Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

Controversial Videos, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj




As I mentioned here a few days ago, Taylor Swift is out with a new song and video from her upcoming new album. The upbeat catchy song, "Shake It Off," is a tribute to 80s music and the video with lots of dancing is a tribute to the early days of Music Videos.

Back in the 80s, when MTV actually still Was Music TeleVision, the concept of music videos was fairly new. No one knew exactly what to do or what could be done with a music video. Before MTV and the Music Video revolution of the very early 80s, videos were made for a very few songs as promotional material, designed to boost record sales. But on 8/1/81 when MTV went on the air, or over cable actually, it seemed that every sing needed to have an accompanying video to make it a legit song. That meant that many videos were made on low budgets. Bigger budget videos tried to outdo each other for attention. By late 1983, Michael Jackson released a 13-minute music video for "Thriller," directed by famous Hollywood film director John Landis.

Taylor Swift in an Ad for Keds

Taylor Swift goes back through the years and alludes to styles and cliches used in previous songs and videos. This is what happens in the entertainment world. People "borrow" lyrical ideas and video looks that others have used in the past. If done right, with enough modification and injection of personal style, people accept the allusion to past works and it helps them identify with the current offering. However, if people feel that the artist is blatantly ripping off previous works, they will complain of plagiarism. Both opinions are represented in reviews of Taylor Swift's new song, "Shake It Off".

It is likely that Taylor Swift will Shake Off most criticism of her latest song, "Shake It Off" because the song is actually about ignoring haters. Have a look and decide for yourself. Is this popular new Taylor Swift video, with 3 million views on day one and now 15 million views on day two, a tribute or a rip off or something entirely different?

Yesterday saw the release of the new Nicki Minaj video, Anaconda. This video is also controversial, also features elements from the past, and includes lots of dancing. In this case, the connection to the past is deliberate. The song includes samples from the 1986 hit dance song, "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot. That song told of Mister Mix's appreciation of women who had a figure that was little in the middle but having much back. His Anaconda didn't want none unless she had buns. He obviously liked big butts and he could not lie about it.

So Nicki Minaj made a video celebrating the effect of her twerking butt on someone's Anaconda. In addition to twerking scenes, the video features banana eating and whipped cream shooting on Nicki's chest. Some say this video promotes porn and strip clubs. Take a look and decide for yourself. If you are a parent with young children, you might be interested to see this very popular video by Nicki Minaj that got 10 million views on day one, and decide if your children should see this or not.

Where do you buy your music? Why not get it at Amazon.com! They sell everything there! Shop at Amazon.com for music, electronics, clothes, even food! Here are some items available at Amazon related to Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj. Have a look, and check out other things for sale at Amazon as well. Happy Shopping!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

 

Taylor Swift Videos




Taylor Swift is coming out with her fifth studio album very soon! It doesn't have a name yet, but Taylor Swift will be Live on Yahoo in 3 days (Monday August 18th, 5PM Eastern Time) to talk about the album. Here's the link: https://screen.yahoo.com/live/event/taylor-swift

Taylor Swift is everywhere these days! She was on the Teen Choice awards last week. See the video below of Taylor Swift on The Tonight Show with Jummy Fallon, doing a segmant of the Ew Skit! She plays Natalie Benson - she is 13, and she likes to chill out all the time and eat apricots. She drew a Pegacorn! It's part Pegasus and part Unicorn. Taylor Swift is quite a cute little nerd girl with braces!

5 years ago, Taylor Swift gave us one very romantic song and video, "Love Story". It is about two young people who meet at school, prompting Taylor Swift to have a flasback to the early 1800's. She dances with her new found friend in her flashback, much like Mister Darcy would dance with Elizabeth in the Jane Austen classic, "Pride and Prejudice". In the song, the characters are named Romeo and Juliet, so there is the allusion to that Shakespeare play as well. Juliet's father tells Romeo to stay away from Juliet, but they do sneak off for romantic rendezvous. It all works out in the end!

