to perform with your uncle Toshi on tour. All of us are praying for you and your mama and sending so much love your way. Love, Taylor.”

When he found out about Swift’s kind gesture, Kim Toshi Davidson, currently on the road with Taylor for her 1989 world tour, took to Instagram to post:

“So I get off the plane in Toronto and this is the 1st thing I see… @taylorswift is an angel and my family and I can’t thank her enough. She is such an incredible human being. This will help Lil Toshi in this time of need. Let’s pray for him to beat this. This unexpected gift is truly a blessing.”

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US actor Luke Perry has died aged 52 after suffering a stroke on Wednesday.

Perry became a household name for his role as Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills 90210 between 1990 and 2000. He more recently appeared as the construction business owner Fred Andrews in the US drama Riverdale.

Perry is also set to appear as Scott Lancer in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which is now in post-production. Perry became a heart-throb in the 90s through his role as Dylan in 90210, with his image adorning the covers of magazines aimed at adolescent girls.


Just as several of her artistic inspirations and influences – Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Jeff Buckley to name just three – made their impressive mark on the music world, Marlene Oak looks set to perhaps follow in their footsteps as she shares her own talents with the world via her EP Silver Moon.

Title track “Silver Moon” kicks things off with a rather bluesy sound. In all honesty, it comes across as a little flat and easily forgotten up until the point where the horns kick in and inject it with some much needed energy, but it’s soon left in the shadows thanks to “How Can I Move On”, easily the best track featured on the collection. Led by little more than a guitar and a simple drum beat, Oak’s voice is captivating, emotion palpable with every word she sings and note she reaches. It’s one of those songs that can cause goosebumps – it certainly did for me.

“In The Evening” plays like an old, much loved record from the past – the composition has an almost timeless quality to it although Oak’s voice does tend to overpower the instrumentation in places. Follow up track “Everyone” brims with energy. The song itself is the most pop-sounding featured on the collection and might remind some of past releases by the likes of Colbie Caillat or Taylor Swift (without the country-ish twang), and for that, it’s worthy of a few repeat listens and some airplay if chosen as a future single. The only slight flaw with the track is the times when the vocal sounds almost distorted like there was an issue or problem with the recording equipment. It doesn’t particularly hamper the track, but it doesn’t help either.

“Come Home” closes out the collection and while and the musicianship is good, it takes it’s rightful place in the background and allows Oak’s vocal to shine from the start, even more so as the song builds towards its end, leaving listeners with a lingering reminder of just how good a new talent Oak is – and could well be in the future.