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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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Michael Bublé and wife Luisana Lopilato share first photo of new baby daughter

<p>Michael Bublé and wife Luisana Lopilato have welcomed their third child and first daughter into the world, sharing the first photo of the newborn’s tiny hand.</p> <p>“How to explain that our heart explodes with love? That there’s not enough hours in a day to think about it. I thank God for making us this gift of life and happiness! Because looking in her eyes is looking at heaven itself!” the Argentinian actress wrote in Spanish on Instagram.</p> <p>“We love you to infinity and beyond. We waited for you not only to grow as a family … you gave us light, hope, you are and will be our souls’ life,” she added.</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/BltATwQhNA9/" 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/BltATwQhNA9/" target="_blank">A post shared by Luisana Lopilato (@luisanalopilato)</a> on Jul 26, 2018 at 10:26am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The Canadian singer and his wife also have two boys together, Noah, 5, and Elias, 2.</p> <p>In July, Bublé confirmed the newest addition to their family would be a baby girl.</p> <p>“I got my first little girl coming in three weeks, and I’ve actually never said that before in public. I’ve got a daughter coming,” he said on Ireland’s Today FM radio’s <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show</em>.</p> <p>The family have endured a difficult couple of years after their eldest son, Noah, was diagnosed with cancer in 2016.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BLoIek9jPFg/" 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/BLoIek9jPFg/" target="_blank">A post shared by Michael Bublé (@michaelbuble)</a> on Oct 16, 2016 at 7:25am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 31-year-old mum opened up about her son’s cancer battle in an interview in June last year with Argentinian TV host Susana Giménez.</p> <p>"We did all the tests, and finally, we found out that it was what it was,” she said. </p> <p>“These things, when they happen to you in life, they make you realize that the most important thing isn’t what you thought it was — it’s to have faith, to be strong.</p> <p>“There were nights I couldn’t sleep, that I prayed to God,” Lopilato shared.</p> <p>“Because it is a long process — but thank God the worst is over.”</p> <p>In March, Lopilato debuted her baby bump on the red carpet at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, where Bublé was hosting the show.</p> <p>The 42-year-old singer gave a special mention to his wife on stage, saying: “I love you so much, mi amor.”</p> <p>While speaking to <a href="https://etcanada.com/"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>ET Canada</u></em></strong></a> at the event, Bublé spoke of Noah’s health battle.</p> <p>“Emotionally, it’s a roller coaster,” he admitted.</p> <p>“I think life sort of teaches you these hard lessons sometimes. Part of that lesson is that it allowed me to really have perspective, and to really enjoy more than I ever have in my life. I enjoy the small things.”</p>

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Barbra Streisand celebrates 20 years of marriage to James Brolin

<p>Legendary singer Barbra Streisand has celebrated her 20<sup>th</sup> wedding anniversary to her 77-year-old actor and husband James Brolin with a sweet message on her Instagram account.</p> <p>The couple, who were set up on a blind date, married on July 1, 1998 – two years after their infamous meeting.</p> <p>“Has it really been 22 years since our blind date @jamesbrolin_?” the <em>Woman In Love</em> singer wrote.</p> <p>“Married for 20 years. Happy anniversary honey. Bee. X.”</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: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.48665955176094% 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="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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BksWqg8hBi6/" target="_blank">Has it really been 22 years since our blind date @jamesbrolin_ ? Married for 20 years. Happy anniversary honey. Bee. X</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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/barbrastreisand/" target="_blank"> Barbra Streisand</a> (@barbrastreisand) on Jul 1, 2018 at 7:51am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 76-year-old songstress previously told <em>W Magazine</em>, “I met him at a dinner and expected a bearded mountain-man type, and he had cut off all his hair and was clean-shaven.”</p> <p>Barbra continued, “I asked him, ‘Who screwed up your hair?’ He later told me that’s when he fell in love with me. My fella likes to hear the truth, which is unusual.”</p> <p>The singer is also soon to become a grandmother again with her stepson, actor Josh Brolin and his wife Kathryn Boyd expecting their first child together, a baby girl.</p> <p><img width="499" height="340" src="/media/7819570/screen-shot-2018-07-03-at-62754-pm_499x340.jpg" alt="Screen Shot 2018-07-03 At 6.27.54 Pm"/></p> <p>Josh recently told <em>People</em> about his step-mum, “My wife got her a bracelet that said ‘Grandma’ on it and she started crying.”</p> <p>He continued, “She is one of those … it’s annoying but in a really great way, [with] emails every day and like, ‘Hey, I thought of this name, what do you think of that? … When can I come over and feel the baby?’”</p> <p>The actor, who already has two adult children, son Trevor, 30, and daughter Eden, 28, concluded, “She is really into it and I love that she is into it. I mean, it’s like very typical Jewish grandmother who is saturated by this event. It’s awesome.”</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p>

