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Watch the Video for Sam Smith's "Too Good At Goodbyes"

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Sam Smith’s New Music Video is Out

The British singer has been missing somewhat in the past year or so, but that’s assumably to prepare for his latest comeback.

Smith’s debut LP, In the Lonely Hour, came out back in 2014. Then, after making the rounds with his music from that, he went on to create and win an Oscar in 2015 for “Writings on the Wall,” the theme song to Bond’s SPECTRE.

And now it seems he’s ready to come out with a new LP which he says will drop sometime before Christmas.

In the meantime, we get to enjoy his first single from the currently untitled LP.

“Too Good at Goodbyes” is a smooth ballad that Smith himself says came from a deep and personal place.

"This song is about me and about a relationship I was in," he said. "This album actually is not all about me. There's about four songs that are about me, and the rest are about different things and different people in my life and what they've gone through."

We told you about the release date and name of the song, but now we can finally give you a video to go with it.

So, if you are interested in seeing “Too Good At Goodbyes,” check it out down below.

VELO's Latin Track 'Oye Papi' Spices Things Up

VELO, a popular queer performer at Gay Pride events throughout the west coast, is back with his second full-length album “CRUZIN”. A few weeks ago, he released a steamy music video featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Phi Phi O’Hara and Aja titled ‘Big Dick Daddy’. Now the zaddy is back with a sexy follow-up video ‘Oye Papi’, a sizzling latin dance track that will make you sweat. ‘Oye Papi’ features RPDR’s Yara Sofia, Legendary Drag Queen DJ Chi Chi LaRue, Andrew Christian models Pablo Hernandez & Jon Pastor as well as popular personalities Rhea Litré, James Majesty, Kaleena Markos, Jessica L’Whor & More!

VELO shared with me about his music, his inspirations, and why he has the best job ever:

What is the story behind Oye Papi and your album Cruzin'

For the track Oye Papi, I was super inspired by J-Balvins - Mi Gente and I wanted to bring that vibe into the Gay entertainment world in my own way. For the video I wanted it to be out of the box, super Latino centered but keep it light hearted and interesting. Working on Cruzin was a lot of fun, I got to collaborate with people I admire, look up to and respect as entertainers. This album is super personal because I finally feel confident as a producer and found who I am as a Recording Artist. To have Rhea Litré and Pablo Hernandez jump on a couple of tracks was a dream come true. I can’t wait for people to see the music videos for these collaborations. 

You seem to feature a lot of drag performers in your videos, why is that?

I absolutely respect Drag Queens. They are the back bone of the community. I think of the Stone Wall riots all the way to main stream entertainment like Rupaul’s Drag Race. In the gay entertainment world they are the main focus and working with them to me as a gay artist is a dream and a pleasure because they work so hard at their craft and I admire that hustle. Drag owns the gay scene and has always been a huge part of it. 

How can you focus with so much eye candy on set?

It’s not easy trust me haha

But it is fun to come into "work" and have that be sexy men in underwear dancing to your songs.

Best job ever haha

Who would be the ultimate collab in your music or in one of your videos?

Aside from Mama Ru herself, I would love to collaborate one day with Alaska and Willam. They are absolutely incredible entertainers and I respect their hustle and art. 

What's next on your musical journey? 

My next single is Cruzin ft Rhea Litré. She is a super star and the video we have filmed is visually stunning. It’s a dirty rap song for those pigs out there that love to grind to dirty words and hip hop beats. I'm also currently working on a spanish album (out next spring hopefully) that will feature Gay Icon Boomer Banks, Pablo Hernandez, and super star queens Rhea Litré and Melissa Befierce. 

Oye Papi’s will have you popping to the reggaeton beats—whether at the club or in your bedroom—the perfect song to spice up your night.

Watch the video here:

Download the full album, “CRUZIN” on iTunes

Check out more of VELO on social media @velomusic

Watch Superfruit Party Hard in "How You Feeling?"

Superfruit is back with another music video, and we had to share it with you all.

The dynamic duo are celebrating the release of the second part of their Future Friends album. And with it come some great new songs like “Fantasy" featuring F(x)’s Amber Liu, “Hurry Up!” and “How You Feeling?”

And the latter song now has a music video out.

The song follows Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying as they go on a little of bender after partying maybe a little too hard.

Some of the lyrics go, “I’m dancing reckless but it’s all a lie,” and,  “Don’t have the patience to even say goodbye.”

Watch the video down below.

FIRST LOOK: Rami Malek Is Stunning As Freddy Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody" Film

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The first look at Rami Malek as late gay icon Freddy Mercury is a jaw dropper.

Even Malek himself has said that seeing himself look so much like the late Queen frontman (though perhaps with less chest hair than the original) was a surprise.

“When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror,” Malek said when he spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his first time in hair and makeup, “it’s a very affirming moment.”

This is the first time that Malek's look as Mercury in the upcoming biopic titled Bohemian Rhapsody has been released.

