At press time, pop icon George Michael is hospitalized in Vienna, Austria, recovering from a severe bout of pneumonia. The latest official news states that he is out of the ICU and getting better. Thank goodness for that. Michael is one of my favorite artists.
It‚Äôs official: The Material Girl is the halftime performer for Super Bowl XLVI. Madonna has declined the high-profile Super Bowl gig in the past, but now there‚Äôs no way she‚Äôs anything but delighted by the opportunity since she gets to unveil the first single from her forthcoming 12th studio album on the nation‚Äôs most-watched TV program.
Dance music has always been a welcoming refuge for older divas. In fact, it‚Äôs probably the one popular genre where age really isn‚Äôt a factor at all. A dancefloor scorcher by a 50-something, 60-something or even a 70-something (hello 78-year-old Yoko Ono, owner of seven straight Club Play #1s ‚ÄĒ the most recent coming just last month) has as much chance of success as a track by a 20-something pop tart.
What makes a ‚Äúreal‚ÄĚ singer long to be a pop diva ‚Äď the next Britney, Katy or Rihanna? If you asked vocalist Liz Primo that question she would probably give you one simple, straightforward answer: An irresistable love for the music.
I read a number of message boards devoted to music and I follow the ‚ÄúBillboard‚ÄĚ charts pretty closely. I like to think I have my ear to the ground and am pretty good at spotting trends before they bloom. If it‚Äôs true, I have a feeling the presently scattershot sniping about Lady Gaga‚Äôs recent commercial results might kick into overdrive any moment now.
Billboard magazine, the music chart Bible, marked LGBT Pride Month and the June 24 passage of equal marriage rights in New York by compiling a list of ‚Äú20 musical moments that were pivotal in advancing the understanding and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.‚ÄĚ
My Facebook alert was going off like the Bat Phone after a Gotham City prison break earlier this month letting me know that I had a message‚Ä¶and another‚Ä¶and another‚Ä¶and another‚Ä¶and ‚ÄĒ well, you get the idea. Hmmm, had the Prince Harry sextape I‚Äôve been praying for finally come to light? Hey, hope springs eternal. No, it turns out that my gay male Fb friends were blowing up the internet over news that Britney Spears is bringing her Femme Fatale Tour to the Carolinas for two dates.
Openly gay singer D Alexander has noticed a big change in the music industry since he began recording four years ago. In the beginning, producers tried to force him to become a mainstream pop artist. However, concerned that his music would lose its essence, D Alexander resolved to remain true to his artistry even if it meant never achieving high record sales. (‚ÄúI told the producers they can keep their money, cars and chicks, just give me a mic and some glitter.‚ÄĚ) Now, he sees other musicians following a similar path.
k.d. lang is back with a bang‚Ä¶a Siss Boom Bang to be precise. Earlier this month the peerless singer-songwriter returned with ‚ÄúSing It Loud,‚ÄĚ her first studio album in three years and first recorded entirely with a band of her own since the pair of albums she released with the Reclines that launched her groundbreaking career over 20 years ago.
It‚Äôs almost odd to talk about ‚ÄúBorn This Way‚ÄĚ in terms of being Lady Gaga‚Äôs comeback song because, well, she hasn‚Äôt been anywhere. An unbroken streak of hit singles, her coast-to-coast sell-out Monster Ball tour and a string of red carpet appearances and performances at one awards show after another have kept her in the public‚Äôs unblinking eye for two solid years.
These days, George Michael seems more lost than Gilligan, Hurley and the kids from ‚ÄúDr. Shrinker‚ÄĚ combined. But, in the closing years of the ‚Äė80s, he was a pop music juggernaut. Actually, that‚Äôs too limiting because he enjoyed unprecedented success on the R&B charts as well. It‚Äôs more accurate to say Michael was a music juggernaut.