A video that captures the chaos of our time, starting with online clips of racism, violence and other awfulness, and then transitioning to middle-section with audio of Mike Tyson, and then a defiant dance performance.
Pharrell Williams resurrects his groundbreaking group N.E.R.D. with this collabo with Rihanna, who makes a hair razing (see what I did there?) cameo at the beginning before we follow our newly shorn dancer on a popping routine.
Sure, there's some editorial and other manipulations going on with Bruno Mars' singular dance extravaganza that is the "That's What I Like" video — not to mention all the animated filigrees — but we should also recignize that Bruno is indeed capable of much more than your average pop star, and it's not such a stretch to envision him doing these moves harder, better, faster, stronger than anyone else.
Beyonce goes very big with Lemonade, a visual album that mixes the personal with the universal with the political in a nearly hourlong special consisting of poetry, music and visuals.
In terms of the visual, the biggest stamp seems to come from director Khalil Joseph, but the longform also has set-pieces (aka: songs) directed by Jonas Akerlund,, Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Akerlund, Mark Romanek, Todd Tourso and Dikayl Rimmasch.
Sometimes your mind starts to wander when you're stuck in traffic, but so does Travie McCoy who finds himself in a circular and increasingly bizarre and bombastic journey to see what's further on up the road.
Kendrick Lamar keeps troubles at bay during a long walk through the city thanks to good music, good vibes and a message of self-worth and love. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Ron "Mr Biggs" Isley is there to bless this revamp of his Isley Brothers classic "That Lady" (which you probably remember from many other usages).
Can a group of cheery kids gets jaded New Yorkers break a smile on a crappy day? Can Sia update this track from Annie for something that can resonae with kids tuning into the 2014 movie remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis as the traditionally red-headed orphan?
Holy crap. An all-star, action packed trailer for Jay Z and Beyonce first feature film coming... NEVER. So, breath a sigh of relief, since all involved surely know that this compilation of action flick cliches would be a clunker even by Hollywood crap standards.
That said: We get Beyonce at her hottest, Jay at his most badass and cast that would be the envy of any blockbuster: Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Guillermo Diaz, Emmy Rossum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Rashida Jones and Kidada Jones.
The ladies of Haim are heartbreakers, willing to kick their men to the curb without nary a warning. Which must be especially rough for Lonely Island + Girls guy Jorma Taccone, who plays the poor sap who was ready to put a ring on it.
David Bowie isn't known for stepping out of character — be it the all-encompassing guises of Ziggy Stardust or The Thin White Duke, or even the roles he played in previous videos for comeback album The Next Day — but "Valentines Day" is when the rock legend really faces us down. And it's intense. Armed with merely a guitar — a headless Steinberger, which hasn't been in style since, well maybe ever — and a stare that might even give old Jack Torrance the willies, Bowie shows how a simple, traditional video like this can be effective when the subject is worthy.