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A 51-year-old Pink Floyd fan has been thrown in jail for playing his favourite band’s album Dark Side Of The Moon on non-stop repeat at all hours of the day.
Neighbours who complained to police, said that Paul Foster would play that particular record all day and all night until at least 4am, and at full volume.
Foster was first hauled before the courts for noise pollution late last year but breached an agreement to stop playing his music loudly on at least two occasions.
It appears nothing will stop this music fan until he finally joins that great gig in the sky. Talk about Us & Them.
Triple J’s annual Hottest 100 is more than just a music countdown. It’s become an institution. So after 20 years of countdowns, the government-funded radio station decided to run a ‘20 Years Of Triple J’s Hottel 100’ poll.
More than 940,000 votes were cast over just 20 days, and, given that the song eligibility period covered the lifetime of the average Triple J listener, it turns out that 25-year-olds submitted the most votes of any age.
Taking out the number one spot is everybody’s (well, every British body’s) favourite pub sing-along song, Wonderwall by Oasis. Second on the list is The White Stripes’ anthemic Seven Nation Army. Third came the sad strains of the late Jeff Buckley, with Last Goodbye. In fourth are one of four Australian entries in the top 10 – Hilltop Hoods’ The Nosebleed Section. And fifth is The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony.
As for the rest of the top 100, here are some interesting statistics collated by the musical scientists at Triple J:
- 49 songs are from the 1990s.
- 51 songs from the 2000s.
- 1997 is the year with the most popular songs (11 from the countdown released that year).
- 41 songs were written by American artists, compared to 29 by Aussies.
- Five bands have siblings in them.
- Six songs have an animal in the title.
- Four songs feature other worldly creatures.
- Eight songs are reportedly about politics (but have they included Paper Planes by M.I.A in that one?).
Some of the more ‘recent’ releases in the list include Of Monsters And Men’s Little Talks (#92), Mumford & Son’s Little Lion Man (#14), alt-J’s Breezeblocks (#67), The Black Keys’ Lonely Boy (#61), and Florence + The Machine’s Dog Days Are Over (#49).
A guy needn’t lose his hair about… well, losing his hair. Especially thanks to regular new additions to the Redken For Men range.
Formulated to boost higher density of thinning hair for men, the Full Impact Bodifying Shampoo contains ‘Thick-Lift Technology’ to help pump up fine hair. In scientific-speak, what it actually is, is something called Intra-Cylane technology – where molecules that have the power to ‘auto-expand’ leave the hair looking and feeling thicker. Meanwhile, the inclusion of proteins help reinforce the hair to give it even more volume and body.
I can vouch for the product, since I used to regularly use the Redken Densify Shampoo (also from the ‘For Men’ range) and it did a great job of adding volume and texture to my locks. But when I switched to another brand of shampoo that didn’t have thickening properties, I found my curls went back to a lifeless, thinner state. Since then I’ve shifted back to Redken’s range for guys, have tried the Full Impact shampoo and even began using the Cool Finish conditioner again (excellent as it only needs to stay in for a minute before rinsing) and, let me tell you, the hair has gained volume again.
For an even more roughed-up, out-of-bed texture, a guy might like to finish off with a dab of Firm Grasp Texturizing Clay – giving maximum control that’s long-lasting.
Pictured above, left to right, Clean Brew Extra-Cleansing Shampoo 250ml, RRP $21.50; Full Impact Bodifying Shampoo 300ml, RRP $25.50; Cool Finish Invigorating Conditioner, and Firm Grasp Texturizing Clay 100ml, RRP $34.50.
For stockists visit www.redken.com.au or call 1300 650 170.
You know, Lindt is one of those brands whose packaging is so pretty, you just want to keep it on your pantry shelf for good. But of course you can’t. The product will eventually expire. And who on earth can resist the temptation of indulging in one of the world’s most delicious chocolates?
Put it this way, I had a big Lindt Golden Bunny given to me for Easter and it was sitting in my pantry up until just the other day. Then, once opened, I ate the entire thing, ears first, in one sitting. Talk about extremes.
Well, chocolate lovers, get ready for something new from the world-renowned confectionary brand. Lindt has just released its ‘Creation’ range: an indulgent selection of dessert-inspired bars, arriving in varied textures and tastes.
