Tim Royes

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Tim Royes (December 25, 1964 – August 13, 2007, New York City) was a music video director and editor, producing videos for artists such as Melanie C ("I Want Candy", "The Moment You Believe", "Carolyna"), Emma Bunton ("Free Me"), the Sugababes ("Easy" and "Red Dress"), Rachel Stevens ("Sweet Dreams My LA Ex"), and Enya ("Amarantine"). He died at the age of 42 after being struck by a vehicle in Manhattan in the early hours of the morning.


Many of Royes' videos centered on adult content, with some creating a sizable media stir, the central one being Holly Valance's video "Kiss Kiss", where she appeared in a flesh-coloured body suit to appear naked. Something similar happened in 2007, when Melanie C's music video of the '80s hit "I Want Candy" showed the singer in a skin-tight cat suit and featured a sexually suggestive dance routine with half-naked bodybuilders in crowd-controller uniforms. The video instantly grabbed the number one spot on YouTube with 200,000 hits on its first day.

Sugababes dedicated their 2007 music video "About You Now", directed by Marcus Adams, to Royes' memory, with a black screen saying, "In Memory of Tim Royes – 25.12.1964–13.08.2007 RIP" at the end of the video.

As a tribute to Royes, Melanie C filmed her new video for the title track for her album This Time in September 2007 Adrian Moat, who was a good friend of Royes.


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