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Kylie craziness takes over Sydney

Fans have been entering in droves to win tickets to Kylie's upcoming gig for Sydney radio station NOVA 96.9 Red Room.

From online via facebook to calling in to the station, no other fan has gone to the lengths that NYC native, Geordan has gone too.

Here he is pictured in the reception at the radio station where he got the following poster presented to the crew at the station.

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Do you know any other fans who have gone to great lengths to meet their idols? Let us know!

Kylie will appear at the Beresford Hotel on March 29 for the NOVA Red Room.

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Celebrities shine at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Some of the worlds biggest pop culture icons joined the tens of thousands of marchers, floats and party goers at the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

The parade had a stellar line up of celebs in, on and around the floats as they celebrated Marriage equality up Oxford Street -  the traditional home of the Mardi Gras Parade.

Spotted by the POPrepublic.tv crews were:

1. Maxi Shield (Drag Superstar)

Maxi was leading the BERESFORD / ABSOLUTE float - surrounded by amazing marchers and a very sexy side kick.

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Maxi was also spotted with SBS TV Parade host, Ursula Carlson! 

 

2. Dannii Minogue

Dannii held court atop the NETFLIX float - along side stars from Orange Is The New Black, looking stunning in a glittery silver outfit...  she was so amazing, interacting with parade goers in the marshaling area and hanging with as many people as possible! Pictured below with the gorgeous and very sweet Heath Keating (SYTYCDA)! (What a gal!)

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3. Casey Donovan

Casey was a part of the mental health organisation, R U OK float. Along side RUOK ambassador, Craig Mack and a bevvie of body positive, diverse boys and girls - all glittering in yellow black and gold.

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4. Ian Roberts

The spunky footballer and marriage equality and LGBTQI rights advocate was part of the NRL float - along with other supporters from the Rugby League.

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5. Kyle and Jackie O

Spotted, of course, on the KIIS FM float - the radio duo interviewed Cher and spread some kisses up and down the parade route along side DIVA co-chair TINA TURNON.

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6. CHER

Headliner of the party, the one and only CHER was spotted here with Drag icons Minnie Cooper and Charisma Belle.

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THE PARTY

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43 Drag Icons from Sydney's history and Bob Downe Perform in the midnight community show.

 

CHER! yes - CHER! comes in and does the 2am show... if you couldn't get into the hall, there were screens all over to see the show - or you can watch it here.

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Britney Spears to receive the GLAAD Vanguard Award

The global pop icon has influenced millions of people in the LGBTQ community, and she'll personally attend GLAAD's event on April 12 to receive an accolade recognizing so.

Previous GLAAD Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Eric McCormack, Josh Hutcherson, and Patricia Arquette.

"She has consistently stood up for LGBTQ youth on GLAAD’s Spirit Day by going purple on social media to speak out against bullying," it reads. "In 2015, she released a Spirit Day video and promoted participation in the anti-bullying campaign by organizing a meet-and-greet for LGBTQ fans, washing her stage at Planet Hollywood purple, and providing anti-bullying materials to concertgoers."

"In 2016, she was among over 20 music artists to appear on GLAAD's song “Hands,” released with Interscope Records to remember the 49 lives taken in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. The musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, written by Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels and Blood Pop, benefited Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD."

"In 2017, Spears was among 140 leading entertainers including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Laverne Cox, and Whoopi Goldberg to speak out in an open letter against two anti-LGBTQ bills, which targeted transgender youth in Texas and were later defeated. Most recently, Spears sparked global attention when she wore a t-shirt stating ‘We Are All Dreamers’ and called on Congress to pass the Dream Act via Instagram."

britney glaadGLAAD also mentions her letter to a young gay man who considered suicide, and credited not going through with it to her music and lyrics – it gave him the courage to continue fighting. She wrote to him: “I was very happy to hear how courageous you’ve been about being openly gay. I’ve always been told as long as you know in your heart that’s what matters most.”

Most recently, for LGBTQ Pride Month in 2017, Queen B penned a heartwarming love letter to the LGBTQ community published in Billboard Pride, telling the community that their unwavering loyalty and acceptance uplift and inspire her. “I have a secret to share with you. You see it’s actually you that lifts me up. The unwavering loyalty. The lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to be better people.”

