In this week’s top music video picks, we violate sanitary rules by riding construction equipment naked, running from crazy women and starring in a Las Vegas show with Iggy Azalea. From hip-hop to electronic and indie rock, with artists like Au Revoir Simone and Wiz Khalifa, see which music videos are going viral.
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
This video made the list because how could it not? Everyone has been talking about Miley non-stop since her bump-and-grind at the VMAs and she hasn’t let up on the salacious behavior since. In this new song from Cyrus, the music is slower and more introspective than her previous hit “We Can’t Stop,” but the video features even more skin. The juxtaposition of Cyrus belting out tearful accusations and her naked on a wrecking ball and making out with a sledge hammer is awkward and unsexy. The video was directed by celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, so if you are a fan of Cyrus or Richardson this might be for you. For the rest, watch it once to see what the commotion is about.
Vali featuring Wiz Khalifa, "Dimes"
Performing on this track with label-mate Wiz Khalifa, New York singer and songwriter Vali released “Dimes” this week. The song has a dark groove and dark visuals to match. Vali sings while playing with an alligator on a pink swing set, hustling at a lemonade stand and dancing with shadowy creatures. What does it all mean? Who knows, but it certainly looks nice.
Arcade Fire, "Reflektor"
The latest from Canadian indie darlings Arcade fire is full of sparkling reflections. There’s a reflective disco ball, a reflective cowboy and a reflective coffin. In between all of these shiny surfaces is the band dressed in huge puppet heads of themselves. Not enough for you? Those who have Google Chrome or who want to download it can interact directly with the music video, which changes depending on what viewers do in front of their webcams.
It’s been awhile since Eminem put out a single, but he’s back with “Berzerk” and brought some friends. He goes old school in this video, rapping in front of a huge boom box. There are also clips of days gone by and cameos from Kendrick Lamar, Kid Rock and mega-producer Rick Rubin fresh off his work on Yeezus.
Anoushka Shankar Featuring Norah Jones, "Traces of You"
Those last few videos were sort of hectic. This soothing sitar track from Anoushka Shankar with vocals from Norah Jones (who herself sounds like a cup of chamomile tea) will take the edge off. The video is mostly a slow kaleidoscope of sitar playing, images of nature, street life in India and Jones that all match the pacing of the music perfectly. It's a great breather.
Au Revoir Simon, "Crazy"
Girl trio Au Revior Simone get to show off some of their acting chops for this vid. The video for their song “Crazy” is a shortened reenactment of a Martin Scorsese film called After Hours about a man desperately trying to get home. The girls play all the parts including that of the hapless male protagonist. Even if you don’t know anything about the movie, the video is still entertaining and a great watch.
Iggy Azalea, "Change Your Life"
This is the second movie recreation on the list. Iggy Azalea’s “Change Your Life” is a compact retelling of the best bad movie of all time, Showgirls. Azalea is seen singing on top of the Cheetah strip club where protagonist Nomi Malone got her start, before eventually getting the sought-after spot in a showgirls troupe. You can see all of that condensed down to a few minutes and in HD in this video, from the showgirls to the eventual tragic end. The only shame is that Azalea didn’t have a close-up of her nails.