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This weekend marked the Material Girl’s 56th birthday, and without a doubt she will be celebrating with a bang! Madonna still knows how to make headlines—from the release of her album MDNA to her controversial world tour that made headlines, especially her concert in St. Petersburg. After a few decades, Madonna continues to be one the world’s biggest entertainers and one of the most well-known LGBT icons—and she has the track record to prove it. She opened the doors for many present-day pop sensations such as Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and more.
Some of our favorite videos after the jump …
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The long-awaited collaborative jazz album from Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, will be released on Streamline/Columbia/Interscope Records on Tuesday, September 23. The first taste of this new music is the classic Cole Porter song, “Anything Goes”, available on iTunes (iTunes.com/CheekToCheek) and other digital retailers. An accompanying studio video featuring “Anything Goes” and footage from the recording sessions and moments during the making of Cheek to Cheek is currently available on YouTube and VEVO.
Watch video after the jump…
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Country music legend Dolly Parton has revealed that she hopes to one day soon release “several songs that are very positive towards the gay community.” The Tennessee native says: “I would like to do a dance record…I have a song called ‘Just a Wee Bit Gay.’ It’s a great little dance tune—it’s funny and it’s got a lot of comic in it. I do write a lot of songs along those lines with people that are different and are just themselves.”
Do you think the 68-year-old has what it takes to pull it off?
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Could there be a more appropriate name for a band before this three-day weekend? This Brooklyn- and Philly-based band comprising Kenny Vasoli (lead singer/bass), Matthew Young (vibraphone/backing vocals), Ryan Zimmaro (drums), Michael Mullin (keyboards/backing vocals), and Greg Altman (guitar/backing vocals) has a melodic sound that’s one-part beaches of Hawaii and one part urban beat. Their infectious sound isn’t going unnoticed. Their latest single off their first LP has topped the Indie charts in the US.
Check them out after the jump…
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“One of the best things Orange is the New Black has given me is straight boys,” says Lea DeLaria, who plays butch Big Boo on the hit Netflix series. “I spent many years having teenage boys spit in my face and call me a fat dyke, so its pretty amazing to have young guys coming up and wanting to have their picture taken with me, saying saying ‘I love you, my girlfriend loves you.’”
“It doesn’t matter to them that I’m a fat old dyke. Big Boo is funny. And funny is sexy.”
“When I started doing stand-up at San Francisco comedy clubs in 1982,”says DeLaria, who swings back through town for a Pride Eve cabaret performance at Feinstein’s at the Nikko tomorrow night. “Back then, I would spend a third of my time on stage dealing with straight guys heckling me.”
“The world has changed, and honestly, without wanting to sound like I’m patting myself on the back, I consider myself a person who helped effect that change.”
Read the rest of this great interview over at The Broadway Blog.
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It’s cliché, but we can honestly say that Boy George is a person who needs no introduction. Given, the pop music icon behind hits like “Karma Chameleon,” the autobiography Take it Like a Man and the Broadway musical Taboo is looking quite different these days—bearded, lean, and fit from a largely vegetarian diet and running, he’s a man more than Culture Club’s boy. While it’s his first solo album in 18 years, This is What I Do, entails a sophisticated, contemporary effort which George’s matured, mellifluous voice is front and center.
Back on the road touring his album and, during breaks, recording with a reunited Culture Club as of January 2014, George balances a parallel career as club DJ, he maintains a Twitter account (@BoyGeorge), a monthly free podcast (Culture Club Radio), a dance music project titled RetroPhobia, and travels all over the world, including a stop in the VIP Lounge.
How do you look at social networking on Twitter and other websites and apps? You have a pretty active Twitter account.
These days I don’t argue with people anymore. If someone writes something nasty or homophobic, I block them. Actually, I am surprised how nice people are. They want to say happy birthday and wish me luck. And I follow everyone. I think it’s really odd when someone says they follow no one. That’s missing the point of social networking. I follow everyone! To me it’s the whole point! Why protect your tweets? Don’t be on there then.
Keep reading our interview with Boy George over at Passport Magazine.
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Rita Ora’s successful debut album Ora, helped her gain major fame in the UK thanks to hits like “R.I.P.” and “How We Do (Party),” but Rita’s finding success across to the pond is due in part to the Calvin Harris–produced “I Will Never Let You Down” track that’s setting a dance-all-night tone for her sophomore album, I Ain’t Perfect. Ora, who is a supporter of gay rights (she performed at Capitol Pride), also gained a wider audience thanks to her compilation with Iggy Azalea whose history-making album continues to remain on the top of the charts.
Check out some videos after the jump…
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Chart-topping Ariana Grande won’t be the only news-making member of the family after her openly gay YouTube-star half-brother Frankie signed up for the next installment of the long-running reality show Big Brother. “I’ve always said I was funny and I should have my own reality show,” the 31-year-old told PEOPLE. “And then I thought, ‘Maybe I should be on somebody else’s show!’ ”
Frankie is already a celebrity in his own right, with 185,000 YouTube subscribers and has nearly 10 million views. But he doesn’t want his fellow contestants to know. “I don’t want people knowing I have an online following because it will put an unnecessary target on my back…If there is an America’s Vote or America’s Player, they might assume that I will win it.”
New season starts June 25.
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They’re fresh off a chart-topping hit in the UK. Clean Bandit, a British dance group for Cambridge, dropped their debut album early this month. It’s old-meets-new on the LP, which is fittingly titled: New Eyes. The record showcases the group’s distinctive fusion of dance, electro, house, classical, and pop; it’s full of reminders as to why the group was able to rise to prominence in their home country.
It remains to be seen whether Clean Bandit will end up a one hit wonder, but recent output from the group seems to indicate some staying power. The new single “Extraordinary” was released in mid-May, and it has climbed to the number 5 UK chart slot. The music video is dreamlike in bright color; it’s very much like the Japan-inspired video for “Rather Be.”
If you live stateside, it’s a good idea to get into Clean Bandit asap, before they crossover to US radio from across-the-pond. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Once again, here are YouTube links to the music videos for mega-hit “Rather Be” and up-and-comer “Extraordinary.” You can also check both out after the jump…
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Madonna’s back, but it’s not like she really went anywhere to begin with. There’s a lot of Internet buzz going around and Madge is working on a surprise album (á la Beyoncé) and is releasing a single this summer. Rumor has it that after Madonna and Katy Perry did a glam-S&M shoot for V magazine with famed photographer, Steven Klein that they also collaborated on a track together. There is even an instrumental leak of the supposed Madonna track being called, “We R Superstars” by producer Sander Kleinenberg. Due to Madonna’s recent Instagram ‘#rebelheart’ hashtags, many believe the album’s title will be ‘Rebel Heart’ collaborators are rumored to be Katy Perry, Disclosure, Natalia Kills, Pharrell, and Diplo.
Have a listen after the jump. Do you think it’s really Madonna?