Oh Lawd. In the words of Radiohead, "this is really happening." Topshop recently unveiled their Spring 2010 collection, and it looks like Aretha Franklin's infamous inauguration hat -- created by Detroit's Mr. Song Millinery and perpetuated by Perez Hilton -- inspired the British fast-fashion emporium's head dress of choice. I mean is that or is it not a straight-up Aretha hat? I love Topshop, so I'll allow it, but consider yourself warned... or informed if you're shopping for an Aretha hat. But you're not, right?
Welcome to the "Say Aah" video (directed by Yolande Geralds), wherein Trey Songz, the inventor of sex, kicks convos to girls who dance like "video vixens" in an effort to get 'em back to his condo. Everyone drinks like it's their birthday, with mirth and merriment had by all.
This song, taken from Songz's Ready, is playing constantly out of car windows in New York City. Its over-abundance of hooks ("we don't buyyyy no drinks at the bar" being a personal favorite) makes it pretty hard to dislike. And the verse from Brooklyn's Fabolous will bring in even the most hardened of fun-haters.
Gotta say, for as ballerific as the song (it's practically an indecent behavior anthem), the video keeps it pretty grown in sexy. I lost count of the amount of button down shirts at, like, a dozen.
Best part about it is probably Fab's appearance, both because his verse has a very plain-spoken feel to it, and because his blue-framed shades are matching his shirt. Maybe Justin Bieber should hire him as a swagger coach.
(Credit: Jon Bergman)
Meet Los Campesinos! (if you haven't already): a dazzling British band that you need in your life, like, yesterday. These guys pretty much ran 2008, releasing two (2!) wonderful albums: Hold On Now, Youngster and We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.
They make wonderfully chaotic indie rock, full of precise, self-lacerating, detailed confessions and a stoked wasp's nest of guitars, strings, keyboards and punky drumming.
Their new album, Romance Is Boring, is due out at the end of January. It's a subtle leap forward for the group, with more complicated song structures and the introduction of more instrumentation (drum machines, horns).
"These Are Listed Buildings" is the second single from Romance Is Boring, and it recently got its own video. The clip, directed by the Focus Creeps, is a left-of-center boy-meets-girl story. It's grainy home-movie photography and manic emotional swings going hand in hand with the deeply personal, deeply pleasing music of the band.
There Are Listed Buildings from Los Campesinos! on Vimeo.
When comic book artist Cliff Chiang isn't busy drawing Batman, Green Arrow and Wonder Woman, he puts his illustration skills to awesome use, recreating classic 1980s album covers and populating them with some of our favorite superheroes.
Tracked down via Buzzfeed, Chiang's visual remixes incorporate the likes of The Teen Titans (into the cover for the soundtrack to The Breakfast Club), Batgirl (into Prince's Purple Rain) and Elektra (into the soundtrack to Flashdance). Check out some of his work below!
Teen Titans vs. The Breakfast Club
Batgirl vs. Purple Rain
Elektra vs. Flashdance
+ Classic '80s Movie Video: OMD, "If You Leave," from Pretty In Pink.
I just got a look at Lil Wayne's new video, "On Fire," and now I can sorta see why he has so many babies. The "On Fire" video plays like a cinematic look at a sexed-up, sizzurp trip under a purple haze. Director Chris Robinson plays up Weezy's willingness to experiment with many a genre, mashing up several concepts and images to create a montage of effects ranging from Beyonce-esque high fashion to Nine Inch Nails lite on the fairly creepy scale... to pre-coital... against a backdrop of a eerie mansion.
Of course, if you've seen Scarface -- I'm lookin' at you, Pauly D -- you know the song's sample from the Amy Holland song, "She's On Fire," featured in that movie. Which is why the song kinda feels like it's straight out of Beverly Hills Cop. Or Fame.
Get a sneak peek at Lil Wayne's brand-new video, "On Fire," off of his much-delayed "Rebirth" rock album, and stay tuned for the full-length video, coming to MTV tomorrow.
(Credit: Peter Lindbergh, Harper's Bazaar)
I so miss Twitter Miley's heyday. I knew more about her, I felt closer to her. But in the February 2010 issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine -- check out Miley gracing the cover above -- her decision to cut herself off from constant public access and scrutiny makes more sense.
"I got on the plane [to Georgia], and I was lying in my mom's lap and crying and saying, "I'm so happy to be getting out of L.A. [In Tybee, GA] I went out every night with my friends. I did karaoke. I danced. All this stuff would've been such a big deal in Los Angeles: Who's she with? Why is she dancing? I felt so alive and real. It's so much easier to know who you are when there aren't a thousand people telling you who they think you are. I felt like I was really figuring myself out. Usually I have someone whispering in my ear, but I was on my own," she told the magazine.
Miley also used her position as Harper's Bazaar cover girl as a platform for the haters who think she's not a perfect role model: "My job is to be a role model, and that's what I want to do, but my job isn't to be a parent. My job isn't to tell your kids how to act or how not to act, because I'm still figuring that out for myself. So to take that away from me is a bit selfish. Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That's just life."
Check out Miley Cyrus' Harper's Bazaar cover story, and pick up the issue January 12. And, because you KNOW you still aren't sick of it, watch Miley's "Party In The USA" video again.
(Credit: Liza Chrust, MTV)
We're not even a week into the year 2010, but the new year is already proving to be a good one to Nick Jonas. The buzz on his upcoming album, Nick Jonas & The Administration's Who I Am, out February 2, is only getting stronger. Nick Jonas & The Administration's shows, with soloist Diane Birch, are winning over critics for Nick's solo material and in-the-know covers (Kings Of Leon!). And his brand-new video, "Who I Am," is positioning him as a formidable solo act and the next John Mayer.
So it's almost unfair that Nick Jonas has already accomplished ALL of that -- on top of BEING A JONAS BROTHER! -- while looking as good as he does in these brand-new MTV photos taken when he stopped by to tell us five secrets of Nick Jonas & The Administration. Thankfully, Nick (like any good president), is an excellent multitasker.
YESSS! Rumors have been swirling for the past week, but now it's officially official: Katy Perry and Russell Brand are officially engaged! I guess if a guy builds you the Taj Mahal, you kinda have to say yes. Many congrats to Katy and Russell, who've been going strong since they met at the 2009 MTV VMAs, when Russell Brand joked that he could see up Katy Perry's tightie whities. A lifetime of happiness, yoga, and little puppies in cars and to them both.
The end of 2009 saw Rihanna runnin' it around the globe with her signature two-tone short combover (and I mean that in the sickest way possible) cut, when she wasn't in Mickey Mouse ears or all up in a larger-than-life white fur coat. But to ring in 2010, Rihanna revealed a new twist on her short cut: the curly top, which she revealed during her live New Year's Eve performance in Abu Dhabi. Rihanna also went curly in the Los Angeles airport (in a pair of tie-dyed Charley 5.0 leggings), and in Mexico, where she was spotted with possible love interest Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I'm all for Rihanna's new look -- it totally emphasizes her natural beauty. What do you think? Are you into Rihanna's new curly look?
If you're trying to keep it super mellow this year, Trevor Hall is your man. Originally from South Carolina, the singer-songwriter mixes island-inflected shuffle and patois (drawing heavily on Bob Marley) with Coldplay-esque rock sounds.
Despite his youthful, bro-tastic, beach-bum-as-supermodel appearance, Hall is actually a music veteran with seven albums of recorded and live material in circulation.
On his latest, last year's Trevor Hall, he kicks gets loose with spiritually uplifting tracks like "Unity" and "31 Flavors."
Find out more about Hall in this MTV Iggy interview.