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Here’s your official sneak peek into what Kylie Minogue has in store for us with her forth-coming “Kiss Me Once” album!! I am at work at the moment and can’t preview it myself so want to hear from you… What tracks (if any) are you feeling?
And here is a full preview of her duet with Enrique Iglesias called “Beautiful“.
And Mariah Carey is wasting absolutly no time at all to promote her new single “You’re Mine (Eternal)“… Check out the just released music video! The video is exactly what you would expect from Mariah… Hardly any clothes, glitter and lots of hair! Oh a shirtless cameo from Trey Songz who is also featured on the remix version of the song! Check it out…
So as you already know, I’m currently on vacation in Australia and have been trying to take a little break from blogging but today I decided to write a post to discuss something that has really been bothering me since the Grammys aired last night. As we all know, last night Macklemore, Madonna, Queen Latifah & Mary Lambert all stepped out into the spotlight to perform the song “Same Love” along side 30 gay, straight, biracial couples who were married right there on stage! This did not only make for one of the most memorable Grammy Awards moments in history but also made a very profound statement to the world! Of course a controversial issue such as same-sex marriage is going to ignite a lot of different kinds of opinions and some negativity but what has really taken me aback is just how much of that negativity was being hurled at the performance from my very own GLBT community!! Since last night, my Facebook feed has been a non-stop bitch-fest of people picking the performance and the people involved apart.
“What business does Queen Latifah have being on stage when she hasn’t personally come out yet?”
“Madonna is old and shriveled. She needs to hang it up and stop trying to use the gay community to stay relevant.”
“Macklemore sure does feel the need to professes he’s straight an awful lot for a song that’s suppose to be ‘pro-gay’!”
Seriously?! Is my community really that cynical, shallow & ungrateful? Of course not everyone in the GLBT community had only negative things to say about the performance. Many also took to social media to express their joy and gratitude… I’m sure you’ve already gathered that I was one of them! It was just very alarming and disheartening for me to see so many took the time and energy to try to tear down a group of people that stood on stage in front of the world to make such a statement for acceptance and marriage equality! So what Queen Latifah has not publicly come out of the closet to the media?! As long as she is using her voice & platform to progress equality for her community, what difference does it make whether she has an official “coming out party” on the cover of People Magazine?! I know we live in a”reality TV” driven culture but I most certainly don’t believe that just because you are a celebrity, you are not entitled to any kind of privacy or normalcy in your private lives! This is her personal journey and who is anyone to judge how she chooses to navigate through it? “U.N.I.T.Y”
Madonna is 53 years old… She’s twice the age of most of her fellow pop peers so she’s an easy target for a lot of cynical remarks about her appearance or relevance! Did she a little look older than some of her more recent public appearances last night? Yes she did. Did she seem a little “stiff” on stage? Definitely! A lot of people don’t realize that she rolled her food a few weeks ago and was on crutches until just a few days ago – Hence her carrying a cane. But all that superficial stuff is really besides the point and really didn’t bother me as much as the people accusing her of using the gay community to “stay relevant”. Anyone that really thinks she has a hard time staying relevant need only to look at the numbers she pulled at the Super Bowl 2 years ago making her halftime show the most watched television event in history or Forbes’ list of highest earning celebrity in 2013 which she topped. This woman doesn’t need to “use the gay community” for anything. This is the woman that championed for the GLBT community in the 80′s and 90′s back when it was not “cool” or “trendy” to do so! Back when people didn’t only have “morality” issues with the gay community but at a time when the AIDS epidemic was more commonly associated to exclusively gay men and they were feared as a health risk to society. Voicing support to the gay community at that uncertain time was more “risky” to ones career than it is today. If anything, Madonna was a trail blazer for equality in pop culture and MADE IT “trendy” for the likes of Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, MTV, BRAVO, ect… to use their platform to say “it’s OK to be gay”! Who knows where our society would be today had one of the most famous people of her time NOT taken that risk and used her celebrity and power to stand up for her GLBT friends! We should all be grateful to the fact that she still remains ‘relevant’ and that she still fights the good fight for US three decades later. “Open Your Heart”
As for the people that just aren’t happy enough with Macklemore and the success of “Same Love“. The people that think he’s professing his “straight” status a little too much giving the song a “no homo” undertone. I don’t have much to say to you other than this… Take that chip off of your shoulder and those ear plugs out your ear to get past the first verse and take in the true message of the song as a whole. Here are the 2nd and 3rd verses for you reading pleasure to help clear up that clouded, misguided, cynical judgment of yours… ”Same Love”
“If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me Have you read the YouTube comments lately? “Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily We become so numb to what we’re saying A culture founded from oppression Yet we don’t have acceptance for ‘em Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it Gay is synonymous with the lesser It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference! Live on and be yourself When I was at church they taught me something else If you preach hate at the service those words aren’t anointed That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen I might not be the same, but that’s not important No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it
We press play, don’t press pause Progress, march on With the veil over our eyes We turn our back on the cause Till the day that my uncles can be united by law When kids are walking ’round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are And a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all But it’s a damn good place to start No law is gonna change us We have to change us Whatever God you believe in We come from the same one Strip away the fear Underneath it’s all the same love About time that we raised up… sex”
Why am I taking all of this time and effort to try to change your perspective? Because it’s really important! Because in order for the world to change, we need people like Macklemore, Madonna, Mary Lambert & Queen Latifah on our side. And we need songs like “Same Love” playing on pop and hip hop radio! And more importantly, we need to keep the bigger picture in perspective and to ALL UNITE together instead of picking each other apart… Because at the end of the day it’s really going to take ALL OF US to fight off ignorance & the true enemies of equality like these people….
