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Nightfly's Music Video Week in Review 3/11/12 - Ashanti, Carrie Underwood and more!

Written by Nightfly on Monday, March 19 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 3/11/12)

Among this week's out-of-competition videos are three intimately recorded live cuts, arguably one of the first videos ever, a comedy track condemning Batman, and not one but two teaser trailers for upcoming videos. Of this week's three winning clips, one's pulling doube-duty as an alcohol commercial and one is a short film starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a murderer.

As predicted in my last column, New VEVO continued troubling me and definitely contributed fewer clips this week than before the change I decried. Interestingly, it led me to the discovery that (similar to VEVO) a great many of MTV's so-called "new releases" are often weeks to months old - no different than was the (unfortunate) case with Old VEVO. As a result, this column probably has more Make-up videos featured than ever before. Also breaking new ground is a potential record-setting number of clips spotlighted for laughs in my (affectionately welcoming) Beavis & Butt-Head section.

The first teaser trailer dropped last week came from Jada Pinkett Smith for her upcoming, "Burn" video. The full clip hits March 20th, meanwhile, get a glimpse of what's to come in the BTS sneak peek below.

Last Friday pop powerhouse Katy Perry released this brief sneak preview of "Part of Me" (coming 3/21) from her upcoming Greatest Hits album, Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection (due in stores 3/26).

The first live track of this WiR entry comes from Living Colour singer Corey Glover performing "If I Were The Sun" alongside guitarist Dennis Diamond.

* Just last week I realized that T.E.$. released "The Economy Sucks," featuring incisive vocals from Corey, on iTunes late last month. Listen to a sample and purchase the painfully truthful track here.

Look forward to another remarkable live video in this column's closing, but, before listing last week's collected clips enjoy this sweet cover of Taylor Swift's, "Safe and Sound," from A.N.T. Farm's teen starlet Stefanie Scott.

* See Scott on the red carpet for Mirror Mirror's premiere here.

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

"Ambition" by Wale (ft. Rick Ross and Meek Mill)  {posted 3/12 via YouTube}  [NSFW; TV-MA]
* Read about it here.

"Fly Over States" by Jason Aldean  {posted 3/16 via CMT}

"Good Girl" by Carrie Underwood  {posted 3/12 via VEVO Premieres}

* Follow Carrie Underwood on twitter.

"New Ceremony" by Dry the River  {posted via VEVO Premieres}

"Nobody's Perfect" (Clean) by J. Cole (ft. Missy Elliott)  {posted via VEVO Premieres}

"Rocks Off" by Daniel Bedingfield  {posted 3/14 via MTV}
* Read about it here and see the Uncensored Version here.

"Staircase" by Radiohead (Live in Studio)  {posted 3/13 via MTV}

Abbey Dawn

Fave *New* Music Video(s) of the Week: [3-way tie]
"Greyhound" by Swedish House Mafia  {posted 3/13 via VEVO Premieres}

"Time To Dance" by The Shoes  (Starring Jake Gyllenhaal)  [Runtime 8.35]  {posted 3/12 via YouTube}  [TV-14]

* Read about it here.

"The Woman You Love" by Ashanti (feat. Busta Rhymes)  {posted 3/14 via VEVO Premieres}

Runner Up:
"Changing The Rain" by The Horrors  {posted 3/15 via VEVO}

* Read about it here.

Dream Out Loud

"Sweeter" by Gavin DeGraw  {posted 3/16 via VEVO Premieres}

* Check-in to Gavin's page here for two GetGlue stickers including one specifically for "Sweeter."

"Touch" by Josh Abbott Band (feat. Melissa Rycroft & Tye Strickland)   {posted 3/14 via CMT}

"We Found Love" (Live in Studio) by Andy Grammer  {posted 3/13 via VEVO}

"When You Stole My Heart" by Trey Ewald  {posted 3/15 via YouTube}
* I Learned about this one via actress Skyler Samuels recommending it via tweet.

"Wild Blood" by Lovedrug  {posted 3/15 via MTV}
* Read about it here.

