Tinashe broke out in a big way in 2014 with her well-received solo album, Aquarius. The 22-year-old is on the brink of super stardom. The industry is taking notice too. She’s racking up collaborations with Nick Jonas, Calvin Harris and Iggy Azalea to name a few. She’s by far my favorite among the new crop or rising R&B stars.
One of the things I love about her is her take-charge attitude. After dropping two label-produced music videos for “2 On” and “Pretend,” Tinashe took things into her own hands by filming clips for a few other tracks. She recently premiered a self-directed visual for “Aquarius” and now she has another stunning clip to share.
“So when I know my label’s not going to produce music videos, I’ll either make them myself or I’ll find people that I think are cool and reach out to them directly. I’m like, ‘Fuck it. I’ll just do it.’” – Tinashe to W Magazine
Directed by Stephen Garnett, the 8-minute mini movie for “Bated Breath” finds the R&B diva in the Mojave Desert rocking some military gear. The cinematic clip is perfect for the emotional track. Check out the video below.
Marina and the Diamonds drop their third studio album, titled Froot, on March 16. In anticipation of its release, the Welsh act has premiered four singles in the past few months. One of the standouts is “Forget” which just received a video treatment today.
Directed by Markus Lundqvist, the visual is relatively simple. Marina plays with her band on a rotating stage while rocking out chic black and white outfits. It’s solid but I would’ve preferred one with a narrative.
Nothing will ever compare, however, with her “How To A Heartbreaker” clip which featured plenty of men showering. Remember that sexy clip? Watch “Forget” below, along with reliving her eye-pleasing blast from the past.
“Chains” was originally the lead single off Nick Jonas’ eponymous album. When the single failed to make a dent on the charts and on radio, it was relegated to buzz single status. In a surprising twist, Jonas’ camp has decided to give the kick drum-driven track a second chance.
Instead of opting for the catchy “Teacher” as the official follow up to “Jealous,” Nick is going full throttle on “Chains.” Not only has he been performing it everywhere lately, but he’s added a little more R&B swagger on a newly-premiered remix.
Just like the “Jealous” remix featuring Tinashe, Jonas has sought out another rising R&B talent to join him. Jhene Aiko gets a little raunchy and 50 Shades on her verses. Check out the sexier mix below. Hopefully, a new music video is shot to go along with this new version.
Jess Glynne had a breakout year in 2014 thanks to her featured appearance on Clean Bandit’s global smash “Rather Be.” Fresh off a Grammy Best Dance Recording win, the 25-year-old songstress releases her latest solo music video.
The soulful singer scores another potential dance hit with “Hold My Hand.” The house pop gem could really do some damage in North America. Her previous solo efforts were Top 10 UK hits but remained mostly unnoticed on this side of the pond. It’s her most polished solo track to date.
The accompanying music video is relatively simple with Jess hanging out in the desert while she navigates a sandy cloud storm courtesy of several bikers riding around her. Check out the clip below. Glynne looks fantastic.
I love me some Jennifer Hudson, but hoped “Heavy Crown” featuring Ellie Goulding would be the next single. Perhaps the former is more radio friendly since it doesn’t include ‘bitch’ in the chorus. For whatever reason, Iggy Azalea picked “Trouble” as the latest cut off her Reclassified LP to promote.
The Motown-esque track gets an equally vintage vibe for the accompanying visual. Azalea herself directs the clip with assistance from her stylist Alejandra Hernandez. Following in the cinematic theme as her previous videos, Iggy serves 70s glam bombshell as she busts her bad boy lover from lockdown. A high speed car chase then ensues, with officer J Hud, like a Mountie, getting her
man woman. Check out the clip below.
Back in 2013, I questioned if Tori Kelly was the one American Idol let slip through their fingers. The California native auditioned for the ninth season of the FOX singing competition, making it to Hollywood but failing to make the Top 24. Simon Cowell called her “almost annoying” during her audition. Fast forward years later and it’s the 22-year-old who’s now having the last laugh.
After Idol, Tori became a huge YouTube personality. Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, scooped her up and guided her to a record deal with Capitol Records.
The infectious lead single, “Nobody Love,” off her debut album is building buzz and destined to be her breakout hit. That shouldn’t be a surprise given that it’s produced by Max Martin. The Swedish hitmaker has crafted hits for Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and P!nk to name a few.
Commit Tori Kelly to memory because mark my words, she’ll be pop’s next big sensation. Check out her “Nobody Love” music video below.
Nate Ruess, along with his fellow bandmates, is pursuing a solo endeavor while fun. takes a break. With the success of his collaboration with P!nk on “Just Give Me A Reason,” the 33-year-old singer should do quite fine on his own two feet. Especially, if the following cuts are anything like his first solo offering.
“Nothing Without Love,” ironically was originally destined for fun.’s 2012 album, Some Nights. Ruess decided to resurrect the foot-stomping single but rewrite some of the lyrics to reflect what’s going on with his life. The track features background vocals from Lykke Li. He recently revealed the following about the single to Rolling Stone.
“It felt so believable; I was saying what I was thinking,” Ruess said. “This is the first time I’ve been comfortable in my own skin, and it’s with someone who’s comfortable in their own skin. The reason I’m making a solo album is because it’s the first time.”
For the explosive anthem’s accompanying clip, Nate enlisted Anthony Mandler to direct. It opens with Nate floating alone in the sea to sing the first few lines a capella. Later, he’s shown walking the streets as numerous people walk past him. Check out the visual below.
I have to say I’m completely speechless with Ariana Grande’s latest video. It’s just so random and dramatic. She certainly loves looking to all things science-fiction for inspiration.
The Max Landis-directed clip begins with an explosion. We then see the 21-year-old navigate through a city being bombarded by meteors. After witnessing all the catastrophe surrounding her, Grande makes her way onto a rooftop with a male friend. As the apocalypse nears, the two exchange one last kiss.
“One Last Time” is the fourth single released from Ariana’s Grammy-nominated album My Everything. Hopefully the David Guetta-produced track can follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and break into the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. Prior to this video, I thought it had a shot. Now, I’m not so sure. Check out the somewhat disappointing visual below.