It’s been another huge year for James Corden’s Late Late Show segment Carpool Karaoke with the likes of Adele, Sia and Michelle Obama all taking the TV host’s passenger seat.
Next up is Madonna who joins Corden for a drive around New York, and it has everything a memorable episode of Carpool Karaoke should have: carefree dancing, some candid conversation, and — best of all — some truly glorious singing.
Madonna says at one point.
I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t party. I’m quite square.”
Madonna has hit out at an unknown critic that suggested she should look or act a certain way because of her age.
In response, the pop superstar shared a number of photos of herself looking fierce through the decades, each one captioned: ‘Acting my age!’
In a final post, she shared a snap from one of her most recent photoshoots for LOVE Magazine, which sees pop superstar appear make-up free and sucking her thumb.
Still Acting my Age!!! How do i know I’m still acting my Age? Because its MY age and its MY life and all of you Women Hating Bigots need to sit down and try to understand why you feel the need to limit me with your fear of what you aren’t familiar with.
You know what happens to Bigots? NOTHING! Nothing happens to people who think in a limited way. Facts…..But i forgive you. Because its the month of Slicha.”
While it’s frustrating that the queen of pop is still having to explain her freedom to do as she pleases, it’s good to to see that she’s not letting the haters take her down.
Tegan and Sara have released the video for ‘Faint Of Heart’, the fourth single taken from recent album ‘Love You To Death’.
The video stars LGBTQ youth in-character as musicians traditionally cherished as community icons: Elvis, Madonna, Prince, David Bowie, Grace Jones, and Tegan and Sara themselves. The real Tegan and Sara sit in the audience, cheering on the young performers.
According to Teen Vogue, where the video premiered, happened to be filmed the day after a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In that atmosphere, its creation felt particularly emotional.
Tegan Quin told the magazine.
There was something very personal about this tragedy and that was undoubtably on our minds as we arrived on set. I felt honored to be included… which sounds silly since it was a music video for our band.”
From the second we walked in, I felt incredibly emotional. The cast was so young, so excited, so talented, so friendly and so diverse. It was clear this video was going to be very special. I felt honored to be included… which sounds silly since it was a music video for our band. But from the second we arrived, my brain recognized the music video as something we were doing together with our community to present the bravery, the talent, the love, the art, and the connection we all have, rather than just a vehicle for our music — which was a relief. It might be hyperbolic to say this, but I think it altered how we looked at how we were going to proceed in our career. The video had meaning, and that felt very important in that moment of time.”
The video’s director Devon Kirkpatrick told Autostraddle, said he hoped to highlight the LGBTQ community with this video.
As a non-binary director myself, it’s important to me to be a part of creating opportunities that highlight the talents of the LGBT and specifically trans and GNC community. To cast trans and GNC young people as icons that helped to push the gender binary was especially gratifying. We cast two queer identified trans girls as Tegan and Sara themselves. It felt especially important to create a space that reflects inclusiveness.”
Dozens of high-profile artists, politicians and prominent members of the queer community have taken to social media to voice their horror at this weekend’s massacre, which left 50 patrons dead at Pulse, a prominent gay nightclub in Orlando.
While some celebrities simply offered their condolences and emphasized their support of the victims and their families, many others demanded the reform of U.S. gun laws, a move they insist could prevent future violent deaths.
Madonna has announced that it is unlikely she will ever perform in Russia, due to the country’s treatment of the LGBT community.
She made the comments in an interview to promote her upcoming tour, which begins in September.
The tour will involve concerts in 35 cities across North America, Europe and Australia.
However, the singer has stated that Russia will not be on that list.
I won’t appear in Moscow or St Petersburg anymore, because I don’t want to perform in places where being homosexual is tantamount to a crime.”
The singer has previously accused Vladimir Putin’s regime of showing
… blatant intolerance of gay rights, artistic freedom, freedom of speech, and human rights in general.”
And back in 2012 the singer spoke out against the arrest of pro-gay band Pussy Riot:
I was shocked and outraged when I heard about this, and I spoke about it openly on stage [in Moscow] during my show. For this I received several death threats.
What I realised when I went to Russia, and saw what was going on with Pussy Riot, and what was going on with the gay community, was how lucky I was and am to live in a country where I can speak my mind.
