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Hello, I am DjPault. This blog is dedicated to Olivia Newton-John. I have been hopelessly devoted to Olivia ever since my aunt took me to see "Grease" in 1978 when I was eight years old. On this blog you'll find rare pictures, the latest news and more. I also run an 80's remix blog called Burning The Ground so come visit me there too.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Pink and Blue for Two at Busch Gardens












On October 27th, 2010, the "Pink and Blue for Two" cancer awareness campaign will throw its second event at the famed Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa Bay, FL.

The goals of the "PB42" events are to raise awareness and funds for both breast and prostate cancer research, and to link the striking similarities between the two cancers.
  

Through these events, we will be urging all couples to help remind one another to visit their Dr.’s for screening of both types of cancers…"Screen Together. LIVE Together."

Hosted by Olivia Newton-John and Moffitt Cancer Center founder, H. Lee Moffitt, "PB42" events are star-studded affairs, which attract local, national and international media attention. With live musical performances, speaking engagements and silent and live auctions, "PB42" events offer a multitude of branding opportunities for its partners. For tickets and information pleas visit: pinkandbluefortwo.com


Sunday, September 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Olivia Newton-John



From "Grease" to "Glee" Icon Olivia Newton-John turns 62 today can you believe it? Olivia you are Totally Hot!

Photo Courtesy: Michelle Day

Pat Carroll and Olivia Newton-John, ABC Studio, November 1966Olivia Newton John was Born in Cambridge, England in 1948, she was the youngest child of a Professor named Brin Newton-John and her German born mother Irene daughter of Nobel Prize winning physicist Max Born. Despite the academic background Olivia only had an interest for music and singing.

At the age of 5 years old Olivia moved to Melbourne, Australia with her family. When she was 15 she started an all-girl group called Sol Four. Later that year she entered a poplular talent quest tv show called "Sing, Sing, Sing" hosted by Johnny O'Keefe, winning this contest she earned herself a trip to London. By 1963, Olivia Newton John was appearing on the local daytime TV shows and weekly pop programs in Australia.

Olivia met her lifelong friends, Melbourne born Pat Carroll and John Farrar on the "Go Show". The following year she went to London, where she was joined by her friend Pat (who later married John Farrar). They toured Europe as a duo act, they Olivia Newton-John and Pat Carroll return from Britain, Essendon Airport, February 1968 appeared on BBC television and the cabaret circuit and played in nightclubs and American service bases until Pat's visa ran out so she had to return to Australia. Breaking the duo up and leaving Olivia to make her first single with Decca Records in 1966, a version of Jackie DeShannon's "Till You Say You'll Be Mine." In 1971, Bruce Welch of The Shadows co-produced her cover of Bob Dylan's "If Not For You," with her Australian friend, producer/songwriter, John Farrar, who she continues to collaborate with today.

"Let Me Be There" her debut U.S album in 1973 on MCA Records produced her first top ten single of the same name, Tthe Academy Of Country Music honored Oliva as the Most Promising Female Vocalist and a Grammy Award as Best Country Vocalist.

Just before she moved to the United States to build upon her burgeoning success there, Olivia represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. The number she sang, which was selected by a poll of TV viewers, was a terrible song called "Long Live Love", and together with a long flowing baby-blue dress, turned out to be a disaster. Olivia was up against stiff competition, as ABBA stole the show with a barnstorming performance of their song "Waterloo", which launched their international career. Olivia came in a distant fourth.

Olivia left England for America in 1975 to promote her next album "Have You Never Been Mellow". The title song charted at #1 and her next single from the album, "Please Mr Please", reached #3. This was the start of a long list of hits which continued throughout the 70s. Olivia became a regular on the TV show "Midnight Special", and in 1976 she had her own TV special on ABC called "A Very Special Olivia Newton -John".

Soft ballads were Olivia's strong suit, and she rattled off a string of albums, including, "Clearly Love", "Come On Over", "Don't Stop Believin", and "Making A Good Thing Better". She toured Japan in 1976 and a concert was recorded as a live album titled "Love Performance".

This proved to be only the beginning of a very exciting career. Her countless successes include three more Grammys, numerous Country Music Awards, American Music Awards and Peoples Choice Awards, five #1 hits including “Physical,” which topped the charts for ten consecutive weeks, and 15 top 10 singles. In 1978, her co-starring role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted Olivia into super-stardom. This film led to the production Role with John Travolta in “Grease” catapulted Olivia into super-stardomof the most successful movie musical soundtrack in history, featuring the duets "You're The One That I Want" and "Summer Nights," with Travolta, as well as her mega-hit, "Hopelessly Devoted To You." The film was re-released worldwide in 1998 in celebration of it's 20th anniversary to even more acclaim, a true testament to it's timeless quality. Her other film credits include "Xanadu," "Two Of A Kind," "It's My Party,” and recently the independent feature, “Sordid Lives.” She followed that success, by co-starring with her daughter, Chloe, in the Showtime movie, “The Wilde Girls.” Clearly following in her mother's footsteps, Chloe has performed on stage with Olivia during her last two tours.

Olivia's public appeal has proved to be equally timeless. Her career has spanned more than three decades and she is still a vibrant, creative individual that is adored by fans across the world. Throughout her career, the much-loved star, who danced with Gene Kelly in “Xanadu,” hosted the popular internationally syndicated “Wild Life” television show, was bestowed an O.B.E. (Order Of The British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth in 1979, has held many humanitarian causes close to her heart, particularly since the birth of her daughter Chloe in 1986. She served as Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme and in 1991, the Colette Chuda Environmental Fund/CHEC (Children's Health Environ-mental Coalition) was founded after the tragic death of Chloe's best friend from a rare childhood cancer, with Olivia serving as National Spokesperson for ten years. Her steadfast devotion and shared commitment to CHEC's mission and goals enabled the organization to receive worldwide attention and support.

Her charmed life has not been without it's share of upset. In the 90's, Olivia successfully overcame her own battle with breast cancer, which inspired her self-penned and produced album, “GAIA,” her most personal album reflecting upon her experiences with cancer. She used these experiences to gain greater self-awareness and became a positive inspiration to millions of people battling cancer. As a breast cancer survivor, Olivia has become increasingly well known and respected for talking openly about her battle with breast cancer and for promoting public awareness of the importance of early detection. Her personal victory against cancer led her to announce her partnership with the Austin & Repatriation Medical Centre and the creation of the “Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre” (ONJCC) on the Austin Campus in her hometown, Melbourne, Australia. The ONJCC will provide a comprehensive range of services and facilities for cancer treatment, education, training and research. Olivia continues to give back to the community generously and has been acknowledged many times by charitable and environmental organizations for her ongoing efforts, among them: the American Red Cross, the Environmental Media Association, the Women's Guild of Cedar's Sinai Medical Center, the Rainforest Alliance and Concept Cure.

Her album - Back With A HeartIn 1999, with the release of her album, "Back With A Heart," Olivia garnered an Emmy Award for her songwriting and returned to work as a performer touring extensively in the United States for the first time in seventeen years. In the new millennium, her international recognition has continued to grow. She was invited by the Vatican on behalf of Pope John Paul II to perform at the Jubilee Celebration for the Sick and Healthcare Workers. Olivia was thrilled to sing the duet, “Dare to Dream” with fellow Australian John Farnham at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics to an estimated global viewing audience of four billion people. Adding to this Olympic experience is what Olivia feels is one of her most memorable moments - the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch and then passing it to tennis legend, Pat Rafter, on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, during the Olympic Torch Relay.

In 2000/2001, Olivia released her only live album, "One Woman's Live Journey," followed by “Magic - The Very Best of Olivia Newton-John,” which celebrated thirty years of recording. And if that wasn't enough, she also released her first holiday album, “The Christmas Collection.” In 2002, Olivia was inducted into the prestigious Australian Music Hall Of Fame at the 16th Annual Aria Awards. Her passion for Australia was proven once again when Olivia recently reunited with friend and business partner Pat Farrar to launch their distinctly Australian wines under the iconic homegrown brand Koala Blue, to proudly bring the “taste of Australia” to the rest of the world. Her current cd, simply titled, “2,” was recorded in 2002 in Australia and features a host of talented Ozzies along with a couple of her american friends (honorary Ozzies!) and is quickly garnering international acclaim. With her current international tour, ongoing projects and philanthropic endeavors, Olivia's worldwide popularity is as strong as ever!




Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Grace And Gratitude Renewed" Debuts on Billboard!



"Grace and Gratitude Renewed"
debuts!#2 on Billboard New Age Chart

















After a ride on the Billboard Hot 100 back in May with the revamped version of "Physical" from "GLEE" which peaked at #89 on the Billboard digital downloads chart.Olivia Newton-John now sees her album "Grace and Gratitude Renewed" debut at #2 on the Billboard New Age album chart.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"Grace and Gratitude Renewed" In stores now!



























From Olivia: "Grace and Gratitude" was written at a time in my life when I needed some personal healing. I have always turned to music, meditation and prayer to guide me. I believe that healing starts with an attitude of gratitude, and even in my darkest hours I tried to remember all that I have to be grateful for."

In these past four years the universe heard me and has restored joy, health and love into my life. I awoke to the love of my life, my husband John Easterling, and my seven year journey to launch the ONJ Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia has finally come to fruition.

I have been very touched by the response to the words and music of "Grace and Gratitude" and have had the privilege of sharing it in concert with many of you since its first release. I am so excited that my new friends at Green Hill and EMI are going to make this music available everywhere.

With "Grace and Gratitude Renewed", I want to bring some of the happy energy I have been blessed with these past few years, to this revisited collection. I have resung several of the songs, and invited a few dear friends to sing with me. My producer, co-writer and dear friend Amy Sky and I were inspired to write a new song, "Help Me To Heal" - I love it and hope you do too!

Yours in love and light,

Olivia

"Grace and Gratitude Renewed" features:

• New tracks - "Help Me To Heal" and "Todah" - featuring Best New Age Grammy Award Winner David Darling
• Newly recorded vocals by Olivia on several tracks
• New duet version of "To Be Wanted" with Mark Masri
• New duet version of "I Will LIft Up My Eyes" with Amy Sky
• New instrumentation and harmonies on several tracks
• Completely new packaging and photos

New vocals recorded in 2010 at Echo Beach Studios FL and Kick Audio Toronto.

*Buy the CD "Grace And Gratitude Renewed" From:
Green Hill Music
Barnes & Noble
Amazon

Best Buy
CD Universe
or your local CD retailer.

Tracklisting:

1. Shekhinah (Interlude)
2. Pearls On A Chain
3. Yesod (Interlude)
4. To Be Wanted / Mark Masri
5. Hod (Interlude)
6. Learn To Love Yourself
7. Nezah (Interlude)
8. Grace And Gratitude
9. Tiferet (Interlude)
10. Love Is Letting Go Of Fear
11. Hesed Gevurah (Interlude)
12. Gate Gate
13. Tala'al Badru 'Alayna (Interlude)
14. Let Go Let God
15. Binah (Interlude)
16. I Will Lift Up My Eyes / Amy Sky
17. Hochman (Interlude)
18. The Power Of Now Keter (Interlude)
19. Instrument of Peace / Marc Jordan

About The Album

Olivia Newton-John's Grace and Gratitude is inspired by her belief that music has the power to heal by calming our minds, lifting our spirits, and connecting to our hearts. Named for Olivia's appreciation for the gift of life, Grace and Gratitude contains more than 20 tracks intended for relaxation and healing. As an 18-year breast cancer "thriver," Olivia has learned the importance of physical and emotional health, and especially the power of music. Research has shown that music can lower stress hormones, slow down brain waves, and actually boost the body's own healing process.

Co-written by the album's producer, Amy Sky, the lyrics acknowledge a variety of belief systems, including Tibetan chants, prayers from Judaism and Islam, and a poem from St. Francis of Assisi. Together, Olivia and Amy took the chakras of the body as the basis for each song on the CD. Each chakra is connected to a sacred truth that reflects your pshycological, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Olivia Newton-John: Olivia's Box - 40th Anniversary Collectors Edition








2010 Japanese exclusive strictly limited edition ELEVEN-disc set, comprised of 10 digitally remastered SHM-CD (Super High Material) CD - playable on all CD players. The box set also includes a bonus Region 2 NTSC DVD featuring rare footage from the 70s and 80s; each CD is presented in a mini LP-style card sleeve each CD includes rare bonus tracks, with the set housed in a beautiful individually numbered box with extensive booklet and a personal message from Olivia herself!

