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Who are The Janoskians? Meet Australia’s new boy band sensation

The Juice
February 12, 2013

On Tuesday, the Janoskians were trendier than One Direction and Justin Bieber. But don't worry if you don't know who they are -- they don't expect you to.

"1/5 of the Janoskians (youtube it)," Beau Brooks wrote on his Twitter page. The member of the Aussie boy band was trending this morning under #askbeau, thanks to a social networking Q&A the Janoskians had set up.

Also trending on Tuesday morning were #askjames, in reference to member James Yammouni, and #askskip, denoting another band mate, Daniel Sahyounie. Together these boys have more than 1 million followers on Twitter.

So, who are they?

The Australian singing quintet, whose name stands for "Just Another Name Of Silly Kids In Another Nation (Skip)," are the latest YouTube break-out stars, with almost 58 million video views on their official channel after reportedly starting to post videos only two years ago.

Their videos are largely made up of short clips of the boys doing pranks (think underage "Jackass"), answering fan questions, and celebrating social networking landmarks, like the time they covered Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" to celebrate 50,000 subscribers.

The five members include brothers Luke Brooks, 17, Jai Brooks, 27, and Beau Brooks, 19, along with their friends James Yammouni, 17, and Daniel "Skip" Sahyounie, 18.

Lucky fans Down Under have been aware of these guys for a while thanks to MTV, which dubs them "Melbourne madmen" and airs The Janoskians: MTV Sessions show. The network has already aired eight episodes in which the kids celebrate "vomiting, wee wee, busted balls, indecent exposure, broken limbs, strippers, ambulances, and killer seagulls!"

After signing with Sony last year, the Janoskians released their first single, "Set This World on Fire," in September, and the official video already has 1.5 million views. According to their official website, they have three more songs set for release in the coming months.

For those of you who can't wait that long, the Janoskians are set to land in Los Angeles on Wednesday, just in time for Valentine's Day. We know they already have fans this side of the world, particularly after Ellen DeGeneres aired one of their videos on her show several months ago as part of her Dance Dare segment.

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