Cher Lloyd - With Ur Love
I always tell myself that Cher Lloyd is annoying and that I don’t like her, but then I hear another track off her album and like her again.
Shark in the Water (VV Brown Cover) - Bethpage High School Show Choir
Can we all take a moment to appreciate how amazing this is?
Also, if you’re not familiar with the original, go look up VV Brown immediately.
But not by the fact that it was simplistic. I loved that aspect of it. If reports are correct that there was a whole mermaid-surgery-suicide plot to the original plan for the video, that’s another story, but I think in concept, just Gaga on a fire escape in New York is beautiful and just what the song needed.
What I was bored with and slightly frustrated by was how she was dressed. The Versace piece that she wore was beautiful in its own right, I’m sure, but it was a big sore in what is otherwise a wonderfully minimalist treatment. It was so complex and flashy and skimpy that I was distracted by it. I especially wish that it hadn’t sexualized the video so much, because I feel like this song would have been a really good chance to show an audience outside of her fanbase that she’s popular for more than her gimmicks.
She and other people have said in the past that, while she shows off a lot of skin, she doesn’t portray herself as a sex symbol, because it’s not always in a conventionally sexy way. I can’t help but feel like she did just that in this video.
But otherwise no complaints. Beautiful concept, excellent camerawork. Just the wardrobe choice….
Beat Drop - Simon Curtis
I have no idea what this is, or where it came from, but now it won’t go away, and I don’t think I really mind.
Promiscuous Girl - Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland
Don’t mind me. Just enjoying a bunch of throwbacks this week. Next on my list: Britney’s Blackout.
Nicole Scherzinger - Right There
This song can’t even touch The Edge of Glory, but there’s something strangely hypnotic about the chorus of this song. It’s beautifully layered. The video is also sort of unusual. It has an interesting Middle-Eastern-post-apocalyptic-futuristic-ratty-graffiti-sunshine-and-harem-sluts vibe to it. So nothing out of the ordinary, really. But for some reason it reminds me the tiniest bit of Star Wars and what I’ve seen of the Final Fantasy games and also something else. I think I like it, besides the blatant objectification of the women at hand.
For reasons that I can never quite explain, I can never truly hate Nicole Scherzinger. She’s surprisingly vocally talented, but it always seems like her label underutilizes her real assets in favor of just making her rull skanky. Go figure.
Also, 50 Cent adds absolutely nothing to this song.
Born This Way (Official Instrumental) - Lady GaGa