Coldplay really upped the visual ante with their Jonas Åkerlund-directed “Magic” video. The circus-themed opus tells the story of a glamorous 1920s-era magician (brought to life by Chinese actress Ziyi Zhang), who finds herself in the middle of an emotional tug-of-war between her abusive husband and charming assistant — both played with great flair by Chris Martin.
The British superstars now invites you behind the scenes of their blockbuster visual with a must-see ‘making of’ documentary. It’s fascinating to watch the video come together and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to see Coldplay’s plucky frontman suspended on wires or spinning on a wheel while the star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon pretends to throw knives at him? Check it out up top. More »
Future is streaming his long-delayed, highly anticipated album Honest ahead of its April 22 release. We could spend a whole post just talking about the features — there’s Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, Wiz Khalifa and even Andre 3000 (although, that last one was purposely left off the stream) — but it’s more rewarding to absorb the project as a whole.
It’s such a varied and sprawling offering, going from the cold-as-fuck “Move That Dope” on one end of the spectrum to the doting “I Won” on the other end, and it covers just about everything else in between. It’s the type of thing that could only be pulled off by this robo-crooning, hollering, ATL trap astronaut.
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Pharrell is looking to keep his soundtrack streak alive with “Here,” from The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s soundtrack. While he was behind the scenes for Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar‘s “It’s On Again” from the film, for this one he’s the primary vocalist, teaming up once again with his G I R L friend Hans Zimmer on the arrangement.
And, whoa. This is no lean funk pastiche or disco-cheez revival — it’s a straight-up soft rock ballad, with Pharrell legit crooning like he’s a long-lost member of Savage Garden or some shit. It’s a tad jarring, but it proves that even after “Move That Dope,” the guy is as mom-friendly as ever.
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Sky Ferreira has premiered the stylish video for “I Blame Myself,” with some help from online fashion retailer SSENSE, who styled her for the shoot (and all her getups are available for purchase for any Sky stans and/or budding fashion icons out there). Ferreira owns the camera for this Compton-based video — so many hair flips! Dance breakdowns! — and ends up approaching the same “wimpy pop star coming off as totally badass” vibe that Michael Jackson channeled in “Bad.” Needless to say, it is great.
The visual was shot earlier this month by Grant Singer, who has directed Ferreira’s last six videos. Watch it over at SSENSE, and check out the behind-the-scenes-footage below. More »
On Tuesday night (April 15), Usher‘s team was the only group left to compete in The Voice Playoffs (at least the ones where coaches Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine were in charge of the votes). There were plenty of ambitious attempts by the contestants, and although not all were hits, Team Usher proved to be a force this season!
T.J. Wilkins, Melissa Jimenez, Stevie Jo, Bria Kelly and Josh Kaufman all performed for Ursh’s affections, leaving him with a tough choice at the end of the evening. Here’s how they did, and how The Voice Live Rounds Top 12 shaped up. More »
Once again, the Glee kids are tackling a weighty issue because God forbid they keep it light. Every single storyline focuses on sex and how the characters either feel about having it or not having it, as the case may be. For all the talk about doing the nasty, we never actually see anybody getting it on, alas. But, I digress. So, let’s talk about what we do see. More »