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January 27 2014

Powerful Music Video Photoshops Singer in Real Time

The debate over Photoshopped celebrities has grown increasingly volatile in the last couple of years. Recently, many brands like Aerie have moved toward more "normal looking" models and imagery in their advertising. Still, the ultra-thin woman with perfect hair and makeup remains a staple of beauty in the media today.

Hungarian pop singer Boggie decided to make a statement on the issue by focusing her music video for her latest single, "Parfüm," on digitally altering her appearance in Photoshop

Her transformation is powerful and dramatic, going from a plain, naked face to a glamorous vixen in barley three and a half minutes. The catchy song and Boggie's sultry voice offer an added bonus to the fascinating imagery. Read more...

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December 06 2013

Mannequins Get Lucky in Daft Punk's 'Instant Crush' Music Video

The latest in Daft Punk's lineup of Random Access Memories music videos tells the strange story of the passionate love between two museum mannequins. Throughout the video, The Strokes singer Julian Casablancas shows off his best '80s dance moves in a British Invasion jacket.

The mannequins, one dressed as a colonial woman and the other as a American Revolutionary soldier, never move, though the video beautifully captures how they grow to care for each other.

"Instant Crush" is the second music video from Random Access Memories, following "Lose Yourself to Dance," which debuted in September Read more...

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A Funky Ode to Putting Down Your Smartphone

If you've ever let a warm dinner go cold while photographing it for Instagram, this song is for you.

YouTube entertainers Rhett and Link have a new music video to inspire you to drop the phone and get back out into the real world

Smartphone addiction isn't just for the kids anymore. Hardly anyone, from your dad to your mailman, can pry their eyes from those shiny retina screens. This funky song is a convincing reminder of the experiences we're missing while scrolling through social media

So get off your phone, and never miss mom's slick dance moves again. Read more...

More about Youtube, Parody, Viral Video, Music Video, and Parodies

November 11 2013

Miley Cyrus Is a Nude Alien in 'Real and True' Music Video

Miley Cyrus goes all alien on us in rapper Future's space-themed "Real and True" music video, seemingly finding love along the way

After Future discovers Miley in an astronaut outfit, he straps her onto a recliner to examine her metallic body. They eventually form an interspecies, but astronaut man must return to Earth, leaving Miley and her shiny exterior behind in space dust

Right now, you can only watch the video on MTV. The story goes something like this:

1. Who is this lovely creature?

Miley Cyrus Alien 1

2. Let's take off all of her clothes.

More about Music, Entertainment, Miley Cyrus, Music Video, and Video

October 23 2013

Arcade Fire's 'Afterlife' Lyric Video Is an Intense Romantic Mini Movie

Arcade Fire unleashed a lyric video for "Afterlife" that comes off like a romantic mini movie of sorts, ahead of releasing its Reflektor album next week

Lyrics fly onto the video as the story of a young couple, Orfeu and Euridice, unfolds behind the text: "Can we just work it out? If we scream and shout? Till we work it out."

After a haunting ceremony calling on the spirits of the afterlife and a chase through the woods, the couple is united, so it seems

"That song started with a Haitian percussion loop we recorded way back at the end of The Suburbs tour," said band member Will Butler on the BBC Radio 1, where the video premiered this week. "It kinda built up and built up around there. It went through a bunch of variations and it took a while to get the chorus right." Read more...

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June 19 2013

15 WTF Moments From Miley Cyrus' New 'We Can't Stop' Video

After years away from music, Miley Cyrus has emerged from a creative cocoon of sorts to release an outlandish comeback music video for "We Can't Stop" — complete with enormous teddy bears, twerking and a general "I don't give a f-, y'all" attitude

The song itself was quick to stir up controversy with a reference to cocaine ("Trynna get a line in the bathroom") and an easily misheard non-reference to the drug Molly ("Dancing with Miley" versus "Dancing with Molly")

Now that the music video is here, we're pretty sure that "the haters" will have plenty of material to pick apart (good thing Miley don't care 'bout the haters). The video is kind of an extreme mashup between a Sky Ferreira video and Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" video infused with Miley's new image (twerking including) Read more...

