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Tag Archives: Lady Gaga
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
The 91st Academy Awards air live this Sunday, February 24th
Mister D: I didn’t know Lady Gaga’s song was nominated for an Oscar…you know, the one about her personality!!! My goodness me, Mama getting nasty! (I jest, I kid, I crack myself up!)
Netflix’s Roma leads the pack with 10 nominations, including a Best Picture nod, while Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born is up for eight Oscars, including Best Actor for Cooper, Best Actress for Gaga, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott and Best Original Song for “Shallow.” Bohemian Rhapsody has five nods, including Best Picture, and a Best Actor nomination for Rami Malek, while Green Book earned five nominations as well. ... Read More
Thursday, January 24, 2019
17 Pop Stars Who Successfully Crossed Over Into Film
by ORLA PENTELOW
As pop star Lady Gaga joins Glenn Close and Olivia Colman in the running to be named best actress at the Academy Awards next month, Vogue looks back at her fellow musicians who made the leap into movies.
Lady Gaga followed in the footsteps of fellow singers Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand when she took on the leading role in most recent incarnation of A Star Is Born, but it’s far from the first time a famous musician has been lured by the siren call of the silver screen. As Gaga stands poised on the brink of Oscar success, Vogue looks back at her fellow pop stars who managed to make it in the movies. ... Read More
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
10 Best Versions of ‘White Christmas’
by Xavier Piedra
“White Christmas” is known for being one of the most covered songs of all time. The track was originally written by Irving Berlin in 1942, and since then has become the world’s best-selling single of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
With so many covers by dozens of artists, it’s hard to keep track of which versions of the song do the original track justice. To make things a little more easier for you, here are our picks for some of the best covers of ‘White Christmas’ to play at your next holiday gathering. ... Read More
Thursday, August 2, 2018
Readers Digest Banned Karaoke Songs! posted by Kelly Bryant – Jul 31, 2018 6:01AM
Sure, there may be songs you wish were banned from karaoke playlists, but these tunes are actually prohibited from being used at karaoke night. The horror!
“Hello” — AdeleBroadimage/REX/ShutterstockDon’t expect to find this Adele power ballad in any karaoke songbooks. In 2017, the British songstress chose not to issue a new license for her music, according to MSN. Seems like the only places you’ll truly be able to belt out her emotional tunes will be in the shower or in your car. Guess this is goodbye to “Hello.” Check out some more things that you won’t believe are banned in the U.S.
“Dancing Queen” — ABBAI.B.L./REX/ShutterstockThis seems downright cruel considering the Mamma Mia! sequel has all of us shuffling our feet to the Swedish band’s tunes, but “Dancing Queen” was also removed from karaoke catalogs in 2017. Similarly to Adele, the supergroup simply chose not to renew licensing. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Jay Taylor, director of karaoke disc-maker Vocal-Star, said, “We can’t understand why they’re doing it, it makes no sense.” Love disco tunes? Here’s what your favorite type of music says about your personality.
“Roar” — Katy PerryJames Gourley/REX/ShutterstockAnother shock to karaoke lovers was when Katy Perry joined the ranks of Adele and ABBA by pulling her motivational jam “Roar” from the books. Again, no one really knows why there was this sudden move to omit some of these songs from karaoke. We’d just like to remind the singer that she did participate in James Corden’s popular Carpool Karaoke segment, so could she please give “Roar” back to us? Pretty please?
“My Way” — Frank SinatraDezo Hoffmann/REX/ShutterstockDon’t worry, Sinatra fans—this particular ban applies only to the Philippines, but the reason behind it is pretty gruesome. The New York Times reported a series of murders in that particular country over karaoke versions of “My Way.” There were at least six fatalities on record associated with singing the tune at a karaoke bar, but the Times story admits there’s a possibility there’ve been even more. Some karaoke-goers attribute the violence to the arrogance the song evokes. Here’s why you get goosebumps when you listen to good music.
“Despacito” — Luis FonsiCarlos Tischler/REX/ShutterstockDon’t expect to sing Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” at karaoke night if you find yourself in Malaysia. You’ll have to pick another track. The BBC reported that a senior minister considers the tune, which also features Justin Bieber, “un-Islamic.” “The lyrics are not suitable to be heard,” said Malaysia’s communications minister Salleh Said Keruak.
“Livin’ on a Prayer” — Bon JoviRMV/REX/ShutterstockThe New Jersey rockers have penned many a jam over the years, but “Living on a Prayer” has to be among their top most requested tunes on karaoke night. That is, until the song’s licensing agreement was removed for karaoke format. In fact, these days all Bon Jovi songs are on the banned list, per licensing rules. “Artists might want to negotiate their own deal with karaoke companies, or it might be they don’t want songs overplayed [so much that they] put people off,” Rob Kempton of music rights consultancy Footprint Music told The Sun. But maybe overplaying isn’t so bad—check out
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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Fansided 10 legendary gay icons and how they earned their titles by Marco Saveriano June 24, 2018 Cher The gay community has always supported fierce, outspoken women and men. These stars proved what it takes though to become a true gay icon. The term “gay icon” is thrown around a lot lately, at least by members of the gay community. As soon as a pop star releases a dance single or pulls off some sickening stunt on stage, somebody is quick to pull the “gay icon” card. While there are many ways of earning that title, it usually involves years of dedication to the community that supported you, and proving that you care about them as much as they care about you. Some of these stars dared to be different and let their freak flag fly, even when it meant they might be shunned. Some of them stood by the gay community in times of need, when others treated them like lepers. They put their careers at risk in order to support the community, and that’s dedication. There is a whole new generation of gay icons, with the likes of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and even Ariana Grande all having a huge gay following who they’re so supportive of. But it’s important to know your history, and these trailblazers were supporting the gay community at a time when not many people were. BETTE MIDLER The Marvelous Miss M is a true gay icon for many reasons, from her foul, unrestrained mouth to her heavenly singing voice. But there’s a reason she’s called Bathhouse Betty! After relocating to New York City in the ’60s, Midler started her career on Broadway, but it wasn’t her Broadway roles that got the gays going crazy for her (though that’s part of the reason why they love her now). In the summer of 1970, she earned her gay icon status when she started performing at a popular gay bathhouse in New York City. (Gay bathhouses are saunas where gay men go to have sex, in case you didn’t know.) Accompanied by her pianist Barry Manilow, who she became very close with, Midler would light up the stage with her big voice and her even bigger personality. She quickly became a sensation in the New York gay scene, and once you’re big with the gays, you know you’re on way. Midler spoke fondly of those days when she released her album Bathhouse Betty in 1998: “Despite the way things turned out [with the AIDS crisis], I’m still proud of those days. I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of ‘Bathhouse Betty’ with pride.” Over the years, Bette Midler has remained a gay icon after a string of iconic movie roles (Hello, Hocus Pocus!), stage roles — most recently appearing on Broadway in the revival of Hello, Dolly! — and for still being a firecracker who isn’t afraid to speak out about what pisses her off, such as the current political climate in the U.S. You just can’t keep Bathhouse Betty quiet! Cyndi Lauper Cyndi Lauper may have sung about girls wanting to have fun, but she really should have said “Gays Just Wanna Have Fun!” It’s no surprise that Cyndi Lauper would garner such a huge gay following. If you look at someone more contemporary, like Lady Gaga, the gay community tends to flock to the talented girls with quirky style and a clear connection to the LGBTQ community. And that’s exactly what Cyndi Lauper was. Lauper came onto the scene with her bright orange hair and wild ensembles, and a great voice. She was seen as a trailblazer for women’s liberation, and she wasn’t afraid to talk about things that others wouldn’t. Her song “She Bop”, for example, was about masturbation, and who could forget her anthem, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”? After her own sister came out of the closet, that’s when Lauper realized how difficult life was for LGBTQ people, and that’s what inspired her to become an activist for the LGBTQ community. Lauper has since co-founded the True Colors Fund, a charity which “works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth, creating a world where all young people can be their true selves.” Lauper’s work on Broadway has also helped her grow her gay fanbase. She composed the music and lyrics for the hit Broadway musical Kinky Boots, which made it’s Broadway debut in 2013. Lauper went on to win a Tony Award for Best Original Score, and became the first solo woman to do so. When asked about her gay icon title in an interview, Lauper became modest. While the title is just a title, Lauper is talking the talk and actually making a difference. “I don’t know if I’m a gay icon, but