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Mardi Gras Sydney 2012; Kylie Minogue, Connie Mitchell, Magda Szubanski Comes Out In Wet

The weather in Sin City Sydney last night was wet, but spirits were high.

Expectations were high and this years Mardi Gras delivered.

The massive crowd was really well behaved and all of the police officers we encountered were very friendly and helpful.

Mardi Gras was broadcast worldwide via the internet (powered by Optus) for the virgin time, and about 300,000 spectators crowded along Oxford St and took in the almost 3-hour long show.

There was a wonderful spread of floats and all manner of glitter and sexy creations, with feathers boas, lots of colour, sequin and skin being all the rage.

Almost all the floats had the same message - equal rights for everyone.

Politicians weren't going to be left out of the festivities, with Sydney Mayor Clover Moore, who has supported the parade since 1986, turning out with a team of supporters.

The ALP was also represented with the rainbow Labor marriage equality float, with Tanya Plibersek on board.

And the Liberal Party also had their spot in the parade.

Last year, Barry O'Farrell announced that he would allow a conscious vote for NSW Liberal members on the issue of gay marriage.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard allowed the same for her Labor Party members in 2011, resulting in the party voting in favour of the move.

Greens senator Sarah Hansen-Young, who confessed she was "not a virgin" of the Mardi Gras, said the parade was an opportunity to celebrate how far the Marriage Equality Campaign had come in parliament.

"We have several bills in parliament," she said.

"Tony Abbott now has to step out of the way and let his party catch up with the people."

The parade is an annual event by the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which aims to raise the visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex communities.  

Ms Hansen-Young said the Mardi Gras was an important event not just for those involved but for the nation.

"It (the parade) has grown to the point where it's not just the Sydney community but the whole Australian community saying yes, let's celebrate diversity," she said.

Kylie Minogue, who is celebrating 25 years in the music industry this year, was in Sydney for the parade.

The pop princess later performed at the Mardi Gras after-party at Hordern Pavilion in front of a packed and steamy house.

The Morning After...

"We are a very proud community this morning," said festival CEO Michael Rolik.

 He thanked the almost 10,000 people who took part in the parade of 134 floats.

 Pop princess Kylie Minogue won a special mention for making the trip down under, with the K25 float of more than 130 dancers paying homage to the singer and her 25-year career in the music industry.

"It was just one of a myriad of amazing entrants that made this year's parade one of the most exhilarating we've ever seen," Mr Rolik said.

"Kylie's visit is a very special gift to Sydney this year and our K25 float was a way of returning that love back to her."

 Despite 13 arrests, police were also pleased with the night.

 More than 1000 officers patrolled the city while others elected to be part of the entertainment.

 Assistant NSW Police Commissioner Alan Clarke said a contingent of officers who marched in the parade received a positive response from the crowd.

The 13 arrests in the CBD, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst areas were for drugs, assault, street and other offences.

 "(It) was about ensuring everyone had a good time and celebrated in a safe environment, without fear of drug-and-alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour," Mr Clarke said.

 Tens of thousands of people lined the streets to watch the world-renowned show.

 "We continue to show the world the rich and wonderfully diverse LGBTQI culture that exists in Australia while promoting equality, acceptance and love on an international scale," said festival chair Peter Urmson.

 "We should all be very proud of how brightly Sydney shines during this magical time of year."

 Destination NSW research has found Sydney Mardi Gras attracts more than 20,000 overseas and interstate visitors who come for the event, injecting around $30 million into the state economy.

Celeb News...

Sneaky Sound System's Connie Mitchell: You bet I could marry a woman...

Sneaky Sound System's Connie Mitchell has told the world she is bisexual and supports the legalisation of gay marriage.

Speaking before her performance at last night's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras party, the performer told the press she's open to falling in love with a woman.

"I'm quite a big fan of a little bit of both (men and women) you know," she says with a smile.

She's also a supporter of gay marriage: "If you want to get married, you should be able to get married to whoever you want - and that includes marrying a goat if you feel like it."

Mitchell was previously in a relationship with US rapper Kanye West, with whom she has collaborated on a number of songs.

Single now, Mitchell says she is open to a long-term relationship with a woman.

"I don't think you can ever know who you are going to fall in love with. It's not something that you can put your finger on," she says.

