With a lyric video that already went above and beyond expectations, thanks to floating musical notes and a slow-moving pan across some well-toned arms well-fitted tuxedos, Justin Timberlake‘s latest offering ups the ante yet again. If coaxing Jay-Z into lending a verse to “Suit & Tie” didn’t make it clear, Mr. JT is very serious about this comeback, and even further proof lies in the official music video’s director: David (Freaking) Fincher, an Oscar nominee and the man who is partly responsible for your latest Netflix binge.
Either a movement to encourage better hygiene practices worldwide or an attempt at giving fans a more “intimate” experience, bathtubs are a popular location choice for music videos. They’re also breeding ground for emotional moments involving boogers and best friends (we see you, JemimaKirke of Girls). Released on Tuesday, Rihanna‘s sexy new clip for “Stay” had us thinking about a few other great moments involving bathtubs and video cameras (and no, not like that you creeps!).
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Not only are these shots hot, they’re impressive–it’s no easy task to catch the bubbles on film before they’ve disappeared. So jump in, the water is warm.
Usually the tough girl posturing is a cover up for a very sensitive soul. Rihanna cut the ‘I don’t give an eff’ attitude for four minutes of makeup free, teary-eyed, glistening wet, raw emotion in the video for “Stay.”
“Stay” is the Unapologetic ballad imploring a lover (likely Chris Brown) to stay. Director Sophie Muller stripped Rihanna, literally, down to nothing with a minimalist approach. In a bathtub of water you believe Rihanna can’t live without him. She makes you want him to stay for her. Mikky Ekko is fully clothed in his cameo, but his sadness is palpable.
Each of Rihanna’s numerous performances of “Stay” vocally surpasses its last, including Sunday’s Grammys performance as one of her best. She has an obvious connection to this song in particular, one that’s conveyed on-screen only by getting her alone and bare.
Have you noticed that the gap between “country music” and “rock music” continues to shrink with every passing year? Of course, we’re not talking about banjo-wielding purists singing tales about the joys of working at illegal moonshine distilleries, but more about performers like Eric Church and Jason Aldean are technically considered “country.” If you ever listen to their music or go to see them in concert, you’d be hard pressed to come up with a laundry list of things that differentiate their musical outlook from that of rock musicians. What we’re trying to say is this: Don’t turn your back on Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors just because they have been lumped into the “country” genre. Read more…
A lot has changed for Paramore over the last few years, but they’ve emerged stronger and ready to fight. New video for “Now” off their upcoming self-titled album (out April 9) serves to express the emotional state of the band in its current form after a tumultuous and very public lineup change. “Feels like I’m waking from the dead, and everyone’s been waiting on me,” sings Hayley Williams, who walks dangerously close to flying rubble yet remains safe from harm, with hair and makeup both perfectly intact.
If you’ve been keeping up with weather reports, those of you on the East Coast will need something to do between now and when the storm clears–and Justin Bieber doesn’t hit Saturday Night Live for another 32 hours. With the impending arrival of Nemo, in all its white and not-so-cuddly glory, we thought it would be appropriate to give a few activities to pass the time. Enter the Ru.
Former You Oughta Know act The Lumineers have flown the coop since being featured back in July, now headed for the big, bad Grammy Awards in Los Angeles this very weekend. We couldn’t be prouder! To help celebrate all they’ve accomplished, we’ve got our hands on a first-look at their latest music video for “Stubborn Love,” available exclusively here on VH1.
Further proof that 2013 is the year all of your former musical flames decided to reconvene in the studio: Fall Out Boy is recording new music in effort to save rock and roll. Sorry if you were cool with Mumford and Sons raking in all the non-pop and non-hip-hop accolades, but these guys have other plans:
when we were kids the only thing that got us through most days was music. its why we started fall out boy in the first place. this isn’t a reunion because we never broke up. we needed to plug back in and make some music that matters to us.
the future of fall out boy starts now.
save rock and roll…
After solo and side projects the band has completed their first group effort since 2008′s Folie à Deux. And today’s news about a forthcoming full-length album (Save Rock and Roll, out May 7) does not merely serve to gauge our interest–cough TIMBERLAKE cough–as the group comes bearing gifts, in the form of a new track, music video, and a string of live shows this spring.
The eternal question of “what are we going to do tonight?” plagues those of us suffering from party fatigue, financial strain or just plain boredom. Depending on personal preferences, options for how to fill those precious hours away from work or school can range from marathoning season one of The West Wing to catching your favorite band in a super secret location. Option two sounds like it has the most opportunities for a #humblebrag (not that being able to recite C.J. Cregg dialogue isn’t impressive) but how do we get in? OneRepublic gives a master class in how to find your way into the most exclusive of events in their new video for “If I Lose Myself.” In the clip, Ryan Tedder and Co. teach us that the best way to spread the word about a can’t-miss party or live show is via the mysterious mass texting of forest animals. Yes, animals. Aspiring artists take note.