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Rob Fusari's 'Cary NoKey' Opening For RuPaul's Drag Race's 'Battle Of The Seasons' 2015 Condragulations Tour: VIDEO

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Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 1.46.30 PMRob Fusari, the award winning songwriter behind No. 1 hits with several artists including Destiny's Child, Lady Gaga and Whitney Houston, is joining RuPaul's Drag Race's Battle of the Seasons 2015 Condragulations Tour as the show's opening act. The show is hosted by Michelle Visage and features several notable drag queens including recent winner Bianca Del Rio, Sharon Needles, Courtney Act, Raja, Adore Delano, Manila Luzon, Detox, Pandora Boxx and Darienne Lake among several others. Fusari, who wrote hit songs like Paparazzi, Love That Man, and Beautiful, Dirty, Rich segued out of the music industry machine and decided to start writing songs for himself that led him to develop Cary NoKey.

Said Fusari:

"On the outside it seemed like I had everything but I was never able to understand or accept certain elements that existed within me.

"Cary NoKey was always there inside. I simply needed to embrace my glam American Dream."

Cary NoKey's opening setlist includes cover songs and eight original songs from Cary NoKey's full-length debut album, Journal 8, set to release in early March. NoKey is set to debut his new single Do Ya? in the opening act and perform his recent single American Dream live. NoKey's American Dream, which has a music video on YouTube featuring trans actresses Trace Lysette, Dina Marie, Victoria Beltran and Bailey Jay, details the fall of the American dream and how trans people are becoming the true face of the American dream in a recent press release.

Said Fusari:

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 2.48.50 PM"The Pollyanna ideas of work hard, follow the rules, pay your taxes and ask not what your country has done for you but what you can do for your country have fallen into the abyss.

"Today's American Dream isn't about achieving goals. It's about doing what you got to do to get by. No one wants to earn anything anymore. We expect everything to be handed to us. The new American dream is a lottery ticket.

"Transsexuals (sic) represent the larger idea that the American dream is something within. Like when Glinda the Good Witch says to Dorothy after she clicks her ruby slippers, 'You've always had the power'. Pre-transitional transsexuals (sic) know they have to fight to release the truth that hides beneath the uniform the world forces them to wear. The moment we each find our own personal 'I have to' is when life really begins."

The Condragulations Tour officially starts in Las Vegas on Feb. 1, touring throughout North America and ending in Europe with its last show on April 16 in London. The lineup of participating drag queens varies by city and dates. You can watch Cary NoKey's vision of the American Dream, in the music video for the single AFTER THE JUMP...

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Conchita Wurst Says She Wants to Spend a Week With Putin to Better 'Understand' Him

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In an interview with Austria's Kurier newspaper, Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst explained her desire to visit Russia and spend a week with Vladimir Putin in order to better "understand" him.

The Local Austria reports:

“What does it mean to be Vladimir Putin? What pressure is he under?” she wondered. “At the end of the day, Putin just wants to be respected. This desire for respect unites Putin with minorities.”

PutinWurst added, however, that whatever pressure Putin is under does not excuse his country's discriminatory laws and that she has many fans in Russia which to her is "incredibly beautiful because it shows that many Russians do not agree with the decisions of their government."

RT notes Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, "reportedly laughed off the possibility of a meeting between Wurst and the Russian president".

Check out Wurst's full (German language) interview with Kurier here.

Earlier this month, we reported Wurst would be returning to Eurovision Song Contest next year as a presenter and host. 


RuPaul Dishes on Tim Cook, Facebook, and the Queerer Parts of Silicon Valley

RupaulIt’s not often that one thinks of RuPaul as being jacked into the tech-bubble, but the reigning queen of all things drag recently sat down with Engadget’s Joseph Volpe to gab about some of the queerer parts of Silicon Valley. More broadly RuPaul shared his thoughts Facebook’s algorithmic deletion of drag queens, ‘Drag Race’s' dependence on online streaming, and the significance of Tim Cook’s coming out.

“You know, people talk about equality in our culture, and it's based on a kindergarten primary idea of what fairness and equality is,” RuPaul said of Cook’s recent announcement. “But it doesn't get updated as we get older.”

Ru continued:

“You know, [if] somebody who's straight behaves a certain way, nobody bats an eyelash. But if a gay person does the exact same thing, people are like, "Oh my god. It's revolutionary!" [But] it's the exact same thing! And the same is true in any business. Gender plays a huge role in how we see people, how we interpret what they say, whether we know it or not. Most people don't know it. So I applaud him. I think, "Right on!"

Ru also shared his thoughts on "gaymers," and his new mobile game Dragopolis. You can check out the full interview here


The Girls of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Dish on What it Means to Be a Drag Queen in New Documentary - VIDEO

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This is Drag is an upcoming behind-the-scenes documentary on the lives of drag queens. Written, produced, and directed by Mark Kenneth Woods, the film looks at "performance, glamor, fame, family, love and sacrifice as some of the world’s most renowned drag queens come together for World Pride in Toronto."

Starring Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Darienne Lake, Alyssa Edwards, and Shangela.

Check out the new trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Conchita Wurst Returns As Presenter And Host For 2015 Eurovision Contest

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The glamorous Conchita Wurst, Austrian winner of 2014's Eurovision Song Contest, is returning to the song contest in a different capacity reports Pink NewsWurst is returning for the May 2015 contest as a presenter, and will also host the Green Room segment of the show, interviewing the current acts. Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer are taking up the main hosting roles during the event.

Wurst is also set to perform 2014's winning song "Rise Like A Phoenix," during the 2015's Contest Grand Final. The 2015 Contest is set to take place in Vienna. Wurst also performed in October at the European Parliament in Brussels and in the same month performed in front of the United Nations where she met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Several conservative countries were irked, including Russia, when Wurst won the 2014 Contest; Russia went so far as to revive a Soviet era Eurovision rival as a 'family friendly' alternative, but the notion was quietly scrapped this Summer.


Willam, Courtney Act and Alaska Want Santa To Bring Them A Man: VIDEO

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Christmas is just around the corner and Willam, Courtney Act and Alaska Thunderf**k are only asking for one thing from Santa this year. The three drag divas have teamed up for the catchy Christmas track, "Dear Santa, Bring Me A Man" that's the perfect dance beat for any singleton who finds himself saying "je cherche un homme" this holiday. 

The video also features out actor Daniel Franzese (soon to be seen on season 2 of HBO's Looking) as (who else?) a lumbersexual Santa Claus.

Watch the girls sing about their one-item Christmas lists, AFTER THE JUMP...

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