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The “Happy” Music Video Without Music Is Bizarrely Captivating

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Whoa, This Is Strange

It might sound crazy what I’m about to say … but the video for Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” is a bit creepy without any music. Here are parts of the video with Pharrell and others singing the song without any musical backing, which sounds less like a cappella than you would expect. I’m fairly certain that this is how musical numbers on TV shows and movies are formed — actors sing the song live, but the real singing and musical accompaniment is added later — but I didn’t realize it could be done for music videos, too. How strange! [AV Club]

John Mayer’s Acoustic Cover Of “XO” Isn’t Too Shabby

Can't Go Wrong With A Quality Bey Cover!

Like many members of the female population, I have some misgivings about John Mayer. I’ve pretty much lost my ability to enjoy his music for what it is without thoughts of his douchey personality tainting my experience. That said, his cover of Beyonce’s “XO” is quite nice. If you like John’s musical style, you’ll love his raw, romantic interpretation of the song. [Huffington Post]

“Tuition,” A Cover Of Beyoncé’s Song “Partition” About Student Loans, Is Beyond Real

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Sallie Mae, Pay Off My Tuition Please

Beyoncé may have already sung about someone “callin’ like a collector” but she’s probably never wondered “if I owe Sallie Mae or I owe the mob.” That’s what Chanel Carroll sings in her completely on point parody cover of “Partition” called (duh) “Tuition” about the loan giant Sallie Mae. Pay all my loans please, I just wanna live the debt-free life …  Oh man, as a fellow NYU grad who also used a buttload of loans to pay for school, I so relate to that one. Those student loan collection people are persistent and will hunt you down!  Maybe Bey will see this spoof and offer to foot the bill? [YouTube]

Pharrell’s Happy Tears On Oprah Will Give You All The Warm Fuzzies

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"Why am I crying on Oprah?"

If you’ve been anywhere with a radio these past few months, you know Pharrell’s song “Happy” has started something of a movement. He sat down with Oprah Winfrey and watched a clip of how his song has touched people all over the world. He can’t help but cry some happy tears! Oprah tends to have that effect. “It’s overwhelming because I love what I do and I appreciate the fact that people have believed in me so long to the point [where I can] feel that,” he cries. Try not to tear up yourself when you watch! [The Grio]

Celebs Cover The Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself” As Breast Cancer Awareness Ad

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When I Think Of You, I Touch Myself

Us ladies can always use another reminder to touch ourselves … while checking for lumps on our breasts, obviously. Olivia Newton-John and other Australian celebs teamed up for a cover of the Divinyls’ classic “I Touch Myself” — written by the late Chrissy Amphlett, who died from breast cancer — for this touching reminder. [I Touch Myself]

DJ Banned After Playing “Blurred Lines” At A North Carolina Bar

Defending "Blurred Lines"
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Is the song "rapey"? Read More »
"Blurred" Is Feminist
Robin Thicke Says "Blurred Lines" Is A "Feminist Movement"
... says Robin Thicke, who seems kind of dumb. Read More »
"Blurred Lines" Parody
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News station parodies "Blurred Lines" asking Filner to resign. Read More »
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A University of North Carolina student’s complaints about the Robin Thicke song “Blurred Lines” successfully got a DJ banned from playing a Chapel Hill bar again. Here’s how it went down. Keep reading »

Kanye West And Future Rap About Their “Trophy Wives” Kim Kardashian And Ciara

  • In a new song called “I Won,” Kanye West and Future rap about showing off their respective fiancées Kim Kardashian and Ciara, who they repeatedly refer to as “trophies.” The whole thing is equal parts sweet and icky; I mean, “trophy wife” is not exactly a compliment, gentlemen. How about we respect our partners for who they actually are rather than how well they reflect on you? [Flavorwire]

  • Also, Kim and Kanye supposedly didn’t realize that one of them needed to live in France for at least 40 days prior to getting married there. Ooops. [In Touch Weekly]

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Janelle Monae Performs Via Hologram With M.I.A. & It’s Actually Awesome

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Bang, Bang, Bang

Bringing dead celebrities “back to life” via hologram is hella morbid. But the very-much-alive Janelle Monae performing via hologram with M.I.A. on “Bad Girls”? That’s really fucking cool. (Maybe if Justin Bieber only performed via hologram, he would show up to his concerts on time.) [YouTube via AV Club]

Tori Amos’ New Song “Trouble’s Lament” Is Pure Tori

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*** Fans Self ***

If you were a certain type of teenaged girl, your inner emotional landscape was set to a channel of all Tori Amos, all the time. As someone who still has deep emotional connection to Little Earthquakes, I’m already losing my shit over the first song from her new album. “Trouble’s Lament” is CLASSIC TORI and gives me hopes for her upcoming album, Unrepentent Geraldines, out on May 13. Give a listen: I think you’ll love it as much as I do. [YouTube]

Postmodern Jukebox’s Klezmer Cover Of Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” Is Actually Great

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"Talk Dirty"

Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz’s song “Talk Dirty” is a corny and vaguely racist ode to fucking women all over the globe, London to Taiwan. Leave it to our favorite cover band, the unbelievably talented Postmodern Jukebox, to give it a klezmer remake that actually makes the song more listenable. The best part is when the singer Robyn Adele Anderson starts singing in 2 Chainz’ part in Yiddish, which she apparently translated herself. All pop radio forever should just be these people. [YouTube]

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