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Lisa Marie Presley reveals what her marriage to Michael Jackson was really like

<p>An unauthorised biography has claimed that Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson spent their first night together at Donald Trump's Florida mansion.</p> <p>The book <em>Dark Lady</em> by Anthony Gregoreli claimed that Presley, who was married to the King of Pop from 1994 to 1996, shared some X-rated revelations about her relationship.</p> <p>Presley allegedly said that the night they spent at the mansion was "absolutely wild", the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/lisa-marie-presley-reveals-wild-14014503" target="_blank"><em>Mirror</em></a> reported. "He was slow getting started, then he just wanted more and more."</p> <p>The singer, now 51, also reportedly said that Jackson "sang and screeched" as they got intimate.</p> <p>Presley filed for divorce with Jackson in January 1996, less than two years after their wedding.</p> <p>In a 2010 <a rel="noopener" href="https://web.archive.org/web/20110120062601/http:/www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Lisa-Marie-Presley-Opens-Up-About-Michael-Jackson/print/1" target="_blank">interview</a> with Oprah Winfrey, Presley said she and Jackson had "a normal marriage".</p> <p>"It was one of the highest points in my life when things were going really well, and he and I were united," Presley, the only daughter of rock and roll icon Elvis Presley, said. </p> <p>"It was a very profound time of my life."</p> <p>However, Presley revealed that her partner "pushed" her away at one point.</p> <p>Presley said her then-husband was surrounding himself with "sycophants".</p> <p>"There was a very profound point in the marriage when he had to make a decision – was it the drugs and the sort of vampires, or me? And he pushed me away."</p> <p>Presley insisted that Jackson "wasn't a bad person", but trouble was inevitable.</p> <p>"He didn't know any better … I took it very personally, though," she said.</p> <p>"I felt I was disposable. And it was the same with my father. Sometimes I sit and I think there have been times when I’ve been angry at the people around him. 'Why didn't you stop him? Why didn't you say something?' Well, because if you did, you were out. It's very simple."</p> <p>Presley also revealed that after their divorce, she spent the next four years on and off with Jackson in an attempt to reconcile, but to no avail.</p> <p>Jackson died from a fatal mix of medication in his system in June 2009 at his home in Los Angeles, US.</p> <p><span>Scroll through the gallery above to see Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson in happier times during their marriage.</span></p>

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Dolly Parton finally addresses gay rumours in new interview

<p>Despite Dolly Parton having a solid marriage to her husband of 53 year, the rumours of her sexuality have followed her throughout her career.</p> <p>The theory suggests that her long-time best friend Judy Ogle is her secret partner instead of her husband Carl Dean, who keeps a very low profile in their hometown of Nashville.</p> <p>Now Parton has addressed the rumours in an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/8455529/dolly-parton-sexuality-rumours-secret-girlfriend/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a>, saying that she accepts everyone for who they are.</p> <p>“So ­people say that — because you can’t really have a great relationship with a woman. I’m not gay but I have so many gay friends and I accept everybody for who they are.”</p> <p>As for the gay rumours? Parton explained a bit more about why people give her love life any thought at all.</p> <p>“Well, people love to talk, people love to gossip.</p> <p>“Judy and I have been best friends for 64 years, since we were little kids. Our ­parents knew each other, we grew up together, we were like ­sisters, became best friends.</p> <p>“She was very quiet, I was very outgoing. So we made perfect friends. We went all through school together.</p> <p>“She went to the army when we graduated because she needed the insurance and she needed to help her family and I was trying to make it. As soon as she got out, she came to Nashville and we’ve been together ever since.”</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.gettyimages.com.au/detail/news-photo/dolly-parton-and-judy-ogle-news-photo/91393390" target="_blank"><img style="width: 281.25px; height: 500px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823775/dolly-parton-friend.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a60d404f2f294a658021bb3b9eff9a52" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Dolly Parton and long-time friend Judy Ogle</em></p> <p>However, the rumours don’t phase Parton. As long as they don’t come for the people she loves, which include friends and family, she doesn’t have a problem with being in the public eye.</p> <p>“People love to talk — but sometimes that’s your best publicity. I don’t care what they say as long as they don’t hurt other people I love.”</p> <p>This includes saying anything negative about her husband of 53 years, Carl Dean.</p> <p>“He’s a good man. It is a true love story and he’s my best buddy — he’s crazy, he’s funny,” she says.</p> <p>“So I think laughter has been a big part of our relationship. We both have a lot of fun.</p> <p>“And we’re not in the same business — he doesn’t care about that. He’s pretty much a homebody, loves staying around home. We live out on a farm. He likes to mow the fields and work on his tractors.”</p> <p>The pair love their quiet life, which includes a life without children. This is due to a hysterectomy when Parton was 36, but she believes it “wasn’t meant to be”.</p> <p>“My husband feels the same way. Now that we are older, we’re almost kind of glad that we don’t have a bunch of grandkids driving us crazy that we have to babysit if we don’t want to.”</p>

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Inside Dolly Parton's tragic childhood

<p>Dolly Parton is known as one of the greatest country performers of all time. Her timeless grace, shining talent and endearing personality has kept her at the forefront of music for the past 50 years.</p> <p>This year, she was honoured for her legacy in music at the 2019 Grammy Awards.</p> <p>However, the starlet did not always come from riches and glory – and she lets that be no secret. While growing up, Parton’s life was unbelievably different.</p> <p>From rags to riches, Dolly is a story for the books – growing up as one of 12 children living under a one room house in rural Tennessee, she paved a successful career and planted herself as the woman who defined country music.</p> <p>Her sad childhood</p> <p>Growing up, Dolly came from a poor, tobacco-farming family – the fourth born to a long list of children in 1946.</p> <p>Despite her humble beginnings, the 9-5 singer has not been afraid in confronting her past by sharing her tough story.</p> <p>The one bedroom home housed up to 14 people and because of this, a number of children – up to three or four – were made to sleep in the same bed each night.</p> <p>“The kids peed on me every night. We slept three and four in the bed. I would wash every night. And as soon as I go to bed, the kids would wet on me and I'd have to get up in the morning and do the same thing,” Parton explained to <a href="https://www.thelist.com/94995/untold-truth-dolly-parton/">Playboy in 1978</a>.</p> <p>The extent of poverty that overwhelmed her family kept her from changing the bed sheets at night when her brother or sisters wet the bed.</p> <p>“That was the only warm thing we knew in the winter time. That was almost a pleasure to get peed on because it was so cold,” she said.</p> <p>“Lord. It was as cold in the room as it was outside. We'd bundle up to go to bed.”</p> <p>The summer months however were easier for the children, Dolly explaining they would wash themselves in the river during the hot weather using handmade soap.</p> <p>But in the winter time, they’d be forced to use a small pan filled with water.</p> <p>“We’d have a pan of water and we’d wash down as far as possible, then we’d wash up as far as possible…” the singer shared.</p> <p>As the family grew larger with every child Parton’s mother gave birth to, more responsibility would be passed down to the oldest children of the family.</p> <p>Particularly when it came to raise the youngest family members.</p> <p>“My mother, through the years, when we were born, since there were so many of us, used to say, ‘This one’s gonna be your baby,” she said.</p> <p>“That just meant that you got to take extra care of it. You have got to get up with it at night and rock it back and forth.”</p> <p>Unfortunately for the family, when Dolly was just nine years old, she lost her ‘baby’ – her little brother, Larry Parton – who tragically passed away as a newborn.</p> <p>“There is a lot of heartache and stuff that goes on with that,” the star confirmed.</p> <p>Dolly’s rise to stardom</p> <p>Despite the heartache that surrounded the family, a little more than a year later Dolly was singing and playing guitar on Tennessee television and radio shows.</p> <p>Parton’s uncle, Bill Owens believed in his young niece and introduced her to a man who contributed to creating a radio program and a local TV show called the <em>Cas Walker Farm</em> <em>and</em> <em>Home Hour</em>.</p> <p>Before she or her family knew it, Dolly was a regular performance on the show.</p> <p>In 1959, just a few years after Dolly was performing and making her way through to the hearts of Tennessee locals’ hearts, Johnny Cash introduced a then 13-year-old Dolly to the stage at the Grand Ole Opry.</p> <p>Her performance in result, was so popular the young girl earned three encores.</p> <p>When the young star graduated from high school, Dolly was on the way to Nashville, Tennessee.</p> <p>From there, Parton’s explosive career in music truly started to begin.</p> <p>Swipe through the gallery above to see Dolly Parton through the ages.</p> <p>Did you know about Dolly Parton’s sad childhood story? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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The magic of Andre Rieu

