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The staggering cost of Adele’s divorce

<p>Superstar Adele has announced her separation from husband Simon Konecki which secretly took place last year.</p> <p>Those keeping an eye on the former couple’s divorce say that Simon, 45, could obtain half of the singer’s incredible $275 million fortune.</p> <p>It is reported that the two did not sign a prenup prior to tying the knot.</p> <p>The duo are parents to son Angelo, 6, and despite having announced their split on Friday, their separation was set in stone a long time ago.</p> <p>Documents reveal that Adele, 30, sold their $5.5 million UK home in February. She also put her home in LA under Simon’s name in January.</p> <p>It was only last month the multiple Grammy award winner was spotted downing shots with her A-lister friend Jennifer Lawrence.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/8906104/adeles-husband-simon-konecki-could-get-half-her-150million-fortune-after-couple-secretly-split-last-year/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a><span> </span>an insider said: “Adele started telling close friends and family about the split a couple of months ago.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 284.0909090909091px;" src="/media/7826242/adele1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/835e20df23484be4825354401374ccf6" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Adele with Simon Konecki</em></p> <p>“Jennifer was one of the first she told. The pair later arranged a double celebration – Adele to raise a glass of wine to her future, and Jennifer to celebrate her engagement to Cooke Maroney.</p> <p>“The girls have the same dark sense of humour that made them think it was funny. It was a brilliant night.”</p> <p>Adele and Simon were a notoriously private couple, even keeping their 2016 wedding a secret from the press. But despite it all, friends say their lives have taken them “in different directions and to different continents”.</p> <p>Simon, who runs an eco-friendly brand Life Water and funds global initiatives, regularly travels to Africa and India. An insider revealed: “They tried everything in their power to stay together but in the end the time they were spending apart became too extreme.</p> <p>“Simon has no interest in red carpets, showbiz parties or being on the scene, whereas Adele has been back in the recording studio of late, and is ready to get out and mingle again.</p> <p>“She has a great social circle with a bunch of strong Hollywood women who love her for her humour and down-to-earth ways.</p> <p>“They enjoy spending time at each other’s pads in LA and New York, hosting dinners and movie nights. At the same time Simon has been travelling to oversee his projects. His passion for his cause and his success just took him away from his wife. They drifted in different directions.”</p> <p>The couple announced their split on Easter weekend, hoping it would receive less media attention.</p> <p>The statement said: “Adele and her partner have separated.</p> <p>“They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy.”</p>

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The Andrew Denton question that broke Angry Anderson

<p><span> </span>In an in-depth chat with Andrew Denton on Channel Seven’s <em>Interview, </em>Gary “Angry” Anderson has opened up about life after losing his youngest son, Liam Anderson.</p> <p>26-year-old Liam died after an altercation with 20-year-old Matthew Flame, in Queenscliff, NSW at 6 am in the morning of November 4 last year.</p> <p>A fight which occurred after Liam went to assist Flame, who was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, led to the death of Angry's youngest son.</p> <p>The aspiring rapper was described as a “beautiful soul” by his family.</p> <p>The passionate 71-year-old father opened up in an emotional interview on Andrew Denton’s Channel Seven program and discussed life after the tragic loss.</p> <p>The veteran host agreed to not discuss the details of the night Liam lost his life or even mention his name, and instead focussed on life for Angry Anderson in the last six months.</p> <p>“I know that I can’t use anger to express myself,” the singer explained.</p> <p>“I am not angry. I am just profoundly sad. The bad days are awful. Sometimes I just don’t leave the house. Nothing can describe those first terrible days.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">"Can you imagine a time when there's laughter in your household again?" Angry and Roxy on finding joy again after loss. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/InterviewAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#InterviewAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/VXCH2fRg79">pic.twitter.com/VXCH2fRg79</a></p> — Andrew Denton's "Interview" (@InterviewAU) <a href="https://twitter.com/InterviewAU/status/1120661128390987777?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Sitting alongside Angry was Liam’s older sister Roxanne who paid tribute to her little brother as a “beautiful soul".</p> <p>“He was so kind and very gentle, very similar to what dad is like with us,” she shared.</p> <p>“He always saw the best in everything, he was positive. He had so much love to give to everyone, not just his family, complete strangers.</p> <p>“He had amazing strength for such a young person. If he wanted something he worked hard to get it, especially around his music.”</p> <p>Denton asked, “The last thing he did was to be kind. Do you take any comfort from that?”</p> <p>“I've tried, I've tried,” a distraught Angry explained.</p> <p>“I can’t think about those last moments.”</p> <p>“But one thing I did say … in the press, just to right some wrong things that were being printed, was that the way he was raised is what got him into that situation. He was looking after somebody. And so, do I regret that? How could I possibly regret that? He was the man I wanted him to be.”</p> <p>Distraught, Angry broke down in tears while saying, “I can’t do this, I’m sorry.”</p> <p>The Rose Tattoo lead singer further said he was going through the process of learning “acceptance".</p> <p>“Believing that time heals, et cetera, they’re all true. The reason they’re cliches is because they’re true. Time takes care of us in the most beautiful way if we allow that to happen. I’ve learnt that the hard way, like we all do.”</p> <p>Roxanne explained the horrific tragedy has brought the family closer together.</p> <p>“We still have happiness, regardless of something that has been so tragic for us,” she said.</p> <p>“If anything it’s taken the love for each other and the appreciation for each other to a whole other level.”</p>

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Aussie legend Tina Arena to be honoured with prestigious music award

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Support Act, who are an Australian charity that helps musicians and music workers who are facing hardship due to illness or injury, have decided to honour internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Tina Arena.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They are honouring Arena with its Excellence in Community Award at its annual fundraising event, Music in the House.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With Arena being a part of the Australian music scene for the past 40 years and has been singing to three generations of music lovers, awarding her with the Excellence in Community Award was a no-brainer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With a 40-year recording career behind her and with Arena being the only Australian artist to earn a gold or platinum certification for each of her original albums in every decade since the 1970’s, the night is looking to celebrate her achievements.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">CEO of Support Act Clive Miller couldn’t be more excited about the event.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s an absolute privilege for Support Act to be able to honour Tina Arena at this year’s Music in the House,” he explained. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She has had such a phenomenal career and continues to excite and challenge us both on and off stage. We are looking forward to celebrating her incredible contribution to music in Australia and internationally along with her many contributions to the community.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Music in the House honours members of the music industry who, by their tireless efforts and charitable works, have made a difference and enriched the fabric of the broader Australian community. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Previous recipients of the Excellence in Community Award have been last year’s honouree Archie Roach, Jenny Morris, Paul Kelly, John Butler, The Sapphires, Jimmy Barnes, Glenn Shorrock, Don Spencer, Richard Clapton, John Paul Young and Russell Morris.</span></p>

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Samuel Johnson wins Dancing With The Stars in shock victory

