Chart Mondays: CNCO & Little Mix - Reggaetón Lento (Remix)


Reggaetón Lento (Remix) - CNCO & Little Mix |

Now I've been waiting to review this music video, knowing full well that it would be one of my Chart Mondays reviews; and here we are, even though I am so far behind on my blog - but I'm catching up. A total of 16 days behind, again; it seems that I can't quite catch up, but that doesn't stop me; for those of you who know me, you know that I won't give up and I will catch up, eventually. To do so, I'll need to keep focused. At the time of this blog, Post Malone is still at number one on the UK Singles Chart, with "Rockstar" featuring 21 Savage, with no music video - I'm not so keen on the song, so I'm glad I don't have to feature it on my blog. This opened the Top 10 again, and since this is dropping down, I thought it was about time to feature it on my blog! Watch CNCO and Little Mix flirt across an open-plan club as they suggest they're into one another in this music video for "Reggaetón Lento (Remix)".

CNCO are a five-piece Latin band consisting of Christopher Vélez, Richard Camacho, Joel Pimentel, Erick Brian Colón, and Zabdiel De Jesùs. They were formed on the Latin TV show La Banda, winning a five-year contract with Sony Music Latin. It seems that many stars are coming from La Banda, recently; especially with Global Records snapping up some of the artists, including Micke Moreno. Latin music sure is big, so it's no surprise this song has done well with the help of Little Mix collaborating. CNCO are sure ones to watch as Latin music takes over the world. As for Little Mix, they're already highly established and are still the only group to win The X Factor in the UK. They consist of Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson, and Jade Thirlwall. They're one of the most successful girl groups in the world, and continue to release hit after hit after hit. The group is gearing up to release their Platinum Edition of their UK number one album Glory Days and I literally cannot wait! This song is a remix of CNCO's original track "Reggaetón Lento (Bailemos)" which hit the charts hard in Latin America. All before the remix allowed the track to soar high in the UK and Europe. The song was written by Luis Angel O'Neill, Eric Perez, Jadan Andino, Jorge Class, Jean Rodríguez, Richard Camacho, and Camille Purcell.

The music video was directed by Marc Klasfeld, and Little Mix confirmed that they never met CNCO; so this whole video has been edited cleverly. It also explains why they never go to the dance floor.

Both groups flirt with one another across the bar, it seems interesting that there's five CNCO members and only four Little Mix members, this is either not going to end well, or one of the guys are going to be left alone - sounds like my usual night out for me.

They are in separate booths on the balcony of a club. The dance floor below them is thriving with dancers - that's where I would probably be if I were at this club, it's difficult to get me off the dance floor.

Each of the girls, step up in front of the group to sing their parts of the song, allowing the camera to fully identify each of the members of Little Mix and to prove how hot each of them are. Differently, CNCO remain seated when singing their individual parts, which kind of makes the video focus on Little Mix a hell of a lot more than it does on CNCO.

They send secret messages and gifts to one another, but what is most surprising is that the CNCO guys get on to the dancefloor in the middle and dances with some of the dancers; all the while, leaving Little Mix in their booth. Surely after all that flirting CNCO and Little Mix would've got together on the dancefloor.

Overall, they have totally managed to pull this music off to some extent. It could've been so much better if this was actually done with each of the acts opposite one another; however, editing has made this intricately engaging, regardless. I would've liked to have seen Little Mix get on the dancefloor and dance with guys, teasing CNCO right back.
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Cris Cab - Liar Liar


Liar Liar - Cris Cab |

This song came to my attention as it frequented a lot of compilation albums that I own on my iTunes. It is a great song, and it's no surprise that Pharrell Williams is listed as a songwriter and singing harmonies in the song's chorus and appears in the music video - it certainly has his stamp all over it. It's Cris Cab's biggest single to date, but it never hit it off in the UK, although it went viral in so many other countries, launching up the charts. It certainly started off his career, and I expect he will continue to bring out catchy songs. Watch Cris Cab and Pharrell Williams in this black and white visual using mirrored imagery and reflections to warp the viewers' concepts and adding risk whilst hiding dangerous imagery, in this clever music video for "Liar Liar".

Cris Cab, real name Cristian Cabrerizo, is an American singer-songwriter who has been building up his career over the past few years with some amazing collaborations. This was his second solo single and definitely hit the charts hard around the world, his follow-up singles have done okay, but nothing compared the success of this song. I expect his working on new music that will be massive once released as he has that voice that truly brings something new to the music industry. This song was written by Dallas Austin, Pharrell Williams, and Cristian Cabrerizo.

