Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Future Hit: Kim Cesarion’s “Undressed” Is Criminally Catchy

Smooth As Silk
Europe has been well represented on the Billboard Hot 100 this year with surprise hits from Nico & Vinz (Holland), Milky Chance (Germany) and Tove Lo (Sweden). Don’t be surprised if Kim Cesarion (another Swede) adds his name to that list with criminally catchy debut single “Undressed”, which sounds like Prince dropped in 1987 — albeit with a modern twist.

Produced by Arnthor Birgisson and Gary Clark, the hook-laden hit blew up in Scandinavia before reaching the top 10 in Australia earlier this year. “Undressed” is now being rolled out stateside and just debuted in the top 40 of Billboard’s Pop Songs airplay chart. It’s also gaining traction on iTunes and is a sync or TV performance away from being huge. Watch the simple but stylish video up top. More »

Nicole Scherzinger Gets Dramatic In “On The Rocks” Video: Watch

Drink Up
Nicole Scherzinger had us cheerfully doo-doo-doo-da-doo-ing along to her catchy UK summer smash “Your Love” for months on end, which is what her selection for Single #2 from her forthcoming album, “On The Rocks,” that much more of a downer.

The Tricky and The-Dream-helmed electro-R&B ballad is undoubtedly emotional, although it doesn’t quite pack the same punch as her previous forays into pop power balladry, from the incredible “Don’t Hold Your Breath” to her unreleased (but still amazing) “Pretty.” All that being said, the video has arrived! More »

Ariana Grande Performs The National Anthem At NFL Kickoff 2014: Watch

Star-Spangled Diva
Football season has begun! And you know what that means — pop diva performances, of course! (What? Did you think we actually cared about the actual sport?)

Yesterday was the official kick-off of the season in Seattle, Washington, at the CenturyLink Stadium between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. And who better to start off the season off with a bang (bang) than a powerful rendition of the national anthem from My Everything pop darling, Ariana Grande?

The “Break Free” pop princess ditched her usual garb — thigh-high leather boots and cute kitten ears — for a more casual football jersey and jeans look to belt out the national tune yesterday. And, as per usual, she sounded pretty flawless, as her powerful pipes echoed throughout the stadium. As for nailing those big notes at the end? Not a problem at all for Ari. More »

Betty Who Releases Colorful New Video For “Somebody Loves You”: Watch

It's A Whole New Who!
You know it. You love it. And now, it’s gotten a majorly glam makeover.

Ahead of the release of her forthcoming debut LP Take Me When You Go in October, pop darling Betty Who has just released a brand spankin’ new video for her sparkling debut single, “Somebody Loves You.” But why, you ask?

“’Somebody Loves You’ has been in my life for so long that I wanted to start fresh in some way and make it new and exciting for myself and everyone who’s been a fan of the song since it came out,” she explained to Buzzfeed. Well, there’s your answer right there! More »

LIGHTS’ “Up We Go” Video: Watch The Charming Elevator-Set Romp

Lights Up We Go music video
Going Up?
It’s been three years since the release of LIGHTS‘ sophomore LP Siberia, but the synth-leaning Canadian songbird is back with new single “Up We Go” and an album, Little Machines, which will follow on September 23. Grammy nominated songwriter Drew Pearson (Phillip Phillips’ “Home”) produced LIGHTS’ upcoming LP, and the lead single finds her moving into slightly more commercial pop territory than she’d perhaps explored before.

In the cute video for “Up We Go,” we see the singer within the confines of an elevator. Various other folks get on board, including a pair of sparring lucha libre wrestlers, a couple deep into a make-out session and LIGHTS’ own band. None of them, however, deter her from belting out her brand new song. Good ol’ LIGHTS — she’s such a trooper. More »

Watch Priory’s “Weekend” Video, Featuring Bailey Noble & Nick Krause: Idolator Premiere

Priory Weekend music video Nick Krause Bailey Noble
Skate King
Portland electro-pop duo Priory will release their major label debut LP this November (on Warner Bros.), and one particular highlight is the irresistible track “Weekend.” To bolster the song’s appeal even further, the pair turned to their friend, director David Vincent Wolf, for a video that adds a whole new dimension of charm (and, yes, even a bit of nostalgia) to the mix.

