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Greg Gould brings back the 90's with new duets album

He shot to fame on TV as one of the most successful vocalists to ever come out of The Voice Australia and global fame thanks to his viral hit Don't Let Go. caught up with Greg at his sold-out album launch and showcase in Sydney where he performed tracks from the album with some of his duet partners.

The album launch last night was a smash hit, with some incredible performances by some really amazing singers from the pop world. How did you come up with the concept for the album?

Well after the success of Don’t Let Go I figured I was on a roll by taking something nostalgic and giving it a fresh perspective and I was born in 88 and started recording the album in 2018 and when I started researching 90s songs, Billboard music had an article saying that 1998 was the best year of the 90s for music and when I started looking at tracks to cover I couldn’t of agreed more! I never intended to make it a duets album but once it started to come together and the people all started saying yes I thought well it makes sense given that about 10 of the initial 14 tracks had a featured guest vocalist to turn the entire album into a duets project!


As someone who found a national stage through TV and went on to global success online, what was the process like for you going from TV fame to global recognition?

I loved TV land - it was a great experience for me - don’t let go blowing up like that was a real shock and an experience I will never forget and always be grateful for! It took me around the world and became way bigger than I had ever anticipated

You have some incredible duet partners on the album - can you let us in on any secrets on working with these great people?

Be good to people! There’s no secret - build good relationships and be honest and you can achieve anything.


You really have delivered a strong album and kick-ass performances on it, was there anyone on your wish list that you didn't get this time?

Vanessa Amorosi, and actually I didn’t ask her this time around as I wasn’t expecting the ones I got but I would love to do a track with her.


It's always hard to ask a performer what their favourite track on the album is - but do you have one?

Hmmm I’d have to say The Boy Is Mine. It’s special for so many reasons - the arrangement is gorgeous the video is important and the message behind it. I loved working with Peyton and Lynne.


Who have been the biggest influences in your career to date?

Joanne, Peyton and Maria on this project have become like mentors to me but in terms of musical influences John Farnham, John Legend.
Whitney and Beyoncé are two of my biggest vocal influences.


What are your top five favourite pop songs of all time and why?

Oh wow what a question. Ummm this is hard!! In no particular order - Hallelujah- it takes me to a place of calm and the beautiful melody leaves me in the feels, Home by Shoshana Bean - her voice is nuts and it’s such a beautiful song, Don’t Let Go because it’s for me I guess what My Heart Will Go On (in a much much smaller way) is for me - the audience get excited as much as I love singing it for them - it kinda became a version that belongs to the people. Chains by Tina Arena - I used to sing this at the top of my lungs - my all-time favourite album was Don’t Ask and for my last one I’m gonna just say WHITNEY and anything she ever sang - he voice is my favourite voice of all time.


What do you prefer? Singles or albums?

Hmm... I love a good song but I really love to listen to albums in full to appreciate its journey - I tried to really do that with this album


Name one instrument you wished you could play.

Guitar or sax!!


What would be your ultimate line up for a multi-artist pop concert?

Whitney, Michael, Prince, George Michael, Amy Winehouse!


What's next for Greg Gould?

Lots of touring this year and more music! This is gonna be a huge year of hard work and I really can’t wait!

You can get the news single now and pre order the album which is slated for release in April.

Check out the photo gallery from the event on


TEN YEARS OF BLACKOUT - a look back at a pop masterpiece

It was 2007 and anyone with a tv was well aware of Britney’s troubles that year—the shaved head, the alleged drug use, the rehab, the divorce, the custody battle. Countless internet outlets every day provided daily accounts of famous women behaving badly which have always been easy targets for our fascination. Yes, 2007 was the Paris DUi, the Lindsay rehab, Anna Nicole’s descent into oblivion and of course the spectacular crucifixion of Britney Spears. Amy Winehouse also fell from grace that year, amid drug troubles and mayhem. She was supposed to rise back up, Britney was not. She was supposed to be another Hollywood casualty.

Then came “Blackout”….

