The biggest thing in football right now is happening in Europe, at the UEFA Euro 2012 final. In the U.S., this form of “football” is generally considered to be “soccer.” While the Euro action has certainly been fantastic, American football fans -- the one with quarterbacks and end zones -- take heart! Beginning June 30, USA Football’s Under 19 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship series will air live on iBN Sports’ YouTube channel at

The series pits eight countries against each other. In the first round on June 30, France plays Japan. France is rugby-crazy, after their appearance in last year’s World Cup, and Japan’s national sport is sumo wrestling: the players in this game may well demonstrate unique techniques and abilities based on backgrounds in these other very physical sports. The U.S. plays American Samoa that same day, and with many terrific Samoans playing pro football, the quality of football will be high. The other first round matchups are Panama vs. Austria and Canada vs. Sweden.

The winners of the first round play on July 4 (Games 1 and 2); the losers' bracket will be on July 3 (Games 1 and 2). The Gold Medal and Bronze Medal games will both be played on July 7.

YouTube is proud to host many live sports these days. Consider these world championships a warm-up for the high school football to be played across the country this fall. Be sure to subscribe to your favorite YouTube Sports Partner channel and don’t miss a minute of live action either this summer or this fall!

Roland Lange, YouTube Sports Partnerships, recently watched "Soccer training for kids"

Maybe you’ve outgrown that username cutepuppies99, which seemed like such a good idea at the time. Or perhaps your friends are missing out on your mad origami skills, because they don’t know you are the genius behind origamiboy1981.

Starting today we’re giving you the ability to change how you appear on YouTube, with the option to use your Google+ profile on your YouTube channel. One Google-wide identity was something that proved popular with new YouTube users when we began offering it in March, so we are now extending it to existing users.

This is your identity, so you’re in the driver’s seat. First off, your name. If you are currently YouTube user joeysam87, you can now appear as Joey Samson, the full name from your Google+ profile (with an actual space in the middle!), along with any photo you uploaded:

Next step, your past activity. Maybe you posted a few things way back (all those “I love you Biebs!!” comments?) that you’d rather not associate with publicly. By clicking “Review my content,” you can see every video, comment or playlist you’ve ever posted, and decide whether you want it associated with your full name before making the change:

This will give you more options for how your videos are seen and discovered on YouTube. However, we realize that using your full name isn’t for everyone. Maybe people know you by your YouTube username. Perhaps you don’t want your name publicly associated with your channel. To continue using your YouTube username, just click “I don’t want to use my full name” when you see the prompt. Stay tuned for more ways to use this username in other Google products and services in coming months.

For many YouTube users with existing Google+ profiles, you’ll start seeing this option the next time you upload or comment on YouTube. For partners, brands and organizations, you won’t see this just yet. This will first be available in the US, with plans to make this available internationally soon. For more information, check out our help center.

John Fisher, Software Engineer, recently watched “Dogtown Days - Gerry Saint

About a year ago, we brought you thousands of full-length feature films from major Hollywood and independent studios to rent on Following our launch yesterday, you can buy movies and TV content from shows like Revenge, Parks & Recreation and Breaking Bad, and top movie studios like ABC Studios, NBCUniversal and Sony Pictures.

Purchased movies and shows can be played back as many times as you like on YouTube, and on your Android device via Google Play. We’ll soon be bringing the experience to Google TV devices too.

Visit and today to discover and buy your favorite movies and TV shows, and check back soon for even more titles and shows in the coming weeks.

Jonathan Zepp, manager of TV/Film content partnerships, recently purchased and watched “The Walking Dead.”

Last year we redesigned YouTube with the goal to make it easy and enjoyable to follow the channels you love. We added a guide to the homepage to quickly access your channel subscriptions and a feed of activity showing you the latest and greatest videos from your favorite YouTube channels. Now in the new YouTube app for Android, we’re bringing that experience to the app, while making YouTube better both on the go and at home.

A guide to all your channels
With less screen space on your phone than your laptop or TV, we want to focus the YouTube app on just the stuff you care about. You now have a guide on the left side of the screen that gives you instant access to your channels, and a feed constantly updating with new videos.

Faster on the go
When you’re watching YouTube on the go, watching a video buffer is as fun as waiting for the bus to show up. To spend more time with your video and less time with the spinning circle of boredom, you can now preload and temporarily cache videos from your subscribed channels on your phone anytime it’s charging and your WiFi is connected. Just enable “Preloading” in the Settings menu. You’ll still need a connection to play the video, but once you do it’s smooth sailing through the latest from your subscribed channels and Watch Later queue.

