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Who Is Troye Sivan Now?

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The pop singer Troye Sivan launched “One thing to Give Every Different,” his third album — and first in 5 years — earlier this month to largely constructive critiques.

However whereas Sivan, 28, could have grown into his musical and visible id with a string of latest singles and movies that borrow from Nineties dance music, meme tradition and worldwide cinema, he has not but damaged via because the mainstream homosexual male pop star many anticipated when his profession started.

A one-time YouTube vlogger who was born in South Africa and raised Orthodox Jewish in Australia, Sivan got here out as a younger teenager and has been matter-of-fact in songs and interviews about his sexuality. Earlier this yr, Sivan appeared ably as an actor in HBO’s much-maligned music trade satire, “The Idol,” a few pop star and her group being sucked into the damaging internet of a cult chief.

But regardless of his rising public profile and inventive confidence, Sivan has discovered much less industrial success with “One thing to Give Every Different,” which debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard album chart, than his much less confident earlier two albums, “Bloom,” in 2018, and “Blue Neighborhood,” from 2015.

On this week’s Popcast, a dialog about this new iteration of Sivan’s sound and persona, the place he matches into pop’s rising center class and the ceilings he should face as an overtly homosexual male performer.


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