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Saturday, February 2, 2019

The Mashup: My Night At Cher’s “Burlesque Premiere” And Bette Midler’s Need For Some Props on “The Graham Norton Show”

Bette Midler on the Graham Norton Show displaying my Delores Doll

Mister D: I’m trying to remember as much detail as I can about this. I just felt so overwhelmed at the time.

My mother is a long time friend of the guy who runs the movie studio that made the movie, Burlesque. His name is Clint Culpepper. They make tons of movies. So we flew out to Hollywood for this one. My mom had done this before and she had also gone to awards shows and met many famous people. She once lectured Spike Lee on something, so I’m glad I was never there. Anybody who knows my mom will tell you she has no fear. She also went to Chris Brown’s first movie, when he was just starting to rise. She made such an impression on him, he came over at the after party and asked her to dance with him. Little did he know, my mom loves to dance, ham it up, and take over the whole floor. Supposedly, they had a blast. ...  Read More

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Friday, August 3, 2018

BILLBOARD HOT 100 celebrates 60 YEARS with the List of the 60 FEMALE ARTISTS of ALL TIMES

Billboard Magazine BILLBOARD HOT 100 celebrates 60 YEARS with the List of the 60 FEMALE ARTISTS of ALL TIMES August 1, 2018 Bette Midler List BASED on DATA from August 4, 1958 … to July 21, 2018 AAA 60. Juice Newton 59. Carole King 58. Stevie Nicks 57. Amy Grant 56. Missy Elliott 55. Faith Hill 54. Chaka Khan 53. Jody Watley 52. Avril Lavigne 51. Pat Benatar 50. Anne Murray 49. Ashanti 48. Bette Midler 47. Aaliyah 46. ??Natalie Cole 45. Fergie 44. Petula Clark 43. Miley Cyrus 42. Brandy 41. Carly Simon 40. Sheena Easton

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

35 of the most iconic movie songs of all time

Mister D: Honestly, if we are being fair, “The Rose” should have made this list, too. But good job Brinkwire! Brinkwire 35 of the most iconic movie songs of all time June 19, 2018 by Brinkwire Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, Dyed Hair, Beaches “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins (“Footloose”) The movie musical quickly became one of the biggest hits when it was released in 1984, in no small part thanks to Loggins’ now-iconic song. It’s impossible not to dance when you hear it, which is probably why the song topped the charts for three weeks in a row on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming such a massive hit that Loggins himself was blown away by its success. In 2014, he revealed in an interview, “It became the biggest movie of the summer. We didn’t see it coming. But I remember going to the premiere and watching the opening scene of the movie, … using “Footloose” (the song) over the dancing feet. My wife turns to me and goes, ‘This is gonna be huge.’” Audiences furiously kicked off their Sunday shoes in agreement, of course. “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal (“Batman Forever”) Seal originally released the song in 1994, but it hit icon status when it was featured on the “Batman Forever” soundtrack a year later, earning the singer three Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. It might feel like an unlikely song for a superhero movie, but that’s what makes it work so perfectly. “Kiss From a Rose” is no doubt Seal’s biggest hit, cementing Val Kilmer’s Batman as one of the most memorable of all. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston (“The Bodyguard”) Houston was already a bona fide music legend by the time she made her acting debut in the 1992 romantic thriller, but the song rapidly became one of her most remarkable hits, thanks to those searing high notes and her flawless delivery. It’s often forgotten that the ballad is actually a cover of a Dolly Parton song, and it made music history as the only country song to reach No. 1 in three separate decades. It topped the charts around the globe upon its release and did the same within hours of Houston’s death in 2012. “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil Kim, Mya, and Missy Elliott (“Moulin Rouge!”) With its suggestive chorus and a medley of high notes from the biggest pop stars of the early aughts, “Lady Marmalade” had new life breathed into it when Aguilera, Lil Kim, Mya, Pink, and Elliott covered it for Baz Luhrmann’s whimsical romantic musical in 2001. Few likely expected it to become such an iconic soundtrack song, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a karaoke bar or wedding reception where the song isn’t playing. It’s fun, it’s campy, and it brought together a group of powerhouse pop stars in a way that happens all too rarely, topping the Billboard charts for nine consecutive weeks, the only all-female collaboration to do so. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (“Despicable Me 2”) If you have kids, know kids, or have ever met a kid, you’ve definitely sung along to “Happy,” which was first featured on Williams’ album “Girl” before becoming a massive global hit thanks to a feature spot on the animated film’s soundtrack. “Happy” became the biggest-selling song of 2014, and even years later, it’s impossible to go anywhere without hearing the infectious anthem. So when you do, be sure to “clap along if you feel like a room without a roof” … we’re not entirely sure what it all means, but we’re, ahem, to comply. “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees (“Saturday Night Fever”) It takes a rare film and song to define an entire era, but “Stayin’ Alive,” which served as the iconic opening scene to the 1977 coming of age tale starring John Travolta did just that, becoming one of the most classic disco songs of all time. The film’s soundtrack featured a slew of hits by the group of brothers and other disco acts, but “Stayin’ Alive” is the one that inspired a generation to strut down the street in their best disco duds.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Do Gay Men Love, Dislike or Feel Indifferent About Taylor Swift?

