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As we celebrate Pride this year, it is worth noting that we are in the midst of an explosion of queer pop. It seems as though every week we are introduced to a new artist intent of sharing their personal experiences with love and acceptance through music. Considering this, it is hardly surprising Hayley Kiyoko dubbed 2018 #20gayteen. In the last few months alone, we have received incredible releases from a slew of LGBTQ+ artists. And we decided to highlight these new anthems and some additional classics.

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K-pop queens BLACKPINK kicked off a new era. The quartet has amassed an impressive following since launching in 2016. Although they have only released a handful of singles, YG Entertainment’s leading ladies have been streamed millions of times on Spotify. And all of their music videos have been viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube. Today (June 15), they rolled out their first mini-album, Square Up. The four-track project is a bold collection of searing, electro-kissed bangers. And the group celebrated by dropped a video in support of their current single, “DDU-DU DDU-DU.” In it, they deliver some sizzling choreography and fierce looks. Add in a seriously hot beat, and they have all the makings for a viral hit.

The album campaign is off to a strong start for the supergroup. “DDU-DU DDU-DU” is sitting comfortably within the Top 40 on US iTunes, and Square Up is currently at the number 3 spot on the albums chart. That places them behind only 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Youngblood and Christina Aguilera’s Liberation. Internationally the girls are having even more luck and have already reached the top spot on both singles and albums charts in major markets. Meanwhile, their jewel-toned video has amassed more than 9.3 million views in the first 6 hours of being online. They are bringing something seriously hot this era, and it is clear their hard work is paying off. Watch the quartet slay in their “DDU-DU DDU-DU” video up top and listen to the...

It has been nearly six years since Christina Aguilera last released an album. But that changes today (June 15) with the unveiling of Liberation. In honor of the momentous occasion, the 37-year-old kicked off a promotional tour with a late-night performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. This marks her second televised performance of the era. Last month she and Demi Lovato lit the 2018 Billboard Music Awards stage afire with their rousing rendition of “Fall In Line.” However, the Tell Me You Love Me siren is currently on vocal rest and was thus unable to join Xtina last night. So, the pop legend performed a solo version of their rebellious anthem. Unsurprisingly, she slayed.

Joined by a live band and a quartet of backup dancers, she highlighted her impressive vocals. Dressed in a pinstriped jacket with some serious shoulder pads, Christina tackled Demi’s verse with ease. Instead of totally removing her from the track, the “Solo” star’s voice was beamed in on some of the harmonies. It was a little surprising to hear her without seeing her, but the decision added some additional depth to the performance. In another segment from the show, she and host Jimmy Fallon hit the New York City subway system to busk in costume. After a crowd gathered to watch them perform Aretha Franklin’s “Think,” they revealed their identities and roared through a rendition of “Fighter.”


Kelly Clarkson possesses one of the most versatile voices in music. The original American Idol belts with the best of them on pop/rock productions like breakout hit “Since U Been Gone.” She has mastered the art of emoting on high-octane ballads like “Piece By Piece.” Most recently, she embraced her soulful side on her latest LP, Meaning Of Life. Today (June 15), she highlights her country chops by linking up with country duo Dan + Shay on their new single “Keeping Score.” Things are looking very good for the pair as they prepare to unleash their third LP next week. After breaking into the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Tequila,” their latest collaboration offers another opportunity for crossover success.

Over a stripped back production, the trio encourage listeners to appreciate every moment of life. “Someday we’re gonna blink twice, say it happens like that,” Dan and Shay announce on the first verse. Kelly joins them for some lush harmonies on the chorus and shares responsibilities on the remaining verses. “I know I’m only human. Don’t know how many sunsets I got left, and I don’t wanna ruin this moment by wondering what comes next,” they evocatively sing over a swelling production. Speaking directly to a loved one, they voice their goals for life. “I just want to love you like it’s all I’m living for. Hold you close, enjoy you more and...

Bebe Rexha soared to unprecedented heights in 2018. The 28-year-old landed her most successful single to date with her Florida Georgia Line collaboration, “Meant To Be.” After historically topping the Hot Country Songs chart last year it climbed to the number 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and amassed more than one billion streams. The Americana-inspired ode is still sitting comfortably within the top 20 on the Hot 100, and it could very well remain a fixture on radio through the summer. Today (June 15) though, she is set to replicate the breakaway success with her new single “I’m A Mess.” The latest release from her debut album, Expectations, it is an emotional banger.

Boasting a writing credit from the ever-reliable Justin Tranter, Bebe’s latest is a relatable ode to being a hot mess. “Everything’s been so messed up here lately. Pretty sure he don’t wanna be my baby,” she sings on the opening lines. However, her outlook is anything but bleak. Things build up to the sing-along chorus, which will be stuck in your head after one listen. “Everything’s gonna be alright. Everything’s gonna be okay. It’s gonna be a good, good life; that’s what my therapist says,” the “I Got You” superstar chants. “I’m A Mess” joins the previously released buzz tracks “2 Souls On Fire” and “Ferrari” on Expectations, and it feels like another obvious hit....

