Queer Music News: George Michael video; disco/soul legend Loleatta Holloway has died

I posted a few days ago that George Michael was releasing his newest single, a cover of New Order’s “True Faith.” Soon after, this video has been making the rounds. Michael looks pretty good after his stint in jail.

Disco fans are discovering that the powerful voice of Loleatta Holloway is now a silent one. The singer died late Monday. It’s been reported that Holloway slipped into a coma and died from heart failure, but I’ve yet to find where that has been confirmed.

The singer famous for disco and soul classics like “Love Sensation,” “Hit and Run” and “Dreaming,” had sort of a resurgence in the ’90s with her sample tracks on Black Box’s “Ride on Time” and her vocal work for Marky Mark’s “Good Vibrations.” She was initially uncredited for the Black Box song but sued the band and settled out of court.

 

—  Rich Lopez

George Michael previews new single online

Despite all that he’s gone through and keeps going through, I still get excited when George Michael releases new music. Sure he’s self-destructive, but his music continues to grow and impress. Maybe that 420 is good for something.

This song isn’t so new, but he’s posted a three-minute preview of his remake of New Order’s “True Faith”  on his website. He’s auto-tuned without abandon which I think works here. Why not go all the way with it? He slows the song down heavily to a dreamier sound from its original New Wave dance beat.

Oh and you can see that Michael’s embracing his Father Figure-ness and going silver daddy on his cover.

The single will be released March 13.

—  Rich Lopez