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The latest music videos: Rihanna, Usher, The Black Eyed Peas

”Rude Boy” and ”Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)” top our list of hot new clips

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When late winter hits, the music business tends to hunker down, grow an extra insulating layer, and wait for spring. Hence the dearth of major new albums this month. Thankfully, several artists have wriggled out of their cozy burrows to bring us fresh videos.

Rihanna ”Rude Boy”
RiRi parties like it’s 1989 in this giddy pop-art mix of old-school cable-access graphics and round-the-way-girl swagger. Take Neneh Cherry’s ”Buffalo Stance” and M.I.A.’s ”Boyz,” add extra hot-pants boom-boom, and serve spicy. A-

Usher ”Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)”
”I just wanna get your attention,” he coos. But the most compelling thing in this seduction-by-numbers show is, alas, his flawless grooming. Mama wants to know who his facialist is. Otherwise, she says better luck next time. C+

St. Vincent ”Laughing With a Mouth of Blood”
Indie chanteuse St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) gets delightfully dippy assists from SNL star Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein as the obnoxious owners of a feminist bookshop. Clark’s performance for their ill-mannered audience of two is like a bite-size Christopher Guest film. A-

Ludacris ”How Low”
Remember the classic slumber-party game? Say ”Bloody Mary” three times into a mirror and wait for the bogeyman to appear. Only toot your caboose low to the ground, and instead of a ghost, poof! Ludacris will appear. The goofy clip plays like a low-budget slasher flick, with chronic booty shakes replacing bloodbaths. More fun, and way less messy. B+

The Black Eyed Peas ”Imma Be Rocking That Body”
They’ma be poppin’ off evil androids in a mash-up of current hit ”Imma Be” and album track ”Rock That Body,” set in a dystopian desert and robot-riddled cityscape. Think Transformers, but with human-vs.-automaton dance-offs and Fergie in a sheet-metal cone bra. B

Jedward ”Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)”
A remake of a rip-off of a David Bowie classic, sung by identical Irish twins with Tintin quiffs, suits that make them look like rockabilly caterers, and questionable Kid ‘N Play dance moves? So terrible it’s wonderful. And that’s before Vanilla Ice (keep the goatee dream alive, Iceman!) drops in to bring it all home. A

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