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.
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.
“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!
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…
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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