In the clip, actors Nick Krause (The Descendants, Boyhood) and Bailey Noble (True Blood) are teenagers who spend their mundane days toiling away at a roller rink. Nick daydreams of winning Bailey’s affection by pulling some pretty slick skate moves on the floor, but reality, as always, doesn’t quite measure up. More »

Pentatonix Mash Up Sam Smith’s “Latch” and “La La La”: Watch Their “La La Latch” Video

A Sam Smith Mash-Up
Since finding fame on NBC’s The Sing-Off back in 2011, the guys and gal of Pentatonix have well and truly found their niche with razor-sharp a cappella-pop covers and mash-ups. Expect their fan base to widen considerably when the vocal group’s next EP PTX Vol. 3 drops of September 23. (They also have a second holiday record coming on October 10).

The first taste of Pentatonix’s new EP was a relentlessly cheerful cover of Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea‘s “Problem” but they surpass that feel-good fest with a winning mash-up of Sam Smith features. The group effortlessly combines Disclosure‘s “Latch” with Naughty Boy‘s “La La La” — creating something entirely new. Watch the simple but effective video up top. More »

Jhene Aiko Gets (A Little) Psychedelic In Her Stylish “The Pressure” Video: Watch

Braid Game On Point.
The (increasingly long) wait for Jhene Aiko‘s debut LP Souled Out gets a little more unbearable with each new song and video. Today (September 2), the Def Jam diva unleashed her visual for “The Pressure” and it successfully capture’s the track’s languid, confessional vibe. There’s even a slight psychedelic twist to keep things interesting.

Oh, and then there’s Jhene’s amazing blond braids. She rocks the striking new style with ease, casually singing her cutting lyrics (“you are such a liar/I never denied you, I was for sure”) against a black screen. The 26-yeah-old also chills on the couch with her man and friends at various points before getting a little spacey in front of a screen full of moons. It’s cool. Watch up top. More »

Idolator Instant: Watch Ariana Grande’s Incredible Thigh-High Boot Game In Action

Ariana Grande thigh high boots MTV VMAs Video Music Awards red carpet 2014
...Made For Walkin'
Whether it be through her videos for  hits “The Way,” “Problem” and “Break Free,” her myriad of award show appearances or the various stints she’s done on glitzy red carpets, My Everything pop princess Ariana Grande has been letting the world know loud and clear that when it comes for her accessories of choice, boots rank pretty high.

Her most recent outings with fancy foot- ‘n’ legwear on display have included the MTV Video Music Awards and her prime time performance of “Break Free” on America’s Got Talent. Above you’ll find a video we compiled featuring those and much, much more. More »

Ariana Grande Performs “Problem,” “Break Free,” “Bang Bang” & “Break Your Heart Right Back” On ‘Today Show’: Watch

Ariana Takes Over 'Today'
This morning, The Today Show was in full-on Arianator mode.

My Everything pop darling Ariana Grande took over the stage this AM in a cute metallic skirt and top and matching stilettos (and that ponytail, of course!) to perform a whole bunch of tracks from her brand new LP.

The set included summer smash “Problem (feat. Iggy Azalea),” “Break Free (feat. Zedd),” a bit of “Bang Bang (feat. Jessie J and Nicki Minaj)” and the Diana Ross-sampling “Break Your Heart Right Back (feat. Childish Gambino).”

She also sat down with Matt Lauer to discuss her career, both as a pop star and Cat Valentine on Nickelodeon, staying close to her friends and family and whether or not she’s got a boyfriend (“I’m happy!” she quickly deflected). Check out all the performances, as well as the interview, after the jump. More »