Monday, February 26, 2007


Cinema du jour 19 - Singers with Guitars

This is part 19 in our continuing series, Cinema du jour, the movie of the day. Home made music videos have always been popular on YouTube. The first huge success in this genre came with Terra Naomi's great song, "Say It's Possible". Recently, Miaarose has become an overnight sensation. In this post, we'll watch four music videos from four different YouTubers who play their guitars and sing their own songs.

Before we get to the videos, I want to invite you to read about the YouTubeMall project. This will be a free service that allows all videomakers to create Stores to advertise what they have for sale. Many videomakers have PayPal Donate buttons, or CafePress Stores, or sell CDs or paintings. You will be able to advertise all of this, and more! The idea is to have one central place for all videomakers to list their projects/items for sale. But what if you don't have anything to sell? We'll have that covered too! You will be able to be paid for viewing rights to exclusive videos that you post to the site. There will me more on this in the coming weeks...

Is This Love?

Creativefisher is one of my favorite YouTube singer/songwriters. She has a captivating voice that she uses to bring her moving lyrics to life. But Char is much more than an aspiring musician. She is a talented artist, and this aspect of her personality adds depth and emotional texture to her videos. Watch this one, which was featured by YouTube, but be sure to also check out the four new videos she uploaded last week!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Leave me alone by Jesse Stutsman

Here's a cool music video from stealurface1976. Jesse is a Canadian man who plays acoustic guitar and sings to original songs and covers. He has done classic rock covers from Tull to Tucker and even The Beatles. In this video, we'll hear Jesse sing an indie inspired original rocker that really caught my attention. I think it's a great song!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

KRIS SHRED - I'm Broken V2 (Original)

The last time I wrote about KrisShred, it was for his "Insane Nonsense Song" which was later "covered" by lipsyncer extraordinaire, celestialsam. That song is still stuck in my head! But Kris has done many other music videos, including a powerful cover of The Doors "Crystal Ship" 60s classic. Today, we'll watch him sing an original song that I recently discovered and loved! Ignore the headphone clamped to his head which he used as a mic (lol!), and enjoy this rocker!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Angels (song)

Periurban is one of the most popular singer/songwriters on YouTube. He has made over 150 videos and has over 3000 subscribers. Peri, a Scottsman, was the winner of Renetto's "How to become popular overnight" contest. That might have helped him get some viewers, but I think they would have found this talented and personable man in time, even without this publicity. You can watch Peri sing and discuss videomaking on YouTube or at LiveVideo. Here's a song he did in December. Click on the description to read the excellent lyrics!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Please read our last Cinema du jour, number 18 - it's here! That post mentions Renetto, Kratzlaff, iChannel and KwaiChi.

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Monday, February 19, 2007


Cinema du jour 18 - This and that

This is part 18 in our continuing series, Cinema du jour, the movie of the day. In this post, we'll watch videos starring a talking cat, a girl with her bunny, a man who is constantly being watched, and a "good guy".

Before we get to the videos, I want you to check out this week's Top 100 Weekly Chart. This week's Featured Video is from the San Fran YouTube Gathering!

I also want to let you know that you can now add videos from LiveVideo to your "My Favorite Videos" list at the YourTubeStats website! Keep all your YouTube AND LiveVideo favorites in the same place, on YTStats!

Curiosity the Cat defends Renetto

Renetto's cat, Curiosity, makes a video! This is a very funny movie starring a very pretty kitty. He looks a lot like my cat. Cat owners will really appreciate this video, but everyone can watch and enjoy!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

P.Bunny & NotSoLonleygirl21

Have you seen Kratzlaff yet? She sure does look familiar! Kratz is a 21-year-old woman who lives in Hawaii. She has uploaded 100 videos; most are very good! She looks quite a lot like someone else I've seen on YouTube... but I just can't figure out who she looks like... Watch this video, please! Who does she look like???

Watch this video on YouTube.
If you liked that one, watch this one too!

I: Episode One

There's a new very nicely produced and edited movie series on YouTube called "I", by iChannel. Their profile sets the stage for the series:
What if you were broadcast for the world to share? A self-conscious young man has his life taken over by a video blog.

It seems that everywhere this man goes, there is a webcam watching him. Watch the series from the start, at Episode One, below, and see how this affects his life. It starts off a bit slow, but stick with it! iChannel is up to the 9th Episode so far; watch them all!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Kwai chi's Movie Making Marathon

Our good friend Kwai Chi is a good guy! He is going to be making 100 videos in ONE DAY for a charity event. Wow, this is going to be fun to watch! Check out this video, in which Kwai explains the upcoming event and what he will be doing to raise money for it. Sponsor Kwai Chi and you can be a "good guy" too!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Please read our last Cinema du jour, number 17 - it's here! That post mentions Renetto, tlg847, Darahgna and Richard Simmons.

