Gay Rappers, Country Singers & Music Trends - Out Magazine

Brandy was riding high. At 15, the singer released her self-titled debut album and racked up hit singles with 'I Wanna Be Down' and 'Brokenhearted,' her duet with Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men. A few years later the Mississippi native found success starring in the sitcom Moesha, which became the UPN network's most successful show. She made her big screen debut in the 1998 thriller I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and also costarred in the made-for-TV movies Cinderella with Whitney Houston and Double Platinum with Diana Ross.

September 15 2010 8:00 PM

Nicki Minaj is a 25-year-old rapper from Queens, New York, with a wickedly clever flow and never-ending supply of pop culture punch lines. Except when she's Roman Zolanski, her gay male alter ego, who spits saucy verses at warp speed. Or the character Nicki Lewinsky, who cozies up to President Carter -- better known as superstar rapper Lil Wayne -- on a handful of salacious mix tape tracks. She raps about signing her fans' boobs in a bugged-out Valley girl accent. She's the first female hip-hop artist to hit number 1 on Billboard's top rap singles chart since 2003.

September 12 2010 8:00 PM

On a crisp Chelsea evening, if you listen very closely, you will hear the words 'Take me to the gay bar' being sung in the distance. Thanks to the Detroit glam-rock-electronic-conceptual group Electric Six, these lyrics, along with 'Fire in the disco, fire in the Taco Bell,' have become common vernacular.

August 26 2010 8:00 PM

Our exclusive slide show featuring photos from our August 2010 cover shoot with the Australian pop star.

July 07 2010 8:00 PM

In addition to being the rare entrepreneur who owns a vintage store/record shop/hair salon, Seth Bogart also bears the distinction of being one of the few resurrectors of the doo-wop '60s pop/garage/rock hybrid.

June 16 2010 8:00 PM

Brian Littrell and A.J. McLean chat about crazy encounters with groupies and supporting their gay fan base.

June 13 2010 8:00 PM

Luke Top is a renaissance man. Having collaborated with Cass McCombs, the Papercuts, and Foreign Born, his most recent endeavor with guitarist Lewis Pesacov, Fool's Gold, is as diverse as his background. The Israeli-born son of an Iraqi refugee and a Russian-born aviator, Top has adapted his Jewish faith into a new breed of afro-electronic music. Singing in Hebrew and accompanied by a 10-piece band, Luke Top and Fool's Gold is single-handedly transforming the Los Angeles music scene.

June 03 2010 8:00 PM

Another one of our favorite artists to surface in the last year, Brit popster (though he's got elements of rap, rock, and even classical music up his sleeve) Dan Black first rose to fame with his cover of the Notorious B.I.G's "Hynotize," which featured him rapping over the drums from Rihanna's hit "Umbrella" and a string section.

May 26 2010 8:00 PM

Jacob Lind chats about why his Swedish band is so popular on soundtracks, ABBA, and accidentally (but happily) marching in a No on 8 protest.

May 17 2010 8:00 PM

We sit down with the freakishly gifted singer to discuss her fourth album, Bionic, one of the hottest -- and gayest -- soundtracks of the summer.

May 16 2010 8:00 PM