Originally Posted by Rico
You totally missed my point by taking your interpretation of my post way out of context. Frank has the most prolific selection, but likes don't equal page views. And YouTube features FS
low in the page listings for his own tunes and often puts other artist interpretations of his immortal classics above him, which is a joke. This is not a statement of my opinion; rather it's YouTube's sly way of allowing bootlegging but at the same time segregating his popularity, which adds insult to injury. If they do little or nothing to combat copyright infringement, then they might as well list Frank at the top for his own songbook like they do other artists. The purpose of this thread was to point that irony out. But I've been misjudged as if I support bootlegging. Is this still flame war central?
In my opinion I would say that the number of Facebook likes is a better indicator of how popular an artist is compared to YouTube views. It indicates somewhat more precisely the people that are interested in an artist more easily and listen to that music than it would just by looking at the number of views. Justin Bieber’s “Baby” video has 758 million views; I can tell you now that nowhere near that amount of people has brought a copy of that song! Watching a video is one thing but it’s different to announce to all of your online friends something that you have an interest in such as Frank Sinatra and that person will much more likely own a copy of that work.
I would love for all of Frank’s songs to be at the top of the page listings on Youtube but the truth is that a lot of the results are done regarding the amount of video views and a lot of videos at the top won’t be ol’ blue eyes, they don’t personally choose where the videos are listed. However almost every time I’ve looked for a song recorded by Sinatra that he is associated with he is almost always at the top or at least in the top five results. I’ve just looked at the page results for “Come Fly With Me”, “A Foggy Day”, “Night and Day”, The Lady Is A Tramp” etc. Frank even comes up in front of Bing for "White Christmas"! and this is the case with all of them because he is still so associated with them by the people that watch these videos. You couldn’t really say fairer than that for standards that have been sung by many, many popular singers before and after he recorded his version, in fact for many young people not too familiar with the American songbook, Frank Sinatra is regarded as THE singer of standards.
Also if someone is looking for a song on Youtube most people would already be familiar with the name of the artist(s) associated with it before searching for it. Either way they could just type in the song or artist name on Google in two seconds and read up on it.
I would also have to say is that I think you are looking far too into it when you say Youtube has a sneaky way of allowing bootlegging, there would be no way that they would be able to tell a bootleg from an official release unless it is reported by a user. I wouldn’t know about the unauthorized material because I haven’t tried seeking them out, I don’t believe you support bootlegs but you should know about the forum rules by now. Either way relax, no need to get worked up about it, we’re all Sinatra fans after all!