<p>Samuel Johnson has taken the title of the 2019 <em>Dancing With The Stars</em><span> </span>winner, beating out Courtney Act and Constance Hall.</p> <p>Along with the mirrorball trophy, Johnson is also set to receive a $50,000 prize, which he will donate to his Love Your Sister charity.</p> <p>Judge Sharna Burgess congratulated Johnson and his dance partner Jorja Freeman on their victory. </p> <p>“It's magical what you've done this season, especially you Jorja,” said Burgess. </p> <p>“Samuel, you wear your heart on your sleeve. You’re real, you’re raw and the ultimate showman.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Showtime for the last time, and boy did Sam bring it. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSau</a> <a href="https://t.co/52RyygfYcQ">pic.twitter.com/52RyygfYcQ</a></p> — Dancing With The Stars Australia (@DancingOn10) <a href="https://twitter.com/DancingOn10/status/1120283731401617408?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>In the grand finale, the 41-year-old former actor said reaching the end stage of the competition was “the weirdest, trippiest, most awesome thing” to have happened to him.</p> <p>“This journey has been insane, I started off terrified. A kid glued to the wall at a blue light disco to the grand finale of<span> </span><em>DWTS</em>, this has brought the best out in me,” he said.</p> <p>“I’m fitter, healthier and happier, I feel like the best version of me.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">A massive CONGRATULATIONS to Sam &amp; Jorja, our <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSau</a> winners! <a href="https://t.co/3bMAecyJ3S">pic.twitter.com/3bMAecyJ3S</a></p> — Dancing With The Stars Australia (@DancingOn10) <a href="https://twitter.com/DancingOn10/status/1120293216731922433?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Johnson also gave a shoutout to Act, who won the second place. </p> <p>“Courtney was the better dancer!”</p> <p>Act also congratulated Johnson on winning the dance competition in an Instagram post Tuesday morning. </p> <p>“We didn’t win the Mirror Ball, but I feel like we won by being able to share so many dances and stories over the last 10 weeks,” Act wrote.</p> <p>“[Johnson] totally travelled the furthest in the competition and it was an honour to be pipped to the post by him!”</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/BwkDYjRFG_a/?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/BwkDYjRFG_a/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Ladies, Gentlemen, and people of all Genders. We didn’t win the Mirror Ball, but I feel like we won by being able to share so many dances and stories over the last 10 weeks, and sharing it with @joshuakeefedancer has been a true honour! Thank you everyone who voted and watched. I hope you love this drag extravaganza brought to the ballroom floor for our final dance (can you tell they said I could do whatever I wanted?). I have so many people to thank which I will get to tomorrow, but for now I want to say congratulations to @samueljjohnson78 on his win. From day one at the promo shoot to winning it was amazing to watch. He totally travelled the furthest in the competition and it was an honour to be pipped to the post by him! Xxx #DWTSau</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/courtneyact/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Courtney Act</a> (@courtneyact) on Apr 22, 2019 at 8:45am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Meanwhile, Hall finished in third place.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Constance killing it! 🔥🔥🔥 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DWTSau?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DWTSau</a> <a href="https://t.co/rnjrkJrPun">pic.twitter.com/rnjrkJrPun</a></p> — Dancing With The Stars Australia (@DancingOn10) <a href="https://twitter.com/DancingOn10/status/1120277106556948480?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Did you watch the finale? 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Scott Walker has gone but his voice will drift with us into the twilight

<p><em>Pick your day — dark, rainy, lamps on — let those songs fill the room, and you’ll be lost in the most beautiful fog in the world. Stop all the clocks, Scott is gone — but the voice that made that world is here forever.</em></p> <p>-Peter Milton Walsh,<span> </span><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apartments">The Apartments</a></p> <p>In Sydney in the very early 90s, my buddy Roger and I wanted to start a kind of acoustic ensemble. We were in a swooning, noisy, melodic guitar band called the Plug Uglies, darlings of the inner west, but we needed something else. Our big idea? We wanted to play the songs of Scott Walker and<span> </span><a href="https://www.jimmywebb.com/the-songwriter">Jimmy Webb</a>. We wanted to have a go at those grand stories, the soaring melodies. We called our little ensemble The Drunk, The Monk and The Spunk. (Don’t ask.) My fingers still thrill at playing those wonderful chords.</p> <p>Scott Walker – born Noel Scott Engel in 1943 - almost exists outside time. His voice first came to greet us in the 1960s, in the Walker Brothers. A trio of Americans, not brothers at all, who found success in England in 1965 with Make It Easy on Yourself, My Ship Is Coming In and The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – heartfelt and emotional pop ballads, with massive orchestral arrangements, and enormous, exploding choruses, produced for Philips Records by Johnny Franz.</p> <div class="fluidvids"><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q11ium_-Lv8?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" class="fluidvids-item" data-fluidvids="loaded"></iframe></div> <p>The group, rivalling the Stones or The Kinks in popularity, collapsed under the pressure of this instant stardom, and Scott went on to release four solo albums between 1967 and 1969 – Scott, Scott 2, Scott 3 and Scott 4.</p> <p>This was the Golden Age of the songwriters. The cultural earthquake of 1968 had been followed by a wave of astounding music, and Scott Walker lies at its heart. These records shudder and swell, his sometimes obtuse lyrics adrift on poetic orchestral arrangements, mainly by Angela Morley, which define the notion of Baroque pop.</p> <p>It’s quite hard to measure the influence of these four records, but it runs deep, and in the last day many have been eloquent in their praise, from Thom Yorke and Damon Albarn to David Sylvian, Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley.</p> <p>David Bowie owed Walker a huge debt, partly repaid by his contribution to the making of<span> </span><a href="https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/scott_walker_30_century_man">30 Century Man</a>, an excellent documentary on the work of Scott Walker.</p> <div class="fluidvids"><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JEYWGQMqC74?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" class="fluidvids-item" data-fluidvids="loaded"></iframe></div> <p>Scott 4 was a commercial failure, and Walker disappeared, back into his quiet life. The Walker Brothers re-united in the 70s, and released three albums, but they also didn’t sell and he disappeared again. But in 1981, Julian Cope from Teardrop Explodes released a compilation of Scott’s 67-71 work,<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2011/sep/02/fire-escape-sky-scott-walker">Fire Escape in the Sky: The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker</a>. This album influenced a generation of post-punk musicians, and became the momentum which led Walker into the next phase of his career.</p> <p>The albums Climate of Hunter, Tilt and The Drift were released across the next two decades, as Walker created a new music, unsettling and evocative and difficult. By now he had joined the British label 4AD, the home of the beautiful outsiders, in the company of true fans like The Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil. Rob Young has described elegantly<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/26/scott-walker-experimental-genius-nite-flights-tilt-bish-bosch?utm_source=dlvr.it&amp;utm_medium=facebook&amp;fbclid=IwAR3WnGcbTSXD5HeoVt-JIecd5gLI5qsG8cklfk27cVBucWifK_7GmZKq1z8">in the Guardian</a><span> </span>this later period of Walker’s creative output.</p> <p>Although it appeared on 1978’s Night Flights, I find Walker’s song, The Electrician, in some ways, an aural lexicon for his entire career. Unsettling, ethereal soundscapes almost cut loose from tempo or time, bookend a rich centre, with grand melodies and exploding strings, harp notes cascading into Spanish guitar flourishes, and then the death knell of the de-tuned guitar leading us back into the cavern of torture.</p> <div class="fluidvids"><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yELbkzAIfmA?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" class="fluidvids-item" data-fluidvids="loaded"></iframe></div> <p>But the song I, and many others, return to as a touchstone is<span> </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLOTAJQF0Fo">Montague Terrace (In Blue)</a><span> </span>with its floating verses, a slow, ticking clock that, true to form, erupts into a grand chorus - “But we know, don’t we, And we’ll dream, won’t we?” It became the centre of our set of acoustic covers, the cello and accordion swelling under the chorus, the drifting trumpet solo. It was The Drunk, The Monk and The Spunk’s finest moment. A recording exists somewhere.</p> <p>In 2017, 4AD staged a BBC Proms event to honour the music of Scott. One of the highlights for me is Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør wrapping her wonderful voice around The Amorous Humphrey Plugg (from Scott 2) – it peels back the domestic façade, the woman trapped and angry, with children and home, as mired in frustration as the man is trapped in his endless thirst, the nightly pleasures of the city.</p> <div class="fluidvids"><iframe width="440" height="260" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7GUNAtrDhOg?wmode=transparent&amp;start=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" class="fluidvids-item" data-fluidvids="loaded"></iframe></div> <p>The Apartments’ Peter Milton Walsh describes this ability of Walker’s: “His lyrics were so vivid and the language was completely personal, full of night and rain and loneliness. People in a certain kind of trouble. He owned that world, just as Sinatra once did.”</p> <p>And, like Sinatra, Scott Walker had a voice. His will be with me as I drift into my twilight, as timeless as memory:</p> <blockquote> <p>Oh to die of kisses<br />Ecstasies and charms<br />Pavements of poets will write that I died<br />In nine angel’s arms.</p> </blockquote> <p>-Scott Engel</p> <p><em>Written by John Willsteed. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/scott-walker-has-gone-but-his-voice-will-drift-with-us-into-the-twilight-114299">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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“Kick up a fuss”: Midnight Oil’s comeback for special cause

