Video: Lady Gaga – “Applause”

 

The video for Lady Gaga’s new single, “Applause” dropped this morning and it’s just as flashy and bizarre as you expected.  I haven’t really enjoyed a Lady Gaga music video since “Bad Romance” (it’s a tough standard to live up to), so I wasn’t expecting much from “Applause,” but it has its moments.  Highlights include Gaga’s head on a swan’s body, a Tim Burton-esque Marilyn Monroe character, and a brief but awesome bit of choreography – clearly her squeaky hip’s as good as new! Continue reading

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Video: Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It”

The much-anticipated music video for Selena Gomez’s smash, “Come & Get It” premiered this evening, and apparently I need to be laying down in big flowery fields more often because it feels effing GOOD.  When she’s not writhing around on the ground in ecstasy, Selena can be found swirling her dress, canoodling with a mysterious stubbly man, and looking like a stiff, awkward mummy while performing some very light choreo.

Okay, that was mean.  We all know that Selena isn’t much of a dancer and she does nothing to challenge that notion here, but actually the Anthony Mandler directed visual for “Come & Get It” is kind of perfect.  It’s just a series of extremely colorful glamour shots.  And Selena looks gorgeous.  What else does this song need?

New Music: Becky G – “Play It Again”

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Let me fill you in on Becky G: she’s Dr. Luke’s new protege.  When Luke should have been focusing on Ke$ha’s “Warrior,” he was spending a lot of time in the studio with this little munchkin.  She raps, with varying degrees of success in my opinion, but not in Kanye West’s!  After Becky covered his song “Otis,” Kanye took to Twitter to proclaim, “THIS GIRL IS DOPE.”  She’s worked with the likes of Cody Simpson and Cher Lloyd, and she recently released a cover version of Jennifer Lopez’s “Jenny From the Block” called “Becky From the Block.”  It’s…fine.  I think that’s about it.

So Becky just came out with a new original song called, “Play It Again.”  Produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Max Martin (this girl is so lucky), “Play It Again” is all about suffering through the verses to get to the sweet, sweet pop chorus.  And the bridge, ahh, the bridge!  Pure pop perfection.  Seriously, this song would be total ear candy if it weren’t for Becky’s rapping.  She’s like what people find annoying about Ke$ha, only magnified 100 times.  I’m not exactly sure what Luke sees in her.  Sure, she’s cute, but that voice!  I just can’t get into her yet – which is really hard for me because I love Luke and obviously he thinks there’s some real potential here!

Becky’s been working on her debut album for what seems like a long time now, but there’s still no sign of a lead single.  I think “Play It Again,” like “Becky From the Block,” was just released to create buzz.  Is it working?  I don’t think so.  But with people like Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Max Martin behind her, this girl could definitely have a breakthrough hit – they’ve just got to find a way to tone down her annoying factor and give her an insanely catchy hook.  I’m not writing Becky G off yet.  She’s only 16, so she’s got plenty of time to figure things out.  I’m keeping an open mind.

Check out the video for “Play It Again” via YouTube below.  When the chorus inevitably gets stuck in your head, consider downloading it on iTunes.

Music News: Beyonce previews new song “Standing on the Sun” for H&M

 

I’ll spare you the rant – Beyonce is a mess, this era is a mess, where is her management, re-hire Daddy Knowles.  Okay, I’m done.

Early this morning, Beyonce’s commercial for retailer H&M hit the web featuring a brand new song called, “Standing on the Sun.”  Popjustice reports that the track is written by Sia and produced by Greg Kurstin.  The song is light and summery – I like it, but I think I like “Grown Woman” better.

Naturally, Beyonce looks absolutely incredible rolling around in the sand in a barely-there bikini, I just wish she would put out a press release or something to clear up all this mess!  Will “Standing on the Sun” end up on Bey’s new album?  Your guess is as good as mine.

Stream Beyonce’s new H&M commercial via YouTube above and let me know what you think of “Standing on the Sun” in the comments!

Video: Angie Miller slays “Halo” live on American Idol

I’ve re-committed myself to American Idol this season in a big way.  I haven’t missed a single episode.  I’ll admit, I had some serious doubts at the outset of the season that a girl could ever win the competition again (I was half-expecting the adorable but horrible Lazaro Arbos to take it all the way), but the producers pushed their pro-girl agenda hard enough and here we are, with 5 (err, 4, sorry Janelle Arthur) insanely talented girls left standing.

