Top pop star's Ipswich date

HEARTTHROB pop star Charlie Simpson is promising A Present For Everyone this Christmas.The teenage frontman of million-selling boy band Busted also revealed he is planning a couple of surprises for his fans next year.

HEARTTHROB pop star Charlie Simpson is promising A Present For Everyone this Christmas.

The teenage frontman of million-selling boy band Busted also revealed he is planning a couple of surprises for his fans next year.

He told the EADT he hopes to play a homecoming gig in Suffolk next summer and is putting together a new rock band as a side project.

Busted are set to beat Britney Spears to the number one spot in the singles chart this Sunday with current hit Crashed The Wedding.


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It is taken from the boys' second album, called A Present For Everyone, which is out on Monday.

Charlie from Woodbridge, said: "I much prefer this album to the first one. It has got a more live sound and there's more guitar. We wrote most of it while we were on tour.

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"It's a bit more grown-up and it's the true sound of Busted. It's more Good Charlotte than BB Mak.

"The single is looking good for number one. It was number one in the midweek charts but we're not taking anything for granted."

The 18-year-old, who formed Busted with James Bourne and Matt Jay two years ago, heads out on the group's first major arena tour in February.

"I'm really looking forward to it. There is also a possibility of a show in Ipswich next summer, possibly at Christchurch Park or Portman Road," he said.

"That would be a real homecoming for me and I hope it can be sorted out. It would be fantastic."

Charlie, a former Framlingham College pupil, also revealed he and James are working on separate side projects away from Busted.

"James has done a lot of work with McFly, who we recorded a track on the new single with, and I've got a rock band thing going.

"I've just been jamming with a few mates and it's a much heavier sound to Busted. I'm into rock and it's coming from that aspect of my music, but I can't say too much about it at the moment."

Charlie's schedule is all about Busted at the moment, however, and the band are heading to the United States next week on a promotional trip.

"We have been all over the place, spending two weeks here and two weeks there. We were in Japan a few weeks ago and things are going really well there – the album sold more than 100,000 copies in the first two weeks."

Charlie is looking forward to spending Christmas in Woodbridge with parents Mike and Tessa and brothers Will and Ed.

Then he will join up with his bandmates for rehearsals for the forthcoming tour and promoting the band's new album.

It has a tough act to follow on from the top-selling, self-titled debut, which spawned hits including What I Go To School For, Year 3000, Sleeping With The Light On and You Said No, which was their first number one single.

"The first album has sold more than a million now, which is great. I just hope the new album does just as well," added Charlie.

Crashed The Wedding includes a live version of The Jam's That's Entertainment, a cover of the Foundations' Build Me Up Buttercup and a Busted version of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.

nFans hoping to see Suffolk rockers The Darkness perform in their home town of Lowestoft may have to wait until 2005.

Waveney District Council has been told the top-selling band are too busy to play a homecoming gig next year, although a summer show has not been completely ruled out. The council is hoping to secure a definite date for 2005.

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