Skylar Grey is the murderer in her latest single “Final Warning,” but in the video for the song she’s the victim. The video tells the tale of a family being ruined by lies and affairs and one man’s desperate attempts to silence the one person who can destroy his picture perfect life. There is no actual murder in the video, but it does feature some vomiting…
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Kanye West caused quite a stir when he tweeted “June 18,” which many believe to be the release date for his forthcoming album. The rapper debuted a few songs at the Met Gala, including the scream-heavy “I Am A God” (I’ll hold my rant for the official release) and is set to perform on Saturday Night Live on May 18. All of the hype is making fans pretty excited for what’s to come from the troubled artist!
Well, fellow rapper J. Cole reportedly wants a little competition, because The Hollywood Reporter says the rapper plans to push his sophomore album Born Sinner up a week to compete with Yeezy’s release. Born Sinner is led by the Miguel-assisted “Power Trip,” which has definitely garnered some attention for the forthcoming album, but can rapper/producer Cole compete with rapper/producer Yeezy?
Sevyn Streeter’s “I Like It” has quickly become a favorite of mine, but Chris Brown’s artist and former Rich Girl recently took it back with a cover of Aaliyah’s “Come Over.” I remember listening to this song when I was younger and loving it for its simplicity, but Streeter added a sense of urgency to the song through a set of riffs and adlibs. Good stuff. Continue reading
Lana Del Rey is known for her nostalgia-inducing songs and her music videos that look like they were shot using Instagram filters. The video for “Young & Beautiful” has both of these elements. The clip features Lana looking like the perfect image of Old Hollywood and singing into the camera, and a shot of an orchestra playing along to the Great Gatsby tune.
Honestly, “Young and Beautiful” has one of the funniest bridges I’ve ever heard in my life. Have you paid attention to it?
Dear lord, when I get to heaven, please let me bring my man. When he comes tell me that you’ll let him in. Father, tell me if you can. All that grace, all that body, all that face, makes me wanna party.
Lana Del Rey wants her man to love her when she’s ugly, but it appears her reasons for loving him and believing he deserves acceptance into the pearly gates are strictly superficial.
“Young & Beautiful” is featured on the Great Gatsby soundtrack which is in stores now. The Great Gatsby is also in theatres starting today. Continue reading
So, the two things we’ve learned from The-Dream’s “High Art” are: a) Dream makes love to his girl and gets high with his n***as. b) Jay-Z clearly plans to reference his wife in most of his raps in 2013 (see “Open Letter” and “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe Remix“).
The new song from The-Dream’s forthcoming album IV Play is not as catchy as one would guess considering the two artists that are a part of the song tend to release some insane music, especially together. “High Art” is just more bragging on top of autotune on top of repetitive cliche lines (“TURN UP), though.
Perhaps Dream’s song with the other Carter will sound better. IV Play will be released May 28. Continue reading
It hasn’t even been a week since Mariah Carey unveiled her new Miguel-assisted single “Beautiful” and the diva has already released the video for the song. The video debuted on American Idol moments ago and features the Idol judge riding on the back of Miguel’s motorcycle and teasing him as he sits in a red convertible and watches. Mimi comes across as a lovestruck teenager as she giggles and dances for the guy who makes her feel “beautiful” and “undressable.”
Check out the video for the new summer jam below! Continue reading
Today the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced a major change to their gold and platinum certifications. The RIAA will now take audio and visual streaming into account when calculating for the certifications. On-demand streaming services like MOG, Rdio, Spotify and video streaming sites like MTV.com, VEVO and YouTube will now be taken into account.
So, how does this work? For calculation purposes, 100 streams will now be equivalent to 1 digital download. According to RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman, deciding to include streaming in the calculations wasn’t the hard part. “For the RIAA, deciding that on-demand streams should be recognized was the easy part. The hard part was in figuring out how many streams should be equivalent of a single sale. The group agonized for more than a year over that question,” she said.
Obviously this makes it a little easier for artist to get gold and platinum certifications without actually selling 500,000 or 1 million copies. Anna Kendrick’s “Cups” (think Pitch Perfect), Emeli Sandé’s “Next To Me,” Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” and The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games” are now certified gold thanks to the new implementation.
This new rule may mean good things for artists, but many fans (read stans) aren’t happy at all and they took to twitter to voice their opinions. Check out a list of the artists that are now receiving certifications thank to streaming and a few fan opinions below! Continue reading
Avril Lavigne and her band play at a high school prom in the video for “Here’s To Never Growing Up.” Lavigne wears a silver prom dress and tiara as the kids dance around and eventually trash the halls of the school as she sits calmly in the middle of the floor on her skateboard. I can’t understand why anyone would want to go back to high school that badly, but apparently Ms. Lavigne has an obsession with being young and carefree as she recently performed another new song named “17.” Continue reading
Following in her big sister’s footsteps, Solange released a corporate sponsored (Refinery29 & Absolut) mini music video for her latest True single “Locked in Closets.” There are no performance shots, and the shot of Solange on a pink stoop is very reminiscent of the “T.O.N.Y.” video, but the 1:30 clip is a nice treat for fans who have been waiting for a video since she announced plans to shoot one during her Atlanta concert. Continue reading
It’s been eight years since B5 came on the scene with their version of the Jackson 5′s “All I Do is Think of You” and now the boys are all grown up. The brothers have undergone some major changes over the last few years including a name change (they’ve since returned to B5) and a sound change with the release of the interesting, sexually charged single “Cookie” last year that failed to garner any attention.
Earlier this week, the brothers released their new single “Say Yes” via iTunes and today the dance-heavy video was released via BET’s 106 & Park and VEVO. The video is simple, focusing on the boy’s dancing, which is still strong, but the single itself is pretty boring. Unlike “Cookie,” the song is a sweet tune about convincing a girl to “say yes” and DTR (define the relationship, hey ‘Awkward.’). It’s cute, but not memorable. Continue reading