Watch it on the big screen
Back at home and want to watch that amazing video on your big screen? While the video’s playing on TV, with the new YouTube app or mobile website you’ll be able to use your phone to find the next great video to watch, comment, like or subscribe. We’re working to make this broadly available across connected TVs and living room devices, so stay tuned for updates.

To check out the new app, visit the Google Play Store on your Android phone for the latest version. The new YouTube app features are currently just available on phones with Android 4.0 and above, and you’ll start to see these features appear on other Android versions in coming months. If you’re using or other versions of the YouTube app, you can still access your subscriptions by signing in and selecting “Subscriptions.”

So whenever or wherever you’re ready for some great channels, trust your YouTube app will have them ready to watch.

Andrey Doronichev, head of YouTube mobile, recently watched “JEFF BRIDGES goes Face to Face with "Weird Al" Yankovic.”

Welcome back to Music Tuesday, the blog post in which we tell you what we’re featuring on our music page this week -- and why.

Pride Icons
June is LGBT Pride month, and people have been taking to the streets all over the world to honor love in its many incarnations. Today we close out the past month of non-stop celebrations with a playlist of queer musical icons and out and proud gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender artists from our friends at Google Play.

If You Hear It, You See It
The videosong has two rules: 1. What you see is what you hear. 2. If you hear it, at some point you see it. We’ve seen what famous videosongers like Pomplamoose and Karmin do with the form; now...what about the rest of the world?

Incoming: Charlie Rae
The San Diego singer-songwriter Charlie Rae’s been writing songs and posting videos on her channel for several years. But a few weeks ago she was performing on a San Diego street when a passerby took a video of her performance and posted it (with her permission) on his work’s website. The video went viral -- at last count, it had over 400,000 views -- and Rae’s haunting original songs are beginning to get richly deserved recognition. Here’s the video that started it all.

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “Slum Village - Reppin.”

Please join us in congratulating WorldFoodProgram as YouTube’s featured “On The Rise” non-profit partner for June! Thanks to your support and the strength of of their channel optimization, this organization is featured in the “Spotlight” section of our homepage today.

The World Food Programme has been in existence since 1963, when it was established as a multilateral food aid program by the Food and Agricultural Organization Conference and the United Nations. Over the last 40+ years, the organization has worked tirelessly to fight hunger and poverty globally, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the need for food aid. Their channel features a variety of video content that describes the magnitude of the global hunger problem, highlights specific issues and emergencies, demonstrates the impact of the WPF’s initiatives, and identifies opportunities for supporters to take action to assist the organization’s mission.

Here are a few words from the WPF organization:
Thanks to everyone who voted for us, and especially to YouTube, for this incredibly cool opportunity. At the World Food Programme, we believe that hunger is the world's greatest solvable problem. It affects nearly a billion people worldwide and yet we have the means to solve it. WFP is the world's largest humanitarian aid agency on the front lines of hunger. When we're not saving lives in emergencies, we're helping families get back on their feet. When we're not serving meals in schools, we're protecting mothers and children from malnutrition. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and find out what it's like to drive across the Sahara, ride a yak through the Himalayas or fly a helicopter in South Sudan as we deliver food assistance to some of the most dangerous and remote places on Earth. We’ll see you there. 

You can learn more about YouTube's nonprofit program and the 17,000 organizations in the program here. If you’ve enjoyed this monthly On The Rise blog series and want to see more rising YouTube partners, check out our On The Rise Channel. Keep an eye out for next month’s blog post, as your channel may be the next one On The Rise!

Christine Wang and Devon Storbeck, YouTube Partner Support, recently watched “Milk in my Sippy Cup!

We love sharing videos on Google+, Facebook and Twitter as much as you do, so today we’re kicking off our next sharing adventure—YouTube’s on Pinterest.

Since Pinterest introduced video pins, we’ve been ever so eager to join the party. We’ve brought together a Pinterest dream team at YouTube to share videos we hope you’ll find particularly useful, informative and inspiring—with a goal that every video we share will “wow” you.

Here are a few Pinterest boards from us:
  • Pinspiration - Inspiring and motivating videos to make your world a little more awesome
  • Make It Yourself - To help you get crafty
  • Life 101 - Cut corners in your hectic schedule with quick lifehacking tips & tricks
  • The Beauty Corner - Find advice for novice to pro style & beauty gurus
  • NomNomNom - Discover 15-minute meals to gourmets eats and baking tutorials
  • Work It Out - Your personal fitness video center
We’ve got LOTS more, too—so you can also just follow all of our Pinterest boards to get all our goodies.

