Just as the Music Network’s Hot 100 poll revealed that commercial radio’s most heard songs of the year showed a disastrous lack of Australian talent, and Spotify’s Top 20 most streamed artists & albums was predominantly internationally focussed; another year-end list reveals that it is international, mainstream acts that continue to dominate the digital realm.

A new list of the most streamed music videos of 2012 has been compiled by MCM Media’s Digital Entertainment Network from 57 music entertainment websites – such as Vevo, Take 40 Australia, The Hot Hits, and the ARIA Charts – shows that Australia’s most streamed video of the year belongs not to an Australian artist but a Canadian one.

Pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen, and her inescapable ‘Call My Maybe’ crowns a list in which Australian artists barely get a look in, the video for her hit was streamed 8.3 million times. Not bad considering the results show that Australians watched 557,796,825 video streams between January 1 to November 30.

Jepsen beat out English-Irish boy band One Direction to the top spot by more than a million streams, with the five teen hearthrobs’ ‘One Thing’ clocking in at more than 7 million views. There’s no reason for them to sob over getting silver though, as they occupy two more slots on the list, with ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ at #3 and ‘Live While We’re Young’ at #7 – trailing just behind the only Aussie act in the Top 10.

Guy Sebastian was the only Australian act to score a place on the list at the #6 slot with his Lupe Fiasco-featuring ‘Battle Scars’, which was streamed over 2.8 million times locally.The results show that Australians watched 557,796,825 video streams between January 1 to November 30.

The rest of the list is filled out with pop acts like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, rapper Lil Wayne, and Labrinth and Tine Tempah’s team-up, ‘Earthquake’.

Interestingly, Gotye’s all-conquering ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is missing from the list, despite smashing world records all year, and yesterday named the highest-selling single in America by Billboard, after its body-paint video clip already earned the status of one of the most watched YouTube videos of all time (currently sitting at over 350+ million views), but not in Gotye’s own country it would seem.

Another glaring omission is YouTube sensation and forthcoming Future Music act PSY, and his record-breaking ‘Gangnam Style’ don’t make an appearance in the Top 10, because the South Korean performer posted the video – which is currently sitting at over 970 million views – to his own YouTube channel, and not through Vevo.

The popular music video website is clearly a strong source of entertainment for Australians, with its individual Top 10 most streamed list, and that of the combined data from MCM Media showing a correlation that’s difficult to ignore.

Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff has previously noted the importance of his company’s online presence in providing users with a free source of music and entertainment, even stating late October that: “I believe the future is access, not ownership, not iTunes as it is today.”

While the most streamed music list shows that music and video streaming is gaining significant popularity as a primary -and more importantly convenient – source for people, it’s focus is very much on international acts rather than local ones.


  1. Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘Call Me Maybe’: 8,271,592
  2. One Direction – ‘One Thing’: 7,041,859
  3. One Direction – ‘What Makes You Beautiful’: 5,448,511
  4. Justin Bieber – ‘Boyfriend’: 2,976,135
  5. Lil Wayne – ‘Mirror ft. Bruno Mars’: 2,870,009
  6. Guy Sebastian – ‘Battle Scars Feat. Lupe Fiasco’: 2,840,536
  7. One Direction – ‘Live While We’re Young’: 2,793,619
  8. Taylor Swift – ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’: 2,555,727
  9. Labrinth – ‘Earthquake ft. Tinie Tempah’: 2,403,868
  10. Justin Bieber – ‘Beauty and a Beat ft. Nicki Minaj’: 2,319,402

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