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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Why the lack of gay pop superstars in this day and age?

Sam Smith, right, is joined by Mary J. Blige during his concert June 17 at the Apollo Theater in New York City, the same day his debut album, “In the Lonely Hour,” was released in the U.S. The openly gay Smith has said the album is “about a guy, and that’s what I wanted people to know — I want to be clear that that’s what it’s about.”