In preparation for the ‘DANCING IN THE DARK’ album release in November this year, Australian singer/songwriter Ziggy Alberts unveils a new single, ‘THE SUN & THE SEA,’ featuring Canadian singer and Juno award/winning artist Donovan Woods.
‘THE SUN & THE SEA’ is yet another dreamy release, but this one feels different. Alberts’ vocals sound even more harmonious, and instantly with the first lyric, “we want to be famous,” the listener is left intrigued. The track suggests standing for what you believe in, despite feeling like an outlaw, and everyone is indeed still figuring it out.
Ziggy Alberts talks about the collaboration with Woods:
“Everything about this collaboration has been so natural… From the first time I heard [Donovan] sing “we want to be famous”, I was blown away; it felt that this was how the song was meant to be all along.”
On top of Alberts’ discography, his impact on people’s lives is much more than a good song to put on during a bbq. He is known for his charitable work and for offering a helping hand to different communities. During the devastating flood events in Australia states, Queensland, and Northern New South Wales, Alberts released ‘The Great Divide’ and mobilised other people wanting to help via his social media platforms. He ended up raising an impressive $40,000 to aid the relief.
With more than 2 billion streams on Spotify, Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is undeniably a classic love song. However, a viral video on TikTok proves that there are times when the ballad is clearly not an appropriate choice for a slow dance.
TikTok user Celeste Orozco, who posts under the handle @celesteiliana__, shared a video of her friend’s first dance to the song as prom queen. However, the opening line — “When your legs don’t work like they used to before” — seemed to draw an instant reaction from the rest of the audience as the prom queen was in a wheelchair.
“A prom queen crowning moment to remember,” Orozco wrote in the caption that accompanied the awkward clip.
“This would haunt me for the rest of my life if [I] were the DJ,” text overlaid on the video reads.
Check it out below:
Orozco’s video went absolutely viral on the app. It amassed more than 17.7 million views and three million likes. Thousands of people took to the comments section, including the alleged prom queen herself.
“Hey everyone so this is me lol,” a woman who identifies as Sarah Mendenhall wrote. “I found it really funny and ironic. I didn’t know what was playing until way after cause I was tryna dance.”
Orozco replied that they “had a great prom night and a good laugh about it the next day.” In another comment, they referred to Mendenhall as a close friend. “She’s been through sm and always finds the humor in it. Please stop with the hate.”
Others who commented on the clip weighed in on the DJ and their poor song choice.
“I’d quit right then and there man,” someone recommended.
“Im a wedding dj.. ouch,” another wrote. “We can’t know every lyric to every song but d–n.”
“I doubt that was the DJ’s intention. And most likely this song was picked prior to announcing the winner,” someone opined.
“The dj was slipped a $20 to play that by the girl who came in second place,” another TikTok user joked.
“The DJ is gonna be telling this story forever,” yet another added.
A fan took to Twitter to document his experience after Adele borrowed his Pride flag for a concert over the weekend.
The “Hello” superstar took the stage in London for a series of festival performances in Hyde Park. The shows corresponded with Pride, and Adele was apparently looking for a Pride flag to use during her set.
In a heartwarming thread about “the most random night of my life,” Twitter user @DeanWilliam said that the legendary singer’s team spotted him in the audience with a flag wrapped around his shoulders and asked to borrow it.
He originally had a general admission ticket for the show, but he and a friend had their tickets upgraded after he agreed to loan the flag. The pair were enjoying the festival in the luxury of the Diamond VIP section when Adele surprised them with an even more impressive upgrade.
“After two songs the MOST BIZARRE moment of my life happened,” he wrote. “[Adele], in front of 65,000 people asks where Jack and Dean are and calls us over the barrier!” He said that hit-maker “wanted to give us the best seats in the house.”
The duo got to watch up close and personal, and the night continued to get better. Adele performed “When We Were Young” while wrapped in the loaned flag. “I cried,” he wrote about the emotional experience.
“To end the most magical, perfect, mind-blowing pride [Adele] sung Love Is A Game, looked at us directly in the eyes and blew us a kiss,” @DeanWilliam said. “I’ll never forget this night and this pride.”
While the Twitter user didn’t initially have a video of the moment Adele called him and his friend closer to the stage, he said that someone sent one his way. Check out his thread and watch the clip below:
Adele included a photo of herself wrapped in a Pride flag in a series of photos on Instagram after her weekend of performances.
“My heart is absolutely full!! I’ll never forget these shows with you, slap bang in the middle of London, outdoors, during Pride weekend,” she wrote in the accompanying caption. The “Easy On Me” singer thanked her team, fans and everyone involved.
Check out the pics below:
Why Does Everyone Love Adele?
If there’s one fact that can be basically agreed upon, it’s that Adele is universally considered a treasure. The singer is one of the few sure things in the music industry, raking in awards, breaking all kinds of records and establishing herself in a class all her own ever since the release of her debut single, “Hometown Glory,” back in 2008.
Below, we’ve rounded up all the reasons the iconic Adele is so universally adored, from her undeniable voice and talent to her unrivaled sense of humor and unique place in the pantheon of 21st century celebs.
It’s almost like a homecoming whenever Jedward perform in Glasgow. Sure, they’re from Dublin, and still live there, and the vast majority of their work since the start of their career started has been in London; but Glasgow is where it all began, with them first stepping out onto the X Factor stage and John saying, “Glasgow! How you feeling tonight!”
And even though that was a very long time ago – 13 years even – Glasgow certainly took John and Edward to their hearts, and their love was evident last night when they performed at G2 at The Garage, in Sauchiehall Street.
While the set list for the show was much the same as the previous two, there were some distinct Scottish elements, including a rousing all audience rendition of The Proclaimers’ classic, ‘500 Miles’, a snippet of The Bay City Rollers’ hit, ‘Bye Bye Baby’, and a drink of a can of Irn Bru.
Many fans had travelled to Glasgow for last night’s show, quite a lot had attended all three, while some went directly from Manchester, due to not having got tickets for London, or choosing to have a break in between. Still others attended London and Glasgow back to back; but regardless of how many concerts or which the fans attended, they were there, reunited, as if the three long years since they’d seen each other, and of course their faves, John and Edward. While the Jedward fandom is largely social-media based, with their fans making firm friendships with other likeminded people from all over the world, there’s no substitute for meeting in person. Having said that, many of the audience shared their view of the show on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, so those who couldn’t make it would still be able to feel part of the community. Much has been said about Jedward, but for those who *get* them, and *love* them, they become like family, and this extends to the fans too. While the fans all know each other, John and Edward know, or at least try to know, each and every one of them. The Jedward fandom is in essence actually a multitude of different, individual fandoms, with each having their own relationship with the twins, that might be slightly different to everyone else’s, but no less valid.
There’s no greater example of this relationship than their meet and greets that happen before each show. These started last night shortly after 4pm, and were still going at nearly 7. Never once did they slow down, or complain about how many people were there, but instead, they remembered personal points about each person, and chatted, while photos were taken. They gave each person their own experience, and made them feel special. After all, they’ve not seen us for 3 years either!
Special mention must go to the two girls who won tickets to last night’s show courtesy of a competition on Jedward’s TikTok account. The pair were so keen to be in the front row that they stood outside for the 3 hours of the meet and greets, just to be at the barricade. That’s Jedication!
Jedward mentioned that there will be further concerts in November. With their fifth album set for release this autumn, there’s certainly a lot of Jedward content on the horizon, and we can’t wait!