Not one but two new Giorgio Moroder songs have been revealed. The septuagenarian synth legend recently released his collaboration with Sia, the disco-tinged track “Deja Vu” from his upcoming new album of the same name. Then, his cover of Suzanne Vega’s 1987 earworm “Tom’s Diner”, featuring vocals from Britney Spears, leaked online. The album also features collaborations with Charli XCX, Foxes, Mikky Ekko and Kelis, and will be released on June 12.
Perth Youtuber turned pop star Troye Sivan will feature on German DJ and Lady Gaga collaborator Zedd’s upcoming album True Colors, on a track called “Papercut.” “Guys the track is 7 minutes of literal cinematic @Zedd-ish bliss and I’m so honoured to have my lil vocal on it,” Troye excitedly tweeted to his followers. “TBH IM DANCING TO IT IN MY ROOM NOW”. The 11-track release also includes collabs with Selena Gomez and Echosmith and will be released later this year.
Say it isn’t so, Ed! Superstar singer-songwriter and noted LGBTI ally Ed Sheeran’s team have pulled a 2011 online video in which Ed reportedly used gay slurs in a freestyle rap. After being asked by UK newspaper the Daily Mirror for an explanation, a rep told them: “Ed was sending up rappers who make homophobic remarks. He is clearly not homophobic.” Ed, who wrapped his last Australian tour less than a month ago, recently announced a second Australian tour for later this year. He’ll play the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on November 28.
A group of Australian musos have produced Divinyls Reworked, a genre-hopping tribute to the music of Chrissy Amphlett’s band. Crowdfunded through Pozible, the album is available digitally at Creamyspies.Bandcamp.com with profits going to the MS Society and Breast Cancer Network, two charities fundraising for conditions Chrissy herself battled before her death in 2013. Melbourne producer and the project’s mastermind Ginger Van Handley said Chrissy is a personal hero: “Like many Australians, I grew up listening to Divinyls music. She was definitely a rock goddess! Since her passing, I’ve wanted to do something to honour the contribution Chrissy made to Australian music.”
Barry Manilow’s wedding was freeing for him, Barry’s BFF Suzanne Somers revealed on US TV program Watch What Happens Live. The singer married his manager and longtime partner Garry Kief in private in April. “They’re married and they’re happy and I was there when it was announced,” Suzanne very carefully said when asked about the nuptials. “I think it’s freeing for him. He’s extremely private, extremely. I think it was very difficult, and it’s very difficult for me to talk about, so I want to do it with complete respect and love. … He’s an awesome person, they’re both awesome people, they’re my dearest friends.”