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Christine + The Queens thinks music is becoming more progressive 


Christine & The Queens' Héloïse Letissier believes pop can tackle LGBTQ subjects ''without being questioned''.

The 30-year-old singer - who identifies as pansexual, meaning she is attracted to a person regardless of their sex or gender identity - feels the music industry has always been progressive but she thinks it's becoming ''more nuanced'' and more able to discuss in depth issues surrounding sexuality and gender.


Tags: Environment, Equality, Feminism, Interview, LGBTQ, Music, Portrait, Representation, Sex



ALMA is ready to be the queer female popstar she always wanted to see / Amplify by Gay Times 


ALMA first came to prominence in her home country when she was 17, competing in the seventh season of Finland’s edition of Idol. By 2016 she’d released two Top 10 singles with Karma and Dye My Hair, but it was third cut Chasing Highs that saw her bag Top 20 placings in the UK and Germany in 2017. From there, plans for a full-length debut album were put into motion.

“It was very hard to know which direction I wanted to go in,” ALMA admits when it came to writing a full collection of music. “I didn’t know what it was two years ago.” She retreated to writing sessions in Helsinki and Los Angeles, chopping and changing ideas until she struck upon the track that would inform the rest of her debut. “Cowboy was the song when I understood what I want to do and who I am,” she explains. “After that it was clear.”

The key, she discovered, was to start being totally honest to who she is. Cowboy centres on trying to fit into new social circles and discovering yourself as you come out of your teen years, something she had to deal with in more intense circumstances than most young people. “When I first moved to Los Angeles I felt so small and so emo,” she smiles. “Everybody was so energetic and positive, and I felt like I was just not fitting in at all. I needed to create an alter ego or something, to be like ‘I’m going to survive, I’m gonna make it through, I’m a motherfucking cowboy!’ It was a line that was in my head all the time.”

Gay Times

Tags: Celebrity, Diva, GLBTQ, Inspired, Interview, Music, Portrait, Support, Tribute



Rita Ora Reflects on 'Girls' Controversy: 'There's Not One Way to Come Out' 


Last month, Rita Ora released "Girls," a sexually charged pop chorale based on the singer's own experiences with women. The single -- one of the most anticipated music collaborations in recent memory -- has all the makings of a perfect summer smash: shimmery synth pulses, pristine production and A-list features from Charli XCX, Bebe Rexha and Cardi B. However, some considered its lyrics problematic.

Ora meant for "Girls" to be a celebration of bisexuality, but the song drew ire for its depiction of same-sex attraction with critics -- including prominent LGBTQ artists -- arguing that it perpetuates stereotypes. Hayley Kiyoko, known to fans as "Lesbian Jesus," called Ora's effort "tone-deaf," while Kehlani, who identifies as queer, branded the song "harmful" in a since-deleted tweet.


Tags: Backlash, Celebration, Celebrity, Choices, Entertainment, Interview, Music, Opinion, Portrait, Tribute



Shirley Manson Looks Back On 20 Years of Garbage's 'Sci-Fi Pop' Odyssey, 'Version 2.0' 


“The sonic equivalent of how 'Blade Runner' looks is what we were chasing.”

This week, Billboard is celebrating the music of 20 years ago with a week of content about the most interesting artists, albums, songs and stories from 1998. Here, we talk to Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson about Version 2.0, the band's Grammy-nominated '98 sophomore LP, and how the set proved how ahead of their time Garbage was.

Shirley Manson is feeling reflective these days about Garbage’s 1998 sophomore LP, Version 2.0. Packed with disruptive radio hits like “Push It” and “I Think I’m Paranoid,” the groundbreaking album’s importance in securing Garbage’s status as fierce contenders in the late-1990s alt rock arena is not lost on the band’s front woman.


Tags: Band, Celebration, Celebrity, Diva, Entertainment, History, Interview, Legend, Music, Portrait, Respect, Tribute, Women



Jazz Musician Wynton Marsalis Argues Hip-Hop Is ‘More Damaging Than a Statue of Robert E. Lee’ 


In an interview with The Washington Post podcast Cape Up, distinguished jazz musician and famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis discussed his deep aversion to hip-hop and rap music, claiming the genres are more harmful to society than some confederate statues. “I don’t think we should have a music talking about n***ers and bitches and hoes. It had no impact. I’ve said it. I’ve repeated it. I still repeat it. To me that’s more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee," Marsalis said.


