Monday, August 02, 2010
Is this your first time visiting YouTubeStars? Welcome! We've been writing about YouTubers and their videos for over 4 years now and we are happy you dropped by! Our numbers are in for July. Google Analytics says we had 17,752 Visits and 22,290 Pageviews last month; thanks to all our readers! These numbers show that about one in 4 of you will click through to another post on our blog. We have a lot to read here! There are nearly 200 posts and you are sure to find some new YouTubers that you have never seen before, so check out some of our older posts!
Also, our "YouTube Top 100 - A Weekly Chart of the 100 Most Subscribed YouTube Members" got 19,815 Pageviews in July. A few months ago, we launched our Top 200 Weekly Chart, which has the top 200 Most Subscribed channels on YouTube. This chart got nearly 7000 pageviews in July. So check out our Top 100 and Top 200 Charts every week!
We have our own URL Shortening Service! We created http://TwHub.com to serve short URLs perfect for use on Twitter. So if you see links like http://TwHub.com/FV and http://TwHub.com/200 - have no fear, they are just shortened URLs to our Featured Video and Top 200 Chart. For a list of all URLs we shorten, please visit http://TwHub.com/Links.aspx
We will be watching three Music Videos and a vlog about the Music Business today...
But first, The News!
This week's Featured Video on our Top 100 Chart and Top 200 Chart is "Mike Lombard Smackdown" by Mike Lombardo. We also feature that video in this post, below. The video is long - a little over 10 minutes. YouTube used to limit the length of an uploaded video to 10 minutes for most users. But on July 29th, YouTube announced that users can now upload videos up to 15 minutes in length. Make your best video and hope it brings you your 15 minutes of fame!
Talented vlogger and musician Eveliiine got good news this week. She is a finalist in the SonicAngel competition! The page is in the Dutch language but you can see that Eveline is at the top of the list. Congrats to a very nice and talented woman!
Now, watch these videos!
Christina Amato (anitsirhcmarie) is now uploading videos in HD, thanks to her brother's new video camera! Good things are happening for Christina, and she deserves them. Look at her recent subscriber numbers:
And then there was this news, that Christina recently tweeted:
@chrlottesays A management company found me on YouTube, and is flying me and my godfather to NYC to audition for them :D
4:36 PM Jul 26th via Echofon in reply to chrlottesays
We expect big things from Christina! We have featured a few of her videos on our Top 200 Weekly Chart and now we're happy to write about her latest video here in the blog.
Christina is 17, lives in Las Vegas, and is of Puerto Rican heritage. She sings with passion and joy; commenters have noted that she flirts with the camera. If you watch any of her 63 videos, you will surely notice a smile on your face. Christina is a vivacious young woman and it shows in her videos! Watch this and see what I mean:
Charlotte (lotteatsugar) is an 18 year old resident of Germany with a very nice singing voice. She recently uploaded "Billionaire - Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars (Cover)" It was Charlotte that Christina was replying to in the tweet I mentioned above. Follow Charlotte at http://twitter.com/chrlottesays. If you like Charlotte's excellent cover of Billionaire, you'll also love the cover of Gabriella Cilmi's hit "Sweet About Me" sung with her friend Anne. It's great too!
My YouTube friend Danni wrote to tell me about this next musician, Reagan Whitehead (Reagan290). Reagan only has 4 videos up so far, but they all showcase his musical talent. He has an excellent voice and also plays guitar and the piano. Check out this killer cover of the hit "Use Somebody" by Kings Of Leon. It's from 11 months ago, but Reagan just uploaded 2 new videos that you will also want to see!
Listen just once to any of Mike Lombardo's songs and you can tell he has musical talent. But we also discovered in our interview with Mike, that he is intelligent and a really good guy! In this vlog, Mike responds to a blog he read which seemed to advocate for musicians to give away their music for free. Mike goes point by point through the blogger's arguements and states his own opinions on each claim. In my opinion, which is similar to Mike's, musicians are the owners of their musical output and should be in control of how it is released. Some may decide to give some songs away for free, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with a musician selling his songs to pay his way in live and to reinvest in future musical projects if he so chooses. Listen to what Mike says in this 10 minute video and see if you agree or disagree. Mike welcomes respectful replies in the comment section.
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