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OPINION: Should the Spice Girls Reform?

Earlier last week, Posh, Sporty, Ginger, Baby and Scary set social media alight when they posted a selfie together, their first one in 6 years. Understandably, my gay little heart, as well as countless others, couldn't take it.

Having missed out on their 2007 reunion tour, I was determined to see them in any capacity in 2018.

Yesterday, rumors circulated that the Girls were to embark on another reunion tour, 11 years after their last, with sources claiming the girls know "its what the fans want".

Girl power is clearly not dead, with their first two albums and their greatest hits climbing back up the charts after the selfie post alone. The fan base is as strong and ravenous as ever, clearly, but I can't help but think, is it really the best idea?

The girls we once knew to stomp about in platform heels and bum skimming dresses are now much more mature women, with their priorities in a lot of different walks of life. they are not the same group that they were 22 years ago. Mel B has carved out a successful career as a talent show judge, Geri has expanded into TV presenting and baking, Melanie C is going strong as a solo act, Emma has a radio show, and Victoria has a fashion empire. Sure, they're icons, but are they really pop stars any more?

Pop music is ever changing, and their brand of bouncy, retro funk contrasts a little too much with the music landscape today, where tropical house, rap and acoustic guitars saturate the charts.

Thinking more and more about it, I'm just not sure if I'd want to see five women who don't really seem to want to be there, up on stage going through the motions for two hours. The reunion tour in 2007 was a fun throwback, but there was no plan to continue afterwards, and it felt more like a remembrance.

The spark they had back then isn't there now, and something so high profile seems like it may not end well for the girls.

We all love a bit of nostalgia, but has the Spice Girls time come and gone now? Is it time to put the union jack dress to rest?

Let us know in the comments if you want the Spice Girls to Spice Up Your Life one more time, or if its just Too Much...

 

(All opinions expressed in this article are of the writer himself and not the opinions of Instinct Magazine)

Listen To RuPaul's New Album "Diva's Live"

A few days ago, RuPaul released an album made up of two song medleys in a conjoined effort with the current All Stars Season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

In the album Ru had fellow drag queens (most from All Stars) sing as female icons.

In “Divas Live, Pt. 1” Milk sings as Celine Dion, Kennedy Davenport sings as Janet Jackson, Aja sings as Amy Winehouse, and Chi Chi DeVayne sings as Patti LaBelle.

Then Pt. 2 has Trixie Mattel as Dolly Parton, Shangela as Mariah Carey, Thorgy Thor as Stevie Nicks, BenDeLaCreme as Julie Andrews, and Bebe Zahara Benet as Diana Ross.

If you're thinking, "I'll pass," I'd recommend checking the music out. If only for Julie Andrews (bless).

Don’t believe me? Check out the songs down below.

It's Official! The Spice Girls Are Back!

Just as reported late last year, the Spice Girls are back for new projects and to make our gay fabulous dreams come true!

When their first reunion since 2012 was announced last year, it was thought that Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham, was not on board—per usual—but now we’ve learned that all five spicey pop stars are back together and moving forward in 2018!

Just look at the ladies today:

 
 

Great catch up with my girls! #bffs always  the future is looking spicy!

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We can all thank Simon Fuller for bringing the girls back together.

A source shared with The Sun about the reunion:

This is the pop reunion no one thought would ever happen again. But after a long period of negotiation Victoria agreed the time is right to work on new projects this year. It’s very exciting because she has always been adamant she wouldn’t go back. Victoria and Geri agreed it would be impossible to be part of a  fully-fledged tour because of family and business commitments. Now that she’s a top designer Victoria is concerned about singing but she wants to make money to pump back into her business.

The pop sensation girl group will get $12 million each in order to reunite. The reunion includes new music, television shows, a greatest hits compilation—and can we dream of another cult-classic movie?!

 

Billy Porter Drops Fierce and Political Music Video

Tony and Grammy Award-winning artist Billy Porter has released a new politically-charged video I’m Gonna Was That Man Right Outta My Hair. The performer, known for his incredible portrayal as Lola in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, recorded the song for his new album The Soul of Richard Rodgers which offers new and soulful takes on classic Richard Rodgers songs.

I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair is a video that begins with snippets of monumental moments in Porter’s life. From stage performances on Kinky Boots to day he married his partner Adam Smith, the video celebrates a time when the artist felt his life was at a high, until you-know-who stepped into the White House.

The video takes a political stance on Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ rights and is a mixture of spoken word and dance that empowers and uplifts those who are feeling that the country has some split ends.

Watch the diva slay in this new video:

 

Troye Sivan Serves Up Hot Musical Performances on SNL

ICYMI Troye Sivan was the musical guest on the January 20th episode of Saturday Night Live. The gay South African-born Australian artist performed his single My My My! a song that dropped a couple of weeks ago. It was the first time as musical guest for the triple threat singer, actor, YouTuber. Troye served up some sexy moves and sultry hair tosses during his first performance.