Directed by Alex Topaller & Dan Shapiro, this music video warps all of our senses. It has a max mirroring conception that makes it difficult to follow and makes you question what is exactly happening. It's also in black and white, which you all know I don't approve of.

It is a performance piece and Cris Cab certainly attempts to bring it, but I feel like he isn't feeling this song all that much and so isn't performing it to his best ability - or we're just so distracted by the reflections and the symmetry.

There are various women shown throughout, and they remove clothes during some of the scenes, with the mirrored imagery being the only reason we don't see them naked. It feels all kaleidoscopic throughout and the constant movement of the camera and the editing just isn't working for me.

Overall, this video is probably a better concept on paper, but in actual fact, it fails to draw in the viewers. Guys will like the removal of clothes, however they might as well watch other videos for that sort of thing, rather than this one. Pharrell Williams makes a cameo throughout and it's just weird seeing him there but not taking an active role, especially since he isn't featured on the song itself.
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Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso Featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt - Let Me Go


Let Me Go (feat. Florida Georgia Line & watt) [Personal Collection] - Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso |

Well, I hadn't planned on writing about this "Personal Collection" music video for this song, but I actually don't have time to be choosy as I am 14 days behind on my blog, and if I don't start to attempt to catch up, I never am going to. I have back-dated this review like I have been doing with my previous ones. This track is another addicting track and sees quite the collaboration come together. The music video could be better though but it's not all bad. Watch this Personal Collection music video that shows everyone having a great day for Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso's track "Let Me Go" featuring Florida Georgia Line & Watt.

Hailee Steinfeld came to our attention when she starred in Pitch Perfect 2. That film has literally kickstarted her career and she has gone on to do amazingly. I'm still loving "Most Girls", it's such a great song and music video. I expect an album is on its way, as she has already dropped an EP. This sees her collaborate with Swedish DJ, Alesso, real name Alessandro Lindblad, who is one of the top DJs in the world. He brings out amazing hits that we all love and is definitely expanding his career. There are two features on this track, Florida Georgia Line and Watt. The former is a two-piece country band consisting of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. They went viral with their debut song "Cruise" which did amazingly in the country charts. They continue to send out country waves with their music and it is really working as they establish their name in the country music industry. The latter, Watt, real name Andrew Watt, is an American musician and songwriter. He has certainly written a lot of songs we all know and love. It's time for him to now become known as an artist himself, and I look forward to seeing where his career takes him. This song was written by Alexandra Tamposi, Andrew Wotman, Brian Lee, Alessandro Lindblad, and Jamie Lindell.

Directed by Erik Lauer, this Personal Collection music video definitely stands out over other music videos we've seen before. Yet, the concept and the theme isn't something new and it does fail to capture the audience because we've seen it all before.

The idea takes us back to Cloverfield and certainly transports us into the music video. It also manages to show a genuine side to Hailee Steinfeld throughout. However, there isn't an established connection to the song, and it just feels like they took random video clips of their day.

I'm not going to lie, this does make me a bit jealous. I wish I had the money, the time, and the weather to just hang out with my friends and have a fun time. Instead, I'm fighting for a career, applying for jobs, and rarely seeing my friends.

Overall, this music video isn't half bad, it's just not that good either. The amount of times we've watch stars have a good time together is lengthy, and this isn't anything new. The only difference is that the camera transports the viewers into the visual as if we're there watching everything unfold, however we have seen this a few times before.
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New Release: Laura Tesoro - Beast


Beast - Laura Tesoro |

After reviewing this for CelebMix, I knew this was going to be my New Release - mainly because the song is such a banger and deserves so much more recognition. The music video doesn't live up to the song but it relates amazingly, regardless. Laura Tesoro is one of my favourite singers to come from Eurovision, and she is completely nailing it with her follow-up songs. She deserves to have international success, just listen to her awesome vocals on this. Watch Laura Tesoro train and box before she goes on stage to perform her brand new song in this music video for "Beast".

Laura Tesoro first came to my attention when she was announced as the representative for Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. She sang "What's The Pressure", gaining 181 points, placing her 10th in the Grand Final. She charted with the song in various countries, and followed it up with the awesome track "Higher". Before Eurovision, she came second in The Voice van Vlaanderen season three. Now, this new track is out, and we're all feeling beastly whenever we all hear it. It was written by Mikke Vepsäläinen, Emelie Sederholm, and Elina Stridh.

