Taylor Swift, Rolling Stones, & Kasabian Made Us Do It In Top Music Videos Of The Week - September 1
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:13:41
MTV's Video Music Awards may have drawn some attention over the weekend, but it was Taylor Swift who stole the show with her video for "Look What You Made Me Do". Alas, in a week dominated by Tay Tay, it can be easy to miss the other beautiful clips that came along — and trust us there were more than a few.
The Rolling Stones dropped a psychedelic lyric video for "2000 Light Years From Home" that should get everyone excited for the upcoming 50th anniversary reissue of Her Satanic Majesties Request. Stormzy kept the U.K.'s rap scene at the forefront of everyone's mind with a video for "Cigarettes and Cush" featuring Kehlani.
Kasabian teamed up with Lena Headey for a royal affair. The National grabbed thousands of photographs to give an artful look inside a rehearsal. And that was only the beginning for a week filled with some stunning pieces of eye candy, so without further ado, here are ARTISTdirect's top music videos of the week:
Taylor Swift — "Look What You Made Me Do"
We all new Taylor Swift would return with a splash, but we didn't realize it would involve her splashing about in millions of dollars in diamonds. Taylor is always at the forefront of the pop world, pushing boundaries while singing about whatever is currently on her mind. On "Look What You Made Me Do" she had some beefs to settle, but also managed to be respectably self aware. Even if you aren't a fan of her new direction, the video is certainly worth a watch.
Rolling Stones — "2000 Light Years From Home"
Usually we don't include lyrics videos on this list, but when the Rolling Stone put one out we will make an exception, especially when it is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Her Satanic Majesties Request. The band is about to release a 50th anniversary reissue of classic 1967 album, and to whet our appetite they delivered this mind-numbing clip of psychedelia. The colors, the art, the landscapes, it's all rather otherworldly and utterly entrancing. Not sure what to do with your weekend? Maybe just get lost in some classic Stones.
Stormzy — "Cigarettes and Cush" [ft. Kehlani]
Grime might not have taken over U.S. airwaves yet, but when it does, it'll like be via the mouth of Stormzy. His debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, entered the U.K. chart at number one back in February, and each time we get to re-listen to tracks from the record, they ring as the new direction of hip hop. This week, Stormzy delivered the video for "Cigarettes and Cush", featuring Kehlani. The clip is full of radiant purples and lush greens, and shows the love within an empire.
Kasabian — "Ill Ray (The King)"
Lena Headey, or as you may know her, Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones, stars in the new video for Kasabian's "Ill Ray (The King)" — can you think of a better lead for a video that has something to do with a throne? Here, Headey performing a magic ritual to resurrect Richard III in a Leicester car park — referencing how the actual Richard III's skeleton was exhumed in a car park in Leicester in 2012. She then takes the fast food-crowned late king on a trip through the city.
The National — "Day I Die"
"Day I Die" is the fourth song we've heard from the forthcoming National album, Sleep Well Beast, and the corresponding clip is one of the most intricate and beautiful we've seen this year. Directed by Casey Reas, it is compiled from about 5,000 black-and-white time-lapse photos of the band rehearsing. Matt Berninger sings from a chair, one leg crossed over the other, he checks his phone in between takes and adjusts his glasses. The rest of the band jams away on their instruments. The pictures were taken by Graham MacIndoe.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff