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Michael Bublé has “no plans to retire” as he dismisses rumours

<p>He’s known for his melodious voice and for bringing along the Christmas cheer, but Michael Bublé broke many hearts after it was reported that he will be retiring from music. Thankfully, those rumours have been dismissed.</p> <p>In an article from the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6272425/Michael-Buble-QUITS-music-following-son-Noahs-life-changing-cancer-battle.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a>,</em> the media outlet reported that the singer would be quitting his music career to focus on his five-year-old son who is currently battling cancer, but a representative has put an end to those claims.</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/BLoIek9jPFg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" 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/BLoIek9jPFg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Feliz día de la madre !! Happy Mother's Day @luisanalopilato !! #myhero #bestmommy #bestfriend</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/michaelbuble/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Michael Bublé</a> (@michaelbuble) on Oct 16, 2016 at 7:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 43-year-old will be releasing his album,<span> </span>Love, on November 16 which is why he sat down for an interview with the UK publication, and while discussing his music, he also spoke about the challenges his family has faced after discovering his son has the life-threatening condition.</p> <p>“This is my last interview,” Bublé told the<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6272425/Michael-Buble-QUITS-music-following-son-Noahs-life-changing-cancer-battle.html" target="_blank">Daily Mail</a></em>. “I’m retiring from the business. I’ve made the perfect record and now I can leave at the very top.”</p> <p>While it does seem as if Bublé has intentions to quit his career, his publicist Liz Rosenberg set the record straight after social media went into a frenzy.</p> <p>“Michael Bublé has absolutely no plans to retire,” she told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thisisinsider.com/" target="_blank"><em>INSIDER</em></a>. “I wasn’t sitting in on the interview, but this must have been taken out of context.”</p> <p>“Perhaps as he discussed the different emotions he’s been through these last few years, that thought might have gone through his mind.</p> <p>“I assure you with a new album coming out, TV appearances, and a possible tour, he is not retiring.”</p> <p><span>Bublé’s upcoming album, Love, will be the singer's 10th record. He has dedicated it to his well-wishers and fans, who he says have helped him and his family out through this very difficult time.</span></p> <p>“On behalf of my family and I, there’s no way that you can know how much it meant to us – how much your prayers, how much your thoughts, how many times you got us through. For me, this is kind of a really small way of being able to thank you, to tell you how much I love you,” Bublé announced.</p>

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Nicole Kidman sings emotional duet with husband Keith Urban

<p>Aussie actress Nicole Kidman and musician Keith Urban continually stun fans with the adorable affection they continue to lavish on each other after 12 years of marriage.</p> <p>Now, the loved-up duo have joined forces to sing an emotional song for a special cause.</p> <p>In a video that Nicole uploaded to Instagram, the couple sat down at a piano to sing Urban’s hit song, <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Female</em>.</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/BozKFN4laYt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" 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; 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font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BozKFN4laYt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman)</a> on Oct 11, 2018 at 9:23am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“To honour International #DayoftheGirl,” Kidman wrote alongside the video.</p> <p>The Day of the Girl is a United Nations initiative which raises awareness of gender inequality in areas such as education, nutrition, legal rights and medical care.</p> <p>Although Kidman has previously expressed her lack of confidence in her musical ability, she put aside her insecurity for the special song.</p> <p>“I went down (to sing vocals) and I did it because he asked me to,” Kidman told <em style="font-weight: inherit;">ET.</em></p> <p>“Keith knows I have no confidence when it comes to singing,” she added. </p> <p>“So I’ll sing for him and that’s it.”</p> <p>Last month, Kidman shared a photo of her husband rocking out in a hotel bathroom with headphones in.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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Nothing like the acoustics in a hotel bathroom.”</p> <p>The power couple share two children together, Sunday Rose, 10, and Faith Margaret, seven. </p>

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Shannon Noll pleads guilty in court

<p>In his latest round of strife, singer Shannon Noll has appeared at a Sydney court pleading guilty for cocaine possession.</p> <p>The Australian Idol runner-up, 43, was arrested on September 13 for carrying half a gram of the drug, following a dog squad search at Caringbah Hotel in Sydney’s south.</p> <p>At Sutherland Local Court, Noll’s lawyer, Bryan Wrench, entered a guilty plea on behalf of his client and asked that the charge proceed to sentencing immediately, reported <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/shannon-noll-pleads-guilty-to-cocaine-possession/news-story/a1537c2544984ebb2fc229511828f0dd" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</p> <p>Noll escaped having the conviction recorded with Magistrate Glenn Walsh imposing a one year good behaviour bond instead. It appears that glowing references from farmers and celebrities, such as shock jock Kyle Sandilands, that Noll is a “great man”, aided a more lenient punishment. </p> <p>The singer was described in court a personality who had fallen from his “high perch” and it was revealed that Noll has “a severe case” of depression.</p> <p>The magistrate noted the impact of the death of Noll’s father Neil in 2001, as he handed down his judgement.</p> <p>“He’s never really gotten over the death of his father,” he said.</p> <p>Noll spoke about the devastating loss of his father in an interview with <em>The Daily Telegraph</em> in 2008, saying that it was then that his addiction to drugs and alcohol was at its worst.</p> <p>“I got to a stage where I had to own up to it,’’ he said. “I’d turned into a zombie on the lounge. I wasn’t doing anything useful.</p> <p>“My dad never drank and he never smoked.</p> <p>“He worked his fingers to the bone. You can be a good man and, still, things can go wrong.”</p> <p>“You can wrap yourself in cotton wool and get hit by a truck. So I thought, bugger it, I’m going to live life, try things, have a bit of fun and not live in the closet. I don’t want to live my life worrying about what might go wrong.’’</p> <p>Magistrate Walsh said he believed a conviction for drug possession would be “going too far” and “if he (Noll) wants to resurrect and continue his career, clearly a ... conviction would be most adverse to him.”</p> <p>“Frankly, his status as a singer has little to do with this case,” he said.</p> <p>Speaking to reporters outside the court, Noll, who was arrested in January last year at an Adelaide strip club for assaulting a bouncer, said he was relieved the case was over, and was looking forward to “getting back to work”.</p>

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Inside Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s $3.8M country retreat

