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Music News: 'Baby Shark' creators now have as many Top 40 hits as Jimi Hendrix



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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

3 R. Kelly collaboration from streaming services. In the wake of a new Lifetime documentary that's renewed on the accusations against Kelly, Lady Gaga wrote in a statement on Thursday that she's sorry for making the song "Do What U Want" with Kelly, and that she's pulling it from streaming services.

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)


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