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Tom Odell was hailed as the Next Big Thing in 2012 when the haunting “Another Love” came out of nowhere to conquer the charts. He fulfilled that promise with brilliant debut LP, Long Way Down, but then suffered from the sophomore slump. Not that there was anything wrong with 2016’s Wrong Crowd — it just strayed a little too far from the moody, singer/songwriter template he had already established. The Brit returns to more familiar territory on “If You Wanna Love Somebody,” the first taste of his third album.

There’s so much to love about the emotionally-fraught piano ballad. As usual, Tom’s lyrics dissect matters of the heart with the skill of a brain surgeon as he draws a line in the sand. “You really shouldn’t let me hold you, if you wanna just pretend,” he sings in a verse. “You gotta make your kiss a little colder, if it’s ever gonna end.” If there’s a trace of bitterness, it evaporates in the soaring chorus. “Oh if you wanna love somebody, I’m your man.” Watch the performance-based video, which was directed by Sophie Littman, up top.

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Troye Sivan is having a very good week. The 23-year-old is preparing to dominate the charts with his Ariana Grande-assisted “Dance To This,” which dropped yesterday. A vibey anthem, it is showing signs of becoming the biggest single to date off his forthcoming Bloom. The pair are currently sitting near the top of the charts on US iTunes and are picking up steam on streaming services. That’s not all though. Today (June 14), the “My My My!” crooner graces the inaugural Pride Issue of Billboard. Posing for a sun-kissed shoot with Ramona Rosales, he delivers some very chic looks and showcases his platinum locks in a field. It’s whimsical and another gorgeous photoshoot for the hitmaker who covered Dazed and a slew of other publications this spring.

In an interview with Mickey Rapkin, Troye shared some details about his sophomore LP ahead of its August 31 release date. In particular, he opened up about how writing it differed from working on 2015’s Blue Neighbourhood. “Before, I had to write so much more just to find these moments where I felt like I got what I wanted. Whereas this time, everything fell into place a lot easier,” he explained. “I just had much more of a vision. I wanted it to be, like, a love letter.” When pressed on who the letter was addressed to, he expanded. “A love letter to a bunch of...

Madison Beer switched things up in 2017. After making her debut with perky synth-pop singles like “All For Love” and “Unbreakable,” the 19-year-old went in a different direction with her emo banger “Dead.” A fierce breakup anthem, it boasted one of the best lyrics of the year (“You say you can’t live without me, so why aren’t you dead yet?” I’m still slayed) and became a breakout hit on streaming services. Amassing more than 70 million streams on Spotify alone, it introduced a new era for the siren. This year she kept the ball rolling by unveiling her debut EP, As She Pleases. The collection’s second single, “Say It To My Face,” performed respectably. But it looks like she struck gold with her current release “Home With You.”

“I ain’t got no time for no games. Tell me what you like, but it’s never gonna change. So you do what you wan-wanna do. And I’m not going home with you,” she chants on the sing-along chorus. The self-assured anthem is becoming something of a breakout hit for Madison. The track is her first to appear on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart. It is currently sitting at the number 35 spot, and its new video is sure to give it a boost. Released today (June 14), the visual is a retro extravaganza. In it, the pop princess hits the skate park to deliver serious poses. She also features a crew...

Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande have had a busy week. The “Chun-Li” rapper kicked things off by announcing a joint tour with Future and unveiling a new collaboration off her forthcoming LP. Teaming up with Young Money partner in crime, Lil Wayne, she claimed the top spot on US iTunes with “Rich Sex.” Meanwhile, Ari teamed up with Troye Sivan to roll out their vibey anthem “Dance To This,” which is sitting at the number two spot on US iTunes at the time of publication. Today (June 14) they reunite on their new single “Bed.” Considering their winning record with previous collaborations including “Side To Side” and “Bang Bang,” it was safe to assume this would be massive. And they pulled through; “Bed” is easily the best track we have heard off Queen yet.

“Got a bed with your name on it,” Ari sensually coos on the opening lines. “Got a kiss with your name on it.” Nicki comes in to deliver some equally enticing verses. “Strawberry lingerie. Waiting for you, strawberries lingerie. You told me you want a way. Messed around, messed around. Put it down,” she raps. Boasting a smooth production and some flirty flourishes, this will be right at home on radio and should dominate streaming services. Based on some photos the pair have posted on social media, it looks like a video is...

Whether it’s Halloween or Christmas, your birthday or your BFF’s wedding, humans have celebrations for everything. But some celebrations are so totally bizarre they’re almost hard to fathom. If you didn’t see it with your own eyes you might have trouble believing there is an entire festival dedicated to celebrating tarantulas. Oh, and we can’t forget about the cook-off inspired by roadkill. From a get-together dedicated to mooning an Amtrak train to a music festival underwater, these are the weirdest festivals and gatherings in the United States.

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The Roswell UFO Festival Is Out Of This World

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Every year in Roswell, New Mexico, the city hosts an annual three-day event for UFO and alien enthusiasts alike. It is a celebration of the highly debated-topic of the supposed Roswell UFO crash in 1947. The festival is organized by the MainStreet in Roswell with several other partnerships and brands, alien-related and not. The event has guests speakers, live performers, authors, a costume contest, parade, and even a pet costume contest.

The festival takes place annually during the summer and attracts people from all around the world. With over 37,000 attendees in 2017, it is the largest UFO festival in the world. The city anticipates bigger crowds each upcoming year!

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