The musician Claire Boucher, better known as Grimes, is responsible for one of last year's most acclaimed indie albums, Visions. This morning, she posted an essay on her Tumblr regarding her pop-filled best-of 2012 music list. In it, she praised Beyoncé ("She is everything good"), "Gangam Style" mastermind Psy ("Psy is a genius and I don't think it's so terrible that he's been recognized for this") and Mariah Carey ("The first time I heard Mariah Carey it shattered the fabric of my existence and I started Grimes").
Normally, the last thing in the world you'd ever want to do is wake up a sleeping baby.
If you were counting down to "Gangnam Style"'s one billionth YouTube view on the site BillionCount.com, you might have been a little confused at what happened when the counter hit 1,000,000,000: it turned into a porn site: the "Xpress Cougar Dating Club." "When it was getting closer to 1 billion views I figured I had to do something with it," the site's creator told us.
With "Gangnam Style" only days away from becoming the first YouTube video to reach one billion views (and potentially triggering the end of the world), YouTube has released its annual look back at the year that was, and it probably wouldn't surprise you to learn that it pays major homage to the K-pop phenomenon.
"Gangnam Style" is the year's biggest viral dance sensation. Now it's also its most deadly — and not because it drove someone insane from overexposure. A 46-year-old man attempting the dance — created and popularized by Korean rapper Psy — at his office party collapsed with chest pains and died over the weekend, prompting a warning from a cardiologist:
For a few brief hours today, militant international leftists hoped they'd found their first global pop star in 'Gangnam Style' rapper Psy, who was revealed to have once performed a song with the lyrics "Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture." Alas (for the internationalists), it was not to be: Psy has apologized, via the following statement:
Last night, most of us went to bed in a world where pudgy Korean rapper and viral sensation Psy was globally beloved for bringing us "Gangnam Style," the "Macarena" of 2012. But this morning we woke up to a different world — a colder, darker world — in which the internet was afire with the claim that Psy had performed at an anti-American concert in Seoul in 2004, where he rapped: "Kill those fucking Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives/Kill those fucking Yankees who ordered them to torture/Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers/Kill them all slowly and painfully."
Spartan High School in New Holland, Pennsylvania, was just another average, everyday, small-town educational institution with ordinary students and an unremarkable faculty.
"Gangnam Style," Korean megastar Psy's infectious "Party Rock Anthem" clone, just became the Internet's most viewed video of all time. This morning, it reached approximately 805 million views on YouTube, beating out the former champ, Justin Bieber's "Baby," which held the old top spot with approximately 804 million views. There's no doubt that the 805 millionth viewer was some kid who ran down his dorm hallway shouting, "you guys have GOT to see this video. C'mere, watch this!"
Baby Benjamin is such a picky eater.