Catchy Music

Happy Valentine’s Day

This morning, @shaxxon tweeted this lovely video. I loved it.
Enjoy.

Do you want to date my avatar?

This video came out YESTERDAY and it already has 55K+ views. (Probably more by the time you read this.)

Someday… I will be Felicia Day. I mean, I’ve made online music videos too. I’m only a jump away!

And for the record, I’ve never watched an episode of The Guild in my life. Never. I swear. Really!

Enjoy the video. :)

Sarah Palin Quits! (Song by barelypolitical)

EDIT: This video is not by barelypolitical. It’s by schmoyoho. They have a ton more of Auto-Tune the News, and I am now obsessed.

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I’m embarrassed to say that this video was posted to YouTube on July 11 and I only just found it. (Thanks, @AmandaGravel!) It’s amazing. My favorite is the “Freedom!! Freedom!!” at 1:03. Brilliant. And great harmony.

Some people have been criticizing the autotune… but I’m not sure how else would it work!

This gem is by the same folks who brought you Obama Girl: barelypolitical. And–being an Obama girl myself–I was quite obsessed with that one as well.

Love it!

Web Site Story, the musical!

Hi. My name is Rebecca. I love musicals. I love the Internets.

This is euphoria. Thank you, College Humor.

Web Site Story (To the tune of West Side Story)

An Unstoppable Dance Party

Randomly stumbled on this video on YouTube. It’s a real life, non-edited “Free Hugs” kind of video in dance party form. The best part is toward the end when a girl in the background says, “How did he do that?! HOW DID HE DO THAT?”

Yeah. How did he do that?

Amazing, right?

This is what they were dancing to: Santogold, Unstoppable.

Playing For Change: World Peace Through Song

I am a giant cheeseball. And yes… beautiful, musical things indeed make me teary. This took the cake. Two reasons:

1) The song’s concept is to bring world peace through music.

2) A handful of “nobodies”–buskers!–have such passion and talent that they can move the entire world to step back, reflect and appreciate the world.

In the social media world, we always talk about the power of “remarkable” content. Case in point.

Enjoy.

(Playing For Change | Song Around The World “Stand By Me” from Concord Music Group)

Happy Valentine’s Day Music Videos!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you’re all enjoying yourselves, perhaps doing something special.

Me? I’m waiting for 2 dozen roses that I won from KABLOOM! Later, I’m going to an improv show all about how much love and Valentine’s Day sucks! Fabulous.

Also–if you haven’t seen it yet–last Monday I released my new music video Link Love. I’ve gotten some good feedback. We launched it along with a cute give link love Twitter application that my colleague Dan Zarrella created. Let me know what you think. And the lyrics are here.

FYI: Yes, I wrote the song. I thought I’d try something a bit more original this time, instead of a cover. People tell me it’s catchy. Muhaha.

I also just stumbled upon Pepsi’s own Valentine’s Day video. I’m not sure how I feel. It definitely looks a lot more professional, but I don’t know… I think my song’s better. :)

Enjoy your day!

Oughta Know [Inbound Marketing] Music Video!

Here she is! My awesome HubSpot music video in all its glory. I’d like to thank all the little people that made this happen. ;) Enjoy. (AND TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS!)

Here are the lyrics so you can sing along. (Cause I know you do!)

“Oughta Know Inbound Marketing”
By HubSpot’s Rebecca Corliss

If I make one more call
I might go punch a wall.
No one understands
That this doesn’t work.

They hang up cause I’m a creep.
The mail I send they don’t read.
They always find a way to
Ignore me.
I’m interrupting their lives
So they threaten me with knives.
I didn’t think that marketing was like torture.

Cause the calls, direct mail
TV ads, they all fail.
And they aren’t getting me anywhere. They don’t work.
No!
And every time I try to sell
‘Didja know that I’m told I should go to hell?
Then I cry. Then I cry.
And you wonder why.

I want leads
To come to me.
Fix our SEO
Get some inbound links.
RSS
Let’s get blogging.
Why don’t we just use inbound marketing?
You. You. You. Oughta know.

Get my page rank up.
Tag my content.
Fix my landing page.
Let them come to me.

Now I can blog I can tweet
Publish things you will read.
Won’t have to bug you in the middle of dinner.
Google me organically
Search results one two and three.
You need my products? Uh huh. Yeah you’ll find me.

