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.
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.