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Keith Urban, Amy Shark, The Saints & More: Get to Know Music From Brisbane, 2032 Olympic City

The music community in the Sunshine State has also kicked countless goals, from Mallrat to Thelma Plum, Ball Park Music, Busby Marou, Katie Noonan, The Chats, Lobby Loyde, The Jungle Giants, Confidence Man, tyDi, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kev Carmody and many more.Billboard highlights ten global acts with deep roots in Brisbane, the future Olympic city.Bee GeesThough…

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Keith Urban, Amy Shark, The Saints & More: Get to Know Music From Brisbane, 2032 Olympic City

The music community in the Sunshine State has also kicked countless goals, from Mallrat to Thelma Plum, Ball Park Music, Busby Marou, Katie Noonan, The Chats, Lobby Loyde, The Jungle Giants, Confidence Man, tyDi, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kev Carmody and many more.Billboard highlights ten global acts with deep roots in Brisbane, the future Olympic city.Bee GeesThough born in Britain, the brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb relocated to Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, in 1952. The trio would change the music world as the Bee Gees, and it all began in south east Qld. As legend has it, Barry and his mother signed the group’s music contract with speedway promoter Bill Goode and radio announcer Bill Gates – the BGs in the Bee Gees — on the family’s kitchen table in Redcliffe. A walkway in Redcliff — Bee Gees Way — pays tribute to these famous local lads.Watch Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love”:The SaintsConsidered one of the first and most influential punk groups, the Saints have been described by Bob Geldof as one of the three bands which changed the 1970s, the others being the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. Founded in 1974 by Chris Bailey (singer-songwriter, later guitarist), Ivor Hay (drummer), and Ed Kuepper (guitarist-songwriter), The Saints’ ignited the punk movement with their debut “(I’m) Stranded,” created during the stifling, and lengthy, reign of then state premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen. The Saints’ contribution is remembered with a mural on inner-city upper Roma Street, just around the corner from Club 76, where the band rehearsed in its early days.Watch The Saints “(I’m) Stranded”:The Go-BetweensSaid to be the greatest band that never made it big, the Go-Betweens are praised by music critics at home and abroad for their melodic and bittersweet song-craft on such works as “Streets of Your Town,” “Cattle and Cane” and “Spring Rain.” Formed in 1977, the outfit was followed by a devoted fanbase, particularly in the U.K., but never enjoyed the matching chart success. The folk-pop group disbanded following co-founder Grant McLennan’s death in 2006. A bridge in central Brisbane was subsequently named in the outfit’s honor.Watch Go-Betweens’ “Streets of Your Town”:PowderfingerUnlike many of their big-name predecessors, Powderfinger, the country’s biggest band of the 2000s, never left Brisbane to find fame and fortune. When the five-piece called it a day in 2010, they bowed out with the rare distinction of having five consecutive ARIA No. 1 albums, and ranking third all-time among ARIA Awards winners with 18 pointy trophies, behind only behind Silverchair (21) and John Farnham (20). A one-off virtual reunion gig in 2020 raised more than $500,000 for charity.Watch Powderfinger’s “My Happiness”:Keith UrbanBorn in New Zealand, now based in the United States, Keith Urban is very much a product of the Sunshine State. Urban relocated to Caboolture, north of Brisbane, in his youth. He established his career there, signing with EMI Australia, before making the move to Nashville, where he would earn a place among the legends of country.Watch Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You”:The VeronicasThe Veronicas originally formed in 2004, but have been together since birth. The alternative pop outfit is led by twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso, whose 2007 single “Untouched” was an international breakthrough. The pair have been prolific of late, making two appearances in Top Ten of the ARIA Albums Chart in early 2021, with Human and Godzilla, which features the chart-topping single “In My Blood.”Watch The Veronicas’ “Untouched”:Savage GardenWell before the current wave of Aussie hitmakers, Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones were the biggest thing in pop from Down Under. Hailing from Logan City, south of Brisbane, Savage Garden topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998 with “Truly Madly Deeply,” and again in 2000 with “I Knew I Loved You.” Their 1997 track “I Want You” also reached No. 4 in the U.S. and two other singles cracked the top 40. In 1997, the duo cleaned up at the 1997 ARIA Awards, where they took home a record 10 prizes, they collected four Billboard Music Awards in the years 1998-2000, and in 2001. Savage Garden split in 2001, with Hayes embarking on a solo career.Watch Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply”:Amy SharkAmy Shark’s career exploded with “Adore You”, which placed at No. 2 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2016. Shark hasn’t yet come up for air since. She has released two albums, 2018’s Love Monster, and 2021’s Cry Forever, for two No. 1s. Hailing from the Gold Coast, Shark has snagged multiple ARIA Awards including best female artist, and several APRA Awards, including song of the year.Watch Amy Shark’s “Mess Her Up”:Violent SohoViolent Soho is loud, knuckly and hugely popular on the live circuit.Childhood friends from Mansfield, Brisbane, the four members were discovered by Thurston Moore, who signed them to his Ecstatic Peace label. Now, five albums deep into their career, Violent Soho can boast two ARIA Awards, including best group in 2016, and two No. 1 albums, including their most recent album, 2020’s Everything Is A-OK.Watch Violent Soho’s “Covered In Chrome”:SheppardIndie pop band Sheppard, led by George Sheppard and his sisters Amy (vocals) and Emma (bass), boast the highest-selling independently-released Australian single in “Geronimo,” which enjoyed a lengthy run at No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart in 2014 (and hit No. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100). Hailing from Brisbane, Sheppard’s debut album Bombs Away dropped in at No. 2 on the national Australian chart. Sophomore set Watching the Sky went to No. 1 in 2018. A third album, Kaleidoscope Eyes, arrived at No. 2 on the national chart in 2021.Watch Sheppard’s “Geronimo”:

