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TLC: Top 5 Songs & Music Videos Ranked

In: Music, Patrick

Today, April 25, 2012 marks the ten year anniversary for the passing of Grammy award-winning TLC group member Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes. To celebrate her legacy and the music that she made along with Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, I thought it would be great to highlight my Top 5 favorite TLC songs and videos.

Before Lopes died, the girls were working on their fourth studio album, ‘3D’ but were having some problems. Lopes wanted to go solo and recorded her first album Supernova, but it didn’t perform well enough overseas and was never released in the U.S. She died in a car crash while filming a documentary in Honduras, which was later be released as ‘The Last Days of Left Eye’ in 2007 on VH1. The death was hard on the music community and the world alike, with so many TLC fans worldwide. After a year hiatus, T-Boz and Chilli decided that they should finish the 3D album. The first single from album was “Girl Talk,” which I loved, followed by “Hands Up” and “Damaged”.

The singles from ‘3D’ can’t be compared to the success that the girls had from their first three albums. Needless to say, my Top 5 songs & videos are from those albums. Enjoy the blast from the past and vote for your favorite TLC song below. Just a note, one of the songs doesn’t have a music video.

My favorite songs & videos after the jump…

Personally, I don’t get the whole Lana Del Rey thing. I haven’t really connected with her music and find her music videos a little too abstract for me. That being said, the 25-year-old singer certainly has a following, including many of our readers. Ergo, this post. Even with her much-ridiculed first live performance on SNL, that didn’t prevent her from scoring solid first week album sales of “Born To Die“. Del Rey certainly has bewitching powers. I will say, she is one gorgeous woman.

According to the YouTube description, Lana’s latest is a “bio pic“. “Carmen” is about a 17-year-old party girl similar to that of former Hollywood bar stars Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. The music video is a hodge podge of images including strippers, riding bitch on motorcycles and a PSA type video on drug abuse. All of course given the Instagram’ish digitally aged look. Sounds confusing, right? Watch the clip below and see if you can decipher the big message and symbolic imagery.

watch the music video after the jump

Today, The Wanted are having quite the busy day. Not only did they release their North American EP featuring songs from their two albums in Europe, but they also released the music video for their new single Chasing The Sun directed by their favorite director, X. I have to say, I love his art direction with these boys. He always finds a way to capture them at their best. (Although, I doubt that it’s a hard task.)

The new track has grown on me over the last few days and the video has made me fall in love with the track even more. The video captures a mix of the literal meaning of the song with a twist of the boys “chasing the sun” with some female friends. After noticing sun tattoos on their friends, they suddenly get burned and release a similar tatto has been branded on them. That doesn’t stop the boys from getting a little cozy with their female co-stars. A practical video requirement is a ton of snogging.

And then, just as things begin to heat up, the women show their fangs and bite the boys in the neck. We never quite see the result of this but I’m sure the party just continues on. Check out their latest video below as well as some behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot. Tell us what you think of their new track in the comments.

Check out The Wanted’s new music video after the jump.

May 1st marks the return of the “You’ve Bought Him Enough Drink’s Boy” and local talent Peter Breeze, when he releases his new album Bonnie & Clyde.

Two years after PB’s premiere album “Send In The Robots” killed it on the download ring, the blonde bombshell rises again with a sound reminiscent of his first album, but with more of a backbone this time, giving us a lot of beats, and some dance music we can actually chew on. From front to back, Bonnie & Clyde does not disappoint.

Telling a story of fame, fortune and fabulousness as we could expect, right from the opening Interlude of Forever Wild we’re thrown into the surreal world that Peter and his team paints. Produced by fantastic local DJ Nick Bertossi and co-written by boy wonder and local hidden talent Michael Gordon, we’re given a cast of characters highlighted by completely relevant dance beats and a handful of hooks and lyrics to sing along to. What more does one want from a club album? It’s a fun feed all around.

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Fiona Apple Returns With “Every Single Night”

In: Donovan, Music

Fiona Apple was only a teenager when she made a splashy debut with her 1996 album, “Tidal“. Not only was it met with both critical and commercial success, but it also yielded the “Criminal” singer a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for that track. Definitely well deserved. I was obsessed with not only the track but also the heroin chic-styled music video. Now 34-years-old, the singer is staging a comeback.

If you thought the time between her last album to her new single, “Every Single Night“, was long, get a load of the title of her upcoming fourth studio album- “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.” How do you like them “apples”?

The new album hits stores on June 19 and features ten brand new tracks. At SXSW last month, Apple performed three of them from the new album, including “Every Single Night”. Listen to it below. My take on the track is it’s part lullaby meets aboriginal chants with Apple’s signature torturedness.

listen to the track after the jump

Outasight Releases Second Single, “Now Or Never”

In: Music, Tyrell

Outasight may be new to most of you, but this artist has actually been making music for a long time. He got his major recognition when his track “Tonight Is The Night” was featured in the Pepsi/X Factor joint promo ad. After that, he seemed to explode onto the commercial music scene as the track became an anthem including being performed live at this year’s NHL All-Star Game. Now, Outasight is ready to invade our eardrums once again his latest track. One listen, and I’m already hooked!

Titled Now or Never, his latest track keeps the anthems going. This time around, he sings about not letting anything or anyone stop you from doing you – because it’s now or never. With lyrics like “I don’t care what people say, and I don’t care what people do,” it’s sure to speak to those who are ready to overcome the obstacles in their life. Not to mention, the track has a really catching hook. With producer Andrew Goldstein bringing the fresh sounds from Ibiza, this track is sure to be a hit.

Check out Outasight’s new track “Now or Never” after the jump.

If you caught The Voice tonight, you have caught this little suggestion that Christina Aguilera had after watching contestant Tony Lucca’s performance. Tony decided to take on a rendition of Britney’s classic “Baby One More Time“.

If you remember from previous episodes, Christina Aguilera was quick to criticize Tony calling him one-dimensional and that he had an unfair advantage with his ties to the Mickey Mouse Club. He’s even had some online endorsement from former Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake. Tonight however, Aguilera changed her tune with some different comments.

She took it in stride and invited Timberlake to join herself and Tony on stage for a full fledged Mickey Mouse Club Reunion. She also liked Tony’s darker version of the pop tune and appreciated him making it his own. In response to Christina’s comments, Tony told The Hollywood Reporter that he and coach Adam Levine have something very special planned. I can’t wait to see what that could be. Check out Tony’s performance from tonight’s show below.

Check out Tony’s version of “Baby One More Time” after the jump.

I’ve been a fan of Sam Sparro since his “Black and Gold” days and became a bigger one when I saw the Aussie perform live at DNA Magazine’s Mardi Gras party in Sydney a couple of months ago. He knows how to put on a great performance. It definitely was a highlight during Mardi Gras for me. Sadly, I had to duck out early to hoof it over to another venue to stake out a good spot for Kylie Minogue. You know you would’ve too 😉

The 29-year-old musician just dropped the music video for his new single “I Wish I Never Met You“. I had never heard of the track prior to seeing this cinematic clip, but instantly loved it. This potentially could be my favorite single for him and all thanks to this fantastic clip directed by frequent ANTM photographer Mike Rosenthal.

Set during the prohibition days, Sparro looks dapper in his gangster-style clothing. He even looks better later in a scene where he’s tied up in a chair while being doused with water. SEXY. But as sexy as he looks in that segment, my favorite part is when he busts out some Michael Jackson-type dance moves circa “Smooth Criminal” era. Choreographer Nina McNeely drew inspiration from the King of Pop and his sister Janet Jackson for the video. Check out the moves below.

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