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KABOOM! MAGAZINE.COM 100 MOST EXPLOSIVE VIDEOS OF 2013 (NO. 19-1)

KABOOM! MAGAZINE.COM 100 MOST EXPLOSIVE VIDEOS OF 2013 (NO. 19-1)
In 2013, music saw the arrival of new musical icons like Lorde, Arianna Grande, Ashton Mahone, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Krewella. This year also saw the return of megastars like Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Drake, and Kanye West. It seemed like almost every week; artists from past and present were coming out with a new music video, easily making them legends overnight. This week, Kaboom! Magazine has compiled up all of our favorite music videos of 2013 and created Kaboom! Magazine.com “100 Most Explosive Videos of 2013!” “Which new star shinned the brightest?” “Who was most original?” “Is this video Overrated or Underrated?” “Why can’t I stop pressing the play button? All these questions and more will be answered as we have ranked our favorite videos of the year starting at No. 100 all the way down to the most explosive video of the year. The countdown ends today as we are down to our final videos with No. 19-1. 19. Luke James “I.O.U” Luke James takes a lovely lady out on a trip around New York City for the official video for his single “I.O.U”. Focusing on the message that not everything is always what it seems, the duo seem to be enjoying a romantic carefree day, but all is not what it seems on the surface. 18. Young Jeezy “R.I.P” feat. 2 Chainz ATL Rap superstar Young Jeezy shows you what you need to do to kill it in the club. Young Jeezy releases the official video for “R.I.P” featuring fellow ATL rapper 2 Chainz with cameos from Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Big Sean, E-40, YG & Nipsey Hussle. 17. Taylor Swift “22” “’22” is all about trying to ‘forget about the deadlines’ and embraces only the most sugary hooks available. Underneath the heel-clicking positivity and shiny production sits the line ‘We’re happy, free, confused and lonely in the best way’, a rather stunning meditation on being in your early 20s that’s flicked off like a piece of pre-chorus lint. Even when she’s having fun, Swift is succinctly communicating conflicting emotion. 16. Kendrick Lamar “Poetic Justice” feat. Drake In the context of Kendrick Lamar’s masterful coming-of-age concept album Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City, the Drake collab “Poetic Justice” might be the most immediately accessible song. The video is a gorgeous and near-mythic piece of work, a visually gorgeous story about a flirtation interrupted by a shooting. 15. Selena Gomez “Come & Get It” The video, much like the single, featured Indian influences and saw Gomez performing the song in various different outfits. Throughout the video, Gomez performs a dance routine used during the song’s various live performances. The video has received positive critical reception. Gomez has performed the single at many events, performing it for the first time at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards and later at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards. 14. Eminem “The Monster” feat. Rihanna Barely making the countdown thanks to a December release, Eminem takes an elevator down memory lane in the video “The Monster” featuring Rihanna. Creating a cinematic parallel between the two artists, the dark video acts as a reflection on the rapper’s career and personal life, with Rihanna acting as his confidante and therapist. Dr. Dre and Elton John also make an appearance as Eminem pursues a push through his memories. 13. Bruno Mars “Locked Out of Heaven” The concept of the video is about Mars having a good time with his bandmates doing things like smoking, drinking beer and playing games. He is also seen singing the song with his band at a club. The video has a vintage style, like those of VHS tapes. 12. Ace Hood “Bugatti” feat. Rick Ross & Future Florida’s Ace Hood put himself back on the map in 2014 with a cinematic experience for the video “Bugatti”. Cash Money and We The Best normally go all out for their music videos and “Bugatti” is definitely no exception – the visuals play out like a big budget Hollywood spectacle as Ace plays our protagonist on the run from shotgun-wielding villains. Rick Ross and Future join the fun among flashy cars, bags of money, women and jewelry. The video ends with an “everything was all good just a week ago” cliffhanger that leaves the door open for a continued storyline. 