<p>Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban put their country home up for sale for a cool $4.6 million in 2016, and with many bumps and bridges such as price cuts and negotiations, it is reported that the couple have finally managed to sell their Tennessee property for $3.8 million.</p> <p>The spacious home features four bedrooms, six bathrooms and is surrounded by woods and greenery in what is considered to be a beautiful sanctuary outside Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee.</p> <p>The couple purchased the 36-acre gated estate back in 2007 for $3.2 million.</p> <p>While the home appears to be rustic from the outside, the interior is modern and fresh as it’s decorated with luxury items, while still keeping the feel of the rooms subtle and modest.</p> <p>With features such as steeply pitched vaulted ceilings and skylights, the house is given an air of comfort and cosiness.</p> <p>The rustic interiors are contrasted with otherwise modern centrepieces, such as stainless-steel accents and granite counters.</p> <p>The walkway leading towards the master bedroom is covered with floor-to-ceiling windows, bringing plenty of light into the home. But the bedroom doesn’t compromise on privacy, as it’s tucked away in a perfect nook.</p> <p>The property also contains a large fitness room and an office space that looks over the scenic views of the yard.</p> <p>On the large block of land is also a separate cottage, that would be deemed fit for guests, caretakers or live-in staff.</p>

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Why Jimmy Barnes abandoned son David Campbell as a baby

<p>Jimmy Barnes has opened up about the biggest regret of his life, abandoning his son David Campbell when he was young.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://www.who.com.au/"><em><strong><u>Who</u></strong></em></a> magazine, the Aussie musician revealed why he decided to run away from his responsibilities when his eldest son, now 45, was born.</p> <p>The 62-year-old Cold Chisel star said it wasn’t his “beautiful boy” he was running from, but rather the pain from his difficult childhood and the belief that his son would be better off without him.</p> <p>In the interview, Jimmy discussed the trauma he experienced growing up witnessing his father “bash” his mother.</p> <p>“I guess I ran away from the responsibility of [being a parent]. I just felt like I was dying [felt overwhelmed] I thought there were no prospects, no hope,” he said.</p> <p>“It was just a matter of time before I died. That's why I was trying hard to flee.”</p> <p>David, who is now the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Today Extra</em> co-host, was left in the care of his maternal grandmother.</p> <p>Until the age of 10, David believed that Jimmy was just a “family friend” and his mother, Kim, was “his sister”.</p> <p>Jimmy candidly revealed that leaving his son was not the first time he ran away from a situation in his life.  </p> <p>The rock star had to flee his South Australian family home growing up to escape the domestic violence, abuse and alcoholism that ran rampant.</p> <p>The singer, whose family moved from Scotland to Australia when he was five years old, said his parents migrated to escape their own problems.</p> <p>"[My parents] were running away from stuff without dealing with it ... they came 12,000 miles and had the same problems [in Australia] they had in Glasgow. If anything their problems got worse," he said.</p> <p>"I thought it was a normal childhood ... it was abusive and violent and frightening, and it was traumatising."</p> <p>Jimmy has since repaired his relationship with his eldest son and is now a happy grandfather to David’s three children, Leo and twins Betty and Billy Campbell.</p> <p>Although he regrets missing out on David’s childhood, Jimmy questions if his influence would’ve been the best thing for his son back then.</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/BSVNoa8gLX_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" 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/BSVNoa8gLX_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by David Campbell (@davidcampbell73)</a> on Mar 31, 2017 at 10:44pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I wasn’t together enough to be present in David’s life when he was born. I wasn’t together enough, even when we did approach it," he said.</p> <p>“Knowing David as I do and looking at his children and seeing the beauty and the purity of their youth, it’s probably selfish of me to regret not having that time with him.</p> <p>"When you get down to it, we are who we are now it is difficult to have any regrets because I don’t know if I could love David anymore."</p>

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The "naughty” habit that keeps 73-year-old Rod Stewart young

<p>Although he was known for his adulterous behaviour and bad boy image, British rock icon Rod Stewart has traded his wild antics to slow down and focus on his career and family.</p> <p>However, while speaking to <a href="https://www.9now.com.au/60-minutes/2018/extras"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">60 Minutes</em></strong></span></a> reporter Liam Bartlett, Stewart’s wife Penny Lancaster, revealed the one naughty habit that keeps the 73-year-old musician young.</p> <p>Lancaster described her husband of nearly 20 years as a “doting father” to their sons Alastair, 12, and Aiden, 7.</p> <p>"He's a pushover," his ex-model wife told Bartlett.</p> <p>"He teaches them the naughtiest things. We'll be in a restaurant and he'll put a pea on the end of a fork and bang it, see how far it gets across the restaurant.</p> <p>"So, he is naughty," she said to which Stewart responded: "I will grow up one of these days."</p> <p>Although Stewart has eight children born to five mothers, he is adamant that his two youngest sons will grow up in England.</p> <p>"I want my kids to be brought up in this country.</p> <p>"I've seen with kids being brought up in Beverly Hills, I've seen a lot of damage."</p> <p>Stewart’s eldest son, Sean, 37, starred in a reality TV show showcasing spoilt rich kids in Hollywood.</p> <p>"It's difficult isn't it, for kids to have high profile parents, someone like you?" asked Bartlett.</p> <p>"It's a double-edged sword," Stewart replied.</p> <p>"Because when they go through their school days, it's difficult for them. 'Your dad this, your dad that,' you know."</p> <p>"But then the other side of it is they're always going to be financially well off, you know. </p> <p>"I'm not going to give them tonnes of money, but they're going to be okay."</p> <p>Sean also battled drug addiction in the past, which is a sensitive topic for Stewart and the topic of his first single ‘Didn’t I’ on his new album <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Blood Red Roses.</em></p> <p>During the interview, Stewart also discussed the longevity of his marriage with his third wife, Lancaster.</p> <p>"Go out, get drunk, pull a load of birds … I was that," the rock singer said.</p> <p>"[Now] the soldier is back in the barracks; the banana is back in the fruit bowl ... the cue is back in the rack."</p> <p>Lancaster said: “I think the truth and secret behind our longevity ... is just honesty and communication.”</p> <p>Despite the success of his relationship, Stewart said that after all these years, his greatest pleasure is still performing on stage.</p> <p>The musician, who has amassed earnings of more than $300 million in his career, said: “I love it. It's not only a pleasure being up there, but I can see the pleasure that I give other people and that is just, there's no drug in the world as good as that."</p> <p>Are you a fan of Rod Stewart? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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The day my son became a lifelong Bruce Springsteen fan

