*It happens! Companies, bloggers, and the like fake YouTube views.
It’s been proven. Recently, 2 billion fake views were discovered among record company sites.
The Daily Dot reported that Google (which owns YouTube) promised to purge those phony folks. As a result, media giants like Universal Music Group lost 1 billion of its 7 billion views, Sony lost 850 million.
Remember when we reported record views for artists like Rihanna and Beyonce? They were among the artists affected, along with Justin Bieber.
“This was not a bug or a security breach. This was an enforcement of our view count policy,” the company, which is owned by Google, wrote.
Initially the purpose of the ‘witch hunt’ was to combat hackers and social media promotion sites that artificially inflated their views to appear more popular.
But overnight craze, “Gangnam Style” is actually popular with truly more than one billion views and counting.
*Viral star PSY has reached a new milestone on YouTube. The South Korean rapper’s video for “Gangnam Style “has reached 1 billion views, according to YouTube’s own counter. It’s the first time any clip has surpassed that mark on the streaming service owned by Google Inc. It shows the enduring popularity of the self-deprecating video that features Park Jae-sang’s giddy up-style dance moves. The video has been available on YouTube since July 15, averaging more than 200 million views per month.
*The Jackson 5 animated TV show will be available to fans for the first time ever in 2013. The show originally aired for a year in 1971, and now all 23 episodes will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 15th. The series was a fictionalized account of The Jackson 5 and their manager, Berry Gordy, that paid homage to the band’s musical influences with hidden references, and helped to transcend color and gender barriers of its time. Priced at $32.99 for the DVD and $39.99 for a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.
*Pilar Sanders, the estranged wife of former NFLer Deion Sanders, is vowing to continue fighting for her children after losing custody of two of them – and claims she’s a “victim of Deion’s celebrity status.” At a Dallas court hearing last week, Pilar lost temporary custody of her two boys, who have been living with their NFL Network analyst and Hall of Fame father. The judge also reduced Pilar’s child support from $10,500 to $5,500 a month.
*According to the NY Daily News, after 12 years of marriage, it’s splitsville for radio host Tom Joyner and his wife, ESPN sports commentator Donna Richardson. The news outlet reported the two went their separate ways weeks ago in what was a “mutual but not exactly amicable” situation involving other parties, a source tells Confidenti@l’s Marianne Garvey. However, EUR has learned exclusively that the divorce was finalized back around April or May of this year. It’s not clear as to why news of the break up is only now coming to light.
*Fantasia was beaming as she celebrated her son Dallas Xavier’s 1st birthday over the weekend! According to TheYBF.com, the b-day bash went down at Monkey Joe’s in North Carolina over the weekend. Little Dallas was king for a day at his Mickey Mouse-themed party, which was attended by a host of friends and family. Flip through the slideshow below for a glimpse of the festivities!
*Frank Ocean‘s long-lost father has emerged back into his life and, according to a series of tweets, he is suing the Grammy-nominated singer for $1 million. “Father wanna sue me for a million. Like I owe him back child support,” tweeted Ocean. “I got his DNA, maybe I inherited some of his karma too.” Although he didn’t reveal the nature of the lawsuit, Ocean wrote about his relationship with his absentee father on “There Will Be Tears,” a song on his 2011 mixtape.
President Obama meets now controversial Korean rapper Psy
*(Via LA Times) – President Obama and his family saw “Gangnam Style” rapper Psy perform at a charity concert Sunday night, days after the South Korean pop star and Internet sensation apologized for a song in 2004 that called for killing “Yankees” in Iraq.
Park Jae-sang, who performs as Psy, issued a statement Friday saying he was “deeply sorry” after reports surfaced that he had performed a song eight years ago during protests against the war in Iraq that called for killing “Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives.”
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” music video, with its distinctive horse-trot dance move, exploded in popularity after it was posted online last July, vaulting the obscure rapper to international stardom in five months. In November, Psy’s video surpassed Justin Bieber‘s “Baby” to become the most watched video in YouTube history, with more than 900 million hits.
Before becoming a global celebrity, Psy was active in his country’s antiwar movement, which chiefly protested the large U.S. military presence in South Korea.
Psy, 34, said he deeply regrets the “inflammatory and inappropriate language” that he used, and said it was part of a “deeply emotional” reaction to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. He has recently performed in front of U.S. service members, and praised their sacrifice.
“I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words,” he wrote. “While I’m grateful for the freedom to express one’s self, I’ve learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I’m deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted.”
Psy said he hoped Americans would accept his apology.
*Diana Ross will join “The X Factor” judge Demi Lovato and “Gangnam Style” sensation Psy to headline the annual Christmas in Washington special airing Dec. 21 on TNT.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will attend, and TNT’s late night host Conan O’Brien will host the telecast, to be taped in Washington D.C.’s National Building Museum, for the second consecutive year.
Additional performers include “Smash” star Megan Hilty, former “The Voice” finalist Chris Mann and “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery.
This is the 14th year TNT will be broadcasting “Christmas in Washington.”
*MC Hammer’s high-energy performance with Psy during this year’s American Music Awards, where they mashed the Korean singer’s worldwide dance hit “Gangnam Style” with the rapper’s “2 Legit 2 Quit,” may have given the world a glimpse at what’s to come in the near future, reports Billboard.
“Well, we absolutely love working together,” Hammer told Billboard shortly after the performance. “He’s a very humble man and a hard worker and I love working with him. We are cooking in the kitchen right now.”
The man behind hits like “U Can’t Touch This” and “Pray” added reassuringly, “We’ll try to make it a surprise for you.”
For PSY, who in a week’s time will possess the most viewed YouTube video of all time, the AMAs collaboration with Hammer came about after he requested, and was granted, the closing slot during the ABC telecast. The idea itself was born out of a conversation with his manager.
“When I requested to close the show, me and my manager Scooter Braun talked a lot about… [it needed] to be special, to be big, to be massive, to be you know, something,” he told us. “So we had a conversation on the phone — I was in Korea — and all of a sudden Scooter says ‘How about MC Hammer?’”
The K-Pop star describes ten seconds of dead air after Braun said that. “And at the eleventh second we said the same thing at the same time, which was ‘WTF.’”
The result will likely go down as the highlight of the entire show on Sunday. Midway through his performance of “Gangnam,” PSY introduced Hammer who sang a few bars of “2 Legit” and danced like someone 20 years his junior (he turned 50 this year).
*During his last round of swing state interviews on election day, President Barack Obama was finally asked about PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” disclosing in a radio interview with WZID-FM in New Hampshire that he’s only recently caught wind of the craze.
“I just saw that video for the first time… I think I can do that move,” he said of the gallop dance that has helped make the South Korean rapper into a household name.
It’s likely the president will refrain from busting the move on Jan. 21. “I’m not sure that the inauguration ball is the appropriate time to break that out,” he acknowledged. “Maybe do it privately for Michelle,” he concluded.
Since being uploaded to YouTube in mid-July, the tongue-in-cheek video for “Gangnam Style” has racked up a staggering 659,970,000 views. It remains the most popular video on YouTube. The song has spent the last six weeks at No. 2 on the Hot 100 and three weeks at No. 1 on Digital Songs.