Any singer can hit a few eight count steps in their video; only Ciara can deliver it with perfection. She makes it look easy. Earlier today we celebrated Ciara’s 27th birthday with an awesome GIF wall featuring 27 of her hottest dance moves. Here we are hours later–amazed, once again–by the R&B singer’s choreography in her latest video for “Got Me Good” from her forthcoming One Woman Army. Forget a boat load of useless props when you’re a true dancer like Ciara. The visual for this party record is minimalist–backup dancers, a few jeeps, a couple guys, all in the middle of a desert. “Nobody can make me feel like dancing all night,” she croons on the uptempo dance track. That’s how we feel while watching her channel a little bit of Usher, MJ and Aaliyah. Read more…
Let’s hear it for New York, the backdrop for fun.‘s night on the town in “Carry On.” Although directed by Anthony Mandler, who also directed “Some Nights,” the visuals for the group’s latest single veers away from its Civil War themed predecessor. It’s a tale of both sadness and hope. The slower verses tell the story of situations that could’ve broken them, while the upbeat chorus is about carrying on. And like the song, the video is two-fold. Read more…
While “Begin Again” is rumored to be about Taylor Swift‘s newest beau, Conor Kennedy, the video gives nothing away. Alas, there are no Cape Cod anchors or Kennedy clan references for us to pore over. Instead, Taylor explores the cobblestone streets of Paris — sipping espresso in a café and doodling pictures of architecture before being approached by a very handsome (Parisian?) beau. A Kennedy he is not, but it seems like he wants to take her photo and she naturally obliges. Ooh la la, c’est romantique!
If you’re looking for inspiration on throwing a French-style wedding, look no further. “Begin Again” is ripped straight from an Anthropologie catalog: complete with flowy violet silk and Taylor’s signature red lipstick. Will “Begin Again” send a slew of teens on a tour of Paris? Probably. Along with her newly-purchased Cape Cod mansion, this Taylor Swift Teen Tour we’re planning seems like it’ll be a lot of fun.
T.I. made good on his promise that his forthcoming Trouble Man would be reminiscent of the Trap Muzik days. “Trap Back Bumpin” proved this to be true. Now, the visual for “Ball” featuring Lil Wayne is further evidence that one thing T.I. knows best– the trap. “Ball” is unarguably a club record. The sped up drums are bound to make someone drop down and get their eagle on, girl. In appealing to the audience that has been with T.I.P. since I’m Serious–before the commercial success, before the movies, before the hit reality show–he takes it back to the ‘hood. Read more…
It’s Friday, so let’s get into that Brandy! No, not that brandy, you sophisticated lushes. I’m talking about the R&B singer whose singles probably were the soundtrack to your adolescence. Quit waxing nostalgic about sitting up in your room long enough to vote in today’s Friday Face-Off Music Video poll. You decide which Brandy jam you’re down for the most: ”I Wanna Be Down” or “Put It Down.” Okay, now have that drink while we make our case for each.
Nicki Minaj has made more than her share of bright and sexy videos, but this is by far the brightest and the sexiest of the bunch. The Colin Tilley-directed video for “The Boys,” a new cut from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up, just hit the web, and it’s splashed with predictably eye-popping colors and generous with the ever ogle-able Nicki and her “real pretty” pal Cassie. While Cassie looks great in a high-cut one piece, this video centered around Nicki going crazy on a barber shop. What happened, Nicki? Did they give you a bad haircut?
I guess Aaron Carter‘s parents are out of town (again!) because he’s acting up on Twitter. Just kidding, that’s the premise from his 2000 hit “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)“. It’s 2012, Aaron’s now 24 years old and he doesn’t need permission to have a rager. He does, however, need to be careful who he accuses of music video theft. He recently went on Twitter to call out Justin Bieber’s new music video “Beauty and the Beat” (that Biebs himself wrote, produced and directed) for reminding him of the one for his 12 year old hit. Meanwhile, that song is only six years older than Bieber himself.
Justin Biebers new video reminds me of my video “Aaron’s Party”
— Aaron Carter (@AARONCARTER) October 15, 2012
I’m not impressed.
— Aaron Carter (@AARONCARTER) October 15, 2012
We’ve been pranked!
Earlier this week, Justin Bieber set off a frenzy when he lamented on twitter that a bunch of his stuff had been taken, including a computer and camera with “a lot of personal footage.” Like a dog whistle, the tweets sent the media scrambling for whatever sorts of goods that “personal footage” might include. “Evidence” of underage drinking and a possible naked-pic surfaced almost immediately, as did rumors of a sex tape. And we were just about to reveal that scandalous generations-old Bieber family “spaghetti and milk” recipe we found, but! It turns out that this whole “stolen” stuff business is but stunt, initiated by Bieber himself to promote this sexy new video for “Beauty And A Beat,” featuring Nicki Minaj.
The video begins with a slate that tells it all: “In October of 2012 three hours of personal footage was stolen from musician Justin Bieber. The following footage was illegally uploaded by an anonymous blogger.” Okay, Biebs, you got us good. Read more…
It’s Friday, you’re tired of your job and you have nothing else to do while your Lean Cuisine heats up in the microwave. So, take a second to vote for today’s Friday Face-Off Music Video. In a Halloween-themed match-up, Chris Brown‘s “Wall To Wall” is up against Backstreet Boys‘ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” You can vote below to determine which video is the most eerily entertaining, but first, it’s time to entertain the case for each each video.
Directed by Chris Applebaum and Grace Harry, the duo behind the drenched “Dive” clip, Usher’s “Numb” video begins with pulsing footage of Usher on stage in Berlin, head hung low as an announcer explains that, “he tried because he loves Berlin and he really wanted to give you guys a show, but he just couldn’t do it. Thanks for understanding.” Usher’s show in Berlin last January really did get cut short, and you can hear that he’s still remorseful when he says here that, “I felt like a failure. Hopeless. Paralyzed. Lonely.” The botched show is not the end of his troubles, though, and there are images of him kneeling at someone’s hospital bed and taking care of a little kid.
But “Numb” is an anthem of overcoming, an insistence that you “shake it off, let it go, I don’t care anymore” because “you never know until you let go,” and so Usher doesn’t give in so easy. Rather, he gives the kid a hug, enjoys a dance at the strip club (why not?) and sings out all the rest in a recording booth. There is also a great sequence where he dances in a big glass cube, refusing to let those walls keep him from breaking it all down. Because this is an Usher video, and you know what Usher does? He dances. Read more…