Ten years ago today would forever change the landscape of the Internet. YouTube was officially founded by three former PayPal employees. The first video, however, wasn’t upload until April 23, 2005 by one of the co-founders. If you’re curious, “Me At The Zoo” can still be viewed on the video-sharing website.
In honor of YouTube’s 10th anniversary, I’ve embedded the Top 10 viewed videos. The lowest garnering 796,000 to the cream of the crop with over 2 billion clocks. Not surprisingly, music dominates the list. Especially Katy Perry and PSY who both nab two entries each. The sole exception being “Charlie Bit My Finger – Again!.” Check out the most popular clips ever below.
Well that was fast. Within days of releasing his follow up to “Gangnam Style” Psy drops the music video for “Gentleman.” Even though the clip has already amassed over seven million views, I don’t think it’s going to be nearly as viral as “Gangnam Style” which to date has clocked in over 1.5 billion views. I broke out into hysterical laughter the first time I saw that clip. Sadly, I didn’t with “Gentleman.” It’s mediocre at best. The 35-year-old singer is very well on his way to becoming a one hit wonder in North America.
What made “Gangnam Style” amazing was all the insane dance moves. The slow hip swaying in this one is anti-climatic. Apparently, it’s an homage to Brown Eyed Girls‘ “Abracadabra” music video. Speaking of them, Ga, who’s a member of the K-Pop girl group, appears in the clip. She takes over Hyuna as Psy’s love interest. Watch the music video below where Psy is anything but a gentleman with His Billy Madison-type pranks.
At last count, the “Gangnam Style” music video surpassed 1.5 billion on YouTube. It’s the McDonald’s of online clips ;) As astonishing as that number is, the number keeps growing. Who’s still watching this? Hard as he may try, I don’t think Psy will ever come close to that total again, even if you combine his next ten singles. But it is K-pop and people are unpredictable that way. Just look at the “Harlem Shake phenomenon,” which I still don’t get.
The 35-year-old South Korean rapper just unveiled the follow up single to his gigantic hit, titled “Gentleman.” The track is another catchy ball of fun. It features a similar monotonous synth beat that’ll prove inescapable once it gets in your head. I have no idea what he’s saying in most of it, but there some wonderful misheard lyrics like, “I’m a mother-father gentleman.” It’s no “condom style”, but you get the gist.
In the end, it’s not the lyrics nor production of the song that will determine “Gentleman’s” success, but rather the music video. I can’t wait to see it. Psy was spotted filming it earlier this week in South Korea. Check out his new track below.
Just short and sweet, I find it a fine line between artistic integrity, videos that were on repeat at friends’ (Donovan‘s) house, and things that just made me happy despite popular concensus when considering what makes my list. But covering and considering all those bases, here we go. Agree or disagree, here were some great visuals to great songs this year that made it 2012 for me, and maybe you, but mostly me.
Love it or hate it, over a billion hits on YouTube can’t be wrong. We may never want to hear it again, but it will definitely, always remind me of 2012. Two words: Invisible. Horse.
For YouTube‘s annual “Rewind,” they invited some well known YouTubers to star in a mash-up video of culturally defining moments of 2012. This isn’t a mash-up of pre-existing videos. This video is actually all new, with YouTube stars acting out footage and dancing to some of the defining YouTube moments and videos of the year.
Who would have thought we’d ever see the day when the hilarious Sh*t Girls Say star gives the outrageous Jenna Marbles the side eye while dancing together on a tour bus? Well, today is that day. Psy is also in this video, along with several other familiar YouTube faces that include Ryan Higa, iJustine, WalkOffTheEarth, RhettAndLink, and many more. The song is blended to an altered version of “Gangnam Style“, and later transitions to another popular song/video this year… “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Watch the video below – it’s definitely worth checking out. They certainly went all out this year in making this year end wrap up!
New York Magazine reports that PSY was featured on the 2004 song “Dear American,” which was recorded by the group N.E.X.T.. The song was written and recorded after a Korean missionary was beheaded by militants in Iraq. PSY has a guest verse in the song where he calls for the death of American soldiers and their families. Yikes.
Since the news broke, Psy has released an apology via MTV News. I have included his full apology, as well as the song and what the lyrics mean below. It’s crazy that with all of the attention he’s gotten, it’s taken until now for this to come to light. No one will be making dance parody videos to this song, that’s for sure.
His apology seems genuine and as he explains, it was a very emotional reaction to something that really affected him and his country. Of course that doesn’t make it right, but if he at least recognizes that now and can set an example to others. His full apology, as well as the song and lyrics are below. Share your thoughts on this story and his apology below.
It’s official: Psy‘s worldwide hit music video for “Gangnam Style” has become the most viewed music video on YouTube ever. The spot was previously held by Justin Bieber for his first big single, “Baby“.
Psy’s music video has reached 806,283,968 views and counting, while Bieber’s “Baby” is around the 804 million range. That is absolutely insane that it has that many views in such a short period of time. That being said, it’s received so much exposure with so many TV shows, talk shows, awards shows, and online parodies adding their own flair to their “Gangnam Style”. In addition, Psy has been performing it everywhere as well, and even performed live with Madonna and more recently, at the American Music Awards with MC Hammer.
Find out what other music videos that make up the Top 10 list below and what the hell, watch “Gangnam Style” one more time.
Typically, I don’t write a recap of the American Music Awards, but I have to give credit where credit is due… this year’s AMAs wasn’t a complete snoozefest. In fact, there were a couple of performances that were fantastic including Kelly Clarkson’s medley of her greatest hits and P!nk’s beyond impressive performance of “Try“. I never thought she’d top her hanging from the rafters acrobatic performance from the MTV VMAs a few years ago, but she did. For those young artists who can’t move around the stage without losing their breath, take a look at P!nk. Breath control to die for.
Justin Bieber walked away with the most trophies with three, while everyone musically-connected to him also scored hardware. His “Beauty and the Beat” duet partner, Nicki Minaj won two, while his mentor Usher also earned another AMA award. Even his “discovery” Carly Rae Jepsen took a trip to the podium. The Canadian singer won Best New Artist.
While all the youngsters earned wins, some oldies popped up on the show as well. Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Stevie Wonder end even MC Hammer were there. I swear, when the “U Can’t Touch This” rapper popped up during Psy’s “Gangnam Style” performance, I literally lost my shizz. That was effin’ epic. All this time I thought “Gangnam Style” was the new “Macarena”. Instead, Psy is the Korean version of MC Hammer. Sh*tcatcher pants and all. Check out all the performances below, along with my thoughts on each one. Better hurry quick, before ABC inevitably asks YouTube to take the clips down.