Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Enrique Iglesias - Heartbeat ft. Nicole Scherzinger

"Heartbeat" is a song by Spanish pop singer Enrique Iglesias, taken from his ninth studio album, Euphoria. Written by Iglesias and his long-term collaborators, Jamie Scott and Mark Taylor, the mid-tempo ballad features co-vocals from American R&B/pop recording artist, extremely hot Nicole Scherzinger (of the Pussycat Dolls). "Heartbeat" has a melody based on futuristic piano sounds and incorporates elements of dance music.

The music video treatment for "Heartbeat" was directed by Hiro Murai and premiered on September 14, 2010. It features the use of an inner throbbing lights and Scherzinger wearing a lace outfit. The overall concept of the video sees a "shirtless Iglesias against a dark black background, while red and orange 'heartbeats' are added in simulation with his heartbeat. Then Nicole Scherzinger, who is sitting nude, waist-up against a solid black background, but with blue and purple 'heartbeats'." The Music Video was filmed in Kentwood, Michigan.

The video starts off with Enrique seen shirtless against a dark black background. As the music starts, Enrique is seen singing while digitally added red and orange "heartbeats" are added in simulation with his heartbeat. Nicole breaks into the song where she is seen sitting nude waist up against a solid black background. Similar to Enrique, digitally added blue and purple "heartbeats" are added in simulation with her heartbeat. In the following scene, Nicole and Enrique are seen together in a white, mirrored room. Enrique is wearing a red t-shirt and jeans while Nicole is wearing a red bra and underwear with a black lace dress over-top. The video cuts to a scene where the hook of the song kicks in; they're seen face to face looking like they're about to kiss while singing their parts. During the scene they're seen with a black spotlight on them while alternating blue and green background lighting is added. The video ends with Enrique's "heartbeat" darkening with each beat until it eventually fades out into a solid black screen.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

David Lee Roth - California Girls

"California Girls" was covered by David Lee Roth on his 1985 EP Crazy from the Heat (with background vocals contributed by Beach Boy Carl Wilson along with Christopher Cross), and like the original it topped at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The iconic music video for the cover, directed by Pete Angelus and Roth, was released in February 1985.Roth stars as a tour guide, showing tourists the beach and swimsuit models. One of these tourists is played by Jane Leeves, who went on to play Frasier's Daphne Moon. The scenes follow the lyrics with bikini-clad women from all regions of the United States. An often imitated scene has Roth dancing down a sidewalk bordered by models frozen in mannequin poses. It was nominated for several 1985 MTV Video Music Awards. In an interview with Howard Stern, Roth explained that he edited the video while wearing thick skiing goggles which greatly impaired his vision. Each time the editor would increase the red saturation, Roth would tell him to turn it higher, until finally proclaiming, "Now THAT'S red!" The video was parodied in the video for The Dresden Dolls' "Shores of California".