Tags: All Rights, Celebrity, Change, Choices, Entertainment, Environment, Genre, History, Interview, Music, Respect



Bono Reveals What He Learned from 'Almost Dying' – and Says 'Music Has Gotten Very Girly' 


Bono admits he had previously thought he’d “let go” of his fear of death, but reveals it was the exact opposite.

“I thought I already had, but this was the next installment in trust. You know, people of faith can be very annoying,” he said. “Like when people on the Grammys thank God for a song and you think, “God, that is a shite song. Don’t give God credit for that one – you should take it yourself!” I am sure I have done that myself. And someone’s like, “I got this directly from the mouth of God!” And you’re thinking, “Wow, God has no taste!”


Tags: Celebrity, Daddy Squish, Dedication, Entertainment, Family, Hot Swatch, Interview, Music, Opinion, Portrait, Rock, Support



Remembering David Cassidy: A Candid Chat About Fame, Fans and Pop 


I first met David Cassidy, the former star of The Partridge Family who died Tuesday, during an interview about two decades ago. Shortly thereafter, we hung out together backstage after he completed a set of bubblegum hits that had thousands of 40-something-year-old women screaming like they were teenagers again.

We spoke on multiple occasions since then and, well before his dementia set in, I caught up with him while he was golfing for an on-the-record interview that continued when he returned home. The interview, though, remained unpublished, until now.

Hollywood Reporter

Tags: Celebrity, Entertainment, History, Interview, Let's Remember, Passing, Rock, Tribute



Without LGBTQ People, Modern Music Wouldn't Exist 


VICE: What initially made you decide to write this book?

Darryl W. Bullock: I wanted to write a book about LGBTQ people making records, but to be honest, it was a bit dull. It was starting to look a bit like an encyclopedia, an A-to-Z of gay musicians. Then, maybe three or four months into the project, David Bowie died, and his death struck me really viscerally.

But it was while I saw how others reacted to his death, especially the stars I grew up with—the Boy Georges and the George Michaels and the Madonnas—that I realized I was going down the wrong track. I realized the book shouldn’t just be about LGBTQ people making records, but how they influenced each generation that followed. You start to build up this timeline, and it stretches back over 100 years, almost back to the birth of commercially available discs.

It was also a definite decision to include voices you don’t hear of. It would be easy to write a book just about Elton John, George Michael, Boy George, Freddie Mercury, those kinds of people. But I really wanted to document the lives of people like Patrick Haggerty, Blackberri and John “Smokey” Condon (pic above), people who have made incredibly important contributions to music and to LGBTQ lives but have been basically ignored by the mainstream media.


Tags: All Rights, Business, Celebration, Celebrity, Entertainment, History, Inspired, Interview, LGBTQ, Music, Opinion, Pride, Tribute



Sateen is the glam pop band that shows two queer women exploring their truth 

In case you didn’t know, Sateen is a band. The high glam, high femme duo hails from New York, which is where Queen Sateen and Exquisite craft dreamy dance tunes to get you out of your head and onto your feet. The band is now putting out a new EP, which takes their electric energy to a whole new level.

We definitely think the aesthetic side of our band is just as important as the music itself. Sateen arises out of the whole Brooklyn, indie rock scene of the late 2000s. We started doing drag as a reaction to the stale visual presentation of the bands that we were seeing at that time. They were wearing a lot of black, usually doing the jeans and a t-shirt kind of look.

Hello Giggles

Tags: Club Scene, Drag, Drag, Entertainment, Interview, Music, Transgender



Sakima's Dirty Pop: Meet Music's New Queer Voice 


London artist Sakima was first attracted to a boy when he was 6: “I remember very distinctly a group of girls laughing at me and weirded out that I fancied a guy,” says the electro-R&B musician born Isaac Sakima. Though the feelings weren't reciprocated (“He was straight, as far as I know”), his childhood crush serves as the namesake for the 26-year-old’s Ricky EP (out Oct. 13). Through the seven songs, the singer-producer fetishizes daddies, rejects heteronormative traditions and explores the lexicon of Polari, a coded language used by gay men in Britain in the 1950s and ’60s, when homosexuality was illegal.


