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Top 50 Most Viewed U.S. YouTube Channels • Week Of 1/23/15

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It's another installment of the weekly Tubefilter Chart of the Top 50 Most Viewed U.S. YouTube Channels and a channel all about kids toys is still at the top.

Chart Toppers

DisneyCollectorBR is in first place on the U.S. charts for the 18th week in a row. The online video catalog featuring videos of adults playing with children's toys took a marginal 1% dip in views, but still ended the week just shy of 119 million of them. Maroon 5 is up next in the #2 spot. Adam Levine's band was sweet at "Sugar" this week and ended the seven-day stretch with more than 83.5 million views.

Taylor Swift is next up in third place. The pop star's channel saw a 5% bump in views and racked up more than 82.6 million views during the week. In fourth place is PopularMMOs. The U.S.-based gamer scored more than 63.8 million views on the week. »

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Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 1/23/15

24 January 2015 1:56 PM, PST

DisneyCollectorBR is still in the #1 spot. The internet’s favorite destination for adults playing with children’s toys continues to rack up a heck of a lot of views, amassing nearly 119 million in the last seven days alone. PewDiePie is relatively far behind in second place. The channel belonging to twentysomething Swedish gamer Felix Kjellberg scored just shy of 94.6 [&hellip

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- Joshua Cohen

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Indie Spotlight: ‘Business Time’ Is All In A Day’s Work

23 January 2015 4:42 PM, PST

One of our favorite indie web series of 2014 was Business Work, which applied punny comedy to the workplace. The series featured in this week's Indie Spotlight brings us back into the office, and like Business Work, it thrives on absurd situations. Alex Herrald and Kristopher Knight are the creative forces behind Business Time, a seven-episode series now available in its entirety.

The main characters of Business Time are Gene and Gene, a pair of office workers with abutting cubicles. In each episode, they banter back and forth while spewing vague business jargon at each other. What kind of businessmen are Gene and Gene? One of them has a framed photo of Ben Bernanke on his desk. The other one gets turned out by Excel spreadsheets. They both enjoy comments about the weather. Gene and Gene, you could say, are all business.

Eventually, the episodes manage to get a little weird, »

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The Decemberists Put YouTube Comments To Music On ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

23 January 2015 3:11 PM, PST

The Decemberists recently had to deal with some decidedly less-than-artistic lyrics. The indie folk rock band who just released their seventh album on January 20, 2015 appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and sung some rather ridiculous YouTube comments.

Kimmel starts the segment by explaining how The Decemberists write interesting, very intelligent songs about uncommon subjects,” and then jokes they’re working on an album centered around YouTube. The band proceeds to play selections from this fake project, covering every kind of comment you expect to see on Google’s online video site, from shallow to vicious to self-promoting. They conclude by singing a comment which calls the 2005 MIT commencement speech “boring” five times in a row.

Despite younger audiences loving the online video site, YouTube comments have never had a very good reputation. The anonymity afforded the site’s users before 2013 allowed them to write any trolling, hateful, or even completely unrelated comment they wanted to. »

- Bree Brouwer

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Spike Jonze Directs Vice’s First Ever Virtual Reality Feature

23 January 2015 2:55 PM, PST

Vice prides itself on its intimate, personal reporting style, and the publications latest venture brings that intimacy to a new level. Spike Jonze and Chris Milk are the filmmakers behind Vice News Vr: Millions March, a news feature available on virtual reality (Vr) devices.

Jonze and Milk premiered the Vr film at Sundance. Millions March is hosted by Alice Speri, a Vice News correspondent who attended the large-scale protests in New York City that followed grand jury decisions in the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Speri captured footage with a 360-degree camera, and her completed feature was uploaded to an app designed by Vrse, a Vr development company founded by Milk.

Viewers are able to download Vrse's app via the iTunes Store and Google Play. The first Vr device to support this app is Google's own Cardboard, but viewers are also able to view Millions March on newer »

- Sam Gutelle

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GoPro Partners With NHL To Capture, Broadcast Live Game Footage

23 January 2015 2:16 PM, PST

GoPro may be known for its users’ videos based on individual sports like surfing or mountain biking, but the brand’s new partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) could change that. The two companies have teamed up to use GoPro camera footage during live broadcasts of professional hockey matches.

