For six months, Hong Kong has been experiencing a heated political upheaval, and it was to be expected that the climate would feed into people’s diet of online content on the biggest platforms. Yet it still may strike many as a surprise that in YouTube’s 2019 wrap-up, political videos and channels secured the top spots in three categories.
In the category of Top 10 Trending Videos, influencer Jason’s (大J) vlog describing his encounter with riot police in Causeway Bay topped the chart as the most viewed piece of original video content in Hong Kong.
Singer Hins Cheung’s video mimicking the dance style of fellow Hong Kong singer Joey Yung came second and Memehongkong’s analysis of the controversy surrounding singer Andy Hui’s affair with actress Jacqueline Wong ranked third.
As Hong Kong users go to YouTube for a lot of their music, the platform offers plenty of original, alternative, homegrown music content. But reflecting the times, political content dominated the first spot of the category of Top 10 Trending Local as Black Blorchestra’s music video rendition of the protest-penned anthem, “Glory to Hong Kong” (《願榮光歸香港》管弦樂團及合唱團版) beat other local productions.
Other non-mainstream music videos that have made it into the chart include rapper JB’s song (潮共), Cantonese hip-hop group LMF’s song W.T.F.H.K. and a song aimed at cheering up Hong Kong protesters (2019致香港人的原創歌曲丨《和你飛》丨香港人．加油丨WE ARE HONG KONGER♡) from channel NEI FEI WO.
As for international music, Taiwanese singer Jay Chou’s song “Won’t Cry” was the most popular song among Hong Kong people, followed by K-pop group BTS’s Boy With Luv and Taiwanese singer Eric Chou’s song “What’s Wrong” (怎麼了).
YouTube has also unveiled the top 10 emerging channels. BarryMa TV (啤梨頻道), a channel devoted to discussing current affairs has gained the top place of the category. Other current affairs channel include 志森與志豪, and radio talk show host Li Wei-ling’s own channel (李慧玲LIVE).