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Top 20 Music Videos of 2015

michael persallEach year, our favorite artists give us music to enjoy…and, more often than not, some amazing music videos to go along with it.

At Planet Stereo, music videos are one of the top things we get asked to cover, and most of the time, that’s fine by us! This year, the normal “Top 15” list had to be extended to 20! There were just too many amazing videos to choose from! Check out our picks below and let us know in the comments what your favorite music videos were this year!

 

1. Highly Suspect – “Lydia”

Highly Suspect’s official video for their single “Lydia,” from their album, Mister Asylum. It really is filled with incredible visuals, and was filmed entirely underwater…in one take! It’s beautifully shot, and Marina Kazankova (the girl in the video) does an incredible job. And hey, the song has been nominated for a Grammy!

2. Sam Smith – “Writing’s On The Wall”

Considering that this video was teased relentlessly, its release was like a moment from the “Hallelujah” chorus. The video is stunningly cinematic, much like the track itself…and of course, it helps that Sam Smith can do no wrong and that the track is for a Bond film!

3. Tillian – “Satellite”

Animated by John Howe, “Satellite,” is both a wonderful, unique video, and a definite stand-out for the year!

4. PVRIS“White Noise”

I cannot praise PVRIS enough; there’s just too much talent to even begin to try. And the video for “White Noise,” which pays homage to the horror film Poltergeist, is excellent.

5. New Found Glory – “Vicious Love (ft. Hayley Williams)”

Not only is this video incredibly funny, but it features guest vocals (and an appearance) from Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams (a.k.a. the Future Mrs. Chad Gilbert). The track itself is incredibly catchy, but the video is both comedic and full of great Halloween ideas.

6. The Maine – “English Girls”

Yet another clever video! The Maine’s video for “English Girls” shows the members of the band on a pretty crazy night out, leaving everyone wondering: Who did John O’Callaghan wake up next to?

7. Marianas Trench“One Love”

There’s something about Marianas Trench’s music video for “One Love” that is so 2003…in the best possible way. The track has a powerful sound, and, when added with the great visual, how could you not love it?

8. Adele – “Hello”

Adele is back, and she came back with a simple, “Hello.” The video broke the records set by Taylor Swift’s VMA-premiered “Bad Blood,” and is stunningly pieced together.

9. Lady Gaga – “Till It Happens To You”

Lady Gaga’s new Grammy-nominated track, “Till It Happens To You,” is an extraordinary song with a strong presence. The video brings the song and the scary statistics about sexual assault on college campuses, to life. The song is from The Hunting Ground film, which is available now: http://bit.ly/1E6XAFl The video warns that there are triggering, graphic scenes depicted, and I will reiterate that now: TRIGGER WARNING. This video contains graphic images that may act as a trigger for some people.

10. Ella Henderson – “Mirror Man”

The soulful track is powerful, memorable, and the video is just as strong. Ella Henderson’s vocals are golden.

11. Bring Me The Horizon“Throne” (…and “True Friends,” just for the storyline.)

The Game Of Thrones vibes from this video are all there, and the quality is unreal. The editing is perfect, with everything timed excellently.

12. Panic! At The Disco“Emperor’s New Clothes”

The makeup and cinematography of this video are…wow. I mean, Brendon Urie becomes a devil.

13. All Time Low“Something’s Gotta Give”

This was easily one of the best videos of the year, no questions asked; it’s funny, it has zombies (zombie makeup!), and, of course, a catchy track to go along with it.

14. DIVIDES “Echoes Fade”

My favorite thing about this video (and all of DIVIDES’ recent videos)? They’re all made in-house. The band filmed and edited the whole thing, and it’s extremely impressive. “Echoes Fade” is the kind of video that you just find yourself mesmerized by, and rightly so.

15. Taylor Locke – “Call Me Kuchu”

“Call Me Kuchu” is soulful, and reminiscent of classic rock. Inspired by the documentary of the same name, the song and video come together in a stunning metaphor; shedding light on the lack of basic human rights in Uganda, where being gay is considered criminal. The music video, directed by art/editorial photographer Logan White, acts as a satire, featuring Dr. Kuchu, a turn-of-the-century magician and snake oil profiteer.

16. Michael Persall“The Move”

The Move,” an upbeat tune that perfectly captures a sweet courtship, all the while showcasing some of Persall’s enviable vocal talents. The indie-pop/rock single is radio worthy, with perfect timing, a happy-go-lucky charm, and a fantasy appeal, as seen in the music video.

17. Hands Like Houses – “I Am”

“I Am” is a video that proves “a little goes a long way.” It is so simply put together, but carries such a weight visually (and musically). It’s truly minimalism at its finest.

18. Halsey – “New Americana”

This video has the post-apocolyptic edge that I imagined Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” would have. It helps that the song is ridiculously catchy.

