Entries in Music Video (17)


Racy Justin Timberlake Music Video to Remain on YouTube

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake's music videos have always been a bit racy (see "Senorita," "Love Sex Magic" and "Sexy Back"), but his newest video for "Tunnel Vision" sets a new bar. Though some news sites reported that the video full of topless women was pulled from YouTube, it will remain up on the service, ABC News has confirmed.

Before the video plays on Justin Timberlake's VEVO channel, YouTube users are presented with a explicit content warning that they must click on before playing the video.

While Google does not usually allow nudity in videos, a Google spokesperson told ABC News that the video is an exception.

"While our Guidelines generally prohibit nudity, we make exceptions when it is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age-restrictions," a Google spokesperson told ABC News on Friday morning.

YouTube's guidelines state that "Most nudity is not allowed, particularly if it is in a sexual context. Generally if a video is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for YouTube."

Google pulled Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video in March because of female nudity. Google would not comment further on why the exception was made for the "Tunnel Vision" video.

Timberlake's video premiered on July 2 on the artist's MySpace page. The artist and actor is one of the co-owners of the recently revamped social network, which focuses on connecting musicians with fans. It was put up on YouTube and Timberlake's official website on July 3. The racy video already has over 1.1 million views on YouTube.

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The First Music Video Filmed Entirely Using Instagram

The Plastics Revolution(SAN FRANCISCO) -- We’ve all heard a picture is worth a thousand words. So how much is a music video created entirely out of still photos worth?

Yes, you read that correctly.

Mexico City-based Indie band The Plastics Revolution created a music video for their song, Invasión, using only still photos taken on Instagram, the popular photo sharing app that lets you create stunning images directly through your smartphone.

“The use of Instagram — it’s something some people don’t believe in as a social media tool or as a photography application, but I think this project shows if you really use something you can really get something out of it,” said Julio Gudino, who does guitar and lead vocals for The Plastics Revolution.

The four-minute video took about five months to produce from start to finish, and is comprised of still images entirely produced through Instagram by San Francisco photographer Arturo Perez.

“The initial idea came because I really like Instagram. I think it’s a way to be creative all the time,” said Perez. “No matter if you’re going to the grocery store or the park with your friends, there’s always a way to be creative.”

Gudino said the six members of the band, who are also close friends, wanted to work with a photographer they personally knew well.

“We met Arturo in 2009 and last year we started talking about a collaboration together,” said Gudino. “The idea to use Instagram was totally his idea. He was really excited with the idea since the beginning and insisted we start working on it.”

Perez described it as “a total eureka moment.”

The Production Process

To save money, the band worked long-distance to produce the video. Perez shot the photos in San Francisco on a high end SLR camera and then imported the photos onto his computer and eventually onto his iPhone. Then each photo was sent through Instagram to add various filters and edits. Finally, the photos were streamed and edited together to produce the stop-motion cinema effect.

“Literally, until I finished it I didn’t think we were going to do it. It was a lot of work, more work than I anticipated,” said Perez. “We took over 45,000 photos and going through 45,000 photos to tell a story is a nightmare.”

What made the process more challenging was creating the video spanning miles and miles of distance.

“We actually never sat down with Arturo. We emailed, Skype and called,” said Gudino. “We needed to start processing the pictures — downloading them, uploading them and sending them back to him [Perez] in San Francisco.”

The video took five months to produce, using 1,905 still photos to create an aesthetically pleasing stop-motion music video.

Perez said each photo went through a seven-step process from when it was shot to when it was uploaded to the final product.

“It was a passion project I worked on every night since June,” said Perez. “But the whole collaboration was a total team effort.”

Aside from photography, Perez also works as a writer and director in the Bay Area. In what he calls his “‘day job,” Perez works as a creative director for Swirl in San Francisco.

The band members first met Perez in 2009 when he shot their music video "Day of Light." Perez was working for La Blogotheque, a music blog based in Paris, at the time. Since then the band and Perez have remained friends.

Now the question lingers: Will Instagam music videos be an insta-trend?

Perez thinks so.

“People love video, so I think it’s the next step,” said Perez. “Instagram would have to adapt and make it easier for people. Right now it’s too much work and no sane person would do it.”

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Will Lindsay Lohan Star in Lady Gaga's Next Video?

Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for amfAR(NEW YORK) -- A month after the celebrities tweeted pics of their "sleepover" at Los Angeles' Chateau Marmont, Lindsay Lohan and Lady Gaga will apparently work together.

The New York Post reports Lohan will star in a video connected to Mother Monster's upcoming album, believed to be titled ARTPOP.

Lohan has been trying to put her legal troubles behind her, starring in Lifetime's Elizabeth Taylor biopic Liz & Dick and in Bret Easton Ellis' sensual thriller The Canyons.  She will also appear in Scary Movie 5, but a source tells the Post the Gaga gig is something else altogether.

"Due to Gaga's superstar status, this would be Lindsay's biggest [role] by far in many, many years," the source says.

Another "observer" was far less impressed, telling the paper, "Why this huge artist -- who could literally have anyone she wants -- chose someone currently at the bottom of the Hollywood food chain remains a mystery."

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Irish Farmer to Rihanna: Put Your Clothes On!

James Coldrey/Getty Images(DUBLIN) -- Rihanna caused a bit of controversy in the corn fields of Ireland Tuesday while filming a video for her new single, “We Found Love” with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris.

The 23-year-old pop star undressed from a flannel checked shirt into a stars-and-stripes bikini, a red bra, and a mesh black top, before going topless while shooting in the fields located just east of Bangor.

At that point, Alan Graham, the 61-year-old farmer who lent Rihanna his land for the video, had enough and drove his tractor over to the shoot to tell the barely-dressed star to cover up.

“The state of undress was becoming inappropriate,” Graham told the UK Telegraph. "I requested that they stop filming and they did."

"I had a conversation with Rihanna," said the father of four. "She understood where I was coming from. We shook hands and parted company on good terms."

Admitting he had “never heard of Rihanna” until her team asked permission to use his fields, Graham explained, “If someone wants to borrow my field and things become inappropriate, then I say, ‘Enough is enough. You are not entitled to do that.’”

Rihanna is in Ireland for a series of sold-out shows in Belfast this weekend.  Filming for her video is reported to have resumed at a secret location there.

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Lady Gaga Shares New Details about "You and I" Music Video

ABC News Radio(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga has been mostly tight-lipped about the premise of her upcoming music video for her single “You and I,” but she shared details on Monday with ABC News Radio.

“I don’t want to give too much away,” Gaga, who recently shot the video in Nebraska, told ABC’s David Blaustein. “But it does take place in Nebraska, and I’m walking all the way from New York City to find this guy, and as I’m walking my feet start to bleed and I begin to get very tired, and all these strange things start to happen in a cornfield in the middle of nowhere.”

When told the song could become an anthem for the state of Nebraska, she replied cryptically, “Oh, yes, and perhaps for some others. You’ll see.”


“You and I” was inspired by Gaga’s reported boyfriend, Luc Carl, who hails from Nebraska. But she’s hoping that her fans can connect with the song in their own personal way.

“It’s meant to be interpreted in as many ways as you can interpret it and I intend, through the visuals, as I always do, to elevate what the song began being about and start to morph and change it into something otherworldly and surreal,” she said.

Gaga performed “You and I” on ABC’s The View on Monday while wearing a houndstooth-patterned outfit that matched her piano. She says she borrowed the idea for the outfit from an ad she once saw.

“I obviously go a bit overboard,” she said.


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Britney's 'I Wanna Go' Set for Multi-Platform Premiere

Max Morse/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Britney Spears is dialing up a media blitz to launch the new video for her song I Wanna Go.

Jive Records says Spears’ new video -- which is set to premier on June 22 -- will first be seen on MTV and VEVO. And for fans who miss the very first showing, there’s no need to worry, as Jive says the video will air hourly on MTV during music video hours and on VH1’s Best Morning Buzz Live.

Before the actual premiere, music lovers can get a sneak peek of the video on Sunday as an exclusive 30-second teaser will air on Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live and also on VEVO.

I Wanna Go is the third single from Spears’ Femme Fatale album.

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Lady Gaga to Debut 'The Edge of Glory' Video Thursday

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Lady Gaga has announced via Twitter that her long-awaited video for "The Edge of Glory" will debut during Thursday night's episode of So You Think You Can Dance, which airs at 8 p.m. on Fox.

It will actually be an "extended preview" of the clip, with the full video being available online at

Not much is known about the clip, other than the fact that it's directed by Joseph Kahn, the man behind Gaga's clip for "LoveGame," as well as numerous videos for Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and The Backstreet Boys.

It's not known whether Clarence Clemons, who played saxophone on the track, appears in the video.  Clemons is currently recuperating from a stroke he suffered on Sunday.

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Beyonce to Premiere New Video on 'American Idol' Wednesday

KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- Beyonce's new video for "Run the World (Girls)" was supposed to debut last week, but it was delayed.

Now, MTV reports that the clip will premiere during Wednesday's edition of American Idol.

The Wednesday shows are usually reserved for the contestants' performances, and with only three finalists left, there should be plenty of room in there for the video.  The video will be available online right after the West Coast broadcast of Idol.

In several teaser clips that have already appeared online, Beyonce is shown leading an army of couture-clad, supermodel-looking women into battle.

"Run the World (Girls)" is the first track from B's upcoming album, 4.

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Lady Gaga Debuts New Song in Mexico; 'Judas' Video Arrives Thursday

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(GUADALAJARA, Mexico) -- Lady Gaga had a special treat for her audience in Guadalajara, Mexico on Tuesday night -- a stripped-down piano version of a new song from her upcoming Born This Way album.

The track is called "Americano," which Gaga describes in a Vogue interview as "a bit mariachi house-techno record, where I am singing about immigration law and gay marriage and all sorts of things that have to do with disenfranchised communities in America."

On another note, the extended-length version of Gaga's long-awaited video for "Judas" premieres Thursday night on E! News at 7 p.m. ET.  After that, it'll be available on  A shorter version of the video will be seen on American Idol Thursday night.

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Lady Gaga to Sing on 'Oprah' Thursday; New Video Premieres Same Day

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga is slated to make an appearance on Thursday's edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Oprah Winfrey discusses the Gaga cameo in a YouTube clip in which she points to a lipstick mark on her cheek, saying it came from a Gaga smooch.

She says, "I love making people happy and Lady Gaga singing at the end, surprising the audience, made me very happy."

Also on Thursday, E! News will premiere Lady Gaga's seven-minute video for her new single, "Judas," at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Eastern time.  The premiere will be followed by a Gaga interview conducted by E!'s Giuliana Rancic.

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