Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Take Two...

Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan could be reunited on stage this Christmas, according to Pete Waterman.

The producer and songwriter has revealed that he plans to re-schedule his Hit Factory event, which was cancelled earlier this month due to health and safety fears. Waterman told the BBC: "We are going to do it again at Christmas. We are going to do two nights at the O2 Arena, or at least one night."

He added: "I just have to convince one of the artists to stay here until at least Christmas Eve and we can do it all the way we want to."

The pair were due to perform their duet 'Especially For You' for the first time in 23 years alongside other acts signed to the PWL label, including Steps, Bananarama, Sinitta, and Rick Astley.

Donovan later added that he was "extremely disappointed" and "frustrated" by the cancellation with other acts also voicing their disappointment. 

And speaking of the girls: OH DEAR GOD!

Pajama Party With...

So, ever wondered what eternal diva Cher looks like in the studio? Actually, she wears these glam pajamas while she records her new album!

She is in full swing these days recording, just finishing a Timbaland track. After what he did to Madonna's Hard Candy album (and considering how very very tired his sound is), I am not too thrilled - but it seems like it is just one song.

The first single should be out in October, with the album following before christmas!


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This is one of my favorite songs from Erasure, taken from their extremely underrated 1996 Erasure album.

"Rock Me Gently" was not released as a single in the UK or the US, making this one of their least known singles. It is a beautiful song though (especially the 10 minute album version, which is a lot less commercial). And I quite like the video as well...

Old? Right!...

Never mind the bedrudgers, says Carol Hunt, superstar Madonna and her bum are still fabulous at 53

It was Amy Huberman's tweet that started it. "Right," it read. "Dressed like Madonna for the concert tonight. One boob out."

Last week in Dublin, it wasn't boobs Madge was showing off, but bums.

Her bum to be exact. Which, in my - admittedly rather limited - experience of female bottoms, is rather fantastic. And not, as is usually mentioned immediately after a comment admiring of Madonna's body, just "for a 53 year old".

Nope, Madonna's bottom would look good on just about anyone. Well, nearly... oh, let's not go there.

But Huberman's fun comment - which was then followed by some rather unflattering retorts concerning Madonna's Nipplegate episode in Istanbul - made me realise just how much flak Madge has to take purely because she's still determined to remain as fabulous as a lot of ferocious hard work, good living and great surgery will allow. Even, God help us all, at the ripe old of age of 53.

Just previous to her MDNA tour, two other Old Goldies arrived into Dublin: Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen: One 70 and the other 62.

The first held a rather demure sit-down event in the O2 with a suitably well behaved audience (if reports are to be believed), the second a slightly more raucous gig in the RDS but pretty much serving the same demographic.

Then we had Madonna; younger than both boyos; fitter, fabulously dressed with sexy dancers and routines that would exhaust an Olympic triathlon athlete; still setting trends and creating controversies (the swastika in the Marine Le Pen video) and what do the begrudgers say this time around?

She's too old.

Too old for what?

For keeping breasts inside her cone bra? Her pert bum hidden under her fishnets? Her 53-year-old legs in something a little more demure than the Super Shorts she wears with thigh-high boots?

Of course, deriding Madonna is nothing new. She's always been the smartest, hardest working, toughest b**ch on the block. That has intimidated a whole swathe of people who then try to disguise their misogyny/envy/fear/horror as snobbish disdain.

On and on she goes, indestructible; immune and indifferent to the complaints of those who aren't fit to tweak her bra strap. And now they're getting at her for growing older. Jesus wept; since when has aging become such a crime?

Or is it because, in Madonna's case it's the fact that at 53 she looks fantastic and can still put the likes of imitator Lady Gaga in the shade? Doesn't she know that older women are worth less than younger ones? (The opposite rule with men). That they're supposed to shut up?

Madonna puts on a show to beat all rivals: she can cartwheel, backflip and still make her twenty-something backing dancers look like they're struggling to keep up with her. I'd love to see the likes of Paul Simon or Bruce Springsteen try that.

Ouch! Then again, maybe not.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Memory Of The Future...

The new Pet Shop Boys album, "Elysium", will be released around the world by Parlophone/EMI on the following dates.

September 5th: Japan.
September 7th: Germany and most of Europe.
September 10th: UK, France, South American countries.
September 11th: USA (on Astralwerks).