According to TechCrunch, the NHL is interested in attracting a younger viewership to its hockey games. GoPro’s connection to this audience through action sports was apparently a good fit for the League, which plans to have on-ice players wear the cameras to provide real-time, point-of-view footage during the live broadcasts. The NHL will begin using GoPro devices and its corresponding Live Broadcast Solution during the the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend from January 24 to 25.

TechCrunch notes that while professional sports organizations like the NFL have already been using remote-controlled track or wire-flown cameras during games, many of the groups are looking to modernize their filming options. »

- Bree Brouwer

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YouTube Star Colleen Ballinger (Aka Miranda Sings) Guest Hosts ABC’s ‘The View’

23 January 2015 2:04 PM, PST

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon isn’t the only TV show Colleen Ballinger (also known by her stand-offish character Miranda Sings) has recently made an appearance on. The YouTuber boasting 3.4 million subscribers across three channels was a guest host on ABC’s The View on January 22, 2015.

Ballinger joined The View’s Nicole Wallace, Rosie O’Donnell, and fellow guest host Michelle Williams in discussing some of the most talked-about news stories of the day. The four ladies start off by defending or criticizing the New England Patriots due to the team using deflated balls during the NFL playoffs, and move into topics like first kisses and cyber-bullying. At one point, Ballinger inadvertently brought up how she and her fiancé argue about how to pronounce the word eggs, and the conversation degrades into all four women trying to figure out the “right” way to say the word.

After the episode finished filming, »

- Bree Brouwer

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Musician Zoe Keating Speaks Out Against Terms Of YouTube Music Key

23 January 2015 12:59 PM, PST

YouTube's Music Key service has been a lightning rod for controversy, and a recent Tumblr post from an independent musician has brought a particular issue back into the spotlight. Cellist and composer Zoe Keating has taken to her personal blog, where she wrote a post lamenting the aggressive terms musicians must now agree to if they wish to continue using Content ID on YouTube.

Keating is known for her openness regarding the financial particulars of her dealings with streaming services, and in her new post, she lays out the rules YouTube sets forth in its new agreement. The new terms require Keating to put her catalog on YouTube Music Key, monetize her songs, release songs on YouTube as they arrive on other platforms, and upload them in high resolution. The agreement lasts for five years, and if Keating does not agree to it, she can no longer monetize her music on YouTube. »

- Sam Gutelle

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YouTube’s Live Interview With President Obama Drew 88,000+ Concurrent Viewers

23 January 2015 10:33 AM, PST

On January 22nd, Hank Green, GloZell Green, and Bethany Mota represented YouTube during a live streaming interview with President Barack Obama. During the 46-minute event, the three content creators fired an assortment of questions at the President while engaging with viewers from around the world. Ultimately, the interview scored more than 88,000 concurrent viewers, generated more than 705 million impressions on for the #YouTubeAsksObama hashtag on Twitter, and drew a varied response from the media.

The three interviewers each focused on the topics most relevant to them. Green about North Korea and about the feasibility of the President's political goals, GloZell asked him to discuss the relationship between minority communities and the police, and the 19-year-old Mota spent some time grilling him on the cost of a college education. The interview ended with the selfie pictured above, which YouTube quickly posted on its Twitter feed.

YouTube's latest foray into the White House »

- Sam Gutelle

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Fullscreen Launches Film Division To Develop Feature-Length Movies With YouTube Stars

23 January 2015 9:54 AM, PST

Fullscreen is taking the meaning of its name to a whole new level. The multi-channel network has announced its Fullscreen Films initiative, a production-based branch of the McN focused solely on creating feature-length films starring some of today’s most popular digital stars.

Three films are already in production under the Fullscreen Films banner. The first is Rooster Teeth’s Lazer Team. The Austin-based production company initially raised funds for this film on its own via a wildly-successful Indiegogo. It’s likely Fullscreen’s new initiative will help finalize the production plans as well as work on distribution options for Rooster Teeth’s first-ever feature-length film.

Next on Fullscreen’s film slate is a documentary previously announced in June 2014 that features YouTube supergroup Our2ndLife. Though the group has just disbanded its channel, Fullscreen is apparently still moving ahead with the doc titled #O2LForever (quite a nostalgic title, considering the circumstances).

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- Bree Brouwer

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Could Snapchat Be Working On Original Content?

23 January 2015 9:07 AM, PST

Snapchat doesn’t want to be left on the sidelines while everyone else is making content. The app known for its fleeting, self-terminating picture messages is reportedly working on its own original content plans.

