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Robert Manser

Robert Manser

Rob loves his boy bands and has worked with most of them. When it became too hard to work in Australia with the media - he started POPrepublic.tv. Giving a voice to the pop culture scene for over 16 years (check dates depending on when you read this.) In his other life he is a creative director, film maker, photographer and designer... but pop is his one true love. Along with imaginary boyfriends, Nick Lachey and Channing Tatum  (his husband approves).

Website URL: http://www.robmanser.com

We dance in the moonlight with Damien Mancell

How are you?… and where are you ?
I’m at home in Sydney , finishing off some music . Im really good by the way…


Tell us about the new single “Moonlight” ?
“Moonlight” was written about a big night out in Sydney. its semi autobiographical. I wrote the words on a napkin in a club one night and sang them into my phone. Then I created the idea with my collaborator Steve Mellare, and we just crafted the song very quickly. I was so happy with it , i knew it had to be a single. It was the final track written for the album, along with another song “Roll The Dice”, which sounds nothing like “Moonlight”. It's my dance pop moment on the record. 


You’ve got an album in the works, what can you tell us about it?
The album is a long time coming, BUT it is coming in the next few months . I have about 17 songs already to go. The album is very electronic. quite old school dance, massive 90’s influence. I was listening to a lot of Pet Shop Boys and 90’s Rave at the time. Steve (Mellare), my producer is a massive fan of New Order and a lot of electronica. We meet somewhere in the middle. I also love the pop sensibilities of Kylie Minogue, Britney… good pop, well-written pop, so I have a healthy dose of that in there too. I have my collaborations with Chunky Astronaut and a hot feature with a female rapper MZ Sammy G, who slayed her verse in the track “Round N Round”… 


Is there a video planned for “Moonlight”?
yes Im doing it in a week, without giving too much away , think projections, lots of colours in darkness... Moody, sexy... 


You have Chunky Astronaut again remixing your track , and also DJ James Tobin. How did that come about?
I always have the “Chunky Man” on a single, as i think he’s awesome, and he delivers kickass remixes. The remix by James Tobin is brilliant. Im a big fan of his work as a remixer and a DJ. He’s an amazing DJ, so I just sent him a request and he said yes. Some remixers have a little ego about doing work, but he was amazingly easy to work with, and he delivered the goods. Its getting good spins in Europe, which is all I can ask for . He’s very talented, and I’m glad Ive got him now before everyone wants him. His remix of Greg Gould is hot. I would love to have him do more remixes. Who knows?


Its a great remix. Who is on your wish list of people to work with?
I would love to work with heaps of people in the dance scene in sydney but I feel its a little closed here with people not wanting to collaborate. I would love to do a track with Mark Loasby again. I would love US DJ corey Craig to do a track with me, because not only is he a friend, but he has amazing dance sensibilities. He knows dance music backwards and is frighteningly talented. DJ Andrew Gibbons from the US as well, because he’s a phenomenal DJ. 


You always have remixes on all your singles, why are they important?
I think Ive always wanted them to show a different side of what i do. I also like to showcase the DJ or remixer. Like Chunky Astronaut have their own following, and to dip into their world is fun. The same with Robot Diaries, they are nuts, but I loved the remixes I had done from them. Mark Loasby remixes are pretty spectacular to. He gets the LGBT dance floor and nails it every time. I was so happy for him when his remix of “shine” (Damien’s 2010 pop hit) went well in gay clubs in some european countries..


Where are the majority of your fanbase based?
mainly use and selected European countries, not much in Oz yet, but I hope to change that. It would be nice to break my homeland. Its good to get support from people like JOY FM, and Queer Radio here though. Im beyond appreciative.


You recently became a target for evangelical groups. What was that about ?
Keyboard warriors with too much time on their hands really. They go after “OUT” artists by flooding their emails , twitter DM’s …etc… with thousands of emails with pro christian stuff. At first it makes you angry but after a while you just get used to it. They have tried to break into my website a couple of hundred times this year. Its annoying, and makes me want to go further to piss them off. Give them something to “really” complain about. 


Do you feel that , as an out LGBT performer , doors close because of your disclosure?
its closed doors in the mainstream, with  major labels saying they don’t know where to “place me”, or they don’t know how to promote me. I think that’s a bit backward, but I see what they are promoting and I may not be bland enough for them. But i do feel that its probably better for me artistically that I get to do what I want. I write and produce myself, I commission my own remixes, I style myself, and do my own visuals. I have complete control on what I do.I love collaboration, and by owning what I do , I get the confidence to work with established people. I’ve had labels try and “straighten” me out over the years to no avail. 


Would you ever play Mardi Gras?
Love totoo... Its on the bucket list. Though Im not sure Im on the MG radar. I've always gone to the party, since 1994, so to even get 5 minutes up there would be a dream. I’ve had my remixes played there before, but as for a live show… sadly no.


Who are you currently listening to?
I love the new STEPS record, I think its one of the strongest records in years. I like the new Goldfrapp, and Im loving a lot of the remixes coming from Britney’s “Glory” album . There are some amazing bootleg mixes out there. 


any message for our readers ?
yeah, thanks for everything , head over to iTunes and grab “Moonlight”, or to any of my socials to keep up to date with my goings on.

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POPrepublic.tv AWARDS Winners

FAVOURITE SINGLE OF 2016
In My Blood - The Veronicas

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FAVOURITE ALBUM OF 2016
Glory - Britney Spears

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FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN MALE ARTIST
Keith Urban

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FAVOURITE INTL MALE ARTIST
Billy Gilman

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FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN FEMALE ARTIST
Havana Brown

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FAVOURITE INTL FEMALE ARTIST
Adele

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FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN GROUP
The Veronicas

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FAVOURITE INTL GROUP
Take That

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FAVOURITE DJ or REMIXER 2016
Corey Craig

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FAVOURITE COMEDIAN 2016
Bianca Del Rio

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FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN TV SHOW
The Voice

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FAVOURITE INTERNATIONAL TV SHOW 2016

RuPaul's Drag Race

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BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF 2016
Conrad Sewell

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FAVOURITE CONCERT / LIVE / FESTIVAL OR SPECIAL EVENT OF 2016
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (Sydney)

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FAVOURITE FILM OF 2016
Star Trek Beyond

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RuPaul announces he is married - to an Aussie!

After years of being together, icon RuPaul and his Aussie rancher have finally tied the knot.

 

 

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“We never wanted to do it,” Ru added. “We were looking into for tax breaks and for financial things.”


Well, either way, condragulations, Ru!


Check out his big RuVeal in the clip below.

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Steve Grand and the Veronicas blow Mardi Gras revellers away

Pop-country sensation Steve Grand and international superstars The Veronicas headlined the iconic Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras PARTY last night to a riotous response.

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The normally country heartthrob, Steve Grand took to the stage in a very sexy locker room get up, making over 15,000 party goers drool whilst the Veronicas replicated their iconic ARIA's performance in full body glitter and latex outfits.

Unfortunately, initial headliners, Teagan and Sarah pulled out due to illness. 

The shows at mardi gras have become iconic, with many performers over the years surprising party-goers, like Nick Jonas, Olivia Newton-John, Jimmy Barnes, Human Nature, Bardot, Boy George, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Arena, Delta Goodrem,  and many others.

Next year is the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras... so we recommend you book tickets to the after party as soon as they go on sale - as they probably won't announce who is performing - and you KNOW it's going to be huge for this kind of anniversary.

 

 

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POPrepublic.tv Awards - Nominees announced and voting is now open

Its back baby - and we have some of hte most fabulous nominees this year - some of our all time favourites have slam dunked it again and there are a fair few new faces too!

Get voting - voting ends on Valentines Day (Feb 14) AEDST.

 

The nominees are:

 

FAVOURITE SINGLE OF 2016
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Never Be Like You - Flume Feat. Kai
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Work From Home - Fifth Harmony Feat. Ty Dolla $ign
Cake By The Ocean - DNCE
Work - Rihanna Feat. Drake
Set In Stone - Guy Sebastian
In My Blood - The Veronicas
Secret Love Song - Little Mix Feat. Jason Derulo
Youth - Troye Sivan
Isaiah - It's Gotta Be You
Blow My Mind - Bielfield
Everybody's Free - Nat Conway
Hurt Anymore - Samantha Jade and Cyrus
Sound Of Silence - Dami Im


FAVOURITE ALBUM OF 2016
The Secret Daughter - Jessica Mauboy
Gimme Some Lovin Jukebox Vol. II - Human Nature
Wings Of The Wild - Delta Goodrem
Glory Days - Little Mix
Lemonade - Beyonce
Joanne - Lady Gaga
Purpose - Justin Bieber
The Heavy Entertainment Show - Robbie Williams
Glory - Britney Spears
Love You to Death - Tegan and Sara
ANTI - Rihanna
Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
Red Flag - All Saints
This Is Acting - SIA
Last Year Was Complicated - Nick Jonas
Thank You - Meghan Trainor
Backbone - Anthony Callea
Classic Carpenters - Dami Im


FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN MALE ARTIST
Troye Sivan
Anthony Callea
Guy Sebastian
Keith Urban
Darren Hayes
David Campbell
Taylor Henderson
Stan Walker
Matt Corby
Jai Waetford
Mark Vincent
Chet Faker
Cyrus
Conrad Sewell
Bielfield
Harrison Craig
Shannon Noll


FAVOURITE INTL MALE ARTIST
Ed Sheeran
Robbie Williams
Jason Derulo
Adam Lambert
Nick Jonas
Steve Grand
Justin Bieber
The Weeknd
Justin Timberlake
Keith Urban
Prince
Billy Gilman
Drake
Frank Ocean
Ricky Martin


FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN FEMALE ARTIST
Cosima De Vito
Tina Arena
SIA
Paulini
Emily Williams
Nat Conway
Melissa Tkautz
Dami Im
Kylie Minogue
Dannii Minogue
Jessica Mauboy
Samantha Jade
Delta Goodrem
Iggy Azalea
Havana Brown


FAVOURITE INTL FEMALE ARTIST
Adele
Taylor Swift
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Lady Gaga
Britney Spears
Selena Gomez
Demi Lovato
PINK
Gwen Stefani
Ellie Goulding
Carly Rae Jepsen
Madonna
Ariana Grande
Meghan Trainor
Carrie Underwood
Janey Jackson
Jessie J
Jennifer Lopez
Mariah Carey


FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN GROUP
5 Seconds of Summer
Human Nature
Brothers 3
The Veronicas
Hilltop Hoods
Bliss N Eso
Sneaky Sound System
The Presets
Justice Crew

 

FAVOURITE INTL GROUP
Pentatonix
Little Mix
One Direction
Take That
Fifth Harmony
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Fall Out Boy
The Madden Brothers
5 Seconds Of Summer
Maroon 5
DNCE
The Chainsmokers

 

FAVOURITE DJ or REMIXER 2016
Lee Dagger / Bimbo Jones
Cutmore
Dan Murphy
Jumpsmokers
The Alias
Dave Aude
Wideboys
Chaill
DJ Escape
Chris Cox
Corey Craig
The Oxford Hustlers
Kitty Glitter
Dom de Sousa

 

FAVOURITE COMEDIAN 2016
Bianca Del Rio
Kathy Griffin
Dave Hughes
Tom Gleeson
Adam Hills
Charlie Pickering
Will anderson
Ahn Do
Peter Helliar
Kitty Flanagan
Tim Minchin
Craig Ferguson
Leslie Jones (SNL)
Keenan Thompson (SNL)
Margaret Cho
Amy Schumer
Kate McKinnon (SNL)


FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN TV SHOW
The Project
The Secret Daughter
Neighbours
The X Factor
The Voice
Australian Survivor
I'm A Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here
Family Feud
Home and Away
One Plus One
Please Like Me
The Real Housewives Of Melbourne
Have you Been Paying Attention?
Doctor Doctor
The Feed
The Weekly with Charlie Pickering


FAVOURITE INTERNATIONAL TV SHOW 2016
Scream Queens
Teen Wolf
Madam Secretary
RuPaul's Drag Race
Bob's Burgers
The Simpsons
Eurovision 2016
The Graham Norton Show
Gotham
Gaycation
The Big Bang Theory
Supergirl

 

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF 2016
Isaiah Firebrace
Conrad Sewell
Tkay Maidza
Bielfield

 

FAVOURITE CONCERT TOUR / LIVE / FESTIVAL / SPECIAL EVENT OF 2016
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Dami Im - National Tour
PRINCE 'PIANO & A MICROPHONE' TOUR 2016
Rebel Heart - Madonna Australian Tour
The Olympics - Rio
Pentatonix Australian Tour
TLC Australian Tour
Brandy Australian Tour
Sydney Festival
Adelaide Fringe Festival

 

FAVOURITE FILM OF 2016
Storks
Finding Dory
Star Trek Beyond
Bad Moms
Rogue One: a Star Wars Story
Captain America: Civil War
Deadpool
Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
The BFG
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
The Secret Life Of Pets
Zootopia
Suicide Squad
Trolls
Ghostbusters
Ab Fab The Movie

 

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Janet welcomes new baby boy

Janet Jackson has an extra exciting reason to celebrate the arrival of 2017!

The Grammy-winning singer has given birth to her first child, a baby boy named Eissa Al Manna, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, People reports.

While the living legend has said little about her pregnancy throughout the past several months in the press, we do know that she's been enjoying some well-deserved quality down time with her husband Wissam Al Mana.

Jackson married Al Mana, a Qatari billionaire and businessman, back in 2012 in front of family and friends.

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Dick Clark Productions Hits Back at Claims They Set Mariah Carey up to Fail During NYE Show

Dick Clark Productions is hitting back at claims from Mariah Carey’s camp that her New Year’s Eve performance was sabotaged – and even denies that there were any technical problems during the show.

“To suggest that [Dick Clark Productions] … would ever intentionally compromise the success of any artist is defamatory, outrageous and frankly absurd,” the company said in a statement to PEOPLE. “In very rare instances, there are, of course, technical errors that can occur with live television, however, an initial investigation has indicated that DCP had no involvement in the challenges associated with Ms. Carey’s New Year’s Eve performance.”

The 46-year-old singer made headlines after a mishap during her performance on Saturday night as part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest in Times Square.

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"Will & Grace" is the latest TV show to get a reboot.

The hit sitcom — which aired during the late '90s to mid-2000's — will see a resurgence on the small screen, star Leslie Jordan revealed this week.

"Will & Grace" aired on NBC and follows the lives of Will, a gay lawyer and his longtime college friend, Grace. The series starred Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack and Debra Messing.

Jordan, who portrayed Beverly Leslie on the beloved show, told San Diego radio station KPBS that NBC has ordered 10 new episodes of the show, which will begin filming in July.

"It's back," he said.

After the interviewer noted that a return was “perhaps” happening, Jordan interjected to say, “"not perhaps… absolutely.”

Earlier this month, Mullally had also hinted the show would return.

The series' cast members have reunited a few times before — including once in a video in support of Hillary Clinton.

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Steps are coming back in 2017

Nineties pop group Steps are preparing to release a new album in 2017.

The band - comprised of Claire Richards, Ian 'H' Watkins, Lee Latchford Evans, Lisa Scott Lee and Faye Tozer - are reuniting for a New Year's Eve gig at London's famous G-A-Y club and will follow it up with their first new music since 2012's Light Up the World LP.

A source told The UK's Sun newspaper: 'This reunion has been in planning for a long time with various ideas thrown about.

'But the one thing everyone could agree on was it's time for Steps to release new music and inject some fun back into the scene.

'Obviously the band have all matured in the two decades since they found fame, and so has their music.'

Steps split in 2001 after achieving two number one albums and 14 top five hits. They had a brief reunion in 2011, embarking on a sell-out 12 date arena tour and the releasing their fourth album, before going on hiatus.

Announcing their initial split in a statement, they said: 'After five incredible years, we have decided it's time to move on to new challenges.

'We have always said that when the time came, we would leave as good friends and go out while we were on top, as although we are very sad, that's what we have done.

'We are looking forward to making our next plans but for now we just want to send our heartfelt thanks and love to all the people who have supported us - you truly are the best fans in the world.'

However, it was soon revealed that Ian and Claire had quit the band to start a career as a duo and admitted that it had led to problems with the other three.

Claire said previously told M Celebs, the Sunday Mirror magazine: 'We had our reasons for leaving and most of the stuff said about us is wrong.

'At some point you've got to say to yourself, "It doesn't matter how much money I earn this year, I'm miserable".'

Ian added: 'We could have sold millions more albums, but it wasn't worth it... there was no point in flogging a dead horse.'

The Steps folks have kept busy during their years off, with the popular Lisa Scott Lee touring Australia a couple of years ago, and H&Claire releasing duet singles and other projects like TV shows and reality contestant show appearances.

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