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June was a big month for Lil Nas X — he released his first EP, his hit Old Town Road reached 14 weeks straight at #1 on the charts, and to cap it all off, he got a monkey off his back that was likely there for quite some time. June is also gay pride month, and that proverbial monkey was in fact the news that Lil Nas X is gay, and he announced it in a rather laid back and casual way.

Taking to social media as he often does, Lil Nas X through a series of tweets revealed and confirmed his sexuality several times using humor, wit, and sarcasm. It was a tweet on Sunday that was the groundbreaker and has over 500K likes and 100K retweets.

It read:

“Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. But before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure.” The tweet was followed by a rainbow emoji, and starface emoji’s.

After seeing the tweet and going back to read the lyrics of C7osure (off of “7” his EP) it became very clear the song is 100% about his battle and need to come out of the closet — for closure of course!

Back to twitter, Lil Nas X took any jokes or slanderous comments as exactly that, and instead of trying to fight them, he embraced them, and made jokes of the jokes and slander of the slander.

“Dead*ss thought I made it obvious” he tweeted while posting the cover of his EP and focusing in on one of the large buildings in the background that was rainbow colored. He’d then go on to say “Just because I’m gay dont mean I’m not straight”. Finally to clear everything up, he let twitter know that “Old town road is literally about horses”.

Lil Nas X has to be given a lot of credit for the manner in which he conducted himself through a very challenging moment in his young life. He wasn’t seeking attention, praise, or glorification, but rather just the freedom and relief of the world knowing who he truly is. He did so with grace, humor, and respect for others opinions. The only question about Lil Nas X that should be asked now is, what music is next for the young up-and-coming artist.

Spoiler Alert … It is VERY underwhelming!

Lil Nas X burst onto the music scene through the hit song Old Town Road (and Old Town Road Remix) which has sat atop the Billboard Top 100 charts for 12 straight weeks now. An amazing feat for the up and coming 20 year old music & meme artist.

Fan’s of Lil Nas X and the music world have been anxiously awaiting what was to come next as he continued to define his image and brand in the music industry. What was next was the release of his EP “7” which dropped on Wednesday June 27th. The EP has 8 songs including both Old Town Road, and Old Town Road Remix, thus 6 new tracks. It’s run time is a mere 18 minutes and change, about long enough to listen to while taking a shower and getting ready for school or work.

The EP features the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus (obviously) as well as a song with Cardi B, called Rodeo. Rodeo maybe is the closest song to Old Town Road in terms of the mixture of a country and rap feel, outside of Cardi B’s verses of course. The other songs are kind of all over the place, ending abruptly at times, while never really establishing a theme or flow throughout the EP. “Panini” the second song on the EP, is rather a catchy trap beat with relatable lyrics, and likely will be the new song that grabs the most traction off this EP.

Writer’s Opinion

For me personally, the EP was a total disaster. I was (am) a big fan of the Old Town Road songs, and continue to listen to them in daily rotation. However, as far as the rest of the EP goes, I’ll take Panini for my playlist and toss the rest in the do not touch folder. Lil Nas X is only 20, and I have no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him, but he’s made some rookie mistakes and has failed to create an identity for himself with this EP.

X sounded like a combination of Kid Cudi & Khalid, but as if the Monstars from Space Jam stole their talent and forced the artist into the studio to perform. The EP gets a C- from me, and that is only because of Old Town Road. Remove Old Town Road from the equation and you’ve got yourself a major clunker. Hopefully Lil Nas X can rebound from this disappointment of an EP or he’ll find his name added to a famous list of “One and Done” artists that reads LOL Nas X.

“Drizzy” Drake has had quite the month of June. He has announced that he is in “album mode”, his beloved Raptors have won their first NBA Championship, and he released a two pack of songs to follow. One of those two songs, Money in the Grave, has debuted in the Hot 100, which was the icing on the cake for Drake’s June of successes. With Money in the Grave debuting as number 7 in the Hot 100, Drake’s thirty-fifth top 10 track, he breaks the tie at thirty-four with The Beatles for the second most top 10 songs all the time. Any record that is broken previously held by someone with such prestige like The Beatles is an incredible feat, and yet another accolade to add on to the long list of accomplishments in Drake’s career to date. Next up on the list for Drake is icon Madonna, whom Drake ironically has a song named after. She has 38 Top 10’s all-time, and there is little doubt that Drake will break her record in due time. Take into account the fact that he has done all this in a span of just over 10 years, one can imagine that he will not only break her record, but set a bar to be broken so high it almost seems implausible. Suffice to say, June was a pretty good month for Canadian icon Aubrey “Drake” Graham.

1. The Black Keys

The Black Keys: Let’s Rock
Featured Song: “Lo/Hi”

2. Gena Bruce

Gena Rose Bruce: Can’t Make You Love Me
Featured Songs: “The Way You Make Love” and “I Don’t Think I’ll Get Over You”

3. Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke: ANIMA
Featured Songs: “Twist” and “Dawn Chorus”

4. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Bandana
Featured Song: “Giannis”

5. Runaway June

Runaway June: Blue Roses
Featured Song: “Head Over Heels”

6. Chris Staples

Chris Staples: Holy Moly
Featured Song: “Halfway Over”

7. Daughter of Swords

Daughter of Swords: Dawnbreaker
Featured Song: “Gem”

8. Dizzy Fae

Dizzy Fae: NO GMO
Featured Song: “Altar”

“Bad Guy” is more proof of the multi-faceted artistry of Billie Eilish.  She operates on so many levels it’s hard to track them.  Her tunes are pop confections of consistent quality, her visuals are inventive performance art pieces and her vocals move from feathery to sinister.  That’s just on this song.

All of this was apparent in her easiest work, though by comparison it seems as though she was playing it safe back then.  The song “Ocean Eyes” from three years ago is one of her most straight forward attempts.  The video starts with a simple singer/songwriter delivery and then, without bringing attention to it, her hands come into frame and they appear to be stained with blue ink. No reason, just a visual mention of Ms. Eilish’s bend approach, an approach that has flowered and released all its strangeness as her career has moved forward.

Notably, it is the haunting melodies of hers that provides the solid foundation allowing the strangeness to work so well.  If they were too abstract, it would all be disconnected from reality.  Billie Eilish is a master work and she has come along at the perfect time, a time when multi-layered media opportunities abound for a multi-faceted artist.  The audio-video medium is her instrument.

“Bad Guy” is the number three streamed song and the number six purchased song in the last week of June.

With an extended offline mixtape feature, YouTube Music would now automatically download up to 500 songs based on users’ likes and listening history for offline listening. This new version of the mixtape feature is called ‘smart downloads’ and the selection would download songs from users’ Liked Songs playlist, other favorite playlists and albums, The Verge reported on Wednesday. As of now, elaborated roll-out details of the feature remain unclear … read full article: odishatv.in

Earlier this week, on June 25, a fan gave birth to a baby girl during Pink’s concert in Liverpool, U.K. According to NME , the fan went into labor and gave birth to the child at the venue. Mom, Denise Jones named the child Dolly Pink in honor of Pink after she initially planned to call her Dolly Louise before giving birth at her concert. The ” What About Us” hitmaker was performing at the Anfield football stadium during her ” Beautiful Trauma World Tour” and has shared the news to her Instagram followers … read full article: inquisitr.com