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Music: Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin isn’t Livin La Vida Loca anymore

And he’s recruited Pitbull for his recent track

He’s known for having his top off, sexy Spanish lyrics and making mouths drool all across the world.

But, Ricky Martin is back after nearly a year of new music – and he’s only gone and got Pitbull involved!

The sunglasses-clad rapper – who’s been featured by basically every artist at some stage – and Ricky have brought us Mr Put It Down, a disco-flavored jam track from Martin’s upcoming album.

The best news, it’s in English. Even though both artists speak fluent Spanish – and Ricky is known for recording albums in only Spanish – it means we get to sing-a-long without doing that weird beatboxing thing we normally have to do when Pitbull raps.

We’ve only got the lyric video for you for now, but after having this on repeat all morning we can’t wait for the official video.

Luckily, we do get a glimpse of the Puerto Rican heartthrob near the end, which will last us long enough until the actual video.

Check it out below…

Mr Put It Down is available to download on iTunes now. Ricky’s fourth English-language album and eleventh overall will be released on 24 May.

Words Rhys Evans @rhysss_

Overtones Take Over ITV With Sweet Soul Music

By The Gay UK, Apr 17 2015 10:29AM

Dapper Overtones are taking over ITV as they promo their new album Sweet Soul Music.

The supergroup, of which 3 are of the man loving variety, are due to sing on This Morning. In a recent interview with TheGayUK, the boys undertook a How Gay Is interview where we revealed that Lachie, would love to be Belle from Beauty And Beast, as he loves dancing with big hairy men. (Don’t we all)
We also found out that Timmy, the band’s loveable lead singer, doesn’t think Katie Hopkins is a gay icon.
The fivesome recorded River Deep Mountain High with X Factor winner Sam Bailey, talking about the recording Darren Everest from Essex said, “She’s cool man, she’s a really cool girl. Really down to earth, loves a chat… We just sat there for two hours and we’re like, ‘we should probably do some singing now…’ It was really cool to see her and Lachie go in, they had a mic each when they were doing their leads. It was like one big sing off. It was really cool. She was heavily pregnant and we were a bit like, as she was hitting them high notes, ‘I hope she doesn’t pop…'”


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Why I love music

 

As a youngster I  always listened to music, whether it be listening hidden under the bed clothes on my transistor radio on headphones to Radio Caroline, or Radio 2 and Radio 3, or when I was doing my homewor;  I have not discounted Radio 4 for it had things like the Navy Lark, Round the Horne, The Goons, Alistair Cooke’s Letter from America etc.  Today I am still a devotee of radio in all its forms, and I have it setup on my laptops, tablets, phone and I also have a smal digital portable radio and a Sony Walkman which is now over 10 years old and still working perfectly.

Billie Holiday

A photographer captured Billie Holiday singing Strange Fruit as she recorded the song in 1939

Over time my musical tastes have widened to encompass jazz. Of course, I don’t like all jazz, I’m not a fan of Dickie style jazz, or jazz that seems to forget the rhythm (if it ever had any to start with). But I love the jazz you associate with speakeasies, those smokey havens of people who were keeping low and hiding away from the world.

 

But, I hear you ask, what has this to do with the LGBT community? As a society we often feel that we are unique in how we have been persecuted; but as I delve into the history of jazz and its performers I am dismayed to see how often music and musicians have also been targets of a society that just didn’t understand. Indeed, quite often jazz has also been seen as a scapegoat for society’s ills.
This was brought home to me again by an article on Billie Holiday – The War on Billie Holiday, by Johann Hari. In his article he writes how the Treasury Department in the USA told Harry J. Anslinger (head of the FBI) he was wasting his time taking on a community (jazz) that couldn’t be fractured, and that their efforts would have a far greater impact if they focused on a single target – someone well-known, like Billie Holiday.
The result of this unjustified targeting, was that Billie Holiday was sent to jail, and as a former convict, she was stripped of her cabaret performer’s license on the grounds that listening to her might harm the morals of the public. She wasn’t allowed to sing anywhere that alcohol was served—which basically excluded her from every jazz club in the United States.
So how does this reflect the bias and prejudice that we in the LGBT community experience today? I print an excerpt from the article:
‘Harry Anslinger was told that there were also white women, just as famous as Billie, who had drug problems—but he responded to them rather differently. He called Judy Garland, another heroin addict, in to see him. They had a friendly chat, in which he advised her to take longer vacations between pictures, and he wrote to her studio, assuring them she didn’t have a drug problem at all. When he discovered that a Washington society hostess he knew—“a beautiful, gracious lady,” he noted—had an illegal drug addiction, he explained he couldn’t possibly arrest her because “it would destroy … the unblemished reputation of one of the nation’s most honored families.” He helped her to wean herself off her addiction slowly, without the law becoming involved…’
I know, society was different then – prejudices and phobias were the rule rather than the exception. But it’s a fact: we in today’s LGBT community are being targeted in similar ways with the same element of prejudice. Even today, in various parts of the world, gay people are thrown off high-rises, beheaded, lynched and stoned to death, lashed, chemically castrated and even sent to camps for so-called ‘conversion therapy’. Doesn’t this sound a lot like what has happened to every minority group in history?
We as a community need to keep ourselves informed. We must turn out and vote in elections, and show that we will not be sidelined whether it be over a cake, a hotel room, a kiss or just holding hands walking down the street.

We must always be sure to stand up for our rights.

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Further reading:

  1. BBC – Strange Fruit: A protest song with enduring relevance
  2. Youtube – Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit
  3. The Guardian – Civil rights, civil wrongs
  4. In these times – The War on Billie Holiday
  5. BBC -BBC Podcast – Strange Fruit: Emmet Till’s Cousin Speaks