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Bitch Better Have My Money Music Video: Allow Me to Break It Down for You

Our Phucks-Free Diva doesn’t get mad; she gets even.  Rihanna extracts some serious revenge in the Bitch Better Have My Money Music Video…

Last week pop music’s reigning Bad-Gal, Rihanna, FINALLY released her Bitch Better Have My Money Music Video, symbolizing that we may be one step closer to the officially coming of #R8.  After getting a little more personal with The Beatles in “FourFiveSeconds,” Ri Ri is pulling out all the stops for her return to ratchetry…  What better way to celebrate than with kidnapping, ransom, drugs, blood, and a healthy serving of nipples?

In the wildly violent visual Rihanna extracts revenge on “The Bitch” by borrowing kidnapping his wife and getting down and dirty with a blade.  Since there is so much going on in the Bitch Better Have My Money Music Video, I thought that it may be beneficial to break things down a bit…

It all starts off with a gorgeous blond wandering around her penthouse apartment in a sheer bra, before kissing her husband goodbye and heading out for an adventure with her perky pup.

After a less than ideal elevator ride, Rihanna kidnaps “The Bitch’s” wife by knocking her unconscious and stuffing her in a large trunk.

Next stop is the gas station, where Ri Ri announces the crime and assaults a phone booth, BUT she does provide her victim with a snack.  Never say that Rihanna isn’t a generous soul…

After announcing her demands the Good Girl Gone Bad siren heads to her lair, where she let’s her victim hang out for a while.

What do you do when you’re one of Rihanna’s tit-tastic prisoners?  Obviously you join her for some fun filled fuckery across land and sea.

There are parties to attend and deserts to tan in.

The police may make an appearance, but Rihanna is always one step ahead of the game.

After having her fun, Rihanna goes in for the true prize: Revenge.

Basically, you have FourFive Seconds before she knives you and your wife.  Suddenly it seems much more worthwhile to pay up.

In true Bad-Gal Navy Leader style, the Bitch Better Have My Money Music Video ends with Ri Ri naked and covered in blood while reclining in a trunk filled with money.  What harm is a little bit more nipple going to cause at this point?  One thing is clear is that Rihanna definitely got that paper…

Sorry for being late to the party on this post.  Let’s just say that I owed Rihanna some money (them TIDAL Exclusives add up), and we all know that she doesn’t take that shit lightly.  I strongly recommend that you simply pay her to save yourself the trauma of becoming “The Bitch.”  As fun as it may look, swinging upside down in Ri’s warehouse is NOT as pleasant as you would think.

Our “Diamonds” songstress seems to be pulling inspiration for the Bitch Better Have My Money music video from real life, more specifically a time when she was owned some paper from her good-for-nothing accountant in 2009.  In 2012 Rihanna leveled a lawsuit against this bitch before eventually settling outside of court for a cool $10 million.  Basically the expenditure was equally expensive, but a lot less bloody in real life.

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Alexx Mack Makes Being Bad Look So Amazing In Her Bad Music Video

Alexx Mack shows us why it feels so damn good to be bad as all hell in her new Bad Music Video, and she looked absolutely BABIN’ while doing so…

Rising synth-pop princess Alexx Mack had a huge hit on her hands when she released her anthemic “Bad” earlier this summer.  The female empowerment banger came complete with a dance friendly production and a killer chorus that entrances listeners from the first moments.  I kid you not when I say that the song gets stuck in my head for weeks every time I hear it, because it is just that good!

In a previous interview between the two of us for PPcorn Alexx Mack explained to me that it feels so good to be bad because “well, no f***s are given! And that’s the best.”  This girl basically became my hero in one quote!  Things were off to a great start with “Bad,” and then Mack took it to the next level with the release of the Bad Music Video!  Get ready, because things get a little rowdy in the bold visual.

