Gay Agenda, Dec. 8: Patti LaBelle Is Shocked by Sam Smith, Plus Todrick Hall, Michelle Visage, & More

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Patti LaBelle, Todrick Hall and Michelle Visage

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. Premiere: Zee Machine is "Running on Empty"

Pop singer Zee Machine has just released the video for his new song, "Running on Empty." In a statement about the video, Zee reflects: "I flew all the way across the country to sneak on the roof of my old Brooklyn apartment that I had written the song in three years previously to film this. The fact that a blizzard hit the city the day before the shoot felt like the universe giving me the most beautiful backdrop I could have asked for."

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2. Adam Barta, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Eureka O'Hara, & Kennedy Davenport Share Their Favorite Things About Christmas

Adam Barta's new video for "One Last Christmas Card" sees the dance-pop singer get sentimental about what he loves most about Christmastime, and he's joined by a few familiar faces who share their favorite things about the season: RuPaul's Drag Race stars Mrs. Kasha Davis, Eureka O'Hara, & Kennedy Davenport. 

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3. Todrick Hall Talks New Documentary, Biggest Insecurities, & More

Singer, actor, and TV personality Todrick Hall's autobiographical original musical Straight Outta Oz made waves earlier this year for being an ambitious story featuring a slew of guest stars. His new documentary Behind the Curtain -- due out on Tuesday -- is an inside look at the making of Straight Outta Oz, from conception to shooting, and shows fans a side of Hall that they don't normally see. 

4. Michelle Visage Gets In the Christmas Spirit in "Silent Night" Cover

Another singer, actor and Drag Race personality, Michelle Visage has been growing her vocal talent since her days as a member of the late-'80s / early-'90s pop group Seduction. The video for her flawless cover of "Silent Night" was released this week, and features endearing footage of Visage making Christmas stockings with her daughters Lola and Lillie, and husband David Case. 

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5. Patti LaBelle is Shocked by Sam Smith's Real Housewives Tagline

Vocal powerhouses Patti LaBelle and Sam Smith stopped by Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen this week, and talked about everything from Prince Harry to The Real Housewives. In one segment, a fan asks Smith: "If you were a Real Housewife of any city, what would your tagline be?" Smith quickly responded with "I'm a dick monster," leading everyone in the audience -- and eventually LaBelle -- to break out cackling. 

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6. Le Youth and MNDR Team Up on New Single

Electropop producer Le Youth has just released his new single "I Could Always," featuring guest vocals from fellow producer MNDR, and it's a perfectly summery tune to warm fans up this winter. 

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7. SOPHIE's New Video is Classically Experimental

The video for electronic producer SOPHIE's new track "Ponyboy" was released this week, and it's a stark contrast from her previously released 2017 single "It's Okay to Cry." Featuring dancers on a stage similar to one SOPHIE would play on, the video proves she's one of the most dynamic queer producers in music today. 

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