Adore Delano won the hearts of millions, clawing her way to the Top 3 on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. With ferocious performances and her sassy crass ‘tude, the teenage queen of wigs n’ cigs went on to conquer three challenges, tying Bianco Del Rio for the most wins of the season. This Tuesday, she will release the debut single from her Till Death Do Us Party album, and it will prove Adore Delano not only relishes in the adulation, she’s ready to bathe in it. Bring on the lovin’ because the wild child of drag fans adore is “DTF”, with a condom of course.
“I always wanted to create a hoodrat raunchy song,” says Adore Delano of the Tomas & Shiny produced track. “’DTF’ is grimy, pop, hood shit. I’m really excited because the sound is unlike anything else out there.”
Some will call it hip-hop. Delano doesn’t. “It isn’t rap. It’s more baby talking like a thirsty slut,” she explains. In writing the lyrics, she drew inspiration from guys she met online. “The ones who in person looked completely different from their profiles, but still gave good sex,” she clarifies.
Of the song’s main message, she acknowledges there isn’t one. “Sometimes music should be fun. I have other songs on the album that are thought provoking. ‘DTF’ delivers a feel rather than a message.”
Like the song, the music video drips with sex. It’s a cross between Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and Madonna’s Papa Don’t Preach, exuding the heat and raw passion of the Spanish hood. “I wanted to pay tribute to the chola culture I grew up around,” she says. “I called up my real life friends to be in the video; they got their friends and we turned the whole thing into a real ghetto party.”
Adore Delano became a breakout star on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She wasn’t new to reality television, however, having completed on seasons 6 and 7 of American Idol as her male persona, Danny Noriega.”I never felt so in drag than when I was out of drag”, she says of her American Idol experience, acknowledging a sense of shame for having tamed her look for the show.
Determined not to live with one more ounce of regret, he decided he would do things his way, and only his way, from there on out. He entered a drag competition in West Hollywood as Adore Delano, whom he affectionately refers to as “the super hero for my soul”, and won. It would be the first of many wins.
In December 2013, Logo announced that Adore Delano was among 14 drag queens competing on the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Adore had previously competed for the season five fan-vote but lost to Penny Tration. In season six, she would go all the way to the show’s finale, vying for the top prize against Bianca Del Rio and Courtney Act.
“I had such a blast on RuPaul’s Drag Race. My highlights were meeting Ru, winning all the challenges, and creating such strong bonds with the cast and crew.
“The show gave me the opportunity to express myself, and to become a role model for those who don’t necessarily fit in,” she continues. “I’m representing the new queens, the weirdos, the unpolished. I stand for those who have been told ‘you can’t do this.’ I’m here to say, ‘you can’. You should never question yourself, if you want to do something, do it”.
Embracing her inner persona – that of a topless hooker draped in faux fur from the 80s – has given Adore Delano the confidence to believe she can now take over the world. She is preparing to embark on a nationwide tour with her band later this year, beginning with a full concert performance at New York’s Gramercy Theatre on June 13th.
Adore has also teamed with World of Wonder, the producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race, on the launch of a new web series, Let The Music Play. In conjunction with her album release, the eleven-week series will feature Adore sharing entertaining, intimate, behind-the-scenes details of each track on Till Death Do Us Party.
“I will bring drag back into the mainstream market with this album,” Delano declares. “It’s about time we get taken seriously as artists.”
“DTF” by Adore Delano is available May 20th on iTunes and all major online retailers. Till Death Do Us Party releases Tuesday, June 3rd. For more information, visit www.adoredelano.com.
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NYC area fans are invited to see Adore Delano LIVE in concert on Friday, June 13th. Tickets go on sale to the public on Wednesday May 21st at 10 AM via Ticketmaster.com with a limited number of VIP packages that include early entrance, a limited edition commemorative tour poster and a Meet & Greet with Adore Delano herself! Visit ticketmaster.com or the Gramercy Theatre box office at 127 E 23rd Street, open from 12-6:30 Monday thru Friday and 1-5 on Saturday to secure your seats to the fiercest show in NYC!
For more information, please contact Len Evans at Project Publicity:
Len.Evans@ProjectPublicity.com; (212) 445-0066