Living in peace and contentment is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. – Christina Aguilera
Well, this is random. Christina Aguilera earlier this week penned a really long letter to fans and released the “Let There Be Love” music video. The video—which looks homemade and kinda cheap—is unexpected because the song peaked on the charts a long time ago and The Voice judge really hasn’t mentioned her new album Lotus in months.
Lady Gaga’s new video is here, and I like it…for the most part. The white-and-black visuals are very high fashion, although the second half was a little weird.
The video’s biggest problem though is that it feels familiar. There’s something about “Applause” that screams “been there, done that.” Some scenes remind me of Madonna, while other visuals are reminiscent of Gaga herself. Even the scene where Gaga’s head appears attached to a swan body feels very Born This Way-ish.
I’m a few days late, but check out Kelly Clarkson’s music video for her country single “Tie It Up. It’s a fun video that captures the excitement of getting married. Not the best Kelly Clarkson video, although it’s miles better than “People Like Us” or even “Catch My Breath.”
Who the heck is Portishead?
That’s my question learning about the latest video from The Weeknd. “Belong to the World,” according to MTV, samples “Machine Gun,” a 2008 single from Portishead. Not sure who/what Portishead is, but I’m digging the song.
The video is kinda epic, too. The apocalyptic theme is kinda overdone by now, but there’s something fresh about this one. The futuristic feel is really elevated by the performance artists in the video.
The video was directed by Anthony Mandler and is set in Japan, where Abel has seemingly joined the ranks of a military regime who go out for a night on the town. Together, the uniformed soldiers rush to take in a bit of performance art and all admire the woman the Weeknd has had his eye on the whole time. (Source: MTV.com)
Kiss Land, The Weeknd’s follow up to Trilogy, currently has no release date yet.
Check out “Belong to the World” below.
Just a few days after releasing the “Problem” video, Natalia Kills unveils the music video for “Saturday Night.”
In the very personal video, Kills enters and re-enters her parents’ bedroom as we learn more about their tumultuous relationship. Donning three different—but similar—elegant, off-white dresses (sans bra), Kills looks elegant and respectable, not allowing her look to overshadow the video’s story.
It’s no secret that I am generally opposed to re-releases, but I am pretty shameless about giving exceptions to Ellie Goulding. The British songstress recently announced plans to release a “repackaged” version of her sophomore album. The appropriately titled Halcyon Days is set for an August 23 release.
Co-written by Ryan Tedder and produced by Greg Kurstin, “Burn” is the album’s lead single. The inspirational song was originally intended for Leona Lewis, but it sounds like it was made specifically for Goulding. The scorching single showcases Goulding’s alien-like vocals, which gives a futuristic feel to what is generally an unmemorable production. This isn’t as sparkling as some of Goulding’s work in Halcyon, but her delivery definitely takes it to the next level.
I’m also loving the video—it’s understated but captures the message of the song well.
More info about Halcyon Days, the re-release of Goulding’s sophomore album, from the pop star’s website:
Ellie’s new single, ‘Burn’, is one of seven new tracks to be lifted from ‘Halcyon Days’, a repackaged edition of the spectacular second album ‘Halycon’.
Released on August 26th, ‘Halcyon Days’ will include the hit singles ‘Anything Could Happen’, ‘Explosions’ and the Calvin Harris track ‘I Need Your Love’ featuring Ellie.
‘Halcyon Days’ also features collaborations with Madeon, DJ Fresh, BURNS and Nate Ruess from Fun.
With “I Need Your Love” doing well in the charts and Goulding releasing some amazing covers and original songs lately, I think Halcyon Days has the potential to really sell well. Are you as excited as I am for this re-release?