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Tuesday
Dec272011

YouTube’s Top 5 Viral Videos of the Year

YouTube(NEW YORK) -- People around the world watch videos on the Internet more than three billion times every day, which added up to more than one trillion video views on YouTube in 2011. From laughing along at celebrities making fun of themselves to crying and sighing over cute babies and animals, we all spent a lot of time watching YouTube this year.

So what were the hottest viral videos of 2011? YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca counted down the top five with ABC’s Good Morning America.

#5 Nyan Cat:  This video has more than 55 million views, plus thousands of remixes and remakes. “There are actually thousands of parodies,” Allocca said. “It’s kind of hard to explain.”

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#4 Talking Twin Babies:  Babies and pets are two of the classic genres on YouTube, and these babbling Brooklyn twins have more than 56 million views so far.

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#3 Jack Sparrow:  This funny SNL short from a comedy trip called Lonely Island features some familiar faces: Michael Bolton and Andy Samberg. It’s been viewed almost 62 million times. “They get such great guest stars to be in these things,” Allocca said.

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#2 Ultimate Dog Tease:  The runner-up for the hottest viral video of the year was produced by voiceover artist Andrew Grantham and has been watched more than 78 million times. Check out this discussion of bacon known as “The Ultimate Dog Tease.” “If you’re a dog owner I think you can particularly appreciate it,” Allocca said.

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#1: Friday:  Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video was by far the biggest viral video of the year. Within a week of its release people were posting parodies, and the 13-year-old became a household name. The video has been watched an astounding 180 million times.

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Wednesday
Dec212011

Rebecca Black’s 'Friday' Most Viewed on YouTube in 2011

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A legal dispute helped make Rebecca Black’s video the most-viewed clip on YouTube in 2011. Two versions of the annoyingly catchy song, "Friday," had to be posted after a rights issue with Ark Music Factory led to one being removed, forcing a second to be uploaded to the video hosting site, owned by Google.

Both versions of the 14-year-old’s song were tabulated, making the total number of hits 180 million views. Black became an instant viral star during the past year, after her parents paid a production company to make a video for her. "Friday" became a global hit on the back of publicity surrounding the content of the video, the songs banal lyrics and the suspicion that Rebecca’s voice was "auto-tuned."

The second most popular video of 2011 was Ultimate Dog Tease, featuring an owner voicing reactions of his dog being taunted by talk of food. Third was an SNL digital short which showed singer Michael Bolton as an over-enthusiastic Pirates of the Caribbean fan.

 Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr212011

Rebecca Black, ‘Friday’ Singer, Receiving Death Threats

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- It's the YouTube sensation people love to hate: Rebecca Black's song that went viral, "Friday.” Some hate the song so much that the 13-year-old singer has received death threats.

Authorities say the threats, one by email and one by phone, came shortly after the release of her video in February, demanding that she pull the song from YouTube "or else."

"We consider these threats to be death threats, and we certainly take these things very seriously," said Sgt. Rick Martinez of the Anaheim, Calif., Police Department.

Although the Anaheim police acknowledge the death threats may just be mean-spirited snipes, authorities said they are taking it seriously.

"Specifically they mention that they were going to take her life," Martinez said, "and that's where you have to draw the line."

Black said in an interview with ABC News last month that she was shocked at the mean things people were saying.

"The meanest thing I read was I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get a eating disorder so you'll look pretty," Black said.

Her song and the accompanying video have inspired strong feelings, both positive and negative, and dozens of parodies. Comedian Steven Colbert performed his own version on the NBC series, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

The video has received more than 112 million views since it was posted to YouTube on Feb. 10. Of them, some 300,000 "liked" it, but more than two million "disliked" it.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Apr162011

Rebecca Black Prepping Full Album?

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Thirteen-year-old YouTube sensation Rebecca Black is back in the studio. Gossip website TMZ reports that Black has started working on a few new tracks with producer Charlton Pettus, but there’s no word yet on when the EP will be released… or if it’ll drop on a Friday.

Black gained notoriety with her 2011 debut single, “Friday,” produced by the small Los Angeles-based record label ARK Music Factory. The music video was uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 10, and received approximately 1,000 views in its first month. The video went viral on March 11, and simultaneously became the most talked about topic on Twitter. Still, as of April 12, the video had received more than 1.9 million “dislikes” compared to its nearly 250,000 “likes” on YouTube. Critics have called the song “the worst ever.”

It appears Black’s 15 minutes of fame won’t soon run out. She even has her own billboard. On Friday, a giant advertisement was unveiled in Los Angeles to commemorate Black’s single, which surpassed 100 million views on YouTube and beat out not only Justin Bieber's "Pray," but also Lady Gaga's "Born This Way." FOX’s hit show, Glee, will reportedly cover “Friday,” in an upcoming show.

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Friday
Mar182011

'Friday' Singer Rebecca Black Responds to Criticism

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Thirteen-year-old Rebecca Black is a bona fide Internet sensation after the video for her song "Friday" went viral, but even though it's been viewed more than 15 million times on YouTube, few people think the song is a hit.

Black told ABC's Good Morning America she was initially shocked by the backlash, but now she's taking the criticism in stride.

"At first, when I first saw all these nasty comments, I did cry," said Black. "I felt like this was my fault. And I shouldn't have done this, and this is all because of me. And now I don't feel that way."

The simple lyrics -- delivered via auto-tuned vocals set to pop music -- revolve around the teen's planned enjoyment of a weekend about to be spent partying with friends.

Much of the criticism has centered on Black's voice and the song's lyrics, but the attacks have also been personal. According to Black, the worst comment said, "I hope you cut yourself, and I hope you get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty. And I hope you go cut and die."

Despite the severe criticism, "Friday" continues to rack up views since it was first posted to YouTube on Feb. 10. It's even spawned several covers.

"Friday" is produced by California-based Ark Music Factory and was funded by Black's parents.

Ark Music producer Patrice Wilson said Black was not off key before the auto-tuned technology was applied and that her voice was "actually really good."

Black says the harsh criticism has not killed her confidence. "I think I have talent on some level," she said. "I don't think I'm the worst singer, but I don't think I'm the best singer."

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Thursday
Mar172011

'Friday' Singer Rebecca Black to Discuss Viral Video Hit on 'GMA'

YouTube(NEW YORK) -- Thirteen-year-old Rebecca Black is a bona fide Internet sensation after the video for her song, "Friday," went viral, but even though it's been viewed more than 13 million times on YouTube, apparently very few people think the song is a hit.

"Friday" has the Internet buzzing, with critics and the general public taking to social media to slam the production. A Yahoo! blog asked if "Friday" was the worst song ever, while E! Online actually pondered whether the song could be a hoax.

"Those hurtful comments really shocked me," Black said in an interview with The Daily Beast adding that she felt she was being cyber-bullied.

The simple lyrics -- delivered via auto-tuned vocals set to pop music -- revolve around the teen's planned enjoyment of a weekend about to be spent partying with friends.

The lyrics include this verse:

Seven a.m., waking up in the morning/Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs/Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal Seein' everything, the time is goin' /Tickin' on and on, everybody's rushin'/Gotta get down to the bus stop/Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends.

Despite the severe criticism, "Friday" continues to rack up views since it was first posted to YouTube on Feb. 10. It's even spawned several covers, including this one by Kyle Puccia that's been seen nearly 60,000 times.

"Friday" is produced by California-based Ark Music Factory. A biography of the singer on Ark's website says music is her passion, adding that she started vocal lessons when she was 10 years old.

The song is available on iTunes and a downloadable cell phone ringtone.

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