When you’re grinding up against a shirtless prospect in the thick of a gay dance orgy, nothing sets the sexy-time mood quite like some Amy Grant, right?
Here to make you feel better about your life is Jason Mraz, the Oprah of white-boy balladry.
The feigned public image adapted by Lizzy Grant (better known as Lana Del Rey) extends to the singer’s latest album, “Ultraviolence,” where her divisive commentaries on greed, danger and dying complement her made-up mystique.
Because it’s Lykke Li, heartache is the obvious impetus for “I Never Learn,” a ceaseless outpouring of dire, pillow-soaked woe inspired by the Swedish singer’s very public post-breakup brokenness.
A song off Dolly Parton’s 42nd studio album, “Lover du Jour,” is as hilariously cheesy as some of the legend’s own quips. On it, she warns, “I am not for your amusement.” Except, well, she kind of is – and, for over 50 years, she has been.
Essayist Jancee Dunn (co-author of “Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir”) sums up the influence, reach and enduring relevance of Cyndi Lauper’s 1983 debut “She’s So Unusual” with a single thought: “How many albums can you name that can be heard at both Pride parades and preschooler’s birthday parties?”
You gotta feel bad for every non-gay American not currently enraptured by Kylie Minogue. Sure, they know the Aussie diva for “The Loco-Motion” and, if they are at all conscious, her chart-ruling, early-00s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” but post-”Fever,” Minogue’s been our best-kept secret. Sorry, straight world, but you’re missing out.
The business of turning a theater-born star into a bona fide pop act isn’t as easy as it looks, and Lea Michele knows this from seeing her “Glee” co-stars, Matthew Morrison and Kristin Chenoweth, make failed attempts.
The remarkable thing about “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” – besides, of course, it being an emancipating declaration of independence – is that it even exists. Can you imagine, in the late ’90s when this punk-rock quartet from Florida first rocked its way to notoriety, something as transgender-focused as this?