Welcome back to Music Tuesday, the blog post in which we talk about what we’re featuring on YouTube’s music page -- and why. This week it’s all about hip-hop (almost) -- dig in!

Can Women Rap?
Well, the answer is obvious: yes. But female emcees have always been few and far between in the rap game -- it often seemed like only one woman could hold the spotlight at a time, whether it was Lauryn Hill, Lil Kim or Missy Elliot. And while lesser-known emcees like Bahamadia and Rah Digga were continually garnering praise, none cracked the glass ceiling and got radio time. But in the wake of Nicky Minaj -- who proved she could seriously spit rhymes before embracing pop music -- female emcees have been making inroads this year. It looks like finally there might be rooms for more than one at the top. Ladies and gentlemen: we bring you the contenders.

Beatboxing. In Japan.
Meanwhile, across the (other) pond...we’ve lately been entranced by how hip-hop has been transformed in the hands -- and mouths -- of Japanese beatboxers. Judging by the talent they’re fielding, it seems like if beatboxing was an Olympic sport, Japan would win, hands down.

Kishi Bashi
Kishi Bashi (aka K Ishibashi) is a violinist who’s backed the likes of Regina Spektor and of Montreal in concert. But the man has a side gig taking that ancient instrument of his and running it through a bunch of pedals to create something distinctly modern. In this digital age, there’s nothing new about artists creating songs on the spot in front of you, but when this guy does it, it can stop your breath.

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “Pond - You Broke My Cool.”

Please join us in congratulating Michael Sellick from The Crochet Crowd! Michael is YouTube’s featured “On The Rise” partner for July due to a combination of your votes and optimization of his channel, Mikeyssmail. He is featured today in the “Spotlight” section on the YouTube homepage.

Michael’s start on YouTube was a bit of a fluke. Feeling bored one day in April 2008, he started posting videos of him teaching crochet, which he learned from his mother when he was 14. HIs channel has since turned into a resource hub for people all over the world interested in learning or developing their crochet skills. Whether you’re a seasoned crochet pro or want to learn how to pick up a hook, Michael’s videos can teach you how to crochet a crocodile stitch, small flower, ripple afghan, and more. Congratulations again to Michael and The Crochet Crowd!


Here are a few words direct from Michael:
Get ready, set & hook! That's what we strive for here at The Crochet Crowd®. Our mission is to provide free education so that the fibre arts isn't one day a skill that we all remember but have lost the ability to actually do it. Many of us turn to crochet and knitting as a way to cope with our personal situations, find time to relax and to express our creativity. No matter what your skill level is, there's always room for more in our 'Crowd'. In 2009, we changed the focus of our channel to be community oriented instead of just revolving around myself, Michael Sellick. This switch in focus opened up a gateway of cross connection between individuals, companies and remarkably removed global borders to help and encourage each other with our skills. I am very proud of The Crochet Crowd® Members and love watching them expand their skills through picture postings and comments on our Facebook Fan Page. As my viewers grow and learn, so do I. Thank you to the voters and members of 'The Crowd' for using my videos as your educational resource. Our community is forever evolving and extremely active, if you don't believe me, come to to start your fibre arts journey. Thank you everyone, Happy Hook'n. 
If you’ve enjoyed this monthly On The Rise blog series and want to see more rising YouTube partners, check out our On The Rise Channel. Keep an eye out for next month’s blog post, as your channel may be the next one On The Rise!

Christine Wang and Devon Storbeck, YouTube Content Partnerships, recently watched “That Gotye Song.”

Did you know that 1/3 of people who see a campaign ad on YouTube have not seen it on TV? We recently shared this on our Politics & Elections Blog. You can read an example of the types of things we talk about on that blog below. For more information about marketing a campaign on YouTube visit our YouTube for politicians website.

Earlier this year, we introduced “Four Screens to Victory”, a framework for political campaigns that outlined how Google can help make the web work for candidates and issues groups up and down the ballot. With these digital platforms, campaigns can build their organizations, define the issues, persuade the electorate and - importantly - get the vote out and win the moment that matters in November on Election Day.

