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Revealed: the greatest songs of all time

<p>An impressive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time has recently been released. </p> <p>The entertainment giants at <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-songs-of-all-time-1224767/" target="_blank"><em>Rolling Stone</em></a> have rebooted their original list of top 500 tracks that they released in 2004. </p> <p>But back then, we didn't have unlimited access to music on streaming services, the technology revolution had just begun and many international artists where still in their infancy. </p> <p>Now, 17 years later, the new version the top 500 list boasts more than 250 <span>artists, musicians, and producers form every niche genre. </span></p> <p><span>Over 4,000 people voted for the new list, with over half of the songs featured not being present in the 2004 list. </span></p> <p><span>While many of the tracks are from newer artists that have made their mark on the industry, most of the top 25 are classic tunes from the 20th century. </span></p> <p><span>The top 25 tracks range from pop classics from The Beach Boys, to punk rock angst tracks from Nirvana, and folk rhythms from Fleetwood Mac.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>The most featured artist in the top 25 was The Beatles, who appeared three times (or four if you include John Lennon's solo hit). </span></p> <p><span>Topping the list was the 1967 classic <em>Respect</em> by Aretha Franklin, which has become known by music fans all over the world and become an anthem for women everywhere. </span></p> <p><span>Check out the top 25 list below. </span></p> <p><span>25. <em>Runaway</em> - Kanye West ft. Pusha T (2010)</span></p> <p><span>24. <em>A Day in the Life</em> - The Beatles (1967)</span></p> <p><span>23. <em>Heroes</em> - David Bowie (1977)</span></p> <p><span>22. <em>Be My Baby</em> - The Ronettes (1963)</span></p> <p><span>21. </span><em>Strange Fruit</em> - Billie Holiday (1939)</p> <p>20. <em>Dancing on my Own</em> - Robyn (2010)</p> <p>19. <em>Imagine</em> - John Lennon (1971)</p> <p>18. <em>Purple Rain</em> - Prince and the Revolution (1984)</p> <p>17. <em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em> - Queen (1975)</p> <p>16. <em>Crazy in Love</em> - Beyoncé ft. Jay-Z (2003)</p> <p>15. <em>I Want to Hold Your Hand</em> - The Beatles (1963)</p> <p>14. <em>Waterloo Sunset</em> - The Kinks (1967)</p> <p>13. <em>Gimme Shelter</em> - The Rolling Stones (1969)</p> <p>12. <em>Superstition</em> - Stevie Wonder (1972)</p> <p>11. <em>God Only Knows</em> - The Beach Boys (1966)</p> <p>10. <em>Hey Ya!</em> - Outkast (2003)</p> <p>9. <em>Dreams</em> - Fleetwood Mac (1977)</p> <p>8. <em>Get Ur Freak On</em> - Missy Elliot (2001)</p> <p>7. <em>Strawberry Fields Forever</em> - The Beatles (1967)</p> <p>6. <em>What's Going On</em> - Marvin Gaye (1971)</p> <p>5. <em>Smells Like Teen Spirit</em> - Nirvana (1991)</p> <p>4. <em>Like a Rolling Stone</em> - Bob Dylan (1965)</p> <p>3. <em>A Change is Gonna Come</em> - Sam Cooke (1964)</p> <p>2. <em>Fight the Power</em> - Public Enemy (1989)</p> <p>1. <em>Respect</em> - Aretha Franklin (1967)</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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How Frank Sinatra was caught singing 20 years after his death

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans were confused in 2020 when seemingly footage of Frank Sinatra went viral of him singing about hot tubs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The iconic singer died in 1998, so many were wondering how old audio clips of him surfaced, but the audios were actually new. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, they weren’t Frank Sinatra singing at all.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The song, titled Hot Tub Christmas, was the product of a new technology known as a “deepfake” that mimicked Sinatra’s iconic voice. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video came from a San Francisco tech company who used their AI system, known as Jukebox, to generate new songs and vocals that almost sound exactly like real artists. </span></p> <p><strong>So, what is a deepfake?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Deepfakes are realistic video or audio of events that never actually took place and are generated by artificial intelligence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These videos have been used to trick online users into thinking their favourite celebrities said things they never actually did. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The tech has been used to create fake videos of Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, which set off alarm bells in national security circles. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Deepfakes can also be used to manipulate images, where people’s faces have been added into random events and videos. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Audio deepfakes, like this unusual track of Frank Sinatra’s have received less attention in the media so far. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One audio deepfake that has garnered a lot of criticism is a recreation of the voice of late chef Anthony Bourdain for use in his upcoming documentary. </span></p> <p><strong>How are deepfakes made?</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">These audios are created by artificial intelligence ingesting and examining 1.2 million songs, their corresponding lyrics and information, such as artist names, genres and years of release.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Using this data, AI can create new music samples from scratch and make them seem like they came from the original artist. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While some celebrities who have been spoofed in deepfakes have expressed their discomfort and irritation in the new tech, one singer named Holly Herndon believes they are here to stay</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said, "Vocal deepfakes are here to stay. A balance needs to be found between protecting artists and encouraging people to experiment with a new and exciting technology."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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How to spot concert ticket scams

