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!! OMG, ‘I did it on my own time’: Mika offers advice on coming out !!

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“It’s really important to say and to constantly repeat the fact that it’s OK to feel conflicted. It’s OK to acknowledge that pressure. And it’s OK to have some understanding that your fears are understandable and are actually quite normal. It is so important to figure a way out of that because that’s quite a negative state to be in. It’s one that I transitioned through, but I did it on my own time. Unfortunately I had to deal with the more public side of it, in which I was grilled about it for so many years. I think it’s first and foremost important to say it’s OK to be conflicted and it’s OK to be afraid but that’s not the way it has to be. And also I will say that I truly benefited from a tolerant environment.”

— British singer-songwriter Mika talking to The Advocate about his advice on coming out

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!! OMG, so dramatic: Bat For Lashes covers “We Found Love” !!

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If you thought all those crazy buzzsaw builds in Rihanna’s “We Found Love” were a little on the overwhelming side then perhaps you should have a listen to Bat For Lashes’ take on the track, recorded during a recent BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session.
The English singer-songwriter-interpretive dancer managed to strip the hit pop single of all its pulverizing euphoria in favor of a brooding and stately sound that’s much more in line with the vibe of her excellent third album, The Haunted Man. Give it a whirl below:

The Haunted Man comes out on October 22 via Capitol.
(via Fact)

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!! OMG, watch Sky Ferreira’s “Everything is Embarrassing” video !!

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It’s been a while since we last wrote about Sky Ferreira, the former Michael Jackson confidant that showed a lot of potential with the Kylie-esque single “The One” back in 2010 but then kind of fell off with the generic (and borderline country-rock) single “Obsession” before landing (where else?) in the outstretched arms of ubiquitous celebrity photographer Terry Richardson.
Thankfully she has recovered with “Everything Is Embarrassing,” an extremely stylish pop ballad co-written with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes and Ariel Rechtshaid, one of the songwriters behind Usher’s belter “Climax.” The track is taken from her forthcoming Ghost EP, which is due out on October 16 via Capitol Records. The EP will also feature collaborations with singer-songwriter Cass McCombs, big-time pop producer Greg Kurstin, Fiona Apple collaborator Jon Brion and Band of Horses’ Blake Mills.
Check out the video for “Everything Is Embarrassing” below and a list of Sky Ferreira’s upcoming CMJ performances after the jump.

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!! OMG, interpretive dance alert: Bat For Lashes’ “All Your Gold” video !!


As fans of interpretive dance, music videos and multi-instrumentalist British singer-songwriter Natasha Khan (a.k.a. Bat For Lashes), we are always happy when all three of those things come together in perfect harmony, as they do in the video for “All Your Gold.”
The song is the second single to be released from Bat For Lashes’ forthcoming album The Haunted Man, which is due out in North America on October 23. The video was directed by Noel Paul and choreographed by dancer/choreographer Jorge Crecis and ballet dancer Katie Lusby.

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