<p><strong><em>Tony Wilson is the author of more than a dozen books for both adults and children. His bestselling book The Cow Tripped Over the Moon is dedicated to his son Jack. </em></strong></p> <p>Our son Jack, aged five, is one of Australia’s biggest Bruce Springsteen fans. He has cerebral palsy, which affects all four limbs, and cortical vision impairment, which means he struggles to see further than a metre.</p> <p>He has inherited his Bruceness from me. I received a copy of <em>Born to Run</em> from my uncle when I was 11 – a dubbed tape containing my first taste of true rock ‘n’ roll, and it was love. My wife, Tamsin, is a respecter of Bruce, if not a devotee. She’s been to two live shows now. She thinks they are great, if a fraction long.</p> <p>But Jack’s obsession takes mine to a different level. He watches ‘Bwuce’ all day on YouTube. Jack is no ‘greatest hits’ fan. He requests specific gigs, tracks, guest artists (Bwian from The Gaslight Anthem with Bwuce!). He knows all of the E Street Band by name.</p> <p>We were so unsure whether to take him to see Springsteen when he played in Melbourne in February 2017. On the one hand, he is seriously obsessed. On the other hand, his lack of vision and his sensory processing issues mean he can’t cope with loud music. He’s made screaming exits from the school fete and dozens of other similar scenarios. He hates it if it’s raining too loud on the roof. So, we thought he’d have no chance of coping; my prediction was two minutes, max.</p> <p>All day he said he didn’t want to go. “Maybe I’ll see Bwuce later,” he said over and over. Then he’d cry, begging not to go. “I want to see Bwuce another time! Not today!” We tried to reassure him, “Just give it a try,” but he was insistent. I started to consider who else might go in his place.</p> <p>Tamsin was the one who convinced me to give Jack a shot. “Let’s just get him close to the stadium, and if he doesn’t get upset, we’ll just keep going. It’s his favourite thing in the world. We’ve got to try.”</p> <p><strong>The concert</strong></p> <p>We set up plans for our inevitable failure. My brother Ned offered to wait outside AAMI Park in Melbourne. The plan was that if Jack was upset, I’d run him out, and Ned would take him home.</p> <p>Jack flinched at the first blast of noise as we exited the train. I felt a flutter of concern. But Jack regrouped.</p> <p>“Is that Bwuce?”</p> <p>“No, that’s Jet,” I said.</p> <p>“Is there clapping at Jet?”</p> <p>“Yes, there will be clapping at Jet.”</p> <p>“Will Bwuce be on soon?”</p> <p>“Yes, after Jet.”</p> <p>“And Steven Van Zandt?”</p> <p>“Yes, he’ll be on guitar.”</p> <p>“And Patti?”</p> <p>“Yes, she’ll be there, too.”</p> <p>“Bwuce’s wife, Patti?”</p> <p>“Yes, she’s Bruce’s wife.”</p> <p>“And Nils?”</p> <p>And so, we name-checked the whole E Street Band as we crossed the railway yards, on the one-kilometre walk from Jolimont Station to AAMI Park.</p> <p>It got louder and louder, but he seemed to be coping. Then a nervous moment. Security told me I couldn’t take in a backpack. It wasn’t a standard backpack. It was a child carrier of the type you buy at camping shops. Usually, they are used with toddlers, but because Jack is slim hipped, and still unable to walk, we use it in situations where a pusher or wheelchair don’t work. With the noise of the concert, we guessed Jack would appreciate being close.</p> <p>I explained Jack’s cerebral palsy. “Without this I reckon he hasn’t got a chance,” I said.</p> <p>“Fair enough,” said the most sensible security officer on earth, then he ushered us in.</p> <p>We found our way to the back of the stadium, using lifts and ramps that took us halfway around the venue. We found our spots. Plenty of room. Not too loud at all. The calm before the storm. Springsteen was still 40 minutes away.</p> <p>“Will Bwuce play ‘American Land’?” Jack asked, which is Bruce’s thumping Pogues-ish ode to American immigration. Jack’s favourite.</p> <p>“Maybe,” I said.</p> <p>“Will he play ‘Badlands’?”</p> <p>“Definitely.”</p> <p>Then it started. The “MELBOOOURNE”, the clapping, the drums, the music. ‘American Land’ it was.</p> <p>Jack shrieked as he does for the YouTube songs. He called Bruce’s name. He called Steven Van Zandt’s name. He jiggled, he rocked, he had a ball.</p> <p>For 12 songs. One hour and 10 minutes.</p> <p>Then he broke. ‘Youngstown’ broke him, and he asked to go home. We tried to stay on another couple of songs, hoping a favourite track might revive his exaltation, but it wasn’t to be. I messaged Ned, still patiently waiting for us outside the stadium. “Outside in 10?” Then we did a handover on Swan Street. Jack, with the noise behind him, was euphoric again. I returned to the show. Jack earbashed Ned all the way home about what he’d experienced. Then he told it all again to Tamsin.</p> <p>His first words to me when he woke up the next day were: “I’m a Bwuce Springsteen fan. I’m a Bwuce Springsteen goer.”</p> <p><em>Written by Tony Wilson. This article first appeared in <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/entertainment/day-my-son-became-lifelong-bruce-springsteen-fan?items_per_page=All">Reader’s Digest</a></span>. 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5 incredibly bizarre stories about the resting place of famous musicians

