Hi friends! Do you have awesome weekend plans that involve taking over the dance floor with your #squad? Or maybe you have equally awesome plans that involve spending Saturday night in your fleece onesie, lip-synching to "The Greatest"? (Me.)
Either way, we've rounded up our three favorite music video moves for you to bust out this weekend, whether that's in the privacy of your bedroom or in the middle of a school dance.
- Beyoncé's walk and drop from "Crazy In Love." Literally iconic, I scream every time I see this. With a little practice, we can all tap into our inner Bey.
2. The creepy monster clap in Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." When you're feeling quirky, there's no better way to climb out of your futuristic pod.
3. The strut and smash from Justin Bieber's "Sorry." The untouchable ladies of ReQuest Crew show us how to turn up.
Have a great weekend!
Or, you could just freak out over the sheer awesomeness of their #girlpower anthem, positive message, hip-hop moves and amazing outfits. That's what I did, at least.
We're not surprised in the least that L2M features so much swag. Tati and her squad (Mariangeli Collado of "HitStreak," Lexi Drew, Mckenzie Mack and Jenna Simmons) are, variously, accomplished singers, dancers, actors, athletes and fashion designers. Oh, and they're all under the age of 13. As always, littles for the win!
Here are the members of L2M talking about their song and video.
These ladies remind me of one of our other favorite crews, Suga n' Spice. Their dance video to Fifth Harmony's "Bo$$" made my life when it came out last spring. This year, we have L2M singing their own song and dancing in their own video. With all these talented girls sharing their commitment to dance and music, I think we definitively know who run the world.
A still from Sia's "Chandelier" video.
Maddie Ziegler's not in Pittsburgh anymore. Yesterday, Sia released the official music video for her song, "Chandelier," and it stars none other than the 11-year-old "Dance Moms" phenom herself. (Somewhere in PA, Christi is whining that Chloe wasn't chosen.)
The video, choreographed by Ryan Heffington (owner of L.A.'s Sweat Spot), features Maddie—wearing a nude leo and a sweet platinum wig—tilting, turning, leaping, and pretty much going berserk in an empty, dingy house. And while those curtsies at the end of the video are super-creepy, this just may be Maddie's best performance yet. Take a look:
If you're anything like me, you're probably still recovering from Thanksgiving. It doesn't help that I've eaten nothing but Thanksgiving leftovers for the past three days...
Lucky for us, Pharrell Williams (the songwriter, rapper, producer and fashion designer who brought us hits like Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky") recently launched a new project that's sure to lift our spirits.
The project--called "Happy"--is a 24-hour interactive music video. You may ask: Who on earth is gonna sit and watch a 24-hour music video? But that's not the point--even Williams admits he hasn't watched the whole thing.
The video streams on 24hoursofhappy.com. When you visit the website, it links you up to the spot in the video corresponding with your local time. You can pause, fast-forward and rewind the video once you get there, and you're encouraged to share your favorite moments on Twitter and Facebook.
What will you see at any given point of the video? Basically, it's a compilation of anonymous extras and celebrities dancing through life to a loop of the song "Happy" from the soundtrack of Despicable Me 2 (yet another one of Williams' projects). Celeb cameos include Steve Carell, Magic Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel and Williams himself.
So if you find yourself feeling under the weather, visit the website and get "Happy"--here's a four-hour clip to get you started!
Oh hey, guess what? Justin Timberlake has done it again.
I know! It's shocking.
JT recently released the music video for "Take Back the Night," and it's pretty great—especially for all the New Yorkers (or NYC lovers) out there. The dance-y, laid-back video includes clips from his performance with Jay-Z at Yankee Stadium a few weeks ago, some shots of a big ol' dance party in a club, and footage of Timberlake having a dance-off with an adorable little boy in Chinatown. (Does anyone know who this kid is? I want to adopt him.) Also, our friend Dana Wilson is alllll over it, looking fabulous as usual. Hi Dana!
Take a look:
If for some weird reason Derek Hough isn't already your dream dance bae, here's a little something that might just change your mind: his brand-spanking-new music video for Michael Bublé's "I Believe in You."
Today's the day. Go check out @michaelbuble new music video "I believe in you" which I Directed. My inspiration for this vide was simply everlasting love. The idea where two people can find and maintain love through a lifetime. Their belief in one another withstands the test of time. Love conquers all. #IBelieveInYou #michaelbuble Link in Bio ☝🏼️
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Because there's apparently nothing this man can't do, Derek choreographed, directed and starred in the super-sweet vid about childhood sweethearts who grow up to be—gasp!—Derek and a mystery lady! (TBH, I'm just imagining that's me dancing with Mr. Hough. #fangirl #sorrynotsorry)
So the big, important questions here are:
- Is Derek Hough the perfect dance partner/man/choreographer? (Well, duh.)
- Will this video be the soundtrack to your V-Day? (Unless you have a shriveled lump of coal for a heart, you bet it will.)
- Who is the mystery dancer playing Derek's boo? (Seriously, if you know who she is, let us know in the comments!)
Stuck stateside for the next few months and not able to catch fab girl group Fifth Harmony on their 7/27 world tour? No worries! The ladies have released a brand new dance-y music video for their song "That's My Girl" and it's the #MotivationMonday inspo you've been dreaming of.
Choreographed by Sean Bankhead (he's the group's go-to), the video is full of fierce moves set amid an action movie-like setting. It's full-on girl power vibes and we can't get enough. One view and you'll be ready to rule the world.
Seriously, try not to get these empowering lyrics stuck in your head forever....#NewAnthem:
You guys. Is there anything the 24-year-old director/choreographer/dancer extraordinaire Parris Goebel can't do? Probably not, since she's added "recording artist and singer" to her long list of accomplishments. Goebel just dropped her first single, "Friday," along with a crazy/awesome dance-y music video, and it's been on repeat allllll day long over here.
The New Zealander already made music history last year when she choreographed some of the Biebs' music videos for "Purpose: The Movement" and they went viral in like .2 seconds. So there was no doubt in our minds that she'd eventually rock her own lyrics, too. She debuted the song this past Friday night with a live performance at Hip Hop International's competition in Las Vegas.
Goebel told the Los Angeles Times that the idea to record music and take this next career step happened unexpectedly, while she was helping out a friend. "It just kind of sparked a light in me and inspired me to take it a bit more seriously and see if I could fuse all of my gifts and talents together to create something really special," she says. She also revealed some details about the forthcoming full album: "I rap and sing, and I've co-written and co-produced a lot of the music." #Wonderwoman
The "Friday" track is a super-fun hip-hop song and the colorful music video's choreo is, naturally, on point. Plus, all the fun and trendy leggings, tights, socks and sleepwear featured in the looks are available to purchase through Hue here. The brand partnered with Parris for the video, and later this fall will debut an exclusive line of tights and socks branded with Parris' logo. Check out the magic for yourself: