UPSAHL Sings Catchy Tune We All Know Too Well.

We receive many singles, press releases about artists touring here, releasing that. No, we do not pass on all of them. We're not music critics, but we know what tickles our ears and hearts and gets us swaying and dancing.

UPSAHL, a buzzing 19-year-old songstress shared with us her brand new single “The Other Team.”  We also love that she signed with a brand we have loved for many years in the past and has now re-launched, Arista Records.

We loved listening to "The Other Team" and feel it may hit home with some of our girl-slash-friends.

“The Other Team”, a story about “a boy who seems too good to be true” utilizes the chorus “Swinging, swinging, swinging for the other team” to hit home the fact that UPSAHL's character is jonesing for a gay man. The song explores feelings of unrequited love and missed connections translated into vivid verses and a relatable chorus.

Let's have a listen (see lyrics below).

“I wrote ‘The Other Team’ on the last day of a month-long writing trip,” says UPSAHL. “A few minutes into the session, the concept just sort of came to me, ‘Everyone can relate to being into someone that they know they can’t have’.” 

What do you think? Catchy tune? True story? 

Can we put ourselves in her shoes and be the man jonesing after a straight man? Sure we can. It may be a song about girl meet boy, boy likes boys, but we can easily see us in her shoes as boy meets boy, boy likes girls. It's happened to us before and will again. 

More about UPSAHL-

Before even graduating high school, UPSAHL wrote and released a self-titled EP, which gained much-deserved recognition throughout the Phoenix music scene. A graduate of the Arizona School for the Arts, a performing arts middle/high school, UPSAHL continued to hone her craft, while being classically trained on piano, guitar and choir every day.


I met a boy who's sweet like cherry pie
He's a new type of a picture perfect guy
Waved him down on the corner of fifth avenue
He waved back, but turns out I was not the one that he was waving to

I know he's right for me
But I'm not right for him
And if I try to play along, don't think I'll ever win

Swinging, swinging, swinging for the other team
It's such a shame
I'm not even in the game

I met a boy who seems too good to be true
Dirty blonde locks, and his eyes are a sparkly blue
Gave him a smile, and he turned to walk my way
But then he walked right past me towards another man
He didn't notice me

I guess I have a thing for guys that aren't in my own league
The ones I know
They don't know shit
They always quit
They can't commit
They just know how to leave

The Spice Girls Are Giving A Surprise Tour (But Without One Member)

The Spice Girls are returning for a surprise tour!

The group announced this tour on social media with a surprise announcement video, which you can watch below.

They shared that they’ll start the tour at the Manchester Arena on June 1, 2019 before moving on to the Wembley Stadium in London, the Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium, and more.

The tour won’t be too long as it’ll only be held in June and will just stay in the UK. In addition, Victoria has decided to sit this one out, so there will only be four members at each concert. Though, guest performer Jess Glynne is set to appear.

As for Beckham, she supported the other girls with an Instagram post in which she wished them luck.

She wrote:

“Today marks a special day for the girls as they announce the first tour dates since we performed together in 2012! I won't be joining my girls on stage again but being in the Spice Girls was a hugely important part of my life and I wish them so much love and fun as they go back on tour next year. I know they will put on an amazing show and the fantastic fans past and present are going to have a wonderful time!”

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, November 10 at 10:30 am. Here’s another look of the UK Dates and venues if you’re a Spice Girl fan who wants to buy a ticket.

  • Saturday 1 June – Manchester Etihad Stadium
  • Monday 3 June – Coventry Ricoh Stadium
  • Thursday 6 June – Sunderland Stadium of Light
  • Saturday 8 June – Edinburgh BT Murrayfield Stadium
  • Monday 10 June – Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium
  • Saturday 15 June – London Wembley Stadium

The Music Video for 'I'll Never Love Again' From 'A Star Is Born' Is Here If You're Looking For a Cathartic Cry

A Star Is Born is a really, really big hit. It’s looking like it will eventually cross $200 million domestic at the box office, and don’t rule out something near half a billion

It’s also an Oscars front-runner. Personally, I think it’s all but got Best Picture in the bag, and Lady Gaga has a serious shot at Best Actress.

Let’s try to not let any serious backlash happen like we do with so many pop culture phenomena. This is a wonderful movie.

The music video for the climactic power ballad “I’ll Never Love Again” is here. The picture has been out for nearly a month; thusly it was safer to release this music video that by its very being is spoiler-y. If you haven’t seen A Star Is Born (and you probably should at least consider it, because it’s a damn good movie), you might want to hold off on this music video.

If you’d like to relive some of the tragic magic before Bradley Cooper’s ambitious musical drama comes to Blu-ray, check out the music video for I’ll Never Love Again below.


