will.i.am has released a video for “Bang Bang,” his contribution to The Great Gatsby soundtrack. While the film boasted a lavish world that could be viewed in 3-D, will.i.am’s black and white clip is stark in its simplicity. A band of horn players follow his lead as he signals for the drop, then nails the Charleston inside an otherwise empty ballroom. More »
“If I go hard, let me tell you that it’s worth it / Play the right cards, I-I-I ain’t afraid to work it,” Jessie J sings in her new single “Wild.” On Thursday the Voice mentor previewed the song with a clip of her studio session, in which she added final touches to her pop plea.
Heartbeats are still left to ponder over a lyric that Jessie J teased along with “Wild”: “Everything starts with a WISH but everything can be real.” (No, her new album isn’t titled Wish — as if it would be that easy.) In the meantime, Jessie J promises that “Wild” and its video will drop soon, both featuring G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean and fellow U.K. resident Dizzie Rascal. Watch the clip up top. More »
When Jennifer Lopez teased her “Live It Up” video, she offered flashes of a colorful runway show, a rambunctious beach party and skin — her own, that is. Hours later though, Lopez couldn’t help but to release the video in its entirety — a flashy clip showing that even if Pitbull calls (okay, texts) and America’s Next Top Model alumnus Eva Marcille appears, J. Lo will still steal the show.
Lopez preps for the runway when Pitbull proposes to meet in southeastern France. (The video was filmed in Miami Beach, but whatever.) She heads to his call, but not before she channels her inner Baby and drives onlookers to hysterics. More »
“I’d rather be a dick than a swallower,” Kanye West raps in “New Slaves,” a song he debuted Friday night. West premiered the song in nine different cities by projecting a clip onto 66 different buildings, a video of him staring straight ahead. The rapper was calm, but his words were harsh.
“New Slaves” brings West’s February gigs in London to mind and how, to the tune of “Clique,” the G.O.O.D. Music honcho mocked corporations (“I can’t give a fuck about your comments, I promise, I promise”) as he rambled of the Grammys, “the whole Beyonce thing” and Jay-Z‘s cameo in Justin Timberlake‘s “Suit & Tie.” To the spare beat of “New Slaves,” West hits harder at the same target. More »
Like a moth to a flame that burns by the fire, our love for Janet Jackson is blind, can’t you see our desire — to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Janet with another Twitter re-listening party. Yes, you read that right, Janet turns the big 2-0 on Saturday (May 18). Instead of wallowing in the fact that the infamous choreography to “If” is now two decades old, we’re going to celebrate the chart-topping album that brought us timeless hits like “That’s The Way Love Goes” “Anytime, Anyplace” and “Because Of Love” the best way we know how: by listening to it again with all of you. Head below for details on how to join in the virtual loft party. More »
Like one of Stefon’s favorite New York hotspots, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull‘s upcoming video for “Live It Up” has everything! Fierce boots! A beach party! People getting sprayed down with alcohol! Ferocious choreography! J.Lo rocking a fierce orange lip! Pitbull in a robin’s egg blue suit! Actual pitbulls!
(Except that one. There are no actual pitbulls in the video. Although there probably should be.) More »