Lady Gaga “Paparazzi” Video

June 1, 2009 by Jeanne  
Filed under Lady Gaga, Videos

Lady  Gaga will be officially releasing her video for her single “Paparazzi” later this week and I’ve got to say that it’s better than her earlier ones.  There is an actual storyline and it’s not just a collection of self-indulgent “look at me in skimpy clothes” moments.

Instead, the video co-stars Alexander Skarsgard (Eric on HBO’s True Blood) and, in the beginning, they are lying in bed and really enjoying each other’s company.  Things definitely take a turn for the worse when they head out to the balcony and are clearly being photographed by the paparazzi.  He wants her to look in the camera but she doesn’t want to do it and they begin to struggle.

The only problem is that she is perched precariously on the balcony’s edge and, after a few moments, she actually falls over.  The next thing we see, she’s “falling” with a black and white swirl moving behind her.  It’s a really creative segway from the opening sequence to the actual music video (which continues the storyline).  Check it out:

Lady Gaga has had quite the year.  I will admit to having not really known much about her and then all of a sudden, she was everywhere.  Her hit song “Just Dance” (from her album The Fame) was just starting to become popular when I bought the New Kids On The Block’s new album The Block and noticed that she collaborated with them on their song “Big Girl Now.”  Then, when I saw them in concert, she was one of the opening acts and I got to see her in action.

Now, it seems she’s getting recognition for her unique style and music from all sources.  She appeared on the American Idol finale, she seems to be good friends with celebrity blogger, Perez Hilton, and Rolling Stone has just put her in the #1 spot on their 2009 Hot List.

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Singled Out: Lily Allen “The Fear”

December 16, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  
Filed under Lily Allen

A few months back there was a bit of drama surrounding Lily Allen’s sophomore release. Thankfully, everything got sorted pretty quickly and It’s Not Me, It’s You is due for release Feb 10.

To hold us over until then, Allen has graced us with a new single, “The Fear.” True to form, “The Fear” is a bubble gum pop number with decidedly pointed lyrics, which, when teamed with Allen’s lovely, lady like voice, create a sweet and quick-witted juxtaposition.

I want to be rich and I want lots of money
I don’t care about clever I don’t care about funny
I want loads of clothes and f***loads of diamonds
I heard people die while they are trying to find them

I’ll take my clothes off and it will be shameless
‘Cuz everyone knows that’s how you get famous
I’ll look at the sun and I’ll look in the mirror
I’m on the right track yeah I’m on to a winner

Allen keenly examines the trappings of the glam life and the do absolutely anything to get (and stay) famous celebrity culture we live in. The video features Allen surrounded by soft pastels, which, combined with the soft finish cinematography, complete the wink-and-a-smile tone of the song.

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Flashback Friday: Deniece Williams “Free”

December 13, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  
Filed under Flashback Fridays

Continuing my quest to rediscover no-90s music influences, I was reminded of another favorite from my mother’s record collection. Deniece Williams started out as a backup singer for Stevie Wonder and becoming a femme fatal chart topping, Grammy Award winning chanteuse. With 19 albums and multiple chart topping hits both in the US and the UK, Deniece Williams is a bona fide icon.

I’m pretty sure my mom owned every on of those 19 albums, my favorite of which was This is Niecy; the single “Free” in particular. I would go into my mother’s room, put the record on the turntable and get lost in the slow, pulsing whirlwind of the song. Just listening to Williams’ ladylike songbird voice, one would think “Free” is a sweet love song. On the contrary, it is the siren song of a conquering seductress.

Whispering in his ear
My magic potion for love
Telling him I’m sincere
And that there’s nothing too good for us

But I want to be free, free, free
And I just got to be me, me, me

This could be taken one of two ways, either she’s telling her man she loves him but she has to remain independent and in control of her own destiny, or she’s saying all she wants is a temporary night. Either way, she is going to be free to do her own thing.

Check out the video after the jump, her voice will give you chills…

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Singled Out: Britney Spears “Circus”

December 11, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  
Filed under Britney Spears

I know I dissed Brit’s last single. It hurt me to do it, but it was necessary. I’ve been holding my tongue while every top 40 radio station played the crap out of “Womanizer,” (ok so not really) keeping my fingers crossed that the next single would be better.

It is my distinct pleasure to say that Britney Spears is on the right track with “Circus,” an infectiously sultry pop number, absolutely indicative of Brit’s return to the top of the charts. “Womanizer” may have been more upbeat, but “Circus” is far and away a better representation of the Spears brand. Of course, the lyrics are still simple, but at least they are not bitter woman drowning in synthesizer tricks, choke it down and spit it out, simple.

Its good to see Britney going back to basics. Part of her appeal has always been her ability to make a smoking hot video in which she shows off her dance moves and her awesome physique. Where in many of her recent videos, Brit failed to show off her best assets, she is definitely on her game with this one; striking beautiful poses in silhouette and doing that fantastic belly dancer move.

Don’t forget Britney Spears is hitting the road with her “Circus” tour. Check out tour dates.

Image and video via Total Assault

Singled Out: Beyoncé “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”

December 4, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  
Filed under Beyonce

There is no doubt that Beyoncé is one the most talented young stars in R&B. She had nearly reached critical mass in terms of publicity following the release of B-Day, now her latest album I Am…Sasha Fierce and its respective singles are burning up the charts.

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” is a particular favorite, having jumped from 28 to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week, and has been getting constant spins on the radio.

So much so, that “Single Ladies” could be classified as an earworm. You can’t help humming and even singing “all my single ladies…” for days on end after hearing the song a couple times. It is quite an infectious tune.

At this year’s AMAs, Beyoncé delivered a sexy performance of “Single Ladies,” one of the best of the night. There was actually a moment when she seemed to be channeling Tina Turner via the dance, and damn if that all girl band didn’t rock. Check it out after the jump.

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Girl in a Coma: “Their Cell”

November 25, 2008 by Kimberlee Morrison  
Filed under Girl in a Coma

A while back I wrote about the Texas trio Girl in a Coma. Hopefully you’ve been keeping an eye on them because in a rock landscape dominated by men and posers *cough Katy Perry cough* these girls are a refreshing return to rock roots.

Today Girl in a Coma has released an official video for “Their Sell,” the latest single from their debut album Both Before I’m Gone. Shot in a haunted prison, the video has the feeling of a slick 1980s coming of age movie. Its lovely and offers an apropos backdrop for the rather melancholy melody and lyrics.

And a lovely melody it is; uncanny and teetering on the edge of punk. Vox, Nina Diaz, slowly and deliberately slurs together the words in such a alluring manner. As the song goes on, the instrumentation grows more dissonant, but the focus is definitely Diaz’ beautiful voice. Befitting Cindy Lauper comparisons aside, Diaz has one of the richest voices of the current batch of up-and-coming rockers and Girl in a Coma is deserving of their impending break out.

Check out the video after the jump. It’s perfect for a lazy, mellow, yellow sort of day.

Image courtesy of Shore Fire Media.

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