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Music News: Exclusive Darren Hayes Podcast Interview

Darren_2GuestbloggerPlease welcome Robbie Daw, who will be penning occasional music posts for us here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own pop music site called Chart Rigger.

This week we've got something a bit different for you, in that I had the opportunity to interview Darren Hayes over the weekend exclusively for Towleroad readers. But rather than type the whole thing out, Andy and I decided it might be a bit more fun to stream the conversation as a podcast.

Darren Hayes, who between his years as both the singer for successful Australian duo Savage Garden and then as a solo artist, has sold over 30 million records. A year ago he married his partner, Richard Cullen, in London, and last month he put out the two-disc This Delicate Thing We've Made worldwide on his own label, Powdered Sugar.

Ironically, the same day of his album's release, news of allegations against him -- revolving around a racial slur he allegedly made in a London restaurant -- broke out. In the interview, Hayes talks about all these things, as well as the artists who have influenced him like Annie Lennox and Prince, and how growing up with an alcoholic father made him the artist he is today.

He also tells some great anecdotes about working with Janice Dickinson on his latest video ("We loved having her on set. I did have to run around making her cups of tea.") and getting to sing with Luciano Pavarotti.

Play the podcasts below as you would a video.

PART ONE: "Madonna is about to leave Warners and perhaps forge a relationship with a promoter. I've found myself at the forefront of this movement away from the major label system."

PART TWO: "I couldn't even think, let alone utter, a racist remark. But there's an investigation and I totally support that."

road.jpg NEWS BITES: Madonna buys a sex toy.

Kanye West promises to boycott MTV.

Kid Rock could face jail time after his VMAs brawl with Tommy Lee.

Pet Shop Boys cancel their September 27 gig at the Hollywood Bowl.

Kaiser Chiefs ditch their American tour to "concentrate on recording new material."

It's down to the wire for Phil Spector.


After weeks of the rappers' hype and posturing, 50 Cent's Curtis and Kanye West's Graduation officially began their chart showdown yesterday. However, if country music by a singer who is most certainly not gay is your thing, Kenny Chesney's Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates is also out.

Other albums dropping yesterday included alt rock act Hot Hot Heat's Happiness LTD., Scottish DJ Calvin Harris' I Created Disco and Rogue Wave's Asleep At Heaven's Gate.

iTunes also has up new singles by Alicia Keys' ("No One") and Backstreet Boys ("Inconsolable"), and a remix EP for Gwen Stefani's "Now That You Got It."

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  1. Doesn't Kanye West get pissed every time he doesnt win an award?

    Posted by: Chris in Seattle | Sep 11, 2007 2:28:43 PM

  2. Rogue Wave rocks!

    Posted by: GM | Sep 11, 2007 2:39:45 PM

  3. Can't stand Kanye! He is such a cry baby and thinks he is the best out there.

    Love the Darren Hayes interview! thanks for that

    Posted by: gabriel | Sep 12, 2007 11:14:17 AM

  4. Now if only we could get MTV (and the rest of the world) to boycott Kanye West.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 12, 2007 11:19:21 AM

  5. I hope Kanye does boycott MTV, and I hope 50 keeps true on his promise to retire since his album is being outsold by Kanye.

    I dislike them both, so less of either is a good thing.

    Posted by: Wes | Sep 12, 2007 12:31:36 PM

  6. I've already read all of this on other web sites.

    Posted by: Carl | Sep 12, 2007 1:52:01 PM

  7. Kanye is so far winning their little contest
    with chesney next in line and 50 in 3rd place as far as sales. I wonder if 50 will follow through on his promise and retire?

    Wether you like Kanye or not, he spoke truth to power and you have to respect that. CNN and all news outlets were showing white people stealing food and water from stores in New orleans and called it "scavenging to feed their families" when they showed blacks doing the same thing they said "looting". Kanye talked about this on live tv (one of the few to do so) and said "George Bush hates black people" How many others called bush on his shit when he was fiddeling a guitar and playing golf while new Orleans drowned?

    Dislike his music even dislike the man's ego and personality but respect his speaking truth to power especialy since 50 has said "Katrina was the wrtah of god"..."george bush is great"...and uncountable slurs against us gays and women.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Sep 12, 2007 2:02:09 PM

  8. As long as gays allow other gays like Darren Hayes to be racists I will continue to support artist like 50 and Kanye!!!

    hip hop power!!

    Posted by: That's Right | Sep 12, 2007 7:06:04 PM

  9. great piece! darren's clearly very intelligent. i'm sure the alleged comment is a gold digger. should we ask kanye? ;) if darren really was an obnoxious pop slob who insulted people we surely would have caught shots of him exiting cars without his panties by now.

    Posted by: HOT | Sep 12, 2007 11:35:00 PM

  10. Love the site! Great Darren Hayes interview. Your instincts to post the podcast instead of typing it up were spot on. It's so much more enjoyable to HEAR the actual conversation.

    Posted by: capricorn44 | Sep 13, 2007 8:59:15 AM

    thanks soooo much for this interview..

    Posted by: melo | Sep 13, 2007 8:13:10 PM

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