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Nightfly's Music Video Week in Review 2/26/12 - Dead Letter Circus, Jennifer Hudson and more

Written by Nightfly on Tuesday, March 06 2012 and posted in Features

Nightfly lists his preferred picks among last week's newly released music videos.

Chasing The Matrix:
Nightfly's Music Video Week in Review  (week of 2/26/12)

This column's crop of tunes comes overwhelmingly from VEVO due to a dramatic drop off from MTV as compared to previous weeks. CMT still delivered a couple but they too released fewer new videos then I've recently come to expect. Helping bridge the gap were three bands that released multiple videos on the same (different) days. Periphery put out two clips (on 2/25) the day after Angel released three (on 2/24) followed by Dead Letter Circus (a group I'd not previously heard of) dropping a full five videos Monday (2/27). For those tracking the dates, you're right that Angel's vids are actually make-up catches from the week before last. Charmingly adorkable Zooey Deschanel appears twice in this entry, once out of competition and again in one of this week's tied faves guesting alongside her She & Him partner, Matt Ward.

Speaking of Zooey D., you might remember I posted the news of a choose-the-path video for New Girl's theme song, "Hey Girl," last month.  Though made and first posted last month, New Girl's twitter account last week tweeted Hannah Simone's chosen-path video you can screen by clicking the song's title in the last sentence. I initially planned to embed said theme video here but instead thought I'd share one Zooey'd surely love. Released Friday (3/2) by Johnny Neon (via Vimeo), this video titled, "Hearts," was shot by rescue dog 'Lemon.' Read more about it here.


Last week my column's sole Runner Up was the artistic video, "Cheerleader" by St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark). Annie recently sat down with Jian Ghomeshi for a thoughtfully revealing interview about her latest album, "Strange Mercy," for his web series, Q.

Q with Jian Ghomeshi - "St. Vincent's Annie Clark in Studio Q"  [Runtime: 23:31]  {released 3/1 via blip}


Music related stickers I unlocked last week at GetGlue included new ones for Miranda Lambert's latest video, "Over You," and upcoming tour - as well as glue for Demi Lovato's latest album "Unbroken," and, Alexis Jordan's 2010 hit single "Happiness."

Before launching into last week's highlighted new releases, I figured fellow Country fans might want to check out this list of new artists from CMT, just in case you haven't seen it already. 11 Fresh New Artists in Country Music.

It begins  (in alphabetical order, except for the winners)....
* Warning: videos below may contain mature content not suitable for all ages *

"2nd Sucks" by A Day To Remember  {released 2/27 via VEVO}  [TV-MA]

"Body Work" by Morgan Page (feat. Tegan and Sara)  {released 2/27 via VEVO}

"Cage" by Dead Letter Circus  {released 2/27 via VEVO}

"Dancin' Away With My Heart" by Lady Antebellum  {released 2/29 via CMT}

"Days" by The Drums  {released 2/26 via VEVO}

"Disconnect And Apply" by Dead Letter Circus  {released 2/27 via VEVO}

"Disintegration Man" by Rebecca Pidgeon  {released 2/28 via VEVO}

"Gravity" by Hit The Lights  {released 2/29 via VEVO}

"Heaven's Only Days Down The Road" by Shelby Lynne  {released 3/2 via VEVO}


Fave *New* Video(s) of the Week: [tie]
"Big" by Dead Letter Circus  {released 2/27 via VEVO}

"Rave On" by M. Ward (feat. Zooey Deschanel)  {released 2/27 via VEVO}

Runners Up: [3-way tie]
"One Step" by Dead Letter Circus  {released 2/27 via VEVO}

"Think Like A Man" by Jennifer Hudson & Ne-Yo (feat. Rick Ross)  (from the Think Like a Man soundtrack)  {released 2/29 via VEVO}

"Wishing Well" by Cheyenne Marie Mize  {released 3/1 via VEVO}

ABC Music Lounge

"Insanity" by Brooke Valentine  {released 2/27 via VEVO}

"It All Belongs To Me" (Official Lyric Video) by Monica & Brandy  {released 2/27 via VEVO}
* The official video will hit tonite (3/5) @ 11p on VH1. Check out a BTS teaser below.

"My Desire" by P.C.T.  {released 2/27 via VEVO}

"Over You" by Miranda Lambert  {released 2/28 via VEVO}

* Get a sticker for this song by checking-in at GetGlue here.

"Pretty Lil' Heart" by Robin Thicke (feat. Lil Wayne)  {released 3/2 via VEVO}

"Reaction" by Dead Letter Circus  {released 2/27 via VEVO}

"Take Her From You" by Dev  {released 2/28 via VEVO}

"You're On My Mind" by Kem  {released 2/27 via VEVO}

"Whiskey and You" by Julie Roberts  {released 3/1 via CMT}
Make-up Section: Lucky 7
"Bottles" by Angel (feat. Scorcher and G FrSH)  {released 2/24 via VEVO}

"Don't Dumb Me Down" by Mika Newton  {released 2/21 via VEVO}

"The Great I Am" by Agraceful  {released 2/25 via VEVO}

"Icarus Lives" by Periphery  {released 2/25 via VEVO}

"Jetpacks Was Yes" by Periphery  {released 2/25 via VEVO}

"Popstar" by Angel (feat. Giggs)  {released 2/24 via VEVO}

"Ride Out" by Angel (feat. Sneakbo)  {released 2/24 via VEVO}

Bonus Videos:
Believing it's never "too soon" to laugh, this group of funny ladies eulogize the late, great Whitney Houston in this clip in which they share their favorite memories about her music and influence in their personal lives.
Ladies Remember Whitney Houston  [Runtime: 5mins]  {released 2/26 via Funny or Die}
Ladies Remember Whitney Houston from Casey Wilson     

And last but not least, both stars of Disney's popular Shake It Up series have new music videos dropping March 9th. Last week both girls released brief sneak peeks of their individual vids as well as a clip that previews both. On Leap Day Zendaya Coleman released this glimpse of her new video, "Something to Dance For." The next day Bella Thorne shared a quick look at her upcoming video for "TTYLXOX." Both songs will be on the upcoming album, Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance, due out March 20th and available for pre-order now!
The combo-teaser featured below, which hit the web the same day Bella's clip did, previews both videos mashed-up but you can watch the individual teasers by clicking on the song titles (above).

That's it for this week. Thanks as always for your time and attention and please don't hesitate to let me know (or post in the comments section) about any vids I might've missed. If nothing else I can include them in next week's Make-Up section. Till next time, Have a Great Week & Keep Your Groove On!

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A proud member of NBCUniversal's and A+E Television Networks’ Digital Media Teams, Nightfly routinely interviews producers, creators and stars of various network programs and films with a concentrated emphasis on the Syfy channel. Formally educated in Communications, Computer Science and Music, his résumé reflects more than a decade broadcasting in the fields of television and radio. With pieces routinely published at ScreenFad and Press Pass L.A., his primary areas of interest include TV, film, music, web series, comic books, fashion, pen 'n paper RPG gaming as well as various other pop-culture topics. An avid Twitter user, Nightfly supports the arts, the entertainment community, numerous charities and crowdfunding projects through his journalistic netizenship and non-partisan, multicultural-centric activism.

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