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Tony Bennett sets a new Guinness World Record

<p>Grammy Award-winning singer Tony Bennett has set a new <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2021/10/legendary-tony-bennett-officially-the-oldest-person-to-release-an-album-of-new-ma-678310" target="_blank">Guinness World Record</a>.</p> <p>The music legend has released a collaboration with Lady Gaga titled <em>Love for Sale</em>, making Bennett the oldest person to release an album of new material. </p> <p>When the project was released on October 1st, Tony Bennett was <span>95 years and 60 days old.</span></p> <p><span>Despite their 60-year age gap, Lady Gaga said she </span><span>finds inspiration performing alongside the senior crooner.</span></p> <p><span>"I see a young boy every time I sing with him, and it just makes the experience of singing so freeing." </span></p> <p><span>"To have it be about two souls singing together ... and then at the same time, I also take in all his wisdom. The wisdom of all his years."</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUsr56LPOFf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUsr56LPOFf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The new album celebrates the legendary music of Cole Porter, </span>bringing Bennett and Gaga together for another collaboration. </p> <p><span>In 2011, they recorded the song <em>The Lady is a Tramp</em>, and three years later they released a collaborative album entitled </span><em><span>Cheek to Cheek</span></em><span>.</span></p> <p><span>Tony Bennett's latest world record is not the first time the singer has appeared in the Guinness books. </span></p> <p><span>Throughout his 70-year </span>career, he holds four other records:</p> <ul> <li><span>Oldest person to reach No.1 on the US album chart with a newly recorded album for </span><em><span>Cheek to Cheek</span></em><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Longest time between UK top 20 albums: 39 years.</span></li> <li><span>Oldest person to enter the UK top 20 album chart with </span><em><span>Duets: An American Classic</span></em><span> when he was 80.</span></li> <li><span>Longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by the same artist.</span></li> </ul> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Melissa Caddick’s husband releases album about her disappearance

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After making a </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/it-s-time-for-the-truth-to-come-out-melissa-caddick-s-husband-speaks" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">series of bombshell claims</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the husband of missing fraudster Melissa Caddick has released an unusual album about the day police raided her home and her disappearance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hairdresser and DJ Anthony Koletti released his new album online after his music was featured on Channel 7’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Spotlight</em> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">investigation into Ms Caddick’s case.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Caddick was accused of ripping off her family, friends, and investors, prompting corporate watchdog ASIC to raid her multimillion-dollar Dover Heights home in search of evidence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The following day, Ms Caddick disappeared.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Three months later, her decomposed foot was found on a beach hundreds of kilometres from her home, prompting the emergence of a string of theories about her fate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some theories include that she cut off her foot and faked her disappearance, or that she may have taken her own life.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844940/caddick1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f041784b7f2491a8e0c87ed4cb18353" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Melissa Caddick and Anthony Koletti. Image: 7NEWS</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bizarre album, titled </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Raid</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, was inspired by the case and was released under the name Paws Off.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The tracks consist of looped phrases with Mr Kholetti impersonating police officers and speaking as himself to represent interactions he had with police on the day of the raid.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The opening track, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Introduction</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, includes a spoken snippet from Mr Kholetti </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/anthony-koletti-releases-album-about-melissa-caddicks-disappearance/news-story/47a46aae9b3eec0d9f743ed203216d55" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">saying</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">: “November 11, 2020, 5am. This is a true account of what happened on the day of the raid. Parental guidance is recommended.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The next track, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Good Morning</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, includes the sound of snoring and Mr Kholetti’s impersonation of a female police officer, saying, “No, no, we don’t have any proof or evidence, we’ll just get them”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yeah that’s good enough for me,” Mr Kholetti replies in a deeper voice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another voice says, “Freeze, don’t move.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In another track called </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ten Minutes Too Late</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Mr Kholetti entertains conspiracy theories about the disappearance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you walked out on your own accord, or if you were taken from the front door, I woke up 10 minutes too late,” he says in the song.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Turn Your Bodycam Off</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Mr Kholetti impersonates a female police officer, singing, “You should turn your bodycam off so we don’t get in trouble”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We can take whatever we want and we don’t owe you an explanation for anything,” he says, appearing to impersonate police officers involved in the raid conducted by ASIC.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You and ASIC hurt hundreds of people unnecessarily. It could have been prevented.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also claims a female officer “interrogated our family for 14 hours” on a track titled </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bragging</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Truth is, you let a young girl from a large corporation brutally interrogate a lady for 14 hours and you did nothing.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The album comes after Mr Kholetti appeared on Channel 7’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spotlight</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> program over the weekend, claiming Ms Caddick was killed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police believe it is more likely Ms Caddick took her own life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She wasn’t the kind of person who would chop off her foot and go AWOL,” Mr Kholetti said on the program.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know why she died. Someone got greedy and wanted her dead.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: news.com.au</span></em></p>

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Beloved Yellow Wiggle quits after 11 years

<p><span>After 11 years with The Wiggles – nine of them in the yellow skivvy – Emma Watkins has announced she will be leaving at the end of the year.</span></p> <p>The 32-year-old performer shared the news in a video on Instagram, with the caption simply reading "Thank you <span>💛".</span><span></span></p> <p><span>In the video, Emma </span>says, " After 11 years of performing with The Wiggles, <span>and nine of those as the Yellow Wiggle, the time has come for me to pass the yellow skivvy on."</span></p> <p><span>"Like many people around the world, the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what is important in life. For me, that means spending more time at home, something that I didn't realise I was missing out on..."</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CVLnADWh-DA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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; 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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/CVLmTb-hVrS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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; 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Paul Simon celebrates 80th birthday with new project

