FYI/TMI: Internet Royalties Head To D.C.; "Gangnam Style" Is Bigger Than Justin Bieber
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Internet Royalties Hearing Set For Nov. 28
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet will hold a hearing on Internet radio royalties on Nov. 28 in Washington, D.C., according to a Billboard.biz report. While witnesses for the hearing have not been revealed, Billboard.biz expects a radio broadcaster, Recording Academy representative and representatives from Pandora and SoundExchange to testify. The hearing follows the October introduction of the Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012, legislation that is expected to be reintroduced next year.
"Gangnam Style" Is Bigger Than Bieber
Korean pop star Psy is adding another notch to his impressive belt of success. Psy's viral hit, "Gangnam Style," has become the most-watched YouTube video of all time, attracting more than 825 million views since its release in July, according to Billboard.biz. The song, which has caused a revival of synchronized dance moves at weddings and parties across the world, surpasses Justin Bieber's "Baby" featuring Ludacris, which has been viewed more than 805 million times since its release in February 2010. What's more? "Gangnam Style" also became the most-liked clip on YouTube with more than 5.4 million approvals. As for the more than 337,000 dislikes the video has earned, we're guessing the haters just can't dance.