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One to watch out for: MKS

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MUTYA KEISHA SIOBHAN (often stylised MUTYA/KEISHA/SIOBHAN) shortened to MKS

Cast: Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy

Sounds Like : the original Sugababes

WHY?
When Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy regrouped after a torrid split from former group Sugababes a decade ago, the music community went bonkers.The thought of the original members egtting back together was a distant wish until Keisha was famously fired from her band, by management/ and Heidi Range & Amelle Berrabah. (only to be replaced by Eurovision star Jade Ewan). In April 2012, it was reported that the original line-up had signed a £1 million record deal with Polydor and enlisted some of the finest songwriters in the world, from Emilie Sande, Sia, Shaznay Lewis( All Saints), William Orbit (Madonna) , Richard X (Kylie , Annie), MNEK & Cameron Mcvey (Neneh Cherry). In November 2012, the group  performed an intimate gig at Ponystep's New Year's Ever party, peforming three Sugababes singles and Rihanna's "Diamonds". The buzz around the reunion is so intense, and interest in the "other" Sugababes has vanished , causing a rumoured split.
The new material is eagerly awaited and now they have been confirmed for Gay Pride in September in the UK.

Lay Down In Swimming Pool



Boys


Diamonds

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Kimberly Locke and Cahill Feel The Love

It's not often that i get excited about a release, but this new offering form American Idol alum Kimberly Locke and UK production powerhouse Cahill is just one for the auto repeat.

 

'Feel The Love' is so hot - its set to be the summer smash hit for the northern Summer... mixing up the anthemic sweep reminiscent of Australia's Zoe Badwi, this song encompasses everything great about a dancefllor hit - lyrics that hug you, production that lift you up like a oh so smooth rollercoaster, and no over hyped samples of painful effects - its just smooth and adorable.

 

We love it - and think you will love it even after the millionth listen, as you KNOW this is going to be played EVERYWHERE... but at least you can say you heard it here on Guidetogay.com first!

 

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One to watch out for: Damien Mancell

Cast:

Damien Mancell

Sounds Like:

Australian dance singer /songwriter / producer making waves, not unlike George Michael crossing with daft punk

Why?

From the fist single "Be With You Tonight" exploding on the Euro scene, to the second single "Shine' being used in the Sydney Mardi Gras, Damien is the epitome of chic dance music. His slick style, catchy tunes and solid voice, gives him an advantage over his other pop wannabe's ( he also keeps his clothes on, unlike other pop jokers). His third single "DJ" (written about superstar US music maestro Corey Craig) blew up dance floors in mid 2012. The collaboration with Chunky Astronaut ("Air"), proved popular also. He writes and plays on his records, has an iphone app, 20,000 plus twitter followers and the "shine" video clocking up 350,000 views. He is also involved in LGBT issues after becoming a target by christian extremist cyber bullies.

His remix collection is out this week!

DJ (Take It On Down)- RC44 remix

 

Be With You Tonight - Chunky Astronaut Remix

Shine

 

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One to watch out for: Loreen

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Cast:

 

Lorine Zeineb Nora Talhaoui - or just known as Loreen

 

 

Sounds Like:

 

Swedish (with Moroccan origins) female singer, songwriter and producer with a killer voice similar to heavy power
weight Leona Lewis

 

 

Why?


She got her start in IDOL 2004, and even though she only finished 4th Loreen still managed to cultivate a career in Music and TV. She has proven to be a success with appearances in the first semifinal of Melodifestivalen 2011 (with My Heart Is Refusing Me), and 2012. She won the national final on 10 March with a combined total of 268 points and represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, annihilating her competition with a stunning minimalist performance. Vocally she squashed many competitors with her power and range. June 2012, Loreen's Eurovision winning entry "Euphoria" charted at No. 3 on the UK Official Singles Chart, the highest chart position for a non-UK Eurovision entry since Johnny Logan's "Hold Me Now" in 1987. She is active in human rights campaigns, even gaining criticism during the Eurovision Song contest from organisers. 2013, she was wowing crowds by performed at the Sydney Mardi Gras, declaring her long standing support for the LGBT community.

 

 

My Heart Is Refusing Me Live @ Sydney Mardi Gras 2013

 

Euphoria - Live - Grand Final - 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

 

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Rosanne Cash For Homeless LGBT Kids

Singer/Songwriter Rosanne Cash has written a song entitled Jim and George, available for download exclusively through The Church of St. Luke in the Fields.

 

All proceeds of the music sales will benefit the Outreach programs at St. Luke's: The People Living with AIDS project, which provides a weekly meal, spiritual counsel (optional), and fellowship for clients living with HIV/AIDS, and "The Church": Art, Acceptance and a Place to Be Yourself for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/ Questioning Youth and their Allies, which provides a safe haven for LGBTQA street youth under the age of 21.

A note from Rosanne Cash about Jim and George:

 

"As a longtime supporter and member of the St. Luke's community, I am so happy and humbled to offer this track to help benefit the outreach programs at St. Luke's.

 

I wrote this song about an elderly gay couple in Chelsea who were very dear to me, and it was an exercise in compassion and awareness to see myself through their eyes, and them through my eyes. Love is Love, and love doesn't contain itself within arbitrary borders of gender, orientation, race, nationality, creed or age. Love is Love, and I send as much as I can to the outreach programs and the entire St. Luke's community."

 

Grab your copy here.

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One to watch out for: Strange Talk

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CAST

Gillan Gregory, Stephen Docker, Travis Constable, Gerard Sidhu

SOUNDS LIKE

Passion Pit, Yeasayer, Phoenix ,Cut Copy with a dose of Savage Garden for pop sensibilities

WHY?

Melbourne-based Australian synthpop band formed in 2010. making some extreme noise in the USA .launched into the public eye when they soared to the top as feature artist on the 2010 Triple J Unearthed competition. In April 2011 they released their self-titled EP which featured singles Climbing Walls and Eskimo Boy.

Full length album 'Cast Away' released 2013 to much critical acclaim. They are a new mix sound  with elements of electro, dance, disco and some guitars thrown in. The debut album shows heavy 80's influence from elements of Depeche Mode , New Order & Kraftwork.

Also being easy on the eyedoesn't hurt.

Killer new aussie band that is actually cool to like!

Sample For Yourself

Falling In Love

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One to watch out for: The Saturdays

CAST

Frankie Sandford, Una Healy, Vanessa White, Rochelle Humes and Mollie King.

SOUNDS LIKE

a sparkly shiny girl-band with killer voices.. a perfect blend of the best parts of the Spice Girls , Sugababes & Girls Aloud

WHY?

They are THE premier girl band. Mollie , Una, Rochelle, Vanessa and Frankie are not only great vocally, but a brilliant LIVE act to boot.

They have a chemistry not seen since the Spice Girls , and if anyone can rival One direction in the Boys V's Girls game, its them.

The first album "Chasing Lights' is filled with pop gems like "If This is Love" and "up". The second album "Wordshaker" packed a punch with some great hits "Ego", "One Shot" and "Forever Is Over", The 3rd offering "Headlines" featured the smash "Higher" & "Missing You". Then the killer 4th album "On Your Radar" moved to a massive dance sound, with the smash hits "Notorious" and the anthem "All Fired Up", and the brilliant ballad  My Heart takes Over". In 2013 they dropped  "Chasing The Saturdays"  EP which featured " What About Us"... The next album "The Chase" is slated for 2013...

Also 2013 saw the group try and break America with a reality show titled "Chasing The Saturdays" . They have furthermore written a book titled, The Saturdays: Our Story and started their own line of clothing, jewellery and nail polish.

Not only are they super talented, but super camp, and very pro equality...

Sample For Yourself

Higher

All Fired Up

Notorious

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One to watch out for: Christophe Willem

Origin: Born on 3 August 1983 in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise
Claim to Fame: winner of the fourth edition of Nouvelle Star (French version of Pop Idol) in 2006
Sounds Like: the perfect Kylie album, sung by a falsetto boy

 

WHY?
After releasing 2 great pop albums in french ( Inventaire with the smash single Double Je, and the second album Caféine), Christophe solidified his name in his native France as one of the biggest pop stars created. His third album Prismophonic has some of the cream of the music worlds who's who on it... Richard X (annie), Richard "Biff" Standard ( spice Girls), Steve Anderson Hannah Robinson, Lisa Greene (kylie Minogue , Britney Spears ), Freemasons (Beyonce) and even Kylie Minogue as writer.

His first English speaking album is an audio feast, for fans of well written pop, and sexy beats.Taking cues from Kylie , Britney Spears (In fact, he even released Britneys unused track “State of Grace” in 2009– retitled “Entre Nous et le Sol.”)

sample for yourself, this is pure pop gems at its best ...

 

Lasers And Sparklers


Timeless


Entre Nous et le Sol

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Tina Arena – Symphony Of Life Live CD / DVD

altFresh from her return to Australian TV screens (as a mentor on Channel Ten’s ‘Young Talent Time’ reboot), Tina Arena announced a series of live dates where she would play prestige venues accompanied by the countries finest symphony orchestras. The tour turned out to be bigger than anticipated, selling out 4 nights at Sydney’s Opera House & serving as the grand opening of Melbourne’s newly refurbished Hamer Hall. One of these Melbourne dates was captured on film, & after a screening on Foxtel has now been released as a live CD & DVD titled ‘Symphony Of Life’.

 

The set list of these shows saw Tina in her absolute element. She performs a mix of signature hits (Wasn’t It Good, Burn, Symphony Of Life), selections from her ‘Songs Of Love & Loss’ albums (I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, Only Women Bleed, Both Sides Now), & songs from musical theatre (Maybe This Time, My Husband Makes Movies, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina). Having forged a multi-million selling career in France, Tina also gives a glimpse of her many Francophone triumphs with the stunning ‘Je m’apelle Baghdad’.

 

The song that cemented Arena’s European success, ‘I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You (theme from The Mask Of Zorro)’ sees special guest Anthony Callea stepping in for Tina’s original duet partner, Marc Anthony. The pair also turns in a spellbinding duet of ‘The Prayer’ – a song that Callea first brought to the attention of Australian record buyers, & Arena most recently performed with Andrea Bocelli on his Australian tour. The sheer vocal prowess of these two duets has us hopeful for future collaborations between Arena & Callea – perhaps an original?

 

 

Making full use of her 54-piece orchestra, further inspired selections include covers of Tina Turner’s Bond theme ‘Goldeneye’ & the jazz standard ‘Cry Me A River’. Undisputedly the finest vocal talent Australia has produced, ‘Symphony Of Life’ sees Tina Arena coming into her own like never before. Sashaying around the stage in a series of knockout gowns, Tina is like a fine wine – only improving with the years.

 

 

Tina Arena will perform an encore series of live dates with full orchestra & special guest Anthony Callea as part of the Mardi Gras Festival in 2013. ‘Symphony Of Life’ is available now on DVD, Double CD & iTunes.

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