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Billy Ray Cyrus on Miley's 'Wrecking Ball' video: 'It wouldn't have mattered if Miley would have worn a nun's habit'

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Opinions about Miley Cyrus’ hammer-licking “Wrecking Ball” video are like tongues—everybody has one.

But some, like Miley’s famous father Billy Ray, are more relevant than others. He had the opportunity to make a definitive statement about parenting and teen sexuality when he commented on his daughter’s video yesterday; instead, he sort of side-stepped the issue.

Talking to Entertainment Tonight, Billy Ray said he thought everybody was missing the point. “The song’s a smash,” the elder Cyrus said. “It wouldn’t have mattered if Miley would have worn jeans and a flannel shirt, a tux, or a nun’s habit—her performance vocally on the tune reflects her roots and sheer God-given talent.”

“I’m a song man,” he added. “A musician singer-songwriter who loves all styles of music. I come from the old school where it starts with an artist and a song, colliding if you will, in a moment where the song, the singer, the producer, the band, and the listener become one.”

Yesterday, Miley herself told New York radio personality Elvis Duran, “If people can take their minds off the obvious and go into their imagination and see what the video really means, it is so vulnerable.”

It all continues the build for Cyrus’ new album Bangerz, which arrives on October 4.

'Hey Ya!' turns 10: How does the party jam hold up against 'Wrecking Ball'?

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Monday marks the 10th anniversary of OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” from the double album Speakerboxx/The Love Below. (Feel old yet?) Today also marks the debut of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” music video from the pop star’s I’M AN ADULT campaign. (Feel even older?) In honor of the continuing tradition of the power ballad, below we compare the super-stylized music videos for “Hey Ya!” and “Wrecking Ball” to determine whether Miley’s latest can stand the test of time as well as its predecessor.
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Iggy Azalea's quirky charisma on full display in 'Change Your Life' video -- Watch it here

If Iggy Azalea, the Australian-born rapper-model, really wanted our attention today—September 9, 2013, the day Miley Cyrus licked a sledgehammer (and a bunch of other videos came out)—she would’ve had T.I. wear the pasties.

Instead, the video for “Change Your Life” entered the fray with Azalea emerging from a pool in bright-red nipple lids (not to mention lounging on a diving board in a nominally SFW gold chain mail top), and T.I. neglecting only a tie.

Still, this is a good time to check in with a potential new pop star who’s hard to locate in the current firmament. Is she a pugnacious rapper, like Nicki Minaj? A utility provocateur, like Miley? The Lana Del Rey of rap (whatever that means, beyond pure amazingness)?

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Eddie Murphy and Snoop Lion put on the 'Red Light' in new video: Watch it here!

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Because apparently today is National Music Video Premiere Day in the United States, why not take a look at the just-dropped clip for Eddie Murphy’s return to the music world?

A brand new Murphy song called “Red Light” fell out of the sky last week, and it’s Murphy’s first single in two decades. To give you some perspective: That was two whole names ago for “Red Light” guest star Snoop Lion, who was then officially called Snoop Doggy Dogg.

Anyway, “Red Light” taps into that same hip-hop-kissed reggae vein that Snoop has been mining, and the clip includes a colorful walk through a tough neighborhood in search of some ice cream. Things you will not see in the “Red Light” video include a cameo by Sir Mix A Lot, references to the Beastie Boys, or any incidents of sledgehammerlingus.

Watch “Red Light” below.

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Macklemore dresses up as 'Mackle Jackson' for new 'White Walls' video: Watch it here

Go West — er, South — young duo!

The Seattle indie-rap twosome Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have trade in their Pacific Northwest home for the Wild West in their new video for “White Walls,” the Cadillac-loving Heist track featuring ScHoolboy Q and Hollis.

The (mostly) desert-set clip features not only the likes of A$AP Rocky, Trinidad James, Wiz Khalifa, Big Boi, DJ Drama, and fellow Seattleite Sir Mix-a-Lot, but also a matador-costumed Macklemore going under the handle ‘Mackle Jackson.’ Hint hint.