On October 25, 2007 Britney released Blackout, her fifth studio album. With no support from media outlets, her miss mash management, and most notably her record company ( who chose to funnel finances into her ex- boyfriends album promotion instead of hers), she had an uphill battle on her hands. What people didn’t know was how good the album was.  Blackout changed the pop landscape, gone were the pop structured Max Martin gems, in its place a stark, metallic, electro futuristic masterpiece that would be hard to replicate. Ten years on, the album is still one of the best pop albums ever made and is highly regarded as the blueprint for modern pop music. Blackouts influence is apparent on many of the music that came after its release. Without "Blackout" there would be no "The Fame". It changed the game for pop. The album was rumored to be called "Black" or "Black Curtain" or even "Piece of Me" as confirmed also by Jive Records, but the project that would ultimately be called "Blackout”. It was the album Madonna wishes she made. Beyonce would never be able to carry it off...

Songs from Blackout, especially “Gimme More” and “Piece of Me,” were everywhere in 2007. "Toy Soldier," "Get Back" and "Hot As Ice" were all rumored to be the Blackout lead single, but Britney chose Gimme More. They are also many versions ( some unreleased ) of the video, which included more nudity, a funeral scene, and a sexy Britney playing with a cat on a bed. “Gimme More” and “Piece of Me were the soundtrack to many a gay dance floor all over the globe. “It’s Britney, bitch!” became one of the most famous lines in music history. Some critics praised the album for its bold and innovative sound, others panned the album saying it was a mishap of sound that bordered on boring electronica. Pitchfork gave it good rating which is crazy considering how limited their musical scope is . The Times named it as the fifth best pop album of the decade.Blackout was originally scheduled to be released on November 13 in the United States, though it was ultimately rush-released after several unauthorized internet leaks, all of which Perez Hilton took to posting on his site for the world to hear. It was meant to fail .

Oh how wrong they were…

Britney is the credit as an executive producer on Blackout. Britney’s was in complete control of the sound and the album's execution. Her only time til the “Glory” album in 2016. Producers Nate “Danja” Hills, Jim Beanz, Sean garrett & Swedish duo Bloodshy & Avant were responsible for the album’s futuristic production, Pharrell for the smooth grooves. After her failed attempt at complete control in the form of the “Original Doll” sessions ( with some amazing tracks like Mona Lisa, Guilty - which samples Prince’s Kiss- and Love 2 Love U). Many felt that she would be better off giving the control to others. But Britney had this under control ( if that was the only thing she had control in her life at the time). Writing credits from Keri Hilson, Pharrell, Danja and Kara DioGuardi to name a few, ensured that the top writers would be heavily supported with impeccable production and THAT voice.

The booklet shot by Ellen Von Unworthy is the topic of much debate. Many fans hated the cover. The model Caultor John, who plays a priest in some shots of the album's booklet, said in an interview that there were pictures of him and Britney shot during the photo shoot that were more extreme than the two proposed in the booklet. When he was asked about the photos, he said: "There was definitely chemistry between me and Britney on the set and those pictures were pretty good, because there were even some kisses". Many fan versions of the album cover were made... Most much better than the end result...


Blackout appeared on Rolling Stone's decade-end poll, where it was voted the 7th best album of the decade by their readers.The Guardian writers' list of favorite albums ever also listed Blackout as favorite. The Times named it the fifth best pop album of the decade. Online its been called “the gay mans Sgt Peppers” and The Observer stated that Spears "delivered the best album of her career, raising the bar for modern pop music”... No other album that decade had been so talked about and discussed as Blackout.


1. Gimme More
The iconic  “It’s Britney, bitch!”… Genius electro RnB from Danja and the closest we will ever get to a Timbaland production. Sexy as all hell, Gimme More delivers the punch in the face that starts the Blackout era.

2. Piece of Me
Electro genius, thanking in part by Swedish songstress Robyn ( on backing vocals too). The most confrontational of tracks, the production, and robot-like vocal treatment equal genius

3. Radar
The track that keeps on giving ( it was also a single from Circus ???). Electro-pop jam that could be on repeat in any soft top jeep in west Hollywood…basically she tells us what she wants in a man… and we wholeheartedly agree

4. Break The Ice
Bouncy dance track that sticks in the brain and can only mean one thing … dance. The production is pure electronic ecstasy ...

