YouTube in April: What’s Being Watched

This is a series that spotlights culturally significant and popular uploads to YouTube, curated monthly by ZEFR Insights.

1. Chile’s Calbuco Volcano

For the first time in four decades and without warning, the Calbuco volcano erupted on April 22, 2015. The eruption lasted 90 minutes and sent a plume of volcanic ash six miles into the sky. While there have been no recorded injuries, according to news reports, thousands have been evacuated from nearby town Ensenada. The most disruptive hazard from this eruption has been the resulting falling ash, which has covered regions as far as 165 miles north of the volcano under a thin layer of dust. Considering there have been no reported injuries or casualties, YouTube viewers can happily bask in the glorious colors captured by this clip expressing nature’s boundless unpredictability.

2. Seth Meyers Brings Jon Snow to a Dinner Party

Jon Snow is a terrible dinner guest. This was proven when Seth Meyers invited the Game of Thrones character, played by Kit Harington, to a dinner party on Late Night. While other guests politely chit-chatted about the arrival of spring, Jon warned them, “You won’t be laughing when the White Walkers rip you from limb to limb.” Jon Snow is great at a lot of things (being on Game of Thrones, for instance), but keep him away from the dinner table.

3. Star Wars: Battlefront

The day after the much-talked about Star Wars: Episode VII trailer was released, the video-game trailer, Star Wars: Battlefront, was also revealed. The video game stays true to the films and was shot in the original movie locations, “Not to just capture the environment, but the emotions they evoke as well.” The Battlefront trailer has been out for over a week and already has more than sixteen million views. The game is available for sale starting November 17th for PS4, PC, and Xbox One.

4. Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry has been lighting up the basketball court since his March Madness days at Davidson College, and he continues to amaze year after year as a pro as a member of the Golden State Warriors. With the 2015 NBA Playoffs tipping off this April, Curry has once again emerged as a highlight-reel goldmine on YouTube. Recently, Curry led the Warriors to a 20-point fourth-quarter comeback against the Pelicans, capped off with a game-tying, three-point shot that people can’t stop watching.

5. David Hasselhoff

Have you ever wondered what David Hasselhoff looks like riding a dinosaur? Well, your lucky day has arrived. The ‘80s icon performs the theme song, “True Survivor,” for the Kickstarter campaign to fund the film, Kung Fury. The music video has since gone viral with over 8 million views. This epic music clip is a veritable collision course of mashups, featuring time travel, dinosaurs, ‘80s cop movies, and kung-fu.

The Kickstarter-funded film had a modest starting goal of raising $200,000. By the end of the month, the campaign inspired 17,713 backers to pledge $630,019 to help bring the project to life. Kung Fury will be released on YouTube on May 28th.


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