19. Set It Off – “Ancient History”

Set It Off have released some pretty cool videos recently, but “Ancient History” works so well with the whole time-travel kind of thing (very fitting for the year of Back To The Future). 

20. Jade The Moon – “U Take Care”

Jade The Moon’s “U Take Care” video has a stunning, haunting feel to it. The video, written and directed by Chad Rook, is wonderfully symbolic, working well as a metaphor for the effects of love and hurt. With soaring vocals, the electro-pop track is sensational.

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Fall Out Boy Goes Country w/ Thomas Rhett at The CMAs

thomas rhett and fall out boyDid you miss the Country Music Awards last night? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered for your pop-punk moment of the night: Fall Out Boy joined Thomas Rhett for an awesome performance during the show!

Check out the full performance from the 2015 CMAs below:

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Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton Rock The 2015 CMAs

timberlake and stapletonDid you miss the Country Music Awards on ABC last night? Well, don’t worry, we’re not about to spoil it all for you, but we will tell you that Justin Timberlake made an appearance and it was fabulous.

Timberlake performed “Drink You Away” alongside Chris Stapleton during the 2015 CMAs, and it was mesmerizing. Stapleton, who (SPOILER ALERT), won Best New Artist, and the pop superstar work together beautifully, and were a fresh, exciting surprise. Check it out below:

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APMA Winners

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Cleveland truly rocked harder than ever last night (July 22, 2015) at the second annual Journeys AP Music Awards fueled by Monster Energy Drink. The event celebrated the world of underground rock, sparking a massive social media reaction and fan response that flooded the internet, following the opening red carpet and awards ceremony event at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Fans enjoyed a program that included a high spirited, acrobatic kick-off by The Cavalier Girls, Q Spirit Squad and Q Scream Team, prior to top music stars arriving and walking down the red carpet and joining the AXS TV pre-show. 

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The awards show, hosted by Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of All Time Low, featured a plethora of performances and special collaborations. The Contemporary Youth Orchestra performed an overture of the show’s Song Of The Year nominees. All Time Low offered a punk history lesson with a medley of cover versions of classic songs written by such punk avatars Joan Jett, the Ramones, and Nirvana, amongst others. Weezer were joined by Candy Hearts front woman Mariel Loveland on their song “Go Away,” while Panic! At The Disco pulled off a stentorian rendition of the Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  Black Veil Brides threw down a blistering version of Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell.” New Found Glory were joined by Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams for their new song “Vicious Love.” Stellar rock trio PVRIS teamed up with Issues frontman Tyler Carter for their song “My House.” Hard rockers Halestorm were joined by Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor for a cover of Seattle supergroup Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike.” Pierce The Veil showered the crowd in both confetti and decibels during “Divine Zero.” Canadian pop-punk institution Simple Plan enlisted Mike Herrera from MxPx for a version of “Responsibility.” Spooky-glam outfit Motionless In White turned in a furious two-song performance which included their powerful single “Reincarnate” and a pummeling cover of White Zombie’s “Thunder Kiss ’65” where they were joined by Vanguard Award recipient Rob Zombie.  Sum 41’s comeback was positively celebratory, marking the return of original guitarist Dave “Brown Sound” Baksh, and delivering rousing versions of Run-DMC’s “Mary Mary” and “King Of Rock,” fortified by none other than DMC himself. Scene staples Taking Back Sunday’s performance of “Better Homes And Gardens” resonated with the crowd.

Make sure to check out official videos and media from the APMAs at altpress.com

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Below, you’ll find a full list of the 2015 APMAs winners:

BEST VOCALIST presented by AXS TV: Hayley Williams, Paramore

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND presented by AP Japan: The 1975

ICON AWARD presented by Artery Recordings: X

VANGUARD AWARD presented by Equal Vision and MerchNow: Rob Zombie

BEST BASSIST presented by Razor & Tie: Zack Merrick, All Time Low

ARTIST PHILANTHROPIC presented by Sub City/Take Action: Taking Back Sunday for American Cancer Society

BEST LIVE BAND presented by Macbeth: A Day To Remember 

BEST DRUMMER presented by DW Drums: Rian Dawson, All Time Low

BEST FANDOM presented by Tumblr: 5 Seconds Of Summer

BEST MUSIC VIDEO presented by Journeys: “Drown,” Bring Me The Horizon

SONG OF THE YEAR presented by Epitaph Records: “Kick Me,” Sleeping With Sirens

BEST UNDERGROUND BAND presented by Sumerian Records: Being As An Ocean

MOST DEDICATED FANS presented by Fearless Records: All Time Low’s “hustlers”

BEST GUITARIST presented by Gibson Brands: Tony Perry, Pierce The Veil

BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by Splat: PVRIS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by Monster Energy: Issues

ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Journeys: Black Veil Brides, Black Veil Brides

Congratulations to all the winners!

