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Donna Missal Talks Touring With King Princess, Songwriting & Opening Up About Her Bisexuality

Donna Missal has had a busy year. The LA-based singer/songwriter released her debut album, the stunning This Time in September. A mix of rock, soul and hip-hop, the project was a long time coming. “I made the record for two years and some of the songs on it were written so long ago, so it’s a really cathartic process to package it, put it out and go play it,” she says. The 27-year-old New Jersey native toured with King Princess in July and is currently on the road with Sir Sly and Joywave. “It’s been unreal,” Missal shares. “It is so special to go out onstage and sing your songs and people know the lyrics. I don’t think it will ever get old.” In the midst of planning her U.S. headlining tour for early next year, Missal spoke with Billboard about writing, “time traveling” through her ...

Adam Lambert Makes a Cameo in Freddie Mercury Biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

On Tuesday (Oct. 30), Adam Lambert revealed that he makes a brief cameo in the hotly anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. In a red carpet interview from the film’s New York City premiere, Lambert told Access that his appearance is “very, very mysterious.” Upon the film’s theatrical debut yesterday (Nov. 2), eagle-eyed Glamberts were quick to spot the American Idol star. The blink-and-you-miss-it moment happens during a scene where Mercury (played by Mr. Robot star Rami Malek) is at a truck stop on Queen’s first-ever North American tour. He calls then-fiance Mary Austin (played by Lucy Boynton) from a pay phone for a quick check-in while a suitor is waiting for a public restroom hookup in the background. That gentleman caller? Yep, that’s Lambert! Lambert has been on tour w...

Troye Sivan Tugs at the Heartstrings With Cover of Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’: Stream It Now

With Bohemian Rhapsody rocking everyone right now, Troye Sivan took time out to pay homage to Freddie Mercury and Queen with his own interpretation of the rockers’ ‘70s classic, “Somebody to Love.”  Sivan tugs at the heartstrings with his mellow take on the track, which first appeared on 1976’s A Day at the Races. “I’m so beyond honored to have been asked to cover ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen, a masterful song by the most legendary band,” Sivan comments in a statement. Produced by Bram Inscore, who worked with Sivan on his 2015 debut album, Blue Neighbourhood, the new rendition is the third in a series of artist covers in support of the Mercury Phoenix Trust (MPT), set up in 1992 (the year after Mercury’s death) to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS. ‘’Troye’s version is ...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Star Rami Malek Has a Gold-Plated Set of Fake Freddie Mercury Teeth

The critics aren’t sure what to make of Bohemian Rhapsody, and it remains to be seen how the Queen biopic performs at the box office. One thing is for certain: lead actor Rami Malek comes out the experience a winner and a grinner. Malek, who portrays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film, kept the fake teeth he wore on set to mimic the late singer’s overbite. And he’s had them cast in gold.  “It is the most ostentatious thing I have probably ever done, and, in the spirit of Freddie, being as outlandish as I could, I said, ‘What would be more him than casting these in gold,’” he tells The New Yorker. “As far as wrap gifts go, it seems like a pretty good one.” The new flick, which follows the British rock quartet’s first 15 years and closely traces the life of its iconic frontman,...

Kehlani Reminds Fans That Queer Women Can Have Babies After Announcing Pregnancy

Kehlani took to social media on Friday (Oct. 12) to announce that she’s four months pregnant, expecting a baby girl in 2019. In one tweet, she explained that her partner is her best friend and that he is “quite frankly the only man on earth i trust.” Upon reading the news, a Twitter user juxtaposed an image of Kehlani showing off her pregnant belly with a Billboard news article where Kehlani opened up about her queerness. The tweet implied that they were confused as to how a queer woman could be pregnant. “Imagine thinking queer means lesbian and either means unable to have babies,” the singer responded with a laughing-crying emoji. In April, the singer opened up about her sexuality on Twitter: “cuz i keep geddin asked.. i’m queer,” she began in a series of tweets. ...

Troye Sivan Performs Live Debut of ‘Boy Erased’ Anthem ‘Revelation’ at Radio City: Watch

Troye Sivan’s Tuesday show at Radio City Music Hall was a night of firsts. The concert marked the pop singer’s first time playing a sold-out show at the iconic New York venue and his first time performing “1999” live with duet partner Charli XCX, whose surprise onstage cameo caused the audience to erupt in deafening screams.  But, perhaps most exciting of all, Sivan’s show in the Big Apple became the first stop on his Bloom Tour where he treated fans to a performance of his yet to be released single, “Revelation,” which he wrote for Focus Features’ upcoming film Boy Erased. After performing some of his most beloved tracks — including “Bloom,” “Heaven” and “Wild,” among others — Sivan squeezed “Revelat...

