Idina Menzel, Michael Buble's 'Baby It's Cold Outside': The most G-rated video

Idina Menzel, Michael Buble's 'Baby It's Cold Outside': The most G-rated video

Cute kids ballroom dance into 'Frozen' star's spotlight: Go ahead, send this to your mom

When I think of the holiday song staple "Baby It's Cold Outside," I mostly think of it as a sultry song a man sings to convince his fair maiden to stick around his house so they can screw.

When you hear Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside," you will probably hear the polar (ha!) opposite of screwing. If you watch the new music video to this music video, it will probably replace the most G-rated thing your mind ever conceived (double-ha!).

Spoiler: Child actors drink soda pop and ballroom dance in a fantastic hotel lobby that you can't afford even as an adult. Happy holidays.

Menzel, of course, was the voice behind Elsa in Disney's runaway hit "Frozen," which may have been that previous G-rated high-water mark for you. The "Let It Go" Broadway belter has a whole album out now of Christmas songs, titled "Holiday Wishes"; I'll soon post my thoughts on this year's whole new crop of holiday sets, including which other songs I always assumed were about adult matters.

Exclusive: The Griswolds are 'Right On Track' in this new tour video

Exclusive: The Griswolds are 'Right On Track' in this new tour video

Aussie band to hit American shores on spring trek with Walk The Moon

Following their biggest headlining tour in their homeland Australia this fall, pop-rock crew The Griswolds are headed to American shores this spring with newly announced tour dates with Walk The Moon. In an exclusive premiere here on HitFix, the quartet also unveils their brand new tour video, soundtracked by the song "Right on Track," so you'll get some idea of what fun to expect on the road.

"We are absolutely frothing to be heading back to America and Canada with Walk The Moon. We have been fans of the band for a while and we are certain that every show is gonna be a raging party,” The Griswolds said.

"Right on Track" is off of the Wind-Up artist's new album "Be Impressive," released in August and produced by Tony Hoffer. You may have also heard their sing "Beware the Dog," streaming below.

Walk The Moon is releasing its new album "Talking Is Hard" on Dec. 2. You can check out that dance-pop band's song "Different Colors" here.

Here are The Griswolds' 2015 North American tour dates with Walk The Moon's Talking Is Hard Tour:

March 10 San Diego, CA HOB San Diego
March 13 Anaheim, CA HOB Anaheim
March 16 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
March 17 Sacramento, CA Ace Of Spades
March 19 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
March 20 Seattle, WA Neptune Theatre
March 22 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
March 25 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
March 26 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
March 27-28 Minneapolis, MN First Ave
March 29 Madison, WI Orpheum
March 31 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian @ Murat Theatre
April 1 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
April 2 Columbus, OH LC Pavillion
April 3 Cleveland, OH HOB Cleveland
April 4 Chicago, IL HOB Chicago
April 7 Detroit, MI St. Andrew Hall
April 8 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theater
April 9 Providence, RI Lupo’s
April 10 Portland, ME Asylum
April 11 Boston, MA HOB Boston
April 14 New York, NY Terminal 5
April 16 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
April 20 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
April 21 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
April 23 Greensboro, NC Cone Denim
April 24 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
April 25 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
April 26 Tampa, FL State Theatre
April 27 Ft. Lauderdale Revolution Room
April 29 New Orleans, LA HOB New Orleans
April 30 Houston, TX HOB Houston
May 1 Dallas. TX HOB Dallas
May 2 Austin, TX Stubb’s Amphitheater
May 4 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
May 6 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
May 7 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater
May 8 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
May 9 Las Vegas, NV HOB Vegas

David Bowie's sad 'Sue' music video creeps through alleyways, dies in your arms

David Bowie's sad 'Sue' music video creeps through alleyways, dies in your arms

Die in the arms of The Thin White Duke's new retrospective box set

Only a few days out from the release of his new "definitive collection" box set, David Bowie takes you out to an alley and laments your death.

