Due to space issues, this feature was left out of the January print edition.
By John Lyle Belden
The once-mysterious gay vocalist Who Is Fancy has released a new video for his single, “Boys Like You,” a collaboration with Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande.
Fancy grabbed everyone’s attention early in 2015 with “Goodbye,” released with multiple identically-shot videos featuring a different “singer” in each one, including a gender-fluid person of color who started as a fierce woman and ended as a crooning cowboy.
But none were the real Fancy – he later spilled the beans by appearing on an episode of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.”
Who Is Fancy, a/k/a Jake Hagood, doesn’t show his real face in the video for “Boys Like You” either – it is animated, featuring cartoon versions of Hagood, Trainor and Grande all crushing on the same hot boy. Go to www.whoisfancymusic.com to see the videos and buy downloads of his songs.
If you want to say “Hello” to Adele, you’ll have to leave Indiana. Her first North American tour in five years starts in St. Paul, Minn., on July 5 and 6 (at Xcel Energy arena), then comes to Chicago’s United Center on July 10, 11 and 13. After some dates out West, she returns to the Midwest to perform at the Palace of Auburn Hills, near Detroit, on Sept. 6 and 7.
Tickets are available online at live.adele.com/north-america/. Her latest album, “25,” is available everywhere.
It’s almost Grammy time, and the annual album featuring nominated songs is to be released on Jan. 22. See www.2016grammyalbum.com for the lineup, which includes “Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars; “Blank Space,” Taylor Swift; “Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd; “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town; “Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran; and “Ship to Wreck,” Florence + The Machine.
Swift also has “Bad Blood” (feat. Kendrick Lamar) nominated, so don’t tell Kanye, but she could be collecting more gold gramophones on Feb. 15. There is so much love for Swift’s “1989” that I’m surprised Ryan Adams’ re-imagining of the album isn’t nominated (his version of “Bad Blood” actually rivals the quality of the original).
For fans of Naptown jazz, the album “One Night In Indy” by Wes Montgomery, featuring the Eddie Higgins Trio, releases on Jan. 15. It is a recording of a live 1959 Indianapolis club performance of a half-dozen songs for 40 minutes of music.
Here are some other albums scheduled to drop in January (sources include Amazon and NewReleasesNow.com):
“Blackstar” – David Bowie
“Pawn Shop” – Brothers Osborne
“In Ruin” – Cauldron
“Destiny” – Celtic Woman
“The Astonishing” – Dream Theater
“War Against You” – Ignite
“Dystopia” – Megadeth
“Death of a Bachelor” – Panic! at the Disco
“Wildfire” – Rachel Platten
“Savaloy Dip” (“lost” 1974 album finally released) – Alan Price
“Nine Track Mind” – Charlie Puth
“This is Acting” – Sia
“John David Souther” (reissue) – J.D. Souther
“Let Me Get By” – Tedeschi Trucks Band
Associate Editor John Belden was actually a failed music major in college (and has plenty of other things to do), so The Word is open to applications for a music columnist and/or correspondent. Contact the editor at [email protected]