Beginning today (April 30), VH1 Classic fans have a new online site for all the music videos and VH1 Classic programming they know and love. With thousands of videos and exclusive VH1 Classic performances and programming, VH1Classic.com is an immersive, online extension of the TV channel dedicated to the classic music and artists of the '70s, '80s and early '90s.
With today's launch, the site offers a catalog of VH1 Classic videos from artists ranging from LED ZEPPELIN and THE SEX PISTOLS, to MADONNA, MICHAEL JACKSON and NIRVANA. The video library also includes interview segments with artists like KISS and JOHN MELLENCAMP from VH1 Classic's "Hanging With" series and performances from past VH1 events including "VH1 Rock Honors" and "VH1 Hip Hop Honors". The site also includes classic-themed elements like, the VH1 Classic Arcade with old-school gaming favorites like Spy Hunter and Defender and exclusive VH1 Classic ringtones for mobile phones.
Additional site features focused on user-interaction and online community building will roll out in the coming months. Tools included in future site rollouts will allow users to rate, comment on, review and submit content. These features will give fans a way to interact with others and will allow them to build communities around similar interests and tastes in music. Additional original video programming will be added throughout the year as well.
"We know that VH1 Classic fans are passionate about their music and our programming around that music. We've also seen that they are inclined to participate in online discussions and interactive programming in a significant and meaningful way," said Tom Calderone, Executive Vice President and General Manager, VH1. "Because of this, we have been expanding Classic's online presence over the last year — first with a dedicated broadband video channel and now with a new site that will evolve over the next few months to include not only our extensive catalog of music, but elements that will give fans the means to develop a strong online community around the music they love."
A feature of the initial site release launching today offers extensive programmed video playlists that highlight various sub-genres of VH1 Classic's library. Sample playlists include:
* "The Alternative (The '80s)" with videos by artists like, DEPECHE MODE and THE CURE;
* "I Love The '90s" with videos by artists like NIRVANA and PEARL JAM;
* "Metal Mania" with videos by artists like METALLICA and MÖTLEY CRÜE;
* "Rock Fest" with videos by artists like CREAM, THE WHO and DIRE STRAITS;
* "Pop Show" with videos by artists like CYNDI LAUPER, WHITNEY HOUSTON and CULTURE CLUB.