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Openly Gay Singer MRSHLL Talks Gay Korean Slang On His New YouTube Channel

While South Korea continues to slowly become more aware of the LGBTQ people living in it’s country, those same people continue to grow in their own community and world.

With a few openly gay singers and celebrities starting to appear as well as general citizens starting to openly discuss their sexuality, the straight citizens of Korea and the rest of the world are starting to understand the lives and perspectives of LGTBQ South Koreans.

Now, both of those facets, openly gay singers from Korea and citizens discussing sexuality, have been culminated in the YouTube channel blow.

Mrshall is one of the new openly gay musicians who are rocking the South Korean music scene and creating visibility for LGBTQ people in the country.

Not only is he releasing music, but he has also created a YouTube channel, called Neon Milk, where he talks about LGBTQ life in South Korea’s capital city Seoul with choreographer Jonah Kalani Aki.

The boys just started uploading last month and promise to post videos at least once a week. Their content focuses on gay culture in Seoul. This has so far included lessons on gay Korean slang words, drag culture, and talk between LGBTQ people.

For instance, one video on the channel shows the two, who are American-born but have lived in Korea for almost 6 years now, exploring gay-themed slang in the Korean language and gay community. This includes Sheek, which means “You look so eatable” or calling a guy a “snack.”

Want to find out more gay terms and slang before your next trip to South Korea (or just for fun)? Check out the video down below.

"Black And Gold" Singer Sam Sparro Got Married To Lover Zion Lennox

Australian singer Sam Sparro and American musician Zion Lennox got married!

The two singers met in March of 2015. They’ve then had a stable relationship that has led to this happy matrimony.

Specifically, the two got married in Joshua Tree, California yesterday, September 21, with friends and family joining them.

In fact, several singers were either there for the wedding or wished them the best of luck and love through social media.

This includes British Singer/Songwriter MNEK (who’s first solo album dropped earlier this month), Singer and Broadway actor Jake Shears, and Sharlene Hectic from British trio LaSharVu.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CONGRATS TO THE HAPPY COUPLEEEEEEE @samsparro @knightsofzion

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Sparro, who is most known for his 2008 song “Black And Gold,” has many things to celebrate. Not only is he now married, but he told News.com.au that he’s also working on his third album.

“It’s like a love letter to my childhood,” he said in the interview. “It’s made for people to dance to. This album is about being in love, about people coming together. Despite all the horrible things that are happening right now there are so many things to celebrate and life is amazing, so I’m writing about love and unity as an act of resistance.”

Sparro also shared that he’ll be distributing the album independently.

“It’s actually been more lucrative and I’ve had way more peace and happiness in my life since not having to deal with a major label.”

Sparro also commented on the culture of streaming music instead of listening on records or cassettes.

“As culture and music unfolds, I’m still trying to figure it all out, as everyone else is. It’s so saturated now. Which is good and bad. Growing up in a time where there was really big superstars that everybody in the family listened to Michael Jackson, or at least in my house they did, music was more intergenerational. The way people consume music now is very individual and personal, they have their own headphones on. There’s less common ground but in a weird way, but also more individuality.”

We would like to say congratulations to the happy couple and best of luck to Sparro with his new album.

Successful Songwriter MNEK Just Dropped His Debut Solo Album

British artist MNEK is walking into the spotlight.

After almost a decade of working behind-the-scenes in the music industry, MNEK is releasing his first solo album and trying to make music for himself and people like him.

If you don’t know MNEK, you probably still know some of his work. After starting in the music industry when he was 14, MNEK spent almost ten years writing songs for famous artists like Beyoncé, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Diplo, Bastille, and BTS.

On that later note, MNEK talked about his experience of working with the internationally celebrated K-Pop boy band.

“I actually worked on that the same day I worked on ‘Phone’ on my album,” MNEK told Billboard about his working with the group to create '낙원' -- which means "Paradise" on the boy band’s new album Love Yourself: Tear. “All of a sudden we heard a Korean version of it and were like ‘Whoa, this is a completely different song,' which was really the first time that had happened for me. That whole group is super talented and really nice and I really didn’t realize how big they were -- [their fan base] is massive.”

But now, MNEK’s debut album Language has dropped and he’s ready to step out from behind the curtain. After doing so, MNEK sat down with Billboard to talk about his career so far, where he’s hoping it will go, creating a full album, and making music videos.

“It’s been a process. It’s a current process that I’m figuring it out, with all this really. The conversation that I had with my label was also just that I want the chance to figure it out. I wanted the chance to make a body of work and come with the creative and all the visuals that I wanted and really give a full idea of what I was putting out there. From a personal point of view it was also about figuring out what that process was and what greater good my music could do besides being on stage and singing. I’m glad that I was at least able to touch on a few things on the album that I hope really resonate with people.”

