There's been a lot of Kanye buzz in Boston this week since the hip-hop artist and producer performed a show at TD Garden Sunday night as part of his "Yeezus" tour, with opening act Kendrick Lamar. Kanye's fiance, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, was spotted at the show that was full of elaborate sets, costumes, and outrageous moments.
But today Kanye debuted something that puts Kim in the spotlight more than his own song: the new video for "Bound 2," in which Kim appears topless, seductively riding a motorcycle with Kanye (her nude silhouette is shown rather than a full frontal view). The video premiered on the family-friendly TV talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" with Kanye as the show's guest.FULL ENTRY
"Stay," a simple and emotional ballad, features singer/songwriter Mikky Ekko, who performed with the Barbados-born star during Sunday's Grammy Awards. She also took home the award for Best Short Form Video for "We Found Love."
Drake, who won a Grammy for Best Rap Album for his 2011 album, "Take Care," also released his new video for the single, "Started from the Bottom," this week.
What do you think of the videos? Comment here.
In honor of World Humanitarian Day, Beyonce has linked up with the United Nations for an awareness-raising campaign titled "I Was Here." The singer will debut the music video for her song, of the same name, on the UN's website Sunday, featuring a live performance in General Assembly Hall at the United Nations filmed on Aug. 10.
Fans can also help raise awareness for the day through the partnered website whd-iwashere.org, where they're encouraged to join Beyonce in sending "the biggest social media message in history," while spreading good deeds in their community and abroad. The social media blast will be sent out on Sunday followed by the "I Was Here" special video debut at 9 a.m.
Nicki Minaj references her Caribbean roots for her latest video, "Pound the Alarm." The Young Money diva, who was born in Trinidad, heads back to the island nation for a Carnival-themed clip for her newest single.
Sporting a gang of platinum blond spirals and a black, red, and white bejeweled Carnival outfit - the colors of the Trinidadian flag - replete with crimson plumes, Minaj makes her homeland pride known. The femcee leads a posse of similarly decked-out dancers through the streets of St. James to a raucous outdoor bash reminiscent of the world-famous Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.
J. Lo doesn't play around when it comes to a party.
Jennifer Lopez goes hard with the color, dance moves, and Photoshop-worthy abs for "Goin' In," her video from her newly-released greatest hits album "Dance Again ... The Hits."FULL ENTRY
PBS Digital Studios has unveiled the latest project from its "Icons" series, in which music videos are made by giving classic PBS personalities the Auto-Tuned treatment.FULL ENTRY
After a lengthy hiatus, No Doubt prove that they're still good for an epic color-soaked, cross-cultural rager with their latest visual, "Settle Down."FULL ENTRY
Madonna proves she can turn any locale into a party in her latest video, "Turn Up the Radio." The clip, which was filmed in Italy, features the pop queen escaping hordes of paparazzi and then picking up a motley cast of colorful characters - from street contortionists to streetwalkers - for a chauffeured joyride into the countryside (the dapper hitchhiker in the gray suit is her current beau, Brahim Zaibat).
What do you think about the video? Let us know!
For her latest visual, Lana Del Rey takes some classic American iconography and flips it on its head.
The wait is almost over for fans eager to hear the long-awaited collaborative album from the roster of Kanye West's label, G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams) Music. Contributor Pusha T told Hot 97 radio station in a July 20 interview that the artists will release the album “Cruel Summer” on Aug. 7, according to Rolling Stone.
If the album's title sounds familiar, it's the same as a short film that West premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month. Ahead of the G.O.O.D. music family's first performance together, scheduled for July 1 at the BET Awards, take a look at the album's lead single “Mercy,” featuring G.O.O.D. recording artists Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and, of course, Kanye himself.
OK, the Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" cover fad is officially out of control.
It's not just that the peppy, coy, pseudo-date-invite is everywhere, it's that everyone on the planet (well, it seems that way, at least), has gone on camera to pantomime - and in rare occasions, actually sing - the pop newcomer's ultra catchy smash.