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Midnight Oil, iconic Australian rock band, are playing in Canberra on Reconciliation Day, which is May 27 - to sold out crowds. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The band is only doing two intimate concerts in Australia in 2019, which will be held in Canberra and Wollongong, along with performing as part of The Big Red Bash, which is the world’s most remote music festival on July 18.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett is eager to “kick up a fuss” in Canberra.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Meaningful steps towards reconciliation are long overdue, including a whole-of-government response to the Uluru Declaration,” the band’s frontman said to </span><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/act/midnight-oil-to-kick-up-a-fuss-in-canberra-on-reconciliation-day-20190402-p51a38.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sydney Morning Herald</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So it will be good to be in Canberra on this important date to kick up a fuss and help get the issue back on track.”</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/BvxXydED7Vl/?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/BvxXydED7Vl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Midnight Oil (@midnightoilband)</a> on Apr 2, 2019 at 4:22pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, for the first time since 2001, rumours have been circulating as to whether or not Midnight Oil will release new music.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At this stage, however, it’s not known whether a new song or two will be previewed at the intimate concerts.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’ve been talking about recording again for years but The Great Circle Tour in 2017 was such a positive experience that it made us even hungrier to get back to making new music together,” drummer Rob Hirst said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s a bit early to know what might come out of it yet – we’re just looking forward to getting back into that creative mode.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Would you listen to new Midnight Oil music? And are you a fan of their old music? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Why classical music is better than melancholy music every time

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many fans of classical music believe that access to the music of classical composers, such as Beethoven, Mozart and Bach, should be a fundamental human right.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It makes sense then that they would turn to classical music when they’re experiencing emotional upheaval, as Ian Warden found out.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Warden was most distressed that Robert Mueller found nothing impeachable about Donald Trump’s election campaign and turned to Beethoven to calm him down.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He told </span><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/national/why-classical-music-trumps-melancholy-every-time-20190327-p5189u.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Telegraph</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Classical-music-besotted I routinely listen to fine music and after listening to Beethoven's 7th Symphony (unless you are clinically dead, it is music that makes you break into a dance) my spirits were restored.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the online Canadian magazine called </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Walrus</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, there is a heartfelt and passionate piece written by orchestral conductor Kent Nagano. The piece is called </span><a href="https://thewalrus.ca/in-times-of-crisis-we-need-classical-music/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Times of Crisis, We Need Classical Music.</span></a></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The essay outlines that those who live in western industrial societies are living in dreadful times of increasing materialism, consumerism, angst and alienation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, through the darkness, there is a light.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I want to show that, because of its powerful impact, classical music can play a significant role right now," Nagano explains.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Composers address topics that are relevant to everyone. Their music highlights our worries and fears, our pain and joy. It can help us think more clearly, feel more profoundly, and live fuller lives than we could without it. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It can alter the way we treat our fellow humans and even our perceptions of ourselves. I want the music my orchestra performs to become a permanent, indispensable dimension of an audience's life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"[There] are timeless compositions that address all the uncertainties and insecurities of this epochal period, and they can support us in our search for meaning. Beethoven, for example, was convinced that man had the capacity to change for the better and to grow throughout life. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is why there is so much hope in his music. His symphonies were meant to drive people forward. Can we hear this even today? I certainly think so."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you think classical music can inspire hope? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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“Forget voting for me”: Samuel Johnson’s desperate plea on DWTS

<p>He’s the fan favourite, and expected to be crowned winner of this year’s<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars</em>, but Samuel Johnson doesn’t want fans to vote for him.</p> <p>Instead, the Gold Logie winner has a different request – to donate 55 cents to his cancer charity Love Your Sister instead of spending the same money on the text message to put forward a vote.</p> <p>In a heartfelt post to Facebook over the weekend, the actor made a plea for viewers to skip over an SMS vote and instead donate to his charity made in honour of his sister, Connie, who passed away in September 2017 after a long battle with cancer.</p> <p>“Being that SMS votes cost 55c and NONE of the proceeds go to charity, I’m asking that you forget voting for me and consider donating 55c to cancer research instead?” Johnson’s post read.</p> <p>“I’ve even created a special 55c button! Unforch it’s not deductible, because it’s less than two bucks.</p> <p>“I cannot work harder for your donation and appreciate your consideration regardless.”</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/BV7-qbpgSsh/?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/BV7-qbpgSsh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Love Your Sister (@loveyoursister)</a> on Jun 29, 2017 at 1:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Johnson further went on to thank his fans for their support, describing his time on<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars</em><span> </span>as a “magnificent” experience.</p> <p>“If I get the boot, it won’t be because I f**ked up. No way. I am so happy that I’ve not repped you poorly,” he wrote.</p> <p>“So thanks for inspiring me to get clean and clear. Thanks for giving me something to dance for.”</p> <p>The winner of<span> </span><em>DWTS</em><span> </span>will be awarded $50,000 for their chosen charity as well as the mirrorball trophy.</p> <p>Viewers are able to vote for their favourite celebrity to stay on the show by voting via SMS for 55 cents a pop or a maximum of once a day online.</p> <p>Johnson retired from acting in 2016 to focus on fundraising money for Love Your Sister, which he ran with his late sister Connie Johnson.<span></span></p> <p>Have you been watching Samuel Johnson compete on Dancing With The Stars? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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Swedish pop stars ABBA announce they’re releasing new music

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABBA, the Swedish pop group that stole the hearts of Aussies across the nation are set to release new music in September or October of 2019.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus has revealed that fans can expect new songs “in September or October” from the group, who broke up 37 years ago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The new songs are </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I Still Have Faith In You </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t Shut Me Down</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ulvaeus told Denmark’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ekstra Bladet</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> newspaper that the music takes “an extremely long time” to make the video with the avatars of the group members.</span></p> <p><iframe width="633" height="356" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JAeDoZMZ7ME" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The avatars that he is referring to is the group reuniting for a virtual tour featuring digital avatars, but unexpected legal issues got in the way of that. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The virtual tour was first announced in 2016 and was expected to premiere this year, but legal complications have delayed the tour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Benny Andersson, another ABBA band member, said in an interview on the fan site IceTheSite that things were running smoothly until they weren’t.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When that press release [about the TV show and recordings] came out, everything was up and running smoothly, then it didn’t run as smoothly,” he said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We are still trying to establish the agreement that needs to be done to be able to continue. We are good.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> “It’s the other side, everything that has to be done, everything that has to be drawn. It’s delayed. It’s not our doing.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Andersson also teased a potential third song from the group.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We may do another one when the show [launches],” he said in an interview posted last month. “And that’s gonna take another 6-8 months. The reasons we did the new songs was to put them in the new show. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Now when this show comes up these songs will be old because they [will have been released when the show launches]. So we said we need to do another one for the show.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also mentioned that no time had passed at all for the group and explained the joys behind recording together again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We had such a good time, we really, really did, we were all back to where we ended, having fun. It was just like no time had passed, we all felt that and we were all happy about feeling that.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Are you excited for new ABBA music? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Leaving Neverland controversy: Michael Jackson’s family hit back with their own documentary

<p>Michael Jackson’s family has hit back at child sex abuse claims against the singer with their own documentary.</p> <p>The half-hour doco, <em>Neverland Firsthand: Investigating the Michael Jackson Documentary</em>, which was released on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4trDbeFWTY" target="_blank">YouTube</a>, <span>aims to refute the allegations made in the controversial HBO doco <em>Leaving Neverland</em>.</span></p> <p>In the mini-doco, Jackson’s nephew Taj Jackson and niece Brandi Jackson questioned the credibility of Robson and Safechuck’s claims that they were abused as children by the late singer.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/m4trDbeFWTY" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Taj dismissed the allegations as an example of people taking advantage of his uncle’s “niceness” throughout his career.</p> <p>Brandi, who was in a relationship with Robson for seven years, described him as an “opportunist” and suggested he went public with the allegations to profit from them.</p> <p>“He has always been a bit of an opportunist, he knows how to position himself into different situations that will benefit him in a financial way,” she said in the film produced by Liam McEwan.</p> <p>“He’s saying that he was in a relationship with my uncle, that they were in love, and that they were having a relationship, if you will. He’s saying that my uncle kept him from women, which is not true.</p> <p>“We were just talking about how my uncle put us together. It would discredit the things that he’s trying to claim, and I find it fascinating that he thinks he’s able to just erase 10 years of his life.”</p> <p>Robson’s lawyer has issued <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/features/8503375/brandi-jackson-on-leaving-neverland-and-wade-robson-relationship" target="_blank">a statement</a> in response to Brandi’s comments: “Ms Jackson was not with Wade and Michael Jackson when the sexual abuse occurred, and as such, she has nothing relevant to say about the topic.”</p> <p>The short film also featured Jackson’s technical director Brad Sundberg, who came to the pop star’s defense despite admitting that he could not say for certain that “nothing happened” in the Neverland Ranch.</p> <p>“Not in a million years did I ever see a child around Michael Jackson that looked like they had been distressed, hurt, abused,” said Sundberg. “[Neverland] was such a peaceful, safe, fun place.”</p> <p>Last week, the director of <em>Leaving Neverland,</em> Dan Reed, responded to critics suggesting that his HBO doco has a factual inaccuracy. Recent reports said that Safechuck could not have been molested at the Neverland train station between 1988 and 1992, as the station was not built until 1994.</p> <p>Reed responded on Twitter: “Yeah there seems to be no doubt about the station date. The date they have wrong is the end of the abuse.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Yeah there seems to be no doubt about the station date. The date they have wrong is the end of the abuse.</p> — Dan Reed (@danreed1000) <a href="https://twitter.com/danreed1000/status/1112364525922254850?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 31, 2019</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">1. James Safechuck was at Neverland both before and after the construction of the train station there. The two still photos of the station shown in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/leavingneverland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#leavingneverland</a> were in fact taken by James, who is very clear that he was abused by Jackson in multiple places over many years.</p> — Dan Reed (@danreed1000) <a href="https://twitter.com/danreed1000/status/1113725996354682880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 4, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>In February, Jackson’s family filed a lawsuit against HBO for “<a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/music/leaving-neverland-doco-why-michael-jackson-s-son-blanket-has-stopped-talking/">[disparaging] Jackson’s legacy</a> by airing a one-sided hit piece against Jackson based exclusively on the false accounts of two proven, serial perjurers.”</p> <p>Jackson, who died in June 2009, settled a child sexual abuse lawsuit out of court in 1993. In 2005, the singer was found not guilty of molesting a 13-year-old boy.</p> <p>Have you watched the<span> </span><em>Leaving Neverland</em><span> </span>documentary? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Jimmy Rees' emotional exit from DWTS to be by newborn's side: "We thought he might not make it"

