Not exactly sure what inspired Ellie Goulding to do this, but I certainly appreciate it.
The 28-year-old British songbird covers Hozier’s smash hit, “Take Me To Church.” Her angelic voice is perfectly suited for the gospel-tinged track. With Ellie on vocals though, the folk-rock song is far less bombastic and more hypnotic with its moody electronic synths. It’s worth a listen for sure.
In other related Hozier news, the 24-year-old Irish singer recently released a new music video. He opted to only appear in silhouettes. Instead, it’s all about Natalie Dormer in the “Someone New” visual. Despite hooking up with several men, the Game of Thrones actress plays a lonely woman in the somber clip. Check it out below, along with Goulding’s cover.
I’ve been on the fence since first hearing “I Want You To Know.” At times I like it and at other times I’m just meh. I just wish it was something that wowed me from the onset. Clearly, I’m in the minority. The EDM track is already a Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 hit. I will say though, the newly-released music video has me rethinking my stance. I’m a sucker for a glossy visual.
Selena Gomez channels her inner disco diva and heads to the club for the colorful music video. There’s not much of a narrative but oh well. She looks flawlessly glamorous which I suppose was the main objective.
The strobe-filled clip finds the 22-year-old singer showing off her dance moves in vintage form-fitting clubbing attire. Zedd appears sporadically popping up at the club looking dapper in a tuxedo. Just in case you were wondering, Zedd and Selena are being dubbed Zeddlena by their fans.
“I Want You To Know” is the lead cut off Zedd’s forthcoming sophomore studio album and is expected to appear on Selena’s first album with her new label, Interscope. Check out the fun clip below.
Looking great is the best revenge!!! Right?
Ciara isn’t the only R&B singer following that train of thought. Jordin Sparks is also flaunting her body to show what her ex is missing. The American Idol Season 6 winner just dropped the music video for her new single “Double Tap” and she looks fantastic.
The 2Chainz-assisted track is off her well-received #ByeFelicia mixtape and will also be featured on her forthcoming third studio album, Right Here, Right Now.
The urban scorcher has been described as somewhat of an Instagram anthem. The Dabs-directed music video plays on that by showing the 25-year-old singer on the social media app taking plenty of selfies hoping her admirers ‘double tap‘ her photos. Check out the clip below.
“For me in the song, the girl is talking to the guy saying, ‘I know you stalk my page. I know you look at the photos. I know that you don’t like them. I bet you’re not going to like that picture, but I know you like me,’” Sparks told Yahoo Music about the song.
“But then you can take it another way as well, like you’re in a relationship with someone,” she added. “Say we’re sitting next to each other. Say we’re together, right? I’m scrolling through my phone, and I hover over a picture of a really hot guy, and you’re like, ‘I know you’re not about to tap that picture. I know you’re not about to double-tap that picture in front of me.’”
Someone’s got their pre-pregnancy body back and then some. Ciara shows off her toned physique for her “I Bet” music video. Motherhood certainly suits her.
“I Bet” is the lead cut off her forthcoming album Jackie named after her mom. The Harmony Samuels-produced ballad was inspired by the 29-year-old’s breakup with her baby daddy, Future. The personal track is doing well on urban radio and starting to make a dent on mainstream stations. Deservedly so. I love it.
For the accompanying clip, Ciara tapped Hannah Lux Davis to direct. The R&B singer shows off her dance skills in leg-baring and sultry outfits. There’s no narrative, but she looks sensational and serving some vintage Janet Jackson seductiveness. Definitely check out the visual below.
Despite finishing in sixth place on The X Factor UK, Ella Henderson is proving you don’t have to win the competition to launch a successful recording career. The 19-year-old singer’s first three singles lifted from her debut effort, Chapter One, have all landed in the UK Top 20 including the global smash “Ghost.” Her latest, “Mirror Man” should follow suit and do solidly on the charts as well.
Director Colin Tilley filmed a relatively simple clip but it’s in its simplicity that makes it stunning. Ella plays around with the elements including fire, sand and water while a hunky blond love interest transforms into a panther. There’s some wicked visual effects in the clip which probably cost the label a pretty penny. Check out the “Mirror Man” visual below.
Just like “Stay With Me” with Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith has enlisted another great R&B voice to duet with for a special version of his latest single. The 22-year-old reigning Best New Artist Grammy winner joins forces with John Legend to make beautiful music on “Lay Me Down.”
The special rendition of the track is for the UK charity Comic Relief for Red Nose Day. The charity’s goal is to “bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people, which we believe requires investing in work that addresses people’s immediate needs as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.”
“I’m doing the official single for this year’s @rednoseday with the amazing @johnlegend,” Sam tweeted. “So honoured to collaborate with such an incredible artist. Please do support the track, it is for a great cause xx.”
Check out their sensational collaboration below. Hopefully, this is just one of many future duets to come. Their voices mesh so well together.
To say Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest video is completely random would be a huge understatement. What was her team thinking? This is a total misstep.
When I heard about Tom Hanks’ involvement, I naturally assumed it would be a cameo. Never in a million years did I expect he’d be the star of the clip with Jepsen appearing minimally. Who in the hell did the two-time Oscar winner owe a huge favor to???
The Peter Glanz-directed clip follows Hanks from the moment he wakes up to nightfall. He’s shown washing his teeth, taking a cab and walking the streets of New York City. Jepsen later joins him for a dance routine with Justin Bieber popping up for a hot second.
Personally, the visual is a disappointment. Sometimes less is more. The catchy song would’ve been better served with a simple clip of Carly Rae pining over some hot shirtless guy. Tried and true formula always works. Check out the music video below.
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.