Directed by Derek Blanks, the visual is centered around Ms. Michele and her love interest enjoying every aspect of their romantic relationship. The video is everything I expected especially for the type of song that it is. But she looks like a ghetto hoodrat in this video. Everything from the unflattering lipstick, the tattoos and even the piercing. It’s not difficult to see she’s a very pretty lady, so why devalue that natural beauty?
On a positive note, this song remains dope as hell. It’s not really strong enough to carry an album (another case of the record label not knowing what to do with her) but for the strictly R&B lover, this is pure Gold. You can catch Chrisette supporting Keyshia Cole around North America on her ‘Woman To Woman’ tour. Until then, check out the new video below!
Don’t expect much bells and whistles for Mariah Carey‘s ‘Almost Home’ video. The diva of all divas opts to go for the black and white minimalist route, allowing her vocals (or what’s left of her chords) to take center stage.
The cut will be featured in Disney’s ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ prequel, ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’. Mimi looks insanely glamorous in a black couture gown, while sitting on a stool in an empty room. A Mariah visual just wouldn’t be a Mariah visual without the singer breaking out her precious wind machines and showcasing those hand movements to full effect! Good vocals for her, but not amazing.
This is why her need to excessively illustrate her notes in thin air always cracks me up! Mariah’s scenes were interspersed with clips from the Sam Raimi-directed movie, which is the standard protocol for movie visuals. However, with David LaChapelle being known for his artistic brilliance, you’d think he’d come up with something more original and creative. Any director could have put this together. The film hit theaters today and features James Franco (who plays Oz) as well as Michelle Williams (Glinda), Mila Kunis (Wicked Witch of the West) and Rachel Weisz (wicked witch Evanora). The track is definitely one of her better offerings since 2009?s ‘Obsessed’. Now can we act like that tragic mess ‘Triumphant’ never happened pweeease?
The video was shot back in January so it’s about time we finally get to see it. Fanny wears her heart on her sleeve in her luxury mansion surrounded with expensive jewellery, clothes and other accessories. But it goes to show money isn’t everything when your very gorgeous hunk of a lover is flirting around and making out with other women under your nose. We see her crying, singing and picking herself back up as she reminisces on the love they once shared.
Low album sales has not stopped Nelly from releasing music video after music video (this is her fifth visual to date so far). And today, she premieres another one for ‘Bucket List’. Directed by Aaron A, the visual conceptualises five go-happy individuals living their life to the fullest in New York City. That includes climbing on top of skyscrapers, chilling out at Central Park, and even sharing their first kiss. Check it out below.
Premiered by Hypebeast and directed by Sarah McColgan, the clip sees Miguel dissecting some of the wrongs in the world, while presenting his take on issues, both socially and spirituality-aimed. It also has some similarities to Marvin Gaye’s ‘Inner City Blues’, both in subject matter and concept. This is the type of artistry Miguel should put forth more often, as the message is superior. Social awareness is important and should be addressed more often in popular culture. Great visual!
Remember UK X Factor reject Gamu Nhengu from 2010 season? Former judge Cheryl Cole received major backlash and death threats when she chose not to take the Zimbabwe born singer through to the live shows. Today, she exclusively premiered her debut music video ‘Shake The Room’ with Mail Online.
The 21-year-old endorses retro soul of the 60?s era and combines it with contemporary R&B. The track serves as her first official single from her debut album ‘A Love Like This’ , which will be distributed via Scottish independent label GSound Records. This new track is so damn catchy with lots of feel-good sentiments. Welcome back!
A new way to introduce team Breezy to his upcoming sixth studio album is through a docu-visual, expressing desire to go back to where it all started. That includes pre-Rihanna incident where Chris Brown‘s life was full of reign and not the vindictive media struggle that it is today.
The reflective clip, which is called ‘Home’, sees the singer globe trotting as he plays out multiple concerts, entertains the fans and enjoys the party scene with friends. Chris is preparing to drop his new album later this year. Until then, check out Breezy reflecting on his journey below.
On Valentines Day, Justin Timberlake drops the visuals for his latest single ‘Suit & Tie’. Directed by David Fincher, the black and white clip sees the crooner capturing old Hollywood glam, as he and his band entertain his audience at a posh lounge. JT shows off a couple of classy dance moves, while a cigar-smoking Jay-Z spits out his verses.
As for the glossy visual, it was super stylish. Both rapper and crooner looked real dapper in their tuxedos. Visually, you could tell the production was expensive, but it got redundant after a while. I did enjoy the water dancing scene, which I felt added a very nice touch to the visual. Check it out.
Valentine’s Day brings us the premature release of Britney Spears and will.i.am’s remix video for ‘Scream & Shout’. Directed by Ben Mor once again, the star-studded visual features cameos from Diddy, Hit-Boy, Waka Flocka and Lil Wayne.
Britney certainly looked the part in her urban clobber but the most she could serve up was several poses, stiff hip swinging and constant tossing of ponytail. This was catered through a multiplicity of cheap video effects, alongside popping of bottles, exploding cars and scantily clad female dancers. In a nutshell, the video was just complete and utter trash and lacked creativity.
The cut, lifted from ‘Born To Die’s Paradise edition, originally debuted in an ad for Jaguar a few months ago, so footage from the commercial is merged with shots of the singer performing in an empty theater. The visual is typical Lana in all its 60s retro glory but the music sounds the same as previous songs. Doomed infatuation and dead-end romanticism appears to be the recurring theme and it would be nice to see her expand her art a little.
Following her stunning performance at the Grammys, Rihanna drops the emotional visuals for her latest single, ‘Stay’ off her latest album ‘Unapologetic’. The Sophie Muller-directed clip sees a naked Rihanna wearing her vulnerability on her sleeve as she sits in a bathtub with no make-up on. The video was simple and powerful, and the emotion was beautifully captured. For this type of track, less really is more. Check it out!
Released through Jay-Z‘s ‘Life+Times’, Melanie Fiona finally drops the video for her new single ‘Wrong Side of a Love Song’. The Larenz Tate-directed clip uses split screen editing to narrate the good and bad side of a relationship. One day they’re enjoying fun pillow fights and making love. The next, they’re arguing and turning their backs on each another. Ladies are in for quite the treat when they get to clap their eyes on a topless Omar Hardwick. Tasty!
Marques Houston drops the visuals for ‘Speechless’ the first single off his forthcoming album ‘Famous’, due in stores March 26th. The video for the falsetto-heavy number stars model Bria Murphy (Eddie Murphy‘s daughter) as the leading lady. The visual itself really doesn’t go anywhere and I almost fell asleep. I think that was the general consensus. Well, maybe not to cause severe drowsiness to the eyes, but to keep it real low-key.
“Being that I hadn’t put out a video in two years, I didn’t want to go over the top – being that the song isn’t over the top. It’s mostly vocals. I wanted to do something different, but very mature” he said. Check it out below.
Soulful crooner Bruno Mars delivers some vintage realness for his co-directed music video ‘When I Was Your Man’. The cut serves as the second single to be lifted from his sophomore album ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’. Looking like something from the 70?s, Bruno does not employ the use of extravagant graphics or thrilling story-lines. It’s just him and his piano, while taping a TV segment. You can catch him on stage with Rihanna and Sting at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Excited?
A nod to the throwback music video, which was the same approach he used for his ‘Locked Out of Heaven’ lead single. Nicely done!
X Factor successors Little Mix debut the music video for their uplifting new single ‘Change Your Life’. The video was clearly on a budget and shows mainly backstage footage of tour rehearsals. The girls kicked off their 20+ date tour last week. The visual (though a bit boring) definitely had its cute moments, showing off their personalities. Of course it’s nothing groundbreaking but it does the job.
The track serves as the official third single from their debut album ‘DNA’, which to date has sold 249,900 copies since its release two months ago. They are 50k shy of receiving a UK platinum certification. Perhaps this song can help them achieve it.
This isn’t their best song but it’s a strong choice for a third single, and they are set to perform it on The Graham Norton Show this week. Hope Perrie doesn’t get asked any questions about her One Direction boyfriend Zayn Malik doing the dirty on her because that would be really awkward.
Alicia Keys premieres an entirely different music video for ‘Girl On Fire’. This one was done for the Japanese market, and it’s very colourful. Directed by Japanese photographer Mika Ninagawa, the vibrant visual includes a floral backdrop, neon-coloured lighting and a burning flower for nice effect, all while Alicia belts out the empowering number.
At present, she is gearing up for her Super Bowl performance in five days time. Then it’s preparations for a tour in support of her ‘Girl On Fire’ album, with Grammy nominated crooner Miguel serving as the opening act. Get into this alternative video below!
Nicole Scherzinger has debuted the music video for ‘Boomerang’, the first single off her upcoming second studio album. The visual entails an edgy looking Nicole dancing in front of a spotlighted wall and wearing various black outfits, as she sings about the fight for love. Most of the visual was aided with cheap digital images and computerised effects.
The quality you normally associate to a lead single was absent from this video, making it very painful to watch. ‘Scream & Shout’ with Britney Spears uses similar effects and the connection is, will.i.am produced this song, so I would not even be surprised if he pitched some ideas!
Marsha Ambrosius drops the cinematic visuals for ‘Cold War’, the first single off her sophomore album ‘Friends & Lovers’. In the visual, the singer finds herself trying to cling desperately to her luxurious lifestyle after her fiancé (The Wire’s Michael Kenneth Williams) loses his job. Taking the easy way out, she gets involved in drug dealing (her partner in crime is played by The Wire’s Felicia ‘Snoop’ Pearson), only to be ambushed by a pair of cops.
The visual really touches upon real life situations and shows just how far some of us will go to hold on to the good stuff. Drugs however, is never the answer. Check out the dialogue-driven visual below!
Justin Timberlake releases a black-and-white lyrical video for his Jay-Z-assisted new single ‘Suit & Tie’. In the lyrical clip, JT drives himself to the recording studio before dressing himself up in a custom-made suit by Tom Ford. Classy! This week, the track has soared from 84-4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Very impressive!
The Timbaland-produced cut will also appear on his upcoming new album ‘The 20/20 Experience’, due later this year. In related news, JT will also perform at the DIRECTV Super Saturday Night concert in New Orleans during Super Bowl weekend.
Ne-Yo teams up with French Montana for the urban remix of his smash single ‘Let Me Love You’. The cut, lifted off his latest ‘R.E.D’ album, sees the R&B crooner enlisting Rico Love to produce the sensual, laiback version. Oh, and he’s just dropped some visuals for it which debuted last night.
Ne-Yo chills out in the club with his collaborator. Predictably, there’s no shortage of scantily-clad women, sensual lighting and some product placement for Malibu Red, especially when it comes to R&B males and their club scenery. Get into the sexy visuals below!