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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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The Dancing Dead

I can't say with certainty, but an early candidate is from Disney's "Silly Symphonies" cartoons from 1929. In the example below, we have a Iwerks, Clark & Jackson cartoon devoted to a dance of ...
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Movie with medley of love songs being watched in Veronica Faith video

This is the "Elephant Love Medley" from Moulin Rouge (2001) movie. The music is a medley of famous love songs, including: I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston Your Song by Elton John ...
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Is there any particular reason why songs with Spanish lyrics are taking over?

I can think of two reasons, 1) demographics and 2) culture. First is sheer numbers. The number of Hispanic-Americans has risen from 10 million in 1970 to 50 million in 2010. In percentage terms, that'...
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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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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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Explanation of R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World" video

There is a lot of REM history and symbolism in the stuff the kid rifles through. The fedora on the couch is also the logo for the band's label at the time, IRS records. The kid holds up a Superman ...
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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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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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Why are Queen members dressed as women in "I Want to Break Free"?

They parodied the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street. The second part of the video included a composition rehearsed and performed with the Royal Ballet and choreographed by Wayne Eagling.
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Are the featured old people in Basement Jaxx's "Oh My Gosh" real?

The woman who personates the singing old black woman is Vula Malinga, who is the actual lead singer of the song. She was born in 1980, so she was 25 years old when the song was released, so yes she ...
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Why was "Video Killed the Radio Star" picked as the first song on MTV?

It fit perfectly. Like calling the press the paparazzi 4 having to give so much Lady Gaga Jam down your throat that it becomes programmed in you like Kardashians on TV. You feel like your related.Like ...
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What's with the abundance of black balloons in NF's videos?

While there isn't any official information on this, in many of NF's recent videos there is a trend of these black balloons being present. As evident by the tone and lyrics used, the contrast between ...
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Where was this "Recovery" Music Video shot?

The Recovery video was part of the Olivia Physical video album and the Let's Get Physical TV movie, which were basically the same thing with just a few differences. The OnlyOlivia Fan Club site lists ...
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Is the video for the 1986 version of Word Up by Cameo intended to be taken literally, or as a social\political commentary?

The "street" imagery was standard for R&B/hip-hop videos of the time. It's a stylized representation of the urban inner-city environments where the artists and their core fans were ...
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How do they prevent music leaking due to a music video shoot

Firstly, they do not use the music in the video shoot. The video shoot is a separate affair and while all or some of the participants may hear the song so that they know what to do, they do not get a ...
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What is the meaning of the following line in the Jenniffer Lopez song "I'm into you"?

Rather than the Illuminati, the Civil War, or the Zionist movement, I'm betting this is influenced by yet another repository of Old Testament inspired imagery, Rastafarianism-via-reggae. The ...
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