Archive for February 23, 2013


TechCrunch reports that Orange has acquired the remaining 51 percent stake of Dailymotion for $168 million. Two years ago, Orange acquired 49 percent of Dailymotion for $78 million. Dailymotion is a video sharing service with over 2.5 billion video views per month and more than 100 million unique visitors. An Orange spokesperson in a statement said, “Since January 2013, Orange has increased its stake in Dailymotion to 100% (following an initial acquisition of 49% in April 2011). It is not our ambition or our role to remain a 100% stakeholder of Dailymotion and we are currently working to find the right partners. Obviously we cannot comment on this until a deal has been reached but it is clear that to accelerate the development of the company, Dailymotion needs to find a solid strategic partner, probably American, that is capable of opening the doors to the US market.”  Read more here: http://tcrn.ch/12ZajHO

 

Muse + Orchestra perform “Supremacy” at the BRITs

Muse didn’t won any award during the BRIT Awards 2013, but they certainly had the best performance of the night.

Together with an orchestra of 75 people, Muse performed their song “Supremacy” to open the ceremony. Take a look at the clip below.

source: indscene.co.uk

In just a few weeks, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” has ignited an online phenomenon, with groups of people all over the world posting their own version of the 30-second freakout meme. As the “Harlem Shake” mania has reached a fever pitch, the song has debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s revamped Hot 100 chart, while Baauer, the young EDM whiz behind the track, has become Billboard’s latest cover star.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/YIBQYd

It’s hard to pick just 10 “Harlem Shake” videos in the thousands that already exist, but these are the half-minute snippets that have kept us coming back amidst the explosion. Check out Billboard.com’s 10 favorite “Harlem Shake” videos, and then tell us which one is your personal staple in the comments below.

First up is the one that seemingly started it all: two weeks back, an Australia-based longboarding crew called The Sunny Coast Skate uploaded a clip of four dudes in a dorm-style setting bugging out to Baauer’s beat. It’s since been acknowledged by Youtube as the official kickstarter of the viral trend:


There’s a ton of “office freakout” versions of the meme, but this one, which has amassed 1.4 million YouTube views, has always struck us as the most inspired. Keep shaking that walker, big guy:


Norway might have the world’s most pop culture-savvy battalion — their version was one of the first big spinoffs to hit YouTube (back on Feb. 10) and has since almost twice as many views as the original:


Credit the University of Georgia‘s men’s swim & dive crew for taking this once-underground dance trend… underwater:


Brooklyn indie duo Matt & Kim know how to make a good viral vid (even if it means walking naked through Times Square), so they took time out while playing a gig in Troy, N.Y.’s RPI Fieldhouse to get their audience in on the fun:


Over five million YouTube viewers watched the “Harlem Shake” turn these firefighters into a a raging Spider-Man and, um, chicken-man:


This creative YouTuber took some classic “Peanuts” footage from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and got the gang doing the dance to Baauer, with Snoopy on guitar, Schroeder on keys, and Pigpen on stand-up bass:


At a Florida Gators-Kentucky Wildcats basketball game, an arena full of Rowdy Reptiles supporters joined the fun, with the Albert the Gator and the cheer crew leading:


NBC’s “The Today Show” did a special Valentine’s Day take on the “Shake” — although their crew might need some more dancing lessons.


Taking the famous Red Bull wings to the next level, this team of skydivers recorded surely the most gravity-defying version of the craze:

By , NY, and , NY for billboard.com

 

Baauer (Courtesy Mixed Management)

Baauer (Courtesy Mixed Management)

In a surprising move, it was announced this week that Billboard and Nielsen have changed the methodology which determines the Hot 100 singles chart by including authorized YouTube views in the equation.

http://bit.ly/VBcxsh

The long-standing music chart institution will now count the streaming YouTube data (calculated by Nielsen) alongside sales, on-demand audio streaming services such as Spotify and radio play, both digital and terrestrial. The changes will be reflected on a slew of charts ‑ Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, R&B Songs, Rap Songs, Hot Latin Songs, Hot Rock Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs.

“The very definition of what it means to have a hit is ever-changing these days,” said Billboard’s editorial director Bill Werde. “TheBillboard charts are the ultimate measure of success in music, and they constantly evolve to reflect these new music experiences.

“When the charts launched over 70 years ago, a hit was defined as selling copies of a single or generating airplay,” Werde continued. “While those avenues are still viable, one needn’t look any further than Cee Lo, Gotye, PSY or now Baauer to know that a song can be a massive hit on YouTube alone.”

The aforementioned Baauer is reaping the benefits of the changes, as his meme-generating single “Harlem Shake” has shot to #1 onBillboard’s Hot 100, replacing fellow independent artist Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” which had been in the top spot four weeks running.

Many of the countless viral “Harlem Shake” videos are counted as well as the original video, as the new ranking system also utilizes YouTube’s Content ID system (via a company called INDmusic), which allows Baauer’s record label (Diplo’s Mad Decent imprint) to monetize any video using the song that they see fit. According to Billboard, Mad Decent was generating revenue from no less than 4000 different “Harlem Shake” clips on YouTube, totaling over 30 million views as of February 14.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/VBcxsh

Baauer is among the many artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Coachella music festival in Indio, CA, in April. While the two-weekend event sold out in record time, a limited number of tickets for the second weekend (April 19-21) are on sale here.

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local

 

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Tom wins at the BRIT Awards
Tom wins at the BRIT Awards
Tom was at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday to collect his Critics’ Choice award – you can watch the interview with him and Emeli Sandé here (it’s about 35 minutes in).


Tom performs live on Burberry’s catwalk
Tom performs live on Burberry’s catwalk
On Monday afternoon, Tom closed Burberry’s womenswear show as part of London Fashion Week. In a truly special show, he performed an extended version of his new single,Hold Me that you can watch on Burberry’s Youtube channel here.

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