Viral Video Alert: Watch Katy Perry’s Dark Horse Soothe Crying Baby

Forget Disney’s “Frozen,” if you want to calm a crying baby, put on the pop hit “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry. In no time, your fussy baby will be bobbing her head and gurgling with glee, according to our August Viral Video Alert pick.

“How to Stop a Baby from Crying,” uploaded by YouTube user Eva Baker, has racked up 13 million views as of Thursday and it’s easy to see why. Not only is this baby adorable, she’s got some promising dance moves. Future “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant?

Katy herself has also endorsed the 38-second car-seat video. The pop singer tweeted it Monday, adding: “Available for babysitting at 10 dollars an hour & 4 Oreos.” Watch the video below, and if you’d like to receive more alerts like this, click the “Follow” button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen.

Viral Video Alert: Watch Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull’s World Cup Bloopers

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull nearly got stuck below stage Thursday night while performing live before millions at the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremonies in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and even if you don’t know a goal from a guava pastelito, we think you’ll get a *kick* out of the video.

While singing the soccer tournament’s theme, “We Are One (Ole Ola),” the superstar duo was supposed to emerge from below stage on a motorized platform. But the electric riser they were standing on had other plans – or maybe it was just grooving to the beat. Halfway up it stopped, reversed, started to descend and then froze, stranding Jennifer and Pitbull about mid-stage inside the set, which resembled a giant unpeeled orange.

Being the pros they are, they recovered, and Jennifer and Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte (dressed in blue) awkwardly jumped around in spike heels while Pitbull rapped, wearing what appeared to be his grandfather’s pants. But the night’s goofups weren’t over.

Throughout “We Are One,” the Latin sensations encountered sound and microphone problems. Did they handle the situation with grace, or did these mega-stars lose face? Watch the video below and tell us.

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony …

Who Does the Best Michael Jackson? Justin Timberlake, the Jackson Hologram, Usher or Talent Show Kid?

The late, great Michael Jackson made a big comeback this week when he appeared at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards singing his recently released song “Slave to the Rhythm.”

Of course, it wasn’t really the King of Pop boogeying across the stage in a gold jacket and red pants, but kind of a Franken-Jackson — a hologram created by grafting images of his head onto a dance impersonator’s body, which were smoothed out by a computer.

Meanwhile, at a small high school talent show in Turlock, California, a junior named Brett Nichols nabbed first place for his spot-on impersonation of MJ dancing to “Billie Jean” in the school gym. Nichols’ hip-thrusting and moonwalking is so impressive, he received a congratulatory tweet from the Jackson estate and his video has earned more than 7 million page views, according to the Turlock City News.

And then there are the dueling performances of longtime pop rivals Usher and Justin Timberlake, who both recently danced to Jackson’s newly released single “Love Never Felt So Good” (from the posthumous Xscape album out now). Timberlake stars in the music video, but Usher did a pretty flawless dance impersonation at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on May 1.

So watch the videos below and tell us, who do you think does the best Michael Jackson impersonation?

Michael Jackson hologram performs “Slave to the Rhythm”

High-school talent show winner does “Billie Jean”

Usher performs at the iHeartRadio Awards

Justin Timberlake in “Love Never Felt So Good”

Viral Video Alert: Bet You Can’t Name These 60 Songs

Think you know your ’90s hit songs? We’ll see about that. In our Viral Video Alert choice for April, two Australian singer-comedians perform 60 songs from the ’80s and ’90s in six minutes with just an acoustic guitar.

How many can you correctly name?

Okay, okay. Here are some hints: Starting off with the famous chords from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Al Newstead and Anna O’Bryan poke fun at ’90s megahits from groups like TLC, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morrissette, Blur, and even, brace yourselves, Ace of Bass, M.C. Hammer and, yikes, Sophie B. Hawkins. (Why, it’s almost as cool as jamming with Donna, Kelly, David and Steve back in 90210‘s famous Peach Pit After Dark.)

So test yourself and then check out the full list of song titles and their singers after the video. We hope these yesteryear hits evoke some happy flannel and spandex memories for you, like they did for us, and if you like what you hear, you can always upload your favorite CDs, mp3s and more songs to our MyMusicCloud store-and-play service for free.   

