Music videos are so 80s/90s, right? They belong with the era when MTV screened wall-to-wall vids instead of 'reality' TV? Try telling that to the millions who bought Gangnam Style; were they really simply loving the music? 1.6bn (and still climbing) have viewed the video on YT, not to mention the many re-makes (school eg, eg2), viral ads + celeb link-ups (even political protest in Seoul) - and it doesn't matter how legit it is, this nightmare for daydream Beliebers is making a lot of money, even from the parodies + dislikes. All this for a simple dance track that wouldn't have sounded out of place in 1990 ... but had a fun vid. This meme itself was soon displaced by the Harlem Shake. Music vids even cause diseases it seems!
This blog explores every aspect of this most postmodern of media formats, including other print-based promo tools used by the industry, its fast-changing nature, + how fans/audiences create/interact. Posts are primarily written with Media students/educators in mind. Please acknowledge the blog author if using any resources from this blog - Mr Dave Burrowes

Friday, 15 November 2013

DPAK sabotaged covers (Chris Brown, Paris Hilton etc)

Just as you could (and should) think up a simple single-take vid (as seen with Pixies, U2 and many more), you could also produce a 2nd d'pak outer cover, using the sabotage approach taken over covers for Chris Brown, Paris Hilton etc albums. This brief article outlines the history:

Chris Brown's albums sabotaged with protest stickers

In the wake of the outcry over the singer's tattoo, protesters are putting warning stickers on his CDs that condemn him for beating up ex-girlfriend Rihanna
Chris Brown albums with protesters' warning stickers
Chris Brown albums in HMV with protesters' warning stickers.
Chris Brown's foray into repulsively self-referential body art was the tipping point for some. His latest album Fortune has been covered with bespoke warning stickers in London branches of HMV. "Warning," they say. "Do not buy this album! This man beats women."
Similar guerilla art tactics were used in 2006 when Banksy re-tooled Paris Hilton's debut album, Paris: she was topless on the cover, her head was replaced with a dog's on the inlay photos and the listed song titles were changed to philosophical chin-strokers such as Why Am I Famous?, What Have I Done? and What Am I For?
Sabotaging record sleeves is a decades-old pastime for many (who hasn't drawn a pirate goatee over a popstar's face in Biro?) and a random assortment has been collected together on the Defaced Value Tumblr site. The best ones have an obvious subtext, such as the topless girl on the cover of Blind Faith's album with a bra hastily scribbled on, Bowie's Heroes with him clutching the Velvet Underground's banana like a baby, and Bruce Springsteen getting kicked in the derriere on Born in the USA.
So, how long before we see Emeli Sand̩'s album with "Available for Rio 2016 opening ceremony Рwill bring own microphone!" scrawled on its cover?

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