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Let's Talk About Olly Alexander and His Sexy, Button-Pushing New Photos

Lead singer of red-hot British pop group Years and Years, 27-year-old Olly Alexander is, in some ways, breaking ground. He isn’t the first openly gay pop star, but he’s owning his sexuality and judiciously pushing buttons in a way that calls to mind some of the best, and most successful pop icons before him.

He’s Paper Magazine’s latest cover boy. The photos are sexy AF.

Question: Is this the first photo shoot ever to be wardrobed by both Versace and Nasty Pig? The pics feature Alexander and a male model in various states of undress. We only see the model from the neck down, and Alexander straddles his thigh in one shot, rests his head there in another.

It’s a fun and insightful interview, too. Alexander discusses his influences (Madonna and Whitney Houston, among others), and homophobia in the music industry and beyond.

Years and Years’ critically well-received second album Palo Santo is out now. A few years ago they released their first record, Communion. On the new record, Alexander sings, innuendo-free, about sex with men.

In the interview, Alexander makes a point that he couldn’t have written the songs in Palo Alto as they are a few years ago. So this means, maybe, boys can sing explicitly about liking boys now. All eyes are on Alexander to see where he takes it from here.

Before fronting Years and Years, Alexander was an actor, appearing in Gaspar Noe’s film Enter the Void and TV’s Penny Dreadful and Skins.

Check out more of the interview, and Olly in a jockstrap, at Paper.

Madonna Plays God Herself in Ariana Grande's "God Is A Woman" Music Video.

For many of us, myself included, Madonna has been the voice of God for a really long time already. Well now that’s literally the case.

Ariana Grande just dropped the video for her new single “God Is a Woman,” the follow-up to “No Tears Left to Cry” and the second single off of her upcoming album Sweetener, due Aug. 17. The big surprise here is a cameo by The Queen of Pop, in voice only.

Madge appears at the 2 minutes 24 seconds mark, reading a passage from Ezekiel made famous by Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction:

“And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my sisters. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.”

It’s a genuinely striking video, too. Grande walks through the cosmos, bathes in pastel paint, dons a stormtrooper helmet, recreates the Sistine Chapel ceiling and literally has insults thrown at her. At one point, she sports a silver bra that calls to mind the structure of Madonna’s iconic Jean-Paul Gaultier contraptions from the Blonde Ambition and MDNA tours.

It was only a matter of time before Grande and Madonna collaborated like this. They’ve been sharing love and good vibes on social media for years. Madonna had Grande onstage with her on the Rebel Heart Tour, and Grande performed at an event for Madge’s Raising Malawi charity.

Watch the God Is a Woman video here on YouTube.

h/t: People

"The Electric Slide" is About a Vibrator, Songwriter Confirms

The Internet is boogie woogie-ing after learning that song you danced to in elementary school gym class, at weddings, graduations and Bar Mitzvahs is, in fact, about a sex toy.

That’s right; the iconic “Electric Boogie” ditty [also commonly called “The Electric Slide”] is about a vibrator. The songwriter, 71-year-old Neville Livingston aka Bunny Wailer has confirmed. Rumors about the song’s origin have had the web buzzing for the past few weeks, and the rumors finally reached Livingston in Kingston, Jamaica where he resides.

“I’m surprised it took people this long to figure out,” he said.

According to Livingston, he penned the tune after a girlfriend told him she no longer needed him because she had a toy she nicknamed “The Electric Slide.”

"Electric Boogie" was released in 1982 and reached number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1990. It was written and originally recorded in 1976 with Bunny Wailer.

Lastly, we’ll leave you with the video and the lyrics. How could this be about anything but a vibrator?!?!

 

 

It's electric! 

You can't see it (it's electric!) 

You gotta feel it (it's electric!)

Ooh, it's shakin' (it's electric!)

Jiggle-a-mesa-cara 

She's a pumpin' like a matic 

She's a movin' like electric 

She sure got the boogie

You gotta know it 

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie!)

Now you can't hold it 

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie!)

But you know it there, 

Here, there and everywhere

I've got to move, 

I'm going on a party ride 

I've got to groove, groove, groove, 

And from this music 

I just can't hide

Are you comin' with me? 

Come let me take you on a party ride 

And I'll teach you, teach you, teach you 

I'll teach you the electric slide

Some say it's mystic 

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie)

You can't resist it 

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie)

You can't do without it 

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie)

Jiggle-a-mesa-cara she's a pumpin' like a matic 

She's movin' like electric 

She sure got the boogie

Don't want to lose it 

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie)

But you can't choose it 

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie)

But you know it's there, 

Here, there and everywhere

I've got to move, 

Come let me take you on a party ride 

And I'll teach you, teach you, teach you 

I'll teach you the electric slide

You can't see it 

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie)

You gotta feel it 

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie)

Ooh, it's shakin'

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie)

Jiggle-a-mesa-cara she's a pumpin' like a matic 

She's movin' like electric 

She sure got the boogie

You gotta know it 

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie!)

