Holy man. I am personally in love with Coldplay’s newest song “Paradise” although I have a tough time watching the video. That poor elephant… so heartbreaking! Now, one of my favorite Canadian boys, Mike Tompkins has worked his vocal magic and covered the UK bands newest single and in my opinion, it’s Mike’s best work yet! If you’ve never seen or heard a Mike Tompkins video before it’s quite the amazing spectacle. While the song may sound full and full of synths and drum tracks, you are mistaken. Mike only creates his songs with his voice and mouth. That means, all of the synths, organs, pads, drums and more are all made by his voice. Incredible right?
Despite this being one of my favorite Tompkins covers to listen to, the video is exceptionally one of his best as well. This man just continues to be superstar in my opinion. He engineered, mixed and produced the track on his own. Then to make the man even more amazing, he shot and edited the video on his own in his basement too! Jack of all trades, master of many I should say. Mike went down to LA earlier this year and worked with mega-producer Timbaland on his upcoming Shock Value 3 album. I cannot wait to see what those two came up with in the studio. There is no doubt that it’s probably awesome. Check out Mike’s cover of “Paradise” by Coldplay below.
Today I came across a pop band from Stockholm, Sweden called The Sound Of Arrows, and they have taken my speakers by storm. I’ve been listening to their debut album called “Voyage” and it’s amazing and just what my playlist was currently lacking. The band is taking off in Europe, but their still relatively unknown in North America – so far.
This debut album has a nostalgic 80s feel, and I am also reminded of the sounds of Sufjan Stevens, Junior Boys, and Ace of Base (it must be a Swedish thing) – these influences are definitely not a bad thing. The electropop duo has also just released a visually stimulating music video for their latest single, “Wonders,” featuring an abundance of “wondrous” video clips as well as the two guys sans shirts. I have found all of their music videos quite unique and interesting for that matter. Enjoy their latest video and preview their album iTunes (I’ve provide the link) below.
They’re baaaaaaaaaaaaaack. Some of the original supermodels of the 90s are gracing a fashion magazine cover once again. It’s great to see some of them back. Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova and Yasmin Le Bon are showing the newbies and actresses how it’s done. Hopefully, this signals the return of the supermodel era. The OGs (originals) have not only joined forces for Harper Bazaar UK’s December 2011 cover and photo editorial, but also for a short film for Duran Duran.
Directed by the genius that is Jonas Akerlund, the supermodels pose as members of Duran Duran for the group’s new short film SLASH music video for “Girl Panic“. Think of it as a modern-day George Michael “Freedom 90” model-filled music video. Crawford also starred in that iconic clip. The real-life members of Duran Duran make cameos in the visual as bellhops, paparazzi and chauffeurs. D&G designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, also make an appearance.
“We have made some pretty ambitious videos over the years, but this one was certainly the most challenging to date,” Simon Le Bon, lead singer of Duran Duran said. “Coordinating the schedules of five of the world’s biggest super models, Jonas, and the band was no easy task – but we couldn’t be happier with the finished film. It has all of the ingredients that we feel are important – it’s humorous, glamorous, sexy and very Duran Duran.”
I am LOVING this track and this album. Melanie C (formerly of the Spice Girls) is still on the solo career circuit and going for broke with her new album The Sea. We’ve already heard Rock Me and Think About It from the album, but the latest single to be lifted from the disc shows off a nicer, softer side of Mel that we haven’t seen since her ballad, Northern Star from her debut solo album in my opinion.
The new track is titled Weak and was co-written by Melanie, Ina Wrolsden and Jez Ashurst. The song takes on an emotional roller coaster about a relationship and the video does the exact same. We watch Melanie sing in an old motel room intercut with scenes of a hot couple giving us some steamy ballroom one-on-one action. I am not sure who the dancing couple is, but I’ll keep searching to try and find out. The male dancer kind of looks like Josh Kloss, wouldn’t you agree?
Currently, the album isn’t giving us staggering chart results but it did peak at #6 on the UK Indie Albums Chart. With the success that Melanie found in her worldwide release of Think About It, she may find that Weak will have everyone coming back for more. I sure have and recommend that you grab the album off iTunes ASAP! Now, check out her newest music video below.
