Dan Hyman

Dan Hyman is a freelance journalist currently based in Chicago. He's written for Rolling Stone, GQ, NY Mag's Vulture, SPIN, ELLE, Billboard, and many other publications. Find more at his website.

Is '#Selfie' The Next 'Harlem Shake'?

Is '#Selfie' The Next 'Harlem Shake'?

The "selfie" has become so ubiquitous that Oxford Dictionaries named the term its 2013 Word of the Year. Rising DJ duo The Chainsmokers, New York natives with a knack for humor and insight into the club scene, acted on the trend.
'Harlem Shake' 2.0? '#Selfie' Is Going Viral With Slick Marketing

'Harlem Shake' 2.0? '#Selfie' Is Going Viral With Slick Marketing

Drew Taggart, 24, and Alex Pall, 28, made a demo of a dancefloor thumper titled “#Selfie” that features a female clubber’s comically vain monologue -- about taking a selfie, of course. Within days of the track’s SoundCloud premiere, plays began exploding, aided by a viral video and a smart social media campaign.
One Direction Effect: Jason Derulo, Little Mix Make Gains Thanks to Boy Band

One Direction Effect: Jason Derulo, Little Mix Make Gains Thanks to Boy Band

With 5.1 million albums sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and millions more worldwide, One Direction's success speaks for itself. But the British quintet isn't the only one enjoying fans' rabid devotion: In a phenomenon that can be called the One Direction effect, other artists are benefitting big time when the boy band associates with them.

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