This music video was directed by Aäron Beyers & Eloi Cyuzuzo Nsanzabandi. There are two scenes going on, one is Laura Tesoro training and boxing, and the other is her and her team preparing for a gig.

She shows her beast side in the training sessions. She is focused and prepared to give it her all, just like she does on stage. It really works together and showcases Laura Tesoro in a light we haven't seen before, allowing her fans to get to know her.

As for the stage side, this is clearly her passion. She enjoys performing and really manages to transcend her energy to the crowd. This is one female singer I hope I get to see live one day.

Overall, the music video really works and totally relates to the song. Laura Tesoro is certainly a rising female singer who we all need to watch out for as she continues to release addicting songs like this one. I sure hope an album is on its way - because we all so want a Laura Tesoro album!
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Antonia - Jameia


Jameia - Antonia |

Okay, I'm still catching up on my blogs and here is a Thursday Revisit. I am not going to lie, I have never been so keen on this song. I do have it on my iTunes, it's just not all that catchy. However, she absolutely nails it in this music video, which I haven't seen before today, and now I'm in love with the song. This is why I love music videos, it can really change people's conception of certain songs, both in a good way and a bad way. Watch Antonia bring it as she dances in the street looking smoking hot and sexy, all the while expressing the meaning of the song in this brilliant music video for "Jameia".

Antonia, full name Antonia Iacobescu, is one of the top female Romanian artists around at the moment, and she has fully captured me recently as she releases fired-up tracks on Global Records. She's had plenty of hits in Romania and even went international early on in her career. Now, Global Records are certainly capitalising on all their artists, and I expect one of them will hit charts all over the world with one of their songs until then we'll treasure every single one of them, as well as the artists' previous musical releases. I am hoping that Antonia releases a new album soon - we definitely need one from her!

This music video is definitely a surprise. Antonia looks beautiful throughout and she clearly had one of the best times on this set as she moved about and danced, both with the dancers and without them. It has this 90's / 00's street theme going on that I truly am loving, and hope a range of music videos bring this theme back in the near-future.

This street scene is intersected by profile and performance shots of Antonia in a totally different place; yet, still looking fantastic. She seriously can pull off anything - if you don't believe me, check out G Girls' "Call The Police".

She brings the party to the street, and we can't help but enjoy it from start to finish. The dancing is on point throughout, the choreography is nailed in every way and it's pure fire. We miss this side of Antonia because we haven't seen her dance in a music video for some time. She can certainly bring it as much as the professionals.

I also love the fact that everyone on the street is watching her and putting up posters of her. And, let's not forget about the children who pick out a tattoo design for her - which she has done and still has today - although she covers it over with make-up during some of her shoots.

Overall, this music video is full of energy and really shows off Antonia is a positive light. It also made me like the song too, which I wasn't sure it would be able to. A slight narrative would certainly have made this visual that little more intricate.
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Felix Jaehn, Hight & Alex Aiono - Hot2Touch


Hot2Touch - Felix Jaehn, Hight & Alex Aiono

I am off to see Alex Aiono for CelebMix on Monday 13 November 2017, so I thought I'll take a look at his songs and music videos so I know what he's singing when he's on stage. Since I'm starting to become obsessed with Felix Jaehn's music, I thought I might as well review this music video, and this must be a brilliant song, with a great music video too - or so I can hope. After watching, I'm relieved to say I do like it, both the song and the music video. Watch Felix Jaehn, Hight, and Alex Aiono have a party with some friends as they capture the sound of the song in this music video for their single "Hot2Touch".

Felix Jaehn, real name Felix Jähn, went international with his debut single, that certainly launched this German DJ. Now he's gearing up to release his debut album, and I literally cannot wait because all his recent releases have certainly been on fire. Let's just hope that it does well around the world and pulls in some chart numbers because I have no doubt it'll deserve high numbers. This is one of the tracks that will be on the album, it is a collaboration with Hight and Alex Aiono. The former is a London DJ who has been making various waves over the past few years, this collaboration has certainly helped to push his success. As for the latter, he's definitely going viral often; Alex Aiono came from YouTube and has a massive following and he may not have had a massive chart success, just yet, but he's definitely one male solo singer we all need to keep our eyes on. This song was written by Tim Deal, Thomas Alexander Walker, Felix Jaehn, Mark Ralph, and Cass Lowe.

The music video was directed by Carly Cussen. It is a full-on party visual, although it is displayed more as a YouTuber party. It's a great idea and concept, but the editing is quite on the lacking side, to the extent that it makes it hard to follow - at times.

