Bluffer’s Guide: How to get by when the music (temporarily) dies

So all the concerts have been cancelled, hey? Yes, when the government announced their ban on public gatherings, musicians around the country had to cancel or postpone tours.

Missy Higgins performing in the forecourt at the Sydney Opera House.Credit:PrudenceUpton

That’s a bummer. It is; not only does it mean we can’t head out and see live shows, it has also left a huge hole in the pockets of the artists, many of whom rely on touring to make a buck. In Australia, the industry has reported more than $300 million of lost income from gigs being cancelled.

So what am I supposed to do with my evenings and weekends now? Apart from reminisce about the rad live music you've seen over your life? The good news is artists gonna art so there’s loads of ways online to catch your favourite artist live(ish) during the lockdown.

Like what? Well, one of my favourite things to do is go down a YouTube rabbit hole and create my own mini concerts. And of one of the best bits is you can skip any songs you don't like. Top picks include Gang of Youths’ super spunky Dave Le’aupepe at Splendour in the Grass on repeat or Christine and the Queens entire Glastonbury set, which I can’t recommend that highly enough.

I want something I haven’t seen before, are there any good ones? Heaps! A particularly great way to kill about 11 hours is the iHeart Living Room Concert. Elton John hosts from his living room and beams into the living rooms of everyone from Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Backstreet Boys to Mariah Carey, H.E.R and Demi Lovato. Alicia Keys even bashes out a rendition of her new single Underdog on her purple piano. Sure some of these aren’t exactly live, but it is a fun show.

So who started this whole gig at home craze? Chris Martin kicked off the Instagram Live gigs, which led to the #TogetherAtHome movement. Since then John Legend, Charlie Puth, Lennon Stella and even our own Guy Sebastian have joined in. You can watch them all by searching #TogetherAtHome on YouTube. The Global Citizen Twitter account is a good source to find what is coming up.

What about here in Australia? Oh, we have plenty, too. The Sydney Opera House is releasing some of its contemporary music shows on YouTube, including Missy Higgins' 2019 Valentine's Day concert, which was brilliant live and nearly as good in the recorded version. They will announce new digital offerings each Tuesday.

The good people behind Isol-Aid Festival are curating weekly Instagram Live line-ups with the kind of acts you might have seen at Bluesfest or Splendour. Jeremy Neale and Didirri were major highlights the first weekend, while today you can catch Sally Seltmann, Ella Hooper and Hockey Dad. Plus the artists are all encouraging people to donate to Support Act to provide much needed mental health and financial support to struggling Aussie artists.

That’s a good point, how else can I support these artists? If you had a ticket to a gig that has been cancelled, hold onto it as a memento and consider it a donation. If their dates have been postponed, jump on and buy your way into the new show. Failing that, get out your credit card and order some merch. Sure it may seem expensive, but that mark-up is going to the artists you love to ensure they can eat and keep making the music you love. Plus, when you wear their T-shirt it will be like they are giving you a big warm hug.

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COVID-19 by the numbers: confirmed coronavirus cases in Victoria

Three deaths, more than 500 cases, millions in lockdown – and this is just the beginning. As the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in Victoria continues to rise, we are presenting state health department data and will walk you through how to understand it. This data tells us where the cases are being recorded within the state, the severity of the infections, how the numbers have been rising and which age groups have so far been the most susceptible to COVID-19.

How many cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Victoria?

As of Thursday, a total of 520 coronavirus cases had been confirmed by the state’s health department.

That means the number of cases in Victoria has more than doubled since Saturday (March 21). The graph above shows the running total of cases this month. The light blue line shows the number of people who have recovered. The dot on the bottom-right of the chart shows the number of people that have died.

The total number of cases has increased by 54 since Wednesday (March 26) – that’s more cases added in single day than the total number of recorded cases in the first two weeks of March.

How is coronavirus spreading in Victoria?

The health department says the overwhelming majority of confirmed cases in Victoria so far have been in overseas travellers (who were infected while out of the country) or people who have been in close personal contact with someone known to be infected.

So far, nine of the confirmed coronavirus cases have been people who had not been overseas or in close contact with someone already known to have the disease, which suggests they picked it up within the community. For 46 cases, the source of the infection is still being investigated.

Who is being diagnosed with coronavirus?

At this stage, 300 males and 216 females have been infected. For another four cases, this information is not yet known. The most common age group for Victoria's confirmed cases is 25-29, with 54 cases (or one in nine) over the past month.

But once we adjust for the state's population distribution, it shows that Victorian men aged in their mid to late 60s have the highest rate of coronavirus infections so far. This graph (below) shows the number of males and females in each age group in Victoria who have been diagnosed with coronavirus:

How many people have died of coronavirus in Victoria?

Three Victorian men aged in their 70s have died from coronavirus. There are still 14 people recovering in hospital, three of whom are in intensive care. The state government expects the number of infections – and with it the number of hospitalisations – to keep rising.

Of the people in intensive care, one is aged in their 30s, the other in their 60s. The age of the third person does not appear to have been released at this stage.

Where have the cases been confirmed in Victoria?

So far the overwhelming majority of cases have been confirmed in the Melbourne metropolitan region. A total of 441 cases have been recorded in Greater Melbourne, while 67 have been recorded elsewhere in Victoria. For the remainder of cases, this information is not yet available.

On Thursday, the health department provided a breakdown of the number of confirmed cases in every Victorian local government area for the first time since the outbreak started. This map shows the areas where cases have been recorded:

If you are having trouble viewing the map, you can also view this data as a table here.

