A report on Music video

Musicals of the 1950s led to short-form music videos
The Beatles in Help!
Footage of Freddie Mercury in the "Bohemian Rhapsody" music video during a Queen + Adam Lambert concert at the United Center, Chicago

Video of variable length, that integrates a music song or music album with imagery that is produced for promotional or musical artistic purposes.

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Musicals of the 1950s led to short-form music videos

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MTV

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American cable channel that launched on August 1, 1981.

American cable channel that launched on August 1, 1981.

The first images shown on MTV were a montage of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
1515 Broadway in Times Square
AMTV, the name of MTV's music video programming from 2009 to 2013
Pauly D and the Situation of Jersey Shore in 2011
MTV HD logo
MTV's first logo, used from August 1, 1981, to late 1994.
MTV's second logo, used from late 1994, to
 February 8, 2010. It was still used in other countries until July 1, 2011.
One of many MTV station IDs used during the 1980s; this one was designed by Henry Selick.
Comparison of MTV's original 1980s branding and its 2010 branding
MTV's former logo used on-air from February 8, 2010, to September 12, 2021, used online and on social media until September 13, 2021.
MTV's single color version, used for specific pieces of content.
Michael Jackson, whose discography included music videos such as "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller"
MTV Choose or Lose logo
MTV.com in 2008

The channel originally aired music videos and related programming as guided by television personalities known as video jockeys.

The Beatles in 1964; clockwise from top left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison

The Beatles

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English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, that comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960, that comprised John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

The Beatles in 1964; clockwise from top left: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison
Main entrance at EMI Studios (now Abbey Road Studios, pictured 2007)
The band's logo was designed by Ivor Arbiter.
McCartney, Harrison, Swedish pop singer Lill-Babs and Lennon on the set of the Swedish television show Drop-In, 30 October 1963
The Beatles arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport, 7 February 1964
The Beatles performing on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 1964
McCartney, Harrison and Lennon performing on Dutch TV in 1964
The US trailer for Help! with (from the rear) Harrison, McCartney, Lennon and (largely obscured) Starr
The band at a press conference in Minnesota in August 1965, shortly after playing at Shea Stadium in New York
San Francisco's Candlestick Park (pictured in the early 1960s) was the venue for the Beatles' final concert before a paying audience.
Front cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, "the most famous cover of any music album, and one of the most imitated images in the world"
The Beatles, known as "the White Album" for its minimalist cover, conceived by pop artist Richard Hamilton "in direct contrast to Sgt. Pepper", while also suggesting a "clean slate"
American soul musician Billy Preston (pictured in 1971) was, for a short time, considered a fifth Beatle during the Get Back sessions.
Apple Corps building at 3 Savile Row, site of the Let It Be rooftop concert
Starr and McCartney introduced the video game The Beatles: Rock Band at the 2009 E3 convention.
A Höfner "violin" bass guitar and Gretsch Country Gentleman guitar, models played by McCartney and Harrison, respectively; the Vox AC30 amplifier behind them is the model the Beatles used during performances in the early 1960s.
Martin (second from right) in the studio with the Beatles in the mid-1960s
The Beatles in 1967; clockwise from left: Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr

Heralding the album era, their success elevated the album to the dominant form of record consumption over singles; they also inspired a greater public interest in psychedelic drugs and Eastern spirituality, and furthered advancements in electronic music, album art and music videos.

Clockwise from top left: Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, John Deacon

Queen (band)

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Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970.

Queen are a British rock band formed in London in 1970.

Clockwise from top left: Brian May, Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, John Deacon
Queen in 1970. Left to right; Mike Grose, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury, Brian May
PRS for Music heritage award commemorating Queen's first performance, Prince Consort Road, London
Queen guitar (right, next to a Rolling Stones guitar) at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, marking a 31 October 1970 Queen concert at the venue
Queen poster for their 1977 A Day at the Races Tour
Queen in New Haven, Connecticut in November 1977
Queen with Argentine footballer Diego Maradona (middle) during the South American part of The Game Tour
Queen on stage in Frankfurt on 26 September 1984. Compatible with his performance and compositions, Mercury was also a multi-instrumentalist.
Queen recorded six studio albums at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland from 1978 to 1995. In December 2013, the studio was opened to fans. Queen: The Studio Experience is free, with fans asked for a donation to the Mercury Phoenix Trust charity.
Following Mercury's death on 24 November 1991, his tribute concert was held at the original Wembley Stadium in London on 20 April 1992, the same venue where Queen performed at Live Aid in July 1985
Statue of Mercury overlooking Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland
Queen's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6358 Hollywood Boulevard
Queen performing with Paul Rodgers during their 2005 tour
Queen + Paul Rodgers concert in Kharkiv's Freedom Square, Ukraine, 12 September 2008
Queen + Adam Lambert concert at the TD Garden, Boston in July 2014
Queen performing with Adam Lambert during their 2017 tour
Brian May playing his custom-made Red Special at the O2 Arena in London in 2017. He has used this guitar almost exclusively since the band's advent in the early 1970s.
Queen logo (without the crest)
Mercury performing in a Harlequin outfit. He appeared in a half black, half white version in the music video for "We Are the Champions".
Statue of Mercury at the West End's Dominion Theatre where Queen and Ben Elton's musical We Will Rock You was performed from 2002 to 2014
We Will Rock You musical in Tokyo, Japan, November 2006
2012 DVD and CD set of Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest
The two remaining members of Queen's classic line-up, May and Taylor (pictured in 2017), were creative consultants for Bohemian Rhapsody
Robbie Williams, on stage in 2015 with the Queen image in the background, performed "We Are the Champions" for the 2001 medieval adventure film A Knight's Tale
Gold and silver discs issued by EMI in 1982 for Greatest Hits (1981). With more than 25 million copies sold it is Queen’s best selling album.
At 10 years old, Thom Yorke of Radiohead made a homemade guitar in an attempt to emulate Brian May.

The latter featured "Bohemian Rhapsody", which stayed at number one in the UK for nine weeks and helped popularise the music video format.

Prince performing in 1986

Prince (musician)

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American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Prince performing in 1986
Prince performing in 1986
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The Minneapolis house, seen here in August 2017, where Prince stayed with André Cymone's family
Ticket to Prince's first performance with his band in January 1979
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Prince's Yellow Cloud Guitar at the Smithsonian Institution Building
Prince performing during the Act I and II tour in Zürich, Switzerland in 1993
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Following his death, fans left flowers, purple balloons and other mementos beneath Prince's star painted on the front of the First Avenue nightclub.
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Prince street art in Hagen, Germany
A costume worn by Prince and associated memorabilia, displayed at a Hard Rock Cafe in Australia
Stars honoring Prince and his band The Revolution on the outside mural of the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue
Paisley Park, Prince's home and recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota
Prince at Coachella Festival in 2008
Prince performing in Paris, 2011

Prince had a prolific output, releasing 39 albums during his life, with a vast array of unreleased projects left in a vault at his home after his death, including completed albums and over 50 music videos.

MTV Video Music Awards

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Radio City Music Hall, site of 12 VMAs, including the first
The 1983–1984 Video of the Year "Moon man" award.
Nirvana performing at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.
West taking the microphone from Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
The standing inflatable KAWS moonman at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
The redesigned moonman by Jeremy Scott at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards.
The redesigned moonperson trophy by Kehinde Wiley at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.

The MTV Video Music Awards (commonly abbreviated as the VMAs) is an award show presented by the cable channel MTV to honor the best in the music video medium.

US picture sleeve

Strawberry Fields Forever

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Song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

Song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

US picture sleeve
Entrance gates at Strawberry Field, near Lennon's childhood home in Woolton, Liverpool
"Strawberry Fields Forever" was one of the most technically complex recordings the Beatles ever attempted. The song was recorded entirely on a Studer J37 four-track machine.
A 1960s-era Mellotron, similar to that used on the Beatles recording
The Beatles filmed their promo clip for the song around a large tree in Knole Park in Kent.
Lennon with a horseshoe moustache in 1967
McCartney, Harrison, Starr and Lennon pouring paint over the piano–harp construction. Journalist and broadcaster Joe Cushley describes the clip as "the mad music professors' outdoor seminar".
Beatles standing behind a tree and a broken piano–harp construction
Heavily graffiti-ed gatepost sign at Strawberry Field – with the word "Forever" added in acknowledgement of the Beatles song

Its accompanying promotional film is similarly recognised as a pioneering work in the medium of music video.

Title card

Michael Jackson's Thriller (music video)

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Jackson dancing with zombies in the video
John Landis (pictured in 2005) directed the video.
The Palace Theatre is featured in the music video.
Participants of the 2008 Thrill the World event in Austin, Texas

Michael Jackson's Thriller is a 1983 music video for the song "Thriller" by the American singer Michael Jackson, released on 2 December 1983.

Bohemian Rhapsody

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Song by the British rock band Queen from their fourth album, A Night at the Opera .

Song by the British rock band Queen from their fourth album, A Night at the Opera .

Recording track sheet (replica)
One of Side-A labels of the US single release
The Queen Extravaganza performing the song at the Fox Theatre, Detroit in 2012
Robbie Williams on stage in Poland in 2015 performing the song with the Queen image in the background
From left to right: Deacon, Taylor and May in concert in Hanover in 1979. Behind the drum kit is the tam-tam used at the end of "Bohemian Rhapsody".
Footage of Mercury singing "Magnifico" in the operatic section of the "Bohemian Rhapsody" music video during a Queen + Adam Lambert concert at the United Center, Chicago, June 2014.
The "Bohemian Rhapsody" music video was shot at Elstree Studios in November 1975

The promotional video is credited with furthering the development of the music video medium.

Scopitone machine

Scopitone

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Type of jukebox featuring a 16 mm film component.

Type of jukebox featuring a 16 mm film component.

Scopitone machine
A Scopitone film spool
Jewelbox Scopitones 1990

Scopitone films were a forerunner of music videos.

Michael as a toddler with his mother Geraldine in 1944

Michael Lindsay-Hogg

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American-born television, film, music video, and theatre director.

American-born television, film, music video, and theatre director.

Michael as a toddler with his mother Geraldine in 1944

Through his work on Ready Steady Go!, Lindsay-Hogg became acquainted with some of the top rock artists of the day, and was subsequently hired to direct promotional films for their songs.