WhenJanet Jackson recently re-entered my news cycle, thanks to a rare public appearance earlier this week, I was hoping it would be related to the rumored, much anticipated, new album that she is supposedly recording. Alas, there's no news on that front but at least we have a fresh new remix to hold us over for a while, at least until details about the diva's potential comeback appear.
Munich's Justin Faust updates Janet's 2001 hit, 'Someone to Call My Lover' with sexy basslines and soulful pitch reduction making it a dance floor burner that easily fits into today's balearic and deep house soundscapes. Faust has had a great year, with his previous release 'Spellbound' in heavy rotation by DJs and fans alike. As a gift for surpassing 5000 followers on twitter, Faust is giving away this classic Janet remix away for free, and it can be downloaded via the Soundcloud widget above.
amfAR ambassador Janet Jackson and Mathilde Krim, the AIDS research foundation's founding chair, penned a CNN op-ed to remind people that for all the progress made against the disease over the past three decades, plenty of work needs to be done, particularly among communities of color.
While the AIDS research
and activist communities continue to celebrate some major breakthroughs
during the past few years, we continue to struggle with an epidemic in
the United States that grows unabated. Each year, 50,000 Americans
become newly infected with HIV -- the virus that causes AIDS -- and more
than 1.1 million people are living with the virus.
And while everyone is at
risk and should know their status, data tell us that communities of
color -- particularly black women and young, black gay, bisexual and
other men who have sex with men -- are disproportionately affected by
the virus. If we're going to create an AIDS-free generation here at
home, we need to start investing in resources that will curb the
epidemic among these populations.
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Ellie Goulding - Anything Could Happen
Although Ellie Goulding's debut album was released in the UK in 2010, the bonus single and title track, 'Lights,' is currently topping the charts in the United States. This is fortunate for her as her second album, Halcyon, is released this October. The lead single, 'Anything Could Happen,' produced by Kish Mauve, dives deeply into the synth-pop sound Goulding experimented with on Lights. The poignant lyrics, accented by Goulding's unique warble, give a refreshing, hopeful twist to what easily could have been a somber "breakup" song. The highlight of the track is clearly the bridge: Goulding's chant crescendos as the beat escalates, ending in a gutteral roar, a sound the audience certainly does not expect from someone so delicate.
Blood Diamonds (feat Grimes) - 'Phone Sex'
Armed with a bottle of gin, Blood Diamonds (Michael Diamond) teamed up with his close friend Grimes (Claire Boucher) on a late night endeavour to create "the perfect pop song." Known for his sun-drenched, luxurious productions, L.A.-based Diamond cites K-pop as an additional influence for this summer anthem. He combines calypso drums and Boucher's ethereal voice to give the song a dream-like quality while the catchy chorus reins you in with its flirtatious "hey daddy" refrain. Creating the perfect pop song may be considered a lofty goal but i commend the duo for aspiring to it. Whether they are successful is up to the listener but this is certainly a valiant attempt. I should note that the Lemonade rework complements the original nicely with a production that emphasizes the fantasy elements of the song. Listen to it on our website.
Last night's Glee offered a touching tribute to Whitney Houston in Amber Riley's cover of "I Will Always Love You" which was accompanied by a title card that read “Whitney Houston 1963-2012. We will always love you.”
In related news, Anderson Cooper offered a few previews of his upcoming daytime interview with Janet Jackson in which she talks about her relationship with Whitney Houston and Houston's death.
Director Nicolas Winding Refn cozies up to a dapper Ryan Gosling at Cannes.
Looking a little less cozy, Janet Jackson and her boyfriend also take in Cannes.
Get read for a powerful trio to perform together at the Billboard Music Awards tomorrow night: Britney Spears, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.
Parents decide not to reveal their baby's gender to anyone outside of their immediate family: "When Storm was born, the couple sent an email to friends and family: 'We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now — a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in Storm's lifetime (a more progressive place?).'"
The reward for information related to the anti-gay arson crime that killed eight horses last month has now grown to $22,500.
"It's OK to Say Gay" rally to take place at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville tomorrow at 2pm.
California Governor Jerry Brown declares tomorrow the second annual Harvey Milk Day.
Some companies paying for gay and lesbian employees' health care tax - something that heterosexuals are not charged.
Starting Monday, the NYT presents a new feature that documents teenagers coming out: "The New York Times embarked on the project “Coming Out,” which begins Monday, as an effort to better understand this generation’s realities and expectations, and to give teenagers their own voice in this conversation."