January 24, 2006

AOL Music launches gay music site

By Bill Werde

NEW YORK (Billboard) - AOL Music has launched a site called
"G-Sides, Music for the GLBT Community," which it says features
"the gay and lesbian artists we love."

But M. Tye Comer, senior programming manager for AOL Music,
says G-Sides isn't necessarily a "gay music" site.

"This site will talk about all different facets: gay
artists, music that has a strong LGB fan base, and even videos
that you might not think have relevance to the gay and lesbian
community -- but do."

At its January 23 launch, G-Sides
(http://music.aol.com/feature/gay_music) featured an interview
and DJ session from Cyndi Lauper, videos of the Strokes and a
duet between Antony & the Johnsons and Boy George.

A chart, "This Week's Essential Tunes," links to videos
from artists-and presumed gay icons-such as Gwen Stefani, the
cast of the Broadway hit Rent, and, of course, Madonna.