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Maroon 5 released the music video for Animals this week, their second single from their latest album, V. Featuring frontman Adam Levine and his real-life model wife, Behati Prinsloo, the video can be summarized in just three words; Bloody. Creepy. Wild.

The married couple exchanged their husband-and-wife roles for one creepy stalker and a sexy stalkee. Besides the ensuing bloodbath showering their lustful display after his stalking finally pays off, Adam Levine's character does most of his time in the video chopping up meat in a butcher shop by day and stalking his wife's sexy character at night. Personally, I feel disgusted not by the blood or stalking, but by the horrific meat shop scenes where Adam, although artfully, portrays his miserable self as dead meat as he hangs from the ceiling bars. Especially as he is following a vegan diet, I don't feel he should be involved at all with displays like that.

Surprisingly we get a quick shot of the entire band playing in one scene which has now become a rare sight in Maroon 5's music videos. Adam definitely shows a creepier side of himself, taking pictures of Behati while she slept in her room and following her without her noticing. Wonder what she thought about the concept of this video.

You can watch it below here!

 

Photo credit: Billboard.com

The monster single Bang Bang is a classic tale of propelling an underperforming singer back to the limelight.

Bang Bang became a "career re-defining" song for Jessie J, at a point when many critics had considered her career over. With the help of rising stars Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, the single reached a new peak of number three on Billboard Hot 100 this week.

Now that Jessie J's career is back in order, she decided to head back to the studio a few weeks ago and record a rap-less version (aka Bye Nicki).

And then she realized that she really needs all the attention on herself as her upcoming album Sweet Talker is gonna be released in less than 2 weeks. So she sneaked back to the studio one fine night and recorded a solo version (aka Bye Ariana Grande too).

The result?

IT IS FIRE! Jessie J’s vocals sit in perfectly on this solo version!

Listen to the Jessie-only version below!

P.S. The story above is entirely false except the part on Jessie J's vocals - SHE IS REALLY ON FIRE!


Photo credit: Republic Records

One year ago, Lorde made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with her debut single, Royals. Today, she’s curating a soundtrack for the most anticipated film of the year.

One can tell from the sustained hum of Lorde’s voice that the lead single off The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’s soundtrack is just going to be epic.

Lorde has been hyping Yellow Flicker Beat all week by teasing with intimate images of the lyrics all over social media, and it was definitely worth it. We were expecting good music from the two-time Grammy Award winner, but nothing THIS amazing.

“It’s my first offering from what I hope will be a soundtrack you love. It’s my attempt at getting inside her head, Katniss’. I hope you like it.” – Lorde on her Tumblr.

The minimalist production of Paul Epworth (of Adele’s 21 Fame), compliments the mysterious yet alluring voice of the breakout star of 2013.

The simple rattling drums & minimal synths beneath Lorde’s voice soon launch into a full, head-on colourful explosion of sound. Of course, complete with Lorde's signature thumping bass drum and goth-pop synths.

The chorus is addictive and the song definitely does its job in generating interest for the biggest movie this Fall, and takes us into Katniss’ shoes as she rises against The Capitol.

This isn’t the first time Lorde is contributing to The Hunger Games’ soundtrack, having adding a haunting touch to a cover of Tears For Fears’ Everybody Wants To Rule The World for last year’s Catching Fire soundtrack.

Listen to Yellow Flicker Beat below!

 

Photo Credit: Lorde’s Twitter, Josepvinaixa

We all have that list of abominable songs stuck at the back of our heads that we’d kill to see burn in hell. But do these sentiments coincide with those of the creators and musicians? Take a look at the seven artists who have expressed hatred for their own songs, and see if you agree.

