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Pabllo Vittar Talks Representing Queer Brazilians, Working With Charli XCX On 'Flash Pose'

Pabllo Vittar Charli XCX
Ernna Cost

Pabllo Vittar and Charli XCX

Brazilian megastar and drag artist Pabllo Vittar is ready for the camera’s twinkling lights with “Flash Pose,” the performer’s first ever single sung entirely in English.

Touted as the first single off her upcoming album 111, “Flash Pose” is an infectious club anthem featuring vocals from Vittar’s longtime collaborator Charli XCX. The track feels eminently danceable, fun as hell and offers a new take on classic Pabllo-sounds. “Come over, come over baby/ Come in my picture, that’s right/ Because I wasn’t trying to get a nice picture by myself!” Vittar sings wickedly.

Vittar, who’s known for creating modern dancehall tracks in both Portuguese and Spanish, has become increasingly popular Stateside, even among non-multilingual listeners. Her fresh take on international pop music as well as her powerful message of queer empowerment -- she’s an outspoken critic of Brazil’s conservative president, Jair Bolsonaro -- has won her powerful accolades and brought her performances to Pride festivites across the U.S., including a headlining spot on Pride Island during WorldPride NYC 2019. 

With her popularity in North America growing, it makes sense that Vittar’s next move would be to release an English-language song.

Billboard spoke with Vittar about what it's like to release an English-language track as a Brazilian artist, and what we’ll be hearing on the upcoming album. Listen to "Flash Pose" below, and check out our Q&A after the jump.

Congratulations on your first English song! How are you feeling?

I can't describe the feeling -- I am super excited! This is my first song in English and I have my friend Charli with me. I couldn't be happier right now.

When did you and Charli start working together on this track?

We’ve been talking about it for over a year now. The song was written by Aluna from AlunaGeorge almost two years ago, and we shot the video in April...finally! I think it was hard to find a way to have my signature sound in it. I have two albums out already, but they sound a lot different from this track. In the end we did it. It’s a dance track with Pabllo's touch.

Do you think you'll reach more English-speaking listeners with "Flash Pose"?

I hope so! I did a Pride tour in the U.S. and Canada this year, and there were a lot of fans there. They try to learn Portuguese so they can sing and communicate with me, so it's time for me to learn to speak their language too, right? I am still learning English, but I can already sing and talk to them, and that makes me super happy! 

Your next album, 111, is just around the corner. Will we be hearing more English-language songs from you?

Yes! There will be songs in English, Spanish, and Portuguese! A lot of different references, from Brazilian sounds to Columbian dance music. A lot of different things that I listen to and love.

As a queer artist from a country with a leader like Jair Bolsonaro, do you see your achievements as a statement to Bolsonaro and those like him, and a beacon of hope for your fellow queer Brazilians?

Yes, and I am proud of it! We have to show those kinds of people that you can be who you want and do whatever you want, as long as you respect other people's space and feelings. I am not hurting anyone, I am trying to do my share to make a better world for everyone. I am an LGBTQ artist and I am proud of it, and no one can tell me what I can or cannot do.