Monday, December 21, 2009
Merry Christmas 2009
Merry Christmas to all YouTubeStars and readers of YouTubeStars! If you don't celebrate Christmas, Happy Holidays!
Here are 6 Christmas related videos - 3 music videos, 2 commentaries and 1 re-enactment from A Charlie Brown Christmas!
SheenaMelwani has a beautiful voice! Watch this charming video and you'll understand why Sheena has over 25 Thousand subscribers. Also watch her cover of With You which has over 1.6 million views!
ElishaJordan won an earlier season of CreeIngles' Idol Search and you can hear how great of a singer she is by listening to this jazzy classic Christmas cover tune. Be sure to listen to the other Christmas songs on Elisha's channel; they are equally exquisite!
Celeste Kellogg wrote an original Christmas song for her fans! 16 year old Celeste has done a lot with her life already - acting in movies, singing as a Nashville recording artist, and performing on stage opening for the Jonas Brothers and Raven. And she's just getting started! Watch for great things from Celeste in 2010.
Popular comedic vlogger Karen Alloy gives an adult's perspective to the Santa phenomenon. Not for kids but very insightful and amusing for adults. Enjoy!
Here's a tribute to all the people that keep us healthy and safe so that we can celebrate our holidays. Watch and give thanks for the good things in this world!
Charlie Brown asked if anyone knew the true meaning of Christmas and Linus gave him the answer. Here is a great re-enactment of that scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Monday, December 14, 2009
There are all kinds of singers who have videos on YouTube, from people who sing in their bedrooms to professionals like Miley Cyrus. Her video "7 Things" is the third most viewed video of all time on YouTube at 107 Million views, right behind Evolution of Dance, and Charlie bit my finger - again! (YouTube's Most Viewed Videos)
It is easy to find the videos of the popular singers. They are Featured on the Home page and appear in the Most Subscribed Chart. It's a little harder to find up and coming singers, but we're here to help! We have been writing about YouTubeStars for almost 4 years. We don't catch all the new stars when they are just getting started, but we did write about TiffanyJoAllen when she had 7 subscribers and now she has over 91 Thousand subs. We also wrote about singer and parody maker, VenetianPrincess when she had under 3000 subs - now she has 653,927 and is #10 Most Subbed of All Time, ahead of pop stars like Miley Cyrus (#15 this week, down 1) and Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato (next to each other at #22 and #23).
Today we'll watch 4 videos by talented YouTube singers. I wonder where they will be in 4 years! If you hear and see something you like, subscribe to these future YouTubeStars!
But first, the News!
Whitney Raenan (YouTube, Twitter, Website) is a singer with over 14 thousand subscribers who recently released her single "iCandi" on iTunes and Amazon.com. It is a very cool upbeat pop song and I like it a lot! I bought it from iTunes and you should too! Watch this vid where Whitney talks about the single's release.
MissHannahMinx is up to 14 entries in her "Make Me Minxy Contest." You still have a little more time to enter, the deadline is December 20th. Watch her latest excellent video about Japan, "Japanese Cute Obsession."
Long time YouTubeStar Paperlilies was asked by YouTube to attend and report on the Avatar opening in London a few days ago! Watch as she talks to Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez, and gets to shake James Cameron's hand!
Now, watch excellent these singing videos!
Jess Loren (YouTube, Twitter, MySpace) recently uploaded a delightful original tune titled "Home In California." This mid tempo pop song has a great chorus that will get stuck in your head! Jess sings and plays guitar in this song, and the video is a beautiful slideshow of people, places and things. I have played this one many times, it's great!
Melanie Ungar (YouTube, Twitter, MySpace) is 16 years old and lives in Toronto. She sings and plays guitar to cover songs as well as her own originals. She has a sweet voice and is becoming a very good guitar player. Melanie likes to tell a little story or give an update before most videos, which is nice because we get to learn more about her. She seems like a very nice person! This is part of what Melanie wrote about herself on her profile:
I want to inspire people because people inspire me. I want to make people smile. I want to make people laugh. I want to make people open their hearts. I want to make people enjoy life. I want to have an impact on someone's life, through music.Watch Melanie sing Demi Lovato's "World Of Chances" and enjoy the story she tells at the beginning! Also watch her sing Taylor Swift's "The other side of the door" which is the Featured Video this week at the Top 100 Weekly Chart!