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Lauren Patten Thanks Trans and Nonbinary ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Colleagues While Accepting Best Actress in a Musical

Patten’s comments follow the news that the show’s lead producers, Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price, had hired the external firm Jay Hewlin and The Hewlin Group to investigate allegations made by former cast members, including nonbinary actor Nora Schell, who alleged in a social media post mistreatment by stage management and…

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Lauren Patten Thanks Trans and Nonbinary ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Colleagues While Accepting Best Actress in a Musical

Patten’s comments follow the news that the show’s lead producers, Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David and Eva Price, had hired the external firm Jay Hewlin and The Hewlin Group to investigate allegations made by former cast members, including nonbinary actor Nora Schell, who alleged in a social media post mistreatment by stage management and other members of the show’s creative leadership in regards to their health care. The producers also announced they are immediately launching an external review of the show’s policies and procedures.That followed a lengthy Sept. 17 statement to the production’s website and social media, acknowledging missteps in how they publicly spoke about and identified Patton’s character Jo, a lovestruck teen dealing with religious parents, their sexuality and a souring relationship while also going on their own gender journey, which has no confirmed outcome in the show. The letter also outlined significant changes to the productions on an off-stage approach to trans and nonbinary identities.A day after the statement, Patten shared a video conversation with Shakina Nayfack, trans writer, actress and activist, to increase transparency around the conversations that were being had about Jo, and to be accountable for harm resulting from the erasure of Jo’s gender journey. Patten linked her comments to a broader conversation on Broadway about transparency and the production changes that have occurred in regards to representation, particularly over the last year.“The truth is that I did not know as much as I should and stepping into something that I did know would resonate with a lot of folks — a lot of queer folks and a lot of trans folks,” Patten said. “I should have known more how to talk about it. I should have known how to exactly, as you said, affirm the experience without trying to be it.”This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Britney Spears Thinks These ‘Cheesy’ Instagram Photos Look Like Her Yearbook Pictures

Britney Spears returned to Instagram after a brief hiatus recently, and she’s back to sharing some of her selfies.Friday night (Sept. 24), the pop star posted a pair of pictures of herself in which she’s seen sweetly gazing up at the camera. With a floral crop top and her hair pulled half back, Spears’ look…

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Britney Spears Thinks These ‘Cheesy’ Instagram Photos Look Like Her Yearbook Pictures

Britney Spears returned to Instagram after a brief hiatus recently, and she’s back to sharing some of her selfies.Friday night (Sept. 24), the pop star posted a pair of pictures of herself in which she’s seen sweetly gazing up at the camera. With a floral crop top and her hair pulled half back, Spears’ look in the snapshots apparently reminded her of some old photos — her yearbook pictures.Some of Spears’ actual yearbook portraits have circulated around the internet in the past. (A quick Google image search will pull them up.)

