Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” gets the video it deserves by omitting Usher from the equation

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I’m not going to lie – I bloody love Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”. I can’t help it. Obviously it would be fortwenteen times better if it contained no Pitbull, but few records manage to escape his “input” these days.

I was disappointed with the video, though. It was your standard club-based yawnathon – some nice choreography, but it didn’t really capture the R&B/eurocheese crossover vitality of the song.

So thank Kong for Keenan Cahill who, under the YouTube moniker BeenerKeeKee19952, has provided the enthusiastic treatment the tune deserves. It’s a shame (but not remotely surprising) that, as one YT commenter understates in reference to the feedback Keenan has received from the community, “most of these comments r rude”.

Hey, guess what? Fever Ray's new video is really quite unsettling

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As revelations go, the above is about as surprising as waking up in the morning. But Karin Dreijer deserves credit for not giving up on that whole “I’m going to spook the bollocks out of you” vibe she’s been mining for a while, even if she is tipping over into self-parody.

Not that you’ll be thinking in such an analytical fashion when you see her with a big “V” on her face for no particular reason in the vid for “Stranger Than Kindness”. Nay, you’ll be doing your darndest not to shityapants.

Merry Halloween, everyone!*

*I know it’s not Halloween for a couple of days yet, but the chances of me getting time to post again before Saturday are, how you say, “slim to fuck-all”.

Gene Simmons, Dolly Parton appear on a christian's face

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Hey, how weird do you think it would be to see a person with all the members of Kiss painted onto his face? Do you think it would be as weird as this?


Chances are some of you found that slightly disturbing. In which case I would like to assure you that you ain’t even sniffed disturbing until you’ve seen him doing Dolly Parton.

Click over.

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That Chris Brown/Rihanna incident: the final word

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“I don’t think you should beat her up. That’s just bayad. It’s not good.”

Solange Knowles: Twitter nutter

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Sia lights up Later With Jools Holland

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sia_on_later.jpgIf there’s one thing I know about the current poplear music landscape, it’s that there aren’t quite enough unhinged lunatics out there. I don’t mean the kind of pop star who goes out of an evening, gets off their face on naughtyvits and punches a photographer. I mean genuinely eccentric, endlessly creative, risk-taking mavericks.
I think that Sia is up there with the best of them in the modern age. She writes very good songs, she has a very good voice and she doesn’t mind looking like a proper headcase.
Did you see her on Later With Jools Holland last week? She was the one who, with her band, looked like Papa Lazarou as drawn by a child with fluorescent crayons.
I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve written about Sia, I’m an IDIOT.

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"Props" to Aquasky for providing the best promotional image of the week

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I know nothing about Aquasky. I haven’t listened to their music, I haven’t read anything about them and indeed I only learned their name about a minute ago.

However, when an email drops into your mailbox featuring a photo of three men in sleeping bags jammed into public toilet cubicles, I think you’ll agree that it needs to be shared. All of the chaps involved look various shades of rapey, but I think that lends the portrait a certain piquancy.

If you’d like to listen to Aquasky’s music while you admire this image, meanwhile, you can do so here.

Fergie's "Fergalicious" becomes nerdy's "Mathmaticious"

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mathmaticious.gifFollowing last week’s peek at the SEO rapper comes another geek rapper extraordinaire. This kid – or “kiddynerdzoid”, as Tech Digest put it – is a 14 year-old Maths student who has decided to recreate Fergie’s “Fergalicious” with a mathematical theme. The result is “Mathmaticious”, and is a further example of what can happen if you don’t force your child to get a Saturday job.
Check it out over the page – lyrical bombs include:


I’m Mathmaticious (Mathmaticious)
It makes me so ambitious
My answers are judicious
Calculator never glitches

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La Pequena Amy Winehouse – making the real Amy Winehouse look slightly less messed up

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Just to confirm: THIS IS NOT THE REAL AMY WINEHOUSE.

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[via Blog Of Interest]

Pete Bennett from Big Brother 7 is a "Cosmonaut", has a Star Wars outfit

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bennet.gifThere he is, look. Pete. Forgot about him, hadn’t you? Well, him and his friend The Lovedogs have a new song out. Like most things that go into your ears these days, it’s about drugs. In fact, at one point, Pete decides to share with us that he is “off (his) f*cking face”. That’s nice for him, isn’t it? The song is an appropriately frenetic piece of poppy dance stuff, with plenty of that gurning we all love / loathe / forgot existed.
On a side note, don’t you think Pete looks rather a lot like Crazy Frog? Dressed as Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing outfit? Someone, somewhere, will be getting sexually excitable at that fantasy, I guarantee it. For that reason I will not post the video here.
You can, however, watch the whole high-spirited romp over at our Reality TV cousins, Available for Panto. And if you’re the frog-fancying perv, tell them about it. I don’t want to know.