<p>Music fans in Singapore are in for a treat with top acts like Maroon 5, Jason Mraz and Mariah Carey coming through in the next few months.</p> <p>However, with high tickets prices and sellout concerts, it’s getting harder than ever to catch a live show without contemplating selling an internal organ.</p> <p>The bargain hunters among us will turn to the next best place for tickets: online marketplaces like Carousell, Craigslist or Gumtree.</p> <p>But as anyone who has ever spent time on these sites will know, you need to exercise a great deal of caution or you could end up poorer with nothing to show for it.</p> <p>Heed these 4 warning signs that you could be dealing with a scammer, and save yourself some disappointment and some money!</p> <p><strong>The tickets are cheaper than retail</strong></p> <p>While there may be genuine cases where a legitimate seller will need to offload his tickets (for example, a work emergency that prevents him from going to the concert), it’s not realistic to expect him to incur a significant loss, especially if the tickets are for sold out concerts.</p> <p>If someone is offering deeply discounted tickets, keep scrolling!</p> <p>You are dealing with a scammer.</p> <p><strong>The seller doesn't want to meet</strong></p> <p>Alarm bells should ring if the seller doesn’t want to have a face-to-face meeting and wants to get the deal done quickly through an online funds transfer, promising to mail the tickets after you’ve paid.</p> <p>We’re willing to bet that you will never receive your tickets or hear from him or her ever again after you’ve transferred the money.</p> <p>If you’re one of the lucky few who has found a genuine seller, always insist on a face-to-face meeting in public to complete the transaction.</p> <p>However, there is still a possibility that the tickets are fake or duplicates so buyer beware.</p> <p><strong>Opt for physical tickets</strong></p> <p>If you’re buying tickets from a seller on an online marketplace, make sure you receive printed physical tickets and not PDF copies or e-tickets.</p> <p>The scammer may have sold the same e-ticket to several buyers, which means you won’t be able to use them.</p> <p><strong>Read the reviews</strong></p> <p>Does the seller have any reviews or is he a new member?</p> <p>Does he have other listings?</p> <p>Sellers who are new and don’t have anything else up for sale may be scammers looking to make a quick buck off the naïve and vulnerable.</p> <p>Stay vigilant!</p> <p><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><em>This article first appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/true-stories-lifestyle/how-spot-concert-ticket-scams" target="_blank">Reader's Digest</a>.</em></p>

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Phil Collins sparks serious health concerns

<p>Phil Collins has sparked concerns about his health after an interview on BBC Breakfast. </p> <p>Appearing with his Genesis band members to promote the group's reunion tour, the 70-year-old musician said his son, Nic Collins would be drumming for the band going forward. </p> <p>When asked why he wouldn't be drumming, Collins said, <span>"I'd love to but you know, I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand. So there are certain physical things that get in the way."</span></p> <p>Collins will still be singing with that band, but admitted he will miss drumming live. </p> <p>He said, <span>"I'm kind of physically challenged a bit which is very frustrating because I'd love to be playing up there with my son." </span></p> <p>He isn't sure he will be touring much longer after the reunion shows, which have already been postponed due to the pandemic. </p> <p><span>"We're all men of our age, and I think to some extent, I think it probably is putting it to bed," he said. </span></p> <p><span>"I think yeah, I think just generally for me, I don't know if I want to go out on the road anymore."</span></p> <p><span>Fans were upset about the news of his declining health, and took to Twitter to wish him well. </span></p> <p><span>One fan wrote, “Shocked and sad to see #PhilCollins physical health and wish I could see #Genesis ‘Put to Bed’ U.K. tour. First fell in love with Genesis in the mid 80s as a teen, progressing to Phil Collin’s unique multi-gifted musical genius as a solo artist."</span></p> <p>Another posted, “Aww just seen Phil Collins on BBC Breakfast. He doesn’t look at all well.”</p> <p>A third said, “Wow. Watching Phil Collins speak, again, what a reminder to live life to the full and awareness of our time on earth.”</p> <p><span>Collins has had health issues for many years, including a series of broken bones and had major back surgery in 2015 which left him with lasting nerve damage. </span></p> <p><span>He also suffered from a fall in 2017, which left him relying on a cane to assist with walking. </span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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Elton John releases new The Lockdown Sessions album

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Elton John was forced to pause his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in 2020, he went straight back to work. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 74-year-old music icon hit the studio and is now set to release his new collaborative album, titled </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Lockdown Sessions</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, on October 22nd. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The album features a range of new tracks featuring artists from several generations, including Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Stevie Nicks and Stevie Wonder.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The album was produced with all the guest artists working remotely from each other with safety precautions in place. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Elton came to know a range of popular artists through his Apple Music talk show </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rocket Hour,</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and wanted to push himself into unfamiliar territory.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I realised there was something weirdly familiar about working like this," he said in a statement announcing the album.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"At the start of my career, in the late 60s, I worked as a session musician. Working with different artists during lockdown reminded me of that. I'd come full circle: I was a session musician again. And it was still a blast."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Elton took to Twitter to announce his latest project with the album artwork along with the impressive 16-song tracklist. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The last thing I expected to do during lockdown was make an album but here it is. Thank you to everyone who came together to make it happen. <br /><br />I can’t wait for you all to hear ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ when it’s released on 22 October, but for now, preorder it from today. <a href="https://t.co/u8Qfvuk1Fk">pic.twitter.com/u8Qfvuk1Fk</a></p> — Elton John (@eltonofficial) <a href="https://twitter.com/eltonofficial/status/1433110624255582213?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Lockdown Sessions</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is the newest addition to Elton John’s impressive discography that boasts 31 studio albums, 5 live albums, 9 soundtrack albums, 22 compilation albums and 3 tribute albums. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He has sold over 200 million albums worldwide with his biggest album, the 1973 hit </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Goodbye Yellow Brick Road</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, selling over 30 million copies around the globe. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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INXS guitarist Tim Farriss sues over severed finger incident

<p><span>Lead <em>INXS</em> guitarist Tim Farriss has explained to a Sydney court why he is suing a boat owner after his major accident.</span><br /><br /><span>Farriss says he was forced into retirement after a boating accident severed one of his fingers.</span><br /><br /><span>Farriss hired Omega Clipper, 34 from John Axford to celebrate an anniversary with his wife, Beth, during the Australia Day long weekend in 2015.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843566/inxs-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c7f396031de2458e9ea750e07ca36dac" /><br /><br /><span>The musician took issue with kinks in a “rusty and dirty” anchor chain at Akuna Bay, in Sydney's northern beaches.</span><br /><br /><span>Court documents have claimed it became a major issue when the foot-controlled deck stopped working.</span><br /><br /><span>He was then given instructions via text message, the winch became working again.</span><br /><br /><span>Horrifically, his left hand was caught in the machinery and he lost a finger.</span><br /><br /><span>Farriss is suing Mr Axford in the NSW Supreme Court for negligence and breach of Australian Consumer Law.</span><br /><br /><span>"How would you now describe your occupation?" his barrister, Adrian Williams, asked him</span><br /><br /><span>"Forced retirement," Farriss replied.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843565/inxs-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ffce8c1f3f334a718315f1a2ab2f1f8b" /><br /><br /><span>Mr Williams told the court that Farriss's reattached finger was "useless" and the musician was depressed.</span><br /><br /><span>"It is in a state now where he cannot play the guitar and he cannot compose in the manner he was accustomed to," Mr Williams said.</span><br /><br /><span>Farriss has claimed he has extensive injuries.</span><br /><br /><span>"My hand was covered in rust, blood and mud, but I could see one of my fingers had been severed and the others were disfigured, badly lacerated and bleeding," he recalled in the documents.</span><br /><br /><span>The 64-year-old said he finds it difficult to look at his injuries without wanting to faint.</span><br /><br /><span>He argues that his instructions should have been clearer and that the equipment should have been better maintained.</span><br /><br /><span>The court’s major question is whether <em>INXS</em> is going to embark on a comeback tour after drummer Jon Farriss announced on stage, during a 2012 Perth show, that it would likely be their last.</span><br /><br /><span>Tim Farriss told the court he was "shocked" by the comment at the time, but said it ended up producing "great marketing opportunities".</span><br /><br /><span>Farriss has been accused of "downplaying" his "extensive" experience with boats, a claim the guitarist denied.</span><br /><br /><span>John Turnbull, who is for the defendant, said there would be a "significant factual dispute" about Farriss's position when the accident happened.</span><br /><br /><span>"At some point, Mr Farriss must have loosened the winch clutch and stepped on the up button or perhaps the down button, but of course only he knows what happened," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Our case is this is a misadventure, sadly, by Mr Farriss who has undoubtedly been injured as a result of, somehow or another, the chain and his fingers ... coming into contact with each other."</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Turnbull argued there was "no doubt" a risk of harm from the machinery, but not for someone who would have been "acting reasonably".</span><br /><br /><span>"A reasonable person, though, had alternative options available," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"A reasonable person would not have been injured if they had exercised reasonable care."</span><br /><br /><span>Farriss told the court he has nightmares about both his hands and his feet being dragged into the winch.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Turnbull suggested to the musician that he had accidentally stepped on the “up” button on the deck, which activated the winch.</span><br /><br /><span>The defence went on to say the version of events was recorded by an ambulance officer at the scene.</span><br /><br /><span>"That's what you told the ambulance operator," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"No, I didn't tell him that," Farriss replied.</span><br /><br /><span>"That might be something he assumed."</span><br /><br /><span>The hearing is expected to run the rest of the week.</span></p> <p><em>Images: Getty</em></p>

