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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.

“Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello sounds like summer as their mellow voices alternate, then harmonize, then alternate again with a light Latin snap rhythm in support of a pretty stock melody.  It also sounds like something else; a chart topper.

The two artists had a hit together as teens four years ago with “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which came out of Mendes’ album Handwritten.  There‘s been some growth from then to now. Check them out getting steamy in their latest music video below!

 

Miley Cyrus knows how to keep her name in the mix.  She recently liked an IG post saying that she, Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey will soon be releasing collaboration, and the internet is abuzz.  Although Ariana added to the noise when she too liked it we’ve gotten no hints from Del Rey.

Cyrus and Grande are no strangers to collaboration, they released, “Don’t Dream It’s Over” a couple years ago for charity.  Adding Lana’s soft, plaintiff voice their big voices could make for nice musical contrast, if Del Rey can punch through.  Although this whole story started from mere speculation the attention it has garnered might bring the trio into the studio anyway.

The fact that ” Uptown Funk,” one of the most successful and recognizable pop smashes of this century – with 3.5 billion views on YouTube, 14 weeks at No. 1 and a Grammy for record of the year – actually appeared under Ronson’s name on his 2015 album, ” Uptown Special,” is but a trivia footnote. Because for most of his career, Ronson – the princely heir to a New York-via-London society-page family turned downtown D.J. turned super-producer – was the type to feel most comfortable in the studio and in the liner notes for modern giants like Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lady Gaga and Mars.”I’m definitely not a pop star,” Ronson, 43, cautioned one recent morning in the kitchen of an apartment he’s renting in TriBeCa.. read full article: nytimes.com

Speaking on Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp, Miley was questioned about the supposed “beef” between both her, Nicki, and Cardi B. Why a country singer would be apart of a controversy sandwich with the two top female hip hip artists, is beyond me, but I’m guessing it’s the good ole’ digital clout play. Lets not forget her father is on top of the charts with Old Town Road …  Miley went on to bring up her own experiences with fellow ex- Disney stars to explain what she meant by comparing the rappers … read full article: pedestrian.tv

When they returned in March with ” Sucker” – their first single since their ill-fated 2013 reunion, from their first album since 2009’s Lines, Vines And Trying Times – it debuted at #1. Like the Monkees, they were a rock band with their own TV show – actually a TV show and a series of Camp Rock TV movies costarring Demi Lovato.

After the success of the second Camp Rock film in 2010, the Jonas Brothers spent a year or so on hiatus, then launched a reunion tour they wouldn’t finish in support of an album that never materialized. Two of them soon found a measure of solo success, Nick with steamy pop-R&B singles like top 10 hit ” Jealous” and Joe with his poppy dance-rock band DNCE, whose “Cake That trajectory continued in Joe’s work with DNCE, and now it has extended into the grownup version of the group with an assist from Ryan Tedder, the writer-producer who also played a part in 5 Seconds Of Summer’s leap from pop-punk boy band to glossy top 40 mainstays … read full article: stereogum.com

Will & Jada Pinkett Smith’s 20-year-old son Jaden was spotted soaring through a pink cloud while strapped into a wire rig on the Los Angeles set of his new music video on Thursday. The pink-haired Plastic rapper rocked a bizarre grill and a faux face tattoo of ‘Erys’ (his middle name Syre spelled backwards) scrawled under his left eye. Jaden – known for his eccentric, gender-defying sense of style – was also sporting $1,090 Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers with his black patched-up hoodie and cargo pants … read full article: dailymail.co.uk

Many new music and unexpected collaborations have been coming out of the woodwork as of recent. This week we saw exactly that, and the results were pretty jarring. Zedd and Katy Perry have teamed up to create the overwhelmingly average “365”. Around this time last year, Zedd released “The Middle”  with country pop singer-songwriter Maren Morris. Is he expecting “365” to carry the torch the Grammy nominated “Middle” lit up? “365” is far from a disaster, but it borderlines generic pop as opposed to the grandiose and creative electronica Zedd used to wow us with. We’ll have to see if it lives up to the success “The Middle” generated. Oh yeah, and there’s the overtly weird and creepy themes of obsession Katy throws in the lyrics. Yikes.

(Listen to “365”- Zedd & Katy Perry here).

Shockingly, Avril Lavigne partnered up with Nicki Minaj and released “Dumb Blonde” from Avril’s new album Head Above Water, released February 15th (Yes, you’re reading that sentence correctly). Many suspected Avril died after internet memes and various fans stated she was replaced by a clone named Melissa. She’s proving us that she’s here, in the flesh, with an extremely bland and unseasoned song. This song is very much Avril trying to revisit her old school Canadian punk rock chick era, which she proves on this track she’s far outgrown. The lyrics have been done before, and its style is attempting to mirror Avril’s 2007 banger, “Girlfriend”, which simply cannot be recreated. And Nicki Minaj is practically lifeless in this, her presence isn’t bad but doesn’t really do anything to enhance this track.

(Listen to “Dumb Blonde”- Avril Lavigne & Nicki Minaj here).

In the world of pop music collaborations this week, one song took the cake and managed to be bearable. Cardi B and Bruno Mars released “Please Me” which once again showcases Bruno as a ladies man, being wooed by girls in the club. We already know these two have amazing chemistry and they’ve proven this with how successful the “Finesse (Remix)” ended up being. This, much like “Finesse” highlights Bruno’s cockiness and magnificently powerful vocal range. This mixed with Cardi’s wit and bubbling personality is what makes these two unstoppable. Both Cardi and Bruno deliver amazingly, and give us something new to grind at the bar to.

(Listen to “Please Me” – Cardi B & Bruno Mars here).