Times change and so has sex work. In the 70’s and 80’s I used to hear about young men (and women) who turned to selling their bodies because they were
A). Homeless and/or
B). needed drug money.
I don’t know how true that was but sign onto any escort site say in, Chicago or any other big city, and EVERYONE is an escort! Everyone wants some extra money. And a good number of guys make a good living at it.
Male Sex Work and Society
is the first volume to explore male sex work from a rich array of perspectives and disciplines across the social sciences and humanities.
In recent decades, male sex work has emerged as an important area of study, as well as a social activity in its own right. As new ways of thinking and speaking about male sex work have emerged, it is no longer conflated with homosexuality or the female sex industry. Historical and cultural variations in male sex work are now acknowledged, enabling this activity to be understood in complex and dynamic terms, thus challenging older perspectives that view male “prostitution” as deviant and pathological.
Previously neglected aspects of male sex work, such as servicing a female clientele (the gigolo) and upper income types of service (escorts), have gained both scholarly and popular attention. The collection also looks at male sex work representations in popular media, including film and literature.
This is a fascinating book that aims to help enrich the ways in which we view both male sex work as a field of commerce and male sex worker themselves.
Leading contributors examine the field both historically and cross-culturally from fields including public health, sociology, psychology, social services, history, filmography, economics, mental health, criminal justice, geography, and migration studies, and more.
The data and observations compiled here are quite remarkable. Different countries are looked at, the escorts themselves and the men who hire them.
Male Sex Work and Society 512 pages!
Much-needed…. Most of the articles are research centered and bring quantitative analysis to historical, national, and cultural events. This research constitutes the most evident strength of the collection…. Scholars researching male sex work will appreciate this crucial step in the right direction.
Could it be true? NOM may close its doors?!
The Human Rights Campaign issued a press release that contained results from a study they conducted on the National Organization for Marriage’s funding and found the organization is rapidly losing support. HRC examined NOM’s tax filings from 2013 and found that the organization’s funding for the year dropped a whopping 50 percent from 2012, raising only $5.1 million in funds this year. Only two donors account for donating half of those funds alone, which indicates NOM’s support base merely consists of a very few wealthy people and a minuscule amount of the general public.
The NOM Education Fund also dropped nearly $3.5 million in funding; a drop of almost 70 percent since the previous year. NOM ended the year more than $2.5 million in debt. Fred Sainz, the HRC Vice President of Communications, urges NOM to give up the ghost already.
“If I were Brian Brown, I’d be worried that my two or three mega-donors are soon going to come to terms with the fact that they’d largely be better off flushing money down the toilet. Americans certainly aren’t buying what NOM is selling, and it’s only a matter of time before the trickle of money keeping the lights on at NOM HQ dries up.”
Marc Solomon — National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry said ….if the Supreme Court rules for marriage nationwide – this would mean the end of Freedom to Marry, because the organization’s goal would be achieved:
We’ve always been set up as a campaign, and we are a campaign, and when we’ve won nationwide, we’re finished…I want to see some of the really good people stick around in LGBT stuff, or in other progressive causes, but Freedom to Marry’s done. That’s I think a great holding out is put yourself out of business.
I received this CD in the mail to listen to AND IT’S REALLY GOOD!!
Kiesza is a singer-songwriter from Calgary, and is also an in-demand songwriter for acts across the globe, puts together her own stunning artwork, is a trained ballerina, and a former tall-ship sailor who the Army once attempted to train as a sniper.
Kiesza’s first songs had a distinctly folky edge, but her writing would soon expand to other genres. After recording a few demos with a friend, she decided to submit a CD to Selkirk’s music school, before setting sail for Hawaii. Upon arrival in Hawaii, she received a call saying she was accepted without an audition or interview. Kiesza left Hawaii, and after a year at Selkirk received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston.
