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Classic ALICE COOPER Album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’ To Be Released On Hybrid SACD

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Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity is releasing Alice Cooper‘s classic album Billion Dollar Babies on Hybrid SACD on February 4, 2014! As a bonus, along with the meticulously reproduced artwork, enclosed in every CD is the very collectible replicated Billion Dollar Bill.

With Billion Dollar Babies, Alice Cooper refined the raw grit of their earlier work in favor of a slightly more polished sound resulting in a mega-hit album that reached the top of the US and UK album charts. It’s impossible to overstate how popular the band had become by the time their sixth album was released. The album, is brilliant, decadent and encapsulated all the celebrity trashiness of the 70’s only three years into the decade.

Song for song, Billion Dollar Babies is probably the original Alice Cooper group’s finest and strongest. The album’s singles “Elected,” “Hello Hooray,” “Billion Dollar Babies” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” all became hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Also included are a pair of perennial concert standards – the disturbing necrophilia ditty “I Love the Dead” and the chilling macabre of “Sick Things.”

After the album was released, the band embarked on a tour which broke the US box office records previously held by the Rolling Stones. The show climaxed with a guillotine execution of Alice. The album and the tour made the band into the world’s preeminent pied pipers of teenage trash culture and the most successful rock band ever to be loathed by American parents.

TRACKS:
1. Hello Hooray
2. Raped and Freezin’
3. Elected
4. Billion Dollar Babies
5. Unfinished Sweet
6. No More Mr. Nice Guy
7. Generation Landslide
8. Sick Things
9. Mary-Ann
10. I Love the Dead

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Lady Gaga Announces European artRAVE Tour Dates

Lady Gaga has announced the first set of European tour dates for her upcoming artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour! Check them out below!

23rd Sep – Antwerp, BE Antwerp Sportpaleis (On sale February 8th)
24th Sep – Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome (On sale February 8th)
27th Sep – Herning, DK Jyske Bank Boxen (On sale February 8th)
29th Sep – Oslo, NO Telenor Arena (On sale February 17th)
30th Sep – Stockholm, SW Ericsson Globe (On sale February 14th)
03rd Oct – Hamburg, DE O2 World (On sale February 14th)
05th Oct – Prague, CZ O2 (On sale February 17th)
07th Oct – Koln, DE Lanxess Arena (On sale February 14th)
09th Oct – Berlin, DE O2 World (On sale February 14th)
15th Oct – Birmingham, UK NIA
19th Oct – Glasgow, UK SSE Hydro
21st Oct – Manchester, UK Phones 4U Arena
23rd Oct – London, UK O2 Arena
30th Oct – Paris, FR Zenith (On sale February 10th)
31st Oct – Paris, FR Zenith (On sale February 10th)
02nd Nov – Vienna, AU Wiener Stadthalle (On sale February 17th)
04th Nov – Milan, IT Forum (On sale February 14th)
06th Nov – Zurich, CH Hallenstadion (On sale February 17th)
08th Nov – Barcelona, ES Palau Sant Jordi (On sale February 14th)
10th Nov – Lisbon, PT MEO Arena (On sale February 17th)

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Motley Crue Announces Permanent Retirement After Tour

Hard glam-rock group Motley Crue are splitting up for good after one final tour with Alice Cooper this year.

The rockers announced the news at a press conference in Hollywood on Tuesday and even signed a legally-binding Cessation Of Touring contract, ending a 33-year career.

Singer Vince Neil told reporters, “We just want to go out on top. Leave a legacy behind. We won’t be doing any more concerts after this. This is the final tour.”

Bassist Nikki Sixx added, “This is a huge celebration for us. It’s going to be a really fantastic tour.”

To mark the ‘death’ of the Girls Girls Girls hitmakers, headstones for bandmates Neil, Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars decorated the press conference stage at Beacher’s Madhouse Theater.

Motley Crue, which formed in 1981, will release one last album, but it won’t be the stars’ usual rock fare. The project will be a country music tribute to the group, featuring covers of their hits by artists including LeAnn Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Cassadee Pope.

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The Final Tour will kick off this summer, while a film based on their best-selling 2001 autobiography, The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, will hit theatres in 2015. Bad Grandpa director Jeff Tremaine will take charge of the movie.

Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Pal Seeger Onstage In South Africa

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Bruce Springsteen
paid tribute to his longtime friend and mentor Pete Seeger from the stage of a gig in South Africa on Tuesday night after learning of the folk music icon’s passing.
Telling fans “I lost a great friend and a hero last night” at the show in Cape Town, Springsteen and the E Street Band performed protest song We Shall Overcome, which became Seeger’s signature tune.
He then called the 94 year old environmental campaigner and singer/songwriter “a very courageous freedom fighter” and added his We Shall Overcome was a song that made you “prepared to march into hell’s fire”.
Springsteen has been a longtime Seeger collaborator and performed at the folk hero’s 90th birthday celebration in 2009. He also won a Grammy Award for his 2006 album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. And The Boss and Seeger performed together at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration.
Obama released a statement earlier in the day, as did guitarist Tom Morello, who is currently on tour with Springsteen and the E Street Band.
Also offering up his respects on Tuesday afternoon was another superfan, Dave Matthews, who issued a touching statement, in which he revealed the first concert he ever went to was headlined by Seeger.
He wrote, “My parents took my brother, my sisters and me. I will never forget it. I was little. Dancing in a field in upstate New York while the grown-ups sat on the grass. My parents and family raised me on music of all sorts and Pete Seeger was a big part.”
Matthews added, “I met Pete Seeger more than 30 years after I first saw him play and having listened to his music over those years it was somewhat awe inspiring. We had lunch. He was so funny and charming, humble and brilliant, all at once. Full of hope but disappointed in our wasteful ways.
“He made me want to be a better person. Why don’t we lend our ears to the greatest among us? Pete Seeger fought for the working people and he fought against greed, and corruption, and war, and pollution, until the end of his life. Even though he was frail he came and performed at FarmAid just a few months ago. Thank goodness for Pete Seeger.”

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The Grammy Awards and a Taste of the Red Carpet

January 26, 2014
Debra Yeo
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  • Dressed for Excess: It’s not as glamorous as the Oscars, but the 90-minute special Entertainment City: Live at the Grammys puts the focus on the Grammys red carpet. Will Madonna bring her latest boy-toy? Will Miley Cyrus show and if so how scantily clad? And what about Justin Bieber and his Lamborghini? Then the awards start at 8 p.m. on City and CBS (City at 6:30).
  • Bieber’s Golden Days: Fans of Bieber might look on it as nostalgia, given his DUI arrest last week, or maybe just another way to support their hero in his time of trouble, but Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is on the tube. Back in the days before there was peeing in buckets, ginormous strip club bills and threats of fisticuffs with paparazzi, there was this 2011 documentary showing Bieber in concert and hanging with his family and friends (CTV at 7).
  • Treasure Island: It’s like Canada’s very own Curse of the Pharaohs. The Curse of Oak Island follows brothers Rick and Marty Lagina in their hunt for the truth about the mysterious island off the coast of Nova Scotia. Reputed to be the site of a treasure, once sought by the likes of Errol Flynn, John Wayne and Franklin D. Roosevelt, the island also comes with a curse: that seven people will die before the treasure is found. The death toll now stands at six (History at 9).
  • The Plot Thickens: If you haven’t caught up with the excellent crime dramaTrue Detective, scan episodes 1 and 2 on demand or the TMN GO app and settle in for episode 3. Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Hart (Woody Harrelson) seek a scarred, tall man seen with murder victim Dora after an image at the burned church leads them to preacher Joel Theriot (Shea Whigham, Boardwalk Empire) and Cohle finds a connection with a woman assumed to have drowned years earlier (HBO at 9).
  • Games Behind Games: With the 2014 Winter Olympics set to open Feb. 7, the documentaryPutin’s Games takes a timely look at the IOC’s bizarre decision to stage the event in Sochi, Russia, a traditional summer resort for Russia’s rich that didn’t have a single Olympics-ready venue when it was chosen. Interviews with government officials and businessmen ahead of the most expensive Olympics ever exposes alleged corruption and the steep environmental and human costs of constructing a faux winter (CBCNN at 10).
  • The 2014 Grammy Award Winners List:Macklemore &Ryan, Daft Punk and Lorde Big Winners

    Did you favorite music stars win? Here’s the complete list from the 56th annual Grammy Awards  live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    2014 Grammy Award Winners:

    Record Of The Year:
    “Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

    Song Of The Year:
    “Royals” — Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor, songwriters (Lorde)

    Best New Artist:
    Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    POP

    Best Pop Solo Performance:
    “Royals” — Lorde

    Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
    “Get Lucky” — Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

    Best Pop Vocal Album:
    “Unorthodox Jukebox” — Bruno Mars

    Best Pop Instrumental Album:
    “Steppin’ Out” — Herb Alpert

    Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
    “To Be Loved” — Michael Bublé

