Cyndi Lauper burst onto
the world stage as the quintessential
girl who wants to have fun. After more
than 25 sterling years and global
record sales in excess of 30 million, she
has proven that she has the heart and
soul to keep her legion of fans
compelled by her every creative
The beauty of Cyndi Lauper is that she
has evolved into a richly multi-faceted
renaissance woman who strikes a
resonant chord with each project.
With her first album “She’s So Unusual”, Cyndi won a Grammy Award for Best New
Artist and became the first female artist in history to have five top-10 singles from a
debut album. Along the way, she has continually won accolades as a singer, musician,
actress, and writer. She has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards,
2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards.
At the center of Cyndi’s life is music. On June 22nd, she releases her 11th studio
album entitled Memphis Blues. With this collection of blues cover songs, she is once
again reinventing herself by putting her unique twist on one of music’s most beloved
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Robyn | Body Talk part 1
by Ramon Antu
The last time we had a complete CD of new music from Robyn was back in 2005. She
is back in the game with a vengeance. Body Talk part 1 is a mix of glitchy backbeats,
analog sounds & dance beats that make you want to jump out of your seat. The ride
starts with "Dont F....king tell me what to do." It's a very hard dance track where she
starts by listing all of her vices -
Cant wait for the remixes of this song.
Fembot - this is a old Robyn with the lyrics reminds me
of "Koniciwa Bitches" woman power with lyrics like "Pull
up in docking position. Pop the hatch and hit ignition.
Bbb-burn out, baby...
Ready for "demolition" classic!
"Dancing on My own" The first single has her chasing
an old lover through a nightclub.
The feel of Memphis Blues is gritty and full of life. Recorded this March at Electraphonic
Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, the album features appearances by such great
artists as B.B. King, Jonny Lang, Allen Toussaint, Ann Peebles and Charlie
“This is the album I’ve wanted to make for years,” says Lauper. “All of these beautiful
songs, and all of the great players on the album, were carefully chosen because I’ve
admired them my entire life. And I knew from the moment Alan Toussaint hit the keys in
‘Shattered Dreams’ that we were creating something really special.”
An Emmy Award winner for her guest starring role as Marianne Lugasso on “Mad About
You”, Cyndi continues to show her range as an actress and personality on television, in
film and on stage. Currently, she is appearing in the recurring role of bewitching
psychic Avalon Harmonia on the FOX hit “Bones” and just finished competing on the
recent edition of the NBC hit “Celebrity Apprentice.” Cyndi recently inked a deal with
Mark Burnett Productions for her own reality series set to launch later this year.
In film, Cyndi has appeared in such motion pictures as Mrs. Parker and the Vicious
Circle (Fine Line/Mirimax), Life With Mikey (Touchstone), Off and Running
(Independent), and Vibes (Columbia/Imagine). Perhaps most notable has been her
affecting, acclaimed performance opposite Christopher Walken in The Opportunist
In 2006, Cyndi made her Broadway debut as Jenny in The Threepenny Opera and is
currently writing the music for the Broadway adaptation of the British film Kinky Boots.
Cyndi has enjoyed a sparkling and colorful life that continues to expand to greater
creative heights and global prestige. She is currently capturing her journey in literary
form for an autobiography that will be released via Simon & Schuster. It will, no doubt,
be another bar-raising milestone in a career that
continues to leave the world craving more.
“I still have so much to say and share,” she says. “I’m grateful for each and everyday
that I get to make music. As long as there’s a corner of the world where people want to
hear me, I’ll be there… singing and acting and writing my heart out.”
An unwavering advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality
since the start of her career, Cyndi created the True Colors Tour in 2007. The Tour has
brought together artists like Erasure, The B-52s, the Indigo Girls, Deborah Harry and
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts for shows that successfully merge great music and public
awareness about the issues facing the LGBT community.
