Archive for the 'giving me life' Category

christina aguilera: something’s got a hold on me!

August 12, 2010

This scene from the upcoming movie Burlseque has been previewed. As if I weren’t going crazy for this movie already, this scene gave me life. Christina Aguilera‘s character Ali Rose closes shop and belts out an Etta James classic Something’s Got a Hold on Me. With a voice like that, she’ll always be my favorite singer. I’m so anxious to go see this movie over and over again in theatres, with Xtina and Cher‘s big voices blaring from the big screen.

m.i.a.: xxxo!

August 12, 2010

XXXO, the first single from M.I.A.‘s new album MAYA, has been out for a while. Now it finally has a visuals! This video is like a flashy MySpace profile that has come to life. She’s obviously trying to send a message about modern day technology and communication, as she always mentions in her interviews. With all the allusions to MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube, I wonder what point she is trying to make. I liked it!

chromeo: don’t turn the lights on!

August 12, 2010

I really like Chromeo‘s music. It’s always very upbeat, 80s inspired electrofunk. Their new single Don’t Turn The Lights On is no exception. I love it, and the video, as you can see, is different. Very silly, with a lot of eyeballs. I’m excited for their album Business Casual to drop in September. Check them out!

kanye west: power!

August 8, 2010

Kanye West is and will probably remain my favorite rapper. You may question his antics or disapprove of his attitude, but that’s not any of my business. I am always too impressed by his artistic genius to care about his outbursts (besides, BeyoncĂ© did make one of the best videos of all time). From his music to his style, he is just the ultimate artist to me. This post, though, is about his videos! More specifically, his provocative video for his new single Power!

Watching this innovative music video is basically why I love him. I get into anyone who isn’t scared to reinvent themselves and their craft. This video is fresh in concept and very inspiring to an artist like myself. Instead of the typical music video, Power is a beautiful portrait – literally. It’s a painting that slowly zooms in all of the different subjects (Kanye included) to tell an abstract story. I don’t know if this concept has been done before, but Kanye definitely innovated and refreshed a genre that some say is dying. Kanye West is a trailblazer and he is here to stay, people. Stay mad.

christina aguilera: you lost me!

July 22, 2010

I don’t know how well a ballad in the summertime will fare on the Billboard charts, but You Lost Me is one of my favorites from Bionic. It’s a risk, especially considering her album’s not selling so well so far, but I support risks as long as the product is good. Christina Aguilera (with the help of Sia) delivered a gut-wrenching ballad, and director Anthony Mandler helped bring it to life in this video. It’s a very subtle video, with many effects that play upon the unraveling of a relationship. Despite the sometimes boring simplicity, I love the visuals Mandler uses in his videos, almost like watercolors. This video is no exception. It tells a story without being over the top, like Xtina often times is. I like it.

get ready for: lady guyga!

June 29, 2010

The infamous Lady Gaga has got the girls talking again. This time as Jo Calderone, an alter-ego of sorts. She recently did a photoshoot for Vogue Hommes Japan dressed as a man. Not surprisingly, she pulls off being a man really well. I didn’t know it was her until I read about it. Not sure if this will be any indication of the *imagery* or *theme* from her upcoming album, or if she just felt a little cocky that day.

What do you think? I kind of love it.

rihanna: te amo!

June 18, 2010

I am a little late blogging about this, but it’s not my fault. It was hard to find on a video site that works with WordPress. Youtube is ideal, but new videos are always getting removed from YouTube until *whoever* is ready to officially put the video up. Whatever, whatever, blah. Anyway, the video’s finally up on her YouTube channel. Yay.

Rihanna impressed me again with this video. I was not feeling her after that hot mess Rockstar 101 video, because it was just a black and white video of her posing and being satanic, trying to pass it off as being a ‘rockstar’. Te Amo is still her posing, but it has beautiful imagery so I forgive her. I love the opening shots. The contrast between the fantastical view of the castle from the outside and the brooding, Gothic sensuality seen inside of the castle is beautiful to see. The colors are bold, romantic and saturated with vibrancy. Plus, the lesbian theme of the song done in a very classy manner.

I really like this video. Love the visuals, because they’re full of color and life, but still dark in essence. This video fits nicely in her catalogue, especially with the other videos from this album.

kelis: 4th of july (fireworks)!

June 17, 2010

I love Kelis! Like I said before, she’s ALWAYS so 3008. Lightyears ahead these other girls. Even if her music isn’t always particularly groundbreaking it’s still good and she always put her stamp on it in one way or another. Plus you know her imagery and/or fashion is always going to be on some other world nonsense. Nonsense meaning fierceness. Whether she’s dressed like a wolf who ate an Avatar or like a peacock disguised as a Native American chief, she’s committed and I love it. This video for her song 4th of July (Fireworks) isn’t spectacular, but it’s cool and summery. Nice close-ups and colors, and of course fireworks at the end. She looks great in the couture gowns! Love the song, too. It’s fun! It’s definitely going on my July playlist (get it?).

gabourey sidibe’s mother sings on: america’s got talent!

June 17, 2010

Gabourey Sidibe isn’t the only talent in her family. Her mother Alice Tan Ridley, usually frequents subway stations in NYC to showcase her vocal ability. She recently to decided to choose a classier platform, America’s Got Talent. I personally can’t deal with overdramatic, cunty reality contests like this (just look at the reaction from the judges… they’re doing too much), so I don’t watch the show. However, I am impressed by her soulfulness, stage presence, and vocal ability in this clip. Even if she blows up and becomes famous (a la Susan Boyle), you can tell she still gon’ keep it real. I doubt she’ll throw a cheap lacefront over that bald spot in the middle of her head. And who needs Colgate when you Got Talent? But all shade aside, she was really good. Go ‘head girl! Got me in tears.

greetings from: the sky!

June 11, 2010

Hey Kids!

Guess what I’m doing! Yeah, just chillin on the 21st floor of the Flagship in Atlantic City. This was supposed to be a reunion for me and some of my friends from college, but they all canceled, so I’m here alone. I might have cried and/or slit my wrists, but I got over it. I couldn’t let anything stop me from enjoying my free hotel room for a whole weekend. It’s really nice, and I have it all to myself, except when I invite people over. Speaking of having people over, come visit me.

I have two beds, a fridge, a stove, a sink, a dishwasher, a microwave, a balcony, a big flat screen, everything! I’m taking advantage of this, because I don’t know the next time I’ll have a room to myself. I am excited to have friends come over and just have fun, though. I’m sure they’ll enjoy this view of Brigantine and the ocean as much as I did.

Since my mom has a timeshare here, I know there are some free activities/meal/something that I need to be taking advantage of. I also feel like I should get out and explore the city, but um… I live right here. It’s not like I’m visiting Miami or some place that I’ve never been, and I should go be a tourist. I’d rather be a tourist in this hotel room.