5 Awkward Things In Lady Gaga’s ‘G.U.Y.’ (Trimmed Version)

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If you haven’t already heard, Lady Gaga released G.U.Y.: An ARTPOP Film last weekend. The film is about 12 minutes long, and I haven’t gotten around to seeing it yet. However, I have seen the trimmed version of the film which is only 33% as long.

G.U.Y. is based on a Lady Gaga song of the same name. The acronym stands for “Girl Under You,” and boy, does she get under that male dancer in the video.

Although the song is struggling at number 18 on the charts, Gaga’s Little Monsters seem to be enjoying the film.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Lady Gaga creation without some weird happenings, so here is a list of five things I found to be very awkward in the trimmed version of G.U.Y. (Lord only knows what craziness is in the full length film!)

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1. Andy Cohen, is that you? Bravo TV host Andy Cohen  appears in the film as the Greek god Zeus. I will admit, he definitely fits the part.

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2. ARTPOP video game?! I can only imagine how excited the video game nerds are about this.

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3. Michael Jackson rose from the dead. We all knew it was a hoax. How’d you manage to keep us clueless for so long, MJ?

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4. Lady Lego Gaga. Legos are for kids. Now all we’re going to think about is the sexual innuendo behind it.

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5. Jesus and Ghandi’s second coming. So, is G.U.Y. the sexual apocalypse?

And this is just the four minute version. There’s got to be more weird where that came from.

Check out the trimmed version for yourself, and watch the full movie on VEVO.

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This Week in Music: Shakira is on Fire in “Empire” Music Video

Shakira Empire FireThis is the empire, and Shakira is our empress.

The music video for Shakira’s single “Empire” off of her brand new self-titled album Shakira. is very different from her usual style.

Although this video lacks Shakira’s infamous sexy hip shaking, the beautiful vocals and glorious camera work make this one of her best projects yet.

“Empire” begins with Shakira sitting in front of a tan colored wall wearing a tan colored dress and nude makeup. The vocals in the beginning of the song are very soft, almost as if she’s whispering a folk tale to a young child.

The scene changes to Shakira standing at the door of a church in a wedding dress as the guests await her entrance.

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I was sort of confused at first, because I know Shakira is one of those celebrities who doesn’t want to marry until she’s 60 (poor Gerard Pique).

But then she does the unthinkable: she drops the bouquet and runs away.

The song begins to escalate as Shakira sings “and I’m like…” before bursting into a powerful chorus of  “Oooh”s.

The runaway bride proceeds to frolic in a meadow with beautiful dandelions flowing in the breeze around her. After this seemingly innocent act, she begins dancing on the church steps with a fire running down her dress.

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I think I could watch Shakira frolic in the meadow all day. It’s just so beautiful.

The meadow scenes and the scenes where Shakira is in what looks like a ruined and abandoned church with leaves strewn all over the floor wearing a black winged dress are probably the most majestic in the entire video.

Shakira also does this crazy back-bend, bridge-like thing with her body towards the end of the video.

Is there anything this Colombian beauty can’t do?!

I really love the song and the video. It was definitely a pleasant surprise.

Check out her new album, Shakira. on Spotify and enjoy the “Empire” music video!

Album Review: Foster the People’s ‘Supermodel’

Foster the People’s second album, Supermodel, was released today, March 18, 2014.

Supermodel is a bit different from the band’s previous album, Torches. It focuses more on the lyrics instead of the cool groovy beats that fans fell in love with on “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Call It What You Want.”

The first single from this album is called “Coming of Age,” which also happens to be the last song to be written for Supermodel.

When it came out in January, I was not impressed. Therefore, I wasn’t too excited about the release of the album today.

However, I decided to listen to the album anyway, and although I don’t completely hate it, I don’t exactly love it.

“Ask Yourself” and “Goats in Trees” are based heavily on acoustic guitar, making them sound very indie-folk.

The weirdest songs on the album are “Pseudologia Fantastica” and “A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon.” “Pseudologia Fantastica” features distorted vocals in the intro, which completely killed my vibe for the track. “A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon” is a crazy mix of loud unruly electric guitar and a broken record-sounding intro, which might come across as quite jarring to the average listener.

“The Angelic Welcome of Mr. Jones” is a short sample of the band’s perfect discordant harmonic abilities.

“The Truth” has some amazing lyrics, including my favorite line, “A purpose is needed before you know that you know / To never wonder what you are / And not forget where you’ve come from.”

Perhaps the most heartfelt song on Supermodel is “Fire Escape,” a very gloomy, stripped-down track. I love the part where Mark Foster sings,

I see the seasons change
All the young faces come and replaces the dying marks
Sit out on Lexington and Vine
All the pimps and prostitutes wave you down at stopping signs

Save yourself, save your yourself, yourself
Save yourself, save yourself.

My favorite’s on the album are “Are You What You Want to Be?,” “Nevermind” and “Best Friend.” I love the electric guitar chord progression in “Are You What You Want to Be?” The track “Nevermind” features a psychedelic repeated acoustic guitar melody coupled with soft vocals that play on the ear nicely. “Best Friend” is probably the closest you’ll get to the band’s old sound, with its groovy bass guitar and horns.

Supermodel is definitely a new spin on the band’s sound as compared to Torches, but fans might grow to like it.

Check out Supermodel on Spotify!

This Week In Music: Chromeo’s “Come Alive” feat. Toro y Moi Music Video

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Chromeo is back with some new music this year, starting with their new single “Come Alive” featuring Toro y Moi, a song from their upcoming album White Women.

