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November 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
The Grammys have the unrivaled prestige. The MTV Video Music Awards go for unpredictable, deliciously viral irreverence. And the BET, Billboard Music and American Music awards are better known for A-list performers than who wins which trophies. So what will the inaugural YouTube Music Awards look like on (potentially) millions of computer screens Sunday? Well, no one actually knows -- yet. There are awards, with honors handed out in six categories including video and artist of the year, YouTube phenomenon, and innovation of the year.
November 3, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
With Netflix streaming its way out of original content obscurity via popular shows like "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards," the Internet is making a serious play at competing with traditional TV to create shows of its own that attract eyeballs on a level with cable and network channels. That's why it was so astonishing to watch the mess that was the inaugural YouTube Music Awards, as homegrown YouTube sensations like the compelling and bizarre Tay Zonday shared screen time with international superstars like Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire.
October 31, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Naughty Nurse has some competition this Halloween. The YouTube video "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" from the Norwegian comedic duo Ylvis has gone from viral video to cultural phenom, ranking among this year's most popular Halloween costumes, according to one online retailer. "The fox sold out almost immediately," said Marlon Heimerl, a spokesman for in North Mankato, Minn. "Normally, that's not a huge seller. " PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Halloween costumes often reflect what's happening in the zeitgeist.
October 24, 2013 | By August Brown
YouTube has long been the de facto streaming service for music fans looking to hear a song on a moment's notice. But now the video site looks to be getting into the music-streaming game more officially. According to many reports, including Billboard and Company Town , the Google-owned site looks to debut the new paid service, which will follow Spotify's general model, before 2014 and potentially as soon as next month. The service would be geared toward mobile users and allow them to skip the advertising that accompanies most YouTube music clips.
October 23, 2013 | By August Brown
Flying Lotus and Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator seem like artists who could most benefit from an alternative, online-centric music video awards show. Each indie act is known for visually striking clips and an outsider aesthetic that riffs on a universe of musical and pop cultural references. So maybe fans should take their criticism of the YouTube Music Awards seriously. Each act lambasted the new ceremony  - at which Tyler is expected to perform on Nov. 3 - as essentially an extension of the same mindless top-40 shenanigans as the VMAs (via Spin ; note, language advisory)
October 23, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
YouTube is poised to launch a subscription music service as soon as December, positioning it to compete with Spotify, Rdio and other digital offerings, according to people familiar with the matter. The Internet's dominant online video already is the most popular on-demand music offering in the world.  YouTube even has surpassed radio as the leading way teens and young adults listen to songs.  A subscription service would seek to build YouTube's strength in digital music.  YouTube users already can watch an unlimited number of music videos through an application on their mobile devices, as well as through a browser on their computers.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The subscription service would offer additional features, such as a commercial-free experience and the freedom to store music on a mobile device to listen when not connected to the Internet, according to people with knowledge of the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.
October 17, 2013 | By Joe Serna
A malfunctioning firework caused a dramatic Fourth of July pyrotechnic disaster in Simi Valley that injured dozens of people, fire officials concluded in a report released Thursday. A 5-inch-wide firework shell failed to leave its mortar tube and exploded inside, sparking a chain reaction that knocked down the display and sent debris and firework projectiles flying toward about 10,000 spectators watching hundreds of feet away. The incident was investigated by Cal/OSHA, CalFire and the Ventura County Fire Department.
October 15, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
To promote its new song from platinum-selling country music artist Hunter Hayes and Grammy winner Jason Mraz on Tuesday, Warner Music Group didn't book its stars on "Good Morning America" or "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. " It made a video for YouTube. YouTube has elbowed out radio, MTV, Yahoo and Myspace as the leading way to reach young music listeners, and some of its personalities have emerged as tastemakers, serving much the same role as KROQ-FM's Kevin and Bean have. "For teens through age 24, YouTube is where people listen to the most music," said David Bakula, a senior vice president at audience measurement firm Nielsen.
October 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A former West Hollywood real estate executive wanted for suspected fraud was arrested and charged after he was seen on a YouTube video promoting a restaurant he owned in Mexico, authorities said Thursday night. Alejandro "Alex" Martinez, 44, was the president of West Hollywood escrow firm and allegedly stole $1.3 million from the company's trust account, according to authorities. The victims included newly married couples and military personnel stationed overseas, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
October 10, 2013 | Meghan Daum
It's been 30 years since the release of "The Big Chill," the ensemble drama about baby boomers pining for their lost youth while sprawled out on the floor of a vacation house and playing a lot of Motown music. If this reference eludes you, it's safe to say that you can consider yourself still young. If you remember this movie at all - especially if you remember the hype around its status as a cultural touchstone - I'm afraid you're tilting ever so slightly (or falling at a 90-degree angle)
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