Kelly Rowland, “Dumb”
Anything you can do, I can do better. Kelly matches her male counterpart’s every move in this dance-heavy clip, directed and choreographed by Frank Gatson. Dressed nearly identical in the classic look of pork pie hats, white button-ups, and black slacks (a la the tap dancers of yesteryear), Rowland performs flawlessly under spotlights on a theater’s stage and reminds of her star power.
Maroon 5, “Don’t Wanna Know”
Frontman Adam Levine lives the unfulfilled life of a Los Angeles-based pop star—that’s smoothies, yoga, convertibles, house parties, groupies, music video shoots, and concert performances—all while literally under the confines of a cartoon turtle-like costume (much like the ones his associates Shaq, Vince Vaughn and Ed Helms rock, though the animals vary). And all he wants is to be reunited with his former love Sarah Silverman, but the “Gotta catch ’em all” believers keep disrupting that.
In the grainy, VHS-inspired, black-and-white clip, the Atlanta singer invites us into the intimate and in-bed moments with his girl before things go left during a late-night taxicab ride and he’s on the to next one. Also, uh, there’s a bear.
Kevin Clarke, “Tsunami”
Kevin knows he should slow down with the skirt-chasing, but not even the fear of rejection is enough to make him stop running after girls in this video that looks like a mild version of the mixed-media animation that Lil Yachty has popularized of late – down to the pelagic theme — and a vibe that can only be described as melodic trap. Ride the wave.