Woodkid’s Black And White “Run Boy Run” Video Slays Your Favorite Music Video

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Yoann Lemoine, aka Woodkid, is a man of many great talents. You may not know the name yet, but you’ve seen his work in the form of music videos from Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” to Drake and Rihanna’s “Take Care” and Taylor Swift’s “Back to December.” The French indie musician, graphic designer and music video director released his first EP Iron last year. More recently he directed “Run Boy Run,” which is the video to his new single. And we’re running alright– our finger over the replay button.

It’s an entire black and white video, which makes the cinematography that much more impressive. A young boy runs with tears streaming down his face into another world because the world he’s in “isn’t meant for [him].” Nature and an obscure white building  are the only other things in sight until eagles and a monster made of hay suddenly appear. We won’t tell you what happens next because you have to watch the video!

With minimum props Woodkid creates a phenomenal graphic piece of art. We were hypnotized by the beautiful simplicity of a little boy running with a sword with not much else going on. We predict his phone to be ringing off the hook with the biggest stars putting in a bid for his music video direction. At least that’s what we’d do if we were musicians. Run Boy Run by Woodkid

Run Boy Run by Woodkid [Devour.com]

Video Premiere: Linkin Park, “Burn It Down”

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Linkin Park is the last band of its kind still standing. Born during the nu metal craze of the early 2000s, this six-piece has successfully evolved their sound over the years and remained relevant while their peers like Korn and Limp Bizkit have long since fizzled out. “Burn It Down” is the first single off the band’s forthcoming fifth studio album, Living Things, and was the only real “rock” song that was showcased during this past weekend’s Billboard Music Awards.

As is to be expected from Linkin Park, the video is a visual treat. Much like “Waiting For The End,” it’s very futuristic in its overall feel. In particular, it seems to be inspired by H.R. Giger‘s influential design work on the film Alien; there is an undeniable combination of the organic and the mechanical present in the setting in which the band performs. Of course, a nod to the visual aesthetic championed by director Ridley Scott is quite timely, as his Alien prequel Prometheus is set to open here in the United States in a few weeks time.

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Is “Home” By Phillip Phillips The Best Original American Idol Song Ever?

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We’d like to offer a hearty congratulations to Phillip Phillips today, and not just because he’s recently become the single most famous person in the United States who has the same first and last name since Sirhan Sirhan (though this is certainly an achievement in and of itself). Phillip Phillips won the 11th season of American Idol last night, thanks to his rootsy acoustic guitar fingerplucking, laconic Southern charm and #realwave stylings. When Ryan Seacrest announced that he had defeated Jessica Sanchez, Phillip performed his final song — in Idol lingo, they’re called “coronation songs” — called “Home.” And you know what? It might just be our favorite original Idol song of all-time, and not just because P.P. teared up somethin’ fierce during it.

“Home,” which was written by Drew Pearson and Greg Holden, has a very Mumford & Sons kind of feel to it; whereas most Idol originals are so syrupy that you can contract diabetes just by listening to them, “Home” was not constructed to be a showcase for melisma. The lyrics, while certainly uplifting thanks to their reinforcement of the notion that it’s important for one to stay strong and grounded in the face of adversity, take a back seat to the verbalized melody of the bridge, which are quite beautiful and simple in that they are but a series of soothing “ooohs” and “ahhhs.” It’s a very traditional and safe song, which isn’t to say that it’s boring. Rather, it’s quite comforting, and we wouldn’t be surprised if more than a few high schools around the nation pick this as their Prom Theme this year.

But, is this the BEST Idol song ever? It’s really hard to top Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This,” and we still have a soft spot in our heart for Fantasia’s “I Believe.” Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Will Smith Isn’t Too Hollywood To Bust A Freestyle On 106 & Park

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Don’t ask Will Smith to freestyle and think he won’t step up to the challenge. RapUp.com posted the video of Smith’s recent visit to 106 & Park  to promote his new movie Men In Black III. Host Terrence J started beatboxing, and it was on! Smith returned to his rapping roots delivering a short witty freestyle with few funny punchlines. Read more…

Listen Up, Pitbull’s “Back In Time” From The Men In Black III Soundtrack Isn’t Just Any Single, It’s The Lead

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VH1 News chatted with Pitbull at last night’s NYC premiere of Men In Black III regarding his new music on the soundtrack for the upcoming film. Known for hits “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) and “Give Me Everything,” the rapper is working on forthcoming album Global Warming, but currently has the lead single off the soundtrack called “Back In Time.”  He stresses, just a little, to VH1 News reporter that it’s not just any single. It’s the lead! Pitbull says he’s been working hard to get to this point. “Working hard, learning a lot, absorbing, observing, and applying,” he said. “This is just the beginning. So get ready.” Read more…