After attending Berklee, she went to New York City to advance her music career. One professor knew Kiesza had a rare skill and put her in touch with recent graduate Rami Samir Afuni. The well-paired duo started experimenting with music and songwriting, and still does to this day. Kiesza’s transition from folk to her new evolving sound has developed naturally, as she idolized Michael Jackson when she was younger, and grew up listening to dance-floor dominating voices like Martha Wash, CeCe Peniston and Robin S. More recently, Disclosure and Hot Natured have been added to her musical influences, as well as nights spent dancing at New York’s Body & Soul events.
In January 2014, ‘Hideaway’ was released by Rami’s own Lokal Legend label, and soon after Kiesza moved to London. The track was recorded in just over an hour; just before Kiesza was due to get on a flight. The song’s video was shot in one-take on the streets of Brooklyn, and showcases Kiesza’s attention-grabbing dance moves.
There are no half measures for Kiesza. A committed artist whose extraordinary ambition is matched only by her unusual clarity of vision and overwhelming talent, this former queen of the high seas has spent years plotting a course to the epicenter of pop. In 2014 her voyage is just beginning, and everyone is welcome along for the ride.
Kiesza announces her debut album, Sound of a Woman (Island Records/4th and B’way/Lokal Legend), which hits stores October 21.
Her hit single “Hideaway” rocketed to the #1 spot in the UK charts earlier this year and remains the fastest-selling debut of year.
“Hideaway” went platinum in the UK and Canada; additionally, the song charted #1 in 27 countries on iTunes. The song was paired with a delicious throw back video that has captured over 110 million viewers to date. Kiesza also announces upcoming U.S. dates.
GQ spoke with Marine-turned-model Alex Minsky, who overcame having his leg amputated to become something of a pinup for patriotic gay men everywhere.
“I love gay men,”
revealed Minsky, 25, “because if they like something, they’ll let everybody know.”
He’s less thrilled, though, about having his nude photos leaked last winter—months before the current crop of stars had their privacy invaded:
I went into freak-out mode,” he says. “I don’t have a team of people taking care of my Internet snafus.” Still: What does it mean when a soldier’s broken body becomes not an admonition about the horrors of war but, rather, a sex object? “Maybe I just like being naked,” he says. “Ever think of that?”
See them at New Now Next NSFW!!!
“The Gays is a thrill, hilarious, critical, insightful and inspirational film. It is rated R and not recommended for teenagers. There is some nudity involved and very vulgar language. It’s also not recommended to heavily religious people because I don’t think they would like to hear what The Gays had said about Gabriel! Unless you want to shock your super religious grandmother…”
Wouldn’t it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had. Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons — Alex and Tommy — advice that will empower the boys to bend the world over, lube it up, and snap one off!
THE GAYS is New York-based indie writer/director T.S. Slaughter’s second feature, following the release of his darkly comic gay slasher SKULL & BONES (Ariztical Entertainment, 2009).
THE GAYS taps into all our anxieties about what it means to live as though we are like everyone else. Even though the retro gay “married” couple in the film, Rod and Bob, pre-date actual married gays of today, their relationship embodies all the complexities we might now start to anticipate for our present-day selves in earnest. – says Slaughter.
Issues they confront include those that have plagued gays since the 60s and probably earlier: what to do about balancing the security of a monogamous relationship with the inevitable boredom that comes with unending sameness? How do you define sex and other roles without replicating stereotypes like the homemaker versus the breadwinner? How, if you have kids, do you deal with their own emerging gayness or straightness without replicating all the dysfunctionality of the compulsory-straight nuclear family of times past? How do you discuss sex with them? Should you be as prudish as folks were in times past? Or is that destructively repressive? Should you be super open? Or is that too much information? And perhaps most of all, if the kids ARE gay, how do you arm them for the rough and tumble of a “fag eat fag world”? THE GAYS tackles all these questions and more with raunchy good humor designed to make you think after the side-splitting laughter stops.
— T. S. Slaughter
In an era in which artists feel liberated to produce and distribute their music in their own way — minus record-label intrusion — singer Linda Eder has released independently the most charismatic recording of a career that has stretched more than 20 years.
