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Rihanna has never had an issue not expressing her opinions. The 27-year-old singer is very outspoken to say the least. With that being said, I can’t remember if she’s ever been so political. On the heels of RiRi speaking out against Indiana’s religious freedom law, she releases a powerful politically-charged music video.

American Oxygen” debuted exclusively on TIDAL earlier this morning. The visual shows the Barbadian singer in front of a giant American flag while footage of memorable moments are shown in between.

The civil rights movement, Obama’s inauguration, Ferguson protests, 9/11 attacks, Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech and the landing on the moon are among the many moments included. Check out the patriotic clip below.

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Martin Garrix recently released two music videos for “Don’t Look Down” featuring Usher. One centered around a towel boy and the other on his female counterpart. Any guesses which one I liked better? LOL.

Even though his current single is still climbing the charts, the 18-year-old Dutch producer teased two more high-profile collaborations during his set at Ultra Music Festival in Miami last weekend. He seized the opportunity to preview tracks featuring John Legend and Ed Sheeran on “Waiting For Love” and “Rewind Repeat It” respectively.

At first listen, I’m liking the latter better. Clearly, Garrix overcame the ‘challenge‘ of working with someone with poppy vocals. Martin previously revealed his initial struggles working with Sheeran’s to FaceCulture. Check out both tracks after the jump and his Usher visual.

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Another Sia music video, another highlight reel of Maddie Ziegler doing her thing. Not that I’m complaining since I adore the 12-year-old dance sensation. But I’m ready for the Aussie singer to switch things up. Hopefully, when her 1000 Forms of Fear era ends, she does exactly that.

Unlike “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart,” the “Big Girls Cry” visual is even more stark and minimal. It focuses solely on Ziegler’s face and upper body against a black backdrop. A tall order to convey the song’s passionate lyrics using only her expressive face but girl does it. Check out the clip below which was directed by Daniel Askill and Sia herself.

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Everyone knows teenagers have raging hormones. Even with that in mind, this isn’t your typical prom. It’s one full-on orgy at the high school gymnasium.

You might recognized Charlie Puth from his appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The daytime talk show host signed the YouTube sensation to her eleveneleven record label but nothing ever came to fruition. Atlantic Records then swooped in to sign the 23-year-old singer.

Marvin Gaye” is the lead cut off Puth’s forthcoming album. Wisely, his team enlisted Meghan Trainor to duet with him on the old school-tinged track. Like her or not, but Trainor seems to have the Midas touch these days.

The “All About The Bass” singer also joins Charlie in the accompanying video directed by Marc Klasfeld. Their performance on stage sexually arouses the students and even the teachers, leading everyone to ‘get it on’ Marvin Gaye style. Check out the clip below.

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Chains” was originally picked as the lead single for 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 an interesting twist, Jonas’ camp decided to give the kick drum-driven track a second chance. A remix featuring Jhene Aiko was released and now an alternate music video has dropped.

This time around, the 22-year-old singer opted to go the colorful route as opposed to the dark and moody original visual. Filmed at the famous Wynwood Walls graffiti and street art center in Miami, Jonas parties at an outdoor vibrant post-apocalyptic-themed rave while video vixens dance around him.

It’s kind of an odd direction to go given the lyrics. I would’ve much preferred something more seductive featuring a scantily-clad Jonas. Anyhoo, check out the new version below directed by Black Coffee and Peter Tunney.

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It’s all about girl power once again for Fifth Harmony. The five ladies show the male-dominated Wall Street who’s “Bo$$” in their latest video. ‘Women In Power’ and ‘Feminism Is Sexy’ scroll on the NASDAQ-like screen as Dinah Jane, Normani, Lauren, Camila and Ally drop it like it’s hot.

The Cameron Buddy-directed clip is their best one to date. For once there’s a slight narrative instead of the girls just bopping around on a sparsely decorated set. To boot, they’ve never looked better. All of them look stunning, especially Dinah Jane. Her makeup and moves are flawless. Also worth a mention is Normani. Her slinky poses on her office desk are on fleek (God I hate that saying).

As a fan of the ladies, I hope this charts well. I’m a little surprised “Sledgehammer” didn’t perform better. “Worth It” is a wise choice as the next single. The sax-driven beat and hook are supremely catchy. Give their latest a watch below.

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Karmin Returns With ‘Along The Road’ Music Video

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While signed with Epic Records, Karmin released an EP and studio album. They even scored a Billboard Hot 100 Top 20 hit with “Brokenhearted.” Though their experience was positive with Epic, the duo asked out of their contract to return to their indie roots for their sophomore effort, Leo Rising.

Nick Noonan explains to Billboard, “We developed amazing relationships that we would not have today without them, they gave us the radio start. But we just felt it was a different thing [musically] from what they thought it was.” Amy Heidemann added, “We were hungry to try a more musically honest approach. We wanted to be a little bit nerdier than we think they had hoped.”

Writing and producing their owns songs isn’t all they’re tackling these days. The real life couple went all DIY while filming their music video for “Along The Road.” With some supplies purchased at Home Depot and thousands of sample shoes from Creative Rec, they created the eye-catching backdrop in the visual. Check out their video below.

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“I see this app as the wave of the future. I know my fans will swipe right.” That’s his official stance on why he chose to debut his newest music video on Tinder. But could his decision be partly a dig on his ex-fiance Jordin Sparks who debuted “Double Tap” on Instagram recently? I wouldn’t be surprised since there is no love lost between these former lovers.

Want To Want Me” is the lead cut off Jason Derulo’s upcoming fourth studio album. The Ian Kirkpatrick-produced track is a slick and catchy number. Looks like the 25-year-old R&B singer has another hit on his hands, following “Wiggle” and “Talk Dirty.”

For the accompanying clip, Jason enlisted director Colin Tilley to film an equally slick visual. It’s pretty by-the-numbers with Derulo dancing, taking his shirt off, working out and making out with some chick. Check out the video below.

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