    DANCE

    Best Dance/Electronica Album:
    Random Access Memories — Daft Punk

    Best Dance Recording
    “Clarity” — Zedd Featuring Foxes

    ROCK

    Best Rock Performance:
    “Radioactive” — Imagine Dragons

    Best Rock Album:
    “Celebration Day” — Led Zeppelin

    Best Metal Performance
    “God Is Dead?” — Black Sabbath

    Best Rock Song
    “Cut Me Some Slack” — Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear, songwriters (Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear)

    ALTERNATIVE

    Best Alternative Music Album
    “Modern Vampires Of The City” — Vampire Weekend

    R&B

    Best R&B Performance:
    “Something” — Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway

    Best Urban Contemporary Album:
    “Unapologetic” — Rihanna

    Best R&B Album:
    Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys

    Best Traditional R&B Performance
    “Please Come Home — Gary Clark Jr.

    Best R&B Song (A Songwriters Award)
    “Pusher Love Girl” — James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake)

    RAP

    Best Rap Performance:
    “Thrift Shop” — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz

    Best Rap/Sung Collaboration:
    “Holy Grail” — Jay Z Featuring Justin Timberlake

    Best Rap Album:
    The Heist — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    Best Rap Song
    “Thrift Shop” — Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis, songwriters (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Wanz)

    COUNTRY MUSIC

    Best Country Solo Performance:
    “Wagon Wheel” — Darius Rucker

    Best Country Album:
    Same Trailer Different Park — Kacey Musgraves

    Best Country Duo/Group Performance
    “From This Valley” — The Civil Wars

    Best Country Song (A Songwriters Award)
    “Merry Go ‘Round” — Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)

    NEW AGE

    Best New Age Album
    “Love’s River” — Laura Sullivan

    JAZZ

    Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
    Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue — Terri Lyne Carrington

    Best Improvised Jazz Solo
    “Orbits” — Wayne Shorter, soloist

    Best Jazz Vocal Album
    “Liquid Spirit” — Gregory Porter

    Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
    “Night In Calisia” — Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic

    Best Latin Jazz Album
    “Song For Maura” — Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente

    GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC

    Best Gospel Album:
    Greater Than (Live) — Tye Tribbett

    Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance
    “Break Every Chain [Live]” — Tasha Cobbs

    Best Gospel Song
    “If He Did It Before… Same God [Live]” — Tye Tribbett, songwriter (Tye Tribbett)

    Best Contemporary Christian Music Song
    “Overcomer” — David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)

    Best Contemporary Christian Music Album
    “Overcomer” — Mandisa

    LATIN

    Best Latin Pop Album
    “Vida” — Draco Rosa

    Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album
    “Treinta Días” — La Santa Cecilia

    Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)
    “A Mi Manera” — Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

    Best Tropical Latin Album:
    Pacific Mambo Orchestra — Pacific Mambo Orchestra

    AMERICAN ROOTS

    Best Americana Album:
    Love Has Come For You — Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

    Best Bluegrass Album
    “The Streets Of Baltimore” — Del McCoury Band

    Best Blues Album
    “Get Up!” — Ben Harper With Charlie Musselwhite

    Best Folk Album
    “My Favorite Picture Of You” — Guy Clark

    Best Regional Roots Music Album
    “Dockside Sessions” — Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

    REGGAE

    Best Reggae Album
    “Ziggy Marley In Concert” — Ziggy Marley

    WORLD MUSIC

    Best World Music Album (tie)
    “Savor Flamenco” — Gipsy Kings
    “Live: Singing For Peace Around The World” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    CHILDREN’S

    Best Children’s Album
    “Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well” — Jennifer Gasoi

    SPOKEN WORD

    Best Spoken Word Album
    “America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t” — Stephen Colbert

    COMEDY

    Best Comedy Album:
    “Calm Down Gurrl” — Kathy Griffin

    MUSICAL THEATER

    Best Musical Theater Album
    “Kinky Boots”

    MUSIC FOR VISUAL MEDIA

    Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media
    Sound City: Real To Reel

    Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media
    Skyfall — Thomas Newman, composer

    Best Song Written For Visual Media
    “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”– Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth, songwriters (Adele)

    COMPOSING/ARRANGING

    Best Instrumental Composition
    Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra — Clare Fischer, composer (The Clare Fischer Orchestra)

    Best Instrumental Arrangement
    On Green Dolphin Street– Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band)

    Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)
    Swing Low — Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)

    PACKAGE

    Best Recording Package
    Long Night Moon — Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)

    Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
    Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition) — Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)

    NOTES

    Best Album Notes
    Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded) — Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)

    HISTORICAL

    Best Historical Album (tie)
    Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965
    The Complete Sussex And Columbia Albums

    PRODUCTION, Non-Classical

    Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
    Random Access Memories — Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Daft Punk)

    Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
    Pharrell Williams

    Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
    Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) — Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)

    SURROUND SOUND

    Best Surround Sound Album
    Live Kisses — Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)

    FIELD: PRODUCTION, CLASSICAL

    Best Engineered Album, Classical
    Winter Morning Walks — David Frost, Brian Losch & Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)

    Producer Of The Year, Classical
    David Frost

    CLASSICAL

    Best Orchestral Performance
    Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 — Osmo Vänskä, conductor (Minnesota Orchestra)

    Best Opera Recording
    Adès: The Tempest

    Best Choral Performance
    Pärt: Adam’s Lament — Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor (Tui Hirv & Rainer Vilu; Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir; Sinfonietta Riga & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra; Latvian Radio Choir & Vox Clamantis)

    Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
    Roomful Of Teeth — Brad Wells & Roomful Of Teeth

    Best Classical Instrumental Solo
    Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist & String Orchestra — Evelyn Glennie; David Alan Miller, conductor (Albany Symphony)

    Best Classical Vocal Solo
    Winter Morning Walks — Dawn Upshaw (Maria Schneider; Jay Anderson, Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson; Australian Chamber Orchestra & St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)

    Best Classical Compendium
    Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik — Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

    Best Contemporary Classical Composition
    Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks — Maria Schneider, composer

    MUSIC VIDEO/FILM

    Best Music Video
    Suit & Tie — Justin Timberlake Featuring Jay Z (David Fincher, video director; Timory King, video producer)

    Best Music Film
    Live Kisses — Paul McCartney (Jonas Akerlund, video director; Violaine Etienne, Aron Levine & Scott Rodger, video producers)

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    Justin Bieber Smoked Marijuana, Drank Booze Before Arrest

    WENN—Pop star Justin Bieber told police he had been smoking marijuana and drinking booze in the hours leading up to his arrest on Thursday.

    The teenager was detained by cops after he was spotted allegedly taking part in a drag race in Miami Beach, Florida in the early hours of the morning, and he subsequently failed a field sobriety test at the scene.

    He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) and resisting arrest without violence, and it has now emerged Bieber admitted to police officers that he had been smoking weed and drinking beer during the evening.

    He had also been taking an unnamed prescription medication, and was driving on a ‘non-valid’ license, according to local cops.

    A police spokesman says, “I don’t have the levels. It’s a combination, when you have narcotics – marijuana and alcohol – it’s the impairment – being impaired while you’re driving.”

    The spokesman adds, “At first he was a little belligerent, questioning, using some choice words… He did acknowledge that he did take a prescription medication and that he had been smoking marijuana and that he had consumed a beer.”

    The police report filed after the star’s arrest reveals Bieber had allegedly been racing his rented Lamborghini sports car at more than double the speed limit in a residential street, while the officer who detained him claimed the star stunk of booze and had bloodshot eyes.

    The report also states Bieber swore at the officers and demanded to know why he had been stopped, raging at the cops, “Why are you doing this?… What did I do? Why did you stop me?”

    The report goes on to reveal Bieber told the police he had been on his way home from a recording session at a studio when his car was stopped.

    Bieber, who published pictures of himself driving around in the Lamborghini with a female friend prior to his arrest, was taken to a local police station before being transferred Miami-Dade County jail later on Thursday. He was still in custody as WENN went to press, but it is believed bail has been set at $2,500.

    Bieber’s arrest sheet, which revealed he has been given the jail number 140003991, showed he was officially charged with DUI, resisting arrest, and driving on an invalid licence.

    The driver of the other car which allegedly took part in the drag race has been named as R&B singer Khalil. The 19 year old, full name Khalil Sharief, also remains in police custody.

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    Dolly Parton Set To Kick Off "Blue Smoke World Tour This Week

    Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress, philanthropist, and 2014 Grammy nominee, Dolly Parton, is set to kick off her “Blue Smoke World Tour” this Friday, January 24, in Rancho Mirage, California. In addition this past Friday, Parton announced shows in Tamworth and Cairns being added to the Australian leg of the tour, both shows are already sold out!

    “It’s always great to perform at home in the good ol’ USA. We’re kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home. I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true, there’s nothing like home,” says Dolly Parton.

    After a widely successful tour of Australia in 2011, Parton will head down under for her first visit to New Zealand in over three decades as well as a return visit to Australia. “Australia, here I come again. We have a lot of new and exciting things for the show and can’t wait to share it with you. I love my fans in that part of the world. You’ve been so very good to me for so many years, I’m really, really excited to be coming back to New Zealand again after 30 years or so. And I know that we’re gonna have a wonderful time. It’s a long way from home in your part of the world, but I always feel like I’m right at home. So Australia, New Zealand, I’m coming home. Wait up!”

