Buy Me Maybe: Can A Meme Sell Records? - Ashley Fetters - The Atlantic
Eric Barker stashed this in Entertainment
I didn't realize YouTube has a weekly interest chart: http://youtube-trends.blogspot.com/2012/06/call-me-maybe-still-on-rise.html
Fan videos for "Call Me Maybe" have been seen a billion times: http://youtube-trends.blogspot.com/2012/09/gangnam-style-vs-call-me-maybe.html
It is a flawless pop song: http://gawker.com/5891935/have-you-heard-call-me-maybe-the-new-perfect-pop-song
Holy smokes, they put it back up!
And then there's this:
(Plenty of theories have been floated as to why, scientifically, "Call Me Maybe" is just so damn addictive. Among them: The juxtaposition of a soft rhyme—"crazy" and "maybe"—with the conceptual dissonance of a closely situated directive and caveat—"call me" and "maybe"—create a "cognitive itch" that begs to be scratched. Seriously.)
Carly Rae Jepsen has spent years in the Canadian music industry paying her dues.
She's not an overnight success.
That her big hit came deep in her career makes her similar to two breakout stars this year, Belgian-Australian Gotye ("Somebody I Used to Know") and Korea's Psy ("Oppa Gangnam Style" is from his sixth album!).
1. Thanks to iTunes, it doesn't matter where an artist is from to be a hit in America.
2. YouTube lets not just the original song go viral but leaves room for responses, covers, and parodies.
3. Facebook and Twitter are the main channels on the Internet for songs to go viral on.
4. U.S. television like American Idol, X Factor, The Voice, MTV, and SNL can add to Internet momentum.
5. There will always be a place for catchy, sincere pop music.