Machine Gun Kelly dropped an acoustic rendition of his chart-topping rock single, ‘Bloody Valentine’, along with a new music video. The original ‘Bloody Valentine’ was released on 1 May, and marks the first single off the artist’s forthcoming fifth studio album, Tickets To My Downfall, out 17 July via EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records.
Directed by Sam Cahill, the pensive video captures the singer, songwriter, rapper and actor (The Dirt, Bird Box, Big Time Adolescence) riding his motorcycle up to the top of a hill and performing the song at sunset. Cahill, who also helmed the video for ‘Bullets With Names’, shared the video on Instagram today, captioning that, “We shot this video in 10 minutes or less before the sun went down”.
Since its release in May, the electric version of ‘Bloody Valentine’ has reached great heights – landing at No.1 on the Billboard Rock Digital Song Sales chart and No.3 on the Hot Rock Songs chart. The video for the single, featuring actress Megan Fox, has garnered over 19 million views to-date on YouTube since dropping nearly four weeks ago. The artist also shared a remote performance of ‘Bloody Valentine’, alongside frequent collaborator Travis Barker – who contributed drums to the song – on The Late Late Show With James Corden.
Most recently, Machine Gun Kelly (also known as Colson Baker) joined forces once again with Barker to record a timely cover of Rage Against The Machine’s 1992 single, ‘Killing In The Name’, a song about institutional racism and police brutality. The duo’s new video for the song, released earlier this month, is set against footage from recent protests in Los Angeles.
The Cleveland-born Baker has also been giving back to his fans and his hometown, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The artist recently provided over 40,000 meals to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and launched “Machine Gun Kelly Feeds the City”, buying lunch for hundreds of locals. His regular “Lockdown Sessions” series, meanwhile, found Baker keeping his fans entertained while quarantining at home. The artist covered popular songs like Rihanna’s ‘Love On The Brain’ and performed his own freestyles including ‘In These Walls’ and ‘Pretty Toxic Revolver’.
‘Bloody Valentine (Acoustic)’ is available now, and can be streamed here.