Viral Video Alert: Astronaut Chris Hadfield Covers David Bowie in Space

Haunting, poetic and definitely far out are just a few of the ways to describe the first music video actually sung and recorded 240 miles from Earth in outer space.

The Star Man would be proud.

During his five-month orbit, real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield filmed himself singing the vocals to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” inside the International Space Station. “Ground control to Major Tom,” he croons eerily while our marbled blue planet drifts by behind him, and, “Here am I sitting in a tin can,” as he literally floats weightless inside the cylindrical capsule.

So he can pilot a space station. But even more incredible, he’s actually a good singer. Is there anything astronauts can’t do?

Turns out Hadfield sings in several bands down here on terrafirma. And it doesn’t hurt to have an actual former Bowie band member, Emma Gryner, backing him up. She and a producer, filmmaker and Bowie himself were in on the project before Hadfield launched into space, according to British publication The Independent.

“CHRIS HADFIELD SINGS SPACE ODDITY IN SPACE! ‘Hallo Spaceboy…’”, Bowie tweeted this week.

Watch the video below and if you like it, store it in your MyMusicCloud video library. Our cloud-based music delivery service plays your videos and music on nearly any device, anywhere (except maybe space).

Want more songs about spacemen? Check out our cosmic playlist here.

Viral Video Alert: Thrift Shop Parody Starring Pets Plus Psy Releases New Song

The comedians at Barely Political are taking aim at top 40 music hit “Thrift Shop,” the silly and addictive song  by Seattle artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis about shopping for cheap clothes. The original video, featuring Macklemore and Ryan in fur coats, has been viewed on YouTube more than 210 million times. 

In this hilarious parody called “Pet Shop,” Barely Political mocks Macklemore’s appearance and mission as the singer goes shopping for pets, which are played by puppets.  Yes, puppets. “I’m gonna pet some cats and I got Snausages in my pocket,” he sings.

“Pet Shop” is April’s MyMusicCloud choice in our ongoing Viral Video Alert series. It’s fun for pet-lovers, puppetry fans and people just plain sick of Macklemore.

Speaking of viral videos, Korean YouTube sensation Psy released a new single this week, called “Gentleman.” The techno-heavy song includes puzzling new lines such as, “I am a party mafia!” and the refrain, “I am a mother father gentleman.” The music video is expected to drop any minute.

Did you know you can upload and store your own videos on our MyMusicCloud site? Make your own music parodies in any format, hit the Upload link on our dashboard and then watch them on your phone, tablet or notebook wherever you are.

Thanks for reading and enjoy Barely Political’s “Pet Shop” …

MyMusicCloud Viral Video Alert: The Harlem Shake

“Harlem Shake,” a wild, musical mashup of electronica and bass by Brooklyn music producer Baauer, has conquered YouTUbe and shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Song chart all thanks to a weird viral video and thousands of YouTube copycats.

If you haven’t seen the spoofs by Los Angeles KIIS-FM DJ Ryan Seacrest, members of the Norwegian army, or via email from the comic cutups in your office, we’ve posted a few videos of it below.

Essentially, each runs about 30 seconds, and follows the same visual gag. A group of people are milling about while one weirdo in a mask or helmet dances nonsensically to Baauer’s “Harlem Shake.” Jumpcut to the next scene, in which everyone, many in costume, are also spasming and gyrating to the song.

Like flash mobs or “Gangnam Style,” you’ll either love or hate this Internet meme. If you love it, listen to “Harlem Shake” or buy the original Bauer song for 99 cents in our MyMusicCloud music store. You can even further spread the trend (and annoy your pals!) by cutting a mobile phone ringtone for it with our “Ringtone” tool. Just log on to our cloud-based music delivery service, click the options arrow icon that appears next to the song title and choose Create Ringtone. A pop-up box allows you to play the song and pick the section you want to use – drag the markers to point the beginning and end of your ringtone and that’s it!

How do these viral videos catch on? “Harlem Shake” caught fire when a vlogger named Filthy Frank uploaded his version to his DisastaMusic YouTube channel on Feb. 2. Suddenly 3,000 copies were uploaded by tickled viewers. We can’t predict what will trend next, but we’ll alert you to new videos every few weeks here on MyMusicCloud’s Viral Video Alert blog series. Until then, enjoy our music sharing and storage service (2 gigabytes free!) and pick your favorite “Harlem Shake” video below:

Ryan Seacrest and friends (Can you spot the Kardashians?)

Norwegian Army

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