Tag Archives: pop music

Rapper Kid Rock Confirms Bid For US Senate

Via Breitbart: Musician Kid Rock confirmed his run for the U.S. Senate in his home state of Michigan Thursday with a fiery Facebook message in which he blasted the media for “once again” being “wrong” about his potential candidacy and took a shot at incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Rock also addressed his would-be political opponent, longtime Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ...

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Rapper Jay-Z’s Mother Comes Out As Lesbian

The HuffPost reports: Gloria Carter, Jay-Z’s mother, came out as lesbian in a new track featured on the rapper’s just-released “4:44” album. The song, “Smile,” features both Jay-Z and his mother discussing her sexuality. It is the first time that either of them has publicly addressed her sexual identity. “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to ...

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AUSTRALIA: Boy George Covers Village People’s YMCA In Pitch For Marriage Equality And It’s Great [VIDEO]

Australia’s Daily Telegraph reports: As a coach on The Voice, Boy George is encouraging his artists to find a new meaning when covering iconic pop songs and it seems the Culture Club front man has been taking his own advice. The ’80s pop icon has rerecorded the Village People classic YMCA in order to shine a light on issues important ...

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Yoko Ono Gets Songwriting Credit For Imagine

The New York Daily News reports: It’s a double fantasy. More than 45 years after the release of the 1971 John Lennon classic, “Imagine,” Yoko Ono is getting a songwriting credit for the top song of her husband’s solo career. Lennon himself admitted that he swiped the idea for “Imagine” from a book of Ono poems. In a BBC interview ...

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SWERLK: Scissor Sisters And MNDR Release Charity Dance Single In Advance Of Pulse Anniversary [VIDEO]

Via press release from GLAAD: Today MNDR and Scissor Sisters release a charity single called “SWERLK.”  Proceeds from the single will go to Contigo Fund, which emerged from the Pulse mass shooting and offers financial support to organizations working to heal, educate and empower LGBTQ and Latinx individuals, immigrants and people of color, as well as those working to end ...

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Coming In 2018: Cher, The Broadway Musical

Billboard reports: The musical version of Cher’s life is coming to Broadway in 2018, the singer herself announced Tuesday. Jason Moore, who previously directed the stage musical Avenue Q as well as the popular a cappella film Pitch Perfect, is directing the show, which is based on the singer’s life and career, according to reports from the New York Post. ...

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LIVE VIDEO: One Love Manchester Benefit Concert

US Weekly reports: Ariana Grande will headline a star-studded benefit concert in Manchester, England, on Sunday, June 4, to raise money for the victims of the May 22 terror attack at her concert. The One Love Manchester event will be broadcast live from the sold-out Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, which is located just a few miles away from the ...

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Manchester Benefit Concert To Air Worldwide

Variety reports: ABC will air Ariana Grande’s One Love benefit concert Sunday, one of a host of international broadcasters that have signed up to air the live event dedicated to helping victims of the Manchester attack. BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, is coordinating the international effort and has placed the concert with broadcasters in 38 countries so ...

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Babs Wishes You Happy LGBT Pride Month

“The first time I ever sang for a paying audience was at a gay club, The Lion, in Greenwich Village. I was 18 years old and had never been in a nightclub before. The gay community supported me from the start, and I will always be grateful. Decades later, I remember sitting in a theater and watching Larry Kramer’s play, ...

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Rocker Gregg Allman Dies At Age 69

From the Hollywood Reporter: Gregg Allman, the soulful singer-songwriter and rock ‘n’ blues pioneer who founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane, and composed such classics as “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and the epic concert jam “Whipping Post,” has died at age 69. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010. ...

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BRITAIN: Ariana Grande To Return To Manchester For Concert To Benefit Victims, “We Won’t Let Hate Win”

CNN reports: Singer Ariana Grande has announced she will return to Manchester, England, for a benefit concert following a terror attack at her concert earlier this week. The event, she said, will honor and raise money for the victims and their families. “I want to thank my fellow musicians and friends for reaching out to be part of our expression ...

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BREAKING: Multiple Fatalities After Reported Explosions At Manchester Ariana Grande Concert [VIDEO]

The Daily Mail reports: Several people have been killed after two explosions inside Manchester Arena at the end of an Ariana Grande gig tonight. Video footage showed people fleeing in tears from the venue after bangs rang out immediately after the concert finished. Bloodied concertgoers were pictured being helped by emergency services outside the gig and armed police were seen ...

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ROCKET MAN: Refugee Iranian Animator Tells His Story In Stunning Contest-Winning Elton John Video

The Upcoming reports: Elton John and long time co-writer Bernie Taupin have made some of the most famous pop songs of the 20th century. Many of the pair’s biggest hits came during a highly productive period in the early 70s, with songs including Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man and Bennie and the Jets. This period of work formed the basis of ...

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Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Dies At Age 52

The Associated Press reports: Rocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press. Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said ...

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Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest [VIDEO]

I really thought Italy and the dancing gorilla had this, especially since the video for their entry has over 114 million views on YouTube. Sky News reports: Portugal has won its first-ever Eurovision Song Contest for Salvador Sobral’s performance of Amar Pelos Dois. Sobral, who has fought ill health to take part in the competition, was crowned winner during a ...

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Donna Summer: The Musical Set For Fall Opening

Broadway World reports: Donna Summer’s husband Bruce Sudano has big Broadway plans as he prepares to launch his new stage show SUMMER at La Jolla Playhouse in November. The show, based on the life of his late wife, will feature all of the disco queen’s greatest hits, with hopes taking the show the Broadway in 2018. According to WENN, the ...

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CHICAGO: Archive Opens Personal Record Collection Of Late DJ Frankie Knuckles For Public To Play [VIDEO]

Grammy-winning DJ Frankie Knuckles, known worldwide as “the Godfather of House,” died three years ago this month. But his personal record collection is now on display for the public to actually touch and play. MixMag reports: With the record collection of Frankie Knuckles now at Theaster Gates’s Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, The Frankie Knuckles Foundation has shared a ...

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Ukraine Bans Russia’s Eurovision Entry From 2017 Contest Because She’s Performed In Crimea [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Few rules have been bent, manipulated and outright broken quite like the Eurovision song contest’s ban on “lyrics, speeches [or] gestures of a political or similar nature”. Over the six decades of the competition there have been peace, war and the fall of the Berlin Wall – but this year politics has gripped Eurovision in a more ...

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Rocker J. Geils Dies At Age 71 [VIDEO]

Billboard Magazine reports: Guitarist J. Geils, born John Warren Geils Jr., has died at age 71. Geils was found dead in his Groton, Massachusetts, home. He had lived in the town for 35 years. Groton police said officers responded to Geils’ home around 4 p.m. ET Tuesday for a well-being check and found him unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at ...

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Pentatonix – Bohemian Rhapsody [VIDEO]

Robert Philpot reviews: Although there were music videos before 1975, Queen’s clip that year for its now-classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is seen as groundbreaking. That was before MTV, way before YouTube, and certainly before any of the five members of Pentatonix was born. But the Arlington-founded a cappella group — which released its latest EP, “PTX Vol. 4 — Classics” — ...

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