Trending This Week: East/West Bowl is Back; A New Danish Action Hero is Crowned

Here's a rundown of the videos that bubbled to the top of our trending chart this week (and for more, check out this lovely playlist):

 Key & Peele - East/West Bowl 3 - Pro Edition

Leave it to Key & Peele to get even this noobiest of football fans amped up for Super Bowl Sunday! In their latest installment of sports segment parodies, the comedy duo take a moment to introduce some new "flamboyant personalities" to the lineup for the fictitious East/West Bowl - (...including some players that are actually quite real). Since its posting on Wednesday, the video has received over 3.7m views, 1.8m+ of which were clocked within its first 24 hours online.

 Lars Andersen: a new level of archery

Have you ever seen a real-life person stop, grab and re-shoot a real-life arrow mid-air (all in one 360 degree spin!?)? Neither had we until this extraordinary video came across our desks: "Lars Andersen: a new level of archery" presents one of the most talented archers alive today (Lars) demonstrating a plethora of elaborate tricks and skills that will challenge everything you thought you knew about bowmanship. The compilation video is meant to, as Lars puts it, "prove Hollywood archery is not historical" - which it does handily. But perhaps more significantly, it shows that appreciation for the ancient sport (art?) is far from dead, the video receiving close to 23m views within its first week.

Women's Ideal Body Types Throughout History

Following the success of newcomer channel Cut's 100 Years of Beauty series, Buzzfeed released their take on beauty through the ages on Monday, shining a light on the "ideal" female form from 1292 BC to present day. The video (9.5m views and climbing) features women of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities, relaying the age old message of "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" in a snackable, poppy format BuzzFeedVideo has appeared to have mastered (the channel has garnered a whopping 4.5m+ subscribers, and 1.8b+ views to date).

 Auschwitz: Drone video of Nazi concentration camp

 And finally, this week marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, also known as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27). Auschwitz was the largest network of concentration camps established during WWII, in which more than a million people died between 1940-45. BBC News brought attention to this somber day (and dismal period in history) with a moving two and half minute video of sweeping, never before seen footage of the ruins of Auschwitz, captured by drone. The haunting video became BBC News's top YouTube video of all time, amassing nearly 3.9m views in four days.

-- Christine Huang

Trending This Week: Lips - Dubbed, Read, and Green

Trending this week: an all star face-off, an all star interview, lip dubs in unexpected places, and lip reads that'll make you chortle. Dive in below!

"NFL 2015" — A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL 

Just shy of four years since their first entrée into the genre (“Gang Fight” - to the tune of Rebecca Black’s “Friday”), the anonymous creators behind Bad Lip Reading, or BLR (4.1m subscribers) are back with another smash hit, “‘NFL 2015’ - A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL.” Only 1 day since its posting, this long-awaited addition to the NFL BLR oeuvre is proving to be one of the channel’s fastest growing yet, already having garnered a very un-deflated 9.5m+ views and rising.

Dover Police DashCam Confessional (Shake it Off)

 File this under “Unexpectedly Adorbable Caught-on-Dashcams”: last Friday, the internet was treated to a very intimate, very special lip-dub of “Shake it Off” by one Master Cpl. Jeff Davis of the Dover Police in Delaware. Davis, known around the station for his goofball tendencies, became an overnight sensation after the Dover Police posted (staged) dashcam footage of him grooving to the infectious, oh-so-dubbable Taylor Swift hit on their YouTube channel - an effort to show the lighter, friendlier side of their law enforcement officers. The video has racked up 22.4m+ views since its posting a week ago, ~7.3m of which were received in one day, January 17.

(And if you were wondering, yes - Taylor has seen it, and she approves.)

Fallout vs Skyrim

Three days ago, two heroes from two of the biggest RPGs clashed in a fantasy face off that threw videogame fanatics into a tizzy. “Fallout vs Skyrim” is a 3 minute mashup that pits two of the most well-known protagonists in the videogame arena against one another in a violent battle to the death. The young creator, AndrewMfilms (aka Andrew McMurry), gained recognition last year with his “Mario vs Minecraft” mashup (12m+ views), a creative imagining of two classic game worlds merged into one. Andrew now broadcasts to over 408k subscribers, as "Fallout vs Skyrim" moves quickly towards more than 2m views.

 The YouTube Interview with President Obama

And what better way to close out the week than with a lil’ Presidential chat! Yesterday at 5pm ET, YouTube allstars Hank Green (~2.4m subs), GloZell Green (~3.3m subs), and Bethany Mota (~8.1m subs) made history as the first YouTube creators to interview President Barack Obama live, face-to-face at the White House - livestreamed to viewers around the world. The 46-minute interview, hosted by Google’s News Lab’s Steve Grove, became a top trending topic on Twitter and, perhaps most importantly, resulted in the best ussie in the history of ussies. Thank you, President Obama!