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On his 80th birthday, Paul Simon has announced his latest project, which comes in the form of an audiobook. </span></p> <p><a href="https://variety.com/2021/digital/news/paul-simon-new-music-audiobook-malcolm-gladwell-1235087435/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Variety reports</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the five-hour audiobook titled </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Miracle and Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, will be available on November 16th. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The audiobook is named after a line in his track </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Boy in the Bubble</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and features a new song called </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Seven Psalm</em>s</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">: his first release since 2018. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It also features unreleased live versions of his classic songs including </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Boxer</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sound of Silence</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Collaborating with Bruce Headlam and Malcolm Gladwell for </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Miracle and Wonder</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Paul recorded over 30 hours of interviews over nine sessions for the audiobook. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The autobiographical project documents Paul Simon’s upbringing in New York, the genesis of Simon and Garfunkel and the start of his solo career. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The audiobook also features several cameos, including </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sting, Jeff Tweedy, Herbie Hancock, Rosanne Cash, and more to chat about their experiences in the music industry together. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Over my career, I must have given hundreds of interviews on various projects, but speaking and collaborating with Malcolm on this was especially enjoyable,” Simon said in a statement. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Malcolm Gladwell added, “He’s the most un-rock-star rock star. Paul is surprisingly down to earth and approachable. Even if he wasn’t the most successful musician of his generation he’d be the same person.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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"Most turbulent period of my life": Adele's huge announcement

<p>In a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday, Adele delighted fans as she officially announced her highly-anticipated new album. </p> <p>The songstress revealed that her album, titled <em>30</em>, will be released on November 19th.</p> <p>Adele described the album as a diary of "the most turbulent period of my life", as she navigated her divorce with Simon Konecki after seven years together. </p> <p>In a text image, she writes about the process of making her album and then having its release delayed. </p> <p>She says, <span>"I was certainly nowhere near where I'd hoped to be when I first started it nearly 3 years ago. Quite the opposite actually. I rely on routine and consistency to feel safe, I always have. And yet there I was knowingly – willingly even, throwing myself into a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil!"</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CU-Kv8NgvVj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CU-Kv8NgvVj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adele (@adele)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"I've learned a lot of blistering home truths about myself along the way. I've shed many layers but also wrapped myself in new ones. Discovered genuinely useful and wholesome mentalities to lead with, and I feel like I've finally found my feeling again. I'd go as far as to say that I've never felt more peaceful in my life."</span></p> <p><span>"And so, I'm ready to finally put this album out."</span></p> <p><span>The 33-year-old singer goes on to explain how her new album was her "ride or die" and her "friend" that she needed during a difficult time in her personal life. </span></p> <p><span>She concludes the post saying "Home is where the heart is x".</span></p> <p><span>The post has racked up almost 5 million likes in under 12 hours, as fans of Adele from around the globe </span>rejoice in her return. </p> <p>The first single from the album, Easy On Me, will be released on October 15th: her first new single since 2016. </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/CUpkLl3g0nx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUpkLl3g0nx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adele (@adele)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Adele's new album <em>30</em> comes as her fourth studio album, following <em>19</em> (2008), <em>21</em> (2011) and <em>25</em> (2015), which she has previously described as timestamps of her life at those ages. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @adele</em></p>

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Paul McCartney takes a dig at the Rolling Stones in candid new interview

<p dir="ltr">Legendary musician Sir Paul McCartney has reignited the rivalry between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones with a brutal burn in a recent interview.</p> <p dir="ltr">In an interview with<span> </span><em>The New Yorker</em><span> </span>this week, Sir McCartney said of the Stones, “I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Of his own band, he said, ”I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”</p> <p dir="ltr">This isn’t the first time McCartney, 79, has described the Stones this way; in an interview with Howard Stern last year, he said that he thought the Beatles were the better band, adding that the Stones, “are rooted in the blues. When they are writing stuff, it has to do with the blues.</p> <p dir="ltr">”We had a little more influences... There’s a lot of differences and I love the Stones, but I’m with you. The Beatles were better.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Responding to his comments, Stones frontman Mick Jagger, 78, said in an interview with Zane Lowe, that there was “obviously no competition” between the two groups, and called McCartney a “sweetheart”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jagger went on to describe what he saw as the fundamental difference between the two bands, saying, “The big difference, though, is, and sort of slightly seriously, is that the Rolling Stones is a big concert band in other decades and other areas when the Beatles never even did an arena tour, or Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system.</p> <p dir="ltr">“They broke up before that business started, the touring business for real.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The Beatles performed together from 1960 to 1970, while The Rolling Stones have been together for almost six decades since forming in 1962.</p> <p dir="ltr">Both being iconic 1960s rock bands, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have always been compared, despite having vastly different sounds and career trajectories. Writing for<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/100-greatest-artists-147446/" target="_blank"><em>Rolling Stone</em></a><em>,<span> </span></em>musician, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band guitarist and<span> </span><em>Sopranos<span> </span></em>actor Steve Van Zandt said of the two bands, “In '64, the Beatles were perfect: the hair, the harmonies, the suits. They bowed together. Their music was extraordinarily sophisticated. The whole thing was exciting and alien but very distant in its perfection.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The Stones were alien and exciting, too. But with the Stones, the message was, "Maybe you can do this." The hair was sloppier. The harmonies were a bit off. And I don't remember them smiling at all. They had the R&amp;B traditionalist's attitude: "We are not in show business. We are not pop music."</p> <p dir="ltr">Fellow musician Elvis Costello described The Stones as “R&amp;B evangelists”, and said that compared to them, The Beatles sounded like “nothing else”, and made writing your own material “expected, rather than exceptional”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty Images, Jeff Curry/Getty Images</em></p>