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ABBA break their 39-year hiatus to release new music

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Swedish pop band ABBA are rumoured to be releasing new music this Friday, breaking their 39-year hiatus. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The global hitmakers are preparing to make their comeback with a show called Abba Voyage, which will see hologram projections </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">of their younger selves beamed on stage to perform their songs. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A source reported, 'ABBA are finally making their comeback and plan to release their first new music in 39 years next Friday — it's huge.'</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Abba Voyage will follow the group’s highly-anticipated comeback in a high tech show that will reportedly open next month in an East London theatre. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The insider added. “Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid will all be there on the opening night. And they will finally unveil their Abba-tars, which are like holograms of themselves.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The show will feature the Abba-tars performing and speaking to the audience. It will be like taking a step back in time for those watching.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Plans for the band’s return have been in place since 2019, but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The comeback comes after reports surfaced on Tuesday that the group were set to hold a press conference in Stockholm, leading to a flurry of speculation that a huge announcement could be on the cards. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2018, the Swedish quartet announced that they were recording new tracks, and that they have more songs than originally planned. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a statement announcing the new songs, ABBA said at the time,”'The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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The Wiggles’ Anthony Fields drops bombshell revelation

<p><span>Anthony Field has been the Blue <em>Wiggle</em> for over 30 years, but a bombshell revelation may have us all watching his performances with a closer eye.</span><br /><br /><span>The star children’s performer admitted he has been miming the whole time.</span><br /><br /><span><em>The Wiggles</em> was co-founded in 1991, and Field remains the lost standing member of the original group.</span><br /><br /><span>However, despite his decades of experience, the star revealed he doesn’t sing like his co-stars Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce and Emma Watkins.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843503/wiggle-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8bccf6ef391a4b529f117ff5c3105f81" /><br /><span>“I never sing. For years, I’ve mimed,” he told Nova’s <em>Fitzy &amp; Wippa.</em></span><br /><br /><span>“Believe it or not, I mimed Simon’s (baritone-style) voice for years.</span><br /><br /><span>“I have this low voice and people would ask me to sing in public and they’d be very disappointed.”</span><br /><br /><span>Field, who is also known for his guitar skills, joked his admission was like the <em>Milli Vanilli</em> 1989 scandal when the RnB duo was caught lip-syncing after a technical glitch during a live show.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843504/wiggle-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f01272e7122c49fba28df5b3475f6ac6" /><br /><br /><span>Field came on the show after the announcement that four new members - Tsehay Hawkins, Evie Ferris, John Pearce, and Kelly Hamilton - would be joining the group.</span><br /><br /><span>The expanded line-up was announced on Sunday for a new YouTube exclusive - <em>Fruit Salad TV.</em></span><br /><br /><span>“<em>Fruit Salad TV</em> seeks to inspire a diverse audience with its gender balanced and diverse cast,” the group said.</span><br /><br /><span><em>“The Wiggles</em> aim to motivate the child viewer to sing, dance and be active participants in the story of the day.”</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/CS2qb0INHez/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CS2qb0INHez/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Wiggles (@thewiggles)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The new members will don the same coloured skivvies as the other members of the band.</span><br /><br /><span>Kelly will wear yellow, John is in purple, Tsehay dresses in red and Evie is in blue.</span></p>

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“Modest is hottest”: Dad’s song to daughters sparks backlash

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Christian singer and Youtuber Matthew West has released a song for his daughters which is dividing parents around the world. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The song is called Modest Is Hottest, and is encouraging his two daughters to dress conservatively. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video starts by him telling his girls that “it’s time to have a talk” before telling them how they should present themselves to others.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The boys are coming round ‘cause you’re beautiful. And it’s all your mother’s fault,” he sings while the camera pans to wife, Emily, standing in the kitchen.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He continues, “Modest is hottest, the latest fashion trend is a little more Amish, a little less Kardashian.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What the boys really love is a turtleneck and a sensible pair of slacks. Honey, modest is hottest, sincerely, your dad.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Later in the song, Matthew expresses his disdain for social media platforms and online trends, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">with the entire family dressed in black turtlenecks and khaki pants.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If I catching you doing dances on the TikTok, in a crop top, so help me God, you’ll be grounded ‘til the world stops,” he sings.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 44-year-old singer claimed his video is a “light-hearted take on an age-old struggle”, but many thought the video went too far.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“How do you think your daughters feel?” one commenter wrote.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The start of the song says that boys are looking at your daughters only because they’re beautiful…  What about their love of Jesus? Or their personality? I’m saying that you have told your daughters that the only reason that boys want them is because of their bodies.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another user said, “This is triggering me. Purity/modest culture is toxic in so many ways.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many parents have also taken issue with the lyrics of the song, with one mother saying “What a girl wears does not equal her worth!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Matthew defended the song on Twitter, saying the song was to serve as a reminder to his daughters.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As a dad raising daughters, this song is my ridiculously silly way of reminding them that their appearance doesn’t define them,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Matthew has since deleted the video after the backlash. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Youtube/MatthewWest</span></em></p>

