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Superfruit Releases New Music Video 'The Promise' Featuring Adam Rippon

Superfruit just debuted a triple axel of a track that is giving us all the motivational feels. The dynamic duo, which includes Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying, released the video to the cover of When in Rome’s 1987 song The Promise—which has been featured on so many sound tracks. The video is extra special not only because it shows Superfruit in a more subdued light, but because it features Olympic skating medalist Adam Rippon!

The trio teamed up to take this video to the ice and if this doesn’t inspire you to lace up your skates and glide effortlessly through life, I don’t know what will.

Superfruit teased of the collaboration all week until they finally revealed that their video would feature Rippon.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Not only is The Promise the new music that Superfruit that we all needed, it’s another look at why Adam Rippon is the incredible skater we love--he serves fierce fabulous flawlessness.

Superfruit put on an incredible show during their Future Friends tour last year that makes me excited for more music by Grassi and Hoying.

Watch the official video for Superfruit’s The Promise (starring Adam Rippon):

The Promise is available wherever music is sold and on all streaming services.

Lizzo is Back With a Gut-Wrenching and Sultry Ballad 'Cuz I Love You'

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, or Singles Awareness Day depending on what you like to observe, Lizzo has released the official video for her single Cuz I Love You the title track to her new album.

Soon after the incredible success of her single Juice, Lizzo is back at it with a gut-wrenching and sultry ballad that tells a love story that only Lizzo could vocalize. Juice has proven to be Lizzo’s most popular track with almost 3x as many streams as her previous releases. With promotions and performances that included spots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Ellen Show, Juice has set up her upcoming album Cuz I Love You to be a snack to be devoured bit by bit.

 

 

In the video for Cuz I Love You we see Lizzo contemplating the meaning of love as she sings—no, preaches—to a room full of men crying over the gospel at the Church of Lizzo. The black and white video is Lemonade-esque rendition of what is sure to be Lizzo’s next greatest single. Cuz I Love You is co-written and co-produced by Lizzo and X Ambassadors and is now available on all streaming services.

Today, Lizzo has also unveiled the official album art that features Lizzo in her truest form. A champion for body positivity and an unapologetically proud woman of color with curves and an IDGAF attitude.

CUZ I LOVE YOU arrives on Friday, April 19th, but is available for pre-order HERE. Lizzo will celebrate the album with her upcoming sold out tour that kicks off on April 22nd in San Francisco. Sadly, no dates in Southern California so I’ll go cry into a bowl of ice cream now.

Check out the Cuz I Love You official video below:

 

 

5 Songs By Mariah Carey That Should’ve Hit #1

Mariah Carey stormed through the 90’s and 2000’s decade with 18, yes 18 songs that hit number one. She holds the record for the most number ones by a female artist and is only third in line overall behind The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Not too shabby.

The “Elusive Chanteuse” came mighty close to adding number 19 to that list when her holiday classic “All I Want For Christmas” made the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018, nearly 25 years after the song came out.

I consider myself a LAMB (her true fans) and with that comes the knowledge that there are several other songs of hers that should’ve been number one as well.

Take a look at 5 that didn’t make the coveted pole position but deserved to.

“#Beautiful” featuring Miguel- 2013. Peaked at number 15. 

Mariah excels in so much but her R&B tinged songs are just the bees knees. This song is dripping in lyrical floetry by her and Miguel with a beat that is jam-worthy and more.

“Butterfly”- 1997. Did not chart. 

Mariah’s number one streak at this point was pretty amazing as she had two tracks before “Butterfly” debut at the top (“Fantasy” and “Honey”). This could’ve kept that going, as it’s such a pretty ballad that only highlighted what an amazing vocal range she has.

“Anytime You Need a Friend”- 1993. Peaked at number 12. 

I believe this was her lowest charting single up to this point in her career... but it was and is soooooo good! The gospel choir in the background and the uplifting lyrics are amazing and should’ve netted her another number one.

“Whenever You Call” featuring Brian McKnight- 1999. Did not chart. 

