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February 2014



Here we are again, folks. The end of another week in the world of music videos. It was an interesting week this week, given that the most popular video was technically released months ago. That’s right, “Partition” by Beyonce was technically released to the world back in December through her… Read More

“All I Want” by Kubalove, the directorial debut from production designer Susie Francis, manages to be one of the sexiest videos of the year without feeling forced or being too explicit. Despite being her first time directing a video, Susie’s background in the industry is evident in “All I Want,”… Read More

A Noisey article from last week made a pretty good point about Katy Perry music videos: "as far as music videos go, Katy Perry seems to have two speeds: sad, and batshit fucking crazy." The article was about her "Dark Horse" video (a video that is definitely evidence for their… Read More

Director Frank Borin?s video for ?She Looks So Perfect? by 5 Seconds Of Summer starts out simple enough. We?re introduced to a series of characters in different locations who all have pretty average lives, including a grocery store chashier, a cook, a police officer, some dudes working out in jail,… Read More

The music video for Canadian folk act Timber Timbre’s “Hot Dreams” is a beautiful, honest, and mesmerising one. It takes place in a strip club and explores the more artistic side of exotic dancing. Directed by Scott Cudmore and Michael Leblanc, the video manages to find beauty and class in… Read More

Every once in a while, I'm in the mood for some good old fashioned, straight up camera tricks. Films use these kinds of things for comedic effect all the time - if you've seen the 1984 film Top Secret!, you know what I'm talking about: The humor comes from the… Read More

FRINGE MUSIC FIX's Weekly Top 5 (2/23)

Posted by Adam Alexander on February 24, 2014 in Lists Contributor Post

Each week, FRINGE MUSIC FIX culls the latest music video releases, carefully selecting the most bizarre, provocative and remarkable videos from across the world. It’s not uncommon and certainly interesting to see thematic and stylistic patterns emerge throughout a given week’s video releases. While these patterns are certainly coincidental, sometimes… Read More

The two music videos that made the most impact this week, “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry and “Putin Will Teach You How To Love” by Pussy Riot, couldn’t be more different than one another. One is a fun, large budget pop video for the number one song in America, and… Read More

The video for “Young Fathers” by Typhoon basically shows what would happen if Calvin and Hobbes protected and cared for a cosmic cocoon until it morphed into Stelth Ulvang (of The Lumineers) covered from head to toe in red body paint. Directed by Ben Fee, “Young Fathers” is the story… Read More

“Battle Cry” by Angel Haze ft. Sia is a song about overcoming adversity, no matter how hard it gets. The lyrics are uplifting and strong, but also general enough to be meaningful to anyone who is hoping to grow out of a difficult situation. Directed by Frank Borin, the video… Read More

FRINGE MUSIC FIX's Weekly Top 5 (2/16)

Posted by Adam Alexander on February 17, 2014 in Lists Contributor Post

Each week, FRINGE MUSIC FIX culls the latest music video releases, carefully selecting the most bizarre, provocative, and remarkable videos from across the world. Sit back, relax, and open your mind’s eye, things are about to get interesting. The following are our selections for the week ending February 14th, 2014.… Read More

A Valentines Day Poem Dedicated to This Week’s Most Popular Music Videos Roses are red, violets are blue, the most popular video this week was “Achy Breaky 2.” Added to the database by our friends at Fringe, this insane music video made five million people cringe. Then Bono told U2,… Read More

Everybody loves a big, flashy, traditional hip-hop video. Literally, everybody. But when you really think about it, sometimes it’s more fun to watch a dark, twisted, unexpected hip-hop video, like “Ashley” by Big Sean. Directed by Ellis Bahl, “Ashley” features two sex-crazed kidnappers who abduct Big Sean and bring him… Read More

After a three year hiatus, Michel Gondry entered back into the music video world yesterday with “Love Letters” by Metronomy. The single-shot video features several hand-painted set pieces surrounding the band as they perform the track. As the camera moves around them, it reveals additional layers to each scene though… Read More

For Music Video Relapse articles, sometimes it's fun to find a music video that is relevant to current events. For instance, if t.A.T.u. played at the Olympics opening ceremonies, how about looking back at a t.A.T.u. music video? And so on and so forth. So today's relapse was pretty easy,… Read More

“Coming Of Age” by Foster The People is a pretty massive video. Directed by BRTHR (Alex Lee and Kyle Wightman) and shot by Shawn Kim on 16mm, the multi-day shoot required 200 video auditions and 50 in-person auditions to assemble a cast that features male underwear models, band member relatives,… Read More

I'm a huge Olympics fan. It's not just the athletic events, although those are great - it's the whole spectacle of a city taking on an insane logistical challenge that includes mastering almost everything you can think of from performing arts to architecture to PR. As far as Olympics go,… Read More

FRINGE MUSIC FIX's Weekly Top 5 (2/9)

Posted by Adam Alexander on February 10, 2014 in Lists Contributor Post

Each week, FRINGE MUSIC FIX culls the latest music video releases, carefully selecting the most bizarre, provocative, and remarkable videos from across the world. Sit back, relax, and open your mind’s eye, things are about to get interesting. The following are our selections for the week ending February 7th, 2014.… Read More

After a few weeks in a row featuring music videos with several million views, including last week's “Can’t Remember To Forget You” by Shakira ft. Rihanna with over 17 million views in 24-hours, the very top of our popularity list has dipped slightly this week. In fact, this week’s most popular video,… Read More

Yesterday, Capital Cities and director Carlos Lopez Estrada released Kangaroo Short, the short film version of their music video “Kangaroo Court,” which was one of our favorites of last year. About two times the length of the music video, Kangaroo Short does not include any Capital Cities music, but instead… Read More

Yesterday word got out that one of the performers who would be appearing at the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony pre show is t.A.T.u. In fact, the Russian athletes just walked into the opening ceremony to the music of the Russian duo. When you think about it, the choice makes sense… Read More

Setting the world record for most world records set in a music video, “Ain't It Fun” by Paramore is a lighthearted and energetic video directed by Sophia Peer. The band ends up setting a total of 10 records in the video, but these aren’t your dad’s world records. With the… Read More

SXSW 2014 Music Video Lineup

Posted by Adam Fairholm on February 6, 2014 in Event Coverage

SXSW 2014 is coming up in just a few short months, and today SXSW released their program of music videos. We had a great time checking out the music videos at SXSW 2013 - we plan on reporting back from Austin this year as well! Check out the 2014 line… Read More

Photo by Oresti Tsonopoulos Shooting on 16mm film is not exactly common in the world of music videos, but for “Lullabye” by Alexandra Stewart, shooting on film was crucial to the aesthetic that director Kristina Carucci had in mind. The simple and beautiful video features Stewart on a beach in Montauk, Long Island,… Read More

Last week we got a taste of something no one even knew we were missing - Shakira and Rihanna together, hanging out sexily in a music video. It has been insanely popular, which is really no surprise given that Rihanna touching Shakira's butt is not exactly a hard sell. As… Read More

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