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Noel Gallagher admits to forgetting classic Oasis lyrics on stage

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher has admitted he often forgets lyrics to his classic songs while performing on stage. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He confessed that sometimes he has to “make s*** up” when he forgets the lyrics mid-song in front of his adoring fans. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Noel said he stumbles over the words in the band's biggest hits, including Don’t Look Back in Anger, which spent several weeks atop the charts after its release in 1996.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">During a conversation with </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> newspaper, he said, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Brain freeze, I get it. I get them when I’m doing gigs to 70,000 people.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As the next line is coming I think, ‘Seriously, what is the next line to this song?’ You’re thinking, ‘I genuinely don’t know what it is’.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Somehow it falls out of the sky. But sometimes I just have to make s*** up,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The rockstar also branded musicians who regularly cover hits by Bob Dylan as dull. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Noel, who is currently compiling a covers project of his own making, said, “Everybody does Bob Dylan covers albums — it’s boring.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The rocker is working on a unique covers album, after he said he wouldn’t care if he never wrote an original song again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He insists he would “be happy with what he’s done” with his extensive catalogue that has won over fans all around the world. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His covers album will have a unique spin on hits by Burt Bacharach and The Smiths that Noel recorded in his own home studio. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Why China is creating a ‘blacklist’ of karaoke songs

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Chinese government is set to create a “blacklist” of popular karaoke songs that may contain “harmful content”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to rules outlined by the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, karaoke must not endanger national unity, sovereignty or territorial integrity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are also strict guidelines around entertainment that may incite ethnic hatred or undermine ethnic unity, promote cults or superstition or violate the state’s religious policies.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Songs must not encourage obscenity, gambling, violence, drug-related activities or crime, nor should they insult or slander others, the ministry said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The regulations have been put in place to “promote socialist core values, and maintain national cultural security and ideological security,” according to the ministry. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Companies who provide content to karaoke venues will be responsible for monitoring the songs, and making sure the rules are being adhered to by customers. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">China has over 50,000 venues that cater to song and dance entertainment, as well as boasting a catalogue of more than 100,000, which could prove difficult to police</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ban will come into effect in venues across the country on October 1st. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The news comes after the country banned a catalogue of 120 songs in 2015 from the internet that were deemed inappropriate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Censorship is common in China, with an increasingly hard line taken on entertainment content that is deemed inappropriate, or that criticizes the strict government. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Shutterstock</span></em></p>

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Study finds dancing to music can slow progression of Parkinson’s disease

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 49, J.M. Tolani’s life was thrown upside down. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He had to quit his job as a photojournalist and learn to cope with a new physical and emotional struggle. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I felt as though I had been hit by a truck. Everything felt like it came to a standstill. My life was altogether changed,” he said to WebMD.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He was then introduced to a unique program called Dance for PD, which was recommended to him by a member of a support group he attended.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dance for PD is a specialised dance program for people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends, and care partners.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The company was founded in 2001, with program director David Leventhal saying the program is designed to inspire.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“[I] wanted to commit energy and time to working with people with Parkinson’s and sharing what we had learned with teaching artists around the world,” he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After attending classes, Tolani felt his condition, and his emotional state, improve drastically.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I found I could move, and the dancing seemed to provide a replacement for the dopamine lost in the brain. Dancing motivates me and makes me happy, flexible, and mobile,” Tolani says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tolani’s claims have been backed up by scientific research that shows individuals diagnosed with mild to moderate Parkinson’s had the progression of the disease slowed down by participating in regular dancing. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Senior investigator Joseph DeSouza PhD said, “The classes were very beneficial for these individuals with PD, and we know that dance activates brain areas, even in people without PD.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following an in-depth study, research showed that those with a mild condition who danced for an hour per week had a slower loss of their motor neuron function to those who didn’t. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tolani was able to return to his passion for photography, as he continues to move to the beat. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I take three to four classes a week, and they allow me to get out and meet people and interact with them. They put me in a good, positive state of mind,” he says. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I wake up and look forward to enjoying myself, and dancing with others in the Parkinson’s community, where I feel I’m allowed to completely be myself.”</span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Shutterstock</em></p>

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“We were like brothers”: Queen’s Brian May opens up about his relationship with Freddie Mercury

