When rapper Nas Escobar and entertainer Sean Puffy/P.Diddy Combs recorded the video to the song Hate Me Now, Puffy backed out after a copy of the video was sent to MTV and asked Nas' manager and Interscope Records executive Steve Stoute to remove the part of the video where Puffy is seen hanging from a crucifix. Puffy wondered if it was blasphemous for him to play the part of Jesus and the guilt made him request for this removal. When Stoute did not go through with his request, he was infuriated, got some bodyguards, and went to Stoute's office to beat him up. MTV stopped airing the video (Ro 145). The book did not mention whether BET cut the video or not. But when white rapper Eminem recently put out a video dressed as one of the most popular, successful pop artists Michael Jackson, with young boys jumping on a bed; Eminem pretending to find his fallen nose; and his wig in flames; Michael Jackson asked video stations to remove the video. MTV continued to air it. BET cut the video immediately.
[...] Stan cut his hair like Eminem, has a girlfriend similar to him, did the same so-called drugs that Eminem did, and even tried to commit suicide the same way he believed Eminem did. Eminem said that Stan was a fictional character made up from many letters that he has received, but unfortunately, many fans are die hard enough to become this clingy. If you've ever seen a live Michael Jackson concert, you'll find a huge amount of people, crying, laughing, screaming, jumping, and almost trampling others to get to touch him. [...]
[...] But 50% of an artist's audio royalty of video royalty, and lack of promotions will never compare to someone giving up their freedom for possible jail time. And the video being taken off of BET may cause more curiosity to watch it on MTV. Some Eminem fans have said that the video is just a joke and would not be used against Michael Jackson in court. But hip-hop has forced parents, grandparents, teachers, and even the government to open their eyes and realize that this culture has a very strong encouragement on a person's lifestyle. [...]
[...] All You Need to Know About the Music Business (Fifth Edition). New York: Free Press 138-141. Outline of Chapter 15: Advanced Record Deal Points First Refusal Negotiations Cost Reimbursement Non-Record Company Demos Override Royalty Exclusivity Re-recorded Restrictions Motion Picture and Television Soundtracks Contractual Exclusion Websites Webcasting, TV, and Radio Broadcasts Sideman Performances Videos History Commercial Market Music Video of Song Decision on Profitability “Their concern (with justification) is that videos may someday not be a useful means of promoting records. [...]
[...] the show Uncut because this station knew that a wide audience enjoyed these types of videos, but it wouldn't be deemed appropriate to play them during the day when children may have access. By 3 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), children are usually in bed and that is when Uncut is shown. MTV, on the other hand, will not show videos like this at all, no matter what time of day it is. But, MTV will air a show in which a white woman can use the word as long as it's only used once in order to prove a point on the show Real World (Philadelphia Season), in which an argument broke out with a black guy on the street and one of the white characters on the show, Robin. [...]
[...] One of the main points of the video was to ridicule Michael Jackson during a time when Jackson definitely can't afford to get any more bad press. Late last year, sheriffs had executed a search warrant at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in connection to charges of giving oral sex to a 12-year- old boy and masturbating in front of him along with other acts of child molestation. Currently, Michael Jackson is under investigation for similar charges (The Smoking Gun). So when Eminem created a video with the lyrics done touched on everything, but little boys/That's not a stab at Michael/ That's just a metaphor” and I'm gonna make you dance/ Here's your chance/ Yeah boy shake that ass/ Oops I mean girl girl girl BET didn't agree with it. [...]
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