Crazy-Sex Friday! (That’s what Fridays are for)

Lady GagaHowdy out there,

Thanks, Gaga – you’ve made a slow news day into a kooky (or ‘gaga’) news day!

Lady Gaga’s prurience and her preoccupation with same-gender sexuality has caused an upwelling of protest in, no, not Saudi Arabia or Iran, but, South Korea, of all places.  The protestors’ term for the prurience and preoccupation: “pornography” and “homosexuality.”  These protestors belong to several Christian groups in a country with a devoted and faithful Evangelical Protestant demographic numbering around twelve million.  ‘The Christian Council of Korea’ does not want Gaga’s ‘homosexual’ attitudes polluting Korean culture.  Don’t blame the Koreans, the Christians, or anyone else – Gaga could generate controversy in Antarctica!

Perfect transition to Queen and Freddy Mercury, poster boys of the, er, shall we say ‘alternative lifestyle’.  Offbeat actor Sacha Baron Cohen decided that he wants to play Mercury in a biopic and took his idea to Brit-American producer Graham King.  King jumped at the chance to ‘do’ Queen and the movie is on!  Freddie Mercury was a larger-than-life character who was ‘out there’ so it will be interesting to see what angle the script will take on this polarizing singer.

To close out this sex-oriented blog post, we go to One Direction’s Harry Styles and The Bieb.

The Bieb has announced that he ain’t gonna marry Selena anytime soon and says he wants to “have a family” “in ten years.”  That gives some hope for all the dreamy-eyed Beliebers out there.  Any of you girls think you can displace Selena by 2022?

Young Master Styles has no interest in marriage; instead he has expressed his desire to bed a duo of Kates – Moss and Winslet – plus Ms. ‘Binbag’ Jolie.  There’s perhaps a tiny chance Master Styles may make one score but the hat-trick of his dreams?  Million-to-one odds!

TGIF,

Shane

Justin Bieber: The Twitter-Master!

Justin BieberHi All!

Whaddya know – we have a grandad-grandkid theme again today!

Beauty before age, so grandkids go first.

A while back I had blogged about Nickelodeon’s KCAs. British teen band One Direction had performed at the awards and, it appears, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift had grooved to their music.  Excited by the dancing dolls and falling for MTVs set-up questions, a few band-members are now dreaming about more attention from the dolls; any of them.  And that would make her an – ‘older woman’!  I’m tempted to say, “Keep dreaming, boys,” but it would take only one madcap female to prove me wrong!  So— silence is golden.

Grandkid Justin Bieber is a Twitter-Master.  He has been tweeting and teasing his fans about his upcoming music-video for ‘Boyfriend’ (lead single from the to-be-released album ‘Believe’).  The boy’s also been tweeting fluff and factoids about both the video and the album, driving up his fans’ suspense levels to crazy heights.  Now let’s hope the music-video is not a let-down.

The ‘One Direction of 1970 were The Rolling Stones (albeit rather less wholesome) and now these grandads are in the news, courtesy of guitarist Ronnie Wood.  Wood is busy with his own painting and solo career but he spilt some beans on the Stones.  He said that the band’s Golden Anniversary is coming up this year and so they’re going into a studio “to throw some idea around,” “to go into training.”  Are the grandads making a new album?  Sure sounds like it!

Cyndi Lauper cannot be classed with The Rolling Stones being of relatively more recent vintage; the 80s.  Though she ain’t no grandma, she *is* one hot mama!  Cyndi Lauper, of ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun Fame’ is someone Mad-onna has aped, if only a little.  Come Autumn, a Simon & Schuster imprint will be publishing a memoir from Lauper.  I wonder how she’ll dish the dirt on.  Mad-onna, better mend your fences with Cyndi now . . . .

Cheers,

Shane

Americans are of one mind on ‘One Direction’

One DirectionHiya All,

Only a couple of weeks back I had asked whether Adele and a couple of other artistes heralded a new ‘British Invasion’ – call it ‘British Invasion Part 2′.  The answer is in the affirmative and it’s official, thanks to ‘One Direction’.

This British boy band, already popular in the U.S., has just rocketed to the Billboard 200 chart’s peak.  Prior honours include third place in The X Factor in 2010 and keeping Adele company at the Brit Awards last month by picking up one of their own (Best British Single).

Just as for Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and others (American Idol), some share of the credit goes to Simon Cowell for spotting the band-members’ talents by way of the British equivalent of American Idol, The X Factor.  Cowell advised the five teenagers to, instead of continuing as solo acts, form a band.  The rest is, quite literally, (chart) history because One Direction is the first British band to land their debut album (‘Up All Night’) on the top of Billboard 200.  This is a feat that neither Herman’s Hermits, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Animals, The Monkees, nor even The Beatles accomplished.

The boys sure know to strike while the iron’s hot. Emboldened by their rapturous reception on NBC’s ‘Today’ show, they have announced a coast-to-coast tour in the United States – twenty shows in as many cities from New York to Phoenix to Orlando, with more to be announced!  Americans are evidently of one mind on ‘One Direction’.  Take a bow, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson!

Other chart news seems to indicate that price matters: if it’s nearly-free, tens of thousand will want to buy it.  The proof is Guns ‘n’ Roses’s ‘Greatest Hits’ which jumped 28 places from 31 to 3 after the album was priced at a quarter for only one day.  The Boss’s ‘Wrecking Ball’, however, fell three places to no. 4.  That said, this is an album with near universal appeal and holds top or or close-to-top positions in charts around the world.  And, after a couple of months of Whitney’s passing, it’s pertinent to mention that her ‘Greatest Hits’ album still remains in the Top Ten!

But everything said and considered, honours of the week to One Direction.  Eng-errrland!

Ta-ta,

Shane