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The 60 Songs in 6 Minutes Cheat Sheet

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Pearl Jam – Even Flow
Divinyls – Touch Myself
Chumbawumba – Tubthumping
Len – Steal My Sunshine
Presidents Of The USA – Peaches
Ace of Bass – I Saw The Sign
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Donna Lewis – I Love You Always Forever
Reef – Place Your Hands
Third Eye Blind – Semi Charmed Life
Sugar Ray – Every Morning
Toni Childs – Many Rivers To Cross
Filter – Take Your Picture
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Offspring – Self Esteem
Joan Osbourne – One of Us
MC Hammer – U Can’t Touch This
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
TLC – No Scrubs
Gabrielle – Dreams
Bare Naked Ladies – One Week
Sophie B Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
Jebediah – Harpoon
Natalie Imbruglia – Torn
Savage Garden – Truly, Madly, Deeply
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under The Bridge
Texas – Say What You Want
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
Everclear – Santa Monica
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Blur – Song 2
Britney Spears – … Baby One More Time
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Vanilla Ice – Ice, Ice Baby
Cranberries – Dreams
The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
Prodigy – Breathe
Scatman John – Scatman
Real McCoy – Another Night
Snap! – Rhythm Is A Dancer
Culture Beat – Mr Vain
Black Box – Ride On Time
Rozalla – Everybody’s Free
Aqua – Barbie Girl
La Bouche – Be My Lover
Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch – Good Vibration
Dee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack
Ce Ce Peniston – Finally
Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam
Salt N Pepa – Push It
Hanson – Mmmbop
Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name
Coolio – Gangsters Paradise
Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away
U2 – One Love
House of Pain – Jump Around
OMC – How Bizarre

 

Here’s What Lorde and Joan Jett Sound Like Fronting Nirvana

Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic could have picked anyone to sing Nirvana’s hallowed hits at their onstage reunion last week, but minds were vaporized when they chose 4 female singers to do the honors.

Joan Jett, Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Annie Clark (St. Vincent) and Lorde each took the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn to belt out Kurt Cobain‘s tortured lyrics. The concert was held to celebrate Nirvana‘s much-deserved induction into the Hall of Fame.

It was kind of a genius move, really, satisfying the old rock guard as well as hopefully luring in a new generation of teen grungers. Joan sang “Smells Like Teen Spirit”; Kim got “Aneurysm”; Annie crushed “Lithium” and Lorde closed with “All Apologies.”

Explaining the choice, bassist Novoselic blogged, “Joan and Kim are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women.”

So how’d they do? The ceremony will air May 31 on HBO. But here’s a sneak peek. Watch Lorde sing “All Apologies” …


Annie nails “Lithium”

Joan Jett rocks “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Viral Video Alert: The Best St. Patrick’s Day Hip Hop Dancers

Think you know Irish step-dancing? Well, if you feel like dancing an Irish jig this St. Patrick’s Day, turns out you’ll need some baggy pants, fly kicks, and a whole lot of C-Walking (or Crip-Walking) lessons.
Our latest Viral Video Alert shows what happens when you flip the music on a traditional, hip-hop dance video with something completely unexpected. Below, YouTube comedienne Rikki Rozelle swapped out the Outlawz’ original thumping “Real Talk” rap behind these C-Walk dancers for the sweet whistles and harmonies of the vintage Irish folk song “Mountain Dew.” Then she and her boyfriend edited the dancers’ magical snake-heel and toe moves to match the foine new Celtic beat.
(Not familiar with C-Walking? It evolved from Crip-Walking, a ‘70s dance craze created by California’s notorious Crip gangmembers, but has recently been adopted by European and Asian teenagers.)
Hip-hop, Celtic, dance, pop, whatever music you like, store it all and listen anywhere, anytime on any device with MyMusicCloud. Big props to Nottingham, England dancers GoSu, Kynamite, Scrawer, Murkee, and Rye for their original 2006 street moves. Behold the new, “Celtic Walk” …

MyMusicCloud Viral Video Alert: Is ‘Goose MCs’ the New ‘What the Fox Say’?

What do heroic Hudson-River pilot “Sully” Sullenberger and a nerdy white rapper from Los Angeles have in common?
“Goose MCS all up IN MY ENGINES,” according to this hilarious new music video featuring a ballet-dancing pilot, Riverdancing geese, and, of course, lots of dope rhymes. Believe it or not, Wednesday, Jan. 15, marked the fifth anniversary of Captain Sully’s safe landing in New York’s Hudson River after his U.S. Airways flight was ruthlessly attacked by a flock of wayward water fowl.
And like most rappers from the mean streets of L.A., singer and comedian Zach Sherwin could relate.
“Sometimes with all the jealous haters trying to bring me down, I feel like the Chesley Sullenberger of this rap game …” he says.
Word. But, hey, if you were a fan of Ylvis’s absurdly addictive viral video “What the Fox Say,” we think you’ll dig “Goose MCs.” Check out our Viral Video Alert choice for January below …