NMR is constantly monitoring the YouTube charts, tracking what’s on the rise and who’s falling out of favor. Our Daily Top 20 gives you the 20 videos that are reigning supreme at the top of our charts so you can stay one step ahead of what’s hot.
Monday, December 8th 2014
It’s a brand new Top 20 this Monday! Over the weekend, a flood of new poured over the charts and washed away all our old favorites. Forget the past, the future is now! The face of that future, appropriately enough, is gifted rapstress Nicki Minaj. Nicki joined the cast of Saturday Night Live over the weekend and her stint on the show’s popular “Weekend Update” segment has captured the number one spot on the top twenty. Minaj, who is known both for her sick verses and her prodigious posterior took on the role of Kim Kardashian, she of the equally beloved behind. Minaj and SNL somewhat belatedly poked fun at Kim’s “break the internet” nude feature in PAPER Magazine, but apparently the people were starved for Kardashian quips and the video is currently holding it down at the top of the charts.
Elsewhere on the chart, it’s clear that holiday shopping season is in full swing as manufacturers are rolling out ads for the latest in games and consumer electronics. The new iPad Air 2 got some attention, and so did a beta test of Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana. On the gaming side, trailers for new PS4 games like “The Forest,” a single player survivor, and 8-bit retro throwback “Super Time Force Ultra” drew plenty of eyes, but it was Nintendo that swept the field. Over the weekend, the Japanese gamemaker dropped the world premiere of the long-awaited Zelda for Wii U. Game designers take the audience through some of the games new features and expansive landscapes in a clip that turned up not once, but TWICE on the Top 20 countdown, proving that audiences are hungry for the classic reboot, which is expected to drop in 2015.
It wasn’t all fun and games on the countdown. An episode of Inside The NBA took an unusual turn when regular commentators Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley took time out from critiquing the pro-ball scene to have a frank talk about Ferguson. The two men differed sharply in their response to the racial tensions in that city and across the nation, but their unusual debate rose to number 13 on the charts. No less contentious was the premiere of the trailer for Whitney, the Lifetime-produced and Angela Bassett-directed Whitney Houston biopic. The trailer climbed to number six, despite cries of “too soon!” and “not another Lifetime movie!”
Closing out the Top 20 today is a YouTube mainstay: the amazing Michael Stevens of VSauce takes on a question that has plagued mankind for centuries: Is The Earth Flat? (Spoiler Alert: It is not). Michael takes on not just the shape of our planet and things that we think we “know,” but also the ways in which we know anything at all and how we arrive at that knowing.
#1 Weekend Update: Kim Kardashian – Saturday Night Live
#2 iPad Air 2 – Apple
#3 The Forest – Announcement Trailer – PlayStation
#4 Chris Brown Power 106 Cali Christmas Set 2014 – Chris Breezy Channel
#5 World Premiere – Zelda – thegameawards
#6 Official Whitney Trailer – Lifetime
#7 Coyote & Crow at Bedford Ave. Williamsburg NYC 11/2014- “Me & My Uncle” Grateful Dead Cover – Coyote and Crow
#8 Orion Soars of First Test Flight – NASA
#9 Jennifer Aniston’s Deleted Sex Scene – Team Coco
#10 Taylor Swift – “Blank Space” Live at KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2014 – Shine On Media
#11 Wii U – The Legend of Zelda – Gameplay First Look from The Game Awards – Nintendo
#12 Terminator: Genisys Movie – Official Trailer – Terminator Genisys
#13 Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith openly talk about Ferguson on Inside The NBA – Backone
#14 Portland State player fakes handshake, steals ball, dunks it – Joe Kuffner
#15 Orion From The Recovery Ship – NASAKennedy
#16 Windows 10: Pre-Release Cortana on Desktop – WinBeta
#17 Harry Styles and Ian McKellen Have a Cuddle –The Graham Norton Show
#18 The Couch Gag Before Christmas | THE SIMPSONS | ANIMATION on FOX – Animation Domination
#19 Super Time Force Ultra on PS4 and Vita – Capy Games
#20 Is The Earth Actually Flat? – VSauce