This was featured as a bonus track to her first compilation of number ones 20 years ago. Should’ve been number one too. Mariah expertly collaborated with other R&B artists over her illustrious career (Luther Vandross, Boyz II Men) and Brian was no exception. Just a perfect song.

“When You Believe” duet with Whitney Houston- 1998. Peaked at number 15. 

How in the hell did this track not hit number one? I’m baffled. The two biggest voices of the 90’s come together for an unbelievable track where they equally shined. You can’t get better than this when it comes to what a duet could be.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

THE SALSA-FICATION OF MOTOWN: HOW JLO & THE GRAMMYS GOT IT WRONG

Ask any of my friends and they will tell you that I am a big J-Lo fan from back in the day. Before she was even “Jenny from the block” she was that cute former “fly girl” dancer from the comedy sketch show, “In Living Colour” who would later shed a few pounds, take acting classes and land the role of a lifetime playing the slain Tejano singer, “Selena”.  

Yes, I have been #TeamJLo since day one, and even with every 2-note, hit pop song and often less -than - stellar film choices (what is a Gili?), she could never do wrong in my book. That is, until her tribute to Motown at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

From the moment it was announced that J-Lo would be doing the Grammy Motown Tribute, my eyebrows went up. Not that I in anyway thought mama wouldn’t slay the performance — that’s what she does. She is an amazing performer with her own signature style of dazzling, glittery Vegas showgirl fierceness, fused with the sultry, big-booty spice of the legendary Iris Chacon. That said, those attributes have nothing to do with the definitive attributes that made Motown the most iconic music brand in the world, and therein lies the problem with Jennifer’s tribute.

To begin with, the Grammy’s took place during Black History month, a national time to honor the great accomplishments of African Americans - past and present, so the selection of a non-African American to head the Motown tribute in itself was an insensitive choice. While the academy perhaps sought to honor the label, which was founded by a black man (Berry Gordy) and built upon the excellence of its black performers, the tribute was devoid of any of those representations — until Smokey Robinson made a brief cameo. Incidentally, Smokey Robinson addressed crticis and defended J. Lo’s Motown Tribute at the Grammys, telling Marc Malkin of Variety Magazine,  “Motown is for everybody. Anyone Who Is Upset with J.Lo’s performance is Stupid’.  I guess he was talking to me then.

 

 

As I already stated, Jennifer Lopez is not known to be a vocal powerhouse, and that’s fine. However, vocal perfection was Motown's calling card, launching some of the greatest voices ever in pop music history. So a Motown tribute headlined by a marginal singer makes very little sense. Still, I hung in there with J-Lo through the early part of her performance. I found it quite entertaining as I knew it would be, but I got really annoyed by the end, when girlfriend went full on Telemundo, complete with a shimmery leotard - body suit thingy, and Mambo King reworking of Motown hits. This all had me wondering, “Wait…when did Motown do Salsa?” I thought I had accidentally turned the channel and landed on “Siempre en Domingo” — a Spanish language show that I loved to watch on Sundays, but baby, THAT ain’t Motown.

With so many more on-brand artists who might have been considered for the Motown tribute, my personal pics include Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Beyonce and Bruno Mars who would have turned it out, giving you the moves of Michael and the vocals of Stevie, Smokey, Marvin AND DIANA - all in one.  Somebody clearly dropped the ball here with the talent bookings.

Black Twitter is still seething from this tribute, which in many ways felt like a slight, an insult to the legacy of what African Americans accomplished in music.  It is seen as another white-washing, in the absence of those who should have been more prominently present in the tribute — black people.

In the end though, Berry Gordy looked happy as this memorable (possibly for all the wrong reasons) nod to his legacy was delivered by the one and only sparkly, crystal-sequenced force of nature known as J.Lo. As for me, I'm still a fan but I won’t be fooled by the rocks that she’s got —  that performance put Jenny on the chopping block!

 

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This piece is an opinion piece by one Contributing Writer for Instinct Magazine and may not reflect the opinion of the magazine or other Contributing Writers.