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Christmas album in the works for Gary Barlow

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the weather warms and the year draws to a close, it’s almost that time for the Christmas music to be played again in preparation for the festive season. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While everyone has their favourite festive album and classic that they go back to each December, this year there’s a new album coming from a songwriting legend.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gary Barlow will be the latest musician dropping a yuletide album, as he follows in the footsteps of fellow Take That member Robbie Williams, who topped the UK charts with </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Christmas Present </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">two years ago. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column, “Gary has seen the likes of Michael Buble and Robbie Williams enjoy success at Christmas and wants a piece of the action.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“After such a rough couple of years for us all, he’s keen to pull it out the bag for his fans and end 2021 on a high.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gary, who released the single </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Incredible Christmas</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> last year, faces tough competition, as Sir Elton John and Ed Sheeran are also set to release a duet in the upcoming festive season. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In addition to his Christmas album, Gary is also unveiling his own range of wine called Gary Barlow Organic in partnership with Benchmark Drinks. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The wines feature unique blends of Spanish flavours, and are set to be the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas season. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With his festive album on the way, a new range of wines and an upcoming tour with songstress Leona Lewis, it’s like Christmas has come early!</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Dave Grohl admits he wants to play drums for ABBA

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has admitted he would love to play drums for the iconic Swedish pop group ABBA. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After listening to their comeback single </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I Still Have Faith In You</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, he admits he </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">"wept like a baby" after being a fan of the band since their genesis. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While appearing on BBC Breakfast, Grohl said, "Oh my god, I'm such a big ABBA fan. When I saw that they were coming back and they had a record, I shot that link to 100 people I knew, then listened to the new song and wept like a baby. I cried like a baby. Oh man!"</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">“Yes, I would play with ABBA” 👀 <br /><br />Dave Grohl + ABBA = the supergroup we’ve all been waiting for?! 😮😍 <br /><br />The Foo Fighters frontman tells <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBCBreakfast?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBCBreakfast</a> he ‘wept like a baby’ listening to ABBA’s new song for the first time.<a href="https://t.co/VEaGalQYNt">https://t.co/VEaGalQYNt</a> <a href="https://t.co/7mMGsgWRuL">pic.twitter.com/7mMGsgWRuL</a></p> — BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCBreakfast/status/1443461356343209991?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 30, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The rockstar said he became emotional at the new tune, saying, "It almost sounded like time hadn't passed. Plus it was such a beautiful, romantic, melancholy, bitter-sweet retrospective. Ugh, it's amazing. ABBA can do no wrong."</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When asked if he would be willing to perform with the global hitmakers, he said, "Listen, I will get up and play drums at the opening of an envelope.” </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Show me a drum set and I will sit down to it. So yes, I would play with ABBA."</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2018, Grohl sported an ABBA t-shirt when appearing on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jimmy Kimmel Live </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">to profess his love for the band and his excitement over their highly-anticipated return. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Jimmy asked if he is a fan, Grohl replied, "Who doesn't love ABBA?! Everybody loves ABBA!"</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p>

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Adele gets candid about weight loss and divorce in new Vogue interview

<p>Adele has broken her silence on the heartbreak of her divorce, being a single parent and her incredible weight-loss in a candid interview with Vogue. </p> <p>Appearing on the front cover of the November issues of both <a rel="noopener" href="/Adele%20makes stunning appearance in Vogue magazine" target="_blank">British</a> and <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.vogue.com/article/adele-cover-november-2021" target="_blank">American Vogue</a>, the 33-year-old songstress has bared her soul ahead of the much anticipated release of her fourth studio album next month. </p> <p>It's her first music release since her divorce form Simon Konecki, who she <span>split from in April 2019 after seven years together.</span><span></span></p> <p>The pair share eight-year-old son Angelo, and used her new music to answer a lot of his emotional questions. </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/CUvEZs2MZcE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUvEZs2MZcE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by British Vogue (@britishvogue)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“My son has had a lot of questions. Really good questions, really innocent questions, that I just don’t have an answer for."</p> <p>“’Why can’t you still live together?’ I just felt like I wanted to explain to him, through this record, when he’s in his twenties or thirties, who I am and why I voluntarily chose to dismantle his entire life in the pursuit of my own happiness," she said.</p> <p>“It made him really unhappy sometimes. And that’s a real wound for me that I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to heal.”</p> <p>The loving mother went on to clarify that her and her ex-husband "<span>never fought over him or anything like that, Angelo’s just like, ‘I don’t get it.’"</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUu_IFDs5dR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUu_IFDs5dR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by British Vogue (@britishvogue)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Adele also shared that she felt "embarrassed" her marriage didn't work out so publicly, </span>saying, <span>“That thing of not being able to make something work. We’ve been trained as women to keep trying, even by the movies we watched when we were little." </span></p> <p><span>"At the time it broke my heart, but I actually find it so interesting now. How we’re told to suck it up. Well, f**k that."</span></p> <p><span>Despite admitting she thought her entire album would inevitably become about her divorce, she said it covers many other things and she hopes to teach Angelo some valuable life lessons through her music. </span></p> <p><span>“I wanted to put it on the album to show Angelo what I expect him to treat his partner like, whether it be a woman or a man or whatever." </span></p> <p><span>"After going through a divorce, my requirements are sky-high. There’s a very big pair of shoes to fill.”</span></p> <p><span>The singer also discussed her impressive 45kg weight-loss, saying she had </span>inadvertently gotten in shape after turning to exercise to deal with stress. </p> <p>“It was because of my anxiety. Working out, I would just feel better,” Adele said.</p> <p>“It was never about losing weight, it was always about becoming strong and giving myself as much time every day without my phone. I got quite addicted to it. I work out two or three times a day.”</p> <p>The honest interview comes just days after Adele announced her brand new single to the world. </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/CUpkLl3g0nx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUpkLl3g0nx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adele (@adele)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>After posting a sneak peek on Instagram, she revealed that Easy On Me would be released on October 15th. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Vogue - Steven Meisel</em></p>

