We’re only a few short days away from the start of Pride Month — so get a jump on the celebrations with the latest new music from LGBTQ artists! Billboard Pride is proud to present our latest edition of First Out, our weekly roundup of some of the best new weekly music releases from queer artists.
Orville Peck, “No Glory in the West”
The masked country western crooner is back once again with “No Glory in the West.” A moody ballad filled to the brim with lyrical symbolism (as is standard for Peck), the song serves as yet another example of the rising star’s raw vocal talent. Plus, the haunting visual that depicts our hero traveling by horse through a raging blizzard, only adds to the smooth ambiance of the track.
Keiynan Lonsdale, Rainbow Boy
Just two years after coming out publicly, Keiynan Lonsdale is using his debut album Rainbow Boy as an even more official declaration of his queerness. Ranging from hard-hitting rap verses (“Gay Street Fighter”) to soothing R&B ballads (“Chocolate”), Rainbow Boy plays out as an honest, complicated recounting of Lonsdale’s new life as a queer man in the public eye.
Blimes and Gab, “Shellys (It’s Chill)”
With their brand new disco-hip-hop fusion single, rap duo Blimes and Gab are ready to make themselves heard. Throughout “Shellys (It’s Chill)” the duo drip with pure swagger as they seduce the listener with entrancing melodies and hot-and-heavy lyrics. And it’s just the beginning — along with the single, the pair also announced the release date for their debut album Talk About It, due out everywhere on June 26.
Kygo & Kim Petras, “Broken Glass”
On his brand new album, superstar producer Kygo teams up with a number of big names, including Zara Larsson, OneRepublic and even Whitney Houston. But one of the album’s standouts comes on “Broken Glass,” his team up with Kim Petras — the rising pop star’s iconic bubblegum sound is stripped away for a much more vulnerable pop ballad, which sees Petras baring her soul as she raises a glass to a fallen relationship.
Hayley Kiyoko, “Mr. Brightside” (The Killers cover)
If you haven’t been living under a rock since 2004, chances are you have heard The Killers’ smash hit single “Mr. Brightside” roughly one million times. But we doubt you’ve heard it done like this — Lesbian Jesus herself took the track and gave it a new twist as part of Amazon Music’s new Pride initiative, taking away the double-time drum kits and iconic guitar riffs. Instead, she substitutes in ethereal synths, some carefully placed kick drums, and a dance drop that gives the song a brand new life in Hayley Kiyoko’s capable hands.
Jake Blount, Spider Tales
If you’re in need of some folksy fiddle-and-banjo bluegrass over the weekend, look no further than Jake Blount’s brand new album Spider Tales. Created as a tribute to the “long history of expressions of pain in the African-American tradition,” as Blount says, the new album sways back and forth between instrumental jam sessions and soulful songs about loss and pain, all while flaunting Blount’s inherent artistry.
Lady Gaga & Elton John, “Sine From Above”
We can’t talk about new music without talking about Mother Monster’s return to the pantheon of dance-pop with Chromatica. While the entire album is certainly worth a listen, her duet with none other that Sir Elton John on “Sine From Above” deserves a couple spins on its own. Not taking the route of a piano ballad as many expected, Gaga & John soar through an EDM-laced landscape, praising music as if it were their own deity. It’s catchy, it’s powerful, and it shows through example what happens when you put two icons on a track together.