Pride Picks is a new weekly column where we choose five songs, events, shows and other items of interest that showcase the talent from the LGBTQ community. Check out our five picks for this week (Aug. 20), and stay up to date by following Billboard Pride on Instagram and Twitter.
Track: “My Sex” by Brooke Candy (feat. Pussy Riot, MNDR and Mykki Blanco)
Brooke Candy has tapped a who’s who of cool weirdos — Pussy Riot, MNDR and Mykki Blanco — for her latest track, “My Sex.” The grunge-pop track has an anthemic chorus and visually stunning, albeit NSFW, music video.
Music Video: Zee Machine, “Dangerous”
L.A.-based singer/songwriter Zee Machine teamed up with director Gregoire Thiry for his latest video (premiering today, Aug. 21). It’s a dark, super queer peak into the musician’s demons. “Since I started with a clean, white, bright, and redemptive visual for my first video, it felt right to take this one in the complete opposite direction. The song is about embracing danger and darkness, so I threw caution to the wind and pranced around abandoned alleyways, simulated sleazy shower sex and literally danced around in the middle of the freeways of San Francisco,” Zee Machine explains to Billboard. “It’s trippy, creepy, and unapologetically queer as hell. So in other words: a good time.
Documentary: Quiet Heroes
On Thursday (Aug. 23) Logo will premiere Quiet Heroes, a documentary which focuses on two lesbian medical professionals who, during the peak of the AIDS crisis in Salt Lake City, become some of the only doctors willing to see AIDS patients in all of Utah. Logo’s parent network, MTV, created a short PSA to connect the film to the modern-day HIV/AIDS epidemic, which highlights five HIV+ young people who are speaking out against the stigma that people living with the disease still face today. Check out the PSA below.
Music Video: “Problema Seu” by Pabllo Vittar
Brazilian megastar Pabllo Vittar continues to make waves. Not only has the drag artist notched major collabs with Charli XCX and Diplo, but she was the first Latin artist to be featured in Apple Music’s Up Next documentary series. On Friday (Aug. 17), Vittar released new single “Problema Seu,” complete with a cinematic, espionage-themed music video.
Track: “Promises” by Calvin Harris (feat. Sam Smith and Jessie Reyez)
“Promises” is the answer to Sam Smith’s breakout “Stay With Me.” Instead of begging a one-night stand to stay the night, Smith isn’t looking for commitment: “I make no promises/I can’t do golden rings/But I’ll give you everything,” he croons over a track that wouldn’t sound out of place next to one from ABBA.