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Lost John Lennon interview recording up for auction

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 1970, four Danish teenagers interviewed music legend John Lennon for their school paper. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now, half a century later, a recording of their 33-minute interview, which also includes an unpublished Beatles song, will be auctioned off in Denmark. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The cassette tape is expected to sell for up to $42,000, as the unique item is in high demand from music memorabilia collectors. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the 16-year-old teens interviewed Lennon in northern Denmark on January 5th 1970, they said they weren’t starstruck. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono had </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">"a message of peace, and that was what was important to us," recalled Karsten Hoejen, who made the recording on a tape recorder borrowed from the local hi-fi shop.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The tape recording largely features Lennon and Ono speaking about their time in Denmark and world peace, as the interview took place at the height of the Vietnam War and the Cold War. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Their peace message was what we came for," Mr Hoejen told The Associated Press.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There was a very relaxed atmosphere, a cozy atmosphere. Lennon and Ono had their feet on the (coffee) table."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The teenagers originally wanted to interview Lennon for their school newspaper, but turned up late for the official press conference. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We knocked on the door" and moments later they sat next to Lennon and Ono.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Hoejen held the microphone, and his friend Jesper Jungersen photographed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At some point, "someone ... I cannot recall who ... asked Lennon if could play the guitar for us." </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He played and sang with Ono "Give Peace a Chance" and then "Radio Peace".</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to Mr Hoejen, it was made for a radio station in The Netherlands but was never aired.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The items up for sale at the auction include the tape, 23 still photos and a copy of the school newspaper, and are expected to be worth at least $42,000.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844673/john-tape.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dbd1d9654d564ff99c19ede5173ed501" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Getty Images</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"What also makes (the tape) interesting is that it is a time pocket. It was recorded on an old-fashioned tape recorder," Alexa Bruun Rasmussen of Denmark's main auction house Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneer said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When listening to the tape, you realise that they talk straight from their hearts. This is not a staged press conference."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The four boys behind the interview eventually found out that they "were sitting on a treasure. So the cassette was put in a bank vault," Mr Hoejen said, and they wondered what to do with it.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"A collector or a museum would likely get more of it than us having it in a bank vault," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"So we decided to sell it."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p>

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Dannii Minogue walks off The Masked Singer stage

<p><em><strong>Warning: The Masked Singer spoilers ahead</strong></em></p> <p>Another celebrity has been revealed on <em>The Masked Singer</em>, with Dannii Minogue having a very dramatic reaction. </p> <p>On Monday night, the Kebab was revealed to be <span>former </span><em>Australia’s Got Talent</em><span> winner Jack Vidgen, who was unable to be </span>identified by Dannii. </p> <p>Once Jack was revealed, Dannii looked at the camera in a solemn way before walking off the stage in a fit of embarrassment. </p> <p>Dannii was one of the judges on <span>season five of </span><em>Australia’s Got Talent</em><span> when Vidgen was crowned in 2011, leaving all the other judges in </span>shock. </p> <p>Minogue briefly abandoned the judging panel when Voice and I’m A Celeb contestant Vidgen was revealed, before returning sheepishly. “This is bad... this is wrong,” she said.</p> <p>Jack admitted that he has tried to disguise his voice during the season in an attempt to throw Dannii off.</p> <p><span>It marks the second time this season a judge had failed to identify a contestant they know well, after Jackie O didn’t pick her radio co-host of more than 20 years Kyle Sandilands.</span></p> <p>The following episode on Tuesday night will see the final three contestants unmasked after what has been a star-filled season. </p> <p><span>The three contestants competing in the finale are Dolly - widely suspected to be Australian comedian and presenter Em Rusciano; Vampire, who many believe is international pop singer Anastacia, and Mullet, who many on social media have picked as former </span>Australian Idol<span> contestant Axle Whitehead.</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Channel 7 - The Masked Singer</em></p>

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Unmasked – the surprising final reveal!

<p><span>Warning: Masked Singer spoilers below</span><br /><br /><span>The final three celebrities on this season of the The Masked Singer have been revealed, as US pop star Anastacia was crowned this season’s winner.</span><br /><br /><span>Anastacia, comedian and presenter Em Rusciano and former Australian Idol contestant Axle Whitehead were the final three contestants to be unmasked during Tuesday’s grand finale, having performed as the Vampire, Dolly and Mullet respectively.</span><br /><br /><span>Anastacia was arguably this season’s biggest ‘get’ – a platinum-selling international pop star who had the biggest song in the country in 2000 with her mega-hit I’m Outta Love.</span><br /><br /><span>Anastacia said she was drawn to take part in the show because it gave her a chance to perform during the pandemic.</span><br /><br /><span>“The industry is completely frozen. We have no stages to go on, we can’t have crowds and I understand that because I want to keep people safe, but I miss doing my job and I really, really miss singing. And so this was such a beauty, like, get out of jail free card,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don’t know when I’m gonna be able to tour. I’m hopeful, but I might be 75 by the time I get on stage.”</span><br /><br /><span>Runner-up Em Rusciano’s fans picked her as the Dolly very early on in the season, and the 42-year-old professional singer and performer- also a contestant on the second season of Australian Idol - played coy about the speculation on social media.</span><br /><br /><span>“This was surprisingly emotional. I haven‘t been able to sing live in 18 months. I’m a live performer, so his has just put all the magic back in my blood,” Rusciano said after she was revealed.</span><br /><br /><span>“This has been the best experience of my life!”</span><br /><br /><span>Whitehead, 40, who placed third, was perhaps the least-known celeb in the final - a contestant on season one of Australian Idol, he later turned to TV presenting and released a solo album but has had a lower public profile in recent years, outside of a 2020 guest role on Neighbours.</span></p>