Hey all, in case you haven’t noticed I am taking a little break from the blog. After being cyber bullied by Beyonce’s people who took down my blog as well as the last two articles I wrote (both not so glowing articles about her) I decided to take a step back for just a little bit and use this time to enjoy the holidays and plan a new look, feel and layout for the blog. As for BeYAWNce… I will NOT be banning articles about her because of what happened. Instead, I will continue to write articles true to my opinion and not “work with a label for exclusives” (A.K.A. only write glowing articles) as I was previously offered by her minions behind these scenes a few years back. I will say this, from here on out OI WON’T be going out of my way to highlight her high points.
I hope everyone has had an amazing holiday so far and I hope you all have a festive and safe new year! See you next year… (Early-mid Jan)
So Cher’s forth-coming Closer To The Truth album is on Amazon to preview! I really can’t give it a proper listen right now to give my review of the previews, but wanted to share the link with you guys to hear what you think of the new release… Comment away and I will provide my review later!
UPDATE/MY REVIEW: Long story short, none of the dance tracks are working for me but I like the ballads. “Siren,” “I Hope You Find It” & “Lie To Me” are the stand-outs for me.
Hey everyone… As you guys know I was recently nominated for a local award called a Nicky Award in the outstanding DJ category. Thanks to your support & votes I won the award last night! This is my second year in a row so I am beyond grateful! I made a short video to personally thank you all so much! Of course I had to include my little baby bear Daphne in the clip since last year she snuck her way into it while I was recording! Thanks again everyone! xoxoxo T
Today is Madonna’s 55th birthday!! Hard to believe that Madge is 5 years shy from her 60′s and she’s still doing her thing, looking amazing, releasing #1 albums and embarking on record breaking tours! Can’t wait to see what the Queen cooks up next!!
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Hey all!! So last year I was nominated and won award a local prestigious award called a Nicky Award for my DJing… I actually tied with and shared the honor with my friend DJ Nikno! Well it’s that time of the year again and I have been nominated for the ‘outstanding DJ’ award once again! So I am calling on my Sound Off readers to to help make me a repeat winner! I would be oh so grateful if you guys could take the time to show your support and vote for me at the following link . I’m in category #10 (Outstanding DJ/VJ) and don’t worry – you don’t need to vote in every category if you don’t want to. You can vote for only the one category and then press ‘done’ at the bottom of the ballot. I would appreciate the support… Thanks in advance to anyone who votes! Taj.
And in more Madonna news, here is the full official trailer for the much anticipated #Secret Project that she’s been teasing us with for months now! I’m really hoping that a song is attached to this project and it’s not just an artsy political themed mini-movie. To be more specific, the imagery in the clip looks like it could be an amazing visual for “Gang Bang“… Hope we’re finally getting a video for that song!
Hey all…. I’m not sure what’s going on with the “comments” feature with the blog. Seems that all the old comments are not showing up and we’re getting an error whenever anyone tries to write a new one. We’re trying to figure it out and will get things running back to normal soon.
If you really want to leave a comment for any of my postings, you can always do so on my blog’s Facebook page where I post every article I write. Some of you guys already do that but wanted to give the others a heads-up in case you haven’t “liked” the page yet…
ALSO… Want to let you guys know that there will be a big over-haul of the blog in general following shortly after. I have some exciting stuff planned for you guys so please be patient!
Hey all… Here’s a part of my set that I recorded from last weekend. It’s an electro-pop/EDM set that I hope you guys will enjoy! Also, don’t forget to “follow” me on Soundcloud to get all my latest DJ sets and remixes! T
I am absolutely in love with Rihanna’s new single “Stay“! She slayed it on the Grammys lastnight and today she’s released the accompanying visual for the beautiful ballad. The clip is very simple… Maybe a little too simple for my liking but it definitely captures the emotion of the song through Rihanna’s performance.
On a side note… I’ve been playing the new Liam Keegan & Anton Powers remix of “Stay” all weekend and had a pretty great dancefloor response to this gorgeous bootleg! Check it out…
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I set up a fan page for Sound Off Music Blog on Facebook… It’s a good way to stay on top of what I’m posting here if you’re on FB!! Please visit the fan page by clicking here and join by pressing the “LIKE” button…
Also, if you haven’t already… Make sure you follow me on my Soundcloud to hear my latest sets/remix!