Benee’s Manager Paul McKessar on How Tik Tok is Changing The Music Industry

Auckland pop sensation Benee – aka Stella Bennett – has gone viral on video-sharing platform TikTok twice, but manager Paul McKessar says her success is based on an ‘old-fashioned hit record’.

In 2019, a New Zealand TikToker performed a dance with two friends to Benee’s ‘Glitter’, which spread around the world as others took up the dance challenge.

Now she’s gone viral on the platform again, with her recent track ‘Supalonely’.

Paul described the spread of ‘Supalonely’ on TikTok as an “entirely organic and viral sensation” – but while songs often take off on the platform, it doesn’t necessarily translate to commercial success.

But in the case of ‘Supalonely’, it did.

“Record company people in America have access to data that other folks don’t see and what they could see was that ‘Superlonely’ was not only getting a lot of videos created, but there was this incredible correlation between the TikTok videos being created and people listening on Spotify” he said.

Benee performing at Laneway 2020. Photo: Connor Crawford Photography

He said that aside from paying some people for publishing, no one really makes money off TikTok as they don’t pay any master rights.

“The record company can only look at it as a promotional platform that they just kind of have to roll with. It made some big successes last year and it started a big success for us, but it’s not a guaranteed platform for things to transition from. A lot of TikTok hits exist pretty much purely on TikTok.

However, in the case of Benee and TikTok, the label could see things were going differently.

“Then they did engage with TikTok,” he said. “They did what labels love to do on any platform, which is influence a campaign. They were trying to seed it, but what they weren’t paying for was the massive looks we kept getting, like Jennifer Lopez and supermodel people and the biggest woman on Tiktok doing the dance.”

He described what happened on TikTok as “a big fire for us”.

“TikTok’s either going to be the entirety of what happens for your song, or you look at it as a fire-starter for your song,” he said.

And it certainly was a firestarter for Benee and Paul – while ‘Supalonely’ had once been a viral TikTok hit, it had grown to become massive hit record around the world.

“The Tiktok stuff is kind of back in the past for us, because we didn’t really do anything for Tiktok. But now Stella’s doing interviews from Indonesia to Ireland every night, she’s up at 1am in the morning doing Canadian breakfast TV and stuff,” Paul said.

“It’s kind of turned into a real old-fashioned hit record.”

Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement

Day 9 No New Covid Cases In NZ, Day 43 No New Cases In Southern

There are no new cases of Covid-19 today, and still just one active case, the Health Ministry has confirmed.

COVID-19, Coronavirus, group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, the virus causes respiratory infections. 3D illustration.Photo: 123rf.com
In a statement released this afternoon, the Ministry of Health said there were no new cases for the ninth straight day.

The total number of confirmed cases remains at 1154. The combined total of confirmed and probable cases is 1504.

There have been no further deaths.

After a week of no new cases, the number of active cases dropped to one on Friday.

There were 2111 tests carried out yesterday, and 280,983 have now been processed in total.

The most recent case in the Southern district was reported on 18 April. Since then there have been no new cases in the district, making today the 43rd consecutive day of no new cases in the Southern DHB region.

Source: rnz.co.nz Republished by arrangement.

Watch: SpaceX, NASA landmark launch of two astronauts succeeds

SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two Americans toward orbit from Florida on Saturday in a mission that marks the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from US soil in nine years.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Centre at 3.22pm EDT (7.22am NZT) launching Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a 19-hour ride aboard the company’s newly designed Crew Dragon capsule bound for the International Space Station.

The mission’s first launch try on Wednesday was called off with less than 17 minutes remaining on the countdown clock due to stormy weather around the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The forecast for the reattempt was likewise precarious with a 50-50 chance of launch. Mission managers plan to make an earlier decision on weather hazards in a bid to avoid unnecessarily wearing out the crew with another suit-up and full day of launch preparations.

$250,000 Lotto Win For Southland

Four Lotto players from Auckland (2), Marlborough and Southland will be celebrating after each winning $250,000 with Lotto First Division in tonight’s live Lotto draw.

The winning tickets were sold on MyLotto to players from Auckland, Marlborough and Southland, and at Roscommon Superette in Auckland.

Powerball was not struck this evening and has rolled over to Wednesday night, where the jackpot will be $5 million.

