music video

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music video,

videotaped performance of a recorded popular song, usually accompanied by dance or a fragmentary story and sometimes employing concert footage. Typically three to five minutes long, music videos frequently include quick cuts, stylizations, fanciful and often erotic imagery, and computer graphics. Originally vehicles for promoting singles, most music videos are in the rock idiom. Although many examples of the genre feature the macho rock stars and scantily clad dancers that have become cultural clichés, certain music videos are notable for their cutting-edge techniques and artistic innovations, and some of their directors have achieved auteur status.

The music video form was popularized by the MTV cable network (est. 1981) and began to have wide popularity and influence in the early 1980s. By the 1990s many hundreds of videos, representing a cross-section of musical forms—from traditional to experimental rock, heavy metal to hip hop—were being produced yearly. Although music videos have usually been aimed at a teenage audience, many videos of ballads or "soft rock" songs are now directed at an older group of viewers. Since shortly after their inception, the style and content of music videos have strongly influenced advertising, television, film, and popular culture as a whole.

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wireless carrier to offer a streaming music clip service, allowing Vision customers to tune into the latest releases from their favorite artists on demand.
This clip first released in movie theatres on May 20, marks a pioneer move in the music clips industry in the Middle East region and broadcasted on YouTube and on the major TV channels on May 28.
Artists from rock groups such as Devo can announce incoming calls, and clips of new music can be sampled via the wireless streaming music clip subscription service on Sprint PCS Vision phones.
RealNetworks also expects to provide integrated support for Sony's ATRAC3 codec technology, which will enable consumers to download and play ATRAC3- encoded music on PCs, as well as downloading such music to Sony's portable audio players packaged with OpenMG, like Memory Stock Walkman and VAIO Music Clip.
The Vaio Music Clip MC-P10 plays music downloaded from the Internet or recorded from compact disks via computers with special software.
She is also planning to film a video music clip for the new song under the director Toni Qahwaji.
A pixelated moment in the music clip has left people speculating on the singer's sexuality once again.
People can listen to a music clip by simply clicking on the name of a song within the Ask3D results page.
The flexible, pure software BAE enables the real time generation of high-fidelity audio by any application on the phone, including polyphonic and realtone ringtones, music clip and download services, multimedia messaging and interactive games.
Press the appropriate button, and your favorite movie one-liner ("Go ahead, make my day"), music clip ("We Are the Champions"), bodily function sound (think whoopee cushion), or any other five-second insult or sound effect plays in-game as well as through your headset.
It also offers revenue generation opportunities for service providers and network operators from music clip delivery and multimedia messaging services.
The subscriber who wants to access the same music clip for both ringtone and ringback applications, for example, is not likely to want to self-provision (and possibly pay for) the content twice, thus costing the operator a revenue opportunity.