 

ACTUALLY HAPPENINGGGGGGGGGGGG #TroyeOnSNL @nbcsnl

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Toward the end of the program, SNL host Jessica Chastain welcomed Troye back for his second performance where he slowed things down for a performance of his song The Good Side.

Troye's performances will give you everything your twink-loving-hearts have ever wanted. An incarnation of Call Me By Your Name's Elio.

Troye later tweeted out his excitement:

Both My My My! and The Good Side will be on Troye's new album out later this year.

Check out Troye Sivan on SNL:

'The Cranberries' Singer, Dolores O'Riordan, Dies at 46

There’s a cloud looming over my head today. Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the Irish alternative rock band The Cranberries has died today and there is no doubt that everyone is feeling the daffodil lament. I needed some time to process this and now—as I drink my morning coffee with Ode to My Family forming tears in my eyes, I can begin to realize that it’s not just my imagination. So in the best way I can, I will hopefully form the words to share what a sad day this truly is in the world of music.

Dolores died today in London, where she was recording new music, at the age of 46. Authorities were called to the Park Lane hotel in Westminster at 9:05 a.m. on January 15th where she was pronounced dead at the scene. The publicist for the band released a statement of the songbird’s sudden death:

It was not described how Dolores died, but she had be dealing with back problems that had forced the band to cancel their almost sold out Euro and US tour. I had tickets to see this show where the band was touring with Irish Chamber Orchestra to play their latest acoustic album Something Else. Dolores had also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015 and was dealing with this with the help of medication.

Born, Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan, the singer was from Limerick and became part of the band in 1989 when she auditioned for brothers Noel and Mike Hogan who were looking for a lead for their band The Cranberry Saw Us. Dolores was famous for her unique sound and yodeling that fused the band’s alternative rock sound with traditional Irish sounds.

The band had incredible success in the early 90s with their first albums Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993) and No Need to Argue (1994), but was followed up by albums To the Faithful Departed (1996), Bury the Hatchet (1999), and Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2001) before splitting in 2003. She was married to Don Burton, former tour manager for Duran Duran, but divorced after a 20-year marriage. The couple had three children.

During her time away from The Cranberries, Dolores had a solo career which included her album Are You Listening? (2007) and No Baggage (2009). The Cranberries reunited with a studio album Roses (2012) and a world tour--returning to stages to deliver the music that made everyone fall in love with band.

There has already been much written about the loss of Dolores O’Riordan and many huge names have commented on her death so I don’t think it’s necessary to include all of that in here. Instead, I think it is important to acknowledge the personal experience many had with music of The Cranberries and Dolores’ voice.

Since their early days, The Cranberries represented the rebel outcast who was seeking an emotional release from the world’s hate and troubles. Songs like No Need to Argue, Zombie, War Child, Bosnia, Free to Decide, Salvation--among others--conquered political and social struggles felt by war and labels that many marginalized groups identified with.

I began listening to The Cranberries when I was in 4th grade. It was music that was introduced to me by my older sister, who at the time would drive me around town with music blaring as I wore my tiny Doc Martens. Since their beginning, The Cranberries symbolized self-affirmation. The music has always been elegant, raw, and it meant ‘giving zero fucks’ before that was even a thing.

As I grew up, The Cranberries became a coping mechanism that broke me down, healed me, and built me back up during some of the most difficult times in my life. As a queer man, their music was solace and Dolores O’Riordan the manifestation of the years of confusion, bullying, and search to be comfortable in my own skin. It was this music that guided me through my coming out and taught me how to love, how to lose and how to forgive. And now, in my adult life, her music has set a foundation for love, since my partner and I selected Dreams as one of our wedding songs.

When I was old enough to finally be able to attend their concert, I had the opportunity to experience a concert during Dolores’ solo career. After three songs at the House of Blues on Sunset, her drummer dropped to the ground in a seizure and the show ended abruptly. I was devastated that I would not be able to enjoy more of her music live.

A couple of years later in 2009, when The Cranberries reunited, I scored tickets to their show and I attended with my sister and my partner. This show was something I had waited for my entire life--the chance to hear the music that had fed my soul--live.

As a gesture of gratitude, I brought a yellow rose and wrote a note that I hoped I would be able to deliver to the hands of Dolores. In it, I thanked her for her words and her voice and for being the soundtrack to my youth. I thanked her for being a storyteller for everyone who felt they were not represented and for always continuing to do what they were doing with this fact in mind. I was so far back at the concert and didn’t know if the rose would get to her, but at a moment of courage, I sent the rose and the note up, asking the person in front of me to send it forward. A few minutes in, I lost track of the rose and thought it had been lost in the sea of fans, but during the song Wanted, I saw that she reached down and grabbed my rose and attached note from someone in the front row. At that moment, I knew that after all the years I had listened to the music by The Cranberries I had reached an ultimate level of connection with Dolores.

