Most famous Music Videos

21 Oct

What do these three videos have in common? The answer is: SEX.

When looking at music videos of the most successful singers it becomes clear that they all have adopted the technique “sex sells”. No matter if it is the latest video or from 4 years ago, we can see that melody, voice, music have moved aside while nudeness, porn and sex have moved forward. The interesting fact about this: more and more stars include porn features in their texts and videos. A particular example is the video of Beyonce feat. Lady Gaga “Videophone”. When I listened to this song for the first time – in radio, I must admit that I somehow liked the song. However, when seeing the related video on MTV a few weeks later, I was shocked: the video had actually nothing to do with the lyrics of the song. A song about phones and relationships was turned into a sadomasochistic, porn featured sex video.

The song of 50 Cent “Candy Shop” was first place in the charts for months. When listening to the lyrics and seeing the video, the message is clear. What I don’t understand is how extremely women are turned into physical objects and even sex slaves in a video that ‘rules the music charts’. More and more women are put into these limited positions by men and worst – by themselves. As Rihanna sings “Come on rude boy can you get it up? Is it big enough?…Tonight I’m gonna give it to you harder, tonight I’m gonna get it harder…” So I ask: what messages are we receiving every day through radio and television? Not only is the text extremely sexist but the video supports this vulgarism.

I was able to find an interesting article from BBC wherethis issue is addressed.


4 Responses to “Most famous Music Videos”

  1. anyajuliet October 21, 2010 at 2:50 PM #

    I have to say that many of these videos have so much sexual content I find it plain scary. Jason Derulo has a video “In my head” that I think really stands for having sex! Here are the words….

    Just stay with me now. Say the word and well go.
    Ill be your teacher. Ill show you the ropes.
    Youll see a side of love you’ve never known.
    I can see it going down, going down.

    In my head, I see you all over me.
    In my head, you fulfill my fantasy.
    Youll be screaming no.
    In my head, its going down.
    In my head, its going down.
    In my head. Yeah. In my head. Oh yeah.

    Personally I wouldn’t even watch the video but to be honest a friend of mine is in it.. (the young guy with the funky hair near the red car that Derulo takes the girl away from. I also think that if you do watch it there is a scene where you can see two bodies “dancing” but they look like they are involved in a sex act! It’s very naughty. Check it out for yourself…

    Ann Novikov

  2. melissav76 October 21, 2010 at 4:20 PM #

    This topic is extremely interesting to me; I was actually going to write my final paper about it but I can’t find enough “scholarly” information about it. I agree wholeheartedly with you that today’s music is not about voice, melody, or music…it is all about sex, sex, and more sex! MTV isn’t event urned on in my house anymore because 90% of the videos are pretty much pornographic! The male videos feature submissive women who are there only to please their man while dressed in hardly anything at all, and the female videos are not any better…women are purposely portraying themselves as nothing but sex objects. And everytime my children do start to watch a certain singer, it usually does not last long because eventually it will turn sexual (Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera, etc.). Sadly, even country music videos are turning sexual; there are more and more scantily clad women in the videos as well as people intimating sex in various positions. Music is no longer about music, and it’s only getting worse. It seems like our young people just don’t even have a chance these days!

    • cconawa November 19, 2010 at 9:23 PM #

      MTV has always been pretty racy. When we first got it in the 1980s (took a pretty long time for my neighborhood to get cable) my folks were appalled, and didn’t want me to watch, and that was so tame compared to now.

      What’s interesting is that it’s so much easier these days to hear good music–through Pandora, or YouTube, or downloaded cheaply or (mostly illegally) for free. The music of these videos isn’t very complex and doesn’t sound so great to me–they have good beats for dancing but can’t imagine sitting and studying lyric sheets for any of those songs the way I did when I bought albums. Why do kids want to hear this?

      • WOMEN, SEX AND THE MEDIA November 24, 2010 at 12:12 AM #

        That’s what I’m wondering about. I guess it involves several reasons. Some might be the flow – friends, siblings, what’s considered “cool”. Otherwise, I have noticed that many teenagers seem to like the music, I’m not sure if they like the melody, beat or lyrics. Well , I guess it must be the melody since most of them do not even understand what those singers are singing about. When thinking about this, I just remembered driving my cousin, who is 14 years old, to the doctor. While I was driving, I had the radio on in my car, and a song of Lady Gaga was played, I think the song was “Bad Romance”, where my cousin sang along saying “I want your ugly, I want your disease, I want your everything as long as it’s free….” I stopped her and asked her if she understands what she is saying? Of course, she said “no”. Then I asked her why she likes the song if she doesn’t even understand what they are singing about. And then my cousin said something like “the beet is hot!”. So I assume that this is what the kids like about this perverse music..?

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