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Tit for Tat Video Music Awards 2014   Leave a comment

Now that the MTV has awarded of what it thought was the best of music video this year, it’s time to reveal my choices for my own Video Music Awards. I have been doing this since ’99, and this is the first year where I mustered enough time and effort to do mine.  My eligibility period for a given year is July 1 of the previous year up to June 30 of the current year to make it to to any given year’s awards. Unlike MTV, I also have more categories to spare. Ready? I now present my picks in all 20 categories of my Titties(!!!) Video Music Awards (TVMAs) for 2014! Let’s begin!

*Clicking the photo will lead you to the winning music video of the category.

Directing

Visual Effects

Hair and Make Up

Editing

Costumes

Choregraphy

Cinematography

Art Direction

Collaboration

Country Video

Rock Video

Rap Video

Dance Video

RnB Video

Pop Video

New Artist in a Video

Group Video

Male Video

Female Video

Video of the Year

As a recap, here are the winners of the 2014 TVMAs:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball
MALE VIDEO: Jack White, “Lazaretto
FEMALE VIDEO: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball
GROUP VIDEO: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor
NEW ARTIST IN A VIDEO: Steve Grand, “All American Boy
POP VIDEO: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
R&B VIDEO: Beyonce, “Pretty Hurts
DANCE VIDEO: DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What
RAP VIDEO: Kanye West, “Black Skinhead
ROCK VIDEO: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor
COUNTRY VIDEO: Steve Grand, “All American Boy
COLLABORATION IN A VIDEO: Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, “Fancy
ART DIRECTION IN A VIDEO: Katy Perry, “Unconditionally
CHOREOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO: Sia, “Chandelier
CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A VIDEO: 30 Seconds to Mars, “City of Angels
COSTUMES IN A VIDEO: Beyonce, “Partition
EDITING IN A VIDEO: Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night
HAIR AND MAKE UP IN A VIDEO: Lady Gaga, “Applause
VISUAL EFEFCTS IN A VIDEO: DJ Snake, Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What
DIRECTION IN A VIDEO: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor

And there you have it! Until next year’s music video mania! 🙂

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Video: Christina Aguilera   4 comments

Hey everyone? What’s up? I noticed that I haven’t done any list as of lately. I’m preoccupied with doing reviews, and my 30 Day Film Challenge. So I decided to start doing a list of my favorite music videos per artist. I’ll start with probably One of my most favorite pop artists of all time, Christina Aguilera.

As people close to me know, I’m a big fan of Aguilera herself. I have all her albums, and have supported her since her Genie in a Bottle days up until the panned Bionic (which I still give a spin to every now and then.) Anyway, here are my ten favorite Christina Aguilera music videos:

10. PERO ME ACUERDO DE TI (Director: Kevin G.Bray)

Probably one of Christina’s videos where in she looked the prettiest, this cut off her Grammy winning album Mi Reflejo is the only videi of hers that’s not dubbed with the English music video. She only gets to sit, stand, for four minutes yet you’ll still be amazed by how stunning she looked in this video.

9. BEAUTIFUL (Director: Jonas Akerlund)

It is very difficult to top this powerhouse anthem with a video but Aguilera’s self inspiring song which tackled situations involving same sex relationships, insecurities, and bullying did the trick. I love the fact that Christina looked “raw” int he video and thus gives a more humanized take on the song. And yes, this pretty much inspired Katy Perry’s “Firework” video.

8. SAVE ME FROM MYSELF (Directors: Christina Aguilera and Linda Perry)

For a diva like Christina Aguilera, it is always a big deal when she tones it down. And such is what you can see when you watch the Save Me From Myself video. She just stands (with minimal make up), and just sings in front of you. This video proved nonetheless that she has THE VOICE and bonus points goes with how ethereal she looks even after giving birth!

7. COME ON OVER (ALL I WANT IS YOU) (Director: Paul Hunter)

I particularly like this video because it features the playful, and sensual Christina with the hair colors, and the revolving sets, and the dance moves. Her acting at the start is pretty wooden, but the colorful and positive atmosphere the video exudes a very youthful Christina back then.

6. AIN’T NO OTHER MAN (Director: Bryan Barber)

Her only MTV VOTY nomination as a solo artist, Christina’s 2006 lead single is a perfect throwback to the 20s with the set, and the costumes, and the dance steps. Definitely, it’s one of her best videos to date.

5. CANDYMAN (Director: Matthew Rolston, Christina Aguilera)

As Carson Daly monotonously blurted out, “IT’S FLAAAAGGG DAY!” Christina continues to bring i the 20s theme with not only one, but three Christinas on set! Very colorful art costumes, awesome art direction and choreography, and impressive editing, Christina can get any candyman she wants with this video.

