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Sam Bluer on coming out, homophobia in Australia and his love for Charli XCX
“Our government gave homophobes a platform to hate, and it was a really terrible time for a lot of queer people throughout Australia.”
It’s so totally cliché to say, but we’re gonna say it: Sam Bluer is a name you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the future.
The Aussie performer made his music industry debut this year with two fantastic dark-pop tracks, Shift and Body High, the latter of which literally catapulted our wigs down the motherfucking street. The lyrics! The production! The video! We live!
To celebrate the release of his brand new clip, we got him on the phone and spoke about, well, everything: Boy George, privilege, homophobia in Australia, his obsession with Charli XCX, and coming out. Enjoy!
Actually, Madonna Was the First to Subvert Country Music Style
I remember seeing Madonna’s “Don’t Tell Me” on MTV in 2000 when I was 11 years old. It was mind-blowing. Growing up in New England, country music never hit close to home. It was all Garth Brooks singing about driving a truck with a fat engine and cracking a warm beer by the lake. But Madonna took the genre and spun it on its head in one of the most transportive videos of her career: steamy cowboys and a dark ranchero vibe, mixed up with a lot of sand-strewn cheek. (It was also the first time Madonna played guitar on an album.) It’s almost hard to believe that the music video is almost 20 years old. “Don’t Tell Me” was the OG beginnings of country music style breaking into the pop world. Subversive twang is going mainstream in the form of Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” Orville Peck’s masked exploration of masculinity in country music, and Diplo brooding in a Nudie suit on Instagram. But let me remind you that Madonna was the first to pave the way for giddy-up pop.
Nobody Cares - SAFE
Daddy coward. 17-Jul-2019
Flying On My Own - Celine Dion
We (society) build them (heroes,) to knock them down. 16-Jul-2019
If You're Hearing This - Hook N Sling x Parson James x Betty Who
The New Politics
Women in charge. The song is to them not about them. 11-Jul-2019
MAX & Quinn XCII Talk Pop Hit 'Love Me Less' & Why It's the 'Sleeper Song' of the Summer
If you listen to top 40 radio, you've probably already vibed to MAX's sunny new single "Love Me Less," featuring fellow singer/songwriter Quinn XCII, over the summer, as the song just reached its No. 22 peak on Billboard's Pop Songs airplay chart this week. What you might not have realized while bumping to the bouncy beat is that there's a pretty serious story behind the "vulnerable bop," as MAX has dubbed it.
"My last song, 'Lights Down Low,' I wrote for my wife and I proposed to her with it, and this is sort of the evolution of that, where I had this ex and she was not so happy about our breakup and she threatened to get my British wife deported -- which I knew she didn't really mean, but it was also really intense," MAX tells Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast (listen to the full episode below). "It was the first time we really had a moment where I was like, 'I don't think we're going to recover from this,' because [my wife] was so upset about it. ... We got in the studio, and this 'Love Me Less' idea came about. The right people love you more and not less for your baggage."
Infinity - Jaymes Young
Experience Underwater World
Top 10 Earrattic Songs For July, 2019
01. Saints - Echos 04-Jul-2019
02. Dizzy - MISSIO 04-Jul-2019
03. La La Love - Mono Mind 04-Jul-2019
04. Undo - Naughty feat. Calum Scott, Shenseea 04-Jul-2019
05. Lifted - Allie X 04-Jul-2019
06. Take My Time - Skinshape 04-Jul-2019
07. Parents - YUNGBLUD 04-Jul-2019
08. Don't Pretend - Khalid feat. SAFE 04-Jul-2019
09. Don't Feel Like Crying - Sigrid 04-Jul-2019
10. Nobody Cares - SAFE 04-Jul-2019
Voyeur Girl - Stephen
It's only a robot. 03-Jul-2019
Kim Petras on Why Her 'Clarity' Era Is Still Just Her 'Building Phase' Towards Superstardom
The 26-year-old pop singer may have sold out her tour, released her most anticipated work yet, and expanded her fan base, but she's still banking on a bigger future.
Sweet But Psycho (Morgan Page Remix) - Ava Max
Liam Ferrari - Star Boy!
Broadway Bares Strip U
Blissing Me (Dark Jedi Mix) - Bjork
Star Wars: The Old Republic
I wanted to see if it was possible. 26-Jun-2019
Not A Damned Thing Changed - Lukas Graham
Alec Benjamin Is a Pop Storyteller for the Next Generation
Alec Benjamin has worn the same outfit multiple days in a row, he admits when we sit down to chat at New York’s buzzing Soho House one afternoon this spring. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter isn’t overly concerned with fashion; he just likes what he likes, and when he figures out something that works, he sticks with it. “I’m a very OCD person,” he says. “I’ll do one thing to complete exhaustion.”
That’s been true for his music, too. Pop trends come and go, but Benjamin, who’s best known for his viral hit “Let Me Down Slowly”, committed early on to absolute sincerity. In the tradition of pop storytellers like Taylor Swift and thoughtful songwriters like John Mayer, he’s built a brand of contemporary earnestness, layered over bulletproof pop balladry. Here, in this slick environment, a wide-eyed Benjamin seems a little out of place in his low-key sweatshirt, jeans, sneakers and tousled hair; you wouldn’t know he was a platinum-selling artist. But as the DJ in the corner ups the volume of his jazzy set, Benjamin settles in for the conversation, and any self-consciousness fades away. He’s not the type of guy who worries about keeping up appearances.
Enough - Goblins From Mars
Un Mundo En Silencio