Music Posts Tagged as 'Celebrity'
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Bill Withers' Legacy Is So Much Deeper Than The Hits We All Know
Withers was poised — along with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Carly Simon — to become a generationally transcendent pop star, Withers went with his heart and his desire to write and record great songs, whether they would be pop hits or not. +'Justments, Withers' last album for Sussex, was released in 1974 and spawned three singles, none of which charted higher than 50 on the pop chart. No doubt +'Justments was hampered by the financial struggles at Sussex, but he was also not interested in recording simple pop songs. A key, but underappreciated narrative of Bill Withers' career is not his chart-topping early hits — or his so-called comeback in the late 1970s with "Lovely Day" and few years later with Grover Washington on the Grammy winning "Just the Two of Us" — but the thoughtful, introspective and brilliant albums that he recorded in the interim, with little airplay or fanfare.
Yungblud: ‘I tried everything, in terms of sexuality’
Singer-songwriter Yungblud has opened up about his sexuality again saying he ‘tried everything’ after he ran away from home aged 15.
The singer from Doncaster, northern England, also says thugs threatened to cut his head off in Russia, calling him a ‘faggot’.
And he addresses the break-up of his relationship with American singer-songwriter Halsey.
‘I tried everything. In terms of sexuality, in terms of drugs, I liberated myself, rather dangerously to be honest — recklessly. I wanted to figure myself out so bad I didn’t care. I always say to young people, it was a distraction.’
In the past, Yungblud has said he is ‘very fluid’ in his sexuality and that it depends on ‘connection’ with someone.
He says he is ‘more straight’. But he has previously said: ‘[If] I walked down the street and met a fucking bloke tomorrow, or a trans person, you never know.’
I'll Come Too - James Blake
Céline Dion - Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Bad Guy (Sasha Vector Remix) - Billie Eilish
A giant inflatable Tina Turner head is coming to Dreamland Margate
Yes, you read that headline right.
Iconic amusement park Dreamland in Margate is known for its traditional fairground fun, great street food and vintage roller discos, but they’ve really outdone themselves with their latest must-see attraction.
Watch Ariana Grande and Barbra Streisand Perform a Surprise Duet
I’m having a gay stroke!
During Barbra Streisand's show at the United Center in Chicago, the vocal powerhouse and certified gay legend blew our queer minds when she invited out surprise guest performer Ariana Grande.
Met with a standing ovation and lots of gay screaming, Grande took the stage in a perfect black suit before the two performed “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” while holding hands and laughing. Streisand originated the 1979 hit with duet companion Donna Summer. The song, in ways, was preeminent to Grande’s chart-topper “no tears left to cry.”
MTV Reportedly Wants to Remove Michael Jackson’s Name From Video Vanguard Award
MTV is toying with the idea of removing Michael Jackson's name from their Video Vanguard Award for this year's Video Music Awards.
During a conversation with Page Six, a source disclosed that there are talks within MTV about renaming the award.
"There’s a lot of heated discussion at the network about how to handle the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year, and it’s getting ugly," the source claims. "There’s talk about if they should change the name, or get rid of it altogether. [There’s also talk] about who would present it and who would accept it. It’s a mess."
Actually, Madonna Was the First to Subvert Country Music Style
I remember seeing Madonna’s “Don’t Tell Me” on MTV in 2000 when I was 11 years old. It was mind-blowing. Growing up in New England, country music never hit close to home. It was all Garth Brooks singing about driving a truck with a fat engine and cracking a warm beer by the lake. But Madonna took the genre and spun it on its head in one of the most transportive videos of her career: steamy cowboys and a dark ranchero vibe, mixed up with a lot of sand-strewn cheek. (It was also the first time Madonna played guitar on an album.) It’s almost hard to believe that the music video is almost 20 years old. “Don’t Tell Me” was the OG beginnings of country music style breaking into the pop world. Subversive twang is going mainstream in the form of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” Orville Peck’s masked exploration of masculinity in country music, and Diplo brooding in a Nudie suit on Instagram. But let me remind you that Madonna was the first to pave the way for giddy-up pop.
