Frank Ocean debuts ‘Blonde,’ his 1st album in 4 years

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wait for Frank Ocean’s latest album is finally over.

The singer’s 17-track album Blonde was released Aug. 20 on Apple Music, one day after the R&B singer released a 45-minute “visual album” on the streaming service.

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MTV to air “True Life: We Are Orlando” on Pulse shooting survivors

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***UPDATE: The full episode of MTV’s True Life: We Are Orlando can be seen at this link.***

MTV will air a special edition of their documentary series True Life about the survivors of the Pulse shooting Aug. 15.

The episode, titled “We Are Orlando,” will follow four survivors from the June 12 massacre that left 49 people dead and 53 injured, making it the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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Screened Out – Florence Foster Jenkins

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This movie confirms it!

For decades, Florence Foster Jenkins has been a larger-than-life cult figure to a certain group of people. We marveled at how – in 1944, at the turning of WWII – this rich NYC socialite sold out Carnegie Hall and sang a legendary concert of coloratura arias and wildly overdone costuming.

Was she good? Far from it!

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DCX for LGBT: The Dixie Chicks are back! Here are 10 reasons you should be freaking out!

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The Dixie Chicks are touring the U.S. for the first time in a decade, and they will be jamming out in Tampa at the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds August 19.

Just like *NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys, Blink 182 and The Spice Girls, the Dixie Chicks were a music group in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s that added a fun, youthful voice to their respective genres, but the Chicks did something that no other group at the time did and that very few musical acts are able to do: They appealed to everyone: men and women, young and old. They reached out to fans of country, rock, pop and everything in-between, and yes, they appealed to the LGBT crowd.

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With 8th album, Tegan and Sara are veterans with fresh feel

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NEW YORK (AP) – Tegan and Sara remember the unfiltered advice Neil Young and his manager gave them when they were signed to the rock icon’s Vapor Records 16 years ago as budding 19-year-old singers.

“There was a very poignant speech about ‘you could go this way and you’re taking a real risk if you don’t have success, there’s a chance a major label won’t be interested in you for very long, but then there’s this path and this path is harder, there’s less money and you’re going to struggle but it’s going to give you time to develop as an artist.’ And that’s, quite literally, the best gift you can be given as a young artist is time to develop,” Tegan, now 35, recalled in a recent interview with her sister.

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Screened Out – Eat That Question

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“They don’t make it easy for you to be a musician in America. Musicians are treated like useless adjuncts to society, unless they do something like write a Coca-Cola lyric. Otherwise they’re regarded as the scum of the earth. So, when you start, you have to realize that no one will care for a long time.”

There’s no question that Frank Zappa was an interesting character. People remember him as the penultimate musician. He was a songwriter, composer, producer, and experimenter. Zappa created pop, rock, jazz, and even strange synthesized tunes. He made over 60 albums before he succumbed to prostate cancer in 1993, at the age of 52.

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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

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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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