September 4, 2008 |
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.
September 30, 2009 |
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.
January 25, 1999 |
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.
October 7, 2013 |
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.
June 14, 2013 |
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.
June 3, 2010 |
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.