Thursday, 29 July 2010

July’s Finest... According To GetFeaturedUK

Today we spotlight the results of the first four weeks of GetFeaturedUK, a new channel dedicated to surfacing the best that the YouTube UK community has to offer.

Set up by three YouTubers – Gary, Ben and Jack – the channel invites uploaders to put their recent work up for review by a five-person channel with a view to featuring a weekly Top Three:

However, in order for this project to reach its goals, GetFeaturedUK needs to build an audience big enough to help break new talent – so don’t delay, go and subscribe today. And if you want to get a piece of the action or be part of the panel, get over to the channel and get involved.

As for us here at YouTube UK, we’re happy to lend support to anyone trying out new things – so let us know what you’re up to in the comments below and we'll mosey on by for a shufty.

Have fun,

Jamie Dolling, YouTube UK, recently watched “Mars”.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Katy Perry Bares All For Lisa Nova

“Did you really kiss a girl?” “Do you ever laugh at the parody videos making fun of you?” “Are you and Russell planning on having kids?” The call was to ask Katy Perry anything you wanted, and you responded with a record-breaking 20,500 text and video questions submitted to Katy’s channel via the Moderator tool. Over 401,600 votes were cast, and YouTube’s own Lisa Nova posed the most popular questions to Perry, who was wearing a Latex getup only she could pull off:

Along with this exclusive 30-minute interview, which is highlighted on our homepage today, you might also want to check out her hit single “California Gurls” and a special behind-the-scenes peek from Lisa Nova, of what ultimately turned out to be a relaxed chat between girls.

Want to kick start your own discussion? Join Katy Perry, President Obama and others by adding Moderator to your channel page.

Michele Flannery, Music Manager, recently watched “Minnesota Gurls.”

Friday, 23 July 2010

YouTube Play: Jury Selected

For artists, YouTube is a 21st century canvas. Since the YouTube Play project was announced last month, more than 6,000 videos ranging in genres, topics and budget have been submitted from 69 countries, and the YouTube Play channel has received over 2 million views.

Today, we’re unveiling the jury for YouTube Play, which includes some of the world’s leading artists, from international film festival winners and renowned photographers to performance and video artists on the cutting edge of art.

YouTube Play jurors include musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson; musical group Animal Collective; visual artists Douglas Gordon, Ryan McGinley, Marilyn Minter and Takashi Murakami; artists and filmmakers Shirin Neshat, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Darren Aronofsky; and graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister, with Guggenheim Chief Curator and Deputy Director Nancy Spector serving as jury chairperson.

Over the course of the next few months, these jurors will watch countless hours of videos submitted by the international YouTube community and select the most creative and inspiring work to showcase at the Guggenheim museums in October.

Already, this campaign has drawn some remarkable talent, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of your submissions in our quest to find the most creative video art in the world and showcase it alongside van Gogh and Picasso. The deadline for getting your videos in is July 31. For more information about the jurors and to learn more about how to participate, check out

Ed Sanders, Senior Marketing Manager, recently watched “YouTube Play: Behind the Scenes.”

"Unstaged” concert series brings you live music, starting with Arcade Fire

Hello, music lover, meet “Unstaged,” a new five-part concert series brought to you by YouTube, American Express and VEVO. Each performance will not only be streamed live on YouTube, but it will also have unique on- and offline components to entertain fans -- for example, you may be able to vote on the encore performance or switch camera angles. And if you miss anything, no worries: the full show and highlights will be available on the artist’s channel soon after the show.

Kicking off the series will be Arcade Fire, who will perform at Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 5. The concert will coincide with the release of Arcade Fire’s third album, The Suburbs, and will be broadcast live to the world on

Other artists slated to be part of the “Unstaged” lineup include John Legend and the Roots. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks so keep an ear tuned right here for more details.

Glenn Brown, Business Development, Music, and Dana Vetter, Marketing Programs, recently watched “Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #2 (Laika) .”

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Make Film History On July 24: Life In A Day

This Saturday, don’t forget to charge those batteries, polish those lenses and get your cameras ready to capture a glimpse of your life for “Life In A Day”.

Two weeks ago, we announced this historic cinematic experiment to create the world's largest user-generated documentary, made possible by LG, produced and directed by renowned filmmakers Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald and filmed by you. In the words of Ridley, it’s now time to “just do it”.

If your video is selected for inclusion in the final film, you’ll be credited as a co-director and may be one of 20 contributors selected to attend the world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Visit the "Life In A Day" channel for more information.

Nate Weinstein recently watched "Life In A Day".

Monday, 19 July 2010

UK Music Tuesday: Sons Of Admirals At The Controls

This week Music Tuesday focuses on some of the unsigned talent out there trying to find an initial, seed audience via YouTube. And who better to curate such a Spotlight than a band drawn from their peers -- in this case Sons Of Admirals, whose recent upload of "Here Comes My Baby" is approaching 1.5MM views, scored itself a slot in the iTunes indie charts and has generated a fair bit of media interest in the process.

Sons Of Admirals consists of Nerimon, Hexachordal, CharlieIsSoCoolLike and Eddplant, who between them command a subscriber base of some 770,000 -- qualifying them as the nearest thing that YouTube UK has to a supergroup. The four musicians met each other through the platform and have a very clear understanding of what YouTube has offered to them. But before we get into that, let's have a look at the videos they have selected, and why:

"Sons Of Admirals would not exist without YouTube," explains Nerimon. "The four of us all met on the site and all had a great respect for the things the others were doing, and it just seemed a natural fit for us to work together."

