imageWe go behind-the-scenes of our April/May cover shoot, with photos and videos featuring music artists Tegan & Sara. The duo was photographed by David Needleman (Who also shot our April 2012 cover with Ricky Martin) at The OUT NYC in Midtown Manhattan. Read the cover story here, then check out the rest of the photos and videos after the jump.

(BTS Stills & Video by Vladimir Weinstein & Matt Monath) 

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Vassy

It’s the chance of a lifetime— winning a talent contest, and immediately being signed to a major label. Shows like American Idol and The Voice have put some of today’s most popular music artists on the radar, as so many of those platforms do. Singer-songwriter Vassy's journey only proves that statement true. You more-than-likely have heard her music in passing, but it's her story that authenticates her one-of-a-kind sound. Born in in the Northern Territory of Australia to Greek immigrants, Vasiliki Karagiorgos, dreamt of having a singing career in Hollywood one day. One that would possibly follow the footsteps of her own idol, music legend Billie Holiday.

After chopping off most of her birth name to leave nothing but her current sassy mononym, Vassy’s life started to seem like one from a movie plot. Her hopeful vision started to come to fruition after winning a radio talent contest and was awarded a recording contract with Warner Brothers music in Australia. Releasing her first album My Affection in 2005, her unique sound, blended the rhythmic drums of R&B and jazz with the energy of dance, giving her a following that led to her big move to the United States, where she signed with dance mega-label Ultra Records in 2008. Working with producers like Richard Vission (Madonna, Lady Gaga) and Chico Bennett (Lady Gaga, Katy Perry) she led a national club tour in 2010, (mostly gay clubs and venues) where her new homo following started to take shape. Her music was placed on television shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty, as well as numerous commercial spots.

It’s now been two years, and Vassy’s newest album Beautiful Day was released in May of this year, and includes tracks with OneRepublic’s Tim Myers and producer Charlie Midnight (Joni Mitchell, Barbra Steisand, Cher). The just-released lead track “We Are Young” is her most inspired work yet, working with grammy-nominated producer and DJ David Audé and including upbeat motivational lyrics like

"Look ahead, don’t give up, when its rough, listen up to what I say…"

"We Are Young" has since proven to be just the hit needed to get the gays on their feet and get their hands on some Vass’. As if it couldn’t have been serendipitous enough, just earlier this month she performed the hit to a packed dance floor of young gay music lovers at the Avalon theatre in Hollywood, a mere steps from the original Capitol Records building. In its parking lot sits a large mural, featuring a glowing painting of her idol and inspiration, Billie Holiday, almost gazing right into the theatre. So as this Aussie import revels in her dreams and climbs the charts, we can all collectively shout in support "Kiss My Vassy!" —Scott McPherson

After the jump check out photos from Vassy’s performance at Tigerheat at the Avalon theatre, as well as the music video for her current single “We Are Young.”

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GALA, Yale’s LGBT Alumni group, plans to hold its second reunion in February of 2013, and have released this compilation music video as an invitation of sorts. The performers sing and dance in a production that includes songs like “Over the Rainbow,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Born This Way,” and “Love on Top,” just to name a few. Check it out for yourself below:

(Source: youtu.be)

Adam Lambert Fault Magazine
Adam Lambert graces the Spring cover of the Fashion and Film magazine Fault. Check out larger photos, after the jump!

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Rufus Wainwright debuted his upcoming album’s cover on his Facebook today. The album, titled Out of the Game, was produced by Mark Ronson and will be released in the U.S. in May.

Rufus Wainwright debuted his upcoming album’s cover on his Facebook today. The album, titled Out of the Game, was produced by Mark Ronson and will be released in the U.S. in May.

Madonna MDNA Girl Gone Wild Single Cover
Our current cover girl treated the masses to a new single on Monday, titled “Girl Gone Wild.” The Benny Benassi produced dance track is the second single off Madonna’s upcoming album, MDNA, and is reminiscent of the wildly successful Confessions On A Dance Floor. Click here to read our exclusive interview her madgesty, then listen to the track after the jump!

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Singer George Michael hugs Adele as he presents her with the Best Album Award at The Brit Awards on Tuesday in London. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Singer George Michael hugs Adele as he presents her with the Best Album Award at The Brit Awards on Tuesday in London. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Adam Lambert sings his single “Better Than I Know Myself” at the Q102 iHeart Performance Theater on Thursday in Bala Cynwyd, Penn. (Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

Adam Lambert sings his single “Better Than I Know Myself” at the Q102 iHeart Performance Theater on Thursday in Bala Cynwyd, Penn. (Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

Adam Lambert gave fans a 39 second preview of his new music video on Wednesday, for his single “Better Than I Know Myself.” The power ballad is from his upcoming album Trespassing, and the full video is scheduled to be released on Friday. Check out the clip above.

Glam rock band Scissor Sisters released the music video for their new, and very different track “Shady Love” on Monday. The song also features Krystal Pepsy, a pseudonym for Harlem-based, 20-year-old rapper Azealia Banks.