Friday, May 11, 2012

6 of The Best: 6 Pop Culture Treats This Week

Whether you spend your days tweeting about your favourite boyband (I see you One Direction Mafia) or reblogging endless gifs (who can blame you with the likes of RealityTVGifs doing such bang up work?) it's always fun to see what your friends are digging online at any given time. With that in mind, and with the weekend upon us here are six of my favourite pop-culture finds this week. Enjoy!

1: Bravo's Andy Cohen on the Howard Stern Show

Howard Stern is an infamous force in US radio for his no-holds barred approach but for all his filthy bluster, he's also damn-good at interviewing people. Here he chats with US TV star Andy Cohen who's not only been instrumental in the behind-the-scenes of reality giant Bravo TV, he's also become one of their most well-known faces on his own talk show. Cohen's story is an interesting one and it's easy to see why many have fallen for this TV charms. This is typically crude stuff but is an interesting primer on what makes the Andy Cohen story worth a look for any TV fan. (thanks to Alex on Twitter for the linkage)

2: Azealia Banks "Drops" new tune.

She is a rapper. She is much talked about. And you've definitely dance your hoop off to 212 at some point in the last 9 months. Duh, it's Azealia Banks, Twitter queen, Fashion queen etc etc. She's just debuted a new track Jumanji today and it's a stormer. Check it. 

3 : Andrew Garfield appears on the cover of 2 magazines. Remains Flawless

OH ANDREW. His turn as The Amazing Spider Man is almost upon us so feast your eyes on his V Man magazine covers (SO GOOD) here. Also loving his pose for the cover of the current issue of i-D:

4: Scissors Sister want to have a Kiki etc etc

This has been getting the gays into a tizzy all week and can you blame? Scissor Sisters have been dropping tunes and teasers everywhere for Magic Hour but the best so far is Let's Have A Kiki. It's a pitch perfect piece of gay-dance pop madness that sounds like going on a bender with a cast of RuPaul's Drag Race. Which is something I would pay alot of money to experience. 

5: Christina "Better Than Faves" Aguilera Continues to be Flawless

This update on the adventures of Xtina from MuuMuse is everything.

6: Serena William is a rapper now

No really though. Apparently she wants to be a rapper. I mean Azealia Banks better hold on to her weave, looks like Miss Williams is coming for her "new rap girl" title. Ahem.

What a week it has been! If you've got something I've missed or even just want to suggest some raps that Serena Williams could use, do let me know below!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Music Video Run Down: Cheryl, Little Boots and Rihanna debut new clips.

It's a busy week for music videos. There's pop biggest star Rihanna unveiling another surefire winner, the slinky high-fashion visuals delivered by Little Boots and the return of UK popstrel Cheryl Cole. If you need to catch up and get some rapid fire knowledge on the latest pop videos than you've come to the right place.

Cheryl - Call My Name

What Is It: The video for the first single from Cheryl's (because she has dropped the surname for pop purposes it seems) new album A Million Lights, her 3rd (!) solo album. The track is helmed by Calvin Harris and has all the hallmarks of a summer smash.

Is It Good: YES. Yes it is. This is a perfect example of how to do a big budget, dance-heavy pop video that sums up why the star in question is in fact a star. There's a faintly ridiculous opening 50 seconds of slow-mo Cheryl, the song slowed down and a Marquis de Sade quote (!!) before the high energy dancing kicks in. Cheryl does her best Janet Jackson circa Rhythm Nation moves in a pair of leopard-print parachute pants (WE'LL TAKE 10 PAIRS PLEASE) while she buzzes around LA in a car and saunters down a tunnel. It's equal parts choreography driven pop fun and fashion spread beauty shots and it's a real treat for the eyes. And unlike Rihanna's new video (See below) Cole looks confident and in control of her moves. Great stuff.


Don't Say: "Is she not a bit cold running around in her leopard-print knickers?"

MTV Moonmen out of ten: 9

Rihanna - Where Have You Been

What Is It: The video for the 4th single from Rihanna's Talk That Talk album (although the title track's run as a single was somewhat undermined by no video being made), the Calvin Harris/Dr Luke produced cut Where Have You Been has all the makings of another Riri hit. So, the video comes just in time to make it contender for song of the summer.

Is It Good? : Well, here's the problem. It's not really. Rihanna has nailed the art of the big pop video in recent years. We Found Love was a near perfect mix of storytelling and controversy baiting imagery and Rihanna has developed an ever-changing sex kitten persona that leaves the blogs buzzing. This video though lacks much of the pulse of the song itself and while it's nice to see Rihanna try her hand at dance routines, she never quite pulls them off. The Rihanna-in-the-swamp bits are undeniably great (more popstars in swamps please) but it never quite lifts off the way it should. Basically combine Beyonce's Run the World dancing, with Amerie's video for Touch, a smidge of Kelis' Acapella and Nelly Furtado's Turn Off The Light and you have this video.

Do Say: "Well, at least it was nice of Rihanna to TRY dancing I suppose"


MTV Moonmen out of Ten: 6

Little Boots - Every Night I Say A Prayer

What Is It: Little Boots is slowly building momentum towards her eventual second album release with promising dance tracks that combine her pop nous with cutting edge production that still doesn't try too hard. Every Night I Say A Prayer was released as a free download for Record Store Day, with Andy Butler, he of Hercules and Love Affair, given this tune plenty of classic house-music flourishes and plenty of club-kid cool. Thankfully there's a stonking chorus too that suggests that Little Boots has found her groove again.

Is It Good: Yes. Very very very good indeed. This isn't a hugely lavish affair but the sleek vogue-infused choreography works a treat and the minimal but stylish presentation of both Little Boots and her turbo-cool dance troupe is spot on. It's a nice art-y take on your typical "people dancing around to an upbeat song" video that doesn't bash you over the head with pretentiousness.

Do Say: "I could definitely whack a few of those dances moves out after a few vodka and cokes"


MTV Moonmen out of Ten: 9

What a merry band of pop clips. here's hoping that this rather strong start, leads to a Summer of equally strong numbers!