<p>André Rieu breathes magic into the world of classical music with his new 3-CD box set, exclusive to Australia.</p> <p>From best-loved hits from the silver screen including<span> </span><em>Titanic, The Godfather, Romeo and Juliet</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>The Sound of Music</em>, through the most beloved and epic melodies, the 54 track collection highlights his vast repertoire.</p> <p>Central to everything that André Rieu does is the violin. Just as Johann Strauss II did in the 19th century, Rieu leads his concerts from the violin. You could say it is the soul to his music-making and this collection offers some of the most lush and romantic music ever written.</p> <p><iframe width="881" height="521" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/EJqiV55JnX0" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Featuring themes and tunes from some of the greatest movies, musicals, pop singers and his adored Maastricht concerts including 'What A Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong, 'I Could Have Danced All Night' from<span> </span><em>My Fair Lady</em>, 'Someday My Prince Will Come' from<span> </span><em>Snow White,</em><span> </span>'You Raise Me Up', 'Lips Are Sealed' and the Radetzky March.</p> <div class="article-body"> <p><em><strong>What do you find magical about classical music?</strong></em></p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Wyza. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/the-magic-of-andre-rieu.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p> </div>

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5 things you didn’t know about Fleetwood Mac

<p>Fleetwood Mac have been together since 1967, so it’s safe to say that the group have some stories. The Grammy-award winning band have had amazing success all around the globe and only a few have managed to see what really goes on behind the scenes. Here are a few things you might not have known about Fleetwood Mac.</p> <p><strong>1. Founding member Jeremy Spencer left the group in 1971 to join a cult</strong></p> <p>Jeremy Spencer had missed rehearsal the day before a gig and they were unable to find him for a few days. Once the band did find him, he refused to rejoin the group and they were forced to find a replacement. Spencer’s replacement, Peter Green, made things worse for the group at the time by openly mocking the audience.</p> <p><strong>2. Mick Fleetwood’s wife, model Jenny Boyd, was having an affair with his best friend and former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston through the mid-70s</strong></p> <p>The pair divorced in 1977, where Fleetwood quickly rebounded from the end of his marriage by becoming involved with Stevie Nicks.</p> <p><strong>3. “Landslide” was never released as a single and the reason it’s so popular today is largely due to a cover version by the Smashing Pumpkins</strong></p> <p>Although Billy Corgan recorded a solo recording of the song in 1993, the song was used as a b-side. Later on, in 1994, <a href="https://youtu.be/AR42F88-000">the Smashing Pumpkins</a> had the song on their compilation <em>Pisces Iscariot.</em> The song became a radio hit, and caused Fleetwood Mac to revisit the song and record a newer version on their live reunion album called <em>The Dance </em>in 1997.</p> <p><strong>4. Stevie Nicks’ cocaine habit in the ‘70s and ‘80s was so bad that she burned a hole in the cartilage of her nose</strong></p> <p>Naturally, after hearing this information, Nicks’ was motivated to kick her habit. A plastic surgeon had warned her that she could lose her nose or die.</p> <p>Nicks told <span><em><a href="http://rockalittle.com/rs103097.htm">Rolling Stone</a></em></span>: "He [the plastic surgeon] said to me, 'The next toot that you do could be your last. The tissue in your nose is very delicate. It could go straight up to your head, and then you could drop to the floor and die a lousy, two-hour death.”</p> <p><strong>5. Christine McVie wrote “You Make Loving Fun” about her affair with the band’s lighting director, Curry Grant</strong></p> <p>Grant and McVie’s relationship started while she was still married to John McVie.</p> <p>The pair remained married while the band was writing and recording <em>Rumours</em>, despite the duo being separated and seeing other people.</p> <p>Did you know these facts about Fleetwood Mac? Have you ever seen them in concert? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Celine Dion speaks out after dramatic weight loss

<p>Celine Dion has hit back at body shamers about her sudden weight loss, saying that if they don’t like the way she looks, they should “leave [her] alone”.</p> <p>Dion shocked fans with her gaunt appearance in Paris, whilst attending Fashion Week.</p> <p>However, this didn’t stop the <em>My Heart Would Go On</em> singer from firing back at those who have raised their concern.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7823144/celine-dion.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/77f3b75f6a3c492e93dc53e60241c859" /></p> <p>The 50-year-old spoke on <em>The Dan Wotton Interview</em> podcast about the comments and criticism saying:</p> <p>“I want to feel strong, beautiful, feminine and sexy. If I like it, I don’t want to talk about it,” she expressed.</p> <p>“Don’t bother. Don’t take a picture. If you like it, I’ll be there. If you don’t, leave me alone.”</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="/media/7823143/celine-dion-skinny.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/84fe7d3bf7744407a3635d5e1a915fad" /></p> <p>It’s possible the mother-of-three feels more outspoken since launching her new gender-neutral clothing line for children, called Celinununu.</p> <p>She told the <em><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/celine-dion-weight-loss-dating-rumors_us_5c51a721e4b0f43e410d166f?ec_carp=5589467888602149885">Huffington Post</a></em>:</p> <p>“I feel that now I have a voice, which is kinda weird as that’s what I’ve been doing all my life – using my voice, but in singing and performing,” she said.</p> <p>“But I use my voice as well for things that I choose I want to do and things that I say to my team I don’t want to do.”</p> <p>Do you think Celine Dion’s sudden weight loss is cause for concern? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.</p>

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Pink’s husband shares controversial video of daughter firing gun

