Ludacris, Nickelback, and the Goo Goo Dolls tackle heavy social issues in their new videos

By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated February 16, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

Social commentary though music

”Runaway Love”
Ludacris feat. Mary J. Blige
The rapper-actor and the songstress narrate the stories of three young girls fleeing abusive situations. The clip also features performances from Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), Jon Seda (CBS’ Close to Home), and Michael Rapaport (Fox’s The War at Home). ”Listening to statistics about how many people run away, I felt it was an issue that’s not talked about [enough],” Ludacris tells EW. ”This is something that crosses all racial barriers.” Luda also recorded a PSA for the National Runaway Switchboard.

”If Everyone Cared’
The sixth single from the Canadian quartet’s multiplatinum All the Right Reasons is a hard-rocking call for civic engagement; the video celebrates the achievements of historic humanitarians like Nelson Mandela in a series of mini-bios. ”We wanted to touch on real events that can show people that positive change is completely within our grasp,” guitarist Ryan Peake says. The band is donating all proceeds from digital sales of the single and video to charities, including Amnesty International.

”Let Love In”
The Goo Goo Dolls
With its soaring pop-rock hooks and romantic lyrics, the Dolls’ new single doesn’t seem too different from their past hits. But the video veers unexpectedly toward politics, bombarding viewers with charged phrases (”genocide,” ”poverty,” ”global warming”) that flash on screen. ”We’re gonna have to learn how to take care of ourselves, because the world is going crazy and our elected leaders are ignoring us,” frontman Johnny Rzeznik explains. ”Despite what anybody might think, [the song’s] not about a girl.”