The Bad music video sees Alexx Mack seducing a bespectacled student while dressed as a pin-up inspired naughty school girl in reverse action.  The video starts with Mack marking her very nude and very attractive lover with a territorial kiss, before rewinding and showing viewers exactly how Alexx Mack got the boy.  Obviously a slow motion pillow fight ensues as well as a strip tease in the kitchen.  Glasses of wine break, chests are put out for display, and a good time is had by all…

Talk about having a good time walking on the wild side

Being bad has truly never looked like so much fun!  Alexx Mack’s Bad Music Video is all sorts of playful, and it is the perfect accompaniment for such a promising track.  The visual balances campy fun with a playful, yet seductive edge with relative ease, and Mack’s character throughout the video is played perfectly.  The Bad music video proves that Alexx Mack is truly a fantastic performer, and that she is capable of portraying a truly dynamic character.  She plays the good girl gone bad with ease, and it’s entirely compelling to watch!

Alongside the release of the video, Alexx Mack revealed that her DEBUT EP Like We’re Famous is gearing up for an October 9 release.  Now is the perfect time to get a little more familiar with the “Bad” princess!

What do you think of Alexx Mack and her daring Bad visual?  Let me know!

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Jeremy Thurber Finds ‘Deliverance’ On His Striding New EP

Jeremy Thurber finds musical redemption on his acoustic EP Deliverance

Los Angeles based singer songwriter Jeremy Thurber is a bright spot on the scene. The rising talent has had some success as a solo artist in the past, and his thoughtful lyricism has made him a staple behind the scenes. After writing for and performing alongside the likes of Meghan Trainor, Jake Miller, and Big Time Rush, Thurber has turned the attention back to his own work.

Now he has reemerged on the scene with his largely acoustic EP Deliverance. The five track release showcases Jeremy Thurber’s craft while simultaneously charting the blissful heights and heart aching lows of a relationship. It’s a journey to deliverance in the arms of a loved one, and as a result the EP soars on a lush emotional climate.

For Thurber, the rising star claims that he has found deliverance in a different lover’s arm; his music. “I was feeling like I wanted to quit” he candidly explained of his emotional climate before hitting the studio. With the encouragement of executive producer Gabe Lopez, Jeremy opted to solider on and found redemption in the recording studio.

“I sat down and wrote to just a piano; I forgot everything in the world and just wrote what I felt.” The resulting tracks comprise Deliverance and showcase the rising talent’s brilliant star power.

The album opens with the first single and title track. Armed with a piano and aural production, Thurber vows to be a lover’s salvation. “Count on me / you’ll never be alone again / I’ll be your deliverance.” Clocking in as the shortest song on the EP, “Deliverance” is nonetheless a touching effort from the crooner and a powerful opener.

Thurber takes it to the piano and offers up his heart and soul on the stripped back “Sacrifice.” The rainy day track proves that Jeremy would make the ultimate sacrifice for love and remains a stunning listen. His voice resonates with the pain of mistakes and the hunger to make things right. “It pains me to see the way that you hate me / what you want is to wrap this up, come on by / I’ll be your sacrifice,” Jeremy Thurber declares, boldly offering up his heart for his beloved’s happiness.

Easily one of the most magical moments on the EP occurs during the tender “Morning Glow.” Delivered in his sweet falsetto over a lush production of piano and seraphic synth, Thurber welcomes a lover to bask in the glory of a new morning after an evening together. “I’m living for this morning glow / our song is on the radio / I wanna take it nice and slow” he romantically croons to his beloved. It’s a delightfully tender moment on Deliverance, and it proves that Jeremy Thurber’s star power shines brilliantly regardless of the amount of production surrounding his voice.

On “I Swear I’ll Never Let You Go” Jeremy vows to adore his lover through the passing of the seasons. It’s another tender, piano led ballad that sees the crooner losing himself in the tide of his relationship. It’s a beautiful testament to a love that will endure, and it’s delivered with the utmost of devotion.

Thurber closes the release out with “Don’t Hold Me Back,” which is easily the most energized track on the release. Over a production lush with handclaps the artist makes a bid for balance within the relationship. Drunk in love, Thurber realizes that he could fall prey to his lover’s wiles and struggles to keep his head above water. Its placement on the EP provides a slightly unresolved ending to the relationship that we watched blossom over the previous five songs; however, it is nevertheless an enthralling conclusion to the release.

No relationship is without faults, and “Don’t Hold Me Back” delves into the darker aspects of love. It can open your heart to great adventures, but it can also hold you in the mire of mixed emotions. That track proves that every relationship doesn’t have to have a perfect ending to have a positive impact on your life. Jeremy Thurber tackles a difficult topic with care and proves himself still able to find redemption.