Danielle Paquette, social media manager, recently pinned “Where the Hell is Matt? 2012

The first day of summer is officially here in the U.S. As the temperature heats up, so do searches for what you can wear to the office to keep cool while not showing too much skin. Web search interest for “summer business casual” is skyrocketing in the U.S., and YouTube search interest for “summer fashion” in 2012 has nearly quadrupled since 2008.

Luckily, YouTube creators have answers to this pressing style challenge. Check out great tips on summer style and how to dress for the office without overheating:

And gentleman, worried about trying to rock a suit in this heat? Don’t fear - there are great summer style tips for you too:

Welcome to summer! If you’re in a part of the world where July and August bring cold weather, there are plenty of tips for how to dress for cooler temperatures too.

Jessica Mason, communications associate, recently watched “DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime.”

He may give you the impression he’s a beach bum with “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem” on constant repeat in his truck, but country music star Kenny Chesney is actually one of the hardest-working men in show business. With 15 albums under his belt and a swath of awards so wide they’d span the Mississippi, this Tennessee boy has become one of country music’s most recognizable stars.

Today at 5:30pm PT you’ll get a chance to see just how hard working Chesney is when he electrifies New Jersey’s Wildwood Beach with a live American Express UNSTAGED performance, directed by Jonathan Demme and presented in partnership with YouTube and VEVO. Tune into to watch; the show will last for 75 minutes, followed by an immediate rebroadcast.

Kenny Chesney is a true self-made talent in an era when many stars are often heavily coached and crafted. He started playing music in college, and though he graduated with a degree in advertising, he immediately moved to Nashville to start plying his trade. He landed a weekly gig there, honing his skills in the small bar scene, and over time he began to attract label attention. Studio execs were impressed with a singer-songwriter who’d developed his considerable skills outside the Music City circuit, and within a few years Chesney was commanding the charts with songs like “She’s Got It All” and “You Had Me From Hello.”

If director Jonathan Demme seems an unlikely choice to direct a Kenny Chesney concert, he is -- and he’s not. The director best known for his Academy Award-winning work on Silence of the Lambs hasn’t just dabbled in music: he directed The Talking Heads’ seminal 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, as well as the 2006 Neil Young concert film Heart of Gold. He’s even directed music videos for New Order and Bruce Springsteen, among others.

If you miss today's live show, don't worry: the show will be rebroadcast on Chesney’s channel immediately following the webcast.

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “Kenny Chesney - She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.”

It’s been a hot week for music videos. Fiona Apple released a gem of a video for “Every Single Night” last week, just ahead of today’s album release -- and we were pleased to feature Givers’ lovely cover of “That Was Your Mother.” We also saluted the dads over the weekend with a playlist of songs that are both inspirational and cautionary tales for wanna-be dads. And of course we couldn’t sleep on the fact that Paul McCartney turned 70 yesterday.

The Sound of Sweden
Swedes have always had some kind of mystical hold on pop music. Yes, ABBA may have forged the way, but more recently, artists like Robyn and Lykke Li have demonstrated that Sweden’s pop domination is by no means over. We scoured the Swedish underground for the next crop of artists who might become pop stars, and present our findings today. But we have to ask: how come they all sing in English?!

A Tall Glass of Lemonade
The indie pop act Lemonade got their start in San Francisco and then moved to -- where else? -- Brooklyn. They returned with a new album last week and a new video today, and they picked an assortment of pleasingly frothy videos to get us in the mood for warm summer nights.

Todd Terje: Inspector Norse The Norwegian knob-twiddler Todd Terje has been quietly building a following for his neo-disco for the past few years. “Inspector Norse” is a great example of his refreshingly straightforward dance music, but it’s the video that really captivates here. Pulled from a short documentary entitled Whateverest, it follows a stymied, strange wannabe musician in rural Sweden who calls himself Inspector Norse. We can’t really do justice to the good Inspector -- you’ve got to see it for yourself.

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “March Slav.”

This year on Mother’s Day we suggested gifts besides macaroni necklaces and other children’s artwork. So what do we suggest for fathers? Well, Dads can actually be a lot like kids’ art—they are sometimes a little messy, but they bring you joy, and should certainly be appreciated more than once a year.

Whether you’re old man is a finger painted sunset or a clay sculpted football, whether he loves the outdoors or technology you can find YouTube channels that he will love. This Father’s Day, give your dad the ‘no-mess’ gift of entertainment in a personalized playlist that caters to his interests. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

For Mr. Sports Fanatic:

For the Dad behind the grill:

For the Music Lover:

For Mr. Fix it:

Happy Father’s Day!

Jessica Mason, communications associate, recently watched “Military Dad Surprises Daughter at Spelling Bee After She Spells 'Sergeant'.”