 

 

What’s known about the movie so far is that it will follow Queen starting from 1970, during which Mercury teamed with Brian May and Roger Taylor, up to right before the band’s performance at Live Aid in 1985 (part of which you can watch below).

Tragically, six years after the concert Freddie Mercury died of complications from the disease.

But, as much as Malek resembles the singer, what’s important to the film is if the singing will sound the same.

Bryan Singer, who’s directing the film, has announced that it will be music focused as a way to honor the singer’s contribution to music over all. And, in order to do that there will be a mixture of Malek singing, a singing-double, and recordings of Mercury.

Bohemian Rhapsody is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to come out December 25, 2018.

 

 

Rapper Eminem Under Fire For Leading A "F*** Trump" Chant During A Concert

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Rapper Eminem is making headlines because of a chant he made insulting Donald Trump.

The rapper was performing at the Reading Festival in Reading, England this past Saturday and was recorded in the moment.

During the performance, Eminem said:

“So Reading, I’m not about to stand up here and use this fuckin’ stage for some kind of a platform to be all political and shit, and I don’t want to cause any controversy so I won’t say no names — but this mother f*** Donald Trump I can’t stand!”

Eminem then led the audience in a chant of “F*** Trump” before starting the song "White America."

The thing is that Eminem probably doesn’t care if we or Billboard report on this incident. In fact, if Donald Trump were to respond to the moment (which, let’s be honest if Trump got wind of this it’d be 50/50 on if he’d tweet about it), Eminem would do nothing but laugh.

You can watch the video down below (skip to 10 mins).

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus To Fight Trump Hate By Touring Red States

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The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus is starting to rev up in preparation for their latest tour.

The chorus, which is also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is preparing for their Lavender Pen tour this coming fall.

The tour, which is being shared with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, will take them through towns in several red states like Jackson, Birmingham, Knoxville, Greenville, and Charlotte. These will be the main cities where the major concerts will take place.

In addition, they will have smaller and more intimate visits with schools, churches, government buildings and more to spread the message and share the meaning of The Lavender Pen Tour.

But what is that message and meaning? Well, you’d have to look back to both November of last year and to the very origin of the chorus, and we were lucky enough to speak with Tim Seelig and Chris Verdugo, the SFGMC Artistic and Executive Directors respectively, about both topics.

“The day after the election. Wednesday morning, we all woke up in a phase of disbelief,” Verdugo noted while remembering the inception of the tour, “we received an email from our board president saying we should reconsider our touring abroad.”

And as Seelig remembered the email’s content went something along the lines of, “Why are we spending this much money when we are really needed at home?”

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You see, the chorus had already planned to do a tour in China, but as soon as the Trump administration won they knew their plans had to change.

As Verdugo remembers, “We didn’t know what would happen with a Trump presidency, but we knew that it would cause a lot of strife. We knew that if we were already, even under the Obama administration, still under trouble in the south… we knew that the situation was only going to get worse.”

That’s when the idea for the Lavender Pen tour was born. The tour’s plan is to travel to parts of the American South and to bridge a gap between two different cultures and populaces of the American people.

But why title it the Lavender Pen? Again, we have to look at the chorus’s origins.

In 1977, out politician Harvey Milk sponsored a gay civil rights bill. He worked with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone to make that bill an official law, and when Moscone did sign it in he did it with Milk’s lavender pen.

Then in 1978, a group of gay men gathered to start a chorus. This would eventually become the first choir in the world to openly promote and focus on sexual orientation. But, it wasn’t all smooth sailing at the start.

 

“A hundred gay men in one room and a fight broke out. Can you imagine?” Seelig, who joined the choir ten years later, reminisced sarcastically, “They were fighting about what to call it and settled on two names. ‘Men About Town’ or ‘San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.’ At the end, SFGMS prevailed.”

But, the San Francisco gay community was soon rocked by Harvey Milk’s death. Then, at the candle light vigil, the chorus had its first performance and sang Holly Near’s “Singing for our lives”

That is why this tour is titled after Harvey Milk’s famous lavender pen, and why his spirit surrounds both the tour and the chorus.

In addition, the chorus cherishes the fact that their two goals are music and mission. As Seelig states, “We are a music organization and also an activist organization.”

So, the chorus may may perform multiple songs from its musical repertoire like “Amazing Grace,” “If You Were Gay” from Broadway show Avenue Q, “Dance with the Storm” by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa, or their new rearrangement of Holly Near’s “Singing For Our Lives.”

But in addition to that, the chorus will work on several community projects and have several conversations with locals and leaders. They will sing at LGBTQ conferences, give seminars about HIV/Prep and trans issues at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and participate in interfaith services.

“We’re having interfaith services, lunch with the people and attendees afterwards, and we’re gonna get to talk a lot about religion,” Tim Seelig explained, “I come from the south and the only way to expect any kind of political change in the South is through the church.”