I do work in the community, and I work hard for civil rights,” she said. “I was working in the community anyway, and I didn’t want to just work there and not realize I could do something to help, as opposed to just being there. So, I stepped up.” DAVID BOWIE Nobody said this list would be only women, and there’s no man better to start off with than David Bowie. Bowie was known for being an eccentric, androgynous, trailblazing rock star who wasn’t afraid of what people thought about him. He wore makeup and flamboyant stage costumes, and that’s part of why he became such a gay icon. Decades ago, even if you were straight, you didn’t want to stray away from the norm, because then people would talk and it could ruin your career. Even a rumor about being gay could have ruined a rising star’s chance, but Bowie didn’t care. Early on in his career in 1972, he declared in an interview that he was gay. Years later, in 1976, Bowie corrected himself in an interview with Playboy when he revealed he was actually bisexual. “It’s true — I am a bisexual. But I can’t deny that I’ve used that fact very well. I suppose it’s the best thing that ever happened to me.” Bowie was right, he did use the fact that he was bisexual to his advantage. For years, he used his androgyny to keep people guessing. He enticed male and female fans, and he inspired generations of people to be different. In 2002, Bowie was asked if he regretted his public declaration of bisexuality. While he didn’t feel like it was a mistake in Europe, he did feel like the “puritanical” United States didn’t react the same way, and he felt like it definitely stood in his way. Whether he was vocal about his sexuality or not, Bowie would still be a gay icon due to his dedication to going against the grain and always preparing audiences to expect the unexpected. Kylie Minogue is one of those pop stars who gained a gay fanbase for really no reason at all except for the fact that she was fabulous and gay fans adored her instantly. But over the years, she has nurtured her gay following into full-blown gay icon status. KYLIE MINOQUE Kylie’s impact is wildly underappreciated in North America. Most music fans in the U.S. and Canada may only know her for her version of “Locomotion” and her aptly titled single “Can’t Get You Head Of My Head” but she is so much more than those songs. She started out on the Australian soap Neighbours before becoming a pop star with a huge following in Australia and across Europe. It wasn’t until the ’90s when her style started getting a little sexier that the gays took notice of Kylie. She was embracing her sexuality and breaking free from what people expected her to look and act like, and that struck a chord with the LGBTQ community. The new millennium ushered in a new era of Kylie, and this time she re-appeared as a campy disco queen, and the gays loved her even more. Her videos lovingly included gay imagery, plenty of male eye candy, and she even fought to keep a same-sex kiss in the music video for “All The Lovers.” She knew she had a loving, dedicated gay following, and she acknowledged that and catered to the fans who were with her from the beginning. In return, she also fought for equality for the LGBTQ community in her home country of Australia. In 2016, Kylie and her then-fiancé Joshua Sasse also vowed not to get married until everybody could get married. It’s one thing for a pop star to embrace her gay following, and it’s another for them to fight for their rights. That’s what makes a true gay icon. BOY GEORGE Boy George is a bit of a controversial choice, but his impact has made him a gay icon nonetheless. Back in the ’80s, the lead singer of Culture Club caused quite a stir with his androgynous style. Much like David Bowie, Boy George didn’t adhere to what people thought a man should look like, and many people weren’t even sure if he was male or female. It was that questioning that made him such a phenomenon; he released hit songs and looked unlike anyone else on the scene, and the speculation and controversy only helped his star power. Also like Bowie, George’s sexuality was often speculated in the media. Many assumed that his flamboyant attire meant he had to be gay, but he often ignored the question or gave a variety of answers to avoid stating the obvious. He did, at one point, say he was bisexual and had relationships with women as well as men, but that didn’t end speculation. Of course, since then, George has said that he is without a doubt homosexual. He doesn’t consider himself gender fluid or anything like that, just a gay man with eccentric style. “Gender fluid suggests there’s the possibility of change and there really isn’t,” he has said. “I’m an old-fashioned gay man.” Though Boy George has been seen as controversial in the past for his run-ins with the law and his struggle with substance abuse, it doesn’t diminish the impact he had on the gay community throughout his career. He was a pioneering force for androgynous styles, and despite receiving backlash, he never hid his eccentricities, even all these years later. DIANA ROSS The gays love a diva, and that’s why stars like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Mariah Carey are so revered in