    After returning home from Australia and New Zealand, there is no slowing down for Dolly. In May, Dolly will, once again, hit a few more markets in America before heading across the pond for June concerts in Europe as well as a return to the O2 Arena in London, the venue where Dolly recorded and filmed An Evening With…Dolly (Dolly Records), her widely praised DVD/CD set that was certified GOLD by the RIAA.

    “Every time I come to Europe I’m just as excited as I was my very first time, which was many, many years ago. I love that part of the world and I especially love the fans,” adds Parton. “We always have such a good time and I’ve put together a lot of things for this show that I think the fans will love. We had not planned to come back so soon, but we got so much fan mail and such a great reaction that I thought ‘Well, why not. If they’re having a good time and we always do, let’s just do it’.”

    In 2011, Dolly continued to receive accolades for what was her most successful European and Australian tour of her 45-plus year career—The Better Day Tour! During the 2011 tour, Dolly performed for record-breaking attendances in both Europe and Australia, surpassing her previous attendance records. In 2008, Dolly performed 17 European shows to over 170,000 fans, surpassing her then-best 2007 European tour, where she played 21 shows for over 140,000 people. Each of these treks grossed in the tens of millions of dollars and established Dolly as Europe’s favorite and most successful country artist.

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    Elton John Challenges Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

    Elton John has attacked Russian leader Vladimir Putin for suggesting homosexuality is akin to pedophilia just days after the President saluted the rock star for honoring his commitment to perform in Moscow and Kazan in December.

    Gay rights activists urged Elton to boycott the country in protest to anti-gay propaganda legislation, which was introduced to Russia last year, but he insisted his fans deserved to see him live.

    He made little of the nation’s new laws during his concerts, simply calling them “inhumane” and “isolating”.

    But now he has had a chance to take stock of his Russian gigs, he has taken aim at Putin in a fiery new post on his website.

    Elton writes, “I met with members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Moscow. Although I was still welcomed as an openly gay foreigner, I wanted to really understand at first-hand what difference the legislation had made to Russian LGBT in their own country.

    “What I heard reinforced all the media stories that have been circling since the propaganda bill became federal law: that vicious homophobia has been legitimised by this legislation and given extremists the cover to abuse people’s basic human rights.

    “The people I met in Moscow – gay men and lesbians in their 20s, 30s and 40s – told me stories about receiving threats from vigilante groups who would ‘cure’ them of homosexuality by dousing them with urine or beating them up. One young man was stalked outside a gay club by someone posing as a taxi driver who tried to garrotte him with a guitar string because he was a ‘sodomite’.

    “Everyone shared stories of verbal and physical abuse – at work, in bars and restaurants or in the street – since the legislation came into force last June. And some of the vital work providing HIV prevention information to the gay community has been labelled ‘homosexual propaganda’ and shut down.

    “It was very clear to me that, although foreigners like myself who are visiting Russia are not affected by this new law (and President Putin has recently confirmed this), it is a very different story for those living inside the country.

    “It is very disappointing that the law explicitly links homosexuality with child sex abuse, which countless studies have shown to be conclusively wrong. The people I met in Moscow were decent, kind, patriotic men and women who had no thought of forcing their sexuality on anyone. Whatever the intention of Russia’s homosexuality and pedophilia propaganda laws, I am absolutely clear from my own personal experience that it is proving deeply dangerous to the LGBT community and deeply divisive to Russian society.

    “I would welcome the opportunity to introduce President Putin to some Russians who deserve to be heard, and who deserve to be treated in their own country with the same respect and warm welcome that I received on my last visit.”

    Elton’s comments come just days after Putin hailed the gay rocker as an “extraordinary person” and “distinguished musician”.


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    Miley Cyrus To Perform on MTV’s "Unplugged" Series–Surprised Guests To Appear Too

    Big news Smilers!— Miley Cyrus will return to MTV, the site of her much-discussed Video Music Awards last year, later this month — this time, as an artist on the channel’s “MTV Unplugged” series.

    The singer, MTV’s Best Artist of 2013, will appear in her own “Unplugged” special Wednesday, Jan. 29.

    The performance will feature Cyrus in an acoustic setting, tossing out tunes from her No. 1 album “Bangerz” — some of which will be reinvented specifically for the set, with special, surprise guests advertised as well.

    The performance precedes her 38-city “Bangerz” tour, which kicks off Feb. 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    “Miley Cyrus: MTV Unplugged” will premiere Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. ET.

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