Watch: Billy Eichner bombards NYC strangers with the Jonas Brothers

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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The Jonas Brothers joined Billy Eichner on his web series “Billy on the Street” to share the news that the band is back together.

Along the way they encounter people who are excited about the reunion and people who weren’t interested that the band has reunited. One woman criticized the name of their comeback single “Sucker” and another woman was quick to congratulate Nick Jonas on his recent wedding.

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Orlando artist Nick Smith turns literary classics into original works of art

By : Jeremy Williams
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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away known as Orlando, an artist by the name of Nick Smith was rediscovering his love of art and began creating original pieces based on classic novels and popular stories.

“I’ve been drawing since I was a wee little lad,” Smith says. “I actually started tracing, that’s one of the things I always tell people, learn how to trace when you’re young so you get an idea of shapes and figures.”

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Orlando’s Big LGBTQ Weekend still has something for everyone

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The newly created KindRED Pride Foundation is bringing some of the weekend’s most anticipated events, but the kickoff weekend to Orlando’s big Pride Month is packed full of some returning favorites and big surprises.

Just as with the last several years, RED Shirt Pride Days has a designated Disney theme park for each day from May 30-June 2.

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Barry Manilow says coming out earlier would have ‘killed my career’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Barry Manilow opened up about why he chose to spend decades in the closet before coming out in 2017.

Manilow married his high school girlfriend Susan Deixler in 1964. Deixler had the marriage annulled in 1966. He began dating TV executive Garry Kief in 1978 and the couple secretly wed in 2014. However, Manilow didn’t go public with his sexuality until an interview with People in 2017.

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Adam Lambert releases classic rock sounding single ‘New Eyes’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Adam Lambert channels a ’70s classic rockstar in the video for his single “New Eyes.”

In the video, Lambert performs in a club that becomes a trippy paradise from a mysterious green potion.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to see Pentatonix w/ Rachel Platten & Citizen Queen at Orlando’s Amway Center

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Don’t miss your chance to see three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling artist Pentatonix in their first-ever performance at Orlando’s Amway Center on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Pentatonix are joined by multi-platinum-selling recording artist Rachel Platten and the sensational all-female quintet Citizen Queen.

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Md. contestant Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon eliminated from ‘American Idol’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon on ‘American Idol.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon was eliminated from “American Idol” on May 5 marking the end of his journey on the reality singing competition.

The out contestant from Catonsville, Md. performed renditions of Barbra Streisand’s “Somewhere” and Joan Baez’s “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Ritchie praised his performances but ultimately he didn’t receive enough votes from America landing him in the bottom two along with fellow contestant Laci Kaye Booth.

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P!nk’s new album ‘Hurts 2B Human’ features only momentary flashes of greatness

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Punk, independent, rebellious — these are just a few of the adjectives that P!nk brings to mind. From “Just Like A Pill” to “U+Ur Hand” and “So What,” her music has been synonymous with a defiant, feminist attitude that is refreshing in the predictable romantic intrigues of most pop songs. But with her 2017 album “Beautiful Trauma,” P!nk’s music has taken a softer turn. Her newly released “Hurts 2B Human” continues in this direction, making this her least rambunctious album so far.

Of course, it’s normal for artist to go through major changes over the course of their careers, and P!nk has already had several distinct stylistic periods. The earliest album “Can’t Take Me Home” (2000) has strong R&B influences, as does “Missundaztood” (2001), though it begins to turn toward pop/rock. By the release of “I’m Not Dead” (2003), especially on albums “I’m Not Dead” (2006) and “Funhouse” (2008), her music had taken a seeming definitive turn toward rock.

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Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray talks tours, country music and performing live with a symphony

By : Gregg Shapiro
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Years in the making, “Indigo Girls Live with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra” is a breathtaking experience. Even if you don’t like live albums—you weren’t there, were you?—this one is an exception.

Comprised of 22 songs, representing nine of the Indigo Girls’ (Amy Ray and Emily Saliers) baker’s dozen studio albums, the Indigo Girls do an excellent job of representing the expected hits like “Power of Two,” “Galileo,” and “Kid Fears.” They also showcase popular deep cuts and a generous supply of more recent numbers like “Sugar Tongue,” “Able To Sing,” and “Happy In the Sorrow Key.” The stunning symphonic set closes with a rousing rendition of “Closer To Fine,” complete with sing-along. As familiar as your oldest friends, you’ll never hear these songs the same way again.

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Tony Award nominations 2019 announced

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The 2019 Tony Award nominations were unveiled by Brandon Victor Dixon, Bebe Neuwirth and Gayle King on April 30.

“Hadestown,” the folk-opera that sets the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice during the Great Depression era, earned the most nominations with 14. “Ain’t Too Proud,” a musical based on the story of The Temptations, came in second with 12 nominations.

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Watch: Madonna falls in love with Maluma in ‘Medellín’ music video

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Madonna embarks on a steamy romance with Maluma in the music video for “Medellín,” the first single from her upcoming album “Madame X.”

The video begins with Madonna, as Madame X, praying the rosary inside a chapel.

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Sam Smith pulls out of Billboard Music Awards performance over vocal strain

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sam Smith will no longer perform at the Billboard Music Awards due to vocal strain.

Smith had already canceled a string of performances on his tour in South Africa and now his Billboard Music Awards performance is included on the list.

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