5. Heaven on Earth
Dreamy pop dance, something not out of place in a Kylie back catalogue. A fan favorite and just a stunning song from start to finish,….. it was hard for Britney to record it, due because at that time she broke up with Kevin, still Britney liked the song and recorded it, at the end of the song you can hear Britney's voice breaking because she cried after she recorded it..

6. Get Naked (I Got A Plan)
GREAT song to get the party started. Like that song you play when you want everyone to start dirty dancing.

7. Freakshow
Britney raps, not gangsta but very seductively. She coo’s her prey and makes him her “bitch’ .. not hard to see why its still in her show 10 years later.

8. Toy Soldier
pure amazing. military hip-hop dance odyssey. She commands her audience in military style fashion. major fan favorite... 

9. Hot As Ice
T-Pain produced hipster track that is basically telling people that she is the sh*t. The original demo leaked in a higher key and a slightly different vocal delivery... the album version is better though.

10. Ooh Ooh Baby
fun pop song, within cheeky edge

11. Perfect Lover
Great Danja track that still holds today. The brilliant production showcases how individual the record was.. urban, electro, dance and some of the best vocal production ever... excellent phrasing.

12. Why Should I Be Sad
Pharrell laments her K-fed marriage breakdown in this softer track .. detailing that even when a woman gives her all.. its sometimes not enough…


- Everybody
SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE ALBUM- with a slick Eurythmics sample, this is one of the strongest tracks on the record , and a great use of a sample . The song was originally intended for Rihanna's sophomore record, but after producer/writer J.R. Rotem began collaborating with Britney ( and dating ??), he pitched the electro-pop jam for Blackout instead. and the demo was also recorded by the Cheetah Girls . was dropped from the main album when she stopped dating him.

- State of Grace
SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE ALBUM AND POSSIBLY A SINGLE - eventually covered by Christophe Wilhem, this is the dreamscape pop moment that had number 1 written all over it - massive missed opportunity

- Sugarfalls
Pharrell - not his best- but she saves it with a great vocal.

- Get Back

STRONG song that was considered as a single then pushed as a bonus track. Its classic pop urban gem that only Britney can shine up...

- Tell Me What You're Sippin' On
featuring AC ( who?….) a nice hip-hop track, but not Blackout worthy. Very American
- Let Go
Britney Unplugged- no effects, just a piano and her ( you can even hear her turn the paper pages halfway through). Stunning and poignant
- Out of this World
cute song- great little bonus track. and super fun…
-"Kiss You All Over"
Brilliant track.. great production, maybe a little to “happy” for Blackout , but a great jam none the less.


It should be noted that even a b-side or bonus track of this era is generally better than most peoples lead single off a new album… yes they are THAT good …


Britney in 2017 said this  about the album….“The magic of Blackout was actually pretty simple. It just wasn’t so thought out. I just did what I felt and it worked. Sometimes less is more I guess,” she told a magazine. “I still perform ‘Freakshow’ in my Vegas show—it’s one of my favourite songs that was never released as a single. It’s so much fun and it gives me the chance to get the audience involved. Oh yeah—it’s sassy. And I love sassy!”


BLACKOUT is the closest we will ever get to the real Britney. Unfiltered and brazen, “Blackout” is the career-defining album most artists dream about. Take away the personal turbulence and drama. What you are left with is a body of work that is far better than most Grammy-nominated “Album Of The Year’ entrants. Its a sonic, electro and soundscape masterpiece with one of the iconic figures of music smacked into it . Its catchy, sexy and downright hedonistic for a modern pop record. Its earns itself a the term “iconic” without having to dress like a Halloween creature, stir up any social commentary or slander other artists for inspiration (cough*Taylor) ..Blackout is possibly the most influential pop record of the last 20 years to which it was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library in 2012.


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We dance in the moonlight with Damien Mancell

How are you?… and where are you ?
I’m at home in Sydney , finishing off some music . Im really good by the way…

Tell us about the new single “Moonlight” ?
“Moonlight” was written about a big night out in Sydney. its semi autobiographical. I wrote the words on a napkin in a club one night and sang them into my phone. Then I created the idea with my collaborator Steve Mellare, and we just crafted the song very quickly. I was so happy with it , i knew it had to be a single. It was the final track written for the album, along with another song “Roll The Dice”, which sounds nothing like “Moonlight”. It's my dance pop moment on the record. 