Rihanna’s American Idol Performance Fuels Illuminati Rumors…Again

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Judging by Rihanna’s performance on last night’s American Idol season finale, she has no intention of killing the Illuminati rumors any time soon. If anything she’s laughing at the ridiculous conspiracy theorists by feeding them exactly what they want. In an Egyptian themed set-up, Rihanna performed her No. 1 single “Where Have You Been” from her sixth album Talk That Talk . Rocking her new dreadlock hairdo, Riri emerges from a brightly lit pyramid. She and the pyramid are guarded by shirtless men while other bare chest men beat on the drums. Dressed in all black Rihanna immerses herself into the choreography similar to that of the dance moves in the video. Vocally Rihanna’s voice sounds strong, and of course we appreciate her singing live while dancing. Read more…

Lil Wayne Twitter Thugging, Says “F*CK Pusha T”

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Pusha T Disses Lil Wayne on New Track, Wayne Responds

We tend to like our beef on a bun or with A1 steak sauce, but if it’s rap beef, put it on wax rather than Twitter. Well, that’s exactly what Pusha T of G.O.O.D. Music did in his hot new track “Exodus 23:1″ where he disses Drake, Lil Wayne and the entire YMCMB squad. GlobalGrind.com suggests the diss is a response to Drake’s slight jab on Meek Mill’s “Amen.” On the record Drake raps, “G.O.O.D ain’t good enough, and your hood ain’t hood enough.” Although it’s not clear if Drake was throwing shade Pusha T’s, Pusha T responded on his latest track featuring The Dream. Read more…

2 Chainz Says, ‘NYPD Tried To Assasinate My Swag’ By Arresting Him For Four Finger Ring

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2 Chainz Brass Knuckles Were Four Finger Rings

When 2 Chainz LaGuardia Airport arrest hit the news yesterday we knew, as the wise saying goes, something wasn’t clean in the milk. After finding what TSA believed to be brass knuckles in Chainz’s carry-on bag, NYPD took him to jail on a misdemeanor possession of a weapon charge. The southern rapper spoke with MTV News and said the NYPD tried to “assassinate my swag.” Turns out the alleged brass knuckles was only a four finger ring, one of the many pieces of jewelry he has custom made to complement his style. MTV News reports the rapper spent eight to nine hours in jail (according to 2 Chainz) and had all of his jewelry confiscated before he was released after eventually pleading guilty to a lesser unspecified charge. What’s with all this swagger jacking? Read more…

50 Cent Calls Hipsters The New Hippies And Solves Mystery Of Last Week’s Hospitalization

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50 Cent Hospitalized For Food Poisoning

The mystery of 50 Cent holding cuddly stuffed animals while hospitalized has been solved. Vice.com interviewed the rapper and DJ Drama about their upcoming mixtape The Lost Tape, but the interview turned out to be much more about 50′s favorite animal and hipsters. He tells VICE firsthand why he was in the hospital. It turns out it wasn’t a publicity stunt like rumors suggested (we told you!). It was the case of eating a meal in London that didn’t set well with him resulting in food poisoning. Read more…

John Legend Defends Fiancee After Death Threats From Team Breezy Outraged That She Criticized Chris Brown

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John Legend Sticks Up for His Girlfriend

John Legend’s fiancee Chrissy Teigen learned the hard way that criticizing Chris Brown leads to death threats. Literally. Turns out P!nk wasn’t the only person not feeling Brown’s lipsyncing. After Chrissy tweeted, “live singing is a helluva drug” during Brown’s Billboard Music Awards performance, team Breezy got sensitive and quite defensive. His stans fans flooded her mentions tweeting her obscenities, death threats and hurls of insults that she was irrelevant, or only relevant because of her famous musician husband to be. Teigen “clapped back” finding all the hatred amusing and sad at the same time. She sarcastically teased Brown’s fans for their incorrect grammar and overall ignorance. Mostly she was sad that there were a legion of young ladies that desperately defended Brown without having ever met him a day in their lives. Those Breezy fans are vicious!

According to Necolebitchie.com, John Legend stayed out of the drama for obvious reasons– until Chris Brown tweeted (which since has been deleted), “Team Breezy! Lets stop sending death threats! I know y’all bout that life but it’s the wrong message! Ur turning haters into victims! And that only furthers their pointless existence.” That must have been the straw that broke the camel’s back for Mr. Calm, Cool, Collected John Legend. He took to Twitter and responded, “Personally, I don’t think @chrissyteigen’s existence is pointless. Nor anyone else who dares criticize a performance.” He continued, “Every artist has to be ok with the fact that some people won’t like their work. All critics aren’t “haters.” Lastly (in our favorite response) he tweeted,”And don’t ever tell me to put my “bitch on a leash”. She’s a grown woman with her own mind and her own opinions and this is not 1950.”

Tell ‘em John! Although he never directly responded to Brown it’s crystal clear who he was referring to. We admire the chivalry of John. The fact that he’s such a nice guy with a clean cut image makes his defense of Chrissy that much cuter. Two snaps!

John Legend Defends Girlfriend Against Chris Brown Fans [NecoleBitchie.com]

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