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Internet Killed the Video Star

The first music video to debut on MTV was The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star,” which landed on the network in 1981. That began a love affair with the medium, which would last for over 20 years, culminating with Total Request Live.

Debuting in 1998, TRL was instrumental in the careers of artists such as Eminem, Jay Z, 50 Cent, and many others. The show was often used to introduce new music on a national scale, which had fans clamoring to see what music and what visuals their favorite artists could come up with. BET’s version of the show, 106 & Park, debuted in 2000, placing its focus squarely on hip-hop and R&B.

However, TRL has since gone the way of the dodo, and the hype and emphasis on music videos has gone down considerably in the past decade, which leads us to ask, did the Internet kill the video star?

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