The Janoskians

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The Janoskians
Daniel SahyounieLuke Brooks
James YammouniBeau Brooks
Jai Brooks
Daniel, Luke, James, Beau, and Jai (left to right, top to bottom)
Medium YouTube, Twitter
Nationality Australia
Years active 2011–present
Genres Comedy, music
Subject(s) Pranks, stunts, skits, mockumentaries
Influences Chris Lilley, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Elvis Presley[1]
Notable works and roles Awkward Train Situations #2
Members Beau Brooks
Jai Brooks
Luke Brooks
Daniel Sahyounie
James Yammouni
Website Official website

The Janoskians (Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation)[2] are a YouTube comedy group originally from Melbourne, Australia, who are now based in Los Angeles.[3] Their videos mainly consisting of the five members doing pranks, performing gross-out humor on the unsuspecting public and each other, and filming mockumentaries, dares, and skits. The group has been criticized for pulling "disgusting pranks on strangers"[4] and for engaging in "sleazy, offensive and intimidating" behaviour around babies and women.[5][6] The Janoskians' fans are known as 'Janoskianators'.[2]

Career

They began posting videos on YouTube in July 2011.[1][7] On 31 March 2012, the group scheduled a meet and greet with their fans at Melbourne's Luna Park theme park. The event had to be cancelled when unexpectedly large crowds turned up.[8] Whilst in Perth, Western Australia, the group scheduled a meet and greet event at Westfield Whitford City shopping centre on 7 July 2012. The event attracted 3,000 teenagers, who met the group and obtained autographs. Many fans arrived early and camped out to ensure they had a chance to meet the members.[2] In 2012, the Janoskians signed a contract with Sony Music Australia.[9][10] Their first single, "Set This World on Fire", co-written by Beau Brooks, was released in September 2012 on the Janoskians' YouTube channel, first as an audio file, and later with an "unofficial" video.[11] The Janoskians encouraged their fans to create their own videos for the song. In late 2012, the group produced an eight-episode web show for MTV Australia titled The Janoskians: MTV Sessions. The show was posted to MTV Australia's website over an 8-week period.[12][13]

The Janoskians had their first charting hit in 2012 with "Set This World on Fire" peaking it at number 19 in the Australian Singles Chart, and also made it to Top 30 in New Zealand and Top 100 in the UK. The follow up single "Best Friends" reached number 30 in Australia also charting in New Zealand, the Netherlands and the UK. The Janoskians had scheduled a meet and greet at the Wet Seal store in the Beverly Center in Los Angeles on 13 October 2013. The group expected only expecting a few hundred people, but when thousands of fans arrived, the event was cancelled and the mall was evacuated.[14]

2014–present

On 22 February 2014, The Janoskians organised a meet-up in Times Square, New York. 20,000 fans arrived, hoping to meet the group to get autographs. Police closed off 7th Avenue at 43rd Street for several hours and hustled the group into Foxwoods Theater, leaving the waiting fans disappointed.[15]

Lionsgate announced in May 2014 that it had signed a deal with The Janoskians for launching a film featuring them.[16]

"This Fuckin Song" is their new 2014 release. A clean radio-friendly version has also been launched retitled "This Freakin Song". Both were released on 29 July 2014 on Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings.

Members

The Janoskians at a publicity event.

The group's members are:

  • Beau Brooks, born (1993-07-31) July 31, 1993 (age 21)
  • Jai Brooks, born (1995-05-03) May 3, 1995 (age 19)
  • Luke Brooks, born (1995-05-03) May 3, 1995 (age 19)
  • Daniel Sahyounie (Skip), born (1994-10-31) October 31, 1994 (age 19)
  • James Yammouni, born (1996-02-27) February 27, 1996 (age 18)

Three of them are brothers: Beau the eldest, Luke and Jai are twins.[17][18] Daniel and Beau finished high school but Luke, James and Jai dropped out to focus on the group.[19]

Online popularity

A group of teenage fans waiting for The Janoskians at an appearance in Sydney.

The Janoskians offer material on social networking services and are the subject of fanfiction.[1] As of 15 May 2014, the group's YouTube channel has over 1,480,000 subscribers. They also have three other channels called, 'JanoskiansBlog', 'DareSundays' and 'TwinTalkTime' where they regularly post videos as well. The group also credits the use Twitter and Facebook for their success. Each of the members has over a million followers on Twitter and use it to regularly interact with their fans through these platforms.

Their first video was uploaded in September 2011.[20] The videos were initially intended for sharing among friends to show off their pranks, but as time went on they became popular among the general public.[18] In an interview member Beau Brooks said their video "Awkward Train Situations" was a part of the beginning of their "kick-off" launch as a label.[19]

Discography

Singles

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[21]
NL
[22]
NZ
[23]
UK
2012 "Set This World on Fire" 19 23 91 Non-album singles
2013 "Best Friends" 30 83 35 58
2014 "Real Girls Eat Cake" 63[24] 37
"This Freakin Song"[25] /
"This Fuckin Song"[26][27]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

References

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b c "Janoskians overshadow Karise show". The West Australian. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Janoskians' screaming fans". Sky News. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Police called in after clash between pranksters The Janoskians and Facebeef at Federation Square". Herald Sun. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Our sorriest export, sexually-menacing ‘comedy’". Herald Sun. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Janoskians under fire for sick baby skit". Herald Sun. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Janoskians". Dolly.ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Fans go wild for boy band of pranksters with bad Justin Bieber hair". Herald Sun. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Luke Dennehy (15 July 2012). "Video pranks pay off for The Janoskians as they sign deal with Sony". Sunday Herald Sun. 
  10. ^ Tineka Everaardt (9 July 2012). "Who are the Janoskians?". Today Tonight (Yahoo!7). Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Set This World On Fire – MUSIC VIDEO (UNOFFICIAL)". YouTube. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Introducing 'The Janoskians: MTV Sessions'!". MTV Australia. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Janoskians: MTV Sessions". MTV Australia. 
  14. ^ "Beverly Center evacuated after thousands show up to see band". ABC News. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Kristina Behr (22 February 2014). "Thousands of teens shut down Times Square to see Australian pranksters". Pix11.com. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  16. ^ Deadline.com: Lionsgate Signs YouTube Pranksters The Janoskians to Movie Deal
  17. ^ "The Janoskians: A 10-Step Beginner's Guide To Our Favorite Teen Comedy Troupe". Huffington Post. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Meet the Janoskians, the Aussie <not a > Boy Band". VICE.com. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "The Janoskians interview". TimeOut Melbourne. 8 February 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "The Janoskians". MTV Australia. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  21. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography The Janoskians". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  22. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie The Janoskians". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  23. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography The Janoskians". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  24. ^ "ARIA Chartifacts 26 May 2014". 
  25. ^ iTunes: The Janoskians - "This Freakin Song" page
  26. ^ iTunes: The Janoskians - "This Fuckin Song" page
  27. ^ Australian-charts.com: The Janoskians - "This Fucking Song" single page

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