CULTURE CLUB: First new single in two decades
Boy George and Culture Club have released their first new music of the millennium.
Spotify is streaming "Let Somebody Love You," a reggae-pop groove with horns and plenty of background harmonies. While hinting at some of the group's '80s classics, the single features the clean, sober and 30 years older Boy George, whose singing sounds very different from what you remember on "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" and "Karma Chameleon."
The track is a preview of Culture Club's long-delayed new album, Life, which is now scheduled for release October 26th. (Billboard)
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JACKSON BROWNE: Big honor coming in September
Jackson Browne will be presented with the Gandhi Peace Award from Promoting Enduring Peace, which was founded in 1952 to conduct peace education and citizen diplomacy intended to counteract the forces then moving the world toward a global thermonuclear cataclysm.
The award honors those who “foster admiration for extraordinary devotion to the cause of peace and nonviolent social progress,” and Browne is being recognized for “extraordinary contributions of time and talent to the inseparable causes of world peace, environmental harmony, and social justice."
The award comes with a cash prize and a medallion forged from peace bronze composed of metals salvaged from the control systems of U.S. nuclear missiles. And, consistent with tradition, Browne has been invited “to present a message of challenge and hope” to those present.
The event will take place on September 14th at the United Church in New Haven, Connecticut.
Previous honorees include Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chávez and George McGovern.
BEACH BOYS: David Marks is not hiding out from bad publicity
David Marks is not hiding out despite some bad publicity. Marks and his much-younger wife were both arrested and charged with misdemeanors after a domestic violence incident earlier this month. TMZ broke the news Saturday. Monday, the guitarist took part in The Beach Boys' Q&A session at L.A.'s Capitol Records Tower.
Marks said he was "so grateful" for his wife's "unwavering love and support in the face of so many challenges in our 20 years together."
After the interview session, he thanked Mike Love and his wife Jacquelyne, "who went out of their way to be kind and supportive during what could have been an awkward afternoon, to say the least. Thank you all for the friendship and love! You find your true friends in the darkness!"
In a Facebook post, Marks complained that "the events portrayed in the gossip blogs are not a fair representation of what actually happened. Big Surprise!"