Jeremy Thurber is serving something seriously impressive on Deliverance. The crooner has established himself as a reliable hitmaker and has proven himself more than capable of delivering consistently evocative and powerful releases. The EP is a striking collection of thoughtful pop gems that are lush with pure emotion. Each track displays his ability to layer sound and emotion to create a diverse soundscape that vibrates with life and personality.

Deliverance has effectively introduced the world to the rising talent that is Jeremy Thurber. It’s a starkly beautiful effort that truly encompasses the dizzying power of love. Along the ride Jeremy Thurber delivers seemingly effortless musical perfection. He fearlessly wears his heart on his sleeve, and the result is a powerful journey towards redemption.

Stream Deliverance in full below then let us know what you think about Jeremy Thurber’s latest effort!

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Review: ANTi – Rihanna Makes An Impression With Half The Fun

In the immortal words of Rihanna “the wait is over.” After years of waiting, the world has finally been introduced to the ANTi – Rihanna, and this unexpected new entity signifies a new chapter in the Rihanna reign that just won’t let up. 

Yesterday (January 28) the pop gods were smiling upon Rihanna’s Navy, as an employee at TIDAL inadvertently uploaded Rihanna’s eighth studio album to the service before a release date was even announced. Months of promotional projects, buzz singles, and ruthless teasing of the fans all went up in smoke as Rihanna and her team rushed to counteract the leak by sharing the album’s standard edition in some sort of official manner. One free download and TIDAL exclusive later, fans were learning exactly what it means to be anti-Rihanna.

Read on for a full ANTi review below!

To sum it up quickly, being ANTi means abandoning the danceable anthems and club ready bangers that we have come to lovingly associate with Rihanna. In their place we are presented with a sea of moody and experimental mid-tempos that move the pop siren in a new direction.

The album also bids farewell to last year’s buzz singles in favor of a moodier sound a la The Weeknd or Tinashe. Gone are the folksier (and “fucking iconic”) moments on “FourFiveSeconds” and “American Oxygen,” and the club-ready ratchetry of “Bitch Better Have My Money” is sadly a thing of the past.

ANTi opens with a declaration of independence on the striding “Consideration,” a collaboration with rising R&B songstress SZA.  “I got to do things my own way Darling” Rihanna proudly proclaims with a heavier accent than we have come to associate with the Barbadian musician. The track serves as an introduction of sorts to the album’s concept; this is Rihanna’s attempt to return to her own unique musical vision while promising to keep things exceptional. “Let me cover your shit in glitter / I can make it gold” she brazenly brags before attempting just that on the remaining tracks.

Unfortunately all that glitters is not always gold…

Rihanna immediately moves into the dithering “James Joint,” on which she entices a lover with her body and a couple grams of illicit substances. The song has been presented as an interlude; however, on a soundtrack with a scant thirteen contributions the track fails to gain much traction in less than a minute and a half.

Kiss It Better” is an instant standout at first listen. Drawing influences from one of her icons Prince, Rihanna creates an intimate atmosphere over guitars and atmospheric production. The single feels the most reminiscent of Rihanna’s previous work and will prayerfully receive the single treatment in the future.

Sandwiched between two album standouts, ANTi‘s official lead single “Work” sees Rihanna returning to the dance hall sound of her earliest releases. Unfortunately the result is a less than inspirational call to arms. Pairing up with frequent collaborator Drake, the single is barely comprehensible as Rihanna mumbles across the beat. As a result, the cut feels like a rough demo and is one of the weakest to rise from ANTi.

Selecting “Work” as the new lead single for ANTi is one of the strangest decisions that Rihanna and co. have made over the exhausting album release schedule. It’s unclear if they were hoping to capitalize off the big name collaboration with Drake after a handful of underperforming buzz tracks, or if they truly beleived that “Work” was amongst the best of material on the album…

Luckily the album’s low point is followed by the darkly pulsing “Desperado.” Arguably one of the darkest tracks to make the final cut, the track allows Rihanna’s deeper register shine over a sparse and distorted production. There is a sense of desperation and danger to the track that undulates with the beat as Rihanna decides whether to flee with a lover on the run. It’s nice to hear a track that manages to be ANTi – Rihanna yet still pays tribute to the dramatic sounds we have come to love and expect from her.