In a World Where We Are Trying to Reach Perfection, Sam Smith Just Wants to Love Himself

Like many in the public eye, Sam Smith has struggled with body image as we have seen him fluctuate in weight throughout his career. The Brit with the silky smooth voice has always been very cautious about finding the right angle and the correct lighting so that his followers and fans see him in the best way possible. This constant resonates with many in the LGBTQ+ community. Body image and self-love/appreciation is something that we grapple with because of the pressures society places on us to be perfect.

Sam Smith posted an honest photo of himself on Instagram today where he explains that he is done battling the desire for perfection and he is on the path to accepting himself for the way he is. In his post, Sam says:

In the past if I have ever done a photo shoot with so much as a t-shirt on, I have starved myself for weeks in advance and then picked and prodded at every picture and then normally taken the picture down. Yesterday I decided to fight the fuck back. Reclaim my body and stop trying to change this chest and these hips and these curves that my mum and dad made and love so unconditionally. Some may take this as narcissistic and showing off but if you knew how much courage it took to do this and the body trauma I have experienced as a kid you wouldn’t think those things. Thank you for helping me celebrate my body AS IT IS @ryanpfluger I have never felt safer than I did with you. I’ll always be at war with this bloody mirror but this shoot and this day was a step in the right fucking direction.

 

Over the last year we have also gotten to know Sam’s feminine side with posts of him slaying in heels and reminding us that gender is construct with barriers that we should tear down by challenging the way people see us.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Coréon Dú is Giving Us Fashion, Music, and Art That is Beyond Africa

2019 has been a pivotal year for Angola since it recently passed law to decriminalize homosexuality in the Southwestern African country. The decision also prohibits discrimination against people on the basis of sexual orientation—protecting employees from being refused work or others from receiving resources.

Since gaining independence from Portugal in 1975, Angola was not one of the major countries where the LGBTQ community was persecuted. Still, this new law is a major step for Africa, but leaving 69 countries that uphold bans on gay sex and homosexuality.

For Angolan citizens this is a sigh of relief, but only the beginning of the work that needs to be done for equity and inclusion for all. For independent recording artist, model, and entrepreneur Coréon Dú this is a landmark that will only help elevate his work and the way reaches the world with his music.

34-year-old José Eduardo Paulino dos Santos, better known as Coréon Dú, is a multi-faceted and multilingual Angolan artist who has found success in music, dance, fashion, television, film, and print—and he is also the son of the 2nd president of Angola, José Eduardo dos Santos who served from 1979 until 2017. Although Coréon finds great pride in being the son of a political dignitary in Angola, he has been fervent in his path to pave his own path, following his passions and making a difference where it counts.

A native of Luanda, Coréon has experienced his share of setbacks as an openly gay man and the son of a political figure. Still, he remains focused on his creative projects that have earned him numerous awards, including various International Emmy nominations for his television series Jikulumessu and Windeck.

His latest musical venture, The Love Experiment, is a manifestation of Coréon Dú’s life experiences and features tracks in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

His latest single is a Latin-inspired cover of Jacques Brel’s famous song Ne Me Quitte Pas and we are happy to premiere the video here:

 

Instinct had the pleasure of getting to know Coréon Dú in more detail. This interview has been edited for length and clarity:


What’s the story behind your stage name?

Coréon comes from my favorite character from an Australian sci-fi kids show I used to watch in the 1990s called Spellbinder and comes from second part of my first name Eduardo.   Most people never really allowed me to have an identity or to be my own entity. I was always treated as an extension of someone else. Since I have very well-known parents in politics and academia I was always the “son of” as a teenager and as a young adult I already had older siblings who were successful in business, so I also became “brother of”.

As an adult and as my professional work grew more visible, I knew I would have to find a constructive way to deal with many people´s and press´ obsession with politicizing every personal and professional move I ever made. That´s why around ten years ago I actually stopped using my birth name and started using Coréon Dú as my professional name.  I think everyone has the right to be able to express their own personal identity and when it comes to creative professionals, we should all be allowed to be our own creation and not necessarily fit in the boxes that others tell us in order to feel more comfortable.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

”To be a great leader, first become a great person.”

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What is the inspiration behind your albums?