Instinct Do Gay Men Love, Dislike or Feel Indifferent About Taylor Swift? Instinct Staff | November 12, 2017 Gay men have had their share of female icons in their lives over the course of the past fifty years. Names that come to mind include Barbra Streisand, Cher, Madonna, Bette Midler and more. For my generation, the debate for many years was who did we like more: Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera? Although those are all still legendary names in the music business, the past couple of years has seen the rise of men in the industry dominating the charts after women like Beyonce, Lady Gaga and more were the ones at the top. Taylor Swift, however,has once again become the diva of the moment and catapulted herself back into the pop stratosphere due to the release of her album Reputation, which is already on track to selling well over a million copies in its first week of release. This has once again brought her back into the world of gossip and criticism, in particular with the gay community. On my social media alone, there seems to be a big line in the sand in terms of gay men who absolutely love her or the exact opposite. We all have our opinion on our music divas, and Taylor is no exception in the sense that gay men take either an incredible liking to you or is vastly against, and in the rare occasion… truly indifferent. Taylor herself happens to be a very polarizing person in the celebrity world. From her start as a country princess turned queen, to moments she didn’t cause (Kanye West interrupting her at the 2009 VMA’s) to ones she got herself into (her feud with Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian and more), and her fans thoughts on her shift from country to certified pop, she has definitely become one that many have voiced their opinion on. At the same time, it’s good that people are talking as it means you are not only relevant but also a vital force in this machine of entertainment. My personal opinion on Taylor is this: what she has been able to do in the music industry and in pop culture in general is astounding, in the best way possible. To go from some not so known country artist to finding her niche with her demographic and to watch that grow and grow over the past decade is truly remarkable. People will always have an opinion, but it’s sort of amazing to see her transform from one thing to something completely different, and to be a major force in saving the music industry in terms of album sales. That is something no one can take from her. I asked a bunch of friends, who happen to be gay men, their opinion on Taylor, and got a bunch of colorful and interesting responses. See below: “I find Taylor inspiring as far as her success is concerned. Her music is good and fits my genre for listening. As far as her beauty she can easily be a muse to any artist. I give her a thumbs up.” “Tay Tay!! Honestly I think she’s trying a little too hard but I’m excited for her new album. I love all the shade and drama she’s been pushing. Like the new songs/sound she’s pushing. Wasn’t a super big fan of her original country stuff, not a huge superfan but I dig a lot of her music.” “Being profoundly ignorant of most modern popular music. I have very few opinions of them.I do know that Jack Antanoff wrote some of her most popular stuff. I am not sure I could name you any of her songs or recognize her picture. I am sure she is a very nice person.” “I like her music. I don’t know much about her, but she seems fun.” “I think she’s a talented artist but I think she comes off as a bit spoiled and entitled. Love her music but her jilted ex girlfriend thing is getting old lol.” “I respect her as a songwriter and some of her stuff is catchy but she’s not the be all end all. She has a great marketing team, brand identity and approach to her fan base. As a business entity, she is incredible.” “Never a huge fan – liked a few of her songs, and I enjoy the pop turn she took. She used to irritate me but now I’m just apathetic.” “I think she needs to toughen up in order to be in such an ass backwards industry. I think what comes with the territory of being a mainstream artist is the need to learn the ability to evolve and grow as a person.” “She’s a branding genius. She’s very savvy in her use of her resource and network.”
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Pink Talks About Fighting Cristina Aguilera And Defending Bette Midler