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March 29 2013

Band Hijacks Google Street View Car for Music Video

Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys may be the first folks to create art out of a Google Street View taping.

Unless they're lying to you. In which case they'd be just another band in the back of a pickup truck.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., sextet, an outlaw country outfit that likes "Fishing, Hunting" and "Ridin' in the Hillbilly Hummer and the Hummer Deluxe," just dropped a new music video for their Nashville name-dropping anthem "Could Be Me." In it, the band reportedly puts a friends' access to a Google Street View car to good use.

The video tracks the Grizzly Boys and a big group of their friends as they cruise down a snowy road in Michigan on the backs of three pickup trucks. Rather than appearing in standard video form, the camera's focus fades in and out, as if someone's pushing the forward arrow on a Google Street View map. Read more...

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August 29 2012

Macklemore Runs Instagram Contest to Launch New Single [VIDEO PREMIERE]

How do you get hundreds of fans to send you their photos? Find a shared interest that you have together and ask them to participate in it with you.

For the lead-up to the new single "Thrift Shop," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis launched an Instagram contest asking people to submit photos of them with their most outstanding second-hand finds. In the song, Macklemore raves about his ability to find the best stuff at thrift stores. The contest challenges fans of his music and his style to join him in this pursuit.

The winner, Luke Rose, received a trip for him and a friend to Macklemore's home town of Seattle to attend the video premiere.

Thrift Shop Contest Winner

The contest tapped into Macklemore's considera…
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February 10 2012

‘Bed Intruder’ Antoine Dodson Returns With Slow Jam [VIDEO]

Hide your kids, hide your wife: YouTube sensation Antoine Dodson is climbing through your computer window and trying to snatch your attention once more. His “Bed Intruder” autotune went viral in 2010. Now, in a bid to transform from gimmicky viral star to recording artist, he’s back with “Lovesick Lullaby.”

Dodson unleashed the new slow jam over the weekend. The video has 164,000 views so far — not bad, but hardly the 98 million views “Bed Intruder” garnered.

The low-budget video above partners Dodson with musician Brent Morgan, who posted his original version of “Lovesick Lullaby” in September 2010 and an updated duet of the track in May 2011. The original renditions and Dodson’s take feature different verses but the same chorus.

Bed Intruder,” the massively auto-tuned music video that used footage from a 2010 news interview of Dodson, won a Mashable Award for “Best Internet Meme” in January 2011. Listen to it below.

SEE ALSO: Live LOLz — Cheezburger Plans Grammy Awards Memes in Real Time

What do you think of Dodson’s new song? Are you surprised at his comeback? Let us know in the comments.

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January 28 2012

Elaborate ‘It Gets Better’ Video Resembles ‘Glee’

Each day, Mashable highlights one noteworthy YouTube video. Check out all our viral video picks.

An extensively choreographed “It Gets Better” music video — set to Lady Gaga‘s “Hair” — gained steam Friday after the mega pop star gave it her seal of approval on Twitter.

The clip hit YouTube on Thursday, but the making of the video has been well documented on Facebook since August thanks to the project’s mastermind Colton Boettcher, who routinely posted updates on the CeeJbee Productions’ Facebook page.

The It Gets Better Project is an online campaign aimed at providing supportive messages for LGBT high school students who are facing discrimination and bullying. Since launching in 2010, It Gets Better has gained support from celebrities, athletes, the tech world and everyday people alike.

SEE ALSO: San Francisco Giants Are First MLB Team To Say “It Gets Better”

Boettcher teamed up with the LGBT community in Madison, Wis., and the It Gets Better Project to create the music video that looks like it came directly out of an episode of Glee.

“I want to let you know that it does get better,” Boettcher says at the end of the video. “We made this video in response to the number of suicides of gay kids in high school. … I’m gay and number of other people in this music video are also gay and we’re OK. We love our life.”

Bonus: Google Chrome’s “It Gets Better” Video

This “It Gets Better” video from the Google Chrome team aired during an episode of Glee in May 2011.

