As reported by Deadline, Lorde has been forced to cancel her planned performance at next weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, with the official VMAs Twitter account citing “a change in production elements.” The tweet went on to say, “we love Lorde and cannot wait for her to perform on the VMA stage in the future,” which is nice, but it doesn’t really explain what happened. A “change in production elements” could mean any number of things, but the amount of things it could mean that would necessitate Lorde dropping out
Doja Cat, whose “Say So” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, is the fifth VMA host who had previously topped Billboard’s flagship chart, following Bette Midler, who co-hosted the very first VMAs in 1984, Sean “Diddy” Combs (2005), Cyrus (2015) and Perry (2017).
(Jamie Foxx, who hosted the 2001 show, would subsequently top the Hot 100 as a featured artist on Twista’s “Slow Jamz,” which also featured Kanye West, and West’s “Gold Digger.” Eddie Murphy, who hosted the 1985 show, just missed the top spot on the Hot 100; his recording of Rick James’ “Party All the
Ready for your daily dose of adorableness? A wildlife photographer based in Norway recently had an incredibly cute encounter with a fox cub when out on a photoshoot. Jens Birkeland was capturing images of a fox cub when it decided to steal behind the camera and say hello. Luckily, fellow photographer Marius Birkeland was on-hand to film the entire interaction on his camera phone and post the subsequent video onto TikTok.
The video shows the fox cub cautiously approaching Jens Birkeland, who is lying on the ground and waiting to take photos. At one point, it even tries to playfully
Miranda Lambert just dropped the first remix of her career on Tuesday, “Tequila Does (Telemitry Remix),” and it’s worth the wait — also the video is oh-so-gay.
The video features the singer’s brother, Luke Lambert, and his husband Marc, along with some of their close friends. “When Miranda played the remix for me and my husband Marc, we instantly loved it, so of course we jumped at the chance to bring our best friends to Nashville to be in the video,” Luke said in a press release. “We had such a blast! By
It looks like The Weeknd’s new music video is too flashy for the big screen.
A video for the singer’s upcoming single, “Take My Breath,” literally showed excessive blinding lights and was pulled ahead of its release in Imax theaters for the premiere of “The Suicide Squad,” according to Variety. The video clip in question featured “intense strobe lighting” that could trigger seizures.
The deal with Imax would have previewed his new music video during movie screenings across the country. The normally dark and gloomy vibe of his music videos is often offset with carefully placed bright lights.
Music videos are the perfect bastard child of art and commerce, even more than pop music itself. A promotional visual accompaniment to a popular song doesn’t need a coherent narrative (although on rare occasions, they do). It just needs to suit the song, sell the record, and possibly make the artist look cool. But since the launch of MTV 40 years ago this week, a select few recording artists have helped raise music videos to an art form — sometimes by accident, and sometimes by carefully curating the work of brilliant directors like Mark Romanek, Hype Williams, and Spike Jonze.