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YouTube Layers Merch and Vinyl Records Alongside Official Music Videos

YouTube has announced a partnership with Merchbar to showcase official artist merchandise and vinyl records.  Will this finally help artists sell more stuff? The merch will appear alongside official artist videos on the platform. Merchbar says they carry over one million items from 35,000 artists. Only YouTube artists with an Official Artist Channel can promote […]

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Universal Music, Warner Music, Sony Music Finalize Music Video Agreement With SAG-AFTRA

The national board of directors of SAG-AFTRA unanimously approved a new 3-year contract with the major record labels, specifically relating to performances in music videos. The signatories include Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and their various subsidiaries.  The new SAG-AFTRA agreement goes into effect retroactively from May 1st of this year […]

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Charli XCX Denies Damaging the Environment In Her ‘White Mercedes’ Video

Charli XCX burns a brand-new car in her ‘White Mercedes’ Video, then gets blasted for polluting the environment. In the early days of music video, stars could get away with just about anything: stripping elementary school teachers, oversized bottles of Spanish fly — nothing was too outlandish. But those days are long over. Late last […]

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SAG-AFTRA Reaches a Deal With Major Labels Over Music Video Performances

After 3 long days of negotiations, SAG-AFTRA came to an agreement with all the major recording labels. Their new 3-year contract covers various types of performances in music videos. Danielle Towne, who is the national chair of SAG-AFTRA’s Music Video Negotiating Committee as well as a dancer, categorized the negotiations as “intense.” She says, though, […]

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VEVO Dramatically Expands Its Smart TV Reach After Inking With Vewd

VEVO has inked a new partnership with TV OS provider Vewd for a new VEVO music video app. The new partnership will bring VEVO to the forefront on a variety of devices. TiVo DVR and certain smart TVs from Sony, Hisense, and Philips will be supported. The two companies struck a global distribution deal for […]

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In the Wake of El Paso and Dayton Shootings, Lana Del Rey Releases “Looking for America”

Lana Del Rey has written a new song called “Looking for America” in response to the recent spree of mass shootings in the U.S. Initially, the singer shared a two-minute snippet of herself singing the song on her Instagram page.  She performed the track live in the studio with producer Jack Antonoff (check it out […]

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Pluto TV Dips Its Toes Into Music Videos With an MTV Deal

Internet-based television platform Pluto TV just announced an agreement with MTV Music.  Is this the start of something bigger in music? The deal brings with it three new music-video channels for Pluto users to choose from. These channels — a general ‘MTV’ (for music videos from multiple genres), ‘MTV Pop’ (for pop music), and ‘MTV […]

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