Katy Perry – Last Friday Night

Katy Perry – Last Friday Night

Katy Perry - Last Friday Night

Edgy and non-typically including herself in the good girl image, Katy Perry may be one great example of the future musician. Born on October 25, 1984 in a strict Christian family, Perry was later known for her song “Ur So Gay”. Her parents are two devoted pastors who directed their daughter into singing in churches or local restaurants. Perry said that her mother used to ban her from listening to what they call “secular music.” Thus, young Perry was apt in gospel music until one day during a slumber party she heard the voice of Freddie Mercury.

Inspired by the Queen front man’s style of singing, she was metaphorically ‘opened’ to another possible side of music, although it was not until much later that this side of her would come out as her main music style. At the age of 15 she moved from birth town Santa Barbara, Calif. to Nashville to work closely with songwriters. Steve Thomas and Jennifer Knapp of Red Hill Records signed her to the label to release her debut album which was self-titled while she used her name Katy Hudson. The album that contained Christian songs was released in 2001.

At 17, she met Glen Ballard …

who is responsible for the extreme success of Alanis Morissette in the album “Jagged Little Pill“. Citing Morissette as one of her influences, Perry found comfort in working with Ballard who then gave her necessary mentor. In 2004 she became the vocalist of The Matrix production team and recorded some songs with Ballard that made her dubbed “The Next Big Thing” by Blender magazine. Through her sessions with Ballard, Perry was heard by Capitol Music executive, Jason Flom who then agreed to sign her in Spring 2007.

By being in the club, Perry was introduced to a number of renowned musicians such as Greg Wells, Butch Walker, Dr. Luke and Max Martin. In November 2007 she offered free download of the song “Ur So Gay” on her MySpace account. It was an instant hit, but it was the second single “I Kissed a Girl” that propelled her to chart success. The latter song was used in an episode of teen drama series “Gossip Girl“, thus prompting it to climb up the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #2.

Perry constantly added her live experience by scoring the opening act slots for big singers like Mika and The Starting Line. Her full-length …

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Gap Fees Cost Health Fund Members $637m Last Year

Gap Fees Cost Health Fund Members $637m Last Year

Gap Fees Cost Health Fund Members $637m Last Year

Secret information shows the chance of incurring them is twice as high as the government claims.

We can reveal that in Australia’s third largest health fund, HCF, patients who need ear, nose and throat, orthopedic and oral surgery are more likely to face a gap.

And the chances of incurring a gap fee are highest in the ACT, Western Australia and the Northern Territory but health fund members in NSW have an above average chance of being slugged with a charge.

South Australians are least likely to pay gap fees with Victoria and Tasmania having a lower than average proportion of gaps.

News Ltd revealed last year some cancer patients had gap fees of over $30,000 not covered by Medicare or their Health fund and were raiding their superannuation to pay their health bills.

However, official government data from the Private Health Insurance Administration Council indicates only 11. 6 per cent of medical services paid for by health funds have a gap.

PHIAC reported that the average gap fee was $176 in March this year.

But previously secret data provided by health fund HCF shows almost one in four health fund members will face a gap fee when they use a hospital, twice as many as the government claims.

The reason HCF data shows more people face a gap is that when PHIAC counts gap fees it counts individual services such a pathology tests or a surgeon’s fee.

HCF gives a more realistic picture because it tallies up the total gap fees associated with a total hospital episode which includes multiple services.

The true extent of gap payments across the health insurance industry is likely to be even larger because HCF has the lowest proportion of medical services with a gap in the industry.

“Medical gaps are an area of often unexpected costs and are of great concern to our members,” HCF Managing Director Shaun Larkin said.

“Privately insured patients need to ask their doctor if they provide no-gap services and, if not, why they are charging a higher cost,” Mr Larkin said.

Consumer Health Forum chief Carol Bennett said there was a “very strong experience of people having to meet out of pocket costs” when they used their health insurance.

Australia had the fifth highest out of pocket costs for health in the world, she said.

News Source…..www.news.com.au

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