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What is considered to be the first music video?

The first music video-like would be The Little Lost Child in 1894 (!!). This is considered more like the first illustrated song. Using a magic lantern, a series of still images were projected on a ...
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What is Meaning of "Aerials" by System of a Down song and music video?

Genius has a cool feature which lets users interpret song meanings cooperatively. It also allows you annotate the meaning of smaller blocks of the lyrics. As it happens, Aerials has been interpreted ...
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Who are those famous looking people in the video of Pink Floyd's brain damage?

Below I've listed out the different people you see, with the corresponded line in the song in parenthesis. I don't know everyone, but I think this is at least a good start. Everyone who might be a ...
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What is the name of the musical instrument being played on the video? and we hear usually in churches?

It's an Organ Specifically a Church Organ or Pipe Organ - though some church organs also have reed voices, so Church Organ covers it better, imo. They function by blowing air into pipes of varying ...
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What is the name of the musical instrument shown on the video?

Erhu The erhu (Chinese: 二胡; pinyin: èrhú; [ɑɻ˥˩xu˧˥]) is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, more specifically a spike fiddle, which may also be called a "southern fiddle", and sometimes known ...
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Was "Interstella 5555" the first film that visually realized an album?

'Convoy' by CW McCall (Bill Fries) was a 1975 song that was adapted into a film of the same name. If you listen to the song you'll find that the story it tells is recounted almost word for word in ...
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Where does the Y.M.C.A dance comes from?

Citing a spin.com interview of Randy Jones and David Hodo (respectively the cowboy and construction worker of the song): Jones: We were flying up from South America for the show, and we worked on ...
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Missy Elliot's "Work it" lyrics meaning

Like any historical artifact, this song can be difficult to judge from outside of it's own time and context. The things that made Missy Elliot revolutionary at the time of her peak popularity don't ...
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Why is the Blue Neighbourhood trilogy called so?

Troye explains: “I mean, it was a lyric from Wild. Leave this Blue Neighbourhood.” “Basically, I come from Perth, which is a moderately sized city of 2 million people. From within that, I ...
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Why does the music video of "Living Next Door to Alice" by Smokie seem happy?

I'd say that the song is pretty sad. The narrator/singer is losing his childhood best friend/lifelong crush. I think that qualifies as sad. That having been said, a lot of songs have music videos (or ...
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What kind of dancing style is shown on AronChupa's Little Swing video?

In the video, there are several dances represented. But generally this is swing dancing and they teach it at swing dance clubs. The first paired-dances you see in the video are variations of lindy ...
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Tune quoted in Jinkx Monsoon's "Cartoons & Vodka"

It refers to a part of the melody from In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt by Grieg.
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Panther sequence in Black or White by Michael Jackson

Jackson attempted to explain the meaning of the sequence in a press release that described the four-minute sequence as an “interpretation of the panther’s wild and animalistic behavior”. From: ...
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Stitches by Shawn Mendes

It is love. As stated here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6605873/shawn-mendes-stitches-video The song's lyrics are descriptive too: http://genius.com/Shawn-mendes-stitches-...
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Was "Interstella 5555" the first film that visually realized an album?

The Who released both Tommy and Quadrophenia, which were eventually made into movies. Tommy, the album, was released in 1969 and Quadrophenia in 1973. The movies were released in 1975 and 1979 ...
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Was "Interstella 5555" the first film that visually realized an album?

The earliest one I'm aware of was made for Matt Johnson's The The, 'Infected' album in 1986. Though it is actually a series of individual videos, there is one for every track on the album & they ...
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Why was "Video Killed the Radio Star" picked as the first song on MTV?

It seems like you're right on the money. According to MTV cofounder Bob Pittman, It made an aspirational statement. We didn’t expect to be competitive with radio, but it was certainly a sea-change ...
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How do they prevent music leaking due to a music video shoot

As this seems to have sparked some element of disbelief, let me rephrase some of it more clearly, emphasising why it is less of a concern than you may imagine. Except for the "crowd"... actors/...
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Why are Queen members dressed as women in "I Want to Break Free"?

It is an established and significant part of European theatrical tradition, particularly in Catholic where countries where women were not permitted to perform on stage until the late 1700s. The ...
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What do the elements mean in Eurythmic's "Sweet Dreams?"

The band wrote the song as they were in bad moments of their life. The couple broke up as lovers, but kept on working music and they weren't having much success. The song Sweet Dreams (are made of ...
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Adventure Of A Lifetime — is this an animated video clip?

You should see this one : Adventure of A Lifetime : Behind The Scenes. It confirms that they use motion capture technology. They have captor suits and move like apes.
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Adventure Of A Lifetime — is this an animated video clip?

It was done using motion capture. According to Wikipedia, emphasis mine: The official music video was directed by the band's long-time collaborator, Mat Whitecross. It was released on 27 November ...
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Who are the dignitaries representing in the DJ Shadow / Run the Jewels 'Nobody Speak' video

It wasn't always blurred. The first one is United States and the other was United Kingdom. Its been blurred since it first release. Probably for international political reasons. Ha! Here's the ...
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Explanation of R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World" video

Noah Ray, the kid featured in the video, explains: "The only thing in the beginning that I was really made aware of was that [director] Jim [Herbert] had seen some kind of TV special on dream ...
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What is the music for this scene in Street fighter II?

According to wikipedia, Cory Lerios and John D'Andrea composed the music for the english version of the movie, including the Opening Fight - Ryu vs. Sagat. Here you see the youtube clip with ...
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Video with Beyonce, students dancing at the canteen

Are you talking about "Move Your Body"? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYP4MgxDV2U This video was made in conjunction with NABEF and was meant to inspire children to dance or participate in some ...
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Why does the actor commit suicide at the end of the video to "You're Beautiful"?

When I first saw this video I understood the surrealistic agony a person is condemned to, when forced to spend life alone or with a second rate relationship. Life becomes very meaningless when it is ...
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How can artists make money when their albums and videos are free on YouTube?

Some youtube channels (VEVO included) may pay copyright holders a fee, which is a share of revenue through advertising on youtube. Some artists intentionally release music/videos for free, actively ...
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