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4 ways music can impact your emotions

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">People experience a range of emotions while listening to music, whether it be smiling, laughing or crying.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As music is common in our everyday lives, the way music makes the listeners feel is a vital factor as to whether or not they enjoy what they’re listening to.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are four psychological principles that explain listeners’ emotional reactions to music, according to </span><a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-choice/201906/6-ways-music-affects-your-emotions"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Psychology Today</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><strong>1. The startle effects</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The startle effects mean that our brainstem reflexes are hardwired for quick and automatic responses to loud noises. Sometimes, those responses can be associated with surprise, laughter or fear.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">People who suffer from anxiety disorders are jumpier, which means that you may jump in surprise by a loud noise during a concert.</span></p> <p><strong>2. Emotional contagion</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This means that as human beings, we have a tendency to “catch” the emotions of others when perceiving their emotional responses. If you’ve ever come away from an anxious person feeling more anxious yourself after the conversation, this is emotional contagion.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Therefore, when you attend concerts, your emotions are influenced by the people present. The singers and performers also express non-verbal emotion contagion effects as this suggests that the musician cannot move unless the crowd moves with them.</span></p> <p><strong>3. Emotional events</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your response to music is conditioned by the context that you give to the song. Conditioning is a powerful source of emotion in music. For example, people may love a particular song as it reminds them of a wedding or a graduation. As you’ve associated an emotion to a particular song, you’re not likely to forget these emotional events.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When the memory is evoked by listening to the song again, so are the associated emotions with that song. That’s why many people listen to music to remind themselves of past events.</span></p> <p><strong>4. Positive feeling</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For the most part, music makes us feel good. Positive feelings that are brought through music tend to broaden our mindset in ways that are beneficial to health and creative thinking.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Music works even more rapidly and intensely upon the mind than any art simply because it requires so little conscious reflection.</span></p>

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Gallagher brothers clash again: Siblings feud over new documentary

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Liam Gallagher’s new documentary </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">As It Was</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> premiered, but it wasn’t without controversy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Liam said that his ex-bandmate, brother and sworn worst enemy Noel Gallagher wouldn’t let him include </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Oasis</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> music in the film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The new documentary is set to follow the “emotional story” of Liam and how he went from being at the top of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Oasis</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> down to “lost in the musical wilderness of boredom, booze and bitter legal battles”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Liam describes it as, “about my musical comeback – it covers the writing and recording of my first solo album [2017s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">As We Were</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which hit #1 in the UK], right through to playing it live for the very first time in my hometown of Manchester and around the world,” according to </span><em><a href="https://musicfeeds.com.au/news/liam-gallagher-says-noel-gallagher-took-the-oasis-music-out-of-his-new-documentary-as-it-was/#OSRf6HbpWefLYwRR.99"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Music Feeds.</span></a></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Liam addressed fans at the premiere and said that Noel wouldn’t give him permission to use their </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Oasis</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> songs in the documentary.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think he has seen it, him and his little people [have seen] it and took the</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> Oasis </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">music out of it because that’s all he’s got left for me. Let him get on with it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He wouldn’t let me put the tunes in, the <em>Oasis</em> songs, stuff that we did for the [Manchester One] Love thing… So he’s definitely aware of what’s going on. That’s the only last thing he’s got, to stop me singing my <em>Oasis</em> songs,” Liam said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Director of the documentary Gavin Fitzgerald was surprised as to just how deep the feud went between the brothers. He spoke to </span><em><a href="https://www.rte.ie/entertainment/2019/0606/1053687-oasis-feud-shocked-director-of-new-liam-documentary/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">RTE</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about the “bitterness and seriousness” of the feud itself. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was shocked to find out that Noel and Liam haven’t seen each other, haven’t even bumped into each other, since 2009 when they had a fight backstage in Paris and were swinging guitars at each other and didn’t come out to play for fans… The feud is real.”</span></p>

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Apple is shutting down iTunes: What happens to your music and movies?

