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The latest Viral Dance Craze has divided the Internet   Leave a comment

I’m of course referring to The Nae Nae:

This one totally went over my head when I first heard about it in February. In fact, I had to ask my Facebook contacts about it the other day. Buzzfeed compiled everything you might wanna know here.

Then NECN featured this local principal doing the Nae Nae on the first day of school:

That said, I just emailed the principal of the Holmes School (where I will be working this school year) and asked her if she would be interested in doing it on Tuesday. If she agrees, I will post the video. Even if she declines, I plan to do it myself.

Getting back to the main topic, the song has divided the internet. On one side, you have those who love the song for the dance. On the other side, you have those who hate the song’s repetativeness, simplicity and lack of any substance despite being categorized as “Hip Hop”. That said, it definitely ISN’T music and was never meant to be “enjoyed” alone: All the song does is tell you what to do and nothing more. I rarely say this publicly but those who hate the song are haters or jealous haters who are just mad they never thought of comingup with the cash grab first. LOL.

Speaking of interactive songs, there was another song that came out about 15 years back that is still considered today one of, if not the greatest dance song ever thought of:

Yep, DJ Casper’s Cha Cha Slide. This song’s selling point, like Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae is literally nothing but telling you what to do yet it hasn’t received any of the hate the newer song has. Makes no sense if you ask me.

At present, Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae has clocked in nearly 196 Million hites on You Tube. If you think that’s alot, keep in mind the You Tube King Gangnam Style by Psy has 2,406,842,219 hits (and still counting!), a feat highly unlikely to be topped anytime soon. The question to ask is “Is this You Tube video something I will want to watch every day several times a day?” When you keep that in mind, the answer is obvious =D

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Speaking of Michael Jackson…   Leave a comment

What you are about to see is Michael Jackson personified in 17-year old Brett W. Nichols. The video speaks for itself:

The kid did his homework. By the way, he won the Talent Show no surprise.

Here’s footage of MJ doing Billie Jean in Bucharest in 1992 for comparison:

Reportedly the kid’s been studying Michael Jackson’s dance moves for 10 years. He is also a self-styled perfectionist when it comes to the choreography just like the man who inspired him to do this. In an interview he did after the video went viral, he said there were still things he needed to work on. Even sweeter: He’ll be back next year =O

When I first got wind of the video this morning, the video had 1.5 Million hits. 12 hours later, the video has over 5.4 million hits on You Tube!

Four months removed from the anniversary of Gangnam Style’s debut comes the next Dance Craze   Leave a comment

Back in the day when I was a grade schooler people could not get enough of Billie Jean, Thriller  and by extension, The Moonwalk and the Thriller Choreography respectively. When I got a bit older it was all about the Macarena. Around the time I was wrapping up my second year in City Year all the kids were talkin’ about the You’re a Jerk. Two years later it was the Soulja Boy.

Fast forward to 2011: LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.

Last year PSY’s Gangnam Style smashed the #1 views spot on You Tube previously held by Justin Bieber’s Baby.

This year it’s all about Baaeur’s remix of The Harlem Shake.

I haven’t done it in a while so I’ve attached a poll to this blog post. Two, actually. They are both below. In answer to what both polls are asking, my all-time favorite of the four is Gangnam Style followed by Party Rock Anthem. I can do the Horse Dance and am working on Shufflin’. In answer to the question of weather I think The Harlem Shake can overcome Gangnam style, my answer’s no. Unlike Gangnam Style The Harlem Shake’s presence on You Tube is all about the parodies and showing off your own dance moves. Party Rock Anthem and Gangnam Style have spoofs yes but there is THE song that made them famous.

There’s a reason Gangnam Style sits at the #1 spot. It’s because people still can’t get enough of the dance. I’m not saying The Harlem Dance won’t enjoy any success. It just won’t be on the same scale in regards to You Tube hits.

Let’s do a comparison: The original Gangnam Style video ALONE had ALL of the Harlem Shake videos numbers’ combine (as of today) after a month plus an additional 500,000,000. By the end of the year it hit the 1 Bullion views mark. Honestly no one Harlem Shake video can hope to reach Gangnam Style’s 1.3 BILLION hits. It’s simply not possible.

Weather you agree with me or not please answer the poll question(s) to the best of your ability. The Poll will close at the end of the year and results will be shown once you have voted. I don’t want to be accused of vote stuffing so I will not participate myself. That’s why I gave you may answers in this blog post. For the purposes of reference feel free to rewatch the YouTube videos embedded into this blog.

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