Beta State not-so-subtly reference "Breaking Bad" in their "Start A Clean Slate" video.
San Francisco pop rockers Beta State are big fans of the AMC series "Breaking Bad." Durr, who isn't?! It's one of the most compelling dramas on television in, like, ever. But no, really, they're big fans. So much so that they filmed their new "Start A Clean Slate" video in the style of the show, packing in as many allusions to Walter White and his gang of love-to-hate-them meth dealers as possible. The results are a fanboy's dream.
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Charli XCX attends the coolest party ever in her "Take My Hand" video.
British synth-pop princess Charli XCX has been quietly slaying the game for some time now, dropping epic covers of the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" and booming originals like "What I Like." Now, Charli continues to blaze the electro-pop trail of destruction with her brand-new "Take My Hand" video.
Watch Charli XCX's "Take My Hand" video after the jump.
Jessie J nails the stripped-down version of her new single, "Wild."
Jessie J is probably the most badass vocal presence in the game right now, which is why we've been chomping at the bit for a taste of her forthcoming single, "Wild." Co-written by Jessie's partner in crime, Claude Kelly (he wrote Miley Cyrus' "Party In The U.S.A.," Olly Murs' "Troublemaker," and Jessie J's "Price Tag"), "Wild" will be the first single off Jessie's sophomore album (release date TBD), and will feature assists from Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal. Unfortunately, "Wild" hasn't dropped in full yet, but to chill us out while we wait, Jessie has just unveiled a minute-long, acoustic preview!
Watch Jessie J perform an acoustic preview of "Wild" after the jump.
All The Saturdays want is a nice "Gentleman" in their brand-new video.
I won't lie: I've had a small void in my heart ever since the series finale of "Desperate Housewives" aired. And no, "The Real Housewives" franchise does NOT COMPARE. (Apples and oranges, my friends!) That said, while "Desperate Housewives" may not be airing any new episodes anytime soon (sadz), The Saturdays' new "Gentleman" video has gone ahead and taken a page right out of the Wisteria Lane playbook. I mean, the subtly coordinated gowns? Slay us, why don't you!
Watch The Saturdays "Gentleman" video after the jump.
The Lonely Island discuss semicolons; incorrectly.
Semicolons: the ultimate grammar nerd tool. Or is it "Semicolons; the ultimate grammar nerd tool"? Nope, that second try was wrong; semicolons are only used to connect two independent clauses. Semicolons are also the most underused piece of punctuation for a reason; everyone's scared that they'll use one incorrectly! Well, everyone except "I'm On A Boat" jokesters, The Lonely Island. In their latest bit, following the brilliantly oddball, gay marriage-themed "Spring Break Anthem," the rap comics tackle grammar usage with Maya Rudolph and Solange (!!) in "Semicolon" from their forthcoming The Wack Album out June 11.
Listen to The Lonely Island featuring Solange's "Semicolon" after the jump.
Dan Black spends 24 hours on a rooftop in his "Hearts" video.
First of all, not being obsessed with Dan Black is a huge life mistake. Just saying. In case you're not all up on the Dan Black situation, Black is an electro-pop artist known for tracks like "Alone" and "Symphonies," the latter of which not only earned him a 2010 MTV VMA nomination, but also bravely sampled the one and only "Umbrella." Do we even have to tell you who that's by? (OK, fine, Rihanna.) Nowadays, Mr. Black is back with his brand-new video, "Hearts," which is slated to appear on his still-untitled album due later this year. Oh, and did we mention it features the queen of the yard, KELIS?? (No milk shakes, though.)
Watch Dan Black's "Hearts" video featuring Kelis.
Thirty Seconds To Mars discuss sex versus power in their Love Lust Faith + Dreams lyrics.
By now you've had a little over 24 hours to sit with Thirty Seconds To Mars' LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS album, a grandiose, thunderous, transcendental, at times hallucinogenic, nakedly vulnerable adrenaline-fueled romp through the deepest corners of human desire. The deepest corners that can be reached by aggressive synths, roaring choruses, and gut-wrenching catharses, the likes of which haven't resonated on an album so powerfully since, oh, I don't know, Bono stood atop the Republic Liquor Store on the corner of 7th and Main in downtown Los Angeles and belted out "Where The Streets Have No Name."
And speaking of vulnerably naked and reaching deep corners... (good transition, huh?) I had a frank discussion with Thirty Seconds To Mars about the new album and one of its four main tenants: lust. I didn't mean for it to turn into sex, but somehow it just did. We've all been there, right?
Watch Thirty Seconds To Mars discuss sexuality in LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS after the jump!
The Early November play make-believe in their new "Tell Me Why" video.
Love and war are flip sides of the same coin. It's an analogy as appropriate today as it was in Homer's "Odyssey" and Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield" (just to name a few examples). The Early November, the New Jersey five-piece and early '00s Vans Warped Tour mainstays, know what we mean. Their new video, "Tell Me Why," sets the tale of lost love to one of imagined war. OR IS IT REAL AFTER ALL? Probably not, but, you know, it feels like it sometimes .
Watch The Early November's "Tell Me Why" video after the jump.
Watch goth-pop goddess Charli XCX perform a synthy cover of Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way."
British synth-pop princess Charli XCX may have only been about seven(ish) years old when Backstreet Boys' classic pop jam "I Want It That Way" came out, but that certainly hasn't stopped her from paying unironic homage to the quintet! As hard as it is to believe that "I Want It That Way" came out 15 years ago (gahh-ahhh-ahhhhhh), we're just glad to hear it resurrected and reinterpreted by such a young, talented songstress. Especially when said songstress' debut album, True Romance, has earned a "Best New Music" title on Pitchfork. Highbrow meets lowbrow, people!
Watch Charli XCX cover Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" after the jump.
Adam Levine gets a little muddy in Maroon 5's "Love Somebody" video.
We're pretty used to seeing Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine shirtless (while doing acrobatic yoga, posing on magazine covers, and basically always), but never before has he acted so bashful about it! And by "bashful," we mean covering himself in black body paint in Maroon 5's artsy new "Love Somebody" video, the latest off the band's fourth album, Overexposed. (For the record, we're not exactly sure WHY Adam's covered in body paint, but we're thinking maybe he felt inspired by Demi Lovato's black paint moment in her "Heart Attack" video.)
Watch Maroon 5's "Love Somebody" video after the jump.