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Scott Walker has gone but his voice will drift with us into the twilight

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

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Why classical music is better than melancholy music every time

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

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Swedish pop stars ABBA announce they’re releasing new music

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

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

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

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

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

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

<p>Pop star Celine Dion has announced her first North American tour in more than a decade, much to the delight of her fans. She has also announced a new album called “Courage”, which was inspired by life after the sad death of her husband and manager René Angelil.</p> <p>Dion, 51, shared the exciting announcement at a live performance show in Los Angeles. The show was broadcasted via Facebook Live and was watched by more than 11,000 fans around the world.</p> <p>With 40 dates to choose from in a range of cities including Toronto, Dallas and Brooklyn, there are ample opportunities for fans to see her perform her hits, such as <em>My Heart Will Go On</em> and <em>Ashes</em>.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvz3F5dg65e/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvz3F5dg65e/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">For the first time in over a decade, Celine Dion will tour North America. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 12. Team Celine presale starts Monday, April 8. For more info including all tour dates go to celinedion.com - Team Céline⁣ .⁣ Pour la première fois depuis plus de dix ans, Céline Dion sera en tournée nord-américaine. Les billets seront mis en vente le vendredi 12 avril et la prévente Team Céline débutera le lundi 8 avril. Pour plus d’informations, incluant toutes les dates de tournées, allez au celinedion.com - Team Céline</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/celinedion/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Céline Dion</a> (@celinedion) on Apr 3, 2019 at 3:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The iconic singer announced that her residency in Las Vegas would end in June and that she would be hitting the road afterwards.</p> <p>"I think it's time for a change, time to hit the road," she said on Thursday.</p> <p>The singer explained the reason for the album title, saying it was inspired by the death of her husband and manager René Angelil, who passed away in January 2016 from throat cancer. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BPO3dQkgotI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BPO3dQkgotI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Il y a un an, le 14 janvier 2016, René Angélil nous quittait. Son souvenir reste à jamais gravé dans nos cœurs. Today, January 14th, it’s been a year since René left us. He will always be in our hearts. -Team Céline ❤</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/celinedion/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Céline Dion</a> (@celinedion) on Jan 13, 2017 at 9:01pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"When I lost Rene, he wanted me back on stage. He wanted to make sure I was still practicing my passion," she said.</p> <p>"I wanted to prove to him that I'm fine, we're fine, we're going to be OK. I've got this."</p> <p>Earlier this year, the singing superstar had fans worried after she appeared looking extremely gaunt in January, but had attributed the dramatic weight loss to her reignited love of ballet. </p> <p>“Dancing has been in my DNA all of my life,” she told <em>People</em>. “It’s a dream. And so hard!... I do this four times a week.”</p> <p>Are you going to see Céline Dion perform in concert during her upcoming tour? Let us know in the comments. </p>

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Why background music “significantly impairs” your creativity

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

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Pink's tough family lesson

<p>Pink is a beloved star in her own right, with millions of adoring fans around the world. But unfortunately, when you attract such a large crowd, there are bound to be a few bad eggs.</p> <p>The mother-of-two learnt that the hard way after posting an image of her two children near-naked on her Instagram page.</p> <p>Thinking nothing of the innocent photo of the two youngsters observing a pelican near the water, the entertainer didn’t realise that so many of her followers would have a problem with it.</p> <p>The photo shows Willow topless and Jameson only wearing a t-shirt. The natural photo has an element of candidness to it, as it shows the bond of a mother with her children.</p> <p>But it wasn’t long before people took to the comment section to call out the 39-year-old, accusing her of exposing her children. Shortly after, uncomfortable comments on whether or not her son was circumcised started to come forward.</p> <p>Unfortunately, in the age of social media, regulating what people can and can’t say is next to impossible.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvrhONxhEni/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvrhONxhEni/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real? As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper. I deleted it because you’re all fucking disgusting. And now I’m turning off my comments and shaking my head at the state of social media and keyboard warriors, And the negativity that you bring to other people’s lives. There is something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there. Smfh. Here’s a picture of the pelican we obviously caught and abused for hours before dangling baby penis in its face.</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/pink/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> P!NK</a> (@pink) on Mar 31, 2019 at 9:49am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“There’s something seriously wrong with a lot of you out there,” wrote Pink on her Instagram, after receiving backlash. “Going off about my baby’s penis? About circumcision??? Are you for real? As any normal mother at the beach, I didn’t even notice he took off his swim diaper.</p> <p>“I deleted it because you’re all f****** disgusting. And now I’m turning off my comments and shaking my head at the state of social media and keyboard warriors, and the negativity that you bring to other people’s lives.”</p> <p>A lesson learned not only for Pink, but for everyone who shares photos of their children or grandchildren online. Before pressing upload, think about the future, and whether those kids would want those photos circulating when they’re older.</p> <p>Because what stays on the internet, remains on the internet.</p> <p>Do you think Pink has the right to be angry? Or are you against posting photos of children online? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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

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

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Health fears for Mick Jagger as he suffers from mystery illness

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

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Did academia kill jazz?

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

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How music can help heal your broken heart

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nothing hurts worse than a broken heart. That’s why, for some people, listening to that perfect break-up song that encapsulates your pain perfectly is as helpful as venting to friends or family.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A </span><a href="https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0110490"><span style="font-weight: 400;">2014 study</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> found that listening to sad music, including when experiencing love sickness or a breakup, can lead to emotional benefits. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The authors wrote: "Music-evoked sadness … plays a role in wellbeing, by providing consolation as well as by regulating negative moods and emotions."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Professor Bill Thompson from Macquarie University agrees.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Music is one of those comprehensive activities; we're thinking about movement, we're thinking about past memories, we're emotional, we have a lot of mind wandering and imaginative processes,” he told </span><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/life/how-music-can-help-us-heal-after-a-break-up/10671356"><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABC Life</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"In simple terms, it helps us become more open-minded."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tasmanian artist and songwriter Claire Anne Taylor explained that she feels less isolated when experiencing heartbreak by listening to sad songs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"When I'm going through a rough patch and I hear the words that the artist is singing and they resonate with me, I personally feel like I'm not alone in my suffering," she says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thompson agrees, but only to a certain point. You don’t want to listen to the sad songs so much that you start to ruminate on the memory of a person or sad situation.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Ruminating is something people can fall into easily. It's a comfort, because you're used to going over old ground, but it’s not an effective strategy for moving on," he says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"You're nursing the wound, thinking this is so awful, and there is comfort just going right inside that negative feeling."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, this can be fixed by changing the meaning that’s been attached to the sad event. For example, it might help to look at a breakup as a new beginning instead of an upsetting end.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Change the meaning that you have constructed out of the event … Build up your sense of identity and listen to music that has personal meaning and has been with you for a long time – that defines who you are."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">What songs do you listen to when you’re going through a tough time? Let us know in the comments.</span></p> <p><br /><br /></p>

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Barbra Streisand backlash: Issues apology over controversial Michael Jackson comments

<p>Barbra Streisand has apologised for her remarks about Michael Jackson and the two men who have accused him of sexual abuse.</p> <p>Streisand has been slammed after saying in a recent interview that Jackson’s accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, were “thrilled to be there” and that the alleged sexual abuse “didn’t kill them”.</p> <p>Robson and Safechuck, who were featured in the documentary <em>Leaving Neverland</em>, told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47403951" target="_blank"><em>BBC</em></a> that Jackson abused them from the ages of seven and 10.</p> <p>In an interview with <em>The Times</em>, Streisand said she “absolutely” believed Robson and Safechuck’s claims. However, she added: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.</p> <p>“You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”</p> <p>Backlash has ensued following the publication of the interview. “‘His sexual needs were his sexual needs’ – is pedophilia tolerated in parts of the entertainment industry?” said Dan Reed, the documentary’s director.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">“His sexual needs were his sexual needs” - is pedophilia tolerated in parts of the entertainment industry? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/leavingneverland?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#leavingneverland</a> <a href="https://t.co/LTdq1LXLkg">https://t.co/LTdq1LXLkg</a></p> — Dan Reed (@danreed1000) <a href="https://twitter.com/danreed1000/status/1109405584070270976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 23, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Streisand then gave a statement to the Associated Press and posted an extended apology online.</p> <p>“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings,” she said in a statement on Instagram.</p> <p>“I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way … Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives.”</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/BvXXNCyH-4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvXXNCyH-4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Barbra Streisand (@barbrastreisand)</a> on Mar 23, 2019 at 1:57pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Over the years, the Jackson estate have denied any allegations that the pop star behaved inappropriately with children.</p> <p>“I want them to understand and know that this documentary is not telling truth,” Jackson’s brother Marlon told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/music/leaving-neverland-doco-why-michael-jackson-s-son-blanket-has-stopped-talking" target="_blank"><em>CBS This Morning</em></a>. “There has not been not one piece of evidence that corroborates their story.”</p> <p>Jackson, who died in 2009, settled out of court for a child molestation lawsuit in 1993 and was acquitted for charges that he molested a 13-year-old boy in 2005.</p>