<p>The life of a musician is often dramatic and strange, but one would expect things to settle down once they pass. Not for these musicians, who even after their death, unusual events have haunted them. Here are five of the strangest occurrences to happen to a musician after their death:</p> <p><strong>Ian Curtis’s memorial stone was stolen in 2008 </strong></p> <p>When Joy Division singer Ian Curtis passed away in 1980 at the mere age of 23, his body was cremated, and his ashes were buried at Macclesfield Cemetery. Where his ashes laid, a stone engraved with Curtis’s death date and also the title of Joy Division song “Love Will Tear Us Apart” was placed at the memorial.</p> <p>But 28 years later, in July 2008, it was stolen. Speaking to the BBC, a police spokesman said: “There is no CCTV in the area and there are no apparent leads as to who is responsible for the theft. This is a very unusual theft and I am confident that someone locally will have knowledge about who is responsible or where the memorial stone is at present.”</p> <p>While a new stone was later made and placed at the site, the old one has not returned, with Joy Division and New Order drummer, Stephen Morris saying “people go around nicking road signs, but a person’s gravestone is very personal and the person who took it needs help.”</p> <p><strong>Frank Sinatra is buried with a roll of dimes </strong></p> <p>While it is a common occurrence for musicians to be buried with objects after their death, Frank Sinatra has been given several things in his grave. A pack of cigarettes, a lighter, a bottle of bourbon whiskey and the most unusual, a roll of 10 dimes.</p> <p>The roll of dimes was included by his daughter Tina, and the running joke behind it was that if he ever managed to escape his resting place, he would be able to call his friends from a payphone. But the real story is a lot more sentimental. Speaking with Larry King Live after the passing of her father, Tina said “it came from Frankie’s kidnapping [the 1963 abduction of Frank Sinatra Jr] … He never wanted to get caught not able to make a phone call, so he always carried 10 dimes.”</p> <p><strong>Frank Zappa and Roy Orbison are buried in unmarked graves in the same cemetery </strong></p> <p>Pierce Bros Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles is the final resting place of many famous people. Some of the stars buried there are Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Truman Capote, Burt Lancaster, Hugh Hefner, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Gene Kelly, Jack Lemmon and Carl Wilson.</p> <p>But also buried at the famous grave site is Frank Zappa (1940 – 1993) and Roy Orbison (1936 – 1988), who happen to both be resting very close to each other, and both in unmarked graves. And while people constantly raise the question as to why that is, Orbison’s son Alex told Reuters in 2010, “It’s definitely not intentional. It’s not like we don’t want people going by there or whatever. It’s been put to the backburner for so long.”</p> <p>He then said that the original plan was to relocate the grave which they still may end up moving forward with. “In the very beginning, it was just too painful to deal with anything. As my Mom would say, it’s always just something that’s in the works.” Barbara Orbison – Roy’s second wife – passed away and was buried next to her husband in a marked grave.</p> <p>When it comes to Zappa, no one knows why his grave is unmarked with people speculating that being remembered was never in Zappa’s list of priorities, or that his family didn’t want the tombstone to be the victim of vandalism.</p> <p><strong>Fans leave cabbages at Serge Gainsbourg’s grave</strong></p> <p>It was the year 1991 when French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg died. Then-president Francois Mitterrand said, “He was our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire … He elevated the song to the level of art.” Gainsbourg’s resting place is the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris, the same as Baudelaire. Fans who regularly visited his grave would bring gifts as a token of appreciation, such as cigarettes, metro tickets – a tribute to his song Les Poinconneur des Lilas (The Ticket Puncher of Lilas) and strangely, cabbages. It is said that cabbages are frequently left at Gainsbourg’s grave to honour his 1976 album L’Homme a tete de chou (The Man with a Cabbage Head).</p> <p><strong>There are two heads in Joseph Haydn’s tomb</strong></p> <p>Finally, the strangest story of all is what happened to classical composer Joseph Haydn’s head after he passed away in 1809. Haydn’s head also has its own dedicated <span><em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Haydn">Wikipedia page</a></em></span>. Haydn’s body was located in the Hundsturm cemetery in Vienna until his employer Nikolaus I, Prince Esterhazy asked for him to be moved to the city of Eisenstadt in 1820. When they opened Haydn’s grave, they discovered that someone had removed his head and stolen it. It wasn’t until 1954 when they finally found Haydn’s head, but while they added the skull to his grave, no one removed the substitute skull that was added in 1820, meaning Haydn is currently resting with two heads.</p>

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Iconic rock stars and their famous daughters

<p>Growing up in the era of legends such as Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger, it’s hard to believe that the rock stars who sold over 100 million records, have married and divorced supermodels and had their fair share of screaming fans now have daughters with their own successes to celebrate.</p> <p>Here are the most iconic rock star father-daughter duos of all time:</p> <p><strong>Rod Stewart and Kimberly Stewart</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7820561/1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1a364fb0e13c491da223904ab3afdc29" /></p> <p>The <em>Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’s</em> eldest daughter Kimberly was originally known to be the socialite by Paris Hilton’s side, but the former model has left that life behind. You’ll now find her devoting her time to her seven-year-old daughter Delilah and trying her hand in fashion design.</p> <p><strong>Paul McCartney and Stella McCartney</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7820562/2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2ae561e49d514dac854d7c349196915e" /></p> <p>Stella McCartney is a name very few haven’t heard of, and that’s because she’s managed to make a name for herself outside of her father’s fame. The British fashion designer is an animal rights advocate and is found using her platform to encourage animal-free alternatives when it comes to fashion.</p> <p><strong>Mick Jagger and Georgia May Jagger</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7820563/3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/00e1a08425f34eb6b1799eab4f300a1e" /></p> <p>Known for her famous gap tooth, Georgia May Jagger has made waves in the modelling industry with her unique looks and her talent in front of the camera. The model has fronted campaigns for <em>Rimmel, Chanel, Versace</em> and <em>Thomas Sabo</em> to name a few.</p> <p><strong>Phil Collins and Lily Collins</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7820564/4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3e9f1befb1fc408ab41af74ec347ffbc" /></p> <p>Phil Collins daughter Lily Collins may not have turned to music, but she’s mastered the art of acting. The 29-year-old has appeared in countless films and television programs to date. Starring alongside Sandra Bullock in the Oscar-winning film <em>The Blind Side</em>, Lilly has gone on to star in productions such as <em>To the Bone</em>, <em>The Last Tycoon</em> and <em>Mirror Mirror.</em></p> <p><strong>Steven Tyler and Liv Tyler</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7820565/5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d8bf510cf0804a81a6d15af7eec9ed4b" /></p> <p>Starring in movies such as <em>The Incredible Hulk</em> and the <em>Lord of the Rings</em> trilogy, Liv Tyler is a sought-after actress and former model. Liv was also the spokesperson for <em>Givenchy’s</em> line of perfume and cosmetics.</p> <p><strong>Lionel Richie and Nicole Richie</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7820566/6.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d35f29379cbb4838bb53c723b910bc7d" /></p> <p>While Nicole Richie had a rough start in life during her time on the reality show <em>The Simple Life</em>, one that featured her best friend at the time Paris Hilton, she is now completely transformed. She is the face of cosmetics brand <em>Urban Decay</em> and she runs her own jewellery line <em>House of Harlow 1960</em>.</p>