<p>Pink’s husband Carey Hart has shown his 7-year-old daughter how to shoot. A video was posted to Instagram, where 7-year-old Willow is focusing intently on the rifle and her target before firing the rifle.</p> <p>The caption reads:</p> <p>“Haven’t poked the parent police bear in a few days. Willz and I shooting the 22 rifle. She is getting pretty good. Can hit a 12 inch pie plate from 30 yards. Started her shooting at 3yrs old.” Hart explained.</p> <p>Hart then goes on to say:</p> <p>“For the record non of us hunt, just enjoy shooting for sport. I’m raising the kids with knowledge of fire arms, how to handle them, shoot them, store them, and avoid them in uneducated hands.”</p> <p>He ended the post with the hashtag "#knowledgeispower".</p> <p>Willow can be heard in the video asking if the safety is on before taking a shot.</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/BtQjb7eAxmb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtQjb7eAxmb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Haven’t poked the parent police bear in a few days. Willz and I shooting the 22 rifle. She is getting pretty good. Can hit a 12 inch pie plate from 30 yards. Started her shooting at 3yrs old. For the record non of us hunt, just enjoy shooting for sport. I’m raising the kids with knowledge of fire arms, how to handle them, shoot them, store them, and avoid them in uneducated hands. #knowledgeispower</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/hartluck/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carey Hart</a> (@hartluck) on Jan 30, 2019 at 4:30am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s clear that Hart expected a negative reaction by the wording in his post, but he has received a flood of support from commenters all around the world.</p> <p>One user said that it was “parenting done right!” whereas another said that they were happy “she’s learning how to handle them responsibly".</p> <p>A commenter even explained how Australians can get involved with shooting for sport.</p> <p>“Anyone that is uncomfortable with firearms in a country with relatively strict gun control, do a quick Google for rifle ranges near you,” the user explained.</p> <p>“Go down talk to the range officer and find out what you need to do to try it (in qld Australia just fill in the paperwork and be supervised by an RO). You may not want to take up shooting, but at least you will have an understanding of how safe it is.</p> <p>“Hey, you never know, you might really enjoy it.”</p> <p>Do you think it's important to learn about gun safety? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Proud grandma Barbra Streisand's sweet moment with granddaughter

<p>Josh Brolin’s baby daughter Westlyn Reign may be small, but she already shares a special bond with her grandmother Barbra Streisand.</p> <p>Brolin shared a heartwarming snap to his Instagram account on Monday, which showed the legendary musician cradling her stepson’s daughter in a black-and-white photograph.</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/BtMvMPsgHhH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtMvMPsgHhH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Classic beauties. Time stands still.❤️❤️ #beanandgranny #family @barbrastreisand</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/joshbrolin/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Josh Brolin</a> (@joshbrolin) on Jan 28, 2019 at 4:52pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The legendary 76-year-old singer and actress was beaming with pride as she held her granddaughter close.</p> <p>“Classic beauties. Time stands still,” wrote the <em>Avengers: Infinity War</em> actor underneath the post.</p> <p>Streisand then shared the same photograph to her own Instagram account, but this time in colour, writing: “We were at a restaurant, but the most delicious thing was my granddaughter Westlyn!”</p> <p>The 50-year-old actor and son of James Brolin, and his entrepreneur wife Kathryn Boyd, welcomed their first child together in early November.</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/BpxlACZlWBT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpxlACZlWBT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Dearest Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce our little girl Westlyn Reign Brolin (Bean). Mama Kathryn was stellar during this miracle birth and Bean is a flawless gem through and through. We are blessed to the core and appreciate so much the love and support during this pregnancy from ALL who have partaken in our journey, directly and/or indirectly. ❤️❤️🍼🏋🏻‍♀️🍀 #beanlove #dogtown @kathrynbrolin</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/joshbrolin/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Josh Brolin</a> (@joshbrolin) on Nov 4, 2018 at 2:12pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Dearest Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce our little girl Westlyn Reign Brolin (Bean),” he captioned a video of little Westlyn fast asleep. “Mama Kathryn was stellar during this miracle birth and Bean is a flawless gem through and through.</p> <p>“We are blessed to the core and appreciate so much the love and support during this pregnancy from ALL who have partaken in our journey, directly and/or indirectly,” he said. </p>

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Just like dad! Phil Collins hands the drums to son Nic on Aussie tour

<p>Legendary musician, Phil Collins, has taken his 17-year-old son on the road with him.</p> <p>Nic Collins is enjoying every chance he gets to learn more about what his dad does and explained how the experience has brought them closer together. The pair are travelling around Australia on the ‘Still Not Dead Yet’ tour.</p> <p>“It’s fun. Dad kind of retired so he could spend more time with me and my brother,” Nic said.</p> <p>“But I always wanted him to go back on the road, so touring with him and sharing these memories with him has been great.</p> <p>“We have a really good relationship, and, like any son and dad, you have your arguments here and there — and the same thing with my mum — but there has never been anything (bad) between us, we have always got on really well.”</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/Bs4T0k9lycT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs4T0k9lycT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A bit of pad warm up from before our first show in Brisbane a few days ago. (Ft. Lee Sklar) /// 3 shows in Sydney, 1 in Adelaide, 2 in Perth, 2 in Melbourne, 1 in Christchurch (NZ), and 1 in Napier left to go and then back home. #StillNotDeadYet #Australia #NewZealand</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/nic_collins/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Nic Collins</a> (@nic_collins) on Jan 20, 2019 at 6:35pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, just because Nic is the son of Phil Collins doesn’t mean he gets away with making mistakes.</p> <p>“He’ll [Phil] tell me if he’s not feeling something. He’ll say ‘this was too slow or too fast’ — I’m lucky that hasn’t happened too often so I’m doing a decent job.</p> <p>“I’m just the drummer and I do what I’m supposed to do and that’s my thing. I’m not going to say, ‘I’m the boss’s son’,”</p> <p>This humble attitude has made Nic realise that he’s closer to his dad than he initially thought.</p> <p>“It’s really cool to share it with him and see the love that he gets every night from the people that turn up to the show.</p> <p>“I realise we have a lot more in common than I thought we did.”</p> <p>Did you know Phil Collins had a son? Let us know in the comments</p>

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The sensory video craze sweeping YouTube: A guide to ASMR