The Coréon Experiment is probably the most cathartic of my musical works because I felt like it was a form of creative exorcism. I had a very typical old-school African and immigrant upbringing where most elders around me really pushed me to be practical and go for a sensible career that every family could be proud of and I´ve learned over time it´s not just in my culture that many parents would prefer their child be a doctor, lawyer, engineer or any of those more socially palpable and palatable professional options.

I´ve always been an artist at heart, however my desire to advance myself in that aspect was negated or circumvented very actively at a point in my life my parents would even find ways to prevent me from doing things such as going to dance class, do anything musical or artistic too many hours out of the week, and not have contact with some of my relatives who were professional musicians. 

So there was a lot of bottled up emotion that probably went into my songs including the joy of making music, which was a lifelong dream. However, there was also a lot of angst and trying to navigate issues I thought were important to communicate musically. Interestingly enough though people love my more upbeat songs, a lot of my fans seem to still really emotionally connect with songs where I´m discussing a lot of introspective emotions even when it´s not in a language they speak.


How would you classify your style?

Eclectic. I appreciate that it is becoming increasingly acceptable now within mainstream culture for artists to actually create outside their comfort zone.  It's not always easy, because I understand even as a fan it´s nice to know what your favorite artist´s strengths are, but on the same token I love being surprised in learning new ways of expressing myself.


Who is the type of person you design for?

As someone who struggled with very low self-esteem most of my life, when I started designing, I just wanted to make my fans smile. Most of my first designs were just t-shirts and basic merchandise I´d sell at my gigs. When I got the opportunity to develop WeDú by Coréon Dú as a collaboration with a local retail chain that had stores in Angola and Namibia it really allowed me to expand on that.

When I am designing, I always try to think about something that can allow people to make themselves feel confident, to infuse some optimism and sassiness into their everyday life with something as simple as a garment.


Who/what are some of your inspirations?

Bjork is still one of my biggest inspirations because she´s always pushed boundaries within the worlds of music, visual art, and fashion all while still being considered a Pop Star.  Vocally speaking, my late uncle André Mingas was a really big inspiration. I grew up listening to his very soulful style of mixing traditional Angolan music with R&B and Jazz. Sadly, he passed away from cancer after my first album came out and it means the world to me, he was still able to hear the song he gave me to record. There´s also Filipe Mukenga and Filipe Zau who I also had pleasure of working and writing with in my first album and on my latest release The Love Experiment.

Artists whose work I can connect with emotionally like David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Elton John, and Alejandro Fernandez. As far of contemporary artists, I´m really interested in the ones who show that similar sensibility like Christina Aguilera, Jessie J, and Lady Gaga--especially when it´s just her and her piano which is always magical.


What have been some of the greatest challenges in your career?

I never had the luxury of a neutral starting point wherever I went.  Most artists have the luxury of being seen for their art first, and that often attracts opportunity. In my case most people, don’t believe I need or deserve to be given opportunity in the first place. That´s probably why until this day I still do not count on a manager or an agent, because most people see me as an easy meal-ticket before anything else—someone who will bankroll their lives.


What has it been like to be the son of the Angolan president as well as a member of the LGBTQ community?

When I was a child, I just was thought I was normal little boy until I realized my whole existence could be politically weaponized by third parties with questionable intentions, and this happened while I was still in elementary school.  For one I never really had the opportunity to be “in the closet” or having time to figure things out because there was always people with political interests trying to exploit my sexual orientation for their own “special interests” or political agendas. Any illusion of privacy disappears very quickly when you have family members in politics.

There´s also the complex for many gay, lesbian and bisexual people in the metropolitan parts of Angola where, in many cases, everyone knows your sexual identity. They just don’t really want you to talk about it. That stems from how, culturally, people in Angola value privacy. The same goes for heterosexual people. It´s still a conundrum that in most cases you don´t really see straight couples showing public displays of affection, and in many places it´s still frowned upon. However, a lot of our music, dance and art are filled with sensuality. On the same token, that social policy of keeping your intimacy behind closed doors has often been used an excuse to efface the visibility of serious issues especially for LGBTQ and women. Often times issues around discrimination, sexual health or violence pertaining to these groups of people are erased from social discussions using the excuse that those are personal issues that should be discussed in private and not in public forums.

