February has officially arrived, which means it's time to talk about some of the good, very good and legitimately incredible songs of the past month.
That's right: It's time for the seventh edition of Queer Necessities, a monthly LGBTQ-driven playlist from Billboard Pride where we catch you up on the latest and greatest bops by queer musicians and fierce allies. Each month's selections will be curated by NYC-based DJ and tastemaker Jon ALi, who is the founder of pop music entertainment destination Jon ALi's Blog.
Enjoy this new serving of pop gems, and don't forget to follow the Spotify playlist to keep up-to-date on each month's offering. Have a most #blessed February.
Our first taste of Troye Sivan's upcoming LP due out this spring, "My My My!" is a confident, spirit-shaking reintroduction that sees Troye's true passion shine through like never before. The modern gay pop icon we've been waiting for has arrived and he's here to stay/slay.
She won't be ignored, motherfu*kers. The Peter Thomas and Leland-crafted "Ignore Me" is perhaps the most appropriate place for this Australian diva to restart as a freshly independent artist (again). The track is a perfect slice of Betty’s signature heart-on-her-sleeve power pop.
LCAW, "Hummingbird" feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor
German DJ-producer LCAW teams up with UK pop legend Sophie Ellis-Bextor on a seriously sweet and euphoric, disco and funk-infused dance gem.
AO Beats, "The Wave" feat. Satica & Sakima
Rising stars SATICA and SAKIMA trade seductive verses across AO Beats' latest dance juggernaut. The results are beyond satisfying.
Hayley Kiyoko, "Curious"
We’re only a month into the year and The Gay Anthem of 2018 has already arrived, in the form of Cupcakke's off-the-wall inclusive anthem "Crayons," off her new album Ephorize.
Lucas Lucco & Pabllo Vittar, "Paraíso"
Brazilian drag sensation Pabllo Vittar delivers pure sex on this track with Lucas Lucco over island-flavored pulsations and spirited stabs of synths on this early “song of the summer” contender.
The two European producers join forces on "Naked Lines," a groovy, laid-back house composition laced with heartfelt vocals by rising, singer-songwriter Aaron Pfeiffer.
Mathew V, "Broken"
Talented pop upstart Mathew V provides the healing touch on "Broken," a heavenly treat coated in dance-club euphoria.
Mabel & Not3s, "Fine Line"
Daughter of singer/songwriter Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack record producer Cameron McVey, Mabel continues to prove that she's a true star in her own right with this playful, tropical-driven dance throb.
Merlot, "Bad For You"
New York-based soul singer Merlot hits it out the park on his truly impressive dance-ready, R&B-drenched debut.
Rejjie Snow, "Egyptian Luvr" feat. Aminé & Dana Williams
After years of teasing his debut album, rapper Rejjie Snow has released a bunch of new songs including this breezy Kaytranada-assisted standout, "Egyptian Luvr.”
Cub Sport, "Good Guys Go"
Aussie babes Cub Sport continue their hazy pop push with "Good Guys Go," just one of the many highlights off their second full-length project BATS.
LIZ, "Could U Love Me"
Independent pop singer LIZ told Billboard that this ’90s R&B-inspired slice is one of the most vulnerable songs she's ever written: "In the lyrics, I’m unapologetically questioning someone if they will not only accept my flaws, but, love me for them”?
Ferras, "Coming Back Around"
Out singer-songwriter Ferras, who co-penned Katy Perry's "Bon Appétit" and Adam Lambert's "Two Fux,” is back with rousing solo material that revisits his anthemic, piano-driven pop roots.
Robokid, "Worth It"
"Worth It," a clear standout from producer turned singer-songwriter Robokid's debut EP Apart, showcases the more beautifully bizarre side of Robokid's personality above punchy stabs of synth and a wicked electro-pop pulse.
MAAD, "New Religion"
NYC-based MAAD's teams up with Grammy-nominated producer GRADES (Dua Lipa, Khalid) on this sultry and breezy ode to a special lover.
The Aces, "Fake Nice"
All-female pop-rock quartet The Aces step things up a notch with "Fake Nice.”
Bell's Roar, "We Carry Us"
This track is a love letter to the LGBTQ POC community. The goal of Bell's Roar's music is to reinforce solidarity within the movement and uplift the community -- and this dreamy track gets the job done.
Trixie Mattel, "Moving Parts (Acoustic)"
Self-proclaimed life-sized Barbie Trixie Mattel nails it once again as one of the best musicians to ever come out of RuPaul's Drag Race. "Moving Parts" is the poo so take a big whiff honey, ohhhhh honey.
Lady Gaga, "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?) [Piano Version]"
Mother Monster closes out her Joanne era with a reworked version of the album's touching title track, "Joanne." Now with the newly stripped-back production,, she's revamped it into a true tribute and a fitting opportunity to say farewell to an era in her career.
Jon ALi is a NYC-based DJ and founder of pop music entertainment destination Jon ALi’s Blog, which celebrates its 11-year anniversary this year. He spends his weekends spinning tunes at gay spots in Manhattan.