Singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather was among the Australian residents evacuated as fires swept through the state of Victoria over the weekend (08-09Feb14). Firefighters Down Under have been battling numerous wild fires amid soaring summer temperatures, and Merriweather was caught up in the chaos on Sunday (09Feb14).
The Change singer took to his Twitter.com page to tell fans he had been evacuated along with other residents of Melbourne suburb Warrandyte, which has been devastated by a series of blazes.
Merriweather wrote, "Just got evacuated" before uploading a picture of the neighbourhood blaze, adding, "The Warrandyte fire in full effect... Be safe people!"
The current outbreak of fires has been described as Australia's most serious since 2009's Black Saturday bush fires, which killed 173 people.
Australian pop star Daniel Merriweather is celebrating nine months of sobriety by giving up meat. The Change singer checked into a rehab clinic to sober up in the aftermath of a nasty car crash last December (12) which led to a drink-driving conviction earlier this year (13).
He is now nine months sober, and has decided to change his diet to mark the milestone.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "Today I am 9 months sober... To commemorate my sobriety I am going to quit eating mammals. Sober life."
A bodyguard who has provided protection to Rihanna, Jay Z and Beyonce has died after a showdown with cops in Florida, according to U.S. reports. Norman Oosterbroek was Tasered by police on Monday (02Sep13) after officers responding to an emergency call found him naked and fighting with home owner Markus Jung.
Police saw the 43 year old swallow an unknown substance during the altercation and shot him with the stun gun when he allegedly became aggressive.
Oosterbroek was admitted to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
Miami-Dade Police spokesperson Det. Javier Baez says, "It's possible that he may have been under some type of a narcotics. Again, he was observed swallowing, ingesting some kind of substance."
According to the Miami Herald, Oosterbroek began his career guarding former South African President Nelson Mandela, and had in recent years worked for stars including Rihanna, Jay Z, Beyonce and Lady Gaga.
Singer Daniel Merriweather has taken to Twitter.com to pay tribute, writing, "R.I.P Norman Oosterbroek... He was always super friendly, a gentle giant, when he was around everything ran smoothly."
Australian singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather has thrown his support behind a campaign to stop bosses at fast food giant McDonald's opening a super-sized restaurant close to a local school. The Change hitmaker, who grew up in an area close to Melbourne, has joined local residents of Tecoma in their battle to stop a giant McDonald's eaterie from opening in their neighbourhood.
A petition has been launched to oppose the restaurant's planned location next to a school, and Merriweather has urged his fans to add their signatures.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Help my home town by signing this petition... Let's tell this multinational corporation to burger (sic) off."
A statement posted alongside the petition on Change.org reads, "McDonald's plans to build a huge 24/7 store and drive-through in our town... demolishing local iconic buildings on the site and ensuring it goes directly opposite the kindergarten and school... Every day, kids as young as five years old would need to walk past a giant advertisement for junk food just to go to school... Our community doesn't want that. The plan is opposed by 90 per cent of residents...
"If McDonald's win this fight, it'll break our hearts."
"I had the same thing happen to me some years back... I hope Frank has a speedy recovery... Nothing worse for a singer!" Singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather reaches out to Frank Ocean after hearing the star has cancelled his Australian tour as he recovers from a vocal cord tear.
Celine Dion has reportedly changed the name of her new album just weeks after becoming embroiled in a public dispute with singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather over the title track. Dion has recorded a cover version of Merriweather's collaboration with Adele, Water And a Flame, and she also named her upcoming album after the song.
However, she faced a backlash from Merriweather, who claimed the Canadian star had failed to credit him for writing the track. In a series of posts on his Facebook.com page, he wrote, "This song has every ounce of my heartache and pain in it and she pretends as if she wrote it herself... She should've just done her homework before she decided to cover my song... name her album after it... and then publicly imply credit to the featured act on the song (Adele)."
The criticism was branded "hurtful" and "unfair" by Dion's representatives, and it has now emerged she has changed the title of her album.
Water And a Flame will be renamed Loved Me Back to Life after a song on the album written by Australian star Sia, according to Le Journal de Quebec.