You’ve seen him grow up on camera, transforming from a talented little kid posting videos on YouTube into the star of his own documentary and a global pop phenomenon. Now Justin Bieber is ready to come back to where it all began for an exclusive Q&A with YouTube Presents, and he wants to answer your questions.

What have you always wanted to know about the Biebs? Starting today, and running until midnight ET on June 20, you have the chance to ask Justin Bieber all those burning questions. Head over to and pour your heart out—Justin will hear you! And be ready to tune in to on June 21 at 7pm ET to watch the interview -- with none other than Jimmy Fallon -- live.

YouTube Presents gives music fans an opportunity to get more into the music and artists they love with live performances and interviews at venues around the world. Check out recent performances and concerts with artists including Taylor Swift, The Shins, Ziggy Marley, Lenny Kravitz and more on

And remember -- never say never!

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “Justin Bieber’s Backstage Interview at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball 2012.”

Cross posted from the Blog de YouTube en Español

Last year, YouTube had more than 1 trillion views, or about 140 views for every person on earth. As the world tunes in to YouTube, we want everyone, in every language, to have the same opportunity to enjoy YouTube. So today, we’re expanding our language accessibility to add automatic captions in Spanish.

When a video has recognizable speech, you’ll see a “CC” button appear in the bottom of the player, which will instantly add captions of the video in Spanish. Just look for this icon and click “Transcribe Audio.”

The hundreds of millions of Spanish speakers in the world are the latest to see the auto-caption feature, adding to other available languages of English, Japanese and Korean. You’ll find auto-captions available on more than 157 million videos, with videos being added every day. We’ll continue to refine our speech recognition technology, and you can learn more about how it works here. See it in action on this video, by clicking the CC:

If you want to see YouTube videos in even more languages, you can combine auto-captions with our auto-translate feature to generate subtitles in more than 50 languages. For creators, upload a Spanish transcript with your video and we’ll automatically create timecoded captions. You can even download the automatic captions, all from your Video Manager.

We’re launching new countries and languages all the time, as we work to make YouTube accessible and enjoyable to all.

¡Nos vemos en YouTube!

Hoang Nguyen, software engineer, recently watched "Casillas: 'Si la Eurocopa hubiese sido en 2011, habría habido más problemas.'"

Ever been to a party where you start showing friends your favorite YouTube videos? Compete for the screen to see who knows the latest and greatest hit? Now you can get the same experience even if you’re a world away, with the new YouTube app in Google+ Hangouts.

Create, control, save and even share playlists of videos with your friends—all inside a Hangout. Just start a Hangout, have everyone load the YouTube app at the top of the screen, and start adding videos. It’s like your own VIP table at the world’s coolest YouTube party.

Crowdsourcing awesomeness
Everyone can add videos in the Hangout through a search tool in the app, or remove the videos you don’t like. All your friends in the Hangout can drag and drop videos to sort the order in the playlist, or skip forward or backward to play the next one. Click the “Push to talk” button to chat with the group to give props to the best curator, or to hand out reprimands to the friend who keeps adding the 10-hour Nyan Cat video.

Save and share those precious memories
If you like a video that’s playing, you can share the video with your Google+ circles at any time. Since great playlists are works of art, you can also save the playlist that you and your friends created to your YouTube account as public or private to enjoy later.

So gather the team to watch the last night’s game highlights, hangout with your friends for a haul-a-thon, assemble the audiophiles to review the newest tunes, or come up with a whole new way to enjoy (and let us know!). The new app is available worldwide in 60 languages.

Ullas Gargi, software engineer, recently watched “Ken Block Gymkhana Practice.”

Greetings from a very warm Jakarta, where we just announced the opening of a brand new domain for Indonesia at to become the 46th country with an official local version of YouTube.

YouTube is already available in the official language Bahasa Indonesia, and now having a Indonesia-specific homepage means we can bring the 237 million citizens the most relevant videos for Indonesians and highlight great content from our local partners such as Kompas, Aquarius Musikindo, Nagaswara, Trinity, GP Records, and Musica Studios.

To celebrate the launch, we had amazing live performances from some of the top Indonesian music acts, such as rockers Ungu, male pop vocalist Vidi Aldiano, alternative pop band Nidji, acoustic singer-songwriter Sheryl, female-fronted stadium rockers Kotak, singing and dancing boy band XO-IX, laid-back funk band Soul of Magnolia, and giant idol collective JKT48. Here’s a few of these stars and some other special guests:

We’ve already seen new talent in Indonesia using the power of video to build audiences and careers. “Dancing Cop” Briptu Norman turned his popular Bollywood lip-synching video into national fame. Brother-and-sister act Gamaliel & Audrey went from covering Lady Gaga out of their bedrooms, to complicated a capella versions of Chris Brown, to now working in a studio on an album.