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12 things you never knew about the ‘Happy Birthday’ song

<p><strong>The Happy Birthday song's original lyrics were different</strong></p> <p>“Happy Birthday to You” was originally composed in 1893 as “Good Morning to All” by Patty Smith Hill, a kindergarten teacher and principal in Louisville, Kentucky, and her oldest sister, Mildred Jane Hill, a pianist and composer. Its lyrics went like this:</p> <p>Good morning to you,</p> <p>Good morning to you,</p> <p>Good morning, dear children,</p> <p>Good morning to all.</p> <p><strong>The Happy Birthday song had a deeper meaning</strong></p> <p><span>The song was part of a larger project of the sisters to create simple music that catered to children’s limited abilities. </span></p> <p><span>They workshopped songs on Patty’s class so that “even the youngest children could learn with perfect ease,” with Patty writing the words and Mildred setting them to melodies. </span></p> <p><span>They published “Good Morning to All” (GMTA) in their 1893 book, </span><em>Song Stories for the Kindergarten</em><span>. </span></p> <p><span>Just like us, the sisters loved simple, shareable sentiments.</span></p> <p><strong>The origins of the song's birthday lyrics are unclear </strong></p> <p><span>It’s unclear where the birthday lyrics originated, but they appeared with the GMTA tune (unbeknownst to the Hill sisters) first in a piano manufacturer’s 1912 songbook, then in the Hall &amp; McCreary Company’s <em>The Golden Book of Favorite Songs</em> in 1915 and in Robert H. Coleman’s Harvest Hymns in 1924, eight years after Mildred’s death. </span></p> <p><span>After The Birthday Song cropped up in the 1931 Broadway musical <em>The Band Wagon</em> and, two years later, the musical <em>As Thousands Cheer</em>, Patty and Mildred’s sister Jessica took legal action. </span></p> <p><span>In 1934 and 1935, with the Hill family’s blessing, the Clayton F. Summy Co. published and copyrighted all six versions of “Happy Birthday to You” (HBTY), crediting Mildred and Patty as the authors.</span></p> <p><strong>According to some scholars, the Happy Birthday song's tune may be derivative of other 19th-century works</strong></p> <p><span>Scholars have drawn comparisons between GMTA and piano company founder Horace Waters’ “Happy Greetings to All” (1858), as well as “Good Night to All” (1858), “A Happy New Year to All” (1875), and others.</span></p> <p><strong>Legal battles raged over the Happy Birthday song's ownership</strong></p> <p><span>For years, legal battles raged over the Hill sisters’ ownership of the Birthday Song and whether or not it should be in the public domain. </span></p> <p><span>A 2013 class-action lawsuit initiated by a New York filmmaker challenged the song’s copyright and demanded that the current copyright owner return all previous royalties it had collected for HBTY. </span></p> <p><span>In May 2015, US District Judge George King was still hearing arguments for Good Morning to You Productions Corp vs Warner/Cahppell Music.  </span></p> <p><span>In February 2016, Warner Music finally ended the long-fought battle when it paid US$14 million to put “Happy Birthday” into the public domain. </span></p> <p><span>In June of the same year, judge approved it.</span></p> <p><strong>Before Warner's 2016 settlement, you couldn't sing HBTY in a movie without paying a royalty</strong></p> <p>The Clayton Summy Co eventually became Birchtree Ltd, which Warner/Chappell Music (Warner Music Group’s music publishing division) acquired in 1988 for US$25 million. </p> <p>Before 2016, the company pulled in about US$2 million in licensing fees every year just from that song.</p> <p>Movies and television shows typically avoided using the song, but have sprung for it in special cases: while directing <em>Hoop Dreams</em> (1994), documentarian Steve James shelled out US$5000 to include a poignant 18th birthday party scene, using the Happy Birthday song.</p> <p><strong>The Happy Birthday song was the first-ever singing telegram</strong></p> <p><span>The Happy Birthday song was used in the first-ever singing telegram when George P. Oslin, the Western Union executive who pioneered the festive greeting, sent one (sung by operator Lucille Lipps) to cherished entertainer Rudy Vallée on his birthday in July 1933. </span></p> <p><span>Western Union discontinued its singing telegrams in 2006, but relaunched them in 2011 as an e-mail service through which you could have musicians like Snoop Dogg and Timbaland serenade your loved ones.</span></p> <p><strong>Singing the Happy Birthday song may actually make birthday cake taste better</strong></p> <p><span>According to a study by researchers from Harvard University and the University of Minnesota, indulging in a ritual before eating heightens our enjoyment of the food and helps us savour it.</span></p> <p><strong>It's probably the most-sung English song in the world</strong></p> <p><span>The Happy Birthday song is arguably the most frequently-sung English song in the world, giving “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” and “Auld Lang Syne” a run for their money.</span></p> <p><strong>There are a few other songs that sound a bit similar</strong></p> <p><span>Igor Stravinsky’s “Greeting Prelude”, a 45-second orchestral piece that he composed for conductor Pierre Monteux’s 80th birthday in 1955, might sound a bit familiar: though it deconstructs the song’s notes and leapfrogs across octaves, the spirit and melody of the Happy Birthday song ring through loud and clear. </span></p> <p><span>Aaron Copland’s “Happy Anniversary” is also based on the tune, and was played when President Nixon presented the Medal of Freedom to Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Eugene Ormandy.</span></p> <p><strong>June 27th is the 'birthday' of the Happy Birthday song</strong></p> <p><span>The anniversary of GMTA’s composition is widely celebrated as June 27, Mildred Hill’s birthday. </span></p> <p><span>Mildred, who would be 158 this year, shares her special day with Helen Keller, Ross Perot and Vera Wang.</span></p> <p><strong>The song's writers were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame</strong></p> <p><span>Mildred and Patty Smith were honoured posthumously at the 1996 Songwriters Hall of Fame award and induction ceremony with the Towering Song Award, which celebrates songs with lasting cultural impact.</span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><em>This article first appeared in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/12-things-you-never-knew-about-the-happy-birthday-song?pages=1" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>.</em></p>