Two weeks ago, our Featured Video was "Colors Of The Wind" sung by Christina Peoples (tinasjak on YouTube). Christina has the voice of an angel! She reminds me a lot of Grammy winning singer and actress, Julie Andrews, so you know she sing very very well! Here is a little more about Christina from her profile:
Music has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. From choir since 2nd grade all the way through college to perfoming in operas, musicals, reviews, solo concerts, I can't remember a time when I wasn't singing! I did take a break after college from performing, but I missed it so much! So, I began teaching piano and voice which I still do, and started really working on my voice again. I've also had the privilege of doing some TV commercials, one of which my children starred in, as well:) That was so much fun and I'd love to do more but my main focus is singing:) My goal is to entertain through my singing and perfoming and I welcome any comments and suggestions!Last week, Christina uploaded 2 new videos of songs she recorded professionally in a music studio. This is a beautiful slideshow of the same song "Colors Of The Wind." Also watch/listen to "My Heart Will Go On" (Titanic Theme).
Here is another woman with the voice of an angel! I am not the only one to think this, others have made the same comment. On YouTube, she is cofeescup. On MySpace and iTunes, she goes by the name of lemonflower. Check out her album, "Welcome To My Diary" - I bought a few tracks from it on iTunes and you should too! These original songs showcase her writing, playing and singing talents. Here is the album notes:
Lemonflower is the alias chosen by this artist because her real name evokes images of elderly school marms who bake pies, and perform other such homely tasks. She has recorded her debut in the privacy and comfort of her bedroom, and two in a hospital bed. Lemonflower shares with you her most tender moments through song.Enjoy this cover of "Michigan" by Red House Painters, and also listen to lemonflower's a cappella version of "Memory" from Cats - it is amazing!
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Funny Music Videos
(Also watch the Bonus Video - by The Muppets!)
We have been writing about 10th most popular all time YouTubeStar VenetianPrincess since October 2006! She has always made creative and funny videos. In the early days, she did her funny skits. Lately she makes amazing parodies of well known pop songs and pokes fun at celebrities. In her latest vid, VP makes herself up to look like Britney Spears and sings a parody song about Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, a couple who achieved fame after starring in MTV's "The Hills". You'll laugh at the lyrics but not VP's singing voice, which is excellent!
VenetianPrincess has been making great parodies for three years now on YouTube, and it has made her the 10th Most Subscribed YouTuber! But Weird Al Yankovic has been singing parodies of pop songs since the late 70s. You've probably seen the videos for "Eat It" and "Like a Surgeon" at some point in your life. (This video of Al's song "eBay" has over 25 million views and is funny too!) Well, here's a fan made live action video for Al's funny tune, "Hardware Store" from his 2003 album "Poodle Hat." I think it is as good as many others I've seen on MTV and other video TV shows over the years. Check it out!
The video is by UK uni student lazyorangenet and this is the description:
As part of my BA we have to create a "pop promo/music video". For this I've picked Weird Al's awesome "Hardware Store" After many long nights working on storyboards and anamatics (see my other videos) we finally had a final piece put together. Which I'm very happy to say got a rather good mark of 80.
Update: I should probably point out that 80 is a VERY good mark in UK Universities, whilst it is out of 100, 70 is a 1st which is the best you can get (3rd, 2:2, 2:1, 1) so I got the best, then some.
There are no swears in this song, and yes you do hear "automatic circumciser" which isn't what you think it is. Google for the full lyrics.
You may have seen some of the many "Google Image" based videos for this song. This is a live action "real" version, the only one I know of in existence too. It was created entirely from scratch, filmed, edited and post production by myself, Dave Hartly & Christian Allan. Enjoy what we've created, I hope you like it.
Oh and finally a HUGE thank you to everyone who has watched, rated and commented on this video, its been hugely more popular than I could ever of imagined, glad you guys like it.
I am a big fan of Nightwish! Nightwish are a symphonic powergothic metal band from Finland, formed in 1996. Nightwish is Finland's most successful band with more than 5 million sold albums worldwide. Their music reminds one of Iron Maiden and similar 80s metal acts, but what sets them apart is their female singer Tarja Turunen who is classicly trained and has an operatic voice. (Since May 2006, Anette_Olzon sings for Nightwish.)
In 19 May, 2000, Nightwish released their third studio album Wishmaster which debuted at #1 on the Finnish album charts, and following three weeks at number one, was certified gold in Finland. The song "Wishmaster" is one of Nightwish's greatest hits. Since Nightwish is a Finnish band and the singer has a classical opera vocal style, it is often difficult to make out the words to this popular song. Kewen (I'm Erin, I'm from London and I'm a GIRL... I make films and clothes...) made this humorous attempt at deciphering the lyrics; watch and enjoy this vid which today has 8,542,318 views!
The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody
It is only One Week old and it already has over 8 Million views!
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