Which had a bigger visual impact this year? Beyonce‘s “Single Ladies” dance or Lady Gaga’s eccentric outfits?
On September 13, both ladies will have the opportunity to take home 9 Moonmen from this fall’s Video Music Awards. That’s the most nominations for any artist his year. (There are only two categories - Best New Artist and Best Choreography - in which the two don’t compete against each other.)
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Mel Gibson recently said that he found himself attracted to Oksana Grigorieva’s talent before he actually met the singer. Now the actor/director is dating the Russian musician, the mother of soon-to-be eighth child.
On her new album, Beautiful Heartache, the 39-year-old is credited as the sole writer on every song with the exception of one. For “Say My Name,” which can be seen above, the classically trained pianist received lyrical help from Gibson. “It is naked, intimate, raw emotion, little more than piano and voice as if it is a cry from the soul,” Oksana said of the song. [NOTE: Mel also had a hand in directing the boring video.]
If you like the sampling, you can check out more of Grigorieva’s work through her website.
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In this video for “Paranoid,” Rihanna is assaulted in her dreams by visions of wolves and the overuse of Auto-Tune.
But maybe Kanye West is right. Maybe she does “worry ‘bout the wrong things.” I mean - could that corset getup really be comfortable to sleep in?
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Although it’s unclear whether we’ll ever see Heath Ledger’s last acting project, we will get to see two pieces he helped direct.
Prior to his January 2008 death, the Oscar winner helmed music videos for several different artists. An animated clip for Modest Mouse’s “King Rat” - a bonus track from 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank - will be released later this year. A video for “Quicksand,” from Australian singer Grace Woodroofe, will also get a debut.
Ledger was also the director behind “Morning Yearning,” a song from friend Ben Harper. (You can see that video here.)
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Looking for a way to remember 2008? Well, thanks to DJ Earworm, you can now relive this crazy year in just under 5 minutes.
The clip above incorporates visual and audio snippets from Billboard’s Top 25 songs of the year. (You can see a track listing just after the jump.)
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Above, you can view the video for Beyonce’s “Smash Into You,” one of the tracks on her latest album I Am…Sasha Fierce.
Below, you can hear the song “Smack Into You” as performed by singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin. He apparently performed the song - more than once - on one of his live tours. Now, the ditty is on a Beyonce album and rumor has it that the track is stolen.
Surely, Sasha Fierce will soon shed some light on all this.
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World AIDS day was the catalyst for the launch of (RED)WIRE, a digital music magazine raising funds to help combat AIDS in Africa. U2, Sheryl Crow and others have videos posted already, as does one Jay-Z. His latest video for the song “Brooklyn We Go Hard” is absolutely incredible and you are required to watch and listen to it multiple times.
Watch it because the incredible Typographic Illustration skills are from none other than Evan Roth, who was kind enough to include the source code in this video as well. Expect to here this track non-stop starting next month, as it’s included in the upcoming NOTORIOUS film. Yes, it’s produced by Kanye West but NO, there is not a single note of Auto-Tune in this track.
After watching Rihanna‘s new video for “Rehab,” ask yourself these questions:
- Did Rihanna’s character actually know the guy (a.k.a. Justin Timberlake) on the bike, or did he randomly stop to use her shower?
- If you were to live in a desert, what pair of earrings would you wear?
- Who does the black hood/cap look better: Rihanna or Grace Jones?
Let’s face it, Kanye West has blown a lot of people away with the release of “Love Lockdown” and “Heartless” from his upcoming album 808s and Heartbreak. In case you haven’t heard it yourself, you can download Heartless for free.
This new album has already caused a lot of buzz as people have been commenting on the heavy usage of Auto-Tune and the dark vibe. Whether you like the tracks or not, there is no doubt this album is going to be unlike anything he has ever done before. In the “Heartless” video, Kanye is focusing on the visual aspect. Teaming up with Hype Williams, Kanye and crew have released the video, featuring a new animation technique called rotoscope. Take a peek and then give us your thoughts.
You read the title right, MTV is actually going back to its roots and playing videos. Well, I should actually clarify this statement. Last week, MTV launched MTVMusic.com, offering up every video ever played on MTV for your viewing pleasure. The site is simple, clean and I will probably log about a million hours a week on it just sorting through the Vintage Videos section. Since I will be on the site so much jumping from Grandmaster Flash to Genesis, I’ll post a vid of the week for your viewing pleasure to get you back into the swing of music videos. For week 1, we’re going back to Duran Duran and Hungry Like The Wolf. It’s a bit of eighties brilliance featuring face paint, a ridiculous story line and eighties hair. Enjoy!
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