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Five Music Videos You May Never See Again

by Rob Slater on June 18, 2014

As YouTube prepares to launch their new subscription service, independent labels such as XL, Domino, 4AD, Cooking Vinyl and more are refusing to sign on the dotted line according to Financial Times. Citing "highly unfavorable terms," these indie labels and their representatives have sought to prevent YouTube's takedown, which the video giant says could begin removing videos from artists like Radiohead, Adele, Arctic Monkeys, The Kills, The xx, Vampire Weekend and many, many more over the next few days.

A YouTube representative told BBC News, “Our goal is to continue making YouTube an amazing music experience, both as a global platform for fans and artists to connect, and as a revenue source for the music industry.”

Before it's too late, check out a few of the videos you may not be able to see in the next few days unless a deal is struck between the two parties. This is certainly an ongoing story.

Radiohead: "Lotus Flower"

What will we do without this glorious Thom Yorke dance exhibition? The 2011 King of Limbs track spawned this five-minute video of the Radiohead frontman dancing like he had lost all control of his limbs. The internet loved it and decided to put it to various tracks--including Phish.

Vampire Weekend: "Giving Up the Gun"

YouTube is a better place when this little redhead is kicking Jake Gylenhall and Daft Punk's asses at tennis while RZA officiates the proceedings. Oh, and there Joe Jonas and Lil' Jon cameos too. Music videos don't come packaged much better than this.

Arctic Monkeys: "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?"

All Alex "band guy" Turner wants to do is to get to his lady Stephanie for a 3 AM rendezvous. Stumbling through London under the influence, he has some bizarre fantasies as he comes across various people before he gets to a doorstep he believes belongs to the young lady. Hurry up and watch the video to find out how it ends. You can also add their latest "Snap Out of It" to the list of soon-to-be pulled as well.

Real Estate: "Crime"

The video of the year so far. Just brilliant from start to finish. And a bit terrifying, but you can decipher that for yourself. (SPOILER: She lives, I think...)

Jack White: "I'm Shakin'"

The only thing better than one Jack White is two Jack Whites! He also sheds colored tears, dances around and essentially has a rap battle with himself. Compared to his latest "Lazaretto" video, there isn't nearly as much broken glass, but there is a reason "I'm Shakin'" garnered a Grammy nomination.

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People need to wake up to the destruction of net-neutrality issue. This youtube situation is not exactly the same, but get used to not seeing what you want or getting on sites you want because of costs related to access tolls by cable companies. By the time everyone is pissed it will be too late!

By td - 06/18/14

Like everything else in this world, its all about $$$. I long for days past (like, the 70s and 80s) and weep for the youth…. they know not what they hath missth!!

By deadhead64 - 06/18/14

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