Yes, even in my Hayley thread on the Josh Groban forum, I saw a huge increase of views around the release of Paradiso, and there are still a lot every day. And a large percentage of fans there are Americans, who, for the most part, are probably not the biggest rugby fans. I still have yet to hear or see anything about the cup on the news or in the paper. Rugby is not that popular here, so it's Paradiso that's getting Americans' attention, at least, not the RWC.
Of course, it helps that my signature is all about Paradiso. So every time I post on the forum, they see a picture of the album, a blurb that it's a collaboration with Ennio Morricone, a [HWI] link to preview tracks, and links to where they can buy it. I truly feel responsible for increased awareness of Paradiso on that forum. There are plenty of fans there who do like Hayley or have heard of her, but not all are keeping track of her career enough that they knew about the new album.
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...records for the highest number Youtube views of our channel videos (5,179 yesterday...)
We hit another record Youtube 'high' for the channel on Saturday the 17th, 5,371 views. Just thought I'd mention it.
It will be interesting to see what happens when (we think) Hayley visits the States in 2 to 3 weeks' time, the Rugby thing will still be ongoing, Paradiso and World In Union might still be in the UK charts, and any kind of a boost in the US always does wonders for our (and other Hayley videos/sites) statistics, which could in turn help her sales.
Just a word to mention that I've uprated the Search facilities on the HWI website.
You can now quickly search all of the old and new HWI websites (including the archives) in one go, from any page. It uses the Google custom search method and is fast - click in the search box at the top left, or go straight to the bottom of any page, where the search and results box is located.
I have just noticed some interesting differences in viewing trends over the last year, when comparing our UK and US Youtube video views (these two as they are the highest Countries in views). I will just post the graphs, and add that NZ and Australia are similar to the shape of the UK graph, while Canada is similar to the shape of the US graph. Other European Countries are a mixed bunch, while Far Eastern Countries seem to do their own thing! I'm surprised by the differences in trends, especially in November-December each year.
Of course, the Rugby World Cup final stands out in both cases.