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Cameron Hawthorn: “Dancing in the Living Room”

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Kansas-based country singer Cameron Hawthorn dropped the video for his latest single, “Dancing in the Living Room”; his first release since coming out to his fans on social media back in November 2018.

The video features intimate scenes of several couples dancing together in their home — including a lesbian couple, a senior couple and Hawthorn with his partner.

“I remember always thinking how special it was to dance freely with my boyfriend in the living room of our apartment — being gay, it’s not as easy to dance as a couple in public together as it is for a straight couple,” Hawthorn told The Advocate. “I wanted to express how special that moment is for a couple, when it’s just the two of you in the privacy of your own four walls.”

Hawthorn originally came out on social media back in November 2018 after watching Boy Erased.

“I just saw two movies, two nights in a row. The first was Boy Erased, last night. I saw it with one of my friends who is gay. This movie is about standing up for who you are in the face of people who want to deny you of your truth. My friend does that each and every day. And I’m proud to call him a friend because of that and much more.

“But you see, I’m also gay. And I haven’t felt like I could say that proudly until very recently. My journey getting here has taken many years and hasn’t been easy. There has been a lot of confusion, doubt, heartbreak and pain along the way. But also a lot of freedom, openness, and love. I’m so happy that I can finally stand proud in being who I am. And owning that whole-heartedly.

“I sadly and narrow-mindedly used to think that when people “came out”, they had lost themselves, given themselves up to the wrong “sinful” side, and just simply given up. But that is actually the complete opposite of what coming out is. It’s finding yourself, understanding yourself more fully, believing that you were made exactly the way you were supposed to be made.

“Seeing Boy Erased made me feel that undeniable feeling even more.”

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Wrote this last night and keep rereading it and rereading it. But here we go: Let me first say as I type this, I’m not sure if I’ll actually post it. But I’ve been wanting to for so long and I hope I do because it’s time. I just saw two movies, two nights in a row. The first was Boy Erased, last night. I saw it with one of my friends who is gay. This movie is about standing up for who you are in the face of people who want to deny you of your truth. My friend does that each and every day. And I’m proud to call him a friend because of that and much more. But you see, I’m also gay. And I haven’t felt like I could say that proudly until very recently. My journey getting here has taken many years and hasn’t been easy. There has been a lot of confusion, doubt, heartbreak and pain along the way. But also a lot of freedom, openness, and love. I’m so happy that I can finally stand proud in being who I am. And owning that whole-heartedly. I sadly and narrow-mindedly used to think that when people “came out”, they had lost themselves, given themselves up to the wrong “sinful” side, and just simply given up. But that is actually the complete opposite of what coming out is. It’s finding yourself, understanding yourself more fully, believing that you were made exactly the way you were supposed to be made. Seeing Boy Erased made me feel that undeniable feeling even more. Tonight I saw Bohemian Rhapsody, the life story of Freddie Mercury. As an artist, I’m blown away and inspired beyond words. As a gay artist, I’m so ready to tell my story and sing my truth to the world. I am, have always been and will always be Cameron. I’m so ready for the ride ahead and THANK YOU and LOVE YOU to those who have been by my side through it all. Another great movie if you haven’t seen it…Won’t You Be My Neighbor? “Nobody else can live the life you live. And even though no human being is perfect, we always have the chance to bring what’s unique about us to live in a redeeming way.” -Mr. Rogers ❤️

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Chase is the Founder and Creative Director of therepubliq.com, Host and Executive Producer of OutCast Austin, an award-winning LGBT weekly radio program on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin. In 2011, he was named the Critics Pick for 'Most Gaybiquitous' in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin. In 2012, CultureMap Austin named him one of Austin's Top LGBT bloggers and he received the AGLCC's Chamber Award for Social Media Diva.

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MIKA: “Tiny Love”

Global pop superstar MIKA debuts new single, “Tiny Love” ahead of his first new studio album in five years MY NAME IS MICHAEL HOLBROOK.

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Critically acclaimed, platinum-selling, global pop star MIKA debuts a new single “Tiny Love”, alongside a W.I.Z.-directed video. The track is the second single from MIKA’s highly anticipated new album, My Name Is Michael Holbrook, out October 4.

Of the track, MIKA says, “The most important thing in the world is the love we have for those around us, the love others offer us and the love we have for ourselves. That love can feel so massive and yet at the same time it’s so tiny and imperceivable to others. This song is a conscious decision to provoke that emotion. I knew I needed a different sort of director for this video, more art and film based. W.I.Z. was the perfect choice. From every detail in pre-production, to the art direction and casting, he has one thing in mind; to illustrate a complex narrative that he has written in his head. I am very proud of what he has made. An emotionally epic video for a song full of heart and love. Huge and Tiny at the same time.”

In celebration of the release, MIKA will make a long-awaited return to North America with the Tiny Love Tiny Tour this fall. The headline run kicks off with a show at New York City’s Brooklyn Steel on September 12. He then heads to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Montreal, before jetting overseas for a massive European arena tour. Tickets are on sale now.

MIKA recently debuted the first single “Ice Cream” from the new album, which Rolling Stone dubbed “Summer-Anthem Bait” and TIME calls “a sugar-sweet, carefree and upbeat summer bop.” The track has been streamed 1.5 million times to date and continues to receive rave reviews.

