Product Placement in Music Videos = Tacky

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Jena Ardell

We'll be honest: product placement in music videos used to not irritate us--we giggled when the Foo Fighters parodied a Mentos commercial in their "Big Me" video back in the 90s--but that was when music videos premiered on MTV--not Vevo--and artists weren't cashing in on aggressive product placement endorsement deals with corporations like BMW and Virgin Mobile. Today's music video resembles an extended commercial set to music.

We have to ignore the fact that our favorite artists are selling their music videos to corporate America in order to maintain their 12,000 sq. ft Hollywood Hills homes. Being bombarded by an array of products in a music video is the price we pay for musicians to continue to provide entertainment for us. But wait, we also have to watch an ad before the video even loads?! Cha-ching! As if being distracted by in-your-face branding wasn't bad enough.


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No Doubt's "Looking Hot" Video Gets Pulled For Looking Racist

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No, wait...it's not what it looks like!

Well, this is embarrassing. Of all the things No Doubt have been skewered for in the public eye over the years, we never thought racial stereotyping would be one of them. Over the weekend, the Huffington Post and E! Online reported that Orange County's biggest band caught some serious flack over their cowboys-and-Indians-themed video for the single "Looking Hot." They've subsequently yanked the video and issued an apology. The nearly four-minute video depicts front woman Gwen Stefani as a Native American warrior princess galloping the plains, sending smoke signals, chucking spears and being tied up by band mates/cowboys Tom Dumont and Adrian Young. Bassist Tony Kanal, who also plays an Indian (a different kind than he actually is) helps rescue Stefani, tomahawk in hand. What could make this cringe-worthy scenario even worse? November is Native American Heritage Month! Although the video had been released on Friday, by Sunday, it had officially taken down, with an apology from the band via their website.

"As a multi-racial band, our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures," No Doubt said in a statement. "Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history. Although we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California, we realize now that we have offended people." (Link to the video after the jump!)

See Also:
*How Unknown Band Noise of Rumors Got Their Opening Slot For No Doubt at the Gibson
*[Cover Story]: No Doubt In Their Own Words
*Sophie Muller on Filming No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom Days

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How Unknown Ontario Band Noise of Rumors Got Their Opening Slot for No Doubt at the Gibson

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How does an unknown band from the Inland Empire get to open for No Doubt on one of the band's biggest shows in Southern California? It can't be as simple as Noise of Rumors makes it out to be, can it? In a YouTube video, the one-year-old band detailed all the steps they took to get noticed by Anaheim's fab four, which include stalking posting flyers outside No Doubt's studio, calling radio stations plugging No Doubt's latest set, Push and Shove,  performing covers of the band's most recent hits, and creating a buzz on lots and lots of social media networks. Lead singer Cyn Electric tells us how Noise of Rumors, from Ontario, Calif., got the privilege of opening for No Doubt on Dec. 2 at the Gibson Amphitheater.

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The Guy Who Got No Doubt Discovered Needs Your Help With His New Book

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Tazy Phyllipz


Tazy Phyllipz has literally made a career out of helping unknown bands grow their audiences. If you don't believe me, just ask No Doubt, Sublime and Maroon 5 - three groups who received airplay on Phyllipz's radio program The Ska Parade long before corporate America knew what a hollaback girl was. But now it's time for that good fortune to come Phyllipz's way as the radio host - who broadcasts The Ska Parade on Phoenix, Ariz.'s KUKQ from his home studio - has created an Indiegogo campaign to fund a book he is writing that will detail his experiences in the music industry. The Irvine resident has a goal of $35,000 and hopes that money will cover expenses for things such as a page designer and a copy editor.

 The Ska Parade has been on the air for more than 20 years, which means Phyllipz has a lot of potential stories to include. Because of these numerous tales and his financial situation, the would-be author says his book is not yet finished, but explains that more money equals more chapters. As of this writing, Phyllipz's campaign has 31 days remaining and has earned a total of $816, so if it's ska stories you want, you best be donating! We caught up with Phyllipz via email to talk about his book and his motivation for wanting to spill the beans.

See Also:
*No Doubt in Their Own Words
*Sublime vs. No Doubt?
*Sophie Muller on Filming No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom Days


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Sublime vs. No Doubt? Manager/producer Miguel Happoldt Says 'No Doubt was like Richie Cunningham and Sublime was like Fonzie'

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This is the cassette with the songs that had Sublime going, "HOLY SHIT THEY"RE BLOWING UP"
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*No Doubt Talk About Being Rockstar Parents
*Happy 25th Anniversary, No Doubt! A Look at the First Show's Venue, Lineup, Flyers and Benefit--And Where Everyone is Now
*No Doubt in Their Own Words

No Doubt is back with a retro-new wave album called Push and Shove after a 10-year-hiatus. This week's cover story has the fab four from Anaheim talking about the challenges of making the album and more. According to Tazy Phillips, two bands -- No Doubt and Sublime -- bust the door open for ska in the early '90s. As friends and colleagues, Brad Nowell and Gwen Stefani and co. paved the way for third-wave ska getting radio airplay and going mainstream. Here, Sublime's original manager and producer Miguel Happoldt talks about how the two bands' fates intertwined. 


