This Classic Madonna Track is a Song For World AIDS Day

December 1 is World AIDS Day. This day means a great deal to many of us. The peak of the AIDS crisis generated some unforgettable songs by major artists that still hold up today. 

Released in 1992 and largely misunderstood at the time, Madonna’s Erotica was called “a post-AIDS album about romance” by Rolling Stone. The effects of the AIDS crisis are felt throughout the record. 

One track in particular stands on World AIDS Day. That’s the penultimate track, In This Life. The slow song, with orchestral arrangements, is about gay men in Madonna’s life she lost to the disease, including singer Martin Burgoyne, who was a good friend and former roommate, when she lived in New York in the early 80s. Burgoyne died from AIDS in 1986 at the age of 23. Christopher Flynn was Madonna's dance teacher and mentor, who died of aids as well. It’s also likely the song was inspired by the AIDS-related death of artist Keith Haring

The haunting track features percussion that many have likened to a doomsday clock, and it samples George Gershwin’s blues lullaby “Prelude No. 2.” 

This track was very much ahead of its time. It probably still is. 

Other key tracks to revisit on World Aids Day include:

Bruce Springsteen’s Oscar-winning “Streets of Philadelphia” from Philadelphia 

“The Last Song” by Elton John

“Boy Blue” by Cyndi Lauper

And “Sing” by Annie Lennox

Below are the full lyrics for “In This Life”

“Sitting on a park bench

Thinking about a friend of mine

He was only 23

Gone before he had his time

It came without a warning

Didn't want his friends to see him cry

He knew the day was dawning

And I didn't have a chance to say goodbye


In this life

I loved you most of all

What for?

'Cause now you're gone and I have to ask myself

What for?

What for?


Driving down the boulevard

Thinking about a man I knew

He was like a father to me

Nothing in the world that he wouldn't do

Taught me to respect myself

Said that we're all made of flesh and blood

Why should he be treated differently

Shouldn't matter who you choose to love


In this life

I loved you most of all

What for?

'Cause now you're gone and I have to ask myself

What for?


People pass by and I wonder who's next

Who determines, who knows best

Is there a lesson I'm supposed to learn in this case

Ignorance is not bliss


In this life

I loved you most of all

What for?

'Cause now you're gone and I have to ask myself

What for?


People pass by and I wonder who's next

Who determines, who knows best

Is there a lesson I'm supposed to learn in this case

Ignorance is not bliss


Have you ever watched your best friend die

Have you ever watched a grown man cry

Some say that life isn't fair

I say that people just don't care

They'd rather turn the other way

While we wait for this thing to go away

Why do we have to pretend

Some day I pray it will end


I hope it's in this life

I hope it's in this lifetime

I hope it's in this life

I hope it's in this lifetime 

Ariana Grande's 'thank u, next' Video is Here to Dominate Pop Culture for a Few Days

The anticipated video for Ariana Grande’s single “thank u, next” is here, and it’s already turning heads. Over 765,000 people watched the live debut of the clip a few hours ago. That’s some TRL-era stuff right there.

Set to Grande’s mid-tempo ballad about resilience, the video is primarily an homage to Mean Girls. Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett) appears to talk about his sexy, pushed-back hair.

The size of Pete Davidson’s d*ck is alluded to not once, but twice, including a mention in a quirky Legally Blonde homage featuring Jennifer Coolidge.

Kris Jenner appears, in a tracksuit with a circa-2004 camcorder, in a clear homage to the “You’re doing great, sweetie” meme. Troye Sivan also makes a cheeky appearance to gossip about Grande dating “some chick called Aubrey" now because she's a lesbian now, which is "f*cking sick."

Watch the “thank you, next” video below so you can be a part of the water-cooler conversation.


You Voted: What Are the 10 Greatest Madonna Songs of All-Time?

We here at Instinct Magazine ran a simple poll on our social media accounts Tuesday by asking the following question: what is your all-time favorite song by the one and only Madonna?

Boy did y’all let us have it. The overwhelming response to this question proves how many of us in the LGBTQ community are so galvanized by this one-of-a-kind pop idol, as the responses many of you gave us went beyond a simple song title… they had reasoning and memories as well.