There are two CD formats: a single CD and a limited-edition double-CD which also includes instrumentals of each song. A double-vinyl album will also be released in limited quantities also including the instrumentals.
The album will be available on all digital outlets; on iTunes it will be available with the tracks "Mastered for iTunes" and will also include two videos and a track-by-track commentary of Neil and Chris discussing the music with David Walliams

The album was produced in Los Angeles earlier this year by Andrew Dawson and Pet Shop Boys. The artwork was designed by Farrow. The image shown above is the double-CD cover - the one below is for the single CD. 


1. Leaving
2. Invisible
3. Winner
4. Your early stuff
5. A face like that
6. Breathing space
7. Ego music
8. Hold on
9. Give it a go
10. Memory of the future
11. Everything means something
12. Requiem in denim and leopardskin

PSB played at the Olympics today - they performed "Always On My Mind", "What Have I Done To Deserve This" and "Winner" - a recording of the last one will most likely pop up on TV soon, according to Neil...

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Liz Rosenberg has released a statement on Madonna's Olympia "controversy":

Madonna’s Paris club show was planned as her heartfelt thank-you to France, which she expressed at the start of her show. Despite a grueling concert tour, she desperately wanted to perform for her fans in an intimate setting at the historic Olympia as a means to honor her love for French artists, French cinema and a tribute to France’s long history of welcoming and inspiring artists, authors, painters, poets and minorities from other countries over the years.

The show was not billed as her full MDNA concert and tremendous effort was made to keep the ticket prices reasonable ($100 for 2,000 floor seats) and keep them strictly for her fans.
The show cost Madonna close to a million dollars to produce. She has done a handful of club dates in the past and they were never more than 45 minutes. And by the way, she put on a fabulous show, which was streamed for millions of fans around the world.

Well said, as usual!

It also seems there was a planned campaign against Madonna that evening. People were showing up with printed flyers with hateful messages to M - and these were the people that started the screaming. They seem to be supporters of France's extreme right-wing leader Marine Le Pen and they have been on Twitter since the show, saying they have "succeeded in trashing Madonna's performance" and so on.

Le Pen has threatened to sue Madonna because the screen projection for "Nobody Knows Me" on the current tour shows her with a Swastika superimposed on her forehead (Madonna feels that Le Pen is one of the politicians that really should look up the word tolerance).

"I know that I have made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me," Madonna told fans.It's not my intention to make enemies. It's my intention to promote tolerance," she continued.


A statement from the queen herself:

"Playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me and it was real treat to do this special show for my fans and be so close to them. Unfortunately at the end of the show - after I left the stage - a few thugs who were not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans. The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening. But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again."

Madonna performs on stage during her MDNA concert at Olympia Hall in Paris (July 26 2012)

From the Examiner:

For the past couple of days, the media has enjoyed a field day reporting on how Madonna's career is over with since she was booed off stage at a private Paris concert. They have been doing this despite the fact that videos show the crowd having a great time and dancing. To make the story more believable, the media emphasized how after the show, "fans" threw bottles at the stage and called her a "slut." Until now, nobody looked into the allegations.

It turns out that many fans did feel shortchanged due to lack of communication on how the show would be shorter. But the actual riots and the screaming were started by supporters of Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far right National Front in Paris. Apparently, they are still upset that Madonna compares Le Pen to a Nazi in her tour. Even though Le Pen isn't a Nazi, the National Front has been accused of having Nazi ties and until recently, denied the Holocaust existed.

The French DST (equivalent to FBI in America) reported that a disturbance was planned, whether Madonna left early or not. There were several people holding up signs that made fun of Madonna's age, sexuality, and political affiliations. Once the show stopped, they started calling her rude names, rushed the stage with bottles, and encouraged others to boo. They took videos and uploaded them to YouTube immediately.

But Le Pen's supporters aren't the only ones involved. On several sites, many of Lady Gaga's "little monsters" are asking each other to post messages everywhere to say they can confirm Madonna is a liar since they were at the show. They are even posting false pictures of themselves at concerts and saying it was Madonna's Paris show. It's doubtful Lady Gaga would approve of this.

One fan emailed us and explained that he and his friends had an amazing time, but were certainly disappointed about the show's lengh. "Madonna was in top form. It's a shame she left early, but we still had a great time. I can tell you from being there that her own 'fans' did not start any riots. That is just media spin. There are people negatively commenting on Twitter who claim to have been at the show, but weren't. I can tell you 100 percent of what happened because I was there."