The Thin White Duke has released the new music video for "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" that's black and white and film noir all over. Serving more as a lyric video than a narrative, the clip is directed by Tom Hingston (who leads a British creative agency) and photographer Jimmy King.

It subtly lets you focus on the small story Bowie's telling of Sue, and the humming contributions of the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Grammy Award-nominated saxophone honcho Donnie McCaslin.

"Sue" and Bowie's recently released (and dizzyingly titled) demo "Tis a Pity She Was a Whore" were released in promoting "Nothing Has Changed," a new retrospective box set from Bowie and Columbia/Legacy. It comes in a variety of formats -- the tracklists for all are below; it gathers music from Bowie from 1964 to 2014.

Here are the tracklists for the various digital download, CD and vinyl versions of "Nothing Has Changed":

3CD DELUXE EDITION/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

CD 1:
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)
Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) (3.57)
New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
Everyone Says ‘Hi’ (edit) (3.29)
Slow Burn (radio edit) (3.55)
Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.14)
Your Turn To Drive (4.44)
Shadow Man (4.48)
Seven (Marius De Vries mix) (4.12)
Survive (Marius De Vries mix) (4.18)
Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
I’m Afraid Of Americans (V1) (clean edit) (4.30)
Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
Hallo Spaceboy (PSB Remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
The Heart’s Filthy Lesson (radio edit) (3.32)
Strangers When We Meet (single version) (4.21)

CD 2:
Buddha Of Suburbia (4.24)
Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
Time Will Crawl (MM remix) (4.18)
Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
Loving The Alien (single remix) (4.45)
This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
Blue Jean (3.11)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
Fashion (single version) (3.25)
Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (single version) (3.32)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)
Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
“Heroes” (single version) (3.35)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin Mix) (5.58)


CD 3:
Fame (4.14)
Young Americans (2007 Tony Visconti mix single edit)  (3.13)
Diamond Dogs (5.56)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)
Sorrow (2.53)
Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
All The Young Dudes (3.08)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
Moonage Daydream (4.40)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Life On Mars? (2003 Ken Scott Mix) (3.49)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11
Changes (3.33)
The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
Space Oddity (5.12)
In The Heat Of The Morning (3.00)
Silly Boy Blue (3.54)
Can’t Help Thinking About Me (2.46)
You’ve Got A Habit Of Leaving (2.32)
Liza Jane (2.18)
 

2CD EDITION/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

CD 1:
Space Oddity (5.12)
The Man Who Sold The World (3.56)
Changes (3.33)
Oh! You Pretty Things (3.11)
Life On Mars? (3.49)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
Moonage Daydream (4.40)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
All The Young Dudes (3.08)
Drive-In Saturday (4.29)
Sorrow (2.53)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)
Young Americans (original single edit) (3.13)
Fame (4.14)
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
“Heroes” (single version) (3.35)
Boys Keep Swinging (3.17)
Fashion (single version) (3.25)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)

CD 2:
Under Pressure (with Queen) (3.56)
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
Blue Jean (3.11)
This Is Not America (with The Pat Metheny Group) (3.51)
Dancing In The Street (with Mick Jagger) (3.20)
Absolute Beginners (edit) (4.46)
Jump They Say (radio edit) (3.53)
Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) (with The Pet Shop Boys) (4.23)
Little Wonder (edit) (3.40)
I’m Afraid Of Americans V1 (clean edit) (4.30)
Thursday’s Child (radio edit) (4.25)
Everyone Says 'Hi' (3.29)
New Killer Star (radio edit) (3.42)
Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA Edit) (4.07)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)
 

DOUBLE VINYL

SIDE 1:
Let's Dance (single version) (4.08)
Ashes To Ashes (single version) (3.35)”
“Heroes’’ (single version) (3.35)
Changes (3.33)
Life On Mars? (3.49)

