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Meet 12 of the Biggest Young Stars on YouTube

In a way, it all started with Fred Figglehorn, a chipmunk-voiced, fictional 6-year-old with a dysfunctional family, manic energy and anger issues who …

VidCon 2014- The Year Big Networks And Brands Said Yes To YouTube

YouTube star and Maker Studios co-founder Shay Carl has been to VidCon every year, but 2014 has definitely been the game changer for him and his company.<p>"It just gets bigger and better every year," Carl told us. "This has been a great year for me. I had a sweet meeting with Facebook and they're …

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People-powered radio: YouTube launches crowdsourced music program with SiriusXM

A new radio show on SiriusXM, programmed by YouTube fans, starts today.<p>Current Analysis analyst Brad Shimmin told VentureBeat that this kind of crowd-based programming “represents both the peril and promise of analytics-driven content.”<p>He noted that, even as the Google-owned YouTube “is exploring …

Universal Music Looking for Next Big YouTube Star With New Record Label

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Universal Music Group, the biggest recording conglomerate in the world and home to artists like Celine Dion, Eminem and Lady Gaga, has announced the formation of a brand new record label entitled Awesomeness Music, which will exclusively …

YouTube Is Chasing Hollywood—But It Should Worry About Its Homegrown Stars

<b>In her keynote address at VidCon, YouTube’s unofficial, annual convention,</b> Susan Wojcicki, the Google executive who took over the video site this year, looked over a packed audience at the Anaheim Convention Center. Many of the people seated there were a special breed of YouTube users—the people …

How to be a Popular YouTuber and Make Money

Many youngsters are turning to make videos on YouTube instead of a day job, a few tips on the same.<p>You've probably seen the seven-digit number next …

Sneak peek: Target reveals dorm styles in YouTube series (and wants to give you a $50 gift card)

Target is helping students avoid the dorm room blahs through the Best Year Ever YouTube series. The videos feature stylist Veronica Valencia, who helps four YouTube stars pull off some pretty awesome dorm makeovers.<p>Todrick Hall, Mikey Bolts, Tiffany Garcia and Ann Le will each have a four-episode …

Product placements make their way onto viral YouTube videos

YouTube stars are borrowing an idea from Hollywood's Golden Age: product placement.<p>Think how<p>General Motorssponsored comedian Bob Hope's variety show,Revlonbacked the 1950s game show "The $64,000 Question," and Milton Berle hosted the "Texaco Star Theater." They all made money by infusing products …

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YouTube star Timothy DeLaGhetto honors parents by paying off their mortgage

A YouTube star surprised his parents this week with a generous check to pay off the mortgage for the family home. Timothy DeLaGhetto handed his mom and dad a check for $210,000 — and of course Timothy caught the touching scene on video.<p>The clip of his parents receiving the check has been viewed …

Old Navy Made A Back-To-School Video With 7 YouTube Stars

The average family spends nearly $700 on back-to-school gear.<p>Old Navy is getting moms' attention by offering clothing starting at $4, Jamie Gersch, Vice President of Marketing, told Business Insider.<p>"Hitting the sweet spot with prices is definitely the way to get the customer's attention right …

Watching Teenagers Stand In A 'Selfie Line' To Take Photos With YouTube Stars Is One Of The Weirder Things You'll See

It's pretty obvious that autograph books are a thing of the past.<p>When digital cameras became ubiquitous in the early aughts, people hoped to snap photos with their favorite celebrity. Now that everyone has a phone with a front-facing camera, selfies are the way to prove you were in close proximity …

Five YouTubers bigger than Hollywood celebs -- according to teens

On Tuesday, <i>Variety</i> released a survey that revealed the five most influential figures among Americans ages 13-18 are all Youtube celebrities. These …

Teenagers Worship YouTube Stars More Than Hollywood Celebrities

A new survey from Variety shows that YouTube stars are more popular with teenagers than Hollywood A-listers.<p>The survey encompassed the opinions of 1,500 teenagers on 20 well-known personalities (some from YouTube and some from mainstream media.) The teens were to rank the stars "in terms of …

10 YouTube Stars Who Should Be On Your Radar

YouTube stars are becoming more and more powerful.<p>A new survey released this week by Variety asked teens to rank popular figures "in terms of approachability, authenticity and other criteria considered aspects of their overall influence." The results overwhelmingly showed that today's teens are …

The New TV Pilot Season: Bringing YouTube Stars, Channels And Bloggers To TV Screens

