2013 Newspaper Articles
Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:39 AM
Big Coast Diva Date for Callea
Gold Coast Bulletin
Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:44 AM
Mariah Shines on the Gold Coast
Powerhouse performer Mariah Carey didn't disappoint her massive loyal fan base at her first Australian concert on Tuesday night at The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre by opening her anticipated show with her theme song Can't Take That Away.
The diva, who is here for a series of three concerts, opened her performance in a figure hugging white spangly mini-dress and immediately set the tone with her multi-octave voice.
"Happy New Year," she yelled to the adoring 4502 pumped concert goers - who she affectionately calls her "lambs".
She recalled an earlier visit to Australia before singing her hit song Butterfly on a white chaise lounge.
"I had the best time in my life here the last time I was here, the dolphins even the Vegemite I had the best time it was like a freeing time in my life - I'm not just saying that."
With her trademark flamboyance she brought her two children Moroccan and Monroe (dressed in a matching tutu) onto the stage with husband Nick Cannon and made them say "hi" in the microphone.
"It's bed time night night - I love you, kiss mummy," she said trying to deal with minor sound
difficulties in the newly built theatre.
The audience, including local celebrities Sophie Monk and Ruby Rose, were lucky enough to secure tickets which had sold out in minutes upon release.
"Everything that happened last year that wasn't exactly stellar - this year is going to be a long slow wonder!" she said. "What we need to do this year - for anything you don't want to remember from the last year - listen to these tracks to shake it off," she said as she broke into Shake It Off from her album The Emancipation of Mimi.
Here with her family, Carey arrived on The Gold Coast on Friday night on a private jet from Aspen, and has been staying in the penthouse suite of the filled-to -capacity Jupiters Hotel and Casino.
Since arriving, the American Idol judge has been spotted enjoying Broadbeach with her family on one of Bruce Nicholl's yachts as well as partaking in a beachside workout with her husband and trainer.
"G'day Gold Coast! So excited to be back in Australia, can't wait to see u all at the shows !!LYM," she tweeted on arrival.
On Saturday night the couple tucked their twins in bed and enjoyed a dinner at the Sea Temple's Seaduction Restaurant in Broadbeach with Fellow American Idol judge and her manager Randy Jackson, where she is reported to have dined on grade nine Wagyu beef prepared by executive chef Steve Szabo.
The singer is reported to have taken such a shine to the glittery strip on The Gold Coast, where she also plans on taking a swim with the dolphins at Sea World, that she is leaving Roe and Roc as they are affectionately called here with minders while she performs her Sydney concert on January 3rd and Melbourne date on the 5th.
Her world famous reputation appears in her backstage rider which stipulates two dozen white roses and vanilla-scented aromatherapy candles as well as a room temperature of exactly 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The list of demands is also reported to include Cristal champagne, a box of bendy straws and one special attendant to dispose of used chewing gum, tea service for eight people and two air purifier - and to make sure she only sees herself in the best light, no harsh lighting.
Mind you, Jupiters have it easy - if rumours of a reported London concert demand list are to be believed. Apparently Carey demanded a Rolls Royce Phantom, a pink carpet, a pink podium, confetti shaped as butterflies and 80 security guards several years ago. At the same concert she also asked for 20 white kittens and 100 doves - the request was turned down.
But there were no such antics this week with the singer and her entourage nothing short of "lovely" according to insiders and staff dealing with the superstar. The happy family have been out and about relaxed and posing with fans, although the singer did not make time for local media as planned ahead of her first gig, opting so stay in her suite
Her dancers were, however, been spotted out and about enjoying the pool side facilities and local fauna.
The singer has had a controversial year being embroiled in a battle with her fellow Idol judge Nicky Minaj but showed no tensions on Tuesday night.
The opening acts for the show was husband Cannon and Australian singer, Anthony Callea, who has now performed with the holy triumvirate of divas - having opened for both Celine Dion and the late Whitney Houston.
"It's the diva trifecta" he said ahead of his performance on Tuesday - when he flew up with partner Tim Campbell. "I met Whitney, I met Celine - to meet Mariah? Oh my God, I will be hoping and praying and everything in between."
Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:46 AM
Anthony excerpt from 93.9 Mariah Review
Opening act was Australian Idol runner up Anthony Callea. Despite only releasing two albums and a few EPs, Anthony knows how to entertain. His voice is powerful, his songs heartfelt, and he’s even entertaining between songs. He easily rolled through his signature single “The Prayer”, mashed up his two most recent tracks “Uh Oh Uh Oh” and “Last To Know” into an acoustic wonder, and wrapped up with a live take on Rihanna’s hit “S & M”.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:55 AM
'Coming Out' As Gay a 'Bizarre Concept' for Callea
Singer Anthony Callea believes gay people should not be expected to "come out", saying the whole process is based on peer pressure.
"The whole 'coming out' thing, I find it a really bizarre concept," Callea said. "If you're a heterosexual, do you need to come and say that you're straight?
"Someone's sexuality is a part of who they are; it doesn't define who they are," he said.
Callea, who is gay and in a serious relationship with actor Tim Campbell, said he's not interested in activism.
"I have a great relationship, I live in normal house, I have a dog, I live a normal lifestyle, it's just part of who I am – it's not who I am," he said. "My friends and family don't treat us like that either. I think if you make something an issue, then it becomes an issue [in] society.
"The amount of people who come up to me and Tim and say 'just seeing you and Tim being really normal and living in a home together and not making an issue out of it, it's a really positive thing'," Callea said.
Callea confirmed he was gay to a Melbourne newspaper in 2007, three years after he was the runner-up on a smash-hit season of Australian Idol. His sexuality was revealed by a Sydney radio announcer, who "outed" Callea in a gossip segment.
The singer said he has not embraced the idea of being a role model because of his sexuality.
"I'll say one thing, in terms of the whole role model thing, I just do my own thing. I do what I do and if that has a positive effect on someone, that is a beautiful thing. I'm not out to make a statement or make a political statement about anything," he said.
When asked whether some people within the gay community put pressure on others to announce their sexuality, Callea acknowledged it does take place. But he said, "I just don't give in to peer pressure.
"If you go through life trying to please everyone, you're not going to please everyone, just please yourself," he said. "And celebrate who you are as a whole, not just part of who you are."
Anthony Callea has just signed a new record deal with ABC Music. His new album, 30, is due out in late April.
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PLEASE READ & RT - Disappointing that "journalist" Christine Sams has trivialised important GLBTI issues regarding coming out from an exclusive interview we gave her about my new album release and signing with ABC Music. What I thought was a great 20min interview today, has now turned into an amateur gossip piece. For a very short amount of time she brought up the topic of "gay issues", which I was reluctant to speak about, and now my hesitation has been substantiated. As much as I stand by most of what I said, the headline "'Coming Out' as gay a 'bizarre concept' says Callea" is cheap and tabloid like and the article was never meant to be about these important issues. It's a shame, especially over Mardi Gras weekend that Christine and her editor have decided to take this angle, perhaps to grab their own cheap headlines, but I refuse to be a pawn in their game and I know readers are smarter than this. I would caution any artist in ever giving over to this so called journalist.
So, to do Christine's job for her, I'm excited that my new Album "Thirty" is being released through my new record company ABC Music, distributed by Universal Music on 26th April. More detail on the album to come...
Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:58 AM
Anthony Callea Signs With ABC Music
Anthony Callea is celebrating this third decade with a new record label. Callea will release his next album ‘Thirty’ through ABC Music.
‘Thirty’ will feature both new songs and a few classics. Anthony has covered Cheap Trick ‘The Flame’ and Heart ‘Alone’ for ‘Thirty’.
“Turning THIRTY last December was an exciting time and I decided I needed to record an album that encapsulated the past THIRTY years for me. Both musically and emotionally, this album is a collection of inspirational songs that embrace the artists and music that have influenced me over the years. I have also wanted to record and release a couple of originals that I wrote a while back but have been waiting for the right time, so I am very excited to have them become part of the THIRTY album”, Anthony said in a statement.
‘Thirty’ will be released through ABC in Australia on April 26, 2013.
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:02 PM
Anthony Callea to Release New Album
Singer Anthony Callea will release his new album next month.
The Australian Idol runner-up is putting the finishing touches on Thirty and will release the album through ABC Music on April 26, it was announced on Sunday.
The album will include some original songs by Callea and a selection of covers, including Cheap Tricks' The Flame, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey's hit When You Believe and Michael Bolton's Go The Distance.
"Turning thirty last December was an exciting time and I decided I needed to record an album that encapsulated the past thirty years for me.