the community. But there’s one diva who out-divas them all: Miss Diana Ross. Diana Ross already had a huge following from her time spent with The Supremes. The gay community, above all else, loves glitz and glamour, and Ross was known for her glamorous looks and big hair, to go with her even bigger personality. The gay community has always gravitated towards strong, talented women, so it wasn’t a surprise that she managed to gain a huge gay following. The moment Diana Ross became a certified gay icon was when she unleashed the single “I’m Coming Out” into the world. While it wasn’t specifically about coming out of the closet, Nile Rodgers, who wrote the song for her back in the 1970s, explained the origins of the lyrics. He was hanging out in an underground gay club in New York when he noticed not one, not two, but three drag queens dressed up as Diana Ross. That’s when he started thinking about the idea of Diana Ross coming out of the closet, if she was a gay man, and realized how it compared to her “coming out” after leaving Motown. Thanks to Rodgers’ inspired idea, Diana Ross was hailed as a gay icon. Whatever the lyrics were intended to mean, the LGBTQ community recognized their significance and related to them, and just like that, a gay anthem was born. To this day, Ross is still a drag favorite in clubs around the world. FREDDIE MERCURY Speaking of divas, here’s a male diva whose legacy will never be forgotten. Freddie Mercury never publicly confirmed that he was gay, but instead, playfully joked about it for years. He may not have been “out of the closet” but he was always fearless on stage and in music videos. He wasn’t afraid of sequin bodysuits, deep plunging necklines, bright colors, or feathers. He also wasn’t afraid to show off his feminine side. In the music video for Queen’s “I Want To Break Free,” Mercury and the rest of the band all appear in drag. Mercury also appears in drag in the music video for “The Great Pretender.” Many claimed that Freddie was open about his sexuality to those close to him, and just didn’t talk about it in the media. In Somebody to Love: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Freddie Mercury, the authors note that when Mercury reportedly told Mary Austin, a woman he’d call the love of his life, that he was bisexual, she replied, “No Freddie, you’re gay.” Mercury had relationships with men as well as women, and was rumored to be a bit of a “scene queen” in London. It seems like it was always a really badly kept secret, or that everyone knew and chose not to care. MADONNA The singer was always in on the joke, and he didn’t care what people thought of him. He had one of the greatest voices the music industry has ever heard, and a stage presence that is unparalleled (sorry Adam Lambert, we still love you), and the fact that he was able to be as iconic as he was while being as flamboyant as he was is truly a testament to his talent. What’s unfortunate is that one of the biggest queer voices in history left us so soon. Mercury died at the age of 45 of AIDS-related illnesses, after having only revealed to the media that he was suffering from AIDS the day before. There’s comfort, at least, in knowing that he will forever be immortalized as not only a gay icon, but a music icon. There are a few names that immediately come to mind when you think of the term “gay icon” and Madonna is definitely one of them. She’s such a legendary gay icon that a lot of people may not even know why at this point, but it definitely wasn’t an accident. When Madonna was young and living in Michigan, she was first introduced to the gay community by her dance teacher. He introduced her to nightclubs and gay bars and even encouraged her to follow her dream to New York City. Is anyone surprised that it was a gay man who first saw that spark in Madonna and knew she was destined to be a star? Once she got to Manhattan, Madonna was a regular on the club scene, which is where she was introduced to the voguing scene, which of course went on to be the focus of one of her biggest hits, “Vogue”. Madonna was bringing a light to the gay community early on in her career, a move that could’ve been career suicide, but instead made her an icon. During the AIDS crisis in the ’80s, a time when most people were distancing themselves from the LGBTQ community, Madonna stuck by them. She had many friends who were affected by the disease, and of course, she knew it was a cause that was directly linked to her fans. She wasn’t afraid to speak out about the disease that was ravaging the gay community and even donated proceeds from the last American tour date on her Blonde Ambition tour to the nonprofit organization amfAR, dedicated to her friend Keith Haring who died of AIDS. She has since been a very active voice for LGBTQ rights, including marriage equality and the horrible treatment of LGBTQ people overseas. Aside from her work towards equal rights, Madonna also earned her gay icon status because of — of course — her music and performances. She wasn’t afraid to embrace her sexuality, she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind, and she gave the gay community music they could dance and sing along to. What more could you ask for?
