What is with pop artists releasing thoughtful, inspiring and moving videos today (September 25)? It’s so unexpected and so very welcome. Cyndi Lauper and Sara Bareilles started the mini-trend with a mash of “True Colors” and “Brave”. Their video aims to raise cash for the fight against pediatric cancer, while OneRepublic‘s heartstring-pulling “I Lived” visual shines a light on cystic fibrosis.
Ryan Tedder and friends continue to release great singles from their enduring Native LP. The sixth cut is soaring pop/rock anthem “I Lived” (think of it as the uptempo alternative to Beyonce‘s “I Was Here”) and it gets an emotional video documenting the life of Bryan Warnecke — a teen with cystic fibrosis. It sounds heavy-going, and to a certain extent it is, but it’s even more uplifting. Watch above. More »
MNEK really doesn’t make bad a bad song, does he? Whether it’s his collaborations with other artists like Kylie Minogue, Becky Hill and Gorgon City, or his own tunes, such as “Every Little Word” and “Wrote A Song About You,” the 19-year-old Brit is on a hot streak — and funky soul-pop jam “In Your Clouds” is another fine feather in his cap. (All of this really bodes well for that upcoming Madonna album, no?)
Above you’ll find the video for MNEK’s latest — though, visually, the singer himself is absent. Instead we’re treated to various psychedelic images of colorful graphics that zip by, a nice technique that ultimately puts the focus on the music itself. More »
Just after the release of Cheek To Cheek, her collaboration album with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga has teased a new visual for the jazz LP. The two are gearing up for a live performance of the album for PBS’ “THIRTEEN’s Great Performances,” which will include Gaga’s rousing rendition of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).”
Made famous thanks to Cher‘s 1966 single (as well as Beyonce‘s recent take on it for the “On The Run Tour” promo), Lady Gaga put her own spin on the classic song in the 30-second teaser video. Dressed in a red-leather jumpsuit and donning a Cher-inspired wig, the singer stuns with her tender vocals. More »
Can “All About You” hurry up and be a hit? Hilary Duff‘s true comeback single (let’s just forget “Chasing The Sun”) is one of the perkiest pop songs of 2014 and deserves to be huge. A quick trip to Australia earlier this month paid huge dividends chart-wise, so perhaps all the former teen queen needs is a couple of high-profile performances to let everyone know she’s back and means business.
The song’s cute video, which dropped tonight (September 24), can only help her cause. Hilary spots a hot dude in a cafe and secretly takes a photo of him (but not in a creepy way). The object of her affection then walks off but leaves a record behind — such a hipster — and she spends the rest of the clip trying to find him. At least, I think that’s the plot. There’s also lots of dancing and a sunny car ride. Watch up top. More »
With the release of debut LP Sound Of A Woman on the horizon (October 21 to be exact) and breakthrough hit “Hideaway” rapidly climbing the Billboard Hot 100, it’s time for Kiesza to step up her promo game and she totally rises to the occasion with a knockout performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today (September 24).
This could be the flame-haired diva’s best rendition of “Hideaway” yet, which is saying something given her knack for gimmicky but totally enjoyable performances. Canada’s rising star recreated the song’s blockbuster video by dancing her way from a photo booth to the stage — via the green room and audience. Watch Kiesza turn the studio into a nightclub up top. More »
After watching Bebe Rexha‘s appearance on TODAY, I realized that all breakfast television needs to be interesting is a crazy Albanian-American pop diva and a little EDM. The 25-year-old dropped by to perform rising hit “I Can’t Stop Drinking About You” and brought all the dramatic flair we’ve come to expect from the woman who wrote Eminem and Rihanna‘s “Monster”.
It kind of goes without saying at this point that Bebe looked and sounded amazing but she really impressed me by giving her all in a sterile environment, surrounded by confused old people. The pop newcomer waved her arms and flipped her raven-colored hair like she was holding court in a club. Download her new remix EP here and watch her in action up top. More »
Let’s face it: Music videos made up of live footage suck…and they suck hard. Still, Austin Mahone‘s EP The Secret is one of the more underrated gems to surface this year, thanks in part to title track “Secret.” The song, which sounds like some long-lost *NSYNC jam from 1998, finally gets a music video (and, we’re guessing, a single release?). You’re not going to miss anything by skipping out on watching it above…except for, you know, Austin’s pecs. And what’s not to love there? More »
You + Me (Pink‘s side project with Dallas Green AKA City And Colour — it’s a little confusing) debuted heartstring-tugging folk ballad “Break The Cycle” yesterday (September 22) and immediately won us over with its powerful message and understated production. The second taste of the duo’s rose ave. LP — “You And Me” arrived a couple of weeks ago — confirms that Pink is just as adept at folk as she is at rowdy pop/rock.
So what can you expect from the video? Well, it looks like an unfinished lyric video but I think that’s the whole point. Everything about this project is raw and organic, so it’s only fitting that the visual is comprised of random, sepia-toned pastoral scenes that look like they were filmed on someone’s iPhone. The focus of the lo-fi clip is squarely on the music, as it should be. Watch up top. More »
K. Michelle has a habit of proving people wrong. The no-fucks-giving diva showed you could leverage reality TV fame into a successful music career — reaching number two on the Billboard 200 with debut LP Rebellious Soul and headlining a national tour. Hell, she even turned the album into a musical (with a little help from Idris Elba) and got herself another show. Well played!
And scarily, the sexy songstress is just getting started. She’s aiming even higher with sophomore set AWBAH (an as-yet-unexplained acronym), taking her first step towards crossover pop success with lead single “Love ‘Em All”. Produced by Shea Taylor, the tables-turning anthem lays down the hitmaker’s approach to dating over heavy synths and bouncy beats. It’s raw, catchy and very radio-friendly. Watch the mannequin-themed lyric video up top and do your best to get on K.’s level. More »
Sabrina Carpenter has already carved out a niche as the (teen) queen of sugary sweet country-pop. The Girl Meets World starlet perfected the sound on Meghan Trainor-penned single “Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying” and continues to mark her territory with adorable follow-up “The Middle Of Starting Over”, which sounds like Taylor Swift before her heart was broken by every dude in town.
“Back to the beginning gonna hit rewind, chance to do it over, get it right this time,” chirps Sabrina in the perky chorus. “Life gives you pennies, turn ‘em into dimes. I’m in the middle of starting over.” The serotonin-raising tune deserved an equally fluffy visual and Hollywood Records comes through with a candy-colored romp that finds the 15-year-old strumming her guitar and throwing pillows at friends. Watch up top. More »