Vanessa Williams Discusses Gay Fans
Vanessa Williams, "one of the gay community’s most revered and idolized icons," talks in an interview about gay marriage and gay fans. Williams recently released "Everlasting Love," a compilation of 70s love song covers.
"I have no problem with [gay marriage]. I completely support it," says Williams. "I have many gay friends that are married. Close male friends of mine have been living together as a couple for over 20 years, and they have adopted a beautiful baby girl who is now 3-years-old. They are fantastic parents. Other gay couples I know are also looking to adopt and are trying to find the right combination. And then I have single gay friends who are adoptive parents."
(Exclusive) Couple James and DeAnna Cool came up with the brilliant idea to put together a dance compilation album as a tribute to legendary rock band Roxy Music. "Roxy Remodeled" includes remakes of "Same Old Scene" (by Madison Park w/Soulrider), "Avalon" (by Sunday People), "Beauty Queen" (by GoldLust) and Roxy Music's biggest hit "Love Is The Drug" (by J.A.C.E.). The album will be out in stores on March 8.
"We've both always been huge fans of Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry," says DeAnna Cool, who also makes up duo Madison Park together with husband James. "It was the common ground we found when [James and I] first started writing together and we had always wanted to do something to show how influential the music was. We actually came up with the idea a while back and felt that this was the right time to do it."
The first single from the album is a remake of Roxy Music's hit "More Than This" that is turned into a seductive dance groove by Madison Park VS Lenny B. (Click here to pre-order "Roxy Remodeled" at Amazon.)
Download "More Than This" by Madison Park VS Lenny B
Fischerspooner "Just Let Go" Mash-up
Jordan aka DJ Earworm sent me a link to his mash-up of Fischerspooner's "Just Let Go." The talented mash-up artist mixed up "Just Let Go" with a 1968 recording of Harry Nilsson's "One." It also includes pieces of "Everyone is Someone in L.A." by Felix Da Housecat and Run DMC's "Hard Times." (Click here to purchase the original FS track from iTunes.)
Listen to Fischerspooner "Just Let Go" (DJ Earworm Mash-up)
Abercrombie & Fitch Music
After Starbucks and others, clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is also
venturing out into promoting and selling music. Associating themselves
with hot indie tunes is a perfect way for companies to extend their
brand and image beyond their core product. Check out some free MP3
downloads on the Abercrombie & Fitch web site. It features tunes by Lock & Key, Stereo Total, Amon Tobin, Enon and Clem Snide.
New Music Friday
This is Garbage's first single since the 2001 release of "Beautiful Garbage" (right before 9/11). It is taken from the band's upcoming fourth album "Bleed Like Me" that will hit stores on April 11. On this new track, the band returns to its roots with a radio-friendly, straight-up rock tune featuring Manson's vampy vocals and Markers' flaring guitar riffs.
Blue Merle is a handsome Nashville-based quartet that released their debut album last week. But this is anything but country. Produced by Stephen Harris (U2, Dave Matthews Band), this title track showcases singer/songwriter Luke Reynold's distinct tenor and the band's sophisticated arrangements that include a wide variety of instruments.
The Doves are twin brothers Jez and Andy Williams and school friend Jimi Goodwin. Their new single "Black & White Town" reminds me of an old Tears For Fears tracks with that elegant Britpop feel that is at times reminiscent of Motown soul. Interestingly, the song was inspired by the city of Manchester, which can easily be considered England's own Motown. Taken from their upcoming album "Some Cities" (out March 1, 2005).
Aqualung has been described as Rufus Wainwright meets Radiohead meets Coldplay. Check out their new single "Brighter Than Sunshine" from their forthcoming album "Strange & Beautiful." The tune is a moody, piano-driven ballad that pleases at first listen, but becomes rather bland after repeated play.
In my mailbox this week: Moby "Hotel" and Shelby Lynne "Suit Yourself." I hope to Sneak Peek reviews both of these albums soon.