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Inside Elvis Presley’s 1960s mobile home

<p>Elvis fans have been given an intimate look into the life of the King of rock 'n' roll as his mobile home goes to auction.</p> <p>Photos inside his 1960s Delta home have been released prior to the auction taking place at GWS Auctions in Beverly Hills this Saturday.</p> <p>The “Legends: Iconic Film &amp; Music Memorabilia Auction” will also be selling the iconic star’s personal Bible and his Sea-Mist Green Cadillac Seville, the last car he purchased before his death.</p> <p>According to the auction house, the two-bedroom mobile home has been restored to its original fashion.</p> <p>Elvis and Priscilla Presley purchased the mobile home in 1967 and parked it on their “Circle G Ranch” near their home in Graceland.</p> <p>“Elvis liked his Memphis Mafia around, and he figured the way to do that was to buy eight house trailers and have them installed on poured concrete pads near the lake on the property,” it says on GWS Auctions <a href="http://www.gwsauctions.com/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>website</strong></span></a>.</p> <p>“The accommodations for the guys were set way back on the 163-acre property, however, Elvis seemed to have really loved hanging out with his buddies back in the trailer area, and as a result, in March he ordered this two-bedroom trailer for him and Priscilla.”</p> <p>GWS Auctions also revealed that some sources believe Lisa Marie was conceived in the mobile home, due to the date of purchase.</p> <p>The home features a vintage-style kitchen and is primarily wooden.</p> <p>GWS Auctions said the home is currently owned by a museum and has been authenticated, so the lucky new owner will receive the original paperwork that features Elvis’s signature.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see inside the King’s mobile home. </p>

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Olivia Newton-John fires back at “false” reports about her health

<p>After concerning reports surfaced about Olivia Newton-John’s health, the musician and actress hit back at rumours claiming that they’re false information.</p> <p>Concerns regarding Newton-John’s health surfaced when she cancelled two upcoming speaking appearances less than a month after the official announcement. The shows, which were due to be held in Sydney and Melbourne, were to be hosted by Channel Nine personality, Ray Martin.</p> <p>Previously, Newton-John has been diagnosed with breast cancer twice but a statement from her publicist Michael Caprio says that the singer was forced to cancel her tours due to scheduling conflicts.</p> <p>“Olivia Newton-John’s two upcoming speaking performances in Australia were cancelled due to scheduling conflicts with her upcoming promotional tour for her new book <em>Don’t Stop Believin’</em> and the ONJ Cancer Wellness &amp; Research Run – not illness as falsely reported,” the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/olivianewtonjohn/posts/2110219485657414" target="_blank">statement</a></em> read.</p> <p>He went on to say that Newton-John “is looking forward to walking with everyone at Wellness Walk on September 16th in Melbourne.”</p> <p>Speaking about her breast cancer journey, Newton-John told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/60-minutes" target="_blank">60 Minutes’</a></em> Karl Stefanovic that she was determined to beat the disease, all while raising further awareness and funds for her cancer research centre in Melbourne.</p> <p>“I want to help other people with cancer,” she said. “I want to help my hospital raise lots of money so that we can make cancer a thing of the past. And I’m sure this is part of my journey… it gives me more impetus to do more about it.”</p> <p>Last week, Newtown-John celebrated the 40th anniversary of her hit film <em>Grease</em><span> </span>with co-star John Travolta in Los Angeles. </p>

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"A woman handed me a letter": Jimmy Barnes reveals the unlikely way his long-lost daughter found him

<p>Anh Do has revealed the unlikely way Jimmy Barnes’ discovered he was the father of two of his long-lost children.</p> <p>While appearing on <em>Anh’s Brush With Fame,</em> the 62-year-old music icon confessed that a love child “approached him after a concert asking for a paternity test”.  </p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.who.com.au/"><strong><em><u>Wh</u><u>o</u></em></strong></a> magazine, Anh reflected on the memorable moments on his show, saying: “I remember Jimmy Barnes telling me that after a show a woman handed him a letter.”</p> <p>“He read it that night and it said that she thinks she may be his daughter from 30 years ago. And there's a photo.</p> <p>“And Barnsey looks at the photo, and thinks to himself, 'Yep, I had better take a paternity test!' And it turns out it's his daughter.”</p> <p>The revelation made to Anh while he painted the star, follows Jimmy’s previous confession that he fathered two love children.</p> <p>The two daughters, Amanda Bennett and Megan Torzyn first tracked down their father in 2010.</p> <p>The girls, who are both now in their 40s, later found out that one of them unknowingly attended the same school as their half-brother, Jimmy’s son David Campbell.</p> <p>Jimmy already had five children before reuniting with his two long-lost daughters.</p> <p>The star shares four children with his wife Jane and also has a son, <em>Today Extra</em> host David Campbell, from a teenage fling.</p> <p>“My kids are all so great that when I found out there were a couple more, I felt they would be good people - and they're lovely girls,” Jimmy previously told <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.newidea.com.au/"><em style="font-weight: inherit;">New Idea</em></a></strong></span>.</p> <p>“My only regret is not knowing them when they were younger, but life is what it is and all things happen for a reason.</p> <p>“At the time it was probably better for them that they didn't know me, because I was pretty wild.”</p>

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Remembering the music of our youth

