stars head back to rock school

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Tough times in the biz they call show. Just ask Nora Jones. The super-rich, former teen star has said how relieved she is not to be breaking into a “messed up” industry, advising upcoming acts to be “super smart” with regards to contracts.

Easier said than done, of course. As Jones studied piano at university, she’s lucky she’ll never need to find a proper job.

Similarly, it would take a misplaced PIN number or a string of massive shopping binges for Adele to need a backup plan.

The Cockney songstress – very sensibly, as it turns out – packed in her studies for a record deal. But now she plans to give up gigging for ten years and instead catch up on the student life she missed out on – perhaps forming a band, maybe persuading the ents guy at the union to give her a gig, though not, you’d imagine, taking on three bar jobs to cover her student loan.

But in the real world, making music just won’t pay the rent – surely the only reason that Tom Jones is returning to The Voice, despite being unceremoniously kicked off a couple of series ago.

Joining Jones is Jennifer Hudson – seventh on the US version of Pop Idol – and Gwen Stefani’s ex, Gavin Rossdale. No-one in the UK’s too sure who he is, so you can bet his agent’s better than his divorce lawyer...