Madonna has recorded hundreds of songs over her illustrious 30-plus year career which many of you touched upon when giving us your pick. Some went as far back to her career beginnings in the early 80’s, others chose her popular hits as she entered her early 30’s and some went very obscure with picks that this writer had no idea even existed!

Overall, 75 songs received at least one vote on our social media polling, proving just how diverse and amazing Madonna’s collection of hits really are. Which ones, however, got the most votes?

After tallying up the votes, there were ten that led more than all the rest. Number one and two wasn’t too much of a surprise, at least from this writer’s POV, however some of the other ones did surprise me as I didn’t realize how popular they are.

For instance, “Like a Virgin”, one of her longest running number one singles, only received a handful of votes. Other songs on the lower end of the voting totem poll included “Music”, “Holiday”, and one of my personal favorites, “Take a Bow.”

Here are the 10, however, that were answered the most frequently between yesterday and today. Did your favorite make the cut? Let us know!

1. “Vogue”

2. “Like a Prayer”

3. “Frozen”

4. “Express Yourself”

5. “Ray of Light”

6. “Hung Up”

7. “Into the Groove”

8. “Live to Tell”

9. “Borderline”

10. “Deeper and Deeper”

Exclusive: Sheila E. Talks Music, Her Best Performance Ever, LGBT & Faith. Will Perform at Riptide Music Festival This Weekend.

As if we needed a reason to celebrate living in Southern Florida while the rest of the nation dips into the 20 and 30 degree temperature brackets, we will thank the sun gods this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on Fort Lauderdale Beach with the annual Riptide Music Festival

Last year was the first year I went, thinking it would be okay, but it was more than okay. Laid back attitudes, beach chair sitting, surprising food offerings, and amazing music were all part of the 2017 celebration.  Looking at this year's schedule, it's going to be even better.

Expanding to three nights this year, Riptide Music Festival starts off with some heavy hitters.

I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with one of those iconic performers, singer, author, actress - The Queen of Percussion - Sheila E. 

The following text is paraphrased from our interview with the fabulous Sheila E. She has been evacuated from her home because of the California forest fires.  The mandatory evacuation was lifted and she was more than accommodating and gave us the time to complete our interview before she went back to see how her home was after the ordeal. 

Instinct:  I wanted to start off talking about two of the influential people in your life, your father and mother. Pete Escovedo – He has a great career of his own.  He’s 83, performed at the White house in 2009. How is he doing and are you still performing with him?

Sheila E: The White House at that time was an amazing place to be.  To be asked to play there and I was asked and did produce the show. I performed with him [dad] just weeks ago and will perform with him again soon. That performance will also include Juan and Peter Michael, my brothers.  He’ll be in Dallas soon.  That’s half way across the country, far enough for him to travel.  Fort Lauderdale was just a little too far

Your mother is Creole-French/African mix, and your father is of Mexican origin.  Do those aspects influence your music?

Best combo in the world. We’re talking gumbo and tacos mixed together.  The mix of culture, food, people, you can’t get a better mix.  My mother is a take charge person and that is where I learned to be a leader, learned that it was okay to do things no one else has done before.  Gardere is my mom’s maiden name. Most of the Garderes were athletes. Up until I was 15, my life was as an athlete.

By your early 20s, you had already played with George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross, Pattie Labelle, Stevie Nicks.  Were you pinching yourself?  How was your confidence level?  Were you like, “I got this”?

When you grow up with people at the house like Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, … dad was playing with some of the greats of that time and they were jamming at my house. Jazz and R & B are different when you are listening to phenomenal artists playing at your home, different than listening to performers you’ve been listening to on the radio.  Yes, I was star struck with some that had never been to the house.  But most of the time, I didn’t know any better.

