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Amanda Lear’s Disco Single: Still Futuristic After 45 Years

The French artist's song "Follow Me" created an unprecedented soundscape for its influence on the disco genre and its lasting impact on queer culture.
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Amanda Lear’s 1978 disco hit “Follow Me” is today known as an ahead-of-its-time musical UFO, an electronic composition that is still as current today as when it was recorded almost five decades ago.

With her strong French accent and deep sensual voice, the 1.78m androgynous former model’s rendition starts with pulsing synth chords, building up gradually into a full-on trance beat that is now considered to be one of the best examples of proto-techno music ever recorded.

“Follow Me” had a significant impact on young people in the late 1970s. Its combination of American-influenced disco with northern European robotic sounds created a unique and innovative sound that captured the attention of many. Lear’s recitative voice coupled with the theme of the devil made “Follow Me” an instant smash hit. Lear’s other chart-topping hits, including “Blood and Honey”, “Tomorrow”, “Queen of Chinatown”, “Enigma (Give a Bit of Mmh to Me)”, and “Fashion Pack”, solidified her status as a musical icon.

Amanda Lear became known as the Disco Queen with her catchy Euro-pop and disco-infused music. Her signature song “Follow Me” became an anthem for the disco era and was included in movies such as “Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky.”

This single created a distinct sound that was both captivating and ahead of its time. It followed a little odyssey portraying an enticing, siren-like persona, further highlighting the queer undertones present in the disco era. Lear’s song has been covered numerous times and has inspired artists across different genres.

Post Malone Shatters RIAA Records with Diamond Sales

Post Malone now holds the record as the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) highest-selling Diamond-certified singles recording artist.
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Post Malone – diamonds are his best friends

To illustrate just how big a deal this achievement is by Posty, as he is affectionately known, just over 100 recordings have attained that elusive Diamond status throughout the RIAA’s existence. To achieve the Diamond threshold, artists must sell 10 million certified copies of their songs. Post Malone now has eight of them, beating the tally of six songs previously held by Bruno Mars.

While Post’s recording of “Circles” set a record at 41 weeks as number one by a solo artist on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, his other achievements include more than 80 million records sold, 10 Billboard Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, and 1 MTV Video Music Awards. He has also received nine Grammy Award nominations.

Malone’s “Sunflower” has sold 17 million units and is now tied for the highest platinum-certified single of all time. To earmark this achievement, Post Malone is releasing “The Diamond Collection,” a new greatest hits album featuring his eight RIAA diamond songs, including his latest release, “Chemical.”

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Selena Gomez Beauty Brand Soars: $1 Billion in Revenue by 2023

Rare Beauty product range has become the fastest growing celebrity brand in under two years, with an estimation that it will reach a whopping $1 billion by the end of 2023.
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Selena Gomez's Rare Beauty is taking the industry by storm

Rare Beauty was launched in September 2020. The cruelty-free vegan makeup brand is taking the industry by storm and, in February, gained no less than 628,000 new followers on Instagram alone.

The company motto of breaking down unrealistic standards of perfection echoes the 30-year-old American singer, actress, producer, and businesswoman’s beliefs.

“Rare Beauty is about being comfortable. We must stop trying to be perfect and just be ourselves. I want us to stop comparing ourselves to each other and to start embracing our uniqueness.” Gomez says Rare Beauty is not about how other people perceive you, but about how you see yourself.

Gomes says that by creating rare Beauty she could open conversations around mental health and beauty issues. She hopes this will break down unrealistic standards, so changing the industry.

Selena Gomez started acting on children’s television in the series Barney & Friends. She became well-known for her teenager role as Alex Russo in the Wizards of Waverly Place series on the Disney Channel television channel.

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Joaquin Phoenix Faints On-Set, Ruins Take For Angry Director

The film's director Ari Aster says he was "p*ssed off" because the in-frame collapse spoiled a good take by the 73-year-old LuPone.
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Joaquin Phoenix at the 92nd Academy Awards
Joaquin Phoenix is best known for playing dark and disturbing characters in indie movies

Joaquin Phoenix “fell out of frame” when he fainted on the movie set of Beau Is Afraid. The incident occurred during an intense scene involving his on-screen mother, Patti LuPone. Phoenix was not actively involved in the scene at the time.

The Midsommar director said the scene was intense for Patti and he was annoyed by the in-frame collapse because it would have been a good take. Apparently when Aster went to investigate, he realized that the fall was serious because Phoenix was letting people touch and tend to him.

The director said it was ‘poetic’ that Phoenix fainted during someone else’s scene.

He told of the incident at the screening and Q&A of what people believed would be a rerun of Aster’s acclaimed horror movie, Midsommar, with British actress Florence Pugh in the lead role.

Beau Is Afraid will open in cinemas in the United States next month and revolves around a paranoid man trying to get home to his mother.

Phoenix is currently filming alongside Lady Gaga in a sequel to the 2024 hit movie, Joker: Folie à Deux, reprising the title role as a tortured wannabe comedian. Lady Gaga plays the Joker’s love interest.

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