<p>Children’s entertainer Jimmy Rees has abruptly left <em>Dancing With The Stars</em> after one of his newborn twins was rushed to hospital.</p> <p>The seven-week-old child is recovering after a “main blood vessel” was cut during a controversial tongue tie procedure last week.</p> <p>A tongue-tie is a condition where the thin tissue membrane under a person’s tongue restricts movement. The surgery is sometimes performed on babies with the intention to improve breastfeeding.</p> <p>Jimmy's wife Tori shared that their son Mack had been taken to hospital in an ambulance and needed a blood transfusion as well as CPR.</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/Bv1kN6jBy65/?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/Bv1kN6jBy65/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Please send my beautiful Mack loads of strength and love. I took him today to get a simple tongue tie fixed and the man cut a main blood vessel l. He was rushed via ambulance to a hospital, needed cpr, blood transfusion and now we are in NETS going to children’s hospital. Mack is on a ventilator. Please give him so much strength for us. We are speechless.</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/rees_tori/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Tori Rees</a> (@rees_tori) on Apr 4, 2019 at 7:27am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Tori ended the post saying: “Please give him so much strength for us. We are speechless.”</p> <p>The<span> </span><em>Giggle and Hoot</em><span> </span>host couldn't wait to be a father and shared his joy via Instagram when the twins were born.</p> <p>"Our hearts have doubled in size!! Prepare for some serious baby spam!!!" Jimmy said.</p> <p>Tori was also excited to find out the news that the duo were expecting twins. They told <em>New Idea</em> in November: <span>"I almost fell over when they told me.</span></p> <p>"It still hasn't dawned on us how crazy it's going to be. We just have to go with the flow," Jimmy excitedly added.  </p> <p>In an official post on the Jimmy Rees Facebook page, it was confirmed that Mack was receiving treatment at the Sydney Children's Hospital in the NICU unit.</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/BwAns9sBBy6/?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/BwAns9sBBy6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A time that will be stuck in my head forever. I have the strongest little man in the world. Mack you are a true fighter. After a failed tongue tie snip on Thursday afternoon, my son was rushed by ambulance to Gosford hospital where he laid in resus and had over 30 people working on him. CPR, blood transfusions, ventilator, emergency surgery, NETS transfer, ICU, and a hell of a lot of drugs my Mack has proven the specialists wrong and is slowly mending. Gosford emergency department, you saved my sons life- you were incredible. I love my family, I love my sons, I love my friends, and thank you so much for your thoughts- we are going to be ok xxx @jimmyrees_</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/rees_tori/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Tori Rees</a> (@rees_tori) on Apr 8, 2019 at 2:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/jimmyreesofficial/photos/rpp.198278703631749/1983584468434488/?type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">post read</a>:</p> <p>"Mack is in a stable condition, and at this time there is no cause for immediate alarm," the post read.</p> <p>"We would appreciate if the families privacy could be respected at this time, however Jimmy and Tori would like to formally thank everyone for their well wishes, and hope they will manifest in a speedy recovery for their son."</p> <p>Jimmy explained how quickly things "snowballed" after a routine procedure for Mack took a dark turn.</p> <p>"My son Mack was in for a routine procedure and it didn't go very well. It led to some blood loss and things snowballed from there." </p> <p>"He was rushed to hospital and became quite critical. CPR was administered to the little fella and he was in resuscitation for a little bit," Jimmy said through tears.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Our thoughts are with <a href="https://twitter.com/jimmyrees?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jimmyrees</a> &amp; his family at this tough time. It was a pleasure to have you on the show 🙏🏻 <a href="https://t.co/OlgND50pIM">pic.twitter.com/OlgND50pIM</a></p> — Dancing With The Stars Australia (@DancingOn10) <a href="https://twitter.com/DancingOn10/status/1115201027219828736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 8, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>"He [Mack] was flown to ICU but for a moment there, Tori and I thought that he might not have made it."</p> <p>"He's doing really well, he's a little trooper and we've been by his side."</p> <p>Jimmy then revealed his decision to be with his family during this tough time.</p> <p>"Obviously, I have to make a decision and my decision is to be with my family. It's been a tough decision to give up on the competition, but my family needs me now."</p> <p>"The good news is he's doing really well."</p> <p>A Network 10 spokesman has confirmed that Jimmy is officially out of <em>Dancing With The Stars </em>and won’t be back to compete in the show this season, after making the Top 5.</p> <p>"Jimmy Rees has made the difficult decision to leave<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars</em>," the spokesman said in a statement.</p> <p>"His seven-week-old son, Mack, recently suffered complications during a routine procedure and is in hospital in a stable condition. Understandably, Jimmy has left the competition to be by his son, and wife Tori's side, during this difficult time.</p> <p>"Network 10, Warner Bros, and all the contestants and crew on<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars</em>, wish baby Mack a safe and speedy recovery and thank Jimmy for his time on the show."</p>

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Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger “on the mend” after surgery

<p>Mick Jagger, frontman of the Rolling Stones, is reportedly “on the mend” after having heart surgery.</p> <p>This is the first time he’s spoken out about his surgery since the announcement of The Stones’ postponing their US and Canada tour. The postponement of the tour was to help Jagger recover.</p> <p>Fran Curtis issued a statement explaining that Jagger is doing “very well” after undergoing “treatment”.</p> <p>“Mick Jagger has successfully undergone treatment. He is doing very well and is expected to make a full recovery,” the statement read.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8505740/mick-jagger-undergoes-successful-heart-valve-procedure" target="_blank">Billboard</a> magazine has reported that the surgery involved the replacement of a heart valve. Despite citing unnamed sources, Billboard explained that doctors were able to access the valve through his femoral artery and were monitoring the star for signs of complications.</p> <p>The surgery that was done on Jagger is known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR, which is an increasingly used alternative to surgical valve replacement that requires the chest to be opened. TAVR allows for shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times.</p> <p>Jagger appears to be on the mend, as he thanked the hospital staff for doing a “superb job” and admitted that he’s “feeling much better now”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Thank you everyone for all your messages of support, I’m feeling much better now and on the mend - and also a huge thank you to all the hospital staff for doing a superb job.</p> — Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) <a href="https://twitter.com/MickJagger/status/1114217910237564928?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The North American tour has been scheduled to run from April 20 until June 29. However, The Rolling Stones are yet to release any dates for an Australian tour.</p>

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Celine Dion's major announcement: "I think it's time for a change"

<p>Pop star Celine Dion has announced her first North American tour in more than a decade, much to the delight of her fans. She has also announced a new album called “Courage”, which was inspired by life after the sad death of her husband and manager René Angelil.</p> <p>Dion, 51, shared the exciting announcement at a live performance show in Los Angeles. The show was broadcasted via Facebook Live and was watched by more than 11,000 fans around the world.</p> <p>With 40 dates to choose from in a range of cities including Toronto, Dallas and Brooklyn, there are ample opportunities for fans to see her perform her hits, such as <em>My Heart Will Go On</em> and <em>Ashes</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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvz3F5dg65e/?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/Bvz3F5dg65e/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">For the first time in over a decade, Celine Dion will tour North America. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 12. Team Celine presale starts Monday, April 8. For more info including all tour dates go to celinedion.com - Team Céline⁣ .⁣ Pour la première fois depuis plus de dix ans, Céline Dion sera en tournée nord-américaine. Les billets seront mis en vente le vendredi 12 avril et la prévente Team Céline débutera le lundi 8 avril. Pour plus d’informations, incluant toutes les dates de tournées, allez au celinedion.com - Team Céline</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/celinedion/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Céline Dion</a> (@celinedion) on Apr 3, 2019 at 3:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The iconic singer announced that her residency in Las Vegas would end in June and that she would be hitting the road afterwards.</p> <p>"I think it's time for a change, time to hit the road," she said on Thursday.</p> <p>The singer explained the reason for the album title, saying it was inspired by the death of her husband and manager René Angelil, who passed away in January 2016 from throat cancer. </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/BPO3dQkgotI/?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/BPO3dQkgotI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Il y a un an, le 14 janvier 2016, René Angélil nous quittait. Son souvenir reste à jamais gravé dans nos cœurs. Today, January 14th, it’s been a year since René left us. He will always be in our hearts. -Team Céline ❤</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/celinedion/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Céline Dion</a> (@celinedion) on Jan 13, 2017 at 9:01pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"When I lost Rene, he wanted me back on stage. He wanted to make sure I was still practicing my passion," she said.</p> <p>"I wanted to prove to him that I'm fine, we're fine, we're going to be OK. I've got this."</p> <p>Earlier this year, the singing superstar had fans worried after she appeared looking extremely gaunt in January, but had attributed the dramatic weight loss to her reignited love of ballet. </p> <p>“Dancing has been in my DNA all of my life,” she told <em>People</em>. “It’s a dream. And so hard!... I do this four times a week.”</p> <p>Are you going to see Céline Dion perform in concert during her upcoming tour? Let us know in the comments. </p>

