Frank Ocean’s ambitious track “Pyramids” got an equally ambitious eight-minute cinematic music video to accompany it. The track, which is from Channel ORANGE, features John Mayer, who makes an appearance in the trippy, disjointed video.
Watch the music video here:
Five key scenes:
Ocean starts off at the bar, downing four shots of absinthe in a row, before going cray and pulling out his gun. Read more…
Somewhere on my list of life goals (probably between making my parents proud and signing a marriage certificate with Ryan Gosling) is to have a tea party with Taylor Swift and her Scottish Fold cat Meredith. Swift seems like the ultimate BFF, not only because she’s so energetic and has a quirky fashion sense, but she also wrote the ultimate breakup anthem.
Now we get the visuals for “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and I’m so happy she’s turning what’s usually a sad time into a regular hootenanny dance party. Never again will your friend have to be like “dude, you’re better off without him — let’s eat ice cream.” Now they can just gaze at you wisely and advise “listen to Taylor honey.”
The best parts of the video involve Taylor dancing with her bandmates, who all wear animal costumes, and Swift throwing Mr. Nobody out while wearing hipster glasses.
The single is from her upcoming album Red, due out Oct. 22.
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If you haven’t already heard about “Gangnam Style,” you’re probably living under a rock. I think Psy’s viral video is going to erase all upcoming “Call Me Maybe” parodies in exchange for this. At the University of Oregon, the school’s duck mascot seems to be having the time of his life, partying on res and an eventful weekend up at the cottage. Really, how hard can it be, dancing like that in a costume (with webbed feet). Whoever is under there must be sweating.
But don’t worry, if you want to perfect your moves to the famous horse riding dance, we got you covered. Psy recently demonstrated the whole craze on a television show, so watch this tutorial closely. Remember, keep a serious face.
Let’s play a game. It’s called “Spot the Booty!!”
2 Chainz released the anticipated music video for “Birthday Song,” featuring Kanye West. In case you didn’t gather from the lyrics, the visuals confirm that 2 Chainz indeed wants a big booty ho for his birthday. We know this because the majority of the video is filled with breast-baring ladies shaking their butts while he raps about his deepest wishes.
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I’m a seasoned thrift shopper so I’m relieved to finally have a theme song to go with my monthly hunts. Seattle rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis talk about scouting flannel zebra PJs and finding a f*cking awesome outfit for $20 that once belonged to a grandpa, in their new video “Thrift Shop” (ft. Wanz). Score!
In the video, the guys hit up the local secondhand store, shop for novelty items and try on a bunch of dramatic outfits (including tropical shirts and fox fur coats). Their best find? Clearly the dog vest he dons around 1:10. That never goes out of style.
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For those who are acquainted with the term, griefers refer to people in multiplayer video games that go out of their way to harass other players in the game in the most aggressive ways possible. This behaviour could include, but is not limited to killing other players, crashing their servers or verbally insulting them.
If you still don’t understand, just watch Deadmau5′ new music video for “Professional Griefers” featuring My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way. The two musicians duke it out through massive robotic machines, in front of thrilled spectators. In the end, there seems to be more than one loser in the battle.
The track is from his upcoming album Album Title Goes Here.
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Here’s our breakout artist of the day: Vennu Mallesh. Well actually, this is how you can sound somewhat like a popstar with the help of auto-tune. “It’s My Life,” (no this is not a Bon Jovi cover) was said to be sung, produced and written by the man himself. I’m not sure why the people on the soundboard look so enthused, but hey.. at least this guy is following his dreams.
The lyrics in this song are actually terrible considering the fact that nothing rhymes. ”I always search good in bad/ I also search bad in good.” Huh? The song also ends off with a piece of advice, ”If you don’t like anyone, live alone.”
Do you think this could be the next viral hit for the end of summer? Look out Rebecca Black.
Nicki Minaj’s new music video for “I Am Your Leader” is standard fare for Barbz. There are less hair colours than we’re used to seeing (only her natural hue and a bright green wig) but the colourful set makes up for any tress shortcomings. Minaj professes she’s our leader and if we’re not into it we can “suck a big d*ck.
Rick Ross and Cam’Ron make an appearance in the video, rapping in a trippy candy pink room. Later Minaj suds it up in a bubble bath wearing glittery sky high boots. The track is from her album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
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Yesterday marked World Humanitarian Day: “One day. One message. One goal. To inspire people all around the world to do something good, no matter how big or small, for someone else.”
