7 Momen Bathtub Terbaik dalam Sejarah Video Musik

Demi Lovato baru saja merilis video untuk lagu super balladnya yang bertajuk Stone Cold, di mana dia tampil begitu emosional dalam sebuah bathtub, karena memang terbukti oleh musisi pendahulunya bahwa adegan penuh penjiwaan bisa terjadi saat berendam badan, terutama tentu saja bagi para penyanyi wanita agar terasa lebih menyentuh dengan lagu yang dibawakan, seperti 7 video di bawah ini.

Cosmopolitan merangkum 7 video dengan adegan bathtub paling terbaik, satu di antaranya adalah Shake It Off dari Mariah Carey.

Sembilan tahun yang lalu sebelum Taylor Swift merilis album 1989, Shake It Off telah lebih dulu digunakan sebagai judul lagu inspirasional dari Mariah Carey. Lagu yang stuck di posisi runner up Billboard Hot 100 karena We Belong Together enggan turun takhta ini diambil dari album terlaris tahun 2005, The Emancipation of Mimi.

Video klip Shake It Off menampilkan Mimi dalam sebuah bathtub bartabur penuh mawar merah. Mengawali lirik lagu dengan bait perpisahan untuk sang kekasih, menggandeng brand ternama Louis Vuitton sampai mengakhiri scene dengan melepas pakaian seolah terbebas dari beban hidup percintaan yang penuh drama.

 

teks: Endang Suryana
sumber: Cosmopolitan

 

7 Great Moments in Bathtub Music Video History

Demi Lovato recently released the music video for her power ballad “Stone Cold,” which finds her crooning about lost love in a Revenant-like polar landscape. But a good chunk of the video also includes a sweater-clad Demi submerged in a bathtub, because as many other music videos have proved, the most hardcore emoting must be done underwater. What is it that makes a bath the perfect location for pop divas’ most intense emotional moments? Is it the comforting embrace of a porcelain basin, or all that soapy water perfect for masking your mascara-streaked tears? Below, seven more music videos that make excellent use of the tub as a vessel for renewal, reflection, and mental breakdowns.

1. Me, Myself & I by Beyoncé

“Me, Myself, and I” is an underrated Beyoncé classic, featured on 2003’s Dangerously in Love. The video tells the tale of a cheating lover’s ridiculous actions (WHO CHEATS ON BEYONCÉ?), with Bey ultimately figuring out that she’s gotta be a grown woman and send him to the left, to the left. Of course she learns this lesson in the bath, surrounded by suds that function as both a comfort and a metaphor for rebirth. When she emerges, she is strong and self-assured, ready to become the independent Beyoncé she is today: “Me, myself and I, that’s all I got in the end / That’s what I found out and there ain’t no need to cry / I took a vow that from now on I’m gon’ be my own best friend.”

2. Hands to Myself by Selena Gomez

Demi’s on-again, off-again BFF and Barney & Friends comrade Selena Gomez is the definition of #TreatYoself in her video for “Hands to Myself,” from 2015’s Revival. Donning a silk robe and high-waisted underwear, Selena traipses through the house of an actor she’s obsessed with, taking pit stops along the way to revel in luxurious sheets, try on men’s button-downs, and of course, hop in the bath for a quick soak. I don’t recommend doing this in anyone’s house but your own, but you do you, Selena.

3. Everytime by Britney Spears

Britney’s “Everytime,” released in 2009, is in many ways a sequel to 2000’s “Lucky,” the story of a lonely girl bound by Hollywood superficiality. “Everytime” is a tragedy set against a twinkling melody — Britney stumbles intoxicatedly through crowds of paparazzi and crazed fans, fighting with her man and finally taking comfort in a large whirlpool tub. She doesn’t have too much time to relax, however, as she soon discovers she’s bleeding and passes out. Her beloved finds her too late, and the video cuts to Britmey running through brightly lit hospital hallways, presumably to some sort of heaven. The lesson: Don’t get in the bath if you have a head injury.

4. Stay by Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko

This gorgeous ballad is one of the greatest RiRi songs ever, and perhaps not coincidentally takes place almost exclusively in a bathtub. Rihanna fits herself into an astounding number of positions while in the tub, going through all the stages of end-of-relationship grief. By the end of the video, she looks slightly less dazed but still very broken up (killer half-buzz cut though). Is that a lone tear or a rogue water droplet in the last shot? There’s no way to know, which is the beauty of the emotional bath at work.

5. Fuckin’ Perfect by Pink

Another one of Pink’s angsty coming-of-age music videos, “Fuckin’ Perfect” stars Napoleon Dynamite’s Tina Majorino as Angel, a struggling young woman who feels depressed and out of place. The video takes on a number of hot-button issues: bullying, anxiety, mental illness, self-harm, eating disorders. Eventually Angel finds herself in the bath with a blade, cutting the word “perfect” into her arm, but she ultimately gets out of the water, turns her life around, and devotes herself to art and raising an empowered little girl of her own.

6. Shake It Off by Mariah Carey

Nine years before Taylor Swift would release 1989, “Shake It Off” was the name of an inspirational Mariah Carey song. Essentially a more upbeat version of “Me, Myself and I,” Carey starts off in a rose petal–filled bathtub, singing about the end of a relationship and how she’s going to recover. She does, of course, and that process includes packing up her Louis Vuitton, sliding on some blue eye shadow, and waving good-bye to the haters in a red convertible.

7. Marry the Night by Lady Gaga

Contemporary music video queen Lady Gaga is no stranger to the bathtub (they also appear in “Bad Romance” and “Yoü and I”), and here she uses it to great, almost baptismal effect. In the nearly 14-minute video, Gaga is receiving treatment in a high-fashion clinic, an autobiographical representation of her rise to stardom. Anxiety mounts, catalyzed by strenuous ballet rehearsals, and Gaga breaks — enter the bathtub. She lounges while dying her hair turquoise and comes out of the water a whole new Gaga, bedazzled and bright. “I’m gonna be a star,” Gaga says tearfully. “You know why? Because I have nothing left to lose.” And also because she has a bathtub.

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