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Apple has announced that it is no longer going to be offering its iTunes music service.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The announcement has left customers confused as to where their extensive music or movie collection will go, as the iTunes service has been around for the last 18 years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Apple has reassured customers that their purchased content will be fine, it’ll just be divided amongst three brand new apps. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The apps are Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Users will have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD. For those who like to own their music, the iTunes Music Store is just a click away,” the company said in a statement.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Customers who want to access their existing music don’t have to pay for an Apple Music subscription, but if they want unlimited streaming of every track available on the service, the monthly fee is $11.99.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">iTunes gift cards will also remain active.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Apple had already slowly started to de-emphasise iTunes on the iPhone and iPad, with Mac computers to follow suit later this year. The service is still available on Macs that are using older versions of the operating system, as well as machines that run on Microsoft Windows.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For those of you who use iTunes to sync up their devices, Apple said a new tool will be located via the sidebar in Finder on their Macs.</span></p>

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“We’re not mates”: Rod Stewart speaks out about 50-year feud with Elton John

<p>The long-running feud between Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart has followed the duo as they’ve grown their careers for the last half of a century.</p> <p>Although it was initially tongue-in-cheek, this no longer appears to be the case according to a recent interview in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/9180298/rod-stewart-penny-lancaster-sex-kids-great/" target="_blank">The Sun</a>.</p> <p>When Rod Stewart was asked about his thoughts on Elton John’s 300-date farewell tour, he didn’t hold back.</p> <p>“I certainly won’t do 300 dates and then retire. I’ll just fade away like the old soldier I am,” he admitted. </p> <p><span>When the interviewer inquired as to whether or not Elton and Rod have been in touch, Rod replied bluntly: </span><span>“No, we’re not mates any more. We don’t talk to each other.”</span></p> <p>However, it wasn’t always this way. The pair have bantered on and off for the last 50 years.</p> <p>In many ways, the duo are chalk and cheese. With Elton being extravagant and prone to tantrums, Rod is a bit more laidback and a bit cheap.</p> <p>The pair did share a love of football as well as a competitive streak, which is what kept the feud going for so long.</p> <p>The pair have snipped at each other over a variety of things, including Elton’s weight.</p> <p>"I really seriously think he (Elton) has got to lose a little bit of weight. He's looking really large," quipped Rod</p> <p>"He always has a go about my nose and hair, so we just bitch every now and then," Rod admitted to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/inside-rod-stewart-and-elton-johns-hilarious-50yea/3369998/" target="_blank"><em>The Morning Bulletin</em></a>.</p> <p>The pair used to insist that this was their way of showing affection, especially with Elton explaining that he and Rod were “cut from the same cloth”.</p> <p>"We try and publicise the fact that we always have a go at each other in the papers, but in fact we do that for reasons only known to us, really. We're actually very good friends," said Elton.</p> <p>However, that no longer appears to be the case.</p> <p>It seems though that Rod wouldn’t mind following in the footsteps of Elton and his late close friend Freddie Mercury in the form of a biopic being made about his music and life.</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/BsYaJudhZ2R/" 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/BsYaJudhZ2R/" target="_blank">Congratulations to Rami Malek &amp; all those behind Bohemian Rhapsody on their #GoldenGlobe win. You brought the energy, love, and light of the magnetic Freddie Mercury to the big screen in a glorious film worthy of Queen.</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/sirrodstewart/" target="_blank"> Sir Rod Stewart</a> (@sirrodstewart) on Jan 8, 2019 at 9:07am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>When Rod was asked whether or not he could bear to watch himself on screen, he quickly replied: <span>“Oh, are you kidding? My ego? I’d love it. Me and my two youngest sons went to see <em>Bohemian Rhapsody</em>.</span></p> <p>"My boys were saying, ‘Dad, I can play you when you were eight’ and ‘I’ll play you when you were 13’.”</p>

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“Don’t be soft”: Inside Elton John’s complicated relationship with his father

<p>Elton John’s relationship with this father Stanley Dwight can be defined in three words, according to his new biopic <em>Rocketman</em>: “Don’t be soft.”</p> <p>The quote comes from a heartbreaking scene in the film, where a young Elton asks for a hug from his father.</p> <p>"When are you going to hug me?" asks a young Elton. "Don't be soft," replies his unforgiving father.</p> <p>The film continues to show the strained relationship between the pair as cold and unloving, with Elton’s father Stanley Dwight doubting his talents, questioning whether or not he is capable of receiving a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, and shaming him for practicing his scales on the piano.</p> <p>Elton has written about his complicated relationship with his father in <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/elton-john-billy-elliots-dad-does-what-mine-never-could-dhrk8639bqt" target="_blank"><em>The Sunday Times</em></a>, explaining that he was “a tough and unemotional man”.</p> <p>“Hard. In the RAF. He was dismissive, disappointed and finally absent. I just wanted him to acknowledge what I’d done. But he never did,” Elton wrote for the publication.</p> <p>Elton initially thought that his father didn’t understand children, but quickly realised that wasn’t the case.</p> <p>“He left us, remarried and had another family, and by all accounts was a great dad to them. It wasn’t children. It was me,” he wrote.</p> <p>However, Elton’s half-brother Geoff Dwight said that the allegations within the film are just not true.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Elton John accused of lying about his 'neglectful' father in movie <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rocketman?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Rocketman</a> <a href="https://t.co/mB5HxBmOBl">https://t.co/mB5HxBmOBl</a> <a href="https://t.co/2QyNDEAgVB">pic.twitter.com/2QyNDEAgVB</a></p> — Mirror Celeb (@MirrorCeleb) <a href="https://twitter.com/MirrorCeleb/status/1135105093903278080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">2 June 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“That's not the Dad I remember,” said Geoff, one of Stanley's four younger sons by his second marriage to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7094579/Elton-Johns-father-proud-brother-reveals-accuses-singer-betrayal-new-film.html" target="_blank"><em>The Daily Mail</em></a>. </p> <p>“Dad had a big heart and he loved us all equally. He was incredibly proud of Elton and everything that he achieved.”</p> <p>Geoff has lived a quiet life, but due to the popularity of the film, has felt the urge to speak out against the allegations of his late father.</p> <p>“This coldness, it's a million miles away from what Dad was like,” he said.</p> <p>“He was a product of a time when men didn't go around hugging each other and showing their feelings every minute of every day, but he had plenty of love in him for all of us.”</p> <p>Geoff then goes on to refute the opening scene of<span> </span><em>Rocketman</em>, where Stanley comes home from a lengthy posting overseas and demands dinner instead of reuniting with his son.</p> <p>“I just cannot believe that,” exclaimed Geoff.</p> <p>“Dad was the one who registered Elton's birth. He was there when Elton was born and he did not stop caring.”</p> <p>Geoff also dismissed the claim that Stanley was unsupportive of Elton’s musical talents.</p> <p>“Dad encouraged all of us to be musical. He was in a swing band himself, so I see no reason why he'd have thwarted Elton.</p> <p>“I was hopeless on the piano, so Dad left a guitar and a trumpet out for me with a few teach-yourself books. That doesn't sound like a man who discourages his kids.”</p> <p><em>Rocketman</em><span> </span>is in cinemas now.</p>

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“I can’t have children”: Kylie Minogue reveals full impact of breast cancer diagnosis

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian music star Kylie Minogue has opened up about how her cancer battle has impacted any future decisions surrounding her having children.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She revealed her thoughts in a candid interview with </span><a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/kylie-minogue-interview-the-pop-star-talks-love-regret-and-new-beginnings-ahead-of-playing-the-glastonbury-legends-slot-pghzvbhpb"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Times</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I was 36 when I had my diagnosis (breast cancer). Realistically, you're getting to the late side of things," she told the newspaper.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Minogue admitted that "it changed everything," and although it wasn’t in her immediate plans to have children, it was difficult to hear.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I don't want to dwell on it, obviously, but I wonder what that would have been like. Everyone will say there are options, but I don't know."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BvHWkSIA6xN/" 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/BvHWkSIA6xN/" target="_blank">Look at this lil cutie!!!! Meet Lola. She was my Wild Rose tonight in Mount Cotton 🌹 #Goldentour</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/kylieminogue/" target="_blank"> Kylie Minogue</a> (@kylieminogue) on Mar 17, 2019 at 8:43am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This isn’t to say that Minogue isn’t happy with her life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I'm 50 now, and I'm more at ease with my life. I can't say there are no regrets, but it would be very hard for me to move on if I classed that as a regret, so I just have to be as philosophical about it as I can. You've got to accept where you are and get on with it."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu5-R8dAS-h/" 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/Bu5-R8dAS-h/" target="_blank">Thank you @artscentremelbourne for the Golden Spire! ✨💛 I’m so honoured and so excited to be back in my hometown. See you #lovers tomorrow!</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/kylieminogue/" target="_blank"> Kylie Minogue</a> (@kylieminogue) on Mar 12, 2019 at 4:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new man might have helped boost her mood, as Minogue is currently with Paul Solomons, creative editor for British GQ.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I've met someone who I feel good with. It feels right."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"'I can feel my face going, people say 'Your face changes when you talk about him,' and it does." She added, "Happiness. He's an inspiring, funny, talented guy. He's got a real-life actual job! It's lovely."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BpmsmIXAMyx/" 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/BpmsmIXAMyx/" target="_blank">What an honour 🎩 What a night 🥂 What a woman ❤️ Congratulations also to all the other incredible women at last nights @bazaaruk Women Of The Year awards ⭐️</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/paulsolomonsgq/" target="_blank"> Paul Solomons</a> (@paulsolomonsgq) on Oct 31, 2018 at 9:44am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote>

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Obsessed much? Celine Dion stores 10,000 pairs of shoes in Las Vegas warehouse

<p>Most people usually have a few pairs of shoes. Some for going out and some for everyday wear. But if you’re Celine Dion then you’re most likely going to need an entire warehouse to store all of your footwear.</p> <p>The singer, who has a residency at Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace, let James Corden in on her obsession with shoes during a <em>Carpool Karaoke</em> segment last week.</p> <p>When originally asked the question, Celine admitted to owning 3000-5000 pairs of shoes, but after a bit more heckling, she finally gave away the correct number.</p> <p>Corden went on to say that he had heard a rumour of the performer owning up to 10,000 pairs of shoes, to which Celine said was possible.</p> <p>“Maybe. I didn’t want to say it,” she admitted.</p> <p>But the question on everyone’s minds was: Where does someone with that many pairs of shoes possibly keep them?</p> <p>“I have a place in Las Vegas … let’s call it a warehouse,” revealed the 51-year-old.</p> <p>And while having a separate property just for shoes seems extravagant, Dion went on to explain that her former home in Florida had an entirely computerised system to help categorise her shoes.</p> <p>“I had a system, it was computerised, and I would press, and the door would open,” she revealed.</p> <p>“I would press another button and they would turn.”</p> <p>She said that the shoes were colour coordinated to make it easier for her to pick and choose between them.</p> <p>The chosen pair of shoes would then be presented on a thick glass counter, filled with crushed diamonds – but while it seems over-the-top, it isn’t as lavish as you may think.</p> <p>“Not real diamonds, just to make sure that you don’t think that I’m loco,” Dion said.</p> <p>In 2017, the <em>My Heart Will Go On </em>singer spoke to<em> <a rel="noopener" href="https://wwd.com/" target="_blank">WWD</a> </em>about her hoarding habits, saying she finds it difficult to throw things away as they hold sentimental value.</p> <p>“They’re part of every step that I take, and I have an attachment to it,” she told the publication.</p> <p>But during the hilarious <em>Carpool Karaoke</em> segment, Dion didn’t seem to have a choice as she was forced to part ways with her favourite pairs of shoes by giving them away to strangers along the Las Vegas strip.</p> <p>Despite being reluctant, Dion managed to give a few pairs away to lucky walkers-by. But while it seemed to be in good fun, it doesn’t look like the performer will be downsizing her collection anytime soon.  </p>

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The band Queen are now richer than Queen Elizabeth due to Bohemian Rhapsody success

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The rock band known as Queen are very happy with the worldwide success of the film </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bohemian Rhapsody</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, despite the film being panned by critics when it was released last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The remaining members of the group, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon are now worth a combined $815 million (AUD).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This means that when combined they have a higher net worth than the Queen, who is believed to be valued at $678 million.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the film seeing Rami Malek winning a Best Actor Oscar and a BAFTA for his portrayal as Freddie Mercury as well as the film winning best film at the Golden Globes, critics weren’t a fan of the film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Many reviewers left comments saying, “Freddie Mercury biopic bites the dust” and, “This karaoke-style paean is all style and no soul”.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtQh4ZBH4_W/" 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/BtQh4ZBH4_W/" target="_blank">Freddie &amp; Rami side-by-side for the Live Aid scene in #BohemianRhapsody ✨</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/officialqueenmusic/" target="_blank"> Queen</a> (@officialqueenmusic) on Jan 30, 2019 at 4:13am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The remaining members of the band didn’t seem to mind as the film has made almost $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide despite costing $73 million to make.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A film insider revealed to </span><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6994685/Queen-band-richer-Queen-success-Bohemian-Rhapsody-film.html"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Mail</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">that the band will be very well off due to the success of the film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They will be massively in profit. Because Queen Films made the film, they are quite high up the waterfall of money that cascades down from the film.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This film was created and managed by Queen, which means they can protect their share. I would expect the studio to get around 50 per cent and the rest to go to the surviving Queen members and the Freddie Mercury estate.”</span></p>

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"I was a virgin until I was 23": Elton John gets candidly honest about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll

<p>Legendary music star Elton John has gotten very candid and honest about his journey in the new film <em>Rocketman</em>, which is a biopic about his life and path to stardom.</p> <p>The new film stars Taron Egerton as Elton and <em>Bodyguard<span> </span></em>and<em><span> </span>Game of Thrones s</em>t<em>ar</em> Richard Madden as his manager and lover, John Reid.</p> <p>In a new interview, Elton has revealed that he was a virgin until he was 23 – and this is played out in the film. </p> <p>“If I am telling my story, it has to be honest,” the now 72-year-old singer told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/elton-john-reveals-didnt-joyous-16180367" target="_blank"><em>Mirror</em></a>.</p> <p>“I was a virgin until then. I was desperate to be loved and desperate to have a tactile relationship.</p> <p>“When they tear their clothes off in the movie, that was how it happened. It was in San Francisco.”</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/Bx7FGRcD_4j/" 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/Bx7FGRcD_4j/" target="_blank">Many people have been asking me how I felt after watching the musical fantasy film #Rocketman. Check out the article in today’s Observer Magazine to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. Here’s the link: https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/may/26/elton-john-in-my-own-words-exclusive-my-life-and-making-rocketman?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other @rocketmanmovie @obsmagazine</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/eltonjohn/" target="_blank"> Elton John</a> (@eltonjohn) on May 26, 2019 at 3:54am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Elton has also said that he wanted the film to celebrate gay lovemaking.</p> <p>“I’m so glad it’s in there because I am a gay man and I didn’t want to airbrush it under the carpet,” he said.</p> <p>“This is who I am and I was so joyous. When he is lying in my arms and I’m sitting back with a smile, I’m thinking, ‘Ah, I’m normal, I’ve had sex.’</p> <p>“When I grew up, my father told me if I masturbated, I’d go blind. At 13 years of age, I started to have glasses and I went, ‘Oh my God! This is coming true!’” he laughed.</p> <p>Elton added: “I’m proud<span> </span><em>Rocketman</em><span> </span>is the first major studio film with a gay love sex scene in it. If I’d left it out, I’d have felt I was cheating people.</p> <p>“If they don’t like it, I understand, but it’s part of who I am. That night was a very, very important part.”</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/BxxgK0Nj3cK/" 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/BxxgK0Nj3cK/" target="_blank">Happy Birthday, Bernie! 🎂 Your friendship changed my life and this month, the world can see it told in the #Rocketman 🚀 movie. Have an amazing day, I love you @bernietaupinofficial. 🚀 @rocketmanmovie</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/eltonjohn/" target="_blank"> Elton John</a> (@eltonjohn) on May 22, 2019 at 10:38am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Elton believes that he was saved by his partner of 25 years, David Furnish, 56, as well as their two children, Zachary, 8, and Elijah, 6.</p> <p>“There are still parts of being a performer which will lead to the dark side. But it doesn’t last long because I have David and I’ve my children. When my children are around, I never feel dark. I would never have thought I would be in a relationship for 25 years. I couldn’t last with any relationship because drugs came into it.”</p> <p>The film is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s and begins with Elton in rehab. The storyline is told in flashbacks and the singer-songwriter has been sober for almost 29 years.</p> <p>Elton explained: “Even though I was in a terrible state and I was doing a lot of drugs, I still kept working, I still kept making records and still kept touring and the music kept me alive. If I had stopped, I wouldn’t be here. It’s ­difficult to watch because I thought, ‘God, I don’t want to go back there.’”</p> <p><em>Rocketman</em> is in cinemas from this Thursday.</p>

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Sing your way to fluency: How music can help you learn a new language

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Learning a new language can take time. It can often require years of homework and tutoring sessions, as well as maintaining personal discipline to study every day.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For those who have studied a language, they know first hand how difficult it could be to learn a foreign tongue, especially if you don’t speak it often.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As repetition and rhythm are two crucial components when learning a language, this is exactly where music comes in.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earworms MBT Language Learning Bundle</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is a language learning program based on music.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The reference to “earworms” in the title refers to the phenomenon when a catchy song gets stuck in your head and refuses to escape, no matter what you do.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The course uses the same principle to teach you a new language. </span></p> <p><strong>How it works</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You simply listen to music that is filled with rhythmic repetitions to start learning a range of verbs, nouns and useful words and phrases.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Before you know it, you’ll be able to navigate common situations and hold a general conversation in a new language.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Listening to music puts you in a relaxed state of alertness, or the “alpha state”. This is not unlike the elusive “flow state” that’s often sought after by creatives, and is considered to be the ideal state for learning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When you listen to music that’s designed to teach you a new language, you bury the words deep into your aural cortex, which is the part of your brain that handles instant word recall.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You’re able to choose from a range of languages, including Latin American Spanish, Italian, German and French. Once you choose your language, you’re given 200 minutes of continuous audio as well as access to a supplementary phrasebook.</span></p>

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Olivia Newton-John shares heartbreaking family news

<p>Olivia Newton-John has announced that her brother, Hugh Newton-John, has passed away.</p> <p>The 70-year-old singer and actor took to Twitter and Instagram to share the sad news two weeks after her sibling’s death.</p> <p>“My dear, sweet, gentle, clever, brother Hugh passed away May 7, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia after many years of decline,” she wrote. “I love him so and will miss him terribly.”</p> <p>Also included in the Instagram post was a statement from Hugh’s colleagues from the medical community, who described the late physician as “a well-respected infectious diseases clinician” as well as “an innovator, an astute clinician and a wonderful teacher and mentor”.</p> <p>The colleagues wrote: “Recent years have not been kind to Hugh, but although he is now at peace, his memory and legacy will live on among those who worked and trained with him and the many patients who benefited from his fabulous care.”</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/Bx0EUignIxs/" 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/Bx0EUignIxs/" target="_blank">My dear, sweet, gentle, clever, brother Hugh passed away May 7, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia after many years of decline. I love him so and will miss him terribly. Love &amp; light, Olivia Vale - Dr. Hugh Newton-John Sadly, Hugh Newton-John died recently after a long battle with debility and decline. Hugh was a well-respected infectious diseases clinician at Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital in Melbourne during the 1970s and 80s where his lively personality, sharp intellect and amazing ability to reassess complex infectious diseases was highly regarded. Hugh was an innovator, an astute clinician and a wonderful teacher and mentor to generations of medical students, residents and ID trainees. Hugh was also a talented musician and artist who shared his gifts with many friends, colleagues and associates throughout his entire life. As a clinician-investigator Hugh led many key research projects, particularly among patients requiring care in the hospital's intensive care unit. These included the optimal means of managing tetanus, helping identify the link between recent Campylobacter gastroenteritis and the subsequent development of Guillain-Barre syndrome and improving the ventilation methods for polio patients who required long-term ventilation, as well as developing new approaches to preventing airway obstruction among patients with chronic upper airway weakness. He was a keen photographer and enjoyed recording patient stories about their illnesses and how they managed. Many of the classic clinical infectious diseases photos and audio recordings that now form part of the massive Fairfield Collection, owe their origins and meticulous cataloguing to Hugh's efforts - many have now been included in the key Australian ID textbook "Infectious Diseases: a clinical approach; third edition" (Eds: Yung, Spelman, Street, et al.). Recent years have not been kind to Hugh, but although he is now at peace, his memory and legacy will live on among those who worked and trained with him and the many patients who benefited from his fabulous care. Submitted by Lindsay Grayson, Anne Mijch, Jenny Hoy and Suzanne Crowe</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/therealonj/" target="_blank"> Olivia Newton-john</a> (@therealonj) on May 23, 2019 at 10:32am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In 2013, Olivia and Hugh’s sister Rona Newton-John passed away from cancer.</p>

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New Prince memoir to be released this October

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The unfinished memoir of Prince, titled </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Beautiful Ones</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, will finally be released this October just three years after the iconic musician’s passing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Publisher Random House confirmed to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Associated Press</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Beautiful Ones</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> will be released in October.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The memoir will go into detail from Prince’s childhood to his final days as one of the world’s most successful musicians. The memoir will also contain Prince’s unfinished manuscript as well as photos from his personal collection, scrapbooks and lyrics.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There is also original handwritten treatment for his 1984 hit </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Purple Rain.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince first announced the book in 2016, when he told the audience in New York City that the publishers had made him “an offer I can’t refuse”.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw531T9lCRv/" 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/Bw531T9lCRv/" target="_blank">"When you don't talk down to your audience, then they can grow with you. I give them a lot of credit to be able to hang with me this long, because I've gone through a lot of changes, but they've allowed me to grow, and thus we can tackle some serious subjects and try to just be better human beings, all of us."</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/prince/" target="_blank"> Prince</a> (@prince) on Apr 30, 2019 at 8:07pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is my first [book]. My brother Dan is helping me with it. He’s a good critic and that’s what I need. He’s not a ‘yes’ man at all and he’s really helping me get through this,” he said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’re starting from the beginning from my first memory and hopefully we can go all the way up to the Super Bowl.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Random House has described the book as: “The deeply personal account of how Prince Rogers Nelson became the Prince we know: the real-time story of a kid absorbing the world around him and creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and the fame that would come to define him”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The book’s editor, Chris Jackson, has also called the book, “a beautiful tribute to his life … It’s a treasure not just for Prince fans but for anyone who wants to see one of our greatest creative artists and original minds at work on his greatest creation: himself.”</span></p>

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Adele splurges $16.4 million on second home in Beverly Hills

<p>Not long after her 31st birthday – and following her separation from husband Simon Konecki, whom she married in 2017 and shares six-year-old son Angelo with – Adele has celebrated with some brand-new real estate on the west coast of America.</p> <p>The new home in Beverly Hills is a stunning five-bedroom, six-bathroom mid-century style home that’s located next to some A-list neighbours, including Katy Perry, Jennifer Lawrence and Cameron Diaz.</p> <p>According to <a rel="noopener" href="https://homes.nine.com.au/home-tours/adele-buys-second-home-in-beverly-hills/6aeb95fb-addc-402b-a918-4ca4788d59ac" target="_blank">9Honey Homes</a>, the home was built in the 1960s and spans 6,045 square feet.</p> <p>The home looks low-key from the outside, due to a plain exterior, a garage and three broad steps that lead up to the front door. However, step inside and have your mind blown due to the high ceilings and the abundance of natural light.</p> <p>With an airy sunken living room with a wood-burning fireplace in one corner and an entire wall of glass doors on the other, this home is inviting and light.</p> <p>The real star of the home is a library on the ground floor that boasts an impressive collection of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves that can hold approximately 2,000 volumes.</p> <p>The master suite has a sitting area with a fireplace, a walk-in closet, as well as a carpeted bathroom with spa bath.</p> <p>There’s also a small art studio, a custom-fitted crafts room, a home office, as well as a wall-to-wall carpeted fitness suite.</p> <p>The backyard has a swimming pool, as well as a large well-kept green lawn.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to take a look inside the grand home.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Zillow</em></p>

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“We’ve been in the studio”: AC/DC confirms new music is in the works

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There have been rumours surrounding Aussie rock band AC/DC and whether or not they have been working on a new record.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Their sound engineer, Mike Fraser, can confirm that the band have been back in the studio.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With guitarist Malcolm Young passing away in 2017, fans were worried about the sound of the new album. However, he </span><a href="https://musicfeeds.com.au/news/late-acdc-guitarist-malcolm-young-new-album/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">reportedly</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> worked on “hundreds” of songs with Angus Young, with insiders saying that some of his riffs will be featured on the new album.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BM698gqBts2/" 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/BM698gqBts2/" target="_blank">Thunderstruck ⚡️ Photo by @rp_goldenfotos #rockorbust</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/acdc/" target="_blank"> AC/DC</a> (@acdc) on Nov 17, 2016 at 10:30am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fraser let it slip on Tony Mantz </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mastering Music Mastering Life</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> podcast that the band were back in the studio.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Well, yeah, I could say that we’ve been in the studio doing something,” Fraser said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What’s come of that I can’t discuss yet.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With Fraser being the sound engineer for the band since 2000, he explained on the podcast why he’s been with the band for so long.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“They found a lot of guys they work with are always trying to change [their sound],” Fraser explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Lucky for me, I was a huge AC/DC fan, so I kind of knew what it is, and what it should be. I think that sort of helped. They keep coming back to me.”</span></p>

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How streaming music could be harming the planet

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two professors at the University of Oslo have concluded that music streaming has had more of a negative impact on the environment than purchasing a physical product (such as a C.D).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The study was on the economic and environmental costs of the music industry since the 1970s</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Intuitively you might think that less physical product means far lower carbon emissions. Unfortunately, this is not the case,” Kyle Devine, an associate at the University of Oslo says.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the decline in CDs, which has fallen 18.5 per cent since last year, the decline doesn’t offset the environmental cost of maintaining streaming services, such as YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As streaming services utilise large amounts of computing power, servers, storage and cloud capabilities, the increased power usage means more greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Devine calculated that 140 million kilograms of GHGs were emitted in 1977, which was calculated by converting past plastic production to emissions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Using the same formula, it was discovered that the recorded music industry emitted between 200 million and 350 million kg of GHGs in 2016.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Devine revealed to </span><a href="https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1120086/Climate-change-plastic-CD-listen-music-global-warming-study-Spotify-Apple-Amazon"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Express</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that he was surprised by the results.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I am a bit surprised. The hidden environmental cost of music consumption is enormous.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> He reveals more in his book </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> A brief summary of the book reads:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Today, recordings exist as data-based audio files. Devine describes the people who harvest and process these materials, from women and children in the Global South to scientists and industrialists in the Global North.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He reminds us that vinyl records are oil products, and that the so-called vinyl revival is part of petrocapitalism.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The supposed immateriality of music as data is belied by the energy required to power the internet and the devices required to access music online.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We tend to think of the recordings we buy as finished products. Devine offers an essential backstory.”</span></p>

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Rumour has it Adele may launch new album in late 2019

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adele and her husband, Simon Konecki, have announced their divorce. The pair had been together since 2011 and had welcomed a son, Angelo, in 2012.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The singer’s representatives told </span><a href="https://apnews.com/e74bd7473e7c4144941511c9abb564ae"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Associated Press</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the pair had separated.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always, they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment,” the statement read.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adele has been private about her relationship, but confirmed they were married when she won Album of the Year at the 2017 Grammys.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In her acceptance speech, she said:</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Grammys, I appreciate it. The Academy, I love you. My manager, my husband and my son — you’re the only reason I do it.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BSFpsJhFzUy/" 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/BSFpsJhFzUy/" target="_blank">Auckland / Mt Smart Stadium / Mar 25</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/adele/" target="_blank"> Adele</a> (@adele) on Mar 25, 2017 at 9:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, a new album, which has been penned before the divorce, is looking to be released in 2019.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A record company insider told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Daily Mail</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that Adele has booked a sought-after spot to have the album put onto vinyl at a West London factory.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Adele has made sure that she has booked her work in early. It is a tell-tale sign this album is in the making and has been written over the past year or so,” the insider revealed.</span></p>

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5 things you didn’t know about the Red Hot Chili Peppers

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Red Hot Chili Peppers (RHCP) have been around for 36 years and have created some amazing music in their time, including songs like </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Otherside</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Under The Bridge</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. However, with a band that’s been around for so long, there’s bound to be some interesting facts. Here are the top five.</span></p> <p><strong>1. Their first album, <em>Blood Sugar Sex Magik</em> was recorded in Harry Houdini’s old haunted mansion</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This was detailed in the documentary </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Funky Monks</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, where producer Rick Rubin explained that members of the band had found it to be creepy. Rubin has since made the mansion into his home studio, but this is where the RHCP made their first album. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Anthony Kiedis, Flea and John Frusciante stayed in the house while recording, whereas drummer Chad Smith found it too creepy.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BuPfvTFHq0L/" 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/BuPfvTFHq0L/" target="_blank">let me stand next to your 🔥</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/chilipeppers/" target="_blank"> Red Hot Chili Peppers</a> (@chilipeppers) on Feb 23, 2019 at 3:06pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><strong>2. They’ve had seven guitarists during the band’s existence</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The guitarists in the RHCP changed like the weather. The list of guitarists is as follows:</span></p> <ul> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hillel Slovak: 1983, 1984 – 1988</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jack Sherman: 1983 – 1984</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Arik Marshall: 1992 – 1993</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dave Navarro: 1993 – 1998</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jesse Tobias: 1993</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">John Frusciante: 1988 – 1992, 1998 – 2009</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Josh Klinghoffer: 2009 – present</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jesse Tobias: 1993<br /></span></li> </ul> </ul> <p><strong>3. Seven out of the RHCP’s eleven albums are certified platinum.</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For an album to go platinum, this means that they have to have sold at least one million copies. Out of the seven that are platinum, six are certified multi-platinum.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The awards don’t stop there. The RHCP have also won six Grammy awards with a further sixteen nominations.</span></p> <p><strong>4. Flea, the band’s bassist, has a surprisingly normal name</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Flea’s real name is Michael Balzary, and he was born in Australia. He met Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons in Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, which is where the band was born.</span></p> <p><strong>5. There are only two original members left in the RHCP</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose in 1988 and was found in his Hollywood home. Their drummer, Jack Irons, left soon after because he “didn’t want to be a part of something where my friends are dying.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The only two members of the RHCP that have been with the band since the beginning are Anthony Kiedis, on vocals, and Michael “Flea” Balzary, who’s the bassist. </span></p>

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The staggering cost of Adele’s divorce

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

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