Earlier this morning, MTV announced the addition of a brand new socially-concious category to the 2011 Video Music Awards: “Best Video With A Message.”
The nominees for the award–from the network that brings you Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant–include Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way,”
Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” Katy Perry‘s “Firework,” Taylor Swift‘s “Mean,” Eminem‘s “Love the Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna),” P!nk‘s “Fuckin’ Perfect” and Rise Against‘s “Make it Stop (September’s Children).”
As you can tell from the list of candidates, it’s kind of–err, lacking in places. MAJORLY.
To remedy this situation, I’ve gone ahead and spotlighted four of the most glaring snubs. With any luck, I’ll have shed some light on why these four deserving titles should be receiving as much praise and recognition as any other “It Gets Better” PSA–I mean music video.
You’re welcome in advance.
DJ Tiësto–much to some of his more elitist fan’s chagrin–does this funny thing sometimes where he’ll step down from the turntables of his stadium-filling club concerts for a hot second to enter the recording studio with a pop artist and cook up an incredible slice of radio friendly trance-pop.
For proof, look no further than his incredible indie-goes-dance 2009 collection, Kaleidoscope. (Check out the MuuMuse review now!)
Today, the acclaimed Dutch beat-master has done it again with his latest offering: “Work Hard, Play Hard,” featuring vocals by none other than fast talkin’, fast rising Nova Scotia-bred pop starlet and recent MuuMuse fixation, Kay.
“Work Hard, Play Hard” first surfaced online just over a year ago in a promotion with Sandisk, during which fans were asked to submit cell phone footage from Tiesto’s concerts around the world in order to create an entirely fan-made video for the song. (If you’re into that sort of thing, the video for the song–set to the AutoErotique remix of the track–just premiered over at AOL’s Spinner.)
Now, the song is finally a full-fledged single as of today–which is a very, very good thing.
Tired of all those spreadsheets? So over working for the man? Sick and tired of always being SICK AND TIRED?! Good! Kay (and Anastacia) totally agree: “Can’t somebody cut me some slack? / I been working dang hard, breaking my back,” Kay cooly speak-sings.
“Work Hard, Play Hard” is a purely “We run this motha!” type of track for a night on the town–essential listening after a week’s worth of work-related stress. “I own this shit all week / This beat’s for all my freaks / We’re runnin’ on no sleep,” she bossily announces above the stinging trance beats.
Think of “Work Hard, Play Hard” as a slightly more grown-up response to your standard Ke$ha track (less vomming in Paris Hilton‘s closet, more fist-pumping in the VIP at Tenjune), complete with some signature Tiësto trance production and just the slightest hint of strut-tastic Sugababes 4.0 ‘tude to boot. (“Wear My Kiss”/Sweet 7 vibes anyone? Anyone?!)
So go ahead and play damn hard…you EARNED it!
“Work Hard, Play Hard (feat. Kay)” was released today on Beatport and will be released on August 15 to iTunes. (Beatport)
Another year, another MTV Video Music Awards, which means it’s time for a whole ‘nother round of Kanye rage and death threats from Britney stans demanding to know whether or not she’ll be performing this year.
But before we get into that whole mess–it’s the nominees for the 2011 MTV VMAs!
Last night, MTV opened up the vote for the 2011 MTV Music Video Awards. And almost just as quickly, the tweets began to fill up my timeline with various outbursts and damning remarks: #MTVFail! #MTVFail! So what’s got everyone’s panties in an Ashley Tizzydale? Let’s see who made the cut…below the cut.
You may not realize it, but you’ve already been listening to Myah Marie.
But beyond the demos, Marie is also the actual background vocalist for both “Hold It Against Me” (watch her sing it acapella!) and “Till The World Ends,” Britney’s lead singles from Femme Fatale, as well as throughout 2008′s Circus.
After releasing a smattering of pop singles over the years (including 2009′s feature on Ron Reeser & Dan Saenz‘ trance hit “Everything” and 2010′s glorious dance-pop track “Chemistry”), Marie is now stepping out for her latest solo venture: A feature on the brand new Laze & Royal track, “You & Me.”
Singing that insanely infectious chorus of The Bloodhound Gang‘s “The Bad Touch,” Marie spices up the North Cali hip-hop duo’s latest single, produced by Richard Vission.
Into electroshock therapy? Questionably sexual poses with meat? You’re in luck! Check out the newly released video for the song above.
Much like Ke$ha was to Flo-Rida‘s “Right Round,” so too is Ms. Marie to Laze & Royal’s “You & Me.” Will the feature lead to the same exposure to mainstream listeners? We shall soon find out!
Ke$hus Christ, Lord of Dumpsters, took a moment from her busy schedule of hunting down unicorns with laser beams and holding her hair back to purge buckets of glitter to sit down/pass out and tell Spin Magazine a few of her favorite things (one of which being her own placenta from birth.)
While you’ll need to check out the full article at SPIN, the highlights are below:
“I want a pig. I want a pig on a leash. A baby pig on a leash.”
FAVORITE ESSENTIAL ITEM FOR TOURING:
“Glitter. I have so much fucking glitter. And blue lipstick.”
“My placenta. My mom found in my basement, crushed up, and made into a necklace that I wear every day to improve my psychic abilities.”
“What’s the last thing you want to hear after giving Willie Nelson a blow job? ‘I’m not Willie Nelson.’”
FAVORITE PICK-UP LINE:
“Nice shoes. Wanna fuck?”
This woman needs to govern a country.