In 2012, we had some pretty awesome video, song and album premieres come our way, along with some really cool original content, as well. Our top audio and video streams of 2012 are the biggies--the things that made you clamor to our website, hit the play button repeatedly and crash the site. Enjoy!
Top AP YouTube (APxYT) Videos
3. Two-Minute Warning: Of Mice & Men
On this year's Vans Warped Tour, we launched our Two-Minute Warning video series in which we give you a look at your favorite artists backstage in those couple minutes before they appear before you to perform. You liked Of Mice & Men's episode so much that you drove it to the number three spot on our APxYT list.
2. Glass Cloud's Josh Travis gives a guitar lesson on "She Is Well and Nothing Can Be Ill"
To even watch Glass Cloud guitarist Josh Travis go madman on his 8-string is enough to exhaust someone, but to follow along as he teaches you the tapping section at the beginning of "She Is Well And Nothing Can Be Ill"... Well, good luck.
1. Vic Fuentes and Jenna McDougall, "Hold On Till May" (acoustic)
For "the second time ever," Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil and Tonight Alive's Jenna McDougall performed this acoustic version of PTV's "Hold On Till May" at our office while on the Collide With The Sky tour, and it turned out pretty much flawless. The emotional performance had you, without about negative 10 minutes of our posting it, "shipping it," weeping and begging for a studio version. It's no wonder that this video turned out lovely. Even as McDougall and Fuentes walked around, warming up, the sounds of their practicing ringing through our hall were lovely.
Top APTV Videos
3. Between The Buried And Me, "Astral Body"
Within the 50 comments on this video, you expressed excitement for Between The Buried And Me's then upcoming album The Parallax II: Future Sequence and this video's master-of-the-universe/astral projection theme and intricate visuals. Give it a watch. It's pretty stunning.
2. Sleeping With Sirens, “Do It Now, Remember It Later”
In this video, Sleeping With Sirens spoof the news, the "doing hoodrat stuff with my friends" kid and many things in-between because, hey, they do what they want to.
As managing editor Scott Heisel mentioned in our introductory post, "When we debuted this video, our website used so much bandwidth we literally had to spend thousands of dollars just to prevent it from crashing our entire media section. I actually had to put in a call to the band's publicist and beg them to upload it to YouTube so we could just embed it and stop hemorrhaging money." Yeah. Hence why we've embedded this handy YouTube video. Not only was this our top APTV premiere, but it was our top overall media stream of the year.
Top Audio Streams
3. Enter Shikari, A Flash Flood Of Colour
When we premiered this album in full at the beginning of the year, fans flocked to our site to listen, listen and listen again as evidenced by the play counts for each track. We've since taken the stream down, but don't let that deter you from giving this highly-rated album a listen (or 9.) You can purchase it on the band's webstore.
2. All Time Low, “For Baltimore”
When the All Time Low guys gave fans a heads-up that they were debuting their first song from Don't Panic through AP, we got something akin to threats for days from eager fans who couldn't wait to hear what ATL's next step was. Even days after the premiere, the excitement was still so much that we could hardly sift through our Twitter mentions without every other tweet mentioning "#ForBaltimore." We're glad you liked it!
1. Sleeping With Sirens, “Scene One: James Dean And Audrey Hepburn”
This song from Sleeping With Sirens' acoustic EP, If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack, left you breathless when we premiered it a month before the EP's release. The stripped down song, originally "If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn" from With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear, showcases vocalist Kellin Quinn's unique vocal range and made your jaws drop.