DAVID BOWIE’S “LAZARUS”/SOUND CAFFEINE: Number 7 on Billboard’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2016

The video for David Bowie's "Lazarus" places at number 7 on Billboard's list of Top 10 Music Videos for 2016. Image Amplified www.imageamplified.com
The video for David Bowie’s “Lazarus” places at number 7 on Billboard’s list of Top 10 Music Videos for 2016.

Billboard’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2016: Number 7, “Lazarus” by David Bowie

We’re celebrating the past year in music videos! Billboard recently published their list of the 10 Best Music Videos of 2016. We’re sharing that list here. At number 7, we have David Bowie’s “Lazarus.” RIP Thin White Duke.

David Bowie’s “Lazarus” Lyrics

Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now

Look up here, man, I’m in danger
I’ve got nothing left to lose
I’m so high it makes my brain whirl
Dropped my cell phone down below
Ain’t that just like me?

By the time I got to New York
I was living like a king
There I’d used up all my money
I was looking for your ass
This way or no way
You know, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Now, ain’t that just like me?
Oh, I’ll be free
Just like that bluebird
Oh, I’ll be free
Ain’t that just like me?

From Billboard:

7. David Bowie, “Lazarus”

Not only did Bowie write his own epitaph with the art rock masterpiece Blackstar, but he enacted his own impending death with the “Lazarus” video. With his head wrapped in bandages and buttons in place of his eyes, Bowie writhes on his deathbed while singing his swan song. Bowie also semi-comically acts out the process of composing his parting artistic statement in the “Lazarus” video, as we see him scribbling away in the Bible-esque Blackstar book, which featured prominently in his previous video for the 10-minute title track. Like Bowie himself, it’s easy to get a read on the video’s overall tone, but the details remain inscrutable.

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8. Lil Uzi Vert, “You Was Right”

7. David Bowie, “Lazarus”

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RIHANNA’S “NEEDED ME”/SOUND CAFFEINE: Number 10 on Billboard’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2016

Rihanna's "Needed Me" video, directed by Harmony Korine, makes Billboard's Best Music Videos list at number 10. Image Amplified www.imageamplified.com
Rihanna’s “Needed Me” video, directed by Harmony Korine, makes Billboard’s Best Music Videos list at number 10.

Here we are, reaching the end of disaster-year 2016. Here to remind us it wasn’t all bad, Billboard has published its list of 10 Best Music Videos of 2016. Hey, there are some find videos on this list. Some of our favorites, actually. So let’s join them in the countdown. First up, at number 10 is Rihanna’s “Needed Me” video.

For those whining that music videos have lost their art, we have Harmony Korine directing. The director of Gummo, the writer of Kids, collaborator with Bjork, Korine gives us Rihanna looking tough and amazing.

From Billboard:

10. Rihanna, “Needed Me”

Ignoring Battleship, Rihanna’s Harmony Korine-directed “Needed Me” video makes the case that the (obscenely photogenic) superstar deserves a starring role in an action-thriller at some point. The cinematic clip is a slow build to Rihanna’s execution-style shooting of a dude making it rain in a strip club in the finale. At the very least, she better make an appearance in a James Bond movie in the near future. 

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SOUND CAFFEINE: Die Antwoord’s “Fat Faded Fuck Face (Official Video)” Directed by Yolandi Visser (NSFW)

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Yolandi Visser directed Die Antwoord’s “Fat Faded Fuck Face” music video.

Die Antwoord’s “FAT FADED FUCK FACE ” Music Video

 

Die Antwoord’s “FAT FADED FUCK FACE ” official music video was directed by Yolandi Visser.
Art Directed by Ninja and Roger Ballen.
Cinematography by Alexis Zabe, Ross Garrett, Ben Crossman, Joe Passarelli.

DIE ANTWOORD – FAT FADED FUCK FACE (Official Video) from Die Antwoord Official on Vimeo.

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Scene from Die Antwoord’s “Fat Faded Fuck Face” music video.
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MADONNA’S CARPOOL KARAOKE: On Kissing Michael Jackson, “Of Course”

“I mean, baby, I’ve been around.”

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Madonna lets it all hang out during Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.

Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke with James Corden is a blast. She and James clearly had fun, which is fun to watch. It’s why we keep watching. This is a Madonna specialty, one of many.

Decked out in Moschino, Madonna sings and car dances to some of her classic hits and fan favorites. “Vogue,” “Express Yourself,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Bitch I’m Madonna,” “Ray of Light,” and “Music” play as the two navigate New York traffic.

Is there Voguing? Of course. Twerking? Yes. Taunting James about his red flannel shirt? Yep. A revelation about kissing Michael Jackson? Yes.

From Variety:

“You were friends with Michael Jackson,” Corden prompted at one point. “So you want me to kiss and tell then don’t you?” Madonna responded.

