Hilary Duff and Britney Spears premiered their respective videos this week and I’ve decided to give my take in a special double header video review. I’ve been seeing clips of Duff’s video for weeks while pictures from Spears’ video with Iggy Azalea had surfaced before the video had even dropped. Well, both videos have been released so let’s get into the review.
Pictures surfaced of a video shoot for Britney Spears upcoming single featuring Iggy Azalea that was to be titled ‘Pretty Girls.’ The pictures were quite interesting based off the tacky attire. Well fans waiting for a Britney comeback get their wish as the track has surfaced and that means that the video has to be on its way.
Britney hasn’t released any new music since Britney Jean in 2013. That album spawned the chart topper ‘Work Bitch.’ What couldve been a sure comeback didn’t get much buzz past that single. Her album before that, 2011s Femme Fatale had more buzz with hits: ‘Hold It Against Me,’ ‘Till The World Ends,’ and ‘I Wanna Go.’ Well she’s back and is teaming up with 2014 superstar Iggy Azalea. The track could be a huge smash or a flop. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but I’m impressed from what I’ve heard.
When the track began I instantly thought Gwen Stefani. Speaking of, both she and Fergie had less than stellar comebacks. The tone that Britney said the hook to the song over the beat reminded me of ‘Hollaback Girl.’ Not musically, just how it was said. The beat switched up a little bit as the song went on, but I’m not the biggest fan of it. It sounded more promising in the beginning of the song.
The lyrics are suitable and catchy enough for me to sing along to.
All around the world, pretty girls
Jump the line, to the front
Do what we like, get what we want
We’re just so pretty!
How could you not keep up with lyrics like that? Britney goes on to sing about how the predictable men are and how amazing women are. Guys have the same rotation and chase the “pretty girls” (pun intended). The lyrics are pretty basic, but this is a radio friendly song so they don’t need to be complex.
Iggy merges 3 tracks: ‘Killing Me Softly,’ ‘One More Chance,’ and ‘…Baby One More Time’ in her rhymes. She’s pretty clever in her raps although people just slaughter her on social media. Her bars worked and fit the flow of the song. I’m interested in hearing some new solo music from Iggy Igz.
Don’t expect to see Britney performing this track full out anytime soon since she’s currently injured due to a slip during her Vegas residency. As for fans that have yet to see her, she’s extended her show, Britney: Piece of Me, for an additional three months.
Listen to the track below:
Welcome to another edition of This Week In Music (my typical intro). Click the links below for my posts of the week.
I have quite a bit to mention so let’s get right into it. The Billboard Awards finalists have been released and Taylor Swift leads the pack with 14 nominations. There’s no surprise there with the success of 1989 which spends its 23rd consecutive week on the Billboard 200 this week. Sam Smith has 13 nominations, followed by Iggy Azalea with 12 nominations. ‘All About That Bass’ singer, Meghan Trainor, isn’t to be left out with 9 nominations. For full list of nominees, click HERE. Prayers go out to Taylor as she announced that her mother has been diagnosed with cancer. The Billboard Music Awards air May 17th and will be hosted by Ludacris and Pete Wentz.
Moving on to chart news, Wale has dethroned Kendrick Lamar who had the #1 spot for two weeks. Wale’s, The Album About Nothing, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 100,00 copies sold in its first week. The biggest triumph on the chart would have to be the Furious 7 Soundtrack which catapulted to #2 from it’s last weeks position of 17. In at #3 is Ludacris’, Ludaversal. As for the Hot 100, Mark Monsoon and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk,’ still sits pretty at #1. Maybe just maybe it will tie with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s ‘One Sweet Day’ which has the record of 16 weeks.
As for new collabs on the way, fans of Danity Kane have watched the group dwindle like a countdown, 5..4…3…2. Yes the group is officially no more and the reunion is short lived. As a group Danity Kane released 2 albums under Bad Boy Records. My personal favorite was their second, Welcome to the Dollhouse. After watching Making The Band 3 and seeing how the group was formed I was a fan instantaneously once the group was finally formed. Now it’s just down to two ladies, Shannon Bex and Aubrey O’Day, who know call themselves DumBlonde. Interesting to see how this will pan out.
In other collabs, Britney Spears is teaming with Iggy Azalea in what can be a comeback or a flop with a track titled, ‘Pretty Girls.’ Britney Spears has rejuvenated her career successfully in the past, but could this collab be another chart topper? From the pictures on the internet, I’m not too sure. Hopefully the song if nothing else is decent enough for radio buzz. Maybe it’ll last longer than the short lived Fergie return.
