Katy Perry's new video is for her breakup anthem and second single off of Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection, "Wide Awake." The song features cliche lyrics about waking up and moving on from a breakup. While her last single "Part of Me" was a pissed off dance-rock song dedicated to her exes "Wide Awake" is just kind of there. While the song isn't bad, it's just not that great. Perry should have just stuck to releasing songs off the original Teenage Dream album. "Hummingbird Heartbeat" or "Not Like The Movies" are both better songs off of that record that could have been big for her yet Perry chose to rerelease the album with one great song and two that weren't up to par.
The video for "Wide Awake" is quite good thought. She is shooting a scene for her "California Girls" video in the beginning and then when Perry is in her dressing room, alone we begin to see that she is depressed behind closed doors. She then goes on a journey that involves creepy monsters and following her childhood self until finally she gets to the fantasy land of her future. In the end she is seen as being whole again and she goes off to play a show, happier than ever. The video is quite moving yet the song just doesn't hold attention.
Kelly Clarkson's new single "Dark Side" is an electro-rock song about a lover accepting her for who she is, despite the fact that like everybody else she has a dark side to her. While the song works good as an album cut, it isn't a strong single. The song is taken from Clarkson's fifth album Stronger. There are many other songs on the record that could have been singles like "I Forgive You," "Hello," or "The War is Over." "Alone" and "Don't Be A Girl About It," which were both bonus tracks could have been better singles and are better than most other songs on the record.
The video is about everybody having dark sides. From being bullied to drug abusers, many groups are represented in the video. Eventually Clarkson goes on to hug a few of them showing that faults can be forgiven and everything will be okay in the end. The video is comparable to Christina Aguilera's video for "Beautiful."
While both these women are forces to be reckoned with in the pop music world, they may want to make better single choices if they'd like to stay that way. Below are their latest videos.