It's an understatement to say things are going well for Gotye. The Belgium-born Australian's song 'Somebody That I Used to Know' has become a worldwide smash, thanks to a stylized, standout video that has garnered more than 320 million views on YouTube — not counting various remixes, tributes and parodies. He played Coachella. He's attended the MTV Video Music Awards. He's been nominated for awards around the world, and won an armful in Australia.
Gotye is gearing up to release an EP featuring remixes of 'Eyes Wide Open,' a single from his breakthrough album 'Making Mirrors,' and Brooklyn electro-pop act Yeasayer are the first band announced as contributors to the disc, which is due out on Aug. 21. Listen to their take on the tune below.
'True Blood' fans know the show has a tradition of naming its episodes after songs -- and then playing those songs over the closing credits. So when a recent episode was titled 'Somebody That You Used to Know,' some viewers no doubt expected to hear Gotye's hit as credits rolled, and were surprised to hear a different artist instead.
When your favorite song becomes so popular that it becomes everyone else's favorite song, it's usually no longer yours. It's a fairly common occurrence in pop culture. Songs become huge, and it's onto the next one. This situation can definitely be applied to Gotye's massive 'Somebody That I Used to Know.' Rather than just kick the song to the curb, Smooth-E created this parody seen below, 'Some Music That I Used to Love,' which documents how he tries to break up with the song.