Queer Artistry Finds Its Rightful Place In Pop Music Thanks To Troye Sivan’s Stunning Debut Blue Neighbourhood
At this point in time, the name Troye Sivan is probably quite familiar. “He’s that gay pop star from Australia who did a song with Ariana Grande.” Well, while all of that is true, there was a time when mentioning the name Troye Sivan would receive a response of confusion. I remember the good ol’ days when he was considered a “new artist” and I could tell people all about his greatness without them having any prior knowledge of his artistry. A lot of new fans were made this way, so you’re welcome Troye Sivan. Fast-forward 5 years later, Troye Sivan is probably one of the more well-known queer pop artists, along with former Disney Channel star, “Lesbian Jesus” Hayley Kiyoko. Together, they ushered in one of the greatest years for queer recognition in the popular music media last year with what some fans (including myself) called “20GAYTEEN.” Now, this landmark year in queer visibility comes a bit later in Troye Sivan’s story. He actually got his start on YouTube, with fans tuning into his vlogs to see him do… well, whatever people do on vlogs. Admittedly, I wasn’t into the YouTuber trend. I had many friends who would worship these random guys on the Internet, most likely because of their looks. I couldn’t really get behind watching someone do absolutely nothing for 10 minutes because he was the slightest bit attractive. That was never the reason why I got into Troye Sivan — though I don’t dislike his face, to be fair. I became a fan of Troye Sivan when he started to release music, beginning with his exceptional debut hit “Happy Little Pill.” I knew of his name because a college friend of mine showed me a YouTube video of his once in the library, and even though I did my best to act like I cared about the mundane thing that he was doing in the video, it was his music that immediately captivated me. Fast-forward to his debut album Blue Neighbourhood, an album that not only meant much to me at the time, but still does even today.