It’s time for the rest of the world to be as brave as Pussy Riot, to stand up against people like President Putin that do not respect human rights, and perpetuate oppression, discrimination, and injustice of any kind.
We all have a moral obligation to stand up for anyone who’s being persecuted, whether it’s down the street from us, or on the other side of the world.”
Conservative St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov – infamous for his anti-LGBT views – was quick to responded to the singer’s statement.
In an interview to Russian News Agency, Milonov called the singer a “hypocritical old lady” and accused her of prioritising gay rights over the lives of children suffering because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Madonna now passes another icon, George Strait, who’s logged 44 No. 1s on Hot Country Songs.
Madonna said in an exclusive statement to Billboard.
Thanks to all my fans on and off the dancefloor. I’ll (always) be your partner.”
The Queen of Pop, also took to Instagram earlier today with a sexy morning shot showing her new neon pink tips, courtesy of her stylist bestie Andy LeCompte. The pop icon posed in front of a New York City backdrop, wearing minimal makeup and a comfy printed tee.
“Rise and Shine NY!!!#bitchimmadonna,” she wrote alongside the snap.
Some of the biggest names in music industry have joined forces to launch Tidal, an “artist-owned” music and video streaming service.
Rihanna, Madonna, Beyonce, Usher, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Jack White and Kanye West joined a host of other stars as they were revealed as co-owners of the subscription service, which is the brainchild of Jay Z.
The membership-based service will provide music and video content. However, unlike rivals Spotify, the service will not have a free tier – meaning the musicians stand to make more money from it.
Alicia Keys gave a presentation as the other artists stood side-by-side.
She said the artists hoped the new service would “forever change the course of music history” and ensure the viability of the industry.
“So we come together before you on this day, March 30th, 2015, with one voice in unity in the hopes that today will be another one of those moments in time, a moment that will forever change the course of music history. For today we announce of Tidal, the first ever artist-owned, global music and entertainment platform”
The membership-based service is being offered to U.S. users at two price points: about $9.95 for standard sound quality and $19.99 for ‘lossless high fidelity sound quality.’
In the United Kingdom the premium service will set users back £20.
Tidal streams at 1,411 kilobytes per second – well above the 320 for premium subscribers of Spotify, which offers lower levels for free users.
The difference means that Tidal offers higher sound quality for audiophiles with advanced sound systems – but that casual listeners using simple laptops or smartphones may face slower connections.
Jay Z’s company, Project Panther, took over Sweden-based Aspiro for a reported $56m (£37m) on 13 March. Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Calvin Harris, who both appeared via video, are also co-owners.
The firm owned WiMP – which rivals Spotify in some countries – and TIDAL (which streams music in HD).
Before the announcement, big names including Madonna, Rihanna, Coldplay, Usher and Jay Z’s wife Beyonce changed their Twitter profile pictures to the teal blue colour of Tidal’s website to show their support.
Tidal operates in 31 countries, including Britain, France and the US and is to be launched in six more including Australia and Germany.
Spotify is the industry leader and says it has 60 million users with 15 million of them paying for its services.
It has 30 million tracks available on its service and charges £9.99 per month.
Tidal streams at 1,411 kilobytes per second – well above the 320 for premium subscribers of Spotify, which offers lower levels for free users.
The difference means that Tidal offers higher sound quality for people listening on advanced sound systems.
Tidal offers users access to 25 million tracks, in addition to 75,000 music videos and other content including artist interviews.
There are two options: £9.99 for “standard sound quality”, and £19.99 per month for “Lossless High Fidelity sound quality”.
There is said to be no free version of Tidal beyond the initial 30-day trial period.
Tidal will compete with Spotify, Deezer and other streaming services.
Apple plans to relaunch its own Beats Music which was founded by Dr Dre.
In the latest issue of Rolling Stone (on newsstands today), Madonna addresses ageist remarks that have been sent her way over the years. And in light of the events at the Brit Awards, where the Material Girl fell during her performance, which resulted in Twitter exploding, some would have to say she has a massive challenge ahead.
At the start of her hotly anticipated performance, which closed the ceremony, Madonna was yanked backwards by her cloak down a flight of steps and seemed to land heavily on her lower back. However, the singer and dancer kept going and carried out the rest of her energetic routine.
Before the fall Madonna, 56, was also victim of an ageist joke from comedian Jimmy Carr, 42, who said that the only drugs backstage in Madonna’s dressing room were HRT.
