Category Archives:Politics

Mar. 11.

Adele & Beyonce to Perform at the First Lady’s 50th Birthday Party

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First Lady Michelle Obama is having a big bash for her 50th birthday, which will include performances from Adele and Beyoncé!

A source told the Daily Mail:

“America’s First Lady will be holding a huge celebrity-packed party for her birthday at the White House next year and, as she adores Adele and Beyoncé, she has asked them both to sing. Adele has graciously accepted and waived her usual fee for the high-profile private performance. She will sing a selection of her most-loved hits for the First Lady and her friends.”

The Obama’s will be paying for Adele’s expense since it is a private party and not a State one.

As for Beyoncé, she has been involved in many White House events in the past, including singing at the President’s inauguration as well as aid in his campaign. She also had the First Lady and her daughters as special guests at her concerts at Atlantic City’s Revel.

The First Lady turns 50 on January 17, 2014.

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marcorubio
Mar. 07.

U.S. Senator Quotes Jay-Z & Wiz Khalifa During Filibuster

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Senator Marco Rubio referenced rappers Jay-Z and Wiz Khalifa as “modern-day poets” during a filibuster in the chamber of the U.S. Capital on Wednesday night.

Rubio was yielded the floor by Senator Rand Paul, who had been speaking for hours to block a vote on President Barack Obama’s pick of John O. Brennan for CIA Chief. Paul’s objective as stated by Billboard:

“to draw attention to the question of whether the Obama administration would ever deploy unmanned aerial drones to kill Americans believed to be terrorists.”

Rubio, a die-hard rap fan, began by referencing Khalifa when noting that he was happy to be in DC rather than back home. He said:

“Let me begin by quoting a modern-day poet, his name is Wiz Khalifa. He has a song called ‘Work Hard Play Hard.’ You look at the time, I think it’s a time when many of our colleagues expected to be home, back in the home state of playing hard, but I’m happy we’re still here working hard on this issue.”

When he summarized the nature of the debate and the question of drone use on American citizens he wondered what it would be like if George W. Bush were president. Then Jay-Z came to the forefront of Rubio’s thoughts, saying:

“That takes me back to another modern-day poet by the name of Jay-Z. One of the songs that he wrote, ‘It’s funny when seven days can change, it was all good just a week ago.’ Well I don’t know if it was all good a week ago, but I can tell you that things have really changed. Because if the President was George W. Bush and this was a question being asked of him and his response was the silence we’ve gotten, we’d have a very different scenario here tonight.”

He also references the movie The Godfather.

Maybe hearing Rubio reference Jay-Z and Khalifa during a filibuster was a bit of a shock, but it is no surprise of his love of hip-hop. He previously told GQ that Tupac Shakur’s Killuminati is one of his favorite songs and that his official Spotify playlist includes the Sugarhill Gang, Kanye West, and Flo Rida.

Watch a clip from last night after the jump!

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carlyraejepsen
Mar. 05.

Carly Rae Jepsen Cancels Boy Scouts Jamboree Performance

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Carly Rae Jepsen is following in Train’s footsteps and cancelling her performance at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in July, due to the organizations open discriminatory policies against the gay community.

This all started when Derek Nance posted a petition on Change.org, reaching out to Jepsen and Train to boycott their performances at the Jamboree due to the organization’s discrimination. GLAAD supported the petition as well. Nance was a former Boy Scout leader. He was immediately dismissed as a program scout leader after coming out.

Jepsen tweeted Tuesday morning:

“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer. I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever-changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.”

One day earlier, Train pulled out of the event for the same reason.

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patmonahan
Mar. 05.

Train Threatens to Boycott National Scouting Jamboree Due to Anti-Gay Policies

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Train is threatening to pull out of the National Scouting Jamboree due to a petition that was filed by a former Boy Scout leader who was fired for being gay. The pressure is also on for Carly Rae Jepsen to follow in Train’s footsteps of boycott.

