Kylie Plunges Into Bollywood

Maura | August 28, 2009 - 12:30 pm

The first clip of Kylie Minogue’s appearance in the A.R. Rahman-directed film Blue—which, according to the trailer, will be “India’s biggest underwater thriller”—has come out. “Chiggy Wiggy,” from what I can tell from this all-too-brief clip, is very very catchy, the sort of song that I can see inspiring multiple YouTube bedroom-dance tributes. To round… More »

Fall Out Boy Score One Of Those Wacky Montages

Maura | August 28, 2009 - 11:00 am

Fall Out Boy’s “Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet” now has a video, a clip that was apparently shot in the space of four hours and that fuses Weekend At Bernie’s with a rollercoaster-filled trip to the amusement park. (Yes, the brief Absolute Punk-referencing clip featuring Wentz’s body being discovered by Spencer Smith… More »

The Backstreet Boys Lead A Monster Mash

Maura | August 27, 2009 - 11:30 am

The Backstreet Boys’ video for the fantastically throwbacky “Straight Through My Heart” casts the boybanders in the role of do-goody vampires, protecting loft parties from women who look like they wandered in from a Cat People remake but who are actually creatures of the night themselves. The question that lingers, of course, is: Who would… More »

Jay-Z, Rihanna, And Kanye West Don’t Need Another Hero

Maura | August 20, 2009 - 10:00 am

The video for the Jay-Z/Rihanna/Kanye West collaboration about being famous, “Run This Town,” has the feel of some sort of futuristic populist rally in which the three supernovas entrance fire-wielding mobs with tales of how it’s really hard-slash-awesome out there for the well-known. (Especially when their all-star collaborations are kept from their rightful place at… More »

R. Kelly And Keri Hilson Make Love On The Radio

Maura | August 18, 2009 - 10:30 am

The push for R. Kelly’s forthcoming Untitled has begun in earnest, with the Pied Piper of R & B inviting bloggers over to his memorabilia-crammed house for the purpose of sampling his record and announcing tour dates. There’s also a video for the Kells/Keri Hilson collaboration “Number One,” in which really good sex is compared… More »

Paramore Gets Trapped In The Closet

Maura | August 13, 2009 - 10:00 am

Paramore’s video for “Ignorance,” the punchy first single from their forthcoming album Brand New Eyes, is a pretty straightforward affair with an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia; the band’s stuck in a closet with only a lightbulb brandished by lead singer Hayley Williams to guide them, while in other shots Williams sports some very Gwen Stefani-esqueMore »

The Juggalos Gather: “Why Do They Hate Us? We’re Just In A Forest Getting Drunk, Having Fun, And They Hate Us For It”

Maura | August 11, 2009 - 9:30 am

In case you were wondering what it might be like to attend The Gathering Of The Juggalos, artist Derek Erdman went, video camera in tow, and chronicled the Faygo-fueled masses’ trek into the deepest woods of Illinois. I… really don’t know what to say, although I really do hope that the guy cracking about breaking… More »

Fall Out Boy Set Sail

Maura | August 6, 2009 - 8:45 am

The pre-release campaign for Fall Out Boy’s “What A Catch, Donnie” video, the latest clip from Folie à Deux, has nearly rivaled that of The Blair Witch Project as far as suspense goes. Is it a sign that the band’s breaking up? Or taking a long hiatus? Well, now the nautical-themed “Catch,” which has lead… More »

Maxwell Can’t Quit It

Maura | August 5, 2009 - 10:30 am

Maxwell’s video for the second single from his outstanding (and commercially successful) album BLACKsummer’snight, “Bad Habits,” premiered this morning, and oh Lord is it steamy. While the lyrics draw a parallel between an out-of-control sexual relationship and addiction, the video is a four-minute examination (and maybe justification?) for affairs that might not seem like logistical… More »

Mistah F.A.B. Will Direct-Message His Way Into Your Hearts

Maura | August 4, 2009 - 9:45 am

One of the runners-up for our Top 12 Songs About The Internet list was Mistah F.A.B.’s “Hit Me On Twitter,” an ode to the microblogging service. The video is pretty cute; it’s a brightly colored romp through Mistah F.A.B.’s hometown of Oakland that turns each character’s Twitter into a series of supershort thought bubbles, where… More »