“Linda Live: The Concert Recording” cannot be found on Amazon, iTunes or any other platform for music sales. But because Eder stands as the greatest contemporary vocalist in the tradition of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, perhaps listeners will find their way to Eder’s first live album (available only at lindaeder.com and at the singer’s shows).
The legendary TOM OF FINLAND
now has his own stamps – but they are only available in Finland at the moment.
The late graphic artist Tom of Finland, born Touko Laaksonen, has become further cemented as an icon for his contributions to gay art and history thanks to a new a series of stamps. He is considered one of the most well-known Finnish artists around the world.
The work of Tom of Finland is both monumentally significant and long-standing.
“His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures. During his career, Tom of Finland produced more than 3,500 drawings… The drawings on the stamp sheet represent strong and confident male figures typical of their designer.”
Here’s an interview with stamp’s designer Timo Berry in cooperation with the Tom of Finland Foundation‘s Finnish representative Susanna Luoto.
A petition demanding the stamp be called off has now launched, and has so far gathered over 2,000 signatures.
Stamps may be ordered here.
Gallavin releases his second album So Sad the Songs next week. Under the sign of melancholy, this album traces the spleens of lost years and time passing by. It narrates the solitude of old broken hearted lovers whose once flamboyant passion has faded out throughout the seasons. So Sad the Songs is a journey through nostalgic and melancholic songs of yesterday arranged by Guy-François Leuenberger and Pierre Sottas.
The first single Avec le temps from Léo Ferré and its music video highlight the spirit of the new album. In a chiaroscuro atmosphere, the music video symbolizes with the circular movements how time weakens our passions and leaves us frozen in big the theatre of our lives.
Gallavin is performing three showcases to present his new album with the company of Catherine d’Oex the 1st, 2nd and 15th November 2014, respectively at the Palais DuPayrou in Neuchâtel, at the Jet’lag Club, MAD in Lausanne, and at Dialogai (INSIDE) in Genève, at 7pm. Gallavin is also singing the 13th November 2014 at the theatre of the Moulin-Neuf in Aigle at 7:30pm with François Bettens at the piano. Details can be found on www.gallavin.com.
The CD can only be ordered on Gallavin’s website www.gallavin.com. The album can nevertheless be downloaded on different Internet stores.
WATCH THE NEW VIDEO HERE
While confronting his unfaithful boyfriend Dusty blacks-out. When he comes to, his boyfriend was murdered and he’s the prime suspect.
“Kiss Me, Kill Me” is an Alfred Hitchcock/Agatha Christie-style “Who-done-it” set in a little town called West Hollywood.
The fantastic film maker CASPER ANDREAS is back again! An accomplished filmmaker who got his start in 2003 when he wrote, directed, and produced the short film “Mormor’s Visit” as well as his first feature, the romantic comedy “Slutty Summer” (in which he also stars). In the following years Casper produced and directed another five feature films (three of which he also wrote): “A Four Letter Word” (2007),”Between Love & Goodbye” (2008), “The Big Gay Musical” (2009), “Violet Tendencies” (2010), and “Going Down in LA-LA Land” (2011). Casper co-starred in the last two. Casper has collected multiple awards at film festivals around the world for each of his films.
AN AMAZING CAST has been assembled for his new project, KISS ME, KILL ME! Model / actor Matthew Ludwinski, Queer As Folk’s Gale Harold, Michael Maize from True Blood, International Superstar Willam, and many more!
This movie is a passion project. Every single person both before and behind the camera is involved because we believe in it. We are a small group, with a small film, and we want to make this movie for a small amount of money.
Our risks and challenges will be enormous. Even though that is true of every film production, at every budget, the smaller the budget the greater the challenges. Actors can drop out, locations can become unavailable. Pretty much anything that can go wrong in life can go wrong while making a small movie. But our team has a lot of experience in film production and overcoming the various obstacles that will inevitably arise.
And we have passion!
We believe that passion plus experience will equal a great little movie that will, with your help, come together to truly be something special.
This is going to be a great creative adventure.
