By Marissa G. Muller
But there’s a surrealist twist in the video for Brown’s newest single “New Flame.”
Set in the clouds, the video aesthetic looks like what could be a René Magritte painting — or, at least, the leftover set from The Truman Show. Staircases lead to nowhere and are all-white, Usher dances atop a white platform in the sky and Brown twirls on top of water with an umbrella.
Elsewhere, everyone wears all white — except for presumably their new flame, who’s cloaked in red with a scarf over her face, and Rick Ross magically emerges at the end on a throne — surrounded by white bikini-clad ladies, of course.
Brown and Usher also hit the beach for a dance routine in front of a burning X. It wouldn’t be a video for a song with “Flame” in its title unless there was a little fire — plus, the burning structure doubles as promotion for Brown’s upcoming album X.
X is out September 16.