Now you can't hold it 

(It's electric 

Boogie woogie, woogie!)

But you know it's there, 

Here, there and everywhere

Ola ola eh, ola eh (don dela don deloh!)

Ola ola eh, ola eh (don dela don deloh!)

Ola ola eh, ola eh (don dela don deloh!)

Ola ola eh, ola eh (don dela don deloh!)

Ola ola eh, ola eh (don dela don deloh!)

 

h/t: aazios.com

Madonna's Photoshop of Beyoncé Raises a Few Eyebrows

The Beyhive is all in a tizzy after a Photoshopped post by Madonna hit Instagram.

Perhaps you heard: last week, Beyoncé and Jay-Z dropped surprise album Everything Is Love, and a glossy Louvre-set music video for lead single “Apesh*t.”

This weekend, Madonna Insta’d a photo from Everything Is Love, feature Bey and J admiring paintings on the wall of the world’s largest art museum… only Madonna replaced all the paintings in the pic with her own album covers, including True Blue, Confessions on a Dance Floor, and Erotica.

The caption read: “Learning from the master…………..lol. #art #equals #freedom."

Was M just having some fun, or was she intending to shade one of today’s reigning queens of pop?

Many Bey fans were outraged. It must be said, there’s some validity to criticizing Madge for posting a picture of two black entertainers looking at a white “Master.”

Was this maybe just a little bit tone deaf? This wouldn’t be the first time Madge’s judgment hasn’t been spot-on. Leading up to the release of her last album Rebel Heart, she appropriated the likenesses of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr., which led to an understandable uproar prompting an apology from the Queen of Pop.

Maybe some of the feedback about her Beyoncé and Jay-Z post got to Madonna, because she edited the post… twice. Now the caption merely reads

“Learning.…………..lol.”

In the past, public relations between M and B have been generally amicable.

In 2013, in the wake of her first surprise, self-titled album, Beyoncé said,“I felt like I wanted to follow in the footsteps of Madonna and be a powerhouse and have my own empire.”

In 2015, Madonna told Andy Cohen in the pages of Entertainment Weekly:

“[Beyoncé] is a great performer and she puts on a show.”

Tweet: https://twitter.com/Madonna/status/1010153540931727360

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles Concert Evacuated, Cancelled Due to Bomb Threat

About 600 people were evacuated from the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, California on Saturday afternoon due to a bomb threat.

Will & Grace star Leslie Jordan had just walked onto the stage to as a special guest to open the 2 p.m. event when police announced the threat and evacuated the premises, Gay Men’s Chorus executive director Jonathan Weedman told the Los Angeles Times. Adjacent street Brand Boulevard, between Wilson and California avenues, was shut down out of caution.

Police swept the theater and had it cleared by 4:30. The chorus planned to go forward with their 8 p.m. evening show and another 2 p.m. show on Sunday.

Weedman told the Times that this is the first time ever that a GayMen’s Chorus event had to be halted because of a bomb threat. This is also a first for the Alex, which opened in 1925.

Weedman noted the current sociopolitical climate in our nation:

“This is a difficult time for the LGBTQ community, and we will not be deterred,” he said to the Times. “The show must go on, and our message [of inclusiveness] will continue.”

h/t: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-concert-cancelled-20180623-story.html

Demi Lovato Reveals She Relapsed After Six Years of Sobriety

The struggle is real. Mere weeks after celebrating six years of clean time, pop star Demi Lovato revealed she relapsed in her new single “Sober.” 

In the past, the “Cool for the Summer” songstress has been quite candid about past struggles with cocaine abuse, alcohol addiction and an eating disorder. 

Though she didn’t share specifics about the relapse, Lovato first announced the setback via an Instagram post teasing the “Sober” lyric video with the caption “My truth.”

In the song, Lovato tells her fans, 

 

“I’m sorry that I’m here again. I promise I’ll get help…"

 

"I'm sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again. I want to be a role model but I'm only human."

Listen to “Sober” here: https://youtu.be/vORIohoI4m0

h/t: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/21/entertainment/demi-lovato-sober/index.html

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Just Dropped a Surprise Album and Music Video

The queen of the surprise album drop has done it again—this time with help from her hubby.

On Saturday, Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z released a joint album titled Everything Is Love. They also just released a surprise music video for the track “Apeshit.” The track is killer, and the music video is legit visually stunning. It was shot in the Louvre.

The Carters’ On the Run II Tour has been selling out the largest stadiums in Europe for the past few weeks. The show comes to North America in July.

The family project has been rumored for months. This comes in the wake of two smash independent successes: Beyoncé’s 2016 Lemonade was a critical and commercial phenomenon. Last year, Jay-Z’s 4:44 was also well-received. On that album, Jay admitted to cheating on his wife in the past.