With your support, there is no challenge too great or risk to large – and KISS ME, KILL ME will then be coming soon to a theater near you!
They need $100,000 and are 1/3 of the way there!
VISIT KICKSTARTER and read more!
This looks GREAT! Based on a shocking true story, Channing Tatum and Steve Carell star in the upcoming film Foxcatcher. EVERYONE is talking about both Channing and Steve and their award winning performances.
It is about a wrestler (Tatum) who wants to be the best wrestler in the world and a mysterious older benefactor (Carell) who offers him his patronage.
Dave Schultz was an Olympic and world champion freestyle wrestler. While training for another Olympic bid, he was killed by a gunshot from mad athletic sponsor John Eleuthère du Pont. Four months after Dave’s murder, his brother Mark competed in UFC 9 and won. Dave Schultz is the only 1984 Olympic Champion to win the 1983 World Championships and Mark is the only 1984 Olympic Champion to win the 1985 World Championships. When Mark won another World Championship in 1987, he became the first Olympic Champion to add two additional World titles. What a story!
What begins as a mutually symbiotic relationship quickly devolves into something darker and more twisted.
Channing talks about the grueling training and how it changed him, “Look, when you’re in that kind of a movie, it doesn’t matter if you’re hurt or not,” the actor told Yahoo. “You keep moving forward. I don’t think my knees will ever be the same after that, and I still have cauliflower ear. But if I came out of the movie without it, I’d feel like I didn’t do something right.”
SAME SEX COUPLE RETIREMENT INFORMATION
LGBT Ally James Lange, an author and CPA/Attorney, Celebrates New Legal Rulings by Offering a Free E-Book for Same-Sex Couples Across the Nation.
Retire Secure! for Same-Sex Couples: Live Gay, Retire Rich is endorsed by the top IRA, Social Security, and legal experts in the country and available as a FREE download for a limited time at www.samesex-equalrights.com
Last week was a historic week of victories for same-sex couples across the nation as 8 more states, West Virginia, Alaska, Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Indiana won the right to marry. The courts struck down the bans to marry in these states, expanding the rights for same-sex couples to marry in over half of the country. Within hours, county clerks in those states were issuing marriage licenses to couples who had been waiting for a decision to come down. Additionally, 4 more states in the 10th circuit and 4th circuit are on the verge of marriage equality as well. Colorado, Kansas, South Carolina, and Wyoming have cases pending verdicts and are expected to overturn their marriage bans in the near future. To celebrate these rulings attorney and CPA, James Lange is offering Retire Secure! for Same-Sex Couples: Live Gay, Retire Rich for free for a limited time on his web site, www.samesex-equalrights.com.
Pittsburgh LGBT Ally James Lange of Lange Financial Group, LLC has been working to help same-sex couples understand and take advantage of the tax and Social Security laws since 2002, but his campaign was re-energized when the Windsor case was decided in 2013. The laws and regulations for estate planning, tax planning, and Social Security planning have changed so significantly for same-sex couples over the last year that Jim has dedicated a large portion of his firm’s time and funds toward writing a book on gay retirement planning. Retire Secure! for Same Sex Couples: Live Gay, Retire Rich can be downloaded for FREE by going to www.samesex-equalrights.com before October 31st.
Along with the ability to get married, Lange suggests that there are many other points couples in states with marriage rights or on the verge of those rights should consider. “Married same-sex couples who live in states that recognize same-marriages will now be able to enjoy significant Social Security marital benefits and estate planning benefits, particularly if one member of the couples has a significant IRA or retirement plan,” says Lange, author of the book, Retire Secure! for Same-Sex Couples: Live Gay, Retire Rich. Mr. Lange offers four tips for same-sex couples:
- Go Into Marriage with Your Financial Eyes Wide Open. The couples who will benefit the most financially will likely be same-sex couples in their 60s or older where at least one person of the couple has a significant IRA or retirement plan. Some other couples will actually do worse financially. Finances are an important, though not exclusive, reason to get married or stay unmarried. If you are already married, speak to a tax advisor to take advantage of all the marital benefits.
