YouTube and Universal Music Group will jointly remaster nearly a thousand classic music videos to HD quality, including those from Billy Idol, Beastie Boys, Boyz II Men, George Strait, Janet Jackson, Kiss, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Maroon 5, Meat Loaf, No Doubt/Gwen Stefani, Smokey Robinson, The Killers, Tom Petty and others.
Many of the most iconic music videos on YouTube were only available in the “outdated standards originally intended for tube televisions with mono speakers,” YouTube explained.
Both the video and audio quality will be updated to modern standards, then the new videos will replace the dated versions. They’ll also retain the same URL on YouTube as well as all the view-counts and likes, instead of arriving as new content.
The plan is to fully upgrade nearly 1,000 over the next year, with plans to have all 1,000 titles available before year-end 2020. More videos will arrive on a weekly basis as this program continues, YouTube says.
The videos will be available exclusively on YouTube and YouTube Music.