The party takes place in an abandoned warehouse. Alex Aiono brings the music and there are balloons floating in the air. Everyone is dancing to choreography - even Felix Jaehn gets in on the moving, now that's what we're talking about!

The choreography may be simple but the dance sequences are nailed in every way. There's also a lot of freelance going on, and it's clear everyone involved is having a brilliant time. There are also some great outdoor shots that look awesome too. I have to give a shout out to the beer pong and the rides in a shopping trolley, something I've done on many occasions and some things you need to try out soon - if you haven't already.

Overall, this music video is engaging from start to finish, allowing the viewers to see something new every single time they watch it. So go and watch it again, trust me. I also love the personal video shots too, it feels like we're in this video, viewing it, just like we feel when we watch YouTubers. However, there could've been more of a link to the song itself because it does sort of come across as another party video.
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Diego Faria - Elas Ficam Loucas


Elas Ficam Loucas - Diego Faria |

When I have no idea what music video to review, I usually turn to either YouTube Recommendations or to my iTunes - which always plays my music on shuffle. My iTunes randomizer played this song and I realised how addicting it is - although my current addiction is Inna's "Ruleta". This song is definitely one of my favourites and reminds me of Michel Teló's "Ai Se Eu Te Pego". Watch Diego Faria party all day and night on a loop with a whole bunch of women in this music video for his song "Elas Ficam Loucas".

Diego Faria pretty much launched on to the scene with this song, just look at all the views the YouTube video has got - it's currently at 40 million hits. He's a confident singer and released his live album this year on all platforms. Whether he'll have another viral hit is something we're all wondering, although we reckon he'll keep riding and relying on the success of this song - and to be fair, we don't blame him. This song is by Tony Guerra.

The music video has so many views, it's unbelievable, but I'm pretty sure it's not because of the content because there's nothing to capture the viewers and make them watch it again and again. Well, unless you enjoy watching a party lifestyle.

There isn't a lot going on, we've seen similar music videos in the past, and this is always a fall-back when it comes to making a music video. It's slightly different this time because Diego Faria is partying with a whole range of women, and he is the only guy in sight. He wins them all over by singing his song during the party session.

The ending sees the doorbell ring again, suggesting that every single day is a party in his life - we all wish we had the money to have a party every single day. There's not a lot to the lyrics, according to my bad Google Translate from Portuguese to English. However, the video does link in slightly, I suppose.
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Chart Mondays: Stefflon Don & French Montana - Hurtin' Me


Hurtin' Me - Stefflon Don & French Montana |

I cannot believe how far behind on my blog I am, will I ever catch up? Gosh, I need to really start focusing, but as per usual, I'm not very good at that. Anyway, I am a total of 16 days behind, which isn't something I am proud of, at all. That's 16 music video reviews I need to write up. Regardless, at the backdated time of this post, Post Malone is at number one with "Rockstar" featuring 21 Savage, which doesn't have a music video; however this one was in the Top 10, and I've been wanting to review this for some time now, as it has been turning up in my recommendations. It's certainly a polished video, that's for sure. Watch Stefflon Don and French Montana bring it in this music video with her dancing and acting brilliantly for the video while he adds that special something in this music video for "Hurtin' Me".

Stefflon Don, real name Stephanie Allen, first came to all our attention, mainly, when she featured on Jax Jones' "Instruction" which also featured Demi Lovato. It certainly launched her, so it's not a surprise she's managed to keep the flames of popularity going and ride the success with a subsequent release that has become a hit in itself. It surprised me, though, to find out she's from my hometown of Birmingham, although she did move away to The Netherlands when she was four years old, and then later headed to London to study. This song is a collaboration with French Montana, real name Karim Kharbouch. He went viral with his internationally successful hit "Unforgettable" featuring Swae Lee. Therefore, it's no surprise that this song has done really well in the UK, although whether it'll go international, that'll be the question we're all wondering. This song was written by Karim Kharbouch, Rodney Kumbirayi Hwingwiri, and Stephanie Victoria.

Directed by Luke Biggins and Stefflon Don, this music video is mainly a performance piece with some dancing and acting happening throughout. It's an impassioned visual that truly shows off Stefflon Don is the best light possible!

It is certainly a beautiful scenic video, that's for sure. Both artists look incredible and exude confidence in every way. Stefflon Don is hot throughout this clip, and she definitely brings it for the dancing, which allows us to see her in a totally different light. She has really connected with this song and displays her feelings for it throughout this visual.

