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Slate TV has put together a great mashup video showing how moonwalk was first popularised by Jacko, when dance moves back in the 1980 was nothing more than a bit of side swaying and merry clapping.

I think everyone who agrees he’s the biggest musical legend should learn how to moonwalk.  However, if you do it, at least do it properly for Jacko’s sake and not commit yourself to a moonwalk fail like this one.

To me he’s best remembered by his out of the ordinary dance moves, smacking boogie tunes, and of course the unfading sounds like Eeeeheee! or Wooow!

R.I.P MJ!

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Boxxy’s one of my fav Youtube personalities, a goofy teen girl who made millions of us spellbound with her weird webcam blasting traits. However, since the public and media have discovered her, it seems she’s no longer braving an appearance on her Youtube channel boxxybabee. I know that some people have questioned her real identity and whether she was a yet another LonelyGirl15 type of character, but after hudreds of memes, and over 41,000 subbers, has she dissapeared off the face of Youtube for good?!, surely not. Below is a video by RocketBoom explaining who Boxxy is and why we care about her.

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I’ve just happened to discover the  incredibly talented Kutiman, who runs the pioneering music project called Thru You, whereby he remixes various Youtube UGC videos to make a highly original multi-genre (modern acid jazz, funk, rock, soul and hip-hop) music.  Kutiman essentially brought together the first ever Youtube music band consisting of  various different bedroom talents and Youtube millenials, thus orchestrating a real collaborative,  ankle popping music!

Check out his latest remix video to see how it’s done.

I watched an interesting presentation from an art visionaire Ursus Wehrli at TED over the weekend and couldn’t resist sharing it on SME.

In his presentation, Ursus shares a rather unusual form of concept for a cleaner, more organized and tidier form of art and in his true Swiss spirit, he explains why one should attempt to deconstruct and place things in neatness, in order to make a better sense of often chaotic and abstract Modern Art. In truth, I find his concept hilarious despite it being on the contrary to my views of modern art.

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The hot funk dexter, Beck has released a remake of the video for his song Gamma Ray, this time featuring the voguish Chloe Sevigny, my fav indie actress, whose quirkiness has been exploited by brands like Uniqlo and Samsonite Black. Directed by Jess Holzworth the new version of the video made its debut on MySpace this week.

I find this little mandolin playing songstress utterly charming. With her obvious gift of raw musical talent, DaisyCow88, the latest of youtube music  phenomenon, has been drawing all sorts of attention on YouTube in recent months.

So where’s our troubled soul searcher Amy has been up to lately? Well, according to Techradar, she’s debuted her first ever video game called Escape From Rehab.

The game features Amy kicking asses including those of the incredible Hulk and Batman, while trying to escape the rehab.

Her fighting skills include air kicking, smacking, throwing drugs, smashing someone with her larger than life bee-hive. Although the game seems to have few tricks, it requires minimum effort and skill to play and sometimes unruly character of Amy might not follow your instructions.

All in all, I enjoyed playing Amy and hopefully you can too get her out of rehab one day.

Warning: the game does contain some strong language, I mean Amy’s signature swearing.

It seems Brazil, the country of the famous Bossa Nova is bursting with new musical talents who are the new generation of MySpace famers in the making.

We’ve seen the likes of CSS rocked the Brit pop scene with their wildly chromatic costumes, lyrically extatic and musically flash performances. According to the Times music review, CSS definitely has the charm offence to make us smooth bang our heads repulsively.

“With an effortless and non-ironic joie de vivre, CSS were embraced by the UK for their camp punk attitude. Their self-titled debut’s mix of fuzzy, lo-fi electro pop ranked among the best of 2006. It was also clear from their live shows that this was the kind of loveable, scrappy, surreal gang that everyone wanted to be part of.”

However, although CSS might be the new young things in town, they’re not the youngest as there’s a 15 years old hearty soul singer and song writer, Mallu Magalhaes, who has been rumoured to become the Lilly Allen of Brazil.

And last but not least, another YouTuber to hit the viral chart is the 7 year old drummer Letícia Santos, who is not only an exceptionally brilliant at it, but also she was the youngest drummer in the world at the age of four, yes only four to my disbelief.

The biggest and most successful social media campaigner is no doubt the US Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama. Not only has he been driving unity across America, he has also influenced the modern art of posters. In fact he has become so prevelant that his image replaced the iconic Che Guevara poster, as the true leader of graphics. Below is just a few examples of posters, which is a very small part of his campaigning, there are street arts, clothing designs and even an art exhibition all inspired by him. I’d say good on ya Mr Obama!

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Hollywood actress, Natalie Portman is featured in an old Bollywood style music video called Carmensita from Devendra Banhart, a folk indie artist whose latest album is called “Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon“. Tho the video is about Hindu love tale, the song is in Spanish and has English subtitles, and in truth, it can’t get any more obscure than this: