Monthly Archives: October 2016

Son cancer battle to fund project

FOR six long, heartbreaking months, Hilltop Hoods MC Pressure lived in a hospital room as his then eight-year-old son Liam underwent chemotherapy for leukaemia.

Each night as his little boy slept, the father wrote songs in a desperate attempt to make sense of the life and death struggle every family endures when cancer strikes a loved one.

One of those songs, Through The Dark, is the story of those six months of hell and it not only has a happy ending for Liam but hopefully for other young cancer sufferers like him thanks to the groundbreaking video which launches on Friday.

The Hoods have teamed up with Google Play to create an interactive 3D animated music video which will raise funds for CanTeen to kickstart a bold project to give cancer patients special access to concerts.

Pressure, aka Dan Smith, said he wrote and rewrote Through The Dark as Liam underwent treatment.

“It came out as a song about a father’s love for his son and his words of encouragement and positivity for a bright future for his boy,” Smith said.

“Four years later, he has that bright future; he was two years in remission and now two years cancer-free.”

The tech giant was keen to partner with the Hoods on an artistic venture because the Australian hip hop heroes are one of their most popular acts on the Google Play platform.

Smith said they suggested working on a video for Through The Dark and the concept evolved into the innovative clip which changes between two versions, the “light” representing hope and “dark” representing fear.

The clip switches between the two versions of the video when you tilt or rotate your device.

It also works on a desktop.

And because so many fans and parents shared their stories about living with cancer when the song was released, Google and the Hoods decided to use the video to raise funds for Side Of Stage.

Google’s Sophie Hirst said the film was evidence that “music and technology is an exciting place to play in.”

“Behind the scenes, this film is made entirely of code. For example, using 3D cameras mapped to the phone’s accelerometer, the film uses mobile technology combined with complex modelling and animation to capture the sense of a world turned upside down. We’re really pushing the limits of what a phone can do,” she said.

She also jokingly revealed that Smith had one “diva” moment when he requested changes to the face of his father character in the video.

Bravely performs on X Factor of Louis Tomlinson

LOUIS Tomlinson has paid tribute to his late mum Johannah Deakin with an emotional performance on The X Factor.

The One Direction star took to the stage on the show on Saturday night to perform ‘Just Hold On’ in tribute to his beloved mum after she died aged 43 on Wednesday, the Sun reports.

Louis won a standing ovation for his performance with a huge applause from the judges and the audience.

After his performance, Simon Cowell spoke to Louis and told him how proud his mum would be of him.

“Louis, I have to say something to you, what you’ve just done, and the bravery, I respect you as an artist and as a person.

“Your mum was so proud of you Louis. She was so looking forward to tonight and she’s looking down on you.”

Earlier today, Louis thanked fans for their support, writing on his Twitter: “All the support has been incredible! Let’s do this together tonight.”

The One Direction star, who fulfilled his mum’s wish to perform the song on The X Factor, is releasing the single ‘Just Hold On’ in collaboration with EDM musician Steve Aoki.

While the star hasn’t officially confirmed that the song is about his mum Johannah, the lyrics have become a poignant tribute to her after it was announced she had passed away on Wednesday aged just 43.

The lyrics read: “Oh until it’s all been said / It’s not over until your dying breath / So what do you want them to say when you’re gone? /That you gave up or that you kept going on?

“What do you do when a chapter ends? / Do you close the book and never read it again? / Where do you go when your story’s done?

“You can be who you want or you’ll become / If it all goes wrong / Darling just hold on.”

Donald Trump in gruesome music video

The controversial glam-metal star has released a teaser for his upcoming music video SAY10 on the day that millions of Americans go to the polls — and it shows him, in gruesome detail, beheading a Trump lookalike.

Warning: the images below are extremely graphic, although they are the result of very lifelike horror movie effects. No actual tiny-handed, orange-haired presidential candidates were harmed in the making of this video

“Either way tomorrow goes, the visuals are meant to create contemplation. Because it’s obviously bigger than just tomorrow,” Manson said of the video ahead of its release yesterday. “It’s about the desperate acts of people who believe something that is preached by an unbeliever.”

