SINGAPORE - Home-grown singer-songwriter Charlie Lim has beaten superstar JJ Lin in the popularity stakes on YouTube.
His remake of We Are Singapore, the official National Day Parade theme song for 2018, was the top trending non-music YouTube video in Singapore this year.
Non-music videos refer to music-related clips that are not commercial music videos backed by record labels.
According to YouTube Rewind, which highlights the biggest music, trends, memes and characters on the video platform over the past 12 months, eight of the top trending videos were locally produced or featured local talent. This is up from 2017, when half of the top 10 videos were locally produced.
The list of top videos are determined not just by views, but also take into account ways in which audiences interact with the videos including likes, shares and comments. The top trending videos are those which spiked the most during the year, a YouTube Singapore spokesman shared.
YouTube Singapore said that the growing trend towards local content over the past three editions of YouTube Rewind reflects the importance for videos to connect with local sentiments.
Many of these locally produced videos offer new perspectives to topics that are important to Singaporeans, it added.
YouTube Singapore also released its second Rising Creators List to highlight emerging producers who have had significant subscriber growth over the past year.
Top on this list was Millennials of Singapore, which tackles topics that resonate with young viewers. The YouTube channel touches on issues like family and personal relationships, and also spotlights stories of inspiring millennials.
Mr Jacky Yap, managing director of GRVTY Media, the parent company of Millennials of Singapore, said that they started the channel "to tell untold stories of Singaporean youth".
"We knew YouTube was the ideal platform for these stories to reach millions and we are truly honoured and encouraged by this recognition from the good people at YouTube," Mr Yap said.
The YouTube community in Singapore continued growing in 2018, with more creators joining the platform. In addition, there were eight channels which hit a million subscribers, including JianHao Tan, which has garnered more than two million subscribers.
Ministry of Funny was the only Singaporean channel selected for YouTube's global initiative, Creators for Change, which highlights creators who tackle tough issues in society and make a positive impact globally.
Google Singapore's head of communications Angeline Leow said that YouTube is a platform for Singaporeans to be entertained and to express themselves.
"It is great to witness home-grown content and talents do exceptionally well in the list this year, and it proves that we are more than capable of creating great videos to engage audiences at home and around the region," she added.
Top trending YouTube videos in Singapore (non-music)
2. ZJSTV Music Channel - 欢迎订阅: [ CLIP ] 林俊杰《我们的爱》《梦想的声音2》EP.11 20180112 /浙江卫视官方HD/
3. Ryan Sylvia (Night OwlCinematics): 12 Types of Classmates
5. Jianhao Tan : 12 TEACHERS YOU'LL NEVER WANT TO MEET
Top trending YouTube videos in Singapore (music)
1. 杰威爾音樂 JVR Music: 周杰倫 Jay Chou (with 楊瑞代)【等你下課 Waiting For You】歌詞版MV
2. Maroon 5: Maroon 5 - Girls Like You ft. Cardi B
3. PIGFISH Music Channel: 于文文《體面》動態歌詞版 【前任3:再見前任 插曲】
4. BLACKPINK: BLACKPINK - '뚜두뚜두 (DDU-DU DDU-DU)' M/V
5. NAGASWARA Official Video | Indonesian Music Channel: Siti Badriah - Lagi Syantik- Pretty Full (Official Music Video NAGASWARA)