Music Videos are a way of promoting an artists new single or album. Music videos can be made on a small budget for lesser known artists or they can have huge budgets for massive artists who want an extravagant music video. Here is a well documented music video timeline:
1960's: The beatles release their first official muaic video for 'I Feel Fine'
This was a simple performance music video that didn't have a narrative and it is in black and white due to the technology the time it was shot and released.
1967: The Beatles release music video tv promos for their two songs Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever.
1969: David Bowie releases music video for Space Oddity, still only a live performance as there was still no 'music videos' as such..
1970: Top of Pops airs on british TV, artists perform live as a way of promoting their new single or album.
1975: Queen release music video for Bohemian Rhapsody (diredcted by Bruce Gowers)
1977: Saturday Night Fever was released and this is an example of intertextually as the music scenes freom the film were being played on TV.
1977: Buggles: Video Killed The Radio Star was released and this went on to be the first music video played on MTV.
1980: David Bowie releases video for Ashes to Ashes.
1981: MTV launches, a 24 hour channel showing only music videos.
1983: Micheal Jackson releases music video for Thriller, sets a new standard for high budget music videos.
1985: Vh1 launches.
1987: MTV Europe launches. This created a wider audiences for music videos as they could now be viewd more easily by a european audiences.