Several pop artists are sharing their thoughts on Twitter following the news that Whitney Houston had been found unresponsive in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday afternoon and declared dead after paramedics were unsuccessful performing CPR on the singing legend. Houston was 48. Among the Tweets:
Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira): :'( RIP Whitney
Lighters up for Whitney! #IWillAlwaysLoveU twitpic.com/8is2vm
Kimberley Locke (@KimberleyLocke): Just getting home, so shocked by the news on Whitney. #sad
Cyndi Lauper (@shebop_aka_cyn): I am so sad. She was young. A great voice gone. xx cyn
Jennifer Love Hewitt (@TheReal_Jlh): My heart is broken!Whitney Houston is with the angels! We will miss u! Rip…” I will always love you”.
Elliott Yamin (@elliottyamin): What the EFF?!?!..did Whitney Houston really die 2day???
RIP Whitney!…wow,so sad!
Jeez-lew-ease!….i keep wishin this Whitney mess is all a hoax,and expecting her 2 appear w/a performance 2mrrw nite at the Grammys : (
Lauren Pritchard (GrlCalledLauren): RIP Whitney. We will always remember your voice, your greatness and your spirit. Everyone misses you.
Ayla Brown (@AylaBrown): I can’t believe Whitney Houston passed away. She influenced my music in so many ways over the years. She was the best the the preachers wife
Justin Guarini (@justin_guarini): We’ll miss you Whitney.
I remember sitting &listening to the LP of Whitney’s first album and being blown away by how effortless and unique her voice was. She was beautiful, and a woman of absolute distinction. That’s the way I’ll always remember her. My heart goes out to her family. #weloveyouwhitney
Cal Ecker, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter who is making waves with his new single ‘I Will Love You’, will release his self-titled debut EP on September 20th. The songs in the five-track set are melancholic but catchy, ranging from the plaintive, soaring hook of ‘I Will Love You’ to the upbeat, tongue-in-cheek ‘Radio’.
The set is rounded out by a re-imagining of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time After Time’, which premiered on Huffington Post Friday morning. Cal’s version retains the original’s classic pop sensibility but adds a gritty, 21st century twist. Check out the stream, which also includes ‘I Will Love You’, via his Soundcloud page below.
Viva Glam spokesmodels Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper explained how they met up at the LOGO Awards and their unique friendship in an interview with ITN. “She made me feel like at least one person was going to understand me and not a bad one at that,” Gaga said of the ‘True Colors’ singer. Watch the comments and a report on the pair launching the Viva Glam collection and discussing their work to encourage HIV testing via YouTube below.
Cyndi Lauper will be participating in the new season of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ on NBC, where she’ll be working for Donald Trump and competing for her charity, the Stonewall Community Foundation for True Colors where she is working toward civil rights and equality. “I just feel like it’s an awesome experience, I’ll learn a lot,” Lauper says in the video. “I’m a hard worker. I’m used to 18-hour days.”
The teaser video at NBC.com has since been removed.
CNN’s Alina Cho talks to Lady Gaga about her musical appeal and style during a segment aired on Thursday’s ‘American Morning’. Asked about how she decides what to wear, the ‘Poker Face’ singer responded, “For me, it’s important to always keep that connection with my fans. So no matter what I’m wearing, whether it’s high fashion that it was on the runway last week or it’s a leather jack that I found at a vintage shop, I need to create things and wear things that they can always replicate.”
But when Cho pointed out that most people in the world can’t afford or locate some of her eyeraising attire, Gaga said, “It is not exactly true. The last thing you want to do as an artist is create something that feels like you can’t touch it, or you don’t deserve it, or I can’t have that. My hair bow, you can make a hair bow for $2.” Watch the report, also featuring Cyndi Lauper, via CNN.com below the cut. (more…)
Lady Gaga was among the early morning arrivals at the ‘Good Morning America’ studios in New York City on Wednesday (February 10). The singer was joined on the ABC morning show by Cyndi Lauper to promote M-A-C’s “Viva Glam” program to fight HIV/AIDS in women. Watch the ‘GMA’ interview below.
Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper spoke with the ‘Today’ show’s Hoda Kotb and Al Roker about MAC’s Viva Glam campaign on Wednesday (February 10). Proceeds of Viva Glam lipstick sales go to AIDS charities. Gaga also said she would collaborate with Cyndi Lauper on a duet “in the spirit of spreading AIDS awareness.” Watch the 2-part interview below the cut. (more…)
Cyndi Lauper posted video of her walking to the White House with Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese to meet President Barack Obama and hear him talk about the signing of the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Violent hate crimes against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will now be recognized and prosecuted by the Federal government. “It would have happened a year ago or two, but it’s happening now,” Lauper said, referencing the previous president vowing to veto the legislation if it came to his desk. Watch the clip via YouTube below.
Cyndi Lauper is reacting to news of the federal hate crimes bill being expanded to include protection for gays and lesbians from hate-motivated violence. The veteran pop singer told fans on her blog at MySpace (@cyndilauper) on Wednesday (October 28):
As a straight ally and as a person with many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family members, friends and fans, I want to thank the Human Rights Campaign, Judy and Dennis Shepard and Senator Edward Kennedy for their leadership in the 11 year struggle to get the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd, Jr. Hates Crimes Prevention Bill enacted. FINALLY, with President Obama’s signature, violent hate crimes against the LGBT community will be recognized and prosecuted by the Federal government. This is only the beginning, I believe that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, as well as the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, will soon be here. Today, that light at the end of the tunnel for the LGBT civil rights movement is much brighter.
Cyndi Lauper has issued the following statement about the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Prop 8 earlier this week, which bans gay marriage in the state. Lauper writes:
Let me see, how does that song go again? “I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never going to keep me down.” Every time we get knocked down we only get stronger. If it takes one time or ten times, we get stronger each time.
Never forget the late, great San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk who was known for saying, “…I’M HERE TO RECRUIT YOU!!” And I’m shouting out now for all my fellow straight allies to stand beside our LGBT friends and family and start being counted.
– Cyndi Lauper