IMG_3912MTV or (Music Television) changed the music industry on August 1, 1981. The first music video played on MTV was “Video Killed The Radio Star”, but it was soon discovered that video made the radio star. The music videos were small budget and became a way to revive veteran rock stars like Rod Stewart and promote hot, new acts like The Stray Cats.  Before long it wasn’t the music that sold records, it was the videos.  MTV became the center of the music business. My parents talk about the first time they saw MTV.  It was in college at ATU, and my dad says he remembers Madonna in her video, Like a Virgin.  He also says that it was quite risqué. MTV also became popular for having number one TV shows such as “Beavis and Butthead,” “The Real World,” and “Unplugged.” It seems today that  MTV has lost the true meaning of music and rarely even plays it, but we can all agree that it shaped the pop culture around us.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2010/02/mtv-drops-music-television-from-its-logo.html

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/mtv-launches

 

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