To further her role as an activist, Cyndi founded the True Colors Fund in 2008. The non-
profit seeks to inspire and engage everyone, particularly the straight community, to
become involved in the advancement of LGBT equality. The Fund recently launched the
Give a Damn Campaign, an extensive and innovative online public education and
In addition, Cyndi is the Honorary Chairperson of the True Colors Residence, the first
project of its kind to provide a permanent, supportive and secure home to formerly
homeless LGBT youth in New York City.
In appreciation for her work, Cyndi has been honored by many organizations including
the Human Rights Campaign, GLSEN and PFLAG.
“It’s an honor to always have the genuine affection of the gay community,” Cyndi says.
“They have never turned their back on me. I will never turn my back on them. We’ve had
a long and enduring love affair.”
Cyndi is also a tireless participant in the struggle to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Most recently, Cyndi has joined with Lady Gaga to be the spokespeople for the
2010 MAC Viva Glam Campaign and to educate woman about HIV/AIDS around the
She also continues to participate in efforts and events for organizations like AMFAR,
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in order to speak
out about the need for education and greater resources to fight this disease.
Her hotly anticipated 4th studio album,
Bionic, was released on June 8th,
2010, following the unveiling of its
fiercely energetic single “Not Myself
Tonight,” and its visually stunning,
sexually liberating music video. Bionic
saw Christina collaborating with artists
and co-songwriters like Nikki Minaj
(whose presence was felt on the
rhythmic pounding of "WooHoo"),
Linda Perry (who penned and
produced a gorgeous ballad named “Lift Me Up”), Sia, Tricky Stewart, Polow Da Don,
Le Tigre, Hill & Switch, and Ladytron among others. The title Bionic reflects Christina's
range as an artist capable of exploring every side of her personality and using her voice
in ways never heard before. Or, in her own words, “I was able to explore and create a
fresh, sexy feel using both electronic and organic elements with subject matter ranging
from playful to introspective. I am so excited for my fans to hear the new sound. It is
something I don’t think anyone will expect.” www.
At the start of 2009 and ten years into her career, Macy Gray found herself a free agent
and on the verge of "The Sellout.” Sure, she sold 15 million albums, scored two
Grammy Awards, two MTV awards and with “I Try,” had one of the most successful
singles of all time, but after 2007’s Big, she found herself alone, with no one to answer
to but herself. Big was the slickest album of her career and she considered going even
further away from the true, gritty, whiskey-voice Macy, following instead of leading. In
other words, selling out.
“I thought after Big flopped maybe I should do what everyone else was doing,” she
says. “Go out and hire the hottest producers, the best writers, get real skinny. But none
of those people called me back.”
For Gray, it was an ego-bruising wallop that left her bewildered and irritated at
relationships that turned out to be more fair weather than everlasting. “I was terrified, I
didn’t know what to do,” she says. “You have all these people telling you how dope you
are and then they just go away.”
Chastened, Gray went back to her comfort zone, toiling in the studio with a select group
of friends and musicians. A studio owner in Tarzana gave her a dirt-cheap deal on
space and for months she went in and pushed herself to come up with new material.
As the new songs took shape, that feeling of rejection gave way to a steely resolve to
reestablish herself as one of music’s dominant singers. “When I was on my own, I
was making songs that I liked,” she says. “It was my own money, I didn’t have to go
play it for someone. I wasn’t someone’s employee.”
The resulting effort – aptly titled The Sellout (Concord Records) – is a return to form for
Gray, perhaps her finest album to date, but one that propels her sound forward rather
than looking longingly at the past. Sure, there are classic-Macy pop-soul stylings in
tracks like “Lately,” but she branches out on tracks like the epic stadium rock-stomper
“Kissed It” (featuring a blistering guitar solo from longtime friend Slash) or the Prince-
like slow funk jam “Stalker” that wouldn’t be
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out of place on Sign O’ The Times.
According to Gray, many of the songs started out with a four-on-the-floor dance beat,
but then, “everyone started doing it and I needed to stay true to who I am.” That shows
up on the album’s first single, the breezy “Beauty In The World” which started out as a
David Guetta-style house track but switched after Gray turned it into more of a rollicking
peace & love sing-a-long. “You get bombarded with opinion and expectations and what
other people want and you forget what you do well,” she says. “That song is what I do
Gray also clearly ups her game in the lyrics department, filling out the portrait of herself
as an artist. Many of her songs have her trademark wit (check out the horny banter
between her and guest Bobby Brown on the steamy “Real Love”) but others are more
agonizing, whether it’s the deeply confessional “On And On” or the making amends of
“Still Hurts.” “I was depressed,” she admits. “I had been through two or three
relationships in that time so my love life wasn’t going well. Last year was a real
bummed out time.”
But leave it to her three teenage children to put things in perspective. “Beauty” was
inspired by her daughter who one day Macy overheard laughing hysterically in the next
room. “I was having a really bad day and I heard my daughter just cracking up in the
next room,” she recalls. She has this really great laugh and I didn’t even know what she
was laughing at. I thought ‘at least she’s happy.’ And I felt at least I hadn’t failed there,
because my daughter’s happy.”
Despite the rejection, the uncertainty and the heartache, The Sellout is a total triumph
and success. It’s a testament to Gray’s resolve and songwriting chops that the material
feels so honest and authentic but yet effortless, moving seamlessly from one track to
the next. There’s nothing forced, nothing that feels out of place. Fittingly, the album
ends with the anthemic track, “The Comeback,” a bookend declaration of things
accomplished and the hope for better things to come:
“Hey big world it’s me again/I’m coming
way back to be big again.”
“I just poured my heart out,” she says.
“I didn’t set out to have a theme, but
when I put them all together it was a
picture of my life in that time. I’m dying
for people to like it.”
It’s the comeback. And The Sellout. And
it proves that Gray has no intention of
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Robyn has a way of making big sad pop songs clearly her best. The way she
takes you to that place when she says "So far a away, but still so near (The
lights go on, the music dies) But you don't see me, standing here I just came
to say goodbye" It it kills me.
The CD is a great introduction to one of the best dance
CD's of the summer download - glad to have Robyn back
with new music I give it * * * * * .
I and cant wait until Body Talk part 2 is released in August.
It was 2009, and Jake Shears was in Berlin. Dancing.
“There were nights when I’d look out into the crowd
and it would look timeless. I wouldn’t know what
decade we were in.”
In fact, it was three years after the release of Scissor
Sisters’ second album (like its predecessor, it had
sold over a million copies in the UK alone), and one
year ahead of the band’s third. As he looked out
over the mass of bodies, Jake found the spark for
what would become the fire at the heart of ‘Night
Work’, a dynamic new album with some killer dance
moves and a superhuman ability to stay out later
than it should do. Without skimping on tunes, ‘Night
Work’ is very much a nocturnal album whose soul
could, indeed, have come from any time. “It’s a
dream record,” says Jake. “It’s everything we haven’t
been able to pull off before.”
“’Night Work’ is really us boiled down to who we are.
It feels quintessentially us.” There are key influences
in there – you’ll hear them range from Giorgio
Moroder to The Cult and Frankie Goes to Hollywood
to ZZ Top – but three albums in, Scissor Sisters have nailed their sound and rekindled
the magic that took them from dirty New York gay bars to the Royal Albert Hall.
Significantly perhaps, this time around it’s a little less Albert Hall, and a little more
Prince Albert. It’s a spirit captured so brilliantly in that album closer ‘Invisible Light’, a
track that’s essentially Pink Floyd in the Pleasuredome, arriving in a hail of crowd noise
and rave horns, taking in a Sir Ian McKellen monologue somewhere along the way,
and then soaring to the sky after a breakdown that took the band two months to get
right and is guaranteed to flick a little switch
in the heads of
of club kids. “It
moment when you’re
out, and you’re really
high, and it feels like
there’s no way you
could ever come
down,” says Jake.
What does it feel
like to be a
Scissor Sister in
has the answer. “It
feels,” he says,
“like we’re ready.”