At press time, the uber-anthemic track — which regrettably sounds nothing like the (duh, excellent) Beatles ditty “Two of Us” — is kickin’ it at the cooler end of the Billboard Hot 100 in the No. 68 position, having peaked at a respectable No. 18. Perhaps the single will get its mojo back after the video premieres at the end of the month.
In a Swift-y case of full-circle videography, the “Both of Us” clip was directed by Jake Nava, the celluloid skipper behind the video that Swift-scene-stealer Kanye West proclaimed “Greatest Video of All-Time,” Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” as well as West’s own “Monster.” According to MTV, expect to see “scenes of the duo together and apart.” Those include the pair slothing it up together in wooden lawn chairs (as seen above), as well as T-Swizzle finding comfort in a field of flowers apart from Bobby Ray, who meanwhile drowns his sorrows in a red-lit bar.
This is no lie, now. When Keith Urban was on the road with me, when he opened for me, I forget, it was 2008, 2007, '05, whatever it was, you know, his logo is a monkey, right? It just so happened that year was the year of the monkey, you know? I looked all over the place and I realized that you just can't go adopt one of these or buy one, it is a legal process, but I was going to buy two monkeys and I was going to have them in his bus when he got off stage the last night of the tour as a gift. But you just can't go buy a monkey, you know, it's like adopting a kid. You have to go through almost...it's a long process, so we let that go.
So fame and fortune can’t get you everything after all. Though, as Chesney — whose latest LP Welcome to the Fishbowl drops tomorrow — went on to explain, it can get you a limitless supply of menthol treatment to hit with your vaporizer (a ritual the singer engages in every night to ready his voice for the stage). Now, I’m sure this is just a coincidence, but when I key in the terms “vaporizer” and “fishbowl” on Google, I get first-page results from sites such as 420magazine[dot]com, grasscity[dot]com, marijuana[dot]com, rollitup[dot]org and ganja[dot]com. If I was a dumb hippie, I might start thinking something heady and subliminal was going on here, man.
And finally, on a darker note (literally), Jack White’s answer to Malcolm McLaren’s Bow Wow Wow, The Black Belles, are currently profiled Q&A-style in an Interview magazine feature. Check it out here to read in bewitching suspense as the band excitedly tells former Project Runway Judge Kelly Ryan O’Brien about the recent departure of keyboardist Christina Norwood (also of D. Watusi), scaling down to a three-piece, the expedient writing and recording process behind their self-titled debut LP, working with the indomitably positive Jack White, their uniform macabre fashion aesthetic, their hair, haunting posh, big city hotels and more.