Out of the remaining contestants, Angie Miller is my favorite.  She doesn’t have the strongest voice (that title belongs to either Candice Glover or Kree Harrison), but there is a beautiful clarity to her vocals that I just can’t get enough of.  Plus, she seems like a total sweetheart and I love her big bug eyes.  Last night, the girls were asked to select a “diva” song for their second performance of the evening and Angie chose Beyonce’s now iconic ballad, “Halo.”  It was a bold move that paid off in spades as she effortlessly maneuvered through all of the song’s big emotional belts and tricky falsetto runs.  She brought the house down near the end with some passionate ad-libbing which truly (wait for it) made the song her own.  I would buy Angie’s debut album in a heartbeat.  I truly think she has the most commercial voice left in the competition.

So the big question is: will Angie make it to the finale?  It’s hard to say.  At this point, Candice and Kree seem to be the favorites (while America continues to pay Amber Holcomb dust despite her impressive vocal range), but if Angie keeps turning in powerhouse performances like last night, I think she could be a surprise entry into the final two.  Check out Angie’s stellar performance of “Halo” above and let me know what you think in the comments!

New Music: Jason Derulo – “The Other Side”

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I just love Jason Derulo.  There is something about him that is so real and genuine.  Watch this interview he did with Ryan Seacrest this morning and just TRY not to love him, I dare you!  It’s impossible.  Honestly, last year’s cheesy inspirational anthem “Undefeated,” which was written with the help of American Idol viewers (bleh), was legitimately one of my favorite songs of last summer.  His voice really isn’t anything special and he’s one of those guys who think that they can dance like Michael Jackson when in reality they just look like they’re doing 100 different variations of the robot, but I don’t care!  I really like him.

So Jason stopped by On Air with Ryan Seacrest this morning to premiere his new single, “The Other Side.”  Produced by Dr. Luke and Ammo (the same pair that brought us Katy Perry’s smash hit “E.T.”), “The Other Side” is an energetic dance pop track about falling in love with your best friend, and it’s got a lot of heart. “And I know we ain’t friends any more, if we walk down this road, we’ll be lovers for sure, so tonight kiss me like it’s do or die, and take me to the other side,” Jason sings on the track’s explosive chorus.  From there, the song’s all “whoooa oh whoooa oh whoa” chants and perfectly auto-tuned runs, and it just makes you want to jump up and rave.  Coming from anyone else, I might not buy it, but because it’s Jason and I know the song’s about his real life romance with former American Idol Jordin Sparks, it works.

“The Other Side” is lifted from Jason’s upcoming 3rd studio album, expected to be released some time this September.  Check out a preview of track below and if you like what you hear, download it on iTunes!

New Music: MS MR – “Hurricane”

 

I don’t know what the hell just happened, but I want to watch it again.  MS MR is a fascinating indie pop duo from New York consisting of vocalist Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow.  “Hurricane,” a haunting song about our internal emotional storms, was originally included on the duo’s 2012 EP “Candy Bar Creep Show,” but it has recently been given new life in the form of the above arresting music video.  There’s something so chilling about the way Lizzy sings, “Welcome to the inner workings of my mind, so dark and foul I can’t disguise,” but like SJP in Hocus Pocus, her voice is so dreamy and sweet, you just want to hear more!

I had the pleasure of seeing MS MR live last summer when they opened for Marina and the Diamonds in Chicago.  They were fantastic, but when I got home and looked them up online, I couldn’t find much information.  I kind of forgot about them until a few months ago when their eerie and equally evocative song “Bones” was featured in a promo spot for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”  I ran to iTunes to download their EP and the rest is herstory!

I’m not sure if “Hurricane” will appear on MS MR’s upcoming full-length studio album “Secondhand Rapture” (due out on May 14th), but since they recorded a new music video, I think it’s a good possibility.  Check out the new video for “Hurricane” above and then download the “Candy Bar Creep Show” EP on iTunes!

Video: Jessica Sanchez and Ne-Yo perform “Tonight” live on American Idol

 

Jessica Sanchez and Ne-Yo stopped by American Idol this week to perform their new single, “Tonight.”  You may remember that I reviewed an underwater recording of “Tonight” a couple of weeks ago, but now we finally have the song in high quality.  And it’s a total smash. Continue reading

New Music: Wale feat. Tiara Thomas – “Bad”

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One of my good friends introduced me to this song the other night and I was instantly hooked.  The acoustic guitar on the chorus combined with Tiara Thomas’s raw, honest delivery is so refreshing.  Wale raps about getting involved with a girl who can’t commit and Tiara sings about what it’s like to be that girl.  Who can’t relate?  “Yeah I’ll be good in bed, but I’ll be bad to you.”

Indianapolis based singer-songwriter Tiara Thomas is signed to Wale’s label The Board Administration.  She is currently working on her debut LP, “Sallie Mae.”  Check out the official music video below.

Download “Bad” on iTunes