Pop Ups :: 8/7/12
Here is our roundup of everything pop culture that you may have missed:
Lady Gaga Announces "ARTPOP"
Last weekend Lady Gaga announced the title of her third full-length record. The pop star took to Twitter and wrote: "Make sure when writing about my new album/project 'ARTPOP' that you CAPITALIZE the title, *it's all in the details*"
Although Mother Monster didn't reveal any more information about the record, she did post a photo of the title tattooed on her arm, Rolling Stone reported. The magazine points out that "ARTPOP" is expected to hit stores in early 2013 and in June Gaga debuted a new song called "Princess Die" while touring in Australia. She is also set to star in the upcoming film "Machete Kills," which is directed by Robert Rodriguez.
Mika: ’If you ask am I gay, I say yeah.’
In more music news, British pop singer Mika told Instinct magazine that he is gay. The 28-year-old musician, who is best known for his 2007 hit "Grace Kelly" and "Relax (Take it Easy)," has kept quiet about his sexuality in the past but decided to come out in the publication’s September issue.
"If you ask me am I gay, I say yeah," he said. "Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah. And it’s only through my music that I’ve found the strength to come to terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This is my real life."
Pink News reports that the Lebanese-born singer told Dutch magazine in 2009 that he was bisexual, however.
"I’ve never ever labeled myself. But having said that, I’ve never limited my life. I’ve never limited who I sleep with. ... Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me."
Mika’s latest effort is secluded to come out on Sept. 16.
Pop Stars Attack! Elton Disses Madge...Again
The feud between pop icons Madonna and Sir Elton John has been reignited as John called the diva a "fucking fairground stripper" and said that her "career is over," the British tabloid paper the Sun reported.
The incident occurred on Australian TV when the "Benny and the Jets" singer made the remarks because of negative statements Madonna has made about Lady Gaga. Gaga is godmother to his son Zachary.
Madonna has made condescending comments about Lady Gaga’s single "Born This Way," which many have said sounds similar to Madonna’s 1989 smash hit "Express Yourself."
"I thought, ’What a wonderful way to redo my song.’ I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was... interesting," Madonna said.
John believes that Madonna has no right to criticize other musicians, however.
"Why is she such a nightmare? Sorry, her career is over. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn’t happen to a bigger cunt," he said. "If Madonna had any common sense she would have made a record like ’Ray Of Light’ and stayed away from the dance stuff and just been a great pop singer and make great pop records, which she does brilliantly," he ranted. "But no, she had to go and prove... she looks like a fucking fairground stripper. She’s been horrible to Gaga."
In January, John’s partner David Furnish got involved in the feud when he bashed Madonna for beating out the rocker for winning Best Original Song during 2011’s Golden Globe Awards.
Furnish tweeted, "Madonna. Best song???? F*** off!!!" He then wrote, "Her acceptance speech was embarrassing in its narcissism. And her criticism of Gaga shows how desperate she really is."
Before the award was announced, John dissed Madonna on the red carpet and said, "Mary J Blige might win it for ’The Help.’ Madonna doesn’t have a fucking chance."
Drag Veterans Return for RuPaul’s ’All Stars’
Fans of "RuPaul’s Drag Race" will be happy to learn that the newest season of the Logo reality show will feature past contestants. Some of the returning fierce drag queens, include Pandora Boxx, Chad Michaels, Yara Sofia, Jujubee, Manila Luzon, Alexis Matteo and fan favorite Latrice Royale. But sadly, it appears as though the controversial love-to-hate Willam will not be on the show.
"RuPaul’s All Star Drag Race" will air in October.