As we continue to learn more about Dolores’ untimely death, there is nothing more that can be said for the singer who breathed life into the many people who were searching to fit in and learning how to feel.

I leave you with this, one of The Cranberries’ most iconic songs that has now immortalized Dolores as one of the greatest singers who gave the world a gift and left us all yearning for more.

Thank you for word, Dolores.

Linger

If you, if you could return

Don't let it burn

Don't let it fade

I'm sure I'm not being rude

But it's just your attitude

It's tearing me apart

It's ruining every day

For me

I swore I would be true

And fellow, so did you

So why were you holding her hand?

Is that the way we stand?

Were you lying all the time?

Was it just a game to you?

But I'm in so deep

You know I'm such a fool for you

You've got me wrapped around your finger

Do you have to let it linger?

Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?

Oh, I thought the world of you

I thought nothing could go wrong

But I was wrong, I was wrong

If you, if you could get by

Trying not to lie

Things wouldn't be so confused

And I wouldn't feel so used

But you always really knew

I just want to be with you

And I'm in so deep

You know I'm such a fool for you

You've got me wrapped around your finger

Do have to let it linger?

Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?

And I'm in so deep

You know I'm such a fool for you

You've got me wrapped around your finger

Do have to let it linger?

Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?

You know I'm such a fool for you

You've got me wrapped around your finger

Do have to let it linger?

Do you have to, do you have to, do have to let it linger?

Justin Timberlake Became A Mountain Man For His Latest Album

Justin Timberlake is getting ready to release a new album in February and he’s just dropped a one minute teaser video to get us excited.

To prepare fans and the rest of the world for the drop of a new single on Friday, January 5th, Timberlake released the video found down below.

Apparently, the singer is going from “Sexy Back” to “Brokeback” (sans the gay sadly) as he’s going for a country aesthetic.

Actually, looks like the singer is skipping over country and going straight to woodsman. Just like the title of the upcoming album, Man of the Woods, Timberlake wants everyone to think that he’s a man of the wilderness.

Are you interested in this woodsman Timberlake? If so, you only have to wait until Friday to hear a song from the upcoming album and until February 2nd for the rest of the songs to follow.

Sam Smith's Album "The Thrill of It All" Dropped Today

Sam Smith’s latest album is out now!

Smith’s second album, titled The Thrill of It All, was released earlier today and is already getting rave reviews.

The special edition of the album includes 14 songs including “Too Good at Goodbyes,” “Midnight Train,” “HIM,” “Pray,” “One Day at a Time,” and more. Ultimately, the entire album amounts to 37 minutes and 28 seconds of music.

In addition, Sam Smith will be touring across the United States, Europe, and Mexico, to promote the album between the months of March and September in 2018.

In fact, you can already buy tickets to his concerts in cities like Glasgow, Dublin Berlin, Milan, Toronto, Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Nashville, Miami, Mexico City, Portland, and many more.

Until then, you can listen to Sam Smith’s The Thrill of It All on Google Music, iTunes, or Spotify.

Christmas Comes Early with Sia's New Album

After her fierce album This is Acting from 2016, Sia has taken over the charts becoming the voice behind the bows and wigs that keeps us yearning for more. Sia has undoubtedly become an LGBT icon, penning anthems like Alive, Chandelier, and The Greatest which have reverberated in gay clubs and bars around the world.

But like every great song diva, Sia is ready to take on the ultimate challenge as a singer and put out her very own Christmas album.

Sia announced today that she will be releasing her album Everyday is Christmas, with original holiday songs which include songs like “Santa’s Coming for Us”, “Ho Ho Ho”, and “Puppies are Forever”. Finally, a new, fabulous Christmas album to go along with our egg nog and ugly Christmas sweaters. Ummm…can it be Christmas already?

Can't wait to stuff his stocking? Don't worry--Everyday is Christmas will be out November 17th, but you can pre-order starting October 30th

Here’s a list of tracks we can expect…will one of these be the new Santa Baby, Blue Christmas, or All I Want For Christmas Is You?

P!nk's New Single "Beautiful Trauma" Just Released

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Pink is back again ladies and gentlemen. This time, the pop singer with an edge has released the audio for her latest single that conveniently has the same name as her upcoming album.

The song, “Beautiful Trauma” speaks about falling in love with the wrong guy and going through a destructive relationship, but loving it all the same because you’re simply in love.

With lyrics like the ones down below, the song comes off as a classic and tragic “love” song from Pink.

The pill I keep taking
The nightmare I'm waking
There's nothing, no nothing, nothing but you
My perfect rock bottom
My beautiful trauma
My love, my love, my drug, oh

But wait no longer, if you want to hear the new single from Pink, check it out below.

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