Heavenly Crème Brûlée, for example, sees a caramelised, crisp sugar crust enveloped over a creamy vanilla centre and enrobed in extra-fine milk chocolate. It’s mouth-watering just typing this description… Velvety Vanilla Almond sees the finest vanilla truffle filling, sprinkled liberally with crunchy pieces of roasted almonds and layered it with golden caramel, then covered with Lindt milk chocolate… And for lovers of dark chocolate, there’s Sumptuous Orange which combines sweet and zesty orange pieces with velvety dark chocolate.
Try stopping at one piece.
Lindt Creation bars are available in quality supermarkets and chocolate stores.
For more information visit www.lindt.com.
SKYY Vodka is running a national competition to find the new face for their ‘Live Full Volume’ ad campaign. The trusty vodka brand is calling out to all Aussie fashionistas. You’re invited to have your photograph taken in a specially crafted photobooth set up in specific venues around the country.
Your photograph will automatically be uploaded to the SKYY Vodka Facebook page (here) and entered into the ‘Live Full Volume’ competition.
A panel of judges will then select the next Australian face of SKYY who will get to see their photo on billboards around their city. Plus the winner will receive a cheque for $1000 and a case of SKYY Vodka.
Of course, there’s also a People Choice Winner – whoever gets the most amount of votes on Facebook – who will receive a cheque for $1000 and a case of the good voddie.
Already, photobooths have proven to be a fun instalment in venues such as the Easton’s Hill Hotel in Queensland, BigMouth in Melbourne, and Club Bay View and the Leederville Hotel in Perth.
More photobooth locations and dates – for Queensland, Victoria, WA and NSW – are listed below.
For full details, log into www.facebook.com/SKYYVodkaAU.
Picture, above, Casey Burgess tests the SKYY Vodka photobooth with fabulous results.
LOCATIONS AND DATES FOR PHOTOBOOTHS:
Friday 31 May, 10pm-1am
Eaton’s Hill Hotel
646 South Pine Rd, Albany Creek
Saturday 1 June, 9pm- 12am
302 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Saturday 1 June, 9pm- 12am
69-71 Aberdeen St, Northbridge
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Friday 14 June, 8.30pm- 11.30pm
15-25 Sherwood Rd, Merrylands
>> NEW SOUTH WALES
Friday 14 June, 8.30pm- 11.30pm
The Mill Hotel
189 Beaconsfield St, Milperra
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Saturday 15 June, 8.30pm- 11.30pm
590 The Kingsway, Miranda
Look, up in the sky! Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s Supanova, and it’s a phenomenal expo heading to Sydney and Perth this June.
Supanova is a celebration of pop culture, packed full of television and filmic geekery, gaming and gadgetry, collectables, comic books and much, much more. Now, after months of planning, the first array of guests can be revealed with the following Supa-star celebrities booked in to attend the June events.
First up is actor, author, scriptwriter and script doctor, Carrie Fisher. You might otherwise know her as Princess Leia in Star Wars. And now that Disney has acquired the Star Wars rights, Fisher is strongly rumoured to be reprising her regal role, 30 years after Return Of The Jedi closed the trilogy.
Next up is one David Hasselhoff who needs no introduction but – just in case you’ve had your head in the sand (beach sand, geddit?) – he played Baywatch’s main dude Mitch, as well as the lead in ’80s fast-car series Knight Rider.
Also on the confirmation list are Karl Urban, who played Doctor McCoy in Star Trek: Into Darkness (as well as having starred in Dredd), Margot Kidder (Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s classic Superman), Clare Kramer (Glory from Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Oliver and James Phelps (Harry Potter’s allies, the cheerfully cheeky Weasley twins), and Adam Brown, Jed Brophy and Aidan Turner, who played Tolkein dwarves in The Hobbit.
If that’s not enough fantasy and sci-fi variety for you, there’s also a host of animé and voice favourites attending, including Lauren Tom (Amy Wong from Futurama), Greg Cipes (voice actor from Ben-10), Christina Vee (Tekken: Blood Vengeance), and Christine Cabanos (animé favourite Madoka Magika).
Supanova guests will be meeting fans, giving behind-the-scenes talks, posing for portraits, and signing autographs. Plus there’ll be plenty of previews and screenings, gaming demonstrations, competitions and even the spectacle of AWF Wrestling.
