“He is a sucker with a gun, gun, gun, gun,” Britney Spears sings in her track, “Criminal.” But apparently, the local government in Stoke Newington, a borough of London, didn’t get the memo about the lyrics or name of the song before they gave Brit-Brit permission to film a music video there. Now that they’ve seen the content, they are not too pleased. The video has yet to be released, but images have appeared all over the internet. In the pictures, Britney robs a convenience store along with real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick. Britney not only rocks a ski mask, but she points a gun at the cashier. As the pair runs away, Britney limply carries a fake gun in one hand and a duffle bag in the other.
So why is the local government so mad? Because of the riots that happened earlier this year, they think the imagery glorifies lawlessness and weapon-wielding. Keep reading »
I have a very soft spot in heart for ABC, the ultimate ’80s band in my mind. As a kid, I remember absolutely loving their video for the song “Poison Arrow.” It shows frontman Martin Fry lusting after a beautiful big-haired brunette, dripping in diamonds and fur, who eventually shrinks him and traps him under a martini glass. Well, apparently—the girl in the video is none other than restauranteur Lisa Vanderpump of “The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.” Oh, how worlds collide. [Limelife] Keep reading »
Lady Gaga didn’t think one video for “Yoü and I” was enough, so she has also created six “fashion films” about each of the vid’s assorted characters. She’s shown us the Nymph and the Bride and, today, she released the third video in the series about her mermaid alter ego, Yüyi. The film, called “Haus of Ü Featuring Yüyi,” shows Gaga as a mermaid writhing in a director’s chair, smoking a cigarette, and being carried out of a trailer. And yes, she has gils. Lots of them.
But what I find most notable about this video: all those umlauts! Keep reading »
Marc Foster enlisted a pretty high wattage star to be in his music video for the song, “I Was Broken.” Behold, Kristen Stewart doing what she does best—looking tortured and thoughtful. So how did Marc get K-Stew for this gig? He is a friend of Robert Pattinson‘s. He even had Rob sing on his track “Let Me Sign” from the original “Twilight” soundtrack. Yep, that’ll do it. [MTV] Keep reading »
OK Go makes awesome music videos. The only thing that could make one of their epics even better? Muppets! Luckily, the band contributed a song to The Green Album, the new collection of Muppet cover songs. My favorite moment? When the guys hop on their signature treadmills—and Bunsen and Beaker speed them up. Oh, and there’s a special twist ending. Amazing. [AV Club] Keep reading »
Lindsay Lohan‘s first staring role since her release from house arrest is in the music video for Miggs’ new song, “Let the Games Begin.” In the video, Lindsay plays a model/actress by day. But by night, she is a “world famous street artist known for his social commentary,” even though authorities have vowed to arrest “him.” This is obviously an allegory for Lindsay’s life. Frontman Don Miggs expalins, “She hasn’t beaten her kids or cheated on her husband. She isn’t Tiger Woods or Mel Gibson. She hasn’t done things that have hurt other people.” Keep reading »
Yesterday, Lady Gaga‘s video for “Yoü and I” was supposed to premiere on MTV at exactly 7:49p.m. However, after it leaked earlier in the week, Gaga jumped the gun on unveiling the video, which features her as mermaid Yuyi and as dude Jo Calderone, as well as rocking her mother’s actual wedding dress. To make it up to MTV, Gaga still sat down with Sway at the anointed time to talk about the video. Because the song has that umlaut in the name, I had wondered if it was a reference to Lüc Carl. And that sure appears to be the case, though perhaps they are broken up after all? “I wrote the song about this guy that I used to date … Sometimes in love, you can’t make it work,” said Gaga. “No matter what you do, there’s this giant boundary between you and someone else. So that’s what it’s about, perceiving in your imagination that there’s something magical inside of you that you can make it work.” Whoa. That’s kinda very true. Keep reading »
Cee Lo Green is such a genius. I am absolutely obsessed with his new video for “Cry Baby,” from the ’50s styling to the amazing guest stars—Jaleel White, aka Steve Urkel, and a girl who looks suspiciously like Laura Winslow. Wow, Jaleel has some pretty hot dance moves and looks kind of sexy in a pair of white plaid pants with Converse. Side note: I really want to know who Cee Lo is singing to here. I have a feeling it’s the same person he was addressing in “F**k You.” She really inspired some great breakup songs. Keep reading »
If you thought Rebecca Black’s “Friday” was awesomely terrible and that LuAnn De Lesseps’ “Chic, C’est La Vie,” was infuriatingly amazing you must, must, must see this music video that Kris Jenner—mama of Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian—made for her 30th birthday. It’s called “I Love My Friends,” and it’s a poorly sung love poem to the people in her life. “We’re big on carpools/ Judith Lieber/ Bible study/ Cheesecake Factory,” she sings. “Baby showers/ Birthday parties/ Valentino’s/ Church on Sunday/ Everybody’s very happy!” Oh, and yes—the girls make an appearance at the end. They even wrote the lyrics to the song, according to the credits. And look out for cameos from Michael Jackson, Kris’ first husband, Robert Kardashian, and his most famous client OJ Simpson. [Syleite] Keep reading »
Since I don’t speak a lick of Japanese, I’m forced to visually interpret what this weird video from Japanese artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is all about. My take: “I love cute stuff, so much cute stuff, also dripping eyeballs. Maybe I murder you? Eyeballs vomit from my mouth! It’s my evil! A dancing adult baby clenches my spirit. It is always in the shadows. Let’s dance!” What’s your take? [YouTube
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