Ten Music Video Highlights of 2010
4. Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce – Telephone
Lady Gaga — with some help from Beyonce — puts together a long-form music video that is actually worth the “long-form” tag. Obviously directed by Jonas Åkerlund in a grotesquely delicious way, Telephone is both Pop and Controversial.
3. Elva Hsiao – Let Love Fly (讓愛飛起來/Rang Ai Fei Qi Lai) Ice Version
At first, westernized view, Let Love Fly by Taiwanese pop diva Elva Hsiao doesn’t have anything that makes it controversial. Set yourself on the other side of the world, where the single was promoted and we’ve got a whole new issue. Despite the friendly nature of the video, Let Love Fly (Ice Version) was deemed PG-12 in Taiwan, and banned in Singapore — understandable being a Muslim state and all — due to it’s gay “themes”.
There was, however, Let Love Fly (Rainbow Version) [MV] which changed the setting from gay/lesbian/straight couples holding hands and embracing, to a foam pool full of — understated — gay men frolicking… which went past the censors.
Runner up: Kylie Minogue’s All the Lovers [MV] directed by the one and 0nly Joseph Khan, but Let Love Fly has more of a cultural impact in the East.