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The musicians making music via coding

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Allison Walker is shaking up the music scene by “live-coding”. This is an experimental style of music where artists write and update computer code in real time to make funky music.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The audience gets to see all the guts and the wires spilling out everywhere, and it all just seems very incomprehensible," she said to </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-21/live-coding-australia-music-computer-code/11301114"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ABC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Walker is a video game sound designer, so she has the background needed for this style of music.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"People don't usually see all the hard work that goes on in the background (during electronic music performance), but if they see this wall of code they're immediately like, 'Woah, that's cool!'</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's more engaging for an audience to get into."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can see what live coding looks like in the video below.</span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ix2b_qFYfAA"></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although it might seem very complex to some, the live-coding community is open to everyone. Western Australian software developer Ethan Crawford explains the concept behind “live-coding”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Live-coding is similar to a text editor — which lots of people use every day; people use Microsoft Word to write things. In this case, Sonic Pi is just a text editor with some fancy features built on top," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"So many of the interactions that you have with people and your environment are mediated through software, but it's all hidden," Ben Swift, Canberra academic said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Live-coding forces somebody, even if only for a second, to engage with computer code — that's something most people probably never do, or maybe only one or two times in their life."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The fact that the audience can see and engage with what's happening as this process that involves both the code and the sound is very important," said Dr Aaron Sorensen, who has been in the live-coding movement in Australia since 2015.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's about this idea that code can be beautiful."</span></p>

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Why are we seeing so many music documentaries lately?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Music documentaries about famous singers and musicians are quickly becoming the norm. This is due to movie directors and actors bringing life and providing nostalgia to those who watched the musicians grow up. It also brings music to a new audience who is interested but might not have been born when the musicians were in their prime.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It appears that fans can no longer resist a peek into the backroom world that their favourite musicians inhabited.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Gennaro Castaldo, of the record label trade association the British Phonographic Industry, isn’t surprised.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A compelling synergy exists between movies and music,” he told </span><em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/21/why-music-documentaries-are-all-over-our-screens-beyonce-bob-dylan"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Guardian</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“With a slew of highly anticipated music documentaries either out, or due for release soon, fans can get close to the icons they love, from Led Zeppelin and Leonard Cohen to Beyoncé and PJ Harvey, so we can expect another surge in sales and streams.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He credits the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman to the surge in sales and streams, despite claims that these films are fictionalised and not a realistic account of what the rock stars went through.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The phenomenal success of recent biopics celebrating the work of Queen, Elton John and Abba underline just how fantastic a medium film is for music – culturally but also commercially in terms of the huge global reach it can provide at the cinema and then in the home,” said the BPI’s Castaldo. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Movies provide the perfect emotional context for a piece of music that help to enhance its power and to profoundly resonate with the audience.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In the process, this can reawaken the public’s love of classic repertoire, or of a particular artist, and encourage the next generation of fans to discover music that is new to them.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, film critic Nick James says that a documentary that is strong on sentiment doesn’t always work.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I prefer a documentary to a rock biopic anyday, but I’m wary of nostalgia,” James said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Marianne &amp; Leonard</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is heartfelt and honest, but it’s still to a degree in thrall to the ‘sexual revolution’ whose utter destructiveness it chronicles. [Leonard] Cohen comes out of it badly, but we probably need to see those feet of clay.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans are responding with their wallets, and it’s looking like that’s the way that companies are going to go: fictionalised accounts of their favourite musicians instead of authentic and gritty stories about their imperfect heroes.</span></p>

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Former Beatle Paul McCartney is writing a musical

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Former Beatles and music legend Paul McCartney has secretly worked on a musical behind the scenes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It was revealed that he has already written a song score for a stage musical adaption of the 1946 Frank Capra film </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">It’s a Wonderful Life</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">McCartney has been working hard with writer Lee Hall, who's responsible for Billy Elliot on stage and the Rocketman screenplay as well as working with British producer Bill Kenwright. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Writing a musical is not something that had ever really appealed to me," said McCartney in a statement. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"But Bill and I met up with Lee Hall and had a chat and I found myself thinking this could be interesting and fun. ... </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">It's A Wonderful Life</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is a universal story we can all relate to."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz6HFR7nL74/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz6HFR7nL74/" target="_blank">The joy of playing with my Peace and Love brother! ✌️☮️ #FreshenUpTour @ringostarrmusic</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/paulmccartney/" target="_blank"> Paul McCartney</a> (@paulmccartney) on Jul 14, 2019 at 11:55am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It appears that he’s pretty far along with the musical.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"On a recent trip to London, I got to listen to McCartney's stunning demo tracks," writes Johnny Oleksinski, according to </span><a href="https://variety.com/2019/music/news/paul-mccartney-its-a-wonderful-life-musical-1203271389/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Variety</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The songwriter segues easily into the musical theatre style, while still giving his diehard fans that soulful McCartney sound. Every time a Beatle sings, an angel gets his wings. ... On the CD, the singer performs every role from George Bailey to Mr. Potter and even tries his hand at acting. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The more than 10 finished songs sound like a bona fide lost Beatles album, with one spectacular number's rousing ending bringing to mind the 'Na Na Na Na Na's of 'Hey Jude.'"</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kenwright obtained the rights to the film from Paramount back in 2016 and reached out to McCartney who took an interest. However, McCartney didn’t send in any material until last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Out of the blue I got an email from Paul asking my thoughts on his first stab at an opening song,” said Kenwright in a statement. “He wasn’t sure — but wanted to know what Lee and I thought of it? I played the demo. Lee and I were unanimous. Our hero was a musical theater writer!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The musical is aiming to launch a production in late 2020 in the UK, with a later move to Broadway.</span></p>

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"I didn't realise until too late": John Farnham opens up about severe health scare

<p>Australian music icon John Farnham caused concern amongst his fans as he was forced to cancel his Australian tour at the last minute and was admitted into hospital.</p> <p>He’s now opened up to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em><span> </span>about the experience.</p> <p>The 70-year-old said that he had a “severe” kidney infection.</p> <p>“I didn't realise until too late. I'd been feeling uncomfortable. My wife Jill had been telling me to go to the doctor,” explained the singer.</p> <p>Instead of seeking medical help, Farnham powered through the pain and thought that things will be fine.</p> <p>“I was very unwell there for a while,” he added, stating that he is “good now”.</p> <p>“It gave me a wake-up call to look after myself a bit more.”</p> <p>The health scare was the wakeup call Farnham needed, as he has completely overhauled his lifestyle.</p> <p>This includes giving up smoking, which the<span> </span><em>You’re The Voice<span> </span></em>star has done so since he was 14.</p> <p>Farnham also admitted in the article that he has cut back on drinking in recent months.</p> <p>The music icon is set to tour Australia again in November, with shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Caversham, Seppeltsfield and Werribee.</p> <p>He is also touring New Zealand, with two shows in Auckland and Wellington.</p>

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Madonna reveals hidden story behind iconic “Vogue” music clip

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Madonna’s hit </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was the best-selling single of 1990, with more than 6 million copies flying off the shelves.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, despite the songs success, it was the accompanying film clip that really made waves.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film clip is shot in black and white, and the singer drew inspiration from “vogue” dancing, which is created from eccentric model poses from </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> magazine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The dance style at the time was little-known as it evolved from African-American drag queens of the Harlem ballroom scene in the early 1960’s.</span></p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/GuJQSAiODqI"></iframe></div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The impact that the video had on the underground scene will be spoken about in the upcoming second season of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pose</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, with the show picking up at a time when Madonna’s video was released.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The FX drama details the history of drag ballroom culture that came to define New York. Co-creator Steven Canals said that season 2 would follow the reaction of drag culture making its way into mainstream pop culture. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If we’re looking at the history of ballroom and specifically that moment in time, what Madonna did was bring ballroom to the mainstream,” Canals told </span><a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/pose-cast-creators-madonnas-vogue-season-2-influences-1217365"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Hollywood Reporter</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “She introduced the world to this community who, up until that point in time, had been a subculture.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a sneak peek of the first episode of the second season, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> can be heard playing minutes into it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Blanca (Mj Rodriguez) gives a speech to the house full of critics.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Mark my words, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">will make us stars,” she says. “Madonna lives on the edge for what’s next, and what’s newer than an entire world undiscovered brimming to the rim with guts, gorgeousness and raw talent?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">American theatre performer Billy Porter, who stars in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pose</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, says that the industry still had to make strides before being accepted into society.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Without us Madonna would be nothing, Beyoncé would be nothing, Lady Gaga would be nothing,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The culture has been influenced by us since the beginning of time and now we get to reclaim that space.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Photo credit: Madonna, </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuJQSAiODqI"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Vogue</span></a></p>

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AGT star stuns the world: "It's been really hard for him"