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Sophie Muller on Filming No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom Days

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*Happy 25th Anniversary, No Doubt! A Look at the First Show's Venue, Lineup, Flyers and Benefit--And Where Everyone is Now
*No Doubt in Their Own Words

No Doubt is back with a retro-new wave album called Push and Shove  after a 10-year-hiatus. This week's cover story has the fab four from Anaheim talking about the challenges of making the album and more; here, "Settle Down" and "Don't Speak" director Sophie Muller shares the ups and downs of their 16-year-old relationship:

"We've worked together since 1996, unbelievably. I don't remember who got in touch with who, but I remember being sent the song "Just A Girl." That didn't happen but then  I got sent another track. 

It was "Don't Speak," and I remember thinking, "Aw man, they sent me the third single, it's obviously not going to be a hit." It was a ballad, and I really liked the energy of "Just A Girl." But someone had told me they were really amazing live and a great band, and I had to see them to believe them. 

And in those days the only way to see them was through their video -- and it was hard to tell what they were like. It's not like they had YouTube clips. So I asked to speak to someone, because I always like to speak to someone I'm making videos for when I'm going to be working for them. Gwen called me one night when I was slightly drunk and I told her, "I have to have a cup of tea," so I tried to sober up and talked to her. And the next day, someone called and asked me to fly out and meet them in Chicago. Which I did. 

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Just a Girl: Crushing on Gwen Stefani in the Early Days of No Doubt

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*Happy 25th Anniversary, No Doubt! A Look at the First Show's Venue, Lineup, Flyers and Benefit--And Where Everyone is Now
*Tony Kanal Talks About No Doubt's New Album

No Doubt is back with a retro-new wave album called Push and Shove, which juxtaposes 80s synth pop with modern house beats and dubstep drops.  On Thursday, OC Weekly's cover story will have Anaheim's fab four talking about the challenges of making the album. Here, cohorts from back in the day talk about Gwen Stefani's appeal, even before she was a fashion icon. 

There's no better frontperson than Gwen. The first time I ever met Gwen, she was charming, she was nice to me. She was at that point the cutest chick I'd met in my life, and she was so real and she had the pipes. She was the OC chick and a lot of people could relate to that. -- Miguel Happoldt, producer and manager, Sublime


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No Doubt Talk About Being Rockstar Parents

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No Doubt at Bamboozle 2009
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Ten years after  Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont and Adrian Young ushered in the 21st century with the release of the electro-bopped, dancehall-infused Rock Steady, No Doubt is back. At the forefront is a retro-new wave album  called Push and Shove, which juxtaposes 80s synth pop with modern house beats and dubstep drops. What else is new? There's a more fanatical Stefani following, all new Twitter handles, and fashion icon status for model-esque frontwoman. But the biggest change is that there are more children for the band all around (eight in total). On Thursday, OC Weekly's cover story will have Anaheim's fab four talking about the challenges of making the album. Here, they talk about what it's like to be rockstars with families.

On doing it all: Gwen Stefani never imagined she would be married, in a band, own  a clothing company and have two babies 10 years ago. "I could've never predicted that I would be doing so much at one time. I started the clothing line because I wanted to be creative after I did music and while I had kids. I didn't know I would be doing everything at once! [Sometimes] I feel like it's impossible, and I think I wrote a lot about that on this record."


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No Doubt Unleashes New Video for "Settle Down"...With Trucks Galore!

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Truck party!
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*No Doubt Tapped for iHeart Radio Festival, Releases Sneak Peek at New Video for "Settle Down"

*No Doubt Announces New Album Title, Release Date and Single Info

*No Doubt Is Taking Their Beef With Activision's Band Hero In Front Of a Jury

Last week, we mentioned that in addition to the big news that No Doubt is taking the stage at the massive iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas in September (which predictably sold out in minutes...quicker this time!). They were also just inches away from releasing the dancehall-inspired "Settle Down" their first song in 11 years. It's the lead single for the long-awaited album Push and Shove (out Sep. 25) that comes to us along with a neon-splattered video driven by an imaginative trucker theme. The band gave us a sneak peak last week in their latest webisode series

Directed by Sophie Muller (who's worked with the band multiple times on videos like "Don't Speak," "Bathwater," and plenty of others), the video suitably captures the writhing island energy at work Adrian Young's skittering drum lines,Tony Kanal's thumping bass and a bright marriage of Tom Dumont's guitar and Gwen Stefani's lively-yet-vulnerable vocal delivery. Anyway, enough of our blabbing, see the new video  after the jump.


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No Doubt Tapped For iHeart Radio Festival, Releases Sneak Peek of New Video for 'Settle Down'

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There's plenty of joy to go around for No Doubt fans this week. Recently, it was announced that the iconic OC-bred troupe was picked to perform during the first night of the iHeart Radio festival in Las Vegas, held at the MGM Garden Arena on Sep. 21-22. It's the band's first show in a while and comes just days before their long-awaited 6th album Push and Shove, out Sep. 25. The iHeart Radio bill is filled out in similar fashion as last year's show, sporting marquee performances from Green Day, Rihanna, Aerosmith and Shakira. Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 14, at 10 a.m., with prices ranging from $71.25 to $633 and will probably sell out in the time it takes you to read this blog post. 

 Ahead of No Doubt's new lead single, "Settle Down," which hits airwaves on Monday, July 16, the band released a sneak peek at the new video for the track yesterday--lucky you. Judging by the all-nighter the band pulled to get the video shoot done for the Sophie Muller-directed project, we can expect lots of semi-truck action to go with the song's neon-splattered Jamaican dancehall feel. Check out the video after the jump.

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