Gay Agenda, Dec. 1: Virginia Delegate-Elect Danica Roem Is A Metal Head; Plus Trixie Mattel, Sakima, & 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. Trixie Mattel Gets in the Holiday Spirit With New Christmas EP
Viceland star Trixie Mattel -- a talented musician in addition to being a drag superstar -- just released a short EP titled Homemade Christmas. Check out "All I Want For Christmas Is Nudes," Mattel's hilarious take on Mariah Carey's ubiquitous holiday classic.
2. Virginia Delegate-Elect Danica Roem Is a Metal Head
Last month, Danica Roem made waves after trouncing a transphobic incumbent Republican to become Virginia's first openly transgender state legislator. But before she was a politician, Roem was a singer -- a metal singer to be more specific: She's the lead vocalist for Northern Virginia metal band Cab Ride Home. Roem talked about that and more in an appearance on Comedy Central's The Opposition With Jordan Klepper on Wednesday.
3. Sakima's Steamy New Video Serves Unapologetic Authenticity
Pop-R&B star Sakima's new video for his new song "Daddy" is deemed a "queer triumph" by NYLON, and rightfully so: The slinky R&B track lends well to the NSFW visuals of Sakima hooking up with an equally hot partner.
4. Musical.ly Star Baby Ariel Releases Debut Single and Video
Baby Ariel -- real name Ariel Martin -- is known by her fans on Musical.ly for her unique style of lip syncing and is regarded as the "Queen of Gen Z." Today she released her debut single "Aww" and an accompanying adorable video that perfectly encapsulates her endearing Internet-grown persona, complete with cameos by a number of influencers. “I have always dreamed of releasing my own music,” Ariel said in a statement. “I’m so excited to begin this next chapter with the release of ‘Aww.’ We all had the best time filming the music video and I can’t wait for everyone to see it!”
5. Bronze Avery Turns Up the "Pressure" in New Single
Queer pop-R&B singer Bronze Avery just released the happily upbeat single "Pressure." The song, similar to his debut single "Leave Together," is in the same vein of dreamy pop&B, and sees Avery further expand his fledgling artistry.
6. Timothée Chalamet Shouts Out Cardi B
In his acceptance speech for the breakthrough actor Gotham Award, Call Me by Your Name star Timothée Chalamet made sure to thank artists from his home city for "inspiring [him] to pursue this crazy career in the arts" -- that included Bronx-bred rap superstar Cardi B.
7. Spotify Recruits Rostam, Sam Smith and More for "Holiday Singles" Series
As a part of their "Holiday Singles" series, Spotify has enlisted a number of artists to record covers of beloved holiday songs; former Vampire Weekend drummer Rostam Batmanglij. After coming out two years ago and leaving the group not long after that, Rostam has been pursuing a number of solo projects -- most notably, his debut solo album Half-Light, released this September.