February 19, 2014 |
BEIRUT - A new, lesbian-themed music video by expatriate Iranian pop star Googoosh has sparked sharp debate among Iranians and controversy on social media forums in the Islamic Republic. It started on Valentine's Day when the video for Googoosh's latest song, "Behesht," or Heaven, dropped like a bombshell on the singer´s official Facebook page , which boasts more than 1,5 million followers. The video features a lesbian couple and seems to champion gay rights. “I am scared of this doubt, I am scared of this blind alley,” Googoosh, 64, croons to the backdrop of a video showing a couple played by two well-known Iranian actresses.
February 13, 2014 |
In "Endless Love," the gauzy new romantic drama starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as the meant-to-be-togethers, one thing is certain - sometimes beauty is only skin deep. Directed by Shana Feste and delivering its breaking hearts and fragrant flowers just in time for Valentine's Day, the film is filled with interesting ideas about love, loss, self-esteem and social class, particularly as they define still malleable graduating seniors. But in adapting Scott Spencer's novel for the big screen, Feste and Joshua Safran ("Gossip Girl")
January 30, 2014 |
Folk musician and activist Pete Seeger did many, many things during his 94 years, but there's one thing he did just once: make a music video. That video of Seeger singing Bob Dylan's “Forever Young” has gone viral in the wake of his death Monday. The video, for which he was joined on Dylan's song by the Grammy-winning Rivertown Kids choir that he had mentored, has now been viewed more than 500,000 times, up from around 120,000 about a week earlier. Additionally, the Woody Guthrie Archive and the Grammy Museum announced Wednesday that they will move forward with previously announced plans to honor Seeger as the first recipient of the new Woody Guthrie Prize in a ceremony that had already been scheduled to take place in New York on Feb. 22. PHOTOS: Pete Seeger, activist and humanitarian “The only thing I know for certain is that Pete would want us to gather together and make some music,” Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora Guthrie said in a statement.
December 16, 2013 |
The women, you'll notice, are dressed this time. Nine months after his nudity-enhanced video for "Blurred Lines" ignited a firestorm of controversy -- and helped turn the song into one of the year's biggest hits -- Robin Thicke released a new music video Monday for his song "Feel Good. " Not unlike the "Blurred Lines" clip, it's a relatively straightforward affair in which the blue-eyed soul singer performs his song (this one co-written and produced by will.i.am) while various women dance around him. But where those women went largely without clothes in "Blurred Lines," here they're costumed in the manner of Las Vegas showgirls.
November 22, 2013 |
Big week for music videos, right? Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Bob Dylan -- all have released talked-about clips over the last few days, and that's not even getting to the mind-blower that is Kanye West's "Bound 2," in which the rapper pretend-rides a motorcycle with his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, through a digitized version of the American West. Impressive as they are, though, none of those videos goes on for as long as it takes for the Earth to rotate on its axis. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times That's how long Pharrell's new one lasts.
October 23, 2013 |
YouTube is poised to launch a subscription music service as soon as December, positioning it to compete with Spotify, Rdio and other digital offerings, according to people familiar with the matter. The Internet's dominant online video already is the most popular on-demand music offering in the world. YouTube even has surpassed radio as the leading way teens and young adults listen to songs. A subscription service would seek to build YouTube's strength in digital music. YouTube users already can watch an unlimited number of music videos through an application on their mobile devices, as well as through a browser on their computers. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The subscription service would offer additional features, such as a commercial-free experience and the freedom to store music on a mobile device to listen when not connected to the Internet, according to people with knowledge of the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.