Podcast: Olivia Newton-John & Chloe Lattanzi Chat On New Single “Window In The Wall”

Olivia Newton-John and daughter Chloe Lattanzi
Chloe Lattanzi said in a recent interview she wouldn't get the coronavirus vaccine which led some to wonder if she's an anti-vaxxer and Trump supporter
Olivia Newton-John with daughter Chloe Lattanzi (photo: Michelle Day)

In this podcast episode, I’m speaking with four-time Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John and her daughter, singer/songwriter Chloe Lattanzi who recently released their new duet, “Window in the Wall.” Continue reading “Podcast: Olivia Newton-John & Chloe Lattanzi Chat On New Single “Window In The Wall””

New Music: Olivia Newton-John & Chloe Lattanzi ‘Window In The Wall’

Window in the Wall is the new single from four-time Grammy Award winner Olivia Newton-John
Chloe Lattanzi & Olivia Newton-John (photo: Michelle Day)

Four-time Grammy Award winner and international pop star Dame Olivia Newton-John released her latest single and music video, “Window in the Wall,” today.

The track, a duet with her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, is an uplifting piano-driven ballad. The optimistic lyrics address the distance and divides felt by many in these turbulent times:

Looking for a window in the wall / Maybe we can see the other side
And find we’re not so different after all  / Looking for a window in the wall

The new ballad opens with Lattanzi’s pensive, sensitive vocals. She’s quickly joined by Newton-John whose rich artistry underscores (again) her rightful place in the pantheon of great pop singers.

Check out the music video below.

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Produced by six-time Grammy Award-winner Dave Cobb, “Window in the Wall” is a breath of fresh air in these stormy, unsettled times.

The music video clearly resonated with fans as it quickly hit #1 on the iTunes Music Video chart and stayed at the top spot for hours.

You can follow Dame Olivia Newton-John on Facebook here, and follow Chloe Lattanzi on Instagram here.

“Window in the Wall” is available now on Amazon and other digital download sites.

This marks the second musical collaboration for the mother/daughter duo. In 2015, the two singers hit number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club chart with “You Have To Believe,” their reworking of Newton-John’s 1980 single “Magic” from the soundtrack to the film Xanadu.

At the time, I interviewed Chloe about the collaboration and the achievement. Hit the play button below to hear our chat.

New Music: Blake English Just Wants To Be ‘Cool’

Blake English just wants to be ‘Cool’ (photo: Rowan Daly)

Out recording artist Blake English recently released his latest single, “Cool.”

With top-shelf pop production and clever lyrics, English remembers what it was like keeping up with his glamorous, Hollywood friends on his rise to fame.

Written after a party in the glamorous Hollywood Hills, “Cool” tells the story of many up-and-coming artists and those trying to fake it until they make it. English was inspired by the fact that he was surrounded by successful figures in the entertainment industry while still trying to catch his big break.

“It basically goes through my journey of maintaining my authenticity while also doing things to pander to the fame life,” explains English.

The lyrics contrast witty cynicism and sarcasm with honesty and vulnerability in lines such as, “One’n up with my last pay stub; it’s fine, I’m really fine, I’m really fine; done some things I regret, but for some fame, I’ll forget.”

While “Cool” is, on the surface, an incredibly catchy pop song, English is also singing a vital reminder to hold on to your authenticity in a modern, flashy world.

Hit the play button below. “Cool” is available now on all streaming platforms.

On The Passing Of Helen Reddy – We Heard Her ‘Roar’

Helen Reddy (photo: Francesco Scavullo – public domain)

I was so sad to hear the news that Australian pop star Helen Reddy passed away on Tuesday at the age of 78. The singer had battled dementia for years.

As longtime readers of The Randy Report know, I’m a fan of those pop music voices that are so singular you can recognize them in an instant. Reddy was one of those artists.

Her first success in the U.S. came after her future-husband, Jeff Wald, talking Capitol Records into recording a single with Reddy. The release (“I Believe in Music”) was a flop but led to an accidental B-side hit with “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar hitting #13 on the Billboard charts.

Of course, Reddy’s biggest hit (and one of the few she co-wrote) was her iconic anthem, “I Am Woman,” from 1971. The hit song made her the first Australian-born singer to reach #1 on the Billboard charts and garnered the Aussie her only Grammy Award (Best Pop Vocal Performance – Female). In accepting the honor, she famously thanked God, saying: “Because She makes everything possible.”

She followed that with a string of hits including “Delta Dawn,” “Angie Baby,” “Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)” and “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady” – which would earn a second Grammy nod for the artist in 1975.

