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March 17, 2014

Wham singer slams EastEnders for its treatment of gay characters and reveals he has been off cannabis for at least a year-and-a-half

Gay singer George Michael has revealed how fame nearly sent him mad.

The British Wham singer also said he has stopped his drug-taking lifestyle and not used cannabis for ‘well over a year-and-a-half’.

The 50-year-old has said recent health scares and time spent in prison shocked him into changing his life.

Speaking to The Big Issue, Michael was asked about how he felt the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton – wife to Prince William – was doing as he was a good friend of the late Princess Diana.

March 12, 2014

Openly gay YouTube sensation has raised more than $183,000 - and counting - for dream project

Steve Grand had hoped to raise $81,000 on Kickstarter in order to complete his debut album.

Instead, the YouTube sensation ended up making history.

Grand announced to his fans today that their outpouring of financial support has resulted in his upcoming album becoming one of the top 10 most funded projects in Kickstarter history.

As of today, $183,500 has been raised with 17 days of the campaign remaining.

March 4, 2014

Popular BBC One drama TV show actress decided to put her acting career aside and concentrate on her music

Lesbian favorite Heather Peace has teased a brand new gay anthem on her upcoming album.

The Waterloo Road actress has quit the BBC One school drama show to focus on second record and UK tour.

Peace's last episode of appearing as popular teacher Nikki Boston will be 12 March.

She said: 'I've been two-jobs-Peace for almost 20 years and it felt like time to put my music first.

February 27, 2014

He tells fans: 'I am so humbled; so grateful for your outpouring of love and support'

Determined to make an album without a record label, Steve Grand turned to his fans for help.

They came through.

In just 17 hours, the goal of $85,000 was raised through Grand's Kickstarter campaign.

The total has since climbed to past $115,000.

In a Facebook message, Grand described himself as 'speechless.'

February 19, 2014

Gay icon sang new single Into The Blue especially for a very lucky mega-fan

Gay icon Kylie Minogue has made gay dreams come true, surprising one lucky fan with a performance at his local London gym.

Adam Milner was working out at The Factory Gym and Dance Centre without realizing his fellow gym bunnies were actually backing dancers.

With a burst of a glitter cannon, the petite pop singer showed up to sing her new single Into The Blue especially for him.

'I've been a fan of Kylie for as long as I can remember,’ Milner said

February 19, 2014

Singer says: 'OK, come on, let's move faster. Let's get there faster. Let's get it done. This should have already been behind us'

Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles has had a strong connection to the gay community from her early days with lesser-known bands.

So it's no surprise that the gay-friendly singer wants to see Country music become more accepting of openly gay artists.

February 12, 2014

The 28 year old had contemplated suicide when he was younger but now wishes he had come out sooner

Ryan Dolan, the Irish singer who made it to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest last year with his song Only Love Survives, has come out publicly as gay.

'It’s not a big deal anymore,' the 28-year-old Dolan told Radio One today. 'Things have changed compared to even when I was in school. Young people are coming out now at 15 or 16 which would never have happened when I was at school.'

February 12, 2014

From Frank Ocean to Freddie Mercury, RuPaul to Josephine Baker, we celebrate our favorite gay, lesbian, bisexual and pansexual chart-toppers

It's the end of Britain's LGBT History Month which has been celebrating musicians and music this year.

So we've compiled this list of some of our favorites. Who would make your list of best LGBTI musicians? Tweet us @GayStarNews. Enjoy the dance breaks!

Frank Ocean

US singer and rapper Frank Ocean published an open letter online in 2012, revealing a teenage love affair with another boy. He gained even more fans, both straight and gay, for coming out in the notoriously homophobic world of hip hop.

January 28, 2014

The Grammy award-winning singer will shake her tambourines and show us who’s that girl at this year’s Palm Springs Dinah Shore party

E-V-E has been announced as the main act for Dinah Shore’s Black Party on Saturday 5 April.

