Meet the YouTube Stars Turning Viewers Into Readers

When Christine Riccio was a teenager growing up in New Jersey, she and her sister would upload videos to YouTube of the two of them being silly, dancing to Britney Spears’s “Piece of Me” or attempting a back flip. It wasn’t until Ms. Riccio was in college in 2010 that she “actually talked to the camera” for the first time and decided to upload a video book review of Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games.”

“I was reading a lot of books, and I had no one to discuss them with,” she said, explaining why she turned to the internet. “I was like, ‘I’ll be lucky if I ever get 500 subscribers over here.’”

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The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 21st Century: Critics’ Picks

The 100 Greatest Music Videos of the 21st Century: Critics' Picks

At the dawn of the 21st century, the music video was in a boom period: The TRL era was still at its zenith, CDs were flying out of the stores, budgets for music videos were still regularly in the seven-digit range, and MTV was the place you turned to in order to see the latest clips from pop’s best and brightest.

Flash forward to 2018, and none of those things are true anymore. Album sales have been depleted by the rise of downloading and then streaming, MTV has been supplanted by the Internet as the video’s primary home, and attempts to reboot TRL only prove how different times are now than when Backstreet and Britney ruled the world. But with all that’s changed, the music video still reigns paramount in the pop world, as a conversation-starter, as a starmaker, as a cementer of legacy. Though the ways we consume music videos in 2018 would’ve been almost unthinkable at century’s start, the impact they have on our lives and pop culture remains relatively similar.

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United is Changing its Rules On Photography and Filming On its Aircraft

By now, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have seen (and laughed at) the hilarious video of an airplane passenger attempting to fit his bag into an overhead locker. Filmed by a fellow passenger, the man haplessly struggles with his bag until a member of cabin crew comes to his rescue – a simple flip and the bag fits easily into the available space.

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2018 Custom PC Guide for Photography and Video

2018 Custom PC Guide for Photography and Video

Last week Apple introduced new MacBook Pro models and the prices already initiated discussions. Maybe it is still better to build a custom PC for getting the bang for the buck.

Without a doubt, the newly introduced MacBook Pro and iMac Pro are great computers, but they are not the best. For the last couple of years, upgrading is impossible on MacBook Pros, and this doesn’t seem to be changed on the new releases. Also, the pricing strategy on customizing is ridiculous as RAM and hard drive prices doubles when you want to upgrade. Apple is already charging for the base components, however for each upgrade, you need to pay more than the actual price of the component. This has been an Apple classic for a long time, and I don’t think even the newly introduced 6-core processors will save the brand’s reputation.

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Music Video App Triller Launches Monetization Feature

Triller, a music-video-making app boasting more than 28 million users worldwide, is launching a monetization platform allowing influencers to raise money from fans, brands and music labels for purpose-driven goals.

The goals that Triller defines as “purpose-driven” range from raising money for college funds or for new equipment allowing young creators to further their careers.

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Streaming services account for 75% of all music listening in 2018, up from 50% in 2016

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Anyone who knows anything about today’s music culture knows that streaming is the preferred form of music consumption. But on Friday, figures from Nielsen showed how far streaming come in the span of two to three years.

The Mid-Year Music Report revealed that in the first half of 2018, Americans streamed 403 billion songs, via both video and audio services. That’s almost 100 billion songs more than what they streamed in all of 2015, when streaming accounted for as much as half of US music revenue. Comparing apples to apples, as this chart from Statista does, streaming accounted for 25% more of the United States’ total music consumption in the first half of 2018 than it did during the same period of time in 2016.

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