Bob Dylan and 5 Other Artists Just Re-Recorded Gay Versions of Classic Love Songs
MGM Resorts International today announced the release of Universal Love, a collection of reimagined wedding songs for the LGBTQ community, celebrating the “enduring and overwhelming power of love and music to unite.” The album includes boundary-changing songs from some of today’s most-beloved artists. Bob Dylan is among the visionary artists participating in the project.
Universal Love offers six newly recorded versions of iconic love songs that give same-sex couples a soundtrack for their own love stories and feature pronouns changed to reflect LGBTQ relationships.
Dylan re-recorded “She’s Funny That Way” as “He’s Funny That Way.” The album features five additional queer and straight artists: Kesha (“I Need a Woman to Love Me”), St. Vincent (“And Then She Kissed Me”), Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (“And I Love Him”), Kele Okereke of Bloc Party (“My Guy”) and Valerie June (“Mad About The Girl”).
Phyllis James, MGM Resorts’ Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, said in a statement:
We believe projects like this will help all of us reach a point where seeing the world through the lens of people who happen to be different from us becomes natural and commonplace. It is an immense honor for MGM Resorts to spearhead this inspirational project which celebrates LGBTQ dimensions of the universal emotion of love.
The compilation album was produced by MGM Resorts in conjunction with global advertising agency McCann and will be distributed by Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music. Universal Love is available on all streaming platforms beginning today.
Universal Love is an extension of MGM’s two decades of advocacy work with the LGBTQ community. More than a decade before same-sex marriage was legalized, same-sex commitment ceremonies were performed at chapels at MGM Resorts’ properties. In 2004, MGM Resorts became the first company in the gaming and hospitality industry to offer same-sex health benefits to employees. MGM was also a founding partner of the Las Vegas chapter of the Human Rights Campaign in 2004.