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Old 08-22-2003, 06:53 PM
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Vcr Alert Cmt Usa Tonight 10pm

http://www.cmt.com/news/feat/sexinvideos.082203.jhtml

Sex in Videos: Where's the Line?, a new special produced by CMT News, debuts Friday (Aug. 22) at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.

Sexual imagery is nothing new to country music. If you don’t believe it, consider the lyrics to the lyrics of Conway Twitty’s “You’ve Never Been This Far Before” or “I’d Love to Lay You Down.”

On second thought, forget the lyrics. The titles alone say it all.

With the flash of guitarist Joe Don Rooney’s bare backside, however, Rascal Flatts took things to the next level in their video for “I Melt.” Even those who never saw the video were enlightened when Jay Leno joked about it during his Tonight Show monologue.

In the new CMT News special, Sex in Videos: Where’s the Line? , journalist Rob Tannenbaum of Blender magazine suggests, “I don’t want to make more of Joe Don’s *** than there is. But his *** in this case stands for a larger question of what’s happening to country music. How much can it evolve and still be country?”

Among those addressing the issue on the special are Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Sara Evans, Blake Shelton and Rascal Flatts. Many point to Twain as the act who raised country music’s temperature.

Blair Garner, host of the After MidNite syndicated radio show, recalls, “When Shania first hit, a lot of people were thinking, ‘She’s so far out there. This is too much.’ But the interesting thing is … the American public said, ‘This is what we’ve been waiting for.’”

Garner adds, “After Shania, all of the rules changed. If you wanted to be a successful female singer, you needed to be able to look the way Shania does. That message was not lost on Sara Evans. That message was not lost on Lee Ann Womack -- or LeAnn Rimes.”

Acknowledging that she did, indeed, get the message while watching Twain’s videos, Evans changed her visual image while releasing Born to Fly. Released in 2000, the project has sold almost 2 million copies to make Evans a major country star.

“Definitely, I used sex appeal on my ‘Born to Fly’ video,” Evans says, “and it changed my career. I can tell you that it makes a huge difference.”

Of course, not everyone is in favor of sexual images in country videos. In a recent poll conducted on CMT.com, about a third of the respondents agree that CMT should not show videos that include nudity. Younger viewers were less offended than older viewers.

“I think the old expression is that a conservative is a liberal with children,” says Ed Vitagliano of the American Family Association. “I think parents, especially, get very nervous about a lot of sexual content on television.” He adds, “I guess in the back of my mind, I always thought that country music was God and country and family, and they were a little less prone in that industry to hype the sex angle.”

Shelton doesn’t pass judgment on the approaches other artists have taken in their music videos. “This is a very competitive business, and it should be based on nothing more than great music,” he says. “But the truth is, that’s not what this is about anymore.

“You have to evolve to survive. And that’s what Rascal Flatts has done. They’ve been the first to take that step and say, ‘Let’s try this. Let’s see what will happen.’ And it worked for them. I don’t care how many people say, ‘No, it didn’t work -- because I’m not going to buy their records anymore.’ Yeah, well, you stop, but four more decided they were going to go buy it.”
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Shania does not have sexual image. Shania is more sensual. Shania is a big tease....lol


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UGH!!!!!!!

This seems like a "let's blame shania" special.

Someone said "its a cheap way to sell music"

Seems more like a promo for Rascal Flatts.


Anyone else watching???

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Old 08-22-2003, 10:07 PM
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Dolly Parton................

"Country girl with glamour"


Tanya Tucker

Pushed the envelope on her album cover



"Cool clean and buttoned up"


The 1990s...pretty tame, no nudity..........

Garth and Reba show cased their acting abilities

Some took madonna's lead and showed their assets....lorrie morgan.

Dwight Yokam.


early 90s reba took a bold move in a short red dress, and set the stage for the woman who would change country music videos forever..............


Next.........Shania shimmys shakes, and causes a stir.


Shania.....after the commercial.


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Old 08-22-2003, 10:19 PM
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despite a few rebels........during the 80s and early 90s

videos remained sexless.



1993...a drop dead gourgous canadian twirled onto the scene....


Shania backed up her look with lots of great music. The industry. didn't like her, but the public was like "this is what we have been waiting for"


Shania interview.....NEW!!! outfit from the access hollywood stuff.


Of course they go right into Faith.....from homely to diva.
Faith: "I wanted to make a statement"

No mention that she did it because of our favorite artist.

Her first album was good, as her fourth, but on Breathe she looked a lot better...... The were implying that she sold more records because she showed lots of skin in BREATHE video.


Shania and Faith rasied the bar for other female artists


Female artists now had to copy them to get anywhere.


IMO that is pretty shallow.


Now they go onto LeeAnn Rhimes. What a hatched job.

Now they [Shania, Faith, LeeAnn], have to keep up the sexy looks.


One comment is that country should be just about the music.


Deena Carter..............
Video in her underwear......etc

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Dixie Chicks.......never afraid to show their rockin role image ?????

Naked on the cover of EW.

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on to the guys............


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I don't like how they made it seem as if Shania and Faith are equals as far as the impact they've made on the industry. The reality is that Faith followed in Shania's footsteps. They didn't point that out nearly enough.
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after the commercial......MIFLAW is shown


"Shania and Faith threw done the sexual gauntlet for the women...."


The rest goes into the guys.

Seems there is more approval for beefcake then cheesecake in videos.

Guys also used sexy video babes.


No one spoke out against the guys in this special.

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I don't like how they made it seem as if Shania and Faith are equals as far as the impact they've made on the industry. The reality is that Faith followed in Shania's footsteps. They didn't point that out nearly enough.




I totally agree with that assesment. Just look at the CD sales. Shania wins hands down.

Shania said if it is not you, then don't do it for the sake of image!! Shania said she is not comfortable showing her legs, so she sticks with the bellybutton [Shania laughs].


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Why does Nashville feel the need to glom Faith onto Shania like they are equal? What is wrong with saying Faith followed in Shania's footsteps.

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Seems there is more approval for beefcake then cheesecake in videos.

..and you are not talking about food, right?
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I totally agree with that assesment. Just look at the CD sales. Shania wins hands down.

Shania said if it is not you, then don't do it for the sake of image!! Shania said she is not comfortable showing her legs, so she sticks with the bellybutton [Shania laughs].


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LOVE that comment...good one! Although personally any part of Shania is easy on the eyes.....
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I agree with you Betsy....my eye sight certainly has improved since Eilleen came onto the scene
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