- Consider How Marriage Affects Social Security Benefits. For many couples, one result of marriage is the opportunity to collect a much higher Social Security benefit. If you qualify and it is appropriate in your situation, apply for Social Security spousal benefits. There is a fantastic technique called “apply and suspend,” which is newly available to many same-sex couples in states that have recently changed their laws and to many residents of states that already afforded marriage rights. Most Social Security recipients, however, do not understand all of the possible spousal benefits of Social Security. There are significant advantages while both spouses are alive and after the first spouse dies. Find out the enormous financial benefits for free by going to www.samesex-equalrights.com before October 31st.
- Marriage and IRA and Retirement Planning. Regardless of your state of residence, as long as you were married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriages, you and your spouse will enjoy significant tax benefits on inheriting an IRA or a retirement plan.
- Seek Professional Advice. As with all important financial decisions, Lange suggests that couples speak with a qualified retirement and estate advisor, preferably a CPA, as well as an attorney who works with same-sex couples. “Couples need to be sure they have all the knowledge they can to prepare for their financial lives as a married couple,” says Lange. For more information about how to get a FREE copy of Retire Secure! for Same-Sex Couples: Live Gay, Retire Rich or for information on how to schedule a meeting or media interview with James Lange visit www.samesex-equalrights.com or call 412-521-2732.
SEXY New York based singer/songwriter Nick Deutsch releases the music video for “Run,” the lead single off his EP Crazy Ride. In it, Deutsch chronicles the heartbreak he felt in the lead-up to and aftermath of a relationship breakup with another man.
Deutsch said in a blog post on his website about why he felt it was important to come out as member of the LGBTQ community with the video’s release:
I believe that regardless of career, being open is still very much a big deal, although I do appreciate and empathize with the over-arching view that “it’s no longer a big deal to be gay.” Even with Sam Smith sitting tall at the billboard top ten, we are sorely in need of supportive voices to counter the awful statistics and narratives that have historically plagued the LGBTQ community. It feels ridiculous to consider portraying myself as anything but confident with who I am as a gay man, especially within the wider context of the enormous social changes that have occurred.
Because I’m blessed to be in a position to have a voice, I consider it an honor to be different. The deeply understood reality of this quick, short life has resolved me to live it on my terms and not be ignorant to the reality that most of human suffering is tied to flexible beliefs. I’m not pushing my sexuality in anyone’s face as much as I’m being who I am. I’m not a gay songwriter as much as I’m a songwriter who happens to be gay. In regards to “Run,” I put a male actor in my video because the song was written about one. I fell in love with a boy and got my heart broken, so that’s what you’ll see.
Mark MacKillop is a singer actor dancer. Originally from Vancouver he studied ballet in Vancouver with Li Yaming at Pacific DanceArts and spent summers training with the Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theater in New York, both on full scholarship. After three years dancing with the Atlanta Ballet Mark moved to New York to pursue musical theatre and just finished a year on tour playing Riff with the international production of West Side Story – which leads us to this story about Mark!
The new book comprises 80 black-and-white selfies of MacKillop in various stages of undress, shot in various hotel rooms around the world while he was in the midst of an international tour of “West Side Story” last year.
Though the steamy images will no doubt set pulses racing, MacKillop sees Rm. XIV as capturing “physicality, composition, reflection” as opposed to being intentionally scintillating.
“I had just finished a year touring all over Europe and Israel with the international production of West Side Story. During the course of my time abroad i started taking pictures of myself in each hotel room I stayed in. This quickly became a staple of my experience on tour.”
“ Surprisingly traveling around with 30 cast members and a 30 piece orchestra left me feeling incredibly isolated and at times lonely. I used the photos as a way of connecting with friends who I was separated from to give them a unique, intimate look at my life on the road,” MacKillop, who originally hails from Canada, told The Huffington Post. Noting that he shot all of the images on his iPhone with a self-timer app, he added, “I definitely wouldn’t call myself a photographer. I would just call myself an artist exploring in various mediums.”