Lastly, congrats are in order to new parents Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. They welcomed a baby boy over the weekend, Silas Ryan Timberlake.
Until next week…
Tinashe has released a new video for her track ‘All Hands On Deck’ off her debut album, Aquarius. She had much success with her single, ‘2 On,’ but she hasn’t made quite the buzz on the radio. She did have a little something something as she was featured on the ‘Jealous (Remix)’ with Nick Jonas which had a lot of airplay. I couldn’t resist doing a review of this track. It’s catchy and so far it has over 1.2 million views on YouTube. That’s amazing for it being released this week.
The video has that semi-grunge feel to it. She has this thing of being “overly sexy.” It’s as if she’s trying so hard. The touching, the extra moving. She even channeled Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love.’ The video really picks up when she starts dancing in the storage units. The choreography wasn’t bad and she was killing it. There were six other dancers in the surrounding units. It was a dope scene and made for great pictures.
The second part of the video she switched it up a little bit and had a dark ballerina vibe. Again the choreography was on point. At first I thought it was a bit redundant, especially with the arm swinging that kept happening like every other word, but it did switch up a little bit. That arm swinging just happened to be the signature of the routine. Production wise it was great. It was very entertaining to watch.
She’s sining about a broken heart and how the old her is “dead and gone.” I kept listening over and over trying to figure out what the lyrics had to do with the vibe of this video.This video didn’t feature a love interest and while I do enjoy videos that stay with the track, this vision works. Having a love interest and then breaking into dance would be the oh so traditional route. She’s coming into her own as an artist, person, etc. She’s showing viewers a side they’ve never seen of her. For a newcomer you’re under constant ridicule and someone always has something to say, but she definitely slated in this video.
As for her attire, I really liked the outfits they put together; even the foil looking jacket near the end. The high-waisted shorts she had in the beginning of the video with the crop top was my favorite look. I also think she looks great with the darker hair.
I really enjoyed the video and this track has been on rotation since it released. There’s videos that can make a track and for me this one did. I had not listened to her album, but there’s no denying that this track is HOT! Hell, even Kanye likes it.
I had watched her performance of ‘2 On’ on Wendy Williams and compared to her performance on Conan of her latest single you can see the growth. She’s a lot more comfortable and she doesn’t sound winded. I was anticipating her vocals to be off compared to the performance I had seen, but it was good performance. I could see this track creeping its way on radio. The music just has that current radio vibe so above all else, that’s a sure way for it to make it. Looks like she has another Summer buzz coming her way. The remix features Iggy Azalea, but I prefer the track as is. It’d be nice for her to have a track that’s just her, no features taking over the radio.
Check out the video below:
Iggy Azalea is back with another video for the latest single off her re-released album, The New Classic: Reclassified. Click the links below to check out my other Iggy reviews:
- Video Review: Iggy Azalea, ‘Bounce’
- Video Review: Iggy Azalea x Charlie XCX, ‘Fancy’
- Video Review: Iggy Azalea x Rita Ora, ‘Black Widow’
Moving on to the review I am a fan of not only Iggy’s music, despite criticism, but of her videos as well. Now this one is interesting as I like the video for this one, but not so much the song. I really liked ‘Black Widow,’ but not so much the video.
The video begins with Iggy pulling up to a bank with this guy who is assumed to be her boyfriend. He says he’s getting money. She replies she thought he was broke and his clever response was he’s getting a loan. Really? Iggy gets out and starts rapping in front of her car and then everyone in the bank runs out screaming and the dude doesn’t even get away with his “loan” as he gets caught by the cops as soon as he walks out the bank.
Switch to the Jennifer Hudson cameo. She’s a cop and is singing her way to lock up Mr. Attempted Bank Robber as she sings her part. Back to Iggy she visits her boyfriend in jail and has ‘Get Ready’ on her hand. I didn’t think that she’d be breaking him out of jail. Here comes the police chase which the news pens ‘Lovers Jailbreak.’ Iggy eventually crashes and her boyfriend gets captured. She walks over to Jennifer Hudson and they start to dance as J. Hud sings. Just when I though the video was absolutely ridiculous and Iggy was going to just walk off, Hudson arrests her.
