We’re in Thanksgiving recovery mode, so it’s time for a special Black Friday Face-Off! You may be nursing a raging feast belly after attempting to induce an L-Tryptophan coma to stave off squirm-worthy questions about “marrying that nice boy you’re living with” (rinse down turkey with wine and repeat). Or you just said no to traditional T-Day and are recovering from the hangover that accompanies watching ThanksKilling with friends and stuffing your face (more bacon, less familial judgment). Fall Out Boy‘s “Thnks fr th Mmrs” and Dido‘s “Thank You” respectively fit either scenario. Whose video reflects your Black Friday mood best?
You vote after the jump while we hunt down the Advil.
While downing my fifth helping of mac and cheese with my sixth glass of wine, I realized how much I’m loving pop music this year. It could be too much turkey and carbs making me nostalgic, but despite many personal disappointments in 2012 – why, Amy Poehler and Will Arnette? why?! – the music scene has been steadily rocking my existence the past 11 months. All credit goes to YouTube and its community of awesome for constantly breathing new life into even the most overplayed hits by celebrating or ridiculing them just when I get bored. Give thanks with me to Google’s greatest acquisition by checking out my top three favorite, time-sucking viral music clips, covers and parodies. You’re welcome!
See which YouTube videos I’m thankful for after the jump.
This week’s Friday Face-Off is between Kanye West and Britney Spears because they both have futuristic-theme music videos for their respective “Stronger” tracks. Plus, when you think about it, aren’t Britney and Kanye are basically the same person? Hear me out before deafening me with a chorus of “haah?!” and pelting me with Team Britney, B**** T-Shirts. Both are one-name-recognizable lightening rods for controversy, and despite head-shaving, crotch flashing (yes, both) and speaking before thinking too many times to count, they’ve remained musical juggernauts. Mind explosion, right? Now you tell us whose “Stronger” dominates.
Will Britney’s chair dancing or Kanye’s anime mini-movie win out? Vote after the jump!
The curse of dating a musician is he or she might write a less-than-flattering song about you, but in the universe of Theo Katzman‘s latest video for “Hard For You” the Brooklyn-based performer whose sound is best described as a blend of indie and soul takes the threat just a step further, imaging a world where the uber-sucessful musician stalks his ex through the inescapable landscape of ever-present advertisements.
“The song was inspired by the idea of my girlfriend leaving me for a guy who makes more money, who seems more professional, who has his life together more than I do,” explained Katzman, who was formerly part of the dance-oriented band My Dear Disco. “In the song, I explain how, while this other guy may have his job and his money, I’m the guy with the soul. I’m the guy with the music.”
A woman’s best friend is her confidante, a sister without the bloodline, her right hand woman. That friendship becomes muddy when one woman wants what the other has. “Trust And Believe” is Keyshia Cole’s soap opera of trusting two people who committed the ultimate act of betrayal. Director Benny Boom creates mini movies called music videos. “Trust And Believe” follows Keyshia Cole’s longterm relationship with her man and best friend. She suspects he may be cheating, but never in her wildest dreams did she think the woman was right under her nose. Read more…
Taylor Swift is up against herself for Friday Music Video Face-Off this week. I mean, she broke a 10-year-old sales record for fastest selling album with Red (1.21 milli, y’all!). It just wouldn’t be fair otherwise. Besides, we’ve watched T-Swift’s songs mature from a 16-year-old pining over Romeo to penning platinum-selling hits about her real-life breakups (as if dating John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal in the same calendar year is reality). The woman clearly has a lot of material to contrast. So, which Taylor do you favor: country siren Swift of “Picture To Burn” or pop tart Taylor from “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together?” Vote in our poll today then catch VH1 Storytellers: Taylor Swift premiering Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 p.m.
Team Pop Taylor: Felicia Daniels, Associate Producer, VH1.com Music (@fdot415)
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” - When Taylor Swift is over you, she really, really means it. Screw burning pictures. The woman puts some poor sap on blast by re-enacting his late night booty calls for the world to watch and replay in this video! Read More & Vote: Classic Taylor or Dubstepping T-Swift?
Rihanna‘s new video for “Diamonds” just dropped a few minutes ago and it seems as if the world has one burning question. No, it’s not whether or not you can get high from smoking diamonds, but rather this: Is that Chris Brown‘s tattooed arm making a cameo? What follows is special VH1 Tuner investigation!
Let’s take a look at the evidence, shall we?
Rihanna has never been shy about her preferred method of kicking back — in fact, she fully embodied it for Halloween this year — but we hadn’t anticipated that her habits might be rich as this. The brand new video for “Diamonds,” the first single off of Unapologetic, which is out November 19th, finds the Bajan hottie rolling-up a blunt’s worth of the shiniest diamonds we have ever seen and smoking them. An #unapologetic move if we’ve ever seen one, the diamond high has her floating in some crystalline waters and spinning in a wide opened field; running down dark roads and galloping alongside racing horses; throwing sneaky Roc-diamonds and hand holding with a curiously familiar tatted up fellow. So, uh, how do we get ourselves some like this? That deluxe box set comes with at least a crystal or two, right? Read more…
As you might have imagined, Ke$ha‘s newest is full of debauchery, as is her usual neon-heavy style. Instead of unicorns, glitter and James Van Der Beek, this time she’s enlisted a band of spookily attractive dances to writhe around the desert–while K$ poses on a mattress and dances in front of a pentagram. It. Is. Awesome.
Is Ke$ha part of the Illuminati? Is she involved in some sort of witchcraft? Or is she just super trendy? We’ll never truly know, but the new video for Super Earworm “Die Young” features an overwhelming amount of geometry–everything from the magic triangle…
Coming to an Urban Outfitters sale section near you.
…to the mystical pentagram…
MORE MAGIC UP AHEAD
2012 has been a good year for artists from Down Under, perhaps the best since the tidal wave of the mid- to late-Eighties that brought bands like INXS, Midnight Oil, and Crowded House great success here on these shores. This year, Antipodean acts like Gotye, Kimbra, and San Cisco have each made an impact, and now it’s shaping up to be Atlas Genius‘ turn.
VH1 Tuner is excited to debut the music video for “Trojans,” the first single off the Australian group’s Through The Glass EP. Released in Australia back in 2011 but only making a splash here now in late 2012, this Atlas Genius track has been slowly climbing Billboard‘s Alternative charts for months now, due in large part to its crazy catchy guitar riff. The song’s subject matter is, thankfully, not about condoms, but rather about the damage inflicted on the song’s protagonist after a particularly difficult breakup. Between this and Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know,” it seems like Aussies have cornered the market on breakup songs this year.