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.
Election Day is finally here! There were seemingly endless months of commentary, satire, parodies and intense arguments with loved ones that made it seem like you were choosing sides for the American Civil War instead of a president. But that’s over, because today We The People cast our ballots for red, blue, green or Honey Boo Boo! Stave off that voting postpartum with five politically charged music videos that celebrate your new-found surge of political empowerment – which, let’s be honest, will go hibernate the next two to four years in some of us.
The 2003 chart-topper crossed B.E.P. over into the pop world and introduced us to Fergie. But The Black Eyed Peas didn’t just milk their new level of fame. They used the popularity of the hit to address global social injustices like war, pollution and intolerance in the music video.
F*** yeah, America! It’s Friday and you know what that means. Time to exercise your freedom and vote for today’s Face-Off Music Video poll. The United States presidential election is nearly upon us. Practice making those tough decisions on November 6 (if you haven’t already voted early like the eager little patriots you are) by choosing between these politically charged clips: Michael Jackson‘s “They Don’t Really Care About Us” or Eminem‘s “Mosh.” Who gets your flag waving faster? Mull it over while we make a case for each.
“They Don’t Care About Us” – If there was ever a song to get you racing to the nearest polling place, this is it. With a driving beat that keeps time like a military march and a resounding chorus chant of “They don’t really care about us,” this HIStory tune sounds more like a battle cry for democracy than a SoundScan single. Paired with visuals of Michael Jackson in prison blues and handcuffs, dancing around pissed off inmates, The King of Pop easily takes this week’s face-off. Is Eminem Better Than MJ? Take Our Poll
According to Israeli dubstep producer Borgore “you should’ve learned bitches love cake.” Doesn’t everyone? Miley Cyrus lends her vocals for the DJ’s latest single “Decisions,” which features the singer all caked up. Literally. On a bike, Borgore pedals through the Hollywood streets to deliver a gigantic three tiered cake to what looks like a high society party at Roosevelt Hotel. Obviously the party is packed with women (and men) who love cake. Read more…
Wiz Khalifa‘s in the office. Solo. But he isn’t getting any work done. The visuals for “The Tweak Is Heavy” from his Cabin Fever 2 mixtape is pretty minimalist. It looks like Wiz in the basement of a cold building. There’s a phone and laptop on the bare desk, but those are merely props since they aren’t being used. Instead he partakes in the luxuries of champagne and cigar smoking. And peep the no shirt under the jacket steez. What’s that really about? Read more…
On this Dead of the Dead there seems to be a pop music zombie who has just arisen. According to WWW.ASHLEESIMPSONMUSIC.COM (as opposed to Ashlee SimpsonActress.com or Ashlee SimpsonJessica Simpson‘sSister.com), our girl is back with new music in T MINUS 20 DAYS and continually counting down. The official drop date for this new single and its accompanying video? November 21st.
We’re getting freaky with our Friday Face-Off Music Video poll this week, because Halloween is here and we know at least half of you will be barely dressed as sexy-somethings, tricking for adult treats this weekend. Don’t lie. It’s okay, because Lady Gaga‘s “Judas” and Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa and P!nk‘s collaboration “Lady Marmalade” feature costumes worse than yours. Nothing tops pop stars posed as prostitutes: Gaga as Mary Magdalene and X-tina’s crew (un)dressed as Moulin Rouge’s best. So, who has the freakier video?
You don’t have to be a Little Monster to freak over this racy clip. It has everything you want in a Lady Gaga spectacle. Religious imagery ala Madonna? Check. Sassy dance moves courtesy of Miss “Boom Boom Kat” Laurieann Gibson? Check. Dramatic, skin-baring, Haute couture costumes? Take it to the bank and cash that check, because “Judas” has all of the aforementioned and then some. Take the poll and read our case for
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.