The Daily Beast reports that Hillary voters shouldn’t take this as a gruesome “I’m With Her” statement either. Manson announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t vote for anyone in the election, stating that it would be like choosing between “cat s**t and dog s**t”.

“I don’t think that, as an artist, I can make as much of a difference voting as I can the commentaries I make in music on my next record, Say10,” he told them.

 

Origliasso star in steamy music video

EARLIER this month, The Veronicas’ Jess Origliasso confirmed she was dating Ruby Rose again after reconnecting on the set of her new film clip.

And now — fans can see it for themselves.

Jess, 31, and Ruby, 30, play troubled lovers in the video for On Your Side, which premiered on Friday.

The pair had previously dated back in 2008, and it’s clear they’ve still got plenty of chemistry.

In the video, in which they play two women in love while one battles a drug addiction, they strip down to lingerie and get passionate in the bedroom.

In another scene, they share a tender moment in the bath.

The graphic video was also written and directed by Rose, who has been friends with the twins for years.

When news broke of the rekindled relationship, Jess explained how it all happened to Nova FM’s Kent ‘Smallzy’ Small.

“It’s me. Me and Ruby Rose. And it is our love story in this video,” Jess said.

“We’ve been friends for eight years. We just reconnected over doing this video. We sort of just fell in love. It’s pretty cute, honestly.

“We support each other in our careers and we support one another and be there. It made sense to be able to come out on that level because we want to be there in each other’s lives on a public level.”

Duet for Fifty Shades Darker

TAYLOR Swift and Zayn Malik have sent their fans into a frenzy, dropping a surprise collaboration for the next movie in the 50 Shades of Grey franchise, 50 Shades Darker.

Swift and Malik released different snippets of the song I Don’t Wanna Live Forever on their social media profiles on Friday.

Malik’s Twitter post was accompanied by a stylised image of a masquerade mask over an inky background, while Swift’s Instagram post featured footage from the film, in which Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reprise their roles as Anastasia Steele and Christan Grey.

The former One Direction singer also posted a picture of himself with Swift and a cat on his Instagram profile, which was liked more than 300,000 times within an hour.

The film has the unlikely release date of February 14, 2017 — Valentine’s Day.

The R’n’B track is currently available only through Apple Music.

Swift dated Malik’s former bandmate, Harry Styles, in 2013.

The lyrics read: “Oh until it’s all been said / It’s not over until your dying breath / So what do you want them to say when you’re gone? /That you gave up or that you kept going on?

“What do you do when a chapter ends? / Do you close the book and never read it again? / Where do you go when your story’s done?

“You can be who you want or you’ll become / If it all goes wrong / Darling just hold on.”

Christmas party for a surprise performance

WHILE plenty of us would choose to work for Beyoncé even if it didn’t mean a Christmas party, the global superstar still made things a little sweeter for her employees at their annual office party last night.

The festive season is always a bit of a stressful time but we’ve heard an exclusive performance from Beyoncé is an easy fix for that.

The Single Ladies singer, who founded Parkwood Entertainment back in 2007, gave the employees of her management company the Christmas present of a lifetime when she did a surprise performance of her hit song All Night.

After the partygoers watched a screening of her visual album Lemonade, the 35-year old singer decided to belt out the tune, accompanied by a mariachi band.

The performance featured plenty of brass and included an emotional saxophone solo from one of the band’s members.

The star opted for an outfit that literally only she could pull off.

Wearing a dramatic blue striped frill top from Johanna Ortiz, the Formation singer went for a Spanish style look, tucking the top into a printed skirt.

According to Vogue,the office party also boasted a fashion installation which included all of the iconic costumes Beyoncé wore on her record-breaking Formation World Tour.

The installation also included the singer’s enviable, mustard Roberto Cavalli dress she wore in her music video Hold Up.