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.

Ricky Martin and His Family in Spanish Vanity Fair

Last week, Latin pop singer, Ricky Martin posed for a photo spread for Spanish Vanity Fair.  During the photo shoot, Martin talked about family life:

It is the first time that Ricky agrees to be photographed with their children and with Carlos, the Puerto Rican who is your partner for four years, as part of their family. From the mind that has lived through “so cute. Of complicity, of understanding and, simultaneously, a freedom …”

 Ricky Martin talks about the role of his boyfriend in his family, as the papers are distributed, “Carlos says:” I was looking for a boyfriend, not a father. “I say, ‘I met a grown man.’”

The twins, Matteo and Valentino, are three years-old now.

Ricky Martin and partner, Carlos, with the twins
Martin with the twins

Spectacular Grammy Performances From Years Past

To commemorate the Grammys this evening, here’s a look at some of the best performances from previous years’ Grammys.  The videos are in no particular order.

I thought it would be appropriate to start out with Whitney Houston performing at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards in 1986.  She is performing her hit song, “Saving All My Love For You”.  Say what you will about Whitney’s death but she was a class when it came to singing.

In 1996, new artist Alanis Morrisette performed her hit, “You Oughta Know”, on the Grammy stage.  Alanis won four awards that night.

 Ricky Martin took the world by storm in 1999 when he performed on the Grammys.  It was a night that would change Ricky’s life forever.  In his memoir, Me,  Ricky writes: “I was blown away by their intensity- it was like receiving a blessing from an audience that I respect immensely.  And it was another moment I will remeber for the rest of my life.”

Arcade Fire’s performance of “Month of May” at last year’s Grammys was spectacular because they have bikers riding around on stage with cameras on their bikes.  The video from the bikes and the strobe lights captured the chaos of the song.

Mumford and Sons also performed on last year’s Grammys.  The band performed the second single off their debut album, Sigh No More, “The Cave”.

First Look at Rachel’s Two Dads on Glee

Here’s the first picture of Lea Michele with Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Lea Michele tweeted this photo earlier today The two veteran actors are playing Rachel’s gay dads on the upcoming Valentine’s Day episode of Glee. My review of this week’s episode, “Yes/ No”, will be up on here this weekend.

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Bonus pic of Lea Michele with Ricky Martin when he was on the set.

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New Ricky Martin Video “Frio” featuring Wisin & Yandel

 

On Thursday evening, Univision premiered Ricky Martin’s video of his newest single, “Frio”, on their website.  This is the third single off of Martin’s album, Musica + Alma + Sexo.  The single features the Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin Y Yandel.  The song is in Spanish and one of the most beautiful songs I have heard by Ricky Martin.  Ever since I bought the new album when it came out earlier this year, “Frio” has been my favorite song and the video is a great companion to the song.

Music of My Favorite Decade The 1990s Part 2: Legendary Singers

Continuing with the theme established in the previous article with the similar name, the 1990s also brought singers that managed to achieve great staying power.  The first of these artists is Ricky Martin.  From the time Ricky Martin was a teenager, he has been in the public eye.    In 1984 a thirteen year-old Ricky joined the Latin boy band, Menudo and became a young Latino heart throb.  In 1990, Martin started his solo career in singing and even 1994, starring on the ABC soap, General Hospital, but it wasn’t until 1999 that Ricky Martin would become widely known in the United States when he performed at the Grammys that year.

Ricky Martin’s first English single,  “Living la Vida Loca” sent him soaring into stardom.

Recently, Ricky came out as gay to the world and not long after that he released a memoir about his life on and off stage and what led him to reveal that he was gay.  Martin also released his latest album Musica + Alma +Sexo with the first single off the new album being “The Best Thing About Me Is You”, a duet with singer/ songwriter Joss Stone.  The video for this single features many same-sex couples.

Another legendary singer to debut during the 90s is Britney Spears.  Like Ricky Martin, Britney started young in the entertainment industry on the New Mickey Mouse Club on the Disney Channel.

Britney hit the music scene in 1999 when the title track of her album, …Baby One More Time, debuted and sold 500, 000 copies in one day

 Britney’s rise to stardom was not without its shares of ups and downs though.  From her marriage and divorce to the father of her children, Kevin Federline,  to her bouts with hospitalization, Britney suffered many troubling issues but despite those moments in her life, Britney endured.  Earlier this year, she released her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, and the first single, “Hold It Against Me” debuted at number one.

Britney Spears has become a big influence in pop culture.  So much so, that the Fox television show, Glee, did an episode tribute to her with Spears herself making a cameo appearance.

Like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake got his start on the New Mickey Mouse Club.

Justin’s introduction into the music industry was as part of the boy band ‘N SYNC.  The group became widely popular with the teen set when their first single off their self-titled debut album, “I Want You Back”, premiered. 

It was apparent early on that Justin was a star but Justin’s stock rose when he went off to start his solo career.  In Feburary 2004, Timberlake came under fire for his role in the now infamous Janet Jackson “Wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl halftime show.

Justin publicly apologized for his role in that incident and was back in the good graces of the American public.  In September 2006, Justin Timberlake released his second album, FutureSex/ LoveSounds, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.  The first single off the new album, “Sexyback” was an instant hit.

The style of FutureSex/ LoveSounds was different from his debut solo album due to Justin’s creative control and production partnership with producer/rapper Timbaland.  The duo of Timberlake and Timbaland was a winning combination that led to other artists like Duran Duran and Madonna using the duo’s talent to create hit songs.  Timberlake has also solidified himself as a talented actor starring in films such as Alpha Dog, The Social Network, and this summer’s Bad Teacher.