If Rihanna is the person you turn to for some psychoanalysis, I think it’s time for a wake-up call. Love me some RiRi but I can’t think of any topic I’d seriously take advice about. Perhaps boxing lessons ;) I kid (obviously).
Even without a music video, Eminem’s latest collaboration with the Bajan beauty sits atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Personally, it’s not my favorite, but clearly I’m in the minority. “The Monster” recently gave Rihanna her 13th chart-topper (my least favorite by far), tying her with Michael Jackson. The single also earned Slim Shady a Billboard record of his own. When it entered the charts, the Detroit rapper became the first artist since The Beatles to have four simultaneous songs in the Top 20.
In the Rich Lee-directed clip, Mr. Eight Mile plays a mental patient being observed by Rihanna. As he sits back wearing a straight jacket, flashbacks of career highlights and lowlights play out on a television. One of those snippets is his Grammy performance with Elton John. Is this his subtle way of apologizing for some hateful speech in “Rap God?” Watch the dark and moody clip below and decide for yourself.
“Blurred Lines” was such a huge hit, Robin Thicke will most likely never match its success. At least on this album he won’t. The follow-up, “Give It 2 U” featuring Kendrick Lamar, was actually pretty good but didn’t even crack the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100. Hit latest will probably suffer a similar fate, if not worse. Thicke is the victim of his own success.
“Feel Good” finds Robin joined by a bevy of women once again. However this time they’re fully-clothed, albeit dressed in Las Vegas-looking attire, but at least not bouncing around with their titties out. Progress I guess ;) While a decent album filler, I’m surprised he chose the will.i.am-penned track to release next. With a North American tour in February, he’ll need another radio hit to support it. Sadly, “Feel Good” just isn’t it IMHO. There are far more superior tracks on the LP. Check out the video below.
Unlike the visuals for his first two singles off True, Avicii isn’t in a partying mood for his latest. The EDM DJ delivers his most emotional and heartfelt narrative to date. “Hey Brother” puts American patriotism front and center. Rather surprising given his Swedish heritage.
The Jesse Sternbaum-directed clip chronicles the life of two brothers growing up in a small town. Their unbreakable bond is broken when the older brother leaves for war. Avicii makes a cameo at the end, presumedly as the younger brother of the fallen soldier. A worthy visual to the Dan Tyminski-accompanied track. “Hey Brother” featuring the bluegrass singer is one of the standouts on Avicii’s debut, True. Check out the video below.
Beyonce surprised everyone tonight with the release of a brand new self-titled album! The visual album features 14 new tracks accompanied by 17 videos. A few of us from Homorazzi had the pleasure of seeing her perform here in Vancouver a couple weeks ago and after witnessing her epic performance, it makes me wonder how she had the time to secretly work on all of this?
I’ve only skimmed through the album (which is her 5th) and have definitely liked what I’ve heard so far. Surprisingly, “Grown Woman” didn’t make it on the album. That being said, the music video for the song is included as a bonus video. Of the new tracks, the only really upbeat song is “Blow” but it’s clear that she wasn’t going for a dance-type album with this anyone.
The album features collaborations with Jay Z, Frank Ocean, Drake,and even her own daughter, Blue Ivy. A couple songs like I like right off the bat are “Flawless” and “Pretty Hurts”. I can’t wait to dive in and actually go through each song and video. Speaking of videos, Bey hooked up with high-profile directors including Terry Richardson, Melina Matsouka, Jonas Akerlund, Jake Nava and Hype Williams.
I always thought to myself, what is missing on my Christmas song playlist?
A filthy rap by three drag queens! WELL LOOKIE HERE! DWV are back with their 5th song and 1st original just in time for the holidays. Now the song came out I’m gonna about 7-10 days ago on itunes but the girls were on the drag race cruise so we didn’t get much info about it. And today they released the video for “That Christmas Song.”
Drag queen in reindeer outfits, stripped, twerking…sounds good to me!
My personal favorite line I wanna drink you babies and nibble your ass/like I’m at midnight mass/and you is the communion.
That’s fine. MARY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Before we get into the meat of the video, can we discuss the slab of juicy prime beef Britney Spears cozies up to? Yowzers. I think I might have to revisit my 2011 post on Brit’s Top 10 Hottest Music Boy Toys. Model Alexander Kjellevik is pretty dang fine. The scruff, the hair, the abs, it all works. It must’ve been hard work laying that blond head of hers on his ripped stomach. I digress.
Directed by frequent collaborator Joseph Khan, “Perfume” can easily pass as a fragrance ad for one of Spears’ many scents. Girlfriend spritzes herself in hopes that Kjellevik’s girlfriend, Cindy, smells it. I suppose she didn’t mark her territory enough because in the end, poor Brit is left alone. I haven’t seen her act this much since her acting tour de force in the 2002 opus, Crossroads ;) Overall it’s a great clip (albeit simple) for the underrated ballad. Check it out below.
Are original new Yuletide tracks from Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis or Ariana Grande not doing the trick? Perhaps, this holiday anthem by Jordin Sparks will get you in the Christmas spirit.
Inspired by the best feelings of the holidays, “This is My Wish” is a simple, joyful reminder that peace is the greatest gift of all. The American Idol Season 6 winner is joined by The Young People’s Chorus of New York City on the track. To honor the occasion, Glade is donating $150,000 to Toys for Tots. If you like the joyous single, you can download it for free.
Despite all the headlines and chart success, Miley Cyrus received no Grammy nominations. I guess all her antics scared off Academy voters. Here’s a small consolation prize for being snubbed.
VEVO recently released their annual list ranking the ten most played music videos of the year. In no shocker, Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” topped the list. After all, the clip generated 19.3 million views on its first day of release and was the fastest to be certified in VEVO’s history by reaching 100 million views within just six days. As of December 1, the much-spoofed clip stood tall with over 371 million views worldwide. Last year’s winner, “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen notched 357 million clicks in 2012.
The most interesting part of the list is how a couple of leftovers from last year made the list. Both Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and will.i.am’s collabo with Britney landed in the Top 10. On the flip side, Katy Perry breaking the Top 5 is equally as impressive, given that “Roar” only premiered just in August. Check out below what other clips were extremely popular in 2013.