The Most Watched YouTube Videos of 2013

11 Dec

YouTube has revealed its list of the most watched videos of 2013. As the official YouTube blog states:

As 2013 comes to a close, these are some of the videos, channels and moments that shaped our year. While each annual list is unpredictable (what’s up, Mr. Miley Cyrus impersonator), trending videos just get bigger each year. And with 80 percent of all views on YouTube coming from outside the U.S., the global community is driving pop culture unlike ever before.

Scope the list of most popular trending videos and most popular music videos below:

Top Trending Videos for 2013
1. Ylvis – “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” by tvnorge
2. “Harlem Shake (original army edition)” by kennethaakonsen
3. “How Animals Eat Their Food” | MisterEpicMann by MisterEpicMann
4. “Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball (Chatroulette Version)” by SteveKardynal
5. “baby&me / the new evian film” by EvianBabies
6. Volvo Trucks – “The Epic Split feat. Van Damme” by VolvoTrucks
7. “YOLO (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar)” by thelonelyisland
8. “Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise” by CarrieNYC
9. “THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading” by BadLipReading
10. “Mozart vs Skrillex. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2” by ERB

Top Music Videos for 2013
1. PSY – “GENTLEMAN M/V” by officialpsy
2. Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball” by MileyCyrusVEVO
3. Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop” by MileyCyrusVEVO
4. Katy Perry – “Roar (Official)” by KatyPerryVEVO
5. P!nk – “Just Give Me A Reason ft. Nate Ruess” by PinkVEVO
6. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell” by RobinThickeVEVO
7. Rihanna – “Stay ft. Mikky Ekko” by RihannaVEVO
8. Naughty Boy – “La La La ft. Sam Smith” by NaughtyBoyVEVO
9. Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It” by SelenaGomezVEVO
10. Avicii – “Wake Me Up (Official Video)” by AviciiOfficialVEVO


COY – Launch Party

11 Dec

On Friday 13 December, young Canberra designer Pat Rose is launching his new clothing label, Coy. The artists, musicians and creative vagabonds involved reads like a veritable buffet bar of Canberra cool.  “Off the chain” seems mild in describing this thing. Check the website for more details – but before you do that, be sure to watch a video of a girl eating chicken… Kids these days.


Mr X – A Short Film by Alex Nicholson

10 Dec

Mr X by Alex NicholsonDirector Alex Nicholson shot this darkly innovative short film featuring Duncan X, a tattoo artist from South London reminiscing about his life and work. It is visually arresting thanks to MPC Advertising‘s Motion Design Studio. Duncan begins the film reflectively discussing his experiences of life, drugs and existential views on the parallels between the human condition and tattooing. As his tattoos materialise and come to life, the subject matter becomes lighter and the viewer warms to him – his tattoos become part of his story, rather than the usual vehicle for judgment. It is beautiful – watch it below.

The 2013 Movie Trailer Mash Up

10 Dec

 So, as the title suggests, here is a mash up of movies from 2013 condensed into 6 minutes and 45 seconds of viewing pleasure. See something that takes your fancy? Check out the full list of movies.

This Way Home By Luke Chiswell

10 Dec

Luke Chiswell

Following successful solo shows at Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Bondi Pavilion, Canberra artist Luke Chiswell shares his final show for the year, This Way Home. This latest exhibition sees Chiswell strip down his approach to art: gestures, sketches and collages on paper combine to create a body of work that captures a sense of drawing without a purpose. The result are pieces with a sense of joy, fun and surprising depth. If you’re in Canberra on Friday 13 December, get down to Lonsdale Street Roasters (7 Lonsdale Street, Canberra). Doors open at 5pm and will politely slam in your face at 11pm. So be there.

Was 2013 The Year of The Hipster…Again?

5 Dec


Kate Stoeffel over at The Cut notes that Tumblr has published their inaugural report of the Year in Review, defining the trends of 2013 by which hashtags were the most reblogged. According to Tumblr, the most popular fashion trend of 2013 is #hipster.

As Stoeffel notes in her piece, the use of hashtags on Tumblr (or Instagram for that matter) are a dubious indicator of relevance. Millennials use hashtags in the same manner that Brick Tamland uses the word “love” in the movie Anchorman: they apply them to anything. But, hey, #yolo, right?!

But “hipster”? Really? This seems like Groundhog Day. Says Stoeffel:

The persistence of#hipster might be the most perplexing 2013 trend, if only because the term is so seldom used within the fashion industry.

The long tyranny of hipster could support the thesis that the term has become so relative as to be meaningless — less a style than an accusation of trying too hard, lobbed by people who consider themselves above such effort. Which would suggest Tumblr’s been overrun by poseurs — no self-respecting hipster would use the #hipster hashtag.

Personally, I think it’s now safe to take “hipster” out of the term “hipster culture”. It’s just “culture” now. We’ve reached peak hipster. Calling someone a hipster is the pop-cultural equivalent of calling a pen a “biro”. Revel in your artisan coffee, your organic produce and your creative facial hair. I hope in 2014 the hashtagging bloggers and commentariat can just let it be and leave the labels at the door. #YeahRight

La De Da’s 2nd Birthday: Bring It

1 Dec


Over the last two years, La De Da has worked hard to curate and cultivate some of the best creative talent Canberra city has to offer, from fashion shows to art battles. For their 2nd birthday, they’ve wrapped it all together into a party popper and they want you to pull the string. It all kicks off at 8.30pm this Friday, 6 December. Sip a cocktail (I recommend their Amaretto Sour) and watch models sashay their way around the bar in local designer Mitch Thompson’s fine threads. But, you’ll probably want something to listen to. Well, La De Da will have you covered.

The Slow Motion Disco boys will there to provide some lush, well, like, you know, disco:


Ben WK of SAFIA will bring the soulful melodies…


And there aint no party like a hip hop party, so the Ansah Brothers will kick out some jams:


The Full Line Up and Set Times

Ashley Feraude Ft Liam Budge

Imogen & Baxter

Beat Architect – Cream Crops


Fashion Parade by Perpetually 5


Ansah Brothers

Blahnket + Beat Architects

Toggle ft Xavier Dunn

Sammy Soundslike

Next Movement MCs

Slow Motion Disco DJs

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