With her outlandish costumes, risqué songs, elaborate videos, and onstage antics, Lady Gaga has established herself as pop's resident drama queen -- and her new music video for "Bad Romance" is her most theatrical work yet. The clip for the lead single off Gaga's Nov. 23 release, The Fame Monster, hit the web today. It kicks off with a bang and doesn't let up. Bursting out of a white coffin, Gaga dons an array of outlandish outfits -- from razor blade sunglasses to 12-inch Alexander McQeen Armadillo stilettos -- all while being kidnapped, force-fed vodka, and made to dance for her male captors. Francis Lawrence, who worked on videos for Brittney Spears and Gwen Stefani, directed the clip based on Gaga's vision and concept.
"Shock rocker" is becoming an inadequate term for Marilyn Manson, whose romantic roller coaster of divorce (Dita Von Teese) and young girlfriends (Evan Rachel Wood) took center stage on his latest album, the SPIN-praised The High End of Low. We have a more fitting title: "Totally-Sick-And-Twisted Rock." In the Blair Witch-esque video for emotional ballad "Running to the Edge of the World," the man born Brian Warner cries behind a white veil, dresses up in a suit in a fancy hotel suite, then beats a young girl who is locked in a bathroom in only her underwear (and who resembles Wood). It's total blood bath, and in the final scene, the young and bruised girl rubs the blood all over her naked chest.