More About: Entertainment, it gets better, LGBT, music video, viral videos, viral-video-of-the-day

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November 14 2011

Proof: Saul Bass Was the Godfather of Typography Videos

The name Saul Bass may not ring a bell, but you definitely know the man’s work. Bass was one of the most respected graphic-designers in the film business. He was most well-known for his inventive and striking title sequences for films such as Psycho, The Man with the Golden Arm, Spartacus, The Seven Year Itch, West Side Story, Walk on the Wild Side and a ton of other classics.

Don’t believe us? Talk a look at the above collage/homage put together by Ian Albinson, Editor-In-Chief of Art of the Title. Albinson made the video to celebrate the release of the book Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design. The Museum of Modern Art in New York is holding a screening and talk about Bass, who died in 1996, on Nov. 14.

Bass was known for his distinctive style, using dramatic cuts and treating text as if it was a character in the scene. While Bass never quite made a typographic music video, his work serves as inspiration for the stylized, typographic videos such as Cee Lo’s “F_ck You” and many others.

Although best known for his movie work, Bass was a prolific designer creating distinctive logos for Dixie, Quaker Oats, United Airlines and many more. If you’re a Bass-ophile or just curious to see his work, there is also an entire site dedicated to Bass’ movie stills.

Check out the video above and let us know: Do modern typographers and designers owe Bass some props?

More About: Film, kinetic typography, music video, typography, Video

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October 07 2011

Beyoncé Music Video Shows Off Twitter Record-Setting Baby Bump

Each day, Mashable highlights one noteworthy YouTube video. Check out all our viral video picks.

The very baby bump that set the record for most tweets sent per second — a whopping 8,868 — is buzzing across the Internet again. Beyoncé’s latest video “Countdown,” released Thursday night, prominently features the artist’s pregnant belly.

The video starts with a nod to movie star Audrey Hepburn, with Beyoncé done up in a 1960s mod look. The diva places her unique stamp on the track when she turns sideways, revealing just how far along she is in her pregnancy. The video presents Beyoncé as simultaneously classic (in fashion sensibility) and unconventional (in behavior).

Beyoncé has a knack for creating viral videos. Searching for “Single Ladies” on YouTube yields no less than 23,500 results, including everything from parodies to how-tos of her dance anthem.

What do you think of Beyoncé’s decision to show off her pregnancy? Let us know what you think in the comments.

More About: beyonce, Entertainment, music video, viral-video-of-the-day

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July 18 2011

The Polyphonic Spree Releases New Music Video as Interactive iOS App

Four years after its last album The Fragile Army, The Polyphonic Spree has released a video for its new single, “Bullseye,” in the form of an interactive iPhone/iPad app.

The video lets you play around in an ever-changing environment as a small creature called You-Me, touching clouds, plants and animals to life.

It’s a perfect fit for The Polyphonic Spree’s elegant blend of sympho-pop-rock, and a very welcome change from most of the music videos you see on TV.

The game/video/single costs $1.99 and at 79.4 MBs, you’re going to need to download it via Wi-Fi. It requires iOS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

[iTunes via Engadget]

More About: App, iOS, ipad, music, music video, Polyphonic Spree, video

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July 11 2011

Interactive Music Video Lets You Watch 12 Videos at Once

Why watch one music video when you can watch 12 music videos? More is always better — that’s the idea behind the interactive music video for The Bynars’ single, “How Does It Feel to Be in Love?”

“How Does It Feel to Be in Love?” (click to see the video) is a rather simplistic, repetitive jam from Boston-based synthpop band The Bynars’ self-titled album [iTunes link].

The video presents you with a Rubik’s Cube of videos to click through. Mimicking the song’s simplicity, the videos — cast by and large in a primary color glow — basically contain the band members playing their instruments, and a quartet of stoic furries (reminiscent of the menacing pandas in LCD Soundsystem’s “Drunk Girls” video).

The vid (which is rendered in Flash) isn’t the most innovative in its class, but it’s definitely a fun diversion to get you through this Mon-daze.