"Both musically and emotionally, this album is a collection of inspirational songs that embrace the artists and music that have influenced me over the years. I have also wanted to record and release a couple of originals that I wrote a while back but have been waiting for the right time, so I am very excited to have them become part of the Thirty album," Callea said in a statement.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:54 PM
It's starting that roller coaster ride...
Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:07 AM
Coming Out: Building A Home Instead Of A Closet
“Sexuality doesn’t define who you are.”
Singer Anthony Callea’s thought provoking words in The Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday invite us to think about the various demands and definitions that shape our sexualities. His words draw particular attention to our investments in defining who we are by who we sleep with. For Callea, and I certainly agree, a person’s sexual orientation reveals no more about our personality or character than their ethnicity or gender does.
Callea makes a particularly apt point when he notes that there is an asymmetrical demand to “come out” for those who do not identify as heterosexual:
“If you're a heterosexual, do you need to come and say that you're straight?”
Coming out of the proverbial closet only seems to become a burden if you do not subscribe to the pervasive notion that everyone is, or at least ought to be, exclusively opposite-sex attracted.
Callea also points out that the sexual orientation of a person is no more an admirable feature of their personality than their eye colour or religious affiliation. We should not romanticise people on the basis of who we think they are or what we hope they will represent. Such idolatry will inevitably disappoint us.
So why do we still feel compelled to “come out”?
For starters, those of us who “come out” find ourselves doing it several times over – to friends, family members, colleagues, and even strangers. Unless you find yourself forever nestled in a “gay bubble” (oh, how I wish!), in the many spaces you will move through, from schools to workplaces, there tends to be a presumption that we are all heterosexual.
Over the weekend, despite the insidious rain, many people came together to celebrate the 35th Sydney Mardi Gras. While the parade is often thought about as more party than protest, it does serve to highlight the shifts in the legal and social acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in Australia.
However, social acceptance (and even legal recognition) is far from universal. Homophobic violence, vilification and harassment continue to pervade the lives of many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people.
With this in mind, it is naďve to think that the label like “gay” or “lesbian,” or even the category of “sexual orientation” itself, no longer has political currency. Last week, TheVine reported on the controversy of a “Closet Party” that uses celebrity images to promote their event. Regardless of whether you support the event or not, it is a timely reminder that speculation about the sexualities of individuals (celebrity or not) remains a ubiquitous part of our lives.
Callea’s words, however, do inspire us to think more critically about “coming out” and what it means to claim a public identity. Callea notes:
“I have a great relationship, I live in normal house, I have a dog, I live a normal lifestyle, it's just part of who I am – it's not who I am.”
Callea’s use of the word “normal lifestyle” is quite troubling. Who is to say what is “normal” these days, anyway? After all, there is a difference between something that is common and something that is normal.
Despite this, his words no doubt resonate with a number of our more personal attachments: finding love, buying a house, getting a pet, and maybe even having children someday. Indeed, much of the momentum around marriage equality organises around these private commitments.
So then our intimate sensibilities or erotic lives – no matter whether we want them to be or not – are political.
Once upon a not so distant time, having a same-sex relationship was a criminal offence. Confessing that you were gay used to be sufficient grounds for psychiatric intervention.
How can we say our desires our not political when politics still seems so obsessed with codifying, classifying, and legislating around them?
We need only look to the political hesitation on marriage equality and the legislative insistence on exceptions to federal anti-discrimination laws as a timely example of this.
Perhaps an interesting way to refract the demand to “come out” is to think about “coming in.” Last year, psychologist Sekneh Beckett and lawyer Alyena Mohummadally spoke movingly at Queer Thinking about how we should allow others the privilege to hear our intimate stories, rather than feel compelled to tell stories we think others want to hear. Beckett notes: There is an invitation for us to relinquish our faith in order for us to express our diverse genders and sexualities.”
Discussing her work with LGBTIQ Muslims who struggle to navigate their religious, cultural and sexual orientations, Beckett notes that feeling comfortable requires “honouring” your own stories and experiences. Echoing both Callea and Beckett then, feeling pride does not require someone to march in Mardi Gras, lobby MPs, or to protest at rallies. Sometimes the greatest political interventions occur in our homes: inviting others to “come in” and share in our banal hopes and narratives.
Emancipation and liberation should not just be measured in terms of state recognition. We should also reflect on the possibilities of reclaiming our domestic spaces too.
