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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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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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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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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.

 

 

Did you catch the @SteveGrandMusic show at #MGparty? Phwoar!!! @sydneymardigras #GuideToGay

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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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Pink and Corey welcome new baby

Pink’s Christmas present came a day late.

The “Raise Your Glass” singer welcomed son Jameson Moon on Dec. 26, she announced Wednesday.

Pink revealed in November that she and husband Carey Hart were expecting their second child when she showed off an already enormous baby bump.

 

 

Jameson Moon Hart 12.26.16

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The couple also has a 5-year-old daughter, Willow.

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George Michael 1963-2016

Global singing sensation and icon George Michael has died on Christmas Day, aged 53.

Police are describing the death as "unexplained but not suspicious".

They said paramedics attended his home in Goring in Oxfordshire at 1.42pm today - where he was declared dead at the scene.

His publicist announced he has "passed away peacefully at home" at 11pm last night.

The full statement read: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."

George Michael has sold more than 80 million records worldwide in a career spanning four decades - but his life in recent years has been dogged by controversy, including when he nearly passed away in 2011 from illness.

George made an in the round appearance at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party in 2010 and resided in Potts Point for a substantial part of recent years.

Here is his show from Mardi Gras thanks to chicagojes as media were barred from filming the performance even though the room was full of camera phones. lol

RIP George, you will be missed.

 

h/t Guidetogay.com

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Kylie Minogue, Joshua Sasse won’t marry until equality comes to Australia

Australian icon Kylie Minogue and fiance English actor Joshua Sasse are ready to wed, and wish to do so in Melbourne, but will hold off until marriage equality comes to Australia.

The couple are avid supporters of the “Say I Do Down Under” campaign, launching it on social media earlier today.


“There are chances of a Melbourne wedding…(but) we will not get married until this law has passed in Australia,” Sasse told Australia’s Seven Network.

“When I found out that gay marriage was illegal in Australia, I was astounded,” he said. “I simply can’t fathom on any level, whether it’s moral or religious or anything, that I have the right to get married and to marry the person that I love and that somebody else doesn’t because of their sexual orientation.”

“Why are we any more important than anyone else?” he asked. “It’s not right and something’s got to be done about it.”

Actress Margot Robbie also showed her support when she wore a “Say I Do Down Under” shirt on “Saturday Night Live.”

 


The majority of supporters of same-sex marriage in Australia worry that a nationwide debate ahead of a plebiscite will make way for abusive rhetoric that could be emotionally damaging to many, with far right groups already distributing offensive and untrue materials.

Leading advocacy groups are still pushing the government for a free vote on the issue as it resumes its sitting period next week.

 

via Guidetogay.com

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