11. Kendrick Lamar “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” No one is killed Kendrick Lamar’s vibe in 2013, highlighted in his music video “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” The video sees the Lamar decked out in all white, attending a funeral, but all the while getting relatively loose. Cameos include Taylor Gang’s Juicy J as well as actor/comedian Mike Epps. 10. Iggy Azaela “Work” Identified as the Australian emcee’s biggest record to date. “Work” by Iggy Azalea was simply perfect for the newly signed Def Jam artist. Great storytelling, awesome visual, catchy hook, and delivered that moment of introducing the world to the next big female emcee. T.I. protege presented a phenomenal performance on this record and fans ate it up, racking up an incredible 22 million views on Vevo. The record built up a most-sought after anticipation for the already long-awaited debut project; New Classic which will be released in early 2014. iggy-azalea-work-remix 9. Lorde “Royals” Lorde’s single ‘Royals’ made her youngest female US chart-topper in 25 years and also the first person from New Zealand to score a US Number One. ‘Royals’ has been nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. 8. Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball” “Wrecking Ball” currently holds the VEVO record for the most views in the first 24 hours after its release, and the record for being the fastest clip to reach 100 million views on the service. Critics were divided in their opinions of the music video; some appreciated its diversity from Cyrus’ previous single “We Can’t Stop”, while others felt it was more provocative than its predecessor. 7. Drake “Started From The Bottom” Started From The Bottom finds the A-lister donning his rapper hat, peppering laid back bars with a casual confidence, while reminding listeners about his journey through the industry from his humble beginnings. 6. J.Cole “Power Trip” feat. Miguel Shot in his hometown Fayetteville, North Carolina, The video begins with a strip-club scene, and then it follows J. Cole and one of his boys as they wait outside of a girl’s house clearly the one who he has been up all night pining about with “constant drinking and love songs.” Soon, we learn that this tank-top-clad girl has a boyfriend: Cole’s collaborator, Miguel. 5. Daft Punk “Get Lucky” feat. Pharrell The single reached the top ten in the music charts of over 32 countries, and has sold more than 7.3 million copies. The song is nominated for both Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. 4. Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines” feat. Pharrell & T.I. Robin Thicke is ready to get down and party with the beautiful ladies. The BET “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star shows off his charisma in the video for his brand new single “Blurred Lines” featuring T.I. and Pharrell. The trio flirts and dance around in the sexy music video. 3. Justin Timberlake “Mirrors” Justin Timberlake drops off a cinematic visual accompaniment to his chart topping second single “Mirrors” produced by Timbaland. The eight-minute plus long video for the follow up to the JAY Z featuring “Suit & Tie“, dedicated to Timberlake’s grandparents William and Sadie, takes us through a creative narrative expressing the timeless nature of true love. 2. Jay Z “Holy Grail” feat. Justin Timberlake Jay Z and Justin Timberlake team up with director Anthony Mandler for the music video to their second celebrated collaboration of the year, “Holy Grail.” Visually and conceptually, the video stands up to the quality we’ve come to expect from these two guys, but what really makes the “Holy Grail” visuals worth the watch is the inclusion of a reworked version of the track. 1. Chris Brown “Fine China” 99 videos down and now we have made it to the 2013 video of the year! Chris Brown had a very up and down year in 2013, but when it came to his music he was at the top of Mount Everest thanks to his dance single “Fine China.” The video was directed by Brown and Sylvain White and shows Brown pursuing a relationship with an Asian woman despite her disapproving father, a triad leader. While cruising around exotic CGI-assisted surroundings in a red Lamborghini, Brown sports a dapper look. Brown and his bros dance for his giggling lady love before an Asian gang shows up, first to a martial-arts-dance-battle, and then they’re out for blood, with futuristic guns, more cars and the girl’s father leading the charge. The mafia is met with Brown’s gang outside, everybody’s guns locked and stocked, and it ends with a “To Be Continued…” vibe. chris-brown-fine-china-620x620 AND THAT’S ALL FOLKS! WHAT DID YOU THINK OF OUR COUNTDOWN? Leave us a comment at the bottom and let us know what your favorite video was in 2013.