MC Hammer has high praise for Psy, whose “Gangnam Style” video not only has the line “Heyyyy, sexy lady!” permanently stuck in heads around the world but also has people dancing across the globe.
Shazam — my music identifying hero — has predicted the Top 10 Summer Songs for 2012.
No surprise here: A Coachella 2012 artist stole the No. 1 spot, and a second artist slides in at No. 4. If you count cameos (Wiz Khalifa, Usher), then artists behind all five of the top songs were represented at Coachella this year!
What do you think of Shazam’s picks?
- “Somebody that I Used to Know” by Gotye
- “Scream” by Usher
- “Payphone” by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
- “Let’s Go” by Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo
- “Touch ‘N You” by Rick Ross featuring Usher
- “Balada Boa” by Gusttavo Lima
- “Feel the Love” by Rudamental featuring John Newman
- “The Power” by DJ Fresh featuring Dizzee Rascal
- “Pound the Alarm” by Nicki Minaj
- “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes
I don’t know about you, but I’m dying to know what’s in store for Weekend 2 of Coachella.
Fans will want their own experience, not simply a rehash of spoiled surprises from last weekend — but the first weekend was so hot, that we’re sure they’ll want to see somev of these iconic moments recreated, too.
Here’s my Top 10 Moments of Coachella (weekend one). What do you think?
10. Rapper and producer Tyler, the Creator joined up-and-comer Frank Ocean onstage for a rendition of their collaboration, “Analog 2.”
9. M83 rocked the tent so hard that front man Anthony Gonzalez crashed to the ground stomach first, then posted on Facebook: “”I think I saw Katy Perry dancing on midnight city yesterday night. Katy, let me write your next album:)”
8. Grouplove paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston, singing her 1987 hit “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.
7. Kaiser Chiefs singer Ricky Wilson sprinted down the center aisle and climbed the media tower in the crowd, hamming it up by singing directly into the camera.
6. Actor and Coachella regular David Hasselhoff stole the show during Arctic Monkeys’ set when his face flashed onto the big screen, almost immediately landing The Hoff on the Twitter trending list (and stayed there!).
5. Gotye hit the Mojave tent one night after playing Saturday Night Live, and tens of thousands of fans sang along as Kimbra joined him onstage for their single “Somebody That I Used to Know.
4. Rihanna — who later had the words “Thug life” scrawled across her stomach in an ode to Tupac — joined DJ Calvin Harris to sing their hit “We Found Love” while pal Katy Perry crowd surfed.
3. Black Lips frontman Cole Alexander dropped his pants in an, um, intimate move with his guitar, the one and only X-rated move on stage over the weekend.
2. Usher jumped onto David Guetta’s DJ booth to surprise fans with a brief but delicious tease — less than a minute performance of their hit single, “Without You.”
1. Superstars Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, 50 Cent and even Wiz Khalifa with his giant joint were completely upstaged when the legendary Tupac — the rapper shot and killed 15 years ago — showed up.
And a (dis)honorable mention for The Moment That Wasn’t:
AVICII rocked the Sahara tent hard — but without the “amazing,” “mind blowing” and “surprising” experience (Madonna rumors, anyone?) the DJ and his camp hyped for days.
We thought all the best Coachella cameos and surprises would come Sunday — Eminem and Warren G with Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg and that persistent rumor that Madonna will show up for AVICII.
Boy were we wrong.
Here’s the highlight reel from Saturday:
– Usher surprised David Guetta fans, who were crammed into the tiny Sahara tent for a major dance session. The Grammy Award-winning R&B singer and the French DJ tore up the tent by playing part of their hit single, “Without You.”
– “I Try” singer Macy Gray (remember her?) joined AWOLNATION on the main stage during the indie pop band’s late afternoon set.
– Just when Kaiser Chiefs seemed to wind down their popular set on the main stage, singer Ricky Wilson sprinted down the center aisle and climbed the media tower, hamming it up by singing directly into the camera.
– Rapper Azealia Banks got the whole festival talking with her debut act that spurred comparisons to diva Nicki Minaj. Too bad Banks ended her 45-minute set about 20 minutes early, a move she later explained was because her DJ accidentally skipped ahead to the final track.
– Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover, who plays Troy on “Community”) rocked the main stage with his broken foot. Danny Brown and Kendrick Lamar, who played Friday and will return Sunday with Dr. Dre, joined him briefly.
– Black Lips frontman Cole Alexander dropped his pants in an, um, intimate move with his guitar, the first nudity on stage this weekend.