For his first full length in five years, MIKA explores his American heritage on My Name Is Michael Holbrook. While his tumultuous childhood began in Lebanon before fleeing to Paris and then London, he focuses the album on the roots he traces back to his father’s Savannah, Georgia upbringing. The work also paints a loving picture of his relationship with his mother, the woman who trained him, made his wardrobe for years on the road and most importantly taught him never to follow and always to express himself fearlessly. After writing in home studios in Miami and Tuscany over the course of two years, MIKA went to Brussels to record with producers Marc Crew and Dan Priddy.

“I hadn’t put out a record in four years. I didn’t know what to do when it came time to start the process and was honestly kind of at a loss,” MIKA says. “I felt a little disappointed by the commercial side of the industry. I didn’t want to make a record by numbers or by committee. I wanted to make an uncontaminated, homemade pop record.”

Born Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr. in 1983 as the third of five children, MIKA started vocal lessons at seven years old. Learning to play piano and write songs while showing otherworldly vocal range, MIKA quickly became a young virtuoso. MIKA’s musical success began with the release of his hit single, “Grace Kelly.” The single was featured on his debut album, Life In Cartoon Motion, which went straight to #1 in the UK and 11 other countries, going on to sell over seven million copies worldwide. Since his debut he has released three other Platinum selling full length albums, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, The Origin of Love, and No Place In Heaven. In addition, MIKA has not only won a Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act, but he has also been nominated for Grammys, MTV Europe Music Awards, Capital Radio Awards and World Music Awards. Additionally, his RA12 primetime variety show “Stasera Casa Mika” won the prestigious Rose D’or Award for Best Entertainment Series in 2017. Furthermore, he has been a judge on France’s The Voice for six years and hosts his own BBC2 Radio show “The Art of Song.”

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BAUM: “Bad Kid”

Get up close and vulnerable with queer alt-pop singer BAUM’s “Bad Kid”

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Alt-pop songstress BAUM (née Sabrina Teitelbaum) returned this past May with her zero-fucks-given-I’m-gonna-love-me-over-your-bullshit anthem, “Fuckboy.” Lauded by Billboard, Vulture, The Line of Best Fit, PRIDE, and more, the track exemplified a candid portrayal of a woman coming-of-age while comprehending her own irresistible impulses. “Fuckboy” served as the first release since 2018 debut EP Ungodly and it expanded Teitelbaum’s ruminative songwriting that continues to inspire self-confidence.

Today, sonic shape-shifter BAUM shares her most delicate effort with “Bad Kid.” With the hardest of hearts, BAUM endures the ache of losing someone close and invites listeners into a very intimate space. On the unflinching verse, “I didn’t care when you still were around / Why did it take ’til you’re six in the ground? / To say that I’m sorry for the things that went down,” the explosiveness of guilt, grief, and despair permeate through the walls BAUM had put up.

BAUM reveals this meaning behind “Bad Kid”:

“This is the most special song to me and the most vulnerable one that I’ve written. It’s about losing someone and wishing you could go back and fix everything that happened, just put your relationship in a pretty box.”

The release of “Bad Kid” is accompanied by a music video directed by Marcella Cytrynowicz, who’s worked on creating videos for Snoop Dogg, JOYRICH, Capitol Records, Yellow Claw, Happy Socks, Nike and previously directed BAUM’s “Fuckboy” music video. Filmed in the frigid temperatures of Iceland, the “Bad Kid” music video shows BAUM isolated in a vast and unforgiving landscape. The icy, off-putting climate is a metaphor for BAUM’s frozen sentiments. “The focus was on wide shots, making Sabrina look as alone as possible against the beautiful but unforgiving Icelandic tundra,” says Cytrynowicz.

“Earlier this year, I decided to take a trip to Iceland with four other people and while there, we shot the music video. Marcella and I had a few different concepts for the story, but the most important thing for us was to capture the solitude and physical journey. We wanted to display our idea in a beautiful yet slightly dangerous place. ‘Bad Kid’ is about grieving, and regardless of how many people you have around you, you feel completely alone when you’re going through that,” says BAUM.

Hailing from a family of five siblings, BAUM strives to set an example for her two sisters through her music and lyrics, aiming to encapsulate her experiences as a young woman in the most honest way possible.

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Dizzy Fae: “Big Wall”

Rising singer Dizzy Fae’s music video for “Big Wall” premiered on Highsnobiety.

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Rising singer Dizzy Fae’s music video for “Big Wall” is out. Co-directed by Fae and Isaac Gale, the video was filmed in her home base in Minneapolis.

“Perspective is everything to me so when I was working with Isaac Gale on the storyboard, we made sure to leave parts of the narrative open for interpretation,” says Fae of the video. “Essentially, you’ll see a few different relationships at play, with varying emotions being revealed along the way that in the end show you that you think you know someone, till you don’t.”

“Big Wall” is taken from Fae’s new mixtape, NO GMO, out now

Dizzy Fae is a 20-year-old classically trained singer and dancer. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota and based in Minneapolis, Fae prides herself as a queer black interdisciplinary artist interrogating the nuances and liberties of love and human connection. The release of her 2018 mixtape Free Form led Fae to share stages with Lizzo, Toro Y Moi, Jorja Smith and more, in addition to her own headline dates in America and Europe. Most recently, Fae performed at Troye Sivan’s inaugural Go West Fest at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. NO GMO was produced with Alec Ness, Psymun (The Weeknd, Young Thug), Kim Tee (Clairo), Sir Dylan (Solange, Miguel) and Falls (Wedidit).

Rising singer Dizzy Fae’s new mixtape, NO GMO, is due June 26. NO GMO follows Fae’s debut mixtape, Free Form, released last year to critical acclaim.

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