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The video was recorded in March 2015 before the British general election, but was quickly shelved and never broadcast, its creators sworn to secrecy.
Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg spent close to £8,000 on a parody version of Carly Rae Jepsen’ music video for ‘I Really Like You’ in the run-up to last year’s general election, it has been revealed.
The ex-deputy Prime Minister is seen hamming it up, re-creating Tom Hanks’ famous role in the music video, which became a viral sensation in March 2015. However, where Hanks is seen walking down the streets of New York City, Clegg’s video sees him strutting the mean environs of Gravesend in Kent.
Nick Clegg (left) recorded the unused parody clip last March
BBC Radio 1 DJ Grimshaw brought together a variety of celebs for the affectionate, fully-clothed parody version of Kanye's now-infamous 'Famous'.
Unlike Kanye’s controversial clip, in which incredibly life-like waxworks lie completely naked in the same bed, in the self-styled ‘Safe For Work’ parody version all the celebrities are fully clothed.
The affectionate clip also features the likes of Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, the pop-punk act Five Seconds of Summer, And & Dec and Craig David.
Hudgens played Rizzo in the TV special, which aired live on Fox on Sunday night.
Vanessa Hudgens took part in Fox’s special ‘Grease Live’ event on Sunday evening, just hours after announcing her father’s death. Hudgens played Rizzo in the special, the role made famous by Stockard Channing in the original film, alongside Julianne Hough as Sandy and Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko.
Vanessa Hudgens starred as Rizzo in ‘Grease Live’.
Just hours before the broadcast Hudgens announced on twitter that her beloved father Greg had lost his battle with cancer. "I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer. Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers," Hudgens wrote.
Carly Rae Jepsen - Songwriters Hall of Fame 2015 46th Annual Induction and Awards Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis Hotel at Marriot Marquis Hotel - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 18th June 2015
After 50 Cent's terrible first pitch at a Mets game, what other celebrities have thrown ones that were even worse?
50 Cent may not be a comedian, but he sure made a LOT of people laugh earlier this week when the rapper threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game for the New York Mets. You’d think a guy his size would have enough arm strength to whip that ball perfectly down to home plate. Well, distance wasn’t the problem. Somehow, someway, 50 decided to release the ball way before he should have. As a result, it kind of flew from his hand a good 20 feet to the left of home plate, easily making it one of the most shameful celebrity first pitches in recent memory. “I’m a hustler, not a damn ball player,” the rapper light heartedly defended himself on Instagram. 50 Cent’s new album is scheduled to come out next month -- titled Animal Ambition -- but the only animal ambition he showed with his throw was that of a baby walrus.
50 Cent's first pitch was really, really bad
Okay, okay, maybe we should give 50 a break and stop being so mean. After all, he’s not the only celebrity that has miserably botched their first pitch. Plenty of other stars deserve ridicule, too! In all honesty though, the subject at hand needs to be met with a certain level of seriousness and understanding … like seriously understanding how NO celebrity has ever apparently taken baseball lessons before. For what it’s worth, I guess there has been some decent first pitches in the past. Like last week, for instance: Randy Johnson threw out a pretty great pitch before an Arizona Diamondbacks game. Johnson is also a future Hall of Fame pitcher though. He might not count for this. Whatever. Talking about the worst ones is way more fun anyway, and there’s actually a couple that have put 50 Cent’s to shame.
Continue reading: 50 Cent, And Other Terrible First Pitches From Celebrities
Carly Rae Jepsen's first pitch was, well, terrible.
Carly Rae Jepsen turned up at the Tropicana Field on Sunday night (July 14, 2013) to throw the first pitch of the Ray's home game - and it was awful. A video that's on the verge on going viral shows the whole damn thing, with the 'Call Me Maybe' pop singer seemingly forgetting to let go of the ball at the appropriate time, launching it into the turf and watching as it squirted away to the left.
Met a lot of lovelies at this game today! Go Rays! :D by @carlyraejepsen
Embarrassed, Jepsen, 27, covered her face, laughed and threw her hands up in the end. Still in high spirits, she even posted a series of images on Instagram, saying, "A before and after. Me taking the mound. Me knocking the camera out of the photographers hands with the baseball. And me getting a sympathy hug from the catcher. Omg."