And here's something you may not know. After a gay couple who met at the opening of Piece of Me married, Brit surprised them with a touching video to send congratulations and show her support for marriage equality.

"Honored to be receiving the Vanguard Award at the @GLAAD Media Awards this year!," Britney wrote on Instagram. "The LGBTQ community means the absolute world to me and inspires me every day. I am proud to be an ally and I will continue to support equality and acceptance for all!!"

Britney will receive her honor at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at Beverly Hilton on April 12.

Britney is also booked to appear in the UK at Brighton Pride as the headliner this year, with the event selling out in seconds.

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Spice Girls: "The time feels right for a reunion"

The Spice Girls have confirmed the group's get together on Friday (02Feb18) was all business, insisting the "time now feels right" for a reunion.

The Wannabe hitmakers stunned fans by posting a group photo of them all back together, almost six years after their final show at the closing ceremony for the London Olympics in 2012.

The shot came hours after press reports suggested the group's manager Simon Fuller had organised a summit for the bandmates, so they could discuss opportunities.

And now publicist Jo Milloy has shed a little more light on the top secret meeting in a statement from the girls that reads: "We have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon catching-up and reminiscing about the amazing times we have spent together. We are always overwhelmed at how much interest there is across the whole world for The Spice Girls. The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together.

"We all agree that there are many exciting possibilities that will once again embrace the original essence of The Spice Girls, while reinforcing our message of female empowerment for future generations."

Sources tell The Sun newspaper there are plans for appearances and performances on television projects in China, a TV talent show, and a compilation album of their greatest hits.

"This is the pop reunion no one thought would ever happen again," an insider told the newspaper.

The Spice Girls first found fame when they released their debut single Wannabe in 1996. They split in 2000 but reunited for a tour in 2007/2008, which was cut short because of personal commitments.

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Courtney Act wins Celebrity Big Brother UK

Tears were not in short supply earlier today as our mate Courtney Act / Shane Janek took out the crown as the winner of Celebrity Big Brother UK!

After a rigourous month of antics, trials and heart warming chats (plus her bromance with another housemate) - Court's took the win over conservative politician Anne Widdecome.

And it was clear from the start of the finale that Courtney had it in the bag - the audience went wild for her every time her name was read out.

Looking stunning in one of her "Wigs By Vanity" wigs and unicorn-esque outfits, she rocked the stage, without a costume malfunction this time :)

Boyzone star Shane Lynch finished in third, reality TV personality Jess Impiazzi came in fourth and choreographer Wayne Sleep came in fifth.

Celebrity Big Brother is a whopping 21 seasons into its run - so finding strong characters to show on air has sometimes been hit and miss - but this year was a great line up of folks who really made the show a joy to watch.

Condragulations Courtney! We are soooo proud of you! May this opportunity bring your music and shows to the UK audience in a way never been seen before! You rock.

 

via our sister site www.guidetogay.com

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You can now get Harry Potter style beverages at Starbucks!

If you see coffee when you look into the Mirror of Erised, then we have some great news for you.

Fans of “Harry Potter” will be thrilled to know that Starbucks offers a “secret menu” with drinks inspired by the films and books.

Those drinks, the Butterbeer Latte and the Butterbeer Frappuccino, are available at your local coffee shop, and the company itself has provided instructions on how to order the delicious concoctions.

“If a customer would like to order a beverage that is not on our menu, we recommend they know the recipe,” the retailer suggests.

For a Butterbeer Latte, the company instructs customers to ask for a Latte with whole milk, caramel syrup, toffee nut syrup, and cinnamon dolce syrup. To top the drink off, you can add whipped cream and salted caramel bits.

For the Butterbeer Frappuccino, customers can ask for a Crème Frappuccino with caramel and toffee nut syrups, with caramel drizzle over the top.

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TEN YEARS OF BLACKOUT - a look back at a pop masterpiece

It was 2007 and anyone with a tv was well aware of Britney’s troubles that year—the shaved head, the alleged drug use, the rehab, the divorce, the custody battle. Countless internet outlets every day provided daily accounts of famous women behaving badly which have always been easy targets for our fascination. Yes, 2007 was the Paris DUi, the Lindsay rehab, Anna Nicole’s descent into oblivion and of course the spectacular crucifixion of Britney Spears. Amy Winehouse also fell from grace that year, amid drug troubles and mayhem. She was supposed to rise back up, Britney was not. She was supposed to be another Hollywood casualty.

Then came “Blackout”….

On October 25, 2007 Britney released Blackout, her fifth studio album. With no support from media outlets, her miss mash management, and most notably her record company ( who chose to funnel finances into her ex- boyfriends album promotion instead of hers), she had an uphill battle on her hands. What people didn’t know was how good the album was.  Blackout changed the pop landscape, gone were the pop structured Max Martin gems, in its place a stark, metallic, electro futuristic masterpiece that would be hard to replicate. Ten years on, the album is still one of the best pop albums ever made and is highly regarded as the blueprint for modern pop music. Blackouts influence is apparent on many of the music that came after its release. Without "Blackout" there would be no "The Fame". It changed the game for pop. The album was rumored to be called "Black" or "Black Curtain" or even "Piece of Me" as confirmed also by Jive Records, but the project that would ultimately be called "Blackout”. It was the album Madonna wishes she made. Beyonce would never be able to carry it off...


Songs from Blackout, especially “Gimme More” and “Piece of Me,” were everywhere in 2007. "Toy Soldier," "Get Back" and "Hot As Ice" were all rumored to be the Blackout lead single, but Britney chose Gimme More. They are also many versions ( some unreleased ) of the video, which included more nudity, a funeral scene, and a sexy Britney playing with a cat on a bed. “Gimme More” and “Piece of Me were the soundtrack to many a gay dance floor all over the globe. “It’s Britney, bitch!” became one of the most famous lines in music history. Some critics praised the album for its bold and innovative sound, others panned the album saying it was a mishap of sound that bordered on boring electronica. Pitchfork gave it good rating which is crazy considering how limited their musical scope is . The Times named it as the fifth best pop album of the decade.Blackout was originally scheduled to be released on November 13 in the United States, though it was ultimately rush-released after several unauthorized internet leaks, all of which Perez Hilton took to posting on his site for the world to hear. It was meant to fail .

Oh how wrong they were…


Britney is the credit as an executive producer on Blackout. Britney’s was in complete control of the sound and the album's execution. Her only time til the “Glory” album in 2016. Producers Nate “Danja” Hills, Jim Beanz, Sean garrett & Swedish duo Bloodshy & Avant were responsible for the album’s futuristic production, Pharrell for the smooth grooves. After her failed attempt at complete control in the form of the “Original Doll” sessions ( with some amazing tracks like Mona Lisa, Guilty - which samples Prince’s Kiss- and Love 2 Love U). Many felt that she would be better off giving the control to others. But Britney had this under control ( if that was the only thing she had control in her life at the time). Writing credits from Keri Hilson, Pharrell, Danja and Kara DioGuardi to name a few, ensured that the top writers would be heavily supported with impeccable production and THAT voice.


The booklet shot by Ellen Von Unworthy is the topic of much debate. Many fans hated the cover. The model Caultor John, who plays a priest in some shots of the album's booklet, said in an interview that there were pictures of him and Britney shot during the photo shoot that were more extreme than the two proposed in the booklet. When he was asked about the photos, he said: "There was definitely chemistry between me and Britney on the set and those pictures were pretty good, because there were even some kisses". Many fan versions of the album cover were made... Most much better than the end result...

 

Blackout appeared on Rolling Stone's decade-end poll, where it was voted the 7th best album of the decade by their readers.The Guardian writers' list of favorite albums ever also listed Blackout as favorite. The Times named it the fifth best pop album of the decade. Online its been called “the gay mans Sgt Peppers” and The Observer stated that Spears "delivered the best album of her career, raising the bar for modern pop music”... No other album that decade had been so talked about and discussed as Blackout.


BREAKING IT DOWN 


1. Gimme More
The iconic  “It’s Britney, bitch!”… Genius electro RnB from Danja and the closest we will ever get to a Timbaland production. Sexy as all hell, Gimme More delivers the punch in the face that starts the Blackout era.