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Prince Charles and Lionel Richie announce new collaboration

<p>Prince Charles has met with singer Lionel Richie to announce their collaboration in Barbados during the royal’s Caribbean tour.</p> <p>The music legend has been named as the new global ambassador for Prince Charles’ charity.</p> <p>The Prince’s Trust, which was co-founded by the Prince of Wales in 1976, aims to help vulnerable young people access jobs, education and training.</p> <p>"I've been involved with the Prince's Trust for a number of years and, of course, I understand exactly what they do – giving opportunity to kids who would never ever have a shot at anywhere close to their dreams," said Richie on Tuesday at the Coral Reef Club Hotel.</p> <p>The Prince thanked the 69-year-old singer for taking on the role, alluding to his hit song Hello: "It must have been you I was looking for". Richie replied, "Oh, did you say that? He did say that."</p> <p>Richie has also been named chair of the Global Ambassador Group for the charity. In this role, he will focus on international youth unemployment and education.</p> <p>He is the latest celebrity to support the charity, joining the ranks of<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/entertainment/movies/george-and-amal-clooney-bring-their-a-list-glamour-to-buckingham-palace" target="_blank">Amal Clooney</a>, Helen Mirren, Benedict Cumberbatch and more.</p> <p>Earlier this week, the charity and Amal collaborated to launch the Amal Clooney Award, an honour that puts the spotlight on "the work of young women who have succeeded against the odds to make a lasting difference in their communities". Amal is set to present the prize next year.</p> <p>"I am honoured to have been invited by Prince’s Trust International to participate in this global initiative celebrating young women who are change-makers in their communities," Amal said in a statement.</p> <p>"It is a privilege to be able to play a part in a project that will draw attention to incredible young women who are the future leaders of our world."</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Prince Charles and Lionel Richie sharing a laugh.</p>

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Exploring Freddie Mercury: The man behind the film Bohemian Rhapsody

<p>Freddie Mercury knew he was destined for something more. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KsBq9P3iuM">Classmate Chris Smith</a> recalled that Mercury sat glumly at a pub one night.</p> <p>“I’m not going to be a pop star. I’m going to be a legend!”</p> <p>And become a legend he did.</p> <p>As the front man of <em>Queen</em>, Mercury quickly shot to super stardom. With hits such as “<em>We Are The Champions</em>”, “<em>I Want To Break Free</em>” and much loved classic “<em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em>” showcasing Mercury’s vocal talent, it’s easy to see why these songs resonated with the people.</p> <p>That was just Mercury’s vocal talent. In concert, he was able to capture the attention of thousands, with an odd mix of strength, seduction, outrageous outfits as well as regal glamour in the mix.</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/Bf_WPhWg5m3/?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/Bf_WPhWg5m3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">#Queen #freddiemercury #live #legend</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/mercury_motg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Freddie Mercury</a> (@mercury_motg) on Mar 6, 2018 at 9:15am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s been more than 27 years since Mercury died of complications relating to AIDS, but some would argue he’s more popular than ever.</p> <p>This is due to the new release of <em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em>, the blockbuster film with Rami Malek portraying the late singer. The film is the highest-grossing biopic in history, with old and new fans alike falling in love with Queen.</p> <p>BBC broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, a longtime friend, told <a href="https://people.com/music/freddie-mercury-real-story-bohemian-rhapsody-queen-film/"><em>PEOPLE</em></a>:</p> <p>“Queen are even bigger than when they originally put the records out, and Freddie would love it,” Gambaccini said.</p> <p>“He would just flip his hand and say, ‘It’s fabulous, darling!’”</p> <p>As Mercury desperately tried to fill the yawning void in his soul that came with being sent to boarding school in India, which was thousands of miles away from his parents in Zanzibar, music quickly became the answer. Once the family emigrated to London, Mercury wasted no time in throwing himself into the scene of the Swinging Sixties.</p> <p>Mercury had his eyes on a trio called Smile, and once their vocalist quit, he wasted no time in showing off what he could do.</p> <p>It didn’t take long for the band to be renamed to <em>Queen</em>, which of course, was Mercury’s idea. Mercury told <a href="https://people.com/archive/the-mercury-thats-rising-in-rock-is-freddie-the-satiny-seductor-of-queen-vol-8-no-23/"><em>PEOPLE </em>in 1977</a>:</p> <p>“The whole point was to be pompous and provocative, to prompt speculation and controversy.”</p> <p>Mercury’s fashion choices are known for being equally dramatic and androgynous. Designer Zandra Rhodes, who created some of Mercury’s best-known costumes during Queen’s early period explains:</p> <p>“I think he’d seen my chiffons with feathers and exotic sleeves and extreme approach to fashion,” she tells <em>PEOPLE</em>.</p> <p>Rhodes’ most famous look for Mercury was a batwing cape shirt, which initially started off as a wedding dress.</p> <p>“He and Brian came to my tiny Bayswater attic studio, incognito. I asked Freddie to look along my rail of clothes and he chose an exotic pleated bridal top I had on the rail! He danced around in it in my studio.”</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/Bog7V7rFq06/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" 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/Bog7V7rFq06/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" target="_blank">@ramimalek is Freddie Mercury. • #freddiemercury #queen #bohemianrhapsody @bohemianrhapsodymovie</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/mercury_motg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_test" target="_blank"> Freddie Mercury</a> (@mercury_motg) on Oct 4, 2018 at 7:26am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Despite his outrageous stage presence and incredible vocals, Mercury was known in his close circle to be very shy and private. Brian May told <a href="https://people.com/music/brian-may-queen-in-3d-interview/"><em>PEOPLE </em>in 2017</a>:</p> <p>“Freddie was very extrovert onstage, as we all know, but he was very shy in his private life and liked to be private,” May explained.</p> <p>“He liked those moments of just having a couple of his close friends around. We’d known each other a long time and we were almost like family. We had no airs and graces with each other.”</p> <p>Are you a fan of Queen? Let us know in the comments.</p>

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Ozzy Osbourne pens emotional tribute after passing of bandmate

<p>Veteran hard rock guitarist Bernie Tormé has died at the age of 66 after suffering “pots-flu complications.”</p> <p>The Irish musician passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 17, a statement from the family has said.</p> <p>“He had been on life support for the past four weeks at a London hospital following post-flu complications.</p> <p>“Bernie will be remembered for dedicating his life to his music for five decades. He will be sorely missed.”</p> <p>Tormé played with Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple singer Ian Gillian as well as his own solo bands.</p> <p>The sudden death comes a little more than a month since the guitarist was admitted to hospital following a virulent pneumonia in both lungs.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="/media/7824914/bernie-torme-1990.jpg" alt="Bernie Torme, 1990" data-udi="umb://media/2c570e626cd343bb9bfe1698e6f6a231" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Bernie Torme, 1990.</em></p> <p>Tormé worked for many years with Gillian and on his own solo projects, although he is most known for his brief stint in Osbourne’s band in 1982 immediately after Randy Rhoads died in a tragic plane crash.</p> <p>The musician completed a tour in support of the Shadowland album, The Final Fling in December before being admitted to hospital.</p> <p>Osbourne took to social media to publicly mourn the life of the former guitarist.</p> <p>“What a sad day. We’ve lost another great musician. Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold. He will be dearly missed,” he tweeted this morning.</p> <p>“I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest in Peace Bernie.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">What a sad day. We’ve lost another great musician. Bernie was a gentle soul with a heart of gold. He will be dearly missed. I send my sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans. Rest in Peace Bernie. <a href="https://t.co/Nx1bCiYbkO">pic.twitter.com/Nx1bCiYbkO</a></p> — Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) <a href="https://twitter.com/OzzyOsbourne/status/1107678965827665922?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>His latest studio album Shadowland was released in November of last year, although his family posted to social media claiming late payments are due to the artist.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Bernie remains in intensive care and asked for the following statement to be released:<br /><br />“PledgeMusic owe Bernie Torme almost £16,000 which was due last December on completion of his recent ‘Shadowland’ Pledgemusic campaign."</p> — Bernie Tormé (@Bernie_Torme) <a href="https://twitter.com/Bernie_Torme/status/1096464431071023105?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“PledgeMusic owe Bernie Tormé almost £16,000 which was due last December on completion of his recent ‘Shadowland’ Pledgemusic campaign,” the statement read.</p> <p>Another tweet from Tormé’s account read: “Bernie has paid for all recordings, merchandise, CDs and all postage costs to honour his fans' pledges out of his own pocket.</p> <p>“He has as yet been unable to pay his musicians, drummer Mik Gaffney and bass player Simon Morton for their work on the album.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Bernie has paid for all recordings, merchandise, CDs and all postage costs to honour his fans' pledges out of his own pocket. He has as yet been unable to pay his musicians, drummer Mik Gaffney and bass player Simon Morton for their work on the album.</p> — Bernie Tormé (@Bernie_Torme) <a href="https://twitter.com/Bernie_Torme/status/1096464965043740672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Sharon Osbourne also took to social media to share her condolences.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I cannot believe that Bernie Torme has passed. Bernie helped out Ozzy and I at a time of great need and we will never ever forget that. Love and condolences to his family.</p> — Sharon Osbourne (@MrsSOsbourne) <a href="https://twitter.com/MrsSOsbourne/status/1107679701957373952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“I cannot believe that Bernie Tormé has passed. Bernie helped out Ozzy and I at a time of great need and we will never ever forget that,” she wrote.</p> <p>“Love and condolences to his family.”</p>

