It has been made very clear that MTV has lost touch with the M in their acronym. There are far more reality shows on the music network than there are music. Music videos are rarely played, unless of course, you count the short snippets of music videos that play in a small window on your television screen as the credits roll past on a re-run of a reality show that has played for the second time in the same day.
The music authority caught flak in October for their Hottest MCs in the Game list that left out rapper Eminem
from its top 10. Most said that MTV lost credibility for the aforementioned list but can you blame them, there are barely any music programs that air on the network anymore. With VH1 digging into their vault to bring back their music program Behind The Music, MTV should also follow in tow and bring back music shows that allow fans to connect with the artists that provide the music they love. Here are 5 music shows MTV ought to bring back.
MTV's Unplugged was a music television series that premiered in 1989, showcasing popular music artists performing acoustically. In a time where artists are caught lip-synching and not replicating the same sounds they produced on their albums, Unplugged designated the true artists from the label products. Though MTV has revived the Unplugged series online with Katy Perry
starring in an upcoming Unplugged special, having the special only air on the net will not do it enough justice. Notable Unplugged performances were from Jay-Z
, Alanis Morissette
, Alicia Keys
Yo! MTV Raps
Yo! MTV Raps was a 2-hour music video program that showcased all things hip-hop. Standing as one of the first hip-hop music shows on MTV, Yo! MTV Raps introduced some of the most influential hip-hop artists to the world of music. The show aired from 1988 to 1995 and celebrated its 20th anniversary in August 2008, airing classic hip-hop music videos. With the very little representation the genre has for all facets of hip-hop music (not only the commercial material but the unsigned and underground as well) Yo! MTV Raps is needed to help quench the thirst of hardcore hip-hop fans that are long overdue for a hip-hop music program.
Who could forget the show with the memorable tagline: "you think you know…but you have no idea." Diary was a documentary television series that featured artist like Beyonce
, Britney Spears
, Christina Aguilera
and Sum 41
to name a few. Diary proved to be the first celebreality series to go beyond the glitz and glamour of being a celebrity, and uncovered the true personalities of the music artists we admired and loved.
Making the Video
Making The Video was a half-hour special that took viewers behind the camera to witness the process of filming music videos. The show was like a gift from the heavens and showed how much work and energy went into creating music videos that lasted no more than five minutes. Making the Video also allowed music video directors to get a little shine as they outlined the concept of the videos they directed. What made the special great was the fact that it was unscripted allowing fans to see artists with their guards down - which meant that the most humorous moments would always be captured on tape.
TRL was the original music video countdown show and MTV's prime outlet for music videos when MTV started to lean towards more reality TV based programming. The show aired for 10 years from 1998 to 2008 and also featured celebrity guest. This was one of the entertainment outlets that allowed fans to have their 15 minutes of fame long before the dawn of YouTube.com. Though the show has been canceled here in the U.S., TRL is reportedly still airing in Italy on MTV.
Story by Samantha Greaves
Starpulse contributing writer