Music can be a wonderfully cryptic outlet for artists to embed with all manner of hidden messages. Because when we’re busy bopping along to a beat, shredding up a dance floor or singing along at the top of our lungs while cruising with the top down, it’s unlikely that we’re going to take the time to actually analyze the lyrical content of the songs we’re belting. Oftentimes, we’re so rapt with the joy of music we don’t even notice the lyrics at all.
With the exception of Pharrell, it’s been a slow start to 2014 in terms of new music we want to listen to while jumping around our bedroom. Thankfully Sia just went and infused our never-ending winter with some much-needed powerful pop, sure to carry us into spring. At the surface, “Chandelier” — which many are calling the best “Rihanna song” of 2014 –is an unapologetic party anthem that celebrates excessive drinking and hazardous at-home aerial activities. But with the Australian’s soaring vocals it becomes a metaphor for much more.
The music video aesthetic du jour of the late 90s and early 00s was “futuristic.” In the years surrounding the millennium, everyone seemed to become obsessed with technology and the future, and so much of that obsession played out in the themes, costumes and elaborate sets of music videos. With the Internet finding its way into households as a commonplace new amenity, literally everything was exploding with possibility.
When a man loves a woman, you have a classic love song. When a woman publicly kisses another woman, you get usually a sexy show and a pop culture scandal. Sure, girl-on-girl pop star kisses may be hot, but are they actually just shallow ploys for publicity? Or can there be a bigger purpose to such a scintillating show?
Pharrell Williams became the talk of the Grammys last month with his, errr, “distinctive” Vivian Westwood “mounties” hat. And now on the biggest night in film, Pharrell made headlines once again by auctioning off the hat on eBay. That’s right: you had the chance to be the owner of this historic/hilarious headgear…provided you were willing to shell out a truly bonkers amount of money.
We rarely get things right the first time, but the same can’t be said for these stellar artists. They came fresh out of the recording studio gate with unforgettable songs that still have us talking even after all this time! A musician’s first single is like their mission statement to the world, offering the words and style that best define them…in three minutes or less. These debut tracks often give us our very first taste of a fresh new sound, or the first impression of a future legend.
Skimpy outfits and music videos go together like, well, skimpy outfits and music videos. But there’s daring to bear and there’s bringing the sex to the screen, and our list of the 20 sexiest uses of lingerie in music videos is embracing the the raunchiest, most glamorous, most salacious lingerie ensembles ever to grace pop music. We’re talking the real deal too — no boring, elastic waistband knickers, just push up bras and the finest silks.
From the pioneering Madonna, to the gratuitous Beyoncé; from the simulated self-loving Miley to the ultimate in lingerie costumes from Moulin Rouge‘s “Lady Marmalade,” you might want to be alone as you flick through this gallery. Because let’s be real, the gallery isn’t the only thing you’ll be flicking. Bordering at times on soft core pornography, these ladies’ lingerie ensembles toe the line between class and sex, adding an element of tastefulness to the taboo.
With lacy bras for bouncing boobies, Brazilian cut panties, elaborate corsets and snapable suspenders holding up thigh high tights, these ladies make underwear look a whole lot more fantastic than your huge cotton Bridget Jones knickers. We mean, this is the kind of underwear you’d be hand washing separately — these sets are way too good for the machine. So go forth boldly, and just try to keep it in your pants as you admire these sexy ladies in their super sexy lingerie get ups.
It’s a lot of pressure for an artist to deliver pitch perfect vocal performances for big budget live broadcasts. There’s a lot that can go wrong, so it makes sense that they’d want to hedge their bets with a pre-recorded version…just to be on the safe side. Unfortunately, sometimes this purely practical decision comes back to haunt them in a big way! Occasionally it becomes an amusing footnote to their career (sorry, Ashlee Simpson), while other times it completely destroys it. Read on for 10 of the biggest upsets caused by lip syncing!