Pharrell partners up with Takashi Murakami on the new video for “It Girl,” the latest single from his sophomore LP G I R L. The famous Japanese pop artist produced the visual, which is an anime-inspired adventure – complete with overly pixelated imagery, neon-colored pop-up text, cartoon illustrations and classic video game scenes.
The Fantasista Utamaro-directed video finds Pharrell on a psychedelic joyride, as he follows a group of teenage Japanese anime schoolgirls to the beach. Towards the end, they all take off on – get this – a dolphin spaceship. It’s a little pervy, totally nostalgic (catch the Pokemon references!), and very cool! More »
After the smash hit (and one of our Songs of the Summer contenders) that was “Am I Wrong,” Nico & Vinz have now picked their follow-up! “When The Day Comes” is the third single from the Norwegian duo’s forthcoming debut LP, Black Star Elephant, set for an October 14 release.
The single and video premiered simultaneously, and the six-minute visual is quite moving. The child-like piano melody of the tune is juxtaposed by the dramatic nature of the video, where a Japanese warrior is on a mission to save a young boy from dying. It will definitely bring you on the verge of tears! More »
Tinashe hasn’t put a foot wrong since breaking big with ratchet party anthem “2 On” earlier this year. She followed that up with A$AP Rocky-assisted, Janet Jackson-channeling single “Pretend” and a bunch of equally gorgeous buzz tracks (“Feels Like Vegas” and Dev Hynes duet “Bet”). As such, the 21-year-old’s debut LP Aquarius is one of the most eagerly-awaited of the year.
While we wait patiently for that to drop, check out her beautifully shot yet utterly confusing “Pretend” visual. From what I understand Tinashe and A$AP Rocky has a thing in high school but everything got twisted due to strip club drama. (It happens to the best of us). There are also panoramic views of mountains and streams, and a scene where the rising R&B diva stands in the snow. As for the twist ending? I have no idea. Feel free to explain it to me in the comments below. More »
As much as I love Sam Smith‘s serotonin-evaporating ballads, it’s always nice to hear him sing happier, upbeat fare. Think his Disclosure collaboration “Latch” or Naughty Boy-assisted earworm “La La La”. The only song resembling those hits on slow jam-heavy In The Lonely Hour is bonus track “Restart” and it has been selected as the set’s next single — at least internationally.
The fifth cut from the 22-year-old’s debut LP (I always thought the tunes released before “Stay With Me” were buzz tracks) is a perky ’80s-influenced synth-anthem about bouncing back from a break-up. It sounds heavy-going but it’s really just a beautifully executed bubblegum pop. The video arrived online today (September 29) and it’s comprised of behind-the-scenes footage from the Brit’s various tours and a group outing to Brighton. See the lighter side of Sam up top. More »
The guys from Maroon 5 have certainly switched up their image for the V era — at least, visually. Their “Maps” video told the story of a fatal car crash in reverse and the just-released clip for new single “Animals” plays like a mini-horror movie. Adam Levine stars as a creepy butcher with a bad habit of stalking female customers including real-life wife Behati Prinsloo.
He follows her around town, takes photos of the blond bombshell in her apartment and then, disturbingly, strips off and hangs out in a meat truck. But wait, there’s more! The couple eventually hook up and have surprisingly explicit sex (don’t be surprised if this is removed from YouTube) while covered in blood. I think it’s a dream sequence but it’s still creepy as fuck. Watch Maroon 5′s horror opus up top. More »
Last month Royksopp and Robyn premiered their cerebral music video for Do It Again EP track “Monument.” It seems there was a bit more, visually, the three artists wanted to put out there, as they’ve now served up a second clip for the song (in remixed form), called “The End Version.” This all comes on the heels of Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp announcing that their upcoming LP The Inevitable End (out November 11) will be their last.
“We feel like this is a goodbye to the traditional album format,” the pair explained in a press release. “In our consecutive run of albums, we have been able to say what we want to say and do what we want to do with the LP. We’re not going to stop making music, but the album format as such, this is the last thing from us.” More »
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett traveled to Brussels earlier this week to promote pop standards album Cheek to Cheek. The odd (but delightful) couple strutted arm in arm on stage at the city’s Grand Place to perform their rendition of “Anything Goes,” as shown in a new video from that night (above).
Bennett appeared completely at ease – after all, he has appeared in a suit and before a jazz band throughout his decades-long career. Meanwhile, Gaga twirled in her gold sequined gown as she belted her parts in the song, originally the title track from Cole Porter‘s 1934 Broadway musical. More »
Lana Del Rey‘s morose ballad “Ultraviolence” is possibly the year’s least likely candidate for a club overhaul but that didn’t stop Aussie DJ Hook N Sling transforming it into a veritable EDM monster, which has already racked up more than one million streams (and counting). The gloomy diva’s unexpectedly great floorfiller now has a suitably dark and demented video.
Acclaimed visual artist Ego chops and crops the original video into twisted acid trip that finds Lana walking against a backdrop of stars and roses. There are also spinning instruments and a kaleidoscope of bright colors. The complete re-imagining of “Ultraviolence” works surprisingly well and will no doubt satisfy fans hungry for another house detour like 2013′s “Summertime Sadness”. Watch up top. More »
Following yesterday’s tease, Lady Gaga‘s full, live “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” visual has arrived. If you’re not quite up on the tune, it was originally performed by none other than Cher in 1966 — hence Gaga’s “Turn Back Time”-esque wig — and has been subsequently covered in some form or other by the likes of Nancy Sinatra, Bon Jovi, Audio Bullys, Charlotte Church and David Guetta. Needless to say, the song is a classic, which made it ripe for Gaga to tackle a rendition for her and Tony Bennett‘s just-released LP of standards, Cheek To Cheek — albeit as a live bonus track, recorded (in one take!) at Lincoln Center.
Tony and Gaga have an upcoming PBS special airing October 24, during which the pair will be performing selections from Cheek To Cheek. “Bang Bang” serves as an appetizer for what’s to come from that. Get cocked and loaded by watching above. More »
Pentatonix dropped their third EP, the appropriately-titled PTX, Vol. III, earlier this week and cemented their status as a pop powerhouse when it shot up the iTunes chart ahead of new releases by Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz and Lady Gaga. It features a selection of kooky covers but their version (with a little help from violinist Lindsey Stirling) of Stromae‘s global hit “Papaoutai” is arguably the best.
The band released the weird and wonderful video today (September 25) and it shows them in a completely new light. Pentatonix and Lindsey play dolls that come to life and perform for a lonely child. It’s an interesting spin on the Belgian singer/songwriter’s original visual and perfectly suits the offbeat song. Watch the creepy/amazing extravaganza up top. More »