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Listen To Psy’s “Gangnam Style” Follow Up

In: Donovan, Music

At last count, the “Gangnam Style” music video surpassed 1.5 billion on YouTube. It’s the McDonald’s of online clips 😉 As astonishing as that number is, the number keeps growing. Who’s still watching this? Hard as he may try, I don’t think Psy will ever come close to that total again, even if you combine his next ten singles. But it is K-pop and people are unpredictable that way. Just look at the “Harlem Shake phenomenon,” which I still don’t get.

The 35-year-old South Korean rapper just unveiled the follow up single to his gigantic hit, titled “Gentleman.” The track is another catchy ball of fun. It features a similar monotonous synth beat that’ll prove inescapable once it gets in your head. I have no idea what he’s saying in most of it, but there some wonderful misheard lyrics like, “I’m a mother-father gentleman.” It’s no “condom style”, but you get the gist.

In the end, it’s not the lyrics nor production of the song that will determine “Gentleman’s” success, but rather the music video. I can’t wait to see it. Psy was spotted filming it earlier this week in South Korea. Check out his new track below.

listen to it after the jump

My Top 10 Music Videos Of 2012

In: Music, Nic, Videos

Just short and sweet, I find it a fine line between artistic integrity, videos that were on repeat at friends’ (Donovan‘s) house, and things that just made me happy despite popular concensus when considering what makes my list. But covering and considering all those bases, here we go. Agree or disagree, here were some great visuals to great songs this year that made it 2012 for me, and maybe you, but mostly me.

10. Psy – ‘Gangnam Style’

Love it or hate it, over a billion hits on YouTube can’t be wrong. We may never want to hear it again, but it will definitely, always remind me of 2012. Two words: Invisible. Horse.

Check out the rest of the list after the jump…

YouTube’s 10 Most Watched Videos of 2012

In: Donovan, Random Reads, Videos

In order to rank on YouTube’s Most Watched Videos list for 2012, your video would’ve had to clock in at least 30,000,000 million views. That’s a whole lot of people watching. The following ten clips proved they could go viral better than all the rest. The top video scored a whopping 971,000,000+ views and was only released in July. To put that into perspective, that’s more than 10% of the world’s population. I’m pretty sure you know what the No. 1 is, but I’m certain you don’t know all the other nine clips.

I spend quite a bit of time in front of the computer and I’ve only seen half of the videos. Surprisingly, only one “Call Me Maybe” lip dub made it. Instead some chick playing a violin in cold weather, something about some KONY dude (I was vacationing in Australia that entire month), and some crazy guy jumping from space made the cut 😉 Check out the Top 10 list below and see if you were part of each sensation or out of the loop.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

Global BC News is one of the top two news stations in British Columbia, if not the top, and the whole team from the TV station just revealed a holiday-themed “Call Me Maybe” lip-dub that they made and it’s definitely worth checking out.

I know you’re probably thinking, not another one… but this is the first I’ve seen done by a news station and not only is it very well done, it looks like they had an absolute blast doing it. Watch for my friend Peter dressed in a sailor’s hat during the part where they are in the digital studio. The video even wraps up with the whole crew doing a bit of “Gangnam Style” in the parking lot.

The video was actually shot on Halloween (as you’ll notice by all the costumes) and was made for their Shaw Christmas Party which took place this past Saturday… and they won. The video was filmed over a copule hours on Halloween morning. Not surprisingly, it was raining that morning so the staff got soaked when filming the “Gangnam Style” part in the parking lot.

Watch the awesome video below…

Every year, Google releases their Zeitgeist report showing what the world was searching for. This year, with 1.2 trillion searches and 146 languages, the lists have just been revealed.

Topping the list of most popular searches with the late Whitney Houston, followed by the most popular music video on YouTube ever, “Gangnam Style.” The top ten list for overall searches is listed below:

  • 1. Whitney Houston
  • 2. Gangnam Style
  • 3. Hurricane Sandy
  • 4. iPad 3
  • 5. Diablo 3
  • 6. Kate Middleton
  • 7. Olympics 2012
  • 8. Amanda Todd
  • 9. Michael Clarke Duncan
  • 10. BBB12

Below I’ve also included the lists for top searches in Images, Athletes, Events, People, Feature Films, TV Shows, and Performing Artists. I’ve also included their annual “Year In Review” compilation that highlights all of these searches in a touching, reflective, and inspiring video. These videos get me every time. Enjoy!

Lists & video after the jump…

It’s official: Psy‘s worldwide hit music video for “Gangnam Style” has become the most viewed music video on YouTube ever. The spot was previously held by Justin Bieber for his first big single, “Baby“.

Psy’s music video has reached 806,283,968 views and counting, while Bieber’s “Baby” is around the 804 million range. That is absolutely insane that it has that many views in such a short period of time. That being said, it’s received so much exposure with so many TV shows, talk shows, awards shows, and online parodies adding their own flair to their “Gangnam Style”. In addition, Psy has been performing it everywhere as well, and even performed live with Madonna and more recently, at the American Music Awards with MC Hammer.

Find out what other music videos that make up the Top 10 list below and what the hell, watch “Gangnam Style” one more time.

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Enlisting Team Great Britain athletes who participated at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games was a wise move by Children In Need organizers. Especially given that Londoners are still on a patriotic high from the sporting event. No doubt, diver Tom Daley is one of the most popular figures to emerge from the Games. The 18-year-old diver practically steamed up camera lenses focused on his body as he showered after his dives. Admit it, you liked it too.

Set to Basement Jaxx’s “Do Your Thing“, Daley and his fellow Olympians lip sync and show off their dance moves to raise awareness for the charity. The bronze medalist diver strips off his clothes, dances in his teeny tiny Speedos and performs his signature “Tom Daley Ghetto Slut Drop“.

Another notable segment in the clip features the rowing team working out their best Beyoncé “Single Ladies” moves. Also worth mentioning is equestrian Zara Phillips (Prince William’s cousin) performance of the invisible horse dance made famous by Psy’s “Gangnam Style“. It’s pretty damn adorable. Check out all the Team GB athletes below.

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A few days ago, the DC Gay Flag Football league did a parody of Gangnam Style, complete choreography, sexy guys, and their own modified lyrics. I hadn’t got around to sharing with you yet, but since Madonna just surprised fans at her New York concert with a performance with Psy, I thought why not kill two birds with one stone. Besides, Madonna + Gay Parody seems to go together anyway.

In Madonna’s performance of “Gangnam Style” with Psy, she does all the choreography with him and gets really into it, even getting down on her hangs & knees for Psy to faux ride her, as the choreography warrants. They even reversed it, with Madonna riding Psy as well!

Yes, I know… “Gangnam Style” just keeps happening everywhere and with Glee taking it on in an episode later this month, it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down any time soon. Check out the videos below.

Watch both the performance & parody after the jump

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