Troye Sivan channels High School Musical in new music video with Ariana Grande
Troye Sivan has just dropped a new video for his track “Dance To This,” featuring with Ariana Grande, which he says has been inspired by High School Musical and Grease.
Sivan released the track last month, which is set to be included on his upcoming album Bloom.
Posting the music video on Twitter, Sivan said: “The DTT vid was inspired literally by High School Musical and Grease and Pass This On by the Knife and a gif of Cher spinning around that i cant find rn.”
The video shows Sivan as he opens the pop-driven track, which includes heavy beats and melodic guitars, before taking the first chorus on his own.
Sivan appears to perform the track in a town hall, with wood panelled walls, where hardly anyone is paying attention to him.
Grande then joins in for the second verse, before the pair duet and dance together for much of the rest of the track.
Lyrics include: “Under the kitchen lights / You still look like dynamite,” and: “We can just dance to this / Push up on my body.”
Sivan’s second album Bloom is set to be released on 31 August this year.
He released the title track “Bloom” in May, which he has said that is all about being on the receiving end of gay sex.
Shortly after the video trended at number one on Twitter, Sivan posted on Twitter using the hashtag #BopsBoutBottoming.
The singer has now deleted the tweet, but fans made the hashtag their own, sending both the song and #BopsBoutBottoming trending on the platform.
The lyrics to “Bloom” include the line: “Take a trip into my garden, I’ve got so much to show ya.”
The song’s pre-chorus continues: “I need you to tell me right before it goes down / Hold my hand if I get scared now / Take a second, baby, slow it down.”
The pop star came out in two YouTube videos back in 2013, telling his fans “I want you guys to know.”
The DTT vid was inspired literally by High School Musical and Grease and Pass This On by the Knife and a gif of Cher spinning around that i cant find rn
— troye sivan (@troyesivan) July 19, 2018
He added: “This is not something I’m ashamed of, and this is not something anyone should have to be ashamed of.”
“I know this could change everything for me, but it shouldn’t have to, and this is why I’m making this video.”
Sivan has been a very public advocate for LGBT rights, winning a GLAAD award for outstanding music artist in 2016.
In 2017, he received another GLAAD distinction, the Stephen F. Kolzak Award in 2017, which honours members of the media or entertainment industry’s efforts to fight homophobia.
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“This award is so much larger than me,” he said in his acceptance speech.
“This moment is about visibility and about representation […] So much of the work that has contributed to our progress as a community is far less glamorous than the work that I’m being honoured for tonight.”
Sivan went on to honour the work of other LGBT activists like Peter Staley, Bayard Rustin and Gilbert Baker.
The singer has recently discussed how he cried upon realising he was attracted to men.
“I remember I cried when I realised that I thought Zac Efron was really hot. I cried. And felt really sick,” said Sivan in the June edition of Attitude magazine.
He also opened up about dating as a gay teen, a somewhat “predatory” experience in a “hypersexualised” environment.