As I grew and the internet became more available back home there have always been “leaks” from people who were close to my family and further trolling, and of course very high-profile cases of people in politics and religious leaders accusing me of pretty much being a” deviant” who wanted to “pervert” young minds and get them all to subscribe to my deviant ways.

Though a lot of it was mainly political jabs or attacks to my decency or credibility, there were also some very serious moments. People use the anonymity of the internet and social media to send me death threats filled with epithets and I even had someone send me an e-mail once threatening to harm me and kidnap one of my exes. The sad part was that I remember reporting that instance to the authorities. They actually caught the person, but let him go as they alleged there was no reason to make a big deal out of that situation.


What does the new law in favor of the LGBTQ community in Angola mean for the future of the country?

That is a great question, I have the same question myself. I´m cautiously optimistic about this sort of situation, because on one hand I applaud the level of maturity and sensibility that the Parliament members of the Legislative branch in government showed by finally reviewing some of these laws that had not been amended since 1886.  This reflects the aspirations the more progressive-minded and younger Angolans, and seems that some of the government is listening. However, as someone who was forced to learn how politicians operate from an early age, I´m still cautious to see how this will actually affect the LGBTQ community on a day to day basis. Being raised by a mother who is a lawyer has taught me to always pay attention to details, and to be aware of loopholes we are not seeing.

It is indeed wonderful news in the sense that our state of being as LGBTQ people and our expressions of intimacy are no longer considered a crime. But we still have a long road ahead and we need to have a lot of patience, mental and emotional fortitude because there´s still much to do when it comes to educating society and creating further dialogue to build bridges with our straight counterparts in a balanced way. This is still only one very small step in a long complex journey, even if it is an important one.


What are some of your next project?

My latest music project, The Love Experiment, is available in all the digital platforms which is exciting as I had not released any new music in a few years.

I must confess that these days a project that has been taking up a lot of my time and making me very proud is my work scouting and mentoring models. I started doing this as a small project almost ten years ago, and now it´s been growing and allowing more opportunities for models who are primarily African born scouted in Angola, Cape Verde, and South Africa to shine internationally.


Coréon Dú’s music is available on his official YouTube page and on all major music streaming services.

 

Will We See 78-Year-Old Trans Artist, Jackie Shane, at The Grammys?

Alicia Keys will host the 61st annual Grammy Awards, the music industry’s biggest night that celebrates the best in the recording arts from the last year. As usual, the Grammy’s are sure to impress the millions watching at home with powerful performances. This year Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monáe, and Ricky Martin will take the stage among many other talents. And hundreds of nominees will be anxiously awaiting to hear if they can snag the most coveted award in music. One such project that many may not have heard of involves an unsung hero who at the age of 78 has garnered her first Grammy Award nomination. Well, her music has at least. Her name, Jackie Shane.

Billboard recently shared an interview with Shane that tells the incredible history of the soul artist. Shane, who grew up in Nashville, is a black trans artist who was a star on the rise in the 1960s, selling out shows and nightclubs in Toronto. During a time in the world when being transgender didn’t even have a definition, many couldn’t grapple with the idea of gender identity, but Shane never had an issue with fans nor during her performances. She was part of a revolution that included people from all walks of life.

I started dressing [as a female] when I was 5. And they wondered how I could keep the high heels on with my feet so much smaller than the shoe. I would press forward and would, just like Mae West, throw myself from side to side. What I am simply saying is I could be no one else. Even in school, I never had any problems. People have accepted me.

But in 1971, she disappeared. No music, no records. Gone.

For many years people speculated that Shane had died and her records became a hot commodity because the person who could have been a legend was no more.

In 2010 the Canadian Broadcasting Company produced an audio documentary about Shane and soon she became the object of interest for many archivists and recording professionals.

 

 

When Shane was located in 2014 by Douglas Mcgowan, an A&R scout for archival record label Numero Group, she was living back in Nashville, where she was born in 1940. So started an ongoing relationship between Shane and Mcgown and others who began working on a two-disc set of her live and studio recordings that almost no one has ever heard. In 2017 her album, Any Other Way, was released and has now earned a Grammy Award nomination for best historical album this year.

