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Racy Justin Timberlake Music Video to Remain on YouTube

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake's music videos have always been a bit racy (see "Senorita," "Love Sex Magic" and "Sexy Back"), but his newest video for "Tunnel Vision" sets a new bar. Though some news sites reported that the video full of topless women was pulled from YouTube, it will remain up on the service, ABC News has confirmed.

Before the video plays on Justin Timberlake's VEVO channel, YouTube users are presented with a explicit content warning that they must click on before playing the video.

While Google does not usually allow nudity in videos, a Google spokesperson told ABC News that the video is an exception.

"While our Guidelines generally prohibit nudity, we make exceptions when it is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age-restrictions," a Google spokesperson told ABC News on Friday morning.

YouTube's guidelines state that "Most nudity is not allowed, particularly if it is in a sexual context. Generally if a video is intended to be sexually provocative, it is less likely to be acceptable for YouTube."

Google pulled Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video in March because of female nudity. Google would not comment further on why the exception was made for the "Tunnel Vision" video.

Timberlake's video premiered on July 2 on the artist's MySpace page. The artist and actor is one of the co-owners of the recently revamped social network, which focuses on connecting musicians with fans. It was put up on YouTube and Timberlake's official website on July 3. The racy video already has over 1.1 million views on YouTube.

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Kate Upton Considers Teen's Prom Invite

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jake Davidson is one brave 17-year-old.

The high school senior from Los Angeles asked Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton to be his prom date via a YouTube video. In the clip, titled “Kate Upton, Will You Go to Prom with Me?” Jake explains why Upton should be his date.

“Kate, can I call you Katie? OK, Kate works,” Jake says in the video, while taking a shower.

“Kate, great moments are born from great opportunity and that is what you have here today, a chance to make a nice guy’s senior year the best ever,” he continues, while tying his tie.

He goes on to explain that he can’t dance and he’s shorter than her, but they do have things in common, including Sports Illustrated. Upton poses in it wearing swimsuits and Jake reads it.

And Jake might just get his perfect prom. The model tweeted back to him Tuesday, saying, “You can call me Katie if you want! How could I turn down that video! I’ll check my schedule ;)”

Jake was then surprised on NBC’s Today show this morning by a phone call from Upton.

“This just got so much better now that you’re on the phone,” he said before pitching his prom night to her. “I’m telling you it will be a great night, great evening. I could even get the curfew extended hopefully by my parents, maybe. I hope you’d be interested if your schedule is free, and what time should I pick you up if you are interested?”

Upton, 20, told the teen he seems like a lot of fun but she has to check her schedule.

If the date goes through, Jake might just have to work on changing his 11 p.m. curfew.


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"Sesame Street" Reaches YouTube Milestone

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sesame Street reached a major milestone on Tuesday.

The PBS show's YouTube channel topped one billion views.  Much of the channel features clips from Sesame Street episodes.

Which individual video has the highest number of views? "Elmo's Song," with more than 87 million.

The Count is featured in a special video commemorating the achievement, called "Counting the 'You's in YouTube." As of early Thursday, the clip had more than 32,000 views.

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PSY Breaks Justin Bieber’s YouTube Record

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- South Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style” has become the most watched video in YouTube history.

On Saturday, the video had been viewed 805 million times, surpassing Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” which had 803 million views, the YouTube trends blog reported.

The 34-year-old rapper has become a global phenomenon with his catchy song and signature horse-riding dance moves. “Gangnam Style” gained an audience outside of PSY’s native South Korea in early August and had a meteoric rise to the top spot.

And it doesn’t seem that people are tiring of it.  According to YouTube, the video is watched between seven million and ten million times a day around the world, from India to Brazil to the United States.

Bieber had held the record since July 2010 when he unseated Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”

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No Doubt Apologizes to Native American Community for Video

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- No Doubt has pulled its latest music video from the Internet after receiving complaints that it was insensitive towards Native Americans.

In the clip for “Looking Hot,” which was released and then yanked on Friday, singer Gwen Stefani is dressed in traditional Native American attire as part of a Wild West-type story. Bassist Tony Kanal plays a tribe chief, while guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young play cowboys who capture Stefani’s character. The video features other Native American imagery, like teepees.

The video provoked a storm of criticism on YouTube before it was removed, and in a statement posted Saturday on No Doubt’s website, the band apologized.

“As a multi-racial band our foundation is built upon both diversity and consideration for other cultures. Our intention with our new video was never to offend, hurt or trivialize Native American people, their culture or their history.  Although we consulted with Native American friends and Native American studies experts at the University of California, we realize now that we have offended people,” a statement said on the band’s website.