Access to political information no longer comes from one place - or one screen. In just the four years since the last presidential election, the continued growth of the web and the proliferation of mobile devices has radically transformed when, where, and how voters access political information.

The numbers are in, and savvy political campaigns need to take notice. The rules of reaching voters have changed and new approaches are warranted because:
  • More than 80% of eligible voters are online
  • Similarly, 83% of mobile phone owners are registered voters
  • 1 out of every 3 likely voters in November say that they didn’t watch tv in the past week
  • Voters are spending more media time on their mobile devices than newspapers & magazines combined
(Click the infographic below to get a larger version)

If you’re as inspired as we are by some of the data and the implications on your own political campaign, check out the “Four Screens to Victory” site to spark some ideas of your own and see how you can make the web work for your campaign.

David Kaufman, Google Politics & Elections Team, recently watched "i like ike"

In 2008, we began showing clips of the Beijing Games. In 2010, we provided archival content of past Winter Games. This year, we’re taking it one step further by bringing the world’s largest sporting event to the world’s biggest stage and we’re doing it live.

New Places 
For the first time in history, the Summer Games will be live-streamed in HD through YouTube: 

  • United States: YouTube will power NBC’s online video experience on and viewers can watch any event live. You can also access pre-game clips on the NBC Olympics YouTube channel
  • 64 Territories: Millions of Olympic fans from across 64 territories in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa will have a chance to watch the games live from London on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) YouTube Channel at
  • Canada: Canadians can check out in-depth coverage of the Games including, highlights, analysis, athlete bios, and more at 
  • Brazil: In partnership with ESPN Brasil, Brazilians can tune in for behind the scenes content on, while watching Olympic footage on
New Perspectives
Just bringing you the Games isn’t enough. We want to immerse you in the action by offering full coverage of the US Team’s experience, including interviews with athletes, tips from coaches and an insider’s look of the success stories from the Games. US viewers can watch all of the behind the scenes footage on

And you don't need to cross the pond to connect with Team USA. Get to know six breakout athletes on Team Chobani. You can even support Team Visa athletes around the world by viewing, liking and cheering for them on Visa’s YouTube channel. Check out their athlete training videos here

Additionally, there will be more than 50 YouTube partners on the ground in London creating content around the Games that fans never get to see. Creators Invade London 2012 starts here! If it were up to us, Dude Perfect would win the gold for trick basketball shots!

New Features 
Catch all the excitement of the Games from the completely redesigned live streaming player with tons of new features:

  • See all the live stream at any time: From the IOC YouTube channel, live recording lets you see any part of the event you missed. For United States viewers, NBC’s YouTube channel also offers chapter markers to let you jump to key moments, and an instant replay button that shows the last 10 seconds again. 
  • More video and audio to choose from: Select from multiple camera angles within a livestream, as well as English or Spanish audio on NBC’s live stream. 
  • Watch how you want: See all these features and more on your desktop, mobile phone or tablet, with a livestream that adapts to your connection speed to show the best experience possible.
  • Keep track of your favorite games: Get reminders of your favorite games with the NBC Olympics Scheduler app on the Chrome web store. 
For those of you that can’t wait, get into the spirit and begin this year’s journey early with past footage, key moments and a sneak peak into the 2012 Games here

Let the games begin! 

Tommy O’Hare, sports content partnerships manager, recently watched “Olympics Trick Shots - DudePerfect

Occasionally, we like to share stories of how businesses have achieved success on YouTube. Today we will look at examples of using how-to videos to reach the right customers online. 

How to knit a dishcloth.
How to build a deck.
How to pack for the beach.

These are just a few how-to focused searches being typed into YouTube by ambitious do-it-yourselfers this summer. Many savvy business have realized that YouTube is not just an entertainment hub - it is also an educational forum for eager learners. Here are a few tips from the pros on creating how-to content most relevant to your audience:

1. Keep things simple. Let’s take a look at Lowe's. The second-largest home improvement retailer worldwide simplifies DIY projects with hundreds of how-to YouTube videos in the form of “video snacks.” These short and sweet informational videos satisfy DIY-ers’ cravings to complete at-home projects by homing in on specific steps of the process. So if you are building a fence, you can start with a video about the layout and digging post holes and follow the series to the final step, attaching the gate.