 

 

Since 1971, Shane has led a very private life, but it was her relationship with her mother that ultimately led her to quit show business and tend to her widowed mother. She also described being too tired from the nightlife and wanting a break:

I needed to step back from it. Every night, two or three shows and concerts. I just felt I needed a break from it. I don’t know. Because it takes a lot out of you. I give all I can. You are really worn out when you walk off that stage.

Her life is still so private that those who have collaborated with her on Any Other Way have only spoken with her over the phone. But now that her album, a compilation of her music from the 60s and 70s, is nominated for this award, will Jackie Shane grace the world with her presence? Since the Best Historical Album is given to only producers and engineers, Rob Bowman, Rob Sevier, Ken Shipley, Jeff Lipton, and Maria Rice are all nominated with Douglas Mcgowan, but Jackie Shane, unfortunately does not get the award as the artist. Mcgowan has invited Shane to the awards ceremony as his guest.

In any case, Shane is excited to be able to share her music with the masses after so many decades:

It’s like my grandmamma would say, ‘Good things come to those who wait. All of the sudden it’s like people are saying, ‘Thank you, Jackie, for being out there and speaking when no one else did.’ No matter whether I initiated it or not, and I did not, this was the way that fate wanted it to be.

There is no confirmation that Jackie Shane will be present at the Grammy Awards, but here’s hoping she shows up being her fierce and funky self, strutting her stuff down that red carpet.

Any Other Way is available everywhere music is sold.

h/t: Billboard

Mashing Up Movie Classics With His Signature Ferocity, Todrick Hall Drops Two New Musical Masterpieces

In between touring with Taylor Swift and being an official judge on RuPaul's Drag Race (as well as corralling the ladies during dancing challenges) it would almost be certain that Todrick Hall would simply not have the time to crank out the amazing videos that helped rocket him to super stardom (although his star making season on American Idol certainly did not hurt). Luckily, 2019 is showing that this dynamic and ever evolving performer is crafting even more genius on his own than ever before. 

Mashing up "The Lion King" with Beyonce may seem like a perplexing match at first, but after remembering that Beyonce is poised to star in the eagerly anticipated reboot of this Disney classic (playing the prodigal child, Simba) this musical marriage makes perfect sense. Breezily matching up "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" along with "Halo" or blending the two bops that are "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" and "Love On Top" demonstrate how Hall is able to jump from classic movie anthems to pop hits with aplomb. 

Perhaps he was inspired by the RuPaul's Drag Race Season Nine team challenge which featured the ladies serving their best high school cheerleader against each other, but crafting a Bring It On trailer (aptly titled Bring It On: Ball Or Nothing) for today's generation is sheer artistry. With every fierce "Yasss" to each all too familiar Grindr app notification, Hall takes today's signature pop culture touchstones and melds them into one of our all time favorite cult classics. I dare you to find me one Bring It On fan who would not want a true sequel featuring a fierce and thick stud who can twerk the house down and some good old fashioned boy drama 

From recreating The Wizard Of Oz in his own fierce fashion in the absolute epic that was "Low" or whether he is recreating the pop culture lexicon with "Dem Beats" or merging the pop culture phenomenon that is DC Comics Justice League series with the iconic Beatles in a "Come Together" masterpiece, his creativity and ability to constantly tap into what the culture is talking about is simply unparalleled. When he's not serving the ladies the true tea behind the Drag Race judges table, seeing what visual masterpiece he is creating on his own is just as intriguing. 


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24/7 LGBTQ Radio Station Hits One Year Mark Celebrating Out Music

Here at Instinct Magazine we love sharing music by out and proud music artists.

Just today, we wrote about Kim Petras new releases, yesterday featured new music from the iconic Pet Shop Boys and the Shirtless Violinist.

And over the past few weeks we’ve featured a wide range of artists including Courtney Act, Sam Smith, Tom Goss, NIKO, and Joey Suarez.

Some have the backing of major labels, but many are emerging indie artists who need the exposure to get to that next level. As this writer has often stated, if we want the world to support our community, we have to support those worthy artists reflecting LGBTQ lives to the public.

