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Government funds bail out festival cancellations with Event Saver Fund

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As another year of music festivals and summer events have been cancelled in the eleventh hour by the pandemic, the NSW government has put their hand up to help the arts. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The state government recently announced the Event Saver Fund, which is aimed at financially supporting the state’s music industry that has been devastated by the latest wave of Omicron. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At a recent press conference, NSW Treasurer Matt Kean revealed that a $43 million fund has been established for organisers of the cancelled events to be financially supported if they've been cancelled or may be affected by changes to public health orders.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This fund is a $43 million fund that will ensure that we will underwrite sunk costs for the festivals that could be impacted by changes to public health orders,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The fund will help organisers to pay their staff and suppliers, as well as recoup other costs lost in the event planning that got cancelled or cut short due to lockdowns or border closures. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said the vital funding will give event organisers to continue to plan festivals without the stress of a last-minute cancellation costing them thousands. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Major events provide tremendous social benefits to the community, bringing us together to enjoy live performances,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As we look to rebound from the effects of the past two years, this funding will help support local jobs and ensure major event organisers can plan with confidence to safely deliver their events in 2022/23.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian Festivals Association chair Julia Robertson welcomed the Event Saver package, and emphasised how much the industry has suffered since the start of the pandemic. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This package is really great for building confidence,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For helping those festivals that have got events coming up — to maintain those festival lineups — but also to those events that have had to be cancelled over the last couple of weeks due to the Omicron variant.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We will be able to help those events recover some of those costs that they’ve lost. We’ve got a really long way to building that confidence for the festival industry, so thank you.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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The greener future of the live music industry

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As climate change discussions front global politics, many sectors of the arts are trying to find a solution to do their part to help environmental causes. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It turns out that staging a live show leaves behind a bigger carbon footprint than you might imagine, when considering the energy consumption involved with constant transport, lighting, PA systems and facilities, not to mention accommodating all the needs of the crew involved. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A </span><a href="https://juliesbicycle.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/MA_Vol1_Touring_Bands_Report_2010.pdf"><span style="font-weight: 400;">study</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> conducted in 2010 found that the live music industry alone is responsible for a whopping 405,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in a single year in the UK alone, which does not include the amount of micro-plastics used throughout the duration of a tour. </span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846781/carbon-footprint.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9026b5caeed24eaeb98f841f3da3060d" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credit: Green Touring Network</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Due to these astonishing figures, drastic measures are being taken to help reduce the amount of emissions produced by the music industry. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As early as 2004, Neil Young began to advocate for eco-friendly touring by exclusively using tour vehicles that only ran on biofuels made from soybeans and vegetable oils. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">More recently, artists such as Maroon 5 have been strong advocates for green touring, with the band co-founding the Green Music Group. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The group have “greened up” their tours by using biofuel in t</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">heir tour vehicles, advocating for use of solar power and other renewable energy sources, and even donating the entire income of their 2005 tour to the global environmental organization "Global Cool".</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other musicians such as the rock band Green Day, Radiohead, Linkin Park, U2 and many more, have also opted for sustainably made merchandise, using ship transportation as opposed to air travel, and donating millions of dollars to organisations dedicated to the climate change fight. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though these changes seem small in the grand scheme of the global warming fight, influential musicians are still doing their part to ensure there is still a planet to perform on, while healing hearts with the incomparable experience of live music. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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“Absolutely double standards”: Hillsong accused of breaching Health Order

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australian artists have </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.news.yahoo.com/outrage-over-hillsong-video-showing-crowds-singing-dancing-nsw-085606215.html" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">expressed their outrage</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> after footage of people singing and dancing at a Hillsong event emerged online, despite new restrictions banning these activities from happening in NSW.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Some have pointed out that Hillsong’s Wildlife Summer Camp, a three-day “summer camp” held near Newcastle, looks similar to a music festival - where singing and dancing have been prohibited.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846808/hillsong2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8b1806a689dd4ef182e72a7825f6258c" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hillsong has been accused of breaching the Public Health Order banning singing and dancing at recreational facilities. Image: @hillsongyouth (Instagram)</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images and videos from the event show teenagers dancing to religious music - with many appearing to be unmasked - sparking outrage from the entertainment industry, which has seen many scheduled events cancelled in wake of the state’s rules.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Music festivals across the country have also been forced to be cancelled or postponed, prompting claims that Hillsong being allowed to hold such an event is a “double standard”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Seeing all the artists, promoters, staff and vendors in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NSW?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NSW</a> suffer after having outdoor events cancelled and then seeing THIS happening right now in NSW for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hillsong?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Hillsong</a> is disgusting, a huge gut punch to the already suffering industry. Absolute double standards. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NswPol?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NswPol</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/nswcovid?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#nswcovid</a> <a href="https://t.co/fi5pyQZnrr">pic.twitter.com/fi5pyQZnrr</a></p> — Leon Sjogren (@Leonsjogren) <a href="https://twitter.com/Leonsjogren/status/1481460688032010241?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 13, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Music producer Leon Sjogren wrote on Twitter: “Seeing all the artists, promoters, staff and vendors in NSW suffer after having outdoor events cancelled and then seeing THIS happening right now in NSW for Hillsong is disgusting, a huge gut punch to the already suffering industry.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Absolutely double standards.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced the new restrictions on singing and dancing last week, telling reporters the activities would be prohibited in indoor venues from January 8 until January 27.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the Public Health Order, singing and dancing aren’t allowed at places such as music festivals, nightclubs, major recreation facilities, hospitality venues, and entertainment facilities.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, weddings, music classes, and churches are exempt.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Although Hillsong defended the event, telling the ABC it was “not similar to a music festival in any way”, NSW Health has requested that the organisation “stop singing and dancing”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Our camps involve primarily outdoor recreational activities including sports and games,” Hillsong said in a statement to the national broadcaster.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7846809/hillsong1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ddd8f167cd714df785dde4fc56b5a6e6" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite footage showing unmasked teens singing and dancing, the religious organisation says it was not breaching the Public Health Order banning those activities. Image: @hillsongyouth (Instagram)</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The organisation added that they “follow strict Covid procedures” and “adhere to government guidelines”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, a statement from NSW Health accused the organisation of breaching the Public Health Order, as “singing and dancing at a major recreation facility” is prohibited.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Health Minister Brad Hazzard said: “While the Order does not apply to religious services, it does apply to major recreational facilities and this event is clearly in breach of both the spirit and intent of the Order, which is in place to keep the community safe.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other Australian artists have also taken aim at the event, with rapper Illy criticising the banning of singing and dancing at festivals but not in churches.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You can postpone all our festivals and gigs, you can say no to dancing in clubs for the next 50 years, and you can make singing and shouting in public illegal except in sermons and the cricket for some reason,” he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I can handle the singing, the dancing, and the no mask wearing at this Hillsong festival last night, even though it’s illegal for the entire arts industry to do the same. But playing“turn down for what” in 2022?! Too far. <a href="https://t.co/byOWufUaWa">pic.twitter.com/byOWufUaWa</a></p> — Illy (@illyal) <a href="https://twitter.com/illyal/status/1481461459368701960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 13, 2022</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“FYI I’m for everyone’s religious beliefs. The post is a joke, aimed at the latest horse s*** double standard the music industry is ONCE AGAIN having to face. Not attacking religion at all.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others said the rules should apply to everyone, religious or not.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The double standard applied to this Hillsong event vs other indoor or outdoor music festivals makes NO sense at all,” one critic shared on Twitter.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You risk a big increase in Covid infections &amp; prolonging this pandemic for all of us. The same rules need to apply to everyone.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images / @hillsongyouth (Instagram)</span></em></p>

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Why Bruce Springsteen decided to sell his music rights

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In one of the biggest music rights acquisition deals, Bruce Springsteen has sold his entire music catalogue to Sony Music Entertainment for a reported $500 million. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The deal included both the Boss’ recording and publishing assets, leaving many asking why the deal was brokered in the first place. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With many musicians opting to sell their song rights for a hefty price, there are many factors that make catalogue sales an appealing option.</span></p> <p><strong>The money</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For Bruce Springsteen, the money involved in the sale is one aspect that is difficult to turn down. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Especially when the $500 million pay cheque is reportedly 30 times the annual royalty payments received by the 20-time Grammy winner. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With many selling their music rights for a huge once-off compensation payment, the selling price is often a lot higher than their annual income from royalties, record sales, or touring. </span></p> <p><strong>Estate planning</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Boss’ sale could also be a way to future-proof his inheritance. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Physical assets such as cash and property are much easier to pass on to a nominated heir than a complex basket of music rights that span several decades. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Others have been entangled in lengthy legal battles for music rights of a deceased artist, namely James Brown and Sonny Bono, with music estates being the hottest commodity for some to fight over. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span><strong>Tax planning</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As outlined by </span><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2021/12/20/bruce-springsteen-tells-irs-whos-boss-in-500m-sony-sale-taxed-as-capital-gain/?sh=7ec15b6c68e3"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Forbes</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Springsteen’s sale could have been associated with potential tax benefits. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In layman's terms, the federal capital gain tax rate in the US is currently at 20%, but runs the risk of being hiked to 43.4% for those who earn more than $1 million in a proposal by The White House. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Because of this and other possible tax jumps, as well as the fact that royalties are already taxed as “ordinary income”, Springsteen will receive more money in his pocket after one huge pay out, rather than opt to cash in his royalties annually. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images </span></em></p>

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Tom Walker discusses carols performance with Kate Middleton

<p>Scottish singer-songwriter Tom Walker has discussed his "top secret" rehearsal with the Duchess of Cambridge ahead of their performance together at the Royal Carols in December. </p> <p>Appearing on Good Morning Britain, Tom said Kate Middleton is "fantastic" and a "really talented musician".</p> <p>Kate played piano for Tom for his emotional performance of the song <em>For Those Who Can't Be Here</em> at the carols event at Westminster Abbey, surprising royal fans with her musical talent. </p> <p><span>"We had a rehearsal together, a 'top-secret' rehearsal, just to make sure we were both comfortable with playing with each other and so she could get her head around the arrangement of the song," he explained.</span></p> <p><span>Walker explained that the rehearsal took place at London's Metropolis Studios, and how he was sworn to secrecy. </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/CX6kRgzhTCb/?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/CX6kRgzhTCb/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Tom Walker (@iamtomwalker)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"I'm sure I'm allowed to say that at this point. At the time it was very top secret," he continues.</span></p> <p><span>The duchess, who also hosted the event, wrote on Instagram, "Together at Christmas brought together so many inspirational individuals for a night of wonderful carols and music. </span></p> <p><span>"But above all, it was about celebrating the goodwill, acts of kindness, love, empathy, and compassion which have helped people come through these difficult times.</span></p> <p><span>"Thank you to all involved for making this happen."</span></p> <p><span>In an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/17149039/tom-walker-owes-kate-middleton-big-time/" target="_blank">The Sun</a>, Tom said his performance with the duchess was a "wonderful experience" and described her as "so warm".</span></p> <p><span>"She made the effort to thank all the musicians but it was us who felt so grateful to be part of something so special," he explains.</span></p> <p>Royal fans were stunned by Kate's hidden talent, with one person writing on social media, <span>"She plays the piano too? Now I love her even more."</span></p> <p>Check out the performance below. </p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yw95R0Vl4_c" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @iamtomwalker</em></p>

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Warner Music buys David Bowie’s $250 million catalogue

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Warner Music Group has bought David Bowie’s entire musical catalogue that spans across six decades and 26 studio albums. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As well as his entire collection of tracks released throughout his lifetime, the deal between Warner Music and Bowie’s estate included his posthumous studio album called </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Toy</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While Warner Music did not disclose the amount the catalogue sold for or the financial terms of the deal, a person close to the matter said the monumental purchase was worth approximately $250 million. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The deal is the latest move in the media rights sector, where companies have sought to boost royalties through the purchase of artists’ catalogues after the pandemic affected physical music profits. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The sale comes just days before the rockstar would have turned 75 on January 8th. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">David Bowie died at age 69 in 2016, after shooting to fame with his </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Space Oddity</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> release in 1969 that was largely inspired by Stanley Kubrick's film,</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em> 2001: A Space Odyssey</em>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite this iconic release, it was Bowie’s 1972 portray of a doomed bisexual rock envoy from space, Ziggy Stardust, that propelled him to international noterity. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Allison Langdon shuts down Karl's festive request

<p>After hosting <em>Today</em> together for two years, Allison Langdon is putting her foot down after a request from Karl Stefanovic. </p> <p>Karl approached Allison and asked if he could host the annual <em>Carols by Candlelight</em> event with her, to which she said no.</p> <p>Speaking with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/tv/allison-langdon-christmas-carols-by-candlelight-70373" target="_blank">Woman's Day</a>, Allison explained why he won't be making an appearance. </p> <p>“I just told him no,” she admitted.</p> <p>“He was desperate to co-host but David Campbell and I have such amazing singing voices - a real talent that unfortunately Karl lacks!”</p> <p>Despite Karl's forced absence, Allison said she is very excited to have a live audience at <em>Carols</em> this year, after last year's crowd was unable to be present due to the pandemic. </p> <p>“I can't wait to be surrounded by people, particularly the little kids, singing together at the top of our lungs farewelling a year that has been pretty [tough] on a lot of people,” she added.</p> <p>“I can't wait to celebrate with our families and loved ones, all the things we are grateful for.”</p> <p>The 84th annual event will see a host of Australian musicians take to the stage to celebrate the festive season with fan-favourite Christmas carols. </p> <p>Performers including Dami Im, Casey Donovan, Lucy Durack and Isaiah Firebrace will belt out their favourite festive tunes, before <span>the cast of the musicals </span><em>Hamilton, Moulin Rouge </em><span>and </span>Frozen will also take to the stage.</p> <p><em>Carols by Candlelight</em> will air on Nine at 8:00pm on December 24th. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Rod Stewart slammed after Royal Variety Performance

<p><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p> <p>Once again, Rod Stewart has been roasted by ITV viewers after his appearance on the Royal Variety Performance on Sunday evening.</p> <p>Attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and hosted by Alan Carr, this event is huge and attracts a lot of attention every year.</p> <p>Sir Rod, aged 76, took to the stage to perform his hit ‘One More Time’, leaving viewers less than impressed.</p> <p>Among the flurry of comments on Twitter, one person shared: “Rod Stewart’s performance possibly worst ever on royal variety. Elvis Costello - hold my beer.”</p> <p>Another wrote on Twitter: “Rod Stewart sounds like that old boy down the boozer singing karaoke who’s smoking 60 benson [cigarettes] a day”.</p> <p>“Why are people still booking rod stewart?! Second hand embarrassment in my living room.”</p> <p>Some fans however, defended the best-selling artist for the performance, Among the comments, one wrote: “Love a bit of Rod. Great performance and love the Leopard print outfit.”</p> <p>Another advised those who didn’t like it to switch off because others were still enjoying the show.</p> <p>The person added: “Some of us are enjoying it.”</p> <p>It’s not the first time Rod has been hit with backlash from fans.</p> <p>Appearing on the Graham Norton show last month also earnt him further criticism.</p> <p>It comes days after him and his son pled guilty to a battery and assault charge in Flordia on New Year’s Eve 2019.</p>

