Spotify just put out a playlist the top 10 most streamed tracks – on their service, anyways – in the UK from this summer. Ok, so it’s not quite America’s Songs of The Summer or The World’s Songs of The Summer. But keep in mind that our friends across the pond have pretty good taste.
The list itself is interesting purely as a piece of sociomusicology study. Sure, there are the obvious toppers like the undeniable “We Are Young” by fun. featuring Janelle Monáe (which has probably gotten a bit played out by this point in the season) to “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen and “Whistle” by Flo Rida.
But then there are the more anglo selections. That’s where things get interesting.
Here’s the long and short of it. Youtube user wzrd0713 originally posted ‘JB Fanvideo’ in response to a contest that Justin Bieber was running through youtube to help promote his new fragrance, ‘Girlfriend’.
Here’s the original video for your viewing pleasure.
While the strange video, replete with soul-stealing stares and lyrics that could earn restraining orders, could’ve gone unnoticed, it was eventually discovered and posted to popular imageboard Reddit. From there a still image (pictured right) from the video took on life as the template for the Overly Attached Girlfriend image macro meme.
Ever since Fifty Shades of Grey hit the bookshelves there’s been an outbreak of heaving bosoms across the country. And now you can add Selena Gomez to the list of the afflicted. The “Love You Like A Love Song” singer did a parody called “Fifty Shades of Blue” for Funny or Die. Let it sweep you away.
Mick Jagger hosts SNL
Mick Jagger proved that if you start him up he’ll never stop. The Rolling Stones frontman had double duty for the season finale of Saturday Night Live—hosting the show and performing with the Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire. The only thing he backed away from was the karaoke machine, as evidenced by this sketch.
Robin Gibb dies
This week Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees passed away after a battle with colon cancer, leaving his older brother Barry as the only remaining member of the group. Gibb, along with Barry and twin brother Maurice, penned perennial hits like “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and “More Than A Woman.” Their airtight, three-part harmonies became one of the most defining sounds of the ‘70s. Barry created the video tribute below for his brother. R.I.P.
“Call Me Maybe” says everyone, ever
Carly Rae Jepson’s bubbly hit, “Call Me Maybe,” has inspired THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE to cover it. Yes, even a guy in a gimp mask. Watch the parade of the untalented yet unflaggingly enthusiastic masses below.
Team Breezy gets sleazy
Not everyone was thrilled with Chris Brown’s performance at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday. Pink and her husband Carey Hart pinged the singer for lip-syncing and ripping off his motocross-inspired performance from one of hers. But when John Legend’s fiancée, model Chrissy Tiegen, dared to opine that Brown should stick to dancing all hell broke loose. Team Breezy barraged the model with so many death threats that Brown himself had to step in. Read all about it here.
Usher tears up at custody hearing
Usher and his ex-wife Tameka Foster are embroiled in an ugly custody dispute over their two sons, and this week the singer broke down in tears on the stand as he was questioned about his ability to parent. Oh, and his ability to bang bridesmaids. Read about it here.
As you may have heard, a Tupac Shakur hologram stunned audiences at Coachella when it joined Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem onstage. The hologram performed two Tupac hits—“Hail Mary” and “Amerikaz Most Wanted”—the latter joined by Snoop Dogg. Conceived by Dre and created by James Cameron’s production company Digital Domain, the hologram was projected onto a reflective floor and bounced back onto a mylar screen on the stage. Even more amazing? None of the footage was archival, meaning Digital Domain created its movements from scratch. Rumor has it 2D Tupac may hit the road on Dr. Dre’s tour. Say a Hail Mary it’s true.
Get your Gotye right here, folks!
Gotye is a name you should know by now. The Australian’s ubiquitous song, “Somebody That I Used to Know” has hit the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. And maybe you saw him perform on SNL on Saturday, and get mocked by Adam Sandler and Taran Killim? No? Well then watch the clips below and get to know the guy that somebody used to know.
Dick Clark, “America’s oldest teen,” dies
Legendary television and radio host Dick Clark passed away this week after suffering a massive heart attack. Clark rose to fame as host of the TV show American Bandstand, which ran for thirty-seven years. He also hosted the annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, sharing duties with Ryan Seacrest in later years. Clark was eighty-two at the time of his death. R.I.P.
Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp flub signs in Paul McCartney video
Paul McCartney’s concept for the video to “My Valentine” was compelling: get two visually appealing actors, Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp, to sign song lyrics. Little did he know that both Portman and Depp would mistake the sign for “appeal” for the sign for “tampon,” confusing deaf viewers. Maybe the song should be renamed “My Bloody Valentine”? Sorry, that was gross.
Jay-Z introduces nephew to LeBron James
It started out sweet: Jay-Z introducing his nephew (the son of Beyoncé’s sister, Solange) to Miami Heat forward LeBron James after a game against the Nets. But then, in a bizarre twist of events, James began to peeling off various articles of clothing for the little boy, including his sweatbands, his mouth guard—and as this video implies—his sweaty socks. Discuss.
Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez face off on lip dubs
A battle royal is underfoot. In one corner, pop star Katy Perry, and in the other, a trifecta of talent made up of Ashley Tisdale, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Both have released lip dubs of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and it’s up to you to decide who does it better. The battle begins … now.