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Saturday, December 9, 2017
How do ya’ll feel about this? Somebody took Bette’s The Rose and overlayed Lady Gaga’s voice over it. Pass, Miss, Or Interesting. I found it interesting, but I wish they would have somehow incorporated Bette into it. It Just seems wrong to ghost her like that. Mister D
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Billboard Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Stephen Colbert & More React to Trump Firing Steve Bannon 8/18/2017 by Alexandra Holterman
“Congrats on removing your first monument to racism!”White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon was forced out of President Donald Trump’s administration on Friday (Aug. 18), and musicians and celebrities were quick to weigh in about it on Twitter. Most expressed glee at Bannon’s exit, while others poked fun at the strategist’s role during his brief White House tenure, referring to him as the President due to his perceived influence on Trump’s policies. Below are some of the reactions from the likes of Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Stephen Colbert, Questlove of The Roots and more:
Members of Presidential Arts Commission Quit in Blazing Fashion: ‘Your Values Are Not American Values’=&0=&@ladygaga
This weeks White House musical of choice is “Bye Bye Bannon.” https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/18/us/politics/steve-bannon-trump-white-house.html?referer=https://t.co/XuOvPjZN37?amp=1 …
Trump Tells Aides He Has Decided to Remove Stephen Bannon
Stephen K. Bannon had clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers and members of the president’s family.mobile.nytimes.com Twitter Ads info and privacy =&1=&@BetteMidler
did Trump just fire Potus?@StephenAtHome
.@realDonaldTrump Congrats on removing your first monument to racism! http://cnn.com/2017/08/18/politics/steve-bannon-white-house/ … ... Read More
Monday, August 7, 2017
on the ‘girl bands’ of her youth] The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, The Crystals.. they were completely and utterly wholesome and whimsical.
on the ‘girl bands’ of her youth] The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, The Crystals.. they were completely and utterly wholesome and whimsical. And optimistic. The music was very optimistic and upbeat. The ballads were sometimes sad, but you knew things were going to turn out in the end. The music wasn’t bleak. This was before Bob Dylan, you know. – Bette Midler
The best album of every year since 2000, according to critics (businessinsider.com)
Review: It’s The Girls – A Musical Joyride (bootlegbetty.com)
On Meeting Her Idol Bob Dylan: | BootLeg Betty (bootlegbetty.com)
Midler: “Of Course I’m Going To Retire” | BootLeg Betty (bootlegbetty.com)
Bette Midler On Songs She Loves But Would Never Sing: | BootLeg Betty (bootlegbetty.com)
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Das Kulture FREAKSHOW Posted on February 20, 2017 By Konrad Kögler The “Freak Show” by Trudie Styler, which ran in the Generation 14plus series, is particularly worthwhile for its main actor Alex Lawther . The British talent should be kept in mind. In “Freakshow” he appears much more flamboyant than in his first lead role in “Departure”, where he noticed as a poem writing, timid teenager. He plays Billy Bloom, a teenager who loves the big performance and likes to present himself as David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe or in fantasy bird costume fantasy costumes. He has inherited this tendency to drama and eccentricity from his mother ( Bette Midler in a parade role and her first small cinema appearance for five years). The film tells of the bullying of the queer boy at his high school. In the first half the film convinces thanks to its excellent soundtrack and its outstanding main character, which shows the extroverted and sensitively-emboldened facets of the figure well. The second half is less successful as too many stereotypes of high school comedies are served: the cheerleaders, against whom Billy Bloom compete in the election to the “Homecoming Queen“, are blond dolls, the flamboyant star of the football team is not allowed absence. While these figures are ironically broken, they take up too much space and weaken the overall impression. “Freakshow” is the directing debut of Trudie Styler , who has been an actress since the 1970s, most recently as a producer of, for example, “American Honey” ( critics ), based on a novel by James St. James .