“Did you kiss?” he asked hesitantly. “Of course. I mean, baby, I’ve been around,” she said. “Full French kissing. Tongue and mouth kissing.”

Corden confessed that the alleged make out was news to him, to which Madonna responded, “Well I haven’t had the chance to talk about it. No one ever asks me.”

No one ever asks? Once again, journalists haven’t been doing their job.

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Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.
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Madonna sings and car dances to “Vogue,” “Bitch I’m Madonna,” “Ray of Light,” and “Music” during Carpool Karaoke.
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MADONNA’S BILLBOARD INTERVIEW: “I was Put on This Earth to Fight for the Underdog and Fight Against Discrimination”

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“Art is how I change the world.” Madonna is Billboard’s 2016 Woman of the Year.

Madonna is Billboard’s “Woman of the Year”

03-update-madonna-fea-bb31-6p-billboard-1500Madonna’s Billboard interview is conducted by the talented actress, producer, director Elizabeth Banks. The magazine describes the interview with Madonna as provocative. Maybe it is, in a sense. For us, it’s a conversation that touches on familiar themes: Madonna’s attention to detail, interest in politics, and her love and dedication to her family. Not that we’re complaining. Madonna is a hero among heroes.

Read Madonna’s full interview with Elizabeth Banks here, but below are some of our favorite excerpts.

On Control…

Will there ever be a time that you let go of that control, or is this like, “I have to?”

I have to.

Where does that come from?

Obviously, you could say it has to do with my childhood, if you’re going to psychoanalyze me: My mother dying and me not being told, and a sense of loss and betrayal and surprise. Then feeling out of control for the majority of my childhood, and becoming an artist and saying that I will control everything. No one will speak for me, no one will make decisions for me. You could say I’m a super control freak. That’s what everybody likes to say. I don’t want to have an event that I’m not proud of. It’s like everything that I do. My shows, my films, my house, the way I raise my children. I take great offense when details are overlooked.

Madonna on Trump's election: "It felt like someone died. It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death." Image Amplified www.imageamplified.com
Madonna on Trump’s election: “It felt like someone died. It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death.”

On the Election of Donald Trump…

Speaking of: How did you feel about the outcome of the election?

It felt like someone died. It felt like a ­combination of the heartbreak and betrayal you feel when someone you love more than anything leaves you, and also a death. I feel that way every morning; I wake up and say, “Oh, wait, Donald Trump is still the president,” and it wasn’t a bad dream that I had. It feels like women betrayed us. The percentage of women who voted for Trump was insanely high.

Why do you think that is?

Women hate women. That’s what I think it is. Women’s nature is not to support other women. It’s really sad. Men protect each other, and women protect their men and children. Women turn inward and men are more external. A lot of it has do with jealousy and some sort of tribal inability to accept that one of their kind could lead a nation. Other people just didn’t bother to vote because they didn’t like either candidate, or they didn’t think Trump had a chance in the world. They took their hands off the wheel and then the car crashed.

Were you surprised?
Of course. I was devastated, surprised, in shock. I haven’t really had a good night’s sleep since he has been elected. We’re f—ed.

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MADONNA’S REBEL HEART TOUR: Audition Footage for Showtime

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Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour airs on Showtime on December 9th.

What’s it like to audition for Madonna? In anticipation of Showtime’s December 9th airing of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, the network has released a behind-the-scenes look at the Queen of Pop’s auditioning of backup dancers. It looks both grueling and rewarding, which isn’t surprising. Hard work and perfectionism have long been part of Madonna’s brand image, and no one could ever accuse of her making anything look easy. The proof is in the pocket, as Madonna’s brand is also one of success. As Billboard points out, she is the highest grossing solo artist in the magazine’s history. Yes, once again, she’s also made the Forbes list of highest paid women in music. For 2016, Madonna earned $76 million and placed third behind Taylor Swift ($170 million) and Adele ($80.5 million).

Check out the audition video, and the Rebel Heart promo video, below.

From Billboard.com:

Watch Madonna Audition Dancers for Her Rebel Heart Tour: Exclusive Video

As Billboard gears up to honor the one and only Madonna as the 2016 Woman of the Year, Showtime is premiering her new concert film Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour on Friday, Dec. 9, which documents her blockbuster Rebel Heart Tour (which sold more than 1 million tickets and earned her $170 million — no big deal). Ahead of the concert film’s premiere, Billboard is excited to share exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Madonna’s dancer audition process.

In the clip, which you can watch below, we get a backstage pass to witness quite possibly the hardest working backup dancers in the business as they sweat their asses off to earn a spot on Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, which boasted some of the Queen of Pop’s most astonishing choreography in years. 

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SOUND CAFFEINE: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic [Official Video]

Sound Caffeine: Bruno Mars – 24K Magic [Official Video]

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic [Official Video]
Directed by: Bruno Mars & Cameron Duddy

Bruno Mars, New album available on November 18

 

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