TWENTY years ago, Elton John caused millions to weep as he sang a reworked version of Candle in the Wind in an emotional farewell to Princess Diana. The song is the biggest selling single of all time after 33 million copies were sold but what is the story behind the lyrics? We reveal all... What is Candle in the Wind? Elton John originally recorded the single in 1973 in honour of Marilyn Monroe who had died 11 years earlier. After his close friend Diana died in a Paris car crash in 1997, Elton teamed up with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin asking him to revise the lyrics to honour the Princess. It was recorded at Townhouse Studies in West London and re-released as Candle in the Wind 1997. Elton has only ever performed the single once - at Princess Di's Westminster Abbey funeral - and instead uses the original version at concerts. He has repeatedly turned down requests to perform the tribute again and said he never would unless asked by Princes William and Harry. The … [Read more...] about Why did Elton John perform Candle In The Wind at Princess Diana’s funeral and what changes to the lyrics did he make?
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Gerry Shih, Associated Press Updated 11:28 pm, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Now Playing: Chinese authorities in the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang have ensnared tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Muslim Chinese _ even foreign citizens _ in mass internment camps. The program aims to rewire the political thinking of detainees. (May 17) Media: Associated Press ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — Day after day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China's new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party. When Bekali, a Kazakh Muslim, refused, he was forced to stand at a wall for five hours at a time. A week later, he was sent to solitary confinement and deprived of food for 24 hours. After 20 days, he wanted to kill himself. "The psychological pressure is enormous, when you have to criticize yourself, denounce your thinking — your own ethnic group," said … [Read more...] about ‘Thank the Party!’ China tries to brainwash Muslims in camps
WASHINGTON — Melissa McCarthy is a cosmic gift to comedy in the 21st century in the way that Jerry Lewis, Steve Martin or Robin Williams were to our funny bones decades earlier. We’ve cried tears of laughter in movies from “Bridesmaids” to “The Heat,” not to mention her hilarious spoof of Sean “Spicy” Spicer at a motorized press podium on “Saturday Night Live.” This weekend, she pulls a Rodney Dangerfield and goes back to school in the new comedy “Life of the Party,” which draws its laughs more from its talented cast than from its formulaic script, treating us to an enjoyable date night but something far from a comedy classic. The story follows Deanna (McCarthy), a dedicated housewife who drops her daughter Maddie (Molly Gordon) off at college. Before they even leave the campus, her husband (Matt Walsh) announces that he wants a divorce, causing a midlife crisis for Deanna, who decides to finish her college degree. … [Read more...] about Movie Review: Melissa McCarthy goes back to college in ‘Life of the Party’
A HUSBAND accused of beating his teenage sweetheart with a saucepan then strangling her to death wept in court as he was shown pictures of their wedding day. Steven Grainger, 32, allegedly battered Simone, 30, with the pan four times causing serious injury before strangling her after she compared their sex life to TV show Doctor Foster. He is then said to have wrapped his wife's body in a blanket and placed her in the conservatory before texting prostitutes and drug dealers. Grainger sobbed in the dock today at Reading Crown Court as he was shown a picture of him and Simone on their wedding day. Jurors were told Simone's body was discovered on November 4 at the couple's home in Reading by her cousin Karima Dernawi. She broke down as she revealed she had seen her cousin's foot poking out of the end of a bundle of blankets after letting herself into the house. Ms Derwani said: "I knew she was dead. I then called 999." The court heard yesterday how the couple had … [Read more...] about Man accused of beating wife to death with saucepan cries in court as he’s shown picture of their wedding day
Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press Updated 5:54 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Photo: AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 This combination photo shows, from left, Carrie Underwood, Bebe Rexha, Keith Urban and Julia Michaels who will perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas. This combination photo shows, from left, Carrie Underwood, Bebe Rexha, Keith Urban and Julia Michaels who will perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 15 in Las Vegas. Photo: AP ACMs return to Las Vegas with a purpose beyond the party 1 / 1 Back to Gallery NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six months after a mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival, the genre's biggest stars are heading back to the city with a purpose and a message beyond just country music's biggest … [Read more...] about ACMs return to Las Vegas with a purpose beyond the party