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'The Cranberries' Singer, Dolores O'Riordan, Dies at 46

There’s a cloud looming over my head today. Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries has died today and there is no doubt that everyone is feeling the daffodil lament. I needed some time to process this and now—as I drink my morning coffee with Ode to My Family forming tears in my eyes, I can begin to realize that it’s not just my imagination. So in the best way I can, I will hopefully form the words to share what a sad day this truly is in the world of music.

Dolores died today in London, where she was recording new music, at the age of 46. Authorities were called to the Park Lane hotel in Westminster at 9:05 a.m. on January 15th where she was pronounced dead at the scene. The publicist for the band released a statement at the songbird’s sudden death:

It was not described how Dolores died, but she had be dealing with back problems that had forced the band to cancel their almost sold out Euro and US tour. I had tickets to see this show where the band was touring with Irish Chamber Orchestra to play their latest acoustic album Something Else. Dolores had also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015 and was dealing with this with the help of medication.

Born, Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan, the singer was from Limerick and became part of the band in 1989 when she auditioned for brothers Noel and Mike Hogan who were looking for a lead for their band The Cranberry Saw Us. Dolores was famous for her unique sound and yodeling that fused the band’s alternative rock sound with traditional Irish sounds.

 

The band had incredible success in the early 90s with their first albums Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993) and No Need to Argue (1994), but was followed up by albums To the Faithful Departed (1996), Bury the Hatchet (1999), and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2001) before splitting in 2003. She was married to Don Burton, former tour manager for Duran Duran, but divorced after a 20-year marriage. The couple had three children.

During her time away from The Cranberries, Dolores had a solo career which included her album Are You Listening? (2007) and No Baggage (2009). The Cranberries reunited with a studio album Roses (2012) and a world tour--returning to stages to deliver the music that made everyone fall in love with band.

There has already been much written about the loss of Dolores O’Riordan and many huge names have commented on her death so I don’t think it’s necessary to include all of that in here. Instead, I think it is important to acknowledge the personal experience many had with music of The Cranberries and Dolores’ voice.

Since their early days, The Cranberries represented the rebel outcast who was seeking an emotional release from the world’s hate and troubles. Songs like No Need to Argue, Zombie, War Child, Bosnia, Free to Decide, Salvation--among others--conquered political and social struggles felt by war and labels that many marginalized groups identified with.

I began listening to The Cranberries since I was in 4th grade. It was music that I introduced to by my older sister, who at the time would drive me around town bumping the music. Since the beginning, it symbolized self-affirmation. The music has always been elegant, raw, and it meant ‘giving zero fucks’ before that was even a thing.

As I grew up, The Cranberries became a coping mechanism that broke me down, healed me, and built me back up during some of the most difficult times in my life. As a queer man, their music was solace and Dolores O’Riordan the manifestation of the years of confusion, bullying, and search to be comfortable in my own skin. It was this music that guided me through my coming out and taught me how to love, how to lose and how to forgive. And now, in my adult life, her music has set a foundation for love, since my partner and I selected Dreams as one of our wedding songs.

When I was old enough to finally be able to go to concert, I finally had the opportunity to attend a concert during Dolores’ solo career. After three songs at the House of Blues on Sunset, her drummer dropped to the ground in a seizure and the show ended abruptly. I was devastated to not be able to enjoy more her music live.

A couple of years later in 2009, when The Cranberries reunited, I scored tickets to their show and I attended with my sister and my partner. This show was something I had waited my entire life for--the chance to hear the music that had fed my soul live.

As a gesture of gratitude, I brought a yellow rose and wrote a note that I hoped I would be able to deliver to the hands of Dolores. In it, I thanked her for her words and her voice and for being the soundtrack to my youth. I thanked her for being a storyteller for everyone who felt they were not represented and for always continuing to do what they were doing with this fact in mind. I was so far back at the concert and I didn’t know if the rose would get to her, but at a moment of courage, I sent the rose and the note up and asked the person in front of me to send it forward. A few minutes in, I lost track of the rose and thought it had been lost in the sea of fans, but during the song Wanted, I saw that she reached down and grabbed my rose and attached note from someone in the front row. At that moment, I knew that all the years I had listened to the music by The Cranberries reached an ultimate level of gratitude because I was able to make this connection.

As we continue to learn more about Dolores’ untimely death, there is nothing more that can be said for the singer who breathed life into the many people who were searching to fit in and learning how to feel.

I leave you with this, one of The Cranberries’ most iconic songs that has now immortalized Dolores as one of the greatest singers who gave the world a gift and left us all yearning for more.

Thank you for word, Dolores.

Linger

If you, if you could return

Don't let it burn

Don't let it fade

I'm sure I'm not being rude

But it's just your attitude

It's tearing me apart

It's ruining every day

For me

I swore I would be true

And fellow, so did you

So why were you holding her hand?

Is that the way we stand?

Were you lying all the time?

Was it just a game to you?

But I'm in so deep

You know I'm such a fool for you

You've got me wrapped around your finger

Do you have to let it linger?

Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?

