Selena Gomez, The War On Drugs, & The Weeknd Talk Secrets & Lies In Top Music Videos Of The Week - June 16
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:58:41
The weather has begun to heat up around the country, and everyone is getting ready for summer parties. Pools, beaches, and lakes are about to become the daily destination as the final bell of the school year rings. Artists haven't forgotten that familiar smell of summer and have added to the building energy with brand new music videos.
Selena Gomez finally gave "Bad Liar" the clip that it deserves, and it's a school schocker that'll make you wish to return to the classroom. The Weeknd continued on his SciFi fixation with his clip for "Secrets". Meanwhile, Fifth Harmony reminded us that the motel party might be the hippest event to attend this year.
So without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's favorite music videos of the week:
Selena Gomez — "Bad Liar"
It's been two years since we heard anything new from Selena Gomez, so it was understandable that everyone got excited for her Kygo collaboration, "It Ain't Me", when it dropped back in February. But it's "Bad Liar" — what we hope will be the first single off an upcoming album — that has really grabbed our attention. The song has been steadily floating up the chart for nearly a month now, nonetheless, it really should be closer to the top at this point, and maybe the new music video is the kick in the butt it needs. Selena Gomez plays basically all the parts, high school student, mom, high school principal, blonde love interest, just make sure you watch it though to the end.
The Weeknd — "Secrets"
It's been about 200 days since The Weeknd dropped Starboy, yet the former number one record has managed to never truly disappear. It's been helped by a stunning set of visuals to go along with the tunes. The record's Daft Punk-featuring title track has received over one billion views on YouTube, the LP's second single "I Feel It Coming" has received over 150 million views, and the clip for "Party Monster" has over 50 million, so it's safe to bet that "Secrets" will get plenty of online screenings. The Pedro Martin-Calero-directed video also follows suit by keeping up with the Sci-Fi themes of the other three clips. It's trippy, mysterious, and guaranteed to keep your attention.
Fifth Harmony — "Down" [ft. Gucci Mane]
Fifth Harmony is currently working on their third LP, but have yet to unveil a title or a release date. The former fivesome is now down to four after the departure of Camila Cabello late last year. The group seem tight as ever now, and make sure to present themselves as a united band of four from the onset of "Down". So where might the fifth come from? In this case it's Gucci Mane who joins the group at their motel for a raucous night. Dancing, singing, and generally lifting spirits, it seems like the band haven't missed a step while coming into their more compact look.
Toro y Moi — "Girl Like You"
Indie pop and chillwave chameleon Chazwick Bradley Bundick announced his fifth studio album under his Toro y Moi moniker this past week. He states that it's inspired by, "Travis Scott, Daft Punk, Frank Ocean, and Oneohtrix Point Never," adding "I recognized that the common thread between these artists was their attention to a feeling of space, or lack thereof." Via his new clip for "Girl Like You", the complexities of what he is discussing can be understand both visually and audibly. In it, space and shape play central roles allowing characters, objects, and sounds to move through the video's environment smoothly, yet strikingly.
The War on Drugs — "Holding On"
There has always been something hazy and dreamlike about The War on Drugs. Maybe it's their Springsteen-esque sound or that it all seems to be appearing out of the past, like a stranger returning to town, which is what makes "Holding On" so on point. Here, there is a heartwarming story presented clearly and cleanly across the screen. Mystery builds from frame to beautiful frame as any-town America is presented in lush greens and washed sunlight. The Philadelphia band's first single from their forthcoming album, A Deeper Understanding, continues to deliver on all the promise that was furnished by their sensational 2014 LP, Lost in a Dream.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff