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The Robertsons have made a big impact on television, bringing in incredible ratings and even selling millions of copies of DVDs. Now, they are going to attempt to branch out into another artistic medium, putting together a Christmas album for their most ardent of fans. The first single from the album is a little bit lacking in the lyric department, but it’s surprisingly catchy, and it’s called “Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas.”
For some videos, the experience of putting together a video in a cool location can make the experience of actually watching it even more special. For Yeasayer’s moody new video, “Glass of the Microscope,” the band got into a location that is generally closed to the public to film to their heart’s content.
If you are looking to attract more notice to a song, one way to do it is to hire a sexy actor and ask him to take his shirt off. That seems to be Cut Copy’s philosophy with the group’s latest single “Free Your Mind,” which follows Alexander Skarsgard playing a cult leader in a really weird setting.
All-around weirdo, rapper, and country music singer Colt Ford has been making a name for himself over the last several years. Following the release of his fourth studio album, Declaration of Independence, in 2012, the 43-year-old has become even more prominent, and he has put together a splashy statement video for “Drivin’ Around Song.”
The Weeknd’s latest video for the song “Pretty” starts out fairly ominously with edgy music complimenting the landing of a plane. Then, The Weeknd’s smooth voice pops in, and while it’s a little assuring, he’s clearly a pretty upset dude. The song is from the singer’s debut album Kiss Land, and it’s all about a girl who is cheating on the R&B singer.
On Sunday, Britney Spears woke up and found that a low quality version of her brand new single “Work Bitch” had leaked. Spears and her team worked to go ahead and push up the release of the new single so that fans could hear the real deal and now the track is available over at her VEVO site.
Grande also recently put out her debut album. It’s called Yours Truly, and it’s full of songs that are similar to “Baby I” in their uninspired titles. As this single shows, we shouldn’t judge a song by its title. The album is expected to sell between 110,000 and 120,000 copies this week, and just may debut at #1 on the charts next week.
In the past week both Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have released new songs onto the airwaves, to big sales. In the aftermath, it may have been a little easy to miss other diva Avril Lavigne’s latest single. Despite the competition, the video for her latest song, “Rock n Roll,” is already going pretty strong prior to the official release of the track this Tuesday. If you haven’t caught the video already, it’s mostly worth a watch.
Kelly Clarkson has weddings on the brain. The 31-year-old singer got engaged to Brandon Blackstock in December of 2012. Wedding plans have been moving forward since then, but the singer still has a music career to pursue, and there’s no reason that real life and art can’t tie in together somewhat. At least that seems to be the idea for “Tie it Up,” the brand new wedding-oriented single from the American Idol winner.
Fergie waited until The Great Gatsby craze was over to put out her recent gem of a music video, which features a roaring twenties sort of party, complete with top hats and flapper costumes. “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” is Fergie’s big contribution to the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s spring film.
KT Tunstall’s newest single “Invisible Empire” is a subtle, softly sung song filled with pretty imagery. In the song our singer is moody and aching, which is sort of fitting for the track and its part in a larger album that was recorded during a time when Tunstall’s father was ill and dying and the singer herself was in the process of divorce.
Selena Gomez turned 21 recently. To celebrate the big event, the singer dropped the music video for “Slow Down,” which features the youthful star dressed to the nines and driving around in a slick Mercedes under the neon lights. She later bares her midriff in a club, singing about spending time with a boy during the whole night. It’s racier stuff than fans have come to expect from Gomez, but it does show a step in the more adult direction Gomez has begun to gravitate toward, starting with the film Spring Breakers.
Panic! at the Disco, like the band's counterpart Fall Out Boy, have taken a turn from the pop punk sounds of yesteryear and have come up with a sound that ‘s no less pop-oriented, but is a little edgier. Fall Out Boy proved this with "My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)” and now Panic! at the Disco has proved this with the band’s newest single “Miss Jackson ft. Lolo.” Now, if the band would only get rid of that pesky exclamation point.
This week, Taylor Swift released the video for her single, “Red,” the namesake of the singer’s most recent album and also the fifth single off of that album. In her new video, Swift takes fans with her onto the stage, showing us her perspective of the audience while performing and taking us through dozens of costume changes during the course of the 4-minute video.
Over the past few months, the 48-year-old musician has been gearing up to return to his roots with NIN, and earlier this month, the first evidence of that rekindling effort was released. Entitled “Came Back Haunted”, the band’s first single in years dropped earlier this month, and fortunately for fans, it came with a music video for the brand new track, at least if they can deal with shaky horror camera angles.