The first 3 videos that played on MTV which launched 34 years ago in August 1981. The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”, Pat Benatar’s “You Better Run” video aired second. Rod Stewart’s video for “She Won’t Dance with Me” aired third.
Today, MTV is barely recognizable. Although they still air a music video awards show, most of the programming is reality based shows.
The Story: This radio rock band has been touring at a national level over the last several months, performing shows with Framing Hanley, Halestorm, Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach, Cavo, etc. Their songs have been featured on ESPN & MTV and the single “Loser” is currently spinning on the radio. The latest CD was Produced by Jon King (Augustana, Throwing Gravity, Darling Parade) and mixed by Brian Virtue (Chevelle, 30 Seconds to Mars).
Key Track: Wango Tango (video)
The Story: Pop/Rock artist Danielle Barbe quickly became a Kings favorite after her latest video release of her new single “Wango Tango”. Her latest release which was produced by Luke Ebbin (Bon Jovi, The All-American Rejects, Plain White T’s) has started to generate a buzz. Her previous single ‘Ghost Town’ won MTVu Freshman of the Week and entered into MTV rotation in February 2011. She has played SXSW, The Palms Casino in Las Vegas, and opened for Semi- Precious Weapons.
Performances: Next performance at WARPED Tour in Pittsburgh this Friday.
Key Track: I’ll Pray For You
The Story: This Boston pop rock act have sold over 16,000 copies of their debut record without a record label, putting over 90,000 miles on their van. Westland is playing select dates on this summer’s Warped Tour and is planning a 40-date tour for the fall that will hit both the US and Canada.
Placements: Don’t Take It Personal was mixed by Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182) and ESPN, MTV, E!, and Showtime have all featured songs from the album.
Key Track: Fever
Placements: MTV’s “The City,” ABC Family’s “Greek,” “Ten Things I Hate About You,” and “Make It Or Break It.” The song “Fever” is also going to be featured in the upcoming summer blockbuster “The Darkest Hour.”
Production: Kate Linne, aka The Spin Silhouette produced her own recordings in her home studio. She has worked with mix/remix engineers Chuck Alkazian (KC Battaglia), David Z (Prince, Lipps Inc.) and Jon King (Throwing Gravity, Darling Parade).
For fans of No Doubt, Garbage and Britney Spears.