<p>Kodi Lee became a name to remember when he delivered a moving performance of Donny Hathaway’s<span> </span>A Song For You<span> </span>- a bold move that earned him a golden-buzzer moment which rocketed him into the next round. </p> <p>More recently, the young star gave a monumental performance of Simon &amp; Garfunkel’s<span> </span>Bridge Over Troubled Water. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1Ho-8gHpWD/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1Ho-8gHpWD/" target="_blank">A post shared by Kodi Lee 🇺🇸🇰🇷 (@kodileerocks)</a> on Aug 13, 2019 at 2:32pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I’m beyond proud of him, this whole thing has been magical,” the breakout star’s mother, Tina Lee told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/tv/agt-kodi-lee-never-expected-fame-to-happen-mom/" target="_blank">PEOPLE</a>. </p> <p>“Just to see the way that people are accepting him and loving him, it’s magical.”</p> <p>Kodi’s audition went viral after it aired on TV screens - garnering over 42 million views on Youtube alone. </p> <p>“I never expected this to happen,” Tina said. </p> <p>“I feel relieved I’m not the only one who’s seen this extraordinary ability. He’s got a real talent, and I’ve always known he’s this real talent.”</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7829563/kodi-lee-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a2f373d0493641c897e939432f108626" /><em>Kodi Lee with fans. </em></p> <p>Tina can usually be seen in the shadows as she cheers on her son or aiding him on stage. She credits their family’s support for Kodi’s success. </p> <p>“We worked as a family to help him just to be able to exist and co-exist with autism in our world,” she said. </p> <p>“It’s been really hard for him, especially when your emotions are harder, they’re harder for him to deal with. The emotions are intensified for him. Our family works together to carry him through and support him.”</p>

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“He was in a filthy mood”: Triple M’s Gus Worland reveals best and worst celebrities to interview

<p>Triple M radio star Gus Worland is celebrating 10 years on radio as he hosts<span> </span>Moonman in the Morning<span> </span>with Lawrence Mooney and Jess Eva.</p> <p>After reflecting on his time in radio, he’s revealed which two celebrities were the most disappointing out of the hundreds that he’s interviewed.</p> <p>Worland spoke to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/radio/triple-ms-gus-worland-reveals-best-and-worst-celebrities-hes-met-during-10-years-on-air/news-story/cd98feb42a885e0161480d8800969afe" target="_blank">news.com.au</a><span> </span>to mark the milestone and reveal which celebrities are the best and worst ones to interview.</p> <p>“The best, the number one standout, is Hulk Hogan,” he said. “He was actually meant to go to Kyle and Jackie O (who at the time were broadcasting on 2Day FM which is in the same building as Triple M) who were one level above us.</p> <p>“But the security guy that let him into the building just assumed, ‘Oh, he must be here for Triple M.’</p> <p>“Hulk Hogan wasn’t going to sit outside the studio and wait, he literally busted through the door when we were halfway through a break and all of a sudden Hulk Hogan was there,” Worland said. “That was a real highlight.”</p> <p>Other celebrities that were a joy to interview include Rick Astley, Michael Buble and Michael Parkinson.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BPoG7GFg3um/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BPoG7GFg3um/" target="_blank">#johnnybigg</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/gusworland/" target="_blank"> Gus Worland</a> (@gusworland) on Jan 23, 2017 at 4:17pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The worst celebrities include an Aussie motorcyclist and a Hollywood action star.</p> <p>“The one we disliked the most was Steven Seagal who is the perfect actor for Triple M listeners but he’s always been very difficult,” Worland said.</p> <p>“Every single time Seagal’s been on he just hasn’t wanted to play or even talk about the reason he’s actually on the show for. I’ve never watched a Seagal movie since. I just look at him now and think, ‘What’s wrong with you, brother?’</p> <p>“Wayne Gardner (former 500cc Motorcycle World Champion) was a bit of a knob-end too,” the Triple M host said.</p> <p>“He was in a filthy mood and we wanted to talk about a whole lot of things from motorcycling to V8s and he just didn’t want to play. He gave really short answers and there were no explanations when we asked for a story. We ended up not even airing it.</p> <p>“When you meet someone that you’ve looked up to and they don’t play ball, it does leave a bit of a sour taste in your mouth,” he added.</p>

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Princess Diana brought to life in new Broadway musical

<p>A new musical about the late Princess Diana is currently in the works with performances taking place in March 2020. The director, Christopher Ashley, won a Tony Award for his work on<span> </span><em>Come From Away</em><span> </span>with the show’s music and book written by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro, who won a Tony for Memphis in 2010.</p> <p>Diana will be played by Jeanna de Waal.</p> <p>“To bring Diana to life onstage is obviously a huge privilege,” said de Waal of the role, as reported by<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.marieclaire.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>Marie Claire</em></a>. “I feel very daunted by the prospect, but I hope people who didn’t know about her and weren’t aware of her journey leave the theatre with an idea of what she did for the world. She made everyone feel special, from the highest person to the lowest-ranking person, and I think we want to celebrate her.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1E_xUUnIr8/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B1E_xUUnIr8/" target="_blank">A post shared by kembricistan (@kembricistan)</a> on Aug 12, 2019 at 1:54pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>There will be 23 songs featured throughout the show, with one of them being “<em>A Pretty Girl in a Pretty Dress</em>,” which will seemingly reference Diana’s famous “revenge dress” – a black, off-the-shoulder Christina Stambolian gown that she wore while attending the Serpentine Gallery summer party in 1994.</p> <p>The Princess wore the jaw-dropping ensemble the same night Prince Charles confessed to having an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles in a televised documentary.</p> <p>DiPietro, who took great interest in Tina Brown’s book<span> </span><em>The Diana Chronicles</em><span> </span>told the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/" target="_blank"><em>Post</em></a><span> </span>that “(Diana) was a blue blood, she was beautiful, and she was a virgin, which was hard to find in 1980s London.”</p> <p>The musical is said to focus on Diana’s life, with her tragic death being referenced in an epilogue.</p> <p>Performances will begin on March 2, 2020 at the Longacre Theatre in New York.</p>

