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Harlem Shake a Gangnam style in the making?

  • Dailybhaskar.com
  • Feb 18, 2013, 13:03 PM IST

New Delhi: Harlem Shake videos are the latest trend on YouTube. Till February 15 more than 44,000 Harlem shake videos have been uploaded on YouTube, totaling more than 175 million views.

The art form of the meme was established in a video uploaded on February 2 by The Sunny Coast Skate, five teenagers from Queensland, Australia. The teenagers' video, in its turn, was a follow-up to a video by a YouTube comedy blogger named Filthy Frank.

Featuring a part where several costumed persons danced to the song "Harlem Shake" by Baauer.

The videos last 30-something seconds and feature an excerpt from the song "Harlem Shake" by electronic musician Baauer. Usually, a video begins with one person (often helmeted or masked) dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by other people not paying attention or unaware of the dancing individual. When the bass drops, the video switches to the entire crowd doing a crazy convulsive dance for the next 15 seconds. The dancing style should not be confused with the original Harlem Shake dance. Also, in the second half of the video, people often wear a minimum of clothes or crazy outfits or costumes while wielding strange props.

Length of each video is 30 seconds long.

The video has surpassed all expectations. The phenomenal rise of the video has challenged the supremacy of Psy's Gangnam style- the most watched video on YouTube.

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