The Janoskians

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The Janoskians
Janoskians.jpg
Members from left to right: Daniel, Beau, Luke, Jai and James
MediumYouTube
NationalityAustralian
Years active2011–present
GenresComedy
Subject(s)Pranks, stunts, skits, mockumentaries
InfluencesChris Lilley,[2]
Notable works and rolesAwkward Train Situations #2
MembersBeau Brooks (aged 20)
Jai Brooks(aged 18)
Luke Brooks(aged 18)
Daniel Sahyoune[1](aged 19)
James Yammouni(aged 17)
WebsiteOfficial website
 
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The Janoskians
Janoskians.jpg
Members from left to right: Daniel, Beau, Luke, Jai and James
MediumYouTube
NationalityAustralian
Years active2011–present
GenresComedy
Subject(s)Pranks, stunts, skits, mockumentaries
InfluencesChris Lilley,[2]
Notable works and rolesAwkward Train Situations #2
MembersBeau Brooks (aged 20)
Jai Brooks(aged 18)
Luke Brooks(aged 18)
Daniel Sahyoune[1](aged 19)
James Yammouni(aged 17)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Janoskians (Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation)[3] are a YouTube comedy group, pranksters, singers, entertainers, and stunt performers, based in Melbourne, Australia.[4] They began posting comedy videos on YouTube in September 2011 and have caught the attention of Justin Bieber, Liam Payne and Ellen DeGeneres.[2][5]

Their channel was created on 7 July 2010 with their videos mainly consisting of the five doing pranks on the unsuspecting public (i.e. simulating sexual acts, sleeping, screaming, farting and being crude), dares which are disgusting, painful and self-harm in nature (i.e. eating raw animal body parts, placing body part in mouse trap, overeating food until sick), mockumentaries and skits. In totality, they have over 65 million total video views worldwide and above 2 million hits on both the Awkward Train Situations videos as of May 2013.[6]

The Janoskians have achieved teenage pop fandom with several social networking services, such as their Facebook, Twitter and Keek pages, and even fanfiction.[2] As of 4 August 2013, the group's YouTube channel has over 1,000,000 subscribers.[3]

Tours

Luna Park (Melbourne)

On 31 March 2012, the group scheduled a meet and greet with their fans at Melbourne's Luna Park theme park. The event concluded with the police shutting down the theme park due to the amount of people that attended. Luna Park management promoted Saturday's event as a chance for fans to meet and greet "the boys", who would be signing autographs and posing for photos between 1pm and 4pm. But police cancelled the event just after 2pm. The attendance was unexpected, estimating between 1500 and 2000 people were waiting to see the Janoskians, with another 2000 to 3000 at the park as normal visitors.

A police spokeswoman told The Age this morning that "police were concerned for the safety of people attending". "As a result of the swelling crowd, it was decided the event was to be cancelled," she said, adding that police, the event organisers and venue management worked together "to disperse the crowd".[7]

Whitford City

Whilst in Perth, Western Australia, the group scheduled another meet and greet event at Westfield Whitford City shopping centre on 7 July 2012. The event attracted approximately 3,000 teenagers, mostly girls, who got to meet the group and have autographs signed by them. Many fans had camped outside the shopping centre in the early hours of the morning to meet the group. According to The West Australian, the Janoskians event had "overshadowed" a previous show held at Whitford City that morning, by The Voice winner, Karise Eden.[3]

Not A Boy Band

On 4 April 2013, the band's official Twitter announced a tour,[8] while the name, Not A Boy Band, was confirmed around the same time.[9] The tour will visit England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, America, New Zealand and Australia.[10]

Other media

Television

Several media outlets including the The Hot Hits Live from LA have pushed for the group to be given a TV show.[11]

In late 2012, they teamed up with MTV Australia to produce an 8 episode web-show of their own entitled The Janoskians: MTV Sessions. The show, as well as many bonus episodes, would go on to be posted to MTV Australia's official website over an 8-week period.[12][13]

Music

In 2012, the Janoskians signed a lucrative deal with Sony Music Australia and soon after announced the release of their debut single.[14][15] The resulting single, "Set This World on Fire", was released in September 2012 on the Janoskians' official YouTube channel, first as an audio file, and later with an "unofficial" video.[16] The Janoskians also encouraged their fans to create their own videos set to the song. They later received their own VEVO channel on YouTube, where an official video was posted on 9 October. In March 2013, The Janoskians announced that they had signed a deal with recording artist Jay Sean and they were featured in the music video to his single "Where You Are". The Janoskians announced in April 2013 that their new single will be released on 17 May 2013 called "Best Friends".

Criticism

The Janoskians have been criticised for their reckless, dangerous and juvenile behaviour, and pushing their boundaries too far. Media commentator Prue MacSween stated that, "Their act - if you can call it that - is so juvenile, and I think really irresponsible. It's astounding the power of the internet now. It just tells you that this global audience can be viral and suddenly nobodies with very little talent can suddenly be known by the world."[17] The group deny that they're being bad role models, arguing everyone realises it's all an act, and in defence of the criticisms they said:

"It's what we want to do. We want to push the boundaries, we just want the reactions out of people. Each single person that we do it to, we go and say 'sorry this is what we're doing it for, this is the purpose' and they're cool with it. If they're not we don’t put it up. We are normal children. The clips are just an act at the end of the day, just entertainment."

The Janoskians then took to Twitter to mock MacSween for her comments by opening up the Twitter account 'Prune McSwineflu' (@MsMcSwineflu) after they featured the parody character in one of their YouTube videos.[18]

Cyberbullying and lawsuit

A hate and bullying campaign rose against the Janoskians, which allegedly later went to the courts, although this has not been verified by the group themselves. The alleged reasoning for legal action was the scamming of an auction which was set up by the group. Prior to this, a hate page was created on Facebook with more than 19,000 fans whom have left threats of violence along with racist and homophobic slurs towards the group. Victoria police stated that they were not intervening with the allegations and wouldn't comment whether they were investigating the hate page or the creator of it.[19]

References

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/JaiBrooks1/status/407487144609841153
  2. ^ a b c Adrian Lowe (16 February 2012). "No meet, no greet: Janoskians fans sent home from Luna Park". Theage.com.au. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Janoskians overshadow Karise show". The West Australian. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Janoskians' screaming fans". Sky News. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Janoskians". Dolly.ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "About the JANOSKIANS". Thejanoskians.com.au. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "Fans go wild for boy band of pranksters with bad Justin Bieber hair". Herald Sun. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Twitter / janoskians: Guys the announcement you have". Twitter.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Twitter / BrooksBeau: Our tour name is officially". Twitter.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Janoskians | Tweet to Unlock Tour Dates". Tweetjanoskians.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Janoskians – These Guys Need Their Own Show". Hot Hits LA. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Introducing ‘The Janoskians: MTV Sessions’! | News | MTV Australia". Mtv.com.au. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Janoskains: MTV Sessions". MTV Australia. 
  14. ^ Luke Dennehy (15 July 2012). "Video pranks pay off for The Janoskians as they sign deal with Sony". Sunday Herald Sun. 
  15. ^ Tineka Everaardt (9 July 2012). "Who are the Janoskians?". Today Tonight (Yahoo!7). 
  16. ^ "Set This World On Fire - MUSIC VIDEO (UNOFFICIAL)". YouTube. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  17. ^ Tineka Everaardt (9 July 2012). "Who are the Janoskians? - Today Tonight". Au.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Prune McSwineful (@MsMcSwineflu) Twitter". Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  19. ^ Parri, Linda (22 October 2012). "Troll slapped with intervention order after The Janoskians fight cyber bullies in court". News.com.au. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 

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