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Don’t ban Michael Jackson’s music – talk about the accusations

<p>Many of New Zealand’s major commercial radio stations, and its public broadcaster, are<span> </span><a href="https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&amp;objectid=12209938">no longer playing the music</a><span> </span>of Michael Jackson. This decision comes after the airing of the new documentary<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/mar/06/leaving-neverland-review-michael-jackson-documentary">Leaving Neverland</a>, in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, allege they were molested by the singer as children.</p> <p>The NZ move, and a<span> </span><a href="https://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/aussie-radio-station-pulls-michael-jackson-songs-due-to-leaving-neverland-20190307-p512d6.html">decision by Australia’s Nova Entertainment Group</a><span> </span>and<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/05/michael-jackson-abuse-allegations-canada-radio-stations-ban-music">some Canadian radio stations</a><span> </span>to stop playing Jackson’s music, come hot on the heels of the<span> </span><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40635526">arrest of singer R. Kelly</a>. This followed the airing of<span> </span><a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8385496/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1">a documentary series</a><span> </span>in which numerous women told of their alleged abuse – mainly as underaged girls – at his hands. Kelly who has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims,<span> </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/05/r-kelly-denies-sex-abuse-allegations-interview">denies the allegations</a>, as do Jackson’s family.</p> <p>Still, it is becoming increasingly apparent that abuse is woven into the very fabric of the music industries. Throughout the history of rock, pop and hip hop,<span> </span><a href="https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10304312.2018.1483009">we can find many examples of men abusing women</a>, often in plain sight, and often excused as just part of a “sex drugs and rock n roll” lifestyle, or as a quirk of an artistic genius.</p> <p>But is banning the music of artists accused of reprehensible behaviour the best course of action? Any why single out Jackson for this treatment, give the apparent scale of the problem?</p> <p>On the one hand, taking action to censure an alleged paedophile may be seen as desirable in a society that regards the sexual abuse of children as one of the worst types of crime.</p> <p>There is a danger, though, that by simply banning exposure to the music of Jackson - and not other artists who have been documented as having<span> </span><a href="https://www.interviewmagazine.com/culture/obvious-history-rocknrolls-baby-groupies-lori-lightning-sable-starr">slept with underaged groupies</a>, or artists who have<span> </span><a href="https://www.baeblemusic.com/musicblog/9-16-2014/domestic-violence-rock-and-roll-edition.html">abused women in a variety of other ways</a>, we have put a tiny band-aid over a gaping wound.</p> <p>Sexual abuse in the music industry is a systemic, ongoing problem that won’t be resolved by just hacking away at the canon.</p> <p>A further problem with this kind of blanket radio ban is the question of who else gets silenced if the music is turned off. Music-making is a communal activity. Do the many other people who contributed to an album or song deserve to have their work thrown in the bin as well?</p> <p>More importantly, however, is the question of what happens to the stories of the victims. If we stop listening to Michael Jackson, does that simply allow us to avoid something uncomfortable, to not have to think about those little boys and what they allege happened to them?</p> <p>Spotify went down a similar path of limiting exposure to the music of Kelly (and other artists such as XXXTentacion) in 2018, when it briefly<span> </span><a href="https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/music/spotify-bans-r-kelly-and-xxxtentacion-but-where-s-the-consistency-1.733063">adopted a policy of not promoting problematic artists</a><span> </span>in top playlists (although it did not ban the artists altogether). After a backlash from the record companies of the artists involved, Spotify backed away from this position fairly quickly, opting instead to introduce<span> </span><a href="https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/01/spotify-artist-mute/">a “mute” button</a>, which allowed listeners to choose for themselves which artists they did not want to hear.</p> <p>Jackson’s estate<span> </span><a href="http://time.com/5510748/leaving-neverland-michael-jackson/">has described</a><span> </span>Leaving Neverland as “a rehash of dated and discredited allegations” and filed a lawsuit against it. His family have condemned the film, saying<span> </span><a href="http://time.com/5510748/leaving-neverland-michael-jackson/">its creators were not interested in the truth</a>.</p> <p>Yet interestingly, the documentary form seems to be particularly effective at the moment in providing a platform for these artists’ accusers to be seen, heard, and believed. Accusations against Jackson are not new, but details about his alleged crimes were sparse in the early 2000s when he was taken to court. Having the gaps in this picture filled in by these men in their own words seems to have turned the tide of opinion – at least in some quarters – against the well-loved icon.</p> <p>As with Jackson, tales about Kelly have been circulating for years, but seeing the faces and hearing the voices of his accusers (and their sheer number) seems to have provided an added impetus for action to be taken.</p> <p>Perhaps the best solution is to face this problem head on. Keep Michael Jackson on the radio – but never play him without reminding listeners of what he has been accused of. Do the same with other artists similarly accused, or found guilty of, a crime.</p> <p>Creating an ongoing conversation that does not allow us to sidestep these issues – and showing offenders that their music will from now on be associated with their abuse – may allow us to find a way forward.</p> <p><em>Written by Catherine Strong. Republished with permission of <a href="https://theconversation.com/dont-ban-michael-jacksons-music-talk-about-the-accusations-113109">The Conversation.</a></em></p>

