Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I'm sorry, but of two things I am sure. 1) Tilda Swinton was ROBBED of an Oscar nomination this year. She was absolutely brilliant in We Need to Talk About Kevin. GENIUS!! And 2) she is the Alien Fashion Queen of the Universe! I love everything that Tilda wears to these stuffy-ass awards shows and I don't care what anyone else thinks. She is weird and dresses accordingly. I think she looks fantastic; pale, frail, slightly mussed. I wouldn't change a thing. Below I have compiled a few shots of Tilda that I think are stunning from different awards shows and appearances. The girls got style. Just click the arrows at the bottom of the slideshow to have a look. I know people disagree, but she's one person who I always look forward to seeing on the red carpet, which makes it DOUBLY sad she was ignored by the Academy this year. I'm sure the Oscar she already has will get her through the night. Actually, I'm positive she couldn't care less about awards. She's too cool for school. Look at the fashion alien below. LOVE!


A combination of Bride of Frankenstein and Bjork's All is Full of Love video, Nicki Minaj provides vocals for David Guetta's Turn Me On. Gotta say, the song and video are pretty freakin' awesome!!! Nice to see Nicki using her vocals on this dance floor burner, not that she doesn't give us a little tast of her rapping skills. Don't worry! Enjoy this high tech clip. Doesn't Nicki sound like a higher-pitched Rihanna on this?


Madonna appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and talked about, well, EVERYTHING!! Her kids, the Super Bowl, her upcoming album, Jay's frequency of taking drugs. ha. She also discusses the triple meaning behind her new album's name. Here are the three parts of The Queen's interview AND on this post is the cover art for her upcoming (March 26th) 12th studio album MDNA. IT'S HOT!!! Madonna's is turning up the heat this week, y'all. Don't forget that Friday is going to be HUGE! Give Me All Your Luvin' is releasing on iTunes, MDNA goes on presale and the video for GMAYL is debuting!!! It's going to be a big Madonna Friday. Surprises in store for everyone on That's a Good Blog as well.

Monday, January 30, 2012


The SAG Awards (Screen Actors Guild) were held last night and it was a bit of a snooze, but there were some enjoyable parts. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph, for instance, presented together and shared their drinking game for the night: Drink everytime someone says the word "Scorsese". Ha. Watch that video below. There were a couple of nailbiters also: Viola Davis took home lead actress which Meryl Streep won at the Golden Globes. They've been splitting awards all season!! Both are amazing and they should also just hand Meryl an Oscar every single time she shows up at the Academy Awards, so it'll be interesting to see who goes home with that one. Oh, and did Mary Tyler Moore almost die on stage or was it just me? Read the list of winners below, people. I don't do this for my health.

MOVIES:Actor: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Actress: Viola Davis, "The Help"
Supporting actor: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners."
Supporting actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help."
Cast: "The Help"
Stunt ensemble: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

TELEVISION:Actor in a movie or miniseries: Paul Giamatti, "Too Big to Fail."
Actress in a movie or miniseries: Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce."
Actor in a drama series: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Actress in a drama series: Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story"
Actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock."
Actress in a comedy series: Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland."
Drama series cast: "Boardwalk Empire"
Comedy series cast: "Modern Family."
Stunt ensemble: "Game of Thrones."

Sunday, January 29, 2012



IT'S ALL STARTING THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd!!!! Madonna, Interscope Records and Universal Music Group have blessed us with the official press release concerning the upcoming release of Madonna's new single, Give Me All Your Luvin', and the pre-order released of her album MDNA. We only have to wait a week for the beginning of the next phase of my life!!! I'm not kidding. Read it, bitches:

"Madonna will be releasing her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” featuring Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. on February 3rd, three days before her highly anticipated Bridgestone Super Bowl halftime performance, it was officially confirmed by Interscope Records. “Give Me All Your Luvin’” is the first single from Madonna’s upcoming album MDNA , her 12th studio album and follow up to 2008′s Hard Candy which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries. The song was written by Madonna, Martin Solveig, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A, composed by Martin Solveig and Michael Tordjman and produced by Madonna and Martin Solveig.

iTunes will offer an exclusive global pre-order of an 18 track Deluxe Edition of MDNA including one exclusive remix from Madonna’s new album. The bonus remix will be available from Friday, February 3rd through Monday, February 6th only. During this time period the album will be available for $9.99 and fans will also receive the digital single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” immediately. This single is also exclusive to iTunes during this limited time. At launch, the offer can be found at www.iTunes.com/Madonna.

