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Psy can’t explain popularity of Gangnam Style

- October 30th, 2012

Sometimes a phenomenon can’t be unexplained.
So says South Korean pop artist-rapper Psy, who told QMI Agency in Toronto, that he has no idea why his viral video for his song, Gangnam Style, has made such an impact with 600 million views on YouTube and counting.
“I don’t know,” said Psy, whose English is still a work in progress. “People call this song, literally a phenomenon. And we can’t tell or analyze or predict a phenomenon. So if I got one more hit or one more success after this, then I can tell (if there was) something I did this way so I (had) some success. But now I just live today.”
Otherwise, he says when he performs the song live, he’s thrilled at the response even though it’s delivered in Korean except for the line, ‘Hey, sexy lady!’”
“When I perform Gangnam Style and when I see crowds, I feel happy and sorry, because they don’t have any idea what I’m talking about except ‘sexy lady.’ But somehow, they look so happy, so when I see their face, ‘Ah, it’s (good)’ because they are so happy. But I feel not good, because they don’t have any idea what I’m talking about.”
Gangnam Style refers to the Gangnam district of Seoul, he explains.
“I describe the district as noble and calm in the daytime and going insane at the nighttime,” he said.
What he does take great pride in is being the most recognizable South Korean on the planet right now and said it was an honor recently to meet U.N. Secretary General and fellow countryman Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Headquarters .
“That was the biggest moment ever in my life – that was bigger than Billboard No. 2,” he said. “He has such a great sense of humor and he said in front of the press, ‘I was no. 1 famous Korean in the world before Gangnam Style. Now I’m in second place. I feel so jealous about Psy.’”

Meat Loaf butchers ‘America the Beautiful’ at Mitt Romney event

- October 26th, 2012

He may do anything for love, but he probably won’t do any Mitt Romney events in the future.

What started off as Meat Loaf singing “America the Beautiful” gently into the microphone quickly went south, as he began doing his best howling wolf (just in time for Halloween) imitation as the bemused presidential candidate looked on in horror at the ear-cringing rendition.

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He may have forgotten that he didn’t have millions of dollars worth of his own high tech equipment to help him out.

If it makes him feel any better, country artist Randy Owen didn’t do much better. Where’s Kid Rock when you need him?

Watch and listen below, if you dare:

Which reminds me – you want some more torture? Check out our “Worst Anthems Ever” gallery.

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Axl Rose does rare TV interview on Jimmy Kimmel

- October 25th, 2012

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose sat down for his first live television interview in more than 20 years last night.

The enigmatic singer sat down for a quick chat on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” where they yakked about everything from Axl’s less-than-stellar punctuality, to an evil Halloween tree that sits in his living room.

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Of course, there was a real reason for the rocker to be there – he’s plugging his band’s upcoming 12-night residency at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, which kicks off on – you guessed it -  October 31.

He comes across, oddly enough, as fairly normal.  He even did his best Santa Claus imitation by giving away a pair of tickets to one of his upcoming Vegas shows.

Watch the full interview below:

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Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose drops F-bombs at Neil Young’s Bridge School benefit show

- October 22nd, 2012

It may be one of the most epic roster fails in the history of children’s benefit concerts.

Neil Young staged his 26th annual Bridge School Benefit concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre in California over the weekend, which raises money for children with speech and physical impairments.

Some of the biggest in music took part in the acoustic concert – artists such as Jack White, the Flaming Lips, Ray LaMontagne, Sarah McLachlan, k.d. lang all showed up to lend their talents for the great cause.

The one that stood out the most was Guns N’ Roses, who aren’t exactly, at least in our eyes, suited for such an event. Just a casual observation.

Surprise guest and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, who was slotted just before Axl and the gang were set to perform, even joked about his position on the bill, saying “this is the last place I thought I’d be when I woke up today… opening for Guns N’ Roses with an acoustic guitar.”

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Cue the Gunners. With several hundred children looking on from behind the stage, Axl kicked off with the not-so kid friendly “”You’re Crazy,” (which he called a “sentimental ditty”) where he managed to rifle off at least 5 F-bombs during the song – “You know you’re crazy, so f**kin crazy!”

Other children’s classics such as “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Paradise City,” “Used to Love Her, (with the soft refrain “I used to love her, but I had to kill her”) and of course, “Sweet Child ‘O Mine.”

We’ve heard of odd concert bills, but this one takes the cake. You can watch the whole thing go down in all its awkward glory below.

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Beyonce tapped for Super Bowl halftime show

- October 16th, 2012

Wow, talk about a huge touchdown for Beyonce.

Jay-Z’s better half is set to strut her stuff in front of millions of eyeballs at next year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans, according to an Associated Press report.

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The Grammy-winning superstar will reportedly be unveiled as a performer at the halftime show on Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The official announcement is expected Wednesday.

Beyonce, 31, follows behind Madonna and guests CeeLo Green, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., who performed at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show (see below).