Continue reading: Carly Rae Jepsen's Note To Self: Let Go Of The Ball On First Pitch
The song is a catchy pop tune and the video - a mashup of celebrities.
It looks like there’s a new pop star in the vicinity – or an aspiring one anyway. You may not have heard Bonnie McKee’s name before (in which case, you better get used to it), but the songwriter is the one behind major hits by Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Tayo Cruz, Britney Spears and many, many others. Now she’s thrown in her bid for a solo career in front of the mic. Appropriately, with its poppy tune, upbeat chords and summery vibe, the song sounds strongly reminiscent of a Katy Perry number or two – presumably, also written by McKee. If the poppy, synth-infused tune American Girl isn’t exactly to your liking, maybe the video will change your mind.
The video features McKee of course, but it also has more cameos than a Saturday Night Live episode. Starting with Katy Perry, we also get to see celebrities like Macklemore, Aram Lambert, Carly Rae Jepsen, Karmin, Nicole Scherzinger, Kiss, George Takei, Perez Hilton, etc. etc. – and that’s not even half the list. It also features McKee eating a red-white-and-blue popsicle, but that’s beside the point. This is probably one of the benefits of working in the music industry – lots and lots of friends available for help, should you ever feel like launching a musical career of your own.
Continue reading: Friends In High Places Aid Songwriter Bonnie McKee's Bid For Pop Stardom
Carly Rae Jepsen will no longer appear at the Boy Scouts Jamboree later this year.
Carly Rae Jepsen has officially pulled out of a huge concert for the Boy Scouts of America, claiming she wants no association with an organization that doesn't support gay rights. The 'Call Me Maybe' Billboard chart-topper had been booked to perform at the National Scout Jamboree in Mount Hope, West Virginia, along with the band Train, however, she's since pulled out.
"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," Jepsen tweeted. "I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level ... and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe."
Her comments refer to the Boy Scout's ban on openly gay members and scout leaders. A spokesperson for the BSA said: "We appreciate everyone's right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great Jamboree program for our Scouts," said Boy Scouts' spokesman Deron Smith in a statement to The Guardian.
Continue reading: Carly Rae Jepsen Says 'Thanks, But No Thanks' To Homophobic Boy Scouts
Carly Rae Jepsen will no longer be playing her Boy Scouts' show.
Carly Rae Jepsen is refusing to perform at a Boy Scouts concert after learning that they have no intention of lifting their ban of gay men in the organisation.
The 'Call Me Maybe' singer took to Twitter to confirm the cancellation at the Boy Scouts of America National Scout Jamboree in Mount Hope, West Virginia in the summer, explaining: 'As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer'. She added that, 'I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe.'
California band Train were also due to perform, but hold similar views to the popstar. They wrote on their savemesanfrancisco.com blog, 'When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization' and they added that all though they respect the old organisation, they are strongly against such discrimination but are most definitely willing to appear at the Jamboree 'as long as they make the right decision before then'.
Albums of Note... Dave Grohl managed to rally a group of rock’s big players together to record an album designed to accompany his Sound City documentary – about the legendary LA recording studio of the same name. Amongst the stars making an appearance on Sound City: Real to Reel are Sir Paul McCartney, Josh Homme and Stevie Nicks; the latter of whom provides one of the album’s highlights:
“[The] tracks that do command attention… are worth wading through the mire for. One can only assume, for instance, that Lindsay Buckingham and the rest of Fleetwood Mac will be kicking themselves upon hearing 'You Can't Fix This,' because this is simply the greatest Fleetwood Mac song that never was.”
Two rising stars in pop music, 'Call Me Maybe' star Carly Rae Jepsen and Australian youngster Cody Simpson performed together at Birmingham's NIA. Cody is only 16 but despite his tender years not only does he look a lot older, but his mature voice steps up to the mark of his 26 year old colleague, Jepsen.
Cody Simpson and Carly Rae Jepsen performing together at the NIA
Recorded revenue up 0.3% in 2012
Great news for the music industry! It’s growing! Like, making money! For the first time in ages! Whilst we’re pretty sure this isn’t trickling down to the musicians too well (Spotify are in talks to reduce their payment of royalties to artists even further, for instance), but for everyone surrounding the musicians it’s a cautious positive step in what’s been a long – really long – battle.