Oh, I thought the world of you

I thought nothing could go wrong

But I was wrong, I was wrong

If you, if you could get by

Trying not to lie

Things wouldn't be so confused

And I wouldn't feel so used

But you always really knew

I just want to be with you

And I'm in so deep

You know I'm such a fool for you

You've got me wrapped around your finger

Do have to let it linger?

Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?

And I'm in so deep

You know I'm such a fool for you

You've got me wrapped around your finger

Do have to let it linger?

Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?

You know I'm such a fool for you

You've got me wrapped around your finger

Do have to let it linger?

Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?

Justin Timberlake Became A Mountain Man For His Latest Album

Justin Timberlake is getting ready to release a new album in February and he’s just dropped a one minute teaser video to get us excited.

To prepare fans and the rest of the world for the drop of a new single on Friday, January 5th, Timberlake released the video found down below.

Apparently, the singer is going from “Sexy Back” to “Brokeback” (sans the gay sadly) as he’s going for a country aesthetic.

Actually, looks like the singer is skipping over country and going straight to woodsman. Just like the title of the upcoming album, Man of the Woods, Timberlake wants everyone to think that he’s a man of the wilderness.

Are you interested in this woodsman Timberlake? If so, you only have to wait until Friday to hear a song from the upcoming album and until February 2nd for the rest of the songs to follow.

Sam Smith's Album "The Thrill of It All" Dropped Today

Sam Smith’s latest album is out now!

Smith’s second album, titled The Thrill of It All, was released earlier today and is already getting rave reviews.

The special edition of the album includes 14 songs including “Too Good at Goodbyes,” “Midnight Train,” “HIM,” “Pray,” “One Day at a Time,” and more. Ultimately, the entire album amounts to 37 minutes and 28 seconds of music.

In addition, Sam Smith will be touring across the United States, Europe, and Mexico, to promote the album between the months of March and September in 2018.

In fact, you can already buy tickets to his concerts in cities like Glasgow, Dublin Berlin, Milan, Toronto, Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Nashville, Miami, Mexico City, Portland, and many more.

Until then, you can listen to Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All on Google Music, iTunes, or Spotify.

Christmas Comes Early with Sia's New Album

After her fierce album This is Acting from 2016, Sia has taken over the charts becoming the voice behind the bows and wigs that keeps us yearning for more. Sia has undoubtedly become an LGBT icon, penning anthems like Alive, Chandelier, and The Greatest which have reverberated in gay clubs and bars around the world.

But like every great song diva, Sia is ready to take on the ultimate challenge as a singer and put out her very own Christmas album.

Sia announced today that she will be releasing her album Everyday is Christmas, with original holiday songs which include songs like “Santa’s Coming for Us”, “Ho Ho Ho”, and “Puppies are Forever”. Finally, a new, fabulous Christmas album to go along with our egg nog and ugly Christmas sweaters. Ummm…can it be Christmas already?

Can't wait to stuff his stocking? Don't worry--Everyday is Christmas will be out November 17th, but you can pre-order starting October 30th

Here’s a list of tracks we can expect…will one of these be the new Santa Baby, Blue Christmas, or All I Want For Christmas Is You?

P!nk's New Single "Beautiful Trauma" Just Released

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Pink is back again ladies and gentlemen. This time, the pop singer with an edge has released the audio for her latest single that conveniently has the same name as her upcoming album.

The song, “Beautiful Trauma” speaks about falling in love with the wrong guy and going through a destructive relationship, but loving it all the same because you’re simply in love.

With lyrics like the ones down below, the song comes off as a classic and tragic “love” song from Pink.

The pill I keep taking
The nightmare I'm waking
There's nothing, no nothing, nothing but you
My perfect rock bottom
My beautiful trauma
My love, my love, my drug, oh

But wait no longer, if you want to hear the new single from Pink, check it out below.

More: Did MTV Censor A Gay Kiss in Pink's VMA Performance?

Watch the Video for Sam Smith's "Too Good At Goodbyes"

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Sam Smith’s New Music Video is Out

The British singer has been missing somewhat in the past year or so, but that’s assumably to prepare for his latest comeback.

Smith’s debut LP, In the Lonely Hour, came out back in 2014. Then, after making the rounds with his music from that, he went on to create and win an Oscar in 2015 for “Writings on the Wall,” the theme song to Bond’s SPECTRE.

And now it seems he’s ready to come out with a new LP which he says will drop sometime before Christmas.

In the meantime, we get to enjoy his first single from the currently untitled LP.

“Too Good at Goodbyes” is a smooth ballad that Smith himself says came from a deep and personal place.

"This song is about me and about a relationship I was in," he said. "This album actually is not all about me. There's about four songs that are about me, and the rest are about different things and different people in my life and what they've gone through."

We told you about the release date and name of the song, but now we can finally give you a video to go with it.

So, if you are interested in seeing “Too Good At Goodbyes,” check it out down below.