Chris Verdugo, Ed / Credit: Screenshot Youtube @SFGMCVideo

And when asked which event they were most looking forward to, both directors answered that it would be the march across the bridge in Selma.

Verdugo later elaborated more on how that day will go in more detail:

“On Monday of the tour we’ll leave Jackson for Selma. We’ll meet at the AME church and have a gathering there. There will be some speakers, then we will head down to the park for lunch, and then we will meet the mayor who will address everyone who is there. It will include everyone in Selma, and CEO’s who are flying in. One of them is bringing his three young daughters. It’s so impactful that this will be the intersection of race and LGBT issues.”

These events show the heart behind the Lavender Pen tour and behind the spirit of the chorus. In addition, their true intention is to not only exchange music and conversation with the communities they visit, but it is also to help them.

All proceeds raised from the event will remain in the towns through the several beneficiaries and organizations that are supporting and interacting with the chorus during this tour. This is just another way that the chorus is bridging the gap between music and mission.

“Culture has always been a support for social change,” Chris Verdugo pondered, “It is our artists and musicians who have always pushed the envelope to help our society to see very clearly… Not just music but spoken work, painting, singing, and pop music. I think that’s really important.”

If you wish to support the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Lavender Pen tour, and the many organizations associated with the tour, you can click here to go to the SFGMC website and donate.

Katy Perry Releases Goofy Official Video For 'Swish Swish'

Katy Perry’s performance on Saturday Night Live for Swish Swish created buzz around her drag queen entourage, especially when she performed Bon Appétit with Migos, who claimed they would not go out on stage with her drag backup dancers. Regardless, both songs have become summer bops that have been heard at clubs everywhere making you want to stomp it to the death on the dance floor.

Now, just a few days before hosting this year’s MTV VMA’s, Katy Perry has released her official video for Swish Swish which features Nicki Minaj, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson, Russel “Backpack Kid” Horning, the ladies of GLOW (Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Kia Stevens, Jackie Tohn), the West Hollywood Cheerleaders, Rob Gronkowski, and many others.

What started as a song in response to a feud between Katy and Taylor Swift, the official video is a campy video that takes place on a basketball court wherein the underdog comes out the victor (metaphor for something?) Too wacky considering it make you want to strut your stuff? Feels a little too literal to me.

What do you think?

 

 

P!nk's 'What About Us' Sings To Our Hearts About Equality

With the onslaught of freedom and liberties that we have been seeing in the last several months, there’s no surprise that artists and the entertainment industry has come to the forefront as a voice for everyone seeking to be heard. We’ve seen this in film, television, theater, but most importantly music. Music, which is a salvation for so many during difficult times has always proven to be the answer in the waiting and anticipation of the unknown.

Such is the case for P!nk, in her grand return to music charts. Her latest single What About Us tells the story of the marginalized communities who are yearning for inclusion and respect amidst this daunting political climate. The music video pays homage to the rallies and protests that have painted the American canvas since Election Day in 2016 and features minority groups, including two men in a dance duo, as a means of telling the story of America’s overlooked people.

Here are some of the song’s powerful lyrics:

What about us?
What about all the times you said you had the answers?
What about us?
What about all the broken happy ever afters
What about us?
What about all the plans that ended in disaster?
What about love? What about trust?
What about us?

We are problems that want to be solved
We are children that need to be loved
We were willing, we came when you called
But man you fooled us, enough is enough

The song was co-written by P!nk and Johnny McDaid who has written for/with Ed Sheeran and James Blunt among many others. What About Us is a single off of P!nk’s upcoming album Beautiful Trauma which will be out on October 13th.

Listen to Pink's New Single "What About US"

Pink is back and she has a new single out for all of us to enjoy.

The singer’s last album debuted five years ago, so it’s exciting to see her rev up for her latest one. The title of the album will be called Beautiful Trauma and is set to release October 13th.

All of this information was revealed by the singer herself late last night through an Instagram post which you can find right below.

And then early this morning she kept the ball rolling by releasing her single on Youtube. There is no video to it, only audio, but it was written with Steve Mac and Snow Patrol member Johnny McDaid who also produced it.

Check out the song down below.

Lady Gaga Kicks Off Tour With A Big Gay Performance

Lady Gaga has kicked off her Joanne tour in Vancouver, Canada in a big gay way. During her performance, Gaga asked for a rainbow flag that had fallen not far from the stage and she held it up with much pride.

As she posed and held for the applause, she exclaimed:

The most important thing that I have to say about it is that everybody’s gotta love each other. You got to stop throwing stones at your sisters and your brothers. Cause man, it wasn’t that long ago we were all just living in the jungle.

Then, quoting her song “Come to Mama” she declared:

So for any of you who don’t believe in equality that are here this evening, come to mama.

Mother Monster then sat at her glistening diamond piano and began to sing with love for equality.

Check out the performance:

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