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Katy Perry Takes a Ride in the Eye-Popping “Chained to the Rhythm” Music Video

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Katy Perry Takes a Ride in the Eye-Popping “Chained to the Rhythm” Music Video

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Katy Perry Takes a Ride in the Eye-Popping “Chained to the Rhythm” Music Video

If the political underpinnings of Katy Perry’s new single, “Chained to the Rhythm,” were too subtle for some, she made sure to put a fine point on her message at last week’s Grammy Awards, concluding her impressively choreographed debut performance of the song with a projection of the preamble of the United States Constitution. The new music video for the track is notably less pointed, offered up with more than a spoonful of the sugary, colorful imagery we’ve come to expect from Perry.

Lana Del Rey Gets Far-Out in Spacey “Love” Music Video

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Lana Del Rey Gets Far-Out in Spacey “Love” Music Video
Lana Del Rey Gets Far-Out in Spacey “Love” Music Video

Reports that Lana Del Rey had hit the recording studio with both Emile Haynie (who co-produced much of the singer’s 2012 album Born to Die) and Benny Blanco (best known for his work with Kesha and Katy Perry) suggested she might be putting a modern twist on the throwback sound that made her famous. The first taste of those sessions, though, sounds like more of the same, with Del Rey winsomely crooning about cool kids who are “young and in love” set to a minimalist but heady symphonic arrangement that’s reliably, even comfortingly formulaic. “I get ready, I get all dressed up/To go nowhere in particular,” she sings on “Love,” as if describing an entire generation as well as her creative method.

Lady Gaga Reunites with Jonas Åkerlund for “John Wayne” Music Video

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Lady Gaga Reunites with Jonas Åkerlund for “John Wayne” Music Video
Lady Gaga Reunites with Jonas Åkerlund for “John Wayne” Music Video

Capitalizing on a wave of publicity in the aftermath of Sunday night’s Super Bowl halftime performance, Lady Gaga has released the music video for “John Wayne,” a standout track from last year’s largely forgettable Joanne. Gaga’s short film-style clips for “Bad Romance,” “Alejandro,” and “Born This Way” helped reignite the music video medium, turning each new release into a bona fide event, but her recent output—especially the lackluster videos for “Perfect Illusion” and “Million Reasons,” the first two singles from Joanne—have failed to garner much buzz. “John Wayne,” however, sees Gaga once again plying a maximalist aesthetic, and returning to the outlandish costumes and, possibly, a storyline that began almost eight years ago.

Watch Cate Blanchett’s Face Melt in John Hillcoat’s Music Video for Massive Attack’s “The Spoils”

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Watch Cate Blanchett’s Face Melt in John Hillcoat’s Music Video for Massive Attack’s “The Spoils”
Watch Cate Blanchett’s Face Melt in John Hillcoat’s Music Video for Massive Attack’s “The Spoils”

Director John Hillcoat, best known for his genre-driven films The Proposition, which was written by Nick Cave, and The Road, has enlisted two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett for his music video for Massive Attack’s “The Spoils,” the title track from the U.K. trip-hop pioneers’ new EP. The clip opens with a stark close-up of the Carol star donning minimal makeup; as the image slowly degrades, so does Blanchett’s famously steely face, first morphing into a plaster cast of her head before gradually turning into a mask with hollow eyes and a wig on top. Ultimately, the actress’s face is unrecognizable, as guest vocalist Hope Sandoval (of Mazzy Star fame) sings, “I somehow slowly love you/I wanna keep you the same.” By the video’s end, Blanchett has become a digitally rendered bust made of porous rock, eventually so eroded that any trace of her visage has vanished.

Rihanna Premieres Heavy-Handed “Sledgehammer” Music Video from Star Trek Beyond

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Rihanna Premieres Heavy-Handed “Sledgehammer” Music Video from Star Trek Beyond
Rihanna Premieres Heavy-Handed “Sledgehammer” Music Video from Star Trek Beyond

After making its premiere in IMAX Cinemas across the country, the music video for Rihanna’s new single, “Sledgehammer,” debuted on Tidal and YouTube this morning. The song, an over-produced power ballad lifted from the Star Trek Beyond soundtrack, finds the singer successfully aping the vocal style of Sia, who co-wrote the track. The pair previously collaborated on Rihanna’s hit “Diamonds,” a far more effective blending of the two stars’ signature sounds.