I paraphrased the information below (from Wikipedia) with Sheila E …

1989–92: Sex Cymbal

After leaving the Prince organization in 1989, Sheila E. collaborated with writers like Demetrius Ross, recorded and released an album, Sex Cymbal in 1991. The album spawned singles: "Sex Cymbal", "Dropping Like Flies", and "Cry Baby". She began her tour in Japan which only lasted for a brief time. Shortly after returning to America, she developed severe health issues after her lung collapsed. She was left semi-paralyzed from playing drums in heels for long periods of time over a course of past years. Unable to promote and tour, her album Sex Cymbal suffered low sales.

… and I ask the Queen of Percussion … how is everything now? Any residuals from that scare?

I am fully recovered from that time frame.  At that time, it was one thing after another. An acupuncture accident resulted in a punctured lung.  The results of that incident came during the Sex Cymbal mastering, and that just puts you down mentally.  When you had this “I can do anything” mentality, being like that is foreign to you, and mentally, you have to power through and tell yourself you will be fine, and realize the odds of it happening again. Also during that time I was dealing with my calf muscles that where shortened, well twisted, because of all of my performances, drumming while in heels.  I could not walk for two weeks. Then there was a 4-month recovery.

What was going through your mind? Those damn high heels!

I don’t perform in high heels anymore.  I did one time after that for the David Letterman Drum Solo Week in 2011. I felt I needed to definitely represent on that show as I was honored to be asked to perform.



Phil Collins, Ringo Starr, Prince, Beyoncee, Gloria Estefan, Pharell Williams. Such great artists again that you have performed with.  Is there anyone left?  Who is it that you would love to perform with that you have not yet?

Bruno Mars maybe.  We would have a great time together. He kind of reminds me of things I did do when I was younger, he’s bringing back a lot of the music, the music styles.  He has sucha  great energy on stage. We would do well.  Gaga would be great, too.




Let’s Come Together. Make Ur Voice Heard! VOTE! #Come2gether #RingoStarr @ringostarrmusic

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In 2009, Sheila E. participated and won the CMT reality show, Gone Country. This gave her an opportunity to make country music aided by the country producer, writer, and singer John Rich. Sheila E.'s first song in the country market was "Glorious Train". A video for the song debuted on CMT on March 7, 2009, following the airing of the episode of Gone Country in which Sheila E. was announced the winner.

How did you end up in the Gone Country house?

Don’t say never – I hardly ever do, so I said yes to being in a house with a bunch of people, no idea who was in the house, but I was going to come out with an opportunity to write and cowrite with other writers from Nashville. I love their story telling from Nashville.  Some of the best story tellers/writers are in Nashville.  So if you win, the incentive is that you get to write with artists from Nashville.  My mentality was that I’m not going to do this unless I am going to win and the experience taught me a lot.  Uncle George Clinton was in the house, I didn’t know anyone that was going to be there, except for Taylor Dayne. I saw so many things I would never do, and there were some things that were off limits. I told the producers that when I was to pray and have my bible and be with God, that was my time, my personal time away from the 80 cameras.

I didn’t phrase this question well, but I wanted to ask Sheila E about the difference between The Latin Grammy Awards, BET Awards, and The American Music Awards as she has been a part of all of them. My question was roughly, what are the difference as a performer/artists do you see with these awards and markets.

Reggaeton, everyone is trying to a bit of that. I definitely see that.  If you get into the Latin market, that’s five times bigger than US, and Latin American music crosses all genres, Argentinian, Puerto Rican, Peru, Brazil, Chile, so many places for the Latin community, and you don’t have to be Latin. I signed as an R&B performer and crossed over to pop.

LONG BEACH, Calif. (March 21, 2018) –  Acclaimed musician Sheila E. is set to perform at 35th Annual Long Beach Pride Festival at 8 p.m. on May 20 at the event’s main stage. The festival will take place from May 19 to 20 at Shoreline Marina, Green Park, 450 E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach CA 90802.

How was performing at Long Beach Pride earlier this year?

One thought was that it was getting pretty late. I don’t like to close. I like to be in the middle of the schedule.  Sheila would rather go on in the middle.  I don’t want to headline.  I still had a great time.  I had some friends there and of course the fans.

From an earlier interview about performing at Long Beach Pride, Sheila E. stated:

Are you kidding me? It’s going to be one huge party and I’m so excited! You know, people are people and music can change people’s lives and bring them together. I always say it brings gay, straight, black, white, whatever ethnicity, where you come from or who you love…music brings people together. - ragemonthly.com



You’ve performed in a great many places with a variety of people. If you could play another concert all over again, if you could perform that one amazing concert again, which one would it be.

It would be the first time I played with dad at age 15. That is the moment that changed my life.  Him allowing me to be in a group with CBD, opening for earth wind and fire.  One of the percussionists was out and I wanted to play.  Mom said to my dad that I knew the music, which I did.  He came around and said yes.  I was playing in front of 3,000 people for the very first time, then I remember dad saying “take a solo.”  I was shaking and crying while finishing the solo.  I’ve competed most of my life, I thrive on it, this was just different. That was heaven and I wanted to feel like that every day.  After, we hugged and cried and I knew right then and there that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

Two weeks later, I was on tour with the band and dad in Bogota, Colombia.

Going back to your faith and the fact that I write for an LGBTQ lifestyles magazine, I do want to touch on what you think about churches turning away LGBT people looking to practice their faith or just turning them away "politically"

This is my belief: God created all of us.  God did not say he doesn’t love someone. God loves all people. You are supposed to be able to go to church and be accepted for help, a spiritual thing if someone needs something. People seeking out a church, they want to be a part of that place, to love God, understand God. Every single person should be able to go to a church and be accepted. It is awful to turn away people from God.

Stars, musicians often are told to stick to music and not politics.  Musicians (like Taylor Swift) and movie stars should not be sharing their political opinions. Thoughts?
Out of the realm of music often comes political views and faith.  We have the Freedom of Speech, what we feel, believe in, it is out of love, you can follow me or not. Jesus is my lord and savior, I am a democrat, I have in the past voted for republicans, I vote for the person who is capable of doing the job. I cannot talk to you because you are an atheist?  We have a responsibility and the ability to share what we feel. People are influenced by what they want to be influenced by. I think it is hard to always to be positive and challenging especially in the times we are in when so many things are bad, the administration is a joke, it makes me sick to my stomach, I refuse to accept, I have a right to say that, I do.

Thank you for your time. I still cannot believe you still wanted to do this interview with Instinct after you were told you could go back to your home you were forced to evacuate.  I had a great time and I love you even more. 

I think Sheila E. might have said I love you too or that's sweet or something like that.  I was still recovering from her "If you could play another concert all over again" answer and the fact that my questions were keeping her from going to see her home. 

We're looking forward to seeing Sheila E. and the rest of the performers at Riptide Music Festival this weekend.  

To pregame for the interview, I rewatched Sheila E's appearance on The View and her performance with her family at the Democratic National Convention.






Sheila Escovedo picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three, delivered her first solo performance to a live audience two years later, and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionist/drummers and performers in the world. Best known to music fans as Sheila E., she became a top session and touring musician before the age of 20, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun, Marvin Gaye (on his final world tour), Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Nicks among others.

Sheila E.'s producing, arranging, and performance talents have been showcased throughout the music and film industry with appearances on The Academy Awards, The Latin Grammy Awards, BET Awards, The American Music Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, The Summer Olympics, WOW Awards, ALMA's, and The Image Awards just to name a few. In 2014, Sheila  released her literary biography Titled The Beat of My Own Drum, and her solo album,  ICON. Following Prince’s death she released  the single Girl Meets Boy in memory of the late, great, Prince.

In 2016, Sheila provided drums for Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL's orchestral soundtrack to the blockbuster superhero films Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.




Love this shot, @marcus_redd, thank you Pants: @girlonavine

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Did it!Your power. Your voice. Your #VOTE

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If You're Wondering "Where My Man At?" Manila Luzon and Eureka O'Hara May Know

Fresh off the announcements of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 and RuPaul’s and RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular, Manila Luzon and Eureka O’Hara are hitting the charts with their collaboration with indie recording artist VELO. Released just days ago, Where My Man At Is part of VELO’s newest album OUTCAST and features a ton of notable Drag Race superstars including sexy model Pablo Hernandez.

VELO was our Instinct Insta Hottie of the Week this week because well…he’s sexy AND talented!