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In photos: A rare glimpse into Elvis Presley’s life before he became the king

<p>The year was 1956 when the soon-to-be king Elvis Presley released his first, self-titled album and made his film debut in Love Me Tender.</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>Earlier that year, recording company RCA hired Alfred Wertheimer to photograph the 21-year-old star. Wertheimer shot nearly 3,000 photographs that year of the young up-and-comer whose meteoric rise to fame was still come. </p> <p><img width="634" height="423" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/03/00/2825905500000578-0-image-a-1_1430608312330.jpg" alt="The Kiss: Alfred Wertheimer's work, including this iconic shot of Presley before a show, provided an intimate look at the young star" class="blkBorder img-share" id="i-fd9d4bea48ed4df6"/></p> <p><img width="634" height="423" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/03/00/2825908900000578-0-image-a-2_1430608375827.jpg" alt="Unguarded: 'He got there right when he was still a human being,' Wertheimer's niece Pam told the New York Times, since in later years Elvis would be kept sequestered from the press" class="blkBorder img-share" id="i-6386a087dcfcf95c"/></p> <p><img width="634" height="955" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/03/00/2825906F00000578-0-image-a-4_1430608517232.jpg" alt="Crooner: Wertheimer is responsible for some of the most famous - and only - photos of the King, as his zealous manager Colonel Tom Parker hid his talent from the press in later years " class="blkBorder img-share" id="i-66daec5cfb8d0baa"/></p> <p><img width="634" height="423" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/03/00/282C708800000578-0-image-a-5_1430608662916.jpg" alt="Unrecognized: The face that sparked the screams of millions of fans was still rarely recognized when Presley (right) dined in a restaurant in Jefferson, Virginia, in 1956" class="blkBorder img-share" id="i-6cdff5bb73802943"/></p> <p><img width="634" height="951" src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/05/03/00/2825909900000578-0-image-a-6_1430608665492.jpg" alt="On their feet: After Elvis's death in 1977, Wertheimer said the calls for his work came pouring in with renewed interest in the singer's early life" class="blkBorder img-share" id="i-8382e3ea1b83a21d"/></p> <p><strong>Related links: </strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/news/news/2015/04/elvis-presleys-grandson-ben/">Elvis Presley’s grandson is the spitting image of him</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/news/news/2015/04/10-facts-about-the-beatles/">10 things you might not know about the Beatles</a></strong></em></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="/news/news/2015/04/100-year-old-maths-teacher/">A 100-year-old maths teacher is still working at the school she attended in the 1920s</a></strong></em></span></p>

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Jimmy Barnes’ struggle to overcome “nightmare” childhood: “It shocks me I managed to live through it”