SIDE 2:
Space Oddity (UK single edit) (4.38)
Starman (original single mix) (4.10)
Ziggy Stardust (3.12)
The Jean Genie (original single mix) (4.05)
Rebel Rebel (4.28)

SIDE 3:
Golden Years (single version) (3.27)
Fame (4.14)
Sound And Vision (3.03)
Under Pressure (3.56)  - Queen & David Bowie
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) (7.24)

SIDE 4:
Hallo Spaceboy (Pet Shop Boys remix) - with The Pet Shop Boys (4.23)
China Girl (single version) (4.15)
Modern Love (single version) (3.56)
Absolute Beginners (single version) (5.35)
Where Are We Now? (4.09)

"... A Whore" is a b-side to the digital bundle with "Sue" and was on the limited edition 10" single release.

Lorde dances for you -- or herself? -- in 'Yellow Flick Beat' music video

Lorde dances for you -- or herself? -- in 'Yellow Flick Beat' music video

Song culled from 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' soundtrack

Lorde stars in the music video to her latest "Yellow Flicker Beat," and she got all dressed up in a half-dozen ways for you.

Or is it for her? The New Zealand songwriter turns 18 tomorrow and is celebrating in all manner of style, for a song that was made for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." Some of it, she's rocking dress for a ball. Most of the rest of the time, though, she's like a rare spirit that wanders the night in some unisex button-downs and a red get-up that will have you watching Prince videos. She's personifying her own protagonist of the song, without nary a Katniss to be seen.

"Yellow Flicker Beat" sits on the "Mockingjay" tracklist besides new songs from Chemical Brothers with Miguel, Pusha T, HAIM, Major Lazer with Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Grace Jones, a Kanye West remix and more. The soundtrack will be out on Nov. 17, while the Jennifer Lawrence-starring film hits theaters on Nov. 21.

Best And Worst of the 2014 CMA Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert
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Best And Worst of the 2014 CMA Awards: Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

Annual awards show is feeling the Taylor Swift absence, says hello to Cheezballs

The 2014 Country Music Association Awards were definitely mourning the loss of mainstay Taylor Swift to the pure pop sphere, but not without some fun -- and, still, with a lot of pop mixed in with its roots-based music.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, once again, hosted the annual performance-oriented awards show, out of Nashville and broadcast on ABC.

Below, I flip through some of the highlights and lowlights of the show, from Kacey Musgraves' defining win, to Little Big Town's multiple performances, from Brad Paisley's Cheezball carrier and character, to Vince Gill and Garth Brooks tipping their hats. We're still trying to make sense of that Kenny Chesney set.

Which were some of your favorite performances from the show?

Here are all the winners of the 2014 CMA Awards; here is Carrie Underwood's performance and new music video of "Something in the Water"; and here is Loretta Lynn taking the stage with Kacey Musgraves.

Kendrick Lamar marches to his own beat in colorful 'i' music video

Kendrick Lamar marches to his own beat in colorful 'i' music video

Rapper is the best car buddy

Kendrick Lamar's "i" music video could've just been the rapper holding a single  balloon and crying, and I'd still be like, "K."

Because this song has grown on me. The single certainly was an unexpectedly upbeat jam from the "Good Kid," with the lilting sampled guitars and Compton MC preaching self-love to all the kids that "went to war last night." While his upbringing was rough, Lamar talks about finding peace, even in depression.

Thus, in his video, Lamar moves freely. He goes where he wants, dances how he wants, wears what he wants, his crew follows his lead through colorful streets and with interesting characters, one of which takes him on a car ride and he hangs out the backseat window like a dog on a joyride. There's a nostalgic '70s flare throughout, punctuated by the "one nation, under a groove" in the beginning. 

It's cool, and Lamar's cool in it. No wonder the NBA adopted it as its official anthem this season.

