Directed by David Wilson, the very cinematic video for David Guetta and Sia‘s “Titanium” features Super 8 star Ryan Lee as a young boy with supernatural powers running away from a SWAT team. Released in December 2011, the song was acclaimed by music critics and reached top 10 positions on the charts of more than 16 countries. However, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, “Titanium” was pulled from radio stations in the US (along with Kesha’s “Die Young” and Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks“) due to references to “bulletproof” in the song.
Check out this beautiful acoustic cover of the song by Madilyn Bailey:
The long-anticipated remix of Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” finally drops today. Following the radio success of the original, the singer teamed up with big-name rappers for this remix, which features Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J, and T.I. You can listen to it below.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea first gained recognition after the videos of her two controversial songs “Pu$$y” and “Two Times” went viral on Youtube. “Work” is the official lead single off her debut LP, “The New Classic”. The singer told MTV that the video, directed by Jonas & Francois, was visually inspired by movies such as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”, “The Adventures of Priscilla”, “Queen of the Desert”, Tarantino’s “Death Proof”, and the music video for Outkast’s “B.O.B.”. With a song so dynamic, she felt that it deserved a proper visual treatment. “I think every time you listen to it you get something new, whether it’s in the lyrics or it’s part of the beat,” she said. “I love listening to music like that, when you can hear something and every time it feels like you get a new thing from it. That to me is what good music is.”
R&B megastar Beyoncé debuted a snippet of her new music on her official Tumblr this Sunday. Entitled “Bow Down / I Been On”, the recording features sections from two different songs: “Bow Down” is said to have been produced by Hit-Boy, and Beyoncé is said to have worked with Timbaland on “I Been On”. Along with the double-tune, the singer posted a picture of herself as a child surrounded by trophies.
Clearly asserting her authority as Queen Bee after her absence from the music industry, the content of the music is already causing some controversy and dividing the star’s fans and fellow musicians.
Released in 1989, “Cold Hearted” was one of the biggest hits of the year and became one of Paula Abdul’s best known songs. The music video, inspired by Bob Fosse’s erotica dance sequence from the movie “All That Jazz”, was directed by David Fincher and spent more than three weeks on top of MTV’s video rotation list.
Check out the Glee version of the song, performed by Naya Rivera.
Directed by Saam Farahmand, the music video for “Islands” by the XX is a captivating clip, composed of a series of repeated shots of the same six dancers, doing the same choreographed routine over and over again. But with each new take, there seems to be a slight variation in the pattern, small changes in gestures and facial expressions, and a distance pulling things apart and eventually changing everything. Just as love unravels and degrades, the comfortable routine falls apart, things break and catch on fire, and people disappear.
With its very peculiar choreography, the music video is also a remarkable homage to famed 60s choreographer Bob Fosse, who also influenced Beyoncé’s Single Ladies music video.
“Over the Rainbow” is a classic Academy Award-winning ballad song with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. It was written for the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”, and sung by actress Judy Garland in her starring role as Dorothy Gale. Over time it would become the actress’s signature song. It was later covered by many artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and most notably Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. The poster is available for purchase in different sizes, on the Draw Me a Song website!
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” is a 1979 dance-pop song written by Robert Hazard and made famous by Cyndi Lauper. Released as the lead single of her debut album “She’s So Unusual”, it became one of Lauper’s signature songs. It gained recognition as a feminist anthem, and was promoted by an award-winning video. The song became a worldwide hit in 1983 and 1984, and received 2 Grammy Award nominations. The poster is available for purchase in different sizes, on the Draw Me a Song website!