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Carla Bruni to present new BBC radio show

April 8th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Carla Bruni
Model/singer Carla Bruni is adding radio presenter to her resume after landing her own show for the BBC.

The former French First Lady, who is married to Nicolas Sarkozy, will host Carla Bruni's Postcards From Paris on Britain's BBC Radio 2 in May (14).

During the three-part show, Bruni will share songs by some her favourite artists, including Edith Piaf and Francoise Hardy, and stories about her hometown.

She isn't the only star joining the BBC radio line-up - Scissor Sisters member Ana Matronic and British actress Sheila Hancock will also present segments as part of a series of shows by...

Adam Lambert And 'Modern Family' Among the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards Nominees

January 16th, 2013 10:23am EST
Adam Lambert
Singers Frank Ocean, Adam Lambert and Rufus Wainwright are among the nominees for the 2013 Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.

The stars are contenders in the Outstanding Music Artist category, as are bands Scissor Sisters and Gossip.

TV mogul Ryan Murphy's hit shows Glee and The New Normal are both up for the Outstanding Comedy Series trophy, facing competition from Go On, Happy Endings and Modern Family.

The Outstanding Film nominees include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Cloud Atlas, ParaNorman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Your Sister's Sister. ...

PETA Utterly Lambastes Jake Shears Over His 'Dumb Cows' Remark

June 1st, 2012 11:51am EDT
Jake Shears
Animal rights campaigners have taken aim at singer Jake Shears after he justified eating meat by branding cows "dumb" and insisting chickens are primitive.

The Scissor Sisters star was giving an interview to Q magazine over a meal at a restaurant when he touched on the subject of vegetarianism.

He told the publication, "I feel bad about eating pigs, because you can tell they have these little souls. Cows, though, are dumber than a box of rocks. As for chickens, I don't feel bad at all. They've had plenty of time to evolve? Absolutely. It's just not happening for chickens."

However, of...

Evan Rachel Wood Devastated Over North Carolina's Divisive 'Amendment One' Bill

May 9th, 2012 9:30am EDT
Evan Rachel Wood
Bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood burst into tears after hearing a same-sex marriage ban was passed in her native North Carolina on Tuesday, but insists: "I will never give up my right to love."

Voters turned out across the state on Tuesday morning and The Ides of March star rallied support for the gay community by urging her fans to shut down Amendment One, which declares marriage between a man and a woman the only valid domestic legal union.

However Wood, who grew up in Raleigh, was left devastated when it was announced the bill had been passed.

In a series of posts on h...

Scissor Sisters To Play Free Concert At Tower Of London

April 27th, 2012 5:21pm EDT
Scissor Sisters
Pop band Scissor Sisters are to play a special free concert outside the former prison at the Tower of London.

The I Don't Feel Like Dancin' hit-makers are heading to the U.K. for a performance as part of the BT River Of Music event for the London 2012 Festival.

And they've announced their show will be held at the Tower of London, a famous castle used to imprison treasonists prior to their execution in the 16th and 17th centuries.

In a statement on their page, the band writes, "Your Scissters are playing a VERY special show at the Tower Of London as part of BT River Of Mus...

Ricky Martin Triumphs At GLAAD Media Awards

March 20th, 2011 4:30pm EDT
Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin was a double winner at the 22nd annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards in New York on Saturday night.

The pop star, who 'came out' as a gay man last year, landed the Vito Russo Award and the Outstanding Talk Show Episode for his Oprah Winfrey Show appearance, during which he revealed all about his sexuality.

Other winners at the Marriott Marquis Times Square ceremony included hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who claimed the Excellence in Media Award, and True Blood, which was named Outstanding Drama Series.

Additional awards will be presented in ...

Do The Standing Still: Five Songs About Disinterested Concert Goers

February 18th, 2011 12:02pm EST
It’s been an ongoing phenomenon at concert halls and clubs for years: audience members who, in spite of booming rhythms or funky beats, spend the evening just kind of standing there. Sometimes you’ll get a head-bob, sometimes a bit of a sway, but often times it’s an arms crossed, eyes forward stoic trance. In certain circles, getting a concert crowd moving is certainly no easy task, making groups that manage it hot items when they tour.

But this certainly isn’t anything new, there’s a memorable scene in the seminal 1966 film Blow Up where the protagonist wanders through the crowd of a Yard...