If you’re in Indonesia, YouTube will automatically start you on the Indonesia homepage. If you’re out of the country and interested in Indonesian content, just select “Indonesia” in the Location section at the bottom of the page. To all our YouTube viewers and creators from Indonesia and Indonesians around the world, selamat datang!

Krishna Zulkarnain, country marketing manager, recently watched “Transformer-nya Indonesia.”

In just over a month the Summer Olympics will kick-off in London with thousands of athletes competing for their countries to bring home the gold. While the world will watch the summer games, YouTube will bring a new dimension to the competition.

Today, the USOC is launching their TeamUSA channel on YouTube that will give fans all over the world an inside look into the lives of Olympic and Paralympic athletes’ as they train and prepare for one of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.

At TeamUSA on YouTube, you'll be able to:

  • Follow 17 Olympic/Paralympic athletes on their way to potentially making the 2012 Olympic Games in Qualified and the 2012 Paralympic Games Returning Veterans: London Bound
  • Learn from Olympic coaches and athletes in Olympic Coaching Tips
  • Relive past Olympic memories with Olympians and the Olympic footage with Gold Medal Moments

Tommy O'Hare, YouTube Sports content partnerships manager, recently watched “Maya Moore: Qualified First Look.”

Voting is now open for Your Film Festival, the global competition that unites the Venice Film Festival, Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, Emirates and YouTube’s community of film fans, in a quest to discover the next great storyteller.

The Scott Free team selected 50 semi-finalists from more than 15,000 short films submitted by creators worldwide. Now, it’s up to you, the fans, to vote for your favorites, and ultimately send 10 finalists to the Venice Film Festival.

At Venice, these 10 filmmakers will have their work screened as part of the opening days of the festival and judged by a grand prize jury of industry professionals, including Ridley Scott and actor Michael Fassbender. (Not familiar with either? Watch this trailer for the summer’s blockbuster film Prometheus now). The finalists will then pitch their next film project to the Ridley Scott team, all for the chance to win a $500,000 production grant to work with Ridley Scott’s award-winning team to create a new original work for YouTube.

So what are you waiting for? Vote for your favorite films on the Your Film Festival channel, and be part of the largest online film festival ever. Voting ends July 13, so cast your votes now!

Susan Agliata, program producer, recently watched “Speed of Light / aka / The World's Tiniest Police Chase.”

Bonnaroo swarmed over YouTube this past weekend, with two channels piping constant music starting last Friday morning. Every time we tuned in, we found something amazing happening: whether it was Battles doing an extended version of “Africastle” or Kenny Rogers sitting in with Phish. If you missed it, we’ve got the highlights. But if you still haven’t had your fill of live music, tune into this Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT to watch Swedish pop’s latest stealth missile, Niki & The Dove, perform live. And now, onto this week’s offerings on

Grace Potter Picks The Hits
She’s a rough and tumble singer who’s garnered comparisons to Janis Joplin and Grace Slick -- but when she gets going, we tend to hear shades of Heart and Bonnie Raitt in Grace Potter’s smoky voice. She’s been with the Nocturnals for a decade, and in the past few years they’ve finally found a broader audience -- thanks in part to Potter’s guest spot on Kenny Chesney’s “You and Tequila” and mostly to a growing hunger for blues rock. As the band releases their new album, The Lion the Beast the Beat, she tours us through her favorite videos. And we gotta say, we love her eclectic taste -- this lady rocks out to everything from Sharon Jones to the Beastie Boys. We’re not surprised.

Fresh Faces: June
Our wee website is brimming with undiscovered talent, and every so often we feel the need to find it and salute it. This month, we discovered five female singer-songwriters who knocked our socks off. Not surprisingly, they’re a global group, hailing from as far afield as England, Nigeria, Chile, Slovenia and Seattle. But despite their geographic spread, they’ve got a few things in common: they all play the guitar, they all pen original songs, and they all have a knack for melody that you can’t fake. Here’s to the up-and-coming generation.

And last but not least, POP ETC, formerly known as the Morning Benders, are releasing a new album today, fresh on the heels of a name change. The change seems to have freed the band up creatively, but their commitment to dreamily cathartic songcraft is still there -- in spades. Find out what other music makes the band swoon today.

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “Shawn Colvin - All Fall Down.”