Heavy distortions set the scene for “Woo,” Rihanna first collaboration with assumed boy-toy Travis Scott and The Weeknd. Playing the part of a indecisive lover Rihanna oscillates between fury and lust for a lover. In a moment of power Rihanna sends the boy-toy packing, declaring “I don’t even care about you.” With its almost sinful content The Weeknd’s influence is evident, but the track fails to make a serious impression.

Wobbling synth introduce Rihanna’s empowerment anthem “Needed Me.” The track is one of the most confident on the album, and sees the songstress reminding a lover that he needed her by his side. Strong production and a memorable chorus elevate the track and helps it stand out amidst it’s surrounding tracks.

Rihanna is on the prowl on “Yeah I Said It,” displaying her sexual prowess over a delectably raunchy beat. The “Cockiness” siren is clearly the ringleader in this sexual circus while declaring that she and her prey don’t need a title to get down and dirty. The track feels like a continuation of Rihanna’s sensual “Skin” with it’s layered moans and sinful production.

Same Ol’ Mistakes” borrows from Tame Impala’s “New Person, Same Old Mistakes” for a smooth slice of icy R&B. A series of voice overs on the chorus display Rihanna’s hesitation as she falls into a relationship, but the cover fails to ignite any true passion.

The Dido-assisted “Never Ending” is a fragile moment for the Barbadian beauty. The track seems to discuss both her relationship with herself and with a lover, as she laments on losing a part of herself to the past. The simple production and stripped back vocal performance make for a beautiful and conflicting listen.

Love On The Brain” takes things back in time for a compelling throwback hit; you can practically hear the scratch of the record player underneath Rihanna’s sweet upper register. Signing about the dangers of an abusive relationship, Rihanna overlooks the pain for the sake of the good moments. Such dark content seems out of place against the traditional production; however, that contrast sets the scene for a powerful moment.

Rihanna closes out the album’s standard edition with two true ballads, “Higher” and “Close To You.”

The first plays as a shattered and drunken plea to an ex-lover while showcasing some of Rihanna’s most emotive vocals. Her voice cracks and purrs it’s way though the desperate and fucked up plea. While a little tough on the ears at points (homegirl really howls here), it only adds to the character of the piece. Clocking in at just over two minutes though, it leaves fans wanting more closure. Its as though Rihanna got a dial tone midway through her drunken dial, but we would benefit from taking things one step further.

The latter, “Close To You,” presents Rihanna’s vocals over a simple piano. The tinkling keys provide a delicate background for the heartbreak of a failing relationship. The track is fraught with heartache and pain, and it will undoubtedly find a home alongside Rihanna’s classic ballads such as Unapologetic‘s “Stay.”

A deluxe edition provides fans with three additional tracks. The first, “Goodnight Gotham,” inexplicably features no vocals from Rihanna. Instead it is comprised of clips of Florence and The Machine’s “Only If For a Night.” Apparently ANTi – album tracks don’t always require vocals from the main artist? Soo forward thinking…

Hit-Boy-assisted “Pose” delivers the brazenly confident Rihanna we know and love from tracks like “Bitch Better Have My Money.” The brag heavy track comes a few tracks too late to truly make an impact on the sea of monotonous mid-tempos on the standard edition regardless of how enjoyable it is.

The final bonus track “Sex With Me” is yet another bright and brag-heavy anthem. This time Rihanna proudly declares that sex with her is, like so totally amazing. Though less encapsulating than “Pose,” it’s still confusing why the track failed to make the standard edition.

Overall, ANTi delivers a relatively cohesive collection of music, that falls somewhat short of expectations for a release from the “Diamonds” hitmaker. In an effort to present a more “mature” musicality to her fans Rihanna has stripped back all of the fun and power of a characteristic release.

Technically strong, ANTi leaves you wanting more, because it is quite simply not a Rihanna release without the fun. ANTi – Rihanna may deliver the sex and the weed, but she falls flat on any attempt to deliver the equally alluring raunch-fest of old.

ANTi may be a new era in the Rihanna reign, but we’re hoping that the album merely represents one short chapter instead of becoming the norm.