Singer Chely Wright Nominated For GLAAD Award

January 20th, 2011 9:55am EST
Chely Wright
Lesbian country singer Chely Wright has been tipped to take the top music prize at the upcoming Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards.

The singer rocked the world of country music in May by becoming the genre's first openly gay star, and now GLAAD bosses have recognized her with a nomination in the Outstanding Music Artist category for her album Lifted Off the Ground.

She'll go up against Scissor Sisters (Night Work), Antony and the Johnsons (Swanlights), Big Freedia (Big Freedia Hitz Vol. 1) and Kele Okereke (The Boxer).

Cher and Christina Aguilera's movie Bu...

Scissor Sisters Cancel European Tour Over 'Funding Issues'

October 25th, 2010 2:31pm EDT
Scissor Sisters
The Scissor Sisters have been forced to cancel a string of upcoming European concert dates due to "funding issues".

The band was set to perform nine shows in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Italy but the quintet has pulled the plug revealing "it has become impossible to make the tour work financially."

A statement on the band's website released on Monday reads: We're saddened to discover that we are unable to play our scheduled tour dates through Europe. We're genuinely sorry about this frustrating situation. We'll try to make it up to you and retur...

Elton John: 'I'm Not Going To Make Pop Albums Anymore'

October 19th, 2010 8:15am EDT
Elton John
Elton John has ruled out recording any more pop albums, insisting he wants to devote the rest of his career to tackling the blues.

The "Rocket Man" reveals working with piano legend Leon Russell on new album "The Union" has made Elton realize he's too old for the mainstream charts.

And, despite being one of the biggest pop stars of all time, he's turning his back on the genre.

Elton tells USA Today, "I've never had such a personal experience making a record (as The Union) and it's given me verification that what I should do in the future is make records like this. I might collaborate wit...

Dave Grohl: 'I Saw His Balls!' (Video)

October 5th, 2010 11:30am EDT
Dave Grohl
Rocker Dave Grohl has filmed a spoof news interview stating he'll sue the Scissor Sisters for $75 million after seeing frontman Jake Shears' genitals during a show.

The video, which appears on the band's official website, sees Grohl break down when questioned by a fake newsreader as he explains his alleged concert experience.

He says, "Jake Shears was singing and he took off his clothes and then I saw his testicle. I saw his balls! I heard screams and then I started to feel dizzy and then I felt sick. This is very hard to talk about."

Grohl claims that he suffers flashbacks from the g...

Scissor Sisters To Tour With Lady Gaga

September 8th, 2010 3:00pm EDT
Scissor Sisters
The Scissor Sisters are ecstatic after signing up to tour with "kindred spirit" Lady Gaga next year.

Frontman Jake Shears approached the singer about teaming up after they met at Elton John's White Tie and Tiara Ball in June.

The band and the Poker Face hit-maker had refused to reveal details of the project they would be working on - but now the Scissor Sisters have taken to their official website to announce they will be supporting Gaga on her 2011 trek.

In a message, the group writes, "We Scissor Sisters are thrilled to be a part of Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour 2011. It's a perfect...

Scissor Sisters Shun Emirates Shows

July 6th, 2010 1:30pm EDT
Scissor Sisters
The Scissor Sisters have ruled out playing gigs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) any time soon - they're convinced they'd fall foul of the region's strict drug laws.

The I Don't Feel Like Dancin' hit-makers have been scared off scheduling shows in the Emirates after hearing stories of tourists jailed for having traces of narcotics on their clothing.

Singer Ana Matronic tells Britain's Q magazine, "I have it on good authority that I will get arrested in the UAE. Just by brushing up against some of my friends I would have so much cocaine residue on my clothes I would have to spend the re...

Kylie Minogue Got Her Sexy On With Scissor Sisters At Glastonbury

June 28th, 2010 11:29pm EDT
Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue performed with the Scissor Sisters at Glastonbury over the weekend wearing a black lace bodysuit and bedazzled black thigh-high boots.

The pop star intended to perform at the famous British festival five years ago but missed her debut when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Australian songstress joined Jake Shears and Ana Matronic to sing "Any Which Way" to the delighted festival crowd.

Kylie will honor her legions of gay fans by playing a massive free concert in Spain on July 3 to thank them for their support.

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Scissor Sisters Spark Outrage With Serial Killer Comment

June 18th, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Scissor Sisters
The Scissor Sisters have come under fire from fans in Scotland after they dedicated a song during a recent show in Glasgow to an infamous serial killer.

The band was performing at Glasgow's Barrowlands venue on Wednesday night, when singer Ana Matronic gave a 'shout-out' to 'Bible John' - the name of an unidentified killer who murdered three young women in the city during the 1960s. The killer was never caught.

She told the audience, "I would like to dedicate the next song to Bible John."

However, fans at the event were left aghast by the dedication. One concertgoer tells Britain's Th...

Starpulse Writers Share What's On Their iPods This Month

February 22nd, 2010 12:14pm EST
Devendra Banhart
Ok, friends we need to have a talk. Everyone has their own musical preferences. There are those people who are all country, those who are everything EXCEPT country, those who like "alternative," and those who like "Emo." However, a lot of us like a little bit of everything.

Our goal here is to point out a few things we should all be listening to, regardless of our usual musical stylings. These are bands and people that are on my IPod this month….

First lets mention a few names you may not know but definitely should: Many people have heard of Modest Mouse, but did you know before th...

Justin Timberlake And Outkast Made Decade's Best Music

December 26th, 2009 7:43pm EST
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake's "Futuresex/Lovesounds" has been named the pop album of the decade and Outkast's "Hey Ya" the noughties' best pop song by a leading music website.

Editors at have gathered the best music the decade has to offer and ranked Timberlake's chart topping record top of their end-of-2009 poll.

The pop star beat out competition from Kanye West, Gorillaz, Kelly Clarkson, Scissor Sisters, Gwen Stefani, Beyonce, Outkast, Green Day and Amy Winehouse, who all made their mark on the decade.

In the top pop song category, Outkast's catchy chart topper saw off compet...

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

April 10th, 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?"


Musical Saves Scissor Sisters From Split

November 11th, 2007 11:30am EST
Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears has written a musical - and credits the project with 'saving' the band. The Filthy/Gorgeous hitmaker - who has been working on the spectacle based on Armistead Maupin's Tales Of The City series of novels for the past year-- insists focusing on the show has stopped him from lashing out at his bandmates and causing a split.

He says, "Sometimes writing for the band makes you feel like you could explode, you're so focused on making it good. That was a problem we had when we were making the second record Ta-Dah. We had no lives, it was all we did. Writin...

The B-52's To Release First Studio Album In 16 Years, Feb 2008

November 4th, 2007 9:00am EST
The B-52's, pioneering dance-rock stars, are exploding on the scene once again with the February 26th, 2008 release of 'Funplex', the band's first studio album in 16 years and the first with the Astralwerks label.

The influential band - who bridged a gap between punk and new wave with a sound that was uniquely their own - along with producer Steve Osborne (New Order, Happy Mondays, Doves, KT Tunstall) have created a new album as cutting edge, distinctive and danceable as their self-titled debut album and hit single "Rock Lobster" were in 1979.

Recorded in their native Athens, GA...

Memorable Celebrity Quotes

September 7th, 2007 3:09pm EDT
"The tour is going to be very rock star, very sexy, with a dominatrix-esque theme." R&B star Rihanna shows she really is a "Good Girl Gone Bad."

"I just don't understand why Paris Hilton is more interesting than a woman in a hospital trying to save people's lives against all odds in a flood of death." Annie Lennox wants news shows and newspapers to focus on the heroics of volunteers attempting to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

"In my last two films I've had Kirsten Dunst (How To Lose Friends And Alienate People) and Thandie Newton (Run, Fat Boy, Run) as my love interest. It really gi...

Celebrity Birthdays, August 14

August 14th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Mila Kunis
Happy Birthday to "That 70s Show" and "Family Guy" actress Mila Kunis (1983), Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic (1974), "JAG" actress Catherine Bell (1968), "Monster's Ball" actress Halle Berry (1966), screenwriter Brannon Braga (1964), "The Brady Bunch" actress Susan Olsen (1961), British Broadway singing sensation Sarah Brightman (1960), basketball legend Magic Johnson (1959), "Mystic River" actress Marcia Gay Harden (1959), film composer James Horner (1953), "The Far Side" creator Gary Larson (1950), novelist Danielle Steel (1947), actress Susan Saint James (1946), actor Antonio Fargas...