MacKillop, who is openly gay, said the photos also represent a very personal journey, and were partly inspired by Tom of Finland in addition to his own ballet and modern dance training.
A very successful kickstarter campaign was launched and the book was printed!
(Photo Right : is from one of the MANY fashion shoots Mark has done. Photographer Walter Kurtz Emporio Armani Underwear. See more on Pinterest.)
Having performed in the 2014 installment of “Broadway Bares,” MacKillop will donate a portion of the proceeds from Rm. XIV to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). In addition, the book will feature an introduction by Tony Award-winning “Kinky Boots” star Billy Porter and a foreword authored by New York artist Robert W. Richards.
MORE GROUND BREAKING NEWS FOR LGBT PEOPLE!
U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION OPENS MARRIAGE TO NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF SAME-SEX COUPLES IN THE U.S.
- Recent Williams Institute analyses suggest that the number of married same-sex couples, estimated to be as high as 130,000 in 2013, has increased by more than 50% over the last three years.
- Williams Institute research has analyzed the economic impact of allowing same-sex couples to marry in the 11 states that will now allow such marriages. Combining these states, 45,000 same-sex couples are likely to marry in the next three years generating more than $334 million in additional spending and over $22 million in sales tax revenue. Full versions of the state reports are available here.
- Nearly two-thirds of same-sex couples in the U.S. will now live in a state where they can marry, up from 50% prior to today’s decision.
- 6 out of 10 Americans will now live in states that allow same-sex couples to marry, up from 4 in 10.
- Williams Institute research suggests that there were 690,000 same-sex couples in the US in 2013 raising an estimated 200,000 children. As many as 30,000 of those children are being raised by married parents.
- In Indiana, there are more than 11,000 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 17% are raising more than 3,200 children in their homes.
- In Oklahoma, there are more than 6,100 cohabiting same-sex couples, of which an estimated 21% are raising more than 2,500 children in their homes.
- In Utah, there are more than 3,900 same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 20% are raising nearly 1,600 children in their homes.
- In Virginia, there are more than 14,200 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 18% are raising more than 4,000 children in their homes.
- In Wisconsin, there are nearly 9,200 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 20% are raising nearly 3,200 children in their homes.
- In Colorado, there are nearly 12,500 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 16% are raising nearly 4,000 children in their homes.
- In Kansas, there are more than 4,000 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 22% are raising nearly 1,800 children in their homes.
- In North Carolina, there are nearly 18,300 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 18% are raising nearly 6,600 children in their homes.
- In South Carolina, there are more than 7,200 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 19% are raising nearly 2,750 children in their homes.
- In West Virginia, there are nearly 3,000 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 18% are raising nearly 1,030 children in their homes.
- In Wyoming, there are nearly 700 cohabiting same-sex couples, of whom an estimated 25% are raising approximately 350 children in their homes.
IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE GAY! Same-sex marriage will be the law of the land — inevitably but not immediately.!
All About Eve, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, A Catered Affair, Little Foxes, The Letter, Jezebel, Now Voyager….the list goes on and on!
Often referred to as “The First Lady of the American Screen,” Bette Davis created a new kind of screen heroine. She was a liberated woman in an industry dominated by men. She was known as an actress that could play a variety of difficult and powerful roles, and because of this she set a new standard for women on the big screen. Independent off-screen as well, her battles with studio bigwigs were legendary. With a career spanning six decades, few in the history of film rival her longevity and appeal.
Long before Sheryl Sandberg told us to Lean In, screen legend Bette Davis was charging men with changing how the sexes relate to each other.
“I think men have got to change an awful lot. I think somehow they still prefer the little woman. They’re just staying way, way behind and so as a rule I think millions of women are very happy to be by themselves, they’re so bored with the whole business of trying to be the little woman, when no such thing really exists anymore. It just simply doesn’t,” said the celebrated actor and early Hollywood feminist in a previously lost interview, brought to life by PBS Digital Studios’ BLANK ON BLANK.