<p>Legendary rocker Jimmy Barnes has revealed in a new interview that he turned to self-harm for decades, as a way to overcome and deal with his “nightmare” childhood.</p> <p>“It shocks me I managed to live through it,” the singer told <em><a href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/movies/jimmy-barnes-shares-first-look-at-working-class-boy-film-about-his-harrowing-childhood/news-story/d5303bbd2ed71384e115c1751a6c4550">The Courier Mail</a></em>.</p> <p>Jimmy shared his tumultuous upbringing in his 2016 best-selling memoir, <em>Working Class Boy</em>, where he revealed his childhood was filled with family violence, alcoholism and poverty, and in the prologue of the book, he shared that he had attempted suicide in his hotel room in Auckland in 2012.</p> <p>The singer wrote that he woke up in his large hotel suite, where he was staying with his wife of 37 years, Jane, not remembering that he had tried to take his own life by drinking the contents of the hotel minibar dry.</p> <p>“Tied around the clothes rail is the dressing gown cord, just where I must have left it,” Jimmy shared in the memoir.</p> <p>“The rail, the cord and me with the cord around my neck waiting to die. But I didn’t. It’s not that easy to die, apparently,” he wrote.</p> <p>Now a documentary film with the same title as his book has been made.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fcouriermail%2Fvideos%2F10156098314482702%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>“If it all hadn’t come out in the book, at some point it would have all washed over me and dragged me down,” the Cold Chisel front man admitted to <em>The Courier Mail</em>.</p> <p>“It probably would have a long time ago if I hadn’t been constantly trying to dodge the past having the distractions of drugs, drink and rock ‘n’ roll,” the 62-year-old added.</p> <p>“I’m surprised none of that didn’t kill me sooner.”</p> <p>Working on the documentary meant Jimmy had to return to his childhood home in South Australia, as well as Scotland, where he was born. His son David Campbell also makes an appearance in the film.</p> <p>The revered rocker said it was emotionally overwhelming returning to his “nightmare”.</p> <p>“When we were standing in the paddock across the road from the house we grew up in … it was like looking at a nightmare,” he told <em>The Courier Mail</em>.</p> <p>“I remembered being dragged down the road, our parents fighting over us – you could feel it, taste it again,” he added.</p> <p>“The director Mark Joffe was trying to talk to me and I couldn’t hear him … I looked at the street and almost every house I looked at had something about it that made me afraid,” Jimmy explained.</p> <p>“After writing about it and reliving it for the shows, to go there again made it more intense, more real but in a way, it helped put a bit of closure to it.”</p> <p>Along with son David Campbell, the documentary also features his wife Jane, plus Cold Chisel bandmates Don Walker and Ian Moss, who share their reflections.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t tell anybody else to get to where I am by doing what I did, but I can’t regret any of it, it has made me who I am,” the rock singer says in the trailer of the film.</p> <p>“And I’m starting to like who I am.”</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p>

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Bryan Adams sets the record straight on rumoured romance with Princess Diana

<p>It is well-known that “Summer of ‘69” singer Bryan Adams was close to Princess Diana.</p> <p>Appearing on US talk show <em>Watch What Happens Live</em> this week, host Andy Cohen addressed whether there was any truth to the long-time rumours that there was a romance between the Canadian rocker and the people’s princess.</p> <p>During a game called Plead The Fifth, the 58-year-old rocker was asked by the host, “There are many rumours that you and Princess Diana were once romantically involved. Her butler [Paul Burrell] said that he used to sneak you into Kensington Palace. How would you characterise your relationship with Princess Diana?”</p> <p>The singer responded, “Great friends. And she didn’t sneak me in, I would just roll up.”</p> <p>When host Andy hinted that maybe they were “friends with benefits,” Bryan replied, “She was just… we were good friends.”</p> <p><img width="500" height="334" src="/media/7819463/2-bryan-diana_500x334.jpg" alt="2 Bryan Diana (1)"/></p> <p><img width="500" height="334" src="/media/7819464/3-bryan-diana_500x334.jpg" alt="3 Bryan Diana"/></p> <p>The hit-maker’s former long-time girlfriend, model and Bond girl <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-201400/Diana-affair-rock-star.html">Cecilie Thomsen, reportedly claimed</a> she knew Bryan was having an affair with Diana in 1996, and that it didn’t make their “stormy relationship” easier.</p> <p>“I knew Diana had an affair with Bryan,” the Danish actress stated in an interview in 2003.</p> <p>“Bryan knew Paul Burrell very well and Paul was part of the inner circle around Bryan, and he also introduced him to Diana. The first time Bryan met Diana I wasn’t invited,” Cecilie continued.</p> <p>“Ours was a stormy relationship and Bryan’s affair with Diana didn’t make it easier.”</p> <p>Over a decade earlier, before they had even met, the “Everything I Do” crooner penned and released a song about the princess called “Diana”, about her marriage, how the royal drove him “wild” and how she was the “queen” of his dreams and pondered what she was doing with a guy like her husband Prince Charlies in the lyrics.</p> <p> </p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p>

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Nicole Kidman reveals old-fashioned secret to 12 years of happy marriage with Keith Urban

<p>This week, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban shared loving tributes to each other in celebration of their 12th wedding anniversary.</p> <p>While Keith shared a photo of Nicole standing behind him doing some “celestial synergised soul dancing”, the actress posted rare footage of their Australian wedding.</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: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 36.640625% 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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkeOI0ZgPMW/" target="_blank">A post shared by Nicole Kidman (@nicolekidman)</a> on Jun 25, 2018 at 8:07pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Remembering 12 years ago today at a church in Manly, Australia. Still feels like it was yesterday. I’m a lucky woman. Happy Anniversary Baby,” she wrote.</p> <p>Since their 2006 wedding, the famous couple regularly have melted the hearts of fans all over the world, as they proudly showcase their love for each other despite their intense work schedules.</p> <p>So, what is the secret to their years of happiness together?</p> <p>In a new interview, the <em>Big Little Lies</em> actress pinned their success on keeping their romance old-fashioned and not texting each other.</p> <p>When they are away from one another, Nicole revealed that the pair will choose to ring each other or do a video call.</p> <p>"That is <em>so</em> not our relationship," Nicole said about texting at Create &amp; Cultivate and Neutrogena Everyday Is A Sunday panel.</p> <p>She said the couple prefer “voice to voice and skin to skin” interactions when keeping in touch, and revealed that they will hop on a last-minute flight if they miss each other while they are away.</p> <p>"The reason it started at the beginning was because I didn't know how to text [laughs] and it just kind of worked for us," she said.</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: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 49.02777777777778% 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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BkdsZFbl406/" target="_blank">A post shared by Keith Urban (@keithurban)</a> on Jun 25, 2018 at 3:12pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"We talk all the time and we FaceTime but we just don't text because I feel like texting can be misrepresentative at times. And I've had the thing where I reread texts and I'm like, 'What does that mean?' and then read it to somebody and go 'Can you interpret that?' I don't want that between my lover and I."</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>Nicole also said it was important for her and Keith to have “fun together” in each other’s company.</p> <p>"If there is one person I can hang out with, it's him and the girls and that's it. That's so much enough for me," she continued.</p> <p>"We'll get on planes and fly overnight rather than have a night apart. We will do anything to make it work. Jetlag is always a challenge though!"</p> <p>Congratulations on the sweet milestone Nicole and Keith! </p>

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Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie claims she is broke

<p>Lisa Marie Presley claims her former business manager squandered her entire share of late father Elvis’ $US100 million ($AU135 million) fortune.</p> <p>In new court documents obtained by the Daily Mail, Presley alleges that Barry Siegel whittled her $US100 million trust down to just $US14,000 ($AU19,000) in poor investments, while assuring her that finances were in “good shape”.</p> <p>In her filing, Presley claims Siegel and Provident Financial Management billed her $US4.9 million ($AY6.6 million) to manage her trust, which amounts to a salary of over $US700,000 ($950,000) per year for Siegel.</p> <p>“Had Siegel disclosed the trust’s true financial condition to Presley and restricted spending to the trust’s ‘income’ rather than its principal assets, Presley would have lived comfortably on an annual budget of between $US1.5 ($2 million) and $US2 million ($2.7 million) per year, after taxes,” the documents claim.</p> <p>“On this budget, Siegel’s lucrative compensation package would have amounted to between 40 to 50 per cent of Presley’s post-tax annual budget — an amount she undoubtedly would not have agreed to had she been aware of her true financial condition.”</p> <p>Siegel and Provident Financial Management hit back at Presley with a countersuit alleging her financial woes are the result of her own exorbitant spending. They’re seeking $US800,000 ($1 million) in damages and argued that Presley, who is in the middle of a difficult divorce to fourth husband Michael Lockwood, is pinning her trouble on them.</p> <p>Lockwood, 57, an unemployed musician, demanded $US40,000 ($54,000) a month in spousal support from Presley, who claimed she was $US16 million ($21 million) in debt.</p>

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Amanda Keller reveals the celebrity interview that still gives her nightmares

<p>She’s a Gold Logie nominee with over 30 years in the entertainment industry, but even Amanda Keller admits she’s stuffed up when interviewing big name celebrities.</p> <p>There’s one particular interview that the Living Room host “still has nightmares about” – and it was one she was most excited about.</p> <p>“You know what was terrible was when I met my hero, Barry Manilow,” The Living Room star told news.com.au.</p> <p>“I was in Vegas because my girlfriend and I, we’d loved him since we were at school and we thought when we were in our mid-40s that we should go to Vegas and see Barry for the sake of clinking a glass on our 30-year friendship.”</p> <p><img width="419" height="236" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/dbdb51ed58eb37b83e23bc27ec972d2e" alt="Barry Manilow performs during A Very Berry Christmas in 2017." style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"/></p> <p>Amanda arranged an interview with the Copacabana singer while she was in town and took her girlfriend along for the chat.</p> <p>“I had an out of body experience,” Amanda recalled. “It was terrible. I’ve got my head in my hands as I tell you this story.</p> <p>“We were talking about fans going out of their way for him and I said, ‘what’s the weirdest thing a fan has given you?’ But then I said, ‘apart from herpes’. My friend looked at me like I’d gone insane and Barry looked at me with a face of disgust. I thought, ‘What’s happened?’ I’ve loved this man since I was 16 and I’ve just said the word herpes’.</p> <p>“It’s like the devil spoke,” Amanda said. “It was so terrible. I tried to recover from it but not very well and it was just dreadful. I still have nightmares about it.”</p> <p>Amanda is nominated for this year’s Gold Logie Award alongside Tracy Grimshaw, Jessica Marais, Grant Denyer, Andrew Winter and Rodger Corser.</p> <p> </p>

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Beach Boys' Mike Love reveals Dennis and Carl Wilson bought heroin before infamous 1978 Aussie show

<p>The Beach Boys singer Mike Love has revealed the reason behind one of the band’s most infamous blunders, four decades after it took place.</p> <p>During an interview with <em>Sunday Night</em>, the 77-year-old American star opened up about the poor performance they delivered during their 1978 Australian tour, where fans demanded their money back.</p> <p>The band were forced to apologise after the show, with Carl Wilson stating that he had consumed two Mai Tais before the concert.</p> <p>“What happened was I did not feel well yesterday,” he said at the time. “I had a Valium and I had two Mai Tais without having a meal.”</p> <p>However, Mike has revealed that the terrible performance had a much more scandalous cause.</p> <p>“Dennis [Wilson] and Carl [Wilson] bought heroin. Having those guys buy heroin while we're on tour in Australia, it wasn't my cup of tea honestly, so I was mortified by that,” Mike said. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="498" height="245" src="/media/7819205/12_498x245.jpg" alt="12"/></p> <p>“I think that was not a great thing for The Beach Boys to be involved with. I think our music and our way of life and what we always promoted is positivity and harmony. It didn't fit,” he said.</p> <p>Dennis died in 1983 following a battle with drug and alcohol addiction, and Carl passed away from lung cancer in 1998.</p> <p>In the interview, band-member Brian Wilson revealed that he still grieves over the loss of his brothers.</p> <p>“It was very difficult, very very difficult. I still to this day mourn their death.”</p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>Now, the band is promoting their new album which sees 16 of their hits reimagined by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.</p> <p>“I always knew the vocal arrangements I did back in the 1960s would lend themselves perfectly for a symphony,” Brian said in a statement.</p> <p>“I am both proud and humbled by what they have created using our songs.”</p> <p>The new album will include reimagined tracks of 1963’s Fun, Fun, Fun and 1988’s Kokomo. </p>

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Why you’re better at whistling than singing

<p>As far as mammals go, we humans are pretty good at using our voices. We sing, talk, lie — and imply — with the subtle dips and rises of our voices.</p> <p>We learn to use our voices by imitating the sounds that we hear, this is part of how infants learn to speak.</p> <p>Speaking even has a kind of sing-song element known as tone of voice that allows us to emphasize some words over others, ask questions or express emotions. So you might expect that humans should be expert singers.</p> <p>We are, so far as we know, the only ape that sings. But that also makes us the only ape to sing poorly.</p> <p>And it turns out, we’re better at whistling a tune than singing one.</p> <p><strong>Off key</strong></p> <p>Even opera singers, who are probably about as good at singing as humans can be, are sometimes off the mark.</p> <p>Unlike the voice, most instruments have a set of keys, holes or buttons that let it make a fixed set of sounds. If the instrument is well-tuned, all of those sounds will be notes in a musical scale.</p> <p>Other instruments like the violin or trombone make a continuous range of sounds, just like the voice. They can also sound off key, by making the same kind of mistakes as a singer does.</p> <p>Still, it turns out that <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20445911.2015.1132024">instrumentalists play closer to their musical targets than singers</a></strong></span>. That is, singers are more likely to miss their note than violinists, for example.</p> <p>That’s a bleak outlook for <em>Homo vocal virtuoso,</em> but is this really a fair competition?</p> <p>Violins and trombones are built for the express purpose of making musical sounds. With an appropriately tuned instrument, placing a bow over the strings in a certain way ought to be pretty consistent in the sound that it makes.</p> <p>Should we really expect the same thing from the voice?</p> <p><strong>The human kazoo</strong></p> <p>The pitch of your voice comes from your larynx (sometimes called the voice box). It’s a collection of cartilage, muscle and membrane that sits in your throat, conveniently located between your lungs and mouth.</p> <p>When air passes between a pair of membranes in the larynx, they vibrate like a comb and wax-paper kazoo. Just like the kazoo, when these membranes are stretched, they make a higher pitch, and when they are relaxed, they make a lower pitch.</p> <p>Try holding your Adam’s apple and saying “zzzzz.” Did you feel something? To make the “sssss” sound you swing these membranes out of the way so they don’t vibrate any more. Try it, no more vibration, right?</p> <p>But the voice has a disadvantage. The larynx is controlled by a complicated and interconnected set of muscles. Whether one muscle raises or lowers the pitch of your voice can depend on what the other muscles are doing.</p> <p>Also, these are muscles! They get tired if you use them too much. They change as we grow, learn and age.</p> <p>Instruments, on the other hand, are professional tools that get regular tuning.</p> <p><strong>Lips versus larynx</strong></p> <p>To <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/5/4/171544">give singing a fair chance</a></strong></span>, we compared it to whistling instead of instruments.</p> <p>Just like singing, whistling makes a continuous range of pitches by passing air over a quivering mass of cells, except that when we whistle, we trade larynx for lips.</p> <p>In the lab, we had people listen to simple melodies then try to sing or whistle the melodies back. We compared the pitches of target notes with the pitches that people actually sang or whistled.</p> <p>Humans spend hours each day controlling the pitch of their voices — conveying love, sadness and anger. Despite all this practice, people were closer to the target note when they were whistling.</p> <p>Even in a fair contest, the voice didn’t measure up.</p> <p>Studies of <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/3143327.pdf?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents">chimpanzee</a></strong></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10071-015-0889-6">gorilla</a></strong></span> and <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.nature.com/articles/srep30315">organgutan</a></strong></span> communication have showed that apes can do more with their voices than you might think, but they don’t come close to the skill and variety of the human voice.</p> <p>This tells us that the human skill with the voice evolved after our ancestors split from other apes. These studies also tell us that control over the lips evolved much earlier, and we think that this might explain our findings.</p> <p>Maybe evolution hasn’t had enough time to tune the larynx. It could also be that the larynx is tuned just well enough for speech and for many of us, singing just asks a little too much.</p> <p><strong>Whistled speech</strong></p> <p>If we have this long-since evolved skill with the lips, then why don’t we speak in whistles?</p> <p>The answer is that the voice carries a lot more information than just high and low pitches. We use the placement of our lips and tongue to amplify some parts of our voice and dampen others. This is how we build up the sounds that we use to speak.</p> <p>Whistles on the other hand are very simple sounds, and there is not much room for the rich acoustic tapestry of speech.</p> <p>However, some people have found a way to whistle their languages, such as in the mountains of the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.hellocanaryislands.com/silbo-whistling-language-la-gomera/">Canary Islands</a></strong></span>, the <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.canal-u.tv/video/cerimes/documents_sur_une_langue_sifflee_pyreneenne.9134">French Pyrénées</a></strong></span>, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-whistled-language-of-northern-turkey">Northern Turkey</a></strong></span> — and maybe even in <strong><a href="http://www.soundboard.com/sb/R2D2_R2_D2_sounds" target="_blank">a <span style="text-decoration: underline;">galaxy</span> far far away</a></strong>.</p> <p>Whistles may carry less information than the voice, but they will carry much further. That can be handy when your friends are out of earshot — or rather voice-shot.</p> <p><em>Written by Michel Belyk, Joseph F Johnson and Sonja A. Kotz. Republished with permission of <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="http://www.theconversation.com" target="_blank">The Conversation.</a></span></strong></em><img width="1" height="1" src="https://counter.theconversation.com/content/95346/count.gif?distributor=republish-lightbox-advanced" alt="The Conversation"/></p>

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10 classic songs from the past we never get tired of hearing

<p>Only the greatest songs can stand the test of time and revive memories and emotions from decades prior. We asked the Over60 community the songs from the past they never get sick of hearing. Here are the songs you picked.</p> <p><strong>1. <em>Unchained Melody</em> by Righteous Brothers</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zrK5u5W8afc?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>2. <em>Stairway to Heaven</em> by Led Zeppelin</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D9ioyEvdggk?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>3. <em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em> by Queen</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fJ9rUzIMcZQ?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>4. <em>You’ll Never Walk Alone</em> by Gerry &amp; The Peacemakers</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="500" height="281" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OV5_LQArLa0?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong> 5. <em>Sounds of Silence</em> by Simon &amp; Garfunkel</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4zLfCnGVeL4?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>6. <em>Spicks and Specks</em> by the Bee Gees</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jNfFZULPcgk?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>7. <em>Itchycoo Park</em> by The Small Faces</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/14ViwvgtvbA?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>8. <em>Bridge Over Troubled Waters</em> by Simon &amp; Garfunkel</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DXF5lVpN1ys?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>9.<em> Pretty Woman</em> by Rob Orbison</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dDVvZdZ_CLk?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>10. <em>There’s A Kind Of Hush</em> by Herman’s Hermits  </strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="400" height="300" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WBRSBgc2htI?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p> <p>What song from the past do you never get sick of hearing? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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