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Nuno Bernardo is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated writer and producer. Using his unique approach, Nuno has created and produced several web properties that have successfully crossed to TV.</i><p>Hollywood is in love with YouTube. Last year, DreamWorks Animation paid $33 million for …

'Authentic' YouTube Stars Clash With Hollywood at the Teen Choice Awards

There was a controversy at last night’s Teen Choice Awards, although it wasn’t about a midriff-baring red carpet outfit or whether One Direction is …

That New YouTube Hashtag Tells Us How Video Fans Really Feel

For the latest confirmation of the porous boundaries that separate YouTube stars and their devoted fans, look no further than the latest trend on Twitter. Though it’s not what you might think at first glance.<p>The Twitter hashtag #YouTubersIWantToBang has been trending since earlier Friday. As you’d …

These Vloggers Are About To Drop Some Hilarious Truth Bombs On You

A recent survey commissioned by <i>Variety</i> found that teens in the U.S. “are more enamored with YouTube stars than they are the biggest celebrities in …

15-Year-Old YouTuber Lohanthony Doles Out Advice for Vloggers

At the age of 14, most people are concerned about starting high school. YouTube star Anthony Quintal—known to his fans as Lohanthony—had to manage …

SocialCon: a sampling of show business in the digital age

Fifteen-year-old Anthony Quintal, better known to millions of online fans as Lohanthony, has a manager, a PR team and may earn upward of six figures this year for posting sassy video blogs on YouTube.<p>Welcome to show business in the digital age.<p>Quintal is one of about two dozen social media stars …

Why Vine Stars Are the New Boy Bands

<i>We proudly present this article from our partners at ReadWrite</i>.<p>By Stephanie Chan<p>If you're still reeling from the idea that YouTube stars can cultivate teen fandemonium comparable to 90's-era boy bands — get ready, because it's happening again.<p>Vine stars — the niche, digital media celebrities who …

Here Are The 10 Hottest Internet Stars From This Weekend's Online Video Awards

For the uninitiated, The Streamys, as they're fondly referred to, recognize excellence in online videos in almost 50 categories. Between them, the winners have millions of subscribers, views and followers. Ranging from slice-of-life vlogs, cooking shows and drama web series, these are some of the …

YouTube Will Pay Its Stars To Make Videos

Google’s YouTube has a wealth of homegrown talent — and it wants to keep it that way.<p>The video platform said Thursday it will invest in the creative types who have risen to Internet stardom on YouTube. The deals are intended to help its organically grown creators make high-quality content for the …

18-Year-Old YouTube Star Says She 'Doesn't Need A Real Job'

She left home a year ago to pursue her career as a social-media celebrity in LA.<p>But you won't find McAllister bartending or waiting tables as she waits for her big break.<p>Nope, McAllister already found a certain kind of fame — and you've probably never heard of her.<p>She's a YouTube star, with …

How One Guy Used YouTube To Get Thousands Of Teens To Donate $75,000 To Charity

This weekend, Franta headlined the inTOUR LA convention in Pasadena, California, along with a dozen other YouTubers and Viners — all with hundreds of thousands (and for some, millions) of fans, followers, and subscribers across all social media platforms.<p>Franta, who makes vlog-style videos, has …

At A YouTube Stars Convention, A Desperate Parent Bribed Me With $500 So Her Kid Could Meet Her Idol

A parent so desperate to help her young daughter get in front of YouTube celebrity "Lohanthony" offered me $500 for my meet-and-greet admission card this past weekend at an event called INTOUR. The pair had traveled 9 hours to see the 15-year-old Bostonian teen with millions of followers on Twitter …

YouTube Spending Millions to Keep Its Stars From Leaving

In an effort to keep its stars from decamping to other video-hosting platforms, <b>YouTube</b> will be funding a select number of its best and brightest to help subsidize video production costs. According to Re/code, this isn't YouTube's first stab at funding videos for its own platform—a couple of years …

What It's Like To Be A Teenage Girl At A Huge Convention Of YouTube Stars

It featured a dozen or so internet celebrities that have millions of followers on YouTube and other social media platforms.<p>It also featured the fans of all of these internet stars. Screaming, teenage girl fans, who were in tears by the end of the day because they were so emotionally overwhelmed. It …

YouTube Stars Are Replacing Hollywood A-Listers In Campaigns Encouraging Young People To Vote — And It Just Might Work

The Daily Dot reports that "OurTime.org, one of the nation's largest voter empowerment organizations targeted at young voters, partnered with YouTuber Jenn McAllister, better known as JennXPenn," to create top-10 lists similar to the lists she creates for her popular YouTube channel to help kids …

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