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2015 VMA Nominees

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The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) is on August 30th, at 9PM EST. Here are the nominees:

Video of The Year

Beyonce – “7/11”

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars)”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Taylor Swift – “Bad Blood (ft. Kendrick Lamar)”

Best Male Video

Big Sean – “I Don’t F*ck With You”

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”

Nick Jonas – “Chains”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

The Weekend – “Earned It”

Best Female Video

Beyonce – “7/11”

Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Sia – “Elastic Heart”

Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Best Rock Video

Hozier — “Take Me to Church”
Fall Out Boy — “Centuries”
Florence and the Machine — “Ship to Wreck”
Walk the Moon — “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys — “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

Best Hip-hop Video

Fetty Wap — “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj — “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa — “See You Again” (ft. Charlie Puth)
Big Sean — “I Don’t F*ck With You”

Best Pop Video

Beyonce — “7/11”
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson — “Uptown Funk” (ft. Bruno Mars)
Taylor Swift — “Blank Space”
Maroon 5 — “Sugar”

Best Collaboration

Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar — “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars — “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth — “See You Again”
Ariana Grande and The Weeknd — “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj — “Bang Bang”

Best Video with a Social Message

Jennifer Hudson — “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat — “Try”
Big Sean — “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna — “American Oxygen”
Wale — “The White Shoes”

Artist To Watch

Fetty Wap — “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy — “Riptide”
George Ezra — “Budapest”
James Bay — “Hold Back the River”
FKA Twigs — “Pendulum”

Best Choreography

Beyoncé — “7/11”
OK GO — “I Won’t Let You Down”
Chet Faker — “Gold”
Ed Sheeran — “Don’t”
Flying Lotus — “Never Catch Me” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Art Direction

The Chemical Brothers — “Go”
Jack White — “Would You Fight For My Love”
Skrillex & Diplo — “Where Are Ü Now” (ft. Justin Bieber)
Snoop Dogg — “So Many Pros”
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Direction
Childish Gambino — “Sober”
Hozier — “Take Me to Church”
Kendrick Lamar — “Alright”
Mark Ronson — “Uptown Funk” (ft. Bruno Mars)
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Editing

A$AP Rocky — “L$D”
Beyonce — “7/11”
Ed Sheeran — “Don’t”
Skrillex & Diplo — “Where Are Ü Now” (ft. Justin Bieber)
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Cinematography

Alt-J — “Left Hand Free”
Ed Sheeran — “Thinking Out Loud”
FKA Twigs — “Two Weeks”
Flying Lotus — “Never Catch Me” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)

Best Visual Effects

Childish Gambino — “Telegraph Ave”
FKA Twigs — “Two Weeks”
Skrillex & Diplo — “Where Are Ü Now” (ft. Justin Bieber)
Taylor Swift — “Bad Blood” (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Tyler, The Creator — “Fucking Young/Death Camp”

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Lynn Gunn of PVRIS at Warped Tour 2015

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Lynn Gunn from PVRIS took the time to talk to Planet Stereo all about Warped Tour, horror movies, and much more. She also played a game of Warped Tour Would You Rather and answered some of YOUR questions!

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Miley Cyrus Announced as the Host of the 2015 VMAs

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Miley Cyrus announced that she will be hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, which take place on August 30th, 2015. Check out the post below:

MTV has confirmed this announcement on their website.

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HELLYEAH Added as Co-Headliner of Dirt Fest 2015

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Hard rock/metal supergroup HELLYEAH has been added as a co-headliner of Michigan’s Dirt Fest 2015, alongside Down. This marks the first time former bandmates Phil Anselmo (Down) and Vinnie Paul (HELLYEAH) have been billed together since the disbanding of Pantera in 2003. HELLYEAH, comprised of Vinnie Paul (Pantera), Chad Gray (Mudvayne), Tom Maxwell (Nothingface), Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple), and Christian Brady, are touring this summer in support of their new album, Blood For Blood.

Dirt Fest is a two-day event that will be taking place on August 7th and 8th at the Birch Run Expo Center in Birch Run, Michigan.

Dirt Fest’s lineup also includes a recently resurrected Coal Chamber, Fear Factory, Mushroomhead, Pop Evil, Taproot, King 810, Periphery, and much more. For more information, please visit the website at www.dirtfest.com. Birch Run Expo Center is located at 11600 N. Beyer Rd Birch Run, MI 48415. Check out the event’s trailer below:

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15 SONGS FROM APRIL ’15 YOU HAVE TO HEAR

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Four months into 2015, and the spectacular new music just keeps on coming! Here are the 15 tracks you HAVE to hear for April 2015…and the accompanying music videos you have to see:

1. Panic! At The Disco – “Hallelujah”

If you’re looking for incredible, booming vocals, a gospel-esque soundtrack, and, of course, something you can sing along to this spring, check out Panic! At The Disco’s latest single. It carries on the

2. This Century – “Soul Sucker”

A new single from This Century, finally following up to their debut. Featuring plenty of falsetto, pop-anthem flare, and big, sing-along choruses, the single was definitely worth the wait!

