Top 10 Viral Videos of 2013

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This man's hands had us all talking.
Viral videos have been popular since the beginning of the Internet (yes kids, there was a time when there was no Internet) but as the years progress, the videos that we share and make popular have gotten more elaborate than ever. Some of these videos become so popular in fact that they garnish millions upon millions of hits making the people in these videos complete YouTube sensations. Not everyone can make a "viral" video but this year, like it or not, there were a handful of people that went above and beyond whether they meant to or not. So with that, we give you the Top 10 Viral Videos of 2013.

See also: Top 10 Tweeters of 2013

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Singularity Teams With Nilu For 'Horizon' EP, Title Track Goes Viral!

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Both DJ/producer Singularity and singer Nilu are pretty much blowing up these days, so what happens when you put both of them into the musical mix? The answer is revealed upon first listen to "Horizon," their collaborative effort released earlier this month. The song is the title track and lead single from Singularity's forthcoming EP. "Horizon" blends his knack for creating compelling electronic soundscapes with Nilu's sultry, Feist-like vocals.

Singularity originally found out about the Irvine-based songstress the same way many initially did. "My friend posted a video of Nilu singing," he says of "Sing For You," her viral YouTube hit. "Since then I'd always wanted to have her on a track," the Fountain Valley native adds. "When I saw that she lived so close to me, I sent her an email and eventually we made it happen." From the number of downloads and plays, music lovers are happy that they did!

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Sweet Brown Songs: Everybody's Got Time for That!

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I must be living under a rock, because it was only this weekend that a friend showed me the viral video on YouTube of a woman named Sweet Brown. She escaped an apartment fire and gave an interview to Oklahoma City's KFOR News Channel. With all the charisma of a preacher, she retold her story of how she went down to get a cold pop ("soda" for all you West Coast peoples) smelled something in the air and, in her own words, realized "Oh Lord Jesus, it's a fire!" She went on to speak of spoke inhalation and how, with bronchitis, she didn't have no time for that!
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Kristen Bell's Sloth Meltdown Gets Auto-tuned

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​Pageviews, smageviews. These days, the true indicator of viral success is when a story gets auto-tuned. 

Last week on Ellen, Kristen Bell told the story of the time she found out she'd be meeting a sloth for her birthday. Her giddy tale and the accompanying video footage of her losing her shit was so weirdly joyful that it was watched by more than 8 million people. 

Now, thanks to the geniuses at Auto-Tune The News, the clip has been made into a song that is permanently stuck in our heads. Crying, crying, crying . . .  
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Nilu Madadi, Irvine-Based Iranian-American Singer, Goes Viral With a Nod From Young the Giant

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Nilu Madadi, a 23 year-old Iranian-American musician based in Irvine, has started the new year off on the right note. The singer-songwriter has been making a name for herself since a YouTube video of her Noise Coalition Live Sessions performance of "Sing for You" was uploaded earlier this month. Madadi's original composition has inspired tens of thousands of views (and counting) with its display of her sultry, Feist-like vocals. She's offered up "Sing for You" as a free download and promises much more in the coming year, including a debut EP release, new website and a follow-up Noise Coalition video.

With all this good stuff going on, the Weekly caught up with the indie-rock/soul musician and asked her a few questions about the video and song that has people talking. Don't be surprised to see more of Madadi in a future Locals Only feature!

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It's Friday, Friday: The Most Viewed Video of 2011

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Well, well, well. Last week we told you that Rebecca Black was 2011's most-searched subject on Google. Today we find out that the video with the most pageviews on YouTube is, of course, Rebecca Black's "Friday."

According to the Washington Post, the video garnered more than 180 million views this year. YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca said her video's popularity represents "the idea that anyone can enter our pop culture."



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Rebecca Black Is 2011's Most-Searched Subject on Google

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The most-searched subject on Google for 2011 was not Steve Jobs, nor Casey Anthony. Occupy Wall Street? Psh. Didn't even make the list.

According to the Google Zeitgeist, the device that tracks how often something is searched and how fast the search catches speed, the OC's very own Rebecca Black ranks number one for 2011.

Black recorded the song "Friday," written by Los Angeles' vanity label ARK Music Factory, and released the accompanying video on Youtube in February. It received around a 1,000 hits in the first month. But a month later, it exploded.

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Slayer Light Show: Because Your Holidays Could Use a Good Headbanging

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It's the most wonderful time of the year. The weather is crisp, everybody's slurping from that mug of good cheer, lights twinkle, and Christmas carols soothe your five o'clock drive.

Sick of all that, Scrooge? Good news. Your neighbor has set his holiday light show to Slayer.

"Slayer Bob," the SoCal mega metal fan, is back with another installment of his now-famous holiday decorations. After racking up over 2 million views on YouTube with his first show in 2009 -- which was set to Slayer's "Raining Blood" -- he came back last year with a Pantera-themed show.

This year, he's back to his roots with "South of Heaven," another Slayer song. We bet Santa stops here first.

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Benni Cinkle, Awkward Backup Dancer in 'Friday' Video, Wants To Make School Appearances

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What do you do when you're a part of a video that's gotten 176 million views? 
 
Milk it for all it's worth.

Benni Cinkle, the brace-faced girl who flails her arms awkwardly in Rebecca Black's "Friday" video, debuted a video of her own last week called "Can You See Me Now." Now, according to a press release (yes, she even has a press team), the Anaheim Hills teen has gotten "overwhelming requests and responses," so she has decided to host a Bring Benni to School Contest. Kids can enter by creating a video telling a story about a difficult time in their lives and how they got through it. Cinkle will pick five winners and visit their schools to talk about empowerment.

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Awkward Backup Dancer In 'Friday' Video Now Has Her Own Music Video--and Teen Nonprofit

Oh, Rebecca Black. You're the gift that keeps on giving. Not only have you parlayed your "worst video on earth" fame via "Friday" into a Katy Perry cameo and a VMAs appearance, you've also catapulted your awkward friends into the same kind of fame formerly reserved for Real Housewives and moms of multiple kids. 

And so yes, Bennet "Benni" Cinkle, whom we've talked about before as "the bracefaced girl in pink who flails her arms awkwardly in the back of a convertible as Black sings epic lyrics such as 'Fun, fun/think about fun/you know what it is'" now has her own music video. 
And (surprise!) like Rebecca Black's earnest effort, "My Moment," it's a song with a positive teen message about bullying, believing in yourself, and blah blah blah you get the drift. Called "Can You See Me Now," Black's former Anaheim Hills schoolmate is just as heavily AutoTuned and, well, warbles along just as badly as her cohort.
Apparently, because of all the nastiness that was wrought by the "Friday" video, Cinkle was inspired to launch the That Girl in Pink Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness, involvement, and donations for "causes that affect kids." It seems like a vast chasm of helpful stuff can get fit that description, so while you're mulling that over,  watch the video after the jump.
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