Derek Nance drew a lot of media attention earlier this year when he came out, resulting in his immediate dismissal as a scout program director. He now took to Change.org to seek both Train’s and Jepsen’s support in condemning the organization’s discriminatory policies.

The petition, which currently has over 22,000 signatures, reads:

“As talented artists with incredibly loyal LGBT fans around the globe, I hope they will speak out quickly, and urge the Boy Scouts to end it’s dangerous anti-gay policy.”

The protest drew the support of GLAAD and shortly after Train issued a statement saying they would refuse to perform at the event if the organization refused to change their anti-gay policies.

The band said:

“When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization. Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen. We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organization. We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then.”

Jepsen has yet to comment on the situation.

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steventyler
Feb. 09.

‘Steven Tyler Act’ Faces Opposition in Hawaii

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Steven Tyler attended a legislative hearing on Friday on a bill which he is the face of and would limit people’s freedom to take photos and videos of celebrities. Opponents, however, say that the bill could be unconstitutional.

Hawaii’s Senate Judiciary Committee plans to consider the ‘Steven Tyler Act’. This will be the first time that lawmakers will discuss this bill publicly.

A publicist for Aerosmith told the Associated Press on Thursday that Tyler submitted a written testimony supporting the proposal, which would allow people to collect damages from someone who photographs them in an offensive way during their personal or family time.

Tyler said in a statement emailed to the Associated Press:

“The paradise of Hawaii is a magnet for celebrities who just want a peaceful vacation. As a person in the public eye, I know the paparazzi are there and we have to accept that. But when they intrude into our private space, disregard our safety and the safety of others, that crosses a serious line that shouldn’t be ignored.”

More than a dozen celebrities have submitted a testimony supporting the bill, including Britney Spears, Neil Diamond, Avril Lavigne, and the Osbourne family.

Senator Kalani English said he introduced the bill at the request of Tyler. More than two-thirds of the state’s senators have co-sponsored the bill.

Opponents say the bill could be unconstitutional.

Laurie Temple, an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, said the bill would punish freedoms of expression protected by the First Amendment. She said lawmakers should support better enforcement of current stalking laws rather than passing a new legislation.

The National Press Photographer’s Association, as well as the Motion Picture Association of America also do not support this bill. They say that the bill could make it harder to police movie privacy because there’s no exemption for law enforcement who might want to take photos of video of people they’re investigating.

The bill doesn’t specify whether public places would be exempt. The bill says it would apply to people who take photos from boats or anywhere else within ocean waters.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser calls the lawmakers that support this bill “star-struck.” They also said that this bill might not only affect journalists. They say it can make lawbreakers out of anyone taking photographs in a public place, including people just take a picture on their cell phone.

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beyonceinauguration
Jan. 22.

CONFIRMED: Beyonce Lipsynchs National Anthem at Inuaguration

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Beyoncé received rave reviews for her performance of the National Anthem at the President Barack Obama’s inauguration yesterday. And then we all found out it was prerecorded…

Beyoncé lipsynched the words to the National Anthem to a backing track. What we all heard was a version she had prerecorded at a Marine Corps studio in Washington on Sunday night. This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Marine Band.

Spokeswoman, Master Sgt. Kristin duBois said that despite the Marine Band’s lack of any trouble with intonation during most of the prelude and ceremony (which was about two and a half hours), at the last second they received word that Beyonce would use a recorded version of the National Anthem. Sgt. duBois said:

“We don’t know why. But that is what we were instructed to do so that is what we did. It’s not because Beyoncé can’t sing. We all know the Marine Band can play.”

Sgt. duBois explained that is standard procedure to prerecorded the music for the inauguration in advance in case the weather is bad, but the weather was not a problem yesterday. Four years ago at the President’s first inauguration, Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman used backing tracks for their performance because of the cold.

It was not clear who made the decision for Beyoncé to use a backing track. All the Marine Band knows is that right before the performance they were notified a backing track would be used. But don’t worry. Sgt. duBois assures everyone that “the entire performance was live except for the National Anthem.”