Britney Spears is Still a F***ing Legend 20 Years Later

Yesterday, October 23rd, marked the 20th anniversary of Britney Spears’ debut song “…Baby One More Time” being released. It was a track that started it all for the small-town girl from Kentwood, Louisiana that ultimately helped make her into the star that she is today.

It’s something that she has clear pride in, as Britney talked about it on her social media Tuesday, giving some behind-the-scenes takes from the shoot of the iconic video and discussing it in a very upbeat manner about what the song has meant to her.

“It’s hard to put into words what today means to me… 20 years ago, the world heard my music for the very first time!” she wrote on Instagram. “So much has happened since then… but what I really want to say is thank you to my amazing fans who have been there for me since day 1. Your support over the years has meant the absolute world to me!! Love you all!”

I am someone who definitely is included in the “amazing fans” category who have been with her from the start and never wavered regardless of how hard things got for her. A lot of gay men have Madonna, Barbra, Cher, Gaga and more as their icon, but for me, it’s been Britney and I am so happy that she is still a mother f***ing legend all this time later.

When “…Baby” came out, there was all this talk about her being somewhat of a Debbie Gibson/Tiffany type in that they started out strong but faded fast. Perhaps it was her millions of fans, the times being different or just how hard Britney worked, but she shut those voices down easily by consistently putting out fantastic hit after hit while dominating the airwaves, charts and making millions of hearts melt in the process.

Britney just had… it. That “it” factor that is so rarely seen in the industry today. Now it’s more about having a big social media following or being a reality star with no discernable talent that gets you invited into all the A-list events. Ms. Spears was different from that, she had a gift, and it was clearly seen the minute the opening scene of “…Baby” happened where she tapped her shoe against the chair while waiting for the school day to end.

There was something so fascinating and captivating about her. For the most part, Britney made all the right career moves when it came to elevating her sound as she continued to push new material out. It’s something that Madonna expertly executed for decades. There have been many other pop singers that have tried to do the same, but nothing compared to what Britney has done.

Was 2007 tough for her yes? Do I think she just had it with the media in her face and criticizing her for her marriage and parenting at the time? Yes. There’s only so much a person can take. This isn’t a Chris Crocker “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!” sort of thing, but people seem to forget that we are all humans and can’t be this celebrity robot 24/7/365.

Yes, it was a scary time for her and one that is hard to look back on, but she also put out her arguably best effort to date in Blackout and only bounced back from all the drama and commotion shortly after.

It was like her second time telling the world to f**k off after they thought she couldn’t succeed. She did and persevered in many ways that others wouldn’t. Not to mention her endless sold out shows that continue to dazzle audiences all this time later, her endless support for the LGBTQ community and so much more that have made her into who she is today.

Britney probably won’t read this, and that’s all and good, but from a small-town gay kid myself from Long Island I kind of just want to thank her for being my icon growing up and continuing to do so in my 30’s. Here’s to many, many years of continued success for you… baby.

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.

This Week Marks Three Major Pop Music Anniversaries For Three of Our Favorite Icons. Which One Means the Most?

This week marks three major milestones: three of the biggest music releases for three of our favorite pop icons and outspoken LGBTQ+ allies.

October 19: The 20th anniversary of Cher’s iconic single Believe (the album of the same name was released three days later).


October 20: The 26th anniversary of Madonna’s album Erotica.


October 23: The 20th anniversary of Britney Spears’ first single, …Baby One More Time.


We’re curious: Which of these means the most to you? Which do you think holds up the best and will stand the test of time?

I like all three of these, but for this writer it’s a no-brainer: Erotica all the way.

A concept album, Erotica was mostly reviled in its day. Good luck finding a pop star today who hasn't borrowed from it enormously, repeatedly. All of them have—over and over.

Rolling Stone was one of the only positive reviews in 1992; they got it, calling it, "a post-AIDS album about romance.”

This music has meant a great deal to me since I was in my teens and was figuring out that I was gay. It is a dark album that's helped me get through some of the darkest periods of my life. It's an album that takes you on a journey, and ultimately it's about the power of love.

Related: All 13 Madonna Studio Albums, Ranked

This record is Madonna the artist at her most experimental, fearless and vital. I really hope she taps into these innovative instincts on her 14th studio album, due next year. I will adore her no matter what, but I want her to stop following trends; she is the ultimate trendsetter. Erotica was so ahead of its time, and I know Madonna still has this life force and creativity in her. I have no doubt.

Erotica is an iconic, enduring and inclusive part of LGBTQ+ culture.

That said, I can definitely appreciate Britney and Cher, and I’m certainly open to hearing opinions other than my own. 

