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"Gangnam Style" has now surpassed 2 billion views on YouTube -- that's equivalent to 140 million hours, or more than 16,000 years years of watching this video.
Had people not been watching PSY—the South Korean pop star who released the song in July 2012—they could have constructed three such ships. Alternatively they could have built more than four Great Pyramids of Giza, or another Wikipedia, or six Burj Khalifas in Dubai (the world’s tallest building). The song’s nearest rival is Justin Bieber’s “Baby”, at a paltry one billion views. The opportunity cost of watching PSY’s frivolity is huge, but humanity has at least been entertained.
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 02:54 PM
Citizen have announced fall tour dates. Hit the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 02:20 PM
Tomorrow Masked Intruder kicks off a massive tour which sees the band playing shows all over the United States, Europe and three Canadian cities. To celebrate we're teaming up with Fat Wreck Chords to give away a signed CD copy of the new album M.I and a signed poster plus the band is throwing in their infamous ski mask and your choice of Red, Blue, Green or Yellow (Orange) sunglasses. To win just leave a post in the replies stating which song you're most excited to hear live. One winner will be notified via PM on July 2. Good luck!

Update: Contest is now closed
Deborah Remus on 06/18/14 - 02:11 PM
Aim Your Arrows' lyric video for "I Can't Wait" can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 01:43 PM
Seventeen Magazine have "interviewed" The 1975.
With their seriously cute rocker looks, it's no surprise that the boys admitted they've "got, like, briefcases full of bras" from fans. But in case you've sent a special gift to the guys, you'll be happy to know that they keep them all! "We keep everything. We keep absolutely everything. But we can’t fit everything in our [apartment] anymore. It’s too much stuff!" said Matthew. The coolest thing they've ever gotten? "[Puzzles] of our own faces. That was pretty cool."
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 01:38 PM
Hit the replies to watch a video for Budweiser and Jay Z's "Made in America" video series that spotlights Seattle. The video features Ben Gibbard, Tacocat, La Luz, and the staff of Sub Pop talking abot their city. More episodes will be airing leading up to the Made in America Festival later this year.
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 01:33 PM
Katy Perry has started Metamorphosis Music, an imprint label for Capitol Records, and signed Ferras.
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 01:27 PM
All my friends are taller than me, and everything I feel is low.
Staff Reviewsnouns - still (Zac Djamoos)
Zac Djamoos on 06/18/14 - 01:21 PM
Dates for To Write Love on Her Arms' "The Hope Revolution Tour" are in the replies. The tour is co-headlined by Hawthorne Heights and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and features support from New Empire and Famous Last Words.
Alex DiVincenzo on 06/18/14 - 01:18 PM
Blacklist Royal's new video for "Righteous Child" can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 01:15 PM
The Pretty Reckless' video for "Messed Up World (F'd Up World)" can be found in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 01:03 PM
Super Happy Fun Club's new song "Let's Get Out of Here" can be heard in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 01:01 PM
Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration will be supporting Taking Back Sunday and The Used on their tour this fall.
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 12:50 PM
fun. is performing a new song on Jimmy Fallon tonight.

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Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 12:47 PM
Somos' Audiotree session is now up.

Track Listing
1. Domestic
2. Dead Wrong
3. Lives of Others
4. Strangest
5. Distorted Vision
6. Familiar Theme
Anthony Sorendino on 06/18/14 - 11:57 AM
Listen to alt-J's brand new single "Hunger Of The Pine", which is taken from their forthcoming album This Is All Yours and samples Miley Cyrus' track "4x4", in the replies.
Kyle Huntington on 06/18/14 - 11:52 AM
Laura Palmer's new self-titled EP is available to stream in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 11:25 AM
Frank Turner signed a deal with Headline Publishers to write his memoirs. I could not be more in.
It took some persuading for me to think about writing a book of any kind, but in the end I realised I’ve spent a pretty unusual amount of time touring hard in the last few years, and I have a fair few stories to tell, and maybe even a tiny smidgen of wisdom to impart to people starting out on the same path. Plus I come from a family of yarn-spinners, and I can run my mouth, so it makes sense.
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 11:20 AM
Amazon has announced the "Fire Phone" today.
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 11:11 AM
Dikembe's new song "Gets Harder" can be heard in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 10:54 AM
The Madden Brothers' lyric video for "We Are Done" can be found in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 10:52 AM
Patent Pending have announced their "American Meltdown" summer tour. Dates in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 06/18/14 - 10:52 AM
Pvris has signed to Rise/Velocity Records.

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Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 10:50 AM
Paramore's "Ain't It Fun" has gone platinum in the US.