"If I was in love, yeah sure I'd marry a woman."

Mitchell's revelation comes a few weeks after actor Magda Szubanski came out as a lesbian.

Mitchell is of the belief discrimination is still an enormous issue.

"People like to put their hands up when the spotlight is on them but behind closed doors it's a completely different story," she says. "As far as everything has come, there's still a lot of work to be done."

Well done to everyone involved in the preparation and execution of Sydney Mardi Gras.




Ronan Keating And Sharon Corr At State Theatre, Sydney, Australia - Australia Day

The State Theatre in the heart of Sydney presented Ronan Keating and Sharon Corr on the evening of Australia Day.

Keating came out to a packed house at the beautiful and elegant State Theatre and received a strong ovation.

He was all smiles and genuinely looked pleased to be there. You could also see him charming the females in the audience, but that's all part of working the crowd.

The fashion conscious Keating, also looking to break into acting, came out in a very stylish grey suit.

My favourite song was the popular 'Life Is A Rollercoaster".

Keating, who most recently has been a judge on the television series The X Factor, was accompanied by a seven-piece band and a string quartet.

The Irish artist is enjoying success with his latest album 'When Ronan Met Burt', with the top-three album approaching platinum status. The album celebrates Keating's teaming with legendary composer Burt Bacharach.

The "When You Say Nothing At All" singer is heading back to the studio to work on solo material following an overseas tour with his group Boyzone last year.  

"It's not folk. It's a mix! It's a pop album. Gregg Alexander and I are working together again. It's got that 'Life is a Rollercoaster' feel again. I'm having fun with it again, it's been five years since I've done a studio album. I'm a little bit nervous," the 34-year-old told media.  

The theatrical lighting was another highlight of the impressive show.  

The concert was great value for money.  

Support Act: Sharon Corr  

Sharon was brilliant on her first solo tour and was certainly the calibre of talent worthy of opening a show for Ronan Keating.  

The Irish sensation wore a green elegant dress and her eyes were highlighted by glittery green eye shadow.  

It seems that the artist and her violin are one, and that's not totally surprising since she's been playing since age 7.  

She performed 'So Young', 'Joy Of Life' and 'Radio'.  

Over the course of their 15-year career, The Corrs sold more than 40 millions albums worldwide, featuring massive singles such as ‘Runaway’, ‘Radio’, ‘Forgiven Not Forgotten’, ‘So Young’ and ‘Breathless’.  

Her name, Sharon, means a princess of exotic beauty, and from what I witnessed that seems a fair assessment.  

Sharon Corr will be the special guest support on all of the Australian shows.  

Bio of Sharon Corr  

Grammy Nominee/Brit Award Winner, singer/songwriter and violinist – hugely successful both as a member of legendary Irish group The Corrs and now as a solo artist.    

Much has been written about the incredible talent for melodies  The Corrs  exhibited throughout their 15 year long career. Their unique blend of Celtic/Pop/Rock sold over 40 million albums.  

They toured arenas and stadiums across the globe.  With a string  of massively successful albums and singles played to this day like Runaway, So Young, Radio, Breathless  - The Corrs have been a household name on every continent.   “Music is what makes me tick“ says Sharon and true to that when The Corrs took time off  to focus on their growing families, Sharon – while having her own  2 children - began to write and record her debut solo album  ”Dream Of You“ released in 2010.  

“Dream Of You“ is a collection of beautifully crafted, melodic pop gems, a remarkable debut that demands to be listened to in full – each story and melody flowing seamlessly into the next. Album features a stunning version of Mna na hEireann with legend Jeff Beck. If the hits Sharon wrote for The Corrs were her songs of innocence her solo album can be described as her songs of experience.  

Sharon has relished her new role as a solo artist: playing festivals such as Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight and touring extensively. Music remains Sharon’s great passion and it is simply who she is and what she does.  

Sharon continues to support the causes she believes in. The Corrs were ambassadors of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Campaign, they took part in Live 8, Pavarotti and Friends for  The Children of Liberia and The Prince’s Trust 2004. They also supported the families and victims of the Omagh bombing. In recognition of their work the band members were awarded MBEs.  

