(In an effort to keep you fully informed, and fully entertained, below we present today's FYI and TMI — news you need and news that's, well, sometimes needless….)
"Gangnam Style" Reaches Internet Milestone
Korean pop star Psy's viral hit "Gangnam Style" has become the first video in the history of the Internet to surpass 1 billion views. In November "Gangnam Style" topped Justin Bieber's "Baby" featuring Ludacris to become the most watched YouTube video of all time with more than 825 million views since its release in July 2010. Music analytics provider Next Big Sound projects "Baby" to cross the 1 billion view mark in late 2014.
BMG Outbids Warner/Chappel For EMI's Catalog
Following Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion purchase of EMI Music in September, BMG has won the bid to acquire 30,000 songs divested by EMI for $90 million. The songs in the catalog acquired by BMG include works by Culture Club, Lenny Kravitz, Ozzy Osbourne, Placebo, and Tears For Fears.
Justin Bieber Accused Of Hamster Cruelty
If losing YouTube supremacy to Psy wasn't enough, Justin Bieber is being accused of being a poor pet owner. Bieber recently gave his pet hamster, PAC, to a screaming fan after a concert in Atlanta and the California Hamster Association says the sudden change of environment is tantamount to animal cruelty. "The moment that hamster was handed off to a screaming girl in a harsh, frenzied environment was likely the moment it gazed at the short path to its doom," the agency said in a statement. What's next for PAC? We're not sure but for updates you can follow him on Twitter @PacBieber.