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Watch: Azealia Banks Drops A Music Video For ‘Atlantis’

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Unda Da Sea

I’m not sure what the heck is going on in the world of music videos but it looks like folks are really trying to recapture the campy nostalgia of the 90′s in a very disturbing way. Over the weekend, Rihanna performed her new single Diamonds on Saturday Night Live and she did so in front of a green screen that projected trippy, computer screensaver-like imagery (circa 1993) behind her. Right now, we get to see a new music video by Azealia Banks for her song Atlantis that features the same green screen and same 90′s era camp. My guess is that Azealia did it first since her video was finished well before Rihanna‘s performance but … no matter who did it first, I hope the trend doesn’t continue for much longer. Until someone puts flying toasters in one of these videos, I am not interested in watching any other campy-ass videos anymore :/

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Watch: Kelly Clarkson Releases A Music Video For ‘Catch My Breath’

"No one can hold me back / I ain't got time for that"
"Catching my breath / Letting it go"

Last month we got our first listen of Kelly Clarkson’s new single Catch My Breath, the first from her forthcoming greatest hits compilation titled Greatest Hits – Chapter 1 (due out this month). Today we get to see the official music video for the song. Honestly, the video isn’t all that exciting … but the song is a powerful one, no matter what the video looks like. As you may recall, I declared my lurve for the song when it was released last month and I have to say, I love the song even more now. Kelly has an uncanny ability to write these powerpop anthems that seem to fit every mood. Many of her songs have helped me in various circumstances. This song is a new fave for me. As for the video, what do y’all think? Do you like?

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Azealia Banks And ‘Asos’ Release An Interactive Shopping Music Video For ‘Fierce’

I LOVE This Idea!
Azealia Does ASOS

It’s been a while since I had an excuse to talk about Asos (not that I should need one), my absolute favorite place to shop ever. Y’all may remember when I first got to PITNB I was raving about it, and I mentioned that Emma Stone covered their magazine before. Anyhoo, Azealia Banks (who has been pumping out these videos like cray has teamed up with the brand to come up with the coolest idea ever– an interactive shopping music video AKA my dream come true! You know how you’ll be watching a video, and you’ll want to know what the artist is wearing and where, exactly, you can get it? Yeah. They just solved that problem for us. Fierce is  a previously unreleased single from Azealia‘s forthcoming Broke With Expensive Taste debut album, and I’m loving the track. The video (which feels more like a trailer) is pretty fab, and it makes sooo much sense that Yung Rapunxel has teamed up with Asos. Peep the video for more and watch the interactive shopping version here – you’ll see Azealia‘s clothing and accessories pop up for your viewing (and/or purchasing) pleasure. What do ya’ll think of this idea? I love it! Also, click inside for some pics from Azealia‘s Asos campaign.
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Watch: Rihanna Performs ‘Diamonds’ And Debuts ‘Stay’ On ‘Saturday Night Live’

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RiRi Does SNL

Earlier today we got to check out some of the skits from last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. Anne Hathaway‘s singing kinda blew me away, but I also thought Rihanna gave a great rendition of her new song Stay. RiRi also performed Diamonds (for which she just dropped a video), but I wasn’t a huge fan of the weirdness popping off from the screen in the background. Either way, it was nice to see her doing something to promote her album that was, well, controversy-free for a change. Peep the Diamonds performance above and click inside to watch her singing Stay.
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First Listen: Alicia Keys Release A New Single Titled, ‘Brand New Me’

Co-Written With Emile Sandé
It's A Brand New Keys

The incomparable Alicia Keys is gearing up for the release of her fifth studio album Girl On Fire. We’ve already seen the kinda weird, kinda pretty-looking video for the title track (which PITNBR Brent actually enjoyed, for good reasons) and now she’s dropping the second single, Brand New Me. The song was co-written by my girl Emile Sandé, who just picked up the Harper’s Bazaar Musician Of The Year award. I’m a little conflicted over this track; Brand New Me has a very smooth, ballad-like feel to it and, while I do like it, I guess I just don’t love it. Then again, I also know I’m not the biggest AK fan in the world. Check out the song above and tell me what you think. Alicia‘s voice sounds good, (and I do love the bridge which begins around the 2:40 mark), I’m just not head over heels for the entire production. However, I’m still crazy-psyched for that Frank Ocean collaboration! Hopefully we’ll get to hear that one soon.

