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 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).

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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 crews were:

1. Maxi Shield (Drag Superstar)

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


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.



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.



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.




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

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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.

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.

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.

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.


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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.


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.

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.

Daniel Craig Is Reportedly Returning as James Bond

Daniel Craig is all set to reprise his role as the iconic James Bond in Bond 25 after reportedly reaching a deal with producer Barbara Broccoli. Rumors have been swirling about Craig's return for a fifth movie even after he stated that he'd "slash his wrists" than do another Bond movie after the release of 2015's Spectre. It has previously been reported that the James Bond franchise is close to closing a deal to shoot the next movie in Croatia, which would make the news of Craig's return make much more sense.

The news comes after rumors were circulating about new actors stepping into the Bond role to replace Daniel Craig. Many names were brought up including Idris Elba (The Dark Tower, Avengers: Age of Ultron), who in a hacked Sony email was said to be a top choice with Steven Spielberg even declared that Elba would be his "first choice" in an interview. Tom Hardy (Mad Max, The Dark Knight Rises) has also been rumored to be on the shortlist alongside director Christopher Nolan. Damian Lewis, Aiden Turner, and James Norton are also names that have been rumored to replace Craig as James Bond, but it appears that it is not time to pick a new Bond quite yet.

The news comes via the U.K.'s The Mirror who reports that Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli have reached and that the movie may start filming next year for a 2019 release. The source even went on to say that Craig's wife Rachel Weisz is "on board with the decision" for him to spend a year away filming Bond 25. The Mirror's source appears to be anonymous, so we should take this news with a grain of salt as you would anything that comes from an anonymous source. The source is also claiming that Adele is being courted for a return to the Bond theme as well, which could very well ring true as the singer has informally announced her retirement from the stage. The source had this to say.

"Craig and Adele together are a winning team, the ultimate choice, the money spinners. It's taken time, but Daniel has come round and the strong con-sensus (sic) in the Bond offices is that Mr. Craig is 007 again. As for Adele, she's more of an unknown quantity but loved being a part of Bond, so the signs are positive."
It would make perfect sense for Daniel Craig to return for Bond 25 as Spectre left James Bond ready (in an unorthodox way) for the next movie. Plus Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are back to write Bond 25, which would also make a lot of sense for the return of Craig. In addition, Craig has stated before that he would return if the money were right and it is rumored that he is still under contract for Bond 25, so maybe this was all just a hold out for more money in a really long contract dispute.

The news of the return of Daniel Craig and Adele is still speculation at this point. No official word has come from Broccoli or Craig's camps nor has there been a studio announced to take over financial backing, though Warner Bros. is strongly rumored to be close to a deal through Christopher Nolan's Syncopy involved. There's a lot up in the air at this point, but if the speculation is correct, we could see James Bond 25 as soon as 2019 with Daniel Craig back as 007 one last time.

98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons Men Of The Strip Returns to Las Vegas

One of the sweetest guys in pop music is back in Las Vegas with his muscle bound all male revue, Men Of The Strip.

The Hard Rock Cafe will play host to the boys again for shows in July from the 14th to the 28th.

Greek-God like bodies, abs for days, guy-next door personalities, dance like strippers but love like husbands, and singing that will make you tingle from head to toe.

From a venue set for the hottest-party in town, to our hunky cast that will make you feel like the only person in the room…Men of the Strip is not a show… it’s a full-service, dancing, singing, strip-taining experience you will never forget says their official website - and we hope they will continue their shows there year round so all visitors get a chance to see them!

Tickets in the USA via Ticketweb


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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