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IT WASN’T DOLLY! Fake TikTok account breaks 680,000 hearts

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An account on the video-sharing platform TikTok appearing to belong to country music star Dolly Parton has sent the internet into a tailspin after it was banned hours after it first appeared.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An account called @ItsDollyParton went live on Sunday, with a clip of the songstress sharing a positive message and a song with her fans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the account <a rel="noopener" href="https://oversixty.com.au/entertainment/music/dolly-parton-drops-first-tiktok-video-immediately-banned" target="_blank">vanished</a> hours later, fans took to Twitter to share their outrage with the platform.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A representative of TikTok told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">OverSixty</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the account in question was banned for violating Community Guidelines involving impersonation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The account has since <a rel="noopener" href="https://celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/dolly-parton-banned-from-tiktok-hours-after-posting-first-video/2571e924-187e-42ff-9bd2-07f9e6c0f2c2" target="_blank">been identified</a> as a fake.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video posted on the account was re-posted from Parton’s charity @imagination library, which she had filmed in May of 2020.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/nothing.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a161e1c019cc4ac088ed802f046c09cf" /><img style="width: 378.66666666666663px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844484/image-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a161e1c019cc4ac088ed802f046c09cf" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The fake account re-posted an older clip of Parton from her charity’s account. Image: @itsdollyparton / TikTok</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Why hello, I guess I’m on TikTok!” Parton says in the clip.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I just dropped in to say that it will be okay.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She then sings a short song to her fans with the lyrics, “If I can do it so can you… I believe in you.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 359.34664246823957px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844483/https___prodstatic9net-25.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1559248ab12b449ea709a0f20542bd45" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The account was banned due to “multiple Community Guidelines violations”. Image: TikTok</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before the impersonator’s account was terminated, it had gained more than 680,000 followers and received three million likes on the video.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video is still available on the Imagination Library’s TikTok account, where it has received over 385,000 likes and been shared more than 13,000 times.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the outpouring of adoration from fans on the impersonator’s account, some may be hoping that the real Dolly Parton will make her debut on TikTok soon.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @dollyparton / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Nirvana superfan’s unique tribute

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One inventive cyclist has found a unique way to pay tribute to the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nevermind</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> album. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adelaide’s Peter Stokes took to the streets to recreate the iconic image of a baby swimming towards a dollar bill. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Using the popular fitness app Strava, which tracks exercise routes, Peter traced out the image using the streets of Adelaide as his canvas.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Stokes said the project took several months of planning to carve out his route, and took eight hours in total to complete. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844441/never-mind.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ff7e5bec975e42eb9fbba9962f88cce7" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also said he listened to the 12-track album for the entirety of the 150 kilometre journey. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Definitely it was something I'd thought about a lot and been quite keen to do, to be a tribute to what I think is a really great album," Peter said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Earlier in the year [I was] going through my old record collection and going, 'Oh my God, that album's 30 years old this year', and just thinking, 'You know what, that deserves its own little piece'."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nevermind</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was released on September 24th 1991, and features Nirvana’s most iconic hits </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Come As You Are</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Smells Like Teen Spirit</em>.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Peter timed his pilgrimage to coincide with the date of the album’s release, as he stretched his journey from Campbelltown in the north-east to Plympton in the south-west.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The face was really difficult … but it's good enough," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We've got so much green space, so many parks which, from my point of view for doing this, are great to be able to cut through and take shortcuts."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Nirvana album cover was not Mr Stokes’ first cycling artwork, as last year he completed a depiction of composer Ludwig van Beethoven.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He's already setting his sights, and his handlebars, in the direction of even more ambitious street art projects. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I'd kind of be really keen to do some major artworks," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I did start playing around with trying to design one for Van Gogh's Starry Night, but that got a bit tricky, so I might have to try some simpler artworks first."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Shutterstock / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Dolly Parton drops first TikTok video, immediately banned