4. LADY MARMALADE (Director: Paul Hunter)

The first video where she gave us a hint of a Sextina, Christina danced in her undies, put on heavy make up, and collaborated with Lil Kim, Mya, and Pink in a divafest that will never ever be forgotten. This is Moulin Rouge’s promotional soundtrack, and a winner of MTV Video Music Awards’s Video of the Year in 2001. As Christina even said in their speech, “the big hair paid off!” Of course honey, it did! 🙂

3. DIRRTY (Director: David LaChappelle)

If Christina just gave us a hint in Lady Marmalade, she let everything hang loose in Dirrty. She gets to do boxing, crawl and shower with girlfriends, and arrive in a motorbike. As controversial as it may seem, this paid off for her, and I still believe that this remains as her sexiest music video ever.

2. HURT (Directors: Floria Sigismondi, Christina Aguilera)

Christina’s father story was put into a clear visual in this circus themed music video that depicts a story of a girl that lost contact with her father. This is a very effective and emotional video that has A+ direction, and production, and one of her most underrated videos ever.

1. FIGHTER (Director: Floria Sigismondi)

Floria Sigismondi gave us Christina’s most interesting video ever. Throughout the video, they keep on showing us the metamorphosis of Christina’s character. The best thing about it is that Christina was game as hell with everything int his video, thus yielding to a very creative and impressive music video.

Now it’s your turn! What are your favorite Christina Aguilera music videos and why? 🙂 Also, who are the other artists you want to be featured here? 🙂

Posted July 6, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Lists, Music

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Sexual Healing   5 comments

So yeah, it’s pretty obvious that I am jobless right now since I have the time to do that mini collage that you’re seeing right now. Anyway, what do those videos have in common? Well, they are the videos included in FUSE’s 100 Sexiest Videos Of All Time.

The videos in the picture are arranged by rankings, and I’ll provide you the list of the top ten:

10 Rihanna – “S&M” (2011)
09 Lady GaGa – “LoveGame” (2009)
08 Fergie feat. Will.I.Am – “Fergalicious” (2006)
07 LL Cool J – “Doin’ It” (1997)
06 Beyonce feat. Sean Paul – “Baby Boy” (2003)
05 Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, & P!nk with Missy Elliott – “Lady Marmalade” (2001)
04 Britney Spears – “Toxic” (2004)
03 Chris Isaak – “Wicked Game” (1991)
02 D’Angelo – “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” (1999)
01 Madonna – “Justify My Love” (1990)

Here are some of my thoughts:

1. While I’m happy that the list is very much updated (Rihanna’s S&M and Katy’s ET are already in the list), there are only 14 songs post 2000 that were included in a list of videos that has eligibility span of ALL TIME. Very ironic.

2. Some artists got in for almost all of their videos. coughBeyoncecough. I seriously doubt that while Ego is a song that talks about how big someone’s (re: Jay Z) penis is, it’s video is far from anything sexy. Actually just the thought of Beyonce singing about Jay Z’s manhood is provoking enough for it to be excluded on the list.

3. There are lots of hip hop videos here, and I’d argue that most of them are interchangeable. I can’t even tell them apart. All those hot women dancing in a big pool or partying up are not unique enough for me to identify which is which.

4. No Justin for What Goes Around Comes Around, or Cry Me a River, any Kylie Minogue video, Shakira for La Tortura, Fergie’s Big Girls Don’t Cry, Amerie for One Thing, Maroon 5 videos aside from This Love?

5. If I personally choose the top ten, I’ll probably have:  Express Yourself, Untitled, Dirrty, Toxic, Teenage Dream, This Love, Criminal, These Boots Are Made for Walking, Crazy, and Wicked Game.

So without looking the list, can you name the videos in the picture? And more so, what are your own pics for the sexiest videos of all time? 🙂

One Click Away   2 comments

Hey everyone! So while I’m still busy putting up my next random movie list (or TV list, I still haven’t decided which to prioritize), I’ll just provide some very entertaining links.

First off, is a blog (probably under the fashion category) by my good friend Trixie Velasquez.

(if you click the picture, it will lead you to the site :D)

Well as you may notice, the blog is named NAILFILED and it features different styles on nail polish goodies. There’s a lot of interesting stuff that you can find out regarding the latest colors, and trends in nail polishes. Also, the commendable thing with this blog is that the blog owner clearly knows her stuff, and her posts are  fun to read. The entries are not very long, and they won’t take too much of your time. I highly recommend it to women and girls out there. Here’s hoping you pass on the message so that others will get to discover this one gem of a blog. 🙂

In other news, Katy Perry’s latest video for Last Friday Night has already leaked. It is suppose to come out a few days later but it is already posted on the internet. I actually loved the video and is probably her most fun video to date. This is why Katy Perry continues to turn out hits. Her videos are fun, light, and wacky; something the audience will eat up and easily gets into. You better watch our for the cameos, that really made me ROTFL.

I’m already predicting that this will be the song of the summer in US though it will face  a lot of competition with Pitbull’s Give Me Everything, Britney’s I Wanna Go, Rihanna’s Man Down, and probably Gaga’s The Edge of Glory.

Anyway, just click the picture for the link to Katy’s video. Better check it now before someone takes it down. LOL.

Credit for the music video goes to tombtch.tumblr.com

Posted June 12, 2011 by Nicol Latayan in Music, Personal

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Shut Up and Dance   8 comments

When God showered the world with great singing talent, I was obviously busy sleeping, or probably eating. Bottom line is, I’m a bad singer. I can’t carry a tune. I sing with my throat and not with my lungs.

Nevertheless, I can call myself a pretty good dancer. I’m not the best dancer in the world but I basically know how to dance gracefully. Way back in elementary and high school, I always get invited to dance for different school activities. Once, I was even front and center during our cheering competition. But as years pass by, I gained weight, and lost opportunities to hone my dancing skills more. I still know how to dance but has reached my peak, I guess. I still dance every now and then but when I’m alone or partying.

Anyway, enough about me. Now what does my introduction have anything to do with my main post? Well it’s because I’ll be listing 15 music videos with great choreographies. I limited one music video per artist so as much as I’d love to bombard it with Michaels, and Janet’s, and Madonna’s, I decided to spread the wealth. 🙂

15. MY LOVE IS LIKE WHOA (Mya)

Mya has never been known as a solo artist, but this 2003 single showed her versatility as a dancer, in this eye candy video with lots of costume changes, poll dancing, and tap dancing to boot.

14. I’M A SLAVE 4 U (Britney Spears)

This video does not contain Britney hugging a yellow python on her shoulders, but the choreography is insanely hot and sensual. Definitely Britney at her prime.

13. VOGUE (Madonna)

It has been a tough choice whether I’ll go with this or her cowboy-inspired “Don’t Tell Me” but this one trupms the latter by a hair. This video is iconic for many reasons, and it’s choreography is one of them.

12. CHASING PAVEMENTS (Adele)

Who knew that a heartbreaking ballad like this one can incorporate a good amount of choreography in its music video. Floor routines have never been as bittersweet as this one.

11. SO PURE (Alanis Morissette)

Probably her most choreographed music video, it only took Alanis two minutes and 49 seconds to show us how a versatile dancer she is.

10. AROUND THE WORLD (Daft Punk)

Others might see it as repetitive and robotic, but hey it’s Daft Punk we’re talking about! Imagine doing four different dances and incorporating it in one video? Choreography genius! 🙂

9. THRILLER (Michael Jackson)

Another music video artist, the late, great Michael Jackson proved that even a video 27 years ago can still kick ass with its choreography especially with this thirteen-minute version.

8. I’M GLAD (Jennifer Lopez)

J.Lo wet and wild doing her own Jennifer Beals-Flashdance tribute. Geri Halliwell, take some notes.

7. MY LOVE (Justin Timberlake featuring T.I)

JT, at one point in his career, was called as the next Michael Jackson. And I’m pretty sure it’s about his great dancing skills and smooth choreography as shown here. Let’s just hope this does not involve young boys and babies in windows.

6. IT’S OH SO QUIET (Bjork)

Reminiscent of different movie musicals where in the protagonist was walking down the street and everyone just generously wasted their time joining her in a big street number, Bjork definitely nailed this one.

5. SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) (Beyonce)

Kanye West stormed a naive Taylor Swift and announced this as the best video of all time. Pretty much exaggerated but anything that highlights Beyonce’s great dancing skills and not being disturbed by her lechon hips is a plus in my book.

4. RHYTHM NATION (Janet Jackson)

Before J.Lo, and Britney, there was Janet. And this military inspired music video shows Janet at her best. This is definitely one of the best dance videos ever.

3. DO IT AGAIN (Shakira)

Even though we’re already aware that her hips don’t lie, Shakira definitely did it again in this video that gives a new meaning to the concept of bed scene.

2. HERE IT GOES AGAIN (OK Go)

Probably the most creative use of a treadmill in a music video ever, OK Go’s choreography is catchy and playful. I bet lots of people tried to attempt this after this came out.

1. WEAPON OF CHOICE (Fatboy Slim)

It does not take a great dancer to have an awesome and memorable choreography. You can have Christopher Walken strolling an empty hotel at night, and boom = BEST CHOREOGRAPHY IN A MUSIC VIDEO. Try to watch the video in reverse and you’ll realize that it’s even cooler than the original video. 🙂

There you have it folks, get your dancing shows now and start to groove. Haha. Good night! 🙂