Singer Beyonce Knowles works closely with the United Nations, which is something she is very passionate about, while taking a stand to encourage others to help out and give back. During the taped performance at the U.N. General Assembly on August 10, Beyonce showed a powerful force and true emotion within her performance and lyrics of the song. Behind her, was a large screen showing moments of bravery, struggle and survival.
Other celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Rihanna took their voice to Twitter:
Watch Beyonce’s performance here:
Nickelback is a band that has the special ability to be made fun of on the internet. From their power chord-heavy songs to Chad Kroeger’s rough singing, they’re often ridiculed for their over-use of themes involving women and sex and coming out with songs that all just sound the same.
So what better way to respond to all this criticism? Why of course, a new melodramatic music video for their song “Trying Not to Love You”.
Featuring Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander as froth-artist barista, the video shows him trying to impress a blonde customer (played by Baywatch’s Brooke Burns)…among other peculiarities.
While I don’t exactly know what’s going on in the music video, I can’t decide whether I’m laughing at the music video or along with the band’s humour.
I’m sure the guys from Nickelback are cool people. But seeing that this music video is so absurd, I don’t think my opinion about their music has changed.
And besides, haven’t I already heard this song before? It sure sounds kind of familiar…
With an old music video of Kris Jenner surfacing, this really takes the cake in the most horrifying things I have ever seen on the internet.
Featuring a younger Kris sporting a bob and singing while driving a car, this video was made for her 30th birthday. Singing the lines “I LOVE MY FRIENDS!” repeatedly throughout, there are also clips of people telling the birthday girl they love her (something tells me she put them up to this).
From her off-key singing to listing her favourite things to do such as Bible Study (who would have thought?!), this video is actually painful to watch.
Thank God Kris didn’t pursue a music career after this. I don’t think our ears could have taken any more.
In T.I.’s new video for “Go Get It” we see how much things have changed for Tip, who shows what life was like pre and post fame.
The Alex Nazari-video starts with T.I. begrudgingly waking up to the sound of his ceiling fan in his regular bedroom. The scene juxtaposes with him rolling over in a king sized bed with three ladies in lingerie. Basically, pre-fame T.I. swam in community pools and drove rundown cars. Post-fame T.I. swims in his massive outdoor pool and drives a beautiful, sleek ride.
The song is from his forthcoming album Trouble Man.
A list of things that are awkward:
1. When you’re singing Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” in the car and realize your windows are open and the family in the van next to you is laughing.
2. When you close an embarrassing window on your laptop a little too late so your colleague sees you’re watching Jersey Shore during work hours.
3. This music video for Emily.
Kim Kardashian’s cameo in DJ Khaled, Rick Ross and Kanye West’s hybrid music video for ”I Wish You Would/Cold” is pretty brief, nevertheless it must sting Kris Humphries. Kardashian appears when Kanye raps: “And I’ll admit I had fell in love with Kim/ Around the same time she had fell in love with him.” Of course, the “him” Kanye is referring to is Kim’s ex-husband Kris Humphries.
The black and white, grainy music video was directed by Hype Williams, who has directed videos for Coldplay, Kesha, Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z. I wouldn’t say this particular video is his most conceptual considering it essentially consists of the three guys rapping in a long underground tunnel. If the shaky camera work makes you too queasy, skip ahead to 5:10 to get a glimpse of Kimye.
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Karmin’s new music video for “Hello” takes place in Los Angeles’ China Town, a beautiful oasis of rosy lanterns and bright paper parasols. Lead singer Amy Heidemann bikes through the neighbourhood in Daisy Dukes and a star-patterned crop sweater before changing into a Matrix-style black jacket for night. That’s when things get a little confusing.
Although the video is performance-based, a story tries to work it’s way through with both Amy and fiance Nick Noonan getting ready for a big date. While Nick basically prepares for his date by shaving his head, Amy prefers to strut down China Town and perform to people who aren’t watching/listening to her.
Overall, it feels a little disjointed and boring but the catchy song and opening sequences make up for that. Plus, Amy pretty much kills the rap and singing portions.
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Earlier this week, Cody has been teasing us all (yes I consider myself one of his angels) with a sneak preview to his new music video, “Wish U Were Here.” Warning ladies: his shirt DOES come off multiple times.
The video consists of every summer essential you could think of – stylish blazers, trendy sunglasses & tank tops, chillin’ poolside, a stadium full of fans, a guitar (duh) and a bunch of fireworks. We also get to see Cody in his zone, rocking the stage with rapper Becky G. The two of them together on this track = the perfect jam sesh, trust me.