2. Identify your audience. Know who you’re trying to reach and then focus on topics you think they’re most interested in watching. ModCloth, an online-only indie and vintage-inspired clothing retailer, has a clear understanding of the “ModCloth girl” — a girl who is into travel, art, glitter, and DIY projects of course. They create how-to videos tailored to the ModCloth girl lifestyle, whether it’s how to style a headband or how to pack for the campground.

What can you teach new potential customers? Join our conversation on the YouTube for marketers Google+ page, and if you’re looking to get started with video advertising on YouTube, sign up for Google AdWords for video, which is the easiest way to drive viewers to your videos.

Baljeet Singh, group product manager on video monetization at Google, recently watched Teach Me How To Factor (WSHS Math Rap Song)

Today’s guest post comes from Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons (CC), for an update on CC BY videos on YouTube.

Four million creative commons videos on YouTube are just waiting to be reused, remixed, and reimagined—more videos than anywhere else in the world.

Since the Creative Commons video library launch on YouTube a year ago, you’ve added more than 40 years’ worth of video to the mix. Anyone, anywhere can edit, build on and republish the library’s videos for free thanks to the Creative Commons Attribution license, otherwise known as CC BY.

Do you need a professional opening for your San Francisco vacation video? Perhaps some gorgeous footage of the moon for your science project? How about a squirrel eating a walnut to accompany your hot new dubstep track? All of this and more is available to inspire and add to your unique creation. Thanks to CC BY, it’s easy to borrow footage from other people’s videos and insert it into your own, because the license grants you the specific permissions to do so as long as you give credit to the original creator.

You can pass on the creative spirit when you publish your video, by choosing the option to license it under CC BY so that others can reuse and remix your footage with the YouTube Video Editor. This is where the fun really starts. Imagine seeing your footage used by a student in Mumbai, a filmmaker in Mexico City, or a music video director in Detroit. By letting other people play with your videos, you let them into a global sandbox, kicking off a worldwide team of collaborators. We all yearn to create and contribute – now you can join the fun, and open the door to collective imagination.

Ready to start adding the CC BY license to your original YouTube videos? If you want to grant the YouTube community the right to reuse and edit your video, select “Creative Commons Attribution license” from the “License and rights ownership” menu. Starting today, you also have the option to license your future videos under CC BY as a default. For more information, visit YouTube’s Creative Commons page.

Guest to the YouTube blog, Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons recently watched "Riding the Booster with enhanced sound."

We had an excellent in-office concert from Matisyahu last week -- possibly the first time anyone has crowd-surfed in the YouTube offices. (Nice one, Matis!) This week, we’re taking a deeper look at innovative ways musicians are using YouTube to get their music out there. Dig in!

The Rise of the Video LP
PJ Harvey did it for Let England Shake. R.E.M. did it for their final album. Even Radiohead did it for the King of Limbs remixes. Musicians are increasingly using YouTube as a way to share their entire albums with fans. Some are releasing a simple, long album video on or before the physical release date -- check out SubPop’s channel to see a slew of these. Others are working intensively with directors to create “video LPs” -- individual videos for every song on an album, released all at once or in quick succession. It’s an inspiring art form and we’re keeping our eye on it. Today we’re pleased to share Micachu and the Shape’s entire new album Never, featuring an album’s worth of videos made by the band.

Music Documentaries
YouTube is a great place to view music videos, but it’s quickly becoming a place to dive more deeply into musical movements and individual artists. As more videographers make made-for-web documentaries, fans are finding ways to dive deeper into. Case in point: Google Play’s extraordinary eight-part documentary on Motley Crue. Today we feature that piece of work along with other in-depth works that have recently inspired us.