However, Madonna is on a mission and has vowed that she’s not interested in being average and wants to empower women to understand that they can still be relevant and sexual regardless of their age.
Madge goes on to call ageism “the last great frontier” in civil rights:
“It’s still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody, and talk shit. Because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect we still live in a very sexist society…
No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being gay, but my age – anybody and everybody would say something degrading to me. And I always think to myself, why is that accepted?
What’s the difference between that and racism, or any discrimination? They’re judging me by my age. I don’t understand. I’m trying to get my head around it. Because women, generally, when they reach a certain age, have accepted that they’re not allowed to behave a certain way. But I don’t follow the rules. I never did, and I’m not going to start.”
Madge’s new album Rebel Heart is available March 6th.
In her new memoir Straight Walk, Patricia Velasquez,who starred as Marina’s big screen alter ego Karina on The L Word, recounts her impoverished childhood, her time in the intensely challenging South American beauty-pageant system, and admits what she had denied or played coy about in the past was the fact she’s a lesbian.
Seem as the world’s first Latina supermodel, Velasquez was discovered as a teen and went on to compete in the 1989 Miss Venezuela pageant. But compete for Miss Venezuela was not an easy task, she was told she had her eyes done, her ears pinned back and got breast implants. She agreed only to the latter. She also starved herself on a strict diet of chicken and tomato juice and was required to find a sponsor. In other words, Velasquez writes, “I would have to start prostituting myself.”
She hooked up with an older man she identifies only as David. In exchange for sex, he got Velasquez an apartment and paid for her cosmetic surgery. She placed second in the Miss Venezuela pageant, and her modeling career took off.
She modeled for Victoria’s Secret, Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue and made it on the big screen in The Mummy franchise.
However, her life changed when she met comedienne Sandra Bernhard backstage at a fashion show.
Velasquez says didn’t know who Bernhard was — even though the comic was rumored to be with Madonna back then — but says she felt an instant connection.
Bernhard invited Velasquez to her hotel, and the two hooked up. “I’d never kissed a girl”, Velasquez writes, and she agonized over what this meant.
Soon after meeting and falling for Bernhard, she slept with a male fashion photographer.
“In my head I thought, ‘I just wanted to prove one thing, and I did’. There was no middle ground for me — a person was gay or not gay. Being gay was not for me.”
Yet she quickly began dating Bernhard exclusively, without declaring herself gay or bisexual.
“I was deeply in love with Sandra in a way I’d never experienced before.”
The model doesn’t get into the details of her relationship with Bernhard — or their clique, which included Madonna, party girl Ingrid Casares and nightclub owner Chris Paciello, who was famously convicted of murder in 2000. Of the relationship’s end, she writes only, “I cried for two years over Sandra.”
Velasquez slowly came out to her family, each member supportive. But she also felt compelled to come out in a book, mainly because there’s so much prejudice that remains in the Latin community.
“I want to at least start a dialogue. The tide is changing.”
Last weekend, the 15th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival took place at Indio, California’s Empire Polo Fields. The crowds were wowed by performances from Outkast, the Pixies, Fatboy Slim, Bombay Bicycle Club, amongst many others.
The polo fields may be 20 miles away from Palm Springs, but Coachella is a key part of the city’s spring events calendar, which also includes fun-packed LGBT gatherings such as the Dinah Shore Weekend and the White Party.
So how did Coachella begin? Grunge rockers Pearl Jam played a memorable show at the Empire Polo Fields in 1993, partly to protest against Ticketmaster’s monopoly over US live music venues. The success of the event led to the creation of a full-scale festival in 1999 featuring such legends as Beck, Moby and Rage Against the Machine.
Since then, Coachella has grown even bigger and better, attracting the likes of Madonna and Paul McCartney. The festival has also played host to the reunions of Outkast and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Originally Coachella only lasted for three days – now it spreads across two whole weekends.
Some have criticised Coachella for selling out to corporate interests – in 1999 you didn’t have stages and parties being sponsored by media and fashion brands. However, you can’t argue with the fact that last year Coachella enjoyed record-breaking attendances and made $67 million – way more than any other music festival in history.
For more info on the exciting history of Coachella, check out this timeline courtesy of Palm Springs’ tourism website.
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