Queer Necessities: Billboard Pride's July 2018 Playlist
Now that everyone’s recovered from their Pride Month hangovers, we’re back with the twelfth twelfth edition of Queer Necessities, our LGBTQ-driven playlist from Billboard Pride. Each month, we catch you up on the latest and greatest bops by queer musicians and fierce allies. Queer Necessities is curated by NYC-based DJ and tastemaker Jon ALi, who is the founder of pop music destination Jon ALi's Blog.
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Troye Sivan, "Dance To This (feat. Ariana Grande)"
We squealed when this collab was confirmed in February and the result is chic, sophisticated and as sexy as the stars themselves.
Starley, "Love Is Love"
Australian singer Starley's deeply personal single "Love Is Love" is quite easily one of her best pop offerings yet, supplying a dose of musical medicine for anyone who's struggled to come out to those closest to them.
Kim Petras, "Can't Do Better"
Rising It Girl Kim Petras continues to add to her already impressive catalog of pop perfection with her latest "Can't Do Better," an '80s-inspired synth-pop blast that sees her channeling a bit of Pat Benatar on the track's explosive arena-sized chorus.
Kiian, "Beverly Hell"
Los Angeles native Kiian makes an impressive debut with "Beverly Hell," a synth-pop summertime ode to the super-rich, inspired by themes of the multi-layered complexities of millennial life.
Frankie & Scott Hoying, "Ghost (feat. One Night)"
Pentatonix crooner Scott Hoying teams up with pop starlet Frankie on his first outing as a solo singer, "Ghost," a cheeky relatable anthem about a literal retelling of a ghosting experience.
JHart, "Put It To Bed"
This out singer-songwriter has penned tracks for the likes of Justin Bieber and Rita Ora -- and now he’s dropped "Put It To Bed,” a total earworm that is equal parts therapeutic and danceable.
Josh Wood, "Walls"
LA-based singer-songwriter Josh Wood bares it all on this intimate and soulful slice of synth-pop that leaves the impression that he's got a whole lot more up his sleeve.
Michael Medrano, "Heal (feat. Steve Grand)"
Following a year of silence, indie pop singer Michael Medrano partners up with hunky Steve Grand on "Heal," an impassioned yet somber affair that sees them navigating a really toxic relationship.
Carson, "Good Love"
Newcomer Carson takes us on a breezy stroll into summertime with this irresistible '80's-influenced bop.
Aly & AJ, "Good Love"
Comeback queens Aly & AJ celebrate all kinds of good love with this Pride-ready bop: "We specifically wanted to release this song during Pride Month so we've been looking forward to this moment for a while now," the duo said in a statement. "This song represents the feeling you get when you’ve waited long enough for the right kind of love. There’s a relief once you get it and all you want to do is embrace that feeling."
Goldilox, "I Love You"
Genre-bending songstress Goldilox blends elements of pop, funk, soul, and disco on "I Love You," the lead single off her upcoming debut album Very Best (July 31).
Cazzette, "Missing You (feat. Parson James)"
Cazzette continue their journey into deeper realms of the house spectrum while still maintaining their energetic demeanor on their latest "Missing You.” Crooner Parson James guides the beginning bars before the duo usher in an energetic ensemble of shimmering melodies and rumbling bass-lines.
Ryan Ashley, "Shame"
London-based Ryan Ashley is back with yet another fierce display of his limitless vocal range with the shape-shifting and soulful electro-R&B throb "Shame," co-crafted by his talented bestie MNEK.
"Immaterial" is a brief break of pure techno-euphoria from Sophie's full-length debut Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides. It sees her doing Madonna proud by inheriting the melody of "Material Girl" all while serving up her own surging, short-circuiting dance floor offering.
Justin, "Feeling On My (feat. Drebae)"
Las Vegas-based singer, songwriter and dancer Justin is the creator of his own sound, wave and vision. His latest output "Feeling On My" sees him shaking things up with a bass heavy track featuring one of the Bay Area’s most promising outputs, Drebae.
Shea Diamond, "American Pie"
A clear standout from trans powerhouse Shea Diamond's triumphant debut EP, the chorus alone is enough to spark inspiration during these trying times: "Just want my piece of the American pie/Got your slice/Where is mine?"
Greyson Chance, "Good as Gold"
Following "Low," 20-year-old Greyson returns with the deeply emotive and empowering "Good As Gold," which he says he wrote for the friends in his life who lifted him up when he needed it the most. "It's my ode to them, and my ode to you," he says.
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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.