Everything is Love is what therapy looks like when you’re the biggest power couple in modern music.

Watch the apeshit “Apeshit” video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbMqWXnpXcA

h/t: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/16/entertainment/beyonce-jay-z-joint-album/index.html 

Martin Garrix & Khalid Team Up On Gorgeous New Single 'Ocean'

DJ/producer Martin Garrix drops his latest track today, “Ocean,” teaming up with five-time Grammy nominated vocalist Khalid.

Two powerhouses in mainstream music today, the collaboration is poised to hit the top of the charts.

Ranked number 1 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list for 2016 and 2017, Garrix has been a busy boy scoring huge, viral hits like ‘Scared To Be Lonely‘ with Dua Lipa which notched 551 million streams on Spotify, ‘So Far Away‘ with David Guetta, Jamie Scott and Romy Dya (169 million streams), and ‘There For You‘ with Troye Sivan (354 million streams). 

Khalid’s ‘Silence’ with Marshmello last year popped an amazing 565 million Spotify streams. And his smash hit ‘American Teen‘ album was packed with 15 singles, each garnering millions of streams.

Instead of a high-octane, house burner, the mid-tempo 'Ocean' sits right in the sweet spot for Khalid’s rich alto and falsetto. And Garrix takes his time utilizing live strings with an orchestra putting the beats on slow burn until they kick in for the chorus.

The chill-out track is partnered with a music video featuring both artists in a cool, kaleidoscopic world of light and shadow.

Check out 'Ocean' below.

 

 

The Internet's New Video For "Come Over" Spotlights Love And Found Families

The music video for The Internet’s “Come Over” just dropped and we love it.

The video sees singer Syd, who also directed the video, sending a text to her neighbor and romantic interest.

While the beginning of the video sees Syd flirting with her neighbor, and a cameo from comedian and Buzzfeed producer Quinta Brunson, the later half focuses on the entire band. The video gives us a glimpse into the color-coded rooms of each band member as they hang out with thier respective partners.

If you want to check out the music video for “Come Over” yourselves, you can watch the video down below.

“Come Over” is the latest single form the Neo-Soul band. The band has been working together since their formation in 2011 and have earned two Grammy nominations for their work.

That said, each member has taken time off from the group at some point to produce their own solo projects. Syd’s Fin, Steve Lacy’s Demo, Matt Martians’ The Drum Chord Theory, and Christopher Smith’s Loud, for instance.

But, the members continue to be committed to the band, and are preparing for the release of a new album. Their fifth album, titled Hive Mind, is scheduled to drop on July 20.

Plus, the group are going on tour to perform in cities like Manchester, Dublin, Brooklyn, Toronto, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and more.

What Are The Greatest Female Duets of all Time?

2018 is bringing us something we haven't seen in many, many years: the return of the all-powerful female duet.

We already have the release of Christina Aguilera & Demi Lovato's duet "Fall in Line", which they debuted at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards back in May, as well as Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande teaming up all over again on the pop singers upcoming album Sweetener

Although they don't happen that much, female duets are a vital part of our music history as many of them have become instant classics, chart toppers and songs that we still listen to this day. Let's run down what is arguably the five best female duets of all time (in order). Do you agree with the list?

 

 

5. Salt-N-Pepa & En Vogue: "Whatta Man" 

These two amazing groups from the 90's came together as one to literally do a song about how great the men are in their lives. What's even better is that they joined forces once again back in May to perform the classic track at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, 25 years after the original recording was released. 

 

 

4. Lady Gaga & Beyonce: "Telephone"

Gaga was just starting to become the legend that she is today, and Beyonce was at such a high point in her career that the two of them working on this track together at that point almost seemed too good to be true. The original version with just Gaga is great, however Beyonce adds something truly remarkable to it that makes their version that much better. Don't forget about their other saucy duet that they did together: the criminally underrated "Video Phone". 

 

 

3. Eve & Gwen Stefani: "Let Me Blow Ya Mind"

Such a fun pairing with these two. Gwen was just starting her solo career around this point after a decade or so of success with No Doubt, and Eve was becoming one of the biggest female emcees of the game when they came together for this super fun duet that earned the two Best Female Video at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. 

 

 

2. Brandy & Monica: "The Boy is Mine"

Whoever the brainchild was that put these two R&B singers, who were at the height of their careers when this song came out, together was an absolute genius. The lyricism in the song is quite remarkable, as both singers tell their sides of the story when it comes to dating the same man. The video just makes it that much better when they come together in the end and dump the man in question, played by Mekhi Phifer. 

 

 

1. Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer: No More Tears (Enough is Enough)" 

Two of the most iconic female singers of all time came together for this irresistible 1979 duet that shot to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. What's incredible is that they NEVER did a live performance of the song in concert, so we should all be lucky enough that they at least did the recording that still sounds just as good today as it did forty years ago. 

This 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.

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