Gwen Stefani sang “Hella Good” on “The Voice” last night, and while it definitely wasn’t a full-on No Doubt reunion, Gwen totally rocked it. Instead of the rest of the band, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton awkwardly stagebombed the whole thing. They don’t exactly give off the right level of badassery to match Gwen, but she carried the whole thing like the rockstar that she is, and the dudes get points for effort I guess. “Don’t Speak” next, please!
Add Pharrell to the list of famous singing men who want to assure women of all colors, shapes, sizes and ages that NOT TO WORRY, we are beautiful, HE PROMISES. His new video for “Come Get It Bae” kicks off with an all caps message: “BEAUTY HAS NO EXPIRATION DATE.” Thanks, Pharrell! I was worried. The video features a bevy of racially diverse women having a blast dancing, one by one, while Pharrell films them with a handheld camera. It’s totally fun and silly and all of the women featured — with the exception of Miley Cyrus, who makes a cute, not-twerking cameo — are pretty, but in a normal-ish way, not a Miranda Kerr way. So I like it! Truly! But I remain irritated by dudes like Pharrell and John Legend doling out unsolicited stamps of approval on our physical attractiveness. (P.S. Bae is a term of endearment that means “before anyone else.”) [NYMag.com]
I never get tired of “Happy” videos – they’re just too much fun! The city of Fukushima, Japan, is the latest to join the party with their own version of Pharrell’s hit music video, and as the area has seen a lot of tough times these past few years, it’s especially poignant. Tsunamis, earthquakes and radiation have rocked the community, but local Hitomi Kumasaka put together this video to remind the world that Fukushima is determined to keep smiling. [RT]
Real music fans know that not just any song can be crowned Song of the Summer. A Song of the Summer will make you want to day drink. It will get you dancing even when played over the crappy sound system at a street fair. It thinks that crop top was a great idea. So, no matter where you plan to “summer” this summer, be prepared and read our 2014 song of summer challenge first! Keep reading »
Police in Iran arrested six young adults over the weekend for posting a music video on YouTube in which they dance and lip synch to “Happy.” Tehran’s police chief reportedly called the video “obscene” and said it “offend[ed] public morals.” Particularly problematic was how the women were not wearing headscarves and men and women are shown dancing together.
After an outcry from human rights groups, the six were released yesterday and have posted appreciation for the worldwide support they’ve received over social media. However, the director of the amateur music video is still in police custody. Keep reading »