The song "i" will supposedly be on Lamar's next album, as-yet-untitled and with no release date, though he's warned that Dr. Dre and Pharrell have helped out on it so far. Lamar will be the musical guest on the Nov. 15 episode of "Saturday Night Live" (with host Woody Harrelson), so maybe we'll know more by then?

HitFix Mix: Erasure talk 'Violet Flame' and why some EDM is just plain terrible
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HitFix Mix: Erasure talk 'Violet Flame' and why some EDM is just plain terrible

Dance music duo on tour now: Watch our interview

How do you keep things fresh when you've been a synth-pop and dance duo, together for almost 30 years, with 16 albums under your belt?

Erasure have done their damnedest, and recently released their album "The Violent Flame." Led by the bangin' new single "Elevation," Vince Clark and Andy Bell's set is still vibrant and luscious, with the beat-maker exercising restraint at times and the singer still belting them out.

I recently sat down with the Brits while they've been on tour in support of the effort -- a year after their Christmas album, 28 years since they released their first album, 26 since their first No. 1 album in the U.K., and a whole lotta hits in between. Bell talked about "responsibility" in his art, and both chipped in on why EDM (electronic dance music) today can really be the pits.

Watch a clip above and a longer abridged interview below, and give a spin to the three songs the pair recommended for you to listen to.

Vince Clark recommended: Nora En Pure, "Come With Me"

Andy Bell recommended: Kate Bush, "Wow" and This Mortal Coil, "Songs of the Siren"

It sucks to be the good girl: Songs from Taylor Swift, Drake, One Direction and more

It sucks to be the good girl: Songs from Taylor Swift, Drake, One Direction and more

Examining lyrics from Carrie Underwood, 5SOS, Beyonce on what makes a 'good girl'

The "good girl" is a construct. There is no such thing as a good girl. If you've ever talked to a human female person-thing, you may take notice: none are binary animals, either good or bad. Girls are every shade, and to continue sorting women as "good" or "bad" is reductive to her experience and being.  

That hasn't kept the good girl from being defined, reconfigured and held as a nurtured stereotype in our most popular media, frequently in pop music. In folk, blues, jazz, country, dance, rock, ballads and hip-hop, the good girl is rarely explored for her multitudes, but instead for her definitive (and sometimes contradictory) two-dimensional attributes, most commonly associated to her sexuality and her relationship to male or paternal authority (Daddy, Santa, God, etc).

This continues to this day, even recently on Taylor Swift's new album 1989. Drake, One Direction, Beyonce, Kanye West, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, 5 Seconds of Summer have built new songs just in the last five years lamenting/blaming/extolling/pursuing/playing the part of the "good girl."

And what you can still conclude? For the most part, it sucks to be the good girl. It's a losing fight to be the good girl.

Tammy Wynette's good girl doesn't make her man happy, so she threatens to "go bad" to fit his desires: the good girl alters her very being to appease her man. Meanwhile, Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" places the blame of corrupted good girls on unfaithful husbands: "Too many times married men think they're still single / That has caused many a good girl to go wrong." ("If too many women 'go wild,' it could be a sign that society as a whole has come unmoored," wrote Ann Powers on the topic last year.)

Good girls are associative with reward, even monetary, tarnishing "pure" motive. In Fleetwood Mac's "Talk With You," his girl will get her money if she does what she's told. Hank Cochrane's "Sally Was A Good Old Girl" (covered by Waylon Jennings here) was "always willing and she did her best to please" when she was young, sold neckties (heh) to make a living ("up and down the street") and then married a millionaire." In "Underneath Your Clothes," Shakira wants fulfillment of "all the things I deserve / For being such a good girl."

Good girls are infantilized, naive or even enslaved to men. Some choice cuts from the glam-rock and hair-metal eras: Kiss' "Good Girl Gone Bad" has "a ace of a woman, hands of a child"; the Scorpions' "Kicks After Six" says "She's a slave to the suit and tie... She wants to be free" to "spread her wings" (wings, sure, right); Motley Crue call her jailbait, "A preacher's daughter with a devil tattoo... an underage angel with a dented halo... Headin' to the city with her starry-eyed dreams."