 

1. Charli XCX, I Love It

She has every reason to hate this mind-numbingly irksome dance track, which was given away to Icona Pop. There’s a reason why they play it in clubs – drunken people can’t perceive proper sounds. They’re also a tad deaf, which explains the constant yelling of nonsensical rubbish. If they were sober, they’d probably echo Charli’s own words, “I Love It is one of the most annoying songs in the world... (From Digital Spy interview)”

 

2. Radiohead, Creep

This one’s escapes my understanding completely. Lead singer Thom Yorke thought it was “crap”; guitarist Jonny Greenwood tried to mess his parts up during recording by “(hitting) the guitar hard – really hard”; and this is the song that gave them colossal fame! Instead of playing it in concerts, they would retort, “F*** off, we’re tired of it.” As it turned out, they didn’t like how most “fans” of theirs were only fans of Creep, rather than Radiohead. Fair enough, I guess. 

 

3. Oasis, Wonderwall

Another case of a similar scenario, frontman Liam Gallagher was upfront in an MTV interview about being unable to “f***ing stand that f***ing song”. “Every time I have to sing it I want to gag,” he continued. “You go to America and they’re like, ‘Are you Mr. Wonderwall?’ You want to chin someone.” Well, of course! One does not simply replace someone’s name with someone’s song title. That’s plain ignorant. I’d be compelled to chin that person too.

 

4. Madonna, Like A Virgin

“I’m not sure I can sing Holiday or Like A Virgin ever again. I just can’t – unless somebody paid me, like, $30 million or something,” confessed the 56-year-old icon to New York radio station Z100. While I fail to see the horror in revisiting that groovy 1984 hit, perhaps non-virgin Madonna has simply outgrown it.

 

5. Miley Cyrus, Party In The USA

According to The New York Post, the wrecking ball populariser specifically requested for the DJ not to put on Party In The USA during a private Topshop party. Other numbers like Can’t Be Tamed, however, were permitted for the playing. Honestly, if she’s going to cut a track of hers out of her life, it should be the vomit-inducer, We Can’t Stop.

 

6. Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven

Many have celebrated Stairway To Heaven as “one of the greatest rock songs of all time”. But lead vocalist Robert Plant, it’s just “that bloody wedding song”. “I’d break out in hives if I had to sing that song in every show. I wrote those lyrics and found that song to be of some importance and consequence in 1971, but 17 years later, I don’t know. It’s just not for me,” he said to LA Times. Oh, who cares about social/musical/political/emotional relevance?!

 

7. Guns N’ Roses, Sweet Child ‘O Mine

Again, one of the most iconic songs that introduced current rock heads to the revolutionary genre, and Slash calls it a “fluke”, a “joke” even. He told Guitar for the Practicing Musician, “I was sitting around making funny faces and acting like an idiot and played that riff… I hated that song because it was so stupid at first.” Thank goodness, all that eventually turned into love.

 

Which songs do you think are worthy of resentment? Tell us! (Unless you’re thinking about Creep or Sweet Child ‘O Mine – because I just might chin you.) 

 

Photo credit: Miley Cyrus/YouTube

Panic! At The Disco has hit the nail on the head with their latest live cover.

I’ll let the video speak for itself, but this live cover of one of the greatest songs of all time, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, is pretty damn fantastic. No, it's not Queen, so some may not fancy the non-Freddy Mercury vocals as much. 

But this is still amazing, simply because;

1)     Queen has NEVER performed the bridge live, it was always pre-recorded. How Panic! covered the bridge with 4 voices as compared to the 20-odd vocal tracks recorded for the studio version of the track is awesome.

2)     You never just cover a Queen song unless you can do it. This is one of the moments where, quoting a YouTube comment, “begins with ‘How Dare They?’ And ends with, ‘Holy crap – They pulled it off’.”

3)     Brendon Urie dressing like Freddie Mercury while performing the song. Shirtless and leather pants, just like what Freddie fancied back in those days!

I can’t picture any band in this day and age who has the capability to cover one of the most elaborate tracks in rock history, and Panic! has defintely proven me wrong.

Watch the epic video below!

 

Photo Credit: Mutemag