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This hospital uses piano music to boost the mood and mental health of patients

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The doctors, nurses, patients and visitors of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital get to enjoy the sight and sounds of a grand piano in the foyer of the hospital.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A group of doctors lobbied for the grand piano to be introduced to the hospital some months ago. The Australian Doctor’s Orchestra finally donated the 50-year-old instrument this month.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Musician and Sunshine Coast doctor Michael Lam was behind the movement. He told </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-16/hospital-piano-proves-to-be-a-joy-for-staff-patients-visitors/10897074"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ABC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I found it was really a shame that we had lots of this beautiful space but we didn't have any opportunities available for people to play music here, so we thought we would change that," Dr Lam explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It brings a certain light to the space of the hospital which can be a place for a lot of suffering and sadness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I have lots of colleagues messaging me when one of the bosses sits down and plays for about 10 minutes."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It is really nice to see people who are so focussed on their clinical work also engaging in this cultural side of things."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Lam said that the benefits of musical therapy are well documented and that the benefit extends beyond patients and visitors. </span>For many, piano is known as a total brain workout.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Piano: the total brain workout <a href="http://t.co/SIX3GiRI29">pic.twitter.com/SIX3GiRI29</a></p> — ABC Classic (@ABCClassic) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCClassic/status/651496602708742144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 6, 2015</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We know that it helps significantly in the fields of anxiety relief, people suffering from eating disorders and as a distraction care therapy for palliative care patients," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We know very well that depression and anxiety and the rates of self-harm and suicide are almost double that of the normal population in doctors and we know that staff wellbeing initiatives are really important in order to keep that number as low as possible," Dr Lam said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We do still have problems with managing that stress and suffering at work … but we can have people sitting here playing the piano and brightening up their day a little."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many staff take the time to let loose on the keys, including experienced pianist and nurse unit manager Helen Rodgers.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's really good for the soul, it makes you feel really invigorated," Ms Rodgers said</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We come down here of a lunchtime and my staff come and they say, 'It's just such a good feeling', those endorphins are just running wild by the time we go back.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The other day a patient who was waiting for her husband in oncology came up to me and said, 'I heard you playing </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Send in the Clowns</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and I cried'."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The impact of music is being noticed at a senior level as well. Dr Clinton Roddick, whose a paediatric senior house officer has said that the piano has had a positive influence on staff.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It allows us to refocus and remind ourselves that there's some joy outside work," Mr Roddick said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"And then go back and probably do a better job just because we've had that little moment of joy and being able to do something which reminds us why we do this work."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you think it’s a good idea to have a piano in a hospital? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Pink's tough family lesson

<p>Pink is a beloved star in her own right, with millions of adoring fans around the world. But unfortunately, when you attract such a large crowd, there are bound to be a few bad eggs.</p> <p>The mother-of-two learnt that the hard way after posting an image of her two children near-naked on her Instagram page.</p> <p>Thinking nothing of the innocent photo of the two youngsters observing a pelican near the water, the entertainer didn’t realise that so many of her followers would have a problem with it.</p> <p>The photo shows Willow topless and Jameson only wearing a t-shirt. The natural photo has an element of candidness to it, as it shows the bond of a mother with her children.</p> <p>But it wasn’t long before people took to the comment section to call out the 39-year-old, accusing her of exposing her children. Shortly after, uncomfortable comments on whether or not her son was circumcised started to come forward.</p> <p>Unfortunately, in the age of social media, regulating what people can and can’t say is next to impossible.</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/BvrhONxhEni/?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/BvrhONxhEni/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real? As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper. I deleted it because you’re all fucking disgusting. And now I’m turning off my comments and shaking my head at the state of social media and keyboard warriors, And the negativity that you bring to other people’s lives. There is something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Smfh. Here’s a picture of the pelican we obviously caught and abused for hours before dangling baby penis in its face.</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/pink/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> P!NK</a> (@pink) on Mar 31, 2019 at 9:49am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there,” wrote Pink on her Instagram, after receiving backlash. “Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real? As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper.</p> <p>“I deleted it because you’re all f****** disgusting. And now I’m turning off my comments and shaking my head at the state of social media and keyboard warriors, and the negativity that you bring to other people’s lives.”</p> <p>A lesson learned not only for Pink, but for everyone who shares photos of their children or grandchildren online. Before pressing upload, think about the future, and whether those kids would want those photos circulating when they’re older.</p> <p>Because what stays on the internet, remains on the internet.</p> <p>Do you think Pink has the right to be angry? Or are you against posting photos of children online? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Why background music “significantly impairs” your creativity

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Psychologists from the University of Central Lancashire, University of Gävle in Sweden and Lancaster University have asked people to complete verbal problems that are believed to stimulate creativity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is to test whether or not background music stifles creativity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Participants were presented with three words and were asked to find a single word that when combined, make a common word or phrase. For example, if you chose the word “sun”, the combined word could be “sundress”, “sunflower” and “sundial”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Participants then performed the task while listening to music with unfamiliar lyrics, music with familiar lyrics or instrumental lyrics. The researchers also tested the effect of silence and quiet background noise from a library.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Neil McLatchie from Lancaster University explained that music stifles creativity. He told the</span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/classic/read-and-watch/news/music-impairs-creativity/10912466"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> ABC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the team “found strong evidence of impaired performance when playing background music in comparison to quiet background conditions."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This means that even though you’re listening to your favourite song, it’s still impairing your creativity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Even music that participants liked or made them feel good still stifled their creative juices.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The research results suggest that music disrupts verbal working memory.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, there was no difference found between quiet background noise and silence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">McLatchie believes that this was because of the steady state of background noise that doesn’t disrupt verbal processes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For those of you who want to listen to music whilst you’re working away, classical music that makes listeners feel happy has been found to stimulate creative thinking.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Do you listen to music whilst working? Let us know in the comments.</span></p>

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Leaving Neverland: Director says police are convinced of Michael Jackson’s guilt