Hollywood embraced Reddy as well as she appeared in movies and TV shows including starring in Disney’s Pete’s Dragon (featuring Reddy singing the Oscar-nominated “Candle on the Water”) and handling semi-regular hosting duties on the 1970s variety series The Midnight Special. In 1973, she also had her own summer variety show, The Helen Reddy Show.

In the 1980s, she found artistic and financial success starring in stage musicals, most notably taking over the lead role of “Mrs. Johnstone” in Blood Brothers on Broadway.

She also starred in productions of Anything Goes, Shirley Valentine and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Here’s what looks to be press footage from Blood Brothers featuring the star singing “Easy Terms” and the finale, “Tell Me It’s Not True.”

Thanks to those successes, she recorded an album of theater songs for Varese Sarabande Records in 1997 titled Center Stage.

My husband, Michael, was the Vice President of Marketing and Publicity at the time and worked with Reddy in promoting the collection, including a cheeky photoshoot with several shirtless hunks (which Reddy LOVED).

At the end of the shoot, she told Michael he had to be a part of the shoot and demanded he take off his shirt.

And so, this happened.

My hubby Michael Caprio with Helen Reddy and friends (photo: Kevin Merrill)

I loved the album which featured such wide-ranging songs as “The Writing on the Wall” (Drood), “The Party’s Over” (Bells Are Ringing), “Blow Gabriel Blow” (Anything Goes) and this terrific take on “Knowing When To Leave” from the 1960s hit, Promises, Promises.

Reddy was a singular talent who rightfully deserves her place in music history. Rest in peace, Helen Reddy.

Gamer & The Goss: Tom Goss Is Down For The ‘Nerdy Bear’

Tom Goss and Jason Villegas in ‘Nerdy Bear’ (photo: Catalin Stelian)

It’s always nice to start the day with a smile 🙂

So, I was happy to see an email this morning from award-winning, guitar-toting, singer/songwriter Tom Goss announcing, “Nerdy Bears are the cutest bears! Naturally, I wrote a song and made a video about it.”

While Tom has spent much of the past year promoting his latest album titled, Territories, a moody, richly-layered synth-pop collection exploring the complexities of love.

But now, he’s back in fun mode with this homage to those plus-size gamer guys.

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“Given the hot mess that is 2020 I thought the world could use something light and full of fun, ” says Tom. “And what’s more fun than a ‘Nerdy Bear?'”

Nerdy bear, behind them glasses you’re a dirty bear.
So shake that a** in daddy underwear, and let me sneak into your secret lair.

Tom’s handsome co-star, Jason Villegas (Chubby Tanuki on Instagram), is totally ‘game’ for the role.

You can find my previous coverage of terrific Tom on The Randy Report here.

Back in 2013, over 200 bears joined together to make Tom’s super-fun video romp, “Bears.”

Complete with lots of robust, hirsute men playing with Super Soakers, careening down a slip and slide, and dancing in a club (usually in slow motion), the video celebrates all the furry goodness.

Swedish Pop Star Darin Comes Out: ‘I’m Proud To Be Gay’

Swedish pop star Darin (image via Instagram)

Darin Zanyar, one of Sweden’s best-known pop stars with seven #1 albums since he came to fame on Swedish Idol in 2004, has come out as gay in a post on Instagram.

The singer/songwriter, who generally goes by the single name moniker Darin, shared his post during Stockholm’s annual Pride celebration.

“Everyone in the world should be able to be proud and accepted for who they are,” wrote Darin on Instagram. “I know how difficult it can be. Took me a while, but I am proud to be gay. Happy pride!”

Here’s Darin’s latest single, “En säng av rosor,” which translates to “A Bed of Roses.”

 

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New Music: All Singer/Songwriter Clinton John Wants To Do Is “Cry”

Out recording artist Clinton John drops the music video for his single "Cry"
Clinton John (photo: Acacia Evans)

Out singer/songwriter Clinton John’s synth-pop single, “Cry,” offers his take on the internal push/pull of letting go of a past relationship.

The downtempo earworm pairs top-shelf, pure-pop production with candid lyrics that capture the realization you haven’t moved on from a former love as much as you’d hoped.

I recently chatted with the handsome Nashville-based artist about the single and a few other things.

The Randy Report: Congrats on the new single. What inspired the track?

Clinton John: “Cry” came about from the classic struggle of trying to get over someone. I had tried everything that I thought would help. I partied, hooked up with other people, basically used anything to distract myself from the feeling. After months passed, I saw that person again and all the emotion came flooding back and I was so frustrated that I had made no progress in getting over them. It was that type of frustration that makes you so mad you just want to cry and scream. And that is when I wrote the song.

Clinton John (photo: Acacia Evans)

TRR: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

CJ: The best advice I have ever been given is “no one cares what you do.” It doesn’t really sound like great advice per se, but as an artist creating music it’s so easy to get in your head and the worry that people might not liking what you create holds you back from making something authentic or special. Also, as coming out as a gay artist I had years of built-up fear of what people thought of me that giving myself the freedom to just live authentically and care about what people think.

TRR: What’s next on the musical horizon?

CJ: I have a collaboration with another LGBT artist named Stasney Mav, a song called “SOLO.” After that, I have another single lined up for the beginning of June, and many other tracks in the works to release throughout the rest of the year!

Check out Clinton John’s “Cry” below. The single is available on digital download sites here, and you can follow him on Instagram here.

Diana Ross Drops New Remix “Love Hangover 2020”

Diana Ross proves she’s still ‘the boss’ with this new remix of her mega-hit “Love Hangover” by Eric Kupper.

On May 29 the diva will drop a new album titled Supertonic featuring new remixes of nine Ross classics. Supertonic also will be available June 26 on CD and crystal-clear vinyl.

All remixes are created from the original multi-tracks of the masters taken from the Motown vaults.

Diana Ross rewrote history earlier this year when “Love Hangover 2020,” the first single from Supertonic, topped Billboard magazine’s Dance Club Songs Chart – her fourth consecutive No. 1 remix with a song that had previously been No. 1 in its original release.

The original version of “Love Hangover” was a simultaneous No. 1 on Billboard’s Pop, R&B and Dance Club Play charts the week ending May 15, 1976.

 

News Round-Up: March 26, 2020

Max Emerson and friend (photo: Charlie Nunn)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: Cutie Max Emerson (above) offers this important public service announcement – “If you foster a doggo you don’t have to quarantine alone. Shelters need your help now more than ever, so if you’re one of the lucky people still financially stable please consider it.”

The Gaily Grind: A “traveling musical minister” who dismissed the COVID-19 threat as “mass hysteria” has just died from complications due to the virus.

Washington Blade: A cadre of 17 senators — including six former presidential hopefuls and one current candidate — are calling on the Food & Drug Administration to take another look at the ban prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood amid the coronavirus crisis.

New Music: Pop sensation 5 Seconds of Summer drops their latest single, “Wildflower,” an 80s-inspired, upbeat power-pop bop. The band says they left out words from the chorus so that people can “make the chorus kind of a choose-your-own-adventure. Expect to hear “WildFlower” all over the place this spring and summer.

Deadline: NBC has set 9 p.m. Thursday, April 23, for the series finale of Will & Grace and will precede it with a half-hour retrospective special hosted by Eric McCormack. The special will chronicle the series’ guest stars and its history-making moments from over the years, including the first male-to-male kiss on network television. Elton John and Norman Lear also will appear.

NewNowNext: In addition to her Las Vegas shows being postponed due to the coronavirus threat, Lady Gaga has announced she will also delay the release of her upcoming album, Chromatica, as well. “While I believe art is one of the strongest things we have to provide joy and healing to each other during times like this, it just doesn’t feel right to me to release this album with all that is going on during this global pandemic.”

Advocate: The gays asked for it, and #BeardEdgeEdge is here. During an Instagram Live session on Wednesday with Dr. Dara Krass, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg was looking pretty fur-tastic.

New Music: MAX ‘Where Am I At’

MAX (courtesy photo)

MAX drops the music video to his new single, “Where Am I At,” in advance of his upcoming album, Colour Vision, due out May 22.

The artist, dubbed ‘Young Pop God’ by GQ Magazine, doesn’t rely on visual trickery in the new video as he sings facing directly into the camera in one long take.

“‘Where Am I At’ is about the moment you realize you will never hug, never talk with, never say I love you to someone that means everything to you,” says MAX. “The moment you know they’re truly gone and all that’s left of them is what you remember. I didn’t know who I was anymore knowing I’d never be able to see her again.”

MAX’s intense, sensitive delivery paired with soaring vocals takes the artist into new emotional terrain compared to recent releases.

The new track is the follow up to MAX’s “Checklist” featuring Chromeo released last November.  The bouncy pop bop (check out the colorful music video below) has accumulated millions of streams and charted at Top 40 radio.

Released last April, MAX’s smash hit single “Love Me Less” featuring Quinn XCII reached No. 17 at Top 40 Pop Radio, has over 170 million streams worldwide and continues to grow. MAX has performed the song live on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The TODAY Show, and LIVE With Kelly and Ryan.

MAX also announced the first leg of his North American tour with nearly a dozen dates so far and has surpassed over 1 billion total career streams.