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dolly Parton has made her debut on TikTok in the sweetest way, sharing an inspiring message with her fans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The country-music star is the latest to join the popular video-sharing platform after posting her first video on Sunday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip, the 75-year-old bounces onto screen dressed in a yellow shirt with matching blue-and-yellow patterned flared pants before sharing a message with her fans.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Why hello, I guess I’m on TikTok!” Parton said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I just dropped in to say that it will be okay. You keep the faith.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Parton then launched into a song, singing to her followers, “If I can do it, so can you … I believe in you.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, the singer’s video and account soon </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.tiktok.com/@itsdollyparton/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">disappeared</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and fans took to Twitter to </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.justjared.com/2021/09/27/dolly-parton-fans-put-tiktok-on-blast-after-her-account-was-banned/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">call out</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> the platform for banning her account.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Tiktok banned Dolly Parton?!?!??!! <a href="https://t.co/Ep7mBQkxWc">pic.twitter.com/Ep7mBQkxWc</a></p> — Grāinne 🌻🦔 (@grainnemquirke) <a href="https://twitter.com/grainnemquirke/status/1442598990512627712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 27, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others shared images suggesting that Parton’s account was banned “due to multiple Community Guidelines violations”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.makeuseof.com/things-that-will-get-you-banned-tiktok/" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">reasons</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> for banning an account including sharing graphic, sexual, or violent content, promoting illegal activity, blackmail threats, and impersonation and misinformation, it seems unclear as to why Parton was banned.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the original clip, Parton told fans she would be reading a story later that night, but fans reported they couldn’t find her doing so.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 255.126953125px; height:500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844445/faur28mvuaifbnr.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6ec61f3aff2b4b1286c2c9803ba50d39" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @lorellxislegit / Twitter</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A </span><a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@itsdollypartton"><span style="font-weight: 400;">new account</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has since been made claiming to be Parton’s official account and has posted a shorter version of the original clip.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans flocked to the new video and shared their joy over the star returning to the platform.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“TikTok just got brighter with Dolly joining!!!” one TikTok user said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I love you and your positive attitude!” another commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“TikTok just got a whole lot better now that you’re here Ms Dolly,” one fan wrote. “So glad to see your beautiful face here. Woohoo!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">OverSixty</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> reached out to TikTok for a comment on Parton’s ban, a representative clarified that Parton's account was removed for violating rules around impersonation. At the time of writing, the platform did not have an on-the-record statement about the ban.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: @itsdollyparton / TikTok</span></em></p>

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Willie Nelson announces new family-centric album

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The country music legend is releasing a new studio album, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Willie Nelson Family</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, with contributions from said family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nelson’s sister Bobbie, his daughters Amy and Paula, and his sons Lukas and Micah are all expected to make an appearance on the album.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Paul English, long-time drummer and a close friend to Nelson, will also feature after passing away early last year aged 87.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Excited to announce The <a href="https://twitter.com/WillieNelson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WillieNelson</a> Family record is coming out on November 19! The whole family came together for this and we can’t wait for you to hear it. Pre-order and listen to our new version of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FamilyBible?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#FamilyBible</a> now: <a href="https://t.co/jYVKpuCImI">https://t.co/jYVKpuCImI</a> <a href="https://t.co/aSwyXdUwEU">pic.twitter.com/aSwyXdUwEU</a></p> — Lukas Nelson &amp; Promise Of The Real (@lukasnelson) <a href="https://twitter.com/lukasnelson/status/1441092641777541129?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 23, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The album itself will contain Nelson’s own stylings of George Harrison’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">All Things Must Pass</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Kris Kristofferson’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why Me</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and A.P. Carter’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keep it on the Sunnyside</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The new album isn’t the first time Nelson’s family has shown off their musical talents, as son Lukas has been building a career just like his dad’s.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lukas was recently brought on to the film </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Star Is Born</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> as an “authenticity consultant” by Bradley Cooper, who took inspiration for his character’s look and sound from Nelson.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lukas also came away from the movie with soundtrack credits and screen time, making an appearance alongside his band Promise of the Real as Cooper’s backing group.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">So proud of this band, working on the set of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AStarIsBorn?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AStarIsBorn</a> <a href="https://t.co/6GxI9o5Yya">pic.twitter.com/6GxI9o5Yya</a></p> — Lukas Nelson &amp; POTR (@POTR) <a href="https://twitter.com/POTR/status/863446561094750208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 13, 2017</a></blockquote> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Willie Nelson Family</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is Nelson’s second album released this year, following his second volume of Frank Sinatra’s covers, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">That’s Life</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which was released in February.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nelson has also had an eventful year outside of music, after celebrating his 88th birthday over a four-day online event in April, hosted by daughter Paula, her siblings, and Nelson’s sister Bobbie.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Annie Nelson, wife of iconic Texas Musician Willie Nelson was out providing COVID19 vaccinations at Kelly Reeves Stadium Monday morning.Annie volunteered after she &amp; Willie got their second shot-was deputize by family hospital systems to work the vaccination line <a href="https://twitter.com/fox7austin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@fox7austin</a> <a href="https://t.co/LMIm5ngHgF">pic.twitter.com/LMIm5ngHgF</a></p> — rudy koski (@KoskionFOX7) <a href="https://twitter.com/KoskionFOX7/status/1366444493919162371?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earlier in March, Nelson’s wife Annie was spotted administering COVID-19 vaccinations as a volunteer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nelson’s latest album is due to be released on November 19.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Resurfaced video shows Gabby Petito right after Sandy Hook tragedy