NEO 10Y Talks Dual Music Video Release & Being Open About His Sexuality: ‘The World Is Becoming Queerer’

Last summer, NEO 10Y — the artist alias of multi-hyphenate creative Nik Thakkar — released the politically-charged “Echo Chamber” alongside a graphic visual. Eighteen months later, the artist is unveiling two interconnected tracks, a sexy and subversive pop anthem, “Dopamine” and a raw guitar track, “Poems To F— To,” along with a two-part visual. Billboard caught up with Thakkar after his show at Boardner’s, the oldest venue in Hollywood, where he previewed the tracks and some of the accompanying artwork. The musician talked about his new releases, his obsession with numerology and what it means to be a conscious artist. Billboard: Tell me a bit about “Dopamine” and “Poems To F— To.” Are they connected? Thakkar: I wanted to release these in classic a-side/b-side for...

Jeff Carl Digs Up Past Heartbreak in ‘Buried in New York’ Video: Watch

When Nashville singer-songwriter Jeff Carl discusses the creative process that animated the gorgeous music video for his latest single “Buried in New York,” out today (Oct. 4), he says he wanted the video to reflect his losses as accurately as possible. “I moved to Nashville from New York after my relationship crumbled, to put horse-blinders on and focus on my music again, but I also was freshly single and definitely spent my first year enjoying that, sleeping around, and keeping excessively busy,” Carl tells Billboard. “That lasted right up until my emotions finally caught up with me, when I realized I had not fully processed the breakup.” “Buried in New York” draws from a legacy of cinematic, star-gazing synth pop from the past and present, spanning the twinkly modern-pop sound of Troye ...

5 Fun Facts We Learned From the Judges of ‘Drag Race’ at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC

The true unsung heroes of RuPaul’s Drag Race are the panel of judges. Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Matthews and frequent guest judge Todrick Hall not only speak their minds, but frequently say exactly what the fans are thinking. The job of judging is absolutely necessary, and oftentimes underappreciated. So, the four personas took to RuPaul’s DragCon NYC on Saturday (Sept. 29) to set the record straight on what judging is actually like. During an hour-long panel, where the four judges let fans ask them just about anything they wanted, the group talked about their favorite celebrity guest stars, interesting behind-the-scenes moments, their favorite queens from the show and more. 1. Todrick Hall gets panicked when on the set of Drag Race. It’s strange to imagine a person as confide...

RuPaul Talks Trump, Kavanaugh and #MeToo at DragCon NYC

As one of the most publicly recognizable figures in the LGBTQ community, it’s almost a given that RuPaul is an outspoken political voice. Just go to his Twitter page, and you will find a number of tweets musing on the nature of politics, his disdain for President Donald Trump’s administration and a slew of other politically-fueled pieces of commentary. So as part of his many appearances at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC, Ru decided to create a platform where an open, honest discussion about the current state of society could happen. Talking to New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow during the first in his new series of “RuTalks,” Ru chatted about the controversial Brett Kavanaugh hearings, the importance of voting in 2018 and the search for optimism in this difficult political climate. While the t...

Cardi B Claims Former Team Member Posted Transphobic Meme To Her Official Facebook

Update: Cardi B  has addressed a transphobic post made by her official Facebook account on Sunday (Sept. 16), claiming that a former associate is the one who controls that account. “It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page,” the rapper tweeted. “For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.” The Facebook post in question was still live at the time Cardi posted her claim on Twitter, and the Facebook account has actively posted promotional graphics as recently as two days ago. Cardi B posted a meme to her verified Facebook page that says, “I hope nobody see this tr—y leave my house,” followed by laughing emojis. The text is accompanied by a ...

Sofi Tukker Revitalize ‘Energia’ With the Help of Pabllo Vittar: Watch

Dance-pop linchpins Sofi Tukker have a well-documented affinity for Brazilian culture, welcoming soca and bossa nova grooves into their hooky electro-pop.    Now, they’ve revitalized last year’s “Energia” with an assist from the almighty Brazilian drag queen Pabllo Vitar. “Energia (Parte 2) was officially released Friday (Sept. 14) via Ultra Music, with an energetic visual to boot.    True to its name, “Energia (Parte 2)” is filled with live-wire energy, as a jittery, drum-and-bass production is infused with the traditional Bolivian charango. Lead singer Sophie Hawley-Weld’s insistent rallying cries for energy are balanced by Vittar, who doesn’t miss a beat on her sultry guest verse.        The heart-racing visual, directed by Scheme Engine, stays true to the ethos of “Energia,” which is s...