"Young & Ready" by Emanny  {posted 3/15 via SingersRoom}
* Read about it here.
Beavis & Butt-Head Category: [showcased for varied humorous values]
"In My Skin" by The Feelings Hijackers (Chris Ballew & Outtasite)  {posted 2/8 via YouTube}

"Looking at the Sky" by Huey Mack  {posted 3/16 via MTV}
* Read about it here.

"Run For Your Life" by The Fray  {posted via VEVO Premieres}

"Take It" by The Spinto Band  {posted 3/13 via MTV}
* Read about it here.
Make-up Section:
"All I Want" by The Ivy Walls (Co-Starring Chris Pine)  {posted 2/16 via YouTube}

"Bully" by Shinedown  {posted 3/5 via YouTube}
"Celebrity" by Young London  {posted 3/9 via MTV}
"Crab" by My Woshin Mashin  {posted 3/8 via MTV}
"Heavy Metal" by White Rabbits  {posted 3/9 via MTV}
"Hello Baby" by Asher Monroe  {posted 3/9 via MTV}
"In My Blood" by Black Stone Cherry  {posted 2/22 via YouTube}
"M.I.A." by Dorrough Music  {posted 3/9 via MTV}
"Rosebud" by The Jezabels  {posted 3/7 via VEVO}
* Read about it here.
Bonus Videos:
Closing out this column is a live video, one classic clip from 1967, and a comedic Mr. Freeze song sung in the (impersonated) voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger I've listened to too many times.

Talented young instrumentalists, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, dropped two clips on the net last Monday. Follow the impressive SMBB on twitter and enjoy their version of "Lee Highway Blues" after jamming to the stringed battle below.
"Dueling Banjos: Revenge of the Guitar" by Sleepy Man Banjo Boys  {posted 3/12 via YouTube}

"Batman, You Son of a B*tch" by Mr. Freeze  (a.k.a. Batman & Robin: The Musical)  {posted 3/11 via YouTube}  [TV-14]

* This came to my attention via G4's Attack of the Blog.

Being a fan of British rock band Traffic, I was pleased and intrigued to see this video shot in 1967 for their very first single "Paper Sun." Steve Winwood and the boys peruse a museum with occasional pauses to sing -- though amusingly quaint it's actually quite ahead of its time, really. Watch it below and read a bit about it here (poster art included after the jump).

For those who're into GetGlue, stickers are now available for Hunter Hayes: Storm Warning, Staind: The Mass Chaos Tour, Common: Ghetto Dreams (ft. Nas) Music Video, "You Oughta Know" Graffiti6: Free, Daughtry Live and two new ones for Gavin DeGraw.

Before signing off this entry I want to encourage you to check out a couple radio shows from a pair of super-cool dudes that're both cherished members of my twitter fam. Today, and every Monday at 2pm (EST), tune into Bill Engvall & Gary Brightwell hosting Off the Cuff on Sirius XM radio. Last week Bill tweeted, "Hey tweeters if you get a chance listen to my radio show on BCC on Sirius. Monday's at 11 PST. Me and my buddy Gary Brightwell host it." Support Engvall's Blue Collar Comedy show, Off the Cuff, by Liking it on Facebook, following its updates on twitter, and giving it a listen today or via one of its weekly rebroadcasts.
Hip-Hop lovers won't want to miss Chuck D's weekly 'Audio Magazine' series, AndYouDontStop! broadcast Friday nites from 8-10pm via 99.5 FM NYC (radio) and RAPstation (online). Chuck tweeted this helpful reminder last week, prompting me to promote these two radio shows here. Support Hip-Hop and Chuck's ongoing efforts to foster the best of the best by folllowing AndYouDontStop! and RAPstation on twitter and listen to the recorded broadcast anytime throughout the week here.

Thanks as always for joining the chase, I sincerely appreciate your interest and attention. As you flip back to the A-side Have a Great Week & Keep Your Groove On!

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About the Author - Nightfly

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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