It’s been a long four years since Florence + The Machine unleashed Ceremonials in 2011. Thankfully, the English rock band decided to release new material today from their upcoming third studio album. It’s about friggin’ time.
“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” is a mysterious track with beautiful instrumentals. As usual, Florence Welch’s voice is pure magic. The track comes with an accompanying hypnotic music video.
Welch is shown dancing with a doppelgänger in the clip directed by Vincent Haycock and Tabitha Denholm. If you find yourself mesmerized by the choreography, it comes from the creative mind of Ryan Heffington. He’s the same choreographer responsible for all those dance moves in Sia’s viral “Chandelier.” Check out the video below.
Throughout the night, only a handful of awards were presented during the 57th Grammy Awards. The marathon telecast instead opted to show performances. Some were memorable while others almost put me to sleep. Seriously, I have no idea what Ariana Grande was thinking. She has so many far superior songs than the ballad she chose.
By far, my favorite was Sia’s latest performance of her smash hit “Chandelier.” Maddie was once again on hand to execute some wicked contemporary choreography but this time she was joined by the hilarious Kristen Wiig. I’m still in shock the Aussie singer lost out Best Video to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” #robbed
Other highlights came from female veterans. Madonna injected some much needed energy in a night filled with ballads. Say what you will, but the 56-year-old can still deliver a fun pop performance. Meanwhile, Annie Lennox cast a spell on the audience when she joined Hozier. Mary J. Blige did the same when she paired up with Best New Artist Sam Smith on his ubiquitous hit, “Stay With Me.”
Beyonce closed out the show by delivering a soaring gospel number. Instead of being accompanied by women on stage, Bey opted to feature men who have suffered and lived. “I felt like this is an opportunity to show the strength and vulnerability in black men,” she revealed. Check out her unforgettable performance below along with the others. Be sure to weigh in on your favorite Grammy performances.
Madonna sure has a hard-on for all things bullfighting related. She’s often taken inspiration from the spectacle for several of her music videos and once again does it for “Living For Love.”
The 56-year-old icon engages in a beautifully choreographed duel against some hunky shirtless human bulls. The dramatic visual was directed by J.A.C.K. (Julien Choquart and Camille Hirigoyen). It ends with the following quote from Friedrich Nietzsche.
“Man is the cruelest animal. At tragedies, bullfights and crucifixions he has felt best on earth; and when he invented hell for himself that was his very heaven.”
Madge made history with “Living For Love” by becoming the first artist to premiere a music video on Snapchat. Check it out below. I actually quite dig it and makes me like the track more.
DJ Earworm, in my opinion, is one of the best mashup artists around. He never ceases to amaze me. Definitely wish I had his mad skills.
In honor of this weekend’s Grammy Awards, the talented DJ crafted a short video mashup for E!’s Live at the Red Carpet special. Check out his latest masterpiece below featuring some of this year’s nominated acts.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, naturally everyone including Kelly Clarkson is in a romantic kind of mood. The 32-year-old singer shows numerous couples engaging in flirty lovey-dovey acts in her newly-released “Heartbeat Song” music video.
Overall, it’s a cute clip. Kelly, like she did in her “Catch My Breath” visual, uses every camera trick possible to hid her post-pregnancy weight. Gauzy filters and plenty above-the-bust shots are used whenever Kelly is on screen. I say embrace the weight, girl. She looks adorable no matter what size she is. Check out the clip below.
Apparently, the Real Housewives of Atlanta aren’t the only experts at throwing shade. Diane Warren is as well. The prolific songwriter shares some not-so-flattering words aimed at Rita Ora.
Warren is an award-winning songwriter responsible for such hits as “Because You Loved Me” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” The 58-year-old was recently asked about scoring her seventh Oscar nomination for penning the Beyond The Lights ballad “Grateful” sung by Ora.
“Gina [Prince-Bythewood], the director, wanted Rita to do it,” Warren dishes with the Huffington Post. “Had I known there wouldn’t be a lot of support, had I known she would have only tweeted about it once … you know? She sang it great, but it’s a little frustrating.”
Truthfully, I’m surprised the “Black Widow” singer isn’t out there promoting it everywhere. She isn’t exactly shy when it comes to self-promotion. Warren also reveals that Ora never responded to her when Diane inquired about filming an accompanying music video.
After being blackballed by Calvin Harris, you’d think she’d be appreciative that someone of Warren’s caliber would bestow an original song her way. Read what else Diane has to say about Rita below.
Rihanna premiered the music video for “FourFiveSeconds” yesterday but since we had some technical difficulties, I could only share it with you today. If you’re not a fan of the polarizing song, the moody clip probably won’t win you over.
RiRi rocks a vintage Sean John denim jacket in the black and white clip. She previously explained why she chose the all-American look. “Denim never goes out of style. It’s classic, it’s iconic, just like the fucking Beatles,” she shared.
Meanwhile Paul McCartney strums his acoustic guitar in several scenes while Kanye West does what Kanye West does best… overacts and gets dramatic.
The best parts of the Inez and Vinoodh-directed clip are when the three appear on the screen together. If they were wearing Gap clothing, this could easily pass for an ad campaign for the brand. Check out the video below.
We’ve heard The Weekend, Sia and Ellie Goulding’s contributions for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack. All have been fantastic in my opinion. Skylar Grey is the latest artist to debut her track for the erotic thriller.
“I Know You” is a beautiful ballad that finds the 28-year-old singer aching for her lover to commit who is slowly slipping away. The orchestral strings are sensational with her soaring vocals. Watch the lyric clip below.