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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.

 

 

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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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Adele to finally tour Australia

For the first time ever, Adele will tour in Australia.

The funniest DIVA penned a handwritten letter to fans confirming she’ll start in Perth on Feb. 28 before heading to Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and finishing up in Melbourne on March 18.

“I was wondering if after 10 years in this game you’d finally like to meet me in: Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide? Yep! I am coming down under,” Adele wrote.

She’ll play “in the round, out doors and upgrading myself to stadiums to make sure I get to see as many of you as possible.” In such a large space we hope that it will still have an intimate feel you would want for that type of voice.

Rumours of an appearance at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras have already surfaced, but Adele will be in Brisbane on the night of the parade and party... such a shame.

 

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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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Interview: Chaz Robinson

Emerging artist Chaz Robinson has been making waves in the USA since his debut album dropped a couple of weeks ago - signed to Spectra records, he has appeared on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew: Season 5, MTV's MADE, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Disney's Shake It Up, La Grande Cabaret du Monde: France, and Broadway's Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy.

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