On Tuesday, tiny pop star and popular Taco Bell order Ariana Grande released a music video for her latest single "Break Free," which is set in outer space and features an outsize amount of backstory yet does not in any way reference Britney Spears' important 2000 cultural contribution in "Oops I Did It Again." This posed for me an irresistible opportunity to examine each video in exhaustive comparative detail.
The General Deal
The song is a breakup track and the video is set in space. One might argue that space is the last place that a person might actually want to “break [...]
The other day, after Rihanna's new video for "Pour It Up" came out (embedded below, NSFW), we started chatting about it on Twitter. There was too much to say. Here, we discuss why Rihanna is better than Miley, why Rihanna is better than Nicki, and why Rihanna is better than Jesus.
This conversation took place in a Google Hangout and has been condensed and edited.
Sarah Nicole Prickett: Hii, does this work?
Ayesha Siddiqi: Yes! I see you both on here.
SNP: So this Rihanna video is AMAZING, but let's start from Instagram. Riri’s instagram is how I know she's a girl's girl and it's why I love her. When I started following [...]
The sultry and vulnerable-voiced LA-based singer Banks has only released four original tracks to date, but each song has been strong, and this latest is the strongest. "Waiting Game" was produced by the great SOHN, who pushes buzzing industrial-strength synth up against Banks's dark, delicate vocals; it makes perfect sense that she's touring with the Weeknd this fall.
Also, if a mash of A$AP Rocky's "Thuggin' Noise" with Britney Spears "Everytime" sounds like it's up your alley (it is the dictionary definition of my alley) here's the newly released, purely delightful "It's Hemsworth, Bitch" edit, and for old times, the very rare "Born To Make You Bling" remix [...]
Wow. Britney and her real-life boyfriend Jason Trawick star in an unexpectedly violent and transfixing five-minute short film about crime and passion. He's got a few too many hilarious fake tattoos (does his chest say "Goose"?), and she puts on an astonishing amount of perfume, but otherwise, A+, could not be better.
Also: The Roots featuring Big K.R.I.T., "Make My."