<p><strong><em>Barbara Binland is the pen name of a senior, Julie Grenness, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is a poet, writer, and part-time English and Maths tutor, with over 40 years of experience. Her many books are available on Amazon and Kindle.</em></strong></p> <p>This is a trip down memory lane. Yes, aging baby boomers, we are old enough to recall when a humble black and white television appeared, like a stranger, in our lounge rooms.</p> <p>As youngsters of post-war Australia, we were introduced to “Bandstand”. This was a music show, featuring some Australian ‘talent’. It was first hosted by Johhny O’Keeffe, regarded as the legendary founder of Australian rock n’roll. On Bandstand, ‘clean-cut’ acts, such as Col Joye and the Joy Boys, were presented for family viewing.</p> <p>In 1964, the British pop band, The Beatles, toured Australia. This brought a new wave of pop/Oz rock music to our eardrums. A lot of artists, such as the Bee Gees, and The Easybeats, were formed by lads who had migrated to Australia. The Bee Gees gained international success, with “Spicks and Specks’, and later songs. The Easybeats did have some English and European success with their hit, ‘Friday on my Mind’.</p> <p>Our trip down memory lane continues. Concerts were held at Festival Hall in Melbourne. Local bands found their early starts in Mechanics’ Institutes, or neighbouring suburban town halls. They added their own version, as they practised in garages, to the overseas ‘pop invasion’. What is more, “Go-Set” was published during this time. This weekly magazine, until 1974, influenced a generation of teenagers, with Hit charts and Number Ones. This was based on times when Normie Rowe was King, and toured Vietnam with Little Pattie, to entertain our deployed diggers.</p> <p>As teenagers, growing up in Melbourne, we aspired to own transistor radios, and to have a little record player, to play vinyl records produced by Festival and EMI labels. These were very popular in our land of Oz at this time. “Lock up your daughters, Billy Thorpe and The Atzecs are in town…”</p> <p>Then, following this wave, along came “Countdown”, this began with good ole’ Molly Meldrum, in `1974. This show, courtesy of our ABC, introduced us to pub rock bands. Daddy Cool, Sherbet, Skyhooks, Max Merritt and the Meteors, Russell Morris, John Paul Young, and, of course, AC/DC.</p> <p>I shall tell you a story, down memory lane. As younger teenagers, we had to attend school dances at our local suburban high school. Older boys had formed a band, and played Oz rock. We were forced to socialize. The band played their version of “Simon Says”. Classic. “No one dance when teacher says!’ So we didn’t. Our principal, a little Hitler, stood up and announced, “You louts are a bunch of deadbeats, and you’ll never amount to anything.” Two or three members of that band became Skyhooks! They could have bought and sold the whole suburb. Our boys did really well.</p> <p>But Skyhooks were not an international success, like their rock n’roll contemporaries, AC/DC. This band, too, gained early fame in Melbourne, playing in local pubs and town halls, doing ‘gigs’. Yes, we had our own Oz rock, with pop bands as well. I wonder, sometimes, if a muso popular today, will last as long as AC/DC, or even Elvis Presley, or The Beatles.</p> <p>So, were you living in a suburb in the seventies?  Now we are the aging baby boomers, we are not forced to attend school dances anymore. Whew! On the flip side, the groupies of all these great way back when bands, are now grey haired grannies at U3A and Probus. Scary, very scary. Finally, to paraphrase, “Oz rock is not noise pollution!” A little trip down memory lane…</p>

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Only 3 weeks after her announcement Olivia Newton-John shocks fans by cancelling Aussie tour

<p>Olivia Newton-John’s spoken word tour has been cancelled only three weeks after it was announced to the public. The actress, who is known for starring in hit movie <em>Grease </em>and for being a four-time Grammy award winner, was scheduled to speak at an “<em>In Conversation</em>” event in Sydney and Melbourne in September.</p> <p><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em> reported on Wednesday that event organisers have said the reasons for cancellation were “beyond our control”. They did, however, say that everyone who has purchased tickets will be issued a refund.</p> <p>Channel Nine personality Ray Martin was said to host the event and planned to interview the actress and singer on her lifetime achievements and humanitarian work.</p> <p>According to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a></em>, the actress, who turns 70 in September will soon be coming to Australia for her annual Wellness Walk to help fundraise for her cancer centre.</p> <p>She is also set to release her autobiography later this year titled “<em>Don’t Stop Believin’</em>”, which is a tell-all about her journey to the top.</p> <p>Olivia, who was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time, said that she was in excruciating pain as the illness metastasised to her spine.</p> <p>To relieve the pain, she admitted to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/today" target="_blank">Today show’s</a></em> entertainment editor Richard “Dickie” Wilkins about taking medical cannabis and said that it “helped” the feeling of discomfort that she was constantly in.</p> <p>The actress is an advocate for medical marijuana and has spoken up about its benefits before.</p> <p>“I take a lot of natural herbs and healing remedies and also medicinal cannabis that’s helped me a lot,” said the <em>Xanadu</em> actress.</p> <p>“Initially I had a lot of pain. I don’t have pain now,” she added.</p> <p>She recently appeared at the 40th anniversary of musical <em>Grease</em> with John Travolta at Los Angeles. The iconic film produced hits such as <em>“Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee”, “Summer Nights”, “Hopelessly Devoted To You”</em> and “<em>Beauty School Drop Out</em>”.</p>

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“We failed two years in a row”: Heartbreaking reason Shannon Noll is raising his voice for our Aussie farmers

