Gay Agenda, Aug 11: Halsey Prefers Vodka, Kelela, Aaron Carter, P!nk & More

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Gay Agenda is a weekly column for Billboard Pride where we run down a few fab things before the weekend. Between new tracks, music videos and pop culture moments, we want our readers to be prepared for boozy brunch conversation.

1. If you haven't already, familiarize yourself with R&B vixen Kelela immediately. The singer -- who was candid about her queerness in an interview with Oyster Magazine -- has fans in Solange and Björk, and her latest offering, the slinky “LMK,” is sure to attract more listeners. Peep the visual for a modern take on the trendy late-‘90s clubbin’-in-the-corridor genre and pre-save her forthcoming album, Take Me Apart, on Spotify ahead of it’s Oct. 6 release.

2. Holy blonde bisexual boys, Batman! Sunday evening (Aug 5), pop star Aaron Carter took to Twitter to announce his bisexuality. Four days later, the tatted-up genre-bender Lil Peep followed suit, adding a flirty “who wants a kiss.” Congrats, gentleman! We look forward to both of your upcoming projects.

3. Pop newcomer Ava Max and nü disco producer Le Youth’s “Clap Your Hands” is a groovy late-summer necessity for any impromptu dance party -- even if it’s with Sparky and Socks in the comfort of your air-conditioning.

4. Halsey admitted that she’s a vodka girl on Drinky Fun Time, Feral Audio’s new podcast hosted by renowned drinks expert Dan Dunn. The “Now Or Never” singer confesses that darker beverages aren’t for her: “I am a huge bitch and can’t drink dark or brown liquor. Whiskey makes me cringe.” (Same, sis!) She also shares a cocktail recipe: 1.5 parts Three Olives Cucumber Lime vodka, 0.5 elderflower liquor, a splash of simple syrup, club soda and kosher salt. Cheers!

5. Sakima is one busy bae. After releasing the stellar Facsimile earlier this year, the seductive crooner has released “Ur Bdy” off an upcoming EP due in October. The track is filled with lyrical porn like “Sweat rolls down the back of your spine/ And collects at the base of mine,” and proves that the London-based singer/producer is deserving of all the buzz.

6. Queen of the underdogs, P!nk, has finally blessed us with “What About Us,” the lead single off her forthcoming album, Beautiful Trauma, due Oct. 13. She also released the album’s track list and, based on titles alone, we’re most excited about “Barbies.” Could it be an updated take of her 2006 hit “Stupid Girls”? Here’s hoping.

7. Got juice? DJ Tyler Stone has launched FemmeKraft, a Brooklyn-based label that “blurs the lines of genre and gender and offers a powerful dose of after 2am vibes.” To celebrate, they’ve debuted their first track, Bronx emcee Charlie Sheena’s “Thot Joose,” a crunchy dance jam produced by Stone. Sluuuurp.

8. Allie X’s catchy “Paper Love” was already a perfect pop song -- that whistle though! -- and now it’s got an equally cool video, which sees the singer assume the role of an abused porcelain doll. Stunning.

9. Finally: an acceptable use for Instagram’s annoying scroll feature: Bob the Drag Queen debuted a new comic series, Kickass Drag Queen and it’s as hysterical as you’d expect. The season 8 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race teamed up with comedian (and illustrator!) Matteo Lane to produce the project.

10. Need more Bob in your life? Who doesn’t? Make sure to check out his hysterical appearance (alongside Peppermint!) on Andre Gardens’ latest installment. The pair share their culinary talents, cooking up a Frito pie and some spicy Maryland crab dip. Our cheddar is snatched -- officially!


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