Sex Sells: Music

By Playboy.com Staff

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<p>Sex and music go together hand in hand. So naturally, sexy music videos abound. </p>


The music industry has always been a business with a certain sexual allure: from the days of piano bar sirens to Stevie Nicks and Nico on through to Madonna, something about a woman who can sing has always set our hearts aflutter…

Madonna might have signaled the changing of the guard. Her meteoric rise ran parallel to another game-changer, MTV, and that set in motion a seismic shift for the music industry. It was no longer just about music; it transformed, almost overnight, into a visual medium, which we all know killed the radio star.

Once MTV took hold of the pop charts, the sexual energy that had always been an undercurrent for the industry became tangible. For a female artist to really succeed she had to be both vocally talented and sexually attractive (exceptions do abound; Courtney Love was neither but had her own shtick going, the whole heroin chic bit). Then she didn’t even have to be vocally talented; how many “artists” have been trotted out, told to act pretty and turned that into a successful “music” career (we’re looking at you, Pussycat Dolls)? In the end she didn’t even have to be a woman; artists like 50 Cent, Robin Thicke and Chris Isaak have all cemented their status as superstars in the biz by building gratuitous sex into their sound.

Just think back to the early oughts: Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera. They certainly started this trend a-rollin’ and gave birth to the next generation of Mileys, Selenas and Carlys, girls with reasonable talent but who probably couldn’t live on radio alone.

Ah, but we seem to be babbling and you came here for sexy videos, right? So be it…


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