The video had a storyline which might have seemed a little too staged in certain areas, but I thought it was cool. I did get a Lady Gaga, ‘Telephone,’ vibe from it. As for this making major moves on the radio, I honestly don’t want to hear this over and over and over. This is by far my least favorite Iggy song.
Check out the video below:
While I am usually a huge fan of Iggy Azalea videos, this one has to be my least favorite. There have been pictures circulating for weeks for ‘Black Widow’ and the snippet that was released did not match that of the video. There’s no surprise that it had a Kill Bill theme, but being that Iggy is all for themes the video should’ve been just that. The diner scene in the beginning reminded me a lot of Lady Gaga’s, ‘Telephone’. In fact, the videos are very similar in using the Kill Bill theme as the truck from Kill Bill was used in ‘Telephone’.
Although the video was nicely put together, it did nothing for me. I get what they were going for, but it was really nothing spectacular to me. It was just a little bland. I know there was action and that’s a different side of Iggy, but she has better videos.
Be sure to catch her LIVE on the VMAs with Rita Ora when they perform ‘Black Widow’ on 8.24.Check out the video below:
Iggy Azalea stormed the Today Show and performed ‘Work’ and her summer smash, ‘Fancy’, which has been declared triple platinum. With over 3 million copies sold Iggy has become a household name with her infectious track.
‘Fancy’ was released February 17, 2014 and five months later on July 27th it was declared triple platinum. The that it took to get to #1 is similar to that of Nicki Minaj‘s, ‘Starships’,which was released on February 14, and was declared triple platinum on August 16, 2012. Iggy has reached the mark a hare faster and she was able to lock down the Hot 100 for seven weeks.
Check out Iggy get down in her neon color block outfit below:
Iggy Azalea has knocked John Legend out of the #1 spot with had Charlie XCX assisted track, ‘Fancy’. The track has sold 1.3 million downloads to date. She tweeted and instagramed about her latest success.
The chart success doesn’t stop there. The collab with Ariana Grande, ‘Problem’ was downloaded another 284,000 times last week remains and has gone from 3-2 on the Hot 100. With holding the #1 and #2 spots she becomes just the third women (Mariah Carey in 2005 and Ashanti in 2000) to hold such rank simultaneously and 15th overall and the chart records don’t stop there. She becomes the 4th solo female MC to top the Hot 10. First was Lauryn Hill [‘Doo Woo (That Thing)’, 1998], then Lil Kim [‘Lady Marmalade’, 2001], and then Shawnna [‘Stand Up’ w/ Ludacris, 2003]. Yes Iggy Azalea has done something neither Nicki Minaj not Missy Elliot have been able to. ‘Fancy’ is the first track comprised of two solo female artist to top the charts since 2001s ‘Lady Marmalade’.
The New Classic sold an additional 22,000 copies which put it back in the top 10 (14-9) on the Billboard 200.
After months and what seems what years of a delay, Iggy Azalea has released her debut album The New Classic. Is her debut to be considered classic? I wouldn’t necessarily call it that, but I am pleased with the content on it although some of it was redundant. Let’s get into my top 5 (in no particular order):
- ‘Black Widow’ (feat. Rita Ora)
- ‘Fancy’ (Charli XCX)
If I had to choose ONE song as my favorite it would come down to ‘Fancy’. I know a lot of songs I chose were songs she’s previously released, minus ‘Rolex’, but there really hasn’t been an Iggy song released that I haven’t liked. Well I lied, her collab with Keyshia Cole (‘I’m Coming Out’) was horrid. Moving on I liked the flow of the album. She talks life, love, and how fab she is which is what you would expect. Lyrically songs did sound similar, lyrically, such as ‘Don’t Need Y’all’, ‘Walk the Line’, and ‘Work’.
‘Rolex’ is one of my favorites because lyrically I love a song when an artist talks about a past love. In this case Iggy was speaking of her ex, A$AP Rocky.
I got you tatted / You took off before the ink dried on my hand.
Incase you didn’t know, Iggy used to have a tattoo of A$VP on the outside of her left pinky finger. Out of all the songs that are on the album I feel that this one is most personal.
Overall I think this album is a great debut. I am really impressed and have become a HUGE fan of Iggy Azalea. Again as far as this being a classic, eh I’m not sure about that. She’s come a LONG way within a year and I’m glad that her debut did not get swept under the rug. ‘Fancy’ is what capitalized on her career and it’s a song that works with her voice. I absolutely love it. Take a listen to the album below (via Spotify):