Girl On Fire debuts on November 27.

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Watch: Never Shout Never Releases A Rockin’ Retro Video For ‘Magic’

Who Are These Guys And Why Do I Love Them?
Indie Pop Magic

So, let’s all take a moment to recover from the Barack Obama/Terry Richardson photo shoot with a new jam. Never Shout Never is a band I’d never heard of until today. MTV highlighted their new video for Magic on Buzzworthy and I kind of fell in like with them immediately! An indie pop band from Missouri, Never Shout Never is sending me some very soothing, very positive vibes this morning. And what a morning it’s been. I’m loving this song and I love the very unique, very retro feel of the video. But mainly, I love the brilliant (and yet, almost cheesy) line I got 69 problems and a witch ain’t one. I mean, that’s just awesome, lol! I also can’t help but think of that amazing song from Petite Meller, NYC Time. Ahhh, I’m in a happy place now. Anybody else heard of these guys? Am I late?

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Madonna Rocks Motown With Her ‘MDNA’ World Tour

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The main reason for my quick trip home to Detroit this week, in addition to seeing some beloved BFFs, was to see Madonna perform at the Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit on her hometown stop of the MDNA World Tour. As you may recall, I was lucky enough to see Maddy in San Jose and LA, CA last month but this Detroit show was NOT to be missed. It was a bygone conclusion that my best friend Sarah was going with me to the show but what to do with the third ticket. We decided to surprise Sarah’s mom and bring her to the show with us … and we had a blast. Check out photos and video below from last night’s fun. More »

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Watch: Rihanna Releases A Music Video For ‘Diamonds’

"We’re like diamonds in the sky"
"Shine Bright / Like A Dimaond"

In late September Rihanna released her new single Diamonds, the first from her forthcoming new album titled Unapologetic. In late October, she began filming the music video for the track. Today we get to see the official music video for Diamonds in full. While my fandom of Rihanna is waning like a motherf*cker, I was hoping the video would be a good once since I kinda, sorta like the song. The video, I must admit, isn’t terrible but it’s also not anything worth gushing over. I’m posting the video because there is no direct reference or appearance by Rihanna‘s rekindled boyfriend … but it’s his inclusion on her Unapologetic album that will force me to take a pass when it gets released this month. BUT, that’s just me. What do y’all think of the music video for Diamonds? Are you impressed?

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First Listen: How To Destroy Angels Streams Their New EP ‘An Omen’ Online

Hear The Whole Thing

Last week we got to see the official music video for How To Destroy Angels‘s new single Keep It Together, from their forthcoming new EP titled An Omen. Today … we get to hear the entire EP in full right here, right now on the blog. A Soundcloud stream of the EP has been made available by the band ahead of its official release later this month. Click below to hear the entire 6 song EP and see what you think. More »

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Watch: A Ukranian Singer Says Carly Rae Jepson Stole Her Lyrics For ‘Call Me Maybe’

That-Ish-Cray Of The Day
Call Me... Santa???

Today in pop culture both Rihanna and Lady Gaga let me down big time. I was feeling pretty bummed out until PITNBR Erica Croce sent me the greatest video in the history of music videos ever. Have y’all seen this madness?! Aza is a Ukranian singer who is suing Carly Rae Jepsen because she claims that the singer stole lyrics straight off of her track Hunky Santa. I saw the story on TMZ and totally ignored it, which was a huge mistake on my part. Because I missed out on the illest, Merry Christmas-est That-Ish-Cray Of The Day!!! As Erica warned me, it’s basically a ‘low budget Ukranian music video, Christmas music, with some S & M thrown in. It’s a can’t miss.‘ LMAO. Oh, and no– it doesn’t sound anything like Call Me Maybe. I think there’s literally one line that references a phone call needing to be made or something. Totally cray.

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