Gay Agenda is a column for Billboard Pride where we run down a few fab things at the start of each week. Between new tracks, music videos and pop culture moments, we want our readers to be prepared for happy hour kikis and water cooler conversation.
Cupcakke Rolls With the LGBT (Again)
It’s only been a week, but we already have a strong contender for Gay Anthem of the Year™ in Cupcakke’s inclusive anthem “Crayons,” off her new album Ephorize. The Chicago-based MC has been an incredibly vocal ally to the community, previously releasing the party jam “LGBT.” But “Crayons” goes deeper than its predecessor, with explicit lyrics like “gay guy brave, take it anal/ When they c-m, that’s a volcano.”
Britney Spanks Scruff Founder
“When you are summoned up on stage by Britney Spears, you do what you are told!” Johnny Scruff, founder of the hookup app Scruff, said in a statement. On Dec 30, the app exec was one of the final fans to be walked on a leash and spanked during Spears’ “Freakshow” performance, a pinnacle of her Piece of Me Vegas show. Spears’ popular residency ended the next night, with her performances of “Work, Bitch” and “Toxic” airing as part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve telecast.
It’s Not the End for MILCK
Viral sensation MILCK has released the follow-up to her feminist anthem “Quiet,” which gained attention after last year’s Women’s March. Her new track, “This Is Not the End,” is a hopeful ballad, with lyrics like “I will look them in the eye/ Will not be the beast that hides/ I will hunt my hunters down.”
Diana Ross Checks Into The Abbey
Diana Ross stopped by WeHo hotspot The Abbey with her son Evan on Saturday night. The club played her version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” which was re-released last year after being remixed by Eric Kupper, Stonebridge, Chris Cox and others.
Listen to Aunty
Drag Race season 2 standout Pandora Boxx has debuted a new web series called Aunty Pandy Says. The drag veteran is embracing her age, taking on the role of an unhinged aunt who keeps a flask in her purse. In the latest episode, she gives a fan advice on how to get back into the dating scene: “The trick is to give off the vibe that you’re sexy, even if you wake up in the morning feeling Babadook-y.” Boxx is releasing new episodes every Tuesday.
The Body Wants Dinah Thorpe
Queer label Femmekraft announced the signing of their second artist, Toronto-based Dinah Thorpe. Her new EP, The Body Wants, ungulates between delicate singer-songwriter moments and experimental warehouse sounds.
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Dec. 15: Charli XCX Releases a Queer Mixtape; Plus Ginger Minj, Kehlani, Brockhampton & More
Dec. 8: Patti LaBelle Is Shocked by Sam Smith; Plus Todrick Hall, Michelle Visage, & More
Dec. 1: Virginia Delegate-Elect Danica Roem Is A Metal Head; Plus Trixie Mattel, Sakima, & More
Nov. 17: BibleGirl Stars in Allie X Lyric Video, Plus Trey Pearson, Sia, & More
Nov. 10: Sharon Needles Tributes Andy Warhol, Plus Kelela, Brian Justin Crum & More
Nov. 3: Scissor Sisters’ Ana Matronic & Jake Shears Go Solo, Plus Sam Smith, Kim Petras & More
Oct. 27: Russell Tovey Reads Oscar Wilde, Plus Justin Michael Williams, Wes Period & More
Oct. 20: George Michael’s New Single, Hayley Kiyoko, Bobi Andonov & More
Oct. 13: P!nk’s Suffragette Anthem, MNEK, Gigi Gorgeous & More
Sept 29: Courtney Act Confuses Katy Perry For A Twink, FLETCHER, Grizzly Bear & More
Sept 22: Era Istrefi Takes Over Bushwig, Lady Gaga, Jeffery Austin & More
Sept 15: P!nk Covers Sam Smith, CupcakKe, Madonna & More