DJs, Youth Anthems and Psy: Music Trends From 2012
The Hollywood Reporter -- This story first appeared in the Jan. 10, 2013, issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Youth Sells From fun.'s Glee-approved “We Are Young” (No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for three weeks) to Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa's stoner mantra “Young, Wild & Free” (more than 3 million digital units sold) to One Direction's latest “Live While We're Young,” youth anthems not only ruled the charts, they garnered Grammy nominations.
Boy Bands Are Back Has it been a decade since 'N Sync waved “Bye Bye Bye”? Behold, a new generation of prefab fivesomes has swept the nation -- two (The Wanted and One Direction, the latter of which has sold nearly 2.5 million albums this year) from the other side of the pond -- while Jonas Brothers returned stateside.
PHOTOS: Top Ten: American Music Awards
It's a Viral World &hellip We Just Live in It Witness: Psy's “Gangnam Style” explosion -- passing 1 billion YouTube views. Says YouTube trends manager Kevin Allocca, “The velocity and the numbers it has is unlike anything we've seen before on the platform.” Ditto for the year's most-viewed video on Vevo, Carly Rae Jepsen's “Call Me Maybe,” with more than 360 million plays, 6.2 million singles sold and countless parodies.
Drunk on Drinks Songs Rappers used to boast of sipping such top-shelf brands as Cristal and Patron, but in 2012, it was just about the very act of drinking. To wit: Kendrick Lamar's “Swimming Pools (Drank),” in which the Compton newcomer delivers the opening line: “Sit down &hellip stand up &hellip pass out &hellip wake up &hellip faded.” Or Sean Kingston's latest party jam, which brags, “Shades on, drink in my hand/The only thing I need is rum and Ray-Bans.” Designated driver not included.
STORY: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj Lead American Music Awards Nominations; New EDM Category Announced
Explosion of EDM Electronic dance music was everywhere in 2012: the pop charts, where superstar DJs such as David Guetta and Calvin Harris helped catapult songs by Usher and Rihanna to instant hit status; stadiums, where hometown heroes like Toronto's Deadmau5 saw sellouts; the Las Vegas racetrack, where June's Electric Daisy Carnival injected $207 million into the local economy; and commercials for major brands such as Microsoft, Kia, Coca-Cola and Budweiser, whose next slogan could very well be, “This dub's for you.”
Related article on THR.com:
Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Video Hits 1 Billion YouTube Views
_ _ _ _
Find more online: THR.com
Fergie, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Heidi Klum all get an F on this week's Fashion Offenders.Watch Video »
Diva Double Date
Beyonce and Alicia Keys double date with their famous hubbies on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Where Are They?
See what the cast of "American Beauty" is up to today.Watch Video »
J.Lo's Mini Me
Jennifer Lopez shares an adorable photo of her look-alike daughter, plus more celebritots on social media on today's Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Prince Harry, Jessica Alba and more stars who threw out the first pitch at baseball games.Watch Video »
Sofia Vergara poses in a revealing neon bikini while her "Modern Family" castmates hit the beach in Australia on Celebs Gone Social.Watch Video »
Like us on Facebook?
UP NEXTWhy He's Leaving
From Crowd Ignite