The 2013 Billboard Music Awards, which took place last night (May 19) in Las Vegas, was largely a pop-, country- and rap-leaning affair. However, rock was well represented, as Gotye, Mumford and Sons and other Diffuser-friendly artists took home top prizes.
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.
Chances are, you've heard Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' so many times that you feel like you never need to hear it again -- let alone yet another mashup or cover. But please allow Daniel Rosa, returning contestant on the new season of 'The Voice,' to try and change your mind.
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.
Gotye has paid tribute to the hundreds of videos featuring parodies and covers of his massive hit 'Somebody That I Used to Know' that have been posted on YouTube by putting together his own video mashup using the footage.
This summer's Billboard charts have pretty much belonged to Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe,' but the previous Hot 100 champ -- Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used to Know' -- is still going strong, and still setting new records of its own.
Sex change rumors, 'Star Wars' parodies ... what a crazy life Wally De Backer, aka Gotye, is living these days. The new MTV Video Music Awards nominee recently chatted with E! Online about the latest gossip in his world.
'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.
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