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The Return Of David Bowie: Music Video Roundup

Mara Hyman |
March 11, 2013 | 10:43 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Every other week, writer Mara Hyman takes a look at the buzzworthy short films coming from the music video universe. Here are her latest picks:

Megan Hilty - "No Cure"

If you're a Broadway fan, you probably know her from her leading roles in musicals such as "Wicked" and "9 to 5." You may also know her from the hit NBC show based on the world of Broadway called "Smash." Now she's doing original music! Megan Hilty recently released the video for her first single, "No Cure." Fans might be surprised about the tone of the song, which is extremely laid back and mellow compared to her booming Broadway hits. It shows a more vulnerable side of the singer and is more stripped down. The video matches the mood of the song with a very simple apartment set-up and slow movements. It combines qualities of a lyric video and standard music video with lyrics surrounding her as she sings. What do you think about Megan's break-through into becoming a solo artist?

David Bowie - "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"

David Bowie is back! He returns with new original music for the first time in 10 years. Bowie recently released the video for his second single off his album which was two years in the making. The song, "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," highlights the themes of fame, glamour, excess, and how that can change people. The movie-style video for the single is very artsy and a bit abstract, including cameos from Tilda Swinton among others. The model who sings in the video is a modern portrayal of one of Bowie's previous incarnations, the Thin White Duke. Let's just say that the video speaks for itself. Are you happy with Bowie's return?

Lady Antebellum - "Downtown"

Lady Antebellum has been promoting their next single which shows a much more fun, lighthearted side of the band. "Downtown" acts as an anthem for girls who want to go Downtown and have fun. The music video also shows the band's sense of humor by highlighting fictional events with Hillary Scott and "2 Broke Girls" star Beth Behrs, who have fun downtown and end up getting caught by the other two band members playing cops who arrest them at the end of the video. It clearly looks like they had a lot of laughs filming the video. Are you a Lady Antebellum fan?

Miranda Lambert - "Mama's Broken Heart"

Fellow country star Miranda Lambert recently came out with "Mama's Broken Heart," which is shows a surprising and unexpected side of the singer. The song is a bit dark and twisted, telling the story of a woman whose feels as though mother doesn't understand her as she's dealing with a breakup. The video takes place in a vintage, old-fashioned house, where we see split sides of Miranda's character: some times she appears dainty and put together, while in the chorus we see her with dark clothing and makeup smearing down her face. The video is definitely more edgy and sarcastic than her previous work. What do you think about her new single?

Mariah Carey - "Almost Home"

American Idol judge Mariah Carey shines in her new video for the song "Almost Home." The song comes directly off of the soundtrack for the new movie "Oz: The Great and Powerful." The music video is equal parts Mariah singing as well as clips from the film. The scenes with Mariah are all in black and white, which is a smart choice to balance with the black and white scenes from the movie, which transition into color. Also, she has a really powerful wind machine. Do you like the song or do you miss the old-school Mariah with ballads like "Hero"?

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