New Music Videos- Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce

So many great music videos have premiered here recently that i decided to do a post with all of them.

First up, we have “Paradise” by Coldplay.  The second single from Coldplay’s new album, Mylo Xyloto, “Paradise” music video features Chris Martin in an elephant costume making a voyage to reach his band mates, who are also in elephant costumes.  The video is directed by Mat Whitecross.  The video was filmed in London and South Africa.

Since I did not cover it when it first premiered, I thought would talk about the video for “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” from Coldplay, the first single from Mylo Xyloto which is out in a few short days.  This video was also directed by Mat Whitecross.

Even though the video to Jennifer Lopez’s “Papi” has been out for a month, I thought this video was worth mentioning because it is Jennifer Lopez at her best and this is one of my favorite songs off of her Love?.  The video was directed by Paul Hunter and choreographed by the So You Think You Can Dance choreography duo known as Nappytabs.

Finally we have Beyonce’s “Love on Top”, which I have loved since the album first came out and I even said that it had an eighties feel to it.  The style used for the video for “Love on Top” was similar to the style of music videos that the 80s band, New Edition made.   The video features Beyonce singing and dancing with a group of male backup dancers.

 

Coming soon, I will post the video to one of this blog’s favorite artists, Lady Gaga.  She just wrapped filming the video for “Marry the Night”, the fifth single from Born This Way.  As soon as the video premieres, I will have it on here.

Review of Beyonce’s New Album 4

Yesterday, Beyonce’s fourth album, appropriately titled 4, was released and this has to be her best album yet.  You can tell that Beyonce has drawn upon some 80s diva influence.  The first track, “1 + 1”, is a beautiful love song about being grateful for the person you care about.   In “The Best Thing I Never Had”, Beyonce sings about someone she almost loved but saw how he really was and was thankful that she never was involved with him.  This song speaks to those of us that fell for the wrong person but realized that they weren’t right for us before it was too late.   My favorite song off 4 is “Love on Top” because the beginning of the song is very reminiscent of Jody Watley’s “Real Love” and also because Beyonce seems to have drawn influence from 80s diva, Roberta Flack.  While most of the songs on 4 Beyonce co-wrote, “Love on Top” was written solely by her.  Another song I love is “Countdown” in which Beyonce starts out by singing coincidently (or not) “Killing me softly”.  This song is very funky and fun especially when it reaches the chorus where Beyonce uses a countdown to talk about her man.  No diva album is complete without a Dianne Warren penned ballad, and Beyonce got one of, if not the best ballad that Dianne has written, “I Was Here”.  This ballad isn’t necessarily about love but about making your mark on the world.  4 ends with the first single off this album, “Run the World (Girls)”, which is along the lines of “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” but with more girl power.

I recommend buying this album because it is Beyonce at her best.  Early sales are already predicting that 4 will number one on the Billboard 200 next week.

Pop Culture Week in Review 5/22-5/27/2011

Well I thought I would try something different.  This week has been great for both me and pop culture.  So many things have happened this week that it’s necessary to do a week in review article.

First off,  Sunday was the Billboard Music Awards here in Las Vegas, and I was down there at the white carpet taking pictures.  I have to say even though I wish I could have been there inside the MGM Grande Arena to watch the show, seeing some the best performances on television was the next best thing.

  How amazing was Beyonce?  This woman is unstoppable force.

Rihanna and Britney Spears’ performance was unbelievable.  The thing that I loved most about this performance was that the general public knew that Rihanna would be performing but the producers kept it a secret that Britney was going to perform.  Here in Vegas we found out that this was the case the day before when a pic of Britney onstage with Rihanna during rehearsals was leaked.

  Before I saw this performance, I never cared to even check into Nicki Minaj’s music but after seeing her on the white carpet and seeing this performance made me at least have an appreciation for her as artist and a fan of her song “Super Bass”.

  She is freaky to watch but I want to see what her facial expressions are going to be throughout the video.

On Monday, Lady Gaga’s second album was released.  You can read my review here.  Also released on Monday was Glee, The Music Vol. 6 with the original songs from the season finale, “Pretending” and “Light Up The World”.

These songs were even better than the songs they did for Regionals. 

On Wednesday, Oprah Winfrey ended her 25 year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.  Mind you I am not a big fan of Oprah.  I do not dislike her but I was never really into her show.  Needless to say that she has had a huge impact on pop culture.  Jimmy Kimmel did a hilarious take on her farewell to her fans.

Finally today after two weeks in a coma, Jeff Conaway best known for both his role as Kenickie in “Grease” and from the television “Taxi” died today.  Conaway, who was 60, was put into a medically induced coma after a case of pneumonia and too many prescribed drugs.   He was taken off of life support yesterday.

My Thoughts on the American Idol Finale 2011

Okay after watching the two-hour long American Idol finale, I have to conclude that this seemed like it was the longest finale in Idol history.  It was good in some spots but for the most part it was bad.  Here are the thoughts I wrote during the show in chronological order:

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