Kwame Opam, writing for the Polygon, looks at the all digital pop-superstar Hatsune Miku. Hit the replies for the video.
Last month, as an experiment, the video team and I took a shot at explaining who and what Miku is in the context of American pop stardom. To Miku fans, this will probably seem familiar, but hopefully for those readers who are as puzzled as I initially was, this will introduce a bizarre, wonderful, creatively empowering character.
Previously only available in the UK, you can now head to the replies to watch an hour long, rare interview with Rick Rubin by Zane Lowe for the BBC at Rubin's Shangri-La studio. They talk about Def Jam, American Records, Kanye West, the recording process, the bands and albums Rick has produced, a tour of the studio and much more. It's a great watch.
Hit the replies to watch Image Society's new video for "Mirror Images" via The 405. The band recently worked with John Bender (Blondie, Paramore) on their upcoming EP, The Doom Of Youth, which releases August 5th via The Tone Library.
Noisey published a really interesting interview with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst. The site also premiered his new film The Truth. I recommend it.
I’m a simple person. I’m just me. I’m no more special than anybody. I think people are like, “What’s so special about that fuckin’ guy? Nothing! He gets on my fuckin’ nerves!” I go, “Well, I get on my nerves too. What the hell am I doing here? What happened?” It’s crazy. I just have some stories inside of me that I need to tell. I feel compelled to put them out and to give them away, for people to react to. It seems like everything I do, meaning finds me later.
FKA Twigs is set to release LP1, her debut full-length, later this summer. She's shared "Two Weeks," the first taste of the record, with a new music video directed by Nabil. Check it out in the replies.
Hit the replies to watch The Black Tibetans' new video for "You're Cold" via Fender. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys plays the guitar solo, is featured in the video, and produced the band’s EP, The Nashville Session.
"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.