OUTCAST is VELO’s first bilingual album and is available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and wherever popular music is sold. It’s first single and music video is “Where My Man At ft Manila Luzon & Eureka O’Hara” and the video features Rupaul’s Drag Race Alum Ginger Minj, Trinity The Tuck Taylor, Thorgie Thor & Mexico’s reality drag show “La Mas Draga’s Margaret Y Ya! Not to mention thirst traps Pablo Hernandez and Joey Diamond.

If you’re wondering where your man is at…you found him!

Check out the video for Where My Man At feat. Manila Luzon & Eureka O’Hara and see what these two performers have been up to while they wait to start their engines.




VELO's Album 'Outcast' Features Manila Luzon, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Eureka, Pablo Hernandez and More!

This week’s Insta Hottie is no stranger to Instinct. Victor Cruz, also known as indie recording artist VELO, is a sexy Latino papi who is the king of collaborations and thirst trap music videos. Hailing from Seattle, VELO can be seen performing at Pride festivals around the nation and sharing some sweaty gym pics on Instagram.

We’ve written about VELO’s popular song Big D*ck Daddy, the spicy Perra Challenge inspired by his song Perra, and his track At Your Door—all which feature collaborations with some big influencers and notable drag performers.

He’s a talented THOT and you won’t believe what he has up his sleeve for his latest project.

Some of VELO’s hottest collabs include Pablo Hernandez, Phi Phi O’Hara, Aja, Rhea Litre, Eureka O’Hara, Melissa Befierce, and Joey Diamond. Now, VELO is dropping his latest album Outcast which has been over a year in the making where he adds to his list of collaborators.

Outcast is loaded with some hot dance and Latin tracks that feature Manila Luzon (just in time for RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4), Derrick Barry, Nebraska Thunderfuck, Eureka O’Hara (just in time for RuPaul’s Drag Race Holislay Spectacular), Pablo Hernandez, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Rhea Litre, Melissa Befierce, and E$money.

Instinct is also proud to debut Up & Down a sensual track on VELO’s Outcast featuring another Insta Hottie, Pablo Hernandez. VELO and Pablo up close and personal and shots of Pablo in the shower? How’s that for a perfect HUMP DAY.

I got in touch with VELO to learn more about what makes Outcast the silky smooth album that will make you want to press up against your man and take it nice and slow.

What is your album ‘Outcast’ about?

Love, sex, party time, pain. It's a well-rounded representation of me for sure, a little of everything. I know the duets are fun but I hope people check out the solo shit too, there's a song for every mood. 

Like many of your other projects, this album includes a lot of collaborations. Who have you worked with and who can we expect to see in upcoming music videos? 

I've been lucky to have worked with many talented people, most of which I became great friends with. On this album, you can expect Manila Luzon, Eureka O'Hara, Derrick Barry, Rhea Litre, Nebraska Thunderfuck, Melissa Befierce, Pablo Hernandez, E$MONEY & Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. One day I would love to work with the AAA girls together or individually. I love em all.  Few fun music videos on this album so be on the lookout for em! 

How is this project different from your others?

Like the last album, it’s a mixture of genres but with this one I wanted to give you more of my bilingual side. I love that mainstream music is having a heavy latin wave again and that hits home for me. I'm excited to share the collabs on the album cause the mixture of worlds was exciting.  



Que Pinchi Calor Ay! #latino #gay #mexico #gym #selfie #lamasdraga

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Who has been the most fun to work with?

I loved working with everyone but I love me some Rhea Litre, she has a lot of fun, we act shit out, she's so creative, we mesh well and we can write a song in like 10 mins. 

What do you do for fun/hobbies?

 I really enjoy going to the movie theater. Been reading lately. I'm constantly writing for others as well and helping them with their individual projects. I have pet snakes and turtles.  I'm just a huge dork really.  

Something interesting about yourself you've never told anyone:

Courtney Act is a great kisser. ;)

What/who inspires you?

Jennifer Lopez. The stamina that woman has is incredible. It truly inspires me. RuPaul too. My parents. I just strive to be a decent person, low key, creative, and I look for that in people I have around me and work with. 

