Music Videos to Watch- April 13, 2014

Welcome to a long overdue  “Music Videos to Watch.”  I have been so busy with work that I have been lax on this blog but anyway here are some videos that I currently repeatedly watch.

 

 
Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin “Adrenalina”: This video is sexy and features one of my celebrity crushes, Ricky Martin, who looks super sexy in this video. There is a Spanglish version of this song under Ricky Martin’s discography on iTunes. In the Spanglish version, Ricky sings the chorus in English.


Lady Gaga “G.U.Y. – An ARTPOP film”: This video is almost 12 minutes long and features four songs by Gaga, “ARTPOP”, “Venus”, “G.U.Y.” and “MANiCURE”. The video was shot at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California and features cameos of Andy Cohen and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The video is a masterpiece and is worth watching.


Neon Trees “Sleeping With a Friend”: Following the success of their sophomore album, “Picture Show”, Neon Trees are back with their first single off their forthcoming third album, “Pop Psychology”. “Sleeping With a Friend” video has a 80’s vibe to it and lead singer, Tyler Glenn, who recently came out as gay, embraces his inner gayness in this video.

My “Things to Do Before I Turn 40” Bucket List

Hello everyone that reads this blog.  Sorry I have been lax on posting on here, so many things have been going on that it’s been hard to sit down and blog but now I am back and going to try to keep up with my 2-3 posts a day routine.  Down to what this entry is about, my “Before I Turn 40” Bucket List.  What does this have to do with pop culture?  Most of the stuff on this is pop culture-related.

  • Show off my knowledge of pop culture on a game show (I thought this would be accomplished by the audition I went to for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? “Movie Week” but I just got an email today saying I have not been selected to be in the contestants pool.  Prehaps next year.)
  • Get one of my photos published in a national publication.
  • Attend a taping of The Ellen Degeneres Show.
  • Get backstage access and a photo pass to a concert of No Doubt, Fun., Lady Gaga, or Pitbull
  • Meet Neil Patrick Harris
  • My blog winning some award.
  • One of the videos that I create go viral.
  • Direct a music video.

 

Lady Gaga “Marry the Night” Music Video

As promised, here is the “Marry the Night” music video by Lady Gaga.  This video, directed by Lady Gaga, is based on what Lady Gaga calls “one of the most horrible days of my life when I got dropped from my first record label and it’s the story of what happened that day“.  The video premiered on YouTube yesterday and already has almost five million views.

Music Videos You Should See

Welcome to what I hope will become a regular staple on Pop Culture Redefined, Music Videos You Should See.  The first video is from the legendary band Duran Duran.  The song is “Girl Panic” from their latest album, All You Need Is Now.  Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, “Girl Panic” is a nine and a half-minute film that serves as a faux documentary with supermodels as members of Duran Duran and the band as reporters, hotel bellmen and photographers.

The next video is from the band Foster the People.  As I had reported once before, Foster the People is the band to watch.  Their newest video, “Call It What You Want”, is the third single off their debut album Torches.  Directed by Ace Norton, the concept behind the video is rich kids finding ways to relieve boredom.

Another video that is worth viewing is “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine.  Led by British born Florence Welsh, this band is amazing.

Last week,  the hit show Glee celebrated a milestone, 300 musical performances.  The 300th performance was the Troubletones, with former New Directions members Mercedes (Amber Riley), Santana (Naya Rivera), and Brittany (Heather Morris), performing a mashup of Adele’s hits “Rumor Has It” and “Someone Like You”.

Finally, a big shout out goes out to my fellow Southern West Virginian, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.  The America’s Got Talent winner came out with his debut album yesterday and Landau is making the rounds to morning talk shows.  If you are a fan of the classic singers like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, I suggest you pick up Landau’s album, That’s Life, in stores now.

One final thing, as my readers are aware, I promised that next time I posted a music video post, I would post Lady Gaga’s new video, “Marry the Night”.  While the video itself has not been released , a prelude to “Marry the Night” is on YouTube.

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.

iHeartRadio Music Festival Coming to Las Vegas, September 23 and 24

Yesterday morning, it was announced online and on the local television stations here in Las Vegas that iHeartRadio was bringing their first ever music festival to Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.  This festival promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience with many of the top performers in the music industry.  Already the line-up for the two-day festival is looking like a who’s who in music with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Bruno Mars, Carrie Underwood and many more.   The full lineup so far is here with more being announced throughout the summer.

I am really excited about this because this is as big as the Billboard Music Awards or Grammys.  I emailed the person in charge of press passes in the hope that I will be able to cover this event.  I will keep all of you updated on this.

Lady Gaga “The Edge of Glory” Music Video

Just a few hours ago, Lady Gaga’s new music video, “The Edge of Glory”,  premiered on YouTube and Vevo.  This video is a departure from her usual videos.  Instead of an elaborate story and lots of dancers, “The Edge of Glory” features Gaga dancing and wandering the streets and the E Street Band’s Clarence Clemmons playing the sax.  I really love this video because of the simplicity.

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.