<p><span>Does watching a video of someone eating a pickle or gently brushing their hair leave you feeling almost euphoric?</span><br /><br /><span>If so, you are not alone.</span><br /><br /><span>It’s called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) - also known as the 'brain tingles' or ‘braingasms’ - and it’s become something of a phenomenom lately.</span></p> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-title field-type-text field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item even"><strong>Just what is ASMR?</strong></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-name-field-slide-image field-type-image field-label-hidden"> <div class="field-items"> <p>In a nutshell, ASMR is the very<span> </span>pleasurable and relaxing sensation<span> </span>that occurs when some of us listen to soft sounds such as whispers or finger tapping.</p> <p>“It… is associated with a pleasant tingly feeling on the scalp and back of the neck,” explains Nick Davis, PhD, a psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist at Manchester Metropolitan University in Manchester, UK.</p> <p>This buzz may also travel down the spine, and can spread to the back, arms, and legs, he says.</p> <p>Déjà vu is a similar brain sensation.  And there’s a similar reaction in some people when they listen to music.</p> <p>If you get chills listening to music, there’s some evidence that your brain may be wired for stronger emotions and you may have stronger emotional intelligence.</p> <p>People with ASMR report a boost in mood immediately, Davis says.</p> <p>“It seems to last for several hours after watching the video.”</p> <p>It’s different strokes for different folks when it comes to the sounds and visual cues that trigger brain tingles, but whispering, hair being played with or brushed, and soft talking seem to be top ASMR triggers.</p> <p>“In a study, we found that people like low-pitched sounds and detailed activity, while people tended to find that background music made it harder to experience ASMR,” Davis says.</p> <p><strong>It's a digital phenomenon</strong></p> <p>YouTube seems to be the place to go for an ASMR fix.</p> <p>There are more than 13 million ASMR videos on YouTube.</p> <p>Visit the site and type “ASMR” in the search bar and hundreds of videos will appear that feature tapping sounds, “sleep-inducing haircut,” cutting soap, paper crinkling, bag folding, page-turning, whispering, and more.</p> <p>Some videos go on for more than three hours.</p> <p>ASMR is not entirely new, but it has gained steam because of YouTube, says Hugh S. Manon, PhD, associate professor of Screen Studies and Director, Screen Studies program in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, at Clark University in the US.</p> <p>“It is a uniquely digital phenomenon, as it requires one-way communication without distraction, although some group classes do exist,” says Manon.</p> <p>“It’s a way of using digital technology to counteract the effects of digital technology,” namely it counteracts the desire to check and recheck our smartphones for texts, social media updates or even watch TV on demand.</p> <p>“It’s fascinating because it is so strange,” he says.</p> <p><strong>ASMR for sounder sleep?</strong></p> <p>Most ASMR devotees say that they watch these videos before bedtime to relax and get a good night’s sleep, according to a 2015 study in PeerJ, the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences.</p> <p>“ASMR helps [some] feel more relaxed, less stressed, or helps them to fall asleep. Another significant percent…like to experience ASMR just because they enjoy it, not because it helps them in any way,” says Craig Richard, PhD, founder of ASMR University and professor of Biopharmaceutical Sciences at Shenandoah University’s School of Pharmacy in the US.</p> <p>He is also the host of ASMR University Podcast and author of Brain Tingles.</p> <p>“It’s the same reason that some people rely on white noise machines to destress and go to sleep,” says Judy Ho, PhD, a clinical psychologist in the US.</p> <p>“It’s really about paying attention to sensory or auditory cues to distract yourself from negative thoughts or feelings.”</p> <p>Some research shows that those who experience ASMR have significantly reduced heart rates while watching videos compared to people who do not experience ASMR. Stress is known to increase heart rate.</p> <p>“Our studies show that ASMR videos do indeed have the relaxing effect anecdotally reported by experiencers—but only in people who experience the feeling,” says study author Giulia Poerio, PhD, of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Psychology in a news release.</p> <p>In fact, the average reductions in heart rate experienced by our ASMR participants was comparable to other research findings reported in <em>PLOS One </em>on the physiological effects of stress-reduction techniques, such as music and mindfulness<em>. </em></p> <p><strong>It either works for you or it doesn't</strong></p> <p>Not everyone gets brain tingles, and there is no precise data on how many people experience ASMR in response to triggers.</p> <p>“It is not currently known why only some people experience ASMR. It could be due to increased sensitivity of specific brain pathways or to increased production of specific brain chemicals,” says Richard.</p> <p>An ongoing survey of more than 25,000 participants from 100-plus countries confirmed that ASMR is a global occurrence and is experienced by individuals of all ages, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity.</p> <p>“This supports that ASMR is a biological response rather than a specific cultural phenomenon,” Richard says.</p> <p>Research tells us that people who respond best to ASMR are open to new experiences, have lower levels of awareness (they’re less cautious or vigilant) and tend to be extroverted.</p> <p>In addition, those with mild depression or “the blues” do better than those with more severe mood disorders, Ho says.</p> <p>“It’s literally something that works for you or doesn’t,” Manon adds. But it’s not entirely risk-free:</p> <p>“If a person relies on it as a substitute for therapy or medication to treat a psychiatric disorder, it could be dangerous,” Ho says.</p> <p>Nonetheless, she clarifies, “If you respond to mindfulness, this can be another tool in your arsenal. It just shouldn’t be the only tool you rely on for depression, anxiety or other psychological disorders.”</p> <p>Going forward, clinical studies that compare ASMR to currently used therapies for anxiety and insomnia may help shed some light on the phenomenon, Richard says.</p> <p>“These studies would utilise standardised assessment tools and physiological measurements to provide a more accurate view of the effect of ASMR on specific conditions.”</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Denise Mann Chatterton. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/sensory-video-craze-sweeping-youtube-guide-asmr">Reader’s Digest.</a> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here's our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p class="p1"><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p> </div> </div>

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How to: Stream music online

<p>These days, there are so many options for listening to music both offline and online.</p> <p>One of the perks of online radio is that you have greater variety with fewer ads all the while being able to tailor a playlist to your individual music taste. In this how-to-guide, we look at the online music provider Spotify which is very easy and free to use with a basic account.</p> <p><strong>What is Spotify?</strong></p> <p>Spotify is an online music-streaming service that you can download onto your computer or use while online (either way, you will need to have a decent Internet connection).<span> </span></p> <p>You can stream many different types of music on the service by simply typing the band or artists name into the search bar on the top-left.</p> <p>While Spotify has a HUGE music collection, there are a few record labels that won’t allow their bands or artists to have the music available on Spotify – so unfortunately some albums from The Beatles haven’t been made available yet!</p> <p><strong>How do I use it?</strong></p> <p>There a three main ways to get started: Free and Premium ($11.99/month).<span> </span></p> <p>There’s nothing wrong with getting started on a free account – it just means every now and then ads will interrupt your music or play list – not unlike a radio station.<span> </span></p> <p>Spotify gives you the option to create and share your own playlists. So if you’re wanting to educate your children or grandchildren on some classic hits from your youth, you have an avenue to do so.</p> <p>Spotify also includes a radio feature which picks songs at random based on your previous song choices. This is a great way to discover new artists within a genre that you like.</p> <p><strong>What kinds of music can I find on it?</strong></p> <p>Not all artists or labels can be found on Spotify but you can find anything from songs categorised in decades (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s etc) to travel tunes, sleep playlists, Jazz and Blues, country and plenty more.</p> <p>You can either search by band name, artist name, song title, or select a pre made playlist like a top 100 or just pick a radio station tailored to your wants and needs.</p> <p>If you prefer listening on you mobile you can download the free Spotify App from the App store and listen on the go or at the gym.</p> <p><strong>How do I make a playlist?</strong></p> <p>First, go to your account or ‘Your Music’ section and select ‘New playlist.’ You can name your playlist whatever you like and once it’s saved go to the search bar and start typing.</p> <p>By typing in a band/artist or song you’ll hopefully find what you’re looking for and by right clicking on the song you can instantly add it to any of your playlist.</p> <p>Have you used Spotify before? Do you like it? Let us know in the comments!</p> <p><em>Written by Editor. Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/how-to-stream-music-online.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></em></p>

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Top 9 most memorable Motown songs