Single/Taken/It's complicated?

I’ll get back to you on that ;)

What do you look for in guys?

I like stability, kind-heartedness, nurturing, fun. It took me a while to understand how much those qualities matter tho haha.


Commando for sure, especially in sweatpants, otherwise, I like briefs. 



#TBT with @freakysexymexi gear #gay #latino

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Where can people get your music?

Everywhere music is sold, Itunes, Spotifyetc etc!

Follow VELO on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Go Download OUTCAST NOW!


UPSAHL Sings Catchy Tune We All Know Too Well.

We receive many singles, press releases about artists touring here, releasing that. No, we do not pass on all of them. We're not music critics, but we know what tickles our ears and hearts and gets us swaying and dancing.

UPSAHL, a buzzing 19-year-old songstress shared with us her brand new single “The Other Team.”  We also love that she signed with a brand we have loved for many years in the past and has now re-launched, Arista Records.

We loved listening to "The Other Team" and feel it may hit home with some of our girl-slash-friends.

“The Other Team”, a story about “a boy who seems too good to be true” utilizes the chorus “Swinging, swinging, swinging for the other team” to hit home the fact that UPSAHL's character is jonesing for a gay man. The song explores feelings of unrequited love and missed connections translated into vivid verses and a relatable chorus.

Let's have a listen (see lyrics below).

“I wrote ‘The Other Team’ on the last day of a month-long writing trip,” says UPSAHL. “A few minutes into the session, the concept just sort of came to me, ‘Everyone can relate to being into someone that they know they can’t have’.” 

What do you think? Catchy tune? True story? 

Can we put ourselves in her shoes and be the man jonesing after a straight man? Sure we can. It may be a song about girl meet boy, boy likes boys, but we can easily see us in her shoes as boy meets boy, boy likes girls. It's happened to us before and will again. 

More about UPSAHL-

Before even graduating high school, UPSAHL wrote and released a self-titled EP, which gained much-deserved recognition throughout the Phoenix music scene. A graduate of the Arizona School for the Arts, a performing arts middle/high school, UPSAHL continued to hone her craft, while being classically trained on piano, guitar and choir every day.


I met a boy who's sweet like cherry pie
He's a new type of a picture perfect guy
Waved him down on the corner of fifth avenue
He waved back, but turns out I was not the one that he was waving to

I know he's right for me
But I'm not right for him
And if I try to play along, don't think I'll ever win

Swinging, swinging, swinging for the other team
It's such a shame
I'm not even in the game

I met a boy who seems too good to be true
Dirty blonde locks, and his eyes are a sparkly blue
Gave him a smile, and he turned to walk my way
But then he walked right past me towards another man
He didn't notice me

I guess I have a thing for guys that aren't in my own league
The ones I know
They don't know shit
They always quit
They can't commit
They just know how to leave

The Spice Girls Are Giving A Surprise Tour (But Without One Member)

The Spice Girls are returning for a surprise tour!

The group announced this tour on social media with a surprise announcement video, which you can watch below.

They shared that they’ll start the tour at the Manchester Arena on June 1, 2019 before moving on to the Wembley Stadium in London, the Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium, and more.

The tour won’t be too long as it’ll only be held in June and will just stay in the UK. In addition, Victoria has decided to sit this one out, so there will only be four members at each concert. Though, guest performer Jess Glynne is set to appear.

As for Beckham, she supported the other girls with an Instagram post in which she wished them luck.

She wrote:

“Today marks a special day for the girls as they announce the first tour dates since we performed together in 2012! I won't be joining my girls on stage again but being in the Spice Girls was a hugely important part of my life and I wish them so much love and fun as they go back on tour next year. I know they will put on an amazing show and the fantastic fans past and present are going to have a wonderful time!”

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, November 10 at 10:30 am. Here’s another look of the UK Dates and venues if you’re a Spice Girl fan who wants to buy a ticket.

  • Saturday 1 June – Manchester Etihad Stadium
  • Monday 3 June – Coventry Ricoh Stadium
  • Thursday 6 June – Sunderland Stadium of Light
  • Saturday 8 June – Edinburgh BT Murrayfield Stadium
  • Monday 10 June – Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium
  • Saturday 15 June – London Wembley Stadium

The Music Video for 'I'll Never Love Again' From 'A Star Is Born' Is Here If You're Looking For a Cathartic Cry

A Star Is Born is a really, really big hit. It’s looking like it will eventually cross $200 million domestic at the box office, and don’t rule out something near half a billion

It’s also an Oscars front-runner. Personally, I think it’s all but got Best Picture in the bag, and Lady Gaga has a serious shot at Best Actress.

Let’s try to not let any serious backlash happen like we do with so many pop culture phenomena. This is a wonderful movie.

The music video for the climactic power ballad “I’ll Never Love Again” is here. The picture has been out for nearly a month; thusly it was safer to release this music video that by its very being is spoiler-y. If you haven’t seen A Star Is Born (and you probably should at least consider it, because it’s a damn good movie), you might want to hold off on this music video.

If you’d like to relive some of the tragic magic before Bradley Cooper’s ambitious musical drama comes to Blu-ray, check out the music video for I’ll Never Love Again below.


Britney Spears is Still a F***ing Legend 20 Years Later

Yesterday, October 23rd, marked the 20th anniversary of Britney Spears’ debut song “…Baby One More Time” being released. It was a track that started it all for the small-town girl from Kentwood, Louisiana that ultimately helped make her into the star that she is today.

It’s something that she has clear pride in, as Britney talked about it on her social media Tuesday, giving some behind-the-scenes takes from the shoot of the iconic video and discussing it in a very upbeat manner about what the song has meant to her.

“It’s hard to put into words what today means to me… 20 years ago, the world heard my music for the very first time!” she wrote on Instagram. “So much has happened since then… but what I really want to say is thank you to my amazing fans who have been there for me since day 1. Your support over the years has meant the absolute world to me!! Love you all!”

I am someone who definitely is included in the “amazing fans” category who have been with her from the start and never wavered regardless of how hard things got for her. A lot of gay men have Madonna, Barbra, Cher, Gaga and more as their icon, but for me, it’s been Britney and I am so happy that she is still a mother f***ing legend all this time later.

When “…Baby” came out, there was all this talk about her being somewhat of a Debbie Gibson/Tiffany type in that they started out strong but faded fast. Perhaps it was her millions of fans, the times being different or just how hard Britney worked, but she shut those voices down easily by consistently putting out fantastic hit after hit while dominating the airwaves, charts and making millions of hearts melt in the process.

Britney just had… it. That “it” factor that is so rarely seen in the industry today. Now it’s more about having a big social media following or being a reality star with no discernable talent that gets you invited into all the A-list events. Ms. Spears was different from that, she had a gift, and it was clearly seen the minute the opening scene of “…Baby” happened where she tapped her shoe against the chair while waiting for the school day to end.

There was something so fascinating and captivating about her. For the most part, Britney made all the right career moves when it came to elevating her sound as she continued to push new material out. It’s something that Madonna expertly executed for decades. There have been many other pop singers that have tried to do the same, but nothing compared to what Britney has done.

Was 2007 tough for her yes? Do I think she just had it with the media in her face and criticizing her for her marriage and parenting at the time? Yes. There’s only so much a person can take. This isn’t a Chris Crocker “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!” sort of thing, but people seem to forget that we are all humans and can’t be this celebrity robot 24/7/365.

Yes, it was a scary time for her and one that is hard to look back on, but she also put out her arguably best effort to date in Blackout and only bounced back from all the drama and commotion shortly after.

It was like her second time telling the world to f**k off after they thought she couldn’t succeed. She did and persevered in many ways that others wouldn’t. Not to mention her endless sold out shows that continue to dazzle audiences all this time later, her endless support for the LGBTQ community and so much more that have made her into who she is today.

Britney probably won’t read this, and that’s all and good, but from a small-town gay kid myself from Long Island I kind of just want to thank her for being my icon growing up and continuing to do so in my 30’s. Here’s to many, many years of continued success for you… baby.

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