2. Piece of Me
Electro genius, thanking in part by Swedish songstress Robyn ( on backing vocals too). The most confrontational of tracks, the production, and robot-like vocal treatment equal genius

3. Radar
The track that keeps on giving ( it was also a single from Circus ???). Electro-pop jam that could be on repeat in any soft top jeep in west Hollywood…basically she tells us what she wants in a man… and we wholeheartedly agree

4. Break The Ice
Bouncy dance track that sticks in the brain and can only mean one thing … dance. The production is pure electronic ecstasy ...

5. Heaven on Earth
Dreamy pop dance, something not out of place in a Kylie back catalogue. A fan favorite and just a stunning song from start to finish,….. it was hard for Britney to record it, due because at that time she broke up with Kevin, still Britney liked the song and recorded it, at the end of the song you can hear Britney's voice breaking because she cried after she recorded it..

6. Get Naked (I Got A Plan)
GREAT song to get the party started. Like that song you play when you want everyone to start dirty dancing.

7. Freakshow
Britney raps, not gangsta but very seductively. She coo’s her prey and makes him her “bitch’ .. not hard to see why its still in her show 10 years later.

8. Toy Soldier
pure amazing. military hip-hop dance odyssey. She commands her audience in military style fashion. major fan favorite... 

9. Hot As Ice
T-Pain produced hipster track that is basically telling people that she is the sh*t. The original demo leaked in a higher key and a slightly different vocal delivery... the album version is better though.

10. Ooh Ooh Baby
fun pop song, within cheeky edge

11. Perfect Lover
Great Danja track that still holds today. The brilliant production showcases how individual the record was.. urban, electro, dance and some of the best vocal production ever... excellent phrasing.

12. Why Should I Be Sad
Pharrell laments her K-fed marriage breakdown in this softer track .. detailing that even when a woman gives her all.. its sometimes not enough…

BONUS TRACKS


- Everybody
SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE ALBUM- with a slick Eurythmics sample, this is one of the strongest tracks on the record , and a great use of a sample . The song was originally intended for Rihanna's sophomore record, but after producer/writer J.R. Rotem began collaborating with Britney ( and dating ??), he pitched the electro-pop jam for Blackout instead. and the demo was also recorded by the Cheetah Girls . was dropped from the main album when she stopped dating him.

- State of Grace
SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE ALBUM AND POSSIBLY A SINGLE - eventually covered by Christophe Wilhem, this is the dreamscape pop moment that had number 1 written all over it - massive missed opportunity

- Sugarfalls
Pharrell - not his best- but she saves it with a great vocal.

- Get Back

STRONG song that was considered as a single then pushed as a bonus track. Its classic pop urban gem that only Britney can shine up...

- Tell Me What You're Sippin' On
featuring AC ( who?….) a nice hip-hop track, but not Blackout worthy. Very American
 
- Let Go
Britney Unplugged- no effects, just a piano and her ( you can even hear her turn the paper pages halfway through). Stunning and poignant
 
- Out of this World
cute song- great little bonus track. and super fun…
 
-"Kiss You All Over"
Brilliant track.. great production, maybe a little to “happy” for Blackout , but a great jam none the less.

 

It should be noted that even a b-side or bonus track of this era is generally better than most peoples lead single off a new album… yes they are THAT good …

 

Britney in 2017 said this  about the album….“The magic of Blackout was actually pretty simple. It just wasn’t so thought out. I just did what I felt and it worked. Sometimes less is more I guess,” she told a magazine. “I still perform ‘Freakshow’ in my Vegas show—it’s one of my favourite songs that was never released as a single. It’s so much fun and it gives me the chance to get the audience involved. Oh yeah—it’s sassy. And I love sassy!”

 

BLACKOUT is the closest we will ever get to the real Britney. Unfiltered and brazen, “Blackout” is the career-defining album most artists dream about. Take away the personal turbulence and drama. What you are left with is a body of work that is far better than most Grammy-nominated “Album Of The Year’ entrants. Its a sonic, electro and soundscape masterpiece with one of the iconic figures of music smacked into it . Its catchy, sexy and downright hedonistic for a modern pop record. Its earns itself a the term “iconic” without having to dress like a Halloween creature, stir up any social commentary or slander other artists for inspiration (cough*Taylor) ..Blackout is possibly the most influential pop record of the last 20 years to which it was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library in 2012.

 

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Review: Tina Arena Tivoli September 6 2017.

To celebrate the release of her new Greatest Hits and Interpretations album whichmarks her storied 40-year career, The Innocence to Understanding Tour kicked off in Brisbane on Wednesday, 6 September at The Tivoli.

With the first show of the tour already being a sell out, there was a special feeling this was going to be a great night.

With the opening song showing visions of Tina as a young girl the crowd were in for a treat.

Tina looked as stunning as ever as she appeared in a beautiful white suit to open the show, with many outfit changes during.

Performing all the hits, including Burn, Heaven Help My Heart, Sorrento Moon, I Need Your Body, The Machine’s Breaking Down, I Want To Know What Love Is, Wasn’t It Good, Chains, Only Lonely.

In between songs Tina shared a few jokes and talked about being happy where she is in life.

After a short break the band and Tina came back on stage to perform a few more Hits including: “If I Didn’t Love You” which is performed by a young up and coming country singer called Morgan Evans on the album.

Tina then continued to say how much fun she was having and to enjoy life.

The band played while Tina had a change of outfits, then looking as stunning as ever performed “Now I Can Dance”

Tina thanked her band and got the crowd on their feet for one last song.

It was an amazing night and an amazing show for an artist who has been doing this for the last 40 years...

For those who have tickets for all the up and coming shows, you are in for a great night of music and laughs.

Tina you are amazing.

 

For pictures from this show  - visit the gallery.

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2017 APRA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

APRA AMCOShas announced the winning Australian songwriters and composers in the2017 APRA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS (PDAs).

Held every two years, theAPRA PDAshelp create serious career boosting opportunities for highly talented songwriters and composers across a variety of genres and without further ado, the winners for 2017 are:

Ainslie Wills – Popular Contemporary 
Julia Jacklin – Popular Contemporary
Sophie Payten (Gordi) – Popular Contemporary
Jess Beck – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Julian Day - Classical
Fanny Lumsden - Country
Nick Drabble (Set Mo) – Dance/Electronic
Damien Lane – Film and Television
Andrea Keller - Jazz

This year, 60% of the finalists and 66% of the winners are women.  The winners were selected from over 1,000 entries from songwriters and composers in the early stages of their careers. 

Composer and poet,Eric Avery, has been named the recipient of theIndigenous Music and Media Awardfrom theSmugglers of Light, a foundation set up in memory of Eli Westlake aged 21, who was tragically killed in Sydney on 7th June 2008.Eric Averywill receive a grant of $12,000 which was presented today by Australian composer and conductor,Nigel Westlake.

Photos from today’sAPRA PDAspresentation ceremony held at NudeBar in Sydney can be downloadedhereafter 2.00pm AEST today.

A panel of  judges comprisingLior, Mia Dyson, Johannes Luebbers, James Blundell, Brooke McClymont, Cat Hope, Dan Zilber, Kevin Bennett, Leah Flanagan, John Ferrisand more have determined these music creators who each take home a career-changing cash prize of $15,000.  A complete list of this year’sPDAsjudges can be foundhere.

A playlist featuring the work of all of thePDAsfinalists is available onSpotify  andApple Music.

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Charmed set for a Netflix reboot

The supernatural series could be returning

Charmed is reportedly getting set for the reboot treatment.

Fans may despair at the idea of the supernatural TV series coming back, but we’ve got good news – Shannen Doherty, Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs are all in-talks to reprise their roles.

The show, which followed three sisters with unique powers, ran for eight seasons between 1998 until 2006.

“They’re in talks for a reboot,” a source told InTouch.

“They’re hoping the show gets a second life on Netflix. They’d love to play moms with teenage witch daughters.”

While the show remains a cult favourite, it was the drama behind the scenes that’s lived on all these years later. Doherty quit at the end of the third season, after having several on-set disputes with Milano that culminated in her threatening to leave the series if her co-star wasn’t axed.

Producers ended up axing Doherty and replacing her with Rose McGowan, who remained on the show until the end, which to be honest, we thought was a great way to keep the franchise going and made the series much more likable.

“Now the show may get a second shot, just like their friendship,” added the source.

We just hope that male leads like Julian McMahon and Nick Lachey return for storylines.

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