Lily Allen Is Asking The Girl In The Mirror To Change Her Ways

Maura | July 13, 2009 - 1:30 pm

The video for Lily Allen’s musing on whether women of her generation have been stamped with an expiration date, “22,” chronicles those moments that members of the fairer sex spend in the bathroom during late nights at clubs—scrutinizing themselves in the mirror, intoxicated on both the offerings served up by the establishments’ bartenders and the… More »

M.I.A.’s Directing Aesthetic Is As Crazily Technicolor As You Might Expect

Maura | July 1, 2009 - 12:30 pm

What with her flashy clothes and ability to dance under any circumstances, it’s no surprise that the M.I.A.-directed video for Rye Rye’s “Bang” (which one could be describe as a “banger” if one weren’t worried about the obviousness of said description) has lots of people shaking their booties like crazy, as well as people outfitted… More »

Seether Kills ’80s Nostalgia Dead

Maura | June 15, 2009 - 3:30 pm

A brief list of utterly unnecessary pop-culture references in Seether’s C64-inspired clusterfuck of a video for its still-unkillable cover of “Careless Whisper,” a clip that is half-’80s nostalgia trip and half-boneheaded “commentary” on issues of the present day like Kim Jong Il’s grip on power. You may recognize him up top, where he’s talking to… More »

Beth Ditto Has A Secret That’s Making Her Smile

Maura | June 15, 2009 - 3:00 pm

Beth Ditto’s performance in the Gossip’s video for “Still Standing In The Way Of Control” “Heavy Cross,” from the band’s forthcoming major-label debut Music For Men, is weirdly reminiscent of American Idol–namely, all those moments when singers are trying to prove to you that they really feel a song, only the smile playing across their… More »

Mandy Moore’s Secret Weapon Might Be Her Intense Awkwardness

Maura | June 12, 2009 - 10:00 am

I’ve spent some time with Mandy Moore’s latest attempt to break free of her teenpop bonds Amanda Leigh since it came out, and one word keeps coming to mind: Disarming. The songs are quite good, but there’s an odd feeling of placelessness about it; it doesn’t have much of a sense of time, or even… More »

50 Cent Shows Off The Muppet-Saving Qualities Of His Branded Vitamin Water

Maura | June 12, 2009 - 9:15 am

Curtis Jackson: Lover, fighter, actor, rescuer of the worst Sesame Street character in history. Oh well, at least he’s trying to get attention for doing something sort of nice, right? [YouTube via broken cool] … More »

George Michael Engages In A Little Gender-Rebending

Maura | June 10, 2009 - 11:00 am

Beyoncé closed out her UK tour last night, and as a surprise, she brought George Michael onstage for a performance of her male-privilege-examining ballad “If I Were A Boy.” Michael’s vocals in this clip are for the most part drowned out by B’s instrument and the shrieks of the overexcited fans at London’s O2 Arena,… More »

Amerie Brings The Mic Close, Her Listeners Closer

Maura | June 9, 2009 - 9:15 am

Amerie’s video for “Why R U,” which is the first single off what I guess is going to try and be her comeback album In Love & War, is a pretty standard affair: Amerie stands and lounges in front of various walls while miming the track, flaunting her legs to maximum effect. I’m hoping that… More »

Jordin Sparks Is Out Standing In Her Battlefield

Maura | June 8, 2009 - 2:00 pm

The video for Jordin Sparks’ “Battlefield” made its way to the Internet over the weekend, and on the day that newly minted American Idol winner Kris Allen made his inevitable record deal with 19 Recordings official, it’s somewhat instructive to see what happens to people who stay in the 19 fold for their second albums. More »

Bret Michaels Has An Inadvertent Makeout Session With Some Scenery At The Tony Awards

Maura | June 7, 2009 - 11:00 pm

You have to feel for Bret Michaels. The Poison frontman took to the stage with his band at tonight’s Tony Awards–in an effort to show that he can use Sunday-night TV to promote his music career, and not just make out with various surgically enhanced women–and his performance of “Nothin’ But A Good Time” was… More »

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