Category Archives: Song and Music Video Premieres

HOLY SH*T! Fergie’s New Video “M.I.L.F. $” Is Amazing!

“Fergalicious” 2.0 is here!

It’s a slippery slope to try and beat expectations and the bars set by previous successes. And for Fergie, her comeback album had fans begging for a redux of her first album “The Dutchess.” And after watching the debut of her “M.I.L.F. $” music video, FERGIE DELIVERED!

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I spent a while this morning unsuccessfully trying to catch up with the song’s energy. It’s pretty insane and hard swallow in one sitting. But the visual perfectly gels all the different styles of the song and gives the energy an amazing visual to back it up! My jaw dropped with the milky cream colored setup with her dance routine and shot with Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen! I’m not even a casual fan of Kim K. and she looked AMAZING! Literally couldn’t lift my jaw from the ground the entire video!

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The video has a million star cameos from hollywood’s hottest moms. But the biggest win of all is the fact that no one makes music videos like our pop divas of the 00’s! The set was colorful and dynamic and gives her original “Fergalicious” a run for it’s money in the aesthetics department.  If you were on the fence about the song on first listen, give the video a chance and “M.I.L.F. $” is certainly the summer’s most high-energy music video! Check it out below!

 

What do you think of Fergie’s return to the music video big leagues? Let me know here or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! And buy “M.I.L.F. $” on iTunes here!

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Song Premiere + #QuickListen Review: Jennifer Lopez “Ain’t Your Mama”

Boy, things are about to change ’round here.

Jennifer Lopez releases her new song “Ain’t Your Mama” ahead of her performance tonight (April 7th) on the American Idol series finale.

The track is co-written by Meghan Trainor and produced by Dr. Luke and reunites her with a contemporary sound that, much like her reused photos in the single cover from her 2003 Esquire spread, is better suited for an earlier time in her career. “Ain’t Your Mama” begins promising with a hard-hitting chorus that could have introduce a heavier urban dance track, but instead drops its energy to contemporary pop melodies through the verses. It will be interesting to see how she performs this live because the song could use the dynamics of a live band to spice up the song altogether.

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The chorus is great but the rest of it feels lazily-produced; cut-print-released; rushed to possibly to meet deadlines for the American Idol finale performance. The song aims to be a spicy/fun anthem for over-supportive women, but on first listen, not sure it entirely accomplishes that. Hopefully after the live performances, music video and hearing it a few more times might enhance the song some. But for now it’s a bit dull. Love you always, J. Lo.

Listen to the track below!

 

How do you feel about the new song? Are you excited to see her perform it on Idol? Let me know here or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Music Video Premiere: Ariana Grande – “Dangerous Woman” (Visual 1)

Ariana Grande has revealed what makes her feel dangerous: …Letting her hair down.

Ariana-Ariana, let your hair down the castle walls — So we can climb up and look for that second visual you are promising. This first visual for “Dangerous Woman” is mostly a let down, and only a slight graduation and sequel to her bashfully flirty debut music video “The Way.

I was hoping to hold back any negative critiques of this single until I saw a firm and thoroughly envisioned video. But this video did not prove one vital thing: Ariana Grande does not have the conviction as a performer to sell a sexually suggestive song like this. As if her vocals didn’t feel weak and innocent enough, the video does little to change that. I was hoping that a music video would provide a little more “danger” and deviousness to convince me that she truly wants “to do things that [she] shouldn’t.”

Clearly, the only thing she feels that she shouldn’t be doing is removing the ponytail in this Nickelodeon-grade film/projection noir clip.

Watch Ariana Grande frolic about in front of another projector in her latest music video:

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Fifth Harmony Song Premiere: “The Life”

The girls are living “The Life” and proclaim that they are “the best in the biz!” The new song furthers confidence that Fifth Harmony‘s upcoming album “7/27” is going to be a heavy trunk of hit songs!

The song is available now along with “Work From Home” when you pre-order their album on iTunes. Check out their new song “The Life” at the link below:

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#QuickListen Review: Iggy Azalea – “Team”

2015’s most hated rapper sounds more insecure than ever.

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Single Cover for Iggy Azalea’s “Team”

Nothing is more enjoyable to me than seeing the underdog come through and succeed from hardships and doubt. Iggy Azalea‘s career has been chronicled in a more than messy way; she’s received little respect from the hip-hop community, she’s canceled an entire tour and even Britney Spears couldn’t revive her after being 2015’s black sheep. With that said, there would be no better person to watch succeed right now than Iggy. Will she though? Most likely not.

“Team” is a mildly powerful anthem for one-woman armies and lone wolves as a standalone track. However, for her career, it is pushing away any chance for Iggy Azalea to garner sympathy or show any artistic growth — which she desperately needs. Its production is simple but not horrible… Mostly the song is nothing Iggy can scream, “victory!” for.

The song does not allow Iggy Azalea to distance herself from the terrible press and controversy that plagued her after the success of 2014’s big hit, “Fancy.” Instead, it plays like a needless and bratty response to the flack from then that she should have already lived past. Iggy wants so badly to be respected as a rap queen, yet continues her tirade that no one’s opinion matters but her own. If that’s the case, she should stop throwing it down our throats that she’s “Fancy,” “Azillion” and on her own “Team.”

She found the most success succumbing to a pop-rap novelty with “Fancy” and “Black Widow” and should have stayed there. She could easily win back everyone’s interest by providing a slew of radio-ready hits to let us forget how unpopular she was last year.

All-in-all, “Team” is a weak player in the defense of “Iggy Azalea.” Listen to the song below:

 

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#QuickListenReview + Song and Video Premiere: Fifth Harmony – “Work From Home”

Fifth Harmony’s new song “Work From Home” is the ONLY “work” needed to be done so far this year.

 The Song:

Our little girls from X-Factor are grown-up working women now! The song  “Work From Home,” (from their upcoming sophomore album ‘7/27’) solidifies a place for Fifth Harmony in the current pop landscape as its favorite dessert dish. Just like “Worth it” being the group’s answer to Top 40’s previous infatuation with jazzy horns, much like  Jason Derulo‘s “Talk Dirty,” this song will sound (and taste) like a delicious dessert played after any of the many main-course hits Justin Bieber currently has in constant rotation on pop radio. They all sound great on the song, although it’s not really a vocal-driven song. The only criticism I’d have for it is that for the final chorus Lauren would have sounded a lot stronger and interesting on the adlibs for the finale (especially since she didn’t have a solo in the song) than the ever-present Camilla.

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Single Cover for Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home”

The Music Video:

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Dinah Jane demands 16″

The girls’ music video sees the girls in their most sexually implicit roles ever. Filled with phallic symbols and imagery (pictured above: Dinah Jane holding out 16″ on a ruler to her male counterpart), this video takes place at a construction site for a home that Fifth Harmony is hard at work on. I’ve got to say, although I’ve always been apprehensive that they can sell this kind of image or a dance video, they really worked it out! They really shocked me with how sexy this video was. It is a great curve ball pitched though.

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My reaction throughout Fifth Harmony’s new video

I guess performing their sassy dance song for a majority of last year has really paid off. They all look amazing and seem a little too comfortable in their new roles as suggestive women in pop. Watch their video below:

Overall, this song is my favorite single released this year. Fifth Harmony easily snatched the “work” crown swiftly from Rihanna‘s head and placed it upon theirs. Good job, girls.

 

Pre-Order Fifth Harmony‘s highly anticipated sophomore album “7/27” here. What are your opinions on this new release? Let me know here and on Facebook! Follow The Pop Pyro on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.