There is no denying that despite the prerecorded performance, Beyoncé can sing! But why didn’t she yesterday???

Check out the performance after the jump!

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Jan. 11.

Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Katy Perry, & More Set for Kids’ Inaugural Concert

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The Kids’ Inaugural Concert is shaping up to have a pretty good lineup of stars!

The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced on Friday that Usher, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, and Katy Perry will be performing for the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on January 19 in Washington D.C., in advance of President Barack Obama’s being sworn in for a second term.

This Kids’ Concert is a tradition started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, four years ago during the President’s first inaugural celebration.

Events will also feature Nick Cannon, fun., Marc Anthony, Smokey Robinson, and members of the Glee cast, as well as others yet to be announced.

Beyoncé, James Taylor, and Kelly Clarkson will be performing at the Inaugural Ceremony on January 21 on the West Front of the US Capital.

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tednugent
Nov. 07.

Ted Nugent on Obama Supporters: “Soulless Fools”

While many of music’s biggest stars celebrated the re-election of President Barack Obama (Lady GagaMariah CareyBeyonceJay-ZSnoop DoggCher) last night, Ted Nugent was definitely not one of them!

The Detroit rocker has absolutely no problem expressing his dismay of the election results and Mitt Romney’s defeat. He even went as far as saying that Obama supporters “soulless fools.”

Nugent went on somewhat of a Twitter rampage this morning, which included tweets such as:

“Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters hav a president to destroy America”

“Some Obama still demands the hardest workers provide for the non wotkers. Shared opportunitiesmy ass”

“What subhuman varmint believes others must pay for their obesity booze cellphones birthcontrol abortions & lives”

“Goodluk America u just voted for economic & spiritual suicide. Soulless fools”

“So 4 SCOUTS idiots dont believe in self defense. Pure evil”

“I cry tears of blood for The Last Best Place & the warriors who died for this tragedy”

Nugent is known for not being a supporter of Obama. Last April he spoke at a National Rifle Association meeting in St. Louis and said of the Obama administration:

“We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”

Metaphorically speaking, of course.

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mariahcareyobama
Nov. 07.

Mariah Carey Drops Obama Celebratory Song “Bring It On Home”

To celebrate President Barack Obama being re-elected for a second term, singer Mariah Carey released a new song in his honor, titled “Bring It On Home.”

Carey performed this song at a campaign event earlier this year. “Bring It On Home” premiered on Jermaine Dupri’s website Global14.com.

The song has a very gospel/R&B feel to it.

Carey expressed her joy for Obama’s re-election in a series of tweets last night, including:

“Congratulations to our beloved President Barack Obama, our spectacular First Lady Michelle Obama & the adorable Malia & Sasha. We love you!”

She also posted several pictures to Instagram of her at the polling place.

Take a listen to “Bring It On Home” after the jump!

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bryangreenberg
Nov. 06.

Bryan Greenberg Debuts “Generations” Just in Time for Election Day

Actor/singer Bryan Greenberg, debuted a new song yesterday, “Generations,” which will be on his upcoming album, Everything Changes.

“Generations” was debuted just 24 hours before Election Day, and appropriately so because it is an election-inspired track. Greenberg partnered with MTV News to debut “Generations.”

Greenberg said:

“I didn’t want to wait with this song. I just wanted to get it out there… After 2000, I just sort of noticed when it came down to 537 votes in Florida, I was like, ‘Wow, this generation—we just don’t care.’ Our generation was a little too apathetic for my taste, so I wanted to have people rise up and care and speak their minds… It’s not me saying, ‘You guys are lazy.’ I feel the same way. I feel disenfranchised.”

Bryan isn’t telling you who to vote for, he is just trying to get you to get out there and vote! Bryan has been traveling to colleges talking to undecided voters telling them to vote and why they should be voting. He isn’t trying to impose his political views on anyone, but if asked about them he does explain them.

Check out a little message from Bryan Greenberg and “Generations” after the jump! Also make sure to keep an eye out for Everything Changes. To download a free copy of “Generations” click HERE!

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