Ariana Grande's 'thank u, next' Video is Here to Dominate Pop Culture for a Few Days

The anticipated video for Ariana Grande’s single “thank u, next” is here, and it’s already turning heads. Over 765,000 people watched the live debut of the clip a few hours ago. That’s some TRL-era stuff right there.

Set to Grande’s mid-tempo ballad about resilience, the video is primarily an homage to Mean Girls. Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett) appears to talk about his sexy, pushed-back hair.

The size of Pete Davidson’s d*ck is alluded to not once, but twice, including a mention in a quirky Legally Blonde homage featuring Jennifer Coolidge.

Kris Jenner appears, in a tracksuit with a circa-2004 camcorder, in a clear homage to the “You’re doing great, sweetie” meme. Troye Sivan also makes a cheeky appearance to gossip about Grande dating “some chick called Aubrey" now because she's a lesbian now, which is "f*cking sick."

Watch the “thank you, next” video below so you can be a part of the water-cooler conversation.


Brazilian Drag Queen Pabllo Vittar Released A Music Video For Netflix's "Super Drags"

Pabllo Vittar is giving us life again.

Earlier this week, we shared with you the news that Brazilian drag queen Pabllo Vittar had become a political icon against conservative President Jair Bolsonaro. But all of that political talk hasn’t stopped Pabllo Vittar from working. In fact, she now has a new music video out in collaboration with Netflix.

In order to promote its new Drag Queen superhero animation, Netflix recently released a music video for the show’s theme song. As if watching the trailer didn’t get us excited enough, now there’s a video with Pabllo Vittar attached?

In the video for the song “Highlight,” Pabllo Vittar gets a club going as she performs initially as a cartoon caricature of herself. The real singer then appears to set it off with splits, whipped hair, and more. She then dances with the show’s characters.

Just to catch anyone up who hasn’t heard of the recently arrived Netflix series before, Super Drags follows three department store workers who double as superhero drag queens named Lemon Chiffon, Cran’s Sapphire, and Crimson Scarlet.

Pabllo Vittar makes an appearance in the series, along with two other Brazilian drag queens named Silvetty Montilla and Suzy Brazil.

In addition, the three main characters are voiced by Trixie Mattel, Ginger Minj, and Shangela.

Want to check out Super Drags? Well you can, because it’s out now on Netflix!

Calum Scott's New Music Video Celebrates Parents Who Accept Their Gay Sons

Ready to cry? A new video by Calum Scott is going to put those tear ducks to work.

Scott recently released a music video for his track “No Matter What,” which is about the unconditional love of parents who accept their gay son.

When talking about the song, Scott said:

“‘No Matter What’ is without question the most personal song I have ever written and the one I am most proud of. It’s a song born from loneliness, acceptance and the heartbreaking but liberating tale of my coming out experience. What I love about this song is that it isn’t just limited to a story of sexual identity, but about the relationship between parent and child and acceptance as a whole. This song didn’t make my debut album because I simply wasn’t ready at that time to give it to the world.  It felt too personal to share, but as with all of my songwriting, I’ve written this from the heart to try and inspire confidence and compassion in people and put some love back in to the world, which we could always use more of.”

And the lyrics are truly loving and inspiring as they depict a young boy who’s afraid to come out, finally does to his parents, and is only met with love and acceptance.

When I was a young boy I was scared of growing up
I didn’t understand it but I was terrified of love
Felt like I had to choose but it was outta my control
I needed to be saved, I was going crazy on my own
It took me years to tell my mother, I expected the worst
I gathered all the courage in the world

She said, “I love you no matter what
I just want you to be happy and always be who you are”
She wrapped her arms around me
Said, “Don’t try to be what you’re not
Cause I love you no matter what”
She loves me no matter what

Check out the music video below.


Hunky Matt Zarley Is Singing 'Your Song' From LA Rooftops

In an Instinct exclusive, woofy singer/songwriter Matt Zarley debuts his latest music video, “Your Song.”

Zarley says he was drawn to cover the Rita Ora tune the first time he heard it. “It’s one of those songs that doesn’t leave your brain - a true worm,” says the award-winning recording artist. “I just loved the way it made me feel and I love the lyrics.”

