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LADY GAGA’S GOT PROBLEMS IN SOUTH KOREA:
If you think the U.S. is a bad place and too intolerant? Maybe you don’t know how good you have it. In Korea, they want to stop Lady Gaga from performing her ‘art’.
Christian groups in South Korea called on Friday for pop icon Lady Gaga to cancel her concert here saying it was “pornographic” and promoted homosexuality.
South Korea’s government has already bowed to public pressure and banned under-18s from attending the 26-year old’s concert, but protesters gathered outside the venue said that was not enough.
“Some people can accept this as another culture but its impact is huge beyond art and debases religions. Even adults can’t see her performance which is too homosexual and pornographic,” said Yoon Jung-hoon, a reverend who organized the “Civilians Network against the Lady Gaga Concert”.
The singer’s hit song “Born This Way” celebrates the empowerment of gay men and women, something that many in South Korea, which is the second most Christian country in Asia after the Philippines, say is an immoral lifestyle.
Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been in Seoul for close on a week as she kicks off her Asian “Born this Way” tour.
“Nervous for tonight. Hope I make little monsters happy and proud,” she Tweeted a few hours before the concert kicked off.
Yoon’s group claims to have collected 5,000 supporters on Facebook against the concert and some have also called for a boycott of the sponsor Hyundai Card. The protesters have also threatened a boycott of its parent company, Hyundai Motor Co, South Korea’s largest car-maker.
“The Christian Council of Korea with 12 million Christians and 55,000 churches will take all kinds of measures such as boycotting Hyundai Card to root out this kind of obscene culture,” the council said in a statement.
Yoon said he would attend the concert to “monitor” the performance for homosexual content that could corrupt young people.
THE KILLERS LOSE ONE OF THEIR OWN:
A saxophonist for rock band The Killers died earlier this week at his Las Vegas home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, a spokeswoman for the Clark County Coroner said on Thursday.
Thomas “Tommy” Marth, 33, who played saxophone on live tours with The Killers between 2008 and 2010 and on their albums “Sam’s Town” and “Day & Age,” was found dead on Monday.
His death has been ruled a suicide by officials in Clark County, Nevada, where Las Vegas is located.
“Last night we lost our friend Thomas Marth. Our prayers are with his family. There’s a light missing in Las Vegas tonight. Travel well, Tommy,” The Killers posted on Twitter.
The Killers, made up of lead singer Brandon Flowers, guitarist Dave Keuning, bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci, rose to fame in 2004 with their debut album “Hot Fuss,” and have gained global success with singles such as “Mr. Brightside” and “When We Were Young.”
GEORGE JONES CANCELS MORE TOUR DATES, THIS TIME IT AIN’T FOR DRINKING
Country music veteran George Jones has again canceled upcoming tour dates after doctors ordered more recovery time from his recent bout with an upper respiratory infection, the singer’s spokesman said on Thursday.
The 80-year-old Texas native is postponing all tour dates through May 20th, including Canadian shows in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Quebec City and New Brunswick, to continue resting at his Franklin, Tennessee home.
Earlier this month, Jones postponed two shows in Minnesota and South Dakota after doctors told him to rest following a week-long stay at a Tennessee hospital where he was treated for an upper respiratory infection.
Jones, best known for hits such as “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” famously earned the nickname ‘No Show Jones’ during his 1970s heyday, when he missed a string of live performances due to drunkenness.
The singer, also nicknamed the ‘Possum’ due to his facial features, embraced sobriety after surviving a drink-driving car accident in 1999.
DON OMAR, PRINCE ROYCE…. BILLBOARD’S 2012 LATIN MUSIC AWARDS:
Reggaeton star Don Omar and Prince Royce (from the Bronx) won awards at the 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Both of them won 8 awards… EIGHT! Their trending style of mixing English and Spanish into their songs has already crossed into the mainstream.
Mexico’s Mana won 5 awards, while Colombia’s Shakira won 4.
The group La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas won the year’s BEST NEW ARTIST
The ceremony was live and broadcast on Telemundo. It was broadcast from the BankUnited Center at the U of M in Coral Gables FL.
Juanes, Pitbull and Marc Anthony as well as many others created stellar performances. Marc Anthony also a Billboard Hall of Fame Award for his global and artistic influences.