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The Ongoing LipDub Trend

9 APR 2012
Topic : Education News

Last week we post about the McGill State of Mind video, which seems to be doing pretty well on YouTube. As it turns out, this is something of an ongoing nation-wide trend among major schools, who have been trying to upstage each other in the LipDub department. A LipDub video, by the way, is a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing. In other words, it’s a music video.

Well, the first school to jump on this trend was l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The LipDub, entitled “I Gotta Feeling” (after the Black Eyed Peas’ song of the same name), was shot on September 10th 2009 with 172 communication students. So far, it has received over 10 million views on YouTube.

Check out the UQAM LipDub:

UBC was next on the LipDub train, getting over 1000 people to “rock out and lipsynch to Raise Your Glass (P!nk) and Celebrity Status (Marianas Trench)”. The school has also partnered up with Make-A-Wish Foundation, with every sponsored hit of the video sending money to Make-A-Wish.

So far, they’ve managed to pick up over 1.5 million views.

Here’s the UBC LipDub:

York University then also jumped in the fray with an elaborate LipDub of their own featuring some fantastically awkward acting in the opening.

Check out the York University LipDub:

Well, now the University of Toronto has tried to up the ante, producing a LipDub that involves over 1500 people. Problem is? They did’t get the proper authorization for some of the music, and, after a splashing launch event, have had to take the video down temporarily.

We’ll have to stay tuned to see the full thing, but in the meantime, here’s a teaser that the school released:

What do you think about this trend?