<p>Having risen to fame after coming second on television show Australian Idol, Shannon Noll is now raising his voice for a good cause.</p> <p>Noll, who was raised on a farm with his older brothers, remembers the time when he worked alongside his father in Condobolin in NSW’s Central West.</p> <p>With some of his most precious memories created amongst sheep and growing calves, Noll said he wouldn’t change country life for anything in the world.</p> <p>But after his father's passing due to a farming accident, the place that he once found great solace in was taken due to the drought, and while he held onto hope that one day the farm would become what it once was, the absence of rain made that harder to envision as the days went on.</p> <p>“We failed two years in a row and it’s just crippling to see your crops dying,” Noll told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/08/17/14/47/shannon-noll-drought-nine-farm-aid-telethon-farmers-jason-owen-dubbo-new-south-wales-condobolin" target="_blank">9NEWS</a></em>.</p> <p>“We were in so much debt but also not being able to feed your stock is one of the most heart-wrenching things in the world,” he added.</p> <p>After facing financial downfall, Noll made a mutual decision with his brothers to sell the farm that had been in his family for almost a century.</p> <p>“To walk off that property that my grandfather’s father bought was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. We felt like we let everyone down, let dad’s memory down.</p> <p>“But those two years were the first of a 10-year drought, we just never would have made it through.”</p> <p>Because of this, Noll feels a personal connection with the Australian farmers who are currently facing this exact situation at this present moment.</p> <p>With NSW and Queensland facing the worst drought in over 70 years, farmers are forced to either sell their animals or watch them die due to lack of resources.</p> <p>“I was talking to a merino breeder in Condo recently and after this shearing, they have to make a decision about how many of their flock they’ll have to sell to keep the rest alive,” said Noll.</p> <p>“There’s no water in the dam and not a blade of grass in sight. I don’t think some people realise it’s not just about their farmers’ livelihoods; it’s about their history and their heritage.</p> <p>“Some of these families have been working on bloodlines for 30 or 40 years. You wouldn’t believe how hard that is.”</p> <p>This is why Noll has travelled to Dubbo where the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9now.com.au/today/2018/extras/latest/august/drought-relief-fund" target="_blank">TODAY show</a></em> will air a special Farm Aid Telethon to recognise our farmer's hard work through a time of immense hardship. Joining him will be former X-Factor contestant Jason Owen who comes from a town in the central west of NSW with a population of only 12 people.</p> <p>“I’ve honestly never seen it this dry in my life and it is so hard to go home and see friends and family struggling,” Owen told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/08/17/14/47/shannon-noll-drought-nine-farm-aid-telethon-farmers-jason-owen-dubbo-new-south-wales-condobolin" target="_blank">9NEWS</a></em>.</p> <p>“The weather is something completely out of our control, but we certainly can still try to make a difference in the lives of these people.”</p> <p>As they struggle to make ends meet, many farmers are struggling with their mental health and Owen has a message out there for our Aussie farmers.</p> <p>“People do care and please don’t ever think there is no one out there for you. No matter how hard the times, people want to listen and are there.”</p> <p>The singer has promised to donate 100 per cent of his profits from his two recent shows and his new song to the <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.westernmagazine.com.au/story/5181366/hay-runners-to-help-drought-stricken-farmers-this-australia-day/" target="_blank">Burrumbuttock Hay Runners</a></em> – a charity that donates bales of hay to farmers.</p> <p>“If the stock isn’t getting fed they are dying and then the farmers are faced with the horrible decision of putting them down.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t wish that suffering on anyone.”</p> <p>Nine’s Fighting for our Farmers Drought Relief Appeal has already raised over $4.3 million. If you wish to donate, then you can jump online, visit any Westpac branch or call 1800 732 165 between 5.30 am and 10 pm AEST on weekdays or 7 am to 10 pm AEST this weekend.</p> <p>Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.</p>

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“Greatest of all time”: World reacts to Aretha Franklin’s death

<p>Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has died from advance pancreatic cancer at home in Detroit, aged 76.</p> <p>The music icon was surrounded by family and friends when she died at 9.50am on Thursday local time.</p> <p>“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul,” her family said in a statement issued by her publicist.</p> <p>“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.</p> <p>“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”</p> <p>Her family thanked friends and supporters from all over the world for their prayers.</p> <p>“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received,” the statement read.</p> <p>“We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”</p> <p>The death of the legendary singer, known for such enduring hits as <em>Respect</em> (1967), <em>Natural Woman</em> (1968) and <em>I Say a Little Prayer</em> (1968), sparked an outpouring of love and tributes for the remarkable woman from around the world.</p> <p>Diana Ross said she was “sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.”</p> <p>Smokey Robinson said in a statement: “This morning my longest friend in this world went home to be with our father. I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace.”</p> <p>Barbra Streisand shared a photo of herself performing with Franklin in 2012, writing: “It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world.”</p> <p>John Legend tweeted: “Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I’ve ever known.”</p> <p>Barack and Michelle Obama said in a statement: “Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade-our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.</p> <p>“She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I’m sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin.</p> — Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) <a href="https://twitter.com/DianaRoss/status/1030100713093967873?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I was fortunate enough to spend time with her and witness her last performance – a benefit for <a href="https://twitter.com/ejaf?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ejaf</a> at St John The Divine Cathedral. She was obviously unwell, and I wasn’t sure she could perform. But Aretha did and she raised the roof.</p> — Elton John (@eltonofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/eltonofficial/status/1030101482731962369?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha &amp; I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world <a href="https://t.co/Px9zVB90MM">pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM</a></p> — Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarbraStreisand/status/1030096939109556229?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p> </p> <p>US President Donald Trump opened a Cabinet meeting at the White House today by expressing his “condolences to the family of a person I knew well”. He said Franklin “worked for me on numerous occasions,” and her “legacy will thrive and inspire” many generations.</p> <p>“She was terrific — Aretha Franklin — on her passing,” said the President, who also tweeted about the singer. “She’s brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come. She was given a great gift from God — her voice, and she used to well. People loved Aretha. She was a special woman. So just want to pass on my warmest best wishes and sympathies to her family.”</p> <p>Clive Davis, the music mogul who helped revive Franklin’s career in the 1980s, said he was “devastated” by her death.</p> <p>“She was truly one of a kind,” he said in a statement. “She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world.</p> <p>“Apart from our long professional relationship, Aretha was my friend. Her loss is deeply profound and my heart is full of sadness.”</p> <p>Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label, said in a statement: “A national treasure to everyone. But to me personally, Aretha Franklin was my dear, dear friend, my homegirl, and I loved her a lot.</p> <p>“From seeing her as a baby singing and playing at the piano at her father’s home, to her giving a rousing performance at the White House, she has always been amazing. No matter how the music has changed over the years, she remained so relevant.”</p> <p>In her decades-long career that spanned multiple genres, Franklin’s powerful voice that stretched over four octaves defined her place in American music history.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect. May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace. <a href="https://t.co/bfASqKlLc5">pic.twitter.com/bfASqKlLc5</a></p> — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1030129887623958538?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">What a life. What a legacy! <br />So much love, respect and gratitude.<br />R.I.P. <a href="https://twitter.com/ArethaFranklin?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ArethaFranklin</a> <a href="https://t.co/400K1U5IHI">https://t.co/400K1U5IHI</a></p> — Carole King (@Carole_King) <a href="https://twitter.com/Carole_King/status/1030096175993475079?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">One of the highlights of my career was singing with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArethaFranklin?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ArethaFranklin</a> at The Tony Awards. It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all. <a href="https://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y">https://t.co/L8dIIhyR9Y</a></p> — Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) <a href="https://twitter.com/RealHughJackman/status/1030098224156209153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus. I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement. <a href="https://t.co/R2lxjXwDO8">pic.twitter.com/R2lxjXwDO8</a></p> — Faith Hill (@FaithHill) <a href="https://twitter.com/FaithHill/status/1030110318826074112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!</p> — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1030116078125568006?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul <a href="https://t.co/jW4Gpwfdts">pic.twitter.com/jW4Gpwfdts</a></p> — Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) <a href="https://twitter.com/PaulMcCartney/status/1030103284881805312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 16, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Franklin was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2010, <em>Rolling Stone</em> magazine named her the greatest singer of all time, male or female.</p> <p>The Hall of Fame issued a statement titled “Lady Soul”, which read: “The first woman inducted into the Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin was an artist of passion, sophistication and command, whose recordings remain anthems that defined soul music. Long live the Queen.”</p>

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s sons look just like their Beatles dads in rare photo

<p>John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s sons have shared a rare snap together on social media.</p> <p>Sean Ono Lennon and James McCartney show a striking resemblance to their famous Beatles dads in a selfie shared online.</p> <p>Sean Ono Lennon shared the photo to his 176,000 followers on Instagram with the caption: “Peekaboo…”</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/BmbE-dcHL1G/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BmbE-dcHL1G/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by Sean Ono Lennon (@sean_ono_lennon)</a> on Aug 13, 2018 at 7:52am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sean, 42, is the only child of Yoko Ono and John, who was assassinated in 1980.</p> <p>Sean also has a half-brother, 55-year-old Julian, who his famous dad shared with ex-wife Cynthia Lennon.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820268/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c626035e6aaf4610b9a30ddb07b62e20" /></p> <p>James McCartney, 40, is the fourth child of Sir Paul and the late Linda McCartney.</p> <p>Paul and his late wife also shared three daughters, Heather, Mary and Stella.</p> <p>The singer also has a 14-year-old daughter, Beatrice, with Heather Mills, who he was married to from 2002 to 2008.</p> <p>Paul has been married to Nancy Shevell since 2011.</p> <p>Paul's only son followed in his famous dad’s footsteps, releasing two EPs and two albums.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="/media/7820267/image_.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3b8573f2870f4dd79ab0a27f688e5138" /></p> <p>In March, Paul joined protesters at the New York City March for Our Lives protest and reminded the world how gun violence had robbed him of one of his closest friends.</p> <p>Without going on camera, Paul told a CNN reporter: “As you know, one of my best friends was shot not far from here. It is important to me.”</p> <p>The musician was paying an understated tribute to John Lennon, who was gunned down outside the Dakota Building by Mark David Chapman in December 1980. </p> <p>Do you think Sean and James have a striking resemblance to their famous dads? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is “seriously ill”

<p>Legendary singer Aretha Franklin is “seriously ill” and receiving hospice care in Detroit, Michigan, according to US media.</p> <p>“Aretha is surrounded by family and people close to her” in Detroit and “the family is asking for prayers and privacy”, reports <strong><em><u><a href="http://www.showbiz411.com/2018/08/12/exclusive-aretha-franklin-queen-of-soul-gravely-ill-in-detroit-winner-of-18-grammy-awards">Showbiz 411</a></u></em><u>.</u></strong></p> <p>The US Today show reporter Charles Croucher also shared an update on the singer’s health.</p> <p>"We know she's battled cancer since 2010 and struggled with health on numerous occasions recently. But it seems like things are in a bad state for the Queen of Soul. She is loved around the world... 18 Grammys and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She performed on stage and on the big screen in movies as well, but it's that voice and that power that people remember so fondly," he said.</p> <p>The 76-year-old cancelled concerts earlier this year due to health concerns. She last performed at an event for Elton John's AIDS foundation in November 2017.</p> <p>“Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months,” her management <strong><u><a href="https://ew.com/music/2018/03/17/aretha-franklin-cancels-upcoming-concerts/">said in a statement</a></u></strong> in March.</p> <p>Last year, the Queen of Soul said she was <strong><u><a href="http://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/retirement-life/2017/02/aretha-franklin-announces-retirement/">planning to retire from touring</a></u></strong> following the release of her new album. At the time, she said she wanted to spend more time with her grandchildren.</p> <p><em>Showbiz 411</em> claims Franklin is battling cancer after being diagnosed in 2010.</p> <p>However, Franklin has previously denied that she has cancer.</p> <p>The 18-time Grammy winner did confirm that she underwent surgery for an unspecified health scare in 2010.</p> <p>“He (the doctor) said, ‘The surgery that you just had is going to add 15 to 20 more years to your life’,” Franklin told <em>Access Hollywood</em>.</p> <p>Franklin is widely considered one of the greatest vocalists of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.</p> <p>Some of music’s biggest stars, including Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott, tweeted their love and support to Franklin.  </p>

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Keith Urban reveals why he cries once a month

<p>He confessed to crying once a month in a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, and on Andrew Denton's Interview on Tuesday night, Keith Urban revealed the reason behind his tears.</p> <p>The 50-year-old country music star put it down to “accumulative things” that “add up” over time. </p> <p>He told Denton: “Oh well, anything. [It's] accumulative, accumulative things that didn't really warrant a cry at the time, and they add up you know.</p> <p>“I mean little things, [the] passing of time, kids growing up, the loss of friends, loved ones for all manner of reasons, all of it.”</p> <p>Keith, who has two daughters Sunday Rose, 10, and Faith Margaret, seven, with wife Nicole Kidman, also gave an insight into family life, explaining the delicate balancing act between work and family.</p> <p>“I think certainly work life, home life balance is such a rolling reality for so many people. And trying to reconcile those things that all happen in a certain small window of time in your life,” he said. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/KeithUrban?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@keithurban</a> once said he likes to have a good cry once a month. So what does a famous, rich music star have to cry about? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InterviewAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InterviewAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/fETPC8Nx5R">pic.twitter.com/fETPC8Nx5R</a></p> — Interview (@InterviewAU) <a href="https://twitter.com/InterviewAU/status/1024254992557821952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 31, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>In 2016, the music star admitted for the first time that he cried once a month.</p> <p>Recalling how he shed tears in front of wife Nicole at the time, Keith explained: “Nic was filming some pretty harrowing, abusive scenes last night, and she was telling me about them.”</p> <p>He added: “When I haven't cried in a while, I can tell I get pent-up. Then maybe once a month I have a good cry, one big avalanche of a torrential downpour, and I feel amazing for weeks afterward.”</p>

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