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George Michael 1963-2016

Global singing sensation and icon George Michael has died on Christmas Day, aged 53.


Police are describing the death as "unexplained but not suspicious".


They said paramedics attended his home in Goring in Oxfordshire at 1.42pm today - where he was declared dead at the scene.


His publicist announced he has "passed away peacefully at home" at 11pm last night.


The full statement read: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.


"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."


George Michael has sold more than 80 million records worldwide in a career spanning four decades - but his life in recent years has been dogged by controversy, including when he nearly passed away in 2011 from illness.


George made an in the round appearance at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party in 2010 and resided in Potts Point for a substantial part of recent years.


Here is his show from Mardi Gras thanks to chicagojes as media were barred from filming the performance even though the room was full of camera phones.  lol




RIP George, you will be missed.



The teens of New York’s Ali Forney Center were visited by both Madonna and Lady Gaga over the holiday weekend.


The Ali Forney Center is “the largest and most comprehensive program in the nation dedicated to the meeting the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth.” Their mission is to “protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently,” according to the official website.


Madonna dropped by on the day of Thanksgiving with her children David and Mercy.


“This center protects LGBT youth from the harms of homelessness and empowers them to reclaim their lives,” Madonna wrote in her caption on instagram. “AFC provides these youth with tools they need to become independent—and more importantly, provides these youth with the love and support they are denied by their families. Because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home.”


Gaga dropped by the next day, and took the children shopping, performed her latest single “Million Reasons” and even meditated with them.


I’m here because I want this to affect other people around the world,” she said, “and to remind them that when they are kind, it not only makes the other person feel good, but it makes me feel good, too.”


You can watch some of Gaga’s visit below.


'I Need Your Body' celebrates 25 years

Could it really be 25 years since the release of Tina Arena's camp anthem, 'I Need Your Body'??
Shaking off any preconceived notions of "Tiny Tina" from her days on 'Young Talent Time', Tina set out to present herself as a full-grown adult pop artist. Back in 1990, the charts were ruled by Madonna, Janet Jackson & Paula Abdul. While they were known for their sizzling dance beats, none were exactly considered powerhouse vocalists.
For her debut, Tina blended the dance beats of the era with a vocal performance that set her aside from the rest. The impact was instant - 'I Need Your Body' shot up the charts with Platinum sales, ending up as the second biggest selling Australian single of the year.
The abandoned theatre, the cleavage, a frantically dancing silhouette & bowls of leaves??
The music video is the stuff of legend. So much so it earned a parody from Gina Riley that itself would be remembered fondly.
Tina performed the song at the 1991 Mardi Gras party (Click here to read more about that!), then left it untouched for a few decades. Longtime fans rejoiced when she dusted it off for her Australian tour last year.

Happy 25th anniversary to a true Aussie pop classic!

BONUS: Check out this performance from the Richard Wilkins years of MTV, with a certain 'Dancing With The Stars' judge as Tina's dance partner.
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