Gotye

A top 40 playlist usually consists of the usual suspects like Katy Perry and Rihanna. It’s rare but still nice to see something different reach an extra-ordinary level of success like Gotye’s multi-format smash hit “Somebody That I Use To Know“.

I listened to the song last year when it had a couple of million views on YouTube. Now it has over 200 million views. The song conquered every chart including Top 40, Hot AC, Alternative, Top 40, and Dance. It’s next to impossible to predict hits these days, but once in a blue moon, you will come across a song like “Somebody That I Use To Know” and know it will infect the populace.  As far as an Australian solo artist hitting #1 on the main Billboard Chart, it happens once in 30 years.  The last time Australians were at No. 1 was Savage Garden in 2000, on their way to selling 25 million albums and 15 million singles.

Universal Republic Records EVP of Promotion & Artist Development Joel Klaiman says, “It is extremely rare for this to happen, that a song will top the charts at four formats. This a testament of the power of ‘Somebody That I Used To Know‘ and Gotye as well as the tireless effort of our promotion staff. We are anxious to see what happens next with this truly magical song.”

It’s rare for a song to top multiple formats and it’s also unlikely that an artist writes his or her song today. “Somebody That I Used to Know” was written and produced by Gotye.

Bill Lamb of About.com gave the song the perfect rating of five stars stating, “Pop perfection does not come along often, but Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is flawless”. He also said that while it is not flashy, the song is memorable and destined to be a classic. Martin Davies from Click Music gave the song five stars out of five and stated that the song is “that rare example of a track that hits you squarely between the eyes”. John Watson, who co-manages Gotye with Danny Rogers, said of the single’s success: “We’ve never seen any song make a deeper or more immediate connection with so many people.

At the end of the day, there is a new #1 single every week, but in Gotye’s case, he wrote a classic. (Read more here)

Daniel Powter

Daniel Powter returns with a new single, “Cupid,” for new label Capitol Records, with the video debuting today exclusively on VEVO. The single is climbing the Hot AC chart, with 30 stations already on board, including outlets in N.Y., S.F., Dallas, Denver, Tampa and Las Vegas, among others. Powter’s fourth album, Turn on the Lights, is slated for release Aug. 14. Best known for his worldwide 2006 hit, “Bad Day,” Powter describes his latest as a “true return to form.” On June 1, he will perform at the 63rd RSC Yellow Ribbon Event, a reintegration program for servicemen and women returning from the Middle East and their families. (HITS)

Justin Bieber releases new album

Justin Bieber officially took the wraps off his new studio album, Believe, today, scheduled for June 19 on Island Def Jam Music Group. The first single, Boyfriend, set a world-record for debuting #1 on iTunes in 32 countries, while the video has generated over 44 million views to date. The album was executive produced by manager Scooter Braun and Usher, with producers including Max Martin, Mike Posner, MdL, Diplo, Hit-Boy, The Messengers, Zedd, Rodney Jerkins and Justin’s vocal producer, Kuk Harrell. (HITS)

Britney Spears in as ‘X Factor’ judge

Britney Spears is coming to the rescue of Fox’s “The X Factor,” the singing contest in search of a ratings boost.

The Grammy-winning pop star has signed on as a judge for the show’s second season, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday. The person was not authorized to publicly discuss details and spoke on condition of anonymity.

YouTube

YouTube is considering the creation of a premium, subscription-based video service, Claire Atkinson reports in the N.Y. Post. The Google-owned video colossus is holding conversations with program providers about adding more top-shelf content to its channels but putting it behind a pay-wall, sources told the reporter. The new subscription model would satisfy owners of high-end programming in sports, music and entertainment who’ve so far declined to provide videos under YouTube’s advertising-only business model. Said a YouTube spokesman: “We have long maintained that different content requires different types of payment models. The important thing is that, regardless of the model, our creators succeed on the platform and viewers find more content to watch. There are a lot of our content creators that believe they would benefit from subscriptions.” YouTube already offers movie rentals as part of a separate subscription VOD service, while Google has a venture called Google Play, where customers can pay to access movies, music and books. (Hits Daily Double)

The Voice

Strong-voiced neo-soul singer Jermaine Paul picked up a million bucks and a record deal with Universal Republic last night when he was voted the winner of the second season of The Voice. Paul, who’s spent the last eight years as a backing vocalist for Alicia Keys, cemented his victory choir on Monday night with dramatic performances of the R. Kelly big ballad “I Believe I Can Fly,” surrounded by an orchestra and a white-robed gospel choir, and “God Gave Me You,” penned by his coach, Blake Shelton. Team Cee Lo‘s Juliet Simms came in second, followed by Team Adam‘s Tony Lucca and Team Christina‘s Chris Mann. (HITS)

Talenthouse

Music tech start-up Talenthouse, the talent crowdsourcing site that looks to connect well-known artists with unknown collaborators, has raised $4.2 million in another round of financing from high-profile investors, including Brett Ratner, Jean Piggozzi and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors. That adds to the $15.1 million it raised in two earlier rounds. Founded by Amos Pizzey and Roman Scharf, the site is described as “the first platform for peer-to-peer engagement.” After launching in 2009, the company attracted attention when it was used in promotions by artists like Stan Lee and Soundgarden, attracting 1.5 million members. Marketers can reach out to this community, which includes creative personnel of all types, to launch customized interactive campaigns and contests providing al ink between web influencers and content creators with brands. Microsoft’s Bing recently collaborated with Warner Bros. artist Theophilus London to invite Talenthouse members to remix one of the artists’ tracks. Nikon used the platform to call for bands to perform at SXSW this year, generating over half a million conversations, reaching an estimated 19 million people and 18 million peer-to-peer impressions. (Hits Daily Double)

Alan Mintz

ALAN MINTZ, 58, one-time manager of Herbie Hancock, VP Content Development/Head of A&R for Starbucks Entertainment and SVP at Epic Records, has passed away in Nashville from a “rare and aggressive form of leukemia.” Mintz was a senior partner at the law firm of Selverne, Mandelbaum & Mintz, where he specialized in music and new technology, and at Ziffren Brittenham before that. He started Alan Mintz Personal Management company, then became a Senior Personal Manager/Executive Producer at Red Light, where he handled Hancock and Carly Simon. At the time of his death, he was an Associate Producer at Middle State University and President of the Bounty Group, an artist management and music industry consultancy company. He graduated University of California with a B.A. in Mass Communications and UCLA with a J.D. in Law.