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, 31 July 2015

Get thee not to a nunnery Katy Perry

Link + further quotes below
Nothing like chewing up a Shakespeare quote to get started with...

News of the abominable Katy Perry - a view I now know is shared with a bunch of Hollywood nuns.
“You’re not selling to Katy Perry anytime soon,” Chalfant told the archbishop’s lawyers.
The archdiocese and nuns agree the property, which was bestowed to the sisters by a devout Catholic who wanted them to keep him in their prayers, should be sold. The two sides are fighting over the control of the sale’s proceeds and whether Perry or Hollister are suitable buyers.
Further quotes from the article on this below - with the displeasure of nuns who viewed her execrable (but hugely successful - I'm not exactly in the target market!) music videos forming a key plank of the story...

The Roar singer, whose parents are protestant ministers, has agreed to pay $14.5m for the convent and to relocate an adjoining house of prayer used by priests. Hollister has agreed to pay $15.5m, with $5.5m dedicated to relocating the prayer house.
In May, at the archbishop’s request, the nuns met with Perry to see if a compromise could be worked out. At least two of the five surviving nuns – who had already searched for Perry’s music videos and weren’t pleased with what they saw – continue to oppose the singer purchasing the convent.
ARTICLE: AP (in Guardian) Judge says nuns' sale of convent wanted by Katy Perry appears to be invalid.

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