At least one case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in 54 of the state's 79 local government areas.

The City of Melbourne, Melbourne's inner-east, Melbourne's south and the Geelong area have recorded the highest number of cases.

A total of 57 cases have been recorded in Stonnington, 36 on the Mornington Peninsula, 32 in the City of Melbourne, 29 in Boroondara, 26 in Glen Eira and 25 in Port Phillip.

Outside of Melbourne, there have been 21 confirmed cases in Greater Geelong, five in Ballarat and five in Mitchell.

Please keep in mind that this local government area data is based on the place of residence of the person diagnosed and not the number of confirmed cases currently residing in a particular area.

If you have any questions about what the data shows for coronavirus cases in Victoria, please send me an email at We will aim to regularly update the online version of this article with new data as it comes to hand.

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You Might Be Surprised by Quentin Tarantino's Highest-Grossing Movie

Quentin Tarantino’s major film debut was in 1992 with the cult classic Reservoir Dogs, but some fans may not know that the director was writing screenplays as far back as the mid-70s. Tarantino was around 12 when he wrote the script for Captain Peachfuzz and the Anchovy Bandit, and the film follows a pizza parlor-robbing bandit that later teams up with a woman that he falls in love with.

While the movie was never made, Tarantino went on to write and direct hits like Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds. His most recent project, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is currently up for a number of Academy Awards, and the movie has also snagged Best Supporting Actor wins for Brad Pitt at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.

But before his big day, let’s take a look at the director’s bank account—here’s what we know about Quentin Tarantino’s net worth.

Quentin Tarantino’s net worth is $120 million.

Tarantino’s highest-grossing films are Django Unchained, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, and Kill Bill: Volume 1, with Django taking the top spot with almost $450 million in box office earnings worldwide.

There isn’t much known about how much Tarantino earns for his movies, but Celebrity Net Worth reports that he usually takes home a $20 million payday, and he often also gets a percentage of the movie’s profit on the backend. He also earns a little more because he also writes his scripts.

Tarantino usually directs a movie every couple of years, and he’s claimed that his next movie (his tenth), will be his last. However, a number of outlets maintain that the director has actually made way more than 10 movies.

When it comes to award shows, Tarantino has won two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay: one in 1994 for Pulp Fiction and the other for Django in 2012, and he could get a third for Once Upon a Time. And while the director has been nominated for a soundtrack Grammy five times and hasn’t won one yet, there’s no need to worry—Tarantino has also won multiple BAFTAs, Critics’ Choice Awards, and Golden Globes.

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BTS By the Numbers — Is This K-Pop Group Really Bigger Than The Beatles?

It’s hard to compare two boy bands. Although The Beatles proved to be revolutionary for their time, some have even called the K-pop group BTS ‘the next Beatles,’ breaking records for their music videos, the Grammy Awards, and for Korean artists. How is BTS similar to The Beatles and how are the groups different? Here’s a closer look into the history of these two boy bands.

BTS is the first group since The Beatles to have three albums reach Billboard No. 1 in a year

If you’ve seen BTS perform on Stephen Colbert’s show inside the Ed Sullivan Theater, you’ve maybe made the connection between these two boy bands. Although The Beatles was a four-piece band from England, BTS is a boy band from South Korea with seven members — Jin, RM, J-Hope, Suga, V, Jimin, and Jungkook.

Both created loyal fanbases and broke records on the music charts. In fact, BTS became the first band since The Beatles to have three Billboard No 1 albums in one year. BTS also plans to release an album during February 2020, Map of the Soul: 7, which will be an extension of their 2019 release, Map of the Soul: Persona.

BTS and The Beatles score big at award shows

Although award shows are notorious for snubbing boy bands of nominations, The Beatles have 8 wins under their belt, including Album of the Year for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. In the 1970s, the band won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.

BTS debuted about seven years ago, and since then, they’ve won Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards. However, the boy band has yet to earn a Grammy nomination. They’ve reportedly put up songs (“Boy With Luv” and “Lights”) and an album (Map of the Soul: Persona,) for consideration and will most likely attend the award ceremony in 2020.

BTS still made Grammy history in 2019, becoming the first K-pop group to present an award. They also became the first K-pop group to speak at the United Nations, discussing their anti-violence campaign. (Paul McCartney was often an advocate against war and violence, premiering songs like “Imagine” and “Happy Xmas [War is Over.]”)

What makes BTS different from The Beatles?

One of the biggest differences between BTS and The Beatles is the power of social media and the internet. Some even attribute BTS’ success to their connection with their fanbase, or “army.” Members often share pictures and videos on social media, earning thousands, sometimes millions, of likes per post. During one interview with Billboard, the Big Hit Entertainment CEO, Bing Si-Hyuk, touched on why he believes the K-pop group is so successful. 

“The experience of global citizens watching the same performance at the same time has been transformed now to one where we communicate real-time with anyone around the world, in our palms, through various channels,” Bang said (with English provided in real-time from an on-site translator). 

“We exchange the same contents, sensations, and enthusiasm. Through that very same technology, BTS, which came from a small production company here in a country in eastern Asia, has resonated with the world,” he continued. “Global audiences have become fanatical about the music videos where Korean singers sing in Korean language and dance. Globally, the lyrics, dialogues, and messages of BTS are translated and shared worldwide, which has made BTS into The Beatles of the YouTube generation and a hero at the periphery. Conversely, the success of BTS has proved the existence and value of YouTube technology.”

Music by both The Beatles and BTS is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and most major streaming platforms. 

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