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The director of the explosive </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leaving Neverland</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> documentary has claimed that police who investigated Michael Jackson over child sex abuse claims were convinced of the singer’s guilt.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jackson is facing renewed allegations that he molested children after the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Leaving Neverland</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> documentary aired graphic claims from Wade Robson and James Safechuck.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The claims have angered the Jackson family and fans of his music.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, director Dan Reed said that their allegations went through a vigorous process of fact-checking.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking to </span><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/none-of-them-had-any-doubts-at-all-about-his-guilt-leaving-neverland-director-dan-reed/news-story/b44cc1532b5cb88b76b15c3f3d8abe79"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Morning Show</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Reed explained that he “went in with an open mind” before becoming convinced of Jackson’s guilt. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t approach this in a naive way. I listened very carefully to days and days and days of interview, then we went and did about 18 months of research and checked everything we could and tried to poke holes in Wade and James’ accounts,” Reed explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We didn’t find anything that cast any doubt on their accounts — on the contrary, we found a lot of corroborating evidence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I interviewed the police investigators and the sheriff’s department investigators who were part of looking into Michael Jackson’s background, and none of them had any doubts at all about his guilt.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reed explained that he was worried about the impact that the documentary would have on Jackson’s children, but the stories of Robson and Safechuck needed to be told.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The politics of the Jackson clan is very complicated and this supposed attempted suicide of Paris, which she has immediately denied, that’s very puzzling. I don’t know what’s going on there,” Reed said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Jackson’s children had nothing to do with the sexual abuse and of course they’re upset that their dad is being accused of all this stuff. But these allegations have been around for decades now and they won’t come as any surprise to the kids.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I feel for them, I wish them the very best, but the truth must come out because I think this is an important story.”</span></p>

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Health fears for Mick Jagger as he suffers from mystery illness

<p>The Rolling Stones have postponed the North American leg of their US tour after it was confirmed Mick Jagger has fallen ill with a mystery illness. </p> <p><span>An announcement was made on Saturday explaining the situation.</span></p> <p>According to the statement, Jagger needs to rest.</p> <p>Mick Jagger “has been advised by doctors that he cannot go on tour at this time as he needs medical treatment."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/ZsUlAPQkRA">pic.twitter.com/ZsUlAPQkRA</a></p> — The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) <a href="https://twitter.com/RollingStones/status/1111976609110724608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">30 March 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“The doctors have advised Mick that he is expected to make a complete recovery so that he can get back on stage as soon as possible,” read the Twitter post. </p> <p>The Rolling Stone’s No Filter tour was scheduled to start in Miami on April 20.</p> <p>Although it is unknown what the 75-year-old is suffering from, an insider close to the group has told <a rel="noopener" href="https://variety.com/2019/music/news/rolling-stones-postpone-north-american-tour-1203176663/" target="_blank">Variety</a> that he is “not bedridden”.</p> <p>They then went onto say, “This is not a serious thing.”</p> <p>Jagger has said in a statement that he’s “hugely disappointed” about the news.</p> <p>“I hate letting our fans down and I’m hugely disappointed to have to postpone the tour but am looking forward to getting back on stage as soon as I can.”</p> <p>Tour promoters for the concerts have advised fans to hold onto their tickets as they’re still valid for the rescheduled dates.</p>

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Investigator reveals Michael Hutchence's lover's shocking revelation

<p>A detective in charge of the Michael Hutchence death case has insisted that he got it right as he detailed the investigation on the late rock star and the claims made by partner Paula Yates.</p> <p>In the <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/policetape/he-choked-me-hutchence-lovers-shocking-revelation-after-stars-death/news-story/3f768f4cf1c8fb8e8372cb17933ba4ee?utm_source=Daily%20Telegraph&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=editorial"><em>True Crime Australia</em></a> podcast, former detective Inspector Mark Smith shared the heated conversation he had with Hutchence’s partner days after the INXS frontman’s body was found in Sydney’s Ritz-Carlton hotel in 1997.</p> <p>Smith said Yates was adamant that Hutchence’s death was not a suicide, but a result of sexual misadventure.</p> <p>“She may have even had a few drinks, I’m not sure, but she said she wanted to talk to the coroner and tell him it was some weird sex thing that Michael would have been doing,” said Smith, claiming that Yates recounted the couple’s sexual practices afterwards in an attempt to convince him.</p> <p>Smith said he believes he came to the right conclusion following a “thorough investigation”, citing the events that happened on the night and the substances that were found in the singer’s body.</p> <p>According to Smith, Hutchence made and received a series of emotional phone calls to multiple people, including Yates’ ex-husband Bob Geldof, personal manager Martha Troup and ex-partner Michele Bennett.</p> <p>“It all points to one thing … it points to the fact he was depressed,” said Smith. “He had a lot of things in his system, Prozac, cocaine, alcohol and other prescribed drugs, and it was a perfect storm, all these things coming together.”</p> <p>Despite the rumours surrounding Hutchence’s cause of death, Smith said, “Take your mind away from who it was, Michael Hutchence, and take your mind to who it wasn’t, concentrate on the scene and the facts, which is what you do with any type of death.”</p> <p>If you are troubled by this article, experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide, you can call Lifeline 131 114 or beyondblue 1300 224 636 or visit lifeline.org.au or beyondblue.org.au.</p>

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Did academia kill jazz?