<p><strong>Master blast from the past.</strong><br />Created by Berry Gordy the MOTOWN record label was born in 1959 in Detroit Michigan. Tambourines, hand clapping, blasting brass sections the MOTOWN sound is unmistakeable.</p> <p><strong>1. Stop In the Name Of Love, Supremes - 1965</strong><br />This MOTOWN classic has become an anthem over the years with Diana Ross up front singing her heart out.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UGJQPkfwlAc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p> <strong>2. I heard it Through The Grapevine, Marvin Gaye - 1967</strong></p> <p>This song was covered by almost everyone in the MOTWN family but its Marvin’s’ version that has stood the test of time</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BYFt1P6C6ng" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p> <strong>3. My Girl, The Temptations - 1964</strong></p> <p>David Ruffin sings along to that bass guitar makes this feel good song unforgettable. It does not matter how many times you hear it, this Motown classic still gets you swaying and smiling.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/e4oasdg8JZ4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>4. Superstition, Stevie Wonder - 1972</strong><br />Stevie Wonder is one of Detroit’s favourite sons and when he belts this track out there is no mistaking the brilliance of Stevie</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0CFuCYNx-1g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>5. Tracks Of My Tears, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - 1965</strong><br />Smokey sings his broken heart out, proving you can still dance to a sad love song.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rNS6D4hSQdA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>6. Reach Out, Four Tops - 1966</strong><br />You never get sick of Levi Stubbs heartfelt lead vocals on this track, one of the Four Tops most recognizable hits</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c56Sj7kMbLk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>7. Dancing In The Street, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - 1964</strong><br />This songs makes you get up and dance every time its<br />played.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9KhbM2mqhCQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>8. Aint No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell - 1967</strong><br />Later covered by the legendary Diana Ross but this motown classic by Marvin and Tammi is the original and the best.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Xz-UvQYAmbg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>9. Lets Get It On, Marvin Gaye - 1973</strong><br />One of the sexiest songs ever written and Marvin delivers it to perfection. Nothing else to say really.</p> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/x6QZn9xiuOE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/top-10-most-memorable-motown-songs.aspx">Wyza.com.au</a>.</em></p>

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The 9 most expensive, valuable and collectable records of all time

<p>Records give more a sense of the history of music than anything else and somehow their market value reflects this; for example, manufacturer’s mistakes/alterations or the death of the artist can dramatically affect the resale value of a record.</p> <p>And generally speaking, rare records from the ‘60s and ‘70s (the ‘golden era’ of music), which only had a few hundred copies pressed, are the most valuable (even if that band is largely unknown) – commanding four-figure sums in some cases.</p> <p>Moreover, singles in many cases are more valuable than both EPs and LPs.</p> <p>But who sits at the top of the pile with the most valuable and collectable record that ever went to market? And which records still in circulation are worth a few quid?</p> <p>Spoiler alert: this list contains The Beatles</p> <p><strong>Nick Drake – <em>Five Leaves Left </em>(1969)</strong></p> <p>Nick Drake fits the description of musician-turned-legend following his untimely death at the age of 27.</p> <p>With only three albums released by the young artist, Drake’s records are extremely rare and an original pressing of the artist’s debut, <em>Five Leaves Left</em>, can sell for upwards of £1000 depending on its quality, of course.</p> <p><strong>The first pressing</strong></p> <p>There is debate over which is the true first pressing but it is largely accepted that the textured pink label with incorrect 4th and 5th song order (<em>Way To Blue</em> <em>and Day Is Done</em>) printed on its sleeve, and machine stamped matrix numbers is the real McCoy. NB: You will find no A1/B1 matrix on first pressings; a first pressing will read A2/B2.</p> <p><strong>The pink label</strong></p> <p>There are two types of ‘smooth’ pink label variants out there also, one with incorrect running order on the label and one corrected. But the textured label pressings, with all aforementioned characteristics, tend to be the most valuable. All three variants have ‘Made In England’ printed on the label whereas reissues do not.</p> <p><strong>The Beatles – <em>Please Please Me</em> (1963)</strong></p> <p>Records by The Beatles are of course very collectable, but this in itself is strange when you consider that there are literally millions out there and most are relatively easy to get hold of. To collect records properly, you must be prepared to put the hours in authenticating a record, so get comfortable!</p> <p><strong>The Beatles anomaly</strong></p> <p>Generally speaking, the fewer records pressed by bands/artists, the more valuable it will invariably be. However, The Beatles command a different value. As the pioneers of modern pop music, the appeal is worldwide. Any first pressing will be worth something, yet condition is still essential if you want to make/spend the big bucks.</p> <p>Having pressed and sold millions of records, it’s near impossible to find a first pressing of a Beatles record in mint/near-mint condition, so when one comes along, collectors will pay a premium.</p> <p><strong>Please please tell me what it's worth</strong></p> <p><em>Please Please Me</em> was first pressed on the gold and black Parlophone label but it soon switched to yellow and black. These minor details can mean everything. Stereo copies on the gold and black label will fetch you in excess of £5000.</p> <p><strong>Queen – <em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em>/<em>I’m In Love With My Car</em> (1978)</strong></p> <p>Extravagance all round!</p> <p>A rare edition of Queen’s most celebrated anthem was also served, at one time, as an invite to an EMI event replete with goodies including the entry ticket, matches, a pen, a menu, an outer card sleeve, EMI goblets(?) and a scarf! So, the record stands out quite a bit.</p> <p>Never ones to shy away from a bit of colour, the Queen single was pressed on a brilliant royal blue vinyl and this copy/set is valued at the rather colourful sum of £5000.</p> <p><strong>The Beatles – <em>The White Album</em> (1968)</strong></p> <p><strong>The Beatles anomaly #2</strong></p> <p>What can I say? The Beatles just about dominate any musical list. But they also take on a special kind of reverence and mean different things to different people making their value susceptible to change on an individual's basis.</p> <p><strong>Valuation of <em>The White Album</em></strong></p> <p>Ok, this is the hard part. There are a multitude of criteria to adhere to and hoops you have to jump through to guarantee yourself/part with some dough. Ready? Here we go:</p> <ul> <li>Is it a US copy, a UK copy?</li> <li>Is ‘The Beatles’ embossed or printed on the front?</li> <li>Does it contain the poster, all portraits?</li> <li>Are all known misspellings present (i.e. ‘Rocky Racoon’, not ‘Raccoon’)?</li> <li>Is the serial number a seven-digit number and is it preceded by the correct number of zeros, is it then preceded by a prefix ‘A’ (wide), ‘A’ (thin), a black dot or the prefix ‘No.’ (Two variants)?</li> <li>Is it one of only 12 made with the serial: A2000000 to commemorate 2,000,000 copies sold?</li> </ul> <p> And, so on and so on...</p> <p>Essentially, if it’s a US first pressing, with all misspellings, a serial number and embossed lettering you’re looking at $800 for one in good condition. But, if the serial number is low, it is worth more (serial number 0000001 sold for $15,000 in 2009). If the serial number is between 2 and 9 add 2000 per cent. For serial numbers under 10,000 add 50 per cent. Add $15 if poster is included and $7 for each Beatles portrait.</p> <p>A UK first pressing with all the trimmings in very good condition could cost you a maximum of £1000 but expect to add 50 per cent with serial numbers below 10,000 and an extra couple of quid for posters and portraits. Got it? Good!</p> <p><strong>Sex Pistols – <em>God Save The Queen/No Feelings</em> (1977)</strong></p> <p>This is an interesting one because the 1977 run of the Pistols’ single doesn’t just exist on one label.</p> <p>On A&amp;M, only 300 copies are said to exist after it was withdrawn from sale. This pressing is valued at approximately £10,000.</p> <p>A&amp;M also circulated promo copies and one of the few known to be in circulation recently sold on eBay for $17,179 (£11,728). However, there is an even rarer copy on L.T.S.</p> <p>Only two copies are to exist, one of which sold recently for no less than £12,629.</p> <p>And finally, a third label, The Town House, is known to have pressed the 7” single in 1977 onto a single-sided 10” acetate. Although an unknown amount of copies were produced, one of the only ones believed to exist sold in 2011 for a mega $23,000 (£15,702).</p> <p><strong>Anarchy in the record industry</strong></p> <p>That there are three separate, very small releases of this single highlights the band’s turbulent relationship with labels, all of which contribute to and complement their punk legacy; their value and their place in history. But it also shows the lengths collectors will go to get their own piece of history. Added to that is the irony that music’s most outspoken non-conformists, the epitome of anti-establishment attitude, are among the world’s most collectable and thus the most expensive bands.</p> <p><strong>The Five Sharps – <em>Stormy Weather</em> 78rpm single (1952)</strong></p> <p>The story of this particular record is as wild as the track suggests.</p> <p>The band was famously paid in hot dogs and soda for the session in New York where they cut two songs in one day. The single was put out on Jubilee #5104 and the members had to buy their own copies (despite not being paid for the session) because sales of the record were so poor.</p> <p>But the legend of this 78 is just beginning unbeknownst to the band.</p> <p><strong>From hot dogs to big bucks</strong></p> <p>Initially, <em>Stormy Weather</em> encounters some misfortune of its own and takes a turn for the worst in 1961.</p> <p>Record collector, Billy Pensabene, took a copy of the 78 he had found to Times Square Records, run by Irving “Slim” Rose, who borrowed the 78 to play on his ‘Sink Or Swim With Swingin’ Slim’ radio show which broke whilst in his care.</p> <p>The story goes that Slim promised Billy a replacement copy of the 78 and so put adverts up in the shop window offering $25-$50 for a copy. Time went by and still no 78.</p> <p>Then things went from bad to worse. Slim, in a last-ditch attempt to be a man of his word and reclaim a copy, visited Jubilee Records and asked owner, Jerry Blaine, to reissue the 78.</p> <p>Unfortunately, The Five Sharps’ session was one of a batch of 80 masters that had been destroyed in a fire. A nationwide search was underway and <em>Stormy Weather</em> became the most sought-after doo-wop record in history.</p> <p>Despite a somewhat roguish attempt by Jubilee to re-record the track using completely different musicians under the same Five Sharps moniker, the legend continued to grow for that original 78.</p> <p>Over the next 15 years only three copies ever turned up; one chipped, one cracked and one in very good condition.</p> <p>The third was sold in 1977 and is now valued at around £16,910.    </p> <p><strong>The Velvet Underground ­– <em>The Velvet Underground</em> and <em>Nico '66</em></strong></p> <p>An early version of the band’s debut cut to acetate is the only known version to exist and was bought with two other records for just 75 cents at a New York City stoop sale.</p> <p>The band’s agent at the time, the eminent pop artist, Andy Warhol, assembled the acetate to ship around to various labels and differs in order to the album now affectionately known as The Banana Album.</p> <p>In 2006, owner, Warren Hill, sold it at auction for $25,200. Following Lou Reed’s death in 2013 and the rise in interest in both the band and records, who knows how much it is worth today.</p> <p><strong>The Quarrymen – <em>That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Dang</em></strong></p> <p>The only known pressing of this pre-Beatles cut is as rare as they come and with a price tag to match.</p> <p>It is said to be the most valuable record in the world according to industry bible, Record Collector.</p> <p>The Quarrymen (McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John Duff Lowe) cut the single at a local studio.</p> <p>McCartney recalls: “We shared the record. I kept it for a week, George kept it for a week, John kept it for a week, Colin Hanton kept it for a week, then Duff kept it for 23 years.”</p> <p>Worth a mesmerising £200,000-plus it’s no surprise this is the Holy Grail in the collector’s world. Even the 1981 replica copies (only 25 made) are worth £10,000. Paul McCartney is said to be the current minder of the original who bought it back from band-member and long-time guardian, Duff, for an undisclosed amount.</p> <p><strong>John Lennon/Yoko Ono – <em>Double Fantasy</em> (1980)</strong></p> <p>And finally, surprise surprise, a Beatle!</p> <p>Lennon and Ono’s album is on this list for sheer shock value. It’s value is somewhere in the region of £355,173. But before you spit your tea out and dust off your copy of this classic, there is only one copy worth this much, and its history is chilling.</p> <p>On December 8th 1980, outside John Lennon’s apartment building, Mark David Chapman asked Lennon to sign his copy of the LP. Just five hours later, Chapman would return and murder Lennon.</p> <p>Not only does the album have the last known signature Lennon gave, but it also has Chapman’s fingerprints on it.</p> <p>A disturbing logic it seems as to its apparent value, but like I have outlined: records offer more of a sense of the history of music than all other formats and you can’t get more of a sense of music history than the last signed artefact of one of the world’s greatest musicians owned by his assassin.</p> <p><em>Written by Andy Richardson. This article first appeared in <span><a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/thought-provoking/9-most-expensive-valuable-and-collectable-records-all-time">Reader’s Digest</a></span>. 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Elvis fans celebrate the king of rock’s 84th birthday

<p>Elvis Presley fans couldn’t contain their excitement after countless items of the rock star’s memorabilia had gone on sale on January 8 to mark what would have been the legend’s 84th birthday.</p> <p>A few of the hundred items included the contract Elvis signed to purchase his estate at Graceland, which was expected to sell for close to $100,000, along with<span> diamond ring he gave to his father as a gift, a red velvet shirt he wore during a performance in Mississippi in 1956 and a belt buckle by Rolls-Royce.</span></p> <p>Not everything that was auctioned off was on the grand scale of things, such as stubs from concert tickets and movie posters from the films he was featured in.</p> <p>The auction took place at The Guest House at Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.</p> <p>Each item – 404 to be exact – were from private collectors and all profits will go to them directly.</p> <p>The most popular item proved to be a police baton given to the singer in 1976 by police officers in Colorado, with 22 bids and the final sale price of $2,500.</p> <p>The contract for Elvis’ property at Graceland was being sold for a minimum of $25,000 as it contained the signatures of his parents Vernon and Gladys.</p> <p>“It is arguably the most significant and historic Elvis Presley document as it represents the purchase of one of the most iconic and highly visited homes in the United States,” the website reads.</p> <p>“The home receives hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, many of whom make the trek with an almost religious zeal.</p> <p>“While Elvis’ popularity has never waned, the continued attraction and appeal of his Graceland home is comparable in fame and distinction.”</p> <p>The red velvet shirt that he wore during a concert in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1956 sold for $37,500.</p> <p>But it’s not just material objects that were for sale in the auction, but also experiences such as a private two-hour tour of Graceland’s archives which feature over 50,000 photographs.</p> <p>Other intangible offers included a private evening tour and dinner for 24 guests and a tour of Graceland with Elvis’ cousin himself, Jimmy Gambill.</p> <p>The most affordable item on the list was a concert ticket stub from 1970 which sold for $187.50.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to look at some of the items that were featured in the auction.</p>