Good girls are holy material, or best when tamed: Tom Petty concludes that a good girl loves her mama, horses, Jesus, America, Elvis and her boyfriend, too. Good girls go to heaven  (according to Meatloaf... or Mae West... or Brooks & Dunn). Getting married made the "Queen of the Highway" a good girl, says the Doors.

Aw, too bad good girls like to sin, says blink-182 ("Snake Charmer"), and if you want to be good, you'll need a bad boy (Backstreet Boys).

So what you're saying is a "good girl" has to fit a mold, or she's a bad girl; and that mold is ill-defined, oppressive and makes her an object.

The Go-Go's realized that. And bless Jane Wiedlin, who wrote 1994's "Good Girl," a cynic's reaction to her Catholic upbringing of constantly trying to gain approval, and wanting to "get over it." "Good girl!" is something you should say to a dog, not to a person. "...No offense to dogs intended," she wrote.

In "Dicknail," Courtney Love in Hole recounted a "good girl's" sexual assault using well-worn  tropes in her narration, pleading that in her role-play "I did what you want," as Daddy/Santa Claus dismiss her: "She was asking for it." (That's why lines like the one in "Blurred Lines" -- "I know you want it" -- cause such a stir).

Morcheeba's "Good Girl Down" is an undefeatable, heroic good girl, painted as a woman who others are constantly trying to trip or kill. Jadakiss painted a much more flattering and complete picture of a good girl in his song, ironically titled "Nasty Girl" -- despite making diametric "sides" of his girl versus chickenheads (aka hoodrats, aka bad girls).

Below, I break down and analyze the lyrics of some of the most recent songs about "good girls": on what a good girl is, what she isn't, and why you should just forget about good girls, girl.

PJ Harvey covered Nick Cave's 'Red Right Hand': Hear it now

PJ Harvey covered Nick Cave's 'Red Right Hand': Hear it now

'Peaky Blinders' got a wailing new recording from the British songwriter

PJ Harvey hasn't been very active since the release of her insanely good 2011 album "Let England Shake," but she's reappeared for "Peaky Blinders," to cover a classic Nick Cave Tune.

Harvey covered the Bad Seeds frontman's "Red Right Hand" for the BBC drama, and BBC radio has now premiered it.

Put on your Halloween costume early, because this one's creepy.

Harvey and Cave have long existed in the same music circles; check out their collaborative song "Henry Lee" from Cave's "Murder Ballads" below. "Red Right Hand" was from Cave's "Let Love In."

ICYMI, here's my interview with Nick Cave about his "20,000 Days On Earth" documentary.

FKA twigs' 'Video Girl' vid is a death row nightmare

FKA twigs' 'Video Girl' vid is a death row nightmare

Happy horror days

FKA twigs has made a haunting out of her music video for "Video Girl."

The song itself addresses a 19-year-old mother-of-two who "dances" on a camera for others to watch. It's an eerie, creeper of a song to begin with. The "watching" activity goes a step further in its accompanying new clip. 

FKA twigs herself looks on at an inmate being strapped down and killed by lethal injection. Initially, she is crying, alone, made cold by the activity as she watches through a window.

But then something flips, and she is in the execution room dancing by the bound man in stuttering strange steps. She starts crawling up on his table as he starts to go under due to the drugs, bodily taunting him as she straddles him and captures the mic hanging from the ceiling, which is documenting the sound of someone dying.

This is not a mating dance or a sexual advance. She is spookily exasperating him in his dying moments. She's either a victim of the criminal (appearing as a ghost), or someone affected by his crimes (appearing in his or her imagination), but either way FKA twigs makes moves to transcend from bystander to supernatural punisher. Powerful stuff. And pretty freaky. Happy Halloween.

"Video Girl" is on FKA twigs' album "LP1."