The video for “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” directed by Megaforce, is football and cheerleader themed – inspired by her upcoming Super Bowl appearance. In an AMERICAN IDOL exclusive, Madonna will world preview the video for her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., during IDOL Thursday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The full video for “Give Me All Your Luvin’” will premiere on Madonna’s YouTube channel on February 3rd at 9am EST/6am PST. www.youtube.com/Madonna

MDNA, recorded in New York and LA, reunites Madonna with former collaborator William Orbit (“Ray of Light”) who co-wrote and co-produced several cuts on the new album. Other co producers include Martin Solveig, The Demolition Crew, Marco “Benny” Benassi and Alessandro “Alle” Benassi, Hardy “Indiigo” Muanza, Michael Malih and Madonna.

The Golden Globe Award winning song “Masterpiece” from the Madonna directed Weinstein Company film “W.E.” which opens in February is also included on MDNA as well as on W.E. – Music From the Soundtrack which is scheduled to be released on January 31st at digital retailers on Interscope as well. The Compact Disc version of the soundtrack is scheduled to be released exclusively at Amazon.com on February 14th. The score was composed, orchestrated and produced by Abel Korzeniowski.

Madonna is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Show on January 30th

It will be the best Madonna Friday EVER!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012


The Glee and Broadway star is a red carpet staple and somewhat of a style icon already, so it makes sense that Candie's, the hip young brand, would pick Lea Michele to be the face (and feet) of their new ad campaign called Hangin' at Home. Lea discusses the brand, her involvement and her favorite past Candie's girl in the video below. Lookin' good, Lea!!!


This is fun!! Here is a peek inside Madonna working in the studio with M.I.A. and producer Martin Solveig for her new album, MDNA. The music playing over the clip is Give Me All Your Luvin', but M.I.A. could be laying down vocals fro another rumored track she is working on for the upcoming Madonna release called Birthday Song. If you watch Madonna's lips it looks like she's saying "it's your birthday" behind M.I.A.'s back. Who knows. It's fun!! As I've mentioned before, Give Me All Your Luvin' is due to hit radio February 7th and MDNA is dropping in March. Both of which I plan on obsessing over for the coming months. MADONNA!!!!


in the very beginning Madonna was the ragamuffin girl with the bow in her hair, the piles of bright makeup and the torn tights. Much to the surprise of everyone in the music industry, Madonna did the very first of her MAJOR image changes when she popped up on screen with a pixie haircut and a very lean physique. Papa Don't Preach was the first official single from her smash hit album True Blue (Live to Tell was out before the album as a track from the film At Close Range). The song caused controversy for it's "keeping my baby" stance and, for the first time, parents were praising Madonna for a pro-life message, while some women's organizations condemned Madonna for encouraging teen pregnancy. It's a story in a song! Madonna told the New York Times, "Papa Don't Preach is a message song that everyone is going to take the wrong way. Immediately they're going to say I am advising every young girl to go out and get pregnant. When I first heard the song, I thought it was silly. But then I thought, wait a minute, this song is really about a girl who is making a decision in her life. She has a very close relationship with her father and wants to maintain that closeness. To me it's a celebration of life. It says, 'I love you, father, and I love this man and this child that is growing inside me'. Of course, who knows how it will end? But at least it starts off positive." The song reached #1 on the Hot 100, becoming Madonna's fourth song to top the charts. The song, along with the music video, are among Madonna's most memorable and important. Truly a classic by any standards, here is Madonna's giant hit from the summer of 1986, Papa Don't Preach. [source]

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Taylor Dayne can sing!! That is undeniable. The native New Yorker had a slew of hits in the 80s and early 90s and then..poof..she was gone. Some of her most memorable hits were Tell It To My Heart, Prove Your Love and the #1 song Love Will Lead You Back. One of MY personal faves of Taylor though was the one that most people seem to forget, the #3 hit from 1988, I'll Always Love You. The third single off her debut album, Tell It To My Heart, I'll Always Love You is a quintessential 80s ballad; simple, moving with a great hook. And that VOICE!! I mean, Taylor Dayne had one of the most recognizable, strong voices in pop music. While her pop fame declined, she has consistently charted on the dance charts and kept her career going, even appearing in Aida on Broadway for a time. If you watch for her, you can find Taylor touring every now and again. When you do, you will probably hear this gem coming from her magnificent trap. Here is the oft forgotten classic, I'll Always Love You. Check out that hair!!!


YES! Y'all ready for some Liz-bianism? "Ain't no party like a Liz Lemon party cuz a Liz Lemon party is MANDATORY!" Tina Fey's show 30 Rock is full of hilaroius quotes, so naturally it's ripe for a "Sh*t Says" video. Watch and laugh. HOW ABOUT SH*T JENNA SAYS???? That is all.


One of the funniest women who ever lived on the face of this or any planet, Ellen Degeneres, is 54 today!! She looks great!! Seriously, talk about aging gracefully. Ellen has built quite an empire from her humble beginnings as a comedian through her coming out publicly and her marriage to the beautiful Portia de Rossi and her hugely successful daytime talk show. What an inspiration!! Anyway, here is a cute little bit of stand up from one of her specials that lets her audience know why they are there. Funny stuff. Happy birthday, Ellen!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


The much discussed, much argued about, and much anticipated Lana Del Rey's album, Born to Die, leaked yesterday morning, just a week before it's official release. Oh, what the hell, I'm gonna go ahead and review this little nugget. Aside from the songs that I've already featured on here (Video Games & Born to Die) which I love, I haven't heard any other tunes by Lana Del Rey. Well, now I have, and you know what: I like 'em! Her sleepy voice is surrounded by strings, shadows of hip-hop, and hipstery excess. Off to the Races has the hoots and whistles and deep bass drum grooving it on as the Born to Die and a flirty, girly vocal. Blue Jeans, another track previewed on youtube, would be the perfect fit for a David Lynch movie. It reminds me of , the theme from Twin Peaks. Anybody? Diet Mountain Dew, Radio, This What Makes Us Girls and Lolita take things in a cutesy, pop direction, but still maintain a very Del Rey sound. That's a good thing, by the way. I can hear them playing on the radio this summer already. Dark Paradise, Million Dollar Man and Carmen stay in the ominous-y tone of the lead singles. Quite lush and atmospheric. Whether or not Lana can sing this set live...well, we'll have to wait and see. BUT this album is worth a listen and is, in my opinion, a pretty impressive debut. I've listened to it a couple of times and it's pretty addictive. I'm not weighing in on how legit her background is or her SNL performance anymore than I already have, but Born to Die deserves some attention. I'll be interested to see if it gets it. Give it a try. The album is available for pre-order on iTunes in both its regular and deluxe version.


Here it is: Since Kylie fans tweeted #K25fans over 25,000 times (almost bringing down the server), the Aussie legend can now unlock the full video for The Finer Feelings (Abbey Road Recording 2012). Enjoy!


Adele has done it again. Claiming the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week after Rihanna's We Found Love has sat there for 10 weeks, Set Fire to the Rain, the third single from Adele's blockbuster album 21, becomes her third consecutive #1 song. Not only that, but 21 is in it's 17th non-consecutive week at #1, the longest since The Bodyguard sountrack in 1992-3, and makes Adele the first person to have three #1 songs AND a #1 album at the same time. WORK! Billboard reports:

"As Adele's set "21" leads the Billboard 200 album chart for a 17th week, "Fire" is the third single to top the Hot 100 while "21" has sat atop the album tally. First single "Rolling in the Deep" began a seven-week Hot 100 reign the week of May 21, 2011, when "21" was in its sixth week in charge of the Billboard 200. Follow-up "Someone Like You" crowned the Hot 100 the week of Sept. 17, 2011. In the song's fifth and final week at No. 1 (Nov. 5), "21" returned to the Billboard 200 apex for a 13th frame. With "21" at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 four another four weeks as of this week, "Fire" (Adele's third career Hot 100 topper) makes the set the first by a single artist to have led the Billboard 200 concurrently with three Hot 100 No. 1s."

Pretty darn impressive, Adele. She is the only person really selling the crap out of albums right now. I have to say, I love this song, although I am STILL waiting for Adele to release my fave from 21, Turning Tables. That song is freakin' AWESOME!!!! This'll do for now. Here is Adele singing Set Fire to the Rain live at the Royal Albert Hall. Oh, and I threw in Turning Tables from the same performance, cuz I felt like it.


If I were Chelsea, I would listen. When it comes to a battle of the wits, few can compare with the Queen of Comedy herself, Joan Rivers. Apparently, Chelsea was on Howard Stern's Sirius radio show and had some not-so-nice things to say about our Joan. Apparently, Joan had done some stand up and commented on how Chelsea was treated so much better than her, not saying anything bad about Chelsea. Chelsea, having a lesser sense of humor, decided to take it the wrong way and go off on the legend. Well, Joan came on the next day and had some VERY serious words for Chelsea, including the quote in the title and about how she got her current job. Ha. Joan does not mince words. Team Joan 1,000% on this one. I don't think Chelsea is funny or clever AT ALL. She just says "bitch" a lot and spouts juvenile insults at people. Snore. Joan is a comedian of the highest degree and has been for decades. Don't mess with the best, Chelsea. Watch the video below to get the rundown on what went down.


Kylie Minogue is a legend, an icon and one of the most successful women to ever rule the music biz. To mark her 25 years in the hearts of her fans, Kylie is kicking off K25 tomorrow, a year-long celebration of her astounding career. Videos, new recordings of classic hits and some surprises are in store according the video she posted on her newly branded website. (video below) AND as a teaser, Kylie has released a snippet of her beautiful acoustic version of her 1992 hit The Finer Feelings. (also below) Wow, Kylie looks gorgeous!!!! And sounds amazing. I can't wait for a full year of Kylie surprises. The more Kylie, the better as far as I'm concerned.