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Rod Stewart talks about "losing" teenage son to games and girls: "I miss him so much"

<p>Rod Stewart has admitted to missing his son Alastair, as he joked about losing the 13-year-old to computer games and girls.</p> <p>In an interview with Ireland’s <em>The Late Late Show</em>, Stewart told host Ryan Tubridy that his eldest son with model Penny Lancaster is “becoming a teenager”.</p> <p>“First it was Fortnite [game], now he has got his phone, so it is all girls,” the 74-year-old said. “There is a side I feel I have lost in him in the past two or three years.</p> <p>“I suppose it is growth and he is becoming a teenager and it is an awkward time for him. I miss him so much. I miss the boy in him.”</p> <p>The <em>Forever Young</em> singer has <a href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/entertainment/music/rare-family-photo-of-rod-stewart-and-his-sons-aged-7-to-38">eight children</a> from five relationships. He and Lancaster welcomed son Alastair in 2005, followed by Aiden in 2011.</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/Bpis_XJBrs8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpis_XJBrs8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Penny Lancaster (@penny.lancaster)</a> on Oct 29, 2018 at 8:30pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I have got Aiden and he is seven,” said Stewart. “I have another six [children]. Don’t ask me how old the eldest one is please. She is up there. I had a naughty winkle when I was in my teens.”</p> <p>Stewart also discussed his regrets in missing the early years of his children Sean and Kimberley, whom he shares with first wife Alana Stewart.</p> <p>“With my kids Sean and Kimberley, I was on tour a lot, so I missed their growing up because I had to,” he said. “I was in debt to the IRS to $2 million in the late seventies and that was a lot of money, so I had to go and do a lot of touring, so I didn’t see much of my kids. So, I really cherish my time with my two boys now.”</p> <p>Stewart also expressed guilt over the way he broke up with many of his romantic relationships in the past. “I think what I was doing was what anyone of my age would have done. You know, shagging and drinking,” he said.</p> <p>“The only thing I regret is that I didn’t say goodbye very well. I snuck out the backdoor or didn’t say anything and disappeared, which is not a gentlemanly thing to do. I regret that. I didn’t want any altercation or confrontation.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Rod Stewart on spending Christmas with the exes.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LateLate?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LateLate</a> live now <a href="https://t.co/Tfxpna0XGG">pic.twitter.com/Tfxpna0XGG</a></p> — RTÉ One (@RTEOne) <a href="https://twitter.com/RTEOne/status/1106682714919329792?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Despite this, he said he gets along well with his former partners, including Alana, ex-wife Rachel Hunter and past girlfriend Kelly Emberg. “We all had Christmas together once,” Stewart said. “I don’t think it will ever happen again, but it was special.”</p>

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“It’s much bigger than just Michael Jackson”: Why you need to watch Oprah’s After Neverland special

