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Marina and the Diamonds in "Happy" video

Marina and the Diamonds in “Happy” video

“I found what I’ve been looking for in myself.”

Marina and the Diamonds touches on inner happiness and divinity in “Happy,” a simple, but poignant track that is sure to have you all up in your feelings. The newly released visuals for the single showcases a performance of the song in a room full of shimmery lights.

The best part about this song is that Marina is singing about being alone and still being able to find inner piece within herself and her faith. Yes, she’s still looking for that special someone, but she’s working on herself in the meantime. It’s a message that makes my heart smile, honestly.

And she sounds stunning, absolutely stunning.

The Welsh singer plans to release a new album, Froot in 2015. Continue reading

Nicole Scherzinger in "Your Love" video

Nicole Scherzinger in “Your Love” video

Nicole Scherzinger has never been a PG artist. Her work as a member of the Pussycat Dolls and as a solo artist has always hinged on her seductive dance moves, sexy lyrics and airy vocal delivery, but this new single, “Bang,” may be her most NSFW effort yet.

Since you’ve probably already guessed this song is about sex, I won’t waste much time on that. The colorful video, while economical and simple set-wise, surely doesn’t shy away from that theme, either, with the singer and her male dance partner performing some suggestive choreography. The choreography in the video certainly does a great job of representing the song, that’s for sure. And, while the lyrics aren’t that great, production-wise, the single is a solid one. (It’s not hard to hear The-Dream’s imprint all over this one.)

Once you pick your jaw up from the floor, you’ll probably hit repeat to actually pay attention to the slow groove.

“Bang” is featured on Scherzinger’s sophomore solo album Big Fat Lie. The album is out across the pond, but it hasn’t been released in the U.S. yet.
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Twitter (ALA.NI)

Twitter (ALA.NI)

“The nights seem so long and the days carry on in spite of how I long for you,” newcomer ALA.NI sings in her debut single “Suddenly.”

The singer, who, according to Pigeons and Planes, has served as a backup singer for Andrea Bocelli and Mary J. Blige, released the minimal cut earlier this month but I’m just discovering it and now I’m pretty obsessed.

Over a piano backing, ALA.NI delivers a haunting melody about love and longing. Her voice is beautiful and her background harmonies are absolutely stunning.

For the visuals, we see ALA.NI’s silhouette as sunlight beams into a dark room through a long window.

I don’t know if all of the singer’s music will be this lowkey sonically, but I’m certainly intrigued and eager to know more about her as a musician. Continue reading

Ella Henderson in "Yours" video

Ella Henderson in “Yours” video

X Factor UK alum Ella Henderson has been on a roll single-wise. Following her anthemic releases “Ghost” and “Glow,” the singer has slowed things down with a ballad.

The black and white visuals for “Yours” mostly focuses on Henderson reflecting on her, but towards the end she joins her man in bed for a cuddle session. AAWWW.

“I feel like I’m ready for love. And I want to be your everything and more,” she sings over a piano accompaniment before strings sweep in.

It all feels very romantic.

This ballad is good, but the amazing part is, it doesn’t matter what Henderson is singing. Her voice is always the star.

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Majid Jordan's "Her" video

Majid Jordan’s “Her” video

OVO duo Majid Jordan hasn’t released much material, but things we’ve seen so far surely doesn’t disappoint.

Their new music video for A Place Like This cut “Her” is another solid release for the Drake and Beyonce collaborators.

The song’s lyrics suggest that the men and the women in their lives have fallen hard for one another (“I got her in the palm of my hands. She knows I love her”), but the video mostly shows the women in various poses.

The sleek black and white visuals match the sensual simplicity of the track perfectly.

I can’t wait to hear more from these two. Continue reading

Danity Kane in "Blow" video

Danity Kane in “Blow” video

While Danity Kane released their final album, a mediocre and likely rushed effort due to the physical altercation and eventual disbandment of the troubled group, on Tuesday (Oct. 27), former member Dawn Richard was gearing up to announce her next solo project.

Blackheart is due Jan. 15 and she has already treated fans to the first song and video from the project. “Blow” is a minimally produced track, in a similar vein of Richard’s previous solo efforts.

“They think it’s over, but we are stronger,” she sings fittingly in the new release.

Admittedly, I was a little bitter when I started off watching this. I mean, Richard is one of the reasons Danity Kane is over, but I can’t deny this girl’s talent.

Let’s hope she can pull this solo effort off. Continue reading

Jack Antonoff (of Bleachers) in "Rollercoaster" video

Jack Antonoff (of Bleachers) in “Rollercoaster” video

Bleachers’ “Rollercoaster” was easily one of my favorite summer anthems this year. The euphoric feel of the song is instantly palpable and, luckily, Jack Antonoff was able to to translate it well visually with the help of director Richard Shepard.

After a girl throws her stockings at him, Antonoff and his bandmates decided to serenade her on top of a moving ice cream truck. It may not have gone so well in real life – apparently the brakes failed and the group “almost died” – but visually it looks awesome!

The ending of the video might through you for a loop, though.

Rollercoaster is featured on Bleachers’ debut album Strange Desires. If you’re a huge fan of Taylor Swift’s “Out of the Woods,” which Antonoff co-wrote and co-produced, then you should definitely give Bleachers’ music a shot. Continue reading

FKA Twigs in "Video Girl"

FKA Twigs in “Video Girl”

FKA Twigs is known for her vivid music videos, but the new visuals for “Video Girls” features her most jarring imagery thus far.

The song is about Twigs’ career as a dancer that appeared in several music videos prior to her music career. The video is about a man receiving lethal injection.

Twigs dances around the room as the injection is administered and even climbs on top of the man in the video. Elsewhere, Travi$ Scott appear with blood dripping from his mouth.

I don’t necessarily get the meaning since she isn’t exactly killing her old self. Dancing is still a major part of who she is as an artist.

Anyway, if you don’t like the ideas of blood and death you might find it hard to enjoy this video.

Just consider this a reminder that LP1 is a pretty awesome album. Continue reading

One Direction in "Steal My Girl" video

One Direction in “Steal My Girl” video

One Direction films a music video in the music video for their catchy new single “Steal My Girl.” The heartthrobs meet up with Danny DeVito in the desert to discuss his plans for the video, before filming some pretty wild scenes. There’s a monkey, balloons sumo wrestlers and a marching band in the bizarre video.

Aside from Louis Tomlinson’s connection with the monkey – the two hold hands and nearly kiss – there are no love connections made in the video, despite the song’s lyrics.

Not that that will stop fans from replaying this video until it breaks records…

“Steal My Girl” is the lead single from One Direction’s forthcoming album Four. The album is scheduled for a Nov. 17 release. Continue reading

Tamar Braxton in "Let Me Know" video

Tamar Braxton in “Let Me Know” video

Tamar Braxton’s latest single “Let Me Know” features a sample of Aaliyah’s “At Your Best (You Are Love)” and Future on background vocals, but the video is all about her.

The Braxton Family Values and Tamar & Vince reality star poses in numerous outfits, including the one featured in the single’s artwork, in the sexy visuals.

The video is simple, but effective. With each new listen I like this song more.

Let’s hope Tamar Braxton uses her platform on The Real to promote and perform the new single and reveal new information about her forthcoming album. Continue reading