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.

Check out the 10 Best Videos of 2016

10. Rihanna, “Needed Me”


9. Radiohead, “Burn the Witch”


8. Lil Uzi Vert, “You Was Right”

7. David Bowie, “Lazarus”

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LIL UZI VERT’S “YOU WAS RIGHT”/SOUND CAFFEINE: Number 8 on Billboard’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2016

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Lil Uzi Vert’s “You Was Right” lands at number 8 on the 10 Best Music Videos of 2016.

Billboard’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2016: Number 8, “You Was Right” by Lil Uzi Vert

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.

So far we’ve posted Rihanna’s “Needed Me” and Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch.” This time we get Lil Uzi Vert’s “You Was Right” taking us on his tour of Alice in Wonderland.

From Billboard:

8. Lil Uzi Vert, “You Was Right”

A far more entertaining detour into the world of Lewis Carroll than anything starring Johnny Depp, Lil Uzi Vert’s “You Was Right” is a mesmerizing clip where Alice In Wonderland rabbits and tea parties meet Donnie Darko-esque liquid spears that snake through the surreal landscape. While his female party guests’ eyes spiral like spinning tops, Lil Uzi Vert parades around like it’s all just a day in the life for him.

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10. Rihanna, “Needed Me”
9. Radiohead, “Burn the Witch”
8. Lil Uzi Vert, “You Was Right”

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RADIOHEAD’S “BURN THE WITCH”/SOUND CAFFEINE: Number 9 on Billboard’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2016

Billboard’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2016: Number 9

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Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch” made Billboard’s 10 Best Music Videos of 2016.

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.

Yesterday, we posted Rihanna’s hardcore “Needed Me” video. Today it’s Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch.” Creepy stop-motion animation ahead!

From Billboard:

9. Radiohead, “Burn the Witch”

From Wallace and Gromit to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, stop-motion animation tends to look precious and adorable by default. So a stop-motion story of a quaint British village coming together to burn a woman at the stake Wicker Man-style is a particularly memorable and unsettling visual — particularly during a year when bandwagon pitchfork-wielding seems to have enjoyed a worldwide resurgence.

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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 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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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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