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NEW VIDEO: Steve Grand – “Stay”

Steve Grand is back with a new song and music video that follows his viral sensation, “All American Boy,” this past summer.  The new track, “Stay,” is a love song with an equally romantic video.  There’s also a fun party atmosphere and its happy love story is a nice contrast to the unrequited nature of the previous video.  Keep an eye out for some hot moments between the sheets with Grand and his leading man.  Those sweet kisses and Grand’s open shirt at the end help add to the video’s eye candy.

Steve Grand is a man with extraordinary musical talent and good looks.  Hopefully, he signs to a major record label who will allow him to be the artist he is and help his career soar up the charts!

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Britney Spears premiered the video for her song “Ooh La La” from “The Smurfs 2” today. The video features her sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James. The clip is super cute and offers a rare glimpse into the relationship Spears has with her kids.


J.Lo’s new video for her summer anthem, “Live It Up,” premiered tonight on “Entertainment Tonight.” It was later uploaded to VEVO in full. The clip is a light-hearted dance-fest that takes place on the beach and at a fashion show in Paris. In the video, Pitbull encourages Lopez to come down to the beach and “live it up.” She eventually joins him and it makes for one fun video! My favorite part are the queens backstage during the first chorus, unable to handle J.Lo’s fabulousness on the runway.

Mariah Carey’s new video “#Beautiful” featuring Miguel premiered tonight on “American Idol.” The clip features Carey and Miguel joy riding through the country. It is filled with bright colors and wonderful energy coming from Mariah. My only critique of this video is the fact that Miguel wears his sunglasses the entire time (even at night when they’re in the barn). I find that rude and condescending. Are we not good enough to look into your eyes? Wearing shades outside is okay, but it just looks ridiculous indoors. However, it is a very good video.

Madonna’s new video for her single “Turn Up The Radio” premiered this morning on the singer’s official VEVO page on YouTube. In the video, Madonna, desperate to escape the annoying paparazzi, goes for a car ride to remember. And she picks up some colorful characters along the way. There’s not much more to say about the video, other than that it’s perfect for the summer! The song’s fun, carefree vibe is reflected in the video. It’s this year’s summer anthem! Great job, Madonna!


Gloria Estefan premiered her new music video last night, “Hotel Nacional.” It is from her new album, “Miss Little Havana” and peaked at number one on Billboard’s “Latin Songs,” “Tropical Songs,” and “Hot Club Dance Play” charts. The video pays homage to films like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and has a similar feel to Estefan’s 1992 video, “Go Away.” The song (and quite frankly, the entire album) is great and the video is quite entertaining. There’s also a cameo appearance by Susan Lucci.

Those looking forward to both Madonna’s “MDNA” and Adam Lambert’s “Trespassing” were in Heaven this morning as their new music videos premiered.

First, we’ve got Madonna’s video for the first single off “MDNA,” (out March 26th) “Give Me All Your Luvin’ (Feat. M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj). The demo version leaked sometime last year and didn’t feature M.I.A. or Minaj. I, personally, don’t care for rap music, so I was a bit upset when I heard Madonna recrutied them to be on the song. Thankfully, their parts are very quick and don’t ruin the spirit of the song for me. I was also pleased with the video, which has a football/cheerleaders theme. Those of you who are educated in all things Madge will know that she was a cheerleader for her high school’s football team. It is timely since on Sunday, The Queen will take the stage headlining the Super Bowl halftime show. The video is very funny and has a sense of humor. This is something that seems to have been lacking in most of Madonna’s recent work. For a long time, she used her work as a platform to make statements on Kabbalah, politics, as well as the disease and poverty in Africa. While it’s good to be vocal about making the world a better place, it’s nice to see Madonna doing something more light. It’s refreshing and a welcome change of pace. She has surely scored a touchdown with this video!

Next up, we have Adam Lambert’s new video for “Better Than I Know Myself.” It’s the first single off his new album, “Trespassing,” out March 20th. The song is a big ballad showcasing Lambert’s trademark vocals. It’s definitely a hit, sure to become a radio staple just like “Whataya Want From Me,” a hit off Lambert’s debut. The lyrics talk about a plea for acceptance. One might think it’s about a relationship with another person, and it very well could be. But the video takes it a step further and puts an unexpected twist on the track. It is a love story, but it’s one that deals with the love you have for yourself. In the video, Lambert is struggling between his “light” side and his “dark” side. The two realize in the end, they both need each other in order to live. It’s a wonderful, artistic statement about forgiving yourself for the mistakes you make sometimes. We all do. We’re all human.

Hopefully, Lambert releases some fun, sexy, dance tracks as future singles. It’s smart of him to release such a commercially safe song as the first single (especially given the reaction to his “American Music Awards” performance and success of “Whataya Want From Me”), but I’m a fan of his more risque, provocative side as well. It would make for another pretty cool video, too!

So, it looks like 2012 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting year for new music!


The video (it’s really a short film, if you ask me) for Lady Gaga’s “Marry The Night” premiered last month on the “E!” Channel. In my opinion, the television premiere for a film like this is appropriate, because of the amount of effort Gaga has put into the video. These videos deserve more than a simple YouTube upload. It is a 13-minute opus that provokes a strong sense of perseverance in the face of struggle. The film is about the day Gaga got dropped from her first record label, Island Def Jam. The video starts with a scene of Gaga getting whelled into a psychiatric hospital on a gurney. She is narrating during the first two minutes explaining the film’s union of reality and fantasy. The interesting aspect of this, is that it works to Gaga’s advantage. Here she is, telling a story that is so personal and dark. According to her, it really happened. But did it happen the way we see it in the video? Did Gaga really go to the hospital? Maybe, maybe not. The point is, it doesn’t matter. The privacy of celebrities is something that isn’t in existence anymore. So, Gaga is defying the current laws of celebrity by creating her own private life while being very public about it at the same time. She is telling her story through her work. And, because she says it’s told through a surrealistic lens, the actual details of that story is protected by the artist herself. She’s a smart girl.

She also provides her fans with a special gift. Because Gaga insists on the reality of her life to be told through the surrealistic, fantasy, imaginative landscape, her army of Little Monsters can mirror this video onto their own lives. As with any art piece, an artist’s work can be identified with by many different people for many different reasons. However, when Gaga explains her philosophy behind the video’s way of telling the story, it’s like she’s giving her fans pemission to interpret the video however they wish. As Gaga always says, everything she does is for her fans.

So, if you haven’t already seen the video, you can watch it above. The criticism the video is getting about being too long seems hypocritical to me, since Michael Jackson did films that were much longer and they didn’t seem to had a problem with that.


So, the music video for Britney Spears’ new single “Criminal,” the fourth single from “Femme Fatale,” premiered this week. It features some acting, some kissing, some shooting, and some more kissing.

First things first, at the 2011 MTV VMAs, Spears revealed “Criminal” was going to be the next single from the album. She claimed to have a “really cool” idea for the video. Fans were left wondering what she would cook up this time. It seems as though the story of Spears’ image is told through her videos. From the paparazzi-bashing (“Piece of Me,” “Overprotected,” “I Wanna Go”) to the steamy dancing (“I’m A Slave 4 U,” “Me Against the Music (featuring Madonna),” “Circus”) to the nudity (“Toxic,” “Womanizer”). These images are all part of the Britney Spears legend.

So, what would we get next? For starters, Chris Marrs Piliero directed the video. This is the second video in a row that he’s directed for Britney. The video begins with Spears showing off her acting skills. She plays a young woman who is in an abusive relationship and has had enough. The problem with this scene, is it does a great disservice to Spears’ actual acting ability. We’ve all seen Britney on television. From “Saturday Night Live” to “Will and Grace” to “How I Met Your Mother,” Britney Spears has proven herself to be a good actress. She shows talent particularly in the area of comedic roles. The opening shot of her “I Wanna Go” video, for example, was superbly acted and well-done.

This particular scene, though, doesn’t quite do Spears’ talent any good. The scene involves her boyfriend grabbing her face and yelling at her in front of the entire party. She is upset, runs to the bathroom, and wipes tears away from her eyes. The problem here, is that as she’s rubbing the tears away from her eyes, she’s smiling. If you ask me, that’s not very convincing. Her body language appears to be very stiff as well. Spears can clearly act, she just didn’t hit a home run with this role. But, hey, it happens to everybody.

As Spears and her boyfriend get into an altercation that turns physical, the “criminal” (played by Spears’ real-life boyfriend, Jason Trawick) comes to her rescue. As she rides with him on his motorcycle, he brings her back to his home. They kiss and share a great deal of revealing and passionate scenes together. Here’s where the next problem comes in. If anybody was paying attention to the dramatic tabloid frenzy that invaded Spears’ life, one can’t deny that she’s needed to take attention away from her personal life.

The moment that, in my opinion, raised the level of scrutiny on Spears was when she came out with the reality show, “Britney and Kevin: Chaotic.” Spears appeared to be well-intended and thought the show would actually defuse the attention, because it would show people there’s nothing that interesting going on anyway. Instead, it resulted in the opposite effect. It kicked the door wide open for all types of media to a sense of entitlement over Britney’s personal business. This is why having her current boyfriend in her music video might not be such a good idea. Sure, it’s not airing her home movies on television, but it’s still playing with fire, if you ask me.

That said, Trawick does do a good job in the video and the two have a chemistry together that appeared to be lacking in some of her other videos. The steamy scenes between the two felt more comfortable, because the two are involved privately as well. As opposed to the male leads in “Womanizer” and “Radar,” Spears seems to be more comfortable than in her other recent videos. It looks like the couple’s personal relationship also had a positive effect on the video.

So, what do you guys think of Britney’s new video?