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MNEK Drops Single "In This Crazy World" In Advance Of Debut Album LANGUAGE

Out musician and producer MNEK drops his latest single, “In This Crazy World,” today in advance of his upcoming album, Language.

Promising his debut album to be a ‘black, gay, pop experience,’ the 23-year-old musician describes the new album as, “So special to me because it’s something I’ve put my heart and soul into writing and producing and singing.’”

The lyrics go right to the personal as "In The Crazy World" ruminates on not only race issues but coming out:

A father is disappointed by his son, Somewhere in this crazy world
He's told him that he's in love with someone, Let's high and mourn him
He's coming out, he can't keep it in
Somewhere, somewhere, somewhere, somewhere in this crazy world tonight

“I’ve waited for the day my debut album is released my entire life, so naturally, I’ve designed it to be listened to from start to finish,” shares MNEK. “Every song flows into each other in a way that tells a sonic story. I’ve learned so much as a musician over the years and most importantly as a young man.”

After signing his first publishing deal at the age of 14, MNEK has spent the past ten years in the music industry writing and producing for A-list artists like Madonna, Kylie Minogue and Beyoncé.

At 23, the U.K. artist now has one billion streams to his name, between his early material and wider collaborations. “Never Forget You,” MNEK’s duet with Zara Larsson, topped Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and has been certified 3x Platinum in the U.S.

His most recent single, “Colour” featuring Hailee Steinfeld, (which OUT Magazine called “the song of the summer”) reached a massive 25 global New Music Friday playlists and streams now surpass 17 million.

Additionally, his single “Tongue” was named as “one of the best songs of 2018” by PAPER Magazine, which hailed the track’s “deliciously seductive lyrics, a sick bassline, and killer vocals.”

Language drops September 7, and you can check out “In This Crazy World” below:

 

 

Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears Loves His "Big Bushy Mustache"

With Scissor Sisters still on indefinite ‘hiatus,’ frontman Jake Shears continues to journey on solo including a recent turn on the Great White Way in the hit Broadway musical, Kinky Boots.

Now, Shears is releasing his debut solo album titled - what else? - Jake Shears.

While the Elton John  musical influence is unmistakable, Shears shares his own musical voice and vision as only he can.

Billboard gushes, "The result overflows with the opulence of orchestral Seventies pop — as if ELO and the Bee Gees got together to make a Muppet fantasia of Cajun rock."

The glam-funk rock track is the third single released from the album following “Sad Song Backwards” and “Creep City.” The project is Shears’ first new music since the 2012 Scissor Sisters album, Magic Hour.

 

 

The music video is about as queer as you can get with Shears flaunting not only a “Big Bushy Mustache,” but living large in Tom of Finland leathers as he dances through the streets of New Orleans inspiring others to grow their own big ‘stache. Joining in the fun is Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.

None of this high-camp will surprise longtime fans of Shears who landed cult hits like “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” and “Let’s Have a Kiki” with Scissor Sisters.

Speaking on the creative process as a solo artist for the first time, Shears recently told OUT:

“This whole thing has been a big endeavor. I paid for this whole thing myself. So I had to be damn sure that I completely stand behind everything on it. It’s no record label’s money that I’m playing with. It’s all mine. And I didn’t play with it. It’s serious. I gave myself a lot of freedom with it and made it exactly how I wanted to make it, and my dream is to be able to do it again. I would love to make three more records that continues this story. It may sound cheesy, but it’s a new chapter for me.”

Watch the leather-clad romp below.

 

"Let Somebody Love You" Is The 1st New Single From Culture Club Since 1999

Culture Club has dropped its first new single in nearly 20 years in advance of a new album, Life, due for release October 26. Boy George announced the news via Facebook this morning.

The new track, “Let Somebody Love You,” written by singer Boy George, guitarist Roy Hay, bassist Mikey Craig and drummer Jon Moss, has been popular at the band’s recent live concerts. This is the first time its available as a studio track. The song continues the band’s tradition of embracing a classic reggae-infused sound.

"Love is revolution / War and famine too / If you’ve the hunger in your heart / Let somebody love you"

The last single released by the band was all the way back in 1999 with “Cold Shoulder.”

Culture Club had planned to release new music in 2015, but the album was eventually shelved with no explanation.

Known for huge hits in the 1980s like “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “Karma Chameleon,” Culture Club has racked up sales of over 150 million albums worldwide despite having released only 5 albums.

The band’s frontman, Boy George, gained worldwide attention for his asexual/androgynous appearance coupled with his gift with a quick quip. In addition to a successful solo career, George has also released successful albums as a DJ.

Listen to the new single, “Let Somebody Love You,” below.

