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Music Vault brings massive live video collection to YouTube

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When concert promoter Bill Graham died in 1991 he left behind not only a legacy as one of the most influential figures in the modern entertainment industry but a massive archive of audio and video recordings from the decades’ worth of shows he had a hand in putting on. The company Wolfgang’s Vault (Graham was born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca and was known as “Wolfgang” before he moved to America to flee the Holocaust) was formed just over a decade ago in order to restore and monetize his collection. Since then it’s acquired even more material, and spun off a paid streaming service called Concert Vault. A few months ago they started bringing some of their hoard over to YouTube under the name Music Vault, where they’ve been slowly posting individual videos for free viewing. Today the whole stash goes live.

Music Vault is launching with over 13 thousand videos spanning over half a century, including iconic performers from the rock era like the Rolling Stones, the Who, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead, along with newer, smaller acts who are heavily influenced by the artists Graham worked with, such as Deer Tick, the Hold Steady, and Fleet Foxes. The platform plans to offer daily features and weekly playlists curated in-house. To give an idea of what it’s all about we dove into the Music Vault archives and put together this playlist of the best material in there, which you can check out after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Is YouTube really going to block indie acts?

The consensus across the music industry is that the next big thing is paid streaming, a la Spotify’s premium services and the recently launched (and recently acquired by Apple) Beats Music, and the rush of companies looking to get involved is beginning to resemble a stampede. The tech giants vying for control of the market are becoming increasingly unabashed about throwing elbows as they deem necessary.

Among those tech giants is YouTube—and there’s been speculation that when it launches its new paid streaming service later this summer, some indie labels may not only be left out of the deal but also removed from the site altogether. But according to a source at YouTube, not all indie artists are in danger of being shut out.

As has been reported in the Guardian and elsewhere, YouTube head of content and business operations Robert Kyncl confirmed yesterday that, as has been widely rumored, the video platform will be removing from its free side any content owned by labels that refuse to sign on as part of the music-based paid subscription service it’s working on, which is currently being tested as an in-house beta with a public rollout planned for later in the summer. So far, only independent labels are holding out—YouTube has already inked deals with the Big Three major labels (Universal Media Group, Sony, and Warner Music Group), as well as a number of indies. According to an official statement from YouTube, they’ve come to agreements with “hundreds of major and independent labels,” which an employee there speaking on background says represents “95 percent” of the labels they’ve approached. While the proposed changes may not represent the extinction-level deletion of independently produced musical content that some of the more alarmist responses to the news have made it out to be, it still represents a new level of aggressive dealmaking in a segment of the music industry whose public image has been already defined by contract terms that many artists consider unfair.

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The Black Keys use Mike Tyson's Twitter account to announce new album, 'Turn Blue'

The Black Keys have had some pretty great collaborations over the years. But we certainly did not expect a partnership with Mike Tyson.

The blues-rock duo announced the title and release date of their new album — Turn Blue, out May 13 — via the boxing icon’s verified Twitter account on Friday:

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Valentine's Day: YouTube unveils top 10 literal 'love' songs -- VIDEO

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Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no escaping the fact that Valentine’s Day is here. To celebrate, YouTube has released a list of the top 10 songs with the word “love” in the title.

According to stats compiled by the video-streaming website, there are approximately 5 million music videos with the word “love” in the title, which have generated a combined total of 50 billion views. Read on for all the “love” songs:
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The biggest videos on YouTube this year

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Oh Psy, you scamp — running the table two years in a row.

South Korea’s pony-danciest pop import had another bang-up year in video pageviews, following last year’s no. 1 “Gangam Style” with “Gentleman” in 2013. But Miley Cyrus, bless her, came close to wrecking him — and still beat him in total views.

Also on the list? The usual suspects: Katy, Rihanna, “Blurred Line” boobs, and more.
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Lady Gaga stares into our souls in 'ARTPOP' YouTube film

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“This album is a celebration…My pain exploding in electronic music…It’s heavy, but after I listen to it, I feel happy again. I feel lighter,” Lady Gaga waxes meaningfully at the start of her new short film, An ARTPOP Film Starring Lady Gaga. Part commercial, part music video, and part fashion shoot, the film is directed, like much of her recent images and videography, by Dutch fashion photography duo Inez & Vindoodh.

In the clip, she dances, cries, rubs dirt on herself, whips her hair back and forth, and even makes out with her wig’s mannequin head. But Gaga spends most of the video staring straight at the camera, rocking every look from Blue Steel to Le Tigra.

The video also serves as a survey of the latest looks in Gaga’s arsenal, which includes everything from the Gilding Primal Instinct teeth cuff bracelet/grill to the long white dreadlocks previously rocked by the Merovingian’s henchmen in Matrix Reloaded.

Watch the two-minute, thirty-eight second music video film here:

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Bonnaroo 'Soopergroop' documentary and mixtape feat. YouTube stars Soul Khan, Jeni Suk, Black Violin and more -- watch and listen here EXCLUSIVE

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What happens when the Internet meets the mud- and rock star-infested playing fields of rural Tennessee?

At this year’s Bonnaroo, festival organizers and INDMUSIC gathered YouTube stars Knower, Jeni Suk, Black Violin, and Soul Khan to form a liberally spelled ‘Soopergroop’ — and recorded it for posterity in an eight-part documentary series and original mixtape. Listen after the jump: READ FULL STORY

YouTube Music Awards: Watch it now

UPDATE: Live stream has ended; full show and highlights at YouTube.

ORIGINAL POST: The first-ever YouTube Music Awards are live now.

Nominees are across the board — from megastars Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire (all of whom are also performing) to relative rookies Naughty Boy and Rudimental — which should make for an unpredictable show.

Entertainment Weekly is on the scene, and we’ll be bringing you plenty of coverage from New York City, but check out the show now to get in on the action:
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Spike Jonze previews this Sunday's YouTube Music Awards, featuring Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire

Director Spike Jonze has had a busy 2013: He produced Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (currently the number one movie in the country), his next directorial effort Her is set to roll out at Christmas, and this Sunday, he’ll oversee the first ever YouTube Music Awards.

The show, which celebrates both high-octane stars and viral upstarts, will beam live from New York City’s Pier 36 and will feature performances by Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire. The whole thing will be hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts and will air live (naturally) on YouTube beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

But what will the show actually look like, and how will it differentiate itself from the other music award shows crowding the calendar? Jonze spoke to EW about the process of putting it together, the goals for the evening, and more.

Entertainment Weekly: How long have you been working on this show? How did you get involved?
Spike Jonze: About six months ago, YouTube approached Vice and I about creating and producing their first music awards. It seemed like such a natural thing both for them and for me. I’ve always loved YouTube and the idea that anyone can make something and put it up. There’s no gatekeeper anymore—someone can just be creative and share it.

We came up with the idea that this night should be all about making things. So we’re giving awards to people who made things this year, but we’re also trying to make the whole awards show feel like a YouTube video. It’s about being creative and making things, and one of the main parts of that is we’re making live music videos with these artists, and as opposed to artists performing on a stage to an audience, though there might be some of that too if that’s the idea. It’s more about making these live videos in front of and with the audience that is there.

So will the artists be performing in full-scripted, narrative-type videos?
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Voting now open for first ever YouTube Music Awards

You won’t get the chance to throw your congressional representative out of office just yet, but for now, you can direct all of your voting power to the first ever YouTube Music Awards. Voting is now open in six different categories, and the victors will be handed out during a ceremony co-hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts in New York City on Nov. 3.

The six categories include Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Response of the Year (awarded to a fan-made video that served as a counterpoint to a professional one), YouTube Phenomenon (awarded to the trend that led to large swaths of fan videos and responses), YouTube Breakthrough (representing newer artists who saw huge growth in YouTube subscriptions and exposure), and Innovation of the Year (which is a lot like the old Breakthrough Video prize at the MTV VMAs).

The nominees are a healthy mix of established artists (Justin Bieber, Eminem, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift) and savvy outsiders who have used YouTube to elevate their careers (Pentatonix, Epic Rap Battles of History). Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire were already announced as performers at the show, and the lineup has expanded to include M.I.A., Avicii, Walk Off the Earth, Earl Sweatshirt, and Tyler, the Creator.

Check out the nominees below, vote over at YouTube, and tune in for the ceremony on Nov. 3.
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