Videos

Apr
24
Video: Beyoncé – ‘Pretty Hurts’

Beyoncé

Beyoncé takes on the controversial world of beauty pageants in the VEVO premiere of “Pretty Hurts,” the Sia-penned, Ammo-produced ballad off her visual album. In the Melina Matsoukas-directed clip, Bey plays pageant contestant Miss 3rd Ward as she struggles with the pressure to be beautiful.

“She told me what she wanted to do with the pageant world and I obviously like to take it there,” Melina told Vulture. “I was like, ‘Let’s get into the toxic world and what we really do that is so damaging to ourselves, and use it as a microcosm for our society.’ Obviously, those ideas don’t just live in the pageant world; they live in our world.”

In an interview with The New York Times, Sia revealed that she originally sent the song to Katy Perry, but the pop star didn’t see the email. She then gave it to Rihanna, whose manager held onto it for eight months, before Beyoncé heard it.

In conjunction with the premiere, Bey has also launched the #WhatIsPretty campaign, inviting fans to upload a photo or video to Instagram that captures what the word “pretty” means to you.

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Apr
24
Iggy Azalea Opens ‘New Classic’ Tour in Boston

Hotel Iggy

Hotel Iggy is now open for business. Following her opening slots on tours with Beyoncé, Nas, and Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea launched her first headlining tour in Boston on Wednesday. The Aussie rap sensation transformed the House of Blues into her own hotel, performing her hits and new material off her just-released debut The New Classic.

Dressed in a Scarface-inspired getup, she kicked off her hour-long set with “Beat Down” and performed crowd favorites including “Fancy,” “Work,” and her mixtape cut “Pussy.”

Backed by a troupe of female dancers and DJ Wizz Kidd, Iggy also treated the crowd to the first performances of “Black Widow,” “Don’t Need Y’all,” and “Rolex” off her new album.

The 14-date North American trek travels to major cities including Detroit, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, wrapping May 22 in Seattle.

Iggy also guests on Ariana Grande’s new single “Problem,” which hits iTunes this weekend.

Listen to a snippet of Iggy’s verse and watch footage from opening night below.

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Apr
24
Future and Pusha T Perform ‘Move That Dope’ on ‘Tonight Show’

Pusha T and Future

Ah, push it. With his sophomore album Honest in stores this week, Future paid a visit to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Wednesday. The Freebandz rapper was joined by G.O.O.D. Music’s own Pusha T and The Roots for a performance of his Mike WiLL Made It-produced single “Move That Dope.”

Honest is expected to sell 45-50,000 copies in its first week, according to HITS Daily Double.

Watch them turn up on “The Tonight Show.”

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Apr
23
Video: A$AP Mob f/ A$AP Twelvyy – ‘Xscape’

A$AP Twelvyy and Diddy

A$AP Mob member A$AP Twelvyy steps into the spotlight in the ’90s-inspired video for “Xscape” off the upcoming A$AP Mob album L.O.R.D.

Shot in their hometown of New York, the dark and gritty clip features the rest of the Harlem crew including A$AP Rocky and Ferg, plus a cameo from the original Bad Boy, Puff Daddy.

L.O.R.D. has already spawned a video for “Trillmatic” featuring A$AP Nast and Method Man.

“Xscape” with the Mob below.

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Apr
23
Kelis Performs ‘Jerk Ribs’ on ‘Letterman’

Kelis

To celebrate the release of her sixth album Food, Kelis served up a hot performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on Tuesday. Rocking big hair and big pants, the singer belted out her Dave Sitek-produced single “Jerk Ribs” with a full band.

Kelis will kick off her first national tour in over four years on June 2 in San Francisco. The seven-date stint will stop in cities including San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and New York before wrapping June 15 in Washington, D.C.

Catch Kelis’ dazzling late-night set below.

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Apr
23
Video: Pharrell Williams – ‘Marilyn Monroe’

Marilyn Monroe

With his single “Happy” still sitting atop the charts, Pharrell Williams silences his critics once and for all with the video for “Marilyn Monroe,” the second international single off his album G I R L. The Neptunes hitmaker celebrates the different women of the world in the heavily-choreographed clip.

Rocking a red hat and even one with holes, Skateboard P performs alongside his female co-stars in a red, white, and blue room, in outer space, and on a rooftop overlooking downtown L.A. The racially-diverse dancers show off their moves in choreographed scenes by Fatima Robinson.

Kelly Osbourne also makes a cameo, delivering her line on the song.

On Thursday, Pharrell plans to release a digital book. “Happy…just finished my new book. You can only read it online. I’ll tweet the link on Thursday. Hope you enjoy,” he tweeted.

Watch him salute diversity in the colorful clip.

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Apr
23
Rita Ora Performs ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ on ‘Tonight Show’

Rita Ora, Jimmy Fallon, and Mr. Brainwash

Rita Ora made a mess—literally—during her visit to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday. Wearing a white dress, the blonde Brit performed her new single “I Will Never Let You Down” for the first time on television. Towards the end, pop artist Mr. Brainwash appeared, dousing Rita with colorful paint while she continued to sing.

She also got Jimmy in on the wet fun, covering his face and suit with paint.

“thank you jimmy! The whole thing you thank you for letting me be me!” tweeted Rita.

Watch her go hard in the paint.

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