-- Christine Huang

Letter from the UK: John Green Is a Football Fan?

John Green is many things: a Vlogbrother, the author of "The Fault In Our Stars" and "Paper Towns", and part of the driving force behind YouTube conference VidCon. But in addition to these he is also a dedicated football fan, funneling revenue from the Hankgames channel into the groundbreaking AFC Wimbledon club to secure shirt (and now shorts) sponsorship.

However, John is also a passionate fan of  Liverpool FC, and so found his allegiances tested when the teams drew each other in the FA Cup. His vlog of the trip to London for the fixture is a must-see, as are highlights of the game itself (which include a fantastic free kick from Steven Gerrard). 

John isn't the only football fan choosing to capture his love of the game to share on YouTube, as the past few seasons have seen fan channels and content springing up and finding success. The Redmen TV has tracked the highs and lows of following Liverpool since 2010, Arsenal Fan TV has done likewise for the North London club (striking gold earlier this season when fellow fans clashed after a loss) and the Manchester United-backing Full Time Devils, whose post-match interviews have turned vocal fan Andy Tate into a YouTube and Vine star. This season has also seen The True Geordie get into his stride, documenting his reactions to Newcastle United's volatile Premiership run, picking up over 60,000 subscribers in the process -- six times the following of the club's official channel

Life as a fan is also given a more traditional documentary treatment from football specialists Copa 90, who travelled to Seattle to capture the commitment of the Sounders' ultras, attended the most ferocious fixtures across Europe with the Derby Days series and sent Football Virgin Maya Jama on a personal quest to both learn about the game and find her team. 
So there you have it: it's a great time to be a football fan on YouTube, so go join the conversation with fans (and rivals) of your team voicing their passion on the platform. You could even become 'internet famous' in the process... 

Jamie Dolling, YouTube UK, recently watched "Nike Academy: Winter Training"

2014: A YouTube Year in Review

This year we watched nuns turn into pop stars, soccer players become legends, dogs transform into arachnids, and millions of people around the world march in the name of social justice and political freedom.

Here’s a look back at some of the moments on YouTube that defined 2014.


It was a month of beginnings, as a baby polar bear took his first steps in a Toronto zoo, and an inspiring 10-year-old known as Kid President welcomed newborns into the world with a refreshing, poignant speech. Anthem of the year “Let It Go,” from Disney’s movie “Frozen,” went global, ushering in a multilingual version featuring languages from across continents - from Mandarin to Polish to Danish. And viewers around the world got their first viral fright of the year, when a possessed baby hit the NYC streets, growling and crashing into innocent passersby, as part of a clever horror film campaign.


February ushered in the Super Bowl in the cutest of ways, when a puppy and a Clydesdale horse formed an unusual bond in a Budweiser ad (enjoy responsibly). Jimmy Fallon debuted the seventh incarnation of the legendary The Tonight Show, earning his first big video hit when he and Will Smith donned overalls to honor the evolution of hip-hop moves. Most movingly, two celebrities - Ellen Page and Seth Rogen - took to the podium to speak candidly to the media, while a Ukrainian student spoke out on camera against the injustices of her home country.


Breakout stars and memes ignited the month of March. Iggy Azalea resurrected Clueless in her hit music video “Fancy,” and a talented nun hit the stage of The Voice: Italy, stunning judges with her rendition of Alicia Keys’ “No One.” In celebration of the hit song “Happy” and the International Day of Happiness on March 20, skiers hit the Slovakian slopes to jubilantly dance along, and millions of others followed suit in their home cities. President Obama added to the fun by appearing on Zach Galifinakis’ comedy video series “Between Two Ferns,” deftly handling the show’s hysterical absurdity.


This April Fools’ Day, viewers were treated to an inside look at YouTube’s “viral factory,” while dozens of companies joined in on the 24-hour jest with their own prank videos. Halfway through the month, millions thought they were being pranked again when a young Canadian man attempting a selfie vid near an oncoming train was drive-by kicked in the head by a conductor - until the footage was confirmed as real. The laughter continued when a video of a tiny hamster eating a tiny (homemade) burrito was uploaded, launching the first episode of the first “Tiny Hamster” series. Unfortunately, the month was also marked by one of the biggest tragic accidents of the year: the sinking of a ferry carrying nearly 500 passengers near South Korea, sparking controversy that still looms today.