Digiday reports Snapchat will launch its own video and text-based content along with those of its advertising partners on its Discover platform at the end of January. Initially, the seen-it-and-delete-it messaging app developed this ad-supported feature to attract marketers who wanted to post their own branded visual, audio, and textual content. And the tactic apparently worked, as Snapchat secured partners such as CNN, Espn, and Vice.

Now, however, Snapchat seems to want to throw its presence into the mix on Discover. Digiday notes the ephemeral messaging company has hired “a host of journalists, videographers and animators” who will be part of a media division led by Nick Bell, a former senior VP from News Corp. Some »

- Bree Brouwer

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FremantleMedia Acquires Majority Stake In European McN Divimove

23 January 2015 8:07 AM, PST

FremantleMedia is best known for its work on TV, but the international production company continues to stake a larger claim in online video. It has acquired a majority stake in Divimove, one of the leading multi-channel networks (MCNs) in Europe.

The size of FremantleMedia's investment was not disclosed, but the London-based company now controls 51% of the Berlin-based McN. This deal continues an existing relationship between the two companies; FremantleMedia previously invested in Divimove back in 2013.

“Divimove‘s amazing growth is a result of an exceptional team and a great roster of content creators," said Keith Hindle, FremantleMedia's CEO of Digital and Branded Entertainment, in a release. "Divimove works with really exciting emerging talent across multiple markets, which fits our global TV production business well, and we look forward to working with them even more.”

Divimove's partner network spans more than 1,700 channels across Europe, which together claim 80 million subscribers and more than 900 million views. »

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Top 250 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels Worldwide In 2014

23 January 2015 6:39 AM, PST

Welcome to our second annual installment of the yearly Tubefilter Top 250 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels chart.

With 2015 now firmly underway, we've collected and organized all the data from the year prior so you can see which online video channels amassed the the largest audiences and fan bases in 2014. The names won't be unfamiliar to any regular reader of our Tubefilter Charts, though you may seem some new channel discoveries as you scroll down the list.

And Spoiler Alert: Very impressive stats below.

Chart Toppers

In 2014, the most subscribed channel on YouTube belonged to a twentysomething Swedish gamer whose parents named him Felix Kjellberg, but who's better known online as PewDiePie. Kjellberg's ever-growing collection of Let's Play videos accompanied by the occasional personal vlog and charitable campaign amassed almost 14 million subscribers last year, bringing the total count of his Bro Army to well above 33 million.

In a far distant second, but »

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BuzzFeed, Friskies Turn ‘Dear Kitten’ Web Series Into Super Bowl TV Ad

22 January 2015 3:47 PM, PST

BuzzFeed and Friskies know Super Bowl viewers like watching more animals than just the Budweiser Clydesdales. The media company and cat food brand have teamed up to make a 60-second Big Game ad based on their popular Dear Kitten web series.

The 60-second spot, dubbed “Dear Kitten: Regarding the Big Game,” is in the same vein as previous installments of Friskies and BuzzFeed’s web series. An older cat with little regard for humans explains to a young kitten how things get “weird” when the Super Bowl is on TV. The elder feline mocks how humans “compete” to see who can yell the loudest, and how they sit in positions which take away the most comfortable napping spaces.

The commercial will air during the February 1st Super Bowl in three cat-themed U.S. locations: Los Gatos, California; Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; and Pawnee City, Nebraska. A three-and-a-half minute version is »

- Bree Brouwer

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Through Its Newest Hire, Refinery29 Doubles Down On Video

22 January 2015 3:35 PM, PST

Refinery29 has made a move that will bolster its digital video efforts. According to Variety, the female-focused media company has hired former Vice Media exec Amy Emmerich as its new head of video.

Emmerich most recently served as VP of Programming for Scripps' ulive.com. Before that, she was VP of production and development at Vice Media. In her new role, she will lead the Refinery29 video team as it creates new original series and expands its programming slate.

“We are committed to expanding the platform in big ways this year under Amy’s leadership,” said Philippe von Borries, co-founder and co-ceo of Refinery29. “Her diverse experience developing award-winning storytelling for TV and digital as well as her ability to scale production and development teams, matched with her connections and expertise in working with top talent agents and distribution partners is core to achieving that mission.”

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- Sam Gutelle

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LiveJournal Debuts Video Hosting, Comic Book Legend Stan Lee First To Upload

22 January 2015 2:32 PM, PST

LiveJournal is getting into online video in a way which should please the site’s more visually-inclined users. The anonymity-supporting blogging platform introduced video hosting on January 22, 2015, and comic book legend Stan Lee was the first to upload a video using the new feature.