Today Sharon is the face of OXFAM Ireland with their recently launched campaign Make Space for OXFAM, she is also a patron of Console – who help prevent suicide and council the suicide bereaved.  

Bio of Ronan Keating  

With those dazzling poster-boy looks, Ronan Keating became one of Europe's most endearing stars as the leader of the Irish boy band Boyzone. The five Irish lads in Boyzone, who made their debut in 1993, built their charismatic style into one of the biggest European pop/rock acts of the '90s. But before he was winning over the world, Keating was a middle-class kid living in Dublin. Born Ronan Patrick John Keating on March 3, 1977, he was the last of four children in the Keating household. His father, Gerry, was a pub owner and his mother, Marie, was a hairdresser, so financially the Keating family was trying to make ends meet.  

The working trudge instilled the desire to work in the youngest Keating. While working in a local shoe store, he noticed a search advertisement for an Irish Take That. The 14-year-old beat out 300 hopefuls with his own rendition of the Cat Stevens song "Father and Son" and was headed toward becoming a celebrity. Boyzone released four albums, every one debuting at number one in the U.K. They released 16 singles, each one charting in the Top Three on the U.K. charts. Most notably, Americans will recognize this five-piece as the dashing young men singing behind U2's Bono in "The Sweetest Thing" video.  

Six years into being part of one of the U.K.'s brightest and biggest-selling pop bands, Keating searched for an alternate creative outlet. He began managing another male pop group called Westlife. He married Irish model Yvonne Connelly in April 1998 and the following year they had a son, Jack. Musically, however, Keating's intentions stayed in tune with his internal spirit. He couldn't possibly steer clear of the media spotlight for long and something positive was bound to come of it. He recorded his debut solo effort in early 2000 under the craftsmanship of artists such as Bryan Adams and Barry Gibb. His sensual and childlike persona was full-fledged. He is a working songsmith with the utmost class, and counterparts like Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow might be considered a bit shy of such inborn grace. Ronan was issued overseas in mid-2000, and a U.S. version followed in October.  

For 2002's Destination, Keating collaborated with songwriter and ex-New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander. This album was another smash overseas with hit singles such as "I Love It When We Do" and "I've Got My Heart on You," yet it failed to see a release in the States. Two years later, Keating issued Turn It On. His rendition of Terence Trent D'Arby's "Let Her Down Easy" and songs co-written with Deacon Blue's Ricky Ross were featured in another mature set from the former boy band singer. 10 Years of Hits followed in 2005, and a year later Keating released the studio album Bring You Home. In 2009 Keating released the heartfelt tribute album Songs for My Mother, which was dedicated to his late mother, Marie, who had passed away from breast cancer in 1998. Keating released a collection of duets, appropriately titled Duet, in 2010. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi


Sydney Resolution New Year’s Eve Concert Review; Jamiroquai, Culture Club, Pet Shop Boys, Guy Sebastian and more

The promotional blurb read Let The Champers Flow, and flow it did.

Sydney Resolution New Year’s Eve Concert was a thumbs up for fans who could afford to pay up to $300, and news media who attended also generally considered it a success.

The much hyped event, pushed along by News Limited's Foxtel - Main Event, and a ton of promotion, appeared to be roughly 75% sold out, which in this financial climate is not that bad at all.

Sydney Resolution was a licensed event with bars offering plenty of beverage options.

It was pitched as Sydney's, if not Australia's biggest New Year’s Eve Concert and party, and the fans and performers were pumped for it.

The full line up was Jamiroquai, Culture Club, Pet Shop Boys, Guy Sebastian, Pseudo Echo and Lyndsey Ollard.

Glebe Island has never seen so many big name performing artists in one place, and they may not again - unless promoters Andrew McManus and partner, Universal Music Group, decides to do follow up Sydney Resolution shows on the same sight in the future.

Early on - 3pm, the crowd was very light, but as the night rolled on the place filled up to a very acceptable level.

At 4pm it was time for the show to officially begin with Lyndsey Ollard kicking off, soon after making an announcement that "I'm not a man hater" (pointing to some of the themes in her songs). Another memorable part of her act was when one of Ollard's dresses split on the right side at bust level, but trained eyes in the audience suggested that it was in fact a staged wardrobe malfunction. Her music and performance was fine and a good opener for the loaded entertainment line-up. Her One Night Stand number was eclectic and witty, as it was promoted.