More About: bynars, music, music video, video

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June 17 2011

Lady Gaga Premieres “Edge of Glory” [VIDEO]

Right after Lady Gaga’s latest video premiered on the TV show So You Think You Can Dance, “The Edge of Glory” appeared Thursday night exclusively on Vevo.

While she premiered this tune as a part of the countdown to her Born This Way album, now it’s time for us to see her all dressed up and interpreting the song for us in all her inimitable glory.

Gaga says the song is about “Your last moment on earth, the moment of truth.” Take that however you wish, but there’s no one else who can take us to the moment of truth better than Lady Gaga.

More About: Lady6 Gaga, music video, OnTheEdgeWithYou, The Edge of Glory, viral video

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June 08 2011

Katy Perry Video Features Rebecca Black Cameo

Rebecca Black will make an appearance in Katy Perry’s next music video, “Last Friday Night (TGIF).”

Perry, who has previously performed mini tributes to Black in concert, has released a teaser for the video, which will come out on June 14. Some sharp eyes at Popeater noticed Black (who appears for about a millisecond) during a crowd scene in the teaser.

The video, which looks like a ’90s throwback, features 13-year-old Kathy Beth Terry (who you can follow on Twitter and Facebook). Without getting into a long diatribe about how the timeline for said alter-ego is inaccurate (I actually was in eighth grade in 1997), the video and its Rebecca Black tie-in — though minor — look like fun.

More About: Friday, katy-perry, last friday night, music video, Rebecca Black, viral video

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February 23 2011

Meet the Newest Member of YouTube’s Billion Views Club: Eminem

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Eminem is quickly becoming a digital force to be reckoned with. On Presidents Day, the rapper became only the third artist to reach 1 billion views on YouTube.

Last October, when Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber were racing to 1 billion views on YouTube (which Lady Gaga won by a margin of two weeks), third-place competitor, Michael Jackson, was hovering around 600 million views. Since then, the needle hasn’t moved much for the King of Pop, who now tallies more than 630 million views. Eminem sneaked in and beat Michael Jackson as well as other formidable contenders such as Rihanna, Shakira and Britney Spears to 1 billion views.

This accomplishment shouldn’t come as a surprise to industry watchers. Eminem, along with Nicki Minaj and Rihanna, topped off Billboard’s Social 50 (2010), a ranking of the most active artists on the various social media platforms. He still holds a top-five position. Furthermore, Em has over 3 million Twitter followers, is approaching 30 million Facebook Fans, and was recently featured in multiple, well-received Super Bowl commercials.

2011 is already off to a good start, but 2010 was a banner year for Eminem both emotionally (he kicked his drug habit) and musically. Marking his return from a string of albums that were commercially successful but largely considered critical flubs, his latest album, Recovery, landed him yet another number one on the Billboard 200 charts, selling 741,000 copies in its first week in the U.S. and going on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide. It earned him two Grammy awards in the process.

To celebrate this milestone, let’s take a look at some of the hottest music videos from the Detroit rapper. These three singles from Recovery are not only Eminem’s most viewed, but they share a thematic element. “Love The Way You Lie” tells the tale of domestic abuse, “Not Afraid” deals with suicidal thoughts, and “No Love” discusses bullying in schools (a point that became more topical with the recent incidents of gay-bullying).

Note: Video views are based on official counts and do not include numbers from video sites other than YouTube, or from channels other than the official Eminem YouTube/Vevo channel.

1. Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna)

Topping the list is the second single off Recovery. Produced by Alex da Kid with a catchy chorus written by Skylar Grey (sung by Rihanna), the song has been a blockbuster hit. Not only did it hold the number one position on the Hot 100 charts for 7 weeks in a row, the song has sold over 9 million copies worldwide.

Official View Count: 292,198,077 views (174K Likes)

2. Not Afraid

While the first single off Recovery didn't perform as well, at over 200 million views and nearly 3.5 million downloads in the U.S. alone, it was a great way to start building the hype around his latest album. The single, which makes the necessary apologies for letting the fans down in the past, holds the distinction of being only the second hip hop single ever to debut at number one, after Diddy's "I'll Be Missing You."