<p>Oprah has publicly acknowledged <em>Leaving Neverland</em> director Dan Reed for his efforts in raising awareness of a topic that she tried to illuminate for 25 years on <em>The Oprah Winfrey Show</em>, in the hopes to get the public to understand the complicated subject.</p> <p>The TV special, <em>After Neverland</em> acts as a companion to Reed’s body of work, with Winfrey saying that a child sexual abuse reckoning must “transcend Michael Jackson”.</p> <p>Winfrey, who is a victim of child assault herself, says the term “abuse” is misleading when discussing the experiences she and other children have faced.</p> <p>Here are a few things to know:</p> <ul> <li>During Jackson’s adult life, he kept a number of young boys around him, none of who he was related to. These children were regularly photographed accompanying him throughout the '80s and '90s and would stay with him at his Neverland home.</li> <li>So far, five boys – Jordan Chandler and Jason Francia in 1993, Gavin Arvizo in 2003 and Wade Robson and James Safechuck in 2013 – have placed allegations against the musician for sexually abusing them. The first case was resolved out of court, the second Jackson was acquitted for. The latest accusations come after Jackson’s death, with Robson and Safechuck providing harrowing details of the crime in Reed’s four-hour documentary <em>Leaving Neverland</em>.</li> </ul> <p>Despite having five people accusing Jackson of the same crime, his loyal fan base refuse to accept that their pop idol could have committed such a monstrous act – passion that wasn’t shown to other men in similar situations such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and R. Kelly, all three who have been accused during the #MeToo era. The King of Pop’s fans almost consider him as a Christ-like figure, meaning if they choose to accept the allegations, they must come to terms with their hero having an extremely dark side. One thing is for certain, many of these people will never come close to watching <em>Leaving Neverland</em>, which highlights Robson and Safechuck’s trauma as children in immense detail.</p> <p>But if you’re someone who has already seen it, and want further information on the incident, then Winfrey’s one-hour special <em>After Neverland</em> should be next on your list of things to watch. The 65-year-old sits down with Robson, Safechuck and Reed, with a studio audience consisting of over 100 sexual abuse survivors and their supporters. The talk show legend makes a clear statement from the very beginning on where she stands: She believes both of them. But despite the ongoing support, Winfrey makes sure to ask the tough questions that everyone is thinking, s<span>uch as their true motivations, the reason they chose to tell their story now and whether their parents are to blame for allowing the abuse to happen.</span></p> <p>Winfrey, who has experienced sexual assault as a child herself, has dedicated a large part of her career to spreading awareness on the misunderstood topic.</p> <p>“Here’s the reason why I’m here,” Winfrey says on the segment.</p> <p>“In 25 years of <em>The Oprah Show</em>, I taped 217 episodes on sexual abuse. I tried and tried to get the message across to people that sexual abuse was not just the abuse, it was sexual seduction.”</p> <p>She then praised Reed for being “able to illustrate in these four hours what I tried to explain in 217”.</p> <p>And Reed deserves the accolades, as <em>Leaving Neverland</em> highlights the manipulative behaviour predators use to groom children, to the point that their innocent subjects don’t realise they are being abused until years later.</p> <p>The documentary goes into detail about how Jackson garnered the trust of Robson and Safechuck’s families, shedding light on the exact tactics used by paedophiles.</p> <p>“Child sexual abuse; even the word ‘abuse’ lacks accuracy. I’ve been saying this for years,” says Winfrey.</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/Bu8sG11nGCq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu8sG11nGCq/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Amanda Lenox (@amandalenoxlmhc)</a> on Mar 13, 2019 at 5:20am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“As young boys, these two men did not feel it was abuse until much later. When you’re a child – this is the message I want every parent to hear – you don’t have the language to explain what is happening to you, because you’ve been seduced and entrapped.”</p> <p>Robson then went on to explain why it took him this long to reveal what had happened to him.</p> <p>“I had no understanding that what Michael did to me was abuse. From night one of the sexual stuff that Michael did to me, he told me it was love, and that God brought us together. I was this little boy from the other side of the world, and Michael was God to me. Now, he was telling me, ‘I love you. God brought us together.’ This, this sexual stuff, this is how we show our love.”</p> <p>While the victim’s stories are unique in their own right, the abuse they suffered was not, with one in five girls and one in 20 boys being a victim of child sexual abuse.</p> <p>“For me, this moment transcends Michael Jackson. It’s much bigger than any one person. It’s a moment in time that allows us to see this societal corruption, this scourge on humanity. It’s happening right now in families, in churches, in schools and in sports teams everywhere,” says Winfrey.</p> <p>“If it gets you to see how it happens, then some good will have come of it.”</p> <p>Oprah’s full <em>After Neverland</em> special is up on YouTube and her website.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JIiq4Jnmam8" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Have you watched <em>Leaving Neverland</em>? What did you think of it? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Inside Michael Jackson’s mysterious second marriage

<p>Michael Jackson’s first marriage to Lisa Marie Presley is the one that garners the attention of the masses, but his second trip down the aisle is one that is just as intriguing as the former.</p> <p>After starting a blossoming friendship with nurse Debbie Rowe at the medical centre where she worked, the King of Pop looked to her for comfort after his break-up with Presley.</p> <p>“[He and Lisa Marie] had broken up and I was trying to console him because he was really upset,” revealed Debbie in the Jackson-approved TV special <em>Michael Jackson: The Footage You Were Never Meant To See</em>.</p> <p>It wasn’t long before Jackson and Rowe said “I do” at the Sheraton on the Park Hotel in Sydney in November 1996, surrounded by close family and friends.</p> <p>His best man was an eight-year-old boy.</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/BuIkdmRB4IL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuIkdmRB4IL/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Michael Jackson ❤️ Debbie Rowe (@rowejackson.96)</a> on Feb 20, 2019 at 10:32pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>During the wedding, Rowe was heavily pregnant with her first child – Prince Michael – who she would later “gift” to Jackson and exclude herself from their lives.</p> <p>The <em>Thriller</em> star had previously had his heart broken by Presley, who refused to give in to his desires of becoming a father, saying he was too emotionally immature to raise a child.</p> <p>Presley filed for divorce in 1996, citing “irreconcilable differences”. Their short but incredibly public stint came to an end and now, in <em>Leaving Neverland</em>, the star’s child sex abuse accusers claim the entire marriage was a stunt.</p> <p>The explosive documentary claims that Jackson hoped to distract the public as his relationship with young boys became more frequent.</p> <p>“I remember Michael saying to me that he’s going to have to have these public relationships with women, so that people don’t think anything,” accuser James Safechuck said.</p> <p>“He would always say that he’d have to go get married at some point, but that it wouldn’t mean anything.”</p> <p>Despite Presley admitting that her feelings for Jackson were always real, she was not prepared to give him the one thing he desperately wanted: A baby.</p> <p>That’s where Rowe came in, as the nurse was willing to provide him with a child.</p> <p>“He said, ‘I really want to be a dad,’ and I said, ‘So be a dad.’ He looked at me puzzled. I said, ‘Let me do this. I want to do this. You’ve been so good to me. Please let me do this: You need to be a dad.’ I nagged him into it, if you will,” said Rowe.</p> <p>Jackson went on to confirm the story, saying: “She said, ‘You need to be a daddy.’ She wanted to do that for me as a present.”</p> <p>Rowe went on to give birth to their first child, Prince Michael, in February of 1997. Jackson later told Martin Bashir on <em>Living With Michael Jackson</em> that both the couple’s children were “natural conceptions”.</p> <p>Rowe remembered the birth of their first child.</p> <p>“Michael was definitely more excited than I was. He was SO excited when I had a contraction. He was welling up ... and then his son was born. The look on his face ... I'd never seen him that happy. That’s what made it wonderful for me, to see the look on his face.”</p> <p>The child was immediately taken to Jackson’s Neverland ranch and was cared for by a team of nannies. Rowe saw him six weeks after she gave birth.</p> <p>Then 14 months later, daughter Paris was born. Jackson said he “snatched” his baby girl from the hospital when she was only a newborn.</p> <p>“I snatched her and just went home with all the placenta and everything all over her.”</p> <p>Rowe didn’t seem to mind that her relationship with her kids was kept to a minimum.</p> <p>“We have a non-traditional family, and if it makes people uncomfortable, it’s a shame they’re not more open,” Rowe said in 2003. </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/Bt8Rt9EgFOz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt8Rt9EgFOz/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Michael Debbie Jackson💜 (@debbiemichaeljackson)</a> on Feb 16, 2019 at 3:58am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“We have a family unit, and I will always be there for him and the children. People make remarks: ‘I can’t believe she left the children.’ I did not leave my children. My children are with their father, where they’re supposed to be.</p> <p>“My kids don’t call me mum because I don’t want them to. They’re Michael’s children. It’s not that they’re not my children, but I had them because I wanted him to be a father. I believe there are people who should be parents, and he’s one of them. I could do something for him, and this is what I could do.”</p> <p>The couple filed for divorce in October 1999, and Rowe gave Jackson full custody of their two children.</p> <p>It was something that was already in place during the marriage, as Rowe lived away from Jackson’s place of residence.</p> <p>She blames the lack of privacy for their separation.</p> <p>“We split up because I couldn’t deal with it. I couldn’t go to the grocery store. I wasn’t used to it. Michael was more than generous: ‘You don’t have to go to the grocery store.’ But I want to. I really want to,” she said in 2003.</p> <p>It is understood that Rowe has a closer relationship with her daughter Paris, who is now 20, compared to her son Prince Michael.</p> <p>Taking to social media, the mother made a supposed jab against her former spouse saying, “One of the saddest things in this world is to see a child grow up hating one of their parents because they only got one side of the story."</p> <p>Do you remember when Michael Jackson married Debbie Rowe? Tell us in the comments below. </p>

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