Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren came to the defense of songstress Taylor Swift, who is engaged in a bitter battle with her former record label headed by Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta over ownership and rights to her old albums. Swift released a statement earlier this week saying the label was trying to stop her from performing her songs at the upcoming American Music Awards. According to Swift, she is “not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year.” On Saturday afternoon, Warren quote tweeted Swift’s statement and said that Swift’s work was being “threatened by a private equity firm,” adding that she has a plan to address this very issue. Unfortunately, @TaylorSwift13 is one of many whose work has been threatened by a private equity firm. They're gobbling up more and more of our economy, costing jobs and crushing entire … [Read more...] about Elizabeth Warren Comes to Taylor Swift’s Defense
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While creating art from life is not exclusive to one gender, in the last few years the ladies of country music have been resetting standards for introspective songwriting. This era of strong female lyricism harkens back to a golden age when the foremothers of country music broke barriers and sang with conviction and opinion. No one will ever replace Dolly, Loretta or Tammy, but the words those iconic musicians sang, no matter the thematic difference, paved a wide road for any woman today with a guitar and an idea. Here are six contemporary country ladies and their classic counterparts: See Where Dolly Parton Lands on Our 100 Greatest Singers List Loretta Lynn/Kacey Musgraves: The Fearless Femme You don’t have to look far to connect the dots between the Kentucky-born icon and Texas-bred spitfire. Their kinship is rooted in unapologetic and often risque lyrics. Trailer park or coal mine, contraception or gay rights, both women take full ownership of their opinions. And … [Read more...] about Country Queens: Nashville’s Female Legends and Their Musical Proteges
In a business known for its exploitation of women, Tina Turner has managed, for over 20 years, to retain not only the adoration of her fans but the admiration of her peer group, male and female. She is nothing if not a survivor. Born November 26th, 1939, Anna Mae Bullock first overcame abandonment by both of her parents during her childhood in rural Nut Bush, Tennessee. In the late Fifties, she began singing with Ike Turner, who renamed her Tina; alongside him, she rose to fame as the fiery star of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue. Existence in this milieu meant enduring the tortured life of a battered wife as she performed through sixteen years of physical abuse at the hands of her husband. Finally, in 1976, she walked out, buoyed by an increasing faith in Buddhism: “I tested it, and it worked,” she says. “When I started practicing, something happened to me inside.” Penniless and without career prospects, she struggled financially for the next few years, appearing … [Read more...] about Tina Turner: Queen of Rock & Roll
Legendary actress and dancer Helen will be seen in this week's episode of celebrity couples dance reality show - Nach Baliye 9. The actress will be seen sharing some interesting anecdotes and experiences of her life. When host Maniesh Paul asked about her favourite song, she said, "Personally, I love the song 'Monica, oh my darling'. From the moment I heard it, I knew it would be a superhit. I enjoyed shooting for it very much. I also gave my own inputs while we were shooting for 'Aa jaane jaa'." The contestants will be seen paying tribute to the lengedary actress by performing to her dance numbers. Shantanu Maheshwari shared a video, wherein the actress was seen saying, "There was a time when I used to be on stage performing for everyone and entertaining them. Now you all are performing for me and I am happily sitting." Shantanu shared the video and wrote, "To be a legend, it's not just hard work...it requires patience...confidence and creative genius to stick to the passion... its … [Read more...] about Nach Baliye 9: What Made Legendary Helen Say, ‘Thank God I Am Not A Part Of This Era’?
Atrocities happen. Shakespearean-level atrocities, dismembered-and-baked-in-a-pie atrocities. Humanity’s responses – tears, mockery, more atrocity – are ludicrously inadequate, but really, aren’t you just glad we have Nathan Lane on our side? And while we’re on the subject of inadequacy, put me down for singling out Lane, who is only the most obvious of the pleasures in Taylor Mac’s Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus, the outrageous, hysterically funny and connivingly moving new play opening on Broadway tonight at the Booth Theatre. With co-stars Kristine Nielsen and Julie White – both splendid – and director George C. Wolfe, Gary could seem almost greedy bringing in original music by Danny Elfman, Ann Roth’s costumes – perfect to the last, bloody thread – and a set design by Santo Loquasto that makes a wondrously macabre mountain out of a massacre. So if Gary wants to gild the lilies and spread ’em around the … [Read more...] about Nathan Lane Is Nobody’s Fool In Taylor Mac’s Bloody Hilarious ‘Gary: A Sequel To Titus Andronicus’ – Broadway Review