Take a look at the busy, Caddy-filled video below:

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Eminem goes nuts with Kid Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Rubin in 'Berzerk' video: Watch it here

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If Eminem’s championship-level trolling appearance during Saturday night’s Notre Dame/Michigan game wasn’t proof enough of his special kind of whimsy, now there’s his just-premiered video for “Berzerk.”

The clip features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, track producer Rick Rubin, Kid Rock, and members of Slaughterhouse. There’s also ample footage of Billy Squier (whose “The Stroke” provides one of the samples that make up the Rubin-produced beat), some backyard wrestling shenanigans, a little riot video, and visual references to both the Beastie Boys’ “So What Cha Want” and Pharcyde’s “Drop.”

Oh, and there’s also a big-ass boombox in there.

It’s a visual feast that, in typical Slim Shady fashion, makes a strident track a lot more palatable. Watch “Berzerk” below.

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Katy Perry becomes queen of the jungle in new 'Roar' video -- WATCH

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Well, this might be the most Katy Perry-ish thing Katy Perry has ever done.

The singer’s new music video for her current No. 1 single “Roar” dropped this afternoon, and the jungle-themed clip is pretty much the most on-the-nose visualization of the song you could get. (At least considering the fact that she already used the boxing interpretation at the VMAs.) That’s fine with us — we’re not fans of Perry because of her subtlety. And the video, which details how Perry evolved from a plane-wrecked damsel into a Chiquita Banana-inspired jungle queen, is pretty hilarious.

She makes cartoon faces like this:
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Watch the mesmerizing video for Jesse Woods' dreamy folk song 'Tumbleweeds' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Football is back! So in honor of the gridiron’s return, why not celebrate with… a subtly haunting folk music video?

Hear us out: up-and-coming singer-songwriter Jesse Woods was once a standout wide receiver for Texas A&M, but he’s since retreated to (where else?) Austin to hone his musical craft. Last month he released Get Your Burdens Lifted, and now he’s got a video for album highlight “Tumbleweeds” — and you can watch it exclusively here.

Directed by Jeff Bednarz, the clip matches the tune’s tone with ominous, arty shots of roaming horses, untamed trees, and of course the man himself strumming on his guitar.

Check out the video below:

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Sleigh Bells announce new album, single, and video, all called 'Bitter Rivals'

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Because all the world’s movie trailers aren’t going to soundtrack themselves, Sleigh Bells announced they have a new album coming out on October 8. It’s called Bitter Rivals (not to be confused with the UFC event of the same name), and the first single is the title track.

Though “Bitter Rivals” begins with a little acoustic strumming, it quickly morphs into the best kind of Sleigh Bells song: Raw, jittery, loud, and replete with the awesome chorus “You are my bitter rival/But I need you for survival.”

The video, made in collaboration with the Vice/Intel partnership The Creators Project, features also contains a bunch of scenes of singer Alexis Krauss shadow boxing, which will hopefully lead to some sort of title fight against Katy Perry. Check it out below.  READ FULL STORY

Jay Z drops 'Holy Grail' video featuring Justin Timberlake: Watch it here

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Surprisingly, Jay Z didn’t make a single appearance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, despite the fact that it took place inside the arena that he kinda-sorta had a hand in constructing. (Though he and Mrs. Carter did show up for the after-party.)

Perhaps he was just putting the finishing touches on the video for “Holy Grail,” the Justin Timberlake-featuring single that has been sitting in the top 10 since Magna Carta Holy Grail dropped. In the clip, directed by Anthony Mandler, Jigga contemplates Mike Tyson in front of the video monitors from 12 Monkeys inside Daniel Plainview’s dilapidated mansion while presiding over the nightmare feast from Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” video.

There’s a scantily-filled swimming pool and a tower of champagne glasses, as well as Timberlake crooning in front of a burning car. It’s pretty arresting, honestly, and the remixed iteration of the song is miles beyond the album version. 

The clip premiered on Facebook, but you can give it a spin below.  READ FULL STORY

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