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Video | Gay Cuban-born, Miami-raised singer Ariel Aparicio performs 'Lucille'

An e-mail about singer Ariel Aparicio:

Hello Steve,

I wanted to update you on GLBT Brooklyn rocker, Ariel Aparicio. You probably remember him for his chart-topping rendition of “Pretty in Pink” (which retired after eighteen weeks on LOGO’s The Click List, ending the year as the #3 most requested video of 2009). He’s back with his latest EP, the bEdRoom tapes, which is a throwback to the punk-rock mainstream legends of the late ‘70s and ‘80s yet maintains the infectious edginess of music today. Never to be confused as part of the mindless cookie-cutter rock saturating the radio today, Ariel meshes captivating tongue-in-cheek lyrics with energetic electric guitar, epitomizing rock and roll.

This is instantly apparent in his first single “Lucille” which debuted at #5 on LOGO’s The Click List, charting for over 8 weeks and reaching #1 in week 3. The video also remained in the top 30 most watched videos of MTVmusic.com for 3 days. Influenced by genius acts like Prince, New York Dolls, and ‘90s alt-rockers Elastica; “Lucille” is the intricately woven tale of two hapless souls succumbing to the relentless weight of the world, while at the same time discovering their own strength in “Lucille”- a figurehead unwilling to share their fate. The video features GLBT pop musician, Khalid Rivera; up-and-coming drag queen, Dallas Dubois; singer Ayanna Williams; and Twitter star, RingoStyleBaby.

Each year Ariel performs at numerous pride celebrations.  This summer he played in Brooklyn, Baltimore, Queens, San Diego and Power of Pride. He was a featured artist at OUTMusic’s Stonewall: the 40th Anniversary Commemorative Concert & Benefit at the Nokia Theater and in celebration of National Coming Out Day in October 2009, Ariel was asked to perform exclusively for MTV Networks’ staff at their Out@MTVN event.

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