Albums included:
  • Long Live Love
  • Have You Never Been Mellow
  • Clearly Love
  • Come On Over
  • Don't Stop Believin'
  • Making A Good Thing Better
  • Totally Hot
  • Physical
  • Soul Kiss
  • The Rumour
  • Grease (OST)
+ bonus DVD featuring rare footage

Release Date: October 12, 2010 (Date Subject To Change)
Format: SHM CD
Record Label: Universal
Catalogue No: UICY-91519
Country: Japan

The SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing, SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.


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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Olivia Newton-John Attends Toronto Film Festival Press Confrence



















Olivia Newton John attends the press conference for "Score: A Hockey Musical" at the 35th Toronto Film Festival. The film opens October 22nd.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Olivia Newton-John heading to Japan for concerts





Monday 6th September, 06:00 AM JST


TOKYO —

Four-time Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, 61, will kick off a four-city commemorative tour of Japan with a performance at Tokyo’s Orchard Hall on Nov 25. It will be Newton-John’s fifth visit to Japan and her first in 4 1/2 years.

Newton-John sings a wide variety of musical styles from rock, pop and folk to country. Promoters say she promises to dazzle fans with renditions of her classic songs like “Physical,” “Magic” and “Have You Never Been Mellow.”

Her visit to Japan comes in the run-up to the Oct 13 release of a 2-disc compilation album titled “Olivia Newton-John 40/40 - The Best Selection.” The 40 tracks on the album were voted for by Japanese fans.


Article from: Japan Today

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Jon Secada and Friends with special guest Olivia Newton-John



Secada and Friends
with special guest Olivia Newton-John
November 4, 2010



Two time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada will be bringing back the glamour and nostalgia of the city’s once popular live music venues whenSecada’s at Magic City Casino opens November 2010. Located at 450 NW 37 Avenue, on the second floor mezzanine of the Magic City Casino - home to Miami’s first slot machines - this intimate new bar and lounge overlooks a new open-air concert stage that will feature live performances and themed events.

The venue is in tune with the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s affinity for music and the entertainment arts, and his passion for Miami. In fact, Secada and Friends, with very special guest Olivia Newton-John, is the first concert scheduled for the upcoming series at the new state of the art Magic City Amphitheatre launching in tandem with the opening of Secada’s onThursday, November 4, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

Seating 160 guests, Secada’s will offer an ideal setting for meeting friends for cocktails and innovative bar bites, while enjoying great entertainment, ranging from dance-offs, Carnaval nights, and live DJ music. Secada’s will also bring back the intimacy of a live music venue to Miami, where guests will enjoy impromptu evenings hosted by Secada as well as performances by local musicians and emerging acts.

The opening of Secada’s at Magic City Casino will be another career highlight for this internationally recognized Latin crossover singer-songwriter and actor who starred in Broadway hit musicals including Grease and Sam Mendes’ critically acclaimed version of Cabaret. In fact, Secada’s career is currently booming. He recently announced his participation on Univision’s first season of its dance competition show, Mira Quién Baila (Look Who’s Dancing), the Spanish equivalent of “Dancing with The Stars,” premiering nationwide on September 12, 2010. In addition, Secada is currently in the studio recording his upcoming Spanish pop album.





















Over the years, Jon Secada has amassed a career sales total of more than 20 million albums worldwide. He is an international superstar recognized for hits such as “Just Another Day,” “Angel,” and “I’m Free,” and who has helped compose music hits for Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, and Jennifer Lopez, among others. He has also performed with opera legend Luciano Pavarotti and recorded a duet with the late Frank Sinatra.


Secada’s at Magic City Casino, slated to open Thursday, November 4, 2010, is located on the second floor mezzanine at 450 NW 37th Avenue in Miami. Telephone: (305) 649-3000; www.magiccitycasino.com. For more about Jon’s music, concert tours, Secada’s at Magic City Casino, and Mira Quién Baila, visit www.JonSecada.com