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Music Tuesday: Power to the People, YouTube Slam and more

By Tim Partridge

Music Marketing Manager

From the streets of Jerusalem to the bedrooms of America, this week on Music Tuesday we’re celebrating some of the musicians who are beginning their careers, making their names and finding an audience on YouTube.

YouTube stars rock Jerusalem

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s “Power of the People,” last year a group of musicians on YouTube came together on the ancient streets of Jerusalem to create a new version of the song. Having performed together at an event earlier that day, Maria Aragon, 2CELLOS, Cobus and Marina Maximillian Blumin rendezvoused at the Iraqi Market and before long a large crowd had gathered to join the party. We’re excited to debut the final video today. Enjoy!

Five people, one guitar

This week’s standout music video success was undoubtedly Walk of the Earth’s five-people-play-one-guitar cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.” With 25 million views and counting, it’s also provided a boost for the original song.

YouTube Slam

Do you think you could spot the next Bieber or Adele? YouTube Slam lets you compare and vote on the best bedroom balladeers, and each week crowns a new star. Check out a playlist of the current Top 10 below, and then head over to YouTube Slam to have your say on next week’s competition.