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First Out: New Music From Lil Nas X, Brockhampton, Kim Petras & More

Lil Nas X
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Lil Nas X

April is almost here, which means it's time yet again to start refreshing those springtime playlists with some new music from some of your favorite queer artists. Billboard Pride is here to help with First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new music releases from LGBTQ artists.

From Lil Nas X's incredible "coming out" song to Brockhampton's return single, check out just a few of our favorite releases from this week below:


Lil Nas X, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)"

Lil Nas X doesn't care what you have to say anymore — he's claiming his queerness in full view of the world, period. "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," the rapper's long-awaited new single, sees Lil Nas X embrace his sexuality more than ever before, letting his lover know that he's not interested in going on the DL anymore. "I'm not fazed, only here to sin/ If Eve ain't in your garden, you know that you can/ Call me when you want, call me when you need," he sings on the chorus. If that weren't enough, the fantastical video for the new song sees the rapper making out with the snake in the Garden of Eden, lap-dancing the devil, pole-dancing, and so much more.

"I know we promised to die with the secret, but this will open doors for many other queer people to simply exist," Lil Nas X wrote in a letter to his younger self released with the new song. "You see this is very scary for me, people will be angry, they will say I’m pushing an agenda. But the truth is, I am. The agenda to make people stay the f--- out of other people’s lives and stop dictating who they should be."

Brockhampton, "Buzzcut (feat. Danny Brown)"

After a two-year break from the spotlight, Brockhampton is back with a brand-new single. On "Buzzcut," the collective gets real about fame, success, America's broken justice system, and their detractors with the kind of ferocious audacity that made them household names in the first place. Add in hip-hop veteran Danny Brown for a fiery verse, along with some truly killer production, and you've got one hell of a Brockhampton song on your hands. If you want more, don't worry: "Buzzcut" is from their new album Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine, due April 9.

Studio Killers, "Jenny (feat. Kim Petras)"

After their 2020 ode to queer love "Jenny" became the sudden subject of a TikTok challenge, the Finnish-British virtual band Studio Killers decided to team up with Ms. Woo-Ah herself Kim Petras to give fans a little something extra. The new version of "Jenny" keeps everything fans loved about the original intact, while also giving Petras a verse where she sings about stealing the titular Jenny's stuff, and telling her "I wanna ruin our friendship/ We should be lovers instead." If you need a Euro-pop anthem to dance around your apartment to this weekend, look no further.

Serpentwithfeet, Deacon

Why write a single song about black queer love when you can dedicate an entire body of work to it? Serpentwithfeet did just that on Deaconhis sophomore album out now. Exploring the complexities and joy of black gay romance, the album washes over you in waves of euphoria, with the songwriter's gorgeous turn-of-phrase amplifying the simple, impactful production that will deeply touch you. Talking about the sexual ("Wood Boy"), the vulnerable ("Same Shoe Size"), and even the spiritual ("Heart Storm (feat. NAO)"), Serpentwithfeet establishes himself on Deacon as an artist unbound, ready for you to listen to his sermon.

"I originally approached this project wanting to make something that felt very sensuous,” serpentwithfeet said of the album in a statement. “Something a lot softer, a lot more gentle than my previous work ... I wanted to make my version of a ‘grown and sexy’ album."

Princess Nokia, "It's Not My Fault"

"It's not my fault that I'm that bi---/ So talk that sh--, 'cause I'm still rich." On her latest single "It's Not My Fault," Princess Nokia refuses to let herself be bothered. Serving pure, bossed-up energy, Nokia takes aim at her detractors and makes it clear that it's fine to be jealous of her — if she were you, she would be too. The confidence that rolls off her tongue while she lets her haters know "You don’t have fan for a OnlyFans, but your boyfriend pays me monthly" is exactly the kind of energy we all need right now.

Arkells, "You Can Get It (feat. K.Flay)"

Canadian rock group Arkells are teaming up with queer alt-pop star K.Flay to give you the good vibes you're in desperate need of. "You Can Get It," their newest single, is designed to give you all the dopamine you could ask for. From the production, featuring blaring horns, lush piano melodies and a truly infections beat, to the lyrics, where frontman Max Kerman and K.Flay let you know that "I don’t give a f---, tell me what you want, you can get it," the new track will have you grinning at first, and singing along in no time.

Bachelor, "Stay in the Car"

Fans of indie rock, you are in for a treat — Bachelor, the new collaborative project of Palehound and Jay Som's Ellen Kempner and Melina Duterte,is here to give you everything you need. "Stay in the Car," their latest single, simultaneously embodies the sound that these two artists have managed to build on their own, while also building into something even better. They take an idea as simple as waiting in the parking lot of a grocery store, and spin it into lyrical gold, making the wait for their upcoming album Doomin' Sun even harder than it already is.

 “I wrote the lyrics to ‘Stay In the Car’ back in December of 2019 when I was in Florida for my partner’s top surgery," Kempner said of the song in a statement. "I had run out one afternoon, post op, while he was healing to grab lunch for us and as I was gathering my stuff in the parking lot, a big car pulled up and this absolutely beautiful woman got out. She was dressed all in red, dripping with jewelry and had the most wild fiery mane I’d ever seen. She was yelling at the man behind the wheel asking him what he wanted from the store and I wished I was that man. I wanted to be a part of her life, her best friend, her driver, whatever she wanted me to be. I was completely mesmerized.”