When drag queen Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest, her victory sparked so much interest that she became the 7th most popular search nationally on Google this year, and her triumphant performance was crowned the #1 televised live event of 2014 on YouTube. But not far behind were two fellow breakout stars: Ariana Grande, who serenaded the world with “Problem,” and a high schooler in New Jersey who brought back Michael Jackson’s moves at a talent show. The breakout excitement was momentarily paused by poignancy when, in honor of Mother’s Day, a card company staged job interviews over video chat for the “world’s toughest job”: being a mom.


Sports, comebacks, and choreography epitomized the month of June: halfway-through, the FIFA World Cup commenced in Brazil, drawing millions of clicks to an unusual Nike spot: a short with all the sprightly animation of a Pixar film, while YouTube celebrated beloved LGBT athletes with the #ProudtoPlay campaign. In the music world, PSY followed up his “Gangnam” hit by collaborating with Snoop Dogg on “Hangover,” and breakout artist Meghan Trainor scored her most popular video yet: “All About That Bass.” Choreographer Yanis Marshall also achieved his biggest hit, with an all-encompassing Beyoncé dance medley (stilettos included).


July kicked off with a big win for environmental group Greenpeace: “Everything is NOT awesome” played on the theme song from The Lego Movie to spread a serious message about the effect of oil dependency on the environment - and eventually pushed the toy company to break its longtime ties with Shell (via On the lighter side, YouTube user Benji Jenna Cowart became one of the world’s most famous overprotective dads with his cover of MAGIC!’s “Rude,” and Rhett & Link brought the LOLs with their lyrical meditation on the realities of summer vacation. But the top story of the month was the crash of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane downed in Ukraine. The footage of the aftermath became one of the most viewed videos of the month.


The first week of August saw the rise of the Internet’s favorite county fair goer, a chatty Wayne County resident who was apparently born for morning news TVThe Ice Bucket Challenge was also in full swing, with everyone from Bill Gates to Charlie Sheen to Homer Simpson getting dunked for a good cause. But the month was largely clouded with sobering global and local events, including the spread of the radical group ISIS in the Middle East, covered in a comprehensive 42-minute documentary by Vice. And John Oliver hit some of his highest ratings of the year as host of the breakout series "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" with his critical look at the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, MI.


Halloween came early this year with a giant spider dog spooking out passersby in Poland - a prank video that tickled so many people’s fancies that it became the #1 top trending video of 2014. Meanwhile, the organizers behind Tomorrowland released their annual wrap-up video, showcasing highlights from one of the biggest bacchanalias of the year (and whose livestream received the most YouTube comments of any video in 2014). But it was the shocking elevator cam footage of football player Ray Rice's assault on his fiancé that became one of the most controversial stories of the year. TMZ's posting of the video early in the month resulted in the running back's termination from the Baltimore Ravens and the sparking of a nationwide conversation about domestic violence and the NFL. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, students and other civilians in Hong Kong gathered by the tens of thousands to protest new electoral reforms mandated by China.


October opened on a somber note: Brittany Maynard, a terminally ill woman fighting for the right to end her own life, reached millions of people around the world with her video message advocating the broader legalization of dying with dignity. A NYC woman also used YouTube to shine a light on the pervasiveness of street harassment - inspiring hundreds of women around the world to do the same through their own videos. Meanwhile, on the Isle of Skye, acclaimed Scottish cyclist Danny Macaskill showed millions of fans what it’s like to take on the harrowing Cuillin Ridgeline with nothing more than a mountain bike, and VitalyzdTv scared the bejesus out of some unwitting strangers with “Chainsaw Massacre,” the tireless pranksters’ most popular video of the year.


After months of speculation and anticipation, the day millions of “Star Wars” fans had been waiting for finally came with the release of the trailer for “Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” Beyoncé fans were also blessed with a special treat: an intentionally low production, low concept music video for her single “7/11,” shot almost entirely in and around her hotel suite and balcony. November also saw some of the world’s biggest stars coming together to raise money to help stop the spread of Ebola, and a touching, heartbreaking serenade of a father to his newborn son.


The end of a memorable year fittingly brought a range of emotions. British retailer John Lewis made millions of hearts swell as a boy’s penguin found its true partner, while YouTube celeb Connor Franta bravely embraced his true self, coming out to the world and encouraging others to not be afraid of who they are. A collective frustration following the news about Michael Brown and Eric Garner turned to action as protesters took to the streets of NYC in the Millions March. And it wouldn’t be the end of the year without a celebratory look back courtesy of YouTube Rewind, the biggest one yet.

- Bonnie Gleicher, Christine Huang, and Marc Hertz