Usher Raymond is no stranger to multi-tasking. He’s a multi-platinum pop phenomenon, a riveting dancer, a songwriter and an impresario -- this is the man who signed Justin Bieber, after all. On Monday, June 11, he’ll add “ground-breaking live performer” to his list of accomplishments, when he takes to a London stage for his American Express UNSTAGED performance, in partnership with YouTube and VEVO.

The singer will endeavor to shatter the walls between performer and audience by inviting audience members to join in the show; they’ll create virtual avatars of themselves which will appear on stage with him. He’ll also be performing songs from his new album Looking 4 Myself on the eve of its release.

The show will be directed by Hamish Hamilton, a veteran director who’s shepherded concert films for the likes of U2, Madonna, The Rolling Stones and many more. Hamilton has no shortage of vision, as his behind-the-scenes look into his direction of this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show demonstrates.

Tune in this Monday to see the pyrotechnics as they happen: the show airs live on at 1pm PT. If you miss it, be sure to catch the rebroadcast immediately afterwards.

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “Usher - You Make Me Wanna....”

Have a feeling you’re going to be a little bored this weekend? Why not Do Something different?

Well now you can - live - with Do Something is a nonprofit organization that works with young people to create social change through national campaigns and impactful service projects.

Today, from 9:30am - 5:30pm ET, you can tune in here on YouTube to watch Do Something’s NYC Boot Camp. Check out the schedule to see if they're are certain sessions you want to attend or watch the whole day!

Do Something Boot Camp will bring together a diverse group of young community leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs for a day of networking and training dedicated to giving each attendee the tools to grow and sustain their community action ideas, projects and organizations.

Now, with just an internet connection, young leaders and activists all over can participate in these how-to sessions on starting and managing projects, through live video on YouTube. And check out’s YouTube Channel for other ways you can get involved and change your community for the better.


Jessica Mason, communications associate, recently watched "How to Start a Community Action Project"

Everyday on the CitizenTube channel (and @CitizenTube on Twitter), along with our curation partners @storyful, we look at how the top news stories are covered on YouTube. Each week we post a weekly recap of the top news stories of the week, as seen through the lens of both citizen-reported footage and professional news coverage.

  • We watched former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak receive a life sentence following a ten month trial.
  • We observed millions in Britain and beyond stop to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
  • We witnessed another week of violence in Syria, as activists reported a new 'massacre' in Syria's Hama province just days after the government there announced they would allow permanent UN aid teams in.
  • We saw a devastating plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, claim the lives of over 150 people. 
  • We followed the ups and downs of the US election campaign trail as incumbent Governor Scott Walker survived the Wisconsin recall election.
  • We marveled at the occurrence of a rare celestial event, as the Transit of Venus was spotted worldwide.
  • We paid tribute to inspirational author Ray Bradbury, who died this week aged 91, with a collection of wonderful interviews.
  • We marked World Environment Day; an annual UN initiative aimed at celebrating globally positive environmental action.
  • Finally, 23 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, we viewed activists gather in Hong Kong to remember the victims.

Come back to watch the news unfold on YouTube. 

Olivia Ma, YouTube News & Politics, recently watched "Amazing Video: Transit of Venus across the Sun 2012".

Stock your cooler with sparkling water and hook your laptop up to a big-screen TV -- YouTube Presents is bringing you the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival all weekend, starting this Friday at 1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT. Tune in to to watch three days of non-stop musical performances, in partnership with DELL.

And we mean non-stop. In its eleven years of existence, Bonnaroo has transformed from a haven for jam band aficionados into one of the premiere places to experience live music. The headliners alone are massive -- perhaps you’ve heard of Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Phish? But the sheer diversity of artists is also astonishing: over 45 artists will be participating in the webcast, and they range from hip-hop and retro soul to continent-spanning collaborations. Check out the webcast schedule, or whet your appetite with this "Bonnaroo 2012" playlist.

To celebrate the festival’s return to YouTube, we’ll also feature playlists from webcast artists including Soja, the Punch Brothers, the Debo Band and fun. throughout the weekend. And keep an eye out for an exclusive video premiere from the heavily (and justly) buzzed band Alabama Shakes tomorrow. It may just knock your socks off.

The festivities start promptly at 11am PT on Friday on -- see you there, people.

Sarah Bardeen, music community manager, recently watched “Bonnaroo 2012 - Ben Folds Shoutout."

This summer, from July 27 to August 12, the world will turn their attention to London to watch the daily trials and triumphs of the greatest living athletes at the Summer Olympic Games. Today, we’re excited to announce that millions of Olympic fans from across 64 territories in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa will have a chance to watch the games live from London on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) YouTube Channel at

In total, the IOC’s YouTube Channel will offer fans in these countries over 2,200 hours of high-definition sporting event coverage from London 2012, including all the medal finals.

