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.
Two years after “Friday” became an internet sensation, Rebecca Black finally releases a sequel. Naturally, it’s titled “Saturday.” Will it reach the legendary status of its predecessor which generated over 60 million views in 2011? Probably not, but with some shade thrown at Miley Cyrus and ‘ingenious’ lyrics like “Yesterday was Friday. Today is Saturday,” it’s a valiant effort.
Check out the clip below which features Dave Days. I also included a recent clip of Black re-watching “Friday.” Her play-by-play commentary and reactions to the video that changed her life are kinda hilarious.
“Grown Woman” first surfaced in Beyonce’s Pepsi commercial back in April. Eight months later, a snippet for the amazing cut has finally surfaced. Whether the footage was part of a scrapped music video or simply unused background visuals meant for her Mrs. Carter World Tour, only B actually knows. The uptempo gem definitely deserved better than the treatment it received.
I probably shouldn’t hold my breath for an official release of the single. During her recent gig in my hood, Bey never performed “Grown Woman” nor “Standing In The Sun.” #hugeletdown. Oh well, at least there’s this.
On a side note, Beyonce should really consider ditching her blond tresses for awhile. She looks stunning in dark straight hair. Check out the clip below which features cameos from Mama Knowles and Kelly Rowland. Poor Michelle Williams. Not invited to the party once again.
Christmas came early for Tamar Braxton’s fans. The 36-year-old singer released not one, but two brand new music videos. One from her Love and War album and the other lifted off her holiday album, Winter Loversland.
First, we have the long-awaited visual for “All The Way Home.” The R&B slow jam in one of my favorite cuts off Love and War. In the four-minute long clip, Toni’s little sister wears sexy clothing as she shows off come hither moves to the camera. It’s a simple clip, but an effective accompanying visual. Braxton’s real-life husband, Vincent Herbert, plays her lover in the vid.
While she gets the man in the end in “All The Way Home,” she’s all alone on “She Can Have You.” It’s definitely not your typical festive track, but I appreciate her going against the grain. Not everyone is all joyous this time of year. Tamar sits by a fireplace alone, singing her blues away after an emotional breakup. Check out both clips below.
“Royals” is still a major presence on radio and the charts, but that hasn’t stopped Lorde from releasing the followup. The New Zealand singer has bestowed the honor to “Team.” A wise choice given that it’s a fan and critical favorite off her debut album Pure Heroine.
Thematically, the newly-released clip follows the vein of her gigantic debut hit. It puts the spotlight at the frivolous lifestyles that many in society strive for. At least that’s what I gather based on her own words and first impression of the clip. Lorde filmed her latest in Red Hook, Brooklyn under the creative watchful eye of director Young Replicant.
“This video was born from a dream I had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen. I dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. And of this world, I dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger.” Lorde
At long last Kelly Clarkson delivers the music video for “Underneath The Tree” weeks after the adorable lyric one. The visual not only serves as the official clip for the track, but also as a promo for her upcoming NBC Christmas special, Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale airing on NBC Tuesday, December 11 at 10pm.
Clarkson and guests will celebrate the festive season with a comedic musical take on a traditional Christmas morality tale. Song selection will come directly off her just-released Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, featuring classics such as “Silent Night” and “White Christmas” as well as new material including “Underneath The Tree” and the title track.
Superstars Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire and Trisha Yearwood guest star on the upcoming holiday special. Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, Ken Jeong and Jai Rodriguez also make appearances.
Check out the music video below which features Kelly performing during her upcoming special and B-roll footage of her getting ready backstage. Given that she’s newly-married and has a baby on the way, I don’t blame her for taking the easy route with the clip.
Several weeks ago, a video showcasing Justin Bieber and his entourage goofing around at the Great Wall of China debuted online. The 19-year-old wisely decided to give the track a proper music video. Smart business move considering radio is supporting the track. I definitely don’t have Bieber Fever, but “All That Matters” is one of his better tracks he’s recently released. The electric guitar is beyond sexy.
The Collin Tilley-directed clip is relatively simple given the budget Bieber has access to, but it works. The sultry moody video is a perfect complement to the track’s stripped-down production. Check out the newly-released visual below.
Not in the Christmas spirit yet? Watching Leona Lewis’ latest music video will change that in an instant.
The X Factor winner in her pimped out white Mercedes heads to her cabin nestled in the snowy woods. Once the tree is decorated and food prepared, her friends arrive for a cozy Christmassy good time. “One More Sleep” is one of three original tracks from Lewis’ first holiday album, Christmas With Love. Check out the video below.
It’s worth noting that Leona looks absolutely stunning in the clip. Simply gorgeous.