Posted by: rowenawilcox | August 10, 2010

Spoof Newport video taken down after copyright claim by EMI

Instant web hit, Newport (Ymerodraeth State of Mind), has been taken down by video sharing site You Tube following a copyright claim by one of the music industry’s leading labels, EMI.

The comic video, a parody of New York (Empire State of Mind) that was a chart-topping single for Alicia Keys and rapper Jay-Z, gained widespread media coverage and had over 2 million hits since being uploaded last month.

Just like the original, the Welsh wonder was filmed in black and white and featured panoramic views of all the joys the city boasts and the lyrics are set to the same melody.

This is where the similarities end.

Newport is not New York, the lyrics are completely different and were ingeniously written by director MJ Delaney and friends to include the lines: “Head out to Caerleon. Off-white Transit. Febreeze on the dash for the strain where my Nan sits,” and

“On the dancefloor raving, pack of 16 Benson. Someone fighting bouncers…turns out it’s Gavin Henson”.

It’s success spurred Treforest actor, Russell Gomer, to transform Aint Seen Nothin’ Yet, Bachman Turner Overdrive’s rock classic, into Ain’t Seen Ruthin Yet (as I reported last week).

However, another one has popped up from Newport’s finest, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, entitled Newport State of Mind (You’re Not From Newport).

They slate London-based MJ Delaney for not really knowing the area and add their unique take for yet another video dedicated to the city that will soon become You Tube Capital of Wales…if not the world.


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