Friday, July 27, 2012

"Life Is Too Short To Be Bitter...

26 July 2012 - Paris

...And I'm Too Short To Be Bitter!"

Download the full video from Madonna's last night's French mini-gig here

and the audio here

26 July 2012 - Paris

The Queen of Pop performed songs from the set list of her current tour plus two tracks that were exclusively rehearsed for this mini gig: Beautiful Killer mashed up with Die Another Day that led into the classic french song Je t'aime moi non plus.

Sadly, some people at the show had no idea that this was in fact a mini-gig and not a complete concert and there were some angry people leaving the gig after booing and throwing bottles on the stage after Madonna had left the building. Reviews about her performance were of course glowing - but perhaps this should have been more clearly advertised as a MINI-concert!

However, this recording is a fabulous thing to have until the fullblown, complete show comes out on DVD!

26 July 2012 - Paris

OMG! WOW!...

Look what Kylie Minogue has in store for her fans!


Warner Music Australia will commemorate the celebration of Kylie’s 25 years in the music industry by producing a unique collector’s item, the ‘K25 Time Capsule’ that will be released late October 2012.
The K25 Time Capsule box set will feature 25 collectable mini discs featuring all of the amazing hits from Kylie’s 25 years in the music industry since the release of Locomotion.

Beautifully packaged and very limited edition, the K25 Time Capsule box set will be a jewel in the collection of every Kylie fan.

The discs:

1 Locomotion (1987 #1) • I Should Be So Lucky (1987 #1)
2 Got To Be Certain (1988 #1) • I Still Love You (Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi) (1988 #11)
3 Especially For You (1988 #2) • Turn It Into Love (1988)
4 Hand On Your Heart (1989 #4) • Wouldn’t Change A Thing (1989 #6)
5 Never Too Late (1989 #20) • Tears On My Pillow (1990 #20)
6 Better The Devil You Know (1990 #4) • Step Back In Time (1990 #5)
7 What Do I Have To Do? (1991 #11) • Shocked (1991 #7)
8 Word Is Out (1991 #10) • If You Were With Me Now (1992 #23)
9 Give Me Just A Little More Time (1992 #24) • Finer Feelings (1992 #60)
10 What Kind Of Fool? (Heard All That Before) (1992 #17) • Celebration (1992 #21)
11 Confide In Me (1994 #1) • Put Yourself In My Place (1994 #11)
12 Where Is The Feeling? (1995 #31) • Where The Wild Roses Grow (with Nick Cave (1995 #2)
13 Some Kind Of Bliss (1997 #27) • Did It Again (1997 #15)
14 Breathe (1998 #23) • Cowboy Style (1998 #39)
15 Spinning Around (2000 #1) • On A Night Like This (2000 #1)
16 Please Stay (2000 #15) • Your Disco Needs You (2001 #20)
17 Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (2001 #1) • In Your Eyes (2002 #1)
18 Love At First Sight (2002 #3) • Come Into My World (2002 #4)
19 Slow (2003 #1) • Red Blooded Woman (2004 #4)
20 Chocolate (2004 #14) • I Believe In You (2004 #6)
21 Giving You Up (2005 #8) • 2 Hearts (2007 #1)
22 WOW (2008 #11) • In My Arms (2008 #35)
23 All The Lovers (2010 #13) • Better Than Today (2010 #55)
24 Get Outta My Way (2010 #69) • Put Your Hands Up (2011 #50)
25 Timebomb (2012 #12)


Pre-order here

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Expanded Party Girl...

After the excellent releases of the 70s Grace Jones album Fame and Muse on CD, Gold Legion are now releasing expanded editions of her excellent 1986 album Inside Story and her 1989 album Bulletproof Heart. Here is the full info:

Grace Jones Inside Story

Grace Jones - Inside Story
Catalog: GLDN 56241
Release September 25th, 2012
* Initail 1000 copies will contain special cardboard slipcase, 12 page booklet with liner notes. 

