Aiden James The Folk Musician Goes Pop
March 19 2012 10:13 AM ET

Aiden James: The Folk Musician Goes Pop

Brett Edward Stout

 Singer/songwriter Aiden James struck a chord with music listeners with his latest release. "Best Shot," the electro-infused first single off his third studio album Trouble With This recently climbed to number 28 on the iTune's top 100 chart. James took a moment from his tour schedule to speak with The Advocate about his music, family, ambition, and the pride he feels being an out musician.The Advocate: How would you respond if I say, “folk rock has gone to the gays?” Aiden James: I would say you’re absolutely right. [Laughs] I don’t know, I wouldn’t consider myself folk anymore. If you were to take one of my songs and depending on what production you put behind it, it could be anything. You know the electronic production I have on my record is pop. Like, David Grey came out with White Ladder, it’s that singer songwriter kind of pop so I think folk rock and me, I don’t listen to it and I certainly don’t consider myself folk rock. But yeah, it’s very gay, everyone’s doing that.How did you react when “Best Shot” went to the top 30 on iTunes? It’s very validating. You put a lot of work into a record and it’s some really bum nights and a year of my life. It’s like being on RuPaul’s Drag Race and winning the drag challenge. [Laughs] It’s very surreal to see your dreams materialize and come true and it shows the power of fans and how much power people have when they click “buy” and download it really has a powerful impact on an artist.What compels you to go about doing all that work?It’s something I love to do. You know, big shock, a musician who likes to make music. But also, as I’ve toured around the country I’ve realized it’s really important to be out and open about who you are and what you do. Being gay, [I've learned that] a lot of people can hate you for that very reason. And like you were saying early with my album, when it hit number 28 on iTunes I feel that I won that day. It kinda gave hate a really big slap in the face and I think we all won that day. Me being successful, it’s not only about me but there’s something else behind it now with everything that’s going on fighting for LGBT rights and equality.

The Best Queer Jewish Transgender Rock Band Ever
March 13 2012 3:00 AM ET

The Best Queer, Jewish, Transgender Rock Band Ever

Diane Anderson-Minshall

The Shondes are using SXSW and a new video to launch their American tour.

In Bed and On Tour With Madonna
March 08 2012 4:38 PM ET

In Bed and On Tour With Madonna

Advocate Contributors

Entertainer Kevin Stea recalls how his life was forever changed when he traveled the world with Madonna during her Blond Ambition tour, which was captured in the documentary Truth or Dare.

Ricky Martin to Nancy Alvarez Were Born This Way
March 06 2012 2:05 PM ET

Ricky Martin to Nancy Alvarez: We're Born This Way

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Former Univision host Nancy Alvarez tells Ricky Martin that bad parenting made him gay.

Lambert to Perform With Queen at Sonisphere Fest
February 21 2012 6:15 PM ET

Lambert to Perform With Queen at Sonisphere Fest

Trudy Ring

Adam Lambert will perform with Queen at the Sonisphere festival this summer in England, and Brian May says Freddie Mercury would approve.

Thier Music is Sky High
February 16 2012 4:00 AM ET

Their Music is Sky High

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Identical twins — one of whom is gay — who shake the dance floor? That's hot.

3 New Love Songs for Your Valentines Day
February 14 2012 3:41 PM ET

3 New Love Songs for Your Valentine's Day

Josh Hinkle

Music artists Tayisha Busay, Rocco Katastrophe, and Jessie and the Toy Boys are sending love this Valentine's Day in the form of music videos

Nicki Minaj May Be Possessed Says Catholic League
February 13 2012 2:05 PM ET

Nicki Minaj May Be Possessed, Says Catholic League

Trudy Ring

Nicki Minaj’s Grammy performance, full of Catholic imagery including the depiction of an exorcism, means she may be demonically possessed, says an ultraconservative Catholic activist.

Whitney Houston Long Live the Mother of Pop
February 12 2012 12:50 PM ET

Whitney Houston: Long Live the Mother of Pop

Clay Cane

The late superstar entertainer is remembered for her timeless talent and as an ally to her multitude of LGBT fans.

The Advocate Editors Personal Madonna Moments
February 06 2012 11:25 AM ET

Editors' Personal Madonna Moments Editors

In honor of our March cover subject, we're sharing our own Madonna recollections, including getting nearly trampled by her fans and receiving correspondence from the lady herself.

Madonna and Guests Wow Super Bowl Audience
February 05 2012 9:45 PM ET

Madonna and Guests Wow Super Bowl Audience

Trudy Ring

Madonna’s halftime show at today’s Super Bowl was a spectacle that included Roman soldiers and guest stars Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, and LMFAO.

New Single, Video From Sir Ari Gold
February 04 2012 4:45 PM ET

New Single, Video From Sir Ari Gold

Trudy Ring

Gay singer Sir Ari Gold has released “My Favorite Religion,” the third single and video from his album Between the Spirit & the Flesh.

Roddy Bottum I Advocate
January 31 2012 4:00 AM ET

What Roddy Bottum Advocates Might Surprise You

Advocate Contributors

Here’s what Roddy Bottum of the band Imperial Teen, whose acclaimed fifth album, Feel the Sound, is now available, is passionate about this month.