Let’s not go nuts; the figure given by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry was a rise of 0.3% for global revenue, not exactly earth-shattering. However, given the trials and tribulations the industry has had in battling piracy, the fall in physical music sales – not to mention the larger economic situation as a whole – in recent years, any improvement should be taken with open arms. "It is hard to remember a year for the recording industry that has begun with such a palpable buzz in the air," said IFPI chief executive Frances Moore, according to The Hollywood Report. The improvement was helped by the continuing surge in digital music, with MP3, subscription and advertisement services revenue increasing 9% on the previous year to $5.6 billion, contributing to a total figure of $16.5 billion.
Another load of figures, released by the NPD group, suggested a 26% fall in the illegal downloading of music, although we’re not sure how they’ve managed to arrive at such a definitive figure given the widespread and un-marshaled availability of it. Only 11% of those 13 years old and older were estimated to have downloaded from a P2P service last year too. So is the music industry winning? Perhaps, but it still looks a little top-heavy to us, with Carly Rae Jepsen and Adele the big sellers of 2012, 21 selling another phenomenal 8.3 million units. The issue is that for the last few years the industry has seemingly relied on one or two huge stars to carry the bulk of the sector, if that dries up anytime soon, then the dark days could intensify again.
Continue reading: Recorded Music Industry Announces Profit; Is That Thanks To Adele?
Carly Ray Jepsen's call me maybe was easily the most infectious song of 2012, but considering there isn't a Grammy award for 'Most Infectious' (there totally should be), she'll have to make do with Song of The Year and Best Pop Solo Performance - not bad going really.
But the decision to release 'Call me Maybe' wasn't as easy as you'd think, as Jepsen regales to the L.A Times when asked if she knew if she was on to a winner. "No ... to be honest, and this might sound silly, but I was quite content with how things were going in Canada. I was shaping out a career there, and I was really excited because I'd had my first ever real record deal," she recalls. "I can remember we were choosing between "Call Me Maybe" and another song, "Curiosity." The moment my aunt started dancing to "Call Me Maybe," and she doesn't really dance to anything, I realized maybe we had something."
And have something she did. 'Call me Maybe' shot to the top of the charts and wouldn't be budged for 9 whole weeks, hurtling Jepsen towards global fame. The Grammy's recognition of her music does come as surprise, though, given that they often ignore huge pop songs, as Justin Bieber just keeps on finding out.
Carly Rae Jepsen's infectious and repetitive, enormously successful single from 2012, 'Call Me Maybe' could have been just a one-hit-wonder. However, with two Grammy nominations under her belt and managing to top the Billboard charts in the US for weeks on end, it appears Jepsen's here to stay.
Speaking to the Associated Press she explained her surprise. "I was gunning maybe for Top 10 on iTunes. That was my little, mini secret goal," she said. So, appearing in the Grammys is an honor beyond her wildest dreams, it seems. Jepsen came third in Canadian Idol so while her career wasn't a dead cert she definitely had enough prior exposure to give her a leg up.
Not only that but she's pals with runaway star, fellow Canadian, Justin Bieber. Speaking to Seventeen Magazine, reported via the Inquisitor, the 26 year old singer spoke of how he's been a guiding light for her. "Justin leads by example. I love that he works hard and has fun," she said. "I was in Paris promoting my new album, Kiss, for three days with no time off. So I went out at four in the morning to go explore the entire city. I try to make moments happen that feel very special and memorable because that's exactly how Justin does it."
They became two of the biggest pop stars in the world during 2012, so it was only fitting that Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen were on hand to bring the curtain down on 2012 at the famous New Year's Rockin' Eve televised event in New York's Times Square. Perhaps the real success of the night however was the ABC's host Ryan Seacrest who - with help from Jenny McCarthy - did the late great Dick Clark proud in hosting proceedings in the first Rockin' Eve to be held since the veteran's death last year.
Channel 4 must be breathing a huge sigh of relief that they didn’t decide to invite Frankie Boyle on this year’s Big Fat Quiz show, because they’ve managed to cause enough controversy, without having the sharp-tongued Scotsman on board. This year, the damage has been done largely by Jack Whitehall and James Corden, who were openly drinking a bottle of red wine throughout the show and made a number of crude jokes about The Queen, as well as Barack Obama and Susan Boyle.
