Worried you’re falling into a post-Super Bowl pre-Grammys slump? Don’t be. We’ve got brand new episodes of At Your Request coming your way! Just to keep things fresh in 2013, AYR has got a new twist. This time we asked ye loyal pop folk to tell us what emerging artists you think the everyone needs to know about. And luckily for music lovers everywhere, you all took to Twitter with your suggestions. On today’s episode we’re delivering smooth-voiced Brit on behalf of one very “Sweet” requester. Watch as we break down Jessie Ware‘s achingly adorable “Sweet Talk” music video. See if you can handle all the knowledge we’re about to drop about this magnetic siren.
Got a favorite music video from a new artist you want the pop-loving world to see? Tell us below or tweet at us using #atyourrequest!
One couldn’t be blamed for thinking Chris Brown didn’t care much about his public image, from his Twitter rants to his tattoos to his terrorist Halloween costume to – you know, that thing with Rihanna. But that’s not the case now that he’s launching Symphonic Love, in which he’s getting involved with youngsters in a big way – arts and crafts, custom graffiti, even baking cookies!
“I want to the kids to see I’m doing the right thing and giving back,” Chris says in a behind-the-scenes clip that explains his mission statement.
Now if only he had showed up to the event in his terrorist costume.
With their video for Dos! cut “Stray Heart,” Green Day have finally ended their streak of studio-centric music videos (even their clip for “The Forgotten” off the Breaking Dawn – Part 2 soundtrack featured studio footage). But in this one, the band is nowhere in sight. Instead, it follows a well-meaning man who we soon find out has, quite literally, a stray heart. It’s a cheekily grisly concept that works well with the song’s poppy rock bounce. Watch it up top, ahead of the November 13 release of Dos!.
We’ve been a fan of Kay‘s for a minute, since her collabs with Cobra Starship and Wallpaper. piqued our interest – and now the Canadian chanteuse is back with a new sound of her own in the haunting clip for her new song “Rewind The Track” from her upcoming EP, which Idolator is thrilled to premiere exclusively. Formerly signed to Ryan Tedder‘s imprint on Interscope Records, Kay’s shed her skin to emerge in a new electro-indie space, and we have to say that it suits her.
“‘Rewind The Track’ came from a dark and healing place,” Kay explained to Idolator. “It reflects a time and place in my life that I both cherish and feel emotional towards. It’s a special song for me.” A chilly midtempo cut that’s enlivened by the eerie visuals, which see Kay walking along a beach in spare black-and-white, “Rewind The Track” will have you doing the titular move, over and over again. Watch it above.
We have no idea why, exactly, Miley Cyrus decided to team up with Israeli dubstep DJ Borgore for his latest single “Decisions,” but it’s new Miley, so there’s no point in complaining – we’re just going to enjoy it and come along for the ride. A rowdy, squealing dance track with Cyrus’ harmonies throughout, the song sounds better suited for a shadowy European nightclub than a party in the USA, with Cyrus and Borgore singing together: ”Decisions, but I want it all, so I get it all / I wanna eat the whole cake” over jittery synths. Best line of the track has to go to Borgore, who deadpans in his verse, “Every day’s my birthday, ’cause bitches love cake.”
The video picks up when Cyrus appears to bring some serious party behavior to an event at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, smearing cake everywhere, making out with randos and generally getting us excited for her upcoming return to music. Food fight! Watch the clip up top.
If there’s one thing that never gets old in music video tropes, it’s a backyard house party – so don’t blame us for going H.A.M. over T.I.‘s video for his latest single “Ball,” which features Lil Wayne over a booty-clapping beat courtesy of Rico Love. Smartly, T.I. and his crew took the song’s country-fried hip-hop vibe to the streets of New Orleans and threw a monster bash. So monstrous, in fact, that there are shots of one member of his crew eating Froot Loops out of a very large mixing bowl. We can all agree: It doesn’t get better than that.
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MTV Buzzworthy says that Birdman, Mack Maine and production mastermind Love all appear in the video, although there are so many quick cuts it’s hard to tell – but one thing’s for sure: Next time, we want an invitation.
“Sweet Nothing” is the umpteenth single (okay – fifth) off Calvin Harris‘ upcoming third album 18 Months (due out October 30), and for the seedy Vincent Haycock-directed video, Harris and vocalist Florence Welch hit up a London strip club. But don’t expect to see Flo demonstrating her secret penchant for pole dancing – because instead, she’s decked out in a suit and tie, with her crimson hair pulled back, looking like a gentleman herself in this gentleman’s club. Of course, she does rip her shirt off at one point, so there is that.
Watch Welch croon over Harris’ dance beat above, while her better half gets the tar kicked out of him by two gangsters in an alleyway in one of the video’s more violent moments.
In his latest music video, B.o.B is imprisoned inside an insane asylum run partially by well-endowed nurses and a slightly impartial parole board. He and Nicki Minaj go completely off their rap rockers, and it’s a damn good look.
Once they started gaining national attention, B.o.B and Minaj both steered their careers in a distinctly poppier direction, as also evidenced by The Adventures of Bobby Ray and both Pink Friday albums. However, the Benny Boom-directed clip for “Out of My Mind” allows both of these rappers to spit and snarl for the camera – in straitjackets, nonetheless.
Are you going crazy for “Out of My Mind”? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook and Twitter.
MTV was on a roll with two hilarious promos for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, both featuring host Kevin Hart attempting to squeeze his way into established groups (Green Day and Kimye). For One Direction‘s VMA promo, they threw humor out the window and decided their 30 seconds was better spent giving each member some screen time, with a mood that screams, “This One Direction performance is the most important thing that will ever happen to you.”
During each boy bander’s close-up, we get some semi-random animations floating behind their heads: Nial gets cheeseburgers, Louis gets an angry purple gorilla, Liam gets a griffin, Zayn gets smiley-face emoticons, and Liam gets hearts emblazoned with the Union Jack. At least that last one makes some sort of sense.
Watch One Direction take the stage the 2012 MTV VMAs, airing Thursday September 6 on MTV.
Brandy and Chris Brown‘s “Put It Down” video has surfaced online, and it’s thankfully less vomit-inducing than the other Hype Williams-directed clip to premiere today. (Unless, of course, you get queasy at the sight of Brown happily lifting up his shirt to show off his abs.) In the clip, the R&B songstress shows off her dance moves with a team up backup dancers, as Breezy does his usual in front of a paint-splattered wall. The pair meet up in front of a white Ferrari, for no good reason other than product placement. There’s not a lot going on here, but the song is pretty tight, and Brandy looks pretty great, so we hope this comeback to relevancy works out for her.
“Put It Down” is the lead single off Brandy’s forthcoming album, Two Eleven, due October 2.