You’ve got an album in the works, what can you tell us about it?
The album is a long time coming, BUT it is coming in the next few months . I have about 17 songs already to go. The album is very electronic. quite old school dance, massive 90’s influence. I was listening to a lot of Pet Shop Boys and 90’s Rave at the time. Steve (Mellare), my producer is a massive fan of New Order and a lot of electronica. We meet somewhere in the middle. I also love the pop sensibilities of Kylie Minogue, Britney… good pop, well-written pop, so I have a healthy dose of that in there too. I have my collaborations with Chunky Astronaut and a hot feature with a female rapper MZ Sammy G, who slayed her verse in the track “Round N Round”… 

Is there a video planned for “Moonlight”?
yes Im doing it in a week, without giving too much away , think projections, lots of colours in darkness... Moody, sexy... 

You have Chunky Astronaut again remixing your track , and also DJ James Tobin. How did that come about?
I always have the “Chunky Man” on a single, as i think he’s awesome, and he delivers kickass remixes. The remix by James Tobin is brilliant. Im a big fan of his work as a remixer and a DJ. He’s an amazing DJ, so I just sent him a request and he said yes. Some remixers have a little ego about doing work, but he was amazingly easy to work with, and he delivered the goods. Its getting good spins in Europe, which is all I can ask for . He’s very talented, and I’m glad Ive got him now before everyone wants him. His remix of Greg Gould is hot. I would love to have him do more remixes. Who knows?

Its a great remix. Who is on your wish list of people to work with?
I would love to work with heaps of people in the dance scene in sydney but I feel its a little closed here with people not wanting to collaborate. I would love to do a track with Mark Loasby again. I would love US DJ corey Craig to do a track with me, because not only is he a friend, but he has amazing dance sensibilities. He knows dance music backwards and is frighteningly talented. DJ Andrew Gibbons from the US as well, because he’s a phenomenal DJ. 

You always have remixes on all your singles, why are they important?
I think Ive always wanted them to show a different side of what i do. I also like to showcase the DJ or remixer. Like Chunky Astronaut have their own following, and to dip into their world is fun. The same with Robot Diaries, they are nuts, but I loved the remixes I had done from them. Mark Loasby remixes are pretty spectacular to. He gets the LGBT dance floor and nails it every time. I was so happy for him when his remix of “shine” (Damien’s 2010 pop hit) went well in gay clubs in some european countries..

Where are the majority of your fanbase based?
mainly use and selected European countries, not much in Oz yet, but I hope to change that. It would be nice to break my homeland. Its good to get support from people like JOY FM, and Queer Radio here though. Im beyond appreciative.

You recently became a target for evangelical groups. What was that about ?
Keyboard warriors with too much time on their hands really. They go after “OUT” artists by flooding their emails , twitter DM’s …etc… with thousands of emails with pro christian stuff. At first it makes you angry but after a while you just get used to it. They have tried to break into my website a couple of hundred times this year. Its annoying, and makes me want to go further to piss them off. Give them something to “really” complain about. 

Do you feel that , as an out LGBT performer , doors close because of your disclosure?
its closed doors in the mainstream, with  major labels saying they don’t know where to “place me”, or they don’t know how to promote me. I think that’s a bit backward, but I see what they are promoting and I may not be bland enough for them. But i do feel that its probably better for me artistically that I get to do what I want. I write and produce myself, I commission my own remixes, I style myself, and do my own visuals. I have complete control on what I do.I love collaboration, and by owning what I do , I get the confidence to work with established people. I’ve had labels try and “straighten” me out over the years to no avail. 

Would you ever play Mardi Gras?
Love totoo... Its on the bucket list. Though Im not sure Im on the MG radar. I've always gone to the party, since 1994, so to even get 5 minutes up there would be a dream. I’ve had my remixes played there before, but as for a live show… sadly no.

Who are you currently listening to?
I love the new STEPS record, I think its one of the strongest records in years. I like the new Goldfrapp, and Im loving a lot of the remixes coming from Britney’s “Glory” album . There are some amazing bootleg mixes out there. 

any message for our readers ?
yeah, thanks for everything , head over to iTunes and grab “Moonlight”, or to any of my socials to keep up to date with my goings on.