Jake Shears Wrote A Cancer-Inspired Tune For Kylie Minogue

August 1st, 2007 9:49am EDT
Jake Shears
Scissor Sisters star Jake Shears has written a song for pal Kylie Minogue, inspired by her battle with breast cancer. The flamboyant front man has penned the tune with the Australian star, who was diagnosed with the disease in May 2005, and has dubbed the track "the strangest thing she's ever recorded."

He says, "(Scissor Sisters band mate) Babbydaddy and I wrote a song with Kylie called Singing In My Sleep, which is really atmospheric and dark. It's a really cool song and we love it, but I don't know if she'll put it on her album because it's really one of the strangest things she's ...

Scissor Sisters Mock Barbra Streisand

July 29th, 2007 11:02am EDT
Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters have accused legendary singer Barbra Streisand of overcharging fans for her concerts. Frontman Jake Shears berated Streisand from the stage at his gig at London's 02 arena on Thursday - after watching the diva perform there the night before.

He claimed he didn't get value for money, after paying for $1,000 tickets to watch her perform.

Shears said, "She came on ten minutes late then sang for ten minutes. Four gay men came up on the stage and she said, 'These are my gay friends and they are going to sing my hits for me'."

(This news article provided by World...

Jake Shears: 'Parents Ignored Me During My Coming Out Speech'

July 10th, 2007 9:49am EDT
Jake Shears
Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears will never forget the moment he told his parents he was gay - they were too busy watching the news on television to care. The Laura hit maker, 29, plucked up the courage to tell his parents about his sexuality when he was a teenager - but he never got the desired response.

He recalls, "I was 16 on vacation in Las Vegas. My Mom told me to be quiet as my father was trying to watch the news."

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Memorable Celebrity Quotes

July 3rd, 2007 10:35am EDT
Eli Roth
"Everybody says that I'm different on the days we're shooting the gore - that I'm just extra happy." Hostel director Eli Roth enjoys filming graphic scenes in his horror movies.

"I've never really had a desire to do Shakespeare... For me, it's just too many lines." Daniel Craig has no plans to play Hamlet or Macbeth.

"This is gonna be like The Sopranos for black people." Rapper T.I. on his new movie American Gangster, which also stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe.

"I'm really excited about it, it's great they are going to be celebrating what they did all those years...

Jake Shears Defends Drugs

July 3rd, 2007 9:13am EDT
Jake Shears
Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears has controversially advocated drug-taking, insisting illegal substances can be "good for you". The flamboyant pop star, who suffered a nine-year addiction to cannabis, is still adamant using drugs carefully is OK.

He says, "There are things like cocaine and heroin I wouldn't touch with a 10ft pole. Then you have drugs like cannabis and mushrooms that are natural. They're good for you in a way, if you take them in moderation. It's really a shame mushrooms are illegal (most places) now. There was that loophole for a while."

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Jake Shears Recruited Ana Matronix During A Drug Binge

June 28th, 2007 9:13am EDT
Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears was inspired to recruit band mate Ana Matronix thanks to mind-altering substances. The singer admits he asked Matronix - the only female member of the New York group - to join forces with the band under the influence of illegal drug ecstasy.

He says, "Ana doesn't remember but I do. (Band mate) Scott (Baby Daddy) and I were giving a performance at a friend's birthday party. We had seen Ana perform previously and thought she was amazing. That night I was off my tits on ecstasy and I just said to Baby Daddy, 'Lets ask Ana to join our band'. She wa...

Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears Uplifted By Beatles

June 15th, 2007 12:40pm EDT
Scissor Sisters
Musician Jake Shears credits The Beatles' classic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band for uplifting him when he had nothing. The Scissor Sisters frontman was taken away from his life of poverty whenever he listened to the album.

He says, "I was 20 and living in what was virtually a crack house in Brooklyn. I'd hear children being beaten on the floor below, people being murdered on our block. I'd play Getting Better while I was in the shower, briefly forgetting my circumstances and concentrating on the message: if you believe it strongly enough, it comes true. And, soon enough, ...

Jake Shears Is 'Exhausted' With Touring

June 4th, 2007 10:25am EDT
Jake Shears
Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears is so exhausted after being on the road for a year - he feels like collapsing. The singer, real name Jason Sellards, has been traveling around the globe promoting latest album Ta-Dah, but admits the busy schedule has taken it's toll.

He says, "Sometimes you can get so sick of promoting the same album and songs. We've been on the road for a year, which is mad. When I get on stage I can be so exhausted and want to collapse. Then after the show I want to collapse again."

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