RuPaul

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RuPaul
RuPaul by David Shankbone.jpg
Informații generale
Nume naștere RuPaul Andre Charles
Data și locul nașterii 17 noiembrie 1960 (1960-11-17) (54 de ani)
Origine San Diego, California
Gen muzical Dance-pop
Hi-NRG
Disco House
R&B
Euro-Dance
Ocupație Drag performer
Singer-songwriter
Actor
Ani de activitate 1985 – prezent

RuPaul, numele la naștere, RuPaul Andre Charles, (născut în 17 noiembrie 1960, San Diego, California) este un solist muzical american care a dobândit notorietate în anii 1990 datorită performanțelor sale în travesti (în original, drag performer), ca actor, cântăreț, dansator și compozitor, respectiv a aparițiilor sale în diferite programe de televiziune, filme și albume muzicale.

Comparativ cu atitudinea schimbătoare și fluctuantă precum a felinelor, afișată de majoritatea drag queens, RuPaul utilizează intenționat o atitudine de "iubire a aproapelui" (conform "love one another" ) marcând o distincție între el și alții. Deși este cunoscut mai ales pentru aparițiile sale ca drag queen, RuPaul a interpretat diferite roluri masculine sub numele de scenă, RuPaul Charles.

Biografie[modificare | modificare sursă]

Carieră muzicală[modificare | modificare sursă]

He landed a talk show on VH1 1996, appropriately called The RuPaul Show, where he interviewed celebrity guests and musical acts. Nirvana (even though Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994), Duran Duran, Taylor Dayne, Mary J. Blige, Bea Arthur, Dionne Warwick, Olivia Newton-John, Beenie Man, Bow Wow Wow, and the Backstreet Boys were notable guests. His co-host was Michelle Visage, with whom he also co-hosted on WKTU radio. On one notable episode, RuPaul brought gay porn culture to Middle America with featured guests Chi Chi LaRue and Tom Chase.

What other people think of me is not my business. What I do is what I do. How people see me doesn’t change what I decide to do. I don’t choose projects so people don’t see me as one thing or another. I choose projects that excite me. I think the problem is that people refuse to understand what drag is outside of their own belief system.

—RuPaul, [1]

His next two songs/videos, "Back to My Roots" and "A Shade Shady (Now Prance)" both went #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts and further developed his campy persona. Between them, House of Love was released without a video. It failed to place on any US charts, despite rising to #68 on the UK Singles Chart.

Diverse[modificare | modificare sursă]

  • When guests enter the main room of Madame Tussaud's New York, they are greeted with the wax likeness RuPaul holding court as the center attraction high above the room as a life size center piece of a fountain.
  • RuPaul is noted amongst famous drag queens for his indifference towards the gender-specific pronouns used to address him - both "he" and "she" have been deemed acceptable. "You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don't care! Just as long as you call me."[2]


Discografie[modificare | modificare sursă]

(See also www.rupauldiscography.com)

Albume[modificare | modificare sursă]

Discuri single[modificare | modificare sursă]

Alte proiecte muzicale[modificare | modificare sursă]

  • Don't Go Breaking My Heart (1993) (#7 UK) [Remake, duet w/Elton John, from Elton John's album "Duets"]
  • Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get (1994) [from "Music From The Motion Picture Addams Family Values"]
  • I Will Survive (1995) (UK Top 20) [featured on the video to the Diana Ross remake]
  • Free To Be (1995) (from "Wigstock: The Movie, Music From The Original Motion Picture)
  • It's Raining Men...The Sequel (1995) (#21 UK, #22 US Dance) (Remake, duet w/Martha Wash, from Martha Wash's album "The Collection" and "RuPaul's Go Go Box Classics" compilation album)
  • Come (1997) [Writer, sung by Martha Wash, from Martha Wash's album "The Collection"]
  • Everybody Say Love (1993) [Writer, sung by Mitsou, from Mitsou's album "Tempted"]
  • Do The Right Thing (Don't Do Me Wrong) (1999) [Writer & Backing Vocalist, sung by Ev-Va]
  • Queer Duck (1999) [Theme Song vocalist, voice for Lucky Duck]
  • Bad Girl (2000) [Unreleased, Recorded for Lil Kim's album "Notorious Kim"]
  • Say My Name (2001) [w/The Disco Brothers]
  • You're No Lady (2002) [duet w/Gitta aka Brigitte Nielsen]
  • It's Only Rock'n Roll (But I Like It) (2003) [Backing Vocalist, sung by Siedah Garrett]
  • Electric Ecstacy (2004) [Eklektica feauring RuPaul, available from iTunes]
  • Come 2 Me (2006) Lucy Lawless featuring RuPaul, available from lucylawlessfanclub.com]
  • Computer Love (2007) [NSA featuring RuPaul, available from iTunes]

Demos[modificare | modificare sursă]

During 2006, a series of "demos" were available to download to fans through the official RuPaul MySpace page.

09-07-06

  • StarrBooty '91 (Rare Demo)
  • Free to Be (Steve Silk Hurley '94)
  • Love Your Funky Self (Steve Silk Hurley '94)
  • Don't Walk Away (Steve Silk Hurley '94)

10-11-06

  • You're No Lady (Spanish Radio Edit) performed by RuPaul vs. Gitta
  • Say My Name performed by DiscoBros. featuring RuPaul
  • You're No Lady (Radio Edit) performed by RuPaul vs. Gitta

10-27-06

  • Dog Done Bit'cha

11-10-06

  • Electric Ecstasy (Club Remix) performed by Eklektica featuring RuPaul

Bibliografie[modificare | modificare sursă]

Filmografie[modificare | modificare sursă]

Vezi și[modificare | modificare sursă]

Referințe[modificare | modificare sursă]

  1. ^ Interview with RuPaul, David Shankbone, Wikinews, October 6, 2007.
  2. ^ Rupaul (1 iunie 1995), Lettin' It All Hang Out: An Autobiography, Hyperion Books 

Legături externe[modificare | modificare sursă]