The music video is the quintessential companion to the modern pop song. A great video can play an absolutely instrumental role in cementing a song forever in pop music history: “Thriller,” “Like A Prayer,” “Toxic,” “Bad Romance.”
This week there have been quite a few flashy music video releases by big stars on an even bigger budget, so I decided I’d share some of the most happenin’ eye candy with you all in an Aural Fixation music video recap.
I, for one, am a massive music video fan. Executed properly, they can take a song to all new heights—but one misstep and they can really alter your perception of an otherwise awesome song in a not-so-awesome way. I personally don’t advocate hearing a song for the first time along with video, so if you haven’t checked out any of the songs below, give the tracks a listen through before you view.
Otherwise—enjoy, Darlings, and have an awesome Monday!
Katy Perry: “Roar”
Iggy Azalea feat. T.I.: “Change Your Life”
Lady Gaga: “Applause”
Ariana Grande: “Baby I”
Much like her musical stylings, Ariana Grande’s “Baby I” is a visual reference to all things Mariah, complete with an abundance of soft-focus lighting, wind-blown curls, and plenty of longing glances at the camera. (There are also some attempts at simple choreography, which, although appreciated, are ultimately unnecessary.) It’s straightforward enough, not really adding anything to the song, but also not taking anything away from it. What say we, Darlings: Does Ariana Grande’s on-camera presence match up to the hype about her rivaling Mimi’s pipes?
Miley Cyrus: “Wrecking Ball”
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