It’s been a long four years since Florence + The Machine unleashed Ceremonials in 2011. Thankfully, the English rock band decided to release new material today from their upcoming third studio album. It’s about friggin’ time.
“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” is a mysterious track with beautiful instrumentals. As usual, Florence Welch’s voice is pure magic. The track comes with an accompanying hypnotic music video.
Welch is shown dancing with a doppelgänger in the clip directed by Vincent Haycock and Tabitha Denholm. If you find yourself mesmerized by the choreography, it comes from the creative mind of Ryan Heffington. He’s the same choreographer responsible for all those dance moves in Sia’s viral “Chandelier.” Check out the video below.
Madonna sure has a hard-on for all things bullfighting related. She’s often taken inspiration from the spectacle for several of her music videos and once again does it for “Living For Love.”
The 56-year-old icon engages in a beautifully choreographed duel against some hunky shirtless human bulls. The dramatic visual was directed by J.A.C.K. (Julien Choquart and Camille Hirigoyen). It ends with the following quote from Friedrich Nietzsche.
“Man is the cruelest animal. At tragedies, bullfights and crucifixions he has felt best on earth; and when he invented hell for himself that was his very heaven.”
Madge made history with “Living For Love” by becoming the first artist to premiere a music video on Snapchat. Check it out below. I actually quite dig it and makes me like the track more.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, naturally everyone including Kelly Clarkson is in a romantic kind of mood. The 32-year-old singer shows numerous couples engaging in flirty lovey-dovey acts in her newly-released “Heartbeat Song” music video.
Overall, it’s a cute clip. Kelly, like she did in her “Catch My Breath” visual, uses every camera trick possible to hid her post-pregnancy weight. Gauzy filters and plenty above-the-bust shots are used whenever Kelly is on screen. I say embrace the weight, girl. She looks adorable no matter what size she is. Check out the clip below.
Rihanna premiered the music video for “FourFiveSeconds” yesterday but since we had some technical difficulties, I could only share it with you today. If you’re not a fan of the polarizing song, the moody clip probably won’t win you over.
RiRi rocks a vintage Sean John denim jacket in the black and white clip. She previously explained why she chose the all-American look. “Denim never goes out of style. It’s classic, it’s iconic, just like the fucking Beatles,” she shared.
Meanwhile Paul McCartney strums his acoustic guitar in several scenes while Kanye West does what Kanye West does best… overacts and gets dramatic.
The best parts of the Inez and Vinoodh-directed clip are when the three appear on the screen together. If they were wearing Gap clothing, this could easily pass for an ad campaign for the brand. Check out the video below.
You gotta hand it to Manila Luzon, she is hustlin harder than any other bitch in the game. Today she gave us a delicious holiday treat, her new music ft. our current reigning Next Drag Superstar Jinkx Monsoon.
If you’ve heard the song (available on iTunes) it’s all about self empowerment and living ever day to it’s fullest. It’s also very special because it features the story of a young Sahara Davenport and we even get a cameo from our dearly departed queen.
I want to talk about the outfits in this video. In true Manila form we have got some GREAT looks, but my personal fave is the Spongebob dress and Jinkx and the starfish with the dreads. That’s a REALLY good look for Jinkx, she should totally wear that when she comes to Vancouver for Battle of the Seasons (Tickets online HERE!)
Nothing says true love like getting thrown off a mechanical bull with your loved one ;) For their sake, I hope John Mayer and Katy Perry stay together forever. It’d be painful for the dumpee to stumble upon their “Who You Love” visual during a moment of weakness. That’s the sucky thing about appearing on-screen with your real-life lover. When things go bad, accidentally looking back at happier times could open a floodgate of tears. I know I would.
Mayer and Perry dropped by ABC’s Good Morning America to premiere the visual for “Who You Love.” Just like the track itself, the video is simplistic but beautiful and heartfelt. Directed by Sophie Muller (Rihanna “Stay”), it shows couples including John and Katy riding a mechanical bull in slow-motion. For me, the most beautiful moments are when Mayer and Perry look into each other eyes and sing. Either they’re really in love or fantastic actors. I’m thinking the former. Kate Winslet and Daniel Day Lewis they are not. Check out the video below.
If Rihanna is the person you turn to for some psychoanalysis, I think it’s time for a wake-up call. Love me some RiRi but I can’t think of any topic I’d seriously take advice about. Perhaps boxing lessons ;) I kid (obviously).
Even without a music video, Eminem’s latest collaboration with the Bajan beauty sits atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Personally, it’s not my favorite, but clearly I’m in the minority. “The Monster” recently gave Rihanna her 13th chart-topper (my least favorite by far), tying her with Michael Jackson. The single also earned Slim Shady a Billboard record of his own. When it entered the charts, the Detroit rapper became the first artist since The Beatles to have four simultaneous songs in the Top 20.
In the Rich Lee-directed clip, Mr. Eight Mile plays a mental patient being observed by Rihanna. As he sits back wearing a straight jacket, flashbacks of career highlights and lowlights play out on a television. One of those snippets is his Grammy performance with Elton John. Is this his subtle way of apologizing for some hateful speech in “Rap God?” Watch the dark and moody clip below and decide for yourself.
“Blurred Lines” was such a huge hit, Robin Thicke will most likely never match its success. At least on this album he won’t. The follow-up, “Give It 2 U” featuring Kendrick Lamar, was actually pretty good but didn’t even crack the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100. Hit latest will probably suffer a similar fate, if not worse. Thicke is the victim of his own success.
“Feel Good” finds Robin joined by a bevy of women once again. However this time they’re fully-clothed, albeit dressed in Las Vegas-looking attire, but at least not bouncing around with their titties out. Progress I guess ;) While a decent album filler, I’m surprised he chose the will.i.am-penned track to release next. With a North American tour in February, he’ll need another radio hit to support it. Sadly, “Feel Good” just isn’t it IMHO. There are far more superior tracks on the LP. Check out the video below.