VELO's Latin Track 'Oye Papi' Spices Things Up

VELO, a popular queer performer at Gay Pride events throughout the west coast, is back with his second full-length album “CRUZIN”. A few weeks ago, he released a steamy music video featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Phi Phi O’Hara and Aja titled ‘Big Dick Daddy’. Now the zaddy is back with a sexy follow-up video ‘Oye Papi’, a sizzling latin dance track that will make you sweat. ‘Oye Papi’ features RPDR’s Yara Sofia, Legendary Drag Queen DJ Chi Chi LaRue, Andrew Christian models Pablo Hernandez & Jon Pastor as well as popular personalities Rhea Litré, James Majesty, Kaleena Markos, Jessica L’Whor & More!

VELO shared with me about his music, his inspirations, and why he has the best job ever:

What is the story behind Oye Papi and your album Cruzin'

For the track Oye Papi, I was super inspired by J-Balvins - Mi Gente and I wanted to bring that vibe into the Gay entertainment world in my own way. For the video I wanted it to be out of the box, super Latino centered but keep it light hearted and interesting. Working on Cruzin was a lot of fun, I got to collaborate with people I admire, look up to and respect as entertainers. This album is super personal because I finally feel confident as a producer and found who I am as a Recording Artist. To have Rhea Litré and Pablo Hernandez jump on a couple of tracks was a dream come true. I can’t wait for people to see the music videos for these collaborations. 

You seem to feature a lot of drag performers in your videos, why is that?

I absolutely respect Drag Queens. They are the back bone of the community. I think of the Stone Wall riots all the way to main stream entertainment like Rupaul’s Drag Race. In the gay entertainment world they are the main focus and working with them to me as a gay artist is a dream and a pleasure because they work so hard at their craft and I admire that hustle. Drag owns the gay scene and has always been a huge part of it. 

How can you focus with so much eye candy on set?

It’s not easy trust me haha

But it is fun to come into "work" and have that be sexy men in underwear dancing to your songs.

Best job ever haha

Who would be the ultimate collab in your music or in one of your videos?

Aside from Mama Ru herself, I would love to collaborate one day with Alaska and Willam. They are absolutely incredible entertainers and I respect their hustle and art. 

What's next on your musical journey? 

My next single is Cruzin ft Rhea Litré. She is a super star and the video we have filmed is visually stunning. It’s a dirty rap song for those pigs out there that love to grind to dirty words and hip hop beats. I'm also currently working on a spanish album (out next spring hopefully) that will feature Gay Icon Boomer Banks, Pablo Hernandez, and super star queens Rhea Litré and Melissa Befierce. 

Oye Papi’s will have you popping to the reggaeton beats—whether at the club or in your bedroom—the perfect song to spice up your night.

Watch the video here:

Download the full album, “CRUZIN” on iTunes

Check out more of VELO on social media @velomusic

Watch Superfruit Party Hard in "How You Feeling?"

Superfruit is back with another music video, and we had to share it with you all.

The dynamic duo are celebrating the release of the second part of their Future Friends album. And with it come some great new songs like “Fantasy" featuring F(x)’s Amber Liu, “Hurry Up!” and “How You Feeling?”

And the latter song now has a music video out.

The song follows Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying as they go on a little of bender after partying maybe a little too hard.

Some of the lyrics go, “I’m dancing reckless but it’s all a lie,” and,  “Don’t have the patience to even say goodbye.”

Watch the video down below.

FIRST LOOK: Rami Malek Is Stunning As Freddy Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody" Film

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The first look at Rami Malek as late gay icon Freddy Mercury is a jaw dropper.

Even Malek himself has said that seeing himself look so much like the late Queen frontman (though perhaps with less chest hair than the original) was a surprise.

“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror,” Malek said when he spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his first time in hair and makeup, “it’s a very affirming moment.”

This is the first time that Malek's look as Mercury in the upcoming biopic titled Bohemian Rhapsody has been released.

 

 

What’s known about the movie so far is that it will follow Queen starting from 1970, during which Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, up to right before the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 (part of which you can watch below).

Tragically, six years after the concert Freddie Mercury died of complications from the disease.

But, as much as Malek resembles the singer, what’s important to the film is if the singing will sound the same.

Bryan Singer, who’s directing the film, has announced that it will be music focused as a way to honor the singer’s contribution to music over all. And, in order to do that there will be a mixture of Malek singing, a singing-double, and recordings of Mercury.

Bohemian Rhapsody is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to come out December 25, 2018.

 

 

Rapper Eminem Under Fire For Leading A "F*** Trump" Chant During A Concert

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Rapper Eminem is making headlines because of a chant he made insulting Donald Trump.

The rapper was performing at the Reading Festival in Reading, England this past Saturday and was recorded in the moment.

During the performance, Eminem said:

“So Reading, I’m not about to stand up here and use this fuckin’ stage for some kind of a platform to be all political and shit, and I don’t want to cause any controversy so I won’t say no names — but this mother f*** Donald Trump I can’t stand!”

Eminem then led the audience in a chant of “F*** Trump” before starting the song "White America."

The thing is that Eminem probably doesn’t care if we or Billboard report on this incident. In fact, if Donald Trump were to respond to the moment (which, let’s be honest if Trump got wind of this it’d be 50/50 on if he’d tweet about it), Eminem would do nothing but laugh.

You can watch the video down below (skip to 10 mins).

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