Harry Styles opens solo tour with rainbow flag

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Harry Styles kicked off his first solo tour at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco on Tuesday with a nod to the LGBT community.

A fan threw a rainbow flag onstage prompting Styles, 23, to attach it to his mic stand while performing his set.

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Aretha Franklin to perform at Elton John’s AIDS gala

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NEW YORK (AP) – Aretha Franklin will sing in honor of Elton John before she retires later this year.

John announced Sept. 12 that the Queen of Soul will perform at his annual AIDS charity event on Nov. 7 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. This year marks the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 25th year.

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Kid Rock asks why ‘is everything so gay?’ in political rant

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: (Photo via Wikimedia Commons. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

Kid Rock got political at his concert in Detroit on Tuesday addressing everything from marriage equality and transgender bathroom rights to white supremacy and “deadbeat dads.”

The outspoken Trump supporter has been teasing a possible run for Senate in Michigan since the launch of his “Kid Rock for Senate” website this summer. Although no official announcement has been made, Rock gave a brief rundown on his views on some political issues.

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Aaron Carter takes HIV test in emotional ‘The Doctors’ interview

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Aaron Carter learned he is HIV negative during an emotional, two-part interview on “The Doctors,” which aired this week.

Carter, who came out as bisexual in August, shared that he feared he could be HIV positive because of his low weight. The 29-year-old singer learned he weighs just 115 pounds at six feet tall.

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George Michael’s first posthumous single ‘Fantasy’ released

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The first posthumous single from George Michael dropped on Thursday, nine months since his death on Dec. 25, 2016.

Producer Nile Rodgers remixed Michael’s “Fantasy” which debuted on “The Chris Evans Breakfast Show” on BBC Radio 2.

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Rami Malek transforms into Freddie Mercury for Queen biopic

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The first look from Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been released and it gives a sneak peek of Rami Malek channeling frontman Freddie Mercury.

The “Mr. Robot” star wears a mustache, white tank top and jeans as he strikes a pose holding a microphone.

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Fans react to a fake coming out tweet from Shawn Mendes

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Shawn Mendes fans rallied together to stop a fake coming out tweet from spreading online.

“Guys my sexuality shouldn’t be anyone’s business. Yes, I’m gay and I’m proud,” the tweet reads.

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Sam Smith teases new music after two-year hiatus

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Sam Smith is making his comeback this fall after a two-year hiatus.

Smith has kept under the radar since the release of his single “Writing’s on the Wall” for the James Bond film “Spectrum.” It’s been even longer since his critically-acclaimed debut album, “In the Lonely Hour” was released in 2014.

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JAY-Z admits his mom didn’t want to come out on ‘4:44’ album

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JAY-Z’s mother, Gloria Carter, came out to the world as a lesbian on the track “Smile” from Jay’s “4:44” album, but the big reveal almost didn’t happen.

In an interview with Elliott Wilson and B. Dot on the Rap Radar Podcast, JAY-Z reveals he made the song without his mother’s approval. Once she heard the track she said, “Absolutely not” to its release.

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Cazwell heads to Parliament House Orlando for Labor Day Weekend

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(Above photo by Anthony Humphryes.)

Cazwell took YouTube by storm with the music video for his provocative brain candy, “Ice Cream Truck.” Currently the video has more than 5 million views, so this out “white dude” rapper has found quite a fan base, along with a bit of critical acclaim and commercial success. It’s no wonder with his unique sense of style, edgy lyrics and relevant social commentary on current issues that his fans are drooling for more.

Fans and newcomers alike will be able to experience Cazwell’s sexiness in person this Labor Day weekend as he takes over Parliament House for a live performance at the club’s New York Street Party. Watermark had the chance to catch up with him before the show to chat about his newest single, upcoming projects and what his fans can expect in Orlando.

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Taylor Swift samples Right Said Fred in new single

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Right Said Fred is a fan of Taylor Swift’s reworking of their 1991 single “I’m Too Sexy” for her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Swift dropped the single on Thursday night with a chorus that has a strikingly similar beat to “I’m Too Sexy.” The pop star gave credit where it was due and included Fred Fairbrass, Richard Fairbrass and Rob Manzoli as songwriters.

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Kesha makes strident statement with new album ‘Rainbow’

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It’s been a long road back for Kesha and it’s easy to understand why she chose the symbolism of the “Rainbow” as the title for her first album in five years.

The California-based pop singer found fame with hit singles like “Right Round” (with Flo Rida), “Tik Tol,” “Take it Off,” “We R Who We R” and “Die Young.” But messy dueling lawsuits between the singer and producer/svengali Dr. Luke sidelined her for what felt like an eternity in pop music.

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