<p>At just 14 years of age, Gabby Petito starred in a music video titled “Irreplaceable” in an effort to raise awareness about violence against children after the tragic Sandy Hook massacre in the US.</p> <p>She and her younger brothers appeared in the 2013 music video for a song that was produced and sung by fellow Long Island native Deb Henson, who told<span> </span><em>The Sun<span> </span></em>that the inspiration for the song was the school shooting that left 26 people dead, including 20 kids, in Newtown, Connecticut.</p> <p>In the video, Ms Petito – whose death has been ruled a homicide after her body was found near a Wyoming campsite – is seen holding a sign that reads: “I’m irreplaceable”.</p> <p>“The lyrics are almost eerie now. It’s ironic and tragic that she’s in the video and that this has happened to her,” Ms Henson told the news outlet.</p> <p>“This song isn’t just about violence against kids. It’s about domestic violence and violence in general. It’s just God awful really, what happened to Gabby,” added Ms Henson who recalled the “magical weekend” when they shot the video.</p> <p>“It was two days of filming on a Saturday and Sunday, and I just remember it was really hard for everybody because of the subject matter – and Gabby was such a bright light, even at 14,” she told News Long Island.</p> <p>The leading actress, Maija Polsley, a close friend of the slain women’s stepmother, Tara Petito, arranged for the three siblings to take part in the production according to<span> </span><em>The Sun</em>.</p> <p>“Gabby was just the sweetest kid, she was just so full of love, she just wanted to help and be involved in any way she could,” Ms Henson said.<br />“It breaks my heart. It gets me. It’s just so sad.”</p> <p>She said she hopes that, eventually, “something great will come out of this tragedy,” adding that all proceeds from the video on iTunes and Spotify will go toward a fund helping the grieving family.</p>

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"That's rude": Tina Arena's explosive comment to Angela Bishop

<p>Australian music icon Tina Arena has slammed the lack off support given to the entertainment industry throughout the pandemic in a passionate plea on <em>Studio 10</em>. </p> <p>The singer, who will be featured in the upcoming <em>Young Talent Time</em> 50th anniversary special, blasted the "double standard" of the government cancelling music shows across the country, but sporting events still being allowed to go ahead. </p> <p>“I also hate the differentiation between sport and arts in Australia. As the artistic community, we will draw the line in the sand now and say, ‘No more of your double standards now,’” she continued.</p> <p>“Sport is a great thing, but life is not just about sport, life is about art and culture … I would encourage the artistic community to come forward, and I’d encourage anybody else to start thinking straight now.”</p> <p>Entertainment reporter Angela Bishop agreed with Tina, noting how much events has been cancelled on short notice, but "<span>never the footy match”.</span></p> <p><span>Tina was visibly outraged, </span>saying "That's a categoric disrespect."</p> <p>Tina Arena is one of millions of Melbourne natives who have been coping with seemingly endless lockdowns, <span>which is due to have had the most days under lockdown of any city in the world on October 4th. </span><br /><span></span></p> <p><span>“I’ve really struggled, and I’m comfortable in saying that. I’ve had a very difficult time, like many people. I’m profoundly against being locked up – the injustice is too much,” Arena said.</span></p> <p><span>Continuing on the injustice of the music industry, Tina noted how little financial support the arts have received during the pandemic. </span></p> <p><span>“I’m sorry, that’s rude, disrespectful, and shouldn’t be at all allowed to play out." </span></p> <p><span>"Never, ever silence an artist – we play an important role in the social fibre of any country. It’s freedom of expression, and I’ll fight for it until the day I die.”</span></p> <p><span>Angela Bishop noted that one of Tina's few stage performances in recent years was the February 2020 Firefight </span>concert to raise money for those affected by the bushfires. </p> <p><span>“It seems people have forgotten about the arts community when </span>they’re <span>in need,” Angela suggested, to which Arena agreed.</span></p> <p>“If anything goes wrong, the artistic community has always lifted their sleeves up."</p> <p>"We’ve gone in there and done what we needed to do. We’re very happy to play that role to help people – it’s what we do,” said Arena.</p> <p>“Now we’re in trouble, is someone helping us? No. It’s amazing how people just fly away and disappear..."</p> <p>“You know what? DONE. We’re done, and now we’re saying it. Just stop this ridiculous, preposterous behaviour. It’s got to stop,” she said.</p> <p>Tina's impassioned speech struck a chord with viewers ion Studio 10, as many agreed that more should be done to support Australian artists. </p> <p>One fan tweeted, "I'm ready for Tina Arena to be PM."</p> <p>Another said, "Tina articulating how we all feel. We are an incredibly resilient community but we are beyond exhausted."</p> <p><em>Image credit: Studio 10</em></p>

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Jacki O completely fooled by Masked Singer reveal

<p>Two more celebrities were revealed on Sunday night’s episode of<span> </span><em>The Masked Singer<span> </span></em>– one of them n international music superstar, and the other a very recognisable face who left one of the judges foundering for excuses.</p> <p>It was none other than radio shock-jock Kyle Sandilands inside a Paw Patrol costume belting out Train’s<span> </span><em>Drops of Jupiter<span> </span></em>and somehow, his on-air partner of more than 20 years didn’t guess it was him from her position on the judging panel.</p> <p>“This is the worst you can get, I’m never living this down….this is so embarrassing,” judge Jackie O said after Kyle took his mask off.</p> <p>The embarrassment wasn't hers alone though, as Kyle pointed out that he knows every single member of the judging panel, and none of them picked it was him. Other guesses included Russell Crowe, Anthony LaPaglia and Guy Pearce.</p> <p>Jackie O couldn’t believe she’d been fooled so easily. “When you were singing, there was a flash of you in my mind, but then I was like ‘No.’ You never even let on once. We work together every morning, I’ve been telling you about<span> </span><em>Masked Singer<span> </span></em>every day. All the while, you knew you were gonna be on it!”</p> <p>Later in the episode, contestant Atlantis was unveiled as none other than US soul singer Macy Gray, best-known for global smash hit<span> </span><em>I Try.</em><br />With one of the most recognisable voices in music history, it was slightly surreal to hear the judges’ guesses after her rendition of the Elle King song<span> </span><em>Exes and Ohs.<span> </span></em>She was instantly recognisable from the very first note – but the judges guessed Delta Goodrem, Rhianna and Noni Hazelhurst.</p>

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