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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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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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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