How do you achieve international stardom in the pop-music industry? Apparently by making fun of the pop-music industry! Just ask Ylvis, the Norwegian comedy duo consisting of brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker. Their “anti-hit” video “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say)” has embedded them firmly into Western pop-culture and now the satirical sensation has made its way to Karaoke Cloud!
Originally intended as nothing more than a promotion for their Norway-based comedy show, “I kveld med Ylvis (Tonight with Ylvis), The Fox was written and produced as a sardonic take on the electronic dance music industry. The video was posted to Youtube on September 3, 2013, and has gone uber-viral with over 287 million hits and the song itself claimed the #6 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. That makes it the highest ranking song by a Norwegian artist since a-Ha smoked the charts at number 1 with “Take On Me” in 1985! Ah…sweet irony.
And now it’s your turn! You can download the original song on iTunes and be sure to check out the fully-authorized Karaoke Cloud version below (courtesy of KaraokeOnVEVO) to do your best Ylvis imitation. Or replace the words as you see fit and make your very own parody. We’d love to see some of your ideas on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter! You never know, you could be the next “accidental hit!”
Long-time karaoke enthusiast know of a wonderful game, sometimes called “karaoke roulette” or “kamikaze karaoke”, that puts the singer onstage with no idea what song is about to play. Often done as a lark between friends, a KJ-sponsored show segment, or even a contest, it’s a great way for folks to face the terrifying prospect of looking a little bit foolish, and being okay with it.