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Cocktail Music: The Hope of Christmas by Ann Hampton Callaway

November 20th, 2015 Comments off
Photo via Jazz STL

Photo via Jazz STL

From Ann Hampton Callaway, Tony-nominated actress and multi-platinum recording artist, comes The Hope of Christmas, a new collection of Christmas songs and holiday standards to-be.

Singing the lyrics of two-time Emmy Award winner William Schermerhorn, Callaway croons alongside 29 other jazz showstoppers, including Five Play, New York Voices, The Ted Rosenthal Trio, and others.

All proceeds from the sale of The Hope of Christmas go directly toward supporting the MCG Jazz Program in its mission to preserve, present and promote jazz. The album is available for purchase on Amazon, and wherever music is sold.

Listen to the album’s title song, below:

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Nick Jonas Doesn’t Deny Experimenting Sexually With Men

November 11th, 2015 Comments off
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Photo via Instagram

You know him as Boone, the ever-lovable gay frat bro on Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens. Or, you know him as Nate, a gritty cage fighter and grappler on Kingdom. Either way, you know him for playing gay characters, so it’s no wonder fans have been abuzz about actor Nick Jonas’ orientation.

In conversation with the Daily Star Online, the 23-year-old teased Kingdom fans at the Radio One Teen Awards as to whether his character Nate will be heating up scenes on Kingdom this season: “Well I’m gay in Kingdom, if you keep watching the series you’ll see more of that.”

Jonas was then asked if he personally has experimented sexually with other men, to which he replied, “I can’t say if I have or haven’t, but if you watch you’ll see more of that.”

“I love the roles that I’m playing and I’m thrilled to be playing them.”

You do you, Nick Jonas. You do you.

Get in the Holiday Spirit! Listen to Kylie Minogue and James Corden Cover Yazpp’s ‘Only You’

November 9th, 2015 Comments off
Kylie Christmas. Image via Facebook

Kylie Christmas. Image via Facebook

Australian songstress Kylie Minogue is giving us a special holiday treat when she releases “Kylie Christmas” on November 13. But until the end of this week we’re going to have to be satisified with this stocking stuffer she released on Facebook. The holiday compilation includes a beautiful cover of Yazoo’s song “Only You.” Despite not being explicitly holiday focused, the song, originally by Yazoo’s Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet, also includes Late Late Show‘s James Corden is pretty enough to give us those holiday feels.

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You can watch the lyric video after the jump…


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Cocktail Music: ‘Ten Feet Tall’ by Wrabel

October 9th, 2015 Comments off
Photo via Wrabel

Photo via Wrabel

Singer-songwriter Wrabel struck gold when Dutch producer Afrojack spun “Ten Feet Tall” into an upbeat club single, later to become the artist’s first charting international hit.

The single topped dance charts around the globe, peaking at #12 on Netherland’s Top 50, #16 in Australia, and #29 in Belgium.

But before it became a club hit, “Ten Feet Tall” was an earnest, stripped-down piano tune.

Los Angeles–based Stephan Wrabel’s songwriting credits can be found on Ellie Goulding’s latest album, and in songs by Will Young, Prince Royce, Phillip Phillips, Adam Lambert, Pentatonix, Katharine McPhee, and more—but it’s in “Ten Feet Tall” where his talents really shine.

Have a listen to Wrabel’s tender original after the jump…

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Happy Birthday John Lennon!

October 9th, 2015 Comments off


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“You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are.”

John Lennon would have been celebrating his 75th birthday today. His far-too-early death occurred when he was shot in front of his New York apartment building 35 years ago, but his messages of peace and love continue to live on through his music and supporters. “Now that John’s a spirit, he has a different effect on people than when he was alive,” said Yoko Ono. “Spirits talk on a pure level and don’t get distracted by people saying things like, ‘That’s nice, but why’s he wearing that?’ … Of course, it would still be better if John was around.” Currently Lady Gaga along with Yoko Ono are remembering Lennon at the LennonOno Grant For Peace Awards at Reykjavik, Iceland’s performance space Harpa. Ono will also light the Imagine Peace Tower tonight in Reykjavik that will remain lit until December 8, the date of his death. You can watch the lighting live by clicking here.

Visit Yoko Ono’s official memorial page where thousands of fans have shared their messages.

