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#1 This Week In 1976

Thirty-six years ago today, Donna Summer’s Try Me, I Know We Can Make It was in its third and final week atop Record World’s disco chart. (Billboard did not launch its own national Disco Action chart until later in 1976.) Clocking in at an epic eighteen minutes, this three-song medley from the aptly named Love Trilogy album was used as ...

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Elton John On Donna Summer

“I’m so sad. This woman was the queen of disco and so much more. Her records sound as good today as they ever did. That she has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a total disgrace, especially when I see the second-rate talent that has been inducted. She is a great friend to me ...

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Donna Summer – The Hostage

In 1968, an aspiring 18 year-old singer auditioned to replace Melba Moore in the Broadway musical Hair, but was instead cast in the German road production of the show, later switching to the Austrian version. Years later, during a stint in the Vienna Folk Opera, she met, married, and had a child with Austrian performer Helmut Sommer. In 1974, Mrs. ...

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Could It Be Magic? Yes, It Could!

Three years ago, with Dr. Jeff and our DC pal Jimbo, I trekked out to Coney Island for Donna Summer’s massive outdoor free concert under the Brooklyn stars. It was hot, pushy, and maddeningly overcrowded. It was also fantastic. But not just for the music. It was also amazing to see several generations of gay men, including not a few ...

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Donna Summer Dead At 63

Horrible news. Donna Summer, the queen of disco, has died of cancer. TMZ has the early details.

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Babs Confirms Brooklyn Concert

Ticket information.

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Simpsons To Go Gaga

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Babs Concert In Brooklyn?

Fan sites are buzzing after Ticketmaster posted then immediately deleted a Barbra Streisand concert date at Brooklyn’s still unfinished Barclays Center. Ms. Streisand’s name had been scrubbed from Ticketmaster’s Barclays listings. And an eerie and oddly constrained silence was upon the lips of those who could speak to the facts. “We are not confirming this,” said a Barclays spokesman, Barry ...

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Cyndi Lauper’s Derby Hat

And it wasn’t the biggest.

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#1 Thirty-Five Years Ago Today

Thirty-five years later the song (arguably) still most closely associated with Grace Jones is her first chart smash, I Need A Man, which spent two May 1977 weeks atop Billboard’s disco report before being shoved aside by Marvin Gaye’s epic, Got To Give It Up. An early version of the track was first released in 1975, reaching a limp #83 ...

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Babs Turns 70 Today

And here’s her first ever charting single, People. The clip below is from her Oscar-winning performance in the 1968 movie version of Funny Girl, but the single reached #5 on the Billboard pop chart when it was first released from the 1964 original Broadway cast recording. Yes kids, Babs had her first hit record 48 years ago.

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VIDEO: Cher At The GLAAD Awards

Many more clips from the event are here.

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The End Of Judyism

Yesterday the New York Times published a column lamenting that Judy Garland is not an icon to the youngest generation of gay men. An excerpt: I asked Brodie if he’d ever heard gay guys refer to themselves as “Friends of Dorothy?” “Why would they do that?” “Because gay men once identified, very powerfully, with Judy Garland: her wit, gravitas, glamour.” ...

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Madonna Lands Eighth #1 Album

Billboard reports: Madonna’s “MDNA” and Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee” bow at Nos. 1 and 2 this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 359,000 and 199,000 copies, respectively (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Madonna has now etched a total of eight No. 1 albums: three in the ’80s, four in the ’00s and now one in the ’10s. She missed scoring ...

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Swag Tuesday

Courtesy of the Karpel Group, this week’s Swag Tuesday prize is Madonna’s 1991 behind-the-scenes concert doc, Madonna: Truth Or Dare, which is released globally on Blu-Ray beginning today. Madonna: Like you’ve never seen her before. This movie reveals her as she really is, on stage and off–den mother to her family of dancers, sex goddess to her millions of fans, ...

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150 Number Ones For Madonna

As of this week, Madonna has topped Billboard’s various charts 150 times. (Times, not weeks.) Leading the list are the 41 songs that have hit #1 on the Dance/Club chart. Of more mainstream interest are her twelve #1 pop singles and her seven #1 pop albums, the latter of which will become eight with next week’s #1 debut of MDNA.

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Bill Donohue Vs Madonna (Again)

“She is what she is. Which means she is more than obscene—she’s a Catholic basher. Girl Gone Wild begins with Madonna reciting the first few lines of The Act of Contrition. She must know it’s Lent. Then she prances around to the backdrop of a light-show configured to resemble a cross. The guy who is shown wearing a crown of ...

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Swag Tuesday

Courtesy of the Karpel Group, this week’s Swag Tuesday booty is MDNA, the twelfth studio album from global superstar Madonna, which features the hit singles Give Me All Your Luvin and Girl Gone Wild. MDNA is available online and at retailers worldwide today. We have three CD copies of MDNA to give away. Enter to win by commenting on this ...

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Jimmy Fallon Interviews Madonna

The interview was live-streamed on Facebook to a potential audience in the hundreds of millions. No word on how many actually tuned in.

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