On American Idol this week Beyoncé premiered the music video for “Run The World (Girls)” — the very first single from her anticipated upcoming album, 4.
The video is directed by Francis Lawrence, who also recently directed Water For Elephants and borrowed some of the circus animals for Beyoncé’s shoot. But remarkably the threatened species are the least weird inclusions. Brace yourself for some riverdancing, vehicle explosions, a Mozambician dance troupe, awkward product placements, killer thigh muscles, male militia and girls, hundreds of girls. Let’s watch!
Does the song seem familiar? It should, as it samples Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor” and is co-produced by Switch, a frequent collaborator M.I.A. although probably not anymore.
Last night Riese and I shared some profound thoughts about this video on g-chat. We want to hear yours too, add them in the comments section below.
me: i don’t really like this song or this clip
but i don’t hate them enough to write about it
Riese: this sounds like MIA
like hard core MIA
me: uh huh. it samples Major Razor
and strangely puts Flo Rida in my head
Riese: this video is hilarious
i really like Beyoncé
mostly her body, but also her music
this isn’t her music! it’s someone else’s
me: in some scenes she sorta looks like J-Lo
like J-Lo dressed up as lady gaga for halloween
Riese: this song and this video are both really funny
i think by “girls” she means “Beyoncé”
me: i know right
it ends a weird one-sided dance off
Riese: omg the finger
it’s blurred out!
me: beyonce is too classy for the finger
Riese: this is great
me: but not really, right
sometimes i think less is more
Riese: it’s so bad it goes all the way past bad back to good again
me: like all videos that end with a dance off
Riese: let’s do open thread