Pseudo Echo, innovators of ‘80s electro-pop sound in Australia, did not disappoint. Lead Brian Canham joked that he felt "a bit like a Wiggle" in reference to playing in sunlight, which got a nice crown reaction. He also pointed out "the five young ladies helping with crowd participation". Canham knew the crowd was still building up and you could tell he and the band members appreciated being part of the special evening. As you would expect, the first strong crowd reaction was for 'Listening' (if you don't recall, it goes like this... I say You say

Weren't you listening, Now it's too late, You're not listening, I say You say, Weren't you listening, Now it's too late, You're not listening. Their biggest pop was for 'Funky Town', which most of the audience got on their feet for.

Next up was Australia's own Guy Sebastian who looked and sounded great. In the line up to the event fellow performing artist Jamiroquai told the press that he didn't know who Guy Sebastian was. This didn't seem to bother Guy who put on a great show.

By the time 7.30pm and darkness came over us it was time for the Pet Shop Boys - Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe. They are electronic dance-pop pioneers without question and one of the world’s bestselling artists. Thankfully they performed their classics 'It’s A Sin' and 'Always On My Mind', that got many fans to their feet. Their music videos, dance choreography and overall visual effects were extremely impressive, especially for a shared stage.

At about 9pm the "family friendly" fireworks went off, which teased the crowd for the main event fireworks on the stroke of Midnight.

Jamiroquai, who celebrated his 42nd birthday yesterday, was arguably the main event for most fans, hit the stage at 10pm, and he brought it. The night before he told press one of his new year resolutions was to "get laid more". Whatever the case, the man was high on energy and fed off the frenzied crowd. He sure knows how to engage an audience and his unique sound and cool dance moves explain why he's sold more than 25 million album sales worldwide. Front-man Jay Kay, is obviously the main reason for the mega success of the group, however he also has many very solid performers in support.

Boy George's Culture Club, the final act of the show hit the stage after the New Year's Eve firework, and almost all the crowd got on their feet. George sounded good for a 50 something man who has gone through considerable life issues in recent years. Does 'The Boy' plan to commence a national or world tour? Not so sure, but he still has his legion of fans in Sydney and around the world.

Well done to all the artists, the performers, the roadies, Flourish PR, and everyone else involved in putting together a heck of a concert, in a strained economy no less. The concert delivered, and so did Sydney's world class fireworks. We hope Sydney's in for more 'Resolution' concerts in coming years.


Rihanna warms up Sydney for Mardi Gras

Australia had been looking forward to the return of Rihanna, and tonight she didn't disappoint with her 'Last Girl On Earth' tour.

Seven hours earlier she tweated 'Sydney U ready to play?'  Seems were certainly were.

Her hottest current hit is 'Only Girl' (In The World), but most major music press predict that it won't be long before she soon finds another number to eclipse it.

Sydney's Acer Arena looked to be near capacity and the crowd was pumped, as screams of joy were heard well before it was announced Rihanna was heading to the stage. The excited fans reached out forming a sea of hands.

For those of you still getting more familiar with Rihanna, let's groove into a bit of background.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty is known to the world as just Rihanna, joining that first name only required club.

R is a Barbadian R&B recording artist and songwriter. Born in Barbados, Rihanna moved to the U.S at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the tutelage of record producer Evan Rogers. She went on to sign a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z.

It was in 2005 that Rihanna released her debut studio album entitled Music of the Sun, which reached the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single "Pon de Replay." Less than a year later, she released her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top five of the Billboard albums chart, and produced her first US number one hit single, "SOS", as well as Billboard Hot 100 top ten entries "Unfaithful" and "Break It Off".

Rihanna's third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, featured five top ten hits including three US number one hit singles—"Umbrella", "Take a Bow" and "Disturbia"—and the worldwide hit "Don't Stop the Music". The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Umbrella," which features Jay-Z.

Rihanna has sold more than 25 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide. She has achieved nine number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 since first appearing on the chart on June 11, 2005, which is the most by any artist during that duration.

Rihanna has sold over 5,564,000 album units in the US. She has sold over 10 million records in the UK. Billboard named Rihanna the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade. She has received dozens of industry awards and commendations including the 2007 World Music Awards for World's Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year, as well as the 2008 American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.

