Today, Katy Perry’s One of the Boys turns five. The album was released June 17th, 2008 and if you ignore her 2001 debut as a Christian rock singer, it was her first big break onto the music scene. While I can’t say I’ve always been a huge fan of hers, loving some stuff and hating others, in the last 5 years she has had some remarkable achievements. It’s probably safe to say I’ve underestimated her.
According to Billboard, she is one of only 21 artists to ever have a single debut at number one. She is also in a three-way tie for having 5 consecutive number one hits with Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey (who actually had 5 in a row twice). The only artists with more consecutive number one hits are Whitney Houston, The Beatles, The Bee Gees and The Supremes.
The singer also holds the record for most consecutive weeks in the top ten, clocking in at 69 weeks. Over a full year of Katy Perry in the top ten – that’s insane! Her album Teenage Dream also holds the record for most number one singles with 5 (tied with Michael Jackson’s Thriller.) Honestly I found some of these numbers to be a bit shocking. Maybe it’s just me. Whether she is just a quick fad that caught on strong or a lasting pop mainstay like some of the above-mentioned artists is still to be seen, but there’s no denying Katy Perry has had some pretty impressive accomplishments over the last five years.
She may be in Europe currently on her Set The World On Fire tour, but Alicia Keys is all Vegas in her latest clip. Her fifth in fact from her platinum-selling album, Girl On Fire. The 33-year-old is really milking the album for what it’s worth. I’m glad Keys decided to film a video for this powerful ballad. “Tears Always Win” was produced by Jeff Bhasker and written by the man with the Midas touch, Bruno Mars. It definitely deserves a bit of chart success.
Alicia plays double duty in the visual directed by Robert Hales. She works hard for her money as a glamorous Las Vegas showgirl and lounge nightclub singer. Keys is a natural beauty who doesn’t need much in terms of glitz and glamor but I have to say, the feathers, fishnets and extravagant headdresses really suits her. Check out her latest clip below. It’s one of my favorites from this era along with her duet with Maxwell.
This week, one of my favorite rising artists, K. Rose released a new single and music video simultaneously – a track that she had partially previewed at White Party. The song is called “Booji Girl” and it was produced by Roj and Twinkie. It serves as the second single off of her upcoming EP Sink or Swim on Epidemic Music.
“Cool and I are proud to deliver K. Rose’s debut video/single ‘Booji Girl,’” said Dre of the hitmaking duo Cool & Dre (Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Game, Wale, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Ludacris, and Queen Latifah). “She’s put a lot of time and effort into her EP Sink or Swim and we’re excited to bring you the first offering. The music is dope, the visuals are groundbreaking, and her artistry is unmatched. She’s the best performer in the game and before the year is over the world will know her name!”
The video was shot at the Mojave Desert with director Mike Ho and features some pretty stunning visuals and fierce dancing, as to be expected from K. Rose.
The more I listen to “What Love Is Made Of,” the more I love it. Katy B, in my opinion, is one of the more underrated UK singers out there. Her understated vocals are sublime. I also appreciate her fondness for 90s styled house music. Her latest is a seductive mellow house-pop track that’s positively entrancing. It’s the lead cut from her yet-untitled sophomore album due later this year.
If you’re a fan of the Fast & Furious flicks, you’ll enjoy the Emil Nava-directed visual. Katy B hangs all moody while tattooed boys do a little drifting in their souped up cars. Check it out below.
Havana Brown is carving out a nice little career for herself as a dance diva. The Australian DJ turned singer has two US Hot Dance Club chart-toppers under her belt with “We Run The Night” and “Big Banana.” I’m sure she’s hoping to score a hat trick with her new single lifted from her debut album When The Lights Go Out.
“Spread A Little Love” is another collaboration with RedOne. It’s an upbeat inspiring record, but not nearly as catchy as her previous singles, especially “We Run The Night” which I was obsessed with. Perhaps a killer dance remix will give it new life at the clubs. However, with that in mind, it’s nice to see a softer gentler side of the 28-year-old Aussie.
In the Einar Eglisson-directed clip, Brown turns up the glamor factor. This is the most gorgeous and classiest I’ve seen her. I’m living for that red flowy dress she rocks out. Havana’s scenes are intertwined with an actual narrative. A little girl is seen carrying numerous objects to create a heart-shaped sign for a little boy who’s ill in a hospital room. Awwwww. Check out Brown’s new music video below.
Call me a sap, but this has to be the most adorable thing ever. At the very least the cutest clip from Taylor Swift. The 23-year-old country singer just debuted the music video for her duet with Ed Sheeran. “Everything Has Changed” is the latest single lifted from Swift’s 4X platinum-selling fourth studio album, Red.
The concept of the music video is fairly simple, but it’s absolutely engaging. The rom-com-like clip features two kids resembling a mini Taylor and Ed. From eating lunch together in the playground to pretending to text each other on their fake iPhones, every scene is too cute for words. I found myself silently “awwwwwwwing” practically every other second. My favorite scene though is when the girl lays her head on his lap while he reads Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook. Totes adorbs.
In an M. Night Shyamalan-like twist ending, we find out that Swift and Sheeran are actually the parents of the two inseparable best friends. Watch the video below and try to catch all of Taylor and Ed’s quirks in their mini doppelgangers.
As if Ellie Goulding’s cover of Alt-J’s “Tessellate” wasn’t sexy enough. The 26-year-old Brit filmed an even sultrier visual. When she uploaded the audio on her Soundcloud last week, I wasn’t expecting an accompanying music video, let alone this fast. I wonder if this new image and sound is what’s in store for us post-Halcyon. If so, I approve but hope she doesn’t fully abandon her electronica-influenced vibe.
Directed by Ben Newbury, Goulding shows off her vixen side. It’s definitely the most sexual we’ve seen her to date. She walks the Parisian streets looking like a chic widow while serving up some major come hither stares and mysterious glances in the black and white clip titled “Une Nuit à Paris.” Look at her getting in touch with inner français. Watch the music video below.
As I mentioned in my previous post about Tamar Braxton’s new single, I’m a sucker for an old school sample, especially 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.
I honestly didn’t think Braxton would release a music video for “The One” before she popped her baby out. Instead, the 36-year-old singer decided to film one and doesn’t hid the fact she’s super preggers. It’s kinda funny what she said about the concept of the Gil Green-directed music video, given she’s with child. MTV’s Teen Moms anyone? Check out what she said to RapUp.com.
“The concept of the video is just a summer throwback. It kinda gives you that feeling when you was in high school and you was with your boyfriend or your girlfriend and you go to the park and you hang out and you get all cutie, and it’s just funners.” – Tamar Braxton
I definitely appreciate the summer throwback. It’s cute and simple and reminds me of R&B’s glory days back in the 90s early 2000s. Check out the clip below.