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Music Video Year End Report for 2014

Posted by Adam Fairholm on December 31, 2014

Well, the time has come to say goodbye to 2014. We've already taken stock of the year with our favorite music videos, but now that the actual year is closing out, it's time to evaluate thing by the cold, hard numbers in our annual report. What trends can we glean… Read More

Some things seem to be surefire successes. For instance, anything Beyonce does is obviously going to light things up. Case in point - she has the top spot this week and all she's doing is dancing in her underwear.Also, director Ben Winston and One Direction coming together to make a… Read More

This week the most popular post is coming at you a little late, and honestly, it's because the Applebee's near us was being fumigated and we had to drive 50 minutes to one across town. Sorry.But that's now what we're here to talk about. We're here to talk about what… Read More

tHappy Halloween everyone. This is one of those rare days where it's the end of the week, plus the end of the month, plus Halloween all on the same day. If you were stuck in an elevator today and needed something to talk about, that would've been great.You know what… Read More

When the video for "Chandelier" by Sia came out, as incredible as it was, it didn't really seem like a candidate to go to the top of the US Pop culture charts. But last night on Saturday Night Live it was bestowed with a dance interpretation by not just the… Read More

Director Hiro Murai's collaboration with Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) has been one of the most enjoyable and exciting director/artist pairings in recent memory. The latest music video collaboration between the two is the new video for "Telegraph Ave ("Oakland" by Lloyd)," which stars Gambino alongside singer/songwriter Jhene Anko as they… Read More

Before this week I was fairly confident that we'd never see a massively popular music video featuring will.i.am with a beard dressed as a small child, but here we are. This week's most popular music video was "Ew!" by Jimmy Fallon featuring will.i.am, and it benefitted from a premiere on… Read More

If you're in the United State and you're a casual pop music listener, your first real exposure to British singer Jessie J is probably her single "Bang Bang" featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, which is currently sitting at #5 on the Hot 100. Though she's been a fixture on… Read More

Maroon 5 and Samuel Bayer, what have you done. You made a music video for "Animal" where Adam Levine plays a crazy stalker who not only stalks a girl he likes, but also hugs hanging animal carcasses. Did anyone catch how terrible of a butcher Adam Levine is at the… Read More

Listen. We're all busy. We all have stuff to do. That's why it's important when presenting a list of music videos like this week's most popular new music videos, we break down the highlights of what you should be checking out. No time wasted. Let's do this.Check out: Director Declan… Read More

Iggy Azalea, if you are reading this, this is a message to you.If you are being held against your will in the new Jennifer Lopez video for a song called "Booty" (that was definitely not written specifically to make this music video), blink three times in rapid succession. We will… Read More

I've got one word for you guys this week: abs. That's right. Abs all over the place. I gotta back up first. Did you know that Lenny Kravitz is 50 years old? It's true, and it's also true that he's got some pretty bangin' abs. Don't believe me? Check out… Read More

Note: Portions of this article have been adapted from "Music Videos in the Digital World," a talk given by IMVDb at Sprockets Music Video Fest 2014.On the track “So Appalled” from Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, West has a warning for potential love interests: “the day… Read More

Last night we did what we do every year at IMVDb - dutifully watched the MTV Video Music Awards. It's the most talked about night dedicated to music videos - a big venue for the format. Not only do all the awards go to music videos (even the Artist to… Read More

MTV 2014 VMA Liveblog

Posted by Adam Fairholm on August 22, 2014 in Event Coverage

This year, as we are accustomed to doing, we shall liveblog the MTV VMAs. We'll be around most of the day updating with interesting bits and pieces, but our official start in 8pm EST. (function() { var lb24 = document.createElement('script'); lb24.type = 'text/javascript'; lb24.id = '24lbScript'; lb24.async = true; lb24.charset="utf-8";… Read More

Come Blog For Us!

Posted by Adam Fairholm on August 20, 2014 in Site News

Like blogging about music videos? Well we have a blog platform, and we're opening it up to those who love music videos and love writing about them.The IMVDb blog runs off a custom blogging platform that is integrated with our database. So, for instance, on the IMVDb blog you can… Read More

Last month I gave a talk at the Sprockets music video festival in Athens, GA, and one of things I covered is the idea of the triple-faceted nature of music videos. Music videos are the only art form that simultaneously have elements of commercials, music, and film. Each one of… Read More

Lil Wayne has always been down to play with the idea that he is a little off. He's had albums with titles like I Am Not a Human Being, and a few months ago he was definitely the most unhinged of the Young Money participants in "Senile." But Lil Wayne… Read More

There was a time in the mid/late 2000s where we finally could easily upload and distribute videos on the internet (thanks, YouTube), and we were binging on all the things that we could share. For a while we all decided that our new favorite thing were these little funny clips… Read More

Last year we had a Jay Z/Justin Timberlake video premiering on Facebook, and now Michael Jackson's estate is taking it to another level tonight with the premiere of the video for "A Place With No Name" on TV, Twitter, and in Times Square.Probably most importantly for us on the internet,… Read More

In the music video for "Lullaby" by Professor Green feat. Tori Kelly, director Alex Herron pulls off a pretty tough category of music video - an emotionally touching narrative. Split between some simple performance segments featuring Green and Kelly, the video concentrates on the story of a young teen in… Read More

People love giving MTV crap about their abandonment of music videos, but how soon we all forget that MTV had a whole show that ran for 10 years that was just about making music videos. It was called "Making The Video" and although no new shows are being produced, it… Read More

Sprockets 2014 Recap

Posted by Adam Fairholm on July 24, 2014 in Event Coverage

All images in this post (except for the coffee can) are by Ben Roberds, a director living in Athens. Check out his website here. Also, check out a pilot called Night Bus that he co-directed - it freaked us all out after the Saturday screening.This past weekend Doug and I took… Read More

You guys, I've been waiting to write this sentence since we started this website: this week, Weird Al dominated music videos. That felt good. He set himself up for this to be his week, embarking on an ambitious 8 music videos in 8 days campaign that started on Monday. Although… Read More

Doesn't it feel like just yesterday that everyone was up in arms about Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's twerking fest at the 2013 MTV VMAs? It's almost time for the next installment, the 2014 MTV Music Video Award are broadcasting on MTV on August 24, and today MTV announced the… Read More