I was pleased to learn the she proudly serves as one of Barbados's honorary cultural ambassadors. In January 2010, Rihanna received two Grammy Awards for Jay-Z's 2009 single "Run This Town". In February 2011, Rihanna snatched a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, as well as receiving a Brit Award for Best International Female Solo Artist.

Back to tonight, unfortunately as a photographer, I was only permitted to stay and shoot for 3 songs.  I didn't get to hear my favorite 'Te Amo', but I must say I loved her colourful and floral dress from Halfpenny London with hand-painted Kate Moross flowers. She wore similar outfit at 2010 MTV EMA and her vocals. Her energy is also so radiant and just makes your want to dance along with her.

Rihanna's current release is entitled Loud, but the diva has a soft spot for Rated R, which went down well with fans and industry insiders. She says on her albums "I'm gonna miss the Rated R era too, but nothing compares to the album I just made," Rihanna said, adding, "I made sure not to let you down with my music. You guys are always defending me, so now you’ve got some great songs to justify it. I didn’t want to go backward and remake Good Girl Gone Bad. I wanted the next step in the evolution of Rihanna, and it’s perfect for us".

She's strongly rumoured to be appearing tomorrow night at the Sydney Mardi Gras but in what capacity I don't know. Mind you, she was spotted leaving a sex shop in Sydney earlier today, so she's should be well prepared.

Sexy, sassy, amazing talented and all diva... that's Rihanna, and boy can she move, groove and sing up a storm. The gods and goddesses above must have tipped her off about Mardi Gras, or was it some of the cleaver dicks at Frontier Touring and MG Promotions, that tied her into Sydney's sexiest event of the year. Rihanna and Mardi Gras less than 24 hours later. Now that's a sexy daily double if there ever was. Rumour is she's already planning another tour down under next year. Yes, the love (or lust) affair in mutual. Thanks Rihanna, and I will be looking out for you tomorrow. Something tells me that you will be wearing either a bit or alot of pink, and a dash of colourful flowers, matching one the dresses you wore tonight. Go girl.

Rihanna official website


Michael Coppel Presents



Michael Bublé: Sydney, Australia Loves You Like Crazy

I'd been waiting for this night for what must be almost a decade. Finally, my night...our Crazy Love night. Michael teased me this past Thursday at the presser conducted at the Overseas Passenger Terminal. I could tell then that his concerts in Australia were going to be very special, and tonight - the evening of Valentines Day, I can confirm that they are.

Even though Sydney's Acer Arena holds over 20,000, Michael's gift helps make the audience feel they are getting treated to an intimate experience. Well, he certainly set the scene and warmed me up beautifully for my intimate experience later into the night. On that vein however, I can tell you that his 'Crazy Love' CD does help set the mood.

By my estimation, the jazz sensation is certainly worth $149 plus. Like the greats, you have to experience a live concert to truly appreciate the musical genius.

The multi-talented performer is now close to two million album sales in Australia, with 25 million achieved on a global scale. Yes, us Aussies are raving fans. This tour was Michael's eighth trip to Australia, so the love affair is most definitely a two way street.

My personal favorite number is 'Haven't Met You Yet' which is already five times platinum in Australia.

His songs inspire love, warmth and affection, which was perfect timing for me, having rekindled my relationship with my special man.

Some of Michael's interpretations of other artists that really did it for me on this Valentines evening were Sway, Kissing A Fool, How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?, and Heartache Tonight.

The warmth and love vibrated via Michael was experienced by young and old, and I witnessed a young fan who must have only been about 10 years old present Michael with a gift early into the concert performances, and he magically incorporated this into the show, making all of us feel that we received the present too.

He shared his thoughts on love with "My songs have always been about love. Mine and everyone else's. But this time it was a little more extreme, and I dug deeper - way deeper."

I had read earlier in the week that Michael said "I just love getting in front of people. It's so important to be in touch with your audience. They've paid their money, I want them to be entertained. If they want to cry or laugh or dance or sing or yell, they can do whatever they want. My responsibility is just to take them away." Oh yes, you took me away.

