By BeBe Sweetbriar for LEFT Magazine
Musically, Adore Delano is one of the most talented contestants to come out of LOGO TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. She recently completed season six and used that talent to finish in the top three. So it comes as no surprise that Delano, whose real name is Danny Noriega, went on to set a Drag Race record when her debut album Till Death Do Us Party (Released June 3rd) sold 5,000 copies in it’s first week – outselling all previous recordings released by a Drag Race alum. Party debuted at #1 on the Dance Chart on iTunes, and peaked at #3 and #59 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Album and Top 200 Album charts, respectively.
Delano has made it clear that competing on Drag Race was a platform to kick off her music career, after a semi-final finish on Season 7 of American Idol failed to do so. Being on American Idol clearly demonstrated that national exposure can only take you so far, and that you still have to put in the hard work.
Delano is not taking a top three finish on Drag Race for granted. “I’ve always said no matter if you win or not… you have to work your ass off. It’s such a no bullshit business,” says the 24-year old drag star. The day that the Drag Race finale aired, May 19, Adore released the first singe DTF from her debut album, followed by her second and only charting single to date (Billboard Dance Chart #49) I Adore You, which Delano took the lead in writing. After returning home from a month long tour of Australia and New Zealand, the fourth single, Hello, I Love You was just released, launching Adore into her current Till Death Do Us Party Tour along the west coast of the U.S. and all over Canada, complete with a live band. “(Performing) is just so much more intimate when it’s live music and live vocals,” Adore proclaims.
Watching Adore Delano on Drag Race, you couldn’t help but foresee this drag artist becoming a rock star, and after my chat with the drag starlet, I’m even more convinced her plan to be one is just around the corner. She’ll certainly be throwing her party ’till death.
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