John Mayer launches his new Sob Rock album with a performance video as smoothly executed as the song itself, which includes an appearance by guest singer Maren Morris, and some retro touches that complement the song's vibe.
Shania Twain releases might not be as frequent as other country superstars, but she's clearly paying attention to what's cool thanks to this collaboration with the mysterious alt-country star Orville Peck and director Cameron Duddy, who also plays bass in Midland. The stylized video itself takes place at a magical movie drive-in, which once would have been considered retro, but is now as timely as ever in these Corona times.
Stardom as an instant glamour model can be a bitch. Or maybe, it's just the photographers who discover and explout these beautiful people who are truly the bitches. Such is the situation in this tale of Rita Ora going from a street savvy headturner to a glossy pin-up girl under the watchful eye of a creepy Warholian predator type who peels her away from her man.
This campy and retro musical tribute to pretty girls around the world (that would be all of them) is an out-of-this-world quest to bring these two blonde superstars together. Iggy plays an alien robot-type creature who is, naturally, new to the scene, while Britney is otherwise worshiped and glorified.
As is the case with many directors, Cameron Duddy can tell a good story. And since it's a long story — but a good one, I promise — I'll skip a big introduction. Let's just say you've undoubtedly seen some of his videos for Bruno Mars, AWOLNATION, Grouplove and beyond... And despite the occasional tall tale — another common director's trait — there's also some unvarnished truth. For instance, ask him why his one-take music video for "The Lazy Song" has overr a half BILLION YouTube views, his answer is, "I have no fucking clue." (Although, on second thought, maybe he's just protecting his trade secrets, like any good director would)
Read on for our conversation, which takes lots of twists and turns along the way...