Michael, from my heart thank you for helping add some 'Crazy Love' intimacy to my partners and own evening and life. I would also like to publicly thank Buble's publicity team, Dainty Consolidated Entertainment and Live Guide, for helping make me one of the blessed and fortunate few photographers in Sydney to capture your gift close up. My love now has more focus, and its thanks to you. Let the passion, talent and performer bring out the performance in you, and if your single, that's ok too.




Cyndi Lauper does Sydney's State Theatre

I'd so been looking forward to tonight for a week, having seen Cyndi perform at Concord in Sydney's inner west just last Friday at the Network Nine 'Today' taping.

There's something about this girl that makes me feel I can't get enough of her.

The sold out crowd was into Lauper and her leathers and energy big time. Talk about girls just having fun.  We were on cloud nine. One Lauper-mad fan was asking everyone at the front of the State Theatre if they has any tickets for sale. I hope she got her wish.

I was fortunate to get to really close to the stage. The music production sounded great to me and Cyndi frequently smiled for me and my camera, which made the evening all the more special for me.

She looked so good for her youthful 57, and still jumps around the stage like a cat. Her vibrant energy radiated the stage and the audience loved her back.

The singer performed one of my favs early into the evening - 'She Bop', and also went with a few new hot numbers from the new album 'Memphis Blues'. I prefer her hits from the 80s and 90s, but everything evolves. This girl sure ain't stale.

Yes, we had heaps of fun, and I so look forward to seeing Cyndi again when she comes back again to Australia. Long live the queen.



Lionel Ritchie: All Night Long Indeed

I'd been looking forward to tonight for a long time, and Lionel baby didn't dissapoint Sydne's Acer Arena.

It was Guy Sebastian, the multi-talented Aussie who rose to fame via the Australian Idol media machine, who opened the evening, sporting a new haircut that didn't do that much for me. Sorry Guy, but my heart and soul was here for Lionel, but I still like you lots too.

I honestly believe that Lionel Richie may be one of the most under-rated performing artists of all time, but what does a passionate music fan come photographer know anyway...well, that's what the knockers say. Let's see what the history books say about the musical genius in a few years from now, but back to matters at hand.

I was pleased to learn that Lionel is a great humanitarian who co-wrote 'We Are the World' and co-produced the remake 'We Are the World 25,' which was released during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Richie has raised a small fortune for breast cancer over the years, a cause that got on his radar when a family member was diagnosed many years ago.

The American singer-songwriter, musician and record producer is love on two legs, if I may say so (no offence to my man). Since 1968, he's been a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album Lionel Richie and number-one hit 'Truly'.

My son is probably going to be interested to learn that way back in 2002 one of his songs, 'Running with the Night' was featured on the Rockstar North video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, however the song was removed from later versions of the game.

Tonight Ritchie played most of his greats including the beautiful and genius 'All Night Long', 'Endless Love', 'Truly', 'Penny Lover', 'Stuck On You' and 'Three Times A Lady' and really connected with the audience (mostly couples), and my camera lens too, I'm pleased to report.

As I often do, I would like to publicly thank the promoter of the concert, Michael

Gudinski of the Frontier Touring Company.  Frontier, an arm of the famed Mushroom Group, has really been outdoing themselves as of late. Thanks also to Rowena and Jules for being of such a great assistance tonight.

Tonight's summary - wonderful, warm, loving, and the night is still young!





Ke$ha secretly flys into Sydney Airport to play Hordern Pavilion

Kesha has been keeping Australian photographers, paps, journalists and fans on the edge of their seats with her Sydney Airport antics, not to mention the rumour mill running wild about something about condoms being painted on her face - a tie in with a sponsorship deal with a condom manufacturer.

The talented performing artist was whisked through Sydney Airport around high noon with a gold bag over her head, escorted by an unidentified male. No, I didn't get a "money shot" photo in daylight, before you ask, but I did get to meet and photograph another celeb, Mark Ronson (DJ, guitarist and producer).

Ok, you want more on Ke$ha... I hear you all you crazed Sydney fans.

Her full name is Kesha Rose Sebert. The sexy and talented American pop singer and songwriter was born March 1, 1987. In 2005, at eighteen, Kesha was signed to Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe Entertainment. Her breakthrough came in early 2009 after appearing on Flo Rida's number one single, "Right Round."