The hilaroius Honey Badger video tearing up youtube has a very distinctive voice that, until now, has never had a face put to it. Well, here it is!!! It's Randall, and he has kick-ass facial hair. Ha. Watch his explanation of how it all came about and why he loves the honey badger. "Honey Badger don't care. It doesn't give a sh*t." My in-laws just bought me a Honey Badger tee-shirt and said they thought of me when they saw it. Ha. I love that they know me so well. I don't give a sh*t either!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012




And there are some happy (kind of) surprises, including Bridesmaids nom for Best Screenplay!!! YAY!!!! I wonder if Elton John and his hubby are gonna dis the Muppets for their Best Original Song nomination??!! Ha! Congrats to all the nominees!

Best Picture
The Artist
War Horse
The Descendants
Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Viola Davis, The Help
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy
George Clooney, The Descendants
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Demian Bichir, A Better Life

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Director
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, Tree of Life

Best Original Screenplay
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Asgar Farhadi, A Separation

Best Adapted Sceenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
John Logan, Hugo
Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Moneyball
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, Ides of March
Peter Straughan and Bridget O'Connor, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Foreign Language Film
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation
In Darkness

Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris
Puss in Boots
Kung Fu Panda 2
Chico and Rita

Documentary (Feature)
“Hell and Back Again” Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Pina” Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
“Undefeated” TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

Documentary (Short Subject)
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement” Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
“God Is the Bigger Elvis” Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
“Incident in New Baghdad”James Spione
“Saving Face” Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Art Direction
“The Artist” Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
“Hugo” Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
“Midnight in Paris” Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
“War Horse” Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

“The Artist” Guillaume Schiffman
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Jeff Cronenweth
“Hugo” Robert Richardson
“The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki
“War Horse” Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design
“Anonymous” Lisy Christl
“The Artist” Mark Bridges
“Hugo” Sandy Powell
“Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor
“W.E.” Arianne Phillips

Film Editing
“The Artist” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
“The Descendants” Kevin Tent
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
“Hugo” Thelma Schoonmaker
“Moneyball” Christopher Tellefsen

“Albert Nobbs” Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
“The Iron Lady” Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (Original Score)
“The Adventures of Tintin” John Williams
“The Artist” Ludovic Bource
“Hugo” Howard Shore
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Alberto Iglesias
“War Horse” John Williams

Music (Original Song)
“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio” from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Short Film (Animated)
“Dimanche/Sunday” Patrick Doyon
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
“La Luna” Enrico Casarosa
“A Morning Stroll” Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
“Wild Life” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action)
“Pentecost” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
“Raju” Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
“The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George
“Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
“Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzø

Sound Editing
“Drive” Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Ren Klyce
“Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
“War Horse” Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
“Hugo” Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
“Moneyball” Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
“War Horse” Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
“Hugo” Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
“Real Steel” Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John

Monday, January 23, 2012


Okay. Well, I guess that the ultra-pop sound of Super Bass is not extending to the Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded album. This is straight up rap, hard sounding and not glittery AT ALL. Nicki is taking on a stupid hoe, I'm thinking Lil' Kim (duh), and pretty much ripping her a new a-hole. "Stupid hoes is my enemy. Stupid hoes is so whack. Stupid hoe shoulda befriended me, then she coulda pro'ly came back." HA! Scathing! The video IS similar to Super Bass in that it uses the bright colors and crazy makeup that made that video so delicious. Anyhoo, take a look and listen and see what you think. I think it's growing on me. In other news: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded WAS to be released Valentine's Day, but has been pushed back to April 3rd. Not explanation why, but Nicki said on her twitter:
"New Album Date: April 3rd. Pink Friday: ROMAN RELOADED. But have no fear. Tons of surprises before then ;). Love Always, HB"
Don't worry. It's coming.

Friday, January 20, 2012


Adam Lambert opens up about the new album, Trespassing, the fight with his boyfriend in Finland and more on Ellen. Very forthcoming with every detail, Adam comes off as genuine and lovely. His boyfriend is even in the audience to cheer him on, with no visible bruises. Ha. He says he is "so lucky to have fallen in love with a great partner". Awww. Says the fight was "childish, foolish, messiness". Nice to see a celebrity own up to something for once!! Anyway, here is the interview and the performance of Better Than I Know Myself from the super talented Adam Lambert. Boy can that man sing!!!


Of course he did. It can only hurt Elton's fanbase, so his husband David Furnish, apologized for all the vile shiz he spewed about Queen Madonna after she wiped the floor with Elton at the Golden Globes by winning Best Original Song for Masterpiece from her upcoming film W.E. David took to his favorite platform, Facebook, to kneel at Madonna's feet, saying:

"Wow! What a tempest in a teapot. My comments regarding The Golden Globes have been blown way out of proportion. My passion for our film "Gnomeo & Juliet" and belief in Elton's song really got my emotional juices going.
But I must say for the record that I do believe Madonna is a great artist, and that Elton and I wish her all the best for next week's premiere of the film 'W.E.'