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Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 10:49 AM
Happy birthday to one of AbsolutePunk.net's sweetest and most adored children, Brand New's Deja Entendu, who turned 11 years old yesterday. It's crazy how fast these kids are growing up. Probably we should get them an iPhone now.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/18/14 - 09:31 AM
Roadtrip Mixtape is a cool app you may be interested in; it generates a Spotify playlist of artists based on location for long trips.
Alex DiVincenzo on 06/18/14 - 09:15 AM
Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Florida, you're all in luck. Updated list of dates in the replies and pre-sale here at noon local time (for all dates except the three Florida dates, which were previously announced). So will there be a new album around October?
Thomas Nassiff on 06/18/14 - 08:40 AM
Happy birthday to Jack Barakat of All Time Low, who turns 14 years old today, and also to AP.net user Gunz of Idobi's The Gunz Show, who texted us to make sure we posted about his birthday, and who turns 46 this year.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/18/14 - 07:16 AM
Today, we're premiering Trophy Wives' new live music video for "I'm Gonna Make You Famous", a fan favorite from their first EP Letting Go, self produced in 2012. They are currently writing their first full length record with high hopes to debut in 2015. Stay tuned for a chance to catch them on the Vans Warped Tour in Mansfield, MA via the Ernie Ball BOTB.
Drew Beringer on 06/18/14 - 06:53 AM
You can now stream the new How To Dress Well record What Is This Heart? over on his website.
Jake Jenkins on 06/18/14 - 06:33 AM
Sivu will release a new EP centered around his new track "Miracle (Human Error)" on July 27th. Head to the replies to see the official video for the track. Fans of alt-J, Wild Beasts and Bombay Bicycle Club should definitely check him out and find more songs in the thread here.
Kyle Huntington on 06/18/14 - 03:30 AM
Foxes will release Glorious in the US on June 23rd.
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 11:16 PM
The debut symphony from Casey Crescenzo, Amour & Attrition, has earned the number one spots atop Billboard's Traditional Classical and Top Classical Albums Charts, number two on the Classical Albums Chart, and number seven on the Heatseeker Albums Chart. The full press release can be found in the replies and if you missed the episode of our podcast talking to Casey about the project, now's a good time to check it out.
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 11:13 PM
Paramore have been nominated for a Teen Choice Award for "rock group."

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Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 07:15 PM
Hit the replies to check out a vocal quartet perform a Nofx medley.

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Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 07:03 PM
The National will begin recording their 7th full-length record in October.
He continued: "We're talking about getting together, which won't be until about October, taking a little break and then getting together to try and write together in a room - which we've never done. We always work on little things and email back and forth. We have no idea whether it's going to work or not, but that's as far as we've got with the new record: trying to work out a plan and a different approach.

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Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 07:02 PM
Fighting The Villain's video for "The Storm" can be found in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 06:59 PM
Maroon 5's new single "Maps" can be heard in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 06:55 PM
Vacationer's new album Relief is streaming on iTunes.
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 06:50 PM
Kanye West spoke at the Cannes Lion Festival, on a panel called "Technology, Culture, and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape," AdWeek has some quotes from the talk.
There would have been no Beats deal without the Samsung deal. It showed the number one company the importance of connecting with culture. The reason I said I didn’t like Samsung particularly is because throughout my entire life, because of how my parents raised me, I have to work with the number one. I can’t work with anyone but Jay Z because he’s number one. I can’t be with any girl but Kim because that’s the girl whose pictures I look at the most and get turned on by. I’m not going to represent any...
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 06:45 PM
Tyler Osborne wrote a piece for Haulix on why paying to play for shows sucks:
From personal experiences, I have known many small bands to make last minute calls to family and friends hoping people will buy tickets to a show - even if there is no way that person can attend - just so the artist can perform for fifteen minutes an hour and a half before some mid-level national headliner comes out and half heartedly thanks the ‘local talent’ that opened the show. In situations such as this, which happen daily in cities and towns across the country, who benefits except the absent, uninvolved promoter? No one.
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 06:41 PM
Butch Walker is featured in the latest issue of Nylon Magazine. A photo of part of the article can be found in the replies.
I was like, "I'm not here to make another pop-punk album. Fuck pop-punk. Let's do something interesting."
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 06:37 PM
Blink-182's Greatest Hits is now on vinyl. Grab it at Hot Topic. The completist in me is thinking I should probably pick this up ... right?
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 06:26 PM
Zach Braff has unveiled the track listing for his upcoming Wish I Was Here film.

Track Listing
01) The Shins - So Now What
02) Gary Jules - Broke Window
03) Radical Face - The Mute
04) Hozier - Cherry Wine (Live)
05) Bon Iver - Holocene
06) Badly Drawn Boy - The Shining
07) Jump Little Children - Mexico
08) Cat Power & Coldplay - Wish I Was Here
09) Allie Moss - Wait It Out
10) Paul Simon - The Obvious Child
11) Japanese Wallpaper - Breathe In [ft. Wafia]
12) Bon Iver - Heavenly Father
13) Aaron Embry - Raven's Song
14) The Weepies - Mend
15) The Head & the Heart - No One to Let You Down
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 06:22 PM
Gob's new video for "Cold" can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 06:09 PM
Emily's Army will release their new EP, Swim, on July 22nd.
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 06:02 PM
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