K's debut single, "Tik Tok", released in late 2009, reached number one in eleven countries. Her debut album, Animal, was released in January 2010 and debuted at number one in the US, Canada and Greece. Come September, Kesha had sold two million albums worldwide and released three more top ten singles from Animal. The album went on to be re-released with a companion extended play, Cannibal, in November, preceded by the chart-topping lead single "We R Who We R".

Kesha has be influenced by artists such as Madonna, Debbie Harry, Queen, Johnny Cash, Aaron Neville, Bob Dylan and Beastie Boys. Her music incorporates elements of dance-pop, and she uses a spoken word rapping style on many songs.

Now the goss...

The pop star has had her face printed on 10,000 condoms according to number national and international news media reports. She's belted out tunes about Jack Daniels and vomiting in Paris Hilton's wardrobe. Just saying.

Now she's signed a deal with LifeStyles Condoms to have her pretty face plastered on the packets, which will then be fired into the audience at her shows.

An insider shared "You will leave covered in sweat, beer, glitter, and, just maybe, you'll get a special edition Ke$ha condom. If it breaks, you have to name your daughter or son after me." Yeah babe, my camera's also primed for the aptly named "money shot".

The kissable and should we say, kinky one, will blow the roof off the Hordern Pavilion tonight, and then blast Randwick big gig Future Festival on Saturday.

Make no mistake, this go girl goes hard, fast and loud, as should many of her fans when they get blasted with her sounds, not to mention confetti and other foreign material tonight. I don't want to imagine the mess the local council will have to clean up tomorrow morning, and then again at the 'Racey' Randwick Racecourse. As they say, play hard or don't play at all. Rock on.


Taylor Dayne does Coogee In Sydney's East  

Taylor Dayne, American freestyle music, and smooth jazz artist from New York City, is continuing to love her Australian tour and the many fans who still remember her.

The Diva who enjoyed mainstream popularity in the 1980s is wowing Aussie audiences and showing that she's still got it.

Without her there may never have never been an Anastacia. Almost 25 years ago, the chart success of American dance-pop singer Taylor Dayne paved a golden road for the mighty-voiced white female soul-pop singers who came after her.

Tonight for Dayne it was Selina's at the famous Coogee Bay Hotel in Sydney's east.

The sensational Dayne sounded fresh and looked great in a blue, green, silver and orange sequin leotard. It was obvious she appreciated the audience and did a lot of eye contact and finger pointing at both fans and the lucky photographers on hand.

Dayne performed hits, including Tell It to My Heart, With Every Beat of My Heart, Prove Your Love, I’ll Be Your Shelter and Don’t Rush Me.

I loved the way she worked the stool, complete with cross over legs, working the audience, and of course the support dancers followed her lead. Oh, she still oozes sexiness also.

“You can shoot for the stars - and I think everybody should - but I remember having some very frustrating moments thinking ‘God, is it ever going to happen?’ ” she said.

“But from the minute Tell It to My Heart broke in Europe as a single - I remember I showed up at one store and there were 1000 kids dressed like me - I never looked back.”

Ms Dayne had said her Australian fans would not be disappointed when they came to see her, and she was speaking the truth.

"I have been performing for 23 years and I promise I will not come out looking like Taylor Dayne from 1988, but I will take my fans on a journey," she said. "It’s a soundtrack to their lives as much as mine."

The 49-year-old singer and songwriter lives in Los Angeles where she raises her two children, eight-year-old twins Astaria and Levi whom she had via a surrogate and without a partner.

"I wouldn't have done it any other way, which is the story of my career," Dayne says. "No one has ever handed me anything. If you have a goal and a dream, I don't think anyone can stop you. Kids and a career have both been the most difficult and satisfying things in my life."

Tickets to some of her Australian shows can be purchased for as low at $50, so snap them up. If you're into music with heart and love Taylor Dayne is for you.

The Music News Australia network would like to publicly thank Taylor for putting on such a great show, looking our camera lots, and also the great folks at Lionel Midford Publicity for helping make it all possible.

Support was Andrew Lawson from The X-Factor fame. Mr Lawson continues to improve, building upon his foundation and fame from X-Factor. Mr Lawson was appreciative of the fans and did a good job of connecting with both them and the press that was present. We think his best days are still ahead of him, but it was a thumbs up. All up, a great night of entertainment.







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