Enter veteran radio host/producer Steve Sims who, inspired by his passion for LGBTQ artists, launched an entire online radio station that airs only out artists.

QLRadio (Quest of Life Radio) was launched on February 1, 2018, as a 24/7 station whose primary focus is music, music, music by LGBTQ artists.

As of December, listeners from 40 countries have visited QLRadio, including Russia, which is regularly in the top five countries of listeners.

I think the fact that LGBTQ folks in Russia can find and listen to out artists is amazing, especially when you consider the country has hideous laws that ban any so-called 'gay propaganda.' So QLRadio is a huge gift to people all around the world.

Now, to be clear, this isn't simply Broadway or cabaret music (which I love). 

QLRadio plays contemporary pop, dance, hip-hop, classical, country and more. Don't dismiss this as some banal collection of sleepy music.

If you listen to Sirius XM stations like Utopia or Chill, you'll find a lot to enjoy on QLRadio.

The message of QLRadio is that music by LGBTQ artists chronicles the stories of our lives. As the QLRadio website states, “It inspires, communicates positive messages, gives courage, and hope.”

QLRadio is one part of Quest of Life Media & Broadcasting, a nonprofit organization which supports the creative process of LGBTQ artists. Founded in October 2016, the organization assists independent singer/songwriters/musicians with marketing, fundraising, tour planning and more.

In addition to the majority-music programming, the radio station also features 4 in-house produced programs:
• Classical Sunday Nights - Music from the LGBT classical community
• New Music Minutes - Daily segments with totally fresh, new LGBT tracks
• Saturday Alive - Foot tapping, head bobbing music to keep your Saturday nights ‘Alive”

And five syndicated programs:
• HomoRadio - LGBT variety show from New York’s capital region
• This Way Out - International LGBT New Radio Magazine heard on over 200 stations worldwide
• Inside Out LGBT Radio  - Washington D.C.’s  only LGBT talk radio show
• The Randy Report - LGBT politics, pop culture and entertainment news
• Democracy Now! - daily global independent news

I recently got to chat with Steve about reaching the one year anniversary of QLRadio, some of the challenges and surprises along the way, and what’s coming in the next 12 months for his organization.

Hit the play button below to listen to the chat, and click here any time of day or night to listen to QLRadio.

Overnight Sensation; Kim Petras Drops Three New Singles To Wake Up To!

Waking up to brand new music from one of our favorite artists is always a treat, but getting three tracks from them when they are one of the hottest and newest names in pop today is a complete dream. Overnight, one of pop's best (and most important) new voices, Kim Petras, presented a brand new crop of tracks. With two artists joining her, Petras's new music is both creatively interesting as well as some good old fashioned pop fun!

 

Petras' first new offering "1, 2, 3 Dayz Up" has her partnering up with SOPHIE, and the results are purely hypnotic. The ultra electronic vibe melds with Petras's established 80's retro style, melding together to make this down-tempo style track a great new sound for one pop music's freshest new voices, but keeping her on brand as well. 

Listen to "1,2,3 dayz up" (feat SOPHIE) here:  

 

 

"If U Think About Me" is quintessential Kim Petras. Since she stormed onto dance floors last summer with the endlessly infectious "Heart To Break", her yearning vocals and throbbing dance beats are one a quality Petras's fans love out of her musical offerings, and "If U Think About Me" will satisfy that and more. With hints of Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry, Petras definitely is paying attention to the pop princesses that have paved the way before her, and the only question left unanswered on "If U Think About Me" is when we will be hearing the remixes for this one?

Listen to "If U Think About Me" here:

 

 

The final single Kim Petras dropped today is "Homework" with a little help from Lil Aaron, conspiring to make a sweet and retro tinged (yet electrified) love song. It's interesting hearing Petras share the mic with another artist, but melodically these two are a match. Petras does a little experimenting with her vocal style, which demonstrates a great range, yet at the same time, staying true to her beloved style. In terms of wistful songs of loves of the past, this is the template to follow. 

Listen to "Homework (feat Lil Aaron) here:

 

 

 

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