Official View Count: 203,290,494 views (10K Likes)

No Love (feat. Lil Wayne)

Recorded and filmed before Lil Wayne headed off to serve his prison sentence, the third single from Recovery is the third time the two rappers have collaborated and starred in a music video together. While not commercially as successful as the first two singles, "No Love" gained critical support as its release coincided with a string of bullying-related teen suicides. The message offered hope to struggling youth.

Official View Count 46,712,695 views (147K Likes)

More Social Music Resources from Mashable:

- 5 Predictions for the Music Industry in 2011
- How To Make Your Music Video Go Viral: 10 Tips From Cee-Lo, OK Go & More
- 4 Ways Bands Can Cash in Online Without a Label
- Top 10 Twitter Tips for Bands, By Bands
- 5 Great Ways to Find Music That Suits Your Mood

More About: eminem, music, music video, social media, vevo, web video, youtube

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February 18 2011

Britney Spears’ Hold It Against Me Pimps Tech Brands [VIDEO]

Britney Spears’ new music video for “Hold It Against Me” encapsulates a growing trend in the music video business: blatant product placement for dating websites and big tech brands.

The much-anticipated video for Spears’ hit song debuted just a few hours ago on YouTube and Vevo. It comes with everything you’d expect from a Spears video, including Britney in her underwear and the familiar army of male dancers. It also comes with a few surprises, including a scene where she beats herself up ninja style and another where she is lifted skyward through a giant cylindrical room filled with Sony TVs and monitors.

How do I know that the video screens are from Sony? It’s impossible not to notice the electronics manufacturer’s presence throughout the video. It’s not just the constant placement of Sony TVs, but it’s also the brief flashes of Sony’s logo that make this video feel like some form of botched subliminal advertising (scroll to the 1:34 and 2:40 marks in the video to see what I mean).

Sony isn’t the only tech brand to get a shout-out from the former teen pop queen. Dating site PlentyOfFish also apparently paid Spears to browse its website for potential mates. This isn’t the first prominent music video that includes the free-to-use dating website, either. Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” features a security guard perusing the site as she releases the eccentric singer from prison. And if that weren’t enough, Gaga’s video also gave product placement love to Virgin Mobile.

Should we be surprised that tech brands are invading popular music videos? Will Oracle start pimping servers in a Katy Perry video? How long will it be until Snoop Dog is rapping about the HP TouchPad?

It’s a brave new world for tech brands looking for exposure outside of Silicon Valley. We’ve included the full video of “Hold It Against Me” below so you can see for yourself.

More About: britney spears, hold-it-against-me, music video, plentyoffish, sony, vevo, youtube

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December 21 2010

Vevo’s Top 10 Videos of 2010 [VIDEO]

Music video site Vevo has compiled its list of the 10 most-watched videos of 2010. And of course, teen pop sensation Justin Bieber takes the top spot with his video for “Baby.”

The 10 videos were the most popular across the company’s entire platform, which includes Vevo.com, mobile apps on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, connected devices (such as Google TV and Boxee) and syndication partners like AOL, BET, Last.fm and YouTube.

Bieber shows up two more times on the list with “One Time” at number five and “Never Say Never” in eighth place. Lady Gaga — who’s been battling Bieber for the most-viewed YouTube video — is in second place with her video for “Bad Romance.” She makes a second appearance with “Alejandro” in the ninth spot. Eminem and Rihanna’s Grammy-nominated “Love The Way You Lie” is in fourth place; both artists also have individual videos that made this final list. Usher and Shakira are also a part of the group.

Take a look at all 10 videos below:

1. Justin Bieber - Baby ft. Ludacris

2. Lady Gaga - Bad Romance

3. Shakira ft. Freshlyground - Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Song)

4. Eminem - Love The Way You Lie ft. Rihanna

5. Justin Bieber - One Time

6. Eminem - Not Afraid

7. Rihanna - Rude Boy

8. Justin Bieber - Never Say Never ft. Jaden Smith

9. Lady Gaga - Alejandro

10. Usher - OMG ft. will.i.am

More About: justin bieber, music, music video, top ten lists, vevo

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