Richard Smirke

Richard Smirke is a U.K. journalist specializing in music and the music industry, who writes regularly for Billboard magazine, and He has previously written for The Guardian, BBC, Associated Newspapers, and other publications.


Paul Weller

Paul Weller Talks New Menswear Line Real Stars Are Rare

"I thought music was complicated, but it's a f-ing breeze compared to this," says a laughing Paul Weller as he surveys the surrounding clothes rails on which hangs the debut collection of his first stand-alone menswear label, Real Stars Are Rare. It's a line heavily influenced by Weller's own style, developed with the help of Phil Bickley, owner of West London menswear store Tonic.
5 Seconds of Summer for Billboard

5 Seconds of Summer Goes Global - But They're Not The Next One Direction

"We wanted to stay under the radar for as long as we could -- now is the time for us to really show the world what we're about," says Ashton Irwin, the 19-year-old drummer of Australian pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, which released its stateside debut EP, "She Looks So Perfect," April 1 on Capitol Records.