Lord Burns, the chairman of Channel 4, declined the opportunity to speak to the Daily Mail about the show, but the British newspaper is up in arms about its distasteful content. The outrage has spread beyond the press, though, with Tory MP Conor Burns – a member of the Commons’ culture media and sport select committee – demanding to know why the show was aired as early as 9pm. “I actually watched some of the broadcast because we are staying with family for the holidays and I found it quite distasteful,” said the MP. “It was base, unfunny comedy and in some ways I thought its greater crime really was that it just wasn’t funny.”
At one point during the show, James Corden and Jack Whitehall attempted to cover up one of their answers, aware that it was inappropriate, but eventually revealed what they had written on the screen anyway. A sample of the ‘vulgar’ comedy on display during the quiz was Whitehall’s comment about Cary Rae Jepsen: “If you had given your number to someone like Carly Rae Jepsen and discovered how annoying she was, you would suck someone’s c*** to get rid of her.”
"I'd like to say I can imagine how it's going to feel, but I'm not quite sure," says Seacrest, quoted by The Associated Press. "I looked forward so much to each year that I did the show with him."
Seacrest is using the sad fact of Clark’s passing as motivation to make this year’s Rockin’ Eve better than ever in tribute. The presenter is reportedly hard at work, hammering out the “nitty-gritty” around the show, which will air from 8pm on the 31st, up until 2am on New Year’s Day. A host of A-list performance have already been booked, like Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees, Flo Rida and Pitbull. Taylor Swift, who has arguably been one of 2012’s biggest success stories, will fill the headlining slot right before midnight. The show will air live, as usual, from Times Square in New York, but without Clark as a host there will undoubtedly have to be some changes.
Continue reading: Ryan Seacrest Hard At Work On First Rockin' Eve Without Dick Clark
Adele may have walked away from the Grammys with a clutch of awards at the start of the year but by golly, she’s ended it on an enviable high, having been awarded what could only be described as the greatest accolade in the history of music. That’s right, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, your song, ‘Someone Like You’ has been named the most popular karaoke song with British revellers.
The results – as reported by Gigwise.com – have been compiled by the Lucky Voice karaoke website, which also has a number of karaoke bars around the UK. 7% of all users of the website chose to sing ‘Someone Like You.’ To put that in context, the site has around 200,000. having said that, we’ve seen enough early rounds of X Factor to know that few people can pull off a version of ‘Someone Like You’ quite like Adele herself but it must be heart-warming for the 24 year-old to know that her song’s so popular amongst the warbling wannabees.
Frankly, even an amateur version of ‘Someone Like You’ is more appealing to us than anyone singing the second most popular song, Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’ (and yes, we’re including Carly Rae Jepsen in that statement, too. One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ is third on the popularity list and Adele pops up again in fourth place with ‘Rolling In The Deep.’
Forget Goyte, forget Charlie bit my finger, Obama's rap battle or Kony 2012, because Psy's 'Gangnam Style' has become the most-viewed YouTube video of all time. The South Korean pop sensation is approaching 1 billion views for his bizarre dance video, leaving hugely popular clips in his wake.
To clarify, Gangnam Style isn't just the most watched music video of all time, it's the most popular video full stop. Artists and comedians are increasingly using the sharing website to promote their material and it's clearly working with the right videos. "It definitely suggests that there's change afoot," said James McQuivey, an analyst with Forrester Research. "I don't think the change is about one form of entertainment replacing the other. It's about the expansion of the platform to include more things. That will continue." The website now attracts more than 800 million users, who watch more than 4 billion hours of video a month. Gangnam Style, which spread from Asia to the United States and Europe, illustrates the true power of the internet influencing popular culture. "A lot of people are used to us having an insular pop culture, where everything is originating out of the U.S. and spreads to other parts of the world," said YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca, "YouTube is a global thing - 70% of YouTube's views happen outside of the U.S. You have these things that are phenomena at a global scale."
Psy's breakout video overtook Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' as the most watched YouTube video of all time, with the Kony 2012 clip in third place. 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen and the Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney Rap Battle rounded out the top five.
Continue reading: Gotye Ya! Psy's Gangnam Style Is Most Watched YouTube Of All Time
Adele has topped off yet another remarkable year by being named Billboard's top artis of 2012, whilst her second album, the hit 21, was named top album of the year in the music magazine's annual review.
