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.
Old School or Bran’Nu?
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?
WHY would you give her a flamethrower?
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.
Let’s compare them…
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.
Team Breezy: Felicia Daniels, Associate Producer, VH1.com Music (@fdot415)
“Wall To Wall” - Sorry, but any music video inspired by classic Wesley Snipes‘ superhero film Blade (remember Blade?!) renders all competition irrelevant. Read more…
Life has almost got Usher down in the new video for the next single off of Looking 4 Myself, Swedish House Mafia produced “Numb.” But only almost.
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…
Charlene Kaye‘s music is at once classic and contemporary, a mix of glam rock and classical music in just the right measures. In her new video for “Forever Is A Long Time,” she takes a darker turn.
“I wanted do a ballsy rock video, something that would really capture the chaos and panic of the song,” Kaye explained to VH1. “Liam (White, the video’s director) got a bunch of public access footage and projected it over us, and if you look closely you can see that there are two narratives going on- one of the past, and of the present, which is something I think is really beautiful and relevant to the song. The shots range from bombs raining down during WWII to old circus acts in the 1920s to the Hindenberg exploding, so there’s no lack of things to look at!”
“Forever Is A Long Time” is the third song off her most recent, Kickstarter-funded album, Animal Love, to get a music video, and is definitely less sunshine and hope than Kaye’s previous tracks.
Trey Songz is the equivalent of the side chick, the other man if you will. Sort of like when Biggie said, “Don’t leave your girl ’round me, true player for real,” Trey is about that life. The visual for “Dive In” is all kinds of sexy with a clean cut Trigga in a cream suit jacket and a beautiful curly-haired woman who is cheating on her handsome man. Yummy. The concept from Justin Francis clip is not one that’s extremely innovative. A pool. A hot couple. Said couple can’t keep their hands off of each other in the water. We’ve seen this more than a few times over. Read more…
The new video for Walk The Moon‘s “Tightrope” drops the boys into a campy camp-ground dance party, complete with face-paint like they wont and woodland creatures seemingly still dancing off Taylor Swift’s last break-up. The boys are joined round the roaring orange campfire by dancing lions and tigers and zebras, and also some warriors carrying worrisome weapons and looking hungry for the blood of a You Oughta Know artist. Looking only a little concerned, the boys get on their trademark face paint — which, for the record, looks seriously expert compared to the smeared on war paint-style look they wore in the “Anna Sun” video — and start rocking. Are these guys ever not having fun? So serious as they are about making good music, they are about having a good time — and here, that really shows.
There are stranger occurrences, but none quite like the treat of Rick Ross‘ upcoming The Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape cover. Hey, he’s made reference to being the “only fat n—- in a sauna with Jews,” and maybe he was inspired by Drake‘s bar mitzvah themed “HYFR” video, which in turn led to Ross’ head protruding from the Star of David. But since it’s a “black” bar mitzvah celebration, in Rozay’s mind this equates to flashiness. The fox fur draped across his shoulder, the blinged out shades, the gold pinky ring, these are all signs of success for a crop of rappers like Ross who grew up with nearly nothing. Leave it to Ricky to put a hood tale spin on God’s “chosen people” like only a boss could. Read more…