PITNB's Weekly Discussion Forum
I’m in the middle of writing another essay about one of my favorite movies of the year, Beyond the Lights. Sigh. This amazing film was the victim of poor marketing, and it just drives me crazy that it was made to look like a romance flick when it is so much more. I’ve made it mission to sing this movie’s praises from the mountaintops because OMG it was soo good. And I know many of you would appreciate it, as its core narrative is a powerful critique of today’s music and pop culture. Now, before December’s over, I’ll be posting about my Top Films of the Year (just like I did for last year’s indies), and I’m scrambling to see some movies before the year is up! Click inside to give me some recommendations, and to share your top picks of the year!
Complete with Outtakes
Last month, Ariana Grande released her holiday single Santa Tell Me and today we get to see the just-released music video for the track. As you can see above, Ari gathered together some of her friends for this fun video and it looks like they had the best time ever! The shoot was so fun that so much extra footage was shot that the best outtakes are featured at the end of this clip. Click above to watch the video and outtakes from Grande‘s Santa Tell Me music video and see all the fun Ariana and her friends got up to in the making.
"I don't f*ck with them chickens unless their last name is cutlet"
Last month, Nicki Minaj sparked a bit of controversy with the release of a lyric video for her new song Only because it featured what looked to be heavy Nazi imagery. Today, Nicki has unleashed the official music video for Only and as you can see above, it’s likely to spark a bit more controversy for its explicit content. The theme of the video is S&M and the lyrical content is very strong. Keep an eye out for guest performances by Drake and Lil’ Wayne and the volume down way low if you are in a public place. Enjoy.
Posted under: 'Only', Nicki Minaj
'All The Pizza Parties'
Last spring we learned that Macaulay Culkin started a pizza-themed band called The Pizza Underground in, what I believe to be, an attempt to outdo Shia LaBeouf as the wackiest celebrity performance artist on the block. Today we get our first look at The Pizza Underground‘s first official music video for their song All The Pizza Parties. Like the band’s name, All The Pizza Parties is inspired by the Velvet Underground. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be meta or avant garde or even art but … it’s something. If you like pizza, the Velvet Underground and/or Macaulay Culkin then this music video might be right up your alley.
Sam Smith is having a really great week this week. Yesterday he garnered 6 Grammy Award nominations, tying Beyoncé for the most noms this year. Today, we learn that he is coming to take over Xmas with the release of his new Xmas single Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Altho a holiday classic, Have Yourself is probably one of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard ever. The song often sung in a mournful way that kinda makes you want to cry your eyes out … which is exactly what Sam Smith does very, very well. Click the embed above to hear Sam‘s take on this holiday classic and see if it makes you want to have yourself a merry little Xmas now.
She is King.
I love stories like this because it’s a reminder that even the biggest artists are still accomplishing milestones in their careers. The 2015 Grammy Award nominations were announced yesterday, and with 3 nominations, Beyoncé officially became the most Grammy-nominated female artist of all time. King Bey has been in Iceland celebrating her husband Jay Z‘s 45th birthday, and now it sounds like they have some more celebrating to do. Click inside fore more!
Posted under: Beyoncé Knowles
Yes, a cover of Mariah Carey's Xmas song
Fifth Harmony, the all girl pop group that came out of The X Factor here in the US, has just released a music video for their cover version of Mariah Carey‘s massive holiday pop hit All I Want For Christmas Is You. As you can see/hear above, the Fifth Harmony ladies stick pretty close to the original version of the song even as they try to infuse a bit of their personalities into the music video. Now, I’m sure hearing about Fifth Harmony‘s video for this song has reminded you of Mariah‘s iffy performance of All I Want live on national television this week so in order to keep you on topic, you can click below to hear Fifth Harmony perform All I Want For Christmas Is You LIVE at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington DC this week. More »
Britney, Whitney, Kelis & more!
A little while back there was a report buzzing around that Ariana Grande and Jessie J were preparing to remake Brandy and Monica‘s 1998 hit The Boy is Mine. Thankfully, this is no longer happening. PITNB Intern Iris decided to create an official list of other songs that should never, ever be remade. Ever. Singers, artists—we get it. You love a song, and you wanna show the world how much you love it, so you do a remake. Producers and managers knwo everyone will want to listen—either to hate it, or fall in love with it. But no. No! Some tracks really are sacred and exist solely that we may enjoy them as they are. For these 12 songs, tributes are fine—remakes are unnecessary, and blasphemous. So spaketh Iris. Click inside for more!
It's that time again
Each year, DJ Earworm releases a compilation mash-up music video titled United State of Pop that complies his selection of the year’s greatest pop hits and today we get our first listen/first look at his 2014 song. This year’s compilation is titled Do What You Wanna Do and it turned out pretty sweet, I think. Have a listen above and let’s remember all the great pop hits from 2014.
Don't Call, Just Txt
Last month we got to check out a clever lyric video for a new holiday song by Straight No Chaser titled Text Me Merry Christmas that features Kristen Bell on guest vocals. Today we get to see the just-released official music video for the song. HMMM. As you can see above, the official music video features stop-motion animation of a creepy dollwoman who, I think, is supposed to look like a scary Kristen Bell. Personally, I prefer the lyric video we saw last month over this official music video but … in either case, the song is still fun. Have a look, please enjoy.