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Saweetie & Darren Criss Talk Performing at the ‘Celebratory’ SHEIN x Rock the Runway

“I love that SHEIN’s goal for this event is to create a one-stop destination for fashionistas to discover up and coming creators across all aspects of the industry,” Saweetie tells Billboard of the opportunity. “I love that SHEIN is opening that door for everyone by shining a light on the biggest of stars to the indie artists.…

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Saweetie & Darren Criss Talk Performing at the ‘Celebratory’ SHEIN x Rock the Runway

“I love that SHEIN’s goal for this event is to create a one-stop destination for fashionistas to discover up and coming creators across all aspects of the industry,” Saweetie tells Billboard of the opportunity. “I love that SHEIN is opening that door for everyone by shining a light on the biggest of stars to the indie artists. I’m passionate about so many things… music, fashion, beauty, and I’ve been so fortunate to pursue my dreams. Music is my ultimate love and it’s opened the door for all these other amazing things.”Fellow performer Darren Criss is equally excited to be included in such a unique opportunity, telling Billboard, “I really like the idea of not your typical fashion show and it being more of a celebration of dance and music and contextualizing the clothes via the music and performative elements and seeing how clothes look on all different kinds of people with different kinds of movement and music. That thinking out of the box factor of a typical fashion show was immediately appealing to me.”Saweetie shared that for her performance, which will showcase the Ski Party looks, fans should expect “lots of dancing” choreographed by Brya Woods and assistant choreographer Aahkilah Cornelius.Criss is gearing up to perform his new single “For a Night Like This,” which he describes as an “unapologetically celebratory jam.””It’s all about celebrating with the people you love,” he adds. “It’s such a vibrant song and the creativity that they were going for with this fashion show was a really great match for the song I wanted to perform. I’m happy I can showcase that vibrancy and colorfulness.”Criss, whose performance will accompany the City Sleek styles, emphasized his gratitude for SHEIN bringing his song to life with “a hundred dancers of all different backgrounds, shapes and sizes, with a variety of movement. That is something that really takes a song to the next level. It takes it from a song to a spectacle and a visually exciting experience. It’s something we all hope can happen with our songs when we write them.””Any opportunity I have to be around dancers and have dancing in my life – I’m not a dancer myself, but any time I can have that in my life, whether it’s through one of my songs or walking through life, I embrace that opportunity,” he continues. “The more dance, the better.”SHEIN x Rock the Runway will also help raise awareness and donations to benefit National Action Network, one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations and Youth Emerging Stronger, which helps to build futures for foster and homeless youth. SHEIN is donating $350,000 across both charities.”While I love to use my platforms to entertain, it’s just as important for me to educate and make a positive impact on the world and I love that SHEIN is acting on this by partnering with these organizations,” Saweetie says of the event’s charitable aspect. “I’m huge supporter of education and giving everyone access to the knowledge that will help them to grow and succeed in the world regardless of their background.””It’s obviously the bonus for anything you do,” Criss agrees. “You’re happy to support anything that supports others beyond the preliminary presentation of ‘Here are some cool clothes, here are some amazing dancers, here’s a cool song.’ In the process, we’re also shining a light on an organization that are doing a lot of good in the world. I always prefer that to be a component in anything I do.”Since this is a fashion show, after all, how would Saweetie and Darren Criss describe their personal style? “My style is always growing and evolving,” Saweetie explains, “Because I am constantly researching and studying designers and their collections throughout the past. I love to play with fashion and take risks with my style – anything glam! I draw a lot of inspiration from the 90s and early 2000s and try to mix these retro and nostalgic elements with the feminine aesthetic of old Hollywood glamour.””I’m a big believer in dressing for the party,” Criss says. “This is a much larger idea that goes into music, that goes into how I approach everything in life, which is knowing what the venue is, honoring what the dress code is and then doing your own spin on it to be a little unique and not like everybody else. Just enough of something that is accessible so that people feel comfortable around your choice, but you’re also pushing it a little bit. I like toeing that line in general. I’m not saying I’m a fashionista at all, but it depends what day of the week it is, what coffee shop I’m walking to and what part of town. All those variables have their own set of rules that I like to abide by. But I’m definitely not one type of thing and am never thoughtless, that’s for sure.”Catch the SHEIN x Rock the Runway event when its streams on Sunday (Sept. 26) at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT on the SHEIN app, and the company’s Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook pages. Shop the SHEIN x Rock the Runway looks here.

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