Cause the calls, direct mail
TV ads, they all failed.
And they weren’t getting me anywhere. They don’t work.
No!
And every time I tried to sell
‘Didja know I was told I should go to hell.
Then I cried. Then I cried.
And you wondered why.

Now my leads
They come to me
Fixed our SEO
Got some inbound links
RSS
Now we’re blogging
Thank god now we use inbound marketing.
You. You. You. Oughta know.

Why Britney Spears still has a career (and why we can’t help but love her).

Apparently Britney Spears is the most-searched name right now on the internet. And honestly? I’m not surprised. Especially with her new album Circus coming out tomorrow (I’ve already listened to it through imeem— not bad), there’s a lot of reasons why she has not and WILL not go away.

1) Her producers and song writers are mad scientists. Have you heard Womanizer? Every time I hear that song, it gets stuck in my head for hours. Womanizer-Woman-Womanizer-You’re-A-Womanizer-Oh-Womanizer-Oh-You’re-A-Womanizer-Baby. It’s hypnotic and one of the more effective hooks I’ve heard. The first time I heard the song, I hated it. Now? I haven’t been able to stop listening to it because it’s so addicting. There are some smart, calculated people behind that girl.

2) Dance music is incredibly produced and only requires you sing three notes. And that’s all she can sing, really. (Perhaps five notes.) Regardless, each track is incredibly produced with loads of vocal-manipulation, so ultimately what we’re hearing hardly has anything to do with Britney and everything to do with the sound technicians behind her.

3) Her best songs actually reflect how nutty she and her life are. Her new album is called Circus. There’s another song on it called Mannequin (perhaps exactly what she is?). If she were creating an album called “New and Improved” or “I Am So Glad Everyone Thinks I’m Normal Again”… I don’t think we’d buy it. She knows people think she’s crazy, so she’s working it.

4) People love to see the underdog succeed, or at least struggle to get back on her feet. Britney has been through hell and back, and we’ve been disgusting voyeurs, watching and dissecting her ridiculous life for over five years. We all laughed and gasped during her horrible performance at the VMAs. People are dying to see if this is the moment when she can finally turn her career around in all her pop princess glory.

5) There is a large fan base of early-twenties women who are nostalgic for the Britney they discovered in their early teens. For this reason, so many women–myself included–cannot let her go and continue to love her unconditionally. Britney was something completely new when she released Hit Me Baby One More Time in 1998, as the majority of female singers in the 90s were angsty women hating their men. When Britney emerged, she was refreshing, young, beautiful and fun. Her original fans still long for the day when they get their old Britney back (perhaps some subconsciously), as unrealistic as that is.

Long story short? Britney Spears isn’t going anywhere, guys. Sorry. Too many people love her, like it or not.

Rihanna, why do you own the radio?

First, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’ve been having a great weekend with your families. I’ve been spending the past few days up in New Hampshire at my parents’ house.

Aside from enjoying the company (and food),  I’ve also gotten the chance to borrow my father’s car and drive around a bit. It’s my favorite thing to do when I’m up here, especially for the opportunity to listen to the radio and catch up on my pop music. It’s true–this is actually something I look forward to.

Well, the past few days I’ve noticed two things:

1) “Live Your Life” by T.I. and Rihanna has played every time I’ve been in the car. I can only assume DJs are playing it at least once every hour.

2) 50% of the time I hear “Live Your Life” (and inevitable switch stations because I’m already sick of the song),  Rihanna’s “Umbrella” is playing on the other major Boston pop station (KISS 108 or JAM’N 94.5, respectively).

So, I’ve never worked and/or studied the radio industry, but was this set up?

The coordinated playing of the two songs has happened far too often for it to be pure coincidence, and I swear I’ve heard it done before with other artists. It’s smart really; if I’m listening to the radio (and I want to keep within the two major Boston pop stations), at that very moment I am forced hear Rihanna. And then I have to choose if I want to hear her new single or her old song that is so-last-year. Interesting tactic. (If it is a tactic.)

So did Rihanna’s record label make some deal with the radio stations to promote the new song? Or did the radio stations decide to do this? Rihanna’s record label is Def Jam, which is owned by Universal Music Group (ultimately owned by GE). KISS and JAM’N are both owned by Clear Channel. Is there some sort of collaboration there I’ve missed? Curious.

Anyhow, if anyone has some insight into this, hit me with your expertise. I find it really interesting and would love to get an insider’s perspective.

And for your listening pleasure, here are the aforementioned songs. However, I require you play them both at the same time.