3. Refused – “Elektra”

Back from the grave, Refused brought out their first single in 17 years, “Elektra,” leaving many fans jumping for joy. April seems to be the month for bands reemerging. Thank goodness for Spring.

4. All Time Low – “Missing You”

The strikingly different track from All Time Low’s latest album (and UK No. 1), Future Hearts. With alternative rock/indie blends, each line will show you a new side to the band’s already lovable style.

5. The Weepies – “Sirens”

Folk duo The Weepies are back with their amazing new album, Sirens, and the title track is a must hear (for life, not just for April). Stunning, angelic vocals, rich instrumentals, and raw beauty encompass this song in every line.

6. Blessing A Curse – “Down The Rabbit Hole”

The new music video for “Down The Rabbit Hole,” showcases both the band’s musical talents and a dark creativity, with a plot revolving around a murderous villain whose face remains concealed by a creepy bunny mask, and, of course, there’s an awesome plot twist.

7. Lost Element – “Twenty Five”

“Twenty Five” is catchy, perfectly illustrating the emotions of the average “twenty-something.” Lost Element has a nostalgic sound, while also still showing elements of exploratory tones, which only adds to their charm.

8. Redlands – “Adventurer”

“Adventurer” is dedicated to Chase Martinez, who plays bass in Redlands, and his wife Brenna Martinez, whom he lost in a motorcycle accident on March 28th of this year. The track is a beautiful addition to the band’s growing discography, and will make you want to hit the repeat button a million times over.

9. Come & Rest – “Slowburn” 

A new kind of performance video, featuring cinematics, and of course, a track that bares all emotions without hesitance.

10. Rachel Potter – “Tail Lights”

Stunning country vocals, a track worthy to be on a road-trip mix, and lovable as hell. There’s really not much more that can be said for this amazing new single.

11. Brand New – “Mene”

Fans, rejoice! Finally, a new song from Brand New! As of right now, I like it, but I’m not sure whether I’m going to add it to my list of favorites just yet. However, it is repeat-button worthy, and will leave you wanting more.

12. Twenty One Pilots – “Tear In My Heart”

The piano-driven love song utilizes comparisons to slasher films to drive the point home, and the video is no exception. This time, Quentin Tarantino’s style of cinematography plays a heavy hand in brining the love story to life.

 13. The Maine – “Am I Pretty?”

Another extremely catchy track from The Maine’s latest album, American Candy. With fun beats, beachy vibes, and clever lyrics, you don’t want to miss out on this song!

14. Adam Lambert – “Ghost Town”

Adam Lambert is back with his new single, “Ghost Town,” which perfectly fuses catchy dance beats and indie rock style. Of course, Lambert’s stellar vocals still shine, booming throughout the track.

15. Fall Out Boy – “Uma Therman”

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be an assistant to Fall Out Boy, this video shows you just how crazy it could get. Watch as the band’s “assistant” accompanies the guys on a variety of tasks, from Crossfit to indoor skydiving to crushing a truck, all while rocking out to the catchy single from American Beauty / American Psycho.

Honorable Mentions
Running Young – “Did You See

Busty & The Bass – “Models”

The Local Strangers – “Red Dress”

Kaya Stewart – “In Love With a Boy”

Ky-Mani Marley – “All The Way”

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15 SONGS FROM FEBRUARY ’15 YOU HAVE TO HEAR

It’s that time again: 15 tracks you HAVE to hear for February 2015…and the accompanying music videos you have to see. This month, we’ve got love, lust, hatred, and more; nothing the “month of Love” cannot handle, right?

Anyway, check out some of these amazing tracks below:

 

1. The Maine – “English Girls”

2. AURORA – “Runaway”

3. Microwave – “Stovall”

4. Fall Out Boy – “Irresistible”

5. Ashlinn Gray – “Battleships”

6. Austin Kolbe – “Lips”

7. Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)”

8. Rory Indiana – “Empiricism”

9. Retox – “Let’s Not Keep In Touch”

10. Taylor Swift – “Style”

11. Echosmith – “Bright”

12. Falling In Reverse – “Just Like You”

13. The Veronicas – “Cruel”

14. Taking Back Sunday – “How I Met Your Mother”

15. Nate Ruess – “Nothing Without Love”

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