Need a few extra bops to put in your rotation? Here are some new tracks to put in your weekend playlist. Whether they are new to the world, or just new to you, we've culled together five options we've come across this week.
Monique Heart's "Hot Sauce & High Heels"
Debuting later today, Monique Heart's latest is a bit of a Kinky Boots remix. Taking one part Billy Porter and one part Cyndi Lauper, the performer has turned out this new dance mix to "help get people out of the funk of being quarantined in the house. The video will release an hour before the latest episode of RuPaul's Drag Race drops.
Billy Porter's "For What It's Worth"
The Tony winner covers Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth" as performed by Buffalo Springfield.
"I decided to record 'For What It's Worth' because I wanted to have my art and my music matter, make a difference," Porter said. "I've always been a political person. I come from the generation where the music reflected what was going on in the world, in the day. The song was written and performed sort of during the Civil Rights Era, the Vietnam War, it was protest music and I wanted to have a hand in bringing that back and speaking truth directly to power."
Tom Goss's "Dancing In My Room"
Tom Goss's new track "Dancing In My Room" benefits United Way Worldwide, a global nonprofit that supports community service roganizations around the world. To make it a truly international affair, there are multiple versions --English, French, and Spanish -- featuring 14 artists.
Alex Newell's "Mama Told Me"
You may know his voice and face from Glee but Alex Newell is so much more. Today the Broadway performer has released his second song of 2020 with "Mama Told Me," as an upbeat ode to mother figures.
"My father died when I was six, so I was raised by my mom," Newell said in a release. "I paid homage to what she did for me and what motherhood is - instilling positivity into a child no matter what age, sharing wisdom, nurturing them, comforting them. I also wanted to write an anthem for the house moms we have in the LGBTQ community, adoptive moms, and anyone who is a maternal figure and nurturer."
Bronze Avery's "Boys"
For his new pop track "Boys," Bronze Avery brought together an all-queer cast and crew for the music video. The track represents the artist's first single of the year.
Sam Smith and Demi Lovato "I'm Ready"
Featuring drag performers like Valentina and Gigi Goode as well as Alok, Karis, and Shea Diamond, Sam Smith takes us to the Queer Olympics in their latest video.