He decided to record the song as he was putting together a new two-man show with frequent partner in crime, Jeb Havens, called Works of Heart.

“I knew it would fit perfectly in the thematic structure of the show,” he shares. “This song will also be on our album that’s coming out in a few months.”

The hunky singer (People Magazine's first out 'sexiest bachelor') takes a stripped-down, acoustic approach for the upbeat track which pairs well with his buoyant power pop vocals.

Being a do-it-yourself kinda guy, Zarley not only produced and recorded the song, but he came up with the concept for the video and edited it as well.

And speaking of editing, it doesn’t take long to figure out Zarley’s ‘band members’ in the music video all look a bit … familiar.

“I have always loved the “cloning” effect on film, and I didn’t want to make this particular video narrative heavy and overly sentimental,” says Zarley. “So I opted for this idea instead.”

But it turns out capturing the ‘all-Matt’ band proved a bit challenging.

“It was really tricky, to be honest," shares Zarley. "All of the shots of each character in the band had to be done with similar sunlight. Since we shot it outside, that made things it a little temperamental and unpredictable.”

“By the time we got all of the band shots, our plan was to get solo shots of each band member," he explains. "But, the sun was starting to move, so I could only do one take of each band member. It was a little tricky, and a bit hectic, but we got it done.”

This isn't Zarley's first experience behind the camera.

In 2015, he wrote, produced and starred in a long-form music video titled Hopeful Romantic, which co-starred everyone's favorite gay uncle, George Takei. The short was featured at dozens of film festivals winning several awards along the way.

Looking ahead, Zarley shares he'd like to tackle another short film. "I just have to write it first," he says with a smile.

Instinct previously covered Zarley’s stunning cover of the Sara Bareilles hit, “Gravity,” here.

Check out the music video for “Your Song” below. Find more of Zarley’s music on YouTube here, and you can follow him on Instagram here.





5 Hot Female Music Videos That Beautifully Showcase The Male Form

There are hundreds of music videos that consistently showcase the female form, many of which are in a derogatory sense. From hip-hop to pop and rock and more, these clips have been done in a sort of “in your face” kind of way that for many of us come off as unappealing and doesn’t really showcase the artist who is performing them in the right light. If anything, it downplays a potentially great song for nothing but smut for the most part.

On the flip side, there have been a handful of music videos from some of our favorite female artists that highlight men in the way that men do to women, only in a more respectable manner (for the most part).

They’re are hard to find, but they exist and also play into the role of helping some of us with the whole “growing up gay” thing in that music videos can help shape our sexualities. Heck, I knew I was gay the moment I saw LL Cool J’s “Doin It”, so these clips must be doing something right.

Take a look at five videos by females that showcase some of the most delicious men the world has to offer.

Toni Braxton: “You’re Making Me High”

Lil’ Kim Featuring Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Angie Martinez and Left Eye: “Ladies Night”

Jennifer Lopez: “I Luh Ya Papi”

Janet Jackson: “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”

Nicki Minaj: “Super Bass”

Kesha Helps Yet Another Gay Couple Get Married In Music Video For "Here Comes The Change"

Kesha once again is showing that she is a great advocate for LGBTQ representation and love.

The singer, who is bisexual herself, recently released a new music video for her song “Here Comes The Change.”

As Kesha shared in a piece for Refinery29, she says that the message of sexual and gender equality is a large focus in her own life and work.

“For me, these words are about promoting love and equality, the belief that everyone should have the same opportunity to live a safe and healthy life full of love and hope regardless of their skin color or sexual orientation or gender or religion.”

"In the second verse on the song I address the fact that it feels like we are fighting for the same things now as we were half a century ago, the same concept, basic human equality. But the reality is that progress isn’t a straight line and sometimes equality is challenged by people in power to remind us that freedom and progress don’t come without effort."

This message is quite evident in her “Here Comes The Change" music video as it shows a variety of people smiling, protesting, registering to vote, and participating in a gay wedding. (In terms of that wedding, it’s now the third time that the singer has helped a gay couple get married. The second time was also recorded in a music video).

In addition, “Here Comes The Change,” was created to be a part of the soundtrack for upcoming film, On The Basis Of Sex.

The film depicts the life of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and among other things, her struggle for equal rights and the trials she overcame to become one of the most influential judges in US History.

h/t: Refinery29

Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande Dance The Night Away In The MV For "Dance To This"

Troye Sivan’s latest music video is out and features Ariana Grande!

Today, Troye Sivan has released the music video for “Dance To This,” which is a track from his upcoming album, Bloom.

The video below was directed by Vogue contributor Bardia Zeinali, who directed Sivan’s other music video for “Bloom.”

The song “Dance This This” has so far topped the iTunes charts in 21 countries, which earned it a Zane Lowe Beats 1 World Record.

As for Sivan’s upcoming album and tour, Bloom will drop on August 31 and is available for pre-order now. Plus, the Bloom Tour will start on September 21 in cities all over the world such as New York City, Austin, Jacksonville, Upper Darby/Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, Denver, Chicago, Portland, and many more. Tickets for the tour are available at LiveNation.com or TroyeSivan.com and will include a physical copy of Bloom.

But without further ado, you can watch the music video for “Dance To This” below.

Korean Pop Singer Holland Debuts Fun and Sexy New Music Video For "I'm Not Afraid"

Holland is back again and this time with a steamy new music video.

The K-pop singer is one of South Korea’s two openly gay male singers that are creating music and a door for LGBTQ talent in the future (the other being MRSHLL).

Holland burst through the South Korean music scene early this year with his single “Neverland.” Unfortunately, the music video accompanying the song was rated 19+ despite it only depicting a sweet and innocent gay romance.

Now, Holland’s new music video for the song “I’m Not Afraid” amps up the that gay romance into one with a sexy make out scene.

The video, which dropped yesterday, shows that Holland’s not afraid to be himself and to embrace all types of LGBTQ life. To show this, he hangs out at a party with a diverse group of drag queens, people of color, and LGBTQ people.

Then the video's most shocking and exciting moment was when Holland had a 15 second-long make out session with one of the men at the party.

Unfortunately, this music video has been censored as well with Holland tweeting out yesterday that Youtube had censored it.

“On YouTube my new Song #imnotafraid received an R rating. We are trying to figure out what cause of the song receiving the ban is. We’ll figure it out quickly and find a solution,” the singer wrote.

He then added: “I’m really sorry.”

Want to know what all the fuss is about? If so, you can watch the video below.

Keiynan Lonsdale Brought Sexy Black Boy Magic To New Single "Preach"

Keiynan Lonsdale is back with a new music single and it's all kinds of magical.

The Love, Simon star has been having a great year so far. Not only did he star in one of the year's most celebrated gay films, but he's also successfully branching out more into the world of music.

On that front, Lonsdale released a new song and music video at midnight titled "Preach."

While at a first glance, the song's lyrics seem to be about falling desperately in love, Keiynan Lonsdale says its more than that. He says the song's really about transcending oneself, and specifically himself, into the highest form of self-love.

“I wrote ‘Preach’ over a year ago.. but I didn’t know what it actually meant, or its significance to my life, until several months later,” Lonsdale told TheFader. “Both the song and the video have become like my mirrors, so everything good & bad that comes with one’s own reflection has of course presented itself through this project haha.” 

The music video for the song reflects that in its two different sequences.

The video starts out with Lonsdale in a dark bar and dance room alone. He struts his stuff and dances seductively in that dark disco room before we're transported to a nature scene. There, shirtless Londsdale dances again but with a lighter and airier vibe.

Check out the video below.


Sam Smith And Logic Joined Together For New Music Video "Pray"

Logic’s celebrating LGBTQ representation again, though this time it’s at the assistance of a big LGBTQ voice.

Yesterday, UK singer Sam Smith dropped the music video for his new single “Pray.” The openly gay singer already had a song under that title in his second album The Thrill of It All, but released a single version that features lyrics from rapper Logic.

Some of the lyrics within the song go:

“We are all looking around at what’s happening in the world and it is just messed.”

“You’ve got no choice but to look up to the sky and put your hands together and pray for something to happen, because I feel helpless as a human right now.”

As for the music video itself, Smith performs the song while standing in beautiful rooms within a grand manor house after riding across the Italian waters of Lake Como in a speed boat.

You can check out the music video to Sam Smith's new single version of "Pray" down below.