Please let us know which of these releases means the most to you, and why.

Ranking Britney Spears’ 9 Studio Albums from Worst to Best

Britney Spears’ debut song “…Baby One More Time” will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of being released on Tuesday. It’s hard to believe that she has been in the pop stratosphere for that long of a time and shows no signs of slowing down either as the busy mother-of-two just announced that she’s signed a new residency tour in Las Vegas and will reportedly be making $507,000 per show. Not too bad for a girl from Kentwood, Louisiana.

She has put out 9 studio albums over the past 20 years with varying degrees of success. It’s hard for any artist to sell millions upon millions of records as their career age gets older, however the quality of what Britney has put out in her later albums have sometimes trumped what she did earlier on, meaning that your biggest seller doesn’t equate your best.

Here is, in my opinion as a gigantic Britney Spears fan, all her 9 albums ranked from worst to best. Do you agree? Let us know.

9/8. Britney Jean/Glory. Her last two albums just haven’t been that impressive in terms of what Britney can really put out there. Sure, “Work B**ch” is fun and all, but its been several years since she put out anything that was stellar and these two albums were a departure from how fantastic Femme Fatale was many moons ago.

Standout songs: “Perfume”, “Private Show”, “Make Me”.

7. Oops! I Did it Again. Her sophomore effort is only this low because there wasn’t too much of a change from her debut to this. I can understand why, as it was released only a year after …Baby, but I was hoping for somewhat of a shift in her sound and that just didn’t happen with this.

Standout songs: “Don’t Go Knocking on My Door”, “Stronger”.

6. In the Zone. My problem with In the Zone was that the first track released from it wasn’t its smartest. “Me Against the Music” isn’t a good song (at all), but Madonna was featured so I’m sure the label wanted that out at first. Outside of that, this is a super fun album to listen to and helped solidify her mature sound further than it did with Britney.

Standout songs: “Showdown”, “Outrageous”, “Toxic”.

5. Femme Fatale. The dance version of Britney that catapulted her career in the early 2010’s was evident on Femme Fatale, as it evoked some of the same beats and styles as Blackout and Circus. This wasn’t as good as the other two (read on for that), however it did produce some stellar tracks and gave her another number one debut with “Hold It Against Me”.

Standout songs: “Til The World Ends”, “Criminal”, “I Wanna Go”.

4. …Baby One More Time. The one that started it out for her. This album was squeaky pop princess realness, and as much as you want to hate on it for that, you can’t. Max Martin and all her producers utilized that to its fullest and made for an irresistible debut album that became one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Oh baby, baby.

Standout songs: “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart”, “Born to Make You Happy”, “…Baby One More Time”

3. Britney. Oops hinted at this, however Britney hit it out of the park when it came to Britney’s maturity coming through ten-fold from what she did on her first two albums. “Slave” was a smart choice in order to engage multiple audiences and veer her somewhat from the teen queen that she became in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Just a stellar album with many yummy tracks to digest.

Standout songs: “I’m a Slave 4 U”, “Bombastic Love”, “Boys”

2. Circus. I had a hard time going between number two and one on this, as both efforts were during her creative peak that really showed her maturing into the artist that she is today. When all the 2007 pandemonium started to calm down in Britney’s career, she released Circus, which blended a ton of what she did on her previous albums but in a much better and focused sort of way. There was no weak track from it, not a single one, and it’s one that is still so much fun to listen to today.

Standout songs: “Shattered Glass”, “Unusual You”, “Kill the Lights”.

1. Blackout. It’s so frustrating that her best effort to date only went platinum, as Britney was going through such a public catastrophe during this time. Her 2007 VMA opening only intensified the media scrutiny that was going on, which made it harder for her casual fans to actually want to purchase and listen to Blackout. Regardless of what she was going through, Blackout was a true masterpiece that showed off an upbeat, dance driven side of Brit with songs like “Gimme More” and “Hot as Ice”. It is still regarded by her fan base as one of her best if not best album to date, to which I say… Yes.

Standout songs: “Gimme More”, “Break the Ice”, “Freakshow”.

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.

Listen: Madonna & Cardi B Team Up With Quavo For “Champagne Rosé”

Madonna and Cardi B drop in for guest vocals duty on the new debut album from Migos’ Quavo titled, Quavo Huncho.

Via Rolling Stone:

After years of mounting pressure from fans and the industry, Quavo’s first full-length foray into solo artistry has an ironic aftertaste. At the height of Quavo-mania in 2017, the Migos frontman commanded 11 percent of the Billboard Hot 100. No song was safe from his Auto-Tuned, slurred melodies. Every video beamed with his diamond-encrusted smile. What Lil Wayne was to the late aughts, Quavo was to a new generation.