People in countries including Singapore, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Kenya (full list here), can tune in to the IOC channel on their desktop, tablet, or mobile device enjoy live coverage of the events as well as highlight clips free-of-charge. The IOC channel will have 10 HD live-feeds from the Games, running from 9am to 11pm London time, plus a 24-hour broadcast of the Olympic News Channel. There will also be highlight reels and full videos of events after they’ve finished — all organized by the day, medal event, or the sport.

For those not in these particular countries, you can already watch historic clips from past Games on the IOC channel and teasers from London on the London 2012 YouTube Channel. Hopefully, these will hold you over until the triumphant entrance of the athletes at the Opening Ceremony on July 27.

Tommy O’Hare, sports content partnerships manager, recently watched TK,
Flying Finn Ritola signs off with fifth gold - Amsterdam 1928 Olympic Games.”

On YouTube, musical artists and acts from the established to the experimental can share their talent, find new fans, and sing their hearts out. And we’re committed to making sure their works can reach the widest audience, and that the singers and songwriters will continue to be appropriately compensated for these works that we all love so much.

Today we’re happy to share that we’ve reached publishing deals with BMG Rights Management, Christian Copyright Solutions, ABKCO Music, Inc., Songs Music Publishing, Words & Music, Copyright Administration, Music Services, Reservoir Media Management, and Songs of Virtual - which means more of the great music you all love on YouTube, and more opportunities for artists to make money. These publishers represent works from artists like Adele, Cee Lo Green, Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke, and many others.

Our Content ID system allows music publishers to identify the works of songwriters whether the compositions appear in an original sound recording or in a cover version, using information provided to us by the publishers. This means that more songwriters will be able to share in more of the revenue that the YouTube community’s creativity yields. Content ID is used today by 3,000+ partners including every major US music publisher, record label, network broadcaster, and movie studio.

These new deals, along with the licenses from the many publishers who have opted in to last year’s deal with the NMPA / Harry Fox Agency, will allow us to monetize nearly all of the user generated videos with music on YouTube. Why is this important? When these publishers allow YouTube to run ads alongside user generated videos that incorporate their compositions, then the publishers, the songwriters they represent, and the record labels and artists using their compositions, all make money - so they can reinvest in their careers and keep making great music, and the music industry can thrive.

Elizabeth Moody, head of strategic partner development, YouTube Music, recently watched "Of Monsters and Men, Little Talks, Live from Music Hall of Williamsburg, 4/5/12."

Each month, we identify four YouTube partners whose channels have recently experienced significant growth but haven’t yet reached the 100,000 subscriber count for our On The Rise program. This month’s featured partners still have a ways to go to hit that mark, but we’re excited about the impact they’ve had on - and beyond - YouTube. Each of our June nominees represents a non-profit organization fighting for an important cause: strengthening art knowledge and creative thinking, finding a cure for cancer, preventing crisis and suicide among LGBTQ youth, and ending world hunger.

And these partners could use your help in a few different ways! As you learn more about these organizations, you can help spread awareness about the causes they represent so they can have an even greater impact. You can also help them grow their YouTube presence, starting with the opportunity for one of these partners to be featured on the YouTube homepage. Check out their videos below and vote for your favorite in the top right corner of this blog. In addition to your votes, each channel will be evaluated on criteria such as viewer engagement and channel optimization techniques to decide which partner will be featured on the homepage, Google+, Facebook and Twitter at the end of the month.

In past months past on the rise nominees, partners like Strskillschool and jakatak69 have gained many subscribers thanks to your support. The poll will be open until June 12th at 5pm PT, so don’t forget to vote for your favorite channel. Check back to see who secured the homepage feature on June 25th.

Founded in 1997, Art21 is an organization dedicated to contemporary art education and inspiring creative thinking. Their channel features episodes of their award-winning public television production, “Art21 - Art in the Twenty-First Century,” as well as shorter-format videos of contemporary art and artists.

“This is where the end of cancer begins” is the mantra of the Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) organization, which funds and unites scientists to speed up cancer research and find a cure. Their channel features videos promoting campaign PSAs as well as details about their research grant program and recipients.

The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 to provide a lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth and has since become one of the largest organizations dedicated to crisis and suicide prevention for the LGBTQ community. Their channel features Trevor Project PSAs as well as celebrity interviews and “It Gets Better” videos.

The World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian agency in the world dedicated to the fight against hunger. Founded in 1961, the organization is part of the United Nations system. Their channel features videos from the Sahel Hunger Crisis and footage from their work around the world.