In an ideal world, we would be less obsessed with the form of people’s relationships, and more focused on the ethics of the intimacy they pursue. Maybe one day our identities and consciences will not be reduced simply to whom we are attracted to, how we express love, or whom we choose to sleep with.
Senthorun Raj is a Churchill Fellow.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 05:11 AM
More Callea Deets
Further details have surfaced about the forthcoming Anthony Callea album 'Thirty', due for release next month.
In addition to this lovely new pic (left), his new label ABC Music tells us that Anthony is currently in the studio putting the final touches to the new project which, as we revealed over the weekend, will see the singer performing tracks that have inspired him most throughout his career, along with new original tracks.
Some of the cover versions featured on the new album include Cheap Trick's 'The Flame' and Heart's 'Alone', along with Mariah & Whitney's 'When You Believe' (from 'The Prince Of Egypt'), Michael Bolton's 'Go The Distance' (from 'Hercules'), Will Young's 'Leave Right Now' and Luther Vandross' 'Dance With My Father'.
Italian tracks 'Nella Fantasia' and 'Di sole e d'azzurro' are also included, along with new original tracks entitled 'My All' and 'I'll Be The One'.
"Both musically and emotionally, this album is a collection of inspirational songs that embrace the artists and music that have influenced me over the years," Anthony says of the project. "I have also wanted to record and release a couple of originals that I wrote a while back but have been waiting for the right time, so I am very excited to have them become part of the 'THIRTY' album."
'Thirty' will be released on Friday April 26.
Posted 10 March 2013 - 02:21 PM
Anthony Callea Joins ABC Music Roster
Anthony Callea joins ABC Music roster
ABC Music has signed Anthony Callea, and releases his new album Thirty on April 26. The album title, the singer explains, that having turned 30 last December, he’s tapping on music from the past three decades that inspired him. These include AOR hits from Cheap Trick and Heart, original tunes and Italian anthems. He says, “From the moment I walked through the ABC Music doors to first meet with the team, I knew they were the right fit for this project.”
Posted 10 March 2013 - 02:23 PM
The Australian CD New Release Schedule
@Peace – Girl Songs
Bajofondo – Presente
The Band Perry – Pioneer
The Band Perry – Pioneer (Deluxe Edition)
Blackchords – A Thin Line
James Blake – Overgrown
Sarah Brightman – Dreamchaser
Sarah Brightman – Dreamchaser (Deluxe Edition)
Carla Bruni – Little French Songs
Cold War Kids – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
Deep Forest – Deep Africa
Device – Device
Ghost B.C. – Infestissumam
Hunters & Collectors – Under One Roof (Deluxe Edition)
Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero
Willy Moon – Here’s Willy Moon
Justin Moore – Point At You And Four Moore Hits EP
Paramore – Paramore
Bill Ryder-Jones – A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart
Stanton Warriors – Stantion Sessions Vol.4
Stone Sour – House Of Gold And Bones : Part 2
Rokia Traore – Beautiful Africa
Various – Ministry Of Sound : Anthems – ‘90s
David Bowie – Aladdin Sane (40th Anniversary Edition)
Michael Buble – To Be Loved
Celtic Thunder – Mythology (DVD)
The Delta Riggs – Hex.Lover.Killer
Jayne Denham – Renegade
Fall Out Boy – Save Rock And Roll
Kathryn Rollins – Reckless EP
Twenty One Pilots – Vessel
Tyga – Hotel California
Various – At Last
Various – The Music Is You : A Tribute To John Denver
Various – Triple J : Hottest 100 Volume 20 (DVD)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito (Deluxe Edition)
Young Man – Beyond Was All Around Me
French Montana – Excuse My French
Karl Hyde – Edgeland
Karl Hyde – Edgeland (CD/DVD)
Andre Rieu – Brazil (DVD)
Andre Rieu – Classic Album Selection
Andre Rieu – Mother & Child : Lullabies
Something With Numbers – Title TBC
Anthony Callea – Thirty
The Doobie Brothers – Live At Wolf Trap (DVD)
Mick Harvey – Four (Acts Of Love)
Iggy & The Stooges – Ready To Die
Rachael Leahcar – Romantique
Ben Lee – Ayahuasca : Welcome To The Work
LL Cool J – Authentic
The Neighbourhood – I Love You
Sara Storer – Lovegrass
George Strait – Title TBC
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