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Q&A: Nathaniel Flatt Of The New Boy Band V Factory

5/26/2009 6:00pm EDT
V Factory
Nathaniel Flatt of up-and-coming boy band V Factory took the time to sit down with Starpulse's Larry Gould and discuss his path to stardom, his influences and what that mysterious "V" in the band's name stands for. V Factory recently cracked the Top 40 with their debut single "Love Struck" and are readying their as-yet-untitled debut album for a release later this year.

Nathaniel Flatt first realized his calling at the tender age of five when he saw a musical production of Peter Pan in his hometown of Cookeville, Tennessee. It proved to be a pivotal point in his life, thus beginning ...

Listen Here: Erasure Takes Pop! To Another Level With New Box Set

4/4/2009 12:28am EDT
Rhino Presents Career-Spanning Boxed Set (3CD/DVD) Featuring Newly Remastered Versions of All The Band's Singles on Two Discs, a CD of Vintage Live Performances, And a DVD of Rare Live BBC Performances Available From Rhino April 7

Erasure's world-conquering anthems of love, lust and longing have made it one of the most beloved and enduring success stories in modern British pop music history. After more than two decades, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke (founding member of Depeche Mode and Yaz) have sold more than 15 million albums around the globe, proving themselves masters of every kind of...

New Live CD/DVD From The Gossip, 'Live In Liverpool,' Out April 15

4/10/2008 7:00pm EDT
Recorded live in concert on July 9, 2007, Gossip - Live In Liverpool brilliantly captures and focuses the stunning ferocity, energy and intensity at the heart of Gossip's groundbreaking meld of sound and politics. This incendiary concert showcase breaks out definitive performances of Gossip signature tunes including the band's UK #1 Indie chart-topping smash, "Standing In The Way Of Control"; the UK Top 40 hit, "Listen Up"; and the #3 UK Indie track, "Jealous Girls" in addition to delightfully provocative covers of Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" and Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?"


Celebrity Birthdays, April 25

4/25/2007 3:00am EDT
Jason Lee
Happy Birthday To San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan (1976), "My Name Is Earl" actor Jason Lee (1970), "Bridget Jones" actress Renee Zellweger (1969), "Firefly" actress Gina Torres (1969), Erasure singer Andy Bell (1964), "The Simpsons" voice talent Hank Azaria (1964), "Rocky" actress Talia Shire (1946), "The Godfather" actor Al Pacino (1940), film director Paul Mazursky (1930), bluesman Albert King (1923; d. 1992), jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald (1917; d. 1996), and British statesman Oliver Cromwell (1599; d. 1658).

Erasure Joins 'True Colors' Tour In Support Of Human Rights Campaign

4/22/2007 1:00pm EDT
When it came time to create the video for "I Could Fall in Love With You''--the first single from Erasure's upcoming album Light At The End Of The World, out May 22 via Mute-- Andy Bell and Vince Clarke chose to put the task in the hands of three young cinematographers in London, New York and Los Angeles. The concept was sweet and simple as each filmmaker took to the streets of their native city, asking passing couples (young, old, gay, straight, parents, children) if they would agree to kiss or embrace on camera.

In addition, a bulletin went out asking fans for their own video submis...

British Pop Icons Erasure Announce New Studio Album, 'Light At The End Of The World,' Due May 22

4/20/2007 8:00pm EDT
Erasure-the iconic British pop duo of Andy Bell and Vince Clark who've sold more than 20 million albums worldwide-have released their new single "I Could Fall in Love With You" through Mute on April 3. The song is taken from their new album Light At The End Of The World due out May 22. Coming after 2006's Union Street-an acoustic album of drastically rearranged lesser-known Erasure songs that was recorded with a full band and underlined the enduring quality of the material--Light At The End Of The World is a potent return to classic, totally electronic Erasure form as last heard on 2005's ...

Margaret Cho's Creative Resurgence Spawns New Movie, Tour, TV Shows And A Burlesque Revue

4/15/2007 6:00pm EDT
Margaret Cho
Comedian and actress Margaret Cho is happy to be experiencing a creative resurgence. In addition to her busy tour schedule, Cho also maintains an award winning blog, has taken up bellydancing, and recently started hosting her own variety show, The Sensuous Woman. Featuring a stellar lineup of comedians, bellydancers and burlesque superstars, The Sensuous Woman has been playing monthly in Los Angeles and San Francisco and is being developed for an off-broadway run in the fall. Margaret says, "There's a lot of gender swapping and gender play. It's the gayest show you could have with women st...

Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry & Others Celebrate First Annual True Colors Tour

3/13/2007 10:17am EDT
Cyndi Lauper
For the first time ever, music legends and today's hottest artists take the stage for a historical musical event -- Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Debbie Harry, The Dresden Dolls, The Gossip and The Misshapes with host Margaret Cho join in celebration of the inaugural True Colors concert tour in support of the Human Rights Campaign.

This 15 city nationwide tour, presented by Logo, kicks off Gay & Lesbian Pride Month on June 8th at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The concerts will feature five hours of nonstop music with other exciting special guests appearing on select dates throughout the ...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 2)

12/31/2006 1:00pm EST
Billy Corgan
...In April, Billy Corgan announced that Smashing Pumpkins will reunite and begin recording a new album... Rihanna released her sophomore disc, Unfaithful, featuring the single S.O.S., which includes a sample of Soft Cell's Tainted Love... and Cee-Lo and DangerMouse's collaboration, Gnarls Barkley took the U.S. by storm, as their hit single Crazy stormed the charts and took off as one of 2006's most popular tunes.

Bands that released new albums include: The Flaming Lips, Daft Punk, Gorillaz, Blue October, Lacuna Coil, Lamb Of God, Pink, Queensryche, The Vines, Eagles Of Death Metal, Qu...

Erasure Kicks Off Acoustic Tour To Support Latest Album, "Union Street"

5/2/2006 11:48am EDT
Erasure have always been full of surprises. In two decades of plugging in and wigging out, Vince Clarke and Andy Bell have sold millions of albums around the world, staged Broadway-style live spectaculars, influenced countless dance, techno and alternative rock acts, and topped the charts with outlandish cover versions. The latest Book of British Hit Singles ranks the duo among the "Top 100 Most Successful Acts of All Time" and in 2005 The Times Of London proclaimed them more important than Kraftwerk in the great history book of rock. Their record-breaking ten-night stand in New York City ...

Celebrity Birthdays, April 25

4/25/2006 3:00am EDT
Jason Lee
Happy Birthday To San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan (1976), "My Name Is Earl" actor Jason Lee (1970), "Bridget Jones" actress Renee Zellweger (1969), "Firefly" actress Gina Torres (1969), Erasure singer Andy Bell (1964), "The Simpsons" voice talent Hank Azaria (1964), "Rocky" actress Talia Shire (1946), "The Godfather" actor Al Pacino (1940), film director Paul Mazursky (1930), bluesman Albert King (1923; d. 1992), jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald (1917; d. 1996), and British statesman Oliver Cromwell (1599; d. 1658).

Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter Re-release To Benefit AIDS Research & Relief

4/19/2006 11:05am EDT
Cole Porter
Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter is an eclectic musical homage to the legendary songwriter benefiting AIDS research and relief. On April 25th Shout! Factory will release the videos from this successful benefit project on DVD for the first time, combined with a newly remastered CD in the same package. Red Hot + Blue brings together a diverse group of A-list artists including U2, The Neville Brothers, Sinead O'Conner, Tom Waits, David Byrne (who also directs one of the videos) and more to cover Cole Porter gems such as "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Too Darn Hot," "I Get A Kick Out ...

"Future Retro" Remixes 80s Classics From The Cure, INXS and More

1/26/2006 9:36am EST
Robert Smith of The Cure
Classic '80s alternative songs go back to the future with "Future Retro" as Rhino Records updates the era's shimmering synthesized sounds with remixes by today's hottest club DJs and producers. Music from a short list of influential alternative artists such as Devo, The Cure, and Echo & The Bunnymen is reimagined by renowned DJs for today's club scene. Featuring 14 brand-new remixes, Future Retro includes The Crystal Method tweaking New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle," Jaded Alliance roughing up Erasure's "A Little Respect," and Static Revenger electrifying INXS' "Need You Tonight." Several...