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Popular Belgian musician Stromae (aka Paul Van Haver) has a released a new video for his song “Carmen” which turns Twitter into a terrifying monster.

“Those fake smiles cut like a #. Watch yourself out there,” he says in the song. “Network friends and followers? No, no you’re just popular.”

It’s a reworking of “Habanera” from the opera Carmen, in which love is compared to a bird. He took that idea and made a version about Twitter.

The song is a commentary on how social media dominates our lives, and ironically he is promoting the new video on an Instagram account which he started a few weeks ago. It was directed by Sylvain Chomet, who worked on both “Triplets of Belleville” and “The Illusionist.”

“I’m not so radical about Twitter, but I think it’s sometimes dangerous if you think that Twitter is real life,” he told Time Out in an interview last year.

Stromae has a huge following in Europe and he is also popular with some world leaders, as both Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama apparently own copies of one of his albums.

Here’s another of his hits called “Formidable,” which you may be familiar with. In the video, he walks around the streets of Brussels pretending to be drunk.

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Australian musician Axel Winter was getting ready to perform at Sydney Mardi Gras last weekend, when he noticed a man with a Bible spewing anti-gay rhetoric on the street.

“He was saying hateful things towards gay people themselves. He said at one point ‘today is the day that god hates you most,'” he told Gay Star News.

So he decided to fight back, by drowning out the man’s words with music.

Axel and some other musicians near the Pitt Street Mall set up their things and started playing Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” as the crowd cheered them on.

At one point he even took some liberties with the lyrics singing “some boys take a beautiful boy and they hide her away from the rest of the world.”

The plan worked, and eventually the preacher left.

Winter says he was raised a Christian, but he thinks everyone should be treated with respect.

“Thank you Sydney for taking a stand for equality,” he wrote on Facebook. “Whether you’re homosexual or transgender or even just confused, you’re still my friend.”

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Waiting a long time for a plane to take off can suck, but it’s a lot more bearable if you have a flight attendant that can move like this woman.

According to the uploader, she is a breakdancer-turned-flight attendant, and she recently gave these passengers a bit of a show while waiting for everyone to board.

Watch her dance to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” and win over everyone on the plane.

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Being stuck on a plane is not fun, but having a barbershop quartet on board can definitely help.

A US Airways flight from Indianapolis to New Orleans was delayed due to maintenance issues last month and everyone got grumpy, as one does in that situation.

But a flight attendant named Kari Mann discovered that four of the passengers were part of a singing group called Port City Sound.

She asked them to sing for everyone and posted a video of the moment on YouTube.

“The mood changed and our passengers were awesome for the whole five hours they were on the plane,” she said. “One of my favorite moments!”

The video of their rendition of “Under the Boardwalk” has since racked up over 3 million views.

“We never thought that four guys singing on an airplane would generate so much interest,” said Port city Sound member Jim Simpson.

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In 2014 Taylor Swift told us about her “Starbuck Lovers,” and now Kidz Bop is “bringing anal back.”

The latest misheard lyrics come from a cover of children singing Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.”

The original line from the song says “I’m bringing it all back,” but some people are hearing something else entirely.



The best part of this is that Kidz Bop tries so hard to turn these pop songs into G-rated tunes for children, often with some pretty ridiculous results.

In 2009, parents mistakenly thought they heard the F-word in a Kidz Bop cover of Gavin DegRaw’s “I Don’t Wanna Be.”

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Here's the "Pitch Perfect" way to shoot off your finger.

Jim Huish from the Tennessee-based band Amber's Drive recently performed Anna Kendrick's hit single "Cups."

But instead of using actual cups, he opted for an AR15, an AK47 (AK74), a CZ75 and a Walther P22.

There are still some Solo cups involved, but they just get riddled with bullets.

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A guy named Darryl from Ohio discovered that his girlfriend was cheating on him in a rather strange way.

He found a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios in the sink, but they couldn't have been hers because she doesn't eat gluten. GASP! He also says he broke into her Facebook account afterwards confirming his suspicions.

So he decided to break up with her in an equally strange manner, requesting a video from musician Mac Lethal.

The final product: A cover of "Blank Space" by the Queen of Breakups, Taylor Swift.

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You can stop stringing up those lights and nailing that Santa to your roof, because this street officially wins Christmas.

A stretch of more than 16 homes in Yucaipa, Calif. coordinated their holiday displays, which light up to music, and the entire show is being captured via drone.

"The Manning Street Christmas Music Light Show", as it is called, runs daily, and people in the area can park their cars and tune into 92.5 FM to experience it.

Coordinator Jeff Maxey uploaded a few different demo videos to his page. In addition to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" (above), watch the homes perform "Wizards in Winter" by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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"10 Seconds Songs" guy Anthony Vincent is back with a new video for the holidays, performing Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You," in 20 different musical styles, including The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Blink 182, Imagine Dragons and Alvin & The Chipmunks.

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DJ Earworm has been mashing up the top 25 pop songs of the year since 2007 with his "United State of Pop" video series.

He released the 2014 edition on Wednesday, "Do What You Wanna Do," with all the songs you love but are too embarrassed to admit.

DJ Earworm, whose real name is Jordan Roseman, says this year's songs are more down tempo than previous years, so weaving them together is a bit more difficult.

"The thing that has been most notable in the past two or three years is the decline of EDM," he told Billboard. "The 'United State of Pop' became this dance track from '09 to '12, and then starting last year, there just wasn't enough in that genre to fully support it, so I went down-tempo."

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This is what Christmas sounds like in Hell.

Composer Andy Rehfeldt has turned the classic tune "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" into a holiday headbanger.

Satan Santa approves.

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Husband and wife musical team Michael and Carissa Alvarado, aka "Us the Duo," has taken all the big earworms from 2014 and compressed them together into one 2.5 minute acoustic recap.

The couple is famous for their "#6SecondCovers" on Vine, and their popularity led to them becoming the first musicians on Vine to sign with a major label.


No matter how sick you are by now of songs like "Shake It Off" or "Happy," they make them sound pretty good.

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OK Go is trying to out weird itself once again.

The band known for their creative, over-the-top music videos involving treadmills, drones and Rube Goldberg machines wants to release their latest album "Hungry Ghosts" as DNA.

Lead singer Damian Kulash met with a biochemist at UCLA who successfully converted a book into DNA, so he got the idea to do the same with his music.

In addition to figuring out how to translate the songs into genetic code, there is also the issue of distribution - which they say could simply be a small vial with a few drops of water containing the strands.

"Obviously, it's an artistic gesture and a scientific project, not the most efficient way to actually buy our album," said Kulash.

So it's unlikely that deoxyribonucleic acid will kill the mp3 star anytime soon.

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This is the only Lenny Kravitz video you ever need to see.

Thanks to Neil Cicierega, the guy behind the '90s mixtape "Mouth Sounds," the hit single from 1998 "Fly Away" has been transformed into a new work of art with dragonflies and Milky Ways.

Watch all the way to the end to get to the nutty stuff inside this unexpected treat.

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While her "Frozen" co-star Kristen Bell is taking a more modern approach to Christmas songs, Idina Menzel is sticking with the classics - albeit one of the more controversial classics.

Watch them sing through the mouths of young children - for some reason - in a version of the song that also cuts out the alcohol references and some of the predatory innuendo from the original.