Here's a roundup of some of the more memorable renditions so you don't have to spend hours trolling YouTube yourself.FULL ENTRY
Ready to get, er, "pumped up" for Foster the People's show at Boston's Bank of America Pavilion tomorrow? Relive summer 2011 with their catchy jam "Pumped Up Kicks," thanks to a new cover from Usher:
Have you seen Fiona Apple's new video for her single "Every Single Night"? The songstress, who is sporting a squid hat and covered in snails in the video, spoke with Pitchfork about the project:
I told [director] Joey [Cahill] just to come up with a bunch of things and do things to me and put me in situations and surprise me. One thing I wanted to have happen was to be covered in snails. I laid in a bed of soil and they put snails all over me.
What do you think of this latest video creation? Cool and creative, or over the top? Discuss in the comments.
First we take Manhattan. Twin Shadow, the stage name of former local George Lewis Jr. will premiere a new music video on a jumbo screen in New York's Times Square on June 18, followed by a live performance, according to Pitchfork.
The event is part of Artists Wanted's Art Takes Times Square initiative. Twin Shadow's peppy single, "Five Seconds," is a cut from the upcoming sophomore release "Confess," due out July 10. Take a listen below:FULL ENTRY
The latest hip-hop offspring making news actually isn't Blue Ivy.
Hip-hop luminary Nas has released a video to his single "Daughters," in which he raps candidly about his missteps and experiences raising his daughter, Destiny. The track even references some of the controversial social media missives attributed to the young Ms. Jones.
While the song details Nas's frustrations with fatherhood, the video is told from Destiny's point of view as she matures from a tot to a teen.
Boston native Masspike Miles recently unveiled his the video for his latest single "Love Come Down." Miles, who is a part of Miami hip-hop boss Rick Ross's camp, keeps it minimal yet sensual in the video, which is mostly black and white scenes of curvy ladies with windswept hair. The song is from his album "Say Hello to Forever."
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"I Feel Love," one of the disco-era hits of the late Boston-bred diva Donna Summer, is one of 25 sounds saved by the Library of Congress. "Purple Rain" by Prince, "Green Onions" by Booker T and the M.G.'s, " and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio are also among the 2011 National Recording Registry inductees.FULL ENTRY
In advance of Tenacious D's new album "Rize of the Fenix," the comedic band posted a very funny, very explicit short film (viewers, be warned) last week to accompany the song "Roadie," starring "Eastbound & Down" actor Danny McBride as the stagehand. Last night, Jack Black and Kyle Gass cleaned up their act and performed the song on the "Late Show With David Letterman."
With a lot of clever substitutions, the clean version may be even funnier than the original. However, the duo's normally foul mouths apparently inspired Letterman's own naughty language, as he is bleeped during the band's introduction. Take a look at the clean performance.FULL ENTRY
YouTube sensation Rebecca Black is trying to extend her 15 minutes of fame with her new summery single "Sing It."
When it comes to releasing videos, never expect the expected from Kanye West.
The MC recently dropped the video for "Lost in the World," the first part of the finale to his critically acclaimed 2010 album, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," even though he already released another album, "Watch the Throne," with Jay-Z, and wrapped up a multi-city tour in support of that project.FULL ENTRY
Justin Bieber's YouTube domination continues.
"Boyfriend," the latest visual offering from the teen megastar, broke a YouTube record just a day after hitting the site, racking up more than 8 million views within 24 hours. As of Monday, May 7, the clip has notched a three-day tally of more than 17 million views.FULL ENTRY
Hip-shaking Colombian vixen Shakira is back with a visual to the merengue-inflected "Addicted To You," from her latest album "Sale El Sol." The Anthony Mandler-directed clip was shot in California, and it's a lot of Shak shaking it in skin-baring looks and getting steamy in a bath.
Check it out below, and then tell us what you think.
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