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Britney Premieres Video for “Hold It Against Me”

I’m not exactly a huge Britney fan, but her tunes are pretty catchy, so it’s not unusual for me to listen to them on the radio, but I think I only have one of her songs on my iPod. When I heard that her new song was releasing about a month ago, I listened to it the day it came out and it was exactly what I expected–a pop beat made for a night at the club with mediocre vocals. Typical Britney. At least she was consistent.

This video was jarring. There are so many things I don’t understand. Why is she in some strange Willy Wonka-like tunnel with cameras all around her? Why does it seem like she doesn’t know what to do with her hands when she’s in the tunnel? Why is she fighting a double of herself? What is even the concept of this video? Don’t even get me started on all the hands poking out of her dress.

My most important question: where is all the dancing? Britney’s choreographer, Brian Friedman, told MTV’s “The Seven” that this was going to be a dance video. He said as the video got closer and closer, they’d be hurting their backs. What little dancing I saw looked like it wasn’t even executed well by Britney, but the editing made it very hard to tell. The focus seemed to be more on key moves we’ve all seen (the dramatic arm in the face also in “I’m a Slave 4 U”) and her face. If this is what back-breaking rehearsal looks like, I’d hate to see what it looked like when they were just taking it easy.

It wasn’t really a bad video, but it was trying so hard to be artistic. Britney’s barely even an artist, so the thought that she’s artistic is a little laughable.

It’s not like this little review will even matter, though, Britney will always underperform and people will always buy her albums. It’s the way of the world.

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The Next Generation of Graduation Songs?

When I graduated from high school, we went old school with our senior song. After a vote from the senior class, which included a lot of lobbying from me and my best friend to get this song voted in, we chose “I Will Get There” by Boyz II Men. It was a great inspirational song, but it reflected our mood without reflecting our generation. Sure, we were taking the next step in our lives, but it the sound was outdated.

Good graduation songs only come out about every ten years. There are a few like “I Will Get There” that we pass off as graduation songs out of necessity. Songs like Vitamin C’s “Graduation (Friends Forever)” are rare and so overused that alternatives must be found.

I’ve been listening to music a lot more lately and I came across two songs that could definitely fit the graduation bill–“Night is Young” by Nelly Furtado and “Long Live” by Taylor Swift. The lyrics allude that what happens during graduation and sound is current.

Even though we don’t have a graduation song in college, “Long Live” will be my unofficial one.

Listen to the songs below:

“Night is Young” by Nelly Furtado

“Long Live” by Taylor Swift

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Jordin Sparks? Really?

Jordin Sparks in her new music video for "Battlefield". Click the picture to see it.

Jordin Sparks in her new music video for "Battlefield". Click the picture to see it.

I was browsing MTV for music videos I haven’t seen, which is a lot harder than it used to be when I came across Jordin Sparks new video. I never thought much of her before now. She was a teeny bopper, in my eyes, who had her only with Christ BeatHerDown (Brown). When I heard this song, I thought to myself that it couldn’t be Jordin Sparks. Her voice has developed greatly in the span of a year or so, maybe because she is reaching an age where her speaking voice is becoming deeper and more defined. This song has emotion (not enough to make it great) and the vocals are stunning, especially compared to what I have seen of her previously. It is definitely a song that I think will grow on people and make it hit this summer, when people are looking for a sad song to get over their summer fling.

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