Music News: Cyndi Lauper Creates A Residence For Homeless LGBT Youth, Plus NIN, Jay-Z Vs. Oasis, Pete Burns, Ace Of Base


GuestbloggerRobbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Many of you — yes, that means you, buster –are probably reading this while at work. But while some of us are counting the minutes as the day wears on, as Cyndi Lauper points out in a Q&A with Newsweek, things could always be worse.

The singer discusses some of the odd jobs she had before she became a successful recording artist: “I tried to work in an office. Apparently, my clothes weren’t right. I was a Gal Friday the 13th. I would answer phones and people would call up very upset. Then they’d call back screaming and yelling because I had to go to the file room and I would get sidetracked. I used to fall asleep reading the mail. I didn’t want to. But it was so boring to me and I hated it.”

One job Cyndi might be more happy to do is collaborating with Colleen Jackson and New York’s West End Intergenerational Residence to create the True Colors Residence, “a permanent supportive housing program for homeless LGBT youth 18-24 years old.”

Bw_cyndiLauper notes in an open letter: “In New York City, a very disproportionate number (up to 40%), of homeless youth identify as LGBT. Even more disturbing are reports that these young people often face discrimination and at times physical assault in some of the very places they have to for help. This is shocking an inexcusable… We’ll be building from the ground up so our residents will have a brand new, modern building with studio apartments for each resident and both indoor and outdoor community space to socialize or attend education and recreation programs. Each resident will be responsible for paying affordable rent based on their income and will receive ongoing assistance in obtaining employment best suited to their individual interests and skills.”

As well, Cyndi Lauper’s first studio album of original material in 11 years — Bring Ya To The Brink — will be released in two weeks, from Epic. The first single, “Same Ol’ Story,” was added to iTunes last week.

In 2001, Lauper was set to release an LP called Shine stateside, but plans with the label fell through, and the album eventually only saw the light of day in Japan, while she self-released an EP of some of the tracks domestically a year later.

road.jpg Props to Towleroad reader Crispy, who in last week’s music column commented that I forgot to mention Nine Inch Nails’ digital release of new album The Slip, completely free of charge, on the band’s website: “[lowercase sic] as a thank you to our fans for your continued support, we are giving away the new nine inch nails album one hundred percent free, exclusively via the music is available in a variety of formats including high-quality MP3, FLAC or M4A lossless at CD quality and even higher-than-CD quality 24/96 WAVE. your link will include all options – all free. all downloads include a PDF with artwork and credits. for those of you interested in physical products, fear not. we plan to make a version of this release available on CD and vinyl in july. details coming soon.”

As a fellow Western Pennsylvanian who grew up only a county away from him, I hope Trent Reznor can forgive me for not mentioning it sooner!

Jayzroad.jpg Can you name three reasons why Dannii is better than Kylie?

road.jpg It’s Jay-Z vs. Noel Gallagher over a “controversial” Glastonbury headlining gig: “We don’t play guitars, Noel, but hip-hop has put in its work like any other form of music. This headline show is just a natural progression.”

road.jpg But if jetting off to England to see Oasis and Jay-Z’s pissing contest isn’t your thing, why not catch this summer’s Regeneration Tour, headlined by the Human League and featuring Belinda Carlisle, ABC and Naked Eyes on the bill? Those heading to dates on the West Coast will be lucky enough to catch Pete Burns of Dead Or Alive, who’s joining the tour from August 2 – 11.

road.jpg Finally — what we’ve all been waiting for! Gnarls Barkley’s Cee Lo Green and Jack Black to cover disco classic “Kung Fu Fighting” for Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda.

road.jpg Not content to just give away their music for free, Coldplay now doing two gigs free of charge in New York and London next month.

road.jpg Has it really been 14 years? Below is the video for the #1 single on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart this week in 1994:

Jeez, and they thought life was demanding without understanding in the ’90s…! Ace Of Base’s “The Sign” initially spent four weeks at #1, beginning in March of ’94, before being knocked off by R. Kelly’s “Bump N’ Grind.” After a four-week stretch for the latter, “The Sign” returned to the top for two more weeks that May.

