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Boy George Announces New Album ‘This Is What I Do’ Out October 28th 2013

Boy George, universally recognised as one of our generation’s most iconic artists, is back with a thrilling new studio album of original material, his first in 18 years! ‘This Is What I Do’ is to be released on his own ‘Very Me’ Record Label via Kobalt Label Services on 28th October and will be supported by live dates in the UK.

‘This Is What I Do’ features a string of guest musicians including DJ Yoda, Kitty Durham (Kitty Daisy & Lewis), Ally McErlaine (Texas / Red Sky July), MC Spee (Dreadzone) and Nizar Al Issa, many of whom will perform as George’s band on his live dates.

‘This Is What I Do’ was written by George and longtime writing partnersJohn Themis, Kevan Frost and Richie Stevens (Soul II Soul, Tina Turner, Simply Red, Culture Club). Richie Stevens also produced the record at London’s Cowshed Studios. The album also features writing collaborations with legendary producer Youth, and a version of Yoko Ono’s Death Of Samantha. It was mixed by Dave Bascombe (Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, Pendulum, Doves).

Boy George needs little introduction. With a career spanning over 30 years he first shot to international stardom in the 1980’s as the front man of one of the UK’s biggest exports – the Brit & Grammy Award winning Culture Club – and has had continued success as a solo artist. He has sold over 150 million records with top 10 hits in every country. Boy George is also a hugely respected house DJ, playing for twenty years, and continues to DJ successfully in clubs all over the world. However it is his new album, ‘This Is What I Do’, that reinforces his first true love, writing & singing.

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Boy George Continues Feud With One Directon’s Liam Payne

Boy George has fuelled his war-of-words with One Direction star Liam Payne by branding him a “twit” who deserves to be punched.

The former Culture Club frontman took aim at Payne following the BRIT Awards last month where they clashed as the singer tried to get a photo of Payne’s bandmate Harry Styles for his niece.

He blasted Payne online and called his security guard a “w**ker”, prompting the pop star to hit back by accusing the ‘Karma Chameleon’ hitmaker of telling lies, adding, “U (You) just keep wearing ur (your) strange hats and enjoy yourself my little Georgie pie… It’s still not cool you just look weird.”

Now George has stepped up the feud, posting on his official Twitter.com page, “I had no idea that twit Liam had made some dig about my hat! Lucky I’m a Buddhist or I’d crack (punch) the t**t!”

Boy George Angry Over Facebook Imposters

British pop star Boy George is “fuming” with bosses of Facebook over their alleged failure to help him take back his name from imposters on the site.

The former Culture Club star – whose real name is George O’Dowd – reveals he had to fight to re-take his name on Twitter, but insists company officials were a great help to him as he was attempting to set up his page.

However, he doesn’t have a page on social networking website Facebook because he claims executives have failed to stop other users setting up accounts in his name.

Speaking to Absolute Radio’s Pete Donaldson at the BRIT Awards in London, the singer said, “I actually did (have to fight someone for my Twitter name). And Twitter were very nice and they actually got my name back. Facebook won’t do it… Hundreds of people (have pages in my name)… There’s loads of George O’Dowds, there’s loads of Boy Georges… I’ve got my own kind of official Boy George fan page, but I actually don’t own my Facebook page which I mean, really… I’m fuming.”

Boy George Going On Tour Again

The 80’s pop star is confirming he and Culture Club will reunite for a tour once he is allowed back in the U.S. following his 2005 drugs arrest.

The band planned to reunite and hit the road last year to mark the Karma Chameleon hitmakers’ 30th anniversary, but the trek never materialized.

Now frontman Boy George insists the group wants to kick off the jaunt in America, but he will only be able to work in the United States when authorities allow him back into the country. He was famously arrested in New York in 2005 when police discovered cocaine in his apartment after he falsely reported a burglary. He was sentenced to five days community service and fined.

The singer tells Britain’s Daily Express, “(The reunion) is definitely going to happen, probably next year. We’ve written stuff and been in the studio. But we want to start in America and at the moment I’m not allowed in America so I’m waiting to get my visa.

“Our original producer Steve Levine is working with us. It’s gone full circle and we have all the original members which is really great.”

Boy George Talks to AOL Music about Prison, Addiction and Sampling Obama

Photo: Courtesy of AOL



Over his 30-year career — from an abortive stint with Bow Wow Wow to huge transatlantic success with Culture Club to a chameleonic solo career — Boy George has rarely been out of the headlines. In recent years, run-ins with the law have eclipsed his music, but with his new Kinky Roland-produced dance album ‘Ordinary Alien,’ two Caribbean-flavoured singles (‘Pentonville Blues’ with Glide and Swerve, ‘Somebody to Love Me’ with Mark Ronson) and an impending Culture Club reunion, the former George O’Dowd is enjoying a musical rebirth.




George recently spoke to AOL Music’s Spinner about getting clean, surviving prison, resuming work and coming to terms with his past.

 ABOUT BEING CALLED AN ’80s STAR:
“It used to get on my nerves, now I don’t care anymore.”
ABOUT BEING IN PRISON:
“It was like being back at school — and at 48, that’s quite daunting. You have two choices when you’re in any situation: You either deal with it or you remove yourself from it. Unfortunately, when you’re in prison, you can’t remove yourself from the situation, so the only thing you have control over is how you feel. Luckily for me, when I went to prison I was already sober, so I went with a really strong head. That was very helpful to me.”
ABOUT BOY GEORGE THE PERSON VS. BOY GEORGE THE PERFORMER
” As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become much more comfortable with me. Most of the time I’m not dressed up; I’m not in character. What I realize now is that there is a responsibility that comes with being that person. And although I know that person is me, people treat that person differently because he’s got a hat on and makeup and silly clothes!” More story and videos>>
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