Please take the time to check out Time’s Top 10 viral videos of 2011. Not surprisingly, the list is topped by Rebecca Black. The 13 year old singer paid the production company Ark Music Factory $4,000 to create this video.
Visit Time for a complete run-down and other top ten lists.
Being the runner-up of X-Factor and losing the final to Joe McElderry, it seems as if Olly Murs was the successful one. Returning to No.1 with ‘Dance with Me Tonight,’ Murs has successfully placed two tracks off his latest album In Case You Didn’t Know atop of the UK singles chart.
Borrowing the style and coolness of ‘60s funk-pop, ‘Dance with Me Tonight’ doesn’t fit into the 2011 template of a typical hit. Quite a feat to knock the X Factor Finalists 2011 off the top, while fending off competition from Lloyd, Rihanna and Flo Rida.
And what happened to Joe McElderry? Following his No.1 hit with ‘The Climb,’ he managed to follow-up the success with a cover of Norwegian Donkeyboy’s ‘Ambitions.’ Joe McElderry’s rendition of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ is yet to chart despite yuletide.
Watching the latest episode of CSI: NY, I was introduced to ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Florence + The Machine. Played at the end of the episode ‘Means to An End’ (aired on CBS on 12/2), the track is included on the latest album Ceremonials, issued on Oct.28. To date, the album has spawned the singles ‘What the Water Gave Me,’ ‘Shake It Out’ while ‘No Light, No Light’ is set for an early January 2012 debut. So, one makes you wonder why ‘Never Let Me Go’ isn’t an obvious choice!
Oh, no they didn’t? A cover of Katy Perry’s ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)’ performed by the Scottish alternative rock band Snow Patrol has surfaced online. Included on Perry’s hugely successful album Teenage Dream, the track was issued as a single back in June this year.
I’ve blogged quite a bit about Snow Patrol. One of my favorite tracks of this year is ‘Called Out in the Dark.’ Suggestions say that ‘New York’ will be the next single, but this is yet to be confirmed.
In addition, Atlanta-based rock band Woe, Is Me issued their own version of ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)’ only this November. Included on the compilation Punk Goes Pop 4, it was the second song to be released as a single following Pierce the Veil’s version of ‘Just the Way You Are.’