When asked what perspectives and topics he was trying to put into his music, MNEK said it was two things.

“Well, I really wanted to touch on love from a male perspective. I wanted to touch on how it can be extremely complicated and at the same time it can be great. I also wanted to touch on self-confidence. ‘Correct’ is a song and an exercise for me where I’ve been able to reclaim who I am and the good that I’ve done when in real life sometimes I struggle with that. I struggle with owning what I’ve been able to achieve at a young age. So “Correct” is to lift people and make them feel comfortable with themselves so they can feel like the boss bitch that I’m trying to be on the song. I want to tell my stories with this album, but I want people to feel a part of it as well. I don’t want it to be self-indulgent.”

With LGBTQ talents becoming big names in the industry lately such as Troye Sivan, Hayley Kiyoko, and Janelle Monae, MNEK spoke on what it means to be among them.

MNEK also spoke on how tough it is to live in the space of being a black singer and a queer singer.

“There’s just a long way to go. I’m definitely a testament of it. I don’t want to blame anything on racism or homophobia, but there’s a lot of segregation that what I do comes with. I’m not necessarily wholly welcomed by the UK black community, industry-wise, because the root of that has a lot of homophobia in it. From the gay side of things, I’m a minority within that — [different than] my white counterparts — which is fine. This is all about me defining my own success and measuring however I’m doing by what I’m doing. So like, for what i’m doing, this is great.”

“I’m touching people, helping people, and I’m making music I love. I like to think a lot of other black queer artists feel that way too. It has to start with that -- everything else is so variable and out of our hands and we don’t really have that much control over it. I can only hope that enough people listen to what I do and that enough people fuck with it.”

If you’re excited to check out MNEK’s new album Language, you can start listening now as it’s already out. In addition, you can read more of MNEK’s talk with Billboard by clicking the link here.

h/t: Billboard

Troye Sivan Says He's Not Your Bottom, Queer, Or Gay Icon

Troye Sivan isn’t trying to become your Bottom Icon.

Troye Sivan’s new album Bloom just released and the singer is making the rounds of interviews to promote it.

In a recent interview with them. Magazine, Sivan shared his thoughts on fans trying to label him as their queer icon or their bottom icon.

“As everyone’s saying, “Troye is a queer icon. He’s a twink icon. He’s a bottom icon” — is that something you strongly identify with personally? Are you like, “That’s me, I’m a bottom, and that’s my sexuality!” or is that reductive?” asked Davey Davis for them.

Troye Sivan replied by saying:

“Completely reductive. Without getting into like any sort of details whatsoever, that was a song I wrote about a particular experience. I’m not branding that as myself forever. It was definitely just writing a song.”

This is a mentality that Sivan has shared before.

 

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While Sivan shared in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he “want[s] to make music for queer people,” he also shared that he dreams of a day when he’ll be seen as just a singer and not a gay singer.

“There’s hunger for that conversation. So I’ve always been totally fine to talk about and embrace that,” he told EW. “Am I excited for the day where [a headline is] just, ‘Troye Sivan puts out a song’? Sure, yeah, that’s exciting. As I’m excited for the day when a trans woman of color can walk down the street and not fear for her life, you know what I mean? We’ve got so much work to do as a community, and the only way is forward.” 

Plus, Sivan shared in a Wonderland Magazine interview in March that he feels the pressure of being a “gay icon” is too much.

“I will never understand the struggles of a trans woman of colour growing up,” he told Wonderland, “What can I do as an empathetic person? How can I help? That’s why I politely reject the term “gay icon”. I would never wanna put that on myself.”

Despite pushing back against such labels as a gay, queer, or bottom icon, Sivan is committed to creating music for queer people and his new album, titled Bloom, is out now as an example of just that.

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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.

 

Openly Gay Singer Holland Talks Growing Up Gay In South Korea

Back in January, Korean singer Holland made history as the first openly gay singer in the Korean pop music scene.

While one R&B singer MRSHL was gearing up to debut and take that title, Holland beat him to it with his single and music video called “Neverland.”

After the music video was released, it was unfortunately censored as adult. When a Korean music video is rated mature, its given a 19+ rating and younger viewers are warned not to watch it. Of course, many did anyway and the video earned around eight million views.

Recently, Holland spoke to Dazed to share his thoughts on growing up as gay in Korea.

“I had a very hard time in my school life...I confessed my love to a boy I loved when I was a secondary school student, and the response was not good, so that made my school life very hard.”

It was even harder for him because of the fact that there wasn’t any gay representation in entertainment media. While most of Korea isn’t against towards LGBTQ people, many citizens consider LGBTQ rights to be a foreign issue.