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brian May, guitarist and icon of the powerhouse band Queen, recently opened up about his relationship with Freddie Mercury. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brain discussed his bond with the enigmatic Queen frontman with </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Today</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> host Karl Stefanovic, 30 years after his death. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We were like brothers. We still are," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There are moments when he just broke the rules and he broke the rules constantly in what he would wear and what he said to the audiences. The risks that he took."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Freddie Mercury, famously open and proud of his sexuality, died from complications after his diagnosis with AIDS in November 1991. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brian went on to say he still gets overwhelmed at the everlasting success of Queen, and still gets starstruck meeting his own musical inspirations. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"To be honest with you, my heroes are still my heroes," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"If I bump into Eric Clapton, he is my god in a sense, and I don't find it easy to talk to him because of that."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Between the years 1971 and 1991, Queen became one of the biggest names in music, selling over 200 million records, and continuing to have a huge global presence in popular culture. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brian has just released a remastered version of his debut solo studio album Back to the Light, which was first released in 1992. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Elderly street artist shocks passersby with musical talent

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a display of age-defying vigour and musicality, an older pianist’s performance has gone viral as she plays for a crowd on a humble street piano.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The footage, captured by the YouTube channel, Life Goes On In Iran, while travelling through Russia, shows the pianist playing Franz Liszt’s fiendishly tricky </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the poor condition of the piano, her performance demonstrated her skills clearly.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/k4nz1Ldhzxw" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the clip went viral, the mystery musician’s identity was discovered.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She is Eleonora Arkadevya Breslav, from Kazan, Russia, who graduated from Kazan’s music college in 1953 and worked as an accompanist there for five years afterwards.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Eleonora also worked at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, one of the great opera and ballet houses of the world, as an accompanist.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Viewers were amazed by Eleonora’s skill, sharing their praise for her playing in the comments.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If her fingers are so nimble at this age, you can just imagine what she was like when she was young,” one remarked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is a great example of ‘Talent never dies!’” another said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Life Goes on in Iran / YouTube</span></em></p>

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Savage Garden refuses to sell out their famous song

<p>Hayes said he’s been approached recently by an advertising company wanting to use the band’s 1997 major hit – <em>Truly Madly Deeply</em> – which Hayes wrote.</p> <p>The singer made his fans laugh on Twitter by sharing the lyrics the advertising company wanted to use and Hayes posted: “If you knew how much money I turn down and how hard I fight to protect your high school memories.”</p> <p>The lyrics the company had pitched to him were:</p> <p><strong>VERSE 1</strong></p> <p><em>I’ll bring you Greek, I’ll bring you French, I’ll bring you Japanese. </em></p> <p><em>I’ll bring you Thai, Steak from the Pub, bring all the food that you need. </em></p> <p><em>Close to your door with every step, I’m outside holding your food. </em></p> <p><em>It will be warm, It will be tasty ‘cause I’m counting on a real good rating.</em></p> <p><em>That’s the reason I’m bringing, you Deep Fried Chicken </em></p> <p><strong>CHORUS 1</strong></p> <p><em>I want to stand with you on food mountain </em></p> <p><em>I want to float with you in some cheese. </em></p> <p><em>[insert brand name] Like this forever </em></p> <p><em>Until more fries rain down on me. </em></p> <p>Twitter users thanked the singer for not selling out and they described the advertising company’s lyrics as “truly madly cringy”, “awful” and “a travesty.”</p> <p>“These lyrics make me want to throw myself off food mountain,” tweeted <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/music/savage-garden-star-darren-hayes-rejects-companys-awful-pitch/news-story/@daggerandpe" target="_blank">@daggerandpen</a>.</p> <p>“‘I want to float with you in some cheese’ is my new pick-up line,” wrote <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/clairenelson/status/1422342652658425858?s=20" target="_blank">@clairenelson</a>.</p> <p>And <a rel="noopener" href="https://twitter.com/timbyrneses/status/1422343095534854154?s=20" target="_blank">@timbyrneses</a> tweeted: “Could you still record it? The people need to hear this cringe.”</p> <p><em>Truly Madly Deeply</em> was a huge hit for Hayes and his Savage Garden bandmate, Daniel Jones, when it was released in 1997.</p> <p>The song went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the US and it became the first song in the chart’s history to spend a full 52 weeks inside the top 30.</p> <p>In Australia it won the ARIA award for Single of the Year and was nominated for Song of the Year but lost out to another Savage Garden song, <em>To the Moon and Back</em>.</p> <p>Savage Garden won 10 ARIAs that year from 13 nominations.</p> <p><em>Image: Wikimedia Commons</em></p>

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This must be the world’s tastiest flute