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Unlikely album makes history

<p><em>Image: ABC News</em></p> <p>An album made up entirely of tweets and squawks from Australian birds has made history by entering the Top Five ARIA album charts, surpassing both Mariah Carey and ABBA.</p> <p>Titled Songs of Disappearance, the album features birdsongs of 53 of the rarest species in Australia that are on the brink of extinction. It is the first album of its kind to chart in the ARIA Top Five albums, and has sold more than 3,000 copies.</p> <p>Anthony Albrecht, a PhD student at Charles Darwin University (CDU) and co-founder of The Bowerbird Collective, is part of a group of academics, musicians and conservationists behind the project.</p> <p>"It's absolutely incredible to have knocked Michael Buble, Mariah Carey and a whole bunch of other really famous artists out of the [top five]," he said.</p> <p>"In some ways, it's not surprising, because I believe Australians generally are so much more attuned now to the environmental crisis that we're all facing — and that the unique and incredible species that also call Australia home are facing."</p> <p>The title track, arranged by Simone Slattery, includes all 53 of the endangered species featured in the album. The tracks were recorded by David Stewart Nature Sound, a wildlife sound recordist, over his decades-long career.</p> <p>Mr Stewart's collection consists of thousands of bird calls that have been recorded over a period of 40 years, while travelling across remote parts of Australia.</p> <p>"Some of the recordings are so brief because he [Mr Stewart] waited hours out in the bush to hear a peep out of some of these species," Mr Albrecht said.</p> <p>Mr Albrecht said he was pleased Songs of Disappearance resonated with so many Australians."I think it's incredibly important to tell stories about nature in a way that is going to get people really emotionally involved," he said.</p> <p>Stephen Garnett, a co-creator of the album and professor of conservation at CDU, helped produce a landmark extinction report from BirdLife Australia that inspired the project.</p> <p>"They've been singing for millions of years … and now they're going, and there's a whole lot that we're not going to have with us if we don't do something about them."</p> <p>Proceeds from the album's sales will go towards BirdLife Australia's conservation efforts.</p>

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William and Kate’s musical tradition with their kids

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most family mornings begin with chaos, as the kids get ready for school, breakfast flying around the kitchen, pets at everyone’s feet, and a motivating playlist to get the day going. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Well, it turns out that the morning routine of the royal family isn’t all that different. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a rare insight into royal life, Prince William has shared an anecdote about his </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">family life as part of his partnership with Apple Fitness+'s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Time To Walk </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">series, discussing how his two eldest children like to bicker over who has control of the music. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Most mornings there’s a massive fight between Charlotte and George as to what song is played in the morning,” the 39-year-old royal explained. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"And I have to, now, basically prioritise that one day someone does this one, and another day it's someone else's turn. So George gets his go, then Charlotte gets her go."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Duke of Cambridge said he was impressed with his children’s passion for music at such a young age. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There's a lot of hip movements going along," he describes of the morning music sessions.  </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There's a lot of dressing up. Charlotte, particularly, is running around the kitchen in her dresses and ballet stuff and everything."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince William added that his youngest child, three-year-old Prince Louis, also loves to join in the fun.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"[Charlotte] goes completely crazy with Louis following her around trying to do the same thing. It's a really happy moment where the children just enjoy dancing, messing around and singing."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">William also shared a sweet musical memory of his mother, the late Princess Diana, and how music was always a bonding experience for them.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He recalled driving in the car with his mum listening to their old favourite tune, Tina Turner's </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Best</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">: "[She'd be] singing at the top of her voice. And we'd even get the policeman in the car, he'd be occasionally singing along, as well. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"You'd be singing and listening to the music right the way out into the gates of school, when they dropped you off... When I listen to it now, it takes me back to those car rides and brings back lots of memories of my mother."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Berlin music campaigners fight for Unesco world heritage status

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ever since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, music fans from across the world have flocked to the German capital for the world-famous techno culture. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But now, like a lot of global businesses and institutions, Berlin’s renowned clubs such as Tresor and Berghain are in danger of financial ruin as a result of the pandemic. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As a result, DJs and music enthusiasts are campaigning to secure Unesco world heritage status to protect the countercultural genre. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Berlin-based DJ Alan Oldham said recognition from Unesco would help to protect key venues and boost tourism for the city.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He told </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/dec/05/beat-that-berlins-techno-djs-seek-unesco-world-heritage-status"><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Observer</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, "Unesco protection would go a long way towards maintaining that old spirit.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Legacy venues like Tresor and Berghain for example would be protected as cultural landmarks. So many venues have closed in just the seven years I've lived here full-time.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"In other cities, it would be the natural club cycle at work, but Berlin is a different kind of place, where the club and creative scenes are the currency of the city."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Support has been growing for the campaign, which was spearheaded by berlin-based organisation </span><a href="https://www.ravetheplanet.com/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rave The Planet</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, who say the techno scene should be protected “as an intangible cultural heritage.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If Unesco status is granted to the clubs, they would get extra protection under city planning laws, as well as access to government subsidies and other funding. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Lindsey Buckingham claims Fleetwood Mac didn’t work “on paper”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fleetwood Mac guitarist and songwriter Lindsey Buckingham has admitted that the band’s unique characters didn’t necessarily fit together. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Reflecting on the band’s success and longevity, the 72-year-old believes that their “synergy” was greater than their individual parts. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said, "Early on, soon after joining Fleetwood Mac, I realised that we were the kind of group who didn’t – on paper – belong in the same group together.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"But yet that was the very thing that made us so effective.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"There was a synergy there, where the whole became more than the sum of its parts. What happens is that you begin to understand that, and accept it as a gift."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lindsey was ousted from Fleetwood Mac in 2018 due to a </span><a href="https://www.smoothradio.com/artists/fleetwood-mac/stevie-nicks-lindsey-buckinghams-quit-split/"><span style="font-weight: 400;">reported</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> “disagreement over the band’s upcoming tour,” and was replaced by Crowded House’s Neil Finn.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lindsey, who released his seventh solo album in September, also claimed that “inside politics” is the reason why Fleetwood Mac haven’t released a studio album since the 2003 release of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Say You Will</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite receiving international success and recognition during his time in Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey said that losing fans while he pursues his solo project was bound to happen. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He said, “Fleetwood Mac is this big machine, and my solo endeavours are this smaller machine.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"I’ve always done what I’ve wanted to do, basically, and I think the realisation I had to come to was being willing to lose some of the huge audience Fleetwood Mac have in order to pursue that.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It’s just a trade-off you have to be willing to make in order to do things on your own terms."</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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"It would've cracked him in the head!" Ed Sheeran's near miss with Elton John

<p dir="ltr">Ed Sheeran has revealed the near miss he had with his friend Elton John while they were shooting the music video for their joint song<span> </span><em>Merry Christmas</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Appearing on Apple Music’s<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPbqSs6Bwt8" target="_blank"><em>Zane Lowe Show</em></a>, Sheeran recalled how he “almost killed” John with a heavy bell while the pair were filming.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Oh, mate. I almost killed him with a bell on the video,” Sheeran <a rel="noopener" href="https://celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/ed-sheeran-almost-killed-elton-john-filming-christmas-music-video/fdebb07d-ae6e-4b98-8099-cef46d9fd017" target="_blank">said</a> during the interview.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m dressed up as sort of sexy Santa Claus and I kick a present, but the present had a big metal bell on top of it.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I showed him the footage of it today because we slowed it down and the bell flew past his head and would’ve cracked him in the head.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Oh my God, the horror that went through my body when it was flying through the air.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CXJlwiXDfYi/?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/reel/CXJlwiXDfYi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Elton John (@eltonjohn)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The<span> </span><em>I’m Still Standin’<span> </span></em>singer also shared the clip on his social media account, with the caption, “Better luck next time, @teddysphotos 😂”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The festive video sees Sheen, 30, and John, 74, parody several famous Christmsa music videos, including Mariah Carey’s<span> </span><em>All I Want for Christmas is You</em><span> </span>and Wham!’s<span> </span><em>Last Christmas</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Since its release last week,<span> </span><em>Merry Christmas</em><span> </span>has topped the UK Big Top 40 list, marking John’s third Big Top 40 number one track this year.</p> <p dir="ltr">It is also the third holiday song Sheeran and John have written together.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @teddysphotos (Instagram)</em></p>

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Rolling Stone ranks Australia’s 200 Best Albums of All Time

<p>If there's one thing music fans love to debate over, it's a "Greatest of All Time" list.</p> <p>The list causing the most recent debate comes from Rolling Stone, who have ranked the top 200 best albums to come from the Australian music scene.</p> <p>It came as no great shock that the list was conquered by Australian music greats AC/DC and their rock classic album <em>Back in Black</em>.</p> <p>First released in 1980, the record remains the second highest selling album in the world, with more than 50 million copies sold worldwide.</p> <p>Despite AC/DC taking out the top spot, the most impressive feat in the list comes from the two bands that managed to secure two spots each in the top 20 list.</p> <p>The first was Midnight Oil, for their 1982 album titled <em>10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1</em> – which came in at number 19 on the list – and their 1987 classic <em>Diesel and Dust</em>, which took out the number five spot.</p> <p>Then, equally as impressive, were Powderfinger, who secured the 18th spot with their 1998 album <em>Internationalist</em>, as well as the 16th spot with <em>Odyssey Number Five</em> (2000).</p> <p>Despite the list featuring a host of up-and-coming Aussie artists and their latest releases, the majority of the top 20 was reserved for the classics.</p> <p>Coming in second to AC/DC on the list was the massive INXS record <em>Kick</em>, which was first released in 1987.</p> <p>Also featured in the top 20 were John Farnham's <em>Whispering Jack</em> (1986), Cold Chisel's <em>East</em> (1980) and Crowded House's self-titled album from 1986.</p> <p>Kylie Minogue's 2001 album <em>Fever</em> was the highest ranking for a female artist, and was joined in the list by fellow female hitmakers such as Sia, Kasey Chambers and Sarah Blasko.</p> <p>Despite the top 20 being largely dominated by 20th century records, some relative newcomers pushed their way to the top.</p> <p>5 Seconds of Summer's 2014 self-titled album landing the number 17 spot, and Tame Impala's 2015 experimental record <em>Currents</em> came in at number 12.</p> <p>Although some newer artists were featured in the top spots on the list, the winners really go to show that there's nothing quite like some classic Aussie rock.</p> <p><strong>Check out the TOP 20:</strong></p> <p>20. Dr. G Yunupingu - <em>Gurrumul</em> (2008)</p> <p>19. Midnight Oil - <em>10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1</em> (1982)</p> <p>18. Powderfinger - <em>Internationalist</em> (1998)</p> <p>17. 5 Seconds of Summer - <em>5 Seconds of Summer</em> (2014)</p> <p>16. Powderfinger - <em>Odyssey Number Five</em> (2000)</p> <p>15. The Go-Betweens - <em>16 Lovers Lane</em> (1988)</p> <p>14. Regurgitator - <em>Unit</em> (1997)</p> <p>13. Nick Cave &amp; The Bad Seeds - <em>Murder Ballads</em> (1996)</p> <p>12. Tame Impala - <em>Currents</em> (2015)</p> <p>11. You Am I - <em>Hourly, Daily</em> (1996)</p> <p>10. Kylie Minogue - <em>Fever</em> (2001)</p> <p>9. Savage Garden - <em>Savage Garden</em> (1997)</p> <p>8. The Avalanches - <em>Since I Left You</em> (2000)</p> <p>7. Crowded House - <em>Crowded House</em> (1987)</p> <p>6. Silverchair - <em>Frogstomp</em> (1995)</p> <p>5. Midnight Oil - <em>Diesel and Dust</em> (1987)</p> <p>4. Cold Chisel - <em>East</em> (1980)</p> <p>3. John Farnham - <em>Whispering Jack</em> (1986)</p> <p>2. INXS - <em>Kick</em> (1987)</p> <p>1. AC/DC - <em>Back In Black</em> (1980)</p> <p>And you can peruse the full 200-strong list <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.rollingstone.com/rolling-stones-200-greatest-australian-albums-of-all-time/page/1/the-teskey-brothers-run-home-slow/" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p> </p>

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Canberra grandparents graduate from Rock School

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Maria and Chris Adams have proved that you’re never too old to learn something new and pursue a new passion. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 76 and 78-year-old retired accountants from Canberra saw an opportunity for a unique experience with the Australian National University's Community Rock School, and asked themselves, “why not?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We were giggling as we filled out the application," Maria said to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-11-28/canberra-music-school-teaching-instruments/100650008" target="_blank">ABC</a>. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"But then we got accepted and thought, 'oh my god, Grandad and Grandma are going to rock school!'"</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Chris said he always wanted to be in a band when he was a kid, but neither he nor his wife’s parents could afford to send them to music lessons. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now, the pair can play the ukelele, guitar and sing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We like playing the songs that we remember, because it gives us the memories," Chris said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It's something we can share with each other, and share with our eight grandkids," Maria added.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The free program is run by Micha Forman through the ANU School of Music, and is open to anyone over the age of 18. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"We'll have really young participants who are just out of high school, right up to people in their 70s and 80s," Micha said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Throughout the program, students learn how to play as a group, as well as develop their own individual skills. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Micha says the program draws in all kinds of people who have different relationships with music, and is a uniting force to get people involved in something creative.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"It can be a part of their life in a way that they want it to be, not in a way that someone else has told them it should be."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Check out Chris and Maria’s story below. </span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/T8JF6Zwv7MM" 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: Youtube - ABC News Australia</span></em></p>

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Elton John and Ed Sheeran join forces for Christmas

