Self-Effacing Chris Martin Leads Coldplay Through “Paradise” On Colbert

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Coldplay visited The Colbert Report yesterday before returning to the UK before their album release next week. After Chris Martin subjected himself to a one-on-one interview, in which he claimed that Thom Yorke’s wriggling performance on a previous episode was actually the Radiohead frontman’s mastery of a style of dance taught in all British schools, the band performed their new single “Paradise,” though not in costume as elephants. Only one song aired during last night’s half-hour episode (as Martin quipped of Coldplay, in comparison to Radiohead, whose episode extended to a full hour, “We’re not as good musically, but we’re much more attractive”) but the band did perform another track from Mylo Xyloto?“Up In Flames”?as a web exclusive.
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MUTEMATH Is VH1′s Latest You Oughta Know Artist

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VH1 announced earlier this week that MUTEMATH is the latest You Oughta Know artist. We weren’t deeply familiar?though we were impressed with the video for “Blood Pressure”?so we did a little investigating. Their latest record Odd Soul came out on October 4, and it’s got a definite New Orleans funk feel at points?unsurprisingly, the band cites the Meters as an influence?but the overwhelming feel is of a band whose members are deeply in tune with one other.
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Beyoncé Dresses Up New Edition’s Moves (Literally) In “Love On Top”

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Hot on the heels of “Countdown”?which we’re still watching plenty?Beyoncé premiered a video for “Love On Top” earlier this week. As teased, the video begins with an homage to Brook Payne’s iconic New Edition choreography, but that’s only the half of it (literally). The video edit drops a verse from the song so that the video’s back end is devoted to the four key-change chorus repetitions. For these, she and her back-up dancers doll up in a series of era-evoking costumes, though the costumer must have made some sort of mistake, because they always end up short one dress shirt. Not to worry, though: Beyoncé takes one for the team every time. “Love On Top” may be miles apart from “Countdown,” but it’s no less the jam, and we’ve got no complaints about the video either.

Britney Spears Makes The News, Makes Out In “Criminal”

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It’s love on the run for Britney Spears in her new video for “Criminal,” in which real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick plays a bad-boy biker, on break from working the kitchen at a fancy party, when he witnesses Britney’s character being attacked by her controlling British escort (not that kind), comes to the rescue, and…you get the idea. Less Bonnie and Clyde than Thelma and Louise?or maybe even Aerosmith’s “Crazy”?the video follows the newly minted lovers and partners in crime as they rob at least one bank before getting cornered by the world’s most trigger-happy S.W.A.T. team. The two characters actually are way more committed to having sex than committing crimes (and we can respect that) but when Britney “borrows” her guy’s gun and pulls it on a convenience store cashier, they make the news fast.

Part of the reason the video works so well is director Chris Marrs Piliero. He and Britney share a comic sensibility that not only drove the madcap “I Wanna Go” video (their first collaboration) but also provides levity in this action-oriented video. The groin kick Britney gives her abusive date, Trawick’s mouthed “Oh s?” when he sees Britney pull the gun, and Britney’s wordless expression of more or less the same sentiment in the TV news still all point to one of Spears’s greatest talents: giving the impression that although she takes her career extremely seriously, she nevertheless doesn’t take it too seriously. The song might not quite be “Toxic” caliber, but its video is at least as entertaining a bad-girl adventure story, and her role here is essentially that of a (wait for it) femme fatale.
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Rihanna Gets People Talking With “We Found Love” Video

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Rihanna and director Melina Matsoukas reduce the love-story drug movie to its under-five-minute essence, while tweaking no shortage of noses, in the extraordinary music video for “We Found Love,” which premiered today. Loosely based on Trainspotting, albeit transplanted to Belfast (complete with introductory narration in a slightly dodgy Irish accent from Mancunian-born Agyness Deyn) the video features enough skin, crime, violence, and drug use for culture-watchers to cry controversy even before broadcast censors get hold of the clip. Rihanna and video beau Dudley O’Shaughnessy pop pills and rave their way through a greatest-hits of such doomed-love stories; aside from the eye-dilation insert shot made iconic in Requiem For A Dream and reused in Spun, we saw shades of Jia Zhang-Ke’s Unknown Pleasures and the skate-punk Kids. The clip also has a clever way of showing the worst of drug use without really showing it, both by including a needle, but in the context of an amateur tattoo (more on that in a second), and by portraying Rihanna bent over and vomiting…ribbons. Plus a ton of stock shots and superimpositions of police lights, fireworks, crowds moving in time-lapse à la Koyaanisqatsi, a controlled demolition, and a burning house.

