Ariana Grande announces album release date, new music video

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Ariana Grande’s “Sweetener” album cover (Image courtesy Mighty Real Agency).

Ariana Grande announced her fourth-studio album “Sweetener” will be released Aug. 17. Ahead of the album’s release, Grande has already unveiled two songs from the setlist: “No Tears Left To Cry” and “The Light is Coming,” featuring Nicki Minaj.

Pre-orders for “Sweetener” officially unlocked June 20, and with the purchase of a pre-order, you get instant access to download “No Tears Left To Cry” and “The Light Is Coming.”

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Jason Mraz may have come out as bisexual in poem to LGBTQ community

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Jason Mraz may have come out as bisexual in a love poem to the LGBTQ community for Pride month.

Mraz, 40, penned the poem as part of Billboard’s “Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community” series.

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ vinyl soundtrack will be peach-scented

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Call Me By Your Name” will give fans a piece of the peach scene to take home with a peach-scented and peach-colored limited edition vinyl.

The soundtrack features songs from Sufjan Stevens, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Giorgio Mororder, the Psychedelic Furs and more.

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Bob The Drag Queen drags Azealia Banks in diss track

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Bob The Drag Queen has responded to the Azealia Banks controversy with a read on the controversial rapper.

Banks, who is bisexual, accused RuPaul of plagiarizing her song “The Big Big Beat” in his song “Call Me Mother.” She also ranted against “white gays” and the LGBTQ community.

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Monét X Change slams Azealia Banks for Twitter rant against LGBT community

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Monét X Change called out Azealia Banks on Twitter after Banks went on a Twitter tirade against “white gays” and the rest of the LGBT community.

Banks, 27, accused RuPaul of plagiarizing her song “The Big Big Beat” for his single “Call Me Mother” from his 2016 album “American.”

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Hayley Kiyoko and Kehlani fall in love in romantic ‘What I Need’ music video

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Lesbian pop star Hayley Kiyoko and queer R&B singer Kehlani give into their feelings for each other during a road trip for the music video “What I Need.”

The video opens with Kehlani packing her bag and fighting with her aunt.

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Azealia Banks accuses RuPaul of plagiarizing her song ‘The Big Big Beat’

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Azealia Banks has claimed Spotify removed RuPaul’s album “American” from its streaming service due to Banks alleging that RuPaul plagiarized her song “The Big Big Beat” on his song “Call Me Mother.”

“Lol I got rupauls ripoff of the big big beat .. ‘call me mother’ removed. You will not step on my little black girl toes bitch. You will take your razor bumps and pumps to the nearest laser hair removal clinic and seethe. @RuPaul BYE UGLY!” Banks tweeted.

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Niall Horan shares gay dads’ apology note for their new baby’s first flight

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Singer Niall Horan snapped a photo of an apology note from two gay dads taking their 18-days-old baby on its first flight.

The note, which included a photo of the baby, read: “Hi Stranger. My name is Marit. Today, I’m 18 days old. I’m flying home to Europe with my dads. This is my first flight ever. I will do my utmost to be on my best behaviour to ensure that you have a peaceful flight. I would like to apologize in advance if – I for any reason loose [sic] my cool, my temper, my ears hurt or my tummy gets fussy. I think my dads are more nervous than I am, so they made you this goodiebag.”

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Lakeland’s ButchQueen and the Bad Habits stress punk rock equality

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Lakeland, Fla., may not be known for its punk rock drag queens, but the performance arts band ButchQueen and the Bad Habits aims to change that with “Bare Grits,” the group’s debut EP released May 5.

“In a conservative town, friction caused a blister which pressure-popped and neglect allowed to fester,” their official release reads. “ButchQueen and the Bad Habits take no prisoners and make no apologies. Fusing energetic live music with bizarre theatrical experiments, this group isn’t afraid of kicking up a little dust.”

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Bryan Fuller blasts ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ trailer for erasing Mercury’s sexuality

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Out showrunner Bryan Fuller has slammed the trailer for the upcoming Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” for erasing Freddie Mercury’s sexuality and AIDS diagnosis.

In a clip from the trailer, Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) jumps into Freddie Mercury’s (Rami Malek) arms.

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Cardi B explains ‘Girls’ collaboration, apologizes to LGBTQ community

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Cardi B explained her collaboration on the controversial song “Girls” and apologized to the LGBTQ community in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

“Girls,” which also features Rita Ora, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX, has come under fire for exploiting the LGBTQ community. Lesbian pop singer Hayley Kiyoko released a statement calling the song “tone deaf” which “does more harm than good for the LGBTQ+ community.”

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Hayley Kiyoko calls Rita Ora’s song ‘Girls’ ‘tone-deaf,’ ‘harmful’

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Hayley Kiyoko has called out Rita Ora’s new single “Girls” for exploiting the LGBTQ community.

“Girls,” which features Ora, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX and Cardi B, is a song about women having an attraction to other women.

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