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Gotye to Perform on ‘Saturday Night Live’ April 14

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Gotye, whose song ‘Somebody That I Used to Know (feat. Kimbra)’ is currently No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100, will be appearing on that perpetual proving ground for acts in America, NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live.’ The network announced today (March 20) that the Australian singer/multi-instrumentalist will appear on the April 14 episode of the late-night show, which will be hosted by actor Josh Brolin.

The appearance on ‘SNL’ will take place as Gotye’s American tour, which begins on March 22 in Washington, D.C., comes to a close. According to his website, tickets are sold out for all 15 dates. The tour will conclude with two performances at the Coachella Festival in Indio, Calif. on April 15 and April 22.

Although most Americans have only recently learned about Gotye, whose real name is Wally de Backer, he has been recording since 2003. His 2006 release, ‘Like Drawing Blood,’ made him a star in his native Australia, and he won an Australian Recording Industry Association Music (ARIA) Award for Best Male Artist. ’Somebody That I Used to Know’ was nominated for seven ARIAs, winning four.

‘Making Mirrors’ is Gotye’s third album, and is currently No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart, up from No. 19 a week ago on the strength of ‘Somebody That I Used to Know,’ which has earned him favorable comparisons to artists like Sting and Peter Gabriel.

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