People Pink Reveals Christina Aguilera Tried to Punch Her: ‘She Swung at Me in a Club’ BY ALEXIA FERNANDEZ OCTOBER 20, 2017 bettemidler-pink-588 Pink is not shy to admit that she and fellow singer Christina Aguilera have had their problems — so much so that they almost came to blows. The pop star, 38, told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that while the two have made amends since their feud in the early 2000s, their relationship was very rocky. “We were super young and super new at the whole thing, and I think I’m an alpha, and she’s an alpha,” Pink said of their feud during the “Plead the Fifth” segment. She continued, “I’m used to taking my altercations physical and she’s used to having them verbal. We’re just very different, we’re very different. And we were very young and new.”
“You have to learn — women have to learn how to support each other,” she added. “It’s not taught to each other in the playground.” When Cohen asked if Pink had attempted to make an argument into a physical fight, the pop star revealed, “Actually, she swung at me in a club. Hilarious!” “I was like, ‘What’s happening right now? What’s happening?’” she said.
The two signers allegedly clashed when they recorded the track “Lady Marmalade” — reportedly over who would sing the highest notes in the song. Although they didn’t get along in their youth, Pink insisted she and Aguilera are now fine. “She’s so talented and deep down I’ve had bad days, too,” she said. “She’s a really sweet person. We made up on The Voice. I mean, it was funny, I laughed. I hadn’t seen her in years and years and years.” As for how they managed to get over their differences, the “What About Us” singer simply said, “We became moms. We grew up. We hugged it out. It’s that simple. I feel so good about that.” While she may have made up with Aguilera, the singer is not backing down from comments made against Kim Kardashian West when the reality star posed a nude bathroom selfie last year. Pink shared a message on Twitter that seemingly took aim at Kardashian West for using her sexuality to get attention instead of her “brains,” “strength,” or “work ethic.” bettemidler-pink-588 She told Cohen on Thursday night that she didn’t regret throwing shade at the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star. “Honestly, she went in on Bette Midler,” Pink said, referring to Kardashians tweet slamming Midler for the Tony Award winner’s criticism over her NSFW selfie. “If you go in on Bette Midler, you’re probably gonna hear from me,” the pop star added. “You just don’t talk to Bette Midler… about anything.” Midler makes Social Media’s Winners List (bootlegbetty.com) Bette Midler criticised for tweet about Caitlyn Jenner – Transphobic, Social Commentary Or Just A Joke? (bootlegbetty.com)

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

(On Martin directing her for “My One True Friend”): “ God, it was fabulous.

(On Martin directing her for “My One True Friend”): “ God, it was fabulous. He said, “I’m going to make you look better than you ever looked.” (1991, Good Morning America) – Bette Midler Image may contain: 1 person, smiling
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

(When you were growing up, did you ever steal anything?) “I had no money. I had absolutely nothing. I got a quarter a week for allowance.

(When you were growing up, did you ever steal anything?) “I had no money. I had absolutely nothing. I got a quarter a week for allowance. What are you going to do with a quarter a week? So, my girlfriend said, “This is what I do.” So I said I’d do it with her. But I didn’t really like it. It was too terrifying. It hurt my nerves. I stopped, and I’ve never stolen anything since. I would never, ever think of it. After my girlfriend and I took this makeup–lipsticks and hair dye–from the mall, we were on our way home with our little bags. It was pouring rain, we were in the middle of a hurricane, and my girlfriend and I got down on our knees and said, “God, if you don’t kill us in this hurricane we swear we will never do this again.” We didn’t die, and we never did it again. I keep my vows.” (1991, Movieline) – Bette Midler Image may contain: one or more people
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

BetteBack October 1, 1973: Flashy, Trashy and Infectious Miss M.

San Mateo Times October 1, 1973 2016-08-26_6-36-55 In this crazy rock ‘n roll world where superstars streak into prominence with the alacrity of unnatural phenomena and instantly develop a cult following that worships with unquestioning fervor, Bette Midler is being acclaimed the High Priestess of Camp. She makes the kookiness of early career Barbra Streisand look pristine, the grossness and vulgarity of Belle Earth and Sophie Tucker seem tame and the frenzied on-stage antics of Janis Joplin and Jerry Lewis appear understated. It was only her third appearance in the Bay Area and her four night stint at Berkeley Community Theater was a solid sellout. I can’t remember when I’ve seen such a charged up performance. It’s almost too much to bear. Words like dynamic and electric don’t adequately describe the possessed emotional pitch with which this pint sized redhead from Hawaii (she looks a little like Harpo Marx with carrot colored fuzzed up mop of hair) screams and rants through a two-hour show. It’s not as bizarre as some pop star acts but funky, blue, low down and marvelously campy. She’s singer, actress, impersonator and personality plus, not giving a damn whether she finishes a story or a song, shouting out the most outrageous things to turn on her well stoned audience and lavishing the adulation she gets with every one of the dozen or more standing ovations throughout the evening. The more they respond, the wilder she gets. Her repartee is as bawdy as her repertoire which ranges from songs of the thirties, forties, fifties and sixties. She describes her act as “gaar-baghe” and introduces her female trio. The Harlettes as “three trashy waitresses from Encino” … and plays it up to the hilt. They’re a motley looking crew, Bette first in black slacks, striped blouse, pink rose at the waist and later in pink sequin forties formal, sweetheart neckline, puff sleeves, slit up to the belly button with a ratty looking silver fox and green, orange, yellow and blue feather boa draped around her short frame. Her trio poses and postures in the style of the Andrew Sisters, hands on hips, heads turned snobbishly in an upward tilt, bumping and grinding in unison, sometimes shoving each other away from the microphone. They change into pink sequin gingham maid’s uniforms (complete with sequin caps) that first jerk open to form a dazzling red, white and blue sequin American flag and later rip off to reveal them in sexy satin underslips edged in black lace and bearing a sequin playing card emblem. You’ll have to admit, that’s going some to create a surprise effect, which is what happens every five minutes of the raucous, madhouse of a show. Nothing is sacred on The Divine Miss M‘s lips. Her description of what “Hubba Hubba” means can’t be printed here, she titles one segment her Philadelphia medley because “it reeks,” and claims to be on an exhausting 272 days tour, “Martha Raye would give her eye teeth and a box of poppers for a tour like ours.” She caters mainly to the gay crowd with “in references” only they seem to get like “I just love those sleezy bars where they play Wayne Newton on the juke box” and after announcing she’ll sing one of Karen Carpenter’s “greatest hits” says something a teensy bit filthy about her drum playing. By the time the show has ended, she’s involved the audi«hce in a sing-a-long, insulted almost everyone, forgotten the words to a song, joked with the musicians with her back to the audience, flung herself across the stage in leaps and bounds, shaking every moveable part of her body, blown your ear drums out in Janis Joplin-like flamboyance with a vocal of the Glenn Miller hit, “In the Mood.” the rock ‘n roll orgy “Leader of the Pack,” dropping into deep knee bends in simulation of a motorcycle rider, raised the roof of the theater on “Higher and Higher,” and flattened her over-wrought audience with a stunning and poignant rendition of “Am I Blue.” BetteBack October 1, 1973: Flashy, Trashy and Infectious Miss M Midler’s Almost-Forgotten Debut Album Still Remains A Classic Of The ’70s Nostalgia/Camp Boom 10 Pop Divas Who Rocked It On Film (Or Tried) BetteBack June 30, 1972: Singer From The Tubs’ Hits Nightclub Circuit (Interview) | BootLeg Betty

