Gay Agenda, Aug 18: Cher's New Trap Track, Cakes da Killa, TWINKIDS & More
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. Cakes da Killa is on the verge of breaking big -- we can feel it in our bones. He can too: “I just need someone like Missy Elliott to put me in an incubator for, like, six months, and then it’s, like, done. I’ll even go back in the closet at this point,” the rapper joked in a Q&A with Vibe, accompanying the premiere of his latest visual, “Gon Blow.” Check out the stunning clip below.
2. Tina Fey returned to the Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update news desk for the second episode of the show’s “Summer Edition.” She talked about the alt-right rallies planned around this country for Saturday -- specifically one in New York City’s Washington Square Park: “Part of me hopes these neo-Nazis do try it and get the ham salad kicked out of them by a bunch of drag queens, because you know what a drag queen still is? A six-foot-four black man.” Watch the full clip here.
3. To be a fly on the wall where this bonkers song was pitched to Cher... We’re still not sure how this track came to fruition, but we’re not complaining either: somehow the 71-year-old sells this campy trap song.
4. Bonnie McKee is best known for penning charttopping anthems for the likes of Britney Spears and Katy Perry, but she’s released some hot tracks of her own. We talked to the star her smoky new single “Thorns” and how her sexuality -- she’s openly bisexual -- informs her songwriting process: “As I got older I tried to write gender neutral songs because the gender is irrelevant.”
5. Fans of bands like MUNA and Haim (read: literally everyone) would be smart to check out fellow caps-lock aficionado BAUM (née Sabrina Teitelbaum) and her new single “Hot Water.” Inspired by a phase during college where she felt in between innocence and experience, the queer singer explained, “I wanted to be perceived as a woman, but I didn't understand that that came with expectations.”
6. Miley Cyrus’s new single “Younger Now” was released today alongside a funky new music video. To celebrate the track, we counted down six reasons that the Malibu babe is a superhero for the LGBTQ community.
7. Queer electronic duo TWINKIDS have released their spacey debut EP, Boys Love (the title serving as a nod to a gay romance manga genre of the same name). With oddball influences like ’80s J-pop and Imogen Heap, the pair have served up a five-song collection of electropop gems.