That said, higher ups in the Korean military are openly targeting gay men in service, which is a problem as the country still has a draft and all men must work for the military at some point.

As for LGBTQ people in the entertainment industry, there are plenty who are still in the closet to this day and few who are open about their sexualities.

Holland says that he wants to start the change in the business.

“Although at that time there wasn’t a single role model to look up to in Korea, I was very consoled by foreign celebrities. So I thought, ‘I want to be a famous person like them’... I’m working harder because I want to be a special person to my fans too.”

Here’s hoping his dreams come true.

Gay Singer Zain Mitchlan Is The New Ambassador For Muslim Fashion Brand MOGA

An openly gay singer is now the ambassador for a Muslim fashion brand.

Last year, MOGA went viral after it sold a rainbow scarf for Pride. Now, they’ve re-released the scarf, but this time they’re using an Australian singer to market it.

If you’re a fan of the Voice Australia, you may be familiar with Zain Mitchlan. While he didn’t make it far in the competition, he was memorable enough to gain many fans.

Now, not only is the 23-year-old creating music, but he’s also acting as the ambassador for MOGA’s Pride campaign.

When speaking about Mitchlan, a MOGA spokesperson said he, “joins our growing movement of youth ambassadors to help spread our message of universal love and acceptance of ALL human beings, regardless of skin color, race or sexual orientation and identity.”

As for Mitchlan, he told GayStarNews that he’s more than happy to work with the fashion brand.

“My goal in life is to bring a smile to as many faces as I can by showing that life, although might seem ever changing and wild, is even more beautiful when you are in it,” he said.

“So teaming up with an incredible brand such as MOGA is another step forward in doing exactly that.”

Again, the rainbow scarfs are now on sale, along with rainbow earrings, and proceeds will go towards CARE Foundation for the education of young women.

Singer/Songwriter MNEK Is Getting Ready To Show The World What A Black Gay Pop Singer Can Do

Singer/Songwriter MNEK is promising us the “black, gay, pop experience,” in the best way that he can deliver it.

MNEK is starting to make a name for himself with mainstream audiences, but what many don’t realize is that he’s been in the music industry for nearly a decade.

Since he was 14, MNEK, real name Uzoechi Emenike, has been creating music for other people. He’s written and produced songs for musicians like Beyonce, Bastille, Madonna, Little Mix, Christina Aguilera, Diplo, Dua Lipa, BTS, and more.

But now, he feel’s its time to finally make music for himself.

"I'm so proud of it, it's been such a long time coming," he told Newsbeat during the Parklife festival in Manchester.

"I've made enough money from other people's records so I have to want to do this," he explains.

"It would be great if it did well but I don't have to put out records of my own."

 

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MNEK says he wants to not only present himself to the world, but also give us a different kind of pop star.

"I don't think there's been many chances for people to see a black, gay, pop experience and that's what I want to have with my shows moving forward."

That said, it won’t be easy for MNEK. He’s got to put a lot of work into growing his name and image, but he’s willing to take the time to do it.

"I want more people to know who I am and I want to have the chance to tease my music a bit more."

"All of it takes some time unless you're like Rihanna where you just plonk it on streaming services."

MNEK’s album will be out sometime later this year.

In the meantime, check out the lyric video for his latest single “Colour.”

Check Out The Music Video For Troye Sivan's #BopBoutBottoming "Bloom"

"Bloom" now has a music video!

Last month, we shared with you the fact that fans think Troye Sivan’s latest single is about bottoming. Now, we're happy to share with you the music video for that song.

But if you don't know the situation, we'll catch you up first.

The openly gay singer shared on Twitter the true meaning of the song after it had been released. In a new deleted tweet, Sivan simply shared the phrase #BopsBoutBottoming.

Later, Sivan tried to deny that the song was about sex. In an interview with Dazed Digital, he feigned offense while saying, “It’s 100 percent about flowers! That’s all it is.

Despite possibly going back on the idea that this is anthem for Bottoms everywhere, we fans of the song know what’s up. After all, just look at the lyrics.

“It’s true, babe… I’ve been saving this for you… Promise me you’ll hold my hand if I get scared now… Might tell you to take a second baby slow it down… You should know I bloom, I bloom just for you.” 

And while you’re at it, you might as well look at the new music video, directed by Bardia Zeinali, for the song (before, the song had a 3D lyric video).

Don’t forget that Troye Sivan is getting ready for the release of his new album and musical tour around the United States.

The Bloom Tour is set to appear extensively around the United States in towns and cities like Philadlephia, Boston, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Austin, Chicago, Denver, and much more.

Also, the new album, titled Bloom, will release sometime later this year.

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