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David Guetta has played a pivotal role in turning dance music into chart-topping juggernaut hits. His impact has been impossible to ignore. He can be considered among the elite group of super-producers whose sound is synonymous with an era. His new album, Listen, signals a new path for the producers. “I needed to create a new sound,” he said. “Music is all about cycles, about action and reaction, and there has been a reaction to EDM becoming the new pop. Listen is completely different to anything I’ve done before.”
The album took over three years to produce, give some of it a listen after the jump…
Michael Jackson One at Mandalay Bay
In an impoverished Serbian village, a barber named Marko hatches a plan to lift spirits and bolster the local economy through tourism. There’s an empty pedestal in the town square where the carved stone figure of a Communist leader once stood. Imagine, suggests Marko to the village elders, the joy that will ensue if we replace that antiquated tribute to an old world order with a crowd-pleasing symbol of contemporary global unification: a statue of an African-American entertainer.
That’s the plot that drives Monument to Michael Jackson, a comic feature film by Balkan Director Darko Lungulov currently making the European festival rounds (www.facebook.com/pages/monument-to-michael-jackson-the-movie). And yet, as with so much in the court of the King of Pop, the truth is stranger than fiction.
Keep reading over at Passport magazine online…
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Kiesza’s debut album, Sound of a Woman hit stores late last month, and it’s gearing up to be one if this year’s most successful. Her hit single “Hideaway” rocketed to the #1 spot in the UK charts earlier this year and remains the fastest-selling debut of year. “Hideaway” went platinum in the UK and Canada; additionally, the song charted #1 in 21 countries on iTunes. The song was paired with a delicious throw back video that has captured over 155 million viewers to date (filmed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn).
Watch after the jump…
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Country singer Billy Gilman announced in a YouTube video that he is gay, just hours after fellow country star Ty Herndon came out. Citing both being inspired by Herndon as well as a run in with a nosey reporter who photographed him and his partner, Gillman says he is not ashamed of being a gay artist, but thinks it “silly…that I am ashamed knowing that…I am in a genre and an industry that is ashamed of me being me.” Gilman became well known when he was much younger with hits like “One Voice” and “Oklahoma.”
And, unfortunately boys, he is also taken.
Watch his video after the jump…
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With 17 Billboard hits and nearly two decades in country music, country music star Ty Herndon has come out of the closet. The singer of the song, “Lies That I Told Myself,” tells ET that he is now an “out, proud, and happy gay man” who hasn’t come out of the closet until now because he feared that he wouldn’t be accepted in country music. Married twice before, the singer admits that they both were both aware of his sexuality.
What made him come out now? “During an Anthony Robbins seminar, I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been,” he tells PEOPLE. “Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering. It’s time to tell my truth.”
Sorry boys, the 52-year-old Mississippi boy says he is happy with hsi partner and hopes to one day get married and have kids.
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The 30th anniversary of the annual release of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” will help raise much-needed funds to combat the Ebola crisis through producer Bob Geldrof’s Band Aid organization. The first release of the song, in 1984, included acts like Duran Duran, Bono, Culture Club, and George Michael. This year, in a slightly rewritten version, music celebs like Sam Smith, One Direction, Bono, and Ed Sheeran.
Categories: Christmas, Music Bono, christmas, christmas music, Music, One Direction, rita ora, Sam smith, Seal, u2, uk, x factor
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The song “Cool Kids” has us feeling like we’re back in high school. The band, Echosmith, comprising four siblings, released their debut album Talking Dreams late last year, but their single “Cool Kids” is only know making its way through the airwaves across the country. The band formed in 2008 in Toluca Lake, Los Angeles, and in just three years after their formation they were signed to Warner Bros. Records. Their first major big break was when NBC used their song “Tongiht We’re Making History” in a promo for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Check out some of their videos after the jump…
Categories: Cocktail Music, Music bad, california, cocktail music, cool kids, Dance, Echosmith, fun., Music, siblings, the Smiths
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Sir Elton John, who came under fire earlier this year when he refused to cancel his Russian concerts, used his time in St. Petersburg to denounce Russia’s discriminatory anti-gay propaganda laws. The openly gay singer criticized the extent of the laws and pointed out the absurdity of removing a memorial to the late Steve Jobs because his successor is gay. “Can this be true? Steve’s memory is re-written because his successor at Apple, Tim Cook, is gay?! Does that also make iPads ‘gay propaganda’?” he told the crowd. He also asked in disbelief whether or not Tchaikovsky’s music is considered gay because the world-famous composer was supposedly gay. “Is Tchaikovsky’s beautiful music ‘sexually perverting?” “If I’m not honest about who I am, I couldn’t write this music. It’s not gay propaganda. It’s how I express life. If we start punishing people for that, the world will lose its humanity,”
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Lead singer of the post-hardcore band Senses Fail (and this editor’s high school crush) sat down for an extremely intimate interview with Ray Harkins on 100 Words Or Less Podcast. In the hour-and-a-half interview he opens up about his addictions, sexuality, self-destructive behavior, and his struggle with his own sexuality. Throughout the well-spoken discussion, Nielsen is remarkably self-aware of his past and his present-day life and his sexuality. He has opened up about his struggle figuring out where he fell (falls) on the scale of sexuality.
In a letter he writes:
I believe that a lot of what drove me to some of these addictions and behaviors was a mistrust and fear of my sexual orientation. I do not identify as straight or gay or Bi and that left me feeling very isolated and shameful. In many ways I felt that my sexuality was wrong, disruptive and needed to be secluded. I feel that if I had been more comfortable with who I was inside and more accepting of my sexuality I could have avoided a lot of suffering. A lot of my sexual addiction was fueled by want and need to experiment sexually but doing so in a container of shame and guilt left me stuck in dangerous self destructive behavior. Acting out sexually and then shaming myself for it, led to deeper stronger levels of self hatred…
We have made a lot of amazing strides towards LGBTQ rights in this country over the last few years, but I feel there is so much more that needs to be done. The safety net for people that fall into the LGBTQ world needs to grow, one way it can do that is for people like myself to have the courage to come out and truly be authentic with who they are and to demand that the conversation grow and continue to move forward. I want to encourage radical acceptance and radical inclusion on a level that far exceeds where we are at right now.
Listen to the podcast here.
Categories: coming out, Gay Travel, Music Buddy Nielsen, community, finch, gay, hardcore, hardcore music, Interview, Music, podcast, post-hardcore, senses fail
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Openly gay country music singer Steve Grand won over our hearts over a year ago with his song “All-American Boy,” and we haven’t heard much from the Midwesterner since he headlined prides, LGBT events, and sold-out shows across the country Now, he’s back with two new songs that he released today. One is a cover of Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” along with a brand-spanking-new original, “Time.”
Grand’s newest album will be released soon after he crowdfunded the endeavor—raking in over $300,000.
Check out the two new songs after the jump…
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