Desperately Seeking Music Equality: Looking Beyond Macklemore’s ‘same Love’ Success

icons took jabs at the music industry, petty judges on singing reality competitions and the hypersexualized music videos bombarding audiences today. By Chiderah Monde / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, October 6, 2013, 12:22 PM Comment Sinead O’Connor name-checked Simon Cowell as a murderer of music in a new interview, following her Miley Cyrus open letter rants. After Sinead O’Connor ripped Miley Cyrus and the music industry for promoting “prostitution,” the Irish singer got even more specific with the name droppingrailing music executives like Simon Cowell for their hand in what she considers the “murder” of music. “I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll,” O’Connor, 47, said in an interview with Ireland’s “Late Late Show,” according to E! News. RELATED: SINEAD O’CONNOR FIRES BACK AT MILEY CYRUS AGAIN “Because of Simon Cowell, (and others, like TV music judge) Louis Walsh. It all amounts to the murder of music.” The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer caused a stir after posting an open letter to Cyrus , 20, on her website, cautioning her not to become a “prostitute” of the music industry. Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images British singer Annie Lennox also slammed new music videos from young female singers as pornography. In the lengthy post Thursday, O’Connor said Cyrus was perpetuating a sexist system in which music execs make money off of talented, but hyper-sexualized women. The motherly gesture wasn’t well received by the “We Can’t Stop” singer, thus igniting a back-and-forth between the two that O’Connor said is now “over.” RELATED: SINEAD OCONNOR TO MILEY CYRUS: DON’T LET THEM ‘PROSTITUTE’ YOU “There’s a certain alarm that needs to be rung and I know there are a lot of musicians around the country and around the world that will agree,” she continued in the TV interview. “The power of rock ‘n’ roll to change things, to move people, is being murdered by all this worship of fame, ‘Pop Idol,’ ‘X Factor,’ all this stuff.” RELATED: MILEY CYRUS HOSTS AND PERFORMS ON SNL The ‘No More I Love You’s’ singer didn’t name Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears in her Facebook rant, but alluded to their raunchy new videos as ‘new lows.’ Similarly, musician Annie Lennox appeared to second O’Connor’s concerns, speaking out against the “pornographic” music videos from female singers bombarding the Internet and television in a lengthy Facebook post. Without naming Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spearswhose recently released music videos have warranted backlash for their racinessLennox, 58, wrote that she is “disturbed and dismayed” at the overt sexuality. RELATED: RIHANNA TWERKS, SWINGS AROUND STRIPPER POLE IN POUR IT UP MUSIC VIDEO “You know the ones I’m talking about,” she wrote.

Queer recording artists who have been singing out loud before any major media outlet would have celebrated it, and who write about the wide range of issues that plague the LGBTQ community, truly represent the rawness of our diverse community. It would be nice if Macklemore and his crew could give them a shout-out and acknowledge that Macklemore’s ability to get his message out so beautifully had something to do with him being a white, straight, cisgender man. If you really want to do something about the equality movement in music beyond just watching the VMAs offer up a token moment of social awareness, you can start off by supporting out and proud LGBTQ recording artists whose songs and lyrics are the soundtrack to the equality movement. I just learned about OUTMUSIC – The LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA). They have a Kickstarter campaign going on right now to help fund their music documentary film For Which WE Stand (One Queer Music Nation in the Visible), which is specifically about the history of queer recording arts. OUTMUSIC/LARA was forged by life partners Dan Martin and Michael Biello in 1990 and is now headed up by Diedra Meredith, who is rarely mentioned in the tokenized and selectively publicized “lists” of leaders in the movement for LGBTQ equality. This organization features a diverse group of queer artists who paint a much more vibrant picture of what LGBTQ life looks like, sounds like, and feels like. They support, honor, and celebrate recording artists like Nhojj, an R&B artist who became the first gay indie artist to reach the number-one spot on MTV’s Music Top 100 chart in 2010. Other artists they support include Christine Martucci, who also topped the music charts; Jamaican reggae fusion artist Diana King, who rocked her home country when she came out last summer; transgender rap artist Foxx Jazell; and multiple-Billboard-Top-5-chart-topping indie recording artist Jason Walker, whom record executives have referred to as very talented but “too gay.” My aim is not to cut down Macklemore but to raise up the artists who have been trying to get the message out all along. I want to see a more accurate and diverse picture of both the mainstream music and queer communities. The best thing we can do is to support the LGBTQ recording artists whose identities are conveniently utilized by artists like Macklemore and Miley Cyrus and avoid getting our struggle and plight caught up in mainstream award shows, which are really about profit and have no real interest in supporting queer people.

NightCulture Inc. Announces Bloomberg TV Issues Electronic Music Industry News; the $4 Billion All-Night Party Ready to go Public

Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) — SFX Entertainment is betting big on Electronic Dance Music and hoping there will be as big an appetite for the industry here as there is in Europe. Bloomberg’s Cristina Alesci went to TomorrowWorld, a three-day electronic music festival in Atlanta. (Source:Bloomberg) Watch the full news report here: http://bit.ly/bloombergEDM NightCulture Inc. has a 50% interest in the Something Wicked Halloween Music Festival with Disco Donnie Presents, SFX-Disco Operating LLC as well as many other events throughout the year. About NightCulture Inc. NightCulture Inc., “Concerts that Change Your Life”, is a premier producer of live concerts and events. NightCulture operates in the following markets: Houston, TX, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, and Oklahoma City, OK. NightCulture is the first Electronic Music Company to trade in the public markets, Stock Symbol: NGHT. NightCulture Inc. produces two branded festivals a year, Meltdown Music Festival in Dallas, TX http://www.meltdowndallas.com/ and Something Wicked Halloween Festival http://www.SomethingWickedFestival.com in Houston, TX. Stereo Live, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NightCulture, operates Stereo Live, a 25,000 square foot venue located on 2 1/2 acres of land at 6400 Richmond Avenue in Houston, Texas. http://www.StereoLiveHouston.com Forward-Looking Statements Any forward-looking statements, as defined in the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, in this release (often identified by such words as “believes,” “expects,” “beginning,” “intended,” “planned”) regarding future expectations, objectives, and plans for NightCulture Inc.