<p dir="ltr">Ed Sheeran and Elton John have announced their new Christmas collaboration, a song that will be released on Friday titled “Merry Christmas”.</p> <p dir="ltr">They announced the collaboration in an adorable,<span> </span><em>Love Actually</em>-themed video, featuring Ed appearing at Elton’s door, much like Andrew Lincoln’s character does to Keira Knightley in the 2003 Christmas classic. Elton, dressed in his festive best, opens the door to Ed dressed in a Christmas jumper and bearing note cards that contain an important message.</p> <p dir="ltr">The cards Ed presents to Elton read, "Hello. Last Christmas I received a call from my mate Elton John and he told me we should do a 'Christmas Song,'" the cards read. "And I replied 'Yeah. Maybe in 2022.' But I actually wrote the chorus that day and here we are. Our Christmas song 'Merry Christmas' is out this Friday. Go pre-order or pre-save it now. It has sleigh bells. A lot of them…."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">❤️ <a href="https://t.co/nzj9ceOn5M">https://t.co/nzj9ceOn5M</a></p> — Ed Sheeran HQ (@edsheeran) <a href="https://twitter.com/edsheeran/status/1465264886003421184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 29, 2021</a></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Art for the song features an illustration of Sheeran placing a ‘rocket man’ astronaut tree topper on his Christmas tree as a smiling Elton looks on, holding a giant candy cane. The ‘rocket man’ is, naturally, a reference to the classic 1972 Elton track of the same name, which also gave its name to the 2019 film about John’s life starring Taron Egerton.</p> <p dir="ltr">All proceeds from the song will be going to the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John Aids Foundation. Sheeran established his foundation in 2019 to provide grants to young musicians in his hometown of Suffolk, while John founded his in 1992 as a means of helping end the AIDS epidemic.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sheeran first announced the collaboration in October, telling the Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2, "Elton rung me on Christmas Day to say Merry Christmas," he said, adding that the pair speak “almost every day”.</p> <p dir="ltr">"He rung me on Christmas Day and he said, '"Step Into Christmas' is No. 6 in the charts, and I'm 74, and I'm still having f—ing chart hits, this is great! I want to do another Christmas song, will you do it with me?'"</p> <p dir="ltr">The singer later told Jimmy Fallon that he had some reservations, but eventually gave in. "I said to Elton, I was like, 'I don't really want to do a Christmas song unless we're going in. Unless it's like sleigh bells, ding-dong— yeah, it needs to be a proper Christmas song,'" he said. "I wrote a chorus, and then I went to go and stay with him, and we wrote three, and one of them was this one called 'Merry Christmas.'"</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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John Travolta's daughter reveals hidden talent

<p>John Travolta's daughter Ella has surprised her online followers with a rare look into her secret talent. </p> <p>Ella Travolta, 21, shared a video of her playing an original song on the piano as she sang along to the melody. </p> <p>Ella said she has been working on the the song for a while and felt "nervous" to share it with her followers. </p> <p>She captioned the video, "There is something I've been working on for the past year that is very dear to my heart."</p> <p><span>"I wanted to share a part of a song that I wrote that will be on my EP coming out next year. Very excited (and nervous). Hope you like it!"</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CWyhiWYAXq_/?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/CWyhiWYAXq_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ella Travolta (@ella.travolta)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Her proud dad commented on the video saying "I'm so very proud of you Ella, it's amazing! Your thrilled Dad!"</span></p> <p><span>The video has racked up hundreds of thousands of views, as many people commented saying they were looking forward to the release of her first musical venture. </span></p> <p><span>Ella is the daughter of John and his late wife Kelly Preston, who died of breast cancer in July 2020. </span></p> <p><span>John Travolta has previously </span>discussed the love he has for his daughter in an interview with <a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/movies/john-travolta-on-his-kids-lives-now-ella-is-generous-and-gorgeous-and-ben-loves-fishing-and-tennis/" target="_blank">People</a>, saying he is endlessly proud of her. </p> <p><span>He said, "She is her own person. She is gracious, generous, poised, graceful and gorgeous. I don't know how she came to be, and I don't take any credit other than just adoring her."</span></p> <p><span>"And maybe that's a valid contribution."</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @ella.travolta</em></p>

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Spotify teams up with Netflix for new music streaming service

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A new partnership between Spotify and Netflix has created a streaming service to help TV and movie fans find original musical content. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Netflix Hub is now available from the Spotify app, and is the centralised place for original soundtracks, playlists and podcasts for top TV shows and movies from Netflix.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The service is currently offering musical content from hit shows such as </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stranger Things</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Narcos: Mexico</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Squid Game</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bridgeton</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and many more Netflix original content. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As well as soundtracks, podcasts such as </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Netflix Is A Daily Joke</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">10/10 Would Recommend</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">You Can’t Make This Up</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> are also available for listeners to enjoy. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The service also includes original behind the scenes content from the making of certain Netflix shows, as well as character matching experiences and quizzes to engage with. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The partnership has built on the existing relationship between Netflix and Spotify, as the two companies have long worked together to bring users the best multimedia experience. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The overlap in the streaming services will see a boost in users who engage with Netflix’s original content, and those who have a passion for music. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This partnership also further boosts Spotify as the main competitor in the music streaming service market, rivalling Apple Music. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Spotify recently announced that they plan to roll out more exclusive content to the Netflix Hub in the months ahead. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Netflix Hub is available to all Spotify users, both Free and Premium, by simply typing “Netflix” into the search bar on the Spotify app. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image credits: Spotify / Netflix</span></em></p>

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Tony Bennett's emotional final show with Lady Gaga