The Swedish quartet’s same-titled album would go on to tie with Disney’s Lion King soundtrack for the year’s best-seller, at 7 million copies moved.


RockferryDeath Cab For Cutie’s Narrow Stairs. (And, hey, how about a new Postal Service album while you’re at it, Ben?)

We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., a collection of three EPs Jason Mraz had released in recent months.

New singles from the reunited New Kids On The Block (“Summertime”) and Kaskade & Dedmau5 (“Move For Me”).

Two new singles from The Cure (The Only One”” and “NY Trip”), who plan to release songs on the 13th of each month until the August release of their as-yet-untitled 13th album.

Brit blue-eyed soul singer Duffy’s debut LP, Rockferry, which contains her current hit, “Mercy.”

11, the appropriately-titled 11th studio album from Bryan Adams.

Hot Chip’s four-song EP for single “One Pure Thought.”

A remix EP for American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis’ woefully overlooked “How Many Words.”


  1. Eric says

    I am so glad that your blog is finally paying attention to the wonderful Cyndi Lauper. She is the only “straight” artist that supports our community 100%. Cyndi has done so much for the GLTB Community,I respect her work and music. Her new single “Same Old Fucking Story” is about Equal Rights. Her new album “Bring Ya To The Brink” is out May 27th, 2008- Please support her music as she is one of US

  2. 24play says

    Uh, I love Cyndi as much as the next geh, but it’s not exactly making me want to run right out and pick up her new album when, every time she pops up on a blog these days, it triggers a bunch of comments from publicists and/or others who obviously have some sort of financial or other ulterior motive for praising her.

    For example, Eric above who’s chimed in with a similar pitch-perfect post (Single mentioned? Check. Album mentioned? Check. Album release date? Check. Commitment to the gehz noted? Check.) repeatedly lately. Or Mark/Mathew praising Cyn (Awesome!!!!! ROCKING!!!!!) using multiple screen names but a lone email address (

    A subtle sell might work a little better, queens. We’re not idiots.

  3. Eric says

    24Play sounds like a bitter queen. Give Cyndi what she deserves, I don’t care if people are using multiple screen names. The girl works her butt off to promote diversity. It is refreshing to see someone in the music industry who really gets it. As 24PLAY ..sad that you concentrate your energy on the small things. Misery has enough company….DARE TO BE HAPPY!

  4. JayMazz says

    Eric is a fan, 24play. he just wants cyndi to get her props for being such a great person. she has talent AND heart… something that is lacking in all of today’s world, esp when it comes to = rights.

  5. Glenn says

    I agree with you Andy…Too bad that Blake’s How Many Words is overlooked. It’s way better than The first single released and one of the many great songs on his record (which includes End of The World and 1000 Miles).

  6. sparks says

    Well, I’m not affiliated with Cyndi and I think the new single is hot, she’s looking hot (holy cow where’s the line for that fountain?), and her work with/for the GLBT community has been hot for years, nothing new about that but it’s still effing hot.

    So there.

  7. SeanR says

    Cyndi is just wonderful, I really applaud her support for GLBT youth.

    On the music front, keep an eye on Duffy, not only has she ‘Mercy’ but her new track, ‘Warwick Avenue’is priceless. A joyous Welsh lilt to her voice, and she is so sorted when interviewed unlike some other singers. Wonderful.

  8. says

    Cyndi Lauper has been there for our community for decades–always inspiring us not to imitate, but to be ourselves. I saw her sing her heart out at Sydney’s Mardi Gras this year, and look forward to seeing her True Colors tour this summer.
    Can’t wait for her album to drop! What was it? May 27? I’m so on it.

  9. says

    Cyndi Lauper has been there for our community for decades–always inspiring us not to imitate, but to be ourselves. I saw her sing her heart out at Sydney’s Mardi Gras this year, and look forward to seeing her True Colors tour this summer.
    Can’t wait for her album to drop! What was it? May 27? I’m so on it.

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