New Videos From Mario, Lorde, Plus Ariana Grande and John Legend
Ariana Grande and John Legend 'Beauty and the Beast'
The highly anticipated live-action film hits theaters next week, so how does the star-studded video remake of the title song set the mood? Very effectively, thanks to a gorgeous contemporary group routine. Nearly 20 dancers clad in maroon-colored gowns flutter delicately carrying fans replicating a rosebud when they collect in a tight formation. Strong, synchronized balletic movement follows, building with the song’s power-ballad force. Their performance is interspersed with stars Emma Watson and beast Dan Stevens, who deliver a graceful ballroom routine.
Lorde, 'Green Light'
The dream-pop sensation has returned with the lead single from her follow-up album Melodrama. It’s an unexpected dance-pop sound, and Lorde herself said on Twitter, “It’ll make you DANCE.” It certainly makes her dance: She climbs on top of a limo during the first chorus and writhes out some complex emotions — and hair flips — without tumbling off.
For the second chorus, she turns a ladies room into her own private dance floor with spazzy, headbangin’ moves, as the song’s co-writer Jack Antonoff bangs keys in the background. Suddenly, her uninhibited explosion carries her everywhere — a club, the street, back to her limo —as her character exorcises a tangle of intense emotions the way sometimes only dance can do.
Mario, 'Let Me Help You'
Is the new single from R&B crooner Mario poised to lift him to the back-in-the-day success he had with soundalike-titled monster hit “Let Me Love You?” Hell yes, if the all-male backup dancers in beachfront, hip-hop formation behind him have anything to say about it!
Mini-Trend Alert: this unusual casting comes right on the heels of Bruno Mars’ all-male team in his just released “That’s What I Like.” Mario adds a bit of breaking and crotch-grabbing into the mix. The second chorus has Mario meeting up on the dance floor with a Scarlet Johansson stunt-double in badly need of Frizz Ease™, while a crowd of extras jams sexy, slo-mo freestyle moves behind them. The scenes flip back and forth at the end of the clip as the up-tempo tune builds to its climax — placing dance front and center to sell the experience.
Meghan Trainor, 'I'm a Lady'
Female empowerment frontwoman Meghan Trainor shows solidarity with Smurfette in this video tied to the new “Smurfs: The Lost Village” film. Her band is all-female, and they really know how to work a synced side-neck isolation. At the 1:35 Meghan kicks off a Fosse-infused, pyramid formation, synchronized routine that that features a little vogueing, but thankfully no jazz hands. There’s also a few snippets of Smurfs jitterbugging. Smurfy!