 

 

 

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Parker Matthews' Soulful Sounds Has Us "Feelin' Right"

Out indie pop artist Parker Matthews is currently “Feelin’ Right” and he wants you to be right there feeling it with him in this exclusive Instinct premiere.

The Pittsburgh native has displayed notable versatility with previous singles “Lost With You” and “Hit and Run,” which we featured on Instinct back in May.

For this new release, the soulful singer switches up the beats - this time taking the listener on an intimate, private flirtation.

Instinct caught up with the handsome indie artist to chat on his new, sexy groove.

Instinct: Your last single, "Hit and Run,” was an upbeat, bouncy bop. Your new track, "Feelin’ Right," is like liquid sex. What was the inspiration for the song?

Parker Matthews: For this record, I want to take things a little bit deeper and show you a side of me thats more sexual. The song is about becoming obsessed and almost addicted to the way  someone can make you feel when you’re in that moment.   It’s when you find that person to get you through the night and keep you feelin’ right.  

Instinct: What’s your favorite part of the creative process? Writing? Recording? Production?

PM: I really do love it all, but recording is my favorite part by far.  I get to be in the booth, in that moment, with just the mic and me.  

When I was recording this record, I had all the lights in the studio turned off and some candles lit to really set the tone.  When you record material like this, it’s about giving the perfect delivery right up close and personal to that mic.  Recording is when you can truly make the song your own.  

Writing is a close second though.  Lyrics mean the world to me, and when my team and I have writing sessions, I like to go off into a different room, lock myself away, and let the words speak for themselves. 

Instinct: Who’s currently at the top of your list of ‘dream collaborators?’ And why?

PM: There are so many amazing artists out there right now, and I am always open to collaboration, but in the rap game, I’d be down for a collab with Nicki Minaj because I love her tone.  

In the pop world, Jessie J, Ariana, or my hometown girl, Christina Aguilera, all have a such amazing voices. And that’s something I have the ultimate respect for. 

For “Feelin’ Right,” Matthews’ silky smooth, sensual vocals sit right in the pocket for the bulk of the low-key song. The bridge introduces an accelerated heartbeat (you know where this is going) that leads to the climax of the song, leaving just enough time for some post-romantic after-glow.

The entire track oozes a confident sexual vibe that borders on intoxicating without crossing the line into being heavy-handed.

This enthralling follow-up proves he is definitely more than a 'hit and run.' We expect to hear much more from Matthews.

You can check out this interview with The Randy Report podcast where the Pittsburgh native shares how his own personal experiences influence his approach to making music.

You can follow Matthews on Instagram here, Facebook here, Spotify here, and check out his official website here.

"Feelin' Right" is currently available on all digital download sites including iTunes.

Check out the lyric video below.

Chase Sansing Covers "We Are The World" To Highlight LGBTQ Youth Homelessness

With a shooting in Maryland today, and worries about the Supreme Court, now's a good time for music that can lift us up.

Out country artist Chase Sansing has released a new music video to raise awareness of homelessness in Nashville. 

The remake of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie’s mega-hit “We Are the World” was filmed throughout Music City by Sansing himself.

The new music video also features Nashville musicians Kelsey Malone, Rae Cecil and Justin Shaw trading verses similar to the original USA for Africa video released in 1985.

“I chose to re-record ‘We Are the World’ because I wanted shine a light on the issue of homelessness in Nashville, but this is a problem seen around the country especially among LGBTQ youth,” said Sansing. "It seems like the problem keeps getting worse instead of getting better."

According to a study by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, one in 30 youth ages 13 to 17 and one in 10 young adults ages 18 to 25 endure some form of homelessness in the U.S. each year. 

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth had a 120% increased risk of experiencing homelessness compared to youth who identified as heterosexual and cisgender. This often stems from a lack of acceptance that young people experience both in and outside of the home. 

“It’s impossible for me to sing something I don’t feel, which is why my videos usually have an emotional pull on them," says the 25-year-old. 

"Kelsey, Justin, Rae and I all agreed this is a very important issue we all believe in. If we all lend a hand, maybe we can help decrease the number of homeless LGBTQ youth in our country.”

Watch the music video below.

 

 

Barry Manilow Cancelled Las Vegas Opening Tonight Due To Pneumonia

Las Vegas audiences will be disappointed to hear that Grammy/Emmy Award-winning pop star Barry Manilow has been forced to cancel his opening night tonight in Las Vegas.

Just hours before the debut of "Manilow Las Vegas - The Hits Come Home" at the Westgate Las Vegas, the singer fell ill and was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital where he was diagnosed with pneumonia.

Tonight's opening as well as the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances have been cancelled.

