Meet Todrick Hall: Your next top YouTube star

If you like Disney, and you like pop music, it’s time to get amongst Todrick Hall – if you haven’t already!

The first Todrick Hall video I ever watched was Beauty and the Beat. No, not the Nicki and Justin song. This is much, much better.

Then there’s CinderFella, featuring Janice Dickinson and Lance Bass. Hello!

Inspired by Beyonce’s Pepsi commercial…

His Once Upon A Crime series is funny, but this one is the best: (NSFW)

So subscribe and enjoy!

Hilarious video explains why you should never read YouTube comments

We’d all heard the quote “don’t read the comments” and this super-funny video shows us exactly why that’s true.

The video’s creators say “The YouTube comment section can sometimes make you question humanity, so to cheer you up we’re bringing you dramatic reconstructions of some of the best comment wars. This time it’s between ‘Sophie Danze’ and ‘Jilianlovesthebeibs’ on One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful.”

This is the start of what will be a very funny series of clips. You can subscribe to Dead Parrot’s YouTube channel here.

Top 10 viral hits of 2012

Who doesn’t love a good viral hit – at least for the first week? I’ve collated some of the biggest into this list, in no particular order.

Ridiculously Photogenic Guy
On a sunny March day in South Carolina, Zeddie Little was participating in the Cooper River Bridge run when his picture was snapped by Will King. Will put Zeddie’s photo onto Flickr, and then Reddit where it received more than 40,000 upvotes.

The photo quickly became meme fodder

And Zeddie ran his way into hearts across the world.

Ecce Homo – aka Potato Jesus
Now to the polar opposite of Ridiculously Photogenic Guy: A century-old painting of Jesus was restored by an elderly woman, but comes out of it looking like a potato.

Yeah. It was only a matter of time before this happened:


Grumpy cat
What would a top 10 viral list be without an entry about a cat? This one is a cat named Tardar Sauce, who is the unhappiest looking cat you’ll ever see.

Instant viral hit.

Bonus: Here is a video of grumpy cat being patted:

Overly Attached Girlfriend
Meet Laina. She likes you. She really, really likes you.

It all started with this video, which includes the lyrics “If I was your girlfriend, I’d never let you leave without a small recording device taped under your sleeve.“

Which quickly spawned a huge Overly Attached Girlfriend meme!

This grew into Misunderstood Girlfriend


Laina’s now done deals with large companies to capitalise on her new-found viral fame. Here’s something she did with Samsung…

You can follow her on Twitter here:


Dog shaming

2012 was the year we called our dogs out for their terrible behaviour. Dogshaming started as a tumblr in August with this photo:


And grew…

And grew!

Kony 2012
The Invisible Children wanted to create a project to focus the world’s attention on capturing African rebel leader Joseph Kony. And boy, did they do that and then some.

If you haven’t seen the video they made, click here.

It’s unusual that a half-hour video would viral, but that it did – nearly 7 million views in 16 days on Vimeo, and 43 million views in 72 hours on YouTube.

Almost immediately, a bunch of celebrities came out in support of the project, #StopKONY became a global trending topic on Twitter, and a critical Tumblr was launched to point out some of the issues with the video and Invisible Children. Debate raged over Kony, what governments should do, and the nature of the Invisible Children organisation

In March, one of Invisible Children’s co-founders was taken into police custody after he started running around San Diego naked, drunk, masturbating and screaming. The incident quickly spawned its own meme.

Kony is still at large.


Gangnam Style
The number one most-watched clip on YouTube, causing Beliebers everywhere major heartbreak, is now Gangnam Style, by K-Pop act, Psy.

At the time of writing, the video has 884 million views, and has spawned a “horse riding dance”.

It’s this generation’s Macarena.

Somebody I Used to Know
Featuring our own Kimbra, Goye’s Somebody That I Used to Know rocketed up the charts.

It spawned this amazing version, featuring five people playing the one guitar

…Got historical

…And even the Queen got amongst it

Call Me Maybe
I just met you, and this is crazy. Here’s the video, watch it, maybe?

Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit was technically released in 2011, but didn’t become a viral hit until Justin Bieber, Selena Gomex and Ashley Tisdale released their lip dub tribute in February.

Someone cut a Barack Obama version

As well as the memes and videos, the song even inspired a range of business cards.


The Tug Doctor
This one goes out to TV show Target’s carpet cleaner, who spent more time making a mess than cleaning it.

Naturally, the episode set Twitter on fire:

  • “Let’s not be too judgemental until we see what sort of job he’s done on the carpets” cautioned Mike McRoberts
  • “Newton’s Third Law Carpet Cleaning Service. Take a stain, leave a stain.” quipped Ana Coffey
  • “When are we going to find out what score this guy gets out of 10?” enquired @yvettevy
  • “He vacuumed for twice as long as he masturbated. Good effort.” tweeted Chris Brain
  • “Target can I get [that] dudes number? Three times AND he cleaned the carpet? More stamina than most guys I know!” asked Jen Zindel

And the clip prompted this golden video reaction


So those are some of the biggest viral hits of 2012 – here’s to 2013!


The best pop mashups of 2012… So far

One of my favourite things about hitting the end of any year is the year-in-review style music mashups.

They’re coming a little early this year, and while we’re still waiting on DJ Earworm’s anticipated United State of Pop 2012 round up, these are still good offerings.

Daniel Kim’s Pop Danthology 2012

Robin Skouteris’ PopLove 2012

Bobby Fisher’s Pop Life

Two reasons to love Lucy Spraggan

Lucy Spraggan

Lucy Spraggan is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Yorkshire who is about to become your new musical obsession.

She’s hit The X Factor UK like a breath of fresh air, winning hearts when she sings her own songs, losing them when she sings other people’s.

Her initial audition, singing Last Night, a humorous ode to drinking too much, saw her go through to the next round.

Her next original song was Tea and Toast and came during the bootcamp round.

Now she’s through to the finals – and you know who I’m hoping will see it through!

The best of the ‘Call Me Maybe’ meme

If you haven’t heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s catchy song Call Me Maybe, where have you been? This song has been played and parodied all over the place. Please stop listening to and hanging out on boring websites, and check out the original track here.

For the rest of you, here’s a compilation of the best videos, rage comics and meme pieces floating across the interwebs. Please add your favourites in the comments!

How much fun are Jimmy Fallon and The Roots having with Carly on this cover?

You know it’s blown up when ObamaDubs gets amongst.

The powercut version: With all your favourite internet stars like Keenan Cahill and Sam Tsui, pop stars Katy Perry, Jesse J and Justin Bieber, and actor James Franco:

And some statics to enjoy:

Call me Daddy

Not gonna happen

One Does Not Simply

Bath Salts

Back to the future maybe

Business time, maybe

This is dog

Thanks to Dave, Emma, and Bridget for their suggestions!