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Update: Olivia Newton-John breaks her silence over reports she has "weeks" to live

<p><strong>Updated:</strong> Following her niece Tottie Goldsmith coming out against reports that she's on "death's door", Olivia Newton-John has come out with a video message letting fans know that she is healthy and well.</p> <p>With Newton-John cheekily addresses her fans saying that the "rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated", she wishes her fans a Happy New Year and thanks them for their unwavering support.</p> <p>"Happy New Year everyone! This is Olivia Newton-John and I just want to say that the rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated, to quote a very famous quote. I'm doing great, and I want to wish all of you the happiest and healthiest 2019 that's possible.</p> <p>"Thank you all for your wonderful love and support, for me, and for my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Thank you very much, happy new year!"</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Folivianewtonjohn%2Fvideos%2F1618203204992927%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=267" width="267" height="476" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>Earlier, Olivia Newton-John’s niece Tottie Goldsmith, 55, was given permission to speak out about the "sick rumours" surrounding Newton-John, 70.</p> <p>US and Australian gossip publications had stated an unnamed sourced claimed that Newton-John’s body was "shutting down" and that she only had "weeks, not months" to live.</p> <p>Goldsmith has shut down these rumours by posting a photo of her and Newton-John, saying, "Just giving you the heads up that Livvy is in good health, so let’s leave that distressing rumour where it belongs."</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/BsIRCJAgVWW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BsIRCJAgVWW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Just giving you the heads up that Livvy is in good health, so let’s leave that distressing rumor where it belongs 🦋</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tottie_goldsmith/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Tottie Goldsmith</a> (@tottie_goldsmith) on Jan 2, 2019 at 2:40am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>When Olivia Newton-John’s American representative Michael Caprio was contacted by <a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/reports-spread-that-olivia-newtonjohn-is-on-deaths-door-with-just-weeks-to-live/news-story/e60cee7c2554f25ce627c384ab619200">news.com.au</a> about the rumours, he laughed and said that the reports of his client’s demise were "hilarious".</p> <p>“No she has not,” Mr Caprio said. “You might want to get better sources versus reading tabloids.”</p> <p>This is not the first time that Newton-John has fought with cancer. She was first diagnosed in 1992 with breast cancer but was able to beat it. She fought it again in 2013, with cancer in her shoulder that she kept private.</p> <p>When Newton-John was asked why she decided to keep quiet on her second diagnosis in 2013, Olivia said last year: "I thought, 'It's my life', and I just decided to keep it to myself."</p> <p>However, with the support of her husband, she decided to go public in 2017 with her third diagnosis and spoke of the treatments that she used, including cannabis oil.</p> <p>She told Channel 7’s <em>Sunday Night</em> program, “In California it’s legal to grow a certain amount of plants for your own medicinal purposes.</p> <p>“I’m very lucky that I live in a state where it’s legal and that I have a husband that is a plant-medicine man."</p> <p>She also admitted in the <em>Sunday Night</em> program that she had "moments" where her cancer diagnosis scared her.</p> <p>"If I allowed myself to go there, I could easily create that big fear. But my husband's always there, and he's there to support me. I believe I will win over it. That's my goal," Newton-John shared.</p>

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Pink snaps back at parenting police with witty message

<p>Pink doesn’t have time for those who critically analyse her parenting skills.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram, the pop star shared a photo of her son Jameson Moon Hart indulging in chocolate, and the mother-of-two paired it with a witty caption.</p> <p>“Chocolate is good for babies, right?” she wrote. “Help me Instagram, we can’t possibly parent without you.”</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/BrUJROJhqNW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrUJROJhqNW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Chocolate is good for babies right? Help me Instagram, we can’t possibly parent without you.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/pink/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> P!NK</a> (@pink) on Dec 12, 2018 at 8:52pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The sarcastic comment comes after Pink’s husband Carey hart posted a photo of himself and Jameson taking a ride on a dirt bike.</p> <p>Hart, who posted the photo three days ago, had already predicted the amount of backlash he was going to receive, as he wrote in the caption: “Don’t worry parent police, I’m a professional. #BeADadNotAFad.”</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/BrL6yovHUYg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BrL6yovHUYg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Jamo has his race face on😂😂😂. Don’t worry parent police, I’m a professional. #BeADadNotAFad @FoxMoto @Dualigans @giantbicyclesusa @RideDunlop @Guts_Racing_Inc @WorksConnection @Fmf73 @motionpro @Twin_air @GalferUsa @ODIgrips @mactools38 @acerbisusa @Bel_RayCompany @GoodRide @HinsonRacing</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/hartluck/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Carey Hart</a> (@hartluck) on Dec 9, 2018 at 4:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Still, his followers took to the comment section to criticise Hart, saying that the 23-month-old wasn’t adequately protected, and the activity wasn’t age appropriate.</p> <p>“Your face and body protected but his isn’t,” wrote one person, with others agreeing to the sentiment, saying that Jameson should have been provided with more than a helmet.</p> <p>“Nice eye protection for the kid,” said another.</p> <p>Hart responded to the backlash by telling them to “move along".</p> <p>But despite the onslaught of negative comments, there were many positive ones as they praised the parents for making sure their children Jameson and 7-year-old daughter Willow Sage Hart grow up with fond memories.</p> <p>“I wish my dad was like you when I was young,” wrote one follower. “You can’t wrap them in cotton wool all the time and you’re a professional. Don’t stop being an awesome dad.”</p> <p>Another person wrote: “I took my kids riding at that age. They loved it and wanted to go as fast as possible. As you said, ‘You are a professional’. Screw everyone else, your son is having a blast and you are making memories.”</p> <p>Do you think Pink and Carey are in the wrong with their parenting style? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Should this classic Christmas song be banned? Radio stations pull the plug on yuletide tune

