Videos premiered this week include a graphically violent clip from M.I.A, an animated collage for the recently unearthed Rolling Stones track "Plundered My Soul," and new offerings from The xx, Young Jeezy, Nas and Damian Marley, and The Dead Weather.
M.I.A.: "Born Free"
The clip for the first single off M.I.A.'s upcoming third album is a disturbing, politically charged nine minutes containing a sex scene and very explicit, graphic violence that got it banned from YouTube. It is directed by Romain Gavras, who also directed the controversional video for Justice's "Stress."
The xx: "Islands"
This clip for "Islands," off The xx's 2009 debut album, features a group of dancers repeating a short choreography routine as the band members sit motionless in the center of the screen. Watch through the end to see the subtle changes that take place as both the dancers and band becoming seemingly disillusioned with the routine.
Rolling Stones: "Plundered My Soul"
By Nexus Productions, a collage-style video using the iconic cover artwork from The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St. album. "Plundered My Soul" is a previously unreleased track due out as part of the re-mastered Exile.
Young Jeezy: "Lose My Mind" featuring Plies
In the clip for the first single from forthcoming album Thug Motivation 103, Jeezy ventures to a club as he battles with increasing paranoia, ultimately winding up in a straitjacket.
Nas and Damian Marley: "As We Enter"
A gritty clip set in a warehouse accompanies this old-school hip hop track. "As We Enter" will be included on Distant Relatives, the Nas/Marley collaborative album out May 18.
The Dead Weather: "Gasoline"
The second video for Sea of Cowards by Jack White's band The Dead Weather contains much less action than previous clip, "Die By the Drop" - in fact, none at all, other than a billowing stream of cigarette smoke exhaled by Alison Mosshart.