<p>Tony Bennett has taken to the stage of Radio City Music Hall in his emotional finale New York performances. </p> <p>Joined with special guest Lady Gaga, the 95-year-old celebrated his birthday by leaving his heart on the stage for his devoted audience. </p> <p>The show took place in August, six months after Tony and his family revealed he is suffering from Alzheimer's. </p> <p>Now, the rest of the world has a chance to experience the TV special, <em><span>One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, </span></em>which aired in the US on Sunday night. </p> <p>Tony Bennett sang all of his signature songs, including <em>I Left My Heart in San Francisco</em>, <em>Fly Me to the Moon</em> and <em>Steppin' Out With My Baby</em>, before signing a number of duets with Lady Gaga. </p> <p>Some of Tony's family members have admitted that since his diagnosis, he often doesn't know where he is or what is happening around him. </p> <p>But, on the stage in New York City, the legendary performer was in his element and didn't miss a beat. </p> <p>Lady Gaga belted out her own rendition of <em>New York, New York</em> before Tony took to the stage, as she teared up to introduce him. </p> <p><span>"He's my friend. He's my musical companion. And he's the greatest singer in the whole world. And I'm counting on you, New York, to make him smile. So you better cheer. You better yell. You better laugh. You better cry. You better give your soul," she said.</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/reel/CW15vNishM8/?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/reel/CW15vNishM8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by CBS (@cbstv)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Walking on stage, Tony was greeted with a standing ovation before singing a single note. </span></p> <p><span>Throughout the evening, the audience stood and applauded the </span>legendary performer, as they sang along to all of his classic hits. </p> <p>Although Tony feels at home on the stage, his wife Susan told <em>60 Minutes</em> they were unsure if the show was going to go ahead due to his health.</p> <p>But Susan said that once she saw him onstage that night, she knew everything would be just fine. </p> <p><span>"He became himself. He just turned on. It was like a light switch," she told </span><em><span>60 Minutes</span></em><span> in a segment that aired last month.</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/CW2EbJyMPeU/?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/CW2EbJyMPeU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>According to Bennett's neurologist Dr Gayatri Devi, this is because music and performing are so ingrained in Tony's mind. </span></p> <p><span>"People respond differently based on their strengths. In Tony's case, it's his musical memory his ability to be a performer. Those are an innate and hardwired part of his brain," Devi said on <em>60 Minutes</em>. </span></p> <p><span>"So even though he doesn't know what the day might be, or where his apartment is, he still can sing the whole repertoire of the American Songbook and move people."</span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Sunrise presenter issues tearful apology to Adele

<div> <div class="reply-list-component"> <div class="reply-component"> <div class="reply-body-component"> <div class="reply_body body linkify"> <div class="reply-body-wrapper"> <div class="reply-body-inner"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><em>Image: Getty &amp; Sunrise</em></p> <p>Weekend Sunrise host Matt Doran gave an unreserved apology to Adele and her loyal fans after the “terrible” oversight that led him to interviewing the global singing megastar without having listened to her new album first.</p> <p>Doran addressed the controversy on Weekend Sunrise for the first time since reports emerged of the interview which he flew to London to conduct.</p> <p>The Channel 7 personality admitted to being in the wrong, having endured a “torrent of abuse and mockery”, but also set the record straight regarding how the error came about.</p> <p>“I want to address something that’s made headlines this week,” Doran said on Saturday.</p> <p>“This is a story that has sparked a torrent of abuse and mockery around the world. If I’m being honest with you, the bulk of this abuse I deserve and totally own. I flew to London to interview Adele – an unspeakable privilege that was meant to be one of the highlights of my career.”</p> <p>He went on to explain that he made the “terrible mistake of assuming” that Adele’s album 30 would not be supplied to him prior to the interview, as it was being conducted prior to the album's global release.</p> <p>“The day after we landed in London, an email came through from Sony which didn’t mention Adele but contained a link to her album,” he said.</p> <p>“The genuine, dead-set, hand-on-heart truth is that I missed it. By an absurdly long margin, the most important email I’ve ever missed in my life.”</p> <p>“At least half the interview was focused squarely on the new music,” he said.</p> <p>“I thought it was reductive to describe it as simply about divorce, that it was about empowerment, and would inspire people to summon the courage to steer their lives in a new direction.</p> <p>“We spoke of the paradox that is being the world’s most famous artist - but hating fame.</p> <p>“Throughout the 29 minutes, Adele was profound, she was funny, she was raw and then she was honest. Honest enough to describe her depression as ‘end-of-the-world stuff’.</p> <p>The Weekend Sunrise presenter admitted to insulting Adele by missing the link to listen to the new album.</p> <p>“But by missing the album link, however I might try to justify it, I’ve insulted Adele,” he said.</p> <p>“To Adele I say: I’d never have knowingly disrespected you by deliberately not listening to your work.</p> <p>“I’m so sorry.</p> <p>“I also apologise to Adele’s Australian fans - who through my error have been denied this interview and the insight into her character.”</p> <p>Doran pointed to the lyrics of the tenth track,<span> </span><em>Hold On</em>: “Sometimes forgiveness is easiest in secret.”</p> <p>“I’m not expecting that forgiveness,” he said.</p> <p>“But I do owe you an apology.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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