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two friends - one a pastry chef, the other a flautist - have combined their talents to create what appears to be the world’s first ever, playable chocolate flute.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Indian chef Vinesh Johny partnered with his friend, flautist Parth Chandiramani, to create the tasty project.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRBjrS0BaFl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CRBjrS0BaFl/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Vinesh Johny (@vineshjohny)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It took a lot of time and research understanding the intricacies of making a wind instrument, to finally create an actual playable flute entirely out of chocolate,” Johny explained on Instagram.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He used his specialist pastry chef tool to craft the instrument, which he shared with the world in a video posted on July 7, also known as World Chocolate Day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the post, Johny credits Chandiramani for bringing his creation to life: “This mad idea could only happen with one of the greatest flute players in the country.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chandiramani also shared the creation on his Instagram page.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRJkJ8WgxXq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/reel/CRJkJ8WgxXq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Parth Chandiramani (@parth_chandiramani)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Vinesh Johny came up with this brilliant idea of making a flute entirely out of chocolate. It was such a fun experience seeing this fabulous idea come to life. Thank you Vinesh for giving me the honour of playing this delicious chocolate flute,” he said...</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t just get to play it, I got to eat it too!” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the clip, Chandiramani plays the Indian song - ‘Urvasi Urvasi’ composed by A.R. Rahman for the soundtrack of the 1994 film </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kadhalan</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Vinesh Johny / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Sex Pistols lead singer causes strife

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two former Sex Pistols members are suing singer Johnny Rotten for the right to use the band’s songs in an upcoming series about the rock icons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook are hoping to include the songs in </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pistol</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, a new show based on a memoir written by Jones.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rotten, whose real name is John Lydon, has called the series “disrespectful” and has refused to grant permission for the songs to be included.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Edmund Cullen, a lawyer representing Jones and Cook, told a London High Court judge that the former bandmates have a “brittle and fractious” relationship.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He argued that decisions regarding licensing requests could be made on a “majority rules basis”, based on the terms of a 1998 band agreement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lydon has argued that his consent is required for the music to be licensed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cullen said the band’s original bassist, Glen Matlock, and the estate of Matlock’s replacement, Sid Vicious, were in support of Cook and Jones.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mark Cunningham, Lydon’s lawyer, said in written arguments that the memoir depicts Lydon “in a hostile and unflattering light” and at one point describes the singer as “the annoying little brat with the great bone structure who’s always asking for more”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The court case will continue this week.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pistol</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> stars Anson Boon as Lydon and Maisie Wiliams as Jordan Mooney - also known as Pamela Rooke - and is due to be broadcast next year.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Johnny Rotten / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Diana Ross to release first album in 15 years

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Diana Ross is making a major comeback, announcing she will be releasing a new album.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The soul legend’s first album in 15 years is expected to be released in early September.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The album, titled </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thank You</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, will feature 13 songs Ross co-wrote with various writers and producers, including Jack Antonoff, Freddie Wexler, Tayla Parx, and Troy Miller.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQNScEDlfwD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CQNScEDlfwD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ms Ross ✨ (@dianaross)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sharing the news on Instagram, Ross wrote: “This collection of songs is my gift to you with appreciation and love. I am eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to record this glorious music at this time.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On the same day, Ross released the titular track off her new album, and shared a snippet on Instagram, to the delight of her fans.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CQNlziAldOm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CQNlziAldOm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ms Ross ✨ (@dianaross)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This song is EVERYTHING!! I can’t wait for the new album,” one fan commented.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s gorgeous. Your music is beautiful,” another said.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Diana Ross / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Prince Charles shares his favourite songs of all time

<p>Prince Charles has given royal fans a glimpse into his musical taste, leaving many surprised with his wide range of favourites.<br /><br /><span>The senior royal partook in a special pre-recorded broadcast titled "Music &amp; Memories" for the Hospital Broadcasting Association, to thank the hospital radio for their “invaluable service… right across the country."</span><br /><br /><span>The Prince of Wales said during the hour-long programme that the radio has had "immeasurable value in connecting people, in providing comfort and companionship and in raising people's spirits when that is needed."</span><br /><br /><span>The 72-year-old went on to say he's been "profoundly impressed" throughout the past "extraordinary year" by the "dedication shown by our wonderful NHS staff and volunteers right across the country."</span><br /><br /><span>"I have found myself marvelling time and time again at the sheer resilience and indomitable spirit shown by everyone as we have faced the challenge of these most testing times," he went on to add.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Charles' included a personal selection of his favourite songs, and along with it, an anecdote describing the song’s relevance to his life.</span><br /><br /><span>He noted that the track 'Givin' Up, Givin' In’, was performed "long ago," at the royal's 30th birthday.</span><br /><br /><span>Charles says the song, "used to provide me with an irresistible urge to get up and dance."</span><br /><br /><span>The public has responded to the Prince of Wales’ song list, with many being blown away by the royal’s choices.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Love Prince Charles music choices that man has got good taste in music.</p> — Margaret O' Shea (@Margare27461789) <a href="https://twitter.com/Margare27461789/status/1411620923594190848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Alright Prince Charles: great taste in music. <a href="https://t.co/kdFYPpKQLR">pic.twitter.com/kdFYPpKQLR</a></p> — Alberta (@AlbertaLC) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertaLC/status/1411718629067005953?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span></span><br /><br /><span>The full list, which will be available to look at through the Clarence House social media channels includes:</span></p> <ul> <li><span><span>Givin' Up, Givin' In - The Three Degrees</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Don't Rain On My Parade - Barbara Streisand</span></span></li> <li><span><span>La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Upside Down - Diana Ross</span></span></li> <li><span><span>The Voice - Eimear Quinn</span></span></li> <li><span><span>The Click Song - Miriam Makeba</span></span></li> <li><span><span>You're A Lady - Peter Skellern</span></span></li> <li><span><span>La Mer - Charles Trenet</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Bennachie - Old Blind Dogs</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Lulu's Back In Town - Dick Powell</span></span></li> <li><span><span>They Can't Take That Away From Me - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Tros Y Garreg/Crossing the Stone - Catrin Finch</span></span></li> <li><span><span>Tydi a Roddaist - Bryn Terfel</span><br /><span></span></span><span><span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span>The special radio programme was aired across 180 stations linked to the Hospital Broadcasting Association on the eve of the NHS' birthday.</span><br /><br /><span>The NHS is celebrating 73 years of operation, after first launching on July 5th, 1948.</span></span></p>