On “Champagne Rosé,” Madge chants the hypnotic auto-tuned chorus (“Please fill my cup Champagne Rosé / It’s my name") as rapstress Cardi B drops some rhymes.

Listen to the NSFW track below:



Several months ago, Quavo teased the collaboration with a pic on his Instagram with the Queen of Pop and Cardi B from an Academy Awards after-party:




S O L I T A I R E @iamcardib @offsetyrn @madonna

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Cardi B took to her social media last night to share her excitement about the collaboration writing, “QUAVO ALBUM ITS OUT NOW !!!!!!!! Who listening ? Make sure ya check me out on CHAMPAGNE Quavo ft Madonna and me !!! ISSA PARTY TONIGHT !!”



Madonna recently shared with fans that her new album will be coming out in 2019.

Thoughts, readers? Is this a hit or miss for the Queen of Pop?

(h/t Rolling Stone)

Barbra Streisand Rips Trump Apart in Music Video for "Don't Lie to Me"

Yesterday, Barbra Streisand premiered the politically-charged, anti-Trump music video for her new single “Don’t Lie to Me” on YouTube.

Not shy about expressing her political views, Streisand most recently was vocal in her support of Hillary Clinton’s bid for president.

Leading up to the release, Streisand dropped a few hints about the video, including a black-and-white of a Kavanaugh protest with the lyrics “Can’t You See I’m Crying” laid over it.




#DontLieToMe music video…coming very soon. #BarbraWalls - Subscribe at youtube.com/barbrastreisand

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The song debuted in September. It’s a single from her upcoming album Walls.

In an interview with the AP, Streisand said the inspiration for the single came when she was traveling, and she was in her car “listening to lies, listening to things that are such craziness” on the radio.

Streisand has been working in show business for over six decades, and she’s won two Oscars, ten Grammys including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmys, a Tony, an AFI Award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, four Peabodys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and nine Golden Globes.

She is the only recording artist to have a number-one album in each of the last six decades, and she’s sold over 150 million albums worldwide.

Walls will be released Nov. 2. Watch the video for "Don't Lie to Me" below.

h/t: THR


United States Sees Surge in Voter Registration Following Taylor Swift's Political Instagram Post

As we previously reported, on Sunday Taylor Swift broke years of silence on politics and told her 112 million Instagram followers that she’s voting for Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee on Nov. 6. The post has been liked over two million times.

Seeing as she’s one of the most powerful and influential figures in entertainment (or any field, really), it should be no surprise Swift’s action got serious results. Still, the numbers are staggering.

As reported by Buzzfeed:

"We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift's post," said Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org.

For context, 190,178 new voters were registered nationwide in the entire month of September, while 56,669 were registered in August.

Everything came full circle last night when Swift won Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards, and used her acceptance speech to encourage her fans to get to the polls.

"This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people?" she asked the audience.

"It is the midterm elections on November 6. Get out and vote. I love you guys.”

Killin’ it, T-Swift. Way to use your for the right reasons.

You heard her. Get out and make your voice heard on Nov. 6.

h/t: BuzzFeed, CNN

Yas! Janet Jackson & Stevie Nicks Nominees for 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for induction into the 2019 Rock Hall class early Tuesday morning, which included two major gay icons, one of the sexiest rappers of all time, a legendary 80's hair band and many, many more.

Janet Jackson and Stevie Nicks are among the nominees for induction amid a ton of other fantastic acts. LL Cool JDef Leppard, DevoJohn Prine, Kraftwerk, MC5, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Roxy Music, The Cure, Todd Rundgren, Rufus & Chaka Kahn and The Zombies round out the list . 

The induction ceremony takes place March 29th at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York. Artists become eligible for nomination 25 years after the release of their first recording.

This is Jackson's third time being nominated, and Stevie's first. The "Stand Back" singer was inducted 20 years ago alongside her Fleetwood Mac bandmates (Lindsey BuckinghamMick FleetwoodPeter GreenDanny KirwanChristine McVieJohn McVie and Jeremy Spencer).

Several of the 2019 nominees have been passed over before including LL, Kraftwerk, MC5, The Zombies, Rage Against the Machine, The Cure and Rufus & Chaka Khan.

Ballots are sent to an international voting body of more than 1,000 artists, historians and music industry figures who consider "an artist's musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique," according to Rock Hall.

Fans can get involved as well, as a ballot just for them is available online and in person at the Rock Hall's museum in Cleveland. Ballots are now open, and fans can cast a vote a day through Dec. 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Who gets your vote from this illustrious group?