French Montana adds a little special flavour to the track and the video, but I feel like Stefflon Don steals the show throughout and he's part isn't really needed. Regardless this music video certainly is polished and although there isn't a full-on narrative, the subtlety serves it well.
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Alex Aiono Featuring Trinidad Cardona - Does It Feel Like Falling


Does It Feel Like Falling (feat. Trinidad Cardona) - Alex Aiono |

Since Alex Aiono has been doing so well on my blog when I reviewed "Work The Middle"; I thought, I might as well write up another review of one of his music videos. This is how I stumbled across this one and it is undeniably catchy. The music video is a care-free visual which certainly works with the song - although I disapprove of some of the actions of the characters in the music video. Watch Alex Aiono have a great day with a bunch of his mates alongside Trinidad Cardona in this music video for the collaborative song "Does It Feel Like Falling".

Alex Aiono is one of those male artists who is on form and continues to build up his career. He has millions of YouTube views and I expect it won't be long until he gets loads more and has an international hit behind him. His songs are pure fire and have definitely brought him a lot of attention, hence why he has some great collaborations to date. I cannot wait to see what the future brings to this male artist. This song sees Trinidad Cardona feature; he went viral at just 17 years old when his song "Jennifer" blew up on YouTube this year. It's a solid collaboration for sure and a song that is a total grower. It was written by John Ryan, Wayne Hector, Alex Schwartz, Daniel Griffith, Trinidad Cardona, Alex Aiono, Joseph Khajadourian, Nathan Andrew Cyphert, and J. Spargur.

Directed by Matthew Dillon Cohen, this music video literally transports the viewers into a day in the lives of Alex Aiono and his friends. They are clearly having a great time in the summer sunshine, making us all wish we could spend our days just like this.

We open up with a performance piece from Alex Aiono who shows off what this song means to him, adding all the emotion needed and fully bringing it for the visual.

Yet, it's the narrative that keeps us gripped throughout, as we watch practical jokes being played - although I do not approve of shaving someone's head as they sleep, that would make me completely mad if someone did that to me... Of course, the actor agreed to let that happen, so surely it wasn't spontaneous.

There's not a lot going on really. There's a pool party, and then they go to a deserted warehouse and dance, all before heading to the beach. At one point, Alex Aiono takes an opportunity to kiss a woman in a car. That's about it. The song is amazingly catchy, and even though the music video relates slightly to the song - and is making me jealous at the same time because I want someone who I fall for to fall for me too - I just feel that they could've done something better. This is pretty average.
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Jessie J - Not My Ex


Not My Ex - Jessie J |

My friends have been encouraging me to listen to this song. For those of you who know me well, Jessie J is one of those artists that I admire and she truly can sing, but there are times when she releases songs that I don't like, and that's why I'm not a fan of hers. Regardless, there are a few songs by her that I just simply adore; this song is definitely not one of them. It has a jazz-pop vibe to it which isn't to my taste at all. Regardless, it shows off Jessie J's versatility and proves that she can bring passion, desire, and honesty to tracks like this. Watch Jessie J strip it completely back as she sings to the viewers at home in this simple black and white music video for her track "Not My Ex".

Jessie J, real name Jessica Cornish, is one of the biggest female singers in the UK of recent years. She has been building up her career and has already worked with some of the best stars. However, recently she's been focusing on music she wants to release, and I am happy that she has that control to do so, but these sort of songs really aren't my thing. I'm clearly not the only one because her recent singles that are leading into her fourth studio album, which will be titled "R.O.S.E." which will be released next year, have yet to chart anywhere. This album will be her first LP release since 2014's "Sweet Talker". This song was written by Jessica Cornish and Darhyl Camper.

Directed by Brian Ziff, this music video is totally stripped back, in the most surprising way. This doesn't entertain at all. We watch Jessie J performing "Not My Ex" sitting down with a blank screen behind her and in black and white.

I'm not sure there is a whole lot I can talk about when it comes to this visual. She clearly performs well and emphasises her lyrics. But she's subtle in every way and it feels like it's staged; from the wet hair that looks like it's freshly been cut - like an hour ago if that - to the whole stripped-back performance. There's just no substance to this.

Overall, we've seen a whole host of better Jessie J music videos. I can totally understand that she wanted something on a personal level, something to connect with the fans, and perhaps a throwback to her early YouTube days, but it fails to keep the viewers interested. We want something better than this! It also reminds us of Rykka's "The Last Of Our Kind".
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