<p>Jazz seems to be experiencing a bit of a renaissance among movie directors – look no further than documentaries such as “<a href="https://www.sundance.org/projects/miles-davis-birth-of-the-cool">Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool</a>,” which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, biopics such as “<a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2133196/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">Born to Be Blue</a>,” and recent Oscar winners like “<a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582802/">Whiplash</a>.”</p> <p>While films about jazz are everywhere, evidence suggests that fewer people are<span> </span><a href="https://www.arts.gov/artistic-fields/research-analysis/arts-data-profiles/arts-data-profile-18">actually consuming the music, putting the genre more on par with classical music</a><span> </span>than with today’s pop artists.</p> <p>There are a host of reasons for the decline of jazz as a popular music, but the one that interests me<span> </span><a href="https://harrisburg.psu.edu/faculty-and-staff/adam-gustafson">as a music historian</a><span> </span>is the role that academics played.</p> <p>In our attempt to elevate jazz to the ivory tower, we may have inadvertently helped to kill it as a popular style.</p> <p>However, all is not lost. While the genre might seem destined for academic obscurity, jazz continues to kick around in popular music – just in subtler ways.</p> <p><strong>Jazz captivates the country</strong></p> <p>In the 1920s, during the early years of<span> </span><a href="https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/great-migration">the Great Migration</a>, waves of black Americans migrated from the South into the industrial cities of the North. Black jazz musicians, particularly those from New Orleans, brought their sound with them. They moved to neighborhoods such as<span> </span><a href="http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1212.html">The Stroll in Chicago</a>,<span> </span><a href="https://detroithistorical.org/learn/encyclopedia-of-detroit/black-bottom-neighborhood">Black Bottom in Detroit</a>,<span> </span><a href="https://americanjazzmuseum.org/content/neon-signs-18th-vine">12th Street and Vine</a>in Kansas City and, of course, Harlem. This occurred just as the record industry blossomed and radios became mainstays in American homes.</p> <p>Jazz was well-positioned to become the most popular genre of music in the nation.</p> <p>Over the next decade, the genre underwent a transformation. Artists began to amass larger ensembles, fusing the energy of jazz with the volume of dance bands.<span> </span><a href="https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Billboard_Illustrated_Encyclopedia_o.html?id=w51ptGAeszIC&amp;source=kp_book_description">The Swing Era</a><span> </span>was born, and jazz orchestras dominated pop charts.</p> <p>These developments led to a new set of issues. Larger bands meant less freedom to improvise, the cornerstone of jazz. During the 1940s, music recordings became increasingly important, and jazz musicians found themselves frustrated with how little they were being paid, resulting in a<span> </span><a href="https://www.afm.org/about/history-2/">series of strikes</a><span> </span>by the American Federation of Musicians.</p> <p>By the time these problems were resolved, America’s youth had already begun gravitating toward new styles of R&amp;B and country, which would eventually morph into rock ‘n’ roll:</p> <p>After that, jazz never really recovered.</p> <p><strong>From the club to the classroom</strong></p> <p>Jazz underwent another, more subtle, shift during that same time period: It left the club and went to college.</p> <p>After World War II, jazz genres fractured and the music became more complex. It also became popular among college students. Dave Brubeck Quartet released several albums in the early 1950s that acknowledged the group’s popularity with the college crowd, including “Jazz at Oberlin” and “Jazz at the College of the Pacific.”</p> <p>Perhaps university administrators wanted to elevate a distinctly American genre to a status of “high art.” Or, maybe they just wanted to capitalize on jazz’s popularity among college students. Either way, universities started to create curriculums geared towards the genre, and by the end of the 1950s, several institutions, such as the<span> </span><a href="https://jazz.unt.edu/history">University of North Texas</a><span> </span>and the<span> </span><a href="https://www.berklee.edu/about/brief-history">Berklee College of Music,</a><span> </span>had jazz programs up and running.</p> <p>In the classroom, jazz was explored in a new way. Rather than hearing jazz played while grinding on a dance floor, it became something to dissect. In one of the earliest jazz histories, “<a href="https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Story_of_Jazz.html?id=tDQrHw5zNaYC">The Story of Jazz</a>,” musicologist Marshall Stearns captures this shift. He begins his book by explaining how difficult it is to categorize the spirit of jazz. He then spends over 300 pages trying to do just that.</p> <p>Popular culture began to reflect jazz’s shifting identity as the music of educated people. The 1953 film “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCENBce_dls">The Wild One</a>” features a bouncing big band soundtrack that underscores the shenanigans of a motorcycle gang led by Marlon Brando.</p> <p>Just two years later, “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7CGVPYIk54">Blackboard Jungle</a>,” also features delinquent kids – except this time, they prefer the sound of<span> </span><a href="https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/bill-haley">Bill Haley</a>. In one scene, their math teacher tries to get the kids to appreciate his collection of jazz records. The scene ends with the kids beating the teacher and breaking his records.</p> <p>Jazz had gone from the music of youthful rebellion to that of the cultured elite.</p> <p>During the 1960s, jazz may have been as eclectic as ever. But academics like historian Neil Leonard continued to push for jazz to be made into a serious subject of academic inquiry, as he argued in his book “<a href="https://academic.oup.com/jah/article/49/4/727/823999">Jazz and the White Americans</a>.” Professional groups devoted to the study of jazz education were founded, such as the<span> </span><a href="https://www.apassion4jazz.net/iaje.html">National Association for Jazz Education</a>.</p> <p>During the 1970s and 1980s, introductory jazz courses started to reach critical mass and led to the growth of what jazz critic Nate Chinen dubbed the “<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/07/arts/music/07chin.html">jazz-education industry</a>.” Playing jazz required a college degree. Jazz had become the music of the educated. It was the music of Cliff and Clair Huxtable, one a doctor and the other a lawyer, from “The Cosby Show.”</p> <p><strong>Just don't call it "jazz"</strong></p> <p>In the last 20 years, jazz’s identity as an academic art form has only grown. At my institution, almost all of the non-classical course offerings in the music school are about jazz.</p> <p>Today, in any given semester on any given campus, you can find college students sitting in classrooms at 9 a.m. on a Tuesday trying to absorb the importance and complexity of a music meant to be heard in a club at 2 a.m. on a Saturday. It’s become brussels sprouts for budding music aficionados: You know it’s good for you, but it doesn’t necessarily taste all that great.</p> <p>Outside of the classroom, a dwindling audience base has forced traditional jazz venues to play into the notion of jazz as an educated person’s music. The current iteration of<span> </span><a href="http://mintonsharlem.com/about-mintons/">Minton’s Playhouse</a>, a club that was once a bastion of jazz energy, now calls jazz “America’s classical music” in an attempt to raise the profile of the genre (and perhaps justify the cost of the steaks being served there).</p> <p>Other venues have minimized jazz. This year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival<span> </span><a href="https://www.nojazzfest.com/lineup/#/">will feature</a><span> </span>decidedly non-jazz artists such as Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones and Chris Stapleton.</p> <p>Despite jazz’s distance from its popular roots, a little digging shows that we still like listening to jazz more than we think. We just stopped openly calling it jazz.</p> <p>Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album “<a href="https://medium.com/cuepoint/the-oral-history-of-kendrick-lamar-s-to-pimp-a-butterfly-622f725c3fde">To Pimp a Butterfly</a>” is every bit as much a jazz album as it is a rap album, thanks to Lamar’s collaboration with the saxophonist<span> </span><a href="https://www.complex.com/music/2017/10/kamasi-washington-on-kendrick-lamar-to-pimp-butterfly">Kamasi Washington</a>. Washington also had a short film, “As Told to G/D Thyself,” based on his album, “Heaven and Earth,” at Sundance.</p> <p>Lamar’s album was such a revelation that it inspired David Bowie to feature a jazz ensemble as his backing band for his final rock album, “<a href="https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/obituary/6836599/david-bowie-blackstar-jazz-musicians-remember">Blackstar</a>.”</p> <p>Meanwhile, the music collective<span> </span><a href="http://snarkypuppy.com/about">Snarky Puppy</a><span> </span>has become an international sensation by creating<span> </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_XJ_s5IsQc">long-form jazz works</a><span> </span>while avoiding any specific labels. Another music collective, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, has found a way to keep the sound of jazz alive – and to embrace jazz’s lighter side – by transforming contemporary pop songs into historical<span> </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLnZ1NQm2uk">jazz genres</a>.</p> <p>With academia positioning jazz as art music, the genre is unlikely to experience a popular resurgence any time soon.</p> <p>But today’s artists are proving that the spirit of jazz is alive and well, and that jazz is much more than its name.</p> <p>Maybe this is fitting: The earliest jazz musicians didn’t call their music “jazz” either. Instead, they blended their sound with pre-existing pop genres, and, in doing so, created one of the most distinct forms of music in American history.</p> <p><em>Written by Adam Gustafson. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/did-academia-kill-jazz-110485">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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