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Dolly Parton’s secret revealed: Why you’ll never see her with short sleeves on

<p>Dolly Parton, country singer, has been in the public eye for more than 50 years. In that time, she has never worn a top with short sleeves.</p> <p>For many years, avid fans of the singer have been speculating that her arms are covered in tattoos, but there has never been any proof.</p> <p>However, comedian Rosanne Barr confirmed the rumour in an appearance on Craig Ferguson’s talk show back in 2011.</p> <p>"Do you know who's totally tattooed?" she said, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&amp;objectid=12257243" target="_blank">The NZ Herald</a></em>. "I shouldn't even tell this. Dolly Parton is totally tattooed.</p> <p>"She showed me. She's got all these awesome tattoos all over her body — no black or blue lines, all like pastel, gorgeous bows all over everything."</p> <p>The existence of the tattoos was also backed up by<span> </span><em>Absolutely Fabulous</em><span> </span>star Jennifer Saunders, who said she saw the artwork after bumping into Parton in a restaurant.</p> <p>"She literally just opened her top," Saunders recalled on<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94a9NNxEYdM" target="_blank">Channel 7's Sunday Night</a>.</em></p> <p>"And she wasn't wearing a bra.</p> <p>"They were the most beautiful angels and beautiful butterflies and baskets of flowers in pastel-coloured tattoos."</p> <p>Despite Parton asking Saunders not to tell anyone, she wrote about the experience in her autobiography.</p> <p>Parton has denied the existence of the tattoos in the past but confirmed their existence in 2017 to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/01/dolly-parton-tattoos-fan-art" target="_blank">Vanity Fair</a>.<br /></em></p> <p>"I don't really like to make a big to-do of [the tattoos] because people make such a big damn deal over every little thing.</p> <p>"But most of the tattoos, when I first started, I was covering up some scars that I had 'cause I have a tendency to have keloid scar tissue, and I have a tendency where if I have any kind of scars anywhere then they kind of have a purple tinge that I can never get rid of.</p> <p>"So mine are all pastels, what few that I have, and they're meant to cover some scars. I'm not trying to make some big, bold statement."</p> <p>If fans think that they’ll be able to see the tattoos more often, they’d be wrong. Parton performed at the Grammy Awards with her goddaughter Miley Cyrus and despite wearing a sheer top, she kept her tattoos hidden with a flesh coloured material.</p> <p>Scroll through to see Dolly Parton’s long-sleeved looks over the years.</p>

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"I don't know what's more upsetting": Wife turns recording of husband's snoring into a hit song

<p>What would you do if you could no longer stand your partner’s snoring? A woman has come up with a daring solution – record the snoring sound, turn it into a song and release it on popular music platforms around the globe. </p> <p>After getting fed up by the noise her husband Dave made every night, the English woman turned the recorded the sound of his snoring into an “'80s movie-style dramatic theme song” she titled <em>Dave Don’t Snore</em>.</p> <p>The song has become an unexpected hit, with the streaming numbers continuing to climb.</p> <p>The woman made her husband Dave a <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/DuckMischief/status/1139300333426020353" target="_blank">certificate</a> when the snoring song passed 30,000 streams on music platforms in June.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I don’t know what’s more upsetting, that my wife uploaded my snoring to spotify, that 44,000 people have listened to it, or that she took the time to release an instrumental version! <a href="https://t.co/EfBktLpDXy">pic.twitter.com/EfBktLpDXy</a></p> — Dave (@DaveApnea) <a href="https://twitter.com/DaveApnea/status/1151049562523611137?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 16, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“I don’t know what’s more upsetting, that my wife uploaded my snoring to Spotify, that 44,000 people have listened to it, or that she took the time to release an instrumental version!” Dave wrote on Twitter in July.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xIso1MH8L8Q"></iframe></div> <p>At the time of writing, the song has received more than 154,488 streams on Spotify and over 62,000 plays on YouTube.</p> <p>This week, the song reached number 17 in the Singapore Viral 50 chart on Spotify.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">No. 17 and CLIMBING in Singapore on <a href="https://twitter.com/Spotify?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Spotify</a> 🚀🔥🤭 (<a href="https://twitter.com/DaveApnea?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DaveApnea</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DistroKid?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DistroKid</a> ) <a href="https://t.co/UiSCE8AhB1">pic.twitter.com/UiSCE8AhB1</a></p> — Duck Mischief (@DuckMischief) <a href="https://twitter.com/DuckMischief/status/1158000995047235586?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The viral song also fuelled more follow-ups <em>Dave Also Plays a Mean Flute</em> and <em>Dave Found His Old Synthesizer</em>.</p>

