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Entry from February 14, 2013
Harlem Shake (2013 videos)

The Harlem Shake is a dance video that became popular in February 2013. Baauer - Harlem Shake (Rip) is a YouTube video that was published on April 8, 2012, but it didn’t contain the dance. The January 30, 2013 YouTube video Harlem Shake by Filthy Frank popularized the dance, as did the February 2, 2013 YouTube videos The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original) and The Harlem Shake v2 by The Sunny Coast Skate (teenagers from Queensland, Australia).

The Harlem Shake features a (usually masked) person dancing alone, who is then joined 15 seconds later by other people, all dancing unaware of each other. The video dance is different from the Harlem Shake dance that is said to have originated in 1981 and was popularized in 2001.

The Harlem Shake shouldn’t be confused with the Harlem Shuffle, a 1963 R&B song by Bob & Earl.


Wikipedia: Harlem shake (meme)
The Harlem Shake is an Internet phenomenon based on viral videos that began to gain popularity in early February 2013, following the release of a video by the YouTube comedy vlogger Filthy Frank. The original video was published on January 30, 2013, which featured a compilation comedy, where he then made his later video the Harlem Shake containing the original extended gag.

History
The videos feature the song Harlem Shake by electronic musician Baauer, and a dancing style not to be confused with the original Harlem Shake. Normally, each video begins with one person (often masked) dancing to the song alone for 15 seconds, surrounded by other people unaware of the dancing individual. When the bass drops, the camera transitions to the entire crowd doing the dance for the next 15 seconds, often wearing a minimum of clothes or crazy outfits or costumes while wielding strange props. The success of the video was attributed to its break out moment and short length of which the first version of the widely accepted and adopted internet meme was created by five teenagers known as The Sunny Coast Skate from Queensland Australia. The phenomenon spread due to the number of people replicating and uploading similar videos. In the first nine days, over 11,000 versions of the popular internet meme had been uploaded, garnering over 44 million unique views, and averaging over 4,000 new variations each day.

YouTube
Baauer - Harlem Shake (Rip)
Published on Apr 8, 2012
Taken from Rustie’s Essential Mix (BBC Radio1) on 04-07-2012
Last bit at end = Hudson Mohawke - Push
Baauer’s mix for LFTF: http://soundcloud.com/liveforthefunk/...
http://soundcloud.com/maddecent/sets/...

YouTube
Baauer - Harlem Shake (HQ Full Version)
fungmungus·
Published on May 10, 2012
Purchase on Itunes: http://bit.ly/JeffreeVol3
Purchase on Beatport: http://s.beatport.com/JeffreeVol3BP
As heard on Rustie’s Essential Mix, Diplo’s Blow Your Head 11, Diplo and Friends, etc. And, obviously, the Harlem Shake videos.

YouTube
FILTHY COMPILATION #6 - SMELL MY FINGERS
DizastaMusic·
Published on Jan 30, 2013
a good old filthy compilation for you fools in school. this one’s extremely filthy.
MUSIC: Harlem Shake - Baauer
HIT ME UP ON DEM SOCIALS
http://www.facebook.com/TheFilthyFrank

YouTube
Published on Feb 2, 2013
ABSOLUTELY FILTHY.
FILTHY FRANK HARLEM SHAKE.
oaklesss

YouTube
DO THE HARLEM SHAKE (ORIGINAL)
DizastaMusic
Published on Feb 2, 2013
People were asking for the full version so here it is. Plus, it deserves it’s own video.
SONG NAME: Harlem Shake - Baauer
*ALL COPYRIGHTS go to Baauer or whoever is in charge. This is not my song*

YouTube
The Harlem Shake v1 (TSCS original)
TheSunnyCoastSkate
Published on Feb 2, 2013
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YouTube
The Harlem Shake v2
PHLOn NAN
Published on Feb 2, 2013
THE HARLEM SHAKE
ALL CREDIT GOES TO THESUNNYCOASTSKATE http://www.youtube.com/thesunnycoastskate Go subscribe to them!
what we do on saturday nights
All song rights to Baauer - The harlem shake

CBS News
February 7, 2013 2:53 PM
“The Harlem Shake” is a ridiculous trend (and we love it)
By Will Goodman
(CBS News) So last weekend I caught a video online of people doing something called “The Harlem Shake”. And I watched, chuckled and moved on to cat videos. I wouldn’t have thought about it again, but then the Internet decided to explode with parodies and emulations of it. So click play and check out a recent example above to get an idea of what this new trend is all about.

Business Insider
These Facebook Employees Aren’t Convulsing, They’re Just Doing The Harlem Shake
Alyson Shontell | Feb. 14, 2013, 2:27 PM
The Harlem Shake, the latest YouTube-inspired dance movement, is sweeping the nation.
The short dance, in which one person starts gyrating his or her hips until they’re joined by dozens of other frantically-moving people, has been performed by the Florida State dance team, The Today Show and more.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMusic/Dance/Theatre/Film • