History About 80s Music Videos









The history about 80s music videos was one which brought about a big change in the music world. Music videos were a big help for the artists in promoting their songs. Television stations such as cable station, MTV and VH-1, plus several small stations, aired the music videos of the artists. Some of the videos were terrible and others were very unique. The music videos improved over time as there was more thought and time put into them. Some of the videos had no connection to the song that was recorded with it and it made no sense.

MTV launched on August 1, 1981, in New York City. The network aired music videos of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Def Leppard, and many others. The coming of the music videos was a way for some artists to get exposure and some became successful with the air time they got from MTV and also radio airtime. Others were already successful but when their music videos were aired their success exploded. Music videos has become a frontrunner for artists and they are one of the most important ways to promote their music.

Music videos were not invented with the airing of MTV and the other television stations. Artists had been experimenting with films of live performances and crude concepts of videos several years before MTV existed. The problem for the artists was that there was no place to air the videos in the beginning. They need a consistent outlet to air their music videos. Much of the preparation for MTV came from New York City, but the prototype actually came from Columbus, Ohio, from Warner’s early cable system known as, Qube. Some of the ideas were picked up by executive, Bob Pittman, and he added them to his own early work he had already began.

MTV was created to air music videos which featured New Wave artists as well as older rock artists. This allowed the public to view their favorite rock artists in a different way than ever before. Music videos and MTV were a force to be reckoned with during most of the 80's. The pop music world was now being seen by anyone who had cable television. MTV was the talk of the teen set and they rushed home from school to watch it.

Some of the artists who were aired on MTV were, The Police, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Prince, Def Leppard, The cars, and many more. The artists were thrilled with the exposure they were getting from MTV. MTV was to the 80's like The American Bandstand was to the 60's.

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