Third Eye Blind trolls RNC during charity concert

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Alt-rock band Third Eye Blind broke out in 1997 with pop-style rock songs like “Semi-Charmed Life” and “How’s It Going To Be,” but the band did not play any of their number one hit songs when they headlined a charity concert for the Republican National Convention July 19.

The concert was hosted by the Recording Industry Association of America and held, by invite only, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

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Amber talks Pride, fans and violence in America

By : Anna M. Johnson
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Amber became a global superstar in the late 1990s with her infectious dance club hits including “This is Your Night,” “Sexual (Li Da Di)” and “If You Could Read My Mind.”

Since then the Dutch-born German singer/songwriter has toured the world using music to open minds and bring people together, choosing since 2009 to focus on celebrating the love and diversity of the LGBT community by playing Pride events all over the world.

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Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda record new song for Pulse survivors

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Global superstar Jennifer Lopez and Broadway’s golden boy Lin-Manuel Miranda have teamed up to record “Love Make the World Go Round,” a song honoring the Pulse shooting survivors.

Miranda posted a short video on Twitter July 4 teasing the collaboration saying, “[Jennifer Lopez] and yours truly went in on a tune… here’s a taste.”

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We are the world, we are Orlando: GLAAD and Interscope Records release musical tribute “Hands” benefitting victims and families of Orlando massacre, LGBT organizations

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This is a fantastic surprise of superstar proportions. In the spirit of charity, just about everybody populating the Billboard charts these days has come together to sing to us, to sing to you, to sing for peace.

GLAAD and Interscope Records today released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, featuring Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor.

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Una Voce to Raise Their Voices at the 2016 GALA Festival

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After a stellar performance at the Tampa Bay Rays’ Pride Night game on June 17, Una Voce: The Florida Men’s Chorale is gearing up for two concerts at the 2016 GALA Festival, July 2-6, in Denver. The GALA Festival, the largest gathering of same-sex choruses in the world, convenes every four years.

Una Voce will perform “I Am Harvey Milk,” words and music by Andrew Lippa, on the evening of July 3. The chorale debuted the Florida premiere last year in Tampa and St. Pete. “I Am Harvey Milk” combines Harvey Milk’s life story with the richness of San Francisco culture.

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Deborah Cox leads powerhouse performances at St. Pete Pride’s SP2 concert

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It’s a good thing St. Pete Pride’s SP2 concert was outdoors because any roof overtop these ladies would have been blown off.

Deborah Cox – along with local performers Jennifer Real, Karmic Tattoo and Jami Gee – rocked the crowed in St. Pete’s Grand Central District June 24.

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Ahead of tonight’s Pulse benefit concert, 4 questions for Wayne Sermon of Imagine Dragons

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imagine dragonsWayne Sermon is the guitarist of the band “Imagine Dragons,” who will be playing in a benefit concert at the Hard Rock Live with Nate Ruess and Samantha Ronson for the OneOrlando Fund. Watermark editor Billy Manes, along with Joey Fatone (among others), will emcee the event, which starts at 8:30 p.m.

Sermon took a few minutes to answer four questions from Watermark.

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Girls Night Out: Deborah Cox leads all-female line-up for Pride’s SP2 concert

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Cemented as an integral piece in the total St. Pete Pride package, the SP2 Concert kicks down the door to Pride weekend every year and raises the excitement decibels that carry the energy through the parade and festival.

The all-female line-up, which will take the stage June 24 at 26thand Central, will be headlined by legendary dance diva Deborah Cox, and she will be joined that night by St. Pete’s own soulful, powerhouse voice Jennifer Real and the rocking goddesses of Karmic Tattoo.

Cox took a few moments from her busy schedule to speak with Watermark about her upcoming music and theater projects, as well as why she has so much pride for the community.

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Melissa Etheridge pens song for Pulse victims

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Melissa Etheridge, Elton John and Ricky Martin are among the gay artists using their voices to respond to the mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

Singer-songwriter Etheridge responded by writing a song titled “Pulse,” after the name of the club where 49 people were killed and dozens more injured.

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Screened Out – Popstar

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Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Shaffer, Chris Redd, Tim Meadows, Sarah Silverman, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack, Imogen Poots, Bill Hader, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Will Arnett, Mike Birbiglia, Usher, Pink, Seal, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dog, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Justin Bieber, Danger Mouse, Carrie Underwood, Nas, 50 Cent, Michael Bolton, Ringo Starr, Simon Cowell, Akon, Mariah Carrie, Adam Levine, A$AP Rocky, Mario Lopez

Popstar is three or four brilliantly stupid songs in an album full of filler. Go for the concert footage; fall asleep in between.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is Andy Samberg’s baby. After his Saturday Night live stint – where he and Justin Timberlake perfected musical numbers like “Dick in a Box” – Samberg’s career has had highs and lows. His series Brooklyn Nine-Nine just finished its third season on Fox. However, every so often, Samberg has also been stuck in crappy Adam Sandler flicks. One of his amazing – but less well-known – side projects is a great spoof band called The Lonely Island; here he and his band mates get to show that off. It’s the best part of this pop mockumentary.

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Dixie Chick: Cyndi Lauper on fame, going country and her dream to be in ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?’ with Madonna

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It’s not just about having fun anymore.

For Cyndi Lauper, music runs deeper than her ‘80s-era eccentricities may have seemed to suggest. A collection of classics from the Great American Songbook, deep Memphis-based blues, the feel-good Broadway romp Kinky Boots, which won her a Tony in 2013 for best score – Lauper changes musical guises like she changes dye jobs.

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Christian singer Trey Pearson comes out

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trey pearsonColumbus, Ohio (AP) — Christian rock star Trey Pearson has come out as gay in a magazine interview.

Pearson is the lead singer of Everyday Sunday. In a letter published online by Ohio-based (614) Magazine, Pearson writes that he has come to be able to admit to himself and his family that he’s gay even though he “never wanted to be.”

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