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Thanks to an adorable viral video with over two billion views, an infectious South Korean children's song about a baby shark has landed at number 32 on Billboard's Top 40. Yes, that means that the educational brand Pinkfong now has as many Top 40 hits as Jimi Hendrix, and more than the Wu-Tang clan.
The song's chart success is testament both to the ascendance of streaming music and video about traditional music distribution channels, and to the increasingly international music landscape. The chief executive of Pinkfong USA says the brand does not plan to dismiss the song as a one-off novelty hit.
"We are not planning to settle for Baby Shark hitting the music charts and getting YouTube views, but we are developing Pinkfong and Baby Shark into an entertainment brand that will be enjoyed by generations to come. " (New York Times)
Lady Gaga pulls R. Kelly collaboration
Lady Gaga is a 201
The song was controversial when it was released, but at the time Gaga defended Kelly, who had said "very untrue things" about him. Now, she says she stands with Kelly's accusers "1000 percent" and she feels "that their voices should be heard and taken seriously." (New York Times)
By anyone who has ever been the victim of sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/67sz4WpV3i
– Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 10, 2019  Phoenix have also apologized for working with R. Kelly. The band, who collaborated with R. Kelly in 2013, wrote, "We regret that we were both more informed and more discerning when we worked with him previously. We fully support all victims of sexual abuse, and our hope that there will be a path to justice. " (Stereogum)
We are deeply horrified by the stories of abuse surrounding R. Kelly.
We regret that we were not more informed and more discerning when we worked with him previously.
– Phoenix (@wearephoenix) January 10, 2019
RAINN offers a free, confidential sexual assault hotline . Call 800-656-4673 or chat online. Services are available 24/7. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a toll-free number 800-273-TALK (8255).
Documentary charging Michael Jackson molestation headed to Sundance
A documentary accusing the late Michael Jackson of sexual abuse against two men when they were children will premiere in a few weeks at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie, titled Leaving Neverland "tells the story of two but who claim they were abused by the hit pops when they were young," reports Consequence of Sound. A representative of Jackson's estate calls the movie "yet another production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson."
This week's new releases
Taking Back Sunday, Twenty
Jade: The Long Island emo band Taking Back Sunday, which helped MySpace kids define themselves as "Cute without an E," is hitting a landmark year. 2019 marks the band's 20th anniversary – there will be a tour and out on Friday is Twenty a hit compilation featuring two new songs. Listening through the compilation will allow you to feel all the feelings, or maybe just remember how you used to feel. And the new tracks give you two different pages of TBS: the following piano-driven page with "A Song For Dan" and a rocker that is emotional and aggressive, perfectly nostalgic and very 2019. It's called "All Ready To Go." 19659006]
The Bangles, the Dream Syndicate, the Rain Parade, and the Three O'Clock: 3×4
Jay: After a limited release on Record Store Day Black Friday, a cool new covers project will be widely available this Friday. 3×4 finds four of the biggest bands to come out of L.A.'s Paisley Underground scene each covering the others. The Paisley Underground updated classic '60s jangle pop with a garage-rock drive and an' 80s sheen. The bands participate in this project are the Dream Syndicate, the Rain Parade, the Three O'Clock, and by far and away the biggest band to come out of the Paisley Underground, the Bangles. Here are the Bangles doing their version of the Three O'Clock's "Jet Fighter."
Radar State, Strays
Jade: I'm going to lay my bias out before I go into this next one. I went to school at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence. I'm an emo kid and so I already have a soft spot for bands from the area like the Anniversary, Get Up Kids, and the Architects. There's pretty much no way I was going to be extremely excited about the prospect of creating a new project called Radar State. The new sound is gritty, lo-fi, fun, sad … and it rips. "Spinning Wheel" showcases the best of what these guys have always done.
Viral clip: Ron Burgundy accepts Lizzo's challenge
Last year, Lizzo went viral with a video showing her playing a flute and then dancing wildly. When they have doubted whether she was actually playing flute, she shut them down with plenty of proof of her classically-trained background. In November, he posted a video to challenge the legendary fictional flutist Ron Burgundy to a duel. Now, it seems Anchorman anchor has taken up the gauntlet. Will Ferrell wrote a character as Burgundy, "@lizzo CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! YOU WANT ME? YOU GOT ME."
Lizzo responded, "OH ITS ON LIKE HOT BUTTA ON POPCORN, BURGUNDY. " Will this lead to an IRL flute battle? Stay posted.
– BurgundyPodcast (@BurgundyPodcast) January 10, 2019
Audio sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedy" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Pinkfong: "Baby Shark"
Taking Back Sunday: "All Ready To Go"
The Bangles: "Jet Fighter"
Radar State: "Spinning Wheel"
Ron Burgundy clip