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Friday, March 14, 2014

Dj Buddy B's Weekly Diva Report for 3/15/14

Evelyn "Champagne" King
"And tho' I'll admit I've dished you, I've gossiped and gloated, But I'm so devoted...," Jerry Herman, "Bosom Buddies" from Mame.

Divas Are Invading Queens! The borough that is. On Saturday, March 29, no less than the likes of disco divas France Joli (whom I interviewed last November, Evelyn "Champagne" King and Anita ("Ring My Bell") Ward will headline NYC's Resorts World Casino's "Disco Inferno" night. So put on your boogie-woogie dancing shoes and prepare for a night of vintage diva power under the mirror ball!

Amber Dirks' latest dance tune, "Dominate My Love," is bound to be popular locally, what with NYC's The Black Party coming up next week. On the latest Billboard dance chart, "Dominate" topped from the bottom nationally, from # 47 last week to # 3. Amber was one of the first divas of dance to consent to a Dj Buddy B interview, back in July, 2012 ( and spoke to me again, this year, about the recent Arizona controversy ( She is certainly one of the sweetest divas going with a powerhouse voice that sometimes reminds me of Donna Summer, sometimes Loleatta Holloway, but mostly unique, sensational and always divine.

Divas on My Turntables this week: Kristine W's "So Close to Me" gets a facelift for 2014 with new remixes, the best of the lot being Ranny's Big Room club mix. 

Funkstar DeLuxe remodels Kim Wilde's cover version of "You Keep My Holding On." Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" (this week entering the top ten at # 9 on Billboard's dance chart), nicely given new life by Alex Gaudino. These are two mixes that make us believe echos of the '80s New Wave are big again this year. 

Heather Small was the distinctive voice of M People, one of the monster club hit-makers of the '90s. Their early single, "How Can I Love You More," has been beautifully and energetically remixed by Julian Marsh (interview from last summer for Sobel Promotions.

And this week, Lady Gaga managed once again to spark a scandal. Wrote Refinery29: "Is Lady Gaga an actual philanthropist, or just a clever promoter? That's the question being raised after a close look at her Born This Way Foundation's 2012 federal tax report revealed that, out of more than $2 million it held in assets, just $5,000 was actually donated to charity. Hmmm."

Until next week, when we worship and dish once more, diva lovers, this is Dj Buddy B urging you to channel your inner diva, then let the fur fly!

Ciao for now.

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