queer music for feb 21
Dolly Parton topped the Billboard Pop Chart with her own composition, “9 to 5”. The record reached #47 in the UK.
Prince appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and performed “Party Up.” It was his first appearance on the show.
Celine Dion went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Heart Will Go On’. The song was the theme from the movie Titanic. The world’s best selling single of 1998.
Elton John accused the music industry of exploiting young singers and dumping talented artists for manufactured group’s. He said ‘There are too many average and mediocre acts; it damages real talent getting airplay. It’s just fodder.’
Boy George revealed a Culture Club 30th anniversary album and tour plans for 2012.
Five members of the Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot staged a performance on the soleas of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior where their actions were stopped by church security officials. By that evening, they had turned the performance into a music video entitled “Punk Prayer – Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!” The women said their protest was directed at the Orthodox Church leader’s support for Putin during his election campaign. The following month, three of the group members were arrested and charged with hooliganism and were were held in custody until their trial began in late July when the three members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, and each was sentenced to two years imprisonment.
ELVIS PRESLEY’S Heartbreak Hotel has been covered in a surprise live performance by Queen and Adam Lambert during their Rhapsody tour.