Video Premiere: Andrew Bird
Can kids forgo candy in order to save the life of an animated pinata? This video has a sense of impending doom, until you see that people can let go of their self-interest for the greater good. Pretty hopeful message you snuck in there, Andrew Bird.

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “Cold Specks - Hector.”

Today, we’re happy to announce two new updates from the YouTube for Good team to help you make the most out of your channel.

First, we’re kicking off monthly online trainings for members of the YouTube Nonprofit Program. These will be ‘101 level’ trainings - perfect for nonprofits who recently joined the program or are just getting started with a YouTube channel. The trainings, which will be conducted via Google+ Hangouts on Air, will take place at 9am PT on the last Tuesday of every month.

The first training will be at 9am PT on July 31, 2012. Here’s how to join:

Directions To join in the conversation during our Hangout On Air: 
  1. Make sure you have a Google Account and Google+ profile or page setup. 
  2. Add YouTube Nonprofits Program page to your circles. We'll add you to our circles, then invite you to the Hangout on Air. 
  3. This Hangout on Air will begin at 9am PT on July 31, 2012. Additional trainings will take place at 9am PT on the last Tuesday of every month. 
  4. Log onto Google+ and you'll see an invite to join the hangout in your notifications (upper right hand corner of the page in a red box). Click through to the conversation! 
  5. If the link is not available in your notifications, click the hangouts icon on the left hand side of the page and look for a hangout called "YouTube Nonprofits Introduction" among the hangouts available for you to join. 
If you'd rather just watch and listen, and don't want to be recorded: 
  1. Point your browser to the YouTube Nonprofits Program Google+ page and click on the Hangouts On Air thumbnail. 
  2. Navigate to the YouTube for Nonprofits YouTube Channel and click on the live feed. This is the best option if you do not have a Google account. 
Second, we recently announced that we will allow YouTube users to link to a,, RocketHub or Causes page via a YouTube annotation. An annotation is a little dialogue box that pops up in a video and allows video creators to convey a message. In the past, these annotations were only able to link to a YouTube video, channel or search result. Now they can link to the four sites above, in addition to Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We’re excited to see how you use these new features to encourage audiences to sign petitions, take action and donate. 

Ramya Raghavan, news and politics manager, recently watched "Water in Adina Faso"

Vidcon 2012 was a true celebration of our creators and the ways they’re making the world a more interesting, inspiring and entertaining place. Our creators have amassed colossal audiences, invented new genres of entertainment, built global brands that transcend media, and are reaching new milestones every day. Simply put, their channels are taking over the world. We recently made it easier than ever for more creators to earn revenue from their videos and become YouTube partners, resulting in over 1 million channels on YouTube now part of the partner program. As we expand the partner base, we want to recognize and celebrate the partners that have hit big milestones by officially rolling out YouTube Partner Rewards.

The channels receiving YouTube Partner Rewards have surpassed 500 million subscribers and 251 BILLION views (or 36 views for each person on Earth). Want to know if your favorite channels are in the mix? Find out and learn more about the YouTube Partner Rewards program at

To celebrate, we’re rewarding any channel that surpasses 1 million subscribers with one of these beauties:

That’s right. A gold-plated PLAY button to hang in your studio, office, or home. Initially, nearly 80 channels (from EpicMealTime to Ellen DeGeneres, Mondo Media to the Biebs, Michelle Phan to Katy Perry and many more!) will be receiving this award in addition to a super-nifty YouTube branded gift card to use toward video equipment and a limited edition camera case.  The more than 1,400 channels that have surpassed 100,000 subscribers will also receive the $500 gift card and camera case to help them on their way to 1 million subscribers.

We’ll continue to recognize channels with YouTube Partner Rewards on a regular basis, so be sure to subscribe to your favorite channels to help them hit their first million and get their own gold-plated play button.

From all of us at YouTube, congratulations to the first recipients - it’s amazing what you’ve accomplished, and we can’t wait to see what you all do next!

Tim Shey, Director, YouTube Next Lab, recently watched, “An Abridged History of Western Music in 16 Genres.”  

Today we bring you a guest post from the mother of a 10 year-old autistic YouTube partner, whose life changed dramatically when he took his passion for science online.

I want to introduce you all to my son Jordan, known as Doctor Mad Science to his legion of YouTube fans.

When he was 18 months old, Jordan was diagnosed as severely autistic. He exhibited behaviors like head banging, flapping and fits. It wasn't until he turned five that he started to speak, using just one or two words. At the time I wondered if he would ever be able to have a conversation, go to school, or make a friend. As a mom, these are the kinds of thoughts that keep you up at night.

But, through it all, one things was clear: Jordan LOVED science. Especially the kind of science that involved raiding the cupboards and turning our kitchen counter into a DIY laboratory! About a year ago, he started posting these household experiments on YouTube. And that’s when something changed. Jordan’s confidence grew, his speech started to improve and kids at school wanted to be a part of his videos. While building his online persona, Jordan was suddenly making friends in the real world.

Autism will always challenge Jordan, but I’ve learned it doesn’t have to define him. Today, he’s a ten year-old chatterbox, and (when he’s not getting into trouble with his friends) he continues to explore the world of science on YouTube to share with all of you. As for me? I’m sleeping better these days with my very own Doctor Mad Science in the house.

Stacey Hilkowitz, Jordan’s mom, recently watched “Ivory Soap + Microwave = Snow.”

As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them. According to the international human rights organization WITNESS’ Cameras Everywhere report, “No video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer currently offers users the option to blur faces or protect identity.”

YouTube is excited to be among the first.

Today we're launching face blurring - a new tool that allows you to obscure faces within videos with the click of a button.

Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube.

Blurring faces on YouTube is simple. Once you’ve chosen the video that you’d like to edit within our Video Enhancements tool, go to Additional Features and click the “Apply” button below Blur All Faces. Before you publish, you will see a preview of what your video will look like with faces blurred. When you save the changes to your video, a new copy is created with the blurred faces. You will then be given the option to delete the original video.

This is emerging technology, which means it sometimes has difficulty detecting faces depending on the angle, lighting, obstructions and video quality. It’s possible that certain faces or frames will not be blurred. If you are not satisfied with the accuracy of the blurring as you see it in the preview, you may wish to keep your video private.

Visual anonymity in video allows people to share personal footage more widely and to speak out when they otherwise may not.

Because human rights footage, in particular, opens up new risks to the people posting videos and to those filmed, it’s important to keep in mind other ways to protect yourself and the people in your videos

YouTube is proud to be a destination where people worldwide come to share their stories, including activists. Along with efforts like the Human Rights Channel and Citizentube that curate these voices, we hope that the new technologies we’re rolling out will facilitate the sharing of even more stories on our platform.

Amanda Conway, YouTube policy associate, recently watched "Russian court refuses to free anti-Putin punks."

The music keeps on coming! Over the weekend Pitchfork streamed their music festival on YouTube -- head to their channel to see some live clips from the show. We also featured some fun videos -- one of a guy playing a bicycle handlebar (cool), one about a daydream that comes true, and Jack White’s surprising new video, which was directed by none other than Hype Williams. We’ve got lots coming this week, but we’re most excited by far to welcome Matisyahu to YouTube Presents on Friday. Got a question for him? Now’s the time to ask it. Wonder who else is going to appear? Subscribe to the channel.

Nas’ “Life is Good” playlist
In 1994, a young rapper named Nasir Jones almost single-handedly resuscitated hip-hop lyricism with his debut album Illmatic. Here was a rapper who told stories. Nas has never strayed far from his reputation as hip-hop’s lyricist, and his 10th studio album, Life Is Good, is being universally hailed as a mature masterpiece which keeps the immediacy of his ghetto imagery and leavens it with a decent dose of wisdom. (“Daughters” finds the rapper worrying about his daughter’s dating life.) It’s a hopeful record, which is why the man himself joins us today with a “Life is Good” playlist.