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Who is Austin Butler? The upcoming star cast in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley film

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Austin Butler has been cast in a career-making film role as he’s set to play the late Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film which will have Tom Hanks as Presley’s longtime manager.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film’s timeline will span 20 years, from Presley's rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America”, according to </span><a href="https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/elvis-presley-film-release-date-austin-butler-baz-luhrmann-tom-hanks-king-of-rock-a9037716.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Independent</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The plan for filming is set to start in early 2020 to accommodate Hanks’ schedule, according to </span><a href="https://variety.com/2019/film/news/austin-butler-elvis-presley-biopic-2021-release-1203290408/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Variety</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which means that there’s a release date of October 1, 2021. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Butler, 27, beat out Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort for the role, but no one knows that much about him.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Butler started out on networks such as Nickelodeon and Disney Channel in the early 2000s, but has recently starred alongside Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in the blockbuster </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. It was directed by Quentin Tarantino.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He is currently dating Vanessa Hudgens and has done so since 2011.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0dm9eSB10g/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B0dm9eSB10g/" target="_blank">#onceuponatimeinhollywood Styled by @browne.andrews Photo thanks to @britishgq © David Crotty</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/austinbutler/" target="_blank"> Austin Butler</a> (@austinbutler) on Jul 28, 2019 at 6:47am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Butler couldn’t be more thrilled about being cast for the role.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am just profoundly honoured that Baz has invited me on this journey with him,” Butler told </span><a href="https://www.etonline.com/austin-butler-says-hes-honored-to-be-playing-elvis-as-he-channels-the-king-on-the-red-carpet-129099"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Entertainment Tonight</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s an extraordinary privilege. And I just feel so blessed to be working with such singular directors like him and Quentin Tarantino.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz8sg24Bw6y/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz8sg24Bw6y/" target="_blank">“You have made my life complete, and I love you so”</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/austinbutler/" target="_blank"> Austin Butler</a> (@austinbutler) on Jul 15, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luhrmann was quick to release a statement about Butler’s casting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I knew I couldn't make this film if the casting wasn't absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Throughout the casting process, it was an honour for me to encounter such a vast array of talent.”</span></p>

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New research shows baby boomers attend more gigs than any other Aussie age group

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">New research that’s been conducted by </span><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com.au/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eventbrite</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has revealed that the priorities of Australian music fans are changing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The report, which collated the responses of more than 1,130 gig-goers weighed in on a range of topics including social media, streaming and safety.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The report showed that Baby Boomers are the most committed live music fans. These are people who are born between 1946 and 1964 and they attended more gigs than any other generation. The report also found that 1 in 5 baby boomers attend music events alone.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Three quarters (74 per cent) of Baby Boomers will actively research an event before buying a ticket, with 1 in 3 being reliant on traditional media sources such as TV, radio or newspaper advertising to discover events.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baby Boomers were also willing to spend the most on their ticket, as 45 per cent spent between $50 and $250 per ticket last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The report found that while social media plays a role in the event experience, live music is all about “being in the moment” and sharing the experience with others, with 60 per cent talking face to face about the event with friends and family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, when it comes to live events, the majority of responders (79 per cent) want value for money.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Phil Silverstone, General Manager of Eventbrite Asia Pacific commented on the results. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“In a year where Australia’s live music scene has attracted both high praise and intense criticism, this survey sees us pass the mic to the fans – and the results should be music to the industry’s ears.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Music fans are attending more shows, they’re sharing more content, and they’re engaging more deeply with artists, venues and festivals across a range of online and offline channels than they ever have before. It’s an exciting time for Australia’s live music industry – and we’re thrilled to play a role in powering its success.”</span></p>

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Mariah Carey opens up about first marriage to man 20 years her senior