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

BetteBack January 18, 1974: 1974 Grammy Nominations Announced – Bette Up For Three

Delaware County Daily Times January 18, 1974 51098lL52ZL._SS500_ LOS ANGELES (AP) —Singer and composer Stevie Wonder has received six nominations in the 16th annual Grammy awards preliminaries, the most ever given to a recording artist. The blind musician was nominated four times as a performer and twice as a composer. His song “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” was among nve nominees tor 1973 record of the year, and his album “Innervisions” was nominated for album of the year. Winners in the recording industry competition will be announced in a televised awards presentation on March 2. The nominations were announced Thursday at the Hollywood Palladium by singer Andy Williams who will preside over the awards show. Other record of the year nominees announced were: “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,”, sung by the late Jim Croce; “Behind Closed Doors,” sung by Charlie Rich; “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” sung by Roberta Flack; and “You’re So Vain,” sung and composed by Carly Simon. Croce, who was killed in an airplane crash last year, was one of the few artists ever nominated posthumously. Multiple mentions for female vocalists went to Miss Flack. Miss Simon and Bette Midler, whose rendition of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” was nominated for best female vocal performance. Miss Midler was also nominated for best new artist of 1973. In nonmusical segments of the record industry awards, comedian David Frye was nominated for a record satirizing President Nixon. “Richard N’ixon, A Fantasy,” and actor John Wayne was nominated for a spoken word record titled, “America, Why I Love Her.” Paul Simon won two nominations for his solo album. “There Goes Rhymin’ Simon.” It was nominated as album of the year and the single record of the same title was entered in competition for best male pop vocal performance. Other nominees for album of the year were: “The Divine Miss M,” Miss Midler;’ “Behind Closed Doors,” Rich; “Innervisions,” Wonder, and “Killing Me Softly,” Miss Flack. Newcomers named for best new artist of the year were Miss Midler, Eumir Deodato, Maureen McGovern, Marie Osmond and Barry White.. Nominees for best pop vocal performance were Miss Flack, last year’s winner; Miss Midler, Miss Simon for “You’re So Vain,” Anne Murray for “Danny’s Song,” and Diana Ross for “Touch Me In The Morning.” Singers nominated for best male pop vocal performance were: Croce for “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown,” Wonder for “You Are The Sunshine of My Life,” Elton John for “Daniel,” Simon for “There Goes Rhymin1 Simon” and Perry Como for “And I Love You So.” The 20 amazing Bette Midler facts you can share with your mates at the SSE Hydro Good News Dept: The Divine Miss M Re-Issue Bette Midler Reveals How She Got Her Nickname with Release of Deluxe Edition of ‘The Divine Miss M’ BetteBack December 14, 1973: Bette Midler Hits Sophomore Slump

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Blake Loves Bette: Could Mr. Shelton Have a New Sweetheart on “The Voice”?

WWGP1050 Blake Loves Bette: Could Mr. Shelton Have a New Sweetheart on “The Voice“? September 16, 2016 midler-shelton-800 Shelton takes his place in his spinning red chair Monday for the season 11 premiere of The Voice, there will be plenty of changes — at the top of the list, the addition of Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys as his competitors. But there’s one new element that has the “She’s Got a Way with Words” singer particularly excited — the addition of Bette Midler as this cycle’s special mentor. “Bette is such an icon and she’s done everything in the entertainment business there is to do and done it at a top level,” Blake gushes. “We were all in awe being around her for the taping and it’s such a great experience for my team to have had her as a mentor,” he adds. This weekend, Blake clocks two dates on his fall tour in St. Paul, Minnesota, before The Voice kicks off its new season Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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