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“Go Kindergarten” is the brand new single off the group’s third studio album, The Wack Album. In the track, the video pokes fun at popular club dance tracks, this time around instructing fans to “"Whip-whip your dick out!" and “Go dumb, eat garbage.”
“Diane Young” is actually the lead single off of Vampire Weekend’s third and newest album, Modern Vampires of the City, which has done well on the charts and even debuted at #1 on the Billboard album charts. It’s also the first music video I’ve seen to use a saxophone as a piece, which may be even more impressive, and certainly is inventive. The above image doesn’t have much to do with Da Vinci’s famous painting, but it does its own thing
The highly marketable Sophia Grace is at it again. The precocious 10-year-old, who rose to fame thanks to covering Nicki Minaj’s “Superbass” and later became a nationally known figure after popping onstage on Ellen on several occasions, has delivered a brand new music video for fans. This week, Sophia Grace put out a brand new video for “Girls Just Gotta Have Fun,” a deluxe, auto-tuned, and original track also featuring Sophia Grace’s oft-silent partner in crime, Rosie.
The Great Gatsby has been all over the news for weeks, thanks to a flashy marketing campaign and a better than expected box office take in its first weekend. Also featured in the movie is an outstanding soundtrack featuring the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce, Lana Del Ray, and will.i.am. It’s the latter who put together a music video for a Gatsby track this week.
Kanye West has had a pretty big weekend. Not only did he appear as the musical guest during this week’s Saturday Night Live finale, he also premiered the video for the brand new track, “New Slaves,” in various cities across the world. On Friday night, 66 cities across the world, including domestic cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York and other cities, including Toronto and Berlin, were privy the brand new track.
Just a few days after other boy band One Direction reportedly finished recording the group's most recent album in the studio, The Wanted has put out a brand new video for the track “Walks Like Rihanna.” The video is fun and a little fanciful and gives a distinct nod to boyband heyday during its 3:34 runtime.
If you’re looking for this week’s most over-the-top video, you’ve found it. Rich Gang has a pretty rich lineup, featuring Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Future and plenty of others--although they get actually singing credit, unlike the socialite and The Voice’s media correspondent. All of these guest appearances lend credibility to a song that is pretty vulgar and, in the end, ultimately just an alright track.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been so excited about a song from Canadian duo Tegan and Sara. The band put out its seventh album back in January, Heartthrob, which featured the already successful single, “Closer,” a peppy little song that wasn’t particularly up my alley. They’ve certainly turned a new leaf with the sound of the album and the second single, “I Was A Fool” may not be as peppy as “Closer,” but it’s just as commercial.
There’s nothing like a music video that kicks off with a seizure warning.. The new 30 Seconds to Mars music video for the song “Up in the Air” features a lot of artistry, as well as a teased appearance from the mistress of burlesque herself, Dita Von Teese.
For the most part, the “Manhattan” video takes a look at early morning life in New York City. There are strange characters on the subway and more trashbags than signs of life on the streets. The Manhattan video was directed by Greg Hunt and is the second single off the veteran artist’s newest album, Sun.
A great way to get some buzz for a video that otherwise may not have gotten much is to throw some celebrity star power behind it. At least, that seems to be the theory behind Hanson’s newest pop video, “Get the Girl Back.” The video is a veritable Where’s Waldo of celebrity faces—that is, if you know who you are looking for.
Hoping for a settled, happy video might be too much to expect from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The veteran band is back in a big way with its newest video, “Sacrilege,” which tells a tale of a girl getting persecuted by townsfolk after a masked man is shot in the street. As it turns out, the masked man is the girl’s lover—but so are a lot of the other men in the town. The girl has gotten around and her behaviour is coming back to bite her.
This week’s been a pretty good week for fans of popular music. John Mayer announced his vocals are finally in shape enough to go on tour and Justin Timberlake dropped his second music video in as many months for the single “Mirrors.” If you’re looking for something new in the musical realm that’s a little outside the usual, however, The Airborne Toxic Event’s video for the single “Timeless” may be just what you are hoping for.
Directed by Patrick Daughters, the “Entertainment” video follows several themes of love, happiness, and loss set in Korea. The tales involve a children’s choir, a rock star performance, some intricate fight scenes, plenty of shots of landscapes and skylines, and some very bad men who are handy with a knife. Despite all that’s going on your screen, the track also focuses on lead singer Thomas Mars’ vocals and the band’s signature sound.
Pop singer and American Idol judge Mariah Carey recently recorded a single for this weekend’s box office success, Oz: The Great and Powerful. The track is called “Almost Home” and was available for purchase back in February. However, the savvy singer waited to release the music video for “Almost Home” to coincide with the theatrical release of the movie.