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Adele convinces Spotify to make big changes

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adele has convinced executives at Spotify to make changes to their service upon the release of her new album. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The British singer managed to persuade Spotify to remove the default shuffle option for new release albums. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a result, listeners can hear the track listing as it was intended to be heard by the artist. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adele shared the news with her Twitter followers, saying “</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to as we intended.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">This was the only request I had in our ever changing industry! We don’t create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason. Our art tells a story and our stories should be listened to as we intended. Thank you Spotify for listening 🍷♥️ <a href="https://t.co/XWlykhqxAy">https://t.co/XWlykhqxAy</a></p> — Adele (@Adele) <a href="https://twitter.com/Adele/status/1462260324485242881?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 21, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While the shuffle option still comes up as the default on playlists, on individual albums, the tracks will be played in order. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Adele tweeted the news, Spotify replied to the songstress saying “Anything for you”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Adele’s fourth studio album </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">30</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was released the day after the Spotify changes were made, which was highly anticipated after her six year hiatus. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She first teased the album on Instagram early in October, as the announcement boasts over 6 million likes. </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/CU-Kv8NgvVj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CU-Kv8NgvVj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adele (@adele)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Shutterstock / Instagram @adele</span></em></p>

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Former Trump staffer warned about playing Taylor Swift music

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A former advisor to previous vice president Mike Pence has claimed she was once warned about playing Taylor Swift in the White House. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Olivia Troye, a former homeland, counterterrorism and coronavirus adviser, sat down with MSNBC reporter Chris Hayes to chat about her time working as an aide within the controversial Trump administration. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Olivia explained that she was playing Taylor Swift’s music loudly in her office after losing an argument about something she disagreed with relating to the government’s handling of the pandemic. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shortly after she began playing the music, Olivia claims a colleague knocked on the door of her office and said, “Are you trying to get fired?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Olivia said she was “super confused” by the comment, and replied, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For being blunt in meetings, or for what?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Her colleague then responded and said, “I don’t think [Swift] is a fan of Trump’s, so if somebody hears that you should really watch your back. You should be careful on that.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Taylor Swift famously showed her support for the Democratic party in 2018 when she weighed in on her home state’s election.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In early 2020, Taylor famously tweeted about the former controversial president, saying “we will vote you out in November”, before tagging Donald Trump in it. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The tweet racked up millions of likes and responses, saying he had been “stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism” throughout his presidency. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@realdonaldtrump</a></p> — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) <a href="https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/1266392274549776387?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 29, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Olivia told Chris Hayes that the whole situation was “so astonishing” and that she should have been able to “listen to whatever music I want”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Taylor Swift recently made Spotify history with her re-recording of her album Red, which racked up the biggest number of first day streams by a female artist in history. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Shutterstock / Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Lost song featuring The Beatles unearthed

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A previously unheard song featuring George Harrison and Ringo Starr has been discovered in a Birmingham loft during lockdown. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The song, titled </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Radhe Shaam</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, was written and produced by broadcaster Suresh Joshi in 1968 and features George on guitar and Ringo on drums at the height of their fame. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The track was unearthed in Suresh’s home by a friend who was checking up on him during lockdown, and was played for 100 people at the Liverpool Beatles Museum. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Joshi was a good friend of George Harrison’s and was the one who introduced him to Ravi Shankar: one of India’s most celebrated musicians. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He was a big influence on the Beatle and famously taught him to play the sitar. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The broadcaster was working on music for a documentary film in London at the time the song was recorded, when George Harrison and Ringo Starr turned up and offered to play. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The pair were taking a break from recording <em>Hey Jude</em> at the same Trident Studios in London’s Soho at the time.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The track also featured </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">renowned Indian classical musician Aashish Khan, but Suresh Joshi said he never got round to releasing it to the public. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Time had gone on, [then] The Beatles were breaking up and had various problems so no-one wanted to [release it]," he said to the </span><a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-59233136"><span style="font-weight: 400;">BBC</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However he said the coronavirus lockdown was a "blessing in disguise as we had nothing to do".</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the track being locked away, Mr Joshi said the song is still relevant to today’s audiences. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"The song itself revolves around the concept that we are all one, and that the world is our oyster," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"[That is] something that we have all realised during this pandemic."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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John Mayer responds to hate comments from angry Taylor Swift fans

<p>As pop music icon Taylor Swift re-records a selection of her hit albums, her exes, who are often the subject of her music, are copping a lot of hate online.</p> <p>Recently, Taylor opened up about her relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal (the pair had a fleeting romance in 2010) in her re-release of her album <em>Red</em>.</p> <p>Following the album's second life in the public eye, Jake Gyllenhaal has seen a flood of hate message from dedicated Taylor fans, asking how he could possibly break her heart so much to warrant such devastating songs.</p> <p>As Jake has chosen not to respond to haters, another one of Taylor Swift's exes John Mayer, has not stayed as quiet.</p> <p>As Taylor's next album to be re-recorded will be the <em>Speak Now</em> album, which famously centres arounds their 2009 romance, dedicated Swifties have turned their attention to John.</p> <p>One fan decided to call John out in a private message on Instagram, saying, "<span>F–-k yourself you ugly b---h I hope you choke on something …  Answer me you b---h."</span></p> <p><span>Thinking the Grammy award-winning artist would never see the threats, the user was shocked when she got a message back saying, "Hi Alondra, it's John."</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7845690/john-insta.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d69423daf0f6433aa7b8793399fd3f7a" /></span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram</em></p> <p><span>John responded to the startled fan saying, "I've been getting so many messages like these the past couple days," Mayer wrote back. "I'm not upset, I just tend to have a curious mind and feel compelled to ask. Do you really hope that I die?"</span></p> <p><span>Taken aback by the message from Mayer, the fan in question replied with a voice message to John, saying, "My friend literally dared me to do that. She's a Taylor fan and like so am I. It was a dare. I'm sorry. I did not expect you to see."</span></p> <p><span>The singer graciously accepted the apology, but was perplexed as to why people would be sending such threatening messages about a fleeting romance from 2009 that is mentioned in a re-recorded album that hasn't even been </span>released yet.</p> <p>The fan responded, "Yeah, I guess nobody really thought you would see it or answer since you are famous and don't interact with random people. Again, very sorry!!"</p> <p>John praised the revelation, saying "There was some healing here today!"</p> <p>The fan got in one last warning to the singer, as she said, "Just a warning that people are probably going to be 1000x meaner when Speak Now (Taylor's Version) is released so take care of yourself."</p> <p>Taylor Swift has been <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/explained-why-taylor-swift-is-re-recording-her-studio-albums-and-what-it-says-about-copyright-battles-with-mega-music-labels-10138211.html" target="_blank">re-recording six albums</a> she created at the start of her career, when her previous record company would not give her the rights to her own music.</p> <p>John Mayer's response to the startled fan just goes to show that people need to be wary of what they say online, or run the risk of being publicly dragged by a Grammy award-winning musician with something to say.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Explainer: what is music therapy?

<p>Defining music therapy is challenging because the practice is so diverse; but the <a href="http://www.austmta.org.au/">Australian Music Therapy Association</a> (AMTA) uses the following definition:</p> <p>"Music therapy is a research-based practice and profession in which music is used to actively support people as they strive to improve their health, functioning and wellbeing."</p> <p>Music therapy is the intentional use of music by a university-trained professional who is registered with the AMTA.</p> <p>Registered music therapists draw on an extensive body of research and are bound by a code of ethics that informs their practice. They incorporate a range of music-making methods within a therapeutic relationship and are employed in a variety of sectors including health, community, aged care, disability, early childhood, and private practice.</p> <p>Music therapy is different from music education and entertainment as it focuses on health, functioning and wellbeing, and music therapists work with people of any age and ability, culture or background.</p> <h2>History</h2> <p>The use of music in healing has had a long history, but music therapy as a profession began to develop formally in USA in the 1950s to help war veterans suffering from physical and emotional problems. The demand for a university curriculum grew as hospital musicians needed training.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.musictherapy.org/">American Association for Music Therapy</a> was established in 1971 and the Australian Association soon after in 1975 by music therapy pioneers <a href="http://www.austmta.org.au/about-us/honoured-members">Dr Ruth Bright</a> and <a href="http://www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/staff/denisegrocke">Emeritus Professor Denise Grocke</a>.</p> <p>As anyone who sings or plays a musical instrument will tell you, making music, especially with others, is great for the mind, body and soul. The benefits flow whether you are an accomplished musician or an enthusiastic amateur.</p> <p>Music therapists draw on the benefits of music to help people of all ages and abilities attain and maintain good health and wellbeing. They work in a range of places including hospitals, nursing homes, schools and the community, delivering tailor-made programs to meet specific needs.</p> <h2>Endorphin, dopamine and oxytocin triggers</h2> <p>The techniques used by music therapists can include writing songs for or with clients, free or structured movement to music activities, singing and vocal activities, improvisation, playing traditional instruments or digital music equipment, listening to recorded music and engaging socially in a group setting.</p> <p>The ability of music to change our mood seems to be related to the production of different chemicals in the brain. Endorphins triggered by music listening and music-making provide a kind of natural pain relief, where dopamine leads to feelings of buoyancy, optimism, energy and power.</p> <p>This may explain the kinds of “flow” and “peak” experiences often described as being evoked by both music-listening and more active musical participation.</p> <p>Impacts are even more potent for group music-making, because shared, positive experiences also release oxytocin, a brain tool for building trust. In this way, musical relationships develop encouraging non-verbal and emotional expression and building self-esteem, motivation and confidence.</p> <h2>Music therapy in neurorehabilitation</h2> <p>Music is processed widely across the brain in connection to memories, emotions and communication. Developments in brain-scanning technology show that making music increases brain activity, creating new pathways across both hemispheres of the brain.</p> <p>This makes music therapy especially beneficial in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurorehabilitation">neurorehabilitation</a> where the organising function of rhythm in music can be used to rehabilitate movement and speech following a brain injury or stroke.</p> <h2>Music therapy and dementia</h2> <p>There is a strong connection between music and memory as can be attested by the flood of emotion stimulated by hearing significant songs, or the annoying advertising jingles that get stuck in your brain.</p> <p>Music therapists use this feature of music to help people with memory difficulties access important pieces of information in specifically composed songs.</p> <p>Memory for music is closely linked to emotions and both are processed deeply within the brain. Memory for song lyrics often remains long after other memory and verbal ability have deteriorated for people with dementia.</p> <p>Music therapy often awakens something within people in late-stage dementia and can stimulate windows of lucidity, providing family members with glimpses of the person they love.</p> <h2>Music therapy in children’s hospitals</h2> <p>Music therapy is frequently used in children’s hospitals for pain and anxiety management during procedures and to engage children in a normalising activity that is unrelated to them being unwell. This provides an opportunity for choice and control in an environment where they have little control over everything else.</p> <p>In special education, music therapists work with children with intellectual and/or physical disabilities to help them meet developmental and educational goals. This may include using music to increase opportunities for cognitive and sensory stimulation and to help develop motor skills, orientation and mobility.</p> <p>Music therapy provides an outlet for a child’s emotional expression, increased awareness of the immediate environment and other people, and enhances self-confidence through active music making. It can also help improve a child’s social skills and communication.</p> <h2>Teenagers and music</h2> <p>Young people spend a significant amount of time engaging with music and vulnerable teenagers spend even more so. Music therapists in adolescent mental health use this strong connection that teens have with music as a resource in grappling with their emerging mental health problems.</p> <p>The Australian Research Council has recently funded a research project headed by <a href="http://www.conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/staff/katrinaskewesmcferran">Assoc. Prof Katrina McFerran</a> to investigate the music uses of young people with and without mental ill-health with a view to early identification and early intervention in adolescence.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article first appeared in <a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-music-therapy-20154" target="_blank">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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Blue Wiggle's stunning gesture for late veteran's family

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Blue Wiggle Anthony Field has donated all his latest album's royalties to the family of a war veteran who passed away from cancer at age 30.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Afghanistan veteran Brendan Nikolajew </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/health/caring/tragic-update-from-wife-of-terminally-ill-veteran" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">died</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on July 29 this year after fighting testicular cancer on-and-off for the past three years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A few weeks prior, the Blue Wiggle </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.co.nz/health/caring/veteran-with-terminal-cancer-speechless-after-blue-wiggle-s-kind-act" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">promised</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to donate the royalties from the group’s latest album, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lullabies With Love</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and has lived up to his word. After giving Mr Nikolajew all of his songwriting credits, the royalties will now go to his wife Leah, and their two young children.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I took my name off all the songwriting and put Brendan’s name instead, and gave him all the royalties and credits,” the musician </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-16/blue-wiggle-donates-aria-nominated-album-to-veterans-family/100620444" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">said</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said Mr Nikolajew found the situation to be quite amusing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We had a good laugh about this, because it’s nominated for an ARIA award, so if we win the ARIA that ARIA is going straight to Leah and the family, and we’ll get Brendan’s name engraved on it,” Field explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It would be fantastic — I mean, he’s got so many medals from his service and now he might end up with an ARIA too.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He was hoping to still be around for the ARIAs. He was going to take his daughter and son.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Field, a fellow Army veteran, became acquainted with Mr Nikolajew two and half years ago, and described him as “one in a million”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He’s one of those people you are very lucky to meet in your life,” the 58-year-old said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I learnt so much from that young man. He taught me how to live and boy, did he teach me how to die.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just before Mr Nikolajew passed away, Field said the pair spoke about the loss of his niece.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Brendan lost his niece in the lead-up to his death and we had a good talk about it,” Field recalled.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I said to Brendan, ‘What’s going to happen when you pass over?’</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He said, ‘I’m going straight to my little niece’ — that’s the sort of man he was and I know he would be there now, looking after her.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Nikolajew’s status as an ARIA award winner is yet to be determined, with the winners to be announced on November 24.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: @anthony_wiggle / @brendans.cancer.fight (Instagram)</span></em></p>

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How Mariah Carey’s Christmas song from 1994 keeps the festive spirit alive

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As the festive season looms, it’s almost time for decorations, presents and Christmas music. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But for some, the Christmas playlist has been on a high rotation for the last few months, featuring one song specifically: Mariah Carey’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">All I Want for Christmas Is You</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This 1994 track has long been a staple in any decent festive playlist, and is only continuing to gain popularity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, according to an </span><a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/music/these-charts-show-spread-mariah-carey-s-classic-christmas-song-n1283619"><span style="font-weight: 400;">NBC analysis</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of last.fm data, the yuletide song, which was once reserved for December only, has been played by eager Mariah fans and Christmas fiends as early as October.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the last.fm data spanning over 15 years, the song began encroaching in November around 2015, and has only continued to be played sooner throughout recent years. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since 2018, the track has started its annual emergence as early as November, outshining the spooky Halloween season. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some believe that the song has shifted through time to reflect when people begin their holiday shopping, and are infiltrated with the Christmas spirit of festive tunes being played in malls. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other people, including associate professor of musicology Nate Sloan, think the presence of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">All I Want for Christmas Is You</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is more about the comfort we feel from Christmastime. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Charts are dominated by the newest hit single, and the appetite for new music is the drive for climbing the charts — the only exception to that is Christmas,” Nate Sloan said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It has very much to do with the emotional support we draw from this holiday.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since the song’s 1994 debut, it has taken on a life of its own and become one of the most successful holiday singles ever released. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The song has spawned multiple covers and featured in numerous Christmas films, making it a key associative factor to the festive season. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For these reasons, Nate Sloan believes it's the song’s emotional ties to the festive season that keeps eager listeners coming back at the end of each year. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said, “It becomes a sonic marker of being around family and warmth and time off.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Who doesn’t want to return to that feeling, that song and that season earlier and earlier?”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Cry-olin: musical instruments convey human emotion by mimicking speech

<div> <div class="copy"> <p>Singers can convey a lot of emotion in the tone of their voices: a trembling sound might denote sadness, and a voice can also “smile”. But new research shows that non-vocal instruments can also use these tricks to convey emotion.</p> <p>Described in a paper <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rstb.2020.0396" target="_blank">published</a> in <em>Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B,</em> a team of French researchers have identified three different vocal manipulations that convey similar emotions in instrumental music.</p> <p>The researchers, who are based at Sorbonne Université, France, used computer models to simulate three different vocal inflections that are associated with emotions. These manipulations were:</p> <ol type="1"> <li>Smiling, which “modifies the shape and length of the vocal tract, shifting its resonating frequencies” according to the researchers’ paper</li> <li>Vocal tremor, which is associated with anxiety and negative emotions, and</li> <li>Vocal roughness, which is associated with screams</li> </ol> <p>The researchers then digitally applied these inflections to music tracks that contained either solo singing, singing with a musical accompaniment, or violin with a musical accompaniment.</p> <p>They played these tracks to 60 people (29 of whom were musicians and 31 of whom had no formal musical practice), and asked them to rate the emotional intensity of each sound.</p> <p>Both the musician and non-musician participants identified the emotions the researchers were hoping to convey, in both the vocal and non-vocal tracks.</p> <p>“Even violins can cry, or at least sound more positive and aroused when smiling, more negative and less aroused when trembling, and more negative when screaming,” write the researchers in their paper.</p> <p>They add that this study adds further evidence to the idea that music can trigger emotional reactions by copying expressive voice inflections.</p> <p>However, the researchers also stress that this isn’t necessarily the only way that people read the feelings of music, saying there are likely other cognitive and cultural factors at play.</p> <p>“It is now important to understand how these mechanisms interact with each other to shape our emotional musical experiences,” write the authors.</p> <em>Image credits: Shutterstock           <!-- Start of tracking content syndication. Please do not remove this section as it allows us to keep track of republished articles --> <img id="cosmos-post-tracker" style="opacity: 0; height: 1px!important; width: 1px!important; border: 0!important; position: absolute!important; z-index: -1!important;" src="https://syndication.cosmosmagazine.com/?id=171340&amp;title=Cry-olin%3A+musical+instruments+convey+human+emotion+by+mimicking+speech" alt="" width="1" height="1" /> <!-- End of tracking content syndication -->          </em></div> <div id="contributors"> <p><em>This article was originally published on <a rel="noopener" href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/social-sciences/musical-instruments-can-mimic-speech/" target="_blank">cosmosmagazine.com</a> and was written by Ellen Phiddian.</em></p> </div> </div>

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Why these 10 classic INXS songs are exactly What You Need

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As one of Australia’s most famous homegrown acts, INXS and their classic albums have truly stood the test of time. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From their self-titled debut album in 1980, to their last album in 1997, the band’s signature style has transcended generations, and made millions of music lovers around the world fall head over heels for the down to earth music legends. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">We have rounded up ten of the most iconic tracks from their ten studio albums they released before Michael Hutchence’s untimely death in 1997. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From their humble beginnings in Sydney to the biggest stages in the world, INXS left a mark on the Aussie music scene with these songs that will never be replaced.</span></p> <p><strong>Just Keep Walking</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The only single released from their self-titled album in 1980, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just Keep Walking</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> tells the story of a band who were struggling to have their music heard while trying to make ends meet. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The song became the band’s first Top 40 track, and introduced a new wave sound to the world of Aussie rock. </span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YOn2f_vdVww" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Don’t Change</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Widely regarded as their first international single, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Don’t Change</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was released in 1982 from the album </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shabooh Shoobah</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Australia, the song climbed into the top 20 on the charts, and peaked at number 17 on the US Billboard chart, firmly cementing them as the underdogs from Australia in the global music scene. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since Michael Hutchence’s death, the rock anthem has been performed live by the Farriss brothers in an emotional, stripped back acoustic rendition. </span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sLm3Khusq_8" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Mystify</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The fifth and last single from their 1987 album </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kick</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mystify</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was often outshone by other tracks from the album. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The song’s lyrics hold a poetry and romance that softens the hard rock album, while the music video offers an insight to Michael’s songwriting process with Andrew Farriss. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mystify</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has subsequently been the name for several documentaries about the band, and the life and story of the late Michael Hutchence. </span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/j7PvhO4UquU" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Never Tear Us Apart</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This signature ballad was the fourth single of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kick</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and showcases a string section and epic saxophone solo from Kirk Pengilly to drive home the emotional story of two soul mates. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Never Tear Us Apart</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, and was played during Michael Hutchence’s funeral procession in 1997.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The song has become a fan favourite, as the emotion, passion and longing in the song is palpable to those looking for a power ballad to speak for them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">That, and it’s one of the best saxophone solos in music history. </span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kFoHVqHpP4M" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Need You Tonight </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This first single from </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kick</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> became an instant hit, as it was the band’s only song to reach the coveted number one spot on the US Billboard charts. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The infamous guitar riff from </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Need You Tonight</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> came to Andrew Farriss while he was waiting for a taxi, while it took Michael 10 minutes to write the lyrics after hearing the demo. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The music video also won </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">five MTV Video Music Awards including the 1988 Video of The Year.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w-rv2BQa2OU" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Baby Don’t Cry</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This track was the second single from the 1992 album </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Welcome to Wherever You Are</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">: the eight album by the band</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baby Don’t Cry</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was written by Andrew Farriss as a tribute to his young daughter who he missed while on tour. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Featuring the 60-piece Australian Concert Orchestra, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baby Don’t Cry</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> debuted in the top 50 charts in Australia, England, Belgium, New Zealand and The Netherlands. </span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HvSMtTvjvwY" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Elegantly Wasted</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The title track and first single from the band’s tenth studio album, <em>Elegantly Wasted</em> is said to have been based on a wild night on the town with Michael Hutchence and Bono from U2. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The song peaked at number 27 on the US charts, and became a number one single in Canada. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After an argument with Oasis’ Noel Gallager, Michael added additional vocals into the chorus of the song, and he can be heard saying “I’m better than Oasis” during the “I’m elegantly wasted” lines. </span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WpfiThlwdVY" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Kiss The Dirt (Falling Down The Mountain)</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">An ode to Australiana, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kiss The Dirt</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was a single from the 1985 album </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Listen Like Thieves</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The song reached number 15 on the Aussie charts, but became the seventh single to fail on the US charts. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The music video became one of the band’s most iconic performances, as they danced and performed in the baron moon plains of Coober Pedy in South Australia. </span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/URe45TciM1E" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>By My Side </strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The fourth single taken from the 1990 album </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">X</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">By My Side</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is potentially one of the band’s well-known ballads. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Featuring an anthemic chorus accompanied by a string section, the song peaked in the top 50 charts of several countries. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Along with </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Never Tear Us Apart</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">By My Side</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was also played at Michael Hutchence’s funeral.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VHlVdayWfOw" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Original Sin</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Released in 1983, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Original Sin</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was the lead single from </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Swing</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> album, and peaked at number one on the Aussie charts. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The chorus features a special cameo from Daryl Hall of Hall &amp; Oats, who changed the lyrics of the chorus to reflect his inter-racial parents. </span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PTULqzrhBWA" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>Beautiful Girl</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Released as the fifth single from the 1992 album </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Welcome to Wherever You Are</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Beautiful Girl</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was again written by Andrew Farriss who was inspired by the birth of his daughter. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In an interview about the track, Andrew said, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I was writing lyrics like <em>Baby Don’t Cry</em> and <em>Beautiful Girl</em> and lyrics just about how wonderful it is to have something else in your life besides yourself to worry about and think about."</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IneI6rjg4ro" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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“This is it”: ABBA will retire after their comeback

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After an almost 40 year hiatus, ABBA is set to release a new album, which will be their last. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Swedish pop band will bow out officially after their upcoming record </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Voyage</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is released, which features a range of new music including their first single in 39 years </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">I Still Have Faith In You</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Benny Andersson told </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/oct/27/abba-reunion-interview-voyage-younger-selves"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Guardian</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I never said myself that ABBA was never going to happen again. But I can tell you now: this is it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He added, “This is it. It’s got be, y’know.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dancing Queen</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> hitmakers have launched the new ABBA Voyage concert experience, which will open in May 2022 at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ABBA will be performing digitally with their ‘ABBAtars’ with a live 10-piece band, which Bjorn endorsed as a form of live concert that could technically live forever. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said, “ABBAtars never tire. They can do 10 shows a day. No private jets. No riders. No worries about voices."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Agnetha had previously admitted that the future of ABBA was “uncertain” due to their “minor ailments” after performing for so many years. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She said, “I don't really dare to say ... We're a bit older now and have our minor ailments. We struggle on. But I don't dare say, because it's a bit uncertain.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“At the moment we feel happy that we got this together and let's hope everything goes well in London at the premiere over there.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Apple’s iPod came out two decades ago and changed how we listen to music. Where are we headed now?

<p>On October 23, 2001, Apple released the iPod — a portable media player that promised to overshadow the clunky design and low storage capacity of MP3 players introduced in the mid-1990s.</p> <p>The iPod boasted the ability to “hold 1,000 songs in your pocket”. Its personalised listening format revolutionised the way we consume music. And with more than 400 million units <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/rise-and-fall-apple-ipod-2020-1?r=US&amp;IR=T">sold since its release</a>, there’s no doubt it was a success.</p> <p>Yet, two decades later, the digital music landscape continues to rapidly evolve.</p> <h2>A market success</h2> <p>The iPod expanded listening beyond the constraints of the home stereo system, allowing the user to plug into not only their headphones, but also their car radio, their computer at work, or their hi-fi system at home.</p> <p>It made it easier to entwine these disparate spaces into a single personalised soundtrack throughout the day.</p> <p><span>There were several preconditions that led to the iPod’s success. For one, it contributed to the end of an era in which people listened to relatively fixed music collections, such as mixtapes, or albums in their running order. </span></p> <p><span>The iPod (and MP3 players more generally) normalised having random collections of individual tracks.</span></p> <p>Then during the 1990s, an MP3 encoding algorithm <a href="https://books.google.com.au/books?hl=en&amp;lr=&amp;id=pGhIDQAAQBAJ&amp;oi=fnd&amp;pg=PA445&amp;dq=mp3+fraunhofer&amp;ots=AMSYOhB5UQ&amp;sig=CrnewI4eSiOiWQgMiuiTO8NFRYs&amp;redir_esc=y#v=onepage&amp;q=mp3%20fraunhofer&amp;f=false">developed</a> at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany allowed unprecedented audio data compression ratios. In simple terms, this made music files much smaller than before, hugely increasing the quantity of music that could be stored on a device.</p> <p>Then came peer-to-peer file-sharing services <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/31/napster-twenty-years-music-revolution">such as Napster</a>, Limewire and BitTorrent, released in 1999, 2000 and 2001, respectively. These furthered the democratisation of the internet for the end user (with Napster <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/31/napster-twenty-years-music-revolution">garnering 80 million users</a> in three years). The result was a fast-changing digital landscape where music piracy ran rife.</p> <p>The accessibility of music significantly changed the relationship between listener and musician. In 2003, Apple responded to the music piracy crisis by launching its iTunes store, creating an <a href="https://digitalguardian.com/blog/what-digital-rights-management">attractive model</a> for copyright-protected content.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the iPod continued to sell, year after year. It was designed to do one thing, and did it well. But this would change around 2007 with the release of the touchscreen <a href="https://www.computerworld.com/article/2604020/the-evolution-of-apples-iphone.html">iPhone</a> and <a href="https://www.androidauthority.com/history-android-os-name-789433/">Android</a> smartphones.</p> <h2>Computer in your pocket</h2> <p>The rise of touchscreen smartphones ultimately led to the iPod’s downfall. Interestingly, the music app on the original iPhone was called “iPod”.</p> <p>The iPod’s functions were essentially reappropriated and absorbed into the iPhone. The iPhone was a flexible and multifunctional device: an iPod, a phone and an internet communicator all in one — a <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/29/my-electronic-swiss-army-knife-readers-on-10-years-of-the-iphone">computer in your pocket</a>.</p> <p>And by making the development tools for their products freely available, Apple and Google allowed third-party developers to create apps for their new platforms in the thousands.</p> <p>It was a game-changer for the mobile industry. And the future line of tablets, such as Apple’s iPad released in 2010, continued this trend. In 2011, iPhone sales <a href="https://www.macstories.net/news/apple-q4-2011-results-28-27-billion-revenue-17-07-million-iphones-11-12-million-ipads-4-89-million-macs-sold/">overtook the iPod</a>, and in 2014 the iPod Classic was <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019-09-14-this-week-in-tech-history-apple-ipod-classic-discontinued.html">discontinued</a>.</p> <p>Unlike the Apple Watch, which serves as a companion to smartphones, single-purpose devices such as the iPod Classic are now seen as antiquated and obsolete.</p> <h2>Music streaming and the role of the web</h2> <p>As of this year, mobile devices are responsible for <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/277125/share-of-website-traffic-coming-from-mobile-devices/">54.8% of web traffic worldwide</a>. And while music piracy still exists, its influence has been significantly reduced by the arrival of streaming services such as Spotify and YouTube.</p> <p>These platforms have had a profound effect on how we engage with music as active and passive listeners. Spotify supports an online community-based approach to music sharing, with curated playlists.</p> <p>Based on our listening habits, it uses our activity data and a range of machine-learning <a href="https://dl.acm.org/doi/abs/10.1145/2959100.2959120">techniques</a> to generate automatic recommendations for us. Both Spotify and YouTube have also embraced <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/19/15833880/spotify-sponsored-songs-playlists-test">sponsored content</a>, which boosts the visibility of certain labels and artists.</p> <p>And while we may want to bypass popular music recommendations — especially to support new generations of musicians who lack visibility — the reality is we’re faced with a quantity of music we can’t possibly contend with. As of February this year, more than 60,000 tracks were <a href="https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/over-60000-tracks-are-now-uploaded-to-spotify-daily-thats-nearly-one-per-second/">being uploaded</a> to Spotify each day.</p> <h2>What’s next?</h2> <p>The experience of listening to music will become increasingly immersive with time, and we’ll only find more ways to seamlessly integrate it into our lives. Some signs of this include:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Gen Z’s growing obsession with platforms such as TikTok, which is a huge promotional tool for artists lucky enough to have their track attached to a viral trend</p> </li> <li> <p>new interactive tools for music exploration, such as <a href="http://radio.garden/visit/perth/cKenL5sw">Radio Garden</a> (which lets you tune into radio stations from across the globe), the <a href="https://eternalbox.dev/jukebox_index.html">Eternal Jukebox for Spotify</a> and <a href="https://github.com/ShunSawada/Music-information-processing/issues/28which">Instrudive</a></p> </li> <li> <p>the use of wearables, such as <a href="https://www.bose.com.au/en_au/products/frames.html">Bose’s audio sunglasses</a> and bone-conduction headphones, which allow you to listen to music while interacting with the world rather than being closed off, and</p> </li> <li> <p>the surge in <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/legalentertainment/2021/02/09/the-future-of-live-events-ar-vr-and-advertising/?sh=412c20c42b65">virtual music performances</a> during the COVID pandemic, which suggests virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality will become increasingly accepted as spaces for experiencing music performances.</p> </li> </ul> <p>The industry is also increasingly adopting immersive audio. Apple has incorporated Dolby Atmos 3D spatial audio into both its Logic Pro music production software and music on the iTunes store. With spatial audio capabilities, the listener can experience surround sound with the convenience of portable headphones.</p> <p>As for algorithms, we can assume more sophisticated machine learning will emerge. In the future, it may recommend music based on our feelings. For example, <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1071581918301654">MoodPlay</a> is a music recommendation system that lets users explore music through mood-based filtering.</p> <p>Some advanced listening devices even adapt to our physiology. The Australian-designed <a href="https://www.nuraphone.com/">Nura headphones</a> can pick up information about how a specific listener’s ears respond to different sound frequencies. They purport to automatically adjust the sound to perfectly suit that listener.</p> <p>Such technologies are taking “personalised listening” to a whole new level, and advances in this space are set to continue. If the digital music landscape has changed so rapidly within the past 20 years, we can only assume it will continue to change over the next two decades, too.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Shutterstock</em></p> <p><em>This article first appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://theconversation.com/apples-ipod-came-out-two-decades-ago-and-changed-how-we-listen-to-music-where-are-we-headed-now-169272" target="_blank">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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Music without a sound

<div> <div class="copy"> <p>There’s more to our appreciation of music than its sound, according to an Australian study <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0241196" target="_blank">published</a> in the journal <em>PLOS ONE</em>. It found that people can have emotional reactions to music based solely on its genre.</p> <p>“This is one of the first studies which tells us that how we emotionally respond to music might not be related to musical features, as has long been suggested, but to pre-conceived ideas we have about the culture related to the music,” says lead author Marco Susino from Flinders University.</p> <p>Susino, who is also a visiting fellow at New York’s Juilliard School, has worked and played with musicians in a vast range of cultural contexts across four continents. “I have always been fascinated by the power of music, in terms of how it makes us feel and how it can trigger emotions in us,” he says. “Music can make us cry and weep, but also elate with joy.</p> <p>“Throughout my career, I found that people’s reactions to music were at times wildly different, and I always wondered why. If we listen to the same music, how is it that it can trigger such different emotional reactions?”</p> <p>As Susino ventured into research, he discovered that theories about music and emotions tend to focus on its sound. “Yet to me this seemed limiting,” he says. “What if it has nothing to do with the music at all?”</p> <p>To disentangle this, Susino and Emery Schubert, from the University of New South Wales, recruited 276 adult volunteers from Australia and Cuba.</p> <p>Participants were given a short set of lyrics from real songs, with information on which genre of music they came from, and asked what sentiments came to mind when they read them. The eight genres included Japanese gagaku, Brazilian samba, heavy metal, pop, hip hop and western art opera.</p> <p>There was a twist. Some participants were told the lyrics were taken from a genre that in reality wasn’t true. Others weren’t given any genre at all. Essentially, the lyrics were the same, but the genre label changed.</p> <p>After controlling for familiarity and fandom, results showed that people’s emotional responses changed for some genres.</p> <p>When a set of lyrics was presented as Japanese gagaku, for instance, emotional responses were nearly always gentle while samba was associated with happiness, excitement and dancing. Heavy metal and hip hop, on the other hand, evoked anger.</p> <p>Results suggest that on some occasions prejudice and stereotypes influence our emotional response to music, Susino says – even though the music and lyrics might be expressing something completely different.</p> <p>People might hold a stereotype of Japanese culture as calm and spiritual, for instance, which could extend to perceptions of its music, even if the composer is conveying another emotion. Heavy metal and hip hop, on the other hand, tend to be stereotyped as rebellious and aggressive.</p> <p>The researchers also found differences between Cuban and Australian participants which could reflect different biases and stereotypes between cultures. Cubans associated hip hop with violence and sadness, for instance, while Australians more frequently linked it to sadness, betrayal and longing.</p> <p>The study has several interesting implications.</p> <p>“Music has been used for music therapy and treatment, music cognition and music psychology research,” says Susino. “But, to find out that how someone feels in relation to music might have nothing to do with the music itself is remarkable.”</p> <p>“The cross-cultural differences also bring into question the reliability of the well-known saying ‘music is a universal language’. When it comes to emotions, it does not look that way.”</p> <em>Image credit: Shutterstock            <!-- Start of tracking content syndication. Please do not remove this section as it allows us to keep track of republished articles --> <img id="cosmos-post-tracker" style="opacity: 0; height: 1px!important; width: 1px!important; border: 0!important; position: absolute!important; z-index: -1!important;" src="https://syndication.cosmosmagazine.com/?id=126972&amp;title=Music+without+a+sound" alt="" width="1" height="1" /> <!-- End of tracking content syndication -->          </em></div> <div id="contributors"> <p><em>This article was originally published on <a rel="noopener" href="https://cosmosmagazine.com/people/music-without-a-sound/" target="_blank">cosmosmagazine.com</a> and was written by Natalie Parletta.</em></p> </div> </div>

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Why Daniel Johns will never perform live again

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He was once the frontman of one of Australia’s biggest homegrown acts. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But now Silverchair lead singer Daniel Johns has said he will never perform live again. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a candid interview with </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Project</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the 42-year-old musician said he has long struggled with shutting down persistent rumours that Silverchair, who split up in 2011, would eventually reform. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I was like, 'This is really starting to affect my mental health'. Because I am saying 'that's it', and every time I try to tell the truth, someone told a lie."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"So I was like, 'I wouldn't get Silverchair back together with a gun to my head for $1 million'. Maybe that was too harsh in hindsight."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He discussed how Silverchair’s sudden rise to fame after the release of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Frogstomp</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in 1995, when Daniel was just 16, took a toll on his emotional wellbeing. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Just months after the album’s release, Silverchair saw international notoriety, as they even opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers at New York’s Madison Square Garden. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Daniel said that the level of fandom was “extreme”, as he was always looking over his shoulder. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"And I have pretty much constantly had that since the second album, since I saw the hysteria of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Frogstomp</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">," he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When discussing why he would not reform the band, he said there is too much emotional baggage from the highest points of the band’s fame to consider it. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's not that I am not proud of the work – I am actually really proud of the work. It's just that it's emotionally triggering for me."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said he needed to walk away from the band to be "internally happy", something he has achieved since the band’s end in 2011.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"But it took me years and years and years of really, really heavy, heavy therapy.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"And if I didn't do that work, I don't think I'd be here."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The trauma of the band’s success prompted Daniel to say he has no desire to play live again, but that doesn’t mean he won’t release new music in the future. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I don't even go to live shows because I hate that environment. So why would I want to be the focus? I honestly don't think you ever will [see me play live].”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There is so much music coming and I am really proud of it. You don't need to see it live. Just listen."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You can check out the full interview with </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Project</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> here:</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2N53j1Own8c" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Ed Sheeran tests positive for Covid-19

<p>British singer Ed Sheeran revealed he has tested positive for Covid-19 and plans to carry out performances and interviews from his house while he self-isolates.</p> <p>The 30-year-old performer broke the news on his Instagram on Monday, just days before his new album titled <em>"="</em> was due to be released.</p> <p>He wrote, <span>"Quick note to tell you that I've sadly tested positive for COVID, so I'm now self-isolating and following government guidelines."</span></p> <p><span>He said he is unable to go about his usual promotional appearances and will be doing as many interviews and performances as he can from his home.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>He concluded by saying "Apologies to anyone I've let down."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CVar2LAIeVf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; 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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/CVar2LAIeVf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Sheeran's Instagram post has garnered over 16,000 messages of well wishes, as fans from all over the world send their positive messages to the singer. </span></p> <p><span>The news comes as Ed has been announced as the musical guest on NBC's <em>Saturday Night Live</em> on November 6th. </span></p> <p><span>According to sources at <a rel="noopener" href="https://pagesix.com/2021/10/24/snl-scrambling-to-replace-ed-sheeran-amid-covid-19-diagnosis/" target="_blank">Page Six</a>, <em>SNL</em> producers are now "</span>scrambling" to find a replacement performer who appeals to the same demographic.</p> <p><span>“Ed is offering to perform live via video link, but this isn’t something <em>SNL</em> does,” the insider source said. “The show likes to have the performer in studio.”</span></p> <p><span>Ed's fourth studio album <em>"="</em> is still expected to be released on October 29th. </span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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Rolling Stones forced to retire classic song

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">British rock band The Rolling Stones have decided to retire one of their most popular songs due to its unsavoury lyrics. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 1971 hit </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brown Sugar</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> had been cut from their current tour’s setlist, which had previously been the second-most-performed song in their catalogue. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After succumbing to social pressure, the track was pulled from their live shows, as the lyrics allude to the horrors of slavery in the US, which has caused a stir during the current climate of heightened cultural sensitivity.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Keith Richards, 77, was quizzed by the </span><a href="https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2021-10-07/rolling-stones-charlie-watts-no-filter-tour"><span style="font-weight: 400;">LA Times</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> about the changes to the setlist, saying, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You picked up on that, huh?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said, “I don’t know. I’m trying to figure out with the sisters quite where the beef is. Didn’t they understand this was a song about the horrors of slavery? But they’re trying to bury it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The first verse of the hit song depicts slaves being sold and beaten in Louisiana, with references to a “slaver” who whips “women just around midnight.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The famous chorus describes a non-consensual sexual encounter between a young female slave and the violent master, while also alluding to the use of heroin. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the next verse, the song describes the abuse suffered by slaves on a plantation. Lead singer Mick Jagger ends the tune by singing, “How come you taste so good … just like a black girl should.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’ve played </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Brown Sugar</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> every night since 1970,” Richards told the newspaper.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So sometimes you think, ‘We’ll take that one out for now and see how it goes.’ We might put it back in.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to </span><a href="https://www.setlist.fm/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">setlist.fm</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the controversial track has been played live 1136 times, second only to </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jumpin’ Jack Flash</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“At the moment I don’t want to get into conflicts with all of this s***,” Richards said of criticism of the song. “But I’m hoping that we’ll be able to resurrect the babe in her glory somewhere along the track.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mick Jagger has also previously shared his own criticisms of the song, as critics have called it “gross, sexist, and stunningly offensive.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I never would write that song now,” Jagger told </span><a href="https://www.rollingstone.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rolling Stone</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in 1995. “I would probably censor myself. I’d think, ‘Oh God, I can’t. I’ve got to stop. I can’t just write raw like that.’”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Tony Bennett sets a new Guinness World Record

<p>Grammy Award-winning singer Tony Bennett has set a new <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2021/10/legendary-tony-bennett-officially-the-oldest-person-to-release-an-album-of-new-ma-678310" target="_blank">Guinness World Record</a>.</p> <p>The music legend has released a collaboration with Lady Gaga titled <em>Love for Sale</em>, making Bennett the oldest person to release an album of new material.</p> <p>When the project was released on October 1st, Tony Bennett was <span>95 years and 60 days old.</span></p> <p><span>Despite their 60-year age gap, Lady Gaga said she </span><span>finds inspiration performing alongside the senior crooner.</span></p> <p><span>"I see a young boy every time I sing with him, and it just makes the experience of singing so freeing." </span></p> <p><span>"To have it be about two souls singing together ... and then at the same time, I also take in all his wisdom. The wisdom of all his years."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUsr56LPOFf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUsr56LPOFf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The new album celebrates the legendary music of Cole Porter, </span>bringing Bennett and Gaga together for another collaboration.</p> <p><span>In 2011, they recorded the song <em>The Lady is a Tramp</em>, and three years later they released a collaborative album entitled </span><em><span>Cheek to Cheek</span></em><span>.</span></p> <p><span>Tony Bennett's latest world record is not the first time the singer has appeared in the Guinness books. </span></p> <p><span>Throughout his 70-year </span>career, he holds four other records:</p> <ul> <li><span>Oldest person to reach No.1 on the US album chart with a newly recorded album for </span><em><span>Cheek to Cheek</span></em><span>.</span></li> <li><span>Longest time between UK top 20 albums: 39 years.</span></li> <li><span>Oldest person to enter the UK top 20 album chart with </span><em><span>Duets: An American Classic</span></em><span> when he was 80.</span></li> <li><span>Longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by the same artist.</span></li> </ul> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Melissa Caddick’s husband releases album about her disappearance

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After making a </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/finance/legal/it-s-time-for-the-truth-to-come-out-melissa-caddick-s-husband-speaks" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">series of bombshell claims</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the husband of missing fraudster Melissa Caddick has released an unusual album about the day police raided her home and her disappearance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hairdresser and DJ Anthony Koletti released his new album online after his music was featured on Channel 7’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Spotlight</em> </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">investigation into Ms Caddick’s case.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ms Caddick was accused of ripping off her family, friends, and investors, prompting corporate watchdog ASIC to raid her multimillion-dollar Dover Heights home in search of evidence.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The following day, Ms Caddick disappeared.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Three months later, her decomposed foot was found on a beach hundreds of kilometres from her home, prompting the emergence of a string of theories about her fate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some theories include that she cut off her foot and faked her disappearance, or that she may have taken her own life.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7844940/caddick1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7f041784b7f2491a8e0c87ed4cb18353" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Melissa Caddick and Anthony Koletti. Image: 7NEWS</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The bizarre album, titled </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Raid</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, was inspired by the case and was released under the name Paws Off.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The tracks consist of looped phrases with Mr Kholetti impersonating police officers and speaking as himself to represent interactions he had with police on the day of the raid.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The opening track, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Introduction</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, includes a spoken snippet from Mr Kholetti </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/anthony-koletti-releases-album-about-melissa-caddicks-disappearance/news-story/47a46aae9b3eec0d9f743ed203216d55" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">saying</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">: “November 11, 2020, 5am. This is a true account of what happened on the day of the raid. Parental guidance is recommended.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The next track, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Good Morning</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, includes the sound of snoring and Mr Kholetti’s impersonation of a female police officer, saying, “No, no, we don’t have any proof or evidence, we’ll just get them”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Yeah that’s good enough for me,” Mr Kholetti replies in a deeper voice.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another voice says, “Freeze, don’t move.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In another track called </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ten Minutes Too Late</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Mr Kholetti entertains conspiracy theories about the disappearance.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“If you walked out on your own accord, or if you were taken from the front door, I woke up 10 minutes too late,” he says in the song.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Turn Your Bodycam Off</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Mr Kholetti impersonates a female police officer, singing, “You should turn your bodycam off so we don’t get in trouble”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We can take whatever we want and we don’t owe you an explanation for anything,” he says, appearing to impersonate police officers involved in the raid conducted by ASIC.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You and ASIC hurt hundreds of people unnecessarily. It could have been prevented.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He also claims a female officer “interrogated our family for 14 hours” on a track titled </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bragging</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Truth is, you let a young girl from a large corporation brutally interrogate a lady for 14 hours and you did nothing.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The album comes after Mr Kholetti appeared on Channel 7’s </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spotlight</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> program over the weekend, claiming Ms Caddick was killed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Police believe it is more likely Ms Caddick took her own life.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She wasn’t the kind of person who would chop off her foot and go AWOL,” Mr Kholetti said on the program.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I know why she died. Someone got greedy and wanted her dead.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: news.com.au</span></em></p>