Tags: Bio, Celebrity, Entertainment, Gay, Interview, Music, Opinion, Stepping Up, Support, Video Gay Swatch



Native Engager: Tori Amos Talks Gay Mentors, Gets Political 


Tori Amos' mind is one of the greatest wonders of the music world. For over three decades, via an oeuvre as unpredictable as the muses that guide her, that very mind has been a trove of lyrical salvation and a divine mélange of eccentricities, insight, imagination and, as I discovered during our illuminating exchange, even "Mean Girls" references.

Before last year's political turn of events, the piano virtuoso took a summer road trip through North Carolina's Smoky Mountains to reconnect to her familial roots, setting into motion her nature-influenced 15th studio album, "Native Invader." Featuring some of her best music in years, as influenced by these divisive times and a speech-crippling stroke her mother suffered in January, the album's emotional core is resilient and healing despite "a cluster of hostile humans who side with their warlords of hate," as she brazenly sings, calling for us to "rehumanize."

Amos, 54, took me to every remote corner of her meandering mind during our recent interview, name-dropping everyone from Persephone to Regina George and the two gay men who helped transform her into the Tori Amos. But there's more: "the new invasion of the body snatchers," exercising to rap, being postmenopausal in 2017 America, the prospect of a Vegas show with hot male dancers and also Washington D.C., the "underworld" where she launched her career, unknowingly performing for political players who would set the stage for crucial issues Amos and the entire country are now facing.

Edge Media Network

Tags: Bio, Celebration, Celebrity, Diva, Entertainment, Interview, Music, Opinion, Pride, Respect, Support, Tribute



Marilyn Manson on Getting Inked With Johnny Depp, Beef With Justin Bieber & His Fiery New Album 


Marilyn Manson is in physical pain.

This isn’t the admission of vulnerability that one would expect from the self-proclaimed “Antichrist Superstar,” who once boasted about shoving sewing needles underneath his fingernails for personal amusement. But last night, the hard-rock subversive and close friend Johnny Depp got matching back tattoos of the original cover to Charles Baudelaire’s poetry collection The Flowers of Evil -- a skeleton whose arm bones melt into the branches of a tree. Despite his legendary absinthe and narcotics consumption, Manson apparently remains governed by the same nervous system as the rest of us.

“All the scars -- musical, physical, mental, emotional -- they’re what define you,” says Manson. At 48, he has weathered the deaths of both parents, a divorce from burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese and the dissolution of several other high-profile relationships.


Tags: Bio, Celebrity, Diva, Entertainment, Interview, Rock, Trip



Rostam Batmanglij: ‘I Have a Problem with Musicians Who Never Want to Come Out’ 


Rostam Batmanglij (seen above in a behind-the-scenes image from Charli XCX’s “Boys” video), the former Vampire Weekend bandmate whose new solo album Half-Light is out, spoke with John Norris at The Daily Beast in a wide-ranging interview, some of which had to do with queer themes in his music and coming out.

He told Norris that he believes artists should be able to come out on their own time, but that they should come out.


Tags: All Rights, Celebrity, Coming Out, Interview, Pride, Support



100 years of LGBT music and why gay history didn’t start with Stonewall 


You might think pop stars singing openly about same-sex love is a relatively recent phenomenon. A new book explodes that myth.

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 years of LGBT Music, by Bristol-based British writer Darryl W Bullock, takes a comprehensive look back at a century’s worth of queer artists.

Most of us are familiar with the likes of Elton John, Scissor Sisters, Freddie Mercury, Boy George and Sam Smith. However, music fans are likely to treasure this exhaustive tome as it highlights the contribution from many artists now forgotten or, in some cases, unappreciated during their lifetimes.

It also demonstrates that not only have there been LGBT recording artists since the dawn of recorded music but many did little to hide their sexual orientation.

Gay Star News

Tags: Gay, History, Inspired, Interview, Pride, Tribute, World, Writing



LCD Soundsystem's Gavin Russom Comes Out as Trans Woman 


When Gavin Russom DJs at Berlin Nightclub in Chicago next week, it will inevitably be a celebration of coming out, performing her first set as an out transgender woman.

The founding member of LCD Soundsystem, which finished a tour of festivals last year and is out with a new album later this year, shared a new photo of herself today as part of the flyer for Thursday’s Femme’s Room party at Berlin. The party is known for celebrating all identities and forms of femme expression.


Tags: Bio, Celebrity, Coming Out, Entertainment, Interview, Transgender



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