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ABBA To Release First New Songs In 35 Years

The Guardian reports: ABBA have announced that they have written and recorded their first new songs since they split in 1982. The Swedish four-piece, who had nine No 1 hits in the UK between 1974 and 1980, and who have sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide, announced on Instagram that they had recorded two new songs for a project …

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Janelle Monae Comes Out As “Queer Black Woman”

Variety reports: In the past, Janelle Monáe had been coy or quiet about her sexuality. But she certainly isn’t when talking about the issue in a new Rolling Stone cover story, in which she says she’s had relationships with both men and women and currently identifies as pansexual. “Being a queer black woman in America — someone who has been …

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Platinum-Selling Dance Artist DJ Avicii Dies At 28

Billboard Magazine reports: Swedish DJ Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, died at age 28 on Friday, April 20, his publicist confirmed. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” his publicist Diana Baron said in a statement. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. …

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MINNESOTA: No Criminal Charges In Death Of Prince

The Minnesota Star-Tribune reports: Carver County Attorney Mark Metz announced Thursday that he was closing the investigation into the death of musician Prince Rogers Nelson without issuing any criminal charges. Metz said county, state and federal investigators undertook an “extensive, painstaking and thorough” investigation but were unable to determine who provided Prince the fentanyl painkillers, disguised as counterfeit Percocet tablets, …

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Morrissey: The Loony Left Forgets Hitler Was A Leftist

The Guardian reports: Morrissey has made an extraordinary – even by his standards – series of pronouncements in a new interview published on his website, attacking halal meat producers, Theresa May, Diane Abbott and Sadiq Khan, among others. Accusations of racism have long dogged Morrissey, who once referred to Chinese people as a “sub-species” and said that British identity was …

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Conchita Wurst Reveals HIV+ Status After Threat

The BBC reports: Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst says she is HIV positive, and has been receiving regular treatment for “several years”. The 29-year-old star said she had intended to keep the information private, but an ex-boyfriend had “threatened to go public”. “I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and influence my life,” she wrote on Instagram. “Coming …

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Bob Dylan Sings About Gay Love [AUDIO]

The New York Times reports: Shortly after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, Justice Antonin Scalia attended a party where he signaled his displeasure by singing Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” “He sang with great verve,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told The Washington Post at the time. Now Mr. Dylan himself is crooning about same-sex love. …

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Frontman For Band At Bataclan Massacre Tries To Walk Back His “Messed Up” Attack On Parkland Students

The New York Daily News reports: In the spirit of Holy Week, Jesse Hughes attempted to walk back his attack on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students. The Eagles of Death Metal front man blasted the March For Our Lives protests in now-deleted Instagram comments that accused the “pathetic and disgusting” students of “playing hooky at the expense of …

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Prince Died Of “Exceedingly High” Fentanyl Amount

The Associated Press reports: A toxicology report from Prince’s autopsy, obtained by The Associated Press, shows he had what multiple experts called an “exceedingly high” concentration of fentanyl in his body when he died. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. Public data released six …

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Frontman For Band At Bataclan Massacre Rips Parkland Students, Calls Emma “The Awful Face Of Treason”

The Eagles Of Death Metal are the American band that was onstage in November 2015 as terrorists opened fired at Paris’ Bataclan Theater, killing 89 people. Spin Magazine reports: Jesse Hughes, the frontman for Eagles of Death Metal, took to Instagram on Sunday for a lengthy, impassioned decrying Saturday’s March For Our Lives protests as well as the Parkland teens …

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Coachella Founder Donates $1M To Elton John AIDS Foundation After Years Of Funding Anti-LGBT Groups

Variety reports: Phil Anschutz, chairman of the live music giant Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), has taken no small amount of criticism since it was revealed that his private family foundation had donated to organizations with anti-LGBT agendas. But today the Elton John AIDS Foundation announced that Anschutz has donated $1 million dollars to support its LGBT Fund. According to Freedom …

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IRELAND: Eurovision Entry May Spawn Broadcast Ban By Russia Because Clip Features Gay Couple [VIDEO]

The Irish Independent reports: Ireland’s 2018 Eurovision entry could face a broadcast ban in Russia as the video for the song features a gay couple. Ryan O’Shaughnessy will represent Ireland in Lisbon with self-penned track Together. The video features a male couple dancing in Dublin’s Temple Bar. However there has been speculation that the video violates Russia’s strict anti-gay “propaganda” …

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Dolly Parton Donates Her 100 Millionth Kids Book

The Washington Post reports: Country music legend Dolly Parton has been called a lot of things over the course of her five-decade career: singer, songwriter, actress and cartoon character (her words). But none of those titles has meant more to the 72-year-old than the one she celebrated at the Library of Congress: “book lady.” Parton is the founder of Imagination …

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Kylie Minogue To Headline New York City Pride

Via press release from New York City Pride: In 2017, NYC Pride evolved Dance on the Pier, a 30+ year institution, into a new multi-day LGBTQ cultural experience named Pride Island. With much excitement, we’re proud to announce the event is back this year featuring live performances by Kylie Minogue, Tove Lo, Lizzo, and Big Freedia from Saturday, June 23 …

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Quincy Jones: I Used To Date Ivanka Trump

The Daily Beast reports: In a wild interview with Vulture, music producer Quincy Jones claimed that he “used to date” Ivanka Trump, who he called “a fine motherfucker” who “had the most beautiful legs I ever saw in my life.” Then added: “Wrong father, though.” The 84-year-old, who also said President Trump was a “crazy motherfucker” who is “limited mentally—a …

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Coachella Owner Still Donating To Anti-LGBT Groups

The New York Daily News reports: Coachella co-owner Philip Anschutz has once again come under scrutiny for bankrolling right-wing, anti-LGBTQ organizations at odds with the progressively minded music festival. A new tax filing shows The Anschutz Foundation donated at least $325,000 between Dec. 2015 and Nov. 2016 to organizations with an explicit anti-LGBTQ mission, which was first reported by Pitchfork. …

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Trump Hits Back At Jay-Z Over “Shithole” Comment

The New York Daily News reports: President Trump took a swipe at Jay-Z after the rap icon referred to the commander-in-chief as a racist “superbug.” The rapper blasted Trump a day earlier for allegedly referring to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting on immigration. “Everyone feels anger, but after the anger it’s really hurtful because …

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Elton John Announces Farewell Tour [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: At an emotional New York press conference Wednesday, Elton John announced that he will retire from the road after a lengthy farewell tour. “I’m not going to be touring anymore,” he told moderator Anderson Cooper at New York’s Gotham Hall. “I’m not going to be touring and traveling the world. My priorities have changed. I have young …

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ORLANDO: Police Increase Security After Racist And Anti-Gay Terror Threat Against Jackson Browne Concert

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Orlando police said they will have an increased presence for Tuesday night’s Jackson Browne concert at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts after a possible threat. Police in West Lafayette, Ind., began investigating Sunday after a banner was left at a Unitarian Universalist Church that hosted a protest to mark the one-year anniversary of …

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Neil Diamond Reveals Parkinson’s Diagnosis

The Today Show reports: Neil Diamond has announced he will stop touring due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The legendary singer and songwriter announced on his website Monday that the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform. He cancelled upcoming dates in Australia and New Zealand from his 50th anniversary tour. “It is with great reluctance and …

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