Strike Four was also won tonight by a player from Auckland, who took home $300,000. The winning Strike ticket was sold at New World Papakura in Papakura.

Anyone who bought their ticket from the above winning stores should check their ticket at any Lotto outlet, online at MyLotto.co.nz or through the Lotto NZ App.

With 100% of Lotto NZ profits being returned to over 3,000 good causes each year, every time you play one of Lotto NZ’s games, you’re a Kiwi helping other Kiwis.

At Alert Level 2, all of our retail stores are able to re-open, with extra health and safety measures in place to keep our customers safe.

We’ve also extended the claim period for winning paper tickets that expired during the lockdown, so our lucky players won’t miss out on their prizes.

This applies to Lotto/Powerball, Strike, Keno, Bullseye and Instant Kiwi tickets bought in retail stores, that expired between 26 March 2020 and 13 May 2020. Players have until 4 June 2020 to claim these prizes.

For more information, please visit: https://mylotto.co.nz/covid-19

Day 8 No New Covid Cases In NZ, Day 42 No New Cases In Southern

For eight days in a row, there have been no new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand.

Our total number of confirmed cases remains at 1,154, which is the number we report to the World Health Organization.

Our combined total of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1,504.

The number of recovered cases is unchanged at 1,481. Only one case remains active.

There are no additional deaths to report.

The most recent case in the Southern district was reported on 18 April. Since then there have been no new cases in the district, making today the 42nd consecutive day of no new cases in the Southern DHB region.

There is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for COVID-19.

Yesterday our laboratories completed 3,020 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 278,872.

Funeral Notices – Saturday 30th May

If you would like your lost loved one’s  death / funeral  notice or memoriam listed here, contact your funeral director for more information about this free service.

Your funeral director can also assist with the notice writing process, as well as other helpful services and advice during your time of need.

Funeral Notices is a free community service provided by whatsoninvers.nz and whatsonsouthland.nz

GELL, Ewan Heathcote:
20.11.1938 – 25.05.2020
Loving husband of Jenny for 55 years, brother of Jackie (Auckland), and brother-in-law of Bill and Val (UK). Heartfelt thanks to Belinda and also Phil for enabling Ewan to stay at home, also Marty and Shawna of the Stewart Island Medical Centre, and that special comforting kindness of islanders. Private Funeral. Contact: 22 Deep Bay Road, PO Box 127, Stewart Island.

KILKELLY, Joseph Ross (Jock):
28.3.1947 – 27.5.2020
Dearly loved husband of Lynette, loved father and father-in-law of Tannia, Deborah and Cooney, Brian (Joe) and Tracy, and Stephen and Trudy, dearly loved Grandad of Abby Lee, Payge, Curtis, Alisha, Thomas, Jacob, and Matthew. As per Jock’s wishes a private service has been held. Messages to 19 Mavora Place, Invercargill 9812. avenalpark.co.nz

MURRAY. Judith Leslie (Judy Westbury):
Unexpectedly on Saturday 23 May 2020 at her home in Invercargill. Loved wife of the late Colin. Cherished mother and mother-in-law of Karen and Dean Hall (Dubbo, NSW), and Keri and Grant Yeo (Alexandra). Loved Nana of Kelli and Steve, Damien and Kerry; Sam and Tom, Alice and Jimmy, and dearly loved great grandma. Special Aunty of Donna. Loved sister and sister-in-law of Barry and Norma, the late Russell and Graham. A service to celebrate Judy’s life will be held in J Fraser and Sons Chapel, cnr. Esk and Doon Streets, Invercargill, on Wednesday June 3 at 2pm. Private cremation to follow. Messages to 4 Enterprise Street, Alexandra 9320 or to Judy’s tribute page at
http://frasersfunerals.co.nz/tributes

MURRAY, Donald Fredrick:
Christian Brother. Passed away peacefully at St Joseph’s Home, Little Sisters of the Poor (Auckland) on May 25, 2020. Aged 88. Loved son of (the late) Fredrick and (the late) Margaret Murray (Gore). Brother of (the late) Peter and Ray (Sydney). Brother-in-law of Diane (Wellington) and Patricia (Sydney). Because of current restrictions, the Requiem Mass and burial has been held privately.
May he rest in peace.