If you’re interested in checking out more rising YouTube Partners, visit our On The Rise channel, which features nominees, trending partners and monthly blog winners. You can also learn more about YouTube's nonprofit program and the 17,000 organizations in the program here.

Devon Storbeck and Christine Wang, YouTube Partner Support, recently watched “Cute Cambodian Kids Try to Say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

We’ve got a lot of music -- live and otherwise -- flooding the highways of the internet this week. Whether it’s new offerings from veteran bands (we mean you, Beach Boys!), a live performance by an indie-pop heroine, or the latest flowering of homegrown YouTube talent, we’ve got you covered.

The Beach Boys Return
The Beach Boys epitomized the carefree beach culture of the 1960s -- though few (if any) members of the band ever set foot on a surfboard. But the Beach Boys were always much more than a feel-good group: their 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds remains one of the most influential albums of all time. It’s suffused with baroque instrumentation and complex arrangements that were put in service of spectacular singles (“Good Vibrations,” “God Only Knows”); roughly half of all contemporary indie bands hail Pet Sounds as a spiritual forefather. After 16 years, the full (surviving) lineup of the band has reunited to record a new album, That’s Why God Made the Radio -- and their harmonies are as stunningly sweet now as they ever were. The band shares clips from the new album and salutes some of their favorite young bands today.

YouTube Presents Regina Spektor, Def Leppard and Jimmy Fallon
It’s just an insane week for live music on YouTube. By “insane” we mean awesome -- this week might just restore your faith in the planet’s limitless supply of talent. We kick things off with a live performance by Russian-born, Bronx-bred starlet Regina Spektor, who will be performing songs from her new album What We Saw From The Cheap Seats live today at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on Then on Thursday at noon PT you can renew your commitment to RAWK with a performance and Q&A with pop metal gods Def Leppard. On Friday some dude named Jimmy Fallon will be performing -- check our schedule for all the details.

Danielle Ate The Sandwich: Faith In A Man
This homegrown talent has won a devoted following for her quirky videos and original songs. This week she’s back with a new album Like A King (put the album title together with her name to get the joke) and a new video for “Faith In A Man.” We dig the nod to film noir -- because who can hate on a video that uses words like “dollface” and “getaway sticks”? -- and we can’t get that song out of our heads. Furthermore, we don’t want to. Here’s to many more sandwiches, Danielle.

Sarah Bardeen, Music Community Manager, recently watched “CopperWire ‘Phone Home’."

Gamers unite — we’ve got global live streaming coverage of the 2012 E3 conference starting June 4 at 9:30am PT. Thanks to the experts at IGN, the live stream will start with presentations from the biggest companies in gaming, then hit the convention center for three days of previews, interviews and hands-on gameplay.


Starting June 5, the E3 YouTube Channel will feature our annual Game Trailer Challenge, where you can vote on some of the top game trailers unveiled at the show. Come back June 19 to see your 5 favorite trailers from this year.

If four days of gaming isn’t enough to satiate your appetite, or you can’t catch all the coverage as it happens, check out up-to-the-minute video from IGN and lots of other gamers on YouTube.

Liuba Petkova, YouTube Gaming, recently watched “WipEout 2048 NGP: Wipeout Your Enemies Trailer.

Everyday on the CitizenTube channel (and @CitizenTube on Twitter), along with our curation partners @storyful, we look at how the top news stories are covered on YouTube. Each week we post a weekly recap of the top news stories of the week, as seen through the lens of both citizen-reported footage and professional news coverage.
  • We were shocked at the deaths of dozens of children and hundreds overall during a week of horrific violence in Syria. (Warning: Scenes of an extremely graphic nature)
  • We saw millions across America commemorate Memorial Day by honoring those who died in service to their country.
  • We viewed the successful return of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to Earth, ending a 9-day voyage to the ISS with a splashdown in the Pacific.
  • We were saddened at yet more deaths in Italy, as a second earthquake rocked the North East of the country, killing 15, just days after a first earthquake hit.
  • We followed the presidential candidates on the US campaign trail as Mitt Romney finally officially clinched the Republican nomination by reaching the magic number of 1,144 delegates. 
  • We watched thousands of fans descend on Monte Carlo for the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix.
  • We observed the staging of colorful "slutwalks" across Brazil as thousands of women participated to promote LGBT equality.
  • We witnessed a fire in a Doha shopping mall claim the lives of 19, including 13 toddlers. 
  • Finally, we saw Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart cause a stir in Cannes as they attended film screenings together.
Come back to watch the news unfold on YouTube. 

Olivia Ma, YouTube News and Politics, recently watched "Station Begins Dragon's Release for Flight Home".