They concluded, “We sincerely apologize to the Native American community and anyone else offended by this video.  Being hurtful to anyone is simply not who we are.”

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VIDEO: Filmmaker, 32, Has Conversation With 12-Year-Old Self

Jeremiah McDonald(PORTLAND, Maine) -- A Maine filmmaker has managed to answer all of the burning questions his 12-year-old self was dying to know — 20 years later — via the meshing of not-so-modern video, current footage and some creative editing.

In an innovative clip published on July 5, comedic actor and filmmaker Jeremiah McDonald playfully cuts together VHS footage of himself as a curious, fidgety 12-year-old boy asking himself questions, which his somewhat more jaded, sarcastic 32-year-old self responds to.

The clip entitled “A Conversation with My 12 Year Old Self: 20th Anniversary Edition,” which has topped over one million YouTube views since Thursday, opens with a slate reading: “20 years ago I left a tape for myself…”

The film then cuts to McDonald in 1992, saying to the camera, “I think I’d like to talk to myself in the future — yes, that’s something that I’ll do!”

After a fast forward montage showing footage of the comic through the years, we see McDonald at 32 in his bedroom — bearded, boozing, and a bit bemused with his younger self.

The two soon begin a quick back-and-forth — riffing on Star Wars, this thing called the Internet and the sad fate of childhood pets.

At one point, young McDonald asks his older self if he still likes the TV show Dr. Who. Given the amount of paraphernalia from the newer version of the hit British show the 32-year-old still has in his room, the younger self would be pleased.

In less than four minutes, McDonald’s clip manages to be both heartwarmingly nostalgic, while conveying how jaded Generation-Xers can become when compared directly to their idealistic childhood selves.

McDonald, who told ABC News he is a comic actor and filmmaker, was raised in South Paris, Maine, and now lives in Portland. He has posted more than 50 clips on YouTube under the username “weepingprophet.”

Though the clip has attracted a fair share of skeptics, who believe the McDonald hired a child actor to play his younger self, his inclusion of the footage of himself through the years makes it clear it’s likely him — and he steadfastly maintains that the clip is legitimate.

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Mr. Rogers Gets a Remix

Fotos International/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- What happens when you mix the childhood comfort of seeing Mr. Rogers in his green sweater, tying his shoe and asking you to be his neighbor with today’s ramped-up technology?

A viral video that you can’t stop watching.

Called “Garden of Your Mind,” the video is a musical mash-up of classic scenes from the PBS children’s show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, remixed and played over and over to a slow tune.

Even more captivating is that the three-minute YouTube video gives Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers himself, the Auto-Tune treatment, using an electronic processor to alter the pitch of voices in the clips.

“You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind,” Rogers, who died in 2003, “sings” in the song’s chorus.

The show went off the air in 2001, after more than 30 years of Rogers signing off with his signature, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” goodbye.

PBS Digital Studios saw the video, which was posted to YouTube on Thursday, as a way to pay tribute to a hero, the station said, and found an unlikely Mr. Rogers fan in the world of music to produce it.

“When we discovered video mash-up artist John D. Boswell, aka melodysheep, on YouTube, we immediately wanted to work together,” PBS Digital Studios explained in a statement on its YouTube channel.  “Turns out that he is a huge Mr. Rogers Neighborhood fan, and was thrilled at the chance to pay tribute to one of our heroes.”

Perhaps more intriguing is that PBS says the Mr. Rogers remix is just the first of several iconic personalities from PBS shows that will get the Auto-Tune treatment, meaning Sesame Street in Auto-Tune could be next.

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‘Hot Problems’: Worst Song of the Year?

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- With lyrics like “Hot girls we have problems, too. We’re just like you, except we’re hot,” the viral internet video “Hot Problems” has garnered almost 2 million views in less than a week and is being criticized by some bloggers as the worst song ever -- drawing comparisons to the viral song and video “Friday” by Rebecca Black.

"Hot Problems" was written and performed by Drew Garrett and Lauren Willey, two 17-year-old high school seniors from northern Los Angeles. “We wanted something funny to show our friends. We really didn’t mean anything from it,” said Willey.

“We knew that we couldn’t actually sing…so we decided to go for more of a talking singing,” said Garrett.

Both Garrett and Willey emphasize that they aren’t serious about the song, “We don’t think that we’re that hot, no.”

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As for a future in music, the girls have plans to attend college in the fall.  Garrett wants to major in animal science and Willey plans to major in international business.  Even so, they're open to a career as songwriters and hinted at plans to write another song.

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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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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.

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