MAX & Quinn XCII Talk Pop Hit 'Love Me Less' & Why It's the 'Sleeper Song' of the Summer
If you listen to top 40 radio, you've probably already vibed to MAX's sunny new single "Love Me Less," featuring fellow singer/songwriter Quinn XCII, over the summer, as the song just reached its No. 22 peak on Billboard's Pop Songs airplay chart this week. What you might not have realized while bumping to the bouncy beat is that there's a pretty serious story behind the "vulnerable bop," as MAX has dubbed it.
"My last song, 'Lights Down Low,' I wrote for my wife and I proposed to her with it, and this is sort of the evolution of that, where I had this ex and she was not so happy about our breakup and she threatened to get my British wife deported -- which I knew she didn't really mean, but it was also really intense," MAX tells Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast (listen to the full episode below). "It was the first time we really had a moment where I was like, 'I don't think we're going to recover from this,' because [my wife] was so upset about it. ... We got in the studio, and this 'Love Me Less' idea came about. The right people love you more and not less for your baggage."
Kim Petras on Why Her 'Clarity' Era Is Still Just Her 'Building Phase' Towards Superstardom
The 26-year-old pop singer may have sold out her tour, released her most anticipated work yet, and expanded her fan base, but she's still banking on a bigger future.
Alec Benjamin Is a Pop Storyteller for the Next Generation
Alec Benjamin has worn the same outfit multiple days in a row, he admits when we sit down to chat at New York’s buzzing Soho House one afternoon this spring. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter isn’t overly concerned with fashion; he just likes what he likes, and when he figures out something that works, he sticks with it. “I’m a very OCD person,” he says. “I’ll do one thing to complete exhaustion.”
That’s been true for his music, too. Pop trends come and go, but Benjamin, who’s best known for his viral hit “Let Me Down Slowly”, committed early on to absolute sincerity. In the tradition of pop storytellers like Taylor Swift and thoughtful songwriters like John Mayer, he’s built a brand of contemporary earnestness, layered over bulletproof pop balladry. Here, in this slick environment, a wide-eyed Benjamin seems a little out of place in his low-key sweatshirt, jeans, sneakers and tousled hair; you wouldn’t know he was a platinum-selling artist. But as the DJ in the corner ups the volume of his jazzy set, Benjamin settles in for the conversation, and any self-consciousness fades away. He’s not the type of guy who worries about keeping up appearances.
Feel It Still - Portugal The Man
To Love You More (Bryan Reyes & Richie Rich Remix) - Celine Dion
I needed a diva shot. 03-May-2019
Greyson Chance fought for his coming out to not be used as an “exploitation tactic” / Amplify by Gay Times
Nine years ago, Greyson Chance became a viral sensation after his sixth-grade performance of Lady Gaga’s 2009 pop anthem, Paparazzi, was uploaded to YouTube.
After receiving widespread attention, heaps of acclaim (and a phone call from Gaga), the singer-songwriter – who was just 12-years-old at the time – was invited to appear on The Ellen Degeneres Show, and subsequently became a household name in the United States. In the same year, Greyson released his first single Waiting Outside the Lines – produced by Christina Aguilera’s mentor, Ron Fair – which was shortly followed by his pop-rock influenced debut studio album, Hold On ’til the Night. Imagine doing all of that before you hit your teens?
“I had to go through the ringers of the music industry at a very young age,” says Greyson. “I am just so blessed for my parents. I have an amazing mom and dad and they supported me through it the entire time, but there were a lot of pros and cons to it.” In subsequent years, Greyson released multiple EPs and a number of standalone singles – including Meridians, Back on the Wall and Lighthouse – but later decided that he wasn’t cut out for the industry. “I didn’t really see a path or trajectory for myself moving forward in music. Throughout adolescence, I knew I was good at music, but I don’t think I understood the weight of this being my path, my purpose. I became so beat down in the industry and so many people closed the door on me and said, ‘Listen, you’ve had your moment, that’s it.'”