With RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 having premiered last night, it’s obviously the perfect time for a past Drag Race winner to release a new album and music video. Three other queens also leveraged the Drag buzz this week when Willam, Detox and Vicky Vox released their “Boy Is A Bottom” music video parody yesterday.
Her new PG-13 album is described as “an eerie, somewhat chilling mix of fright-inducing punk and emotional catharsis, these eclectic songs range from an anticipated pop-punch to dance-beat.” The first track on the album is “This House Is A Haunted House,” which features RuPaul herself in the opening narrative – paying tribute to her own song, “Cover Girl” with some of the things she says.
In addition to the album and video, Needles has also just released a documentary and limited edition book. The documentary is called Sharon Needles: Parental Guidance Suggested and it is an in-depth look into the making of aforementioned music video. The book is called, This Book Is A Haunted House and it is filled with “gorgeous and gruesome” stills from the video. It also features backstage photos, portraits, handwritten notes, messages, and scribbles by Needles herself.
What in all Drag Queen hell is this all about AL & CHUCK?!?
The sponsors of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the organizers of The Drag Race cruise this December have a lot of explaining to do. Carnival Cruises has just issued a letter saying that if you’re coming on the Drag Race cruise you can’t come in drag. UM….WHAT?!?
Turns out that Al & Chuck haven’t chartered a boat or haven’t organized it to coincide with gay cruise, but have just tagged along on a regular cruise. The letter states that Carvinal is a family cruiseline with kids, and that Drag Race functions are PRIVATE functions, and only the performers are allowed to be in drag. This is unbelievable and I almost don’t even know how to respond, so I’m going to let Pandora Boxx do it…
“I was so excited to be a part of the Drag Stars at Sea Cruise and to meet so many of you in person and enjoy our time at sea together. It is so disheartening to myself and I know you too, to receive an email from Carnival Cruise Lines only a few days before that is, well, you can read it and decide for yourself. I, personally say let your freak flag fly. We should never be told how to dress, how to act and certainly ever be told not to be ourselves. Just know that we will still enjoy ourselves and party, even if it’s like 1920.”
Admittedly, I’m a sucker for year-end lists and just can’t enough of them. So imagine my joy this morning when I learned Out magazine released their Out 100 list. I was like a gay kid in a gay candy store. Oh happy day.
The publication honors the most compelling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from all walks of life including celebrities, writers, politicians, artists, entrepreneurs and so forth. To celebrate this annual issue, the publication bestowed the honor of gracing the cover to four individuals- Jane Lynch (The Entertainer), Boy George (The Legend), Sharon Needles (The Stylemaker) and Andrew Rannells (The Ingenue). All four covers are fantastic and I can’t decide which one is the best.
A few others that made that made the OUT 100 list include Isis King (ANTM trans model), Michael Urie (Partners), Mika (singer), Elton John & his hubby David Furnish, Patrick Abner & Thomas Roberts (HIV community liaison and MSNBC anchor, newlyweds) and Omar Sharif Jr. (advocate). I also wanted to mention (thank and blame) entrepreneurs Jason Goldberg & Bradford Shellhammer for FAB.com. You don’t even want to know how much I spend over there ;) If you have time, I definitely recommend heading over to OUT.com to check out the pics of each 100 honorees and the story behind them. It’s inspiring and educational. Check out the other covers below.
RuPaul’s Drag Race winner, Sharon Needles has just released her first post Drag Race single, appropriately just in time for Halloween. The song is called, “Everyday Is Halloween” and we’ve got your first listen below.
Sharon says the track is “dedicated to all of my fans who have been pushed down and who have risen from the grave, and to those who have redefined beauty. Happy Halloween.” Unlike the other queens from the show, the song is not a campy dance track, but rather has more of a mellow and dark rock feel to it. It’s actually quite good! Sharon sings, “They say, ‘Why are you are dressed like it’s Halloween? You look so absurd, you look so obscene’. Oh, why can’t I live a life for me? Why should take the abuse that’s served. Why can’t they see, they’re just like me? It’s the same, it’s the same in the whole wide world?” The song is a cover of a song originally sang by Ministry (I’ve included the original version below as well).
Sharon Needles’ full LP titled PG-13 will be released in January of 2013. Give “Everyday Is Halloween” a listen below!
Sharon Needles, winner of the last season /tag/rupaul’s-drag-race/ recently posed for PETA with in a rather gruesome photo that certainly gets the message across. The photo shows Needles with blood all over her face while she holds a torn off human arm and leg in her hands. The caption reads, ” Eating Shouldn’t Cost an Arm and a Leg.”
Needles says, “If gnawing on flesh turns your stomach, why not go veg?” In the behind the scenes interview, she explains, “The campaign I’m donating my rotten face for is ‘Dead things should be buried, not eaten,’” Needles explains in the above behind-the-scenes interview. “Being a vegetarian, it kind of shows how gory it is to see ripped off arms and ripped off hands of people of our own species. But I think it brings a campy, disturbing and grotesque realization to the fact that that’s how animals are being treated, especially in commercial farming.” Check out the add below.
FINALLY! I FINALLY GOT HER! After some technical difficulties I finally got my interview with Sharon Needles, probably the most famous person on the planet right now.
I have to say for the first time ever talking to a drag race contestant I was actually incredibly nervous! Don’t ask me why but there it is!
Take a listen below and don’t forget I’m bringing her to Vancouver on JUNE 23! Click the flyer for full details! Thanks again for a GREAT Drag Race season, and I’ll be back for ALL STARS!
I can’t even believe it! I honestly HONESTLY cannot believe it! After 4 seasons and so many queens, RuPaul has finally got it right on the nose! Not only with the WINNER, but with the FAN FAVORITE! This year played out perfectly and I don’t think there is anyone (other than Phi Phi) who is upset by the results.
Yes kids, we have our two winners! The winner of fan favorite this year is LATRICE MOTHERF*CKING ROYALE!
And the winner of RPDR season 4, America’s Next Drag Superstar is…
We have made it to the end, or have we? I am going to be completely honest here and say that I have known who the winner was in season 2 and in season 3. I also knew who the Top 3 were this season from the beginning OK I’LL ADMIT IT! But you have to give me props for not outright spoiling it for everyone. Now while I HAD heard from a couple people that Phi Phi O’hara was declared the winner, I had also heard that they left all three hanging and were going to do a live finale. I was confused about that because let’s face it, I don’t think RPDR is at a budget to do a live show. It wasn’t until I saw Kenya Michael post on her FB today that she got her dress for the reunion show that I KNEW they didn’t have a winner. How did I know? They usually film the reunion weeks after the show, so for them to not have done it yet was fishy for me.
Who was right? I WAS! After 13 weeks, intense competition, tons of drama…we still don’t have a winner. I’m going to give a BIG kudos to RuPaul for this because while I do love knowing everything before it starts this is REALLY exciting! WHO THE HELL IS THE WINNER?!? At this point there is NO winner…and the reunion is next week! It’s. So. Freaking. Awesome.