Brazilian drag queen and singer-songwriter Pabllo Vittar has released his new single “Follow Me”, featuring Japanese-born singer-songwriter, model, and actress Rina Sawayama.
Pabllo Vittar released his debut studio album Vai Passar Mal was released – including the singles “Nêga”, “Todo Dia”, “K.O.”, “Corpo Sensual”, “Então Vai” (with Diplo) and “Indestrutível” on January 12, 2017.
In the same month he released “Todo Dia” as the second single of the album, which became notorious at Brazilian Carnival due to its lyrics. The third single “K.O.” became an even bigger hit and brought Vittar to nationwide fame and success; as of 2021, the song has over 381 million views on YouTube. The fourth single, “Corpo Sensual”, was released on September 6, 2017, to similar success, resulting in over 321 million views on YouTube.
Vittar has been featured in songs by international artists such as Major Lazer’s “Sua Cara” (with fellow Brazilian singer Anitta). The music video was released on July 30, 2017, and reached 10th place on the list of most-viewed online videos in the first 24 hours, with 25 million views.
The singer also appears on “I Got It”, from Charli XCX’s fourth mixtape Pop 2. Vittar collaborated again with XCX on “Flash Pose”, released on July 25, 2019; the single was later included on Vittar’s album 111. He also got to perform “Flash Pose” at the 2019 MTV Europe Music Awards.
On August 15, 2018, Pabllo Vittar released his second studio album Não Para Não – including the singles “Problema Seu”, “Disk Me”, “Seu Crime”, “Buzina”, and “Não Vou Deitar”.
Vittar toured in support of the album, in Brazil and internationally. An extended tour called NPN Pride saw Vittar performing in various pride parades throughout USA and Canada. The first two singles were released to great success, with “Disk Me” reaching over 85 million views and “Problema Seu” reaching over 112 million views on Youtube.
The singles “Seu Crime” and “Buzina” also were successful, albeit with smaller numbers, with both reaching over 25 million views on Youtube. This album also featured Brazilian singers Dilsinho and Ludmilla in “Trago seu Amor de Volta” and “Vai Embora”, respectively.
On October 31, 2019, Pabllo Vittar released the 111 1 EP – including the singles “Parabéns” (with Brazilian rapper Psirico), “Amor de Que” and “Flash Pose” (with Charli XCX). Following the success of the 111 1 EP, “Amor de Que” rose to success thanks to the 2020 Brazilian Carnival, with the song reaching over 50 million views in just a month; as of 2021, the song has over 138 million views.
“Parabéns” was released as the second single and also enjoyed similar success, with over 127 million views on Youtube as of 2020. “Flash Pose” had modest success, reaching over 25 million views on YouTube.
On March 24, 2020, Vittar’s third studio album 111 was released – including the singles “Clima Quente” (with Brazilian Jerry Smith), “Tímida” (with Thalía) and “Rajadão”; the songs from the EP were also included in the album. Vittar collaborated with various artists on the album, and included songs in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
With the nomination of “Sua Cara” at the 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, Vittar became the first Grammy-nominated drag queen. He also became the first drag queen to win an EMA award in its 25-year run for Best Brazilian Act. The following year, he consecutively won again.
Vittar is mainly a pop singer, although his music incorporates other genres. His debut studio album Vai Passar Mal mixes pop with elements of electronic music and Brazilian genres such as tecno brega, arrocha, funk carioca, and forró.
Music critics noted that his second studio album Não Para Não follows a similar formula, mixing Brazilian and international influences. His lyrics often explore themes such as love, self-confidence, and partying.
Vittar is a countertenor with 2.3 octaves of vocal extension already exhibited, spanning from flat E in the third octave (E♭3) to G# in the fifth octave (G♯5). Sérgio Anders, a singing professor at the State University of Minas Gerais, considers Vittar to have “an infantile voice in an adult male”. While he views Vittar as a good singer, Anders opines that his technique is not very developed. Shannon Sims of The New York Times described Vittar’s voice as a “nasal soprano”.