STEVENS, Henderson James:
At Windsor Park, Gore, on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Aged 97 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Jean. Much loved father and father-in-law of David and Lynley (Balfour), Peter and Lynette (Balfour), Ian and Lindsay (North Taieri), and Julie (Auckland). A private family service will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 1.30pm. You are welcome to be a part of this service by viewing online at this address http://livestream.com/accounts/ 10730215/events/9150797 Messages to Peter Stevens, 447 Pahiwi Road, RD 6, Gore 9776 or on Henderson’s tribute page
www.fraserfunerals.co.nz/tributes

TOMBS, Phyllis Audrey (Audrey):
Of Teviot Valley Rest Home, Roxburgh. On Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Aged 92 years. Dearly loved wife and best friend of the late Les. Much loved mother and mother-in-law of Barbara (Australia), Bob and Catherine (Canada), Barry and Carol (United States), Alastair and Ngaire (Australia), Stuart (Bill, Balclutha). Cherished Grandma of Emily and Adam (Canada), Anna and Adam (Canada), Jesse and Chelsea (United States) and Sam (Taupo). Loved Great-grandma of Norah, Audrey, Evelyn and Isla (all of Canada) and Mason (Taupo). Due to current travel restrictions a private cremation will be held for Audrey followed by a gathering at a later date to celebrate her life. Special thanks to the staff at Teviot Valley Rest Home and to her many friends. Messages to Alastair Tombs, 13 Bowerbird Place, Mons, Queensland 4556, Australia.

Acknowledgement

ELERS, Charles William (Bill):
Gloria and whanau would like to acknowledge everyone who supported them with the sudden passing and great loss of Bill. Emergency services/staff, Southern Funeral Home whom showed care and compassion especially through the flooding, Evans Funeral Home (Gisborne). Those who gave flowers, cards, heartfelt messages, koha/kai, made a visit or phone calls, travelled throughout NZ and Australia to attend his service in Wairoa or Mataura, many whom spoke a tribute to Bill or were there with their presence, our local community in Mataura, also the wider farming and business community, clubs and committees he was part of, Bill’s farmers, our loving anau and friends who have been by our sides through this sad occasion we really appreciate it very much, to his workers both past and present especially those who “held the fort”…”YES WE DO IT” please accept this as a personal THANK YOU to each and everyone of you.

In Memoriam

JOHNSTON,
Alexander Mullay:
29.12.1927 – 31.05.2019

Remembered with much love, today and always, by his family, and especially missed by Hazel.

Environment Southland Forecasts $3.5 Million Drop in Income

Environment Southland is forecasting a drop in income of around $3.5 million in the coming 2020-21 financial year due to the impact of COVID-19 on tourism and income from investments.

A strong balance sheet and a reduction in expenditure mean the Council is in a good position to weather the shock, but it will be challenging, said Chairman Nicol Horrell.

“The largest impact on the Council’s annual income is an expected drop of $2.8 million in marine fees from cruise ships visiting the Southland region, particularly Fiordland. A further drop in income of $700,000 is due to an expected reduction in the Council’s investment portfolio as a result of the COVID-19 economic downturn,” said Chairman Horrell.

“Unfortunately, the drop in income is expected to result in a budget deficit this coming year, with the potential for ongoing deficits through to 2024. The extent of the deficit, however, and the ability of the Council to return to a balanced budget by 2025 will depend on Council tightly managing its expenditure and leveraging its balance sheet to best effect. Work is well underway to do both and this will be reflected in the detail of the Annual Plan when it’s finalised,” he said.

The Council has a strong balance sheet comprising assets in land and investments and these need to be maintained at a reasonable level to ensure the Council can respond to future emergencies like the floods in the Waiau catchment in December 2019 and the Mataura catchment in February 2020. Both flood events saw the Council needing to draw on $2 million of its investment-based reserves to meet the immediate costs of the flood response and subsequent river engineering works not covered by insurance.

The Council is working through its medium-term financial approach to ensure it can continue to effectively manage the region’s natural resources, in particular freshwater, and build on the community’s resilience to natural disasters, including maintaining our flood protection network.

“Being mindful that many Southlanders will be affected by the impacts of COVID-19, we are working hard to keep expenditure down while also ensuring we can deliver our work programmes effectively,” said Chairman Horrell.

The Council aims to adopt its annual plan and associated budget on 30 June.

