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2012 Anticipation Tour: Our Favorite Trey Songz, Elle Varner, and Miguel Videos

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(Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Trey Songz is currently touring the country with Elle Varner and Miguel; on his 2012 Anticipation 2our.

The R&B superstars visit the Queen City’s Bojangles Coliseum on Dec 14. With only a week away it’s time to get your tickets now.

Just in time for the holiday season; this concert is a couples Christmas dream! It’s no secret that the night promises to be one of romance and intimacy. However, there is a decent amount of eye-candy to satisfy any single woman or man looking for a fun night out with friends.

When it comes to unique, entertaining, thoughtful videos these three talented performers are miles above the average vocalist.

Never content with simple close-ups, fast cars, and clichés, Trey Songz, Elle Varner, and Miguel continue to push the envelope when it comes to their music and their music videos.

In honor of the upcoming show and its sexy crooners we’ve compiled our favorite Trey Songz, Elle Varner, and Miguel videos.

Trey Songz “Can’t Be Friends”

Released in September of 2010 from his Passion, Pain & Pleasure album, “Can’t Be Friends” was shot in dramatic black and white with color close-ups of an emotionally distressed Songz. The song and video illustrate the pain and hardships of an amicable breakup.

Trey Songz “Wonder Woman”

This imaginative video was shot from the point-of-view of the video’s female lead. It’s great how the director, chose to hold off revealing the lead’s face until the end of the video; where our perspective changes from the young ladies to Trey’s view. There is even a cameo of Drake in the video, before his Young Money fame.

Trey Songz “’Yo Side of the Bed”

This tear-jerker featuring Keri Hilson, tells the tale of a military wife leaving her husband at home to care for their daughter while she is away defending her country. You can’t help but fall in love with Songz in this video, if you haven’t already.

Trey Songz “Last Time”

The self-proclaimed panty-dropper finds himself in a bind as a result of his philandering in this sexy video. Songz boldly hooks up with the receptionist (played by Drew Sidora) at the hotel that he’s staying at with his GIRLFRIEND.

Elle Varner “I Only Want to Give It to You”

This playful video featuring J. Cole, is a colorful collision of style and funk; a time machine back to the 1980s ripe with link chains, bangles, ripped jeans, and fresh Adidas high tops. The retro-style short for Varner’s debut single, effortlessly introduces audiences to Varner’s eclectic style and fun persona.

Elle Varner “Refill”

Shot like an independent short, Varner’s “Refill” video is a sweet coming of age drama. While visiting NYC she finds romance during a night of adventure. The inspired concept is a refreshing departure from the predictable club scene that probably would have been utilized by a less imaginative artist. The unexpected ending is enough to make this video worth watching.

Elle Varner “I Don’t Care”

Released as the third single off her 2012 debut studio album Perfectly Imperfect, the video for “I Don’t Care” is a thoughtful commentary on the power of love and how it transcends, race, sex, and culture. Anyone who has experienced an unconditional love that challenges societal expectations can appreciate this simple storyline.

Miguel “All I Want Is You”

Subtle blues and greens underscore the melancholy mood of Miguel’s “All I Want Is You”. Florescent burst of light grab your attention while Miguel laments over a loss love. He is surrounded by emotionless automatons that revel in their artificiality. The symbolic use of rain as J. Cole raps, the aforementioned use of color, and the vacant expressions of the women further emphasize the lowness of his disposition. This video is so visually stimulating that every time you watch it you see something new.

Miguel “Do You”

The use of black and white, hand held imagery, open spaces, subtle color, and reflective candid shots are carefully woven together in this music video. The song plays almost like a soundtrack to a movie against the images. “Do You” is more intimate than other videos from the artist, although they all posses an organic sensuality.

Miguel “Adorn”

The cinematography is central to Miguel’s videos and there is no exception when it comes to the video for “Adorn”. His trademark use of thematic color and slow motion is prevalent. The narrative is highly stylized as Miguel cultivates an otherworldliness; from the artistry of the visuals, to the exotic nature of the women, to his sound and attire.

Did we exclude your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know.

-Jennifer Hall, CBS Local

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