You can find WUWH off Cody’s new EP, Preview To Paradise, but we are totally stoked for his full debut album Paradise coming later this fall. You can catch him on tour with Big Time Rush running until September 21, but that’s not all. Cody will also be joining Justin Bieber’s Believe Tour in Los Angeles later this year. Things are only getting bigger for this dreamy Aussie!
Now I don’t mean to brag, but we were lucky enough to be the first people that Cody played “Wish U Were Here” acoustically for. If you missed it, no worries because you can watch it here. He even answered some lucky fan questions about being Punk’d and his thoughts on releasing new music.
Cher Lloyd – “Dancing On My Own”
Cher Lloyd’s last single “Want U Back,” had the 19-year-old songstress flipping tables, acting bratty in a diner and pretty much causing her exes to start filling out retraining orders. She shows us she isn’t all snarls and sass in her new cover of Swedish pop star Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own.” Lloyd strips down Robyn’s electro hit into an acoustic version, singing earnestly and powerfully. Like, seriously, if you had any doubts as to the girl’s talent, Lloyd will prove you wrong with this track.
Parade – “Light Me Up”
With the Spice Girls announcing a reunion musical, it would appear that British girl groups are all the rage right now. Parade is the latest group of five gorgeous, talented women to band together, and lemme tell ya, you’re going to like what you hear. Their latest single, “Light me Up,” produced by Tom Powell (of Girls Aloud and Sugababes fame) mixes influences of synth pop, electro, and dubstep into one catchy, crazy track. Trust me, one listen to thing song and the girls will “Parade” straight into your hearts. (Sorry, I had to!)
David Guetta ft. Sia – “Falling to Pieces”
After David Guetta and Sia’s monstrous hit “Titanium,” it was inevitable that the French DJ and Aussie songstress would collaborate again. Once again, ladies and gentlemen, we have a massive hit waiting to happen. Guetta debuted “Falling to Pieces” last weekend at the Tomorrowland festival in Belgium and judging by the videos out there, the crowd was eating it up. I’m definitely a fan of the Guetta/Sia collab and can’t wait to bust my moves at the club to this jam!
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In Justin Bieber’s video for “As Long As You Love Me” actor Michael Madsen, who plays his GORG girlfriend’s dad, wants to break up their relationship. We’re not sure why since Justin is a total charmer. In fact, when Madsen tells Bieber off at the beginning of the video, he gets a few things wrong:
1) Justin Bieber is no mere boy. I mean he is, yes, but have some respect Madsen, he’s a MAN (duh). This storyline is decidedly more grown up than those we’re used to. It’s filled with forbidden love, family conflict and violent repercussions. Bieber is certainly evolving.
2) Madsen says: “I know what type of guy you are. Once upon a time I used to be the same thing. You know what that means? That means one day you’ll leave her for someone else, and break her heart.” To that I say: Like you know anything Madsen. I’ve never met Justin personally but I can assure you he’s not one of those scummy guys that would jet off for no reason at all. I can tell. Plus, doesn’t he prove his dedication when he risks personal injury to stay with his girlfriend?
3) The biggest lie of all is when Madsen claims he doesn’t want to know Justin Bieber. I mean, come on, we know you’re trying to play the tough father figure and all but EVERYONE wants to know JB. #AmIRight?
Even though Madsen gets a few obvious things wrong, we’ll forgive him because he seems like an intimidating guy (has anyone seem Reservoir Dogs?) and he’s definitely an amazing actor (again, has anyone seen Reservoir Dogs?).
In the end, things kind of go astray for Madsen when his daughter chooses
Romeo Justin over her father, but we’re left with a bit of a cliffhanger.
The Anthony Mandler-directed mini-film features Big Sean. The track is taken from his fourth studio album Believe.
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Nicki Minaj is a red party bird in her new video for “Pound the Alarm,” which is totally getting us stoked for Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival this weekend. Filmed in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, the video opens during the daytime with some steel drums. By nighttime, the fireworks are going off.
The Benny Boom-directed video is like a colourful mashup of feathers and fire breathers with beautiful views of the coastline.
The track is from Minaj’s second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. Right now, “Pound the Alarm” is at Number 39 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart.
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On the set of Hedley’s most recent video, “Kiss You Inside Out,” @Jordans_life asks Jacob what’s the key to making the perfect music video (let’s be real, Jacob is a natural). Surprisingly, Jacob says he relates to sweet/genuine rappers. Staying on the track of rap music, Jordan goes way-back and shares one of his own personal music videos on set.