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Sunday, February 11, 2007


Winter Fun and Events

It's cold outside!!! This is a good time to stay indoors. While you're inside, have a look at these YouTube videos about Winter Fun or Winter events. =D

Kenny the Snowman
Kenny? Kenny who? My name (pen name) is Kenny... Is this... about... me??? Just like Carly Simon sang in her 70s hit, "You're so vain", when I saw this video appear in My Subscriptions list, I thought that maybe this video was about me. "I bet you think this song is about you, don't you, don't you?" You can imagine my delight when I discovered that, indeed, this video is about me!!! Okay, well, not about me really, LOL. The always charming, creative and entertaining YouTube videomaker, Angharad a.k.a Darahgna (more here, here and here) made a delightful snowy fun film about her creation of a snowman... and she named it Kenny, after me! Watch and see!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

A Fairytale YouTube Valentine Story
What's coming up this Wednesday? Yes, it's February 14th, Valentine's Day! We began the season of Love on Janueary 25th with Saint Dwynwen's Day and now it's almost time for the big one for lovers, Valentine's Day. You dare not forget this one, guys! Here's an entertaining fairytale told by several of the ladies of YouTube. You don't want to miss this video, brought to you by xgobobeanx, that popular New Yorker YouTuber also known as Jill, with a guest cast of many YouTube's loveliest women, including my favorite, Karen (Spricket24)!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Mister Safety, also known as Cory on the smpfilms YouTube channel has been working hard to coordinate this YouTube member event. This gathering, taking place at Pier 39 in San Francisco on February 17th (next Saturday), was organized by Cory, not by YouTube/Google. He did receive some financial help from The Fizz, but says that all attendees are paying for their own travel and hotel expenses. You'll recognize some of the confirmed attendees: Paperlilies is coming from the UK, TheHill88 is coming from Australia, Renetto is coming from Ohio (see below), and Ysabellabrave is going to be there too, WOW!!! If you are going to be in San Fran next weekend, check out this event!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Will SAN FRANCISCO survive the YouTube INVASION?
Top 20 YouTuber Renetto (more here) is going to be at the SF Gathering! Watch this sometimes funny video where he talks about his travel plans. He'll be flying in to Los Angeles and then he'll drive with new Lonelygirl15 castmember NickyNick on a roadtrip to the North. They plan to do some filming during this trek; stay tuned for footage!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Did you know that we're writing about LiveVideo members now too???

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Saturday, February 10, 2007


Anna Nicole Smith on YouTube

Anna Nicole Smith died Thursday, February 8th, 2006 in Hollywood, Florida. She was discovered unconscious in her Hard Rock Hotel room by her provate nurse and rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where she died at the age of 39. YouTubeStars sends our thoughts and prayers out to her friends and family.

Anna Nicole Smith was a reality TV star, Playboy Playmate and former Guess model. She has been in and out of the media since she appeared in Playboy back in 1992. The news of her sudden death is being reported on by CNN, Time, People, and many other media outlets. You can find complete coverage at Yahoo News.

A search of "anna nicole smith" on YouTube currently yields results of 879 videos.

Here is one titled, "Anna Nicole Smith Dead Feb 8th 2007" which is recorded Breaking News from CNN.

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Here is a photo slideshow video with an audio track which is a modified version of "Candle in the Wind" with new Anna lyrics. This is titled, "Goodbye Anna Nicole Smith - Candle In The WInd 2007"

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Rest In Peace, Anna Nicole Smith.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Ysabellabrave - YouTube Star!

Is it possible that someone has been watching videos on YouTube but has never heard of ysabellabrave? I think not! Ysabellabrave (read more, here) is MaryAnne, a 27-year-old woman from California. She has made over 50 videos and most are music videos. MaryAnne has a beautiful voice and likes to sing a variety of songs using Karaoke backing tracks. She has no formal voice training and just started singing a little over a year ago. Before that, she says she "couldn't sing to save my life!"

MaryAnne has become a well known YouTube Star lately. Her subscriber numbers have been increasing exponentially! Here is a link to a bar chart of her subscriber history, as recorded on our YouTube Top 100 Weekly Chart. MaryAnne uploaded her first video, What'll I do on July 14th, 2006. By October, she had a couple hundred subscribers. She had almost a thousand by the end of November, over 2000 by then end of December, and over 7000 by the end of January! Now on Febrary 6th, she has over 13,000 subscribers and the numbers are climbing daily!

If you've never seen MaryAnne's musical performances, all unedited and recorded in one continuous take, do yourself a favor and watch the following four videos. You'll be glad you did!

Travellin' Man
Watch MaryAnne as she takes this old Ricky Nelson song and makes it her own. During the instrumental break, she says, "Since you guys are my sweethearts, I was hoping that you would leave a comment telling me where you are writing from." Over 1000 people have done that so far!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Love Me Two Times
MaryAnne can rock! Listen to her belt out this Doors classic rocker. But it's not just the singing that viewers love. MaryAnne adds stunning visuals to the tunes; she is so much fun to watch!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

ysabellabrave: This Just In!
Who is MaryAnne? She answers some frequently asked questions about herself and also celebrates her passing of the 10 thousand subscriber mark in this 10 minute vlog. "What kind of music do you like?" Rap, Hip-Hop and Gospel. "What is your natural hair color?" Blonde. "Don't you want to go on American Idol?" She DID try out for it! Watch the video and find out what happened...

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Here's a fun one! Watch and Listen as MaryAnne has a fabulous time singing this Liza Minelli classic showtune. So far, this video has over 127 thousand views! Many people have found and enjoyed ysabellabrave's (MaryAnne's) videos. Now you have too!

If you can't see the video above, watch it on YouTube.

Be sure to visit MaryAnne's website at and tell her "Kenny" sent you!

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