Watch Adele’s Kaleidoscopic Music Video for “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”

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Watch Adele’s Kaleidoscopic Music Video for “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”
Watch Adele’s Kaleidoscopic Music Video for “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”

Madonna sang a duet with Stevie Wonder as part of her touching tribute to Prince, Kesha performed a stunning cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” and Britney Spears stripped and lip-synched her way through 10 songs at last night’s Billboard Music Awards. But the night belonged to Adele, who wasn’t even there. The singer won five awards, including Top Album and Top Artist, and premiered the music video for her new single “Send Me Love (To Your New Lover),” from her album 25.

Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Music Video Is a Derivative, Lazy Bore

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Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Music Video Is a Derivative, Lazy Bore
Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” Music Video Is a Derivative, Lazy Bore

In case it wasn’t already obvious that Justin Timberlake’s new single, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!,” is vying to be this summer’s “Happy,” the music video for the song, from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film Trolls, looks strikingly similar to the clip for Pharrell’s 2013 smash, which was also recorded for an animated film. Aside from its aspect ratio, there’s little to distinguish Timberlake’s video from that of the infuriatingly ubiquitous “Happy”: Both were shot in sunny Los Angeles and feature “regular” but charmingly eccentric people dancing in their local habitats, a concept that already felt trite three years ago. Directed by Mark Romanek, the man responsible for some of the greatest music videos of all time, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” is, at best, an innocuous visual interpretation of an innocuous song. Coming from two titans of the industry, it’s a shockingly derivative, lazy bore.

Janet Jackson Gets Back to Basics in New Music Video for “Damnn Baby”

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Janet Jackson Gets Back to Basics in New Music Video for “Damnn Baby”
Janet Jackson Gets Back to Basics in New Music Video for “Damnn Baby”

There’s an implicit comma in the title of her new single, “Damnn Baby,” from last year’s Unbreakable, but ticketholders for Janet Jackson’s world tour were likely muttering the phrase—sans punctuation mark and superfluous “n”—when the singer revealed she would be postponing the remainder of the dates so she and husband Wissam Al Mana could “[plan] our family.” (If her choice of words seemed ambiguous, yesterday a source confirmed that Janet, who turns 50 this month, is indeed pregnant.)

Radiohead Drops New Single & Wicker Man-Inspired Music Video for “Burn the Witch”

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Radiohead Drops New Single & Wicker Man-Inspired Music Video for “Burn the Witch”
Radiohead Drops New Single & Wicker Man-Inspired Music Video for “Burn the Witch”

After a series of Instagram teasers and mysterious leaflets sent to fans that made mention of the song’s title, Radiohead has released “Burn the Witch,” the first single from their ninth studio album. Rumored to be called Dawn Chorus, the upcoming album will be the band’s first in over five years, following 2011’s The King of Limbs. “Burn the Witch,” which goes on sale at midnight, has reportedly been in the works for at least 15 years, as far back as 2001’s Kid A. True to the band’s long-established brand, the track melds digital and analog, with staccato guitar stabs, lush orchestral swells, and of course, frontman Thom Yorke’s sonorous wails undergirded by buzzing electronic sounds and Colin Greenwood’s distinctive bass. “Stand in the shadows/To the gallows/This is a round-up,” Yorke cautions at the song’s start, with all the paranoia and politically shaded intrigue we’ve come to expect.

Rihanna & Drake Get to “Work” in Two New Music Videos

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Rihanna & Drake Get to “Work” in Two New Music Videos
Rihanna & Drake Get to “Work” in Two New Music Videos

Nearly a month after the unceremonious release of Rihanna’s Anti, the album’s peculiar rollout continues with not one, but two music videos for the lead single, “Work.” The first, like the track itself, is evocative of Velvet Rope-era Janet Jackson, specifically “Got ’til It’s Gone.” Helmed by Director X and shot at Toronto’s Caribbean-themed bar and restaurant The Real Jerk, the video conjures the iconic Janet clip’s hazy, sepia-hued, slow-motion aesthetic, if not its politics. Following the in-your-face “message” videos for “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “American Oxygen,” though, the laidback, communal vibe is a welcome reprieve. It’s also incredibly sexy.