Incoming: MS MR
This indie band is still developing, but for a young band, MS MR have a seriously strong video aesthetic, as their own work demonstrates. Today they unload an epic playlist of their inspirations, and it’s a doozy -- every video is worth your undivided attention, if you can give it.

Beirut: Santa Fe
In the past few weeks, Beirut has been quietly (okay, not SO quietly) releasing a trove of music videos for their latest album The Rip Tide. To date, two of them have been directed by Sunset Television, a directors collective based in, of course, Williamsburg in Brooklyn. While what they do looks like found footage (think found footage pioneers like Everything Is Terrible), it’s actually not: these folks make their own videos and do their best to make them seem like garage-sale VHS finds. It’s a fascinating project, and it’s led to a regular comedy series with Pitchfork. Now, we had a hard time picking our favorite, but “Santa Fe,” with its Italian cinema mouth-feel, came out on top.

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “'Paz y Guerra' by Bayonics.”

Each month, we identify four YouTube partners whose channels have recently experienced significant growth but haven’t yet reached the 100,000 subscriber count for our On The Rise program. Our featured partners this month are almost halfway to that mark, and we’re excited about how they’re sharing their passions on YouTube through tutorial- and demonstration-based videos. This July we’re excited to present to you four artists whose YouTube channels center on videos about makeup and style, the art of crochet, and spray paint.

We hope you enjoy the content these partners produce, and they’re looking to you to help them grow their YouTube presence, starting with the opportunity for one of these partners to be featured on the YouTube homepage. Check out their videos below and vote for your favorite in the top right corner of this blog. In addition to your votes, each channel will be evaluated on criteria such as viewer engagement and channel optimization techniques to decide which partner will be featured on the homepage, Google+, Facebook and Twitter at the end of the month.

In past months past on the rise nominees, partners like jakatak69 and worldfoodprogram have gained many subscribers thanks to your support. The poll will be open until July 19th at 5pm PT, so don’t forget to vote for your favorite channel. Check back to see who secured the homepage feature on July 30th

Ever wanted to re-create Katy Perry’s look from her newest music video? Aria’s YouTube channel has makeup tutorials on a variety of celebrity looks ranging from Lady Gaga to Lana del Ray.

Crochet isn’t an easy skill to learn, but Michael Sellick’s simple, learner’s-paced tutorials can teach anyone to pick up a hook. The Crochet Crowd channel features a wide span of projects, including flowers, scarves, and baby clothes.

Brandon was inspired to start painting with spray paint during a day trip to Tijuana, Mexico in 1999. Since then he’s been developing and his honing his talent. Check out his channel to watch him create spray paint paintings of spacescapes and nature.

It’s easy to admire how a fashion model looks, but not quite so simple to emulate her style. British fashion model Ruth Crilly sets out on her channel to give you her informed suggestions about beauty, style, and even healthy recipe ideas!

If you’re interested in checking out more rising YouTube Partners, visit our On The Rise Channel, which features nominees, trending partners and monthly blog winners.

Devon Storbeck and Christine Wang, YouTube Partner Support, recently watched “A Conversation with my 12 Year Old Self: 20th Anniversary Edition.”

Each year, more than 130,000 avid fans attend Comic-Con International in San Diego to meet their favorite celebs and be the first to find out about what’s new in the world of comics and pop culture. For the first time, YouTube will be present, hosting a Fan Lounge in downtown San Diego to connect fans with some of the newest channels on YouTube, featuring many Comic-Con veterans.

On Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 from 11am to 9pm, the YouTube Fan Lounge – located at 315 7th Avenue at K in downtown San Diego – will be open and free to the public, with live programming, exclusive premieres, celebrity Q&A’s and, of course, free schwag! Check out some of the channels and talent you’ll see:

  • Blackbox TV featuring Tony E. Valenzuela (creator of Blackbox TV), actor Brea Grant & Zane Grant, and more. 
  • Geek & Sundry featuring Felicia Day, Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
  • Nerdist featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Tournament of Nerds with Justin Donaldson and Hal Rudnick
  • Machinima Prime featuring Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia), Tom Green (Dance Academy), Daniel Cudmore (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Twilight Saga) and more. 
  • Stan Lee’s World of Heroes featuring Stan Lee himself, Jace Hall (The Jace Hall Show), Bonnie Burton (Author, Star Wars Craft Book), Adrianne Curry (America’s Next Top Model) and more. 
  • Warner Brothers debuts H+ The Digital Series – a riveting, futuristic series from producer Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects / X-Men: First Class) – followed by a Q&A with Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), David Clayton Rogers (Jane by Design), Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls), and more. 
  • Plus other exciting programming from Shut Up! Cartoons, Mondo, MyDamnChannel, and LOUD
If you’re planning on being in San Diego this week, check out our full schedule at Be sure to share your experience on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook with the hashtag #YouTubeFanLounge – you may even see your comments get featured on our live conversation feed this Friday and Saturday. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the channels for real-time video updates, recaps, and even more great shows in the coming weeks. 

Minjae Ormes, Movies & TV Marketing Manager, recently watched "Comic-Con Now & Then - Cocktails with Stan."

After a long holiday week punctuated by two playlists of summertime music from the Zac Brown Band and rising country star JT Hodges, we’re getting back to work -- and our job is finding ways to distract you with fantastic music offerings. Go forth and be distracted!

Serj Tankian’s Eclectic Brain
You might think the lead singer of System of a Down would be all about the METAL. And of course he is. But Serj Tankian has carved out a persona beyond that of lead singer: his ambitious 2010 album Imperfect Harmonies saw him playing with multiple genres and time signatures and breaking out of any hard rock ghetto he might have been in. Today he releases his new album Harakiri, and we discover that if you give the man a chance to share his favorite music videos, you’ll quickly lose all preconceptions about him. Would you have thought he dug jazz fusion, Tom Waits and Cape Verdean morna? Neither did we.

Aesop Rock: “Skelethon” Full Album Stream
It’s been five years since Aesop Rock’s last album. The emcee known for his off-kilter flow and surreal lyrics has seen a lot of life changes in the intervening years, so it’s not surprising his new album Skelethon is a dark affair. It’s also one of his best. Entirely self-produced and suffused with angular, muddy beats, Skelethon drips with head-spinning lyricism that as enjoyable to listen to as it is to decipher. It’s perfectly complemented by a high-speed video shot at a go-kart track. That’s right: we have Aesop Rock’s new album in it entirety today, with a video. Peep it.

Donatan Rownonoc: Nie Lubimy Robic
Yes, it’s a mouthful. But before you get totally intimidated by the name, keep reading! This video was one of the most-liked music videos in the world yesterday, so naturally we had to watch it. We can tell you this: the band hails from Poland, they seem to think accordions and hip-hop belong together (bless them), and they made a hilarious and weirdly beautiful video which partly involves them spoofing what passes for video games in rural Poland. (Hint: chickens are involved.) You may not speak the language, but you’ll get the message: this is fun stuff.

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “I Hope You Find Awkward People Adorable (original).”

Later this summer, all remaining hosted video on Google Video will be moved to YouTube. Google Video stopped taking uploads in May 2009 and now we’re moving the remaining hosted content to YouTube as private videos. Google Video users can rest assured that you won’t be losing any of your content as it will be fully available on YouTube, and you can choose to make those videos public on YouTube if you’d like.

If you would prefer to migrate, delete or download your content yourself, you can do so by visiting the Google Video status page prior to August 20, 2012. After the videos have been moved, you can access all of your videos by visiting the YouTube Video Manager. By default they’ll all be set to private, and you can publish them publicly to your channel at any time. If you haven’t published on YouTube in a while, check out our latest channel designs and more in the YouTube Creator Playbook.

As we said nearly three years ago, the Google Video team is now focused on tackling the challenge of video search. We want to thank the millions of people around the world who have taken the time to create and share videos on Google Video, and we hope that you will continue to share your videos on YouTube.

The YouTube and Google Video Teams