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August 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
A group of music publishers, including Warner/Chappell Music Inc., has sued Fullscreen Inc., which operates thousands of YouTube channels, over copyrighted songs in the digital media company's music videos.  The Culver City-based Fullscreen, which has helped boost the popularity of many YouTube stars , has built more than 15,000 channels with 200 million subscribers and gets about 2.5 billion views a month. In a complaint filed in a New York federal court Tuesday, the National Music Publishers' Assn.
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April 7, 2014 | By Charis E. Kubrin and Erik Nielson
For 16 months, Bay Area rapper Deandre Mitchell - better known as Laz Tha Boy - has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be used as evidence against him, or take a plea bargain and admit to crimes he maintains he did not commit. Mitchell's case dates to October 2012, when he was indicted for his alleged role in two gang-related shootings that occurred that year. Prosecutors didn't present a single arrest or conviction to establish Mitchell's association with a criminal gang, and with conflicting eyewitness testimony - and no physical evidence connecting him to the shootings, according to defense attorney John Hamasaki - prosecutors elected to introduce something else: Mitchell's violent gangsta rap videos and lyrics, which were presented to the grand jury as evidence of his criminal behavior.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
The board of SAG-AFTRA has approved a landmark contract for performers who work in music videos. The board, as expected, endorsed an agreement reached last month with the major record labels, including Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group, on a first-ever industrywide contract to cover dancers and performers who work on music videos. Under the contract, which takes effect Monday, dancers who work on music videos produced by or on behalf of the labels would receive a minimum daily pay rate and health and retirement benefits.
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March 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Scott Kalvert, a director who made music videos for performers such as Will Smith and Cyndi Lauper and directed a teenage Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1995 film "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday at his Woodland Hills Home. He was 49. His death is being investigated as a suicide, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. No other details were given. Kalvert began directing music videos in the late 1980s, scoring a massive hit with his first major assignment, "Parents Just Don't Understand," based on the Grammy-winning song by hip-hop artists DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Will Smith.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2008 | By Denise Martin, Staff Writer
It was the comeback that turned into a train wreck. Millions of viewers tuned in to MTV's Video Music Awards last year to see Britney Spears' highly anticipated return to the stage after a period of painful turmoil and near career collapse, only to see the singer flounder during her ceremony kickoff performance. The awards show itself received similarly disparaging reviews, with critics deriding everything from its Las Vegas locale to its Web-centric aesthetic. This time around, as the network stages the 25th ceremony set to unfold Sunday at the Paramount Pictures lot in Los Angeles, executives are hoping the show itself will be able to stage that big comeback.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2009 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
Music videos from Green Day, Jay-Z and Linkin Park will begin reappearing on YouTube as soon as December, the result of a multiyear agreement reached with Warner Music Group Corp. The Internet's dominant video site and one of the world's largest music companies had been locked in a dispute over the value of music videos, some of the most popular content on YouTube, whose young viewers are coveted by advertisers. Licensing talks reached an impasse late last year, resulting in Warner's videos being pulled from the site.
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January 25, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN
Launch Media, the Santa Monica company that produces a music magazine on CD-ROM, will acquire MusicVideos.com to broaden the content on its Web site, the companies will announce today. Newport Beach-based MusicVideos.com features nearly 1,000 alternative, dance, country and hip-hop videos and serves up more than 1 million videos each month. Those videos will now be available at Launch's music-oriented Web site, http://www.launch.com. Four of MusicVideos.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Annie Lennox knows a thing or two about pop stardom. Now the former Eurythmics frontwoman is upset about what she calls "soft porn" videos used to hawk today's pop music.  "I have to say that I'm disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos," the "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" singer wrote on her Facebook page Saturday. "You know the ones I'm talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment.
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June 14, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Tongal, a Southern California start-up that has crowd-sourced video ads for big brands such as Pringles and McDonald's, is expanding into music. The Santa Monica-based firm has made a name for itself linking writers, directors and actors with brands to create video ads in exchange for cash prizes. The sponsoring brand chooses the best entries from the users' submissions. Tongal will now use its platform to field ideas and production for music videos as online streaming becomes a key way that people consume content, the company said Thursday.
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June 3, 2010 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
If Rio Caraeff had his way, the phrase "I want my MTV" would be replaced by "I want my Vevo." The 34-year-old Santa Monica music executive, who once headed the digital music business for Universal Music Group, launched Vevo in December. In April — less than six months later — the site vaulted into the No. 1 spot for online music videos in the U.S., garnering more than 43 million unique viewers who watched 350 million streams, according to ComScore Inc. Among all video sites, Vevo ranked fourth, just after Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Fox Interactive Media, and beating out the likes of Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp.
WORLD
February 19, 2014 | By Alexandra Sandels and Ramin Mostaghim
BEIRUT - A new, lesbian-themed music video by expatriate Iranian pop star Googoosh has sparked sharp debate among Iranians and controversy on social media forums in the Islamic Republic. It started on Valentine's Day when the video for Googoosh's latest song, "Behesht," or Heaven, dropped like a bombshell on the singer´s official Facebook page , which boasts more than 1,5 million followers. The video features a lesbian couple and seems to champion gay rights.  “I am scared of this doubt, I am scared of this blind alley,” Googoosh, 64, croons to the backdrop of a video showing a couple played by two well-known Iranian actresses.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In "Endless Love," the gauzy new romantic drama starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde as the meant-to-be-togethers, one thing is certain - sometimes beauty is only skin deep. Directed by Shana Feste and delivering its breaking hearts and fragrant flowers just in time for Valentine's Day, the film is filled with interesting ideas about love, loss, self-esteem and social class, particularly as they define still malleable graduating seniors. But in adapting Scott Spencer's novel for the big screen, Feste and Joshua Safran ("Gossip Girl")
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January 30, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Folk musician and activist Pete Seeger did many, many things during his 94 years, but there's one thing he did just once: make a music video. That video of Seeger singing Bob Dylan's “Forever Young” has gone viral in the wake of his death Monday. The video, for which he was joined on Dylan's song by the Grammy-winning Rivertown Kids choir that he had mentored, has now been viewed more than 500,000 times, up from around 120,000 about a week earlier. Additionally, the Woody Guthrie Archive and the Grammy Museum announced Wednesday that they will move forward with previously announced plans to honor Seeger as the first recipient of the new Woody Guthrie Prize in a ceremony that had already been scheduled to take place in New York on Feb. 22. PHOTOS: Pete Seeger, activist and humanitarian “The only thing I know for certain is that Pete would want us to gather together and make some music,” Woody Guthrie's daughter Nora Guthrie said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The women, you'll notice, are dressed this time. Nine months after his nudity-enhanced video for "Blurred Lines" ignited a firestorm of controversy -- and helped turn the song into one of the year's biggest hits -- Robin Thicke released a new music video Monday for his song "Feel Good. " Not unlike the "Blurred Lines" clip, it's a relatively straightforward affair in which the blue-eyed soul singer performs his song (this one co-written and produced by will.i.am) while various women dance around him. But where those women went largely without clothes in "Blurred Lines," here they're costumed in the manner of Las Vegas showgirls.
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November 22, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Big week for music videos, right? Katy Perry, Arcade Fire, Bob Dylan -- all have released talked-about clips over the last few days, and that's not even getting to the mind-blower that is Kanye West's "Bound 2," in which the rapper pretend-rides a motorcycle with his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, through a digitized version of the American West. Impressive as they are, though, none of those videos goes on for as long as it takes for the Earth to rotate on its axis. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times That's how long Pharrell's new one lasts.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
YouTube is poised to launch a subscription music service as soon as December, positioning it to compete with Spotify, Rdio and other digital offerings, according to people familiar with the matter. The Internet's dominant online video already is the most popular on-demand music offering in the world.  YouTube even has surpassed radio as the leading way teens and young adults listen to songs.  A subscription service would seek to build YouTube's strength in digital music.  YouTube users already can watch an unlimited number of music videos through an application on their mobile devices, as well as through a browser on their computers.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The subscription service would offer additional features, such as a commercial-free experience and the freedom to store music on a mobile device to listen when not connected to the Internet, according to people with knowledge of the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
MTV, VH1 and CMT are looking to celebrate America's independence the old-fashioned way. Not with burgers and hot dogs and fireworks, but by playing music videos on their channels in what they're calling "Music Independence Day. " The plan is that all three networks will play music videos on July 4th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT/PDT. What makes this plan even more intriguing is that they're branching out from just the standard Top 20 playlists or classic hits. While there will be big names and classic moments from music history spotlighted, they're also looking to play music from new and emerging artists, culled from music submitted to the music networks' new online music discovery site called the Artists' Platform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Scott Kalvert, a director who made music videos for performers such as Will Smith and Cyndi Lauper and directed a teenage Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1995 film "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday at his Woodland Hills Home. He was 49. His death is being investigated as a suicide, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. No other details were given. Kalvert began directing music videos in the late 1980s, scoring a massive hit with his first major assignment, "Parents Just Don't Understand," based on the Grammy-winning song by hip-hop artists DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Will Smith.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
A few things dominated the pop music conversation this year. A British boy band, a pop comeback king, a pair of hip-hop outliers and a NSFW music video - - all of which drives the nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards, which were announced Thursday morning. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the pack with six nominations, while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five nods apiece. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Annie Lennox knows a thing or two about pop stardom. Now the former Eurythmics frontwoman is upset about what she calls "soft porn" videos used to hawk today's pop music.  "I have to say that I'm disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos," the "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" singer wrote on her Facebook page Saturday. "You know the ones I'm talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment.
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