Tag Archives: pop music

LIVE VIDEO: Eurovision Semi-Finals 2

The finals are Saturday. Competing right now in the second semi-finals round are 17 nations:  Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland. (Tipped by JMG reader Luis) UPDATE: Finalists chosen in this round: Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Norway, Montenegro, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Israel.

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Postmodern Jukebox – Barbie Girl

I missed this when it came out a few days ago and yes, this is that Barbie Girl. The Ken doll on the left is Next Magazine cover boy Joey Khoury, whom you might have seen in the long-running Off Broadway hit Altar Boyz. Stick around for the “human theremin” bit.

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Pogo – Forget

Pogo is the globally popular 25 year-old electronic artist from Perth, Australia formerly known as Fagottron. After a deal to work with Pixar, his work began to appear under the Pogo moniker. (His real name is Nick Bertke.) In 2011 he was arrested during his US tour for not having a proper work visa and was subsequently banned from re-entering …

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Twitter Launches Hashflags For Eurovision

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Miley Cyrus & Ariana Grande Duet On Song For Cyrus’ New LGBT Youth Group

Via Slate: To promote her new nonprofit benefiting homeless and LGBT youth, the Happy Hippie Foundation, Miley Cyrus has been partnering with other artists to cover pop classics in a series of “Backyard Sessions.” The latest is a cover of Crowded House’s mid-’80s hit “Don’t Dream It’s Over” with Ariana Grande, who—like Cyrus—spends the entire video lounging in an animal …

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Blues Legend B.B. King Dies At Age 89

Via the BBC: The “King of the Blues”, guitarist and singer BB King, has died aged 89. King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas. Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians and work with Eric Clapton …

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Fight Like Apes – Vote Yes

Irish pop rockers Fight Like Apes have posted a cute live cover of the Village People / Pet Shop Boys classic Go West, reworking the lyrics in support of the Yes Equality campaign. Their first two albums went Top Five in Ireland and their self-titled third studio album will be released on Tuesday.

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Faith No More – Superhero

I met keyboardist Roddy Bottum at Bear Week last year. Nice guy. Faith No More’s new album, Sol Invictus, their first in 18 years, debuts on Tuesday. This is the first single.

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The Avener – Fade Out Lines

This mellow dance track from French house producer Tristan Casara has been a huge hit all over Europe in recent months and is starting to land on summer playlists in the US. I’m getting a kind of Everything But The Girl vibe.

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The Other Guys – It’s Raining Men

Via the Courier: A St Andrews-based all-male a cappella group who made their name with a video marking the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton are back with a new charity single. The Other Guys have recorded It’s Raining Men in support of Prostate Cancer UK. Musical director Andrew Pattie said: “We felt it was time for another …

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VIENNA: City Readies For Gay Christmas

The Eurovision Song Contest is often referred to as “Gay Christmas” and Vienna is getting ready to host the finals in two weeks. Via Reuters: Gay-themed traffic lights are getting Vienna into the mood for the annual Eurovision Song Contest, one of the world’s most popular kitsch cultural events which this year is being hosted by the Austrian capital. Dozens …

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American Idol To End Next Season

Via the Associated Press: The swan song of “American Idol” and heavy doses of comedy and sci-fi will mark Fox’s 2015-16 season. The once-blockbuster singing contest, which launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, has seen its audience dwindle and age. “Idol” will return next year for its 15th and final season with returning judges Jennifer …

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Prince – Baltimore

Via USA Today: The promised Prince track about the unrest in Baltimore has dropped on SoundCloud. The serious subject matter is juxtaposed against a bouncy, guitar-based track, recorded at the singer’s Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota with a vocal assist from Eryn Allen Kane. The Purple One begins by alluding to the 1992 Ice Cube track It was a Good …

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Conchita Wurst – Unstoppable Remix

Four remixes of Conchita Wurst’s latest single became available today on iTunes and Spotify. This remix feels a little Cher-y with the vocoder effects and seems destined for big room gay club popularity. Conchita will host the green room during the Eurovision 2015 finals in Vienna later this month.

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You Sexy Thing: Errol Brown Dies At 71

Hot Chocolate vocalist Errol Brown, whose 1975 smash You Sexy Thing remains one of the most enduring hits of the disco era, died of liver cancer yesterday at his home in the Bahamas. His group landed 33 Top 40 hits in the UK, including three separate Top 10 appearances by You Sexy Thing in three different decades. Here in the …

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Bright Light & Ana Matronic – Good Luck

Welsh cutie Bright Light (Rod Thomas) teams up with former Scissor Sisters vocalist Ana Matronic with this track from the coming Life Is Easy remix album. The pair recently covered the Pet Shop Boys classic West End Girls in a charity single for NYC’s Hetrick-Martin Institute, which serves at-risk LGBT youth. (Tipped by JMG reader Chris)

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Postmodern Jukebox – Bad Romance

With an adorable tap-dancer. And whistling!

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Brandon Flowers – I Can Change

I recently posted a message from Pet Shop Boys vocalist Neil Tennant, who had alerted his fans that he’d contributed to a coming Brandon Flowers track that samples the 1984 Bronski Beat gay classic, Smalltown Boy. The track appeared on YouTube this week and you’ll have to listen closely for Tennant’s spoken line. I quite like this. (Tipped by JMG …

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Miley Cyrus Launches LGBT Youth Fund With Musical Help From Joan Jett

From Facebook page of the Happy Hippie Foundation: Officially launching The Happy Hippie Foundation today with #HappyHippiePresents: Backyard Sessions! Watch the full video of Joan Jett and i performing “Different” now and donate to help us raise funds to create digital support groups for LGBT youth and their families #HappyHippie. All the videos will be released here first so check …

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The Chemical Brothers – Go

Back in the late 90s, I attended a Chemical Brothers show at the Oakland Arena. They were so insanely loud that my buddy, who sort of attends concerts for a living, readily agreed when I suggested that we retreat as far from the stage as we could and still be in the building. It didn’t help. Anyway, here’s the first …

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