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Beloved Yellow Wiggle quits after 11 years

<p><span>After 11 years with The Wiggles – nine of them in the yellow skivvy – Emma Watkins has announced she will be leaving at the end of the year.</span></p> <p>The 32-year-old performer shared the news in a video on Instagram, with the caption simply reading "Thank you <span>💛".</span><span></span></p> <p><span>In the video, Emma </span>says, " After 11 years of performing with The Wiggles, <span>and nine of those as the Yellow Wiggle, the time has come for me to pass the yellow skivvy on."</span></p> <p><span>"Like many people around the world, the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what is important in life. For me, that means spending more time at home, something that I didn't realise I was missing out on..."</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CVLnADWh-DA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/tv/CVLnADWh-DA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Emma Watkins (@emmawatkinsofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"I am also really looking forward to devoting more time and energy on completing my PhD that incorporates my ongoing passion for sign language, dance and film editing, and to having more time to work with the Deaf community."</span></p> <p><span>Emma said she is "eternally grateful" to the children's group for the "amazing opportunity" of being the first female Wiggle. </span><span></span></p> <p><span>Emma will be replaced by 16-year-old dancer Tsehay Hawkins, who will be joining Anthony, Lachy and Simon as The Wiggles hit the road for a huge </span>Australian tour in 2022.</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/CVLmTb-hVrS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CVLmTb-hVrS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by TSEHAY HAWKINS † (@tsehay.hawkins)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"I am honoured to be joining The Wiggles at such an exciting time for the group," Tsehay said in a statement.</span></p> <p><em><span>"</span></em><span>I grew up watching The Wiggles and I've already loved working with Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy, Evie, Kelly, John and all the Wiggly characters filming their latest TV series.</span></p> <p><span>"Dancing has always been my passion, and I look forward to being able to share the joy of song and dance with children all over the world!"<br /></span></p> <p><span>Blue Wiggle and founding Wiggles member Anthony Field says the group are sad to hear of Emma's departure. </span></p> <p><span>"We've had an amazing time with Emma over this period and while we're sad to see her go," he said. </span><span></span></p> <p><span>"We thank Emma for her wonderful contribution to The Wiggles and wish her all the very best as we look forward to seeing her continued success with her other interests."</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images / Instagram @emmawatkinsofficial</em></p>

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Paul Simon celebrates 80th birthday with new project

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On his 80th birthday, Paul Simon has announced his latest project, which comes in the form of an audiobook. </span></p> <p><a href="https://variety.com/2021/digital/news/paul-simon-new-music-audiobook-malcolm-gladwell-1235087435/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Variety reports</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the five-hour audiobook titled </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Miracle and Wonder: Conversations With Paul Simon</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, will be available on November 16th. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The audiobook is named after a line in his track </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Boy in the Bubble</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and features a new song called </span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Seven Psalm</em>s</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">: his first release since 2018. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It also features unreleased live versions of his classic songs including </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Boxer</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sound of Silence</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Collaborating with Bruce Headlam and Malcolm Gladwell for </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Miracle and Wonder</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Paul recorded over 30 hours of interviews over nine sessions for the audiobook. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The autobiographical project documents Paul Simon’s upbringing in New York, the genesis of Simon and Garfunkel and the start of his solo career. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The audiobook also features several cameos, including </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sting, Jeff Tweedy, Herbie Hancock, Rosanne Cash, and more to chat about their experiences in the music industry together. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Over my career, I must have given hundreds of interviews on various projects, but speaking and collaborating with Malcolm on this was especially enjoyable,” Simon said in a statement. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Malcolm Gladwell added, “He’s the most un-rock-star rock star. Paul is surprisingly down to earth and approachable. Even if he wasn’t the most successful musician of his generation he’d be the same person.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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"Most turbulent period of my life": Adele's huge announcement

<p>In a lengthy Instagram post on Wednesday, Adele delighted fans as she officially announced her highly-anticipated new album.</p> <p>The songstress revealed that her album, titled <em>30</em>, will be released on November 19th.</p> <p>Adele described the album as a diary of "the most turbulent period of my life", as she navigated her divorce with Simon Konecki after seven years together.</p> <p>In a text image, she writes about the process of making her album and then having its release delayed.</p> <p>She says, <span>"I was certainly nowhere near where I'd hoped to be when I first started it nearly 3 years ago. Quite the opposite actually. I rely on routine and consistency to feel safe, I always have. And yet there I was knowingly – willingly even, throwing myself into a maze of absolute mess and inner turmoil!"</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CU-Kv8NgvVj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CU-Kv8NgvVj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adele (@adele)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"I've learned a lot of blistering home truths about myself along the way. I've shed many layers but also wrapped myself in new ones. Discovered genuinely useful and wholesome mentalities to lead with, and I feel like I've finally found my feeling again. I'd go as far as to say that I've never felt more peaceful in my life."</span></p> <p><span>"And so, I'm ready to finally put this album out."</span></p> <p><span>The 33-year-old singer goes on to explain how her new album was her "ride or die" and her "friend" that she needed during a difficult time in her personal life. </span></p> <p><span>She concludes the post saying "Home is where the heart is x".</span></p> <p><span>The post has racked up almost 5 million likes in under 12 hours, as fans of Adele from around the globe </span>rejoice in her return.</p> <p>The first single from the album, Easy On Me, will be released on October 15th: her first new single since 2016.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CUpkLl3g0nx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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/CUpkLl3g0nx/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Adele (@adele)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Adele's new album <em>30</em> comes as her fourth studio album, following <em>19</em> (2008), <em>21</em> (2011) and <em>25</em> (2015), which she has previously described as timestamps of her life at those ages.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @adele</em></p>

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