As an early advocate of gender awareness, Davis added, “This world’s gone way beyond it. The real female should be partly male and the real male should be partly female anyway. So if you ever run into that in either sex you’ve run into something very, very fine, I think.”
In this week’s installment of PBS Digital Studios’ “Blank on Blank” from an interview recorded in 1963 by legendary Hollywood reporter Shirley Eder, Bette Davis gives her perspective on the battle of the sexes. She also reveals her experiences dealing with Hollywood executives while trying to balance her career with a “traditional” household in a male-dominated industry, and explains why being an intelligent female can be a “hindrance” in business.
The full video is here
Fall and Winter see some of the best new releases! This year is HUGE!
We have Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe), Barbra Streisand Partners, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances (CD/ DVD)! And now Bette Midler It’s The Girls.
From the people who brought you “Beaches” and “Hairspray: The Musical” comes something gayer than you ever could’ve imagined. It’s the triumphant return of Bette Midler, of course!
“It’s The Girls!” was produced by Mark Shaiman (“Hairspray”), and it’s dropping November 4 on Warner Bros. Records. The album is sure to push the boundaries of “campy” — from the title’s exclamation point to the album’s entire premise — covers, but only of girl group hits; it’s everything from 30s trios like the Andrews Sisters to TLC.
bette says, “I have loved the sound of females harmonizing since I was a kid; I always sang along. Didn’t we all? […] I think the idea that you could become part of the group was the thing that endeared me to the girl groups. You weren’t just singing along, you were THERE!”
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga celebrated the launch of their new album, CHEEK TO CHEEK, released today, with a live performance in the city of Brussels last night. Held outdoors at the Grande Place plaza, thousands of fans had the opportunity to hear them sing selected songs from their critically-acclaimed collaborative jazz album.
Today’s release marks the continuance of an extensive campaign to support CHEEK TO CHEEK that began with the album’s announcement in July that has included special events, surprise concert appearances in Montreal and Tel Aviv and unique marketing tie-ins with ESPN and the US Tennis Open, the Home Shopping Network and H&M retail stores. Media coverage has kicked off with covers of Parade, Harpers Bazaar and DownBeat (marking Lady Gaga’s first appearance on the famed jazz magazine’s cover and Bennett’s sixth cover).
Photographer Steven Klein created the visual campaign for the record and studio videos of several tracks were released featuring footage from the studio recording sessions and other personal moments. A live concert event on PBS Great Performances, sponsored by LG Electronics and filmed in 4K technology, premieres on October 24th. Amazon Instant Video customers will be able to stream the performance in the highest resolution at no added cost when it becomes available later this year.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s live Brussels performance was filmed and will be presented as a special engagement theatrical release in Barco Escape theaters in early 2015, but a sneak preview is set to air this Friday, September 26 on Good Morning America when the morning show broadcasts a song from the event. Additionally set for Friday is an announcement of plans for a US concert appearance.
Barco, the worldwide market share leader in digital cinema projection, will release this first theatrical live music event in Barco Escape, the company’s new multi-screen, 270-degree panoramic movie format. Corrino Media Group are the producers / partners on the project. They are multi-faceted in creative content and are global experts in cinematic quality live event production.
On Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek:
“An unlikely pairing results in beautiful music….Gaga surprises with lovely, pure, stripped down vocals. She is a revelation.” PEOPLE
“Gaga has real chemistry with Bennett…..” ROLLING STONE
“An epic musical mash-up….” USA TODAY
“Bennett brings out another side of Gaga’s artistry…A sassy Gaga enthusiastically belts out her lines, while Bennett is as always elegant and precise in his phrasing.” ASSOCIATED PRESS
“Bennett believes that most songs deserve a big finish, and still can deliver the goods.” THE DAILY BEAST
“’Cheek to Cheek’ serves up the real thing, start to finish….Lady Gaga and Bennett have created a jazz album that will reach far wider than most and, more important, has something valuable to say.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE
GET IT NOW! Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe)