There was a time when I thought of music promotional videos to be a means for artists/groups/record label to help grow their fan base by presenting themselves in a media which could be seen by many. That "promotional" truly meant to promote. A lot of this in me has sort of mixed feelings at the moment as most embedded pvs here are now unplayable empty shells…early this morning at 1 am I think, I received numerous notifications from YouTube indicating that what turned out to be all of Arashi's pvs were being removed but along with that everything else too as the account no longer exists.
The perhaps strange thing is that really I'm not saddened by the account no longer existing or its channel as I never really used YouTube as a place for socializing….what is affected though are many many posts here which utilized those clips for helping to present artists/groups in a better light in hopes that perhaps new fans could be attracted to them and ultimately be moved to purchase their releases~. The lone reason for opening that account was exclusively for means of embedding clips into posts to better help to support their music and personalities more clearly and hopefully more entertainingly.
Of course there is other media being utilized including photos, scans and audio clips…etc….but for some posts in particular so much was relying on the inclusion of those said pvs and I think much of these post's impact is ultimately lost in losing those visual accompaniments~.
A part of me wants to believe that in some at least little tiny way those pvs once helped to spread the love for those artists to others as I think that many times one may come across a clip just by chance one day~ but in hearing and seeing….a new musical obsession may begin♥~. Luckily I did have one last look at the channel last night….. Arashi has always garnered the most views of any artist I've shared with some clips exceeding 800,000 views in a relatively short period of time…and hopefully some where in those views…….just maybe a new fan or more were born~.
Yet it seems that I'm rather disillusioned when it comes to what a pv is intended for? H!P makes it a point to broadcast their pvs as early as possible through Dohhh UP! online which I think helps to create a genuine buzz and anticipation of their upcoming releases~…..and isn't that perhaps what a pv (promotional video) is intended for? H!P in general hasn't been active in removing their pvs even from outer independent sites but whether this is a blind nod or not numerous other musical entities do make it a point to remove any and all promotional material which I'm wondering is it not a contradiction to what a pv is meant to be by its very own definition? In the past channels like MTV (now there's so much reality t.v. there XD) I think were very much sought after by record labels/artists to broadcast their pvs as much as possible to help launch at times….new careers….comebacks…..and new singles~ but…..really what is a pv today if one doesn't want it shown to others in a media which can reach so many so quickly? An artist such as Marie♥Digby (listening♪♪～ right now o(*´∀｀)o゛) had her career literally launched on the internet via YouTube by broadcasting her clips there freely~…..it helps to keep my faith in what a pv is truly is.
I do apologize so much for all of the empty embedded clips which now are spread throughout posts here…..it's just too much of a daunting task to try to reproduce them all directly to VOX instead……happily some clips I've included are directly to VOX instead so those remain available to view but in the larger picture of things they are quite a minimum here verses those which are now gone~. All clips will now be included here directly to VOX and I do hope that these clips play okay for everyone wanting to view them~. I'm really sorry as so much of the experience is no doubt now lost in those earlier posts…..but perhaps wanting to help promote artists is now taboo in some eyes~ ( ┰_┰)。
I'd love to hear any thoughts anyone has if you'd like to *share* them here~…