Will Smith, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, “Star Wars” Among Videos Set To Debut

Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, R. Kelly, and the “Star Wars: Episode One” gang are among the artists preparing to unveil new videos in the coming weeks.

The stream of new clips will begin on Monday, March 3 when “Duel of the Fates,” the first video from the wildly anticipated “Star Wars” prequel “The Phantom Menace,” debuts on “Total Request Live.” The clip is built on a piece of Academy Award winning composer John Williams’ score for the film, and promises to feature previously unseen “Episode One” footage.

Next week will also see the arrival of fresh product from Britney Spears, whose “Sometimes” will debut during Thursday’s “TRL.” As we previously reported, the video reunites Britney with “Baby One More Time” director Nigel Dick for what is being touted as a more conceptual video (see “Britney Spears’ Knee Injury Delays Video Shoot, ‘Tonight Show’ Appearance” ).

Missy Elliott rolls out her latest effort, “She’s
A Bitch,” the following week on Monday, May 10. Director Hype Williams had Elliott clad in black leather, spikes, a bald cap, and sequined eyebrows for the video, the first from her upcoming album “Da Real World,” which arrives in June (see “Missy Elliott Shoots ‘Bitch’ Of A Video” ).

That week will also see new arrivals from the king of R&B, R. Kelly, and the king of the summer blockbuster, Will Smith. Kelly’s “Did You Ever Think?” will debut on Tuesday, May 11, while Smith’s “Wild, Wild West” will follow on Thursday, May 12. The track is from Smith’s upcoming big screen summer blow-out of the same name, and owes at least a small debt to the Kool Moe Dee rap classic that it also shares a title with.

Finally, screen star Jennifer Lopez will take her first stab at pop stardom with “If You Had My Love,” which debuts on the Monday, May 17 edition of “TRL.” The video sees Lopez hook up with director Paul Hunter, and will offer the
first taste of her debut album, ” On the 6.” For the album, Lopez enlisted the help of Sean “Puffy” Combs, Latino singer Marc Anthony, and producer Rodney Jerkins (who has worked with Brandy, Monica, and Whitney Houston).

As we previously reported, the Backstreet Boys will also be part of the coming video avalanche when their “I Want It That Way” debuts next week (see “Backstreet Boys Plan World Premiere Of New Video” ).