"YouTube has been an absolutely wonderful tool for me in terms of gaining confidence in order to push my career forwards," continues Eddplant. "If it wasn’t for my subscribers and the support that I have gotten in comments and through gatherings, I would definitely not be where I am today."

CharlieIsSoCoolLike takes a slightly different tack, singing the praises of being able to produce music on his own terms: "It’s a great asset to have no to worry about having any record labels to help you make your start – you can make your start yourself and, for me, that’s a really valuable thing."

But the process isn't all one way, as Hexachordal stresses: "If you consider yourself to be a YouTuber and a musician at the same time, one thing that is very vital to remember that the video is as important if not more important than the song itself."

So, Sons Of Admirals have not only brought their selections to UK Music Tuesday, but a little hard-won advice as well. Namely: collaborate, use YouTube to test your ideas, trust your instincts and respect your audience. And whether you choose to heed their recommendations or not, hopefully you have enjoyed their selections -- at which point it seems only polite to thank Tyrannosauruslexxx, MusicFromBlueSkies, MrTinoForever and Sons Of Admirals themselves.

There are a lot of talented, aspiring musicians using YouTube in a huge variety to ways to test, play with and promote their work, and today's Spotlight doesn't pretend to cover them all. So, if you think that you could produce a similarly compelling UK Music Tuesday, please head over to our dedicated channel, subscribe (naturally) and talk us into placing you at the controls. We're waiting to hear from you.

Have fun,

Jamie Dolling, YouTube UK, recently watched: "Anais Mitchell One Take -- Dusty Wright".

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Did She Really Kiss A Girl? Ask Katy Perry Yourself

Perhaps you’ve seen Katy Perry kissing girls, waking up in Vegas or parodied by the YouTube community. More recently, she’s been spotted cavorting with hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg (along with life-size Gummi Bears and multi-striped snakes) in her latest “California Gurls” clip.

Well, now she’s putting that day-glo fantasy life on hold to answer your questions:

You have until midnight PT on July 18 to submit a video or text question to Katy’s channel ( Everyone will be able to vote on the questions until July 18, and Katy will answer the most popular in an exclusive Q&A as conducted by YouTube’s own Lisa Nova. We’ll put the interview on the homepage shortly after it’s edited and uploaded to YouTube.

Fire away!

Michele Flannery, Music Manager, recently watched "Key of Awesome #22"

YouTube Leanback: For Effortless Viewing

A click here, a search there, a browse on this page -- sometimes it can take more than a few flicks of the wrist and finger taps to get your daily dose of video. Luckily, YouTube Leanback wants you to conserve your energy for actually watching more videos. Mmm...more videos...

Just as its name implies, YouTube Leanback is all about letting you sit back, relax and be entertained. Videos tailored to your interests play as soon as you visit the site and they play in full screen and high definition, continuously. There's no need to click, search, or browse, unless you want to, of course. Watching YouTube becomes as easy as watching TV.

To see what we mean, go to, and you'll note that a selection of videos -- your feed -- plays immediately. This feed is based on your YouTube settings and preferences, including content from your subscriptions and videos your friends are sharing on Facebook (assuming you've connected your YouTube account to your Facebook account). You can also watch the most popular comedy, entertainment, news, or more. And if you don't care for the video that's playing, use the right arrow key on your keyboard to skip ahead to the next video, or try the up/down arrows to search, access player controls, and browse channels and videos. You won't need your mouse for this experience.

Here's more about how YouTube Leanback works (we'll also show you how to hook up your Facebook account):

YouTube Leanback is currently in beta, but we'd love for you to try it out at and let us know what it's like to kick back and revel in the endless stream of YouTube entertainment!

Kuan Yong, Senior Product Manager, recently watched “Life In A Day.”

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Life In A Day, Captured On YouTube

Every day, 6.7 billion people view the world through their own unique lens. Imagine if there was a way to collect all of these perspectives, to aggregate and mold them into the cohesive story of a single day on earth.

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of “Life in a Day,” a historic cinematic experiment that will attempt to do just that: document one day, as seen through the eyes of people around the world. On July 24, you have 24 hours to capture a snapshot of your life on camera. You can film the ordinary -- a sunrise, the commute to work, a neighborhood soccer match, or the extraordinary -- a baby’s first steps, your reaction to the passing of a loved one, or even a marriage.

Kevin Macdonald, the Oscar-winning director of films such as The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void and One Day in September, will then edit the most compelling footage into a feature documentary film, to be executive produced by Ridley Scott, the director behind films like Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Thelma & Louise, Blade Runner and Robin Hood.  LG Electronics is supporting “Life in a Day” as a key part of its long-standing Life’s Good campaign and to support the creation of quality online content that can be shared and enjoyed by all.

The film will premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and if your footage makes it into the final cut, you’ll be credited as a co-director and may be one of 20 contributors selected to attend the premiere.

Want to take part? Here’s what to do.

1. Visit the “Life in a Day” channel and learn more about the project. Be sure to read through the steps you need to take to participate and the guidelines for creating your video(s). Also check out some of the sample videos for inspirational ideas.

2. On July 24, capture your day on camera.

3. Upload your footage to the “Life in a Day” channel any time before July 31.

Regardless of whether your footage makes it into the final film, your video(s) will live on on the “Life in a Day” channel as a time capsule that will tell future generations what it was like to be alive on July 24, 2010.

Be a part of history.

Tim Partridge, Product Marketing Manager, recently watched “Life in a Day trailer.”