Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Selena Gomez is beyond gorgeous in the “Come & Get It” music video. The 20-year-old former Disney star lets her burgeoning womanhood all hang out. She even gets a little hands on with an unidentified man, caressing his face at will.
As expected, the clip is visually stunning. After all, it is directed by Anthony Mandler who’s become somewhat the go-to director for the new generation of pop divas. Taylor Swift enlisted him for “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “22.” With that in mind, all his videos are starting to look similar. In fact, “Come & Get It” reminds me a lot of Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In the World).” In all honesty, the Gomez clip looks like a mashup of RiRi’s videos. It all makes sense when you find out Mandler and Rihanna have collaborated more than a dozen times together.
As familiar as it seems, I do like the video. I just wish she had done something in the vein of Iggy Azalea’s “Bounce” where the Aussie rapper went all out Bollywood. Perhaps, Selena was a tad gun shy after receiving flack for wearing a bindi during the MTV Movie Awards. You’ll see her wearing the same outfit from the live performance in the video, just without a bindi.
Watch Selena’s latest below where she embraces her earthy tribal side as she faces off with water, air, fire and wind elements. The open vistas and exotic feel truly are breathtaking.
As if dropping Rihanna’s name in the song title wasn’t enough, The Wanted decided to parody boy bands from yesteryear to snatch some press. Anything to sell downloads I guess. If all the 90s references don’t parlay to YouTube views, band member Jay McGuiness’ “Gangnam Style” dancing might garner some clicks from those who still aren’t tired of PSY’s ubiquitous viral video. Seriously though, “Walks Like Rihanna” is the most random music clip ever, but I sorta like it. What can I say? Sometimes I’m in the mood for cheese.
The British man band chose “Bye Bye Bye” (‘N Sync), “I Want It That Way” (Backstreet Boys) and “Invisible Man” (98 Degrees) to mock, or pay homage, depending on your take. The clip begins with Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, Nathan Sykes and McGuiness having a video pitch meeting with a women who can’t sing nor dance, but can walk like Rihanna.
It’s good to see that Sykes participated in the clip before his throat surgery. Check out the video below. It sorta reminds me of Blink 182′s “All The Small Things” where the trio referenced their pop rivals at the time. Check out The Wanted’s latest below, along with all the original clips. Enjoy.
Kelly Rowland is going full out sexy for her new album Talk A Good Game. I wonder if the 32-year-old singer was referring to her boobs or her music when she thought of the title of her fourth studio album coming on June 18. Wearing just a sheer top with her hair strategically covering her nipples, Kelly is letting it all hang out. I guess that’s what you do when you’re one of the most beautiful women in the world.
Rowland previously revealed that she’s returning to her R&B roots. She’s lined up several songwriters and producers, including Rico Love, Lonny Bereal, Sean Garrett, Rodney Jerkins, Diane Warren, The Runners. She also cited Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder as the album’s inspirations.
What do you think of the new artwork? Trying too hard or the right amount of sexiness? Personally, I love it. If this is a taste of what’s to come with regards to the music and accompanying visuals, sign me up. Sound off below.
A few weeks ago I posted about Peter Rauhofer and his diagnosis with brain cancer. It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I have to ever out readers know that Peter has indeed left us today.
“Today the music industry has lost one of it’s true heroes.
With a heavy heart I must now report that Peter Rauhofer has lost his battle with brain cancer.
He passed quietly today and is survived by his mother, Helga, who resides in Austria.
She will transport Peter back home to his final resting place there, but to all that knew Peter, his heart will always be in New York City.
It makes me sad, not only that I have lost a friend, but that the world has lost an amazing talent and that future generations will never get to understand the magic that Peter created night after night all over the world.
He is gone too soon but we will always have the vast body of music that Peter left for us.
Through his music, Peter will live forever. The brightest stars always burn out too soon. Peter, you were loved and you will be terribly missed. Goodbye my friend. Please rest in peace knowing that you have brought so much joy to so many of us. I ask that his true fans keep his legacy alive by sharing his music with anyone who may not have had the opportunity to experience it for themselves.” – Facebook Page
I don’t even know what to say or how to react. I am so sad hearing this not just as a fan but as someone who has had the honor of working with him. Peter was the only DJ I thought was capable of resurrecting a defunct party. The Rapture brand that myself and my partner Anna took over was famously cancelled the year previous and it was a huge risk to take it over. But with the help of Peter it was brought back better than ever to it’s full glory. It was the start of my career and I will never forget it. He is a legend and we are lucky enough to have a full library of memories he has left us with.
Here are some of my absolute favorites, Mariah Carey is actually incredibly hard to listen to but it is one of the best.
I’m a sucker for a wicked sample, especially one that uses Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit.” The 1983 R&B hit has been a go-to sample for numerous hip-hop and urban tracks over the years. A few notable artists to have used it include The Notorious B.I.G., Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Keyshia Cole and R. Kelly to name a few. Toni Braxton’s little sister Tamar is the latest to incorporate the staple track.
“The One” is the second single off her sophomore album, Love & War. The 36-year-old will undoubtedly score another R&B hit with the track. Given that Tamar is very, very pregnant at the moment, she probably can’t promote the single too much. IMHO, it doesn’t need much promotion. It’s modern yet has a nostalgic old school flavor due to the sample. It took me all of fifteen seconds to love it. If you love an easy laid back R&B jam, you’ll appreciate it. Check it out below.
Can’t wait til May 14 to check out Demi Lovato’s fourth studio album, Demi? You’re in luck. The 20-year-old singer is beating the pirates at their own game and leaked her entire album a full week ahead of its scheduled release. Lovato rolled them out as her fans tweeted a certain song title. The more people tweeted, the faster the song was unlocked. Those Lovatics sure are a dedicated bunch.
Based on first impression after listening to each track really quickly, I have to say it has definite potential. In an earlier interview, Demi said the album will “provide inspiration for girls everywhere who are going through the same issues” she faced. In fact, there’s supposed to be a sequel to her hit song “Skyscraper” on her new effort. Listen to the tracks below and try to figure out which track she’s referring to. My early favorite is the fun bouncy “Made In The USA.” Fully expect the inevitable mashup with Miley’s “Party In The USA” to come soon. Without further ado, check out Demi below.
Some people tend to get offended when someone dresses in cultural garb that isn’t theirs. Hopefully, Iggy Azalea doesn’t get the same flack Selena Gomez or Gwen Stefani received when they donned South Asian and Native American wardrobe recently. I’m absolutely obsessed with Iggy’s new visual. It’s fun, vibrant and dare I say… culturally sensitive. The Aussie female rapper even traveled to India to film her Bollywood-inspired clip.
“Bounce” is the second official single from her forthcoming debut album The New Classic due later this year on Island Def Jam. The obvious route for such a potential club banger like “Bounce” is to film it in a nightclub. Not so for Azalea. The woman looks gorgeous in sari garb, slays the Bollywood choreography, and looks absolutely regal on top of an elephant. “Bounce” could be the potential crossover hit she’s looking for. I’m officially a fan. Check out the stunning clip below.
Here they are again!
The Drag supergroup of Detox, Willam and Vicky Vox (HEY GIRL!) also known as DWV has released their 3rd video, a parody of Robyn’s Dancing on my Own called “Silicone“! This time around Detox takes the lead because well she is full of silicone, and also I know that she’s a huge fan of Robyn. She performs Robyn quite a bit so I’m not surprised she took the lead on this one.
It’s bit of a slower jam but it is still just as hilarious as all the ones previous. What do you guys think?
Take a listen below and sound off in the comments. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @TommyD.
PS – DRAG RACE FINALE TONIGHT…so excited.