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mariah Carey has recently revealed that despite what people thought, things weren’t always as glamorous as they seemed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a cover story for </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cosmopolitan</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the singer discussed a range of topics, including her mixed-race identity, the impact she’s had on pop music across her three-decade career, as well as her beginnings in the music industry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> She also made reference to her marriage to a man 20 years her senior, Sony Music mogul Tommy Mottola.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You might want to picture a child bride,” she</span><a href="https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a28137694/mariah-carey-profile-cover-cosmo-interview-sex-shade-memes/"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> told the magazine</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “There was a conscious effort to keep me as this all-American, whatever that means, girl. It was very controlled. There was no freedom for me as a human being. It was almost like being a prisoner.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mottola has deemed his relationship with Carey as “wrong and inappropriate” and the couple broke up after eight years together. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzsg82Kg81o/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bzsg82Kg81o/" target="_blank">Out now! cosmopolitan.com/mariah-carey @COSMOPOLITAN Photos: @jasonkimphoto Stylist: @jwujek Makeup: @kristoferbuckle Hair: @hairbylorenzomartin</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/mariahcarey/" target="_blank"> Mariah Carey</a> (@mariahcarey) on Jul 9, 2019 at 5:11am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Carey also goes onto talk about her infamous 2016 New Year’s Eve performance when her earpiece malfunctioned and she refused to sing along to the backup track.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If people think that’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, then first of all, they haven’t studied my career well enough,” she says. “After what I’ve been through, who really gives a s**t if my monitor broke, fell off, came out of my ears because the stupid robe was too loose? These things happen and it’s over. My true fans stick with me, and the rest of the people will get over it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cosmopolitan </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">asked her about whether she writes her own songs and she commented:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“A lot of artists say they write, but they don’t really write. No offense to anybody. That’s just what I’ve seen.”</span></p>

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“He’s fully taken over”: Why Celine Dion's friends are worried about her “boy toy"

<p>Celine Dion is known as a music icon around the world, but there are concerns amongst her closest friends that she’s being too heavily influenced by her backup dancer and close friend Pepe Munoz.</p> <p>The 51-year-old <em>My Heart Will Go On</em> singer has been very close to Munoz after her husband René Angélil passed away at the age of 73 in 2016.</p> <p>Munoz has been described as her “boy toy” but Dion has said herself that he is gay and her “best friend”.</p> <p><em>The New York Post</em>'s <a rel="noopener" href="https://pagesix.com/2019/07/29/celine-dions-dancer-boy-toy-calling-the-shots-for-legendary-singer/" target="_blank">Page Six</a> has reported that some people in Dion’s inner circle fear that Munoz is “isolating” the star from her friends and “taking over” her life.</p> <p>“Pepe is like her boy toy who is really trying to take over. He’s isolating her and people are feeling it,” an anonymous friend told the publication.</p> <p>“She’s in love with this guy and listens to everything he’s saying.</p> <p>“People go to him when they have questions. He’s fully taken over.”</p> <p>Meanwhile, Dion shut down rumours of a relationship between herself and Munoz last year.</p> <p>“Pepe is gay,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://extratv.com/2019/04/04/celine-dion-takes-on-pepe-munoz-romance-rumors/" target="_blank"><em>Extra</em></a>. “At first, I think some people did not know that.”</p> <p>The iconic singer added, “The thing is that he’s my best friend and we dance together and he did so much for me and even just holding my hand… it’s something that I haven’t had for a long time.”</p> <p>She further defended herself to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/8301240/celine-dion-hyde-park-concert-sexier/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em>’s</a> Dan Wooten in January saying that they’re just good friends.</p> <p>"The press said, ‘Oh my God, René just passed and now there’s another man.’ Yeah, there’s another man in my life, but not the man in my life," she said. "We’re friends, we’re best friends."</p> <p>Dion added, “Of course we hug and hold hands and go out, so people see that. I mean, he’s a gentleman. He’s giving me his hand to go out.”</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Dion and Munoz spending time together as best friends. </p>

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Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers are returning to the stage for a whopping 15 shows

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Legendary country music star Kris Kristofferson has made Aussie country fans very happy with the announcement of his new tour. The </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kris Kristofferson &amp; The Strangers</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> tour kicks off in Adelaide on September 17</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> before heading up on the east coast.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kristofferson has accomplished a lot in his lifetime, including recording over 30 albums through his career and becoming a three-time Grammy award winner.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For fans who might’ve seen him in the past, Kristofferson has decided to perform lately in a solo acousting setting which puts the focus back on his wide range of songs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some popular tracks include, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Moment of Forever (1995), The Austin Sessions (1999) and Closer to the Bone (2009).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many fans will have become familiar with him after his Golden Globe award winning performance in the 1976 version of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Star is Born</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with Barbara Streisand. The pair recently reunited back in April.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvzfmmlnR6s/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvzfmmlnR6s/" target="_blank">It was so wonderful to see my friend Kris who stopped by yesterday. Stay tuned...😉</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/barbrastreisand/" target="_blank"> Barbra Streisand</a> (@barbrastreisand) on Apr 3, 2019 at 12:09pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kristofferson has taken a more intimate approach to his concerts as of late, as he has been touring for more than thirty years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There's an honesty in the sparseness. It feels like direct communication to the listener," he says. "I still have more fun when I'm with the band, but being alone is freer, somehow. It's like being an old blues guy, just completely stripped away.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Kristofferson will be accompanied on stage by </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Strangers</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, who are best known as the back-up band for singer-songwriter Merle Haggard.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 83-year-old has shown no signs of slowing down with this 17-date tour, and music fans will not want to miss the opportunity to see this Country Music Hall of Fame singer and The Strangers perform live on stage.</span></p> <p><a href="http://kriskristofferson.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tickets are now on sale.</span></a></p>