The tattoo is a black-ink “MINE” branded on Rihanna’s left butt cheek, an almost too on-the-nose contrast with the bright-light “YOURS” she writes in the air earlier in the video, and one of a number of signals that the self-destructiveness of O’Shaughnessy’s character is turning just as equally towards Rihanna’s. Much is being made of a physical resemblance between him and Chris Brown, which we can sort of see. But what makes the comparison really stick is O’Shaughnessy’s bleached-blond hair?which is either another stylistic callback to a drugged-nineties moment (like the mud rave halfway through the video) or else it’s a pointed reference to the dye job Brown unveiled earlier this year?two years after his and Rihanna’s notorious confrontation. Or, more likely, it’s both. If people are going to circumscribe Rihanna’s work with the specter of Chris Brown anyway, why not play it up for attention? There’s a lot more to unpack here, not least the global vs. the local, the “art” of post-industrial decay, and the coolness level of doing donuts in a Trans Am. Needless to say, we love it. Watch it now!

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Justin Bieber Celebrates Holiday Love In “Mistletoe”

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You have to sympathize with the girl in the video for “Mistletoe.” You’re getting some one-on-one time over hot chocolate at the café with your main squeeze Justin Bieber, when all of a sudden, some blonde girl comes out of nowhere and puts her hands on him. Don’t you hate when that happens? (“What was that about?” she mouths.)

Her insecurity seems understandable: after all, girls love Justin Bieber. The song, then, is his way of letting his “shorty” know that she’s the only one he wants to see under the mistletoe (or, for that matter, in a drop-top Porsche). How committed is our crooning lover? Enough to park in the middle of the street and sing until she puts down the book she’s reading (which just so happens to be New Moon) and finds the gift he’s snuck into her bedroom. That’s devotion, especially from a guy still young enough to get away with a line like “I should be playing in the winter snow.” Ah, young love!
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Pass The Bowl: Karmin On Hot-Air Balloons And Casinos

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Karmin didn’t have to go on The X-Factor to get L.A. Reid’s attention. Their YouTube cover of the hip-hop single of the spring, “Look At Me Now,” accomplished that for them, racking up 42 million views since going viral in April. That and other covers and originals from the Brookline, MA duo got them a deal at Epic, and they’ve spent the summer working with other songwriters (including Diane Warren!) and producers. In advance of Thursday’s premiere of their major-label debut single, they dropped by our offices, and of course we had the Berklee grads Pass The Bowl! (As you may recall, for each edition of Pass the Bowl, an artist will answer a question and then replenish the bowl with another.) Karmin’s question came courtesy Grace Potter, whose own installment of Pass The Bowl was, sadly, lost in the shuffle. They chose not to reveal the question they added, so it will remain a secret until a future artist selects it. Stay tuned!
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Hanson Drops In On Big Morning Buzz Live

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When we geared up to launch a new season of Big Morning Buzz Live, one potential first-week musical guest jumped immediately to mind: Hanson. When we premiered the music video for “Give A Little” back in February, our own Mark Graham presaged the return of alto saxophone in pop while praising the track, which would go on to hit #1 on our Top 20 Video Countdown in April. One sax-filled summer later, we’re finally ready for autumn, and who better to ring in a new season than Hanson, playing a stripped-down “Give A Little” live in-studio? The band also spoke to host Carrie Keagan about their fans, Isaac’s “solo career,” the popularity of This Time Around (the album after “Mmm Bop”), and Halloween. Plus, as a Buzz.VH1.com online exclusive, they then performed “Mmm Bop.”

Our sister site The Fab Life also pulled the band aside to ask the question that’s on all of our minds: is Hanson prepared for a zombie apocalypse? There’s plenty more like this in store for this season of Big Morning Buzz Live, which?airs every weekday at 9AM EST on VH1, so tune in!
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Report: Rick Ross Suffers Seizure During Flight [UPDATED]

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TMZ reports that rapper Rick Ross fell unconscious today immediately after taking off on a flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Memphis. It is assumed that Ross suffered a seizure on board the plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing. He’s currently on his way to a local hospital.

A Twitter update at 1:45pm ET from rapper Wale reports that Ross is doing just fine after the incident. Wale writes “I just talked to Ross…he’s 100 pct ok…@tmz #dontpanic #dontpanic #mmg !!!! #gfid dec 13th!.” DJ Sam Sneak also tweeted “I’m wit @rickyrozay now he good…

We’ll be sure to update you with the latest news about Ross’ condition as it becomes available. In the meantime, we’re wishing him a safe recovery.

UPDATE: Rick Ross has suffered another seizure, TMZ reports. While en route to his performance in Memphis, the rapper’s private jet was forced to make another emergency landing when he suffered his second seizure of the day while on board. His flight was diverted to Birmingham, AL where he’s currently in a hospital in stable condition.
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