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.
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.
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a couple of Sundays now but kept forgetting. Why have I been saving it for specifically for Sunday? As you know, we try to reserve this day to talk about something more personal and give a glimpse to who we are.
During my university days, I worked retail part-time. One of my co-workers (and friends) at the time was Trevor Guthrie. If you were a fan of boy bands during the late 90s/early 2000s, you might remember soulDecision. They had a couple of hits in Canada, but hit it big with “Faded” internationally. Yours truly even got a shout out on one of their first albums. I haven’t seen him in a couple of years, but Brian always bumps into him while both are getting their hair dids. Yup, we all have the same hairstylist.
An old friend of mine from back in the day recently directed me to Trevor’s latest single. He teamed up with Dutch producer Armin Van Buuren for a wicked new dance track, “This Is What It Feels Like.” The song has peaked to No. 2 in the Netherlands and starting to get some radio airplay in Canada. If you haven’t heard it yet, check it out below. It’s pretty good and I predict it’s going to be a grower.
If there was any way Jason Mraz, Mark Wahlberg and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath could have a lovechild together, singer-songwriter Dave Patten would be the result. The 22-year-old has qualities about him that remind me of each of the three guys. Patten hails from the Philadelphia area, where he grew up around music and played drums in local bands. After gathering a loyal YouTube following, he signed to Warner Bros. artist Meek Mill’s record label DreamChasers Records.
Dave recently released a music video for his brand new song, “Let Me Introduce My Band.” It’s his first single since signing with Meek Mills. It features him along with his band on a crime spree across Southern California. It all ends when an uncompromising FBI agent takes them down. Before he debuted the clip, he released a short intro featuring him in a boxing ring. Be sure to check out that sexy video before. Enjoy.
Work it out girls. Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu are giving me everything in their newly-dropped music video. The visual for their awesome collaboration, “Q.U.E.E.N.” doesn’t disappoint. Given it’s rather simplistic nature, the clip is a visually entertaining ride. It premiered yesterday via BET’s 106 & Park.
Both R&B ladies are exhibits in a “living museum” for being legendary musical rebels. As the vinyl record begins to spin, Monae and Badu come to life. Janelle once again teams up with director Alan Ferguson who did her “Many Moons” vid. Together, they put together a stylishly futuristic funky clip. Badu, or should I say Badoula Oblongata as she’s referred to in the clip, looks fantastic in her wigs. God, I missed her. Check out their somewhat sci-fi video below.
Attention pop stars! If you’re going to go all out, follow Empire of the Sun’s lead. The Australian synth-pop duo certainly didn’t hold back with the music video for “Alive.” The track is the lead single from their upcoming sophomore album, Ice on the Dune. Perhaps, the album title provided Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore inspiration for the clip’s concept. It’s so out there, I’m sorta obsessed with it.
The video is a campy sci-fi visual feast that harkens back to the day of those classic B movies but on a Hollywood blockbuster scale. The dramatic rock formations coupled with the majestic lush forest are beyond stunning. Whether you understand the concept and it’s underlying deeper meaning, it’s a marvel to look at. If fashion is more your thing, you’ll appreciate the outlandish and borderline absurd outfits. Check it out below.