Common Pop Threads: Music Videos Directed by David Fincher

Before David Fincher became an Academy Award-nominated director of films, he was a famed music video director. Among his greatest clips are works with Madonna (including “Vogue” and “Express Yourself”), George Michael and Aerosmith.

Since the debut of his first film, “Alien 3,” in 1992, Fincher has shot a relative handful of music videos. Most recently, he directed Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” in 2013 — Fincher’s first video since 2005 (Nine Inch Nails’ “Only”).

Fincher has won two Grammy Awards: for directing the Rolling Stones’ giants-walking-the-streets-of-Manhattan clip “Love Is Strong” and “Suit & Tie.”

Here’s a sampling of some of Fincher’s most notable music videos:

Madonna, “Vogue”

George Michael, “Freedom! ‘90”

Paula Abdul, “Straight Up”

Madonna, “Express Yourself”

Aerosmith, “Janie’s Got a Gun”

Madonna, “Oh Father”

Rick Springfield, “Bop ‘Til You Drop”

Madonna, “Bad Girl”

Paula Abdul, “Cold Hearted”

Jody Watley, “Real Love”

The Rolling Stones, “Love Is Strong”

Billy Idol, “Cradle of Love”

Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, “Suit & Tie”

Michael Jackson, “Who Is It”

Don Henley, “The End of the Innocence”

Foreigner, “Say You Will”

Nine Inch Nails, “Only”

Jermaine Stewart, “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off”

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Beards Are Back, Baby: When a member of the biggest boy band in the world has a beard, you know facial hair has made a serious comeback.
In the gif: Liam Payne, in One Direction’s new video for “You & I.”

Beards Are Back, Baby: When a member of the biggest boy band in the world has a beard, you know facial hair has made a serious comeback.

In the gif: Liam Payne, in One Direction’s new video for “You & I.”

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Lucky Seven: McFly drummer Harry Judd has been on the cover of Attitude magazine seven times — more than anyone else in the publication’s 20-year history. (Purchase the new 20th anniversary issue, with Judd on the cover: digital, print.)

Queens Are Droppin’! — Laganja Estranja and Joslyn Fox lip-sync for their lives on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Queens Are Droppin’! — Laganja Estranja and Joslyn Fox lip-sync for their lives on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Common Pop Threads: Songs Produced by Trevor Horn

Trevor Horn has produced some of the most sterling singles in pop music — not to mention having the claim to fame of having the first song ever played on MTV. Horn was one-half of Buggles, who saw its “Video Killed the Radio Star” become the first video played on MTV when it launched in 1981.

Here’s a short list of some of Horn’s most notable productions:

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, “Relax”

Seal, “Crazy”

Yes, “Owner of a Lonely Heart”

Rod Stewart, “Downtown Train”

Pet Shop Boys, “Left To My Own Devices”

Godley & Creme, “Cry”

Grace Jones, “Slave to the Rhythm”

Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow, “Shame”

ABC, “The Look of Love”

Buggles, “Video Killed the Radio Star”

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A Very Important Picture… of Russell Tovey, in the play “The Pass.” (Source.)

50 Years Ago Today, Billboard Chart History Was Made: One act had the week’s top five most popular songs in the country — the Beatles! The group led the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and ranked at Nos. 2-5 with “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me,” respectively. No act has ever managed this feat since.

50 Years Ago Today, Billboard Chart History Was Made: One act had the week’s top five most popular songs in the country — the Beatles! The group led the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Can’t Buy Me Love,” and ranked at Nos. 2-5 with “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me,” respectively. No act has ever managed this feat since.