The Brit singer, who also won six Grammys in February this year, was also crowned female artist of the year by the magazine too, with Canadian R&B artist Drake taking the male equivalent home. Meanwhile, fellow Brits and former X Factor contestants One Direction rounded off their phenomenally successful year by being named top new artist, but were beaten to the post of top group by Maroon 5.
In the singles department, the magazine deemed that Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know,' Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' and Fun's 'We Are Young' as the top three tracks in that order. Each of the lists are based on chart performance, as well as streaming and social data.
Continue reading: Adele Named Billboard's Top Artist Of 2012
The Billboard chart holds few surprises this year as British boyband One Direction took the top spot for new artist or group.
It’s been the year of the British invasion of the American charts, with the UK act’s success and Adele topping the charts in five categories – best album, artist, female, Billboard 200 artist and album. The diva is on a roll, but who can argue with that? Even those, who aren’t particularly fond of the Brit’s music (we haven’t met any so far) would have to admit that 21 is a solid album and well worth of the recognition it’s getting. Well, that certainly makes up for the single 'Skyfall' failing to top UK charts this year.
Some other notable additions to the chart are Drake, for best male and best R&B artist, as well as (can you guess?) Taylor Swift for best country artist in a turn of events, which surprised, well, no-one. Meanwhile, Gotye and Carly Rae Jepsen have been named 2012’s best selling acts. Perhaps this is a testament to the internet’s power in creating celebrities, but we’re more inclined to take it as proof of everyone’s love of incessant, easy-to-remember jingles. That isn’t to say of course, that we haven’t listened to Call Me Maybe a couple (hundred) times ourselves.
The nominations for the 55th Grammy Award Nominations in 2013 have officially been announced by the award's organisers. Here’s a run down of some of the main awards, and our tips for Grammy's Glory.
Album Of The Year:
El Camino — The Black Keys
Continue reading: Grammy Nominations 2013: Who Will Win? Who SHOULD Win?
Justin Bieber was among those performing at the second night of the KIIS FM Jingle Ball, with pretty much anyone who's been anyone making an appearance over the radio network's massive two-dayer. Sunday night (December 2) at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles saw current chart sensation Taylor Swift coming up against The Jonas Brothers - who found themselves eclipsed by the star. Last night, though (December 3), it was the turn of Bieber - still deep into his lengthy tour - Ke$ha, YouTube sensation Psy and fast rising British group The Wanted, among others, to provide the party.
Popstars Carly Rae Jepsen, Cher Lloyd and Katy Perry were among arrivals at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music event in New York City. Also on the red carpet were Billboard magazine Editorial Director Bill Werde, Katy Perry's mother and father Mary and Keith Hudson, 'Today' show anchors Hoda Kotb and Natalie Morales, country singer Hunter Hayes and R&B star Ciara.
Around three million people are expected to line the streets of New York for Macy’s 86th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The event kicks off at 8am and already, teams of workers have been hard at work setting up for the parade, with giant inflatables being set in place for the huge yearly event. An enormous Buzz Lightyear was blown up last night, along with an enormous Hello Kitty figure and Sonic the Hedgehog will be showing his face, too.
Continue reading: Sneak Peek! New York Prepares For Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
"The next Justin Bieber" has been a phrase bandied around the music industry for the past couple of years. Who would take the Canadian superstar's pop mantel once he moved onto more mature things? British X Factor stars One Direction have had a phenomenal 12 months and for a short time it looked as though the pop buying masses may be growing a little tired of young Mr Bieber.
The 18-year-old split from his long-time girlfriend Selena Gomez last week, citing their respective working schedules as the reason. Nobody would have blamed Bieber had he decided against attending the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday evening (November 18, 2012), though there he was, a huge smile on his face, his mother by his side. The Canadian took home all three of the major awards, beating Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and Drake to be crowned Artist of the Year. He dedicated the win to his mother Pattie Mallette, who was instrumental in getting her son noticed during the early days. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or two years, but I feel like I am going to be here for a very long time," later adding, "It's hard growing up with everything going on, with everyone watching me. I wanted to say that as as long as you guys keep believing in me, I want to always make you proud." Bieber also won best pop/rock male artist and best pop/rock album for Believe. It was a peculiar awards' evening, with One Direction expected to dominate. They left empty handed after nominations for pop/rock band, pop/rock album and new artist of the year. Carly Rae Jepsen was the surprise winner of the latter award.