Dion's husband/manager Rene Angelil tells the publication, "This is a song that came towards the end (of the recording process), while we were in Las Vegas (for Dion's residency). It was written by an artist called Sia, who has written for Rihanna. She loves Celine... It will be a big hit."
The album will be released in October (13).
Singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather has taken another swipe at Celine Dion in an ongoing row over her cover of his song Water And A Flame, accusing the superstar of only choosing the track because of its links to Adele. The Australian musician has criticised Dion for covering his track and using the title for her new album without publicly acknowledging his contribution, prompting the My Heart Will Go On hitmaker to issue a stinging response through her managers, calling Merriweather's comments "unfair" and "hurtful".
Merriweather has now stepped up the dispute by insisting Dion deliberately chose the track because of its links to British star Adele, who contributed vocals to his version of the song.
In a post on his Facebook.com page, he writes, "In hindsight, I was wrong to say that Celine 'stole' my song, from a songwriting point of view this is not the case at all... It turns out that she didn't realise that Water and a Flame was my song from my album Love & War, instead she thought it was an Adele song.
"She should've just done her homework before she decided to cover my song... name her album after it... and then publicly imply credit to the featured act on the song (Adele). I get that Adele is a major artist and that the association helps her sell albums, but Adele is my friend; and she guested on my song, simple and plain, and that should've been acknowledged before Celine decided to rewrite history."
Celine Dion's managers have spoken out to defend the superstar against the "hurtful" criticism from singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather, who accused her of failing to publicly credit him after covering one of his tracks. Dion debuted the new song Water and a Flame, the title track of her next album, on U.S. TV talk show Katie in April (13), but failed to acknowledge the track as a new rendition of the Australian star's 2009 duet with Grammy winner Adele.
Merriweather published an online rant accusing Dion of trying to "pass the lyrics off as her own" and criticising the singer for not giving him any recognition, but now Dion's management team has defended her actions.
A statement posted on Dion's official website insists she never claimed Merriweather's lyrics were her own during the TV interview.
The message reads, "Celine certainly doesn't claim in any way whatsoever that she wrote the song... While we can understand Daniel's disappointment by not having his name mentioned during Katie Couric's interview, it's rather unfair to Celine to be on the receiving end of the many disparaging comments that have now become public.
"Throughout Celine's 32 year career she has always been very vocal about sharing the credit for her successes. She has been very vocal about the fact that she does not write her own songs... and that she is fortunate to have wonderful and talented writers to provide these gifts to her. For her to be accused of 'stealing' a song is not only grossly inaccurate, but also very hurtful...
"She loves Daniel Merriweather and (co-writer) Eg White's song so much, and would never want to do any harm to them... nor take away anything from them... in fact, the opposite would be true. We hope this clears up any misconceptions regarding Celine's intentions."
Singer/songwriter Daniel Merriweather has criticised Celine Dion for covering his song Water And A Flame and failing to publicly credit him. Dion unveiled her new song Water and a Flame, the title track of her next album, on U.S. talk show Katie in April (13), but did not acknowledge it is a new rendition of the Australian star's 2009 duet with Grammy winner Adele.
Merriweather has posted a link to Dion's TV interview on his Facebook.com page and criticised the Canadian star for not giving him any recognition.
He writes, "It is astounding that Celine Dion tries to pass off lyrics that I wrote as her own... Now, if I had written the song for her, it wouldn't bother me so much, but Water and a Flame is a very personal song that I wrote right after a break up I was going through and is one of my personal favorite (sic) songs on my album Love & War... This song has every ounce of my heartache and pain in it and she pretends as if she wrote it herself."
Merriweather admits he is glad the superstar recorded his song, but he urges Dion to remember the personal connection songwriters have to their work.
He adds, "Don't get me wrong, I am genuinely flattered that anyone would want to cover one of my songs, but there is an age old etiquette amongst artists that one gives credit where credit is due... Thank you Celine Dion for singing my song, but if you had seen even half of what I have seen in my life time you wouldn't be able to get out of bed in the morning let alone sing, so just be mindful of the fact that songs are a connection to the ether, and an insight to our inner most thoughts and feelings and for some of us it may be all we will ever have."