Here’s the full announcement:

On the eve of a sold-out opening weekend at Westgate Las Vegas, singer Barry Manilow has hospitalized and diagnosed with a bronchial infection.

“I can’t believe this is happening,” Manilow said. “Our new show is ready, we’re all ready, and we were all looking forward to tonight.”

Manilow is under the care of the best doctors and being closely monitored and supervised. He is expected to be released in a few days and make a speedy recovery.

“The entire Westgate family wishes Barry a speedy recovery and we know that he will dazzle audiences when. His show resumes on June 21st,” said David Siegel, Westgate Resorts’ Founder & CEO.

Full refunds for show tickets or ticket exchanges for future dates will be issued and all Manilow ticket holders can bring their tickets to attend a free Soundtrack show tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday.

“Manilow Las Vegas - The Hits Come Home” will resume its regular schedule on June 21 - 22 - 23.

Manilow’s opening performances this weekend were specifically planned to coincide with his 75th birthday, which is Sunday.

For more information about Manilow's upcoming performances, click here.

Out Artist Davis Mallory Brings The Sexy In "Sun & Moon"

Out musician Davis Mallory, who initially found reality TV fame on MTV’s The Real World: Denver and then The Challenge, drops his latest single, “Sun & Moon.”

After putting reality TV behind him and spending time in Chicago and New York City in various jobs in the entertainment industry, Davis made the decision five years ago to move to Nashville and devote his full attention to songwriting and recording.

During his early years in Nashville, Davis chose to collaborate with successful writers to understand the songwriting process.

“I was writing songs with really accomplished people who had #1 hit radio songs and Grammys, and I would respectfully often allow them to lead the session which I learned a lot from,” Davis recently told music blog Songtrust. “It was a goal of mine though to eventually write music all by myself, to show the world what a Davis Mallory song sounds like.”

“Today I pride myself in writing much of my music alone,” the 34-year-old added. “I still often do co-writes, but I found that that when I define the vocal melodies, that they suit my voice better than when another singer creates the melody.”

Decked out in a sexy pink tux for the music video, Davis’s vocals are smooth and sure. The handsome crooner describes “Sun & Moon” as a retro-sounding pop song in the vein of Prince and Michael Jackson, with lyrics that focus on the end of a relationship based on a real-life moment for Davis. 

 

Ooh, baby, my walls fall down when you’re around

The sun and moon move, baby, 

It all falls down when you’re around

And if they all fall down will you stick around

I put them oh so high I’m so good at that

That whenever you move, baby,

My walls fall down whenever you’re around

 

Check out the new bop below. You can find more info about Davis at DavisMallory.com.

 

 

Lance Bass On Being A Closeted Gay In The World's Biggest Boy Band

Twenty years after N’SYNC became the biggest boy band in the world, band member Lance Bass says it was “torture” being closeted during the time of such success.

In an interview with HuffPost  Bass recalls the release of N’SYNC’s first album in the spring of 1998 and his fears of being discovered as gay.

“It was torture,” Bass shared with HuffPost. “Onstage, I felt like I was just playing a character, but offstage, unfortunately, I didn’t get to have my real life.”

Being gay was a different experience for young men in the late 1990s. Our military had “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in place; marriage equality was just a dream; prominent politicians didn’t get out front at Pride Parades; and the music industry didn’t give you a pat on the back for coming out even if you made your label lots of money.

All of that, plus a Southern Baptist upbringing in deeply conservative Mississippi, kept Bass quiet and in the closet.

Bass explained how it was disconcerting to play the part of pop star onstage, but life offstage felt very different.

“It was definitely a depression,” said Bass. “Ironically a depression: to be in one of the biggest bands in the world and have the best time of my life. But when I was home, I felt really horrible about myself. So yeah, it was sad.”

It would be decades before we’d see young artists like Troye Sivan and Sam Smith embraced by the music industry. 

Bass didn’t feel safe to come out not only out of concern for his own career, but he had a band to think about.

“The ’90s were a different time. If you came out, if anyone knew you were gay, it was a disaster and people really flipped out,” he said. “I felt like if anyone found out that I was gay, the record label would immediately drop us and the fans would hate us ― these were all the crazy things that went through my head as a teenager.” 

For the entire six year run of N’SYNC, Bass didn’t even tell his band mates his secret. “I knew that they wouldn’t be able to keep their mouths shut,” he says.

“I just thought if I even told just one single person it would get out, which it would have. So that secret stayed with me and me only.” 

It wasn’t until 2006 that Bass come out to the world in an interview with People.

Years past those pressures, today the former teen pop star is has now been married for almost four years to actor/artist, Michael Turchin.

The couple recently shared that they are in the early stages of planning a family. He told ET that he and hubby Michael have begun interviewing surrogates.

And looking back, the 39-year-old clearly expresses his gratitude for the ride that was N'SYNC.

“I had one of the best experiences that you could give anyone on this planet. I’m lucky,” he said. “The rest of my life I get to just enjoy with my family and creative family.” 

Music Video: Pop Singer Parker Matthews Is No "Hit And Run"

Out pop artist Parker Matthews was touched by the power of music at a very early age when he saw Whitney Houston sing “I Will Always Love You” on the 1994 Grammy Awards.

From focusing on creativity and music in school to staying up nights writing songs, he knew music would be a driving force in his life.

Parker's latest single, “Hit and Run,” combines top-shelf production, pop-synth goodness and a hooky chorus with smooth vocal delivery. 

 

 

With musical inspirations that include Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Adele, Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J, Parker says his music is about the message of human connection.

And speaking of connections, he was one of Music Connection Magazine’s “2017's Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists & Bands.”

Others in the media like what they hear as well:

“An infectious slice of pop music.” - Music Is My Radar

"Pop music just might have found its next star in Parker Matthews." - The Musical Hype

“’Hit and Run,’ decorated with sticky drum loops and fluorescent synth makeup, embodies classic dance music but dispatches a crucial, heart-pounding message.” - PopDust

In a recent interview with The Randy Report podcast, the Pittsburgh native shared that everything in his music comes from his own personal experience and he finds the process of writing to be therapeutic.

He also found his music to be a safe place for him as his younger years were impacted by bullying and depression.

“I realized if I ended things, I was just going to let ‘them’ win, and that wasn’t allowed to happen,” Parker told Music Is My Radar. “I picked myself back up, and truly moved forward with my life. It’s not about being sorry for me, or trying to find pity, but realizing your past is what constructs you into the person you are today.”

Instead of letting the bullies win, he pulled himself up and uses those dark times as an inspiration to advocate for LGBTQ youth by supporting The National Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

You can follow Parker on Instagram here, Facebook here and check out his official website here.

"Hit and Run" is now available on iTunes and all digital download sites.

 

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Queen + Adam Lambert To Rock "The Crown Jewels" In Las Vegas Residency

Iconic British rockers Queen and out frontman Adam Lambert have announced the band’s first Sin City residency, titled "The Crown Jewels," at Park Theater at Park MGM, in September 2018. The band first shared the news with the Twitterverse Monday morning on social media:

You can be sure to expect thunderbolts and lightning, disco balls and all the massive Queen hits including "Another One Bites The Dust," "Fat Bottomed Girls," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Somebody To Love," "Radio Ga Ga" and "Bohemian Rhapsody."

The musical alchemy between Lambert and Queen has been a magical ride since first sharing a stage for the American Idol finale in May 2009. Years later now, with 150 shows in their pocket, the potent power players are filling stadiums and festivals with an awe-inspiring show drawing across-the-board rave reviews.

When Queen and Lambert debuted the show last year, Billboard Magazine raved called the production, "a seamlessly executed Vegas assault -- a just-right balance of kitsch, classic rock and ‘70s excess. It's all there; the bombast, melodrama, the drum solos, the glitter, the great songs, a crazy light show, big power chords." 

 

 

Cloak designed by @Jeffreywork Thank you Glasgow! @officialqueenmusic #qal

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More from the praise from the press:

“A master class in design, lighting and supreme musicianship. Long may Lambert and the Queen of now reign.” - News Corp Australia Network

"With fantastic players, a dazzling stage design, an almost unparalleled catalogue of classic songs, and an outstanding frontman, Queen still offer one of the most entertaining nights of rock and roll to be seen and heard anywhere.” - Daily Telegraph

Announcing this specially-crafted “The Crown Jewels” show, Queen’s Brian May said: “We’re ready to take on the ultimate challenge … to dazzle Vegas!!”

Band mate Roger Taylor concurred saying, “Looking forward to rocking the Strip,” singing the praises of “the audaciously and phenomenally talented Adam Lambert.”

Lambert gushed back: “I’m so excited to help share ‘The Crown Jewels’ with the Strip. You’ll be humming them all night!”

The royal rockers will hold court in the City of Entertainment for 10 performances from September 1 - 22 (September 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 21 and 22 at 8PM).

Members of both Queen and Adam Lambert's Fan Clubs will be able to purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 8 at 10AM PT. QueenOnline.com subscribers will be sent pre-sale links and passwords.

Tickets on sale to the public Friday, May 11 at 10AM PT at www.ticketmaster.com (link not live until Friday).

Check out Queen + Adam Lambert below rocking out to "Somebody To Love" from an appearance on X-Factor in 2014.