Get in on the super action; find out more at www.supanova.com.au.
Supanova Pop Culture Expo is on in Sydney at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park, June 22 and 23, and in Perth at Claremont Showgrounds, June 29 and 30. Click here for other cities’ dates, slated for later in the year.
Pictured (above), Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars.
After some time away from the big screen, Brad Pitt is set to return in what’s set to be a massive blockbuster. The film, World War Z, is about a guy working for the United Nations who treks the world to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments – threatening to destroy humanity itself. No, it’s not aliens taking over planet earth, but zombies this time!
The even greater news is that Pitt will visit Australia to promote the film. Along with Director Marc Forster, he’ll walk the red carpet in Sydney at the Australian premiere of World War Z on Sunday 9th June.
Distributors gave us a peek of the film’s poster today (above).
World War Z screens nationally in Australia from June 20th.
Ricky Martin may have opted for a certain domestic life what with love and marriage and children, but these vital events haven’t slowed him down as an entertainer – as can often happen with major artists in the music business.
Just prior to his recent starring turn on Broadway, Martin performed his own songs to sold-out audiences with extensive stadium and arena concerts across Latin America, the US, Europe and Asia.
This year, he’s also been busy coaching, mentoring and judging on Australian television’s The Voice, has delivered a greatest hits package (now available in souvenir edition), and has just announced an Australia-wide tour for October.
The high-energy live shows will be Ricky’s first Australian concerts in just under a decade.
“I am looking forward to playing some new material, some of the classics and a few surprises,” says Martin.
Advance tickets to see Ricky Martin live will be available to Visa Credit, Debit and Prepaid Cardholders from 12pm EST tomorrow (Wednesday 29th May) until 12pm, Friday 31st May or until sold out. Visit www.visaentertainment.com.au.
Full dates and further ticket information below.
RICKY MARTIN TOUR DATES:
Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena – Saturday 5 October
Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Thursday 10 October
Perth – Perth Arena – Saturday 12 October
Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Wednesday 16 Octber
Sydney – Allphones Arena – Friday 18 October
Book through www.ticketek.com.au.
The legendary Fleetwood Mac have just announced a tour of Australia later in the year. The band, with its currently line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and the inimitable Stevie Nicks, will hit our shores in November to play venues in Sydney, the Hunter Valley, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne city, Geelong and Brisbane.
Fans can expect to hear the Mac perform all their familiar classics including Dreams, Second Hand News, Sara, Tusk, Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way and more.
This year, by the way, marks the 35th Anniversary of the release of Fleetwood Mac’s perennial album, Rumours (on which a lot of the aforementioned songs first appeared). With over 40 million sales worldwide, Rumours still sits in most credible music magazine’s top 10 albums of all-time.
Exclusive to this tour is the delivery of some excellent new songs, too, with tracks from the band’s new 4-track EP, aptly titled Extended Play, out now through iTunes.
FLEETWOOD MAC AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
Sydney Entertainment Centre - Sunday November 10
Hunter Valley, Hope Estate Winery - Saturday November 16
Adelaide, Entertainment Centre - Tuesday November 19
Perth, Perth Arena – Friday November 22
Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena – Tuesday November 26
Geelong, The Hill Winery - Saturday November 30
Brisbane, Entertainment Centre - Monday December 2
Tickets on sale 9am Thursday June 13. Pre-sales begin June 4. For full details head to http://www.livenation.com.au/.
Leave it to beauty brand MOR to deliver a hand cream that not only arrives in gorgeous, vintage-style packaging but whose ingredients hark back to nature’s best, each working to regenerate, rejuvenate and smoothen hands.
Argan Oil assists in the slowing of premature ageing as it deeply moisturises, wguke ther anti-ageing ingredients like Artichoke Leaf Extract, Shea Butter and Rooibos Extract help to enhance skin’s elasticity, and to replenish and soothe dry hands.
After only a few days of trialling the product, a smoother result on hands is evident and a subtle scent remains that doesn’t interrupt others like the eau de toilette you happen to be wearing.
MOR’s Argan Oil Hand Creams are available in eight nourishing fragrances, each box decorated to its corresponding fragrance colour, for example purple for Sencha Verbena, green for Ginseng Mint, and pink for Cyclamen Tuberose.
Argan Oil Hand Cream, RRP $26.95 and available on counters from June.
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