Billed as the world’s biggest lesbian festival, the Dinah Shore program has been taking over Palm Springs, California for 24 years, and this April promises to blow the roof off the party.

Already confirmed for performances are Australian hip-hop ingénue Iggy Azalea and Canadian lesbian pop twins Tegan and Sara.

January 22, 2014

One of the world’s most gay-friendly countries also happens to have some of the most creative musical talent of this (and last) century

There’s something to be said for a country with a population of 320,000 that churns out so much creative talent.

In Iceland, one in 10 people will publish a book in their lifetime. There’s a local saying that goes: ‘Ad ganga med bok I maganum.’

‘Everyone has a book in their stomach.’

If everyone in Iceland has a book in their stomach, it’s also easy to believe everyone is an artist at heart.

From fashion to architecture, graphics to design, the country is teeming with creative talent that’s been on the global radar for some time.

January 21, 2014

Symphonica, just his sixth solo album, will be released in March

George Michael, who began his solo career 27 years ago, announced Monday (20 January) that he is releasing a new album entitled Symphonica on 17 March.

It will be just his sixth solo album and is produced by Michael and the late legendary music producer Phil Ramone.

The album was recorded while Michael was on a concert tour of the same name in 2011 and 2012.

On the same day as the album's release, the lead single Let Her Down Easy will be available on iTunes and other digital platforms.

January 17, 2014

Rapper and Australian singer/songwriter will be releasing a heartbreaking empowerment anthem at the end of February

Bisexual stars Angel Haze and Sia Furler have teamed up for a new single.

The rapper and Australian singer will release ‘Battle Cry’, an empowerment anthem, on 24 February.

Explaining her discussion to work with Furler, she said she was a fan of her song ‘Breathe Me’.

‘When I was feeling suicidal, I’d go to sleep with that song,’ she said.

‘And I’d either feel like my entire world was closing in on me or, in some strange euphoric way, I was becoming stronger.’

January 14, 2014

Transgender Dysphoria Blues is Against Me!'s new album, the first record since singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity

US punk band Against Me! have unleashed their first album since lead singer Laura Jane Grace revealed her true gender identity.

Their sixth album Transgender Dysphoria Blues will reveal Grace's struggles to come out, with song titles such as True Trans Soul Rebel.

In the May 2012 Rolling Stone interview, Grace spoke about her transition from male to female and experiencing gender dysphoria as a child.

November 15, 2013

After decades away, LGBT favorite ABBA could reunite to celebrate their legacy

Legendary Swedish pop group ABBA is considering a reunion to mark the 40th anniversary of the band’s first hit Waterloo.

They have not performed together for 27 years, but Agnetha Faltskog has said they are mulling over getting back together to celebrate their legacy.

The last time they were even seen in public together was 2008 for the release of ABBA musical film 'Mamma Mia'.

Faltskog, who formed ABBA in 1972 with guitarist and songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus, told a German newspaper about future possible plans.

November 15, 2013

Former Take That star's new album Swings Both Ways addresses the artist's sexuality

Robbie Williams has described himself as a straight guy acting gay.

In his new record Swings Both Ways, the lyrics poke fun as his camp, 'gay' persona. There have been rumors for years about the Take That star's sexuality.

‘I want to balance the sides. I’m a straight person pretending to be gay. I’ve had a lot of people to imitate. It’s easy when you’re British, we’re camp by nature anyway,' he told the Sydney Telegraph.

November 5, 2013

British hip-hop act reveal they cannot listen to similar acts to them as they are often too homophobic and misogynistic

As Eminem is winning praise for using ‘fags’ in his lyrics, a British hip-hop act has revealed their hate for the scene as it is too homophobic.

Rizzle Kicks, arguably the biggest hip-hop stars in the UK, have said they ‘can’t listen’ to similar acts to them.

Band member Jordon Stephens, 21, told the BBC the stuff he was hearing in the mainstream ‘does [his] head in]’ as ‘it’s overly misogynistic and it’s still homophobic.’

‘I can’t listen to hip-hop at the moment,’ he added. ‘I really struggle.’

October 27, 2013
Mother Monster gives gay fans her first performance of 'Venus', before stripping naked on stage

Lady Gaga surprised hundreds of clubbers at G-A-Y last night (26 October) by performing an impromptu gig at the famous London gay bar.

 

The 'Born This Way' singer took to the stage and performed her latest single, 'Venus', for the first time.

 

Gaga did more than premier her newest single, as she gave onlookers a glance at her pubic hair before stripping naked at the end of her set.

October 24, 2013

You have Miley stripping naked at every opportunity... One wonders what it has to do with music but people have to find ways to get attention!'

Boy George is no stranger to headlines and outrageous behavior.

But these days, the one-time frontman for Culture Club has seemingly mellowed and is watching younger stars with a controversial look and persona take their turns in the spotlight.

For example: the twerking and scantily clad Miley Cyrus.

October 18, 2013

Pop diva caused controversy when she called gay people 'adorable and hilarious'

Britney Spears has said her new single ‘Work Bitch’ is about her respect for gay people.

The ‘Womanizer’ singer has described how she had learned ‘bitch’ as a term of endearment from gay friends.

‘I don’t call everyone…that word. I just use it as, it’s like in respect to the gays as a term of endearment,’ she told gay host Alan Carr on Chatty Man.

‘It’s like a street slang for everyone, you know, like you get to work, that’s what you do when you get to work and it’s like, cool.’

October 16, 2013

Gay people and women are savagely degraded in the lyrics of Rap God, the second single from US rapper Eminem’s upcoming album

US rapper Eminem has no problem calling people ‘gay-looking boy’ and ‘faggot’ in his quickly-rapped new song Rap God.

While other hip-hop artists like 50 Cent are apologizing for using homophobic language in their previous hits, Eminem and his fans seem to show no compunction over the former Grammy winner using homophobic language.

October 10, 2013

Bisexual pop star has revealed the follow up to her comeback single Applause, alongside the tracklisting for her new album ARTPOP

Bisexual chanteuse Lady Gaga has released a lyric video for ‘Aura’.

The song will be featured on the upcoming album ARTPOP and appear on the soundtrack for Machete Kills.

In an explosive montage of scenes from the Robert Rodriguez film, Gaga is seen alongside cast members Danny Trejo, (noted homophobe) Mel Gibson, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and Michelle Rodriguez.

The track is not expected to be Gaga’s next single following ‘Applause’.

September 13, 2013

Read the letter and hear the song that is guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings

Goldfrapp has revealed a song inspired by a heart-rending love letter written by a gay World War 2 soldier.

Clay, from the British band’s new album Tales of Us, took inspiration from a letter she saw on popular tumblr Letters of Note.

All of the songs are character studies, all inspired by real or fictional people, and the tracks are meant to take you into their world.

September 11, 2013

British artist Robbie Williams teases he swings both ways in potential album title

Take That star Robbie Williams has teased eager fans with a potential title for his new album, 'Robbie Swings Both Ways'.

Revealed with a new teaser poster, the new album is likely to be a follow up to his first swing album ‘Swing When You’re Winning’ released in 2001.

The first swing and jazz record hit number one in the UK, Germany and New Zealand and featured a duet with actress Nicole Kidman.

September 9, 2013

Mother monster wakes up America with a Gaga version of Dorothy’s trip down the yellow brick road

The US woke up to Lady Gaga going Over The Rainbow as she recreated The Wizard Of Oz as part of her Applause performance today (9 September).

The ‘Poker Face’ singer teased her fans via her Instagram account before the performance on Good Morning America. She posted a photo of a pair of sparkly, red boots and a stage with a yellow brick road.

These not so subtle hints quickly got tongues wagging about an Oz inspired performance.

Gaga transformed several times during her rendition of ‘Applause’, putting her stamp on several characters from the film.