By Melony Roy
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Move over “Gangnam Style”, the latest viral craze on YouTube has a Philadelphia connection. “Harlem Shake” is the latest viral hit around the web. Former Philadelphian and Penn grad Jayson Musson is sampled on the song “Harlem Shake” by Brooklyn DJ and producer Baauer.
Since the beginning of February, people have been sharing 30 second videos of a person, usually masked, dancing along with the music while others go about their daily routine. Then, when the beat drops so to speak everyone is dancing awkwardly.
Jayson Musson, one of the voices on the track Harlem Shake who says in an email, “even though Harlem Shake uses my voice I don’t have much relationship to the song itself. I only found out the song uses my voice last week.”
Celebrities, sports teams, newsrooms, Google employees and brands like Pepsi are all contributing to the popularity of this dance craze. YouTube reported that 4,000 “Harlem Shake” videos are uploaded daily.
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