First of all, good for you for apologizing. BUT how were his comments "blown way out of proportion"? What he said was stupid and childish so they got reported in the press. Case closed. As long as he admits he's a douche-hole, I'm satisfied. Long live The Queen.


Fact: Madonna's Ray of Light album is amazing. Denial or refusal of this fact could result in deafness, the inability to walk or death. Beware. In 1998 Madonna was everywhere. Her ROL album was a huge hit and it's influence was just at the beginning of its changing the music industry. The third single from the album (fourth in the UK and most other territories) was the sweeping The Power of Goodbye. The song, written by Madonna and Rick Knowles and produced by Madonna, William Orbit and Patrick Leonard, is full of strings and, as per the ROL album, heavy electronic sounds. It was rumored that the lyrics were about Sean Penn ("learn to say goodbye. I yearn to say goodbye" et al) but Madonna has never commented on it. The video is one of Madonna's most beautiful. The theme of water and drowning as a rebirth are found throughout the ROL album, and this video is the most literal product of that theme. Madonna is shown in a beautiful house with a beautiful man, played by ER's Goran Visnjic (yum), all of which she seems unhappy with. The conclusion of the video has Madge drowning herself in the ocean, only to be seen thereafter happily sitting on the beach. It's simply outrageously gorgeous. The song reached #11 in the US in the fall of 1998, #6 in the UK, #1 in Mexico and is considered one of Madonna's best ballads. By me at least, and really...isn't that all that matters? Here is the excellent video for The Power of Goodbye. Happy Madonna Friday!

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Liz Smith, the Grand Dame of Dish, has responded to the beef that Elton John & his husband, what's his face, have with Madonna and her winning the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for her ballad Masterpiece. Liz writes, in the Chicago Tribune, a fair column about the going's on of recent and it's worth a read. I think she makes some pretty good points.

"IT'S REDUCTIVE." Those two words, uttered by Madonna, in response to ABC's Cynthia McFadden's question about a Lady Gaga song, has "gone viral," as they say. Even better, when McFadden, who certainly knows what the word means, asked Madonna to define it, Madonna coyly said, "Look it up!" Apparently, a lot of people have. Now, I keep hearing the word, generally accompanied with a laugh and a reference to the pop icon. Madonna has taught us much over the years, now she's revived a word rarely used. (Well, I've always said if Madonna hadn't gone into music, she would have stayed in Michigan and become Miss Ciccone, the stern English teacher.) It was this benign answer about Gaga that became part of Elton John/David Furnish's attack on Madonna, after she won a Golden Globe for best original song on Sunday night. The song is titled "Masterpiece" from her coming film, "W.E." (Elton's effort was "Hello, Hello" from the flop animated movie "Gnomeo and Juliet.") Aside from ripping Madonna's song, the pair declared -- on Twitter and Facebook -- that Madonna's "attack" on Gaga "shows how desperate she really is." Goodness, I didn't get that at all. Madonna has no inclination to trash Gaga. But she is certainly within her rights to imply, gently, that Lady G has appropriated some aspects of her image, sound and message. Music critics were the first, in fact, to point out the similarities between Gaga's "Born This Way" and Madonna's "Express Yourself." Elton John, who has been a star since 1970, feels he has earned the right to be perennially cranky and opinionated. Fine. And he does wonderful charity work. But I think Madonna, who has been a star since 1983, has earned the right to answer a question honestly, from her point of view ... or to accept an award, if she wins one. Elton has had a bee in his bonnet about Madonna for years. At various times he has criticized her singing, dancing and even her right to be a star. She has rarely responded. In this case, however, it is Elton who appears to be "desperate." Back in the day, Madonna could be ungracious and careless in her remarks, but I never recall her attacking another performer in this manner, or publicly declaring she should have won an award instead of somebody else. (Perhaps she learned her lesson when, in the midst of a wave of positive reviews and publicity for "Evita" -- and a Golden Globe win, she said she thought she deserved to be nominated for an Oscar, too. The Academy was not amused.) The truth is, most of the public has never heard either Elton or Madonna's song. Why carry on so?Oh, "reductive"? It means something is the same, only less."


American treasure and boob-goddess Dolly Parton is 66 today!! Dolly is a true entertainment legend, crossing over from country to pop to movies to Broadway since the early '60s. Dolly is beloved the world over and is one of the most recognizable people on the planet, even if her face changes every few years. Ha. She's had 25 #1 hits on the country charts and a record 41 top 10 country albums. WOW! You go, Dolly. She even has a new movie out right now! Let us now enjoy the Queen of Country Music and worship her all day. DO IT! By the way, the first vid is of Dolly's cover of Stairway to Heaven. If you haven't heard it, it's a MUST!! Enjoy.