Jason Derulo only released his sophomore album Future History in September but it’s already produced four singles for the singer. His latest titled Breathing is more of a risk for the usual four on the floor, R&B meets dance floor pop vocalist. The synths are a little bit rougher and the hook with the modulated chorus of vocals is more edgy than we’re used to from Derulo. However, I’m totally digging the track. The track was produced by DJ Frank E who is responsible for Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. album and has also worked with the likes of Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias.
Jason brought on video director Colin Tilley to helm the project who recently worked with Derulo on his video for It Girl. The video definitely takes a walk on Jason’s darker side as we see the singer wear a gas mask in a dark and abandoned warehouse of sorts. Jason also takes the opportunity to show off his chiseled bod and glow blue while his insides light up. Jason also shows off his impecable dance moves in between clips of him simulating a seizure in an electric chair. Overall, a whole lot of new stuff going for Jason, but does it work? Watch the video below and tell us what you think.
Tyra Banks, look at what you’ve done. Just what the world needs, another reality star turned pop star. I knew the second Tyrant made the girls write their own songs and film an accompanying music video, it would ignite a few of their inner pop stars to come out. On cue, Dominique Reighard released her debut single and music video the day after the episode aired. Making matters worse… I actually don’t mind it. Dare I even say, I like it. UGH.
First off, let’s get the obvious out of the way. Girlfriend looks gorgeous in the video and the picture above. That’s one weave blow out that both RuPaul and Beyonce would be jealous of. FIERCE. On ANTM, the judges coined her Jayloncé (J. Lo & Beyonce) and that description couldn’t be any more appropriate, especially once you see the clip.
Photographer Derek Blanks makes his directing debut with Dominique’s “On Top Of The World“. It’s only fitting he directed it, since he appeared in an episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” during the “alter ego” photo shoot. That Bravo show gave birth to “Tardy For The Party“, which allowed every reality star to think they also can have a successful novelty single.
Ever wonder what Britney Spears, Beyonce and Lady Gaga do on their downtime? Wonder no more. Apparently they like to break into cars, litter, flash people, start street fights and roll around in shopping carts. I had no idea these three were BFFs, let alone hoodlums. Judging by the clip, the trio love to cause a ruckus. Obviously, it’s not true. Hell, it’s not even the real Brit, Bey or Gaga but celebrity impersonators.
Typically, this genre of music isn’t something you’d find in abundance on my iTunes, but I’ve been known to dabble in it every now and then. The Kaiser Chiefs are a rock indie band from Leeds, England. They’ve been around since 1996, but it’s probably their new music video for “Kinda Girl You Are” that’ll catapult them into pop consciousness. The track is from their fourth studio album “The Future Is Medieval“.
The group came up with an extremely genius idea to feature these three pop stars in their video. Instead of portraying the divas as rivals, they decided to show them as besties. Whoever styled these impersonators did a bang up job of emulating the singers’ signature looks. At a quick glance (and from far away), these ladies could pass for the real thing. Check out the clip below.
JoJo’s new music video is definitely not “Too Little, Too Late“. In fact, the timing couldn’t be any more perfect. Welcome back JoJo. You’ve been missed. I love me some JoJo and excited she’s finally releasing new music and promoting it. “Disaster” is the lead cut from her upcoming third studio album which is scheduled to be released in early 2012. It’s about time Miss Levesque.
“I’m thrilled to present you with Disaster, the first visual from my new album, Jumping Trains. I had such a great time making the video, and I hope you guys will love it as much as I do. Thank you as always for your support. You all keep me going everyday.” – JoJo
Now that she’s 20-years-old, JoJo is a full grown woman and her lyrics reflect that. Her new track describes a relationship coming to an end. It’s a powerful tune that showcases her vocals perfectly. Directed by Benny Boom, the clip allows JoJo to show off some acting skills. She even gets to make out with that sexy Brit, Rafi Gavron. For you “Life Unexpected” fans, you’ll remember him as Lux’s ex-boyfriend Bug. Great to see his cute face again. Check out what JoJo had to say about filming her latest clip.
“I had such a fun time collaborating with Benny Boom. I’m a fan of his work especially Next Day Air (the last film he directed) and was so thrilled that he wanted to do the video! He really captured the atmosphere that I wanted to create and helped bring “Disaster” to life.”