Lady Gaga has taken up the cause of Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old boy who committed suicide on Sunday after years of bullying.
Rodemeyer’s death is especially tragic given that he posted an “It Gets Better” YouTube video last May as part of that initiative’s message of optimism and hope following a spate of teen suicides.
This evening, an emotional Gaga, who’s “Born This Way” has become an anthem for inclusiveness, spoke to her millions of Twitter followers.
“The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life,” wrote Gaga moments ago, referring to Rodemeyer.
“Bullying must become illegal. It is a hate crime,” she declared.
“I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey”
Within minutes, the phrase was indeed trending – helped by the fact that Gaga has even more Twitter followers than President Obama.
Gaga was a major proponent of repealing the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. That law was officially erased this week.
Jason Derülo hopes to find love in the UK.
The American singer-songwriter has gone on to achieve worldwide success since his self-titled debut album launched in 2009.
He has since recorded his second studio album Future History, which includes the lead singles Don't Wanna Go Home and It Girl.
Jason responded to a news anchor's question when asked if he'd found his own 'It Girl' yet.
'I haven't,' he replied with a smile. 'Maybe I'll find her here in England.'
Jason produced records for several artists, including Diddy, Lil Wayne and Sean Kingston, before hitting the charts with his own R&B records. The star is proud of his achievements at such a young age.
'I started writing when I was eight years old, and then when I was 16 I became a ghost writer and got my first placement,' he told BBC Breakfast. 'As I got older, I wrote more and more every day. I was 19 when I wrote my first album. Being older now, Future History is very different. I've grown a lot in two years.'
The artist recently celebrated his 22-second birthday and noted that British musician Liam Gallagher also shares the same birthday. Jason revealed he is a big Oasis fan.
'It's Liam's birthday too,' he exclaimed. 'I like Oasis, Wonderwall is my favorite song.'
So what can you expect if you are going? Well, for one thing, it will be, according to Iglesias, an intimate and interactive show.
“I always like getting as close as possible to a crowd and even to the people that are all the way in the back,” he says during a recent conference call with reporters, adding that while he loves to play in an arena, he makes sure to have a stage that makes that type of venue intimate. “We always have that in mind… how we can also get to the people in the sides and all the way to the people in the back to see you up close.”
Visually, Iglesias hopes that fans remember each song he plays based on the mood created for them. “I like shows when they look simple, but when you truly analyze them you could tell there was a lot of intricacy when it came down to designing the show,” he says. “You want to make sure that when the audience leaves, each song has a different mood and a different color and a different style that you can actually remember the songs by what colors we used or how we used the lighting or how we used the video.”
Iglesias is on the road to promote his latest album, Euphoria. Released last summer, the album is the pop star’s ninth studio album but his first bilingual effort.
“I love doing this album, making it bilingual. I always wanted to make this type of album where I was able to combine English and Spanish,” says Iglesias before explaining that his previous record label nixed the idea.
During his performance, fans can expect to hear a healthy of dose of Euphoria along with plenty of his previous hits and fan favorites in both languages.
“(This tour) is more eclectic musically than any other tour I’ve ever done, but at the same time, too, I also get to create a set list where I can cover songs from, even Spanish songs, from 1995 to 2011,” explains Iglesias. “So, when you think of a set that’s being able to do songs that I first sang on my first album in Spanish to songs like ‘I Like It’ or ‘Dirty Dance’ or ‘Tonight’. They’re very, very different.”
One thing is certain from listening to Iglesias talk about the upcoming tour, he’s excited to get it started in Boston.
“I love being on the road,” he says. “For me, that’s the funnest part of my job. Actually, it doesn’t feel like a job.”
Timbaland and Pitbull enjoy the company of some sparsely clad girls in a music video for Timbo's new single "Pass at Me". While the two artists are frolicking with the ladies, David Guetta who produces the single spins turntable and pumps up the crowd in a live show.
"Pass at Me" is expected to appear in Timbo's next studio album which is rumored to be the third installment of his "Shock Value" album series. In one of his efforts to promote his new music, the rapper/producer launched a special treatment similar to Kanye West's "G.O.O.D Friday" last year.
"So my brother told me Kanye is puttin' out a new song every Friday called G.O.O.D. Fridays, Swizz [Beatz] got Mondays," he once said. "I don't know if they are on Twitter but can you hit them up, and tell them reserve that Thursday for Timbo the king baby. We'll call it Timbo Thursday, cool?"
Although being busy finishing his own new album, Timbo still manages to help other artists work on their records. He is featured in Demi Lovato's new song "All Night Long" with Missy Elliott, and lends his vocals to Guetta's "I Just Wanna" with Afrojack.
US electro-pop-hip-hop duo, LMFAO, have done it again with another floor pounding club dance track called One Day. Like their previous smash hit, Party Rock Anthem, this next single has an infectious beat that will get everybody up and moving on to the dance floor as the guys sing about their life. He sings that he is now in a good situation in his life, getting everything he asks for, and is seeing the world. In short he sings, "I got everything I want but you."
The music video reflects the lyrics as it shows the luxury lifestyle of the rock stars being driven around in a stretch limousine, drinking whatever he feels like, and performing to all the adorning fans. The clip shows the duo "getting everything I asked for – but you".
More scenes are shown of the LMFAO guys partying, drinking, and enjoying a roller-coaster ride at a theme park, but again the chorus is repeated that he has "everything I want but you".
They continue to describe how great it is to be on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans with everybody singing along with his favourite song. The video concludes with the ultimate wish, "I'm gonna celebrate cuz I'mma gonna get you one day."
Throughout the clip, many times the word "Tuborg" appears. It is significant, as the Tuborg company helped sponsor a competition in conjunction with LMFAO to find a director for this latest video and after viewing this latest video, one could only be impressed with the quality of the director chosen.
Again, it's a great clip that will do lots to promote their latest song.