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“I am traumatised”: Britney Spears speaks out against dad for the first time ever

<p>Britney Spears gave a jaw-dropping speech in court on Thursday regarding her ongoing conservatorship that has been active since 2008 – telling the judge her experience has been nothing short of “abusive”.</p> <p>The pop sensation alleges she was kept in a drugged state for years, has no control over her right to have children and has been banned from speaking out against her “harmful” situation to the public, in a blistering testimony.</p> <p>“He loved the control he had over me, one hundred thousand percent,” Spears said about her father Jamie Spears, who has had complete control over her finances since 2008 under her conservatorship arrangement.</p> <p>“I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK and happy. I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatised. I can’t sleep, I’m depressed, I cry every day.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841990/britney-spear-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e94aeffa0f41477b86adb83bc307d474" /></p> <p>“But now I’m telling you the truth, I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane… I cry everyday.”</p> <p>Spears said she wanted the conservatorship arrangement to end “without having to be evaluated.”</p> <p>“I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” she said. “It’s my wish and my dream for this to end.”</p> <p>Spears also gave other jaw-dropping statements, saying:</p> <p>“The people who did this to me should not be able to get away and walk away easily.”</p> <p>“Ma’am, I’m not here to be a slave. I can say no to a dance move.”</p> <p>“They’ve done a pretty good job of exploiting my life, so I think this should be an open hearing.”</p> <p>“The same lady has been giving me my medication for 8 years... I was out on lithium. They took me off my same drugs for 5 years and put me on lithium…it is a strong drug…it was like I was drunk.”</p> <p>“I wasn’t allowed to go anywhere for month.”</p> <p>“They should be in jail.”</p> <p>“My attorney said I can’t let the public know anything about what has been done to me.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841991/britney-spear-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4f30a5c6a5d44ffbb4bdd373c83a97d4" /></p> <p>“It’s not fair that they are telling lies about me openly. Even my family…”</p> <p>“I haven’t had the opportunity to handpick my own attorney myself.”</p> <p>“I’m talking to you today because yes, even Jodi is starting to take it too far.” (Jodi Montgomery is Britney’s ‘care manager’).</p> <p>“They need to be reminded that they actually work for me.”</p> <p>“I am not able to see my friends that I made during 3 years of AA meetings.”</p> <p>“I have an IUD (birth control device) in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out.”</p> <p>The final minute of Spears’ speech has emerged online:</p> <p>“Basically, this conservatorship is doing me WAY more harm than good,” she began.</p> <p>“I deserve to have a life, I deserve to have a two, three year break and do what I want to do. I wish I could stay with you on the phone forever because when I get off the phone, I hear all these ‘no’s’. ‘No, no, I feel ganged up on.</p> <p>“I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone. I’m tired of feeling alone. I deserve to have the same rights as anybody does by having a child, a family, all of those things. That’s all I wanted to say to you - thank you so much for letting me speak to you today.”</p> <p>Spears also opened up about her controversial Las Vegas residency, saying she was “forced” to do it and further alleged that when she informed her management she didn’t want to do it, she was put on lithium, a “strong” drug that made her feel drunk.</p> <p>She says she stayed on lithium for five years.</p> <p>Spears also revealed she dreams of having more children and marrying her boyfriend Sam Asghari; however, her conservatorship has denied her wishes.</p> <p>Britney’s father Jamie said he was “sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain.”</p> <p>The star’s boyfriend Sam Asghari made a public display of support for his girlfriend just hours before she spoke in court, posting a photo to Instagram in a “FREE BRITNEY” t-shirt.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841993/britney-spear.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d8b1544315824eaa92079a46b4156749" /></p> <p>However, he is not the only person that has offered his support as Britney’s conservatorship has sparked a global movement with a call to “end the tyranny.”</p> <p>Britney has been in a conservatorship since 2008 with her father, with reports from the New York Times alleging every aspect of her life is controlled right down to her Starbucks and iTunes purchases.</p> <p>Another hearing regarding the estate’s accounting documents is set for July 14.</p>

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