New Private Enterprise for Koha Kai

Koha Kai is on the move and one step closer to becoming self-sustainable after a joint venture with the Ministry of Education.

Next week the multi award-winning charitable trust will be setting up its commercial kitchen Koha Kai Ltd at Elmwood Gardens.

Founder Janice Lee said the joint venture was part of the nationwide ‘Free and Healthy School Lunches’ initiative, and would provide many of her students with employment.

“Because this a commercial enterprise, we have the capacity to provide an opportunity for many of the students that have come through our training programme to transition into the real world.”

Koha Kai was accredited to provide teaching and training to students with disabilities, who have already been helping to feed young mouths with $2 school lunches, since its inception in 2015.

That initiative would still remain, but the new one was completely Government funded, meaning Koha Kai Ltd could concentrate on making a profit, rather than relying on its many community grants.

Janice said there was still some level of resistance in the community to employing people with disabilities, and this was one way of overcoming that.

“So we have invested in them…if the rest of the community needs to catch up then that’s fine, but we need to provide for them.”

More than 1700 children have been involved in the $2 school lunches in Southland, and that would now increase with the Ministry of Education onboard.

Koha Kai received its main funding from Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency – Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu, the Invercargill Licensing Trust, the Ministry of Maori Development (Te Puni Kokiri) and Community Trust South.

Janice said the new premises featured a “fabulous” new kitchen and they had worked in collaboration with the ILT for a favourable lease agreement. “We are really good at operating on a shoestring but we know it will be successful,” she said.

Photo: Anne-Marie Bone, Administrator, Angee Shand, ILT Marketing Manager, Samantha Lee, Hospitality Programme Coordinator, AmberJade Brass, Commercial Enterprise Coordinator. Janice Lee CEO. Photo: whatsoniinvers.nz

Funeral Notices – Friday 29th May

If you would like your lost loved one’s  death / funeral  notice or memoriam listed here, contact your funeral director for more information about this free service.

Your funeral director can also assist with the notice writing process, as well as other helpful services and advice during your time of need.

Funeral Notices is a free community service provided by whatsoninvers.nz and whatsonsouthland.nz

KILKELLY, Joseph Ross (Jock):
28.3.1947 – 27.5.2020
Dearly loved husband of Lynette, loved father and father-in-law of Tannia, Deborah and Cooney, Brian (Joe) and Tracy, and Stephen and Trudy, dearly loved Grandad of Abby Lee, Payge, Curtis, Alisha, Thomas, Jacob, and Matthew. As per Jock’s wishes a private service has been held. Messages to 19 Mavora Place, Invercargill 9812. avenalpark.co.nz

KILKELLY, Joseph Ross (Jock):
Loved son of Mary* and Jock*, loved brother and brother-in-law of Valda, Allan, Norma and Peter*, Barney*, Delia and Brian, Glenda and Lionel, Mary, and Paddy* and  Janet, and loved brother-in-law of Karen and David, and Lorraine.  Loved uncle of his many nieces and nephews. avenalpark.co.nz

TAIT, Sydney JOHN:
Aged 83 years. Peacefully passed away at Clare House on Tuesday, 26th May 2020. Dearly loved husband of Eunice*, loved father and father-in-law of Lesley and Dave, Paul and Mandy, Stephen and Sheree, Andrew and Rose. Loved brother and brother-in-law of Davina and Jack Prattley, Ngaire*
and Russell* Gibson, Alison and David Pollock, Ian and Trish Hardy. Loved grandfather of Nick and Kelsey, Ben, Robbie, William, Aimee, Becky, and Matthew. Please note Covid 19 restrictions apply. A service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday 30 May at the Avenal Park Funeral Home Chapel, 75 Fox St, Invercargill to celebrate John’s life. You are welcome to be a part of this service by viewing online at this address. In lieu of flowers, donations to Stroke Foundation NZ would be appreciated and may be left at the service or at https://www.stroke.org.nz/how-donate. The family would like to especially thank the staff of Clare House for all their wonderful care and kindness.
avenalpark.co.nz

Watch: ICC Extraordinary Meeting 28th May

Extraordinary Meeting of the Invercargill City Council to be held in the Victoria Room, Civic Theatre on Thursday 28 May at 3.00 pm.

Note: Sound isn’t the loudest in parts

Read more here about the meeting

https://bit.ly/2XGh569