Liza Minnelli Takes Uber 200 Miles to Make Benefit

October 6th, 2015 Comments off
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Image via Everett Collection

Liza Minnelli didn’t want to disappoint her fans after her plane couldn’t land because of the extreme weather, so the star took an overnight 200-mile Uber ride to make her show in Wilmington, NC. Her connective flight from Charlotte couldn’t take off in the weather, and the next flight would have made her late for the North Carolina Symphony at Cape Fear Community College, so she took matters into her own hands. Minnelli and her collaborator Cortés Alexander took an Uber car for 200 miles. Minnelli’s rep told Page Six: “He drove all night and finally delivered Liza to her hotel at 6:30 A.M.”

Cocktail Music: Sara Bareilles’ ‘She Used To Be Mine’

October 2nd, 2015 Comments off

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Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles’ latest single, “She Used to Be Mine,”  is out now, off her upcoming debut Broadway musical, Waitress.

The 35-year-old singer has written and recorded a variety of songs exclusively for the new musical. Her upcoming album, What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress is slated for release later this fall.

Also on the horizon for the “Lovesong” singer is an upcoming book. “Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far),” an introspective autobiography, hits shelves on October 6.

Be sure to check out when Sara sat down with us in our VIP Lounge to talk about travel, her music, and her connection to the LGBT community.

So, how does the single stack up?

Have a listen to Sara’s electrifying new song after the jump…

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Cocktail Music: Wild by Troye Sivan

September 4th, 2015 Comments off
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Photo via Youtube

Australian YouTuber Troye Sivan has released a tender music video for his new single “Wild,” the first in his Blue Neighborhood trilogy.

Centered around two friends whose childhood relationship blossoms into romance, the trilogy will aim to tackle romance amid parental turmoil.

In an interview with, Troye said, “I really want the parents of my audience to see these videos actually. And realize that their reaction influences their kid’s entire experience. Showing them two sides of the coin: this is how it could go or this is how it could go. It’s up to you.”

Watch “Wild” after the jump…

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Cocktail Music: Nick Jonas’ New Single, ‘Levels’

August 21st, 2015 Comments off
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Photo via Tumblr

The single Nick’s been teasing for weeks now, “Levels,” is finally out, and it’s one summer track that’s sure to become a smash.

“The great thing about songs that a large group of people can connect to is that, it sort of breaks down some of the walls of feeling like they can’t like it for whatever reason,” Nick told EW. “That’s been the big goal this last year and a half, to break some of the perceptions down and rebuild.”

Nick’s new album is on its way, but in the meantime, fans can look forward to his upcoming performance at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 30th.

So, how does this single stack up? 

Have a listen to Nick’s electrifying new track, “Levels,” after the jump…

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Cocktail Music: The bird and the bee’s ‘Recreational Love’

July 24th, 2015 Comments off
Photo via The Bird and the Bee

Photo via The Bird and the Bee


The fourth album from the bird and the bee, Recreational Love marks the welcome return of LA-based pop duo Greg Kurstin and Inara George. We didn’t know it, but we’ve been pining over their dulcet, synth-heavy stylings for quite some time now.

“We didn’t mean to take so long, but life ended up getting in the way, in a great way,” says vocalist Inara George, who first began collaborations with multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin back in 2005, before his Grammy nomination.

Nowadays, Inara lends her vocal talents to indie-folk outfit Living Sisters, and Greg’s been hard at work producing for the likes of Sia, Lykke Li, and Charli XCX, to name a few. To craft the retro-inspired tunes off their latest album, the duo carved Friday mornings out of their schedules each week to sit down at Greg’s studio.

Five years in the making, Recreational Love hits its honeyed mark with “Will You Dance,” the band’s bass-drenched lead single that’s reminiscent of Haim’s Falling in its rounded out sound. To answer preemptively for you, this beat-driven track, “a dance song” at heart, will have you on your feet.

“It’s about the strangeness of people in that the things that are most natural to us, we have such a hard time letting happen,” Inara told Diffuser. “The idea is, ‘Don’t worry about what people think, just do whatever feels good to you.'”

So, is this what being struck by Cupid’s arrow feels like? Regardless, the bird and the bee’s latest record boasts summer jams we can get behind, from “Los Angeles” to “Recreational Love.” Listen for yourself, below.


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