Track Listing
1. I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You)
2. Hollywood Liar
3. Chan Hitchhikes to Shanghai
4. Victor Should Have Been A Jazz Musician
5. Party Girl
6. Crash
7. Barefoot In Beverly Hills
8. Scary But Fun
9. White Collar Crime
10. Inside Story
11. I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You) (The Right On Time Edit)
12. I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You) (The Perfectly Extended Remix)
13. Crush (Extended Remix
14. Party Girl (Extended Remix)
15. Victor Should Have Been A Jazz Musician (The Jazzclubmillionminutemix)

Grace Jones Bulletproof Heart

Grace Jones - Bulletproof Heart
Catalog: GLDN 56240
Release September 18th, 2012
* Initail 1000 copies will contain special cardboard slipcase, 12 page booklet with liner notes. 

Track Listing
1. Driving Satisfaction
2. Kicked Around
3. Love On Top Of Love
4. Paper Plan
5. Crack Attack
6. Bulletproof Heart
7. On My Way
8. Dream
9. Seduction Surrender
10. Someone To Love
11. Amado Mio
12. Don't Cry Freedom (duet woith Chris Stanley)
13. Love On Top Of Love (Killer Kisses) (The Funky Dreed Dub Mix)
13. Love On Top Of Love (Killer Kisses) (The Cole & Clivilles Garage House Mix)
14. Amado Mio (The Brazilian Mix)

Remastered from original master tapes. 

Will This Be The Year?...

The long awaited comeback album from Cher is still in the works. The diva has told her fans that the record label loves what she has done so far and wants to release the album before the year is over. The first single from the album is expected to be released this autumn. She also mentioned that she has just gotten two more tracks for the album, written by Pink.

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Pink is releasing her new album, The Truth About Love, on September 14th and the first single, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss) was released early this month.


1. Are We All We Are 
2. Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
3. Try
4. Just Give Me a Reason
5. True Love
6. How Come You're Not Here
7. Slut Like You
8. The Truth About Love
9. Beam Me Up
10. Walk of Shame
11. Here Comes the Weekend
12. Where Did the Beat Go?
13. The Great Escape

Deluxe Version:

14.My Signature Move
15. Is This Thing On?
16. Run
17. Good Old Days
18. Chaos & Piss
19. Timebomb


LOS ANGELES, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Following overwhelming demand for tickets to Madonna's intimate club show scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 26th at the historic Olympia in Paris, the Material Girl has invited her fans around the world to see her performance via a live global stream through LoveLive's YouTube channel beginning 10:15pm Paris time CET; 4:15pm ET. There will also be a post stream of the show where the footage can be viewed in its entirety.

The show, which was confirmed by Live Nation - Madonna's MDNA international tour partner -, will include songs from the artist's current album, MDNA, along with her new single, "Turn Up The Radio" as well as several classics. MDNA which was released by Universal Records debuted at No. 1 in over 40 countries. The Olympia, founded in 1888 has been the site of legendary shows by performers such as Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour (not to forget Diana Ross And The Supremes and Dalida).

Toby L, Creative Director of LoveLive commented: "We are beyond elated to be hosting a global stream of one of the world's most iconic artists in such a unique and intimate circumstance which will bring our audience closer than ever to Madonna. This performance typifies what we're doing with the LoveLive music series, which will continue to feature the world's most recognisable music artists."

Patrick Walker, Senior Director, Content Partnerships EMEA, YouTube commented: "It's incredibly exciting that Madonna's performance from this iconic, intimate venue will be available to her fans around the world via YouTube. No one needs to miss out on this great addition to YouTube's music line-up this summer."

Madonna's MDNA Tour, currently whirling through Europe, has reaffirmed her reputation as one of the most thrilling and fearless performers ever: "Spectacular" raved the Mail. "Seeing Madonna live is a privilege," glowed The Independent. "Another world-class show her fans will lap up," raved The Sun. "Madonna's back with a vengeance...our disco Messiah," commented MOJO Magazine.

The global live stream can be viewed through the LoveLive channel on YouTube @ www.youtube.com/madonnaclubshowparis


Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Lana Del Rey will release a special edition of her bestselling album Born To Die in November.

'It's gonna happen. It is not a new album, but an after thought, it's the 'Paradise Edition' of Born To Die. It's going to be like 7 new songs, which makes the final statement of the thoughts I was putting across on Born To Die. It's beautiful. I've been writing for 7 months now."

Apparently the re-issue will also include the track Blue Velvet that she is doing for H&M. I love the album and I will get the new version as well for sure.

Summertime Sadness (2-Track)

Lana premiered the video for her German-ony single "Summertime Sadness" last week:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tour Book...

And there you have it - the full tour program for Madonna's MDNA tour!
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