Continue reading: Justin Bieber Reminds One Direction Who's The Boss At AMA Awards
THe 40th anniversary of the American Music Awards brought out all the big names that you'd expect from the US music industry and more, with stars past and present rubbing shoulders at a truly star-spangled gathering at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles yesterday (November 18, 2012). However, despite the presence of Youtube sensation Psy - who closed the evening by being joined by MC Hammer for his huge hit 'Gangnam Style' - the US biggest selling artist of the year Taylor Swift, and pop royalty Usher and Christina Aguilera, there was only name on everybody's lips. Justin Bieber took home the top award of the evening, Artist Of The Year, and his mom Pattie Mallette was there to celebrate it with him.
The woman responsible for international sensation 'Call Me Maybe', Carly Rae Jepsen, has just released the video for her new single "This Kiss" from her 2nd studio album, "Kiss".
Jepson is currently on tour with Justin Bieber, and she's signed to the same record label as him, all of which implies that her career is on the up. This new video sees her at an '80s themed party, in which she's hanging with her friends before spying someone who's "just [her] type" and skidaddling off with him. The video has been compared favourably to No Doubt's video for "New" (MTV) and rather less favourably to Avril Lavigne (Canada.com). Indeed, it does appeal to the original audience of Lavigne's Sk8er Boi, but as Carly's 26 it all seems a little immature. While it's perfectly satisfactory pop and her album has already reached decent levels in the charts of many countries, it's doubtful that this song or this video will have quite the impact or legacy of either of those aforementioned artists.
The video is directed by Justin Francis who has been responsible for some excellent music videos for artists including Eminem, The Mars Volta, Gwen Stefani and The Cure, among others.
Continue reading: Carly Rae Jepsen's New Video 'This Kiss': Check It Out!
The ninth season of reality dancing contest So You Think You Can Dance drew to a close last night on American TV (September 18th) with the judges throwing a great twist to the audience right at the end. A two hour episode saw the four finalists, ballet dancers Eliana Gerard and Chehon Wespi-Tschopp as well as jazz dancer Tiffany Maher and robotics/animator Cyrus ‘Glitch’ Spencer revisiting routines performed earlier in the season in the race to impress the six judges.
It was a fiercely contested competition from a group of young and hungry dancers – not one was over 22 years old – who first of all performed the judges favorite routines from the entire season, before coming back and reprising their own personal favorites. Cat Deeley also picked a routine for them to perform whilst there was a singing performance by current pop superstar Carly Rae Jepsen.
When it came to the crunch though, the judges made history by, for the first time in the show’s history, picking two winners! They both came from the ballet style of dancing, with Gerard and Wespi-Tschopp being announced the champions. It is the first time that a dancer performing the ballet style has won the competition during its seven years on television. It’s unsure whether the pair will split the $250,000 prize money.
Britney Spears is certainly no stranger to a complex dance routine, though even the pop princess seemed a little confused by South Korean rapper Psy’s “invisible horse dance” on the Ellen Degeneres show this week.
The eccentric star’s video for ‘Gangnam Style’ recently went viral on YouTube, garnering over 147 million views. Psy dropped by Ellen’s show on Tuesday (September 11, 2012) to speak about the breakout hit and teach the accompanying dance routine, which the respected rapper explained was about dressing “classy” and dancing “cheesy”. Britney – also a guest on the show to promote The X Factor – looked bewildered when Psy initially appeared on-stage wearing a tuxedo and tennis shoes. DeGeneres’ excitement to learn the routine meant she failed to properly introduce Psy to Spears, leading the rapper to quite rightly interject, “Can I introduce myself, and not just dance? I'm Psy from Korea.” The rapper performed at the MTV Video Music Awards last week, and has already been snapped up by Scooter Braun – the mastermind behind a little fella named Justin Bieber. Psy will begin releasing material on Scooter’s Schoolboy Records label, home to fellow viral star Carly Rae Jepsen.
34-year-old Psy has actually released six records to date, including his wonderfully titled 2001 debut ‘Psy From the PSYcho World!”
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Happy birthday to me! 34 let’s go. It’s only noon and my door keeps buzzing. Thanks for all the flowers and fancy w… https://t.co/usxsXnnLEb
Australia and New Zealand, my loves! See you next week with a very special guest, the incredible @starleymusic ✨… https://t.co/pDZ8XXuNjU