<p>It’s one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time, but<span> </span><em>Baby, It’s Cold Outside</em><span> </span>has come under fire as feminists are demanding for the song to be banned from radio stations claiming the lyrics promote date rape.</p> <p>Stations in the US and UK have already begun taking it off air as campaigners have slammed the song as inappropriate, and now radio channels around the world are being pressured into following the same path.</p> <p>But despite the outrage, many feminists have rejected to take part in the protest as they say those disagreeing with the song need to lighten up.</p> <p>Originally written in 1944, the Academy Award-winning song has been reproduced by singers such as Michael Bublé and Dean Martin.</p> <p>The song tells the story of a man who is attempting to get a woman to stay with him and was first featured in the 1949 film<span> </span><em>Neptune’s Daughter</em>starring Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban.</p> <p>A line that is causing offence is: “Say what’s in this drink? No cabs to be had out there,” with those who disagree with the song's message claiming the line implies drink spiking.</p> <p>Another line that has caused a stir is: “I ought to say no, no, no – Mind if I move in closer?”, which has come under fire for promoting non-consensual sex.</p> <p>Appearing on UK breakfast show<span> </span><em>Good Morning Britain</em>, feminist Daisy Buchanan raised the issue by saying: “This is a song about trying to get away from a man and being assaulted. She’s trying to say no.”</p> <p>But host Piers Morgan wasn’t having any of it, as he refuted the claim by saying: “Radical feminists like you want to suck the joy out of everything and make this look like sexual assault. She gave consent, she stayed. Do you not read the lyrics? She’s flirting with him.”</p> <p>Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/has-the-pc-brigade-gone-too-far/news-story/b020b05ebe476425ea10464d4cc666b9" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>, Anna Kerr, from Sydney’s Feminist Legal Clinic, says the lyrics of the acclaimed song are “definitely creepy".</p> <p>“There is even a line that seems to subtly reference the female being drugged by the male,” she said. “Songs that normalise and even celebrate predatory sexual behaviour by men are never OK.”</p> <p>Agreeing with those sentiments is Jazzlyn Breen, from the University of Sydney Women’s Collective.</p> <p>“In this day and age, especially in the light of #MeToo movement, I find it really unnerving that people would enjoy listening to content which insinuates the use of date rape drugs,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/has-the-pc-brigade-gone-too-far/news-story/b020b05ebe476425ea10464d4cc666b9" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>.</p> <p>But controversial author and sex therapist Bettina Arndt considers the entire controversy to be ridiculous.</p> <p>“This … ludicrous campaign against a funny, traditional Christmas song is the reason people are turning off feminism,” she said.</p> <p>“It’s a sweet, light hearted portrayal of a man trying to seduce a woman – nothing more. Why are we taking any notice of this tiny group of narrow-minded, man-hating nut cases who see this as date rape? Ordinary people still enjoy this type of light hearted banter and flirtation and need to stand up against the puritanical feminists.”</p> <p>People took to Twitter to share their own opinions of the song, with one user saying: “The song Baby It’s Cold Outside is about rape … I’m disturbed.”</p> <p>But another disagreed, saying: “Christmas songs being offensive and banning them, is bloody ridiculous.”</p> <p>Do you think<span> </span><em>Baby It’s Cold Outside</em><span> </span>insinuates date rape? Decide for yourself below:</p> <p><strong><em>Baby, It’s Cold Outside</em><span> </span>song lyrics</strong></p> <p>I really can’t stay (Baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>I gotta go away (Baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>This evening has been (Been hoping that you’d dropped in)</p> <p>So very nice (I’ll hold your hands they’re just like ice)</p> <p>My mother will start to worry (Beautiful what’s your hurry?)</p> <p>My father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the fireplace roar)</p> <p>So really I’d better scurry (Beautiful please don’t hurry)</p> <p>Well maybe just a half a drink more (I’ll put some records on while I pour)</p> <p>The neighbours might think (Baby it’s bad out there)</p> <p>Say what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)</p> <p>I wish I knew how (Your eyes are like starlight now)</p> <p>To break this spell (I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell) (Why thank you)</p> <p>I ought to say no, no, no sir (Mind if move in closer?)</p> <p>At least I’m gonna say that I tried (What’s the sense of hurtin’ my pride?)</p> <p>I really can’t stay (Baby don’t hold out)</p> <p>Baby it’s cold outside</p> <p>Ah, you’re very pushy you know?</p> <p>I like to think of it as opportunistic</p> <p>I simply must go (Baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>The answer is no (But baby it’s cold outside)</p> <p>The welcome has been (How lucky that you dropped in)</p> <p>So nice and warm (Look out the window at that storm)</p> <p>My sister will be suspicious (Gosh your lips look delicious!)</p> <p>My brother will be there at the door (Waves upon a tropical shore)</p> <p>My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious (Gosh your lips are delicious!)</p> <p>Well maybe just a cigarette more (Never such a blizzard before) (And I don’t even smoke)</p> <p>I’ve got to get home (Baby you’ll freeze out there)</p> <p>Say lend me a coat? (It’s up to your knees out there!)</p> <p>You’ve really been grand (I feel when I touch your hand)</p> <p>But don’t you see? (How can you do this thing to me?)</p> <p>There’s bound to be talk tomorrow (Think of my life long sorrow!)</p> <p>At least there will be plenty implied (If you caught pneumonia and died!)</p> <p>I really can’t stay (Get over that old out)</p> <p>Baby it’s cold</p> <p>Baby it’s cold outside</p> <p>Okay fine, just another drink then</p> <p>That took a lot of convincing!</p>

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The real tragedy of Bon Scott

<p>Once Scotland Yard issued an announcement on Wednesday, 20 February 1980, the news quickly spread around the world: Bon Scott, the 33-year-old lead singer of Australia’s greatest ever rock band, AC/DC, had been found dead in a parked car in London. There were “no suspicious circumstances". By Friday that week, coroner Sir Montague Levine had ruled his demise a ‘death of misadventure’ caused by acute alcohol poisoning.</p> <p>It was an open and shut case – or was it?</p> <p>For decades, many conspiracy theories around Scott’s mysterious death have emerged; some of them worthy of investigation – a possible drug overdose, others patently absurd – murder. But to be able to solve what I regard as the Da Vinci Code of rock, it required going back much further than 1980 – back to AC/DC’s first tour of the United States in 1977. For it was in America that the road to Scott’s death, his last highway, began.</p> <p>As a biographer of Bon Scott, the challenge for me was answering one simple question: "Just how had a rough-edged and sometimes inarticulate but charming, witty, street-smart young man with a bent for reinvention and a talent for lyric writing end up a chronic alcoholic with two heroin overdoses under his belt by age 30? Why did his life end just as AC/DC was on the cusp of fortune and international superstardom?"</p> <p>There had to be more to it than just one fateful night out on the town that ended in a tragic accident. And there was – much more. In <em>Bon: The Last Highway</em>, I delved deep into Scott’s unknown past, meeting friends and lovers he had during three years of touring America. They all told a similar story: he was troubled, conflicted, sometimes depressed, and sick of playing the role he’d created for himself as a sort of rock ’n’ roll Fagin.</p> <p>The pressures and loneliness of life on the road were getting to him, and he was masking a lot of his inner torment by drinking alcohol, using drugs such as Quaaludes and cocaine, and bedding groupies as AC/DC moved from gig to gig, city to city across America.</p> <p>The real Bon Scott liked reading Doris Lessing and Colette. He listened to The Pretenders and Steely Dan. He wanted stability and commitment in his romantic life, but he wasn’t getting it from the few women he was genuinely interested in. He was too wayward, too unpredictable, too uncertain about his own identity for them to consider a serious relationship. He was even unsure whether he wanted to stay in the band.</p> <p>And so, by the time Scott got to London in early 1980, he was not in a good way. Though AC/DC had finally cracked the US market with <em>Highway to Hell</em> and money was finally starting to appear in his bank account, physically he looked haggard and tired, and wasn’t his customary fit self. Emotionally, he was at a weak point and susceptible to temptation.</p> <p>London, flooded with brown heroin from Iran, was a not a good place to be.</p> <p><span><em><a href="https://www.penguin.com.au/books/bon-the-last-highway-9780857988928">Bon: The Last Highway</a></em></span> by Jesse Fink, published by Penguin Random House, is available now for RRP $34.99.</p> <p>What are your memories from when the news hit of Bon Scott’s death?</p> <p><em>Written by Jessie Fink. Republished with permission of <span><a href="https://www.wyza.com.au/articles/entertainment/the-real-tragedy-of-bon-scott.aspx">Wyza.com.au.</a></span></em></p>

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