International Supermodel of the World RuPaul has been wowing us with her musical prowess since the early ’90s, so it’s a given who the Splinters choice for best drag musical act of recent years may be. Her most recent album, Born Naked, became her most successful on the Billboard charts in years and has spawned many a recording career. And whilst it’s hard to look past sonic gem-makers like Divine for drag-related dance-pop from the late ’70s and early ’80s, it was the music of RuPaul that paved the way for so many drag queens that would come after her.
Kylie Minogue’s latest album, Kiss Me Once, is a bitter pill to swallow. The first album under the new management of Jay-Z’s RocNation is not exactly her greatest (and, in very fact, might just be her least favourable ever) and after hearing news a ‘Dance Kylie’ style album was recorded, then shelved, which was allegedly then followed by an ‘Indie Kylie’ style album being recorded, which too was also shelved, what has apparently happened here is the two sounds we most wanted Kylie to be doing were ditched for a collection of bad judgement calls and terrible “executive producing” on Sia’s part.
Ahh, the Eurovision. The only event in the world where Jessica Mauboy can get away with ‘representing Australia’ as an intermission act, singing away and getting lost amongst a sea of dancers dressed as kangaroos, koalas and beer cans (!!) – but that wasn’t even the highlight of this year’s competition. Austria’s Conchita Wurst made headlines this month when she won 2014’s Eurovision Song Contest.
It would be a safe assumption to make that during my late teens and early 20s I spent more time than is perhaps considered normal waiting outside of stage doors after gigs, waiting for a glimpse at (or, on more occasions than most, a photo with) the artists I had just watched play a gig. There was a period of time where my success rate in ‘stalking’ these stars literally sat at 100 per cent.
Queen of Pop and current Queen of Instagram, Madonna is tipped to “pull a Beyoncé” by dropping her reportedly ‘finished’ album very soon. Those closest to the star have taken to social media in the past fortnight, claiming to have heard the completed album in full, with Girl Gone Wild video director Mert Alas even going as far as to include unheard lyrics from the record into his social media post.
For this issue of Splinters, it was strongly considered to embark on an ARIA chart round-up but, seeing as the current ARIA Singles Chart is dreary enough to make even the most potent of amphetamine addicts feel like falling flat on their faces after collapsing into unconsciousness, I figured we’d forget about that trash and focus all of our chart-related energy looking back on the glorious yesteryears.
Gays and their enablers alike rejoiced earlier this month when Dame Kylie of Minogue released her twelfth studio album, Kiss Me Once. The record marks the first feature-length release from Minogue under her new management team, which just so happens to be helmed by Jay-Z, placing her under the extensive Roc Nation umbrella and, theoretically, opening more doors for her in the US than she could possibly dream of … Theoretically.
In news that saddens us greatly at Splinters, it seems Lady Gaga’s ArtRave Ball Tour isn’t selling as well as expected in Australia. Whilst most General Admission tickets across Australia have actually sold out, it has come to light that many of the seated tickets (including a number of highly-priced ‘package’ tickets) are still available. However, in Perth, ALL of the tickets (bar the meet and greet) are still available to purchase!
Supermodel of the World and high-profile drag queen extraordinaire RuPaul has unveiled her long-player Born Naked, a high energy collection of 10 (mostly) thumping tracks that take the formula of Ru’s previous sounds and elevates them to the standards of today. Featuring a slew of guest stars (RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage, electro-pop king Frankmusik, living legend and all-time-icon Martha Bloody Wash and rap royalty Big Freedia, to name a few), the album peaks with the stunning ‘Sissy that Walk’, a high-octane track that sounds like it could have made a killer Girls Aloud single, and a song whose construction is meticulously crafted yet completely bonkers in its conviction.
The brand new Kylie Minogue single is here and it is safe, safe, safe. There seems to be a cloud of controversy surrounding the release of ‘Into the Blue’ as well, with many online claiming Kylie plagiarised fellow Australian songstress Delta Goodrem’s ‘Sitting on Top of the World’. But THEN AGAIN, Delta HERSELF copped claims of plagiarism when she released ‘Sitting on Top of the World’ last year, after claims Goodrem had actually stolen the riff and melody (the same one Kylie’s used!) from Arcade Fire’s ‘Rebellion (Lies)’. Amazingly, when asked about it, Delta’s response was so flawless she may as well have said ‘I’ve never even heard of Arcade Fire’. Will Kylie take the same approach?