Katy Perry is extraterrestrial, or so she leads us to believe in her "ET" video with Kanye West, debuting her supernatural video Thursday in all its intergalactic glory and majestic moonscapes.
Perry dons alien-like nails, blue lipstick and unsettling reptilian eyes in the sweeping visual manifestation of her newest single about out-of-this-world love. The California Girl with teenage dreams even gets lusty over a robotic alien-turned-man ... and then there's a surprise ending!
What do you think of the video? Is it new ground for Perry or does if feel like a Gaga spinoff? Take our poll and shuttle your thoughts in comments.
Willow Smith is the kind of chick who knocks you off your feet, or so she says in her "21st Century Girl" music video that dropped Friday. And it's hard to argue with that logic.
On a night when Tyler Perry ruled the roost, the kid won an NAACP Image Award for outstanding new artist (beating Nicky Minaj and Bruno Mars, among others), is set to star in a remake of "Annie" and has a recording career clicking along, all at the tender age of 10.
She was in the company Friday night of fellow winners Usher, Mary J. Blige and John Legend and the Roots, to name a few, though Alicia Keys' "Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" beat Willow's "Whip My Hair" for outstanding video.
Some more 2011 Image Award film winners of note: Halle Berry won for her "Frankie & Alice" performance, and the movie won for indie film. Denzel Washington was recognized for his turn in "The Book of Eli" -- besting Willow's brother Jaden Smith, who'd been nominated for "The Karate Kid."
In the television group, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" won for outstanding comedy series, with comedy lead-acting honors going to Vanessa Williams for "Desperate Housewives" and David Mann for "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns."
Click for more photos of arrivals at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards.
Did Maria Aragon expect to make it on stage with Lady Gaga when she uploaded her cover of "Born This Way" last month? That's what happened Thursday night in Toronto, when Maria, 10, took the stage and then sat on Lady Gaga's lap to perform a duet in front of a massive audience.
"Maria represents what this song is all about," the singer said before kicking off the song with her young fan, and her young fan's orange rally monkey. "It's all about the next generation and the future and no more divisiveness, only unity." (The lyrics of "Born This Way" celebrate all ethnicities and sexualities, with a chorus that starts, "I'm beautiful in my way / 'Cause God makes no mistake."
A Canadian radio station sent the Little Monster to her Mother Monster's Toronto concert show after hooking the two up over the phone and on the air on Feb. 18. It was a phone call that reduced the younger monster to tears, which you can see and hear in the video embedded below, along with video from their duet in concert.
The kid, who said she's been singing since she was 3, appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show a few days later, performing the tune live. "It not every day you get to talk to a superstar, you get, like, feedback from a superstar that you did a great job on a cover of her song," Maria told Ellen.
Which rendition of the tune do you prefer, the one in Gaga's new music video, or Maria's viral version, above?
The premiere of the Jennifer Lopez "On the Floor" video on "American Idol" was a welcome distraction Thursday night after at the end of two intense hours of watching talented kids get sent home -- a relief, of course, until the guillotine came down for the last time moments after the video ended.
It was interesting to see the current style of music video (J. Lo's tune features rapper Pitbull) juxtaposed with the more classic songs the wild-card hopefuls chose to perform in their last-ditch efforts to stay in the running.
There'd been an interactive fan component to the "On the Floor" reveal. "Idol" fans were able to watch three endings online ahead of time, with the most popular version shown Thursday night. (Anybody remember "Choose Your Own Adventure"?)
Separate from the song, there are a few awesome shots of Lopez shaking her money maker, which is one asset that simply makes us happy. If it would make you happy to know the names of "Idol's" Top 13, visit Show Tracker.
Let it never be said that Lady Gaga takes herself too seriously when it comes to creations like her new "Born This Way" video. OK, let it never be said in this paragraph that she takes herself too seriously.
Let it also never be said that you can't create a very interesting view of the world through a ... well, through a kaleidoscope?
Let it often be said that Lady Gaga really likes dancing in public in her unnie-pantz. And let it also be said that this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
As for the "Born This Way" video, well, "This is the manifesto of Mother Monster," Lady Gaga intones. So check out the Nick Knight-directed clip above — viewer advisory just 'cause the beginning is pretty icky — then vote in our up or down poll below, and intone all you want in comments. (Just don't cuss, OK? OK!)
The Britney Spears music video "Hold It Against Me" debuted Thursday night on MTV, finally providing visual accompaniment to the tune that dropped in January.
At that time, "Hold It Against Me," the first single from Spears' upcoming "Femme Fatale," seemed to do just fine without much critical love, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Singles chart. The video is (of course?) directed by Jonas Akerlund, the guy behind Lady Gaga's "Telephone."
Yes, there's product placement galore. Yes, there's Auto-Tune. But there's also Britney and some boys dancing in outfits that look like a fashionista's take on men's tighty whiteys, or maybe on their childhood Spider-Man underpants, and what's not to love there? Not to mention the crouching-tiger-hidden-Britney kickboxing sequence pitting the pop tart against herself -- in platform stilettos.
The song is catchy enough that we're going to have to immediately counter-program RuPaul's "Jealous of My Boogie," below, to reboot the iPod part of our brain -- so maybe the video has done its job effectively.
Wait, first we liked the Justin Bieber movie, and now we're finding Britney's comeback video catchy? Are we losing our edge? Given that we're already imagining an Adam Lambert remake of "Hold It Against Me," all signs point to "yes."
Who is Shawty Mane? Why, it's Justin Bieber, who says in his Shawty video, "You guys might know me as the guy, y'know, who sings 'Baby,' y'know ... I'm a singer ... I'm white. But y'know, I just wanted to do this just to prove that I got skills on, on, on the rap game, so yeah, what up ...."
"I killed that. Ai, peace."
Bieber posted the "Speaking in Tongues" video Wednesday via his Twitter page.
So watch it, then tell us which Bieber incarnation you prefer.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Justin Bieber at a promotional event in Tokyo on Oct. 13, 2010. Credit: Shuji Kajiyama / Associated Press
Gwyneth Paltrow on Thursday premiered the video for "Country Strong," the title track for her upcoming drama of the same name.
Though movie sets and well-appointed homes are the actress' native stomping grounds, she slips right into the country vibe, jamming with a band in a minimal warehouse setting. [Updated, 3 p.m.: Unfortunately, the video's been taken down for the time being, but you can hear the audio above.]
"Country Song" has been released as a single to radio. The flick, co-starring Leighton Meester and Tim McGraw, will hit theaters Dec. 22.