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Music video

A music video is a short [film] or [video] that accompanies a complete piece of music/song. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a [marketing] device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. Although the origins of music videos go back much further, they came into their own in the 1980s, when [MTV] based their format around the medium, and later with the launch of [VH1] . The term "music video" first came into popular usage in the early 1980s. Prior to that time, these works were described by various terms including "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional (promo) clip" or "film clip". In [Chinese] entertainment, music videos are simply known as MTV s because the network was responsible for bringing music videos to popularity in that country.

Music videos use a wide range of styles of film making techniques, including [animation] , [live action] filming, [documentaries] , and non-narrative approaches such as [abstract film] . Some music videos blend different styles, such as animation and live action.

History & Meaning
In [1894] when [sheet music] publishers still ran the music business, Edward B. Marks and Joe Stern hired electrician George Thomas and various performers to promote sales of their song [The Little Lost Child] . Thomas projected a series of still images on a screen simultaneously with live performances in what became a popular form of entertainment known as the [illustrated song] . This has been termed the first music video. Even today, many music videos and much contemporary television still use series of still images accompanied by song.

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