Japanese-American superstar, Utada, aka Hikaru Utada, is 29 today. You may not have discovered this gem of a singer, but millions of others outside the US have. She was born to Japanese parents here in NYC. Both her parents were in the music business in Japan. She wrote her first song at 11 and recorded her first English language album at 13. A producer from Toshiba/EMI heard her record and asked her if she would consider writing songs in Japanese. Boy, did that pay off! Her 1999 Japanese debut album, First Love, sold 9 million copies world wide. Utada decided to return to the US and attend Columbia University, but she only stayed briefly as the music scene was calling her back. She has gone on to have eight #1 albums in Japan and sold 38 million albums and singles in Japan alone. Her first English language album, post Japanese success, was released in the US in 2004, Exodus. The album went unnoticed (#160) for the most part, although two of it's singles hit the Billboard Club Play chart, including a #1 for Devil Inside. Her second English language album, Come Back to Me, fared better hitting #69 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and producing two Top 20 Club Play hits with Come Back to Me (#5)and Dirty Desire(#16). Meanwhile, back in Japan, Utada has racked up fifteen #1 songs. Whew. That's a lot to accomplish by 29. I worked in Japan at the exact time that Utada was blowing up there, and I was surprised to hear this very American, yet decidedly Japanese, sound coming out of Japanese radio. I have a special place in my heart for Utada. I loved her even before I understood what she was saying!! Here are a couple of my favorite Japanese singles, like the amazing Automatic, and English language singles, like the gorgeous Sanctuary from Kingdom Hearts, by Utada. Enjoy and love her.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Santigold, aka M.I.A. lite, is the worst kind of artist. I went to see her show in support of her first album because I liked it. It was at a small venue, Terminal 5, in NYC. Appropriate because she was just beginning and not many people knew her. She had two opening acts (standard for the venue) and I expected that, since she was advertised for 8 PM, she'd probably hit the stage around 9. That's not so unusual for a concert. But...NO! She made the crowd wait until 10 o'clock! TWO HOURS AFTER THE LAST OPENING ACT!! I was walking out the door as she came on and couldn't be bothered to even turn around. My friends who stayed said she played for 45 minutes and left. Who the hell does she think she is? You do not treat people like that when you are a new artist trying to gain fans. I deleted her from my iTunes and shared this story with anyone who would listen. Now she has the nerve to bash other artists in her video, Big Mouth, for attention. She references Lady Gaga with "gagagaga"(how original) and the showing of a mermaid, like in the You and I video. She goes after Katy Perry by showing her naked with blue hair, a la her Teenage Dream album cover, and petting a cat with T.G.I.F. on it. What a bitch!! I hope this song gets the attention it deserves, which is NONE AT ALL. F**k you, Santigold, or Santogold (which was her name on her first album before she was forced to change it in a law suit), or whoever you are this week. Feed off your own talent, not those more established and talented. You can watch the video below. Good luck getting through it.


Adam Lambert's voice is amazy! Here he is on The Tonight Show killing it like nobody's bee's wax with his new single Better Than I Know Myself. Wow, he is really awesome. Those high notes made my testes crawl back up into my stomach and shake. Ew. I'm excited to hear what Adam's next album sounds like. His first, For Your Entertainment, was one of my faves. Okay, just watch.


And it's kinda genius. Rachel Berry, as all we Gleeks know, has two dads. We haven't seen hide-nor-hair of them since the show debuted, but finally, this Valentine's day, we meet Hiram and LeRoy Berry (ha), played by none other than Jeff Goldblum and Broadway veteran Brian Stokes Mitchell. And they're going to sing. DUH! I have been wondering who they would cast as Rachel's gay dads, and this is quite good casting I think. Jeff is always a winner in my book and Brian is a good match with his tall, handsomeness. Now the question is: What will they sing?

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Despite what he says, it seems Elton does admire Madonna's back catalogue. Here is a post from May 2010 that I did for proof.

"Could this be any gayer? I don't think so!!! Sir Elton John covers Madonna's classics Material Girl and Like a Virgin surrounded by scantily clad men. WHAT? Yes. It all went down at the Almay Concert to Celebrate the Rainforest. Watch below in AMAZI-MENT!! Two videos from different perspectives." - May 14, 2010, That's a Good Blog.

Yep, before he and his husband started spitting venom towards the Queen of Pop, Elton used two of her biggest songs to entertain a crowd. Granted these are not songs that Madonna wrote, but they are still solely identified with her. Ha. I'm sure Elton feels like an asshole for his inaccurate prediction about Madonna and that mouthy bitch of a husband of his hasn't made a peep today, so once again, MADONNA WINS!!!!


I am in tears from watching this video. So important and inspiring and sad. The history of the gay rights movement dates back as far as the 60s when so many social changes were occurring. We are still fighting to be equal to all other citizens. Not better, just equal. Watch this video and see how far we've come and how far we have to go to see real change. It is something that touches all of our lives, whether we know it or not, and until we are all equal, our country will continue to decline and be divided. Watch and learn and please pass it on. This video is part of a kickstarter program to produce a documentary about the gay rights movement called Second Class Citizens. If you would like to donate, please click HERE. Don't be on the wrong side of history.


Poor girl. Lana Del Rey kinda blew it on SNL this weekend. Her awkward, pitchy performance did not make a good case for running out to purchase her debut album, Born to Die, due January 31st. I am going to defend her a little bit here (like the host of SNL that night Daniel Radcliffe did) because I think this performance was the exception as opposed to the rule for her. I have included a live performance from her appearance on UK show Live....with Jools Holland singing her gorgeous single, Video Games, and a recording from the crowd at Nouveau Casino of Born to Die. I think she sounds pretty good and looks at least a little more comfortable here than on SNL. Aside from her lack of experience performing live, I think her management probably booked her on SNL a little too early. She was terrified!! Now, one could also argue that if she's not ready, she shouldn't be in a position to be booked on such a huge stage. You'd be right. But she was and she did. Yes, it was super weird and ghoulishly awkward, but I'm willing to give Lana a second chance because all of her songs released so far are pretty outstanding. Let her get a little experience under her super tiny belt and maybe she'll redeem herself. She was just booked to play the South by Southwest music festival on Monday, by the way. Are you going to give her another shot? Watch the performances below and see if you like her better.


Yesterday on Marc Maron's pobcast WTF, comedian Todd Glass, best known from Last Comic Standing, The Sarah Silverman Program and appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien and Politically Correct, came out as a gay man. Glass has been around for years and has actually been in a relationship for several years and out to his parents and close friends for 15 years, but has never discussed it publicly. His decision to come out was based on the recent rash of LGBT youth suicides. Glass explains:
"I cannot listen to stories about kids killing themselves any longer without thinking, 'When are you going to have a little blood on your shirt for not being honest about who you are?"
Congrats, Todd!! Welcome to the party. See you at the meetings. But seriously, it's great to see a man in the comedy world come out. We are everywhere, y'all!! Get used to it. Call me, Todd. By the way, you can listen to the full 87 minute podcast HERE.


YAY!! Comedy legend and forever Golden Girl Betty White is 90 today!!! Betty began her stellar career in 1939 on an experimental television station in Los Angeles and has not stopped working since. Her career spans over seven decades and includes six Emmy Awards, American Comedy Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Screen Actors Guild Awards and even a Teen Choice Award for Best Dance which she shared with Sandra Bullock. That makes me happy. Betty is nominated for a Grammy this year in the Best Spoken Word Recording category and she'll probably win that too. She is truly and American treasure and we're lucky to still have her entertaining us after all these years. Here's to 90 more, Betty. That's overreaching a little, but I'm caught up in the moment.

Monday, January 16, 2012


Not that you need an entire list..MADONNA, MICHELLE WILLIAMS AND MERYL WON!!! Ha. But seriously guys, the big night went down pretty well! Ricky Gervais was funny, most of the speeches were not too long and almost everyone looked pretty damn good! Kate Beckinsale might be the most beautiful thing I've ever seen by the way. Okay. Despite what Elton John and his a**hole husband, what's his name, say, this win makes perfect sense. I'm not going to reiterate the horrible statements that were made against my beloved Madonna, so you can click on that link and read it for yourself. Sour grapes! I was so glad to see Meryl win, but my prediction is that Viola Davis will take the Oscar. I haven't see Iron Lady, but Davis was wonderful in The Help. She's amazing. Michelle Williams gave a wonderfully graceful acceptance speech as well and looked lovely.  I'm totally rambling now, so I'll go. I'm going to leave you with the most important part of the night, duh.... Here is Madonna's acceptance speech.

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Best Miniseries or TV Movie
Downton Abbey
Best Actress in a Minieeries or TV movie
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pearce
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Best TV Series, Drama
Best Original Score
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Best Original Song
"Masterpiece," W.E.
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Idris Elba, Luther
Best Actress in a Movie, Musical or Comedy
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Best Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Best Screenplay
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Best Foreign Movie
A Separation
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Best Supporting Actress in a Movie, Musical or Comedy
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Director
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Modern Family
Best Actor in a Movie, Comedy or Musical
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Actress in a Movie, Drama
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Movie, Comedy or Musical
The Artist
Best Actor in a Movie, Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Movie, Drama
The Descendants

Saturday, January 14, 2012


DON'T GET IT TWISTED, PEOPLE! Despite what the media is trying to lead you to believe, Madonna is not on a Lady Gaga bashing tour. Madonna was asked about Gaga at every interview. DOY! Of course she was!! Madonna is globally THE TOP SELLING FEMALE ARTIST OF ALL TIME, this is her first album to come out since Lady Gaga blew up, so people want to know her opinion. Yes, Madonna called Born This Way reductive. (like Madonna told Cynthia McFadden, "look it up".) but she's also had a lot of lovely things to say. On UK chat-fest The Graham Norton Show, Madonna had this to say about Gaga:
"When I first saw her, I saw her performing at a very small club in Manhattan a couple of years ago, maybe it was like three years ago. I was actually really impressed by her. I thought she was really cool and she did remind me of me back in the day. I liked her rawness and there was something fresh about there and ballsy, and when she spoke to the audience, she sounded like she had a similar sense of humor to me, quite ironic, and I liked her. So I do think she is very talented."
On 20/20 Madonna was asked again by McFadden about Gaga and relayed this to the viewers:
"I certainly think she references me a lot in her work. And sometimes I think it's amusing and flattering and well-done,"
and later added that Gaga is making a
"statement about taking something that was in the zeitgeist, you know, 20 years ago and turning it inside out and reinterpreting it."
I think that is something that all artists, including Madonna, have done in their careers. Certainly Madonna faced similar criticism early on in her rise to superstardom for taking inspiration from Marilyn Monroe or other iconic women of the past. I don't think Madonna in any way, shape or form is trying to rip Gaga a new monster hole. Madonna has nothing to worry about and if she DID dislike Lady Gaga I think she would make that perfectly clear. I love them both, but Madonna will ALWAYS be my true love. She's the Queen!Here are some clips of Madonna from The Graham Norton Show for you to worship this morning.The last one is particularly funny. I won't ruin it. I have missed you, Madonna. You look PERFECT!

Friday, January 13, 2012


The free single of the week on US iTunes now is the sure-to-be-a-superstar Lana Del Rey's new song Born to Die. I posted the video before, but I'll do it again so you can see if you wanna download for free and because it and she are gorgeous. Lana will be on SNL this weekend, the first artist since Natalie Imbruglia in 1998 to perform on the show before releasing an album. This song and her EP, also on iTunes, are chock full of sensuous, sexy, sultry hits. Love her!! Check it and get your free download on iTunes. Lana's full length debut is due January 31st.


From her new film, W.E. to her 24 year-old boyfriend to the Super Bowl, Madonna sat down with Cynthia McFadden on Nightline last night and spilled some deets for us. Looking every inch the icon, Madonna spoke candidly in the interview (duh) and seemed comfortable with whatever questions came her way. Watch and love.



With all the news and excitement surrounding 2012 for Madonna, the recent revelation of the name of her upcoming album, MDNA, and her appearances all over the world looking like $100 million bucks, I thought I'd dig up some of Madonna's very first recorded performances I found in the internet for ya. First, here is a video for 1983's Holiday, Madonna's very first top 40 single. It's super simple, but sure effective in getting across what was her image and style at the time. It's fun to see how Madge could work a low budget video and back-ball-changes for all they're worth. She had it right from the start. The second vid looks like it was made for club play. There is some major 80s greenscreen working in the background. Work, special fx. The third video is from some random French tv performance. Same basic routine, fun outfits! The sound is a little off on that one, but worth a look. AND finally is the live performance from the 1990 Blonde Ambition World Tour. It's shot SO well. Love her. Love this song. Love life.

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Sexy, sassy, curvy Sarah Tracey brings us a retro-tastic taste of female revenge with her song Camera. She wants it back, y'all! Sarah has vast experience singing from Burlesque clubs to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center and this is the single from her debut album Tell No One, available on iTunes. For more info on Sarah you can also visit her sexy, secret agent website. Enjoy!

Directed by Jim Glaub
Produced by Ian Weiss, Edited by John Lagomarsino
Art Direction by Robyn Roberts, Director of Photography Eric Billman
Hair/Makeup Styling by Jennifer King, Wardrobe Direction by Kimberly Cauti
Choreography Ryan Greer, Associate Choreographer Bianca Saltiformaggio




I have not posted the "Sh*t ______ Say" videos because most of them aren't that funny or are racist in some weird way that people seem to think is okay, but THIS one is hilarical!!! Here are things NOBODY says. I especially like, "Twilight deserves on Oscar" "Whitney is funny" and "I miss Rosie O'Donnell". Ha!!


Melanie Chisolm, aka Sporty Spice, aka Mel C is 38 today! The former Spice Girl has a lot to celebrate. Did you know that Mel has sold more than 12 million records as a solo artist and holds the third position for most United Kingdom number-ones by a female artist. She is also the only female to reach UK Official Singles Chart at number one as a part of quartet, quintet, duo and as a solo artist? Well, it's true. 2011 saw the release of her fifth solo studio album, The Sea, and Mel shows no signs of slowing down. Here are some of my fave Mel C songs (yes, I have all her albums, along with all the Spice Girls and their solo albums, so suck it) to celebrate her bday. Especially check out the wonderfully twisted third video below, Better Alone. Good stuff. Have a great one, Mel!