Thursday, January 26, 2012

One million cigarettes

Earlier this afternoon, Kiwi indie singer Princess Chelsea posted on Twitter: "Today a song I wrote hit 1 million views on Youtube here is a blog post on my thoughts about it."

She mentions that "as of today, the music video for 'The Cigarette Duet' has more views on Youtube than for instance, all of Six60's and The Midnight Youth's music videos, combined (two top 40 artists in New Zealand)."

That's an impressive statement, especially given the ridiculous popularity of those two acts, so I went to Youtube to gauge its accuracy. A quick count of the official music videos for those two bands comes in at around 979,000 views.

Princess Chelsea puts the success down to "... the power of a good song can transcend limitations in funds and resources, and still go on to connect with people all over the world, and on this occasion surpassing the results of even the most structured and high budget marketing campaigns. (In Lana Del Rey's case the combination of these two things has proven to be phenomenal).

"In a chinese whispers scenario, much of the online interest surrounding 'The Cigarette Duet' has been simply due to people from all walks of life passing links around via websites like facebook, tumblr and most certainly not myspace..."

The comments Chelsea has collected from around the internets are amusing, go have a read.. a few excerpted below...

"I love the song but the video is way too hipster!"

"Great song, lyrics are dumb, idk"

"This video is so random"

"The video and the song was so boring that I wanted to shoot myself in the ear and ass maybe the head too"

"What genre is this? I'm new to this types of Stuffz..."

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