Before the video hosting feature was introduced, LiveJournal bloggers were able to embed videos from other sites (but they’d have to upload their own video content to sites like YouTube before they could link or embed to them). LiveJournal’s new native video hosting simplifies this process. The platform’s users can now upload a video directly to LiveJournal, share it with their friends, and easily embed it into their posts.

The first LiveJournal user to upload a video to his blog was Lee, creator of such comic book characters as Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four. Lee’s video was about the final »

- Bree Brouwer

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Here’s The Live Stream For YouTube’s Interview With President Obama

22 January 2015 1:46 PM, PST

Interviewers have been chosen, questions have been submitted, and the State of the Union has been delivered. Now, there's only one thing left to do: It's time for YouTube to chat with the President.

Beginning at 5 Pm Est on January 22nd, YouTube content creators Hank Green, GloZell Green (no relation), and Bethany Mota will interview President Barack Obama. These three people represent a diverse cross-section of the YouTube community. Green, who makes up one-half of the Vlogbrothers, is one of the industry's leading voices thanks to his role as VidCon co-founder. Mota, who is most popular among teenagers, can speak for America's youngest generation. GloZell, who YouTube calls the "most followed female African American creator on YouTube," will bring a minority voice to the table.

The entire interview can be viewed here:

This event is an exciting one for online video viewers (and for Green, GloZell, and Mota), but it's »

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Bad Lip Reading Returns To Dub Over The NFL Once Again

22 January 2015 12:30 PM, PST

Super Bowl Sunday is imminent, which means it's time for the latest installment of what is quickly becoming a cherished yearly tradition. The anonymous creator of Bad Lip Reading has returned to his channel to once again apply his signature treatment to the stars of the NFL.

This is the third time Bad Lip Reading has put words in the mouths of football players, and as per usual, this installment provides plenty of absurd comedy. Cam Newton talks about an old sheepdog named Taco Sinbad, J.J. Watt mouths off about pig poop, and Robert Griffin III searches for hot soup. The whole video runs for about four minutes and dubs over dozens of NFL clips.

Bad Lip Reading updates infrequently, so any new video from the beloved comedy channel is worth sharing. The channel's NFL videos, however, are particularly cherished by its 4.1 million subscribers. The first "Bad Lip Reading of the NFL, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Nissan Enlists YouTube Dads To Promote #WithDad Super Bowl Campaign

22 January 2015 12:14 PM, PST

Nissan will run its first Super Bowl commercial in 18 years, but the car manufacturer is approaching the comeback with an all-new marketing stint. As a preview of its upcoming Big Game ad on February 1, the auto company has launched the #withdad campaign and partnered with seven YouTube creators to make videos related to the initiative.

YouTubers Roman Atwood, Action Movie Kid, Epic Meal Time, and Jabbawockeez were the first four creators to release their videos on Nissan’s YouTube channel. Each digital star’s clip is unique from the others and doesn’t necessarily represent what Nissan’s final Super Bowl ad will look like. However, Nissan notes at the bottom of its channel its #withdad campaign is meant to be a “celebration of and inspiration for dads who find innovative and exciting ways to make life better for their kids and families.”

For example, Atwood decides to prank his »

- Bree Brouwer

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Maker Studios, Disney Team Up For #DisneySide All-Star Creator Conference

22 January 2015 10:29 AM, PST

The Walt Disney Company is working hard to welcome Maker Studios (which it acquired in March 2014 for $500 to $950 million) into the Disney family. The two brands partnered to host the #DisneySide All-Star Creator Conference, which took place January 15-18, 2015 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney and Maker’s Creator Conference was developed to help inspire and grow the careers of Maker’s 55,000+ content partners as part of the Disney Side initiative. As the event title indicates, the conference boasted seminars, discussions, and presentations about how to succeed online from Maker digital stars such as ShayCarl, Stampylonghead, AlphaCat, Charisma Star, and Nice Peter and EpicLLYOD of Epic Rap Battles of History (a series which is currently on hiatus).

But the All-Star Creator Conference wasn’t limited to only Maker creators. Back in the fall of 2014, Disney invited would-be YouTube celebrities ages 18 and over to submit a video showing their #DisneySide for »

- Bree Brouwer

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