In addition to a brand new album, Taylor Swift is also in a movie that just hit the big screen, "The Giver" in which she plays the role of Rosemary. This social science fiction film just came out on August 15th, is based on the book of the same name from 1993, and stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander SkarsgÄrd, Odeya Rush, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. You can watch the The Giver Official Trailer on YouTube, here.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

 

Remembering Robin Williams




Today, the world lost a unique talent, Robin Williams. Robin has been entertaining us for 5 decades. In the 70s, we first met Robin when he played the role of space visitor Mork, from Ork. Mork landed in Boulder Colorado on a mission to observe human life and report back to leader Orson. Each week, he was involved in hilarious high jinx, but always saw something in the human race that showed how worthwhile we were.

In the 80s and beyond, Robin starred in many popular movies including Good Morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, The World According to Garp, Patch Adams, Awakenings, The Dead Poet Society and many more. Robin performed stand up comedy at break neck speed, improvising often and going off on extended joke sprees at the slightest trigger. He appeared often on late night shows leaving the host and audience gasping for air after laughing heartily.

Recently Robin Williams was a performer on American Idol Gives Back, a charity show with the American Idol judges. He played the role of the winner of Russian Idol, and did several minutes of jokes and improv. Today we present two representative videos from the long laugh filled career of Robin Williams. The first video is the pilot episode of Mork and Mindy, starring Robin Williams and Pam Dawber, with guest stars Henry Winkler as The Fonz and Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fasio. The second video is of Robin Williams on American Idol. Watch, laugh, and celebrate the life of Robin Williams.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

 

Lizzie McGuire Hilary Duff Chasing The Sun




Once Upon A Time, there was a girl named Lizzie McGuire. Lizzie was a teen girl who was sweet but shy and a little klutzy. She had a little brother she often fought with, named Matt. They lived a typical middle class American life along with their mom and dad, who just happened to look like that guy in Revenge of the Nerds. She had a Mexican-American BFF named Miranda and a boy best friend since they were babies named Gordo. This good girl and her nice friends and family got into funny situations with happy endings for three years - then they were gone.

Once Upon A Time, there was a girl named Hilary Duff. She was born and raised in Texas where she took acting, singing and dance classes with her older sister Haylie. Disney found her and made her a teen idol in a very popular show about a sweet, shy, clumsy girl and her friends and family. Hilary also had a successful singing career, with hits like "So Yesterday," and "Our Lips Are Sealed" with sister Haylie. Hilary continued in the public eye in several movie and TV roles. She has never really been gone, but she was less visible as she did other things in her life including starting a clothes line, writing a trilogy, taking up charitable causes, marrying, having a son and separating.

Look who's back with the one of the most watched videos on YouTube last week! It's Lizzie McGuire! I mean, it's Hilary Duff! Hilary has a new song called "Chasing the Sun" from her fifth album. The song and video were released on June 29th, and the video already has 15 Million views! This is a catchy summer tune with a funny music video in which cubicle worker Hilary daydreams about fun in the sun while things go wrong in the office. Check out this great summer video hit!

I thought the music video was well done and humorous, but there is also a Bloopers video! Have a laugh when things go wrong in the shooting of the Hilary Duff music video "Chasing the Sun".

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

 

DragonForce - New Speed Metal Album




I've been a fan of Speed Metal before the term was even coined. Back in the day I loved, "7 and 7 is" by Love, "Journey to the Center of your Mind" by The Amboy Dukes, "Communication Breakdown" by Led Zeppelin, and "Set Me Free" by Sweet. Anything loud and fast was what I sought out. Then The Ramones fit the bill for me, followed by British Metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. When Speed and Thrash Metal hit, I was listening to early Metallica, Exodus, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax.

As fast as those bands were, I was still blown away the first time I heard "Through the Fire and the Flames" by British Extreme Power Metal kings, DragonForce. I first thought they must have sped it up in the studio - no one could play That Fast! But I've spoken to people who have seen them Live, and the word is, they do indeed shred at the speed of Light! The video for that manic metal masterpiece hit YouTube at the end of 2006 and now has over 62 Million views. If you never saw it, I put it below for your Metal enjoyment!

But first, here is the NEW song from DragonForce! Maximum Overload will be the name of DragonForce's sixth studio release, due out in a few weeks. The first single is The Game, shown below. These guys have not slowed down! They still play some of the fastest songs I've ever heard! Uploaded to YouTube on June 18th, this video is approaching a half Million views. Of special interest - the word is that DragonForce cover the Johnny Cash classic, Ring of Fire, on this recording; that should be interesting! Long Live Speed Metal; Long live DragonForce! \m/

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