The song features the standard funky synth chords that define Chromeo’s style. It’s a medium tempo dance tune that will most definitely make you let loose a bit after a long day at work.

I’m sure that’s exactly what they were going for.

For those of you who are familiar with Chromeo’s music videos, this one will come as no surprise to you. The “Come Alive” music video features sexy female mannequins that come to life.

At the beginning of the video, Dave 1 is waiting for what I would assume is his date for the night. He sits on the front of his car with a bouquet of roses, and when he gets a text message saying that his date can’t make it, he throws the flowers to the ground.

It’s a very dramatic moment. The fatal throw of those innocent flowers really hit home.

A few seconds later he is lured into a boutique by a store mannequin where Toro y Moi is the janitor, and P-Thugg is the security guard.

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I won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say that Dave 1 and Toro y Moi get a little bit too frisky with those mannequins. Thinking about it too much will make it seem really creepy. Just try to laugh about it!

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The dancing was electro-funk perfection, as is the song in its entirety.

My only complaint is Toro y Moi’s hair. What is going on with that? Please cut it shorter!

Enjoy the music video!

Katy Perry ‘Prism’ Truck, “Roar” Single Art, and Teaser

Katy Kats! It’s time for The Third Coming!

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At the end of July, Katy Perry announced the release of her third studio album Prism.

Up until its release on October 22, 2013, the golden Prism truck will be touring the United States.

If you find the truck she might retweet you!

I cannot wait until it gets to New York!

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This week, Katy Perry released the single art for her single “Roar” and two teasers titled “Burning Baby Blue” and “The Third Coming.”

“Roar” will be released on August 12th, and UK fans can already pre-order the track here.

The teasers speak for themselves. Katy Perry’s symbolic rendition of her separation from the old sound fails to disappoint with the burning of her signature blue wig and a funeral service.

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“Roar’ Single Art

I just love how she chuckles when the camera focuses on her during the funeral in “The Third Coming.”

So mark your calendars, Katy Kats! She’s coming!

August 12th: “Roar”

October 22nd: Prism

And don’t forget to tweet your photos of the golden Prism, coming to a city near you!

This Week in Music: Naya Rivera’s “Sorry” ft. Big Sean Teaser

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The first week of August brought to us a hint of Glee when Santana, played by  Naya Rivera, released a thirty-second teaser for her new song “Sorry.”

 

“#SorrynotSorry,” she added in a later tweet.

Very fitting.

The song features Naya Rivera’s boyfriend, rapper Big Sean.

Not a fan of that guy.

Or of this song, unfortunately.

#SorryverySorry.

The song has an R&B feel with a funky saxophone beat. In the teaser Naya Rivera proves to us she’s Spelling Bee material by spelling out the word “sorry” twice.

The teaser ends with a male voice shouting, “B*tch!”

I’m quite disappointed.

As a Glee fan, I’ve been in love with Santana’s vocals since she sang “Valerie” at sectionals.

Why you no stick to jazz pop Naya?!

It’s like her voice was made for Amy Winehouse type songs, yet she denies it by trying to go all R&B on us.

In summary, this is the “Sorry” teaser:

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Couldn’t have said it better myself, MarichKaulitz.

Now its your turn to decide how you feel about Naya Rivera’s sample of “Sorry.”

This Week in Music: Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody” Music Video

love somebodyA week ago, on May 14th, Maroon 5 released the fourth single off of their 2012 album Overexposed. Unfortunately, I only learned of this today.

“Love Somebody” is a song about longing to have a romantic partner.  The beat of the song is very calm, with a soft fluttering guitar rift throughout and a medium paced tempo held by the bass drum.

In the chorus, Adam Levine sings,

“I really wanna love somebody
I really wanna dance the night away
I know we’re only half way there
But you take me all the way, you take me all the way
I really wanna touch somebody
I think about you every single day
I know we’re only half way there
But you take me all the way, you take me all the way.”

It’s all very sweet and romantic.

The lyrics really capture what it feels like to be alone right from the beginning of the song, singing, “I know your insides are feeling so hollow. And it’s a hard pill for you to swallow.”

Hard pill to swallow indeed. Especially when your throat isn’t fully intact!

The video features the band, Adam Levine, and a mystery woman (actress Gemma Palombo), in all white, camouflaging with the white backdrop. As they touch themselves, or as someone touches them, a gray paint covers their body, revealing them little by little.

It’s creepy and sexual at the same time.

How did they come up with this idea? Is it because in the lyrics it says, “I know we’re only half way there but you can take me all the way”? Halfway as in half composed?!

I’ve loved this song ever since first hearing it during the summer of 2012. Never did I ever think the video would be like this.

I even sent the video to my friend this morning, an Adam Levine lover, and she responded:

“The f*** is this sh*t?!”

So I’m not the only one.

All you Adam Levine fangirls, watch out, because you’re gonna wish you were Gemma Palombo being touched by Adam Levine, especially when she pushes him onto that chair.

Jesus.

One thing I don’t really understand about the video is the fact that towards the end, Adam Levine and Gemma Palombo both work to erase the paint on her so she disappears.

Why would he want to erase her if he’s singing that he wants to love somebody?!

Perhaps its because “If [he] fall[s] for [her he’ll] never recover” and “never be the same”?

Or maybe he realizes that she doesn’t want to “stay, stay with [him] tonight”…

Either way, enjoy the video. Don’t let it creep you out too much.