New music videos of the week: Usher, Green Day, Janelle Monáe

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Videos by Usher, Green Day, and Janelle Monáe all premiered within the past week. Other new clips: "Accapella" by Kelis, Aloe Blacc's "I Need a Dollar," and videos by Band of Horses and Monsters of Folk.

Kelis: "Accapella"
American R&B singer/songwriter Kelis premiered this video for the David Guetta-produced dance track "Acapella," which is the first single from her upcoming album Flesh Tone. Watch the end of the video for a short appearance by Kelis's son, Knight.
http://www.iamkelis.com/acapella

Usher featuring will.i.am : "OMG"
Will.i.am appears alongside Usher in this slick, choreographed video for Usher's latest single off just-released album Raymond vs. Raymond.
http://www.usherworld.com/pages/videos

Green Day: "Last of the American Girls"
Green Day's clip for "Last of the American Girls," off 21st Century Breakdown, features actress Lisa Stelly, who reprises her role of Gloria from the band's bombastic "21 Guns" video.
http://www.youtube.com/user/greenday#p/a/u/0/HR8Ia6vyV5Q

Janelle Monáe: "Tightrope" featuring Big Boi
This video by the Grammy-nominated soul singer is set in "The Palace of the Dogs - an asylum where "dancing has long been forbidden for its subversive effects on the residents and its tendency to lead to illegal magical practices."
http://www.jmonae.com/video/tightrope-ft-big-boi-2

Monsters of Folk: "Dear God"
Monsters of Folk is an American supergroup made up of members of My Morning Jacket, Bright Eyes, and She and Him. The video for the band's song "Dear God" is a semi-animated clip by Lauri Faggioni, who has also directed videos for Devendra Banhart, Iron & Wine, and Bright Eyes.
http://www.youtube.com/user/MonstersOfFolk#p/a/u/0/8BnFowzj9ck

Band of Horses: "Compliments"
The first video from American indie group Band of Horses' upcoming album Infinite Arms (due out May 18) features snapshots of nature scenes morphing into one another.
http://bandofhorses.com

Aloe Blacc: "I Need a Dollar"
Aloe Blacc is a soul singer and rapper from Southern California who began his career as an MC with indie rap group Emanon. His single "I Need a Dollar" is the theme song for the American TV show How to Make it in America and is due to be released on the album Good Things.
http://www.youtube.com/user/stonesthrow#p/a/u/0/iR6oYX1D-0w

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