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Pink Floyd guitar sells for world-record price at auction

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The legendary guitar belonging to Pink Floyd frontman David Gilmour has sold for $5.7 million at auction. It is now the most expensive guitar of all time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gilmour raised over $30 million for charity after auctioning off more than 120 lots from his personal collection.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sale took place at Christie’s auction house in New York City and included iconic instruments played by Gilmour throughout Pink Floyd’s history.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The legendary “Black Strat” Fender Stratocaster guitar, which was used on the recording of the band’s hit albums </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Dark Side of the Moon</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (1973), </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wish You Were Here</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (1975), </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Animals</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (1977) and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Wall</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (1979), was the standout item and sold for the jaw-dropping $5.7 million.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">"It's very hard to know how much I will miss it."<br />David talks about his iconic Black Strat, ahead of its sale through <a href="https://twitter.com/ChristiesInc?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ChristiesInc</a> next month in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GilmourGuitars?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GilmourGuitars</a> charity auction. <a href="https://t.co/CA7anqH9ej">pic.twitter.com/CA7anqH9ej</a></p> — David Gilmour (@_DavidGilmour) <a href="https://twitter.com/_DavidGilmour/status/1129086403000901637?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">16 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Proceeds from the auction will go to the charity ClientEarth, which funds environmental lawyers and experts in the fight against climate change.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The global climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity will ever face, and we are within a few years of the effects of global warming being irreversible," Gilmour said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We need a civilised world that goes on for all our grandchildren and beyond in which these guitars can be played and songs can be sung."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other stand out items sold at auction included Gilmour’s Martin D-35 acoustic guitar, which sold for more than $1 million and his 1955 Gibson Les Paul, which was famously used for the guitar solo on</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Another Brick in the Wall </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">(Part 2).</span></p>

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Baz Luhrmann is making a biopic about Elvis Presley

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baz Luhrmann has decided to create a biopic about musical legend Elvis Presley. Luhrmann is known for his stylised work on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Moulin Rouge! </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Great Gatbsy</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Five actors battled it out to get the top spot of playing Presley, with big names such as Ansel Elgort, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Miles Teller, Austin Butler and musician slash actor Harry Styles fighting for the part.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, it has recently been announced that the man who will play the King of Rock is Austin Butler. Butler announced the news on his Instagram.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz8sg24Bw6y/" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz8sg24Bw6y/" target="_blank">“You have made my life complete, and I love you so”</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/austinbutler/" target="_blank"> Austin Butler</a> (@austinbutler) on Jul 15, 2019 at 12:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tom Hanks is already on board the project as Col. Tom Parker, who is the legendary manager who controlled every aspect of Presley’s life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film is described as focusing on the late entertainer’s rise and fall, with a major aspect of the film focusing on his relationship with Parker.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a manager, Parker helped build Presley’s career from nothing, but was also said to be extremely controlling. It was also said by </span><a href="https://deadline.com/2019/07/elvis-presley-movie-baz-luhrmann-ansel-elgort-miles-teller-austin-butler-harry-styles-tom-hanks-1202640766/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Deadline</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that he took half of Presley’s earnings home for himself. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Luhrmann has been developing this project with his wife Catherine Martin since finishing on</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> The Great Gatsby</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in 2013. The pair are set to co-produce the biopic.</span></p>

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Spitting image: Annie Lennox’s daughter makes glamorous arrival at red carpet event

<p>Annie Lennox’s daughter Lola Lennox oozed glamour as she took to the stage for the Discovey Channel’s star-studded<span> </span><em>Serengeti</em><span> </span>premiere.</p> <p>The singer, 29, stunned in a black thigh-split gown as she performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.</p> <p>Lola, who is the oldest daughter of music legend Annie, 64, from her second marriage to Israeli film product Uri Fruchtmann, wore <span>a fitted black halter-neck gown with a cinched-in waist, as well as boasting a thigh-high split. She completed her outfit with matching black heels.</span></p> <p>Lola styled her hair in loose curls and finished the look with a silver bejewelled bracelet.</p> <p>Her performance was used to introduce the audience to a screening of the acclaimed nature documentary, and she sang a hyena-themed track with<span> </span><em>American Idol<span> </span></em>star Joshua Ledet.</p> <p>Lola also has a sister called Tali, who works as a model and has turned her attention to portrait painting.</p> <p>Annie has shared with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/news/a26059494/annie-lennox-botox-plastic-surgery-health-gift/" target="_blank"><em>Good Housekeeping</em></a> that she hopes her daughters are proud of what she has achieved in her career.</p> <p>“I think my daughters respect what I’ve done and am trying to do… I’m so proud of both the girls as human beings.</p> <p>“I grew up in Scotland in the '50s and in my background, nobody hugged or kissed. It was viewed as too soft, as times were hard and the culture contained a great deal of stoic reserve.” </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery to see Lola Lennox’s glamorous outfit.</p>

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New Michael Hutchence documentary reveals the night that changed everything for the star

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michael Hutchence and INXS in their prime made some of the biggest hits of their era and reached number one with Need You Tonight in January 1988.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">20 years on from his suicide, Hutchence is still a pop culture icon. With newspapers, TV documentaries, drama series and reality competitions retelling his story, they were all missing a crucial piece of information.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hutchence had suffered a traumatic brain injury from a one-punch attack in Copenhagen, 1992.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The story, told in a new documentary </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mystify</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, was told by Hutchence’s partner from 1991 to 1995 Helena Christensen. The story was then backed up by a coroner’s report.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Christensen recounts that a taxi driver "yelled at Michael to move, got out of his car and punched him. He fell backwards and hit the curb".</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The aftermath was dark. Hutchence insisted on leaving the hospital and stayed in Christensen’s apartment, vomiting and refusing food for the next month.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"This dark, very angry side came out in him," she says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The documentary </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mystify</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is told by long-time INXS collaborator Richard Lowenstein.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"She didn't even tell her parents for 20 years, so her interview was very revealing. And then the coroner's report was even more revealing — of what he was hiding," Lowenstein tells </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/stop-everything/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">RN's Stop Everything!</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I think it was incredibly emotional finding that out, especially for the band members. They came to a screening and they didn't know the full extent until they saw the film."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lowenstein obtained the unedited coroner’s report of Hutchence through British Journalist sources. He then showed it to neurologists and psychologists.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I don't think anyone had seen that unedited coroner's report before, but that was a revelation," he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"[They] rang up in the middle of the night saying: 'It's very obvious what happened. This is a perfect storm of suicide risk, what's here in the report.'"</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lowenstein said that the revelation was a transformative piece of the “jigsaw puzzle” that was Hutchence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"After his assault in Copenhagen in 92, he came back and filmed some videos, and all of us at Ghost, everyone who worked with him, saw a very different Michael. And we just [thought]: 'There's something wrong'," he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We didn't know if it was going to be permanent. And then we saw him go off the rails. You'd see him every three months and you'd go: 'Whoa, that's not the Michael we knew three months ago.'"</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lowenstein said he was inspired to tell the true story of Hutchence as he didn’t feel like the real version of him was out in the media.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We just all sat there and thought: 'There's honestly nothing of the guy we remember — that we recognise — out there.' And we just we had all the footage in our archive, in literally my attic. And we thought, we should do something authentic about him," he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"As we put the jigsaw puzzle together, I discovered a much more complicated and insecure [person], someone who had been fighting depression from the start," Lowenstein says.</span></p>

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How the film “Yesterday” was able to use so much of The Beatles music

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The film </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yesterday</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> goes into the story about how a struggling songwriter is losing his passion for music and he gets hit by a bus. Upon awakening, he realises that he is the only one in the world who knows who The Beatles are and uses their discography to rise to fame.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, many people were surprised that the film managed to get some of the most recognisable songs from the band into the film. Surely, that would’ve cost a fortune.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Danny Boyle, the film’s director, had a plan.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The production company behind the film had a deal with Apple and Sony which allowed screenwriter Richard Curtis and Boyle to choose up to 18 songs and even switch their picks when they were shooting and editing the film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After all, there’s no point having a joke hinge off a niche Beatles song. The audience won’t get it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Curtis explained this to </span><a href="https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-yesterday-beatles-songs-20190707-gehxkurakngldohru2waj3o4hu-story.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NY Daily News</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For the jokes to work it has to be songs people recognize… if Jack sat down at the piano in that Ed Sheeran scene and plays “</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Not a Second Time</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">,” most people won’t know it’s the Beatles.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The scene in question is where the main character of the film is working with Ed Sheeran and singing “</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hey Jude</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">”. Sheeran has a brainwave and suggests changing it to “Hey Dude”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Boyle told </span><a href="https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8512779/danny-boyle-yesterday-the-beatles-interview"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Billboard</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> what happened when they obtained the rights.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Apple and Sony are very picky about not only who uses the band’s music but how it is used. Working Title did that first because there’s no point in spending money on a film like </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yesterday</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> unless you can guarantee you’ve got the music. It made for a top-heavy budget -- the costs for the songs were very expensive, a substantial part of the film’s budget. But they made a clever deal, allowing us the freedom to change songs up to the last minute.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Billboard estimated that it cost $10 million for the songs to be featured in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Yesterday</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. However, Boyle also did his due diligence and reached out to Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the widows of George Harrison and John Lennon about his intentions for the film.</span></p>

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