Viral videos

  1. Exclusive: Gregory Brothers to Join Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, More at Shorty Awards

    March 22, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Viral-video titans the Gregory Brothers will be performing a special at the Shorty Awards, to be held in New York on March 26. The awards, which recognize "content creators, celebrities, agencies and brands on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Y ...

  2. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' With 180 Million Views Is YouTube's Top 2011 Video

    December 21, 2011 7:36 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Rebecca Black's infamous "Friday" video has topped all other YouTube videos of 2011 with 180 million views. The Google Inc. video-sharing site announced its most-viewed clips of the year Tuesday. The Social 50 Year I ...

  3. Pancakes, Chris Brown Push Mac Lethal onto Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    December 08, 2011 8:30 PM EST Rapper Mac Lethal debuts on the Social 50 chart at No. 31 after launching two viral memes -- the "Pancake Rap" and "Texts From Bennett" -- on Nov. 30. The first, a video of him rhyming over the beat of Chris Brown's single ...

  4. Nickelback, Michael Buble Post Social 50 Chart Gains

    December 02, 2011 12:50 PM EST Nickelback returns to Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 30 -- a new high -- thanks to the debut of a new video and a lot of NFL chatter. The clip for "When We Stand Together" arrived Nov. 23, while the band performed a hotly debate ...

  5. The Social 50 Year In Viral Breakthroughs: Rebecca Black, Pomplamoose & More

    November 29, 2011 7:00 AM EST This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of Billboard's Social 50 chart, our tally that ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites. While a good number of acts have never left the tally (we ...

  6. Blink-182 Stirs Social 50 Chart With 'Up All Night' Video Debut

    September 08, 2011 4:44 PM EDT Blink-182 debuts at No. 21 on Billboard's Social 50 due to the buzz generated by the release of the video for their latest single "Up All Night." Since debuting on Aug. 25, the video has accumulated 2.2 million YouTube views. The ne ...

  7. Watsky's 'Kind of Sexy' Spurs Social 50 Chart Re-entry

    August 25, 2011 6:00 PM EDT A mixtape helps slam-poet-turned-rapper Watsky re-enters Billboard's Social 50 chart, where he pops back on at No. 48. He released "A New Kind of Sexy" for free download on Aug. 12 via Bandcamp.com, while five days later he uploaded ...

  8. Gregory Brothers' New Songify App Turns Spoken Word into Song

    July 11, 2011 5:01 PM EDT YouTube sensations The Gregory Brothers, in conjunction with developer Khush, released Songify, a new iPhone app that turns spoken words into song. "I'd say we'd dreamed of an app like this since before we were born," Evan Greg ...

  9. Britney Spears Is a Social (50) Climber; Rebecca Black, Less So

    April 14, 2011 3:31 PM EDT Britney Spears continues her upward climb on the Social 50 chart as she rises 10-7 -- a new high for the pop diva. Chalk up her leap to a whopping 136% growth in week-over-week Vevo plays thanks to the premiere of her new video "Till the Worl ...

  10. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Tops 100 Million YouTube Views

    April 13, 2011 10:26 AM EDT Just hours after passing the 99-million-view mark late Tuesday night, Rebecca Black's video for "Friday" surpassed the 100 million views at YouTube Wednesday morning, making it one of 43 videos to have done so. The low-budget, indep ...

  11. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Set To Hit 100 Million YouTube Views

    April 13, 2011 5:59 AM EDT Rebecca Black's video for "Friday" reached 99 million views at YouTube late Tuesday night. If it continues on its recent pace, the video should pass the 100 million threshold Wednesday. "Friday" ranks as YouTube's 43r ...

  12. Rebecca Black's Buzz Cools, Justice Debuts on Social 50 Chart

    April 07, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Rebecca Black's social buzz -- as measured on the Social 50 chart -- continues to erode as the singer slips 12-22 on this week's tally. The famed "Friday" singer entered the list at a record high of No. 9 three weeks ago, but h ...

  13. Rebecca Black Spoofs 'Friday' Success in Funny or Die Clip

    April 01, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Since today is April Fool's Day -- and, of course, Friday -- humor website Funny or Die is celebrating by letting "Friday" phenom Rebecca Black take over their site. In this clip for "Friday or Die," the singer spoofs her ...

  14. Eat at SXSW 2011's CNN Grill for the Future of News, Music

    March 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Welcome to the CNN Grill - the SXSW headquarters for the cable news network, and a place for hungry reporters and guests to grab a bite, schmooze and today a presentation on the Future of News, led by KC Estenson, senior vice president and general ...

  15. YouTube the Movie: 'The Chronicles of Rick Roll' Announced

    February 25, 2011 7:58 AM EST A collection of Internet stars from Antoine Dodson to the Double Rainbow Guy are making a movie. Producer Andrew Fischer has gathered more than a half-dozen YouTube stars for "The Chronicles of Rick Roll." He is shooting the film and has ...

  16. Rihanna Tops Social 50, Blame S&M; Watch Selena Gomez & Taylor Swift Do Their Best Minaj

    February 10, 2011 3:40 PM EST After a month's absence from the top of the list, Rihanna returns to the top -- a familiar perch for the diva, who has now spent five non-consecutive weeks at No. 1. She posted significant gains in week-over-week Twitter followers (up 24%), f ...

  17. 'Bed Intruder Song,' Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga Top YouTube's Most Watched Videos of 2010

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST YouTube released its list of most watched videos for 2010, with the "Bed Intruder Song" topping the list of all videos worldwide, and Justin Bieber's "Baby" (feat. Ludacris) taking the top music video honors. "Baby&qu ...

  18. Starbucks Taps MC Yogi For New Campaign

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Starbucks this week launched a national ad campaign that uses lyrics and music from California rapper MC Yogi (White Swan Records). MC Yogi last year released a viral video entitled "Obama '08 - Vote for Hope" which has garnered 350 ...

  19. will.i.am To Debut New Obama Video

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST will.i.am felt so confident about Barack Obama winning the presidency, he's created a new song and video - much like his viral hit "Yes We Can" - to celebrate. "It's A New Day" was to debut Wednesday (Nov. 5) on the W ...

  20. Plugged & Unplugged: Release Dates, ‘Pork And Beans’

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: In the digital age, it's becoming more and more clear that release dates are no longer the important event they once were. It's the pre-release strategy that matters. Look at the consumer response to new albums by Coldplay and L ...

  21. Bebo, UMG Partner On Web Drama

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bebo, the social network recently acquired by AOL and Universal Music Group UK, have teamed up to create an online video series about a UMG employee who creates a record label. The fictional story will follow much the same format as Bebo’s other o ...

  22. Latin Stars Craft Pro-Obama Video

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following the buzz created by the pro-Barack Obama "Yes We Can" viral video and song produced by the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, producer Andres Levin has made a similar video in Spanish on will.i.am's Dipdive site. "Podem ...

  23. CBS Outlines Programming, Online Strategy

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Britney Spears first guest starred on CBS's "How I Met Your Mother" on March 24, 9.7 million viewers watched her live. Thanks to the efforts of CBS Interactive - as detailed at the network's Upfront presentation at Carnegi ...

  24. Web Drama Links With BBC Radio 1

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST An online interactive drama on social networking site Bebo is partnering with the BBC's Top 40 network Radio 1 on an episode that will feature British pop-rock trio Scouting For Girls. The east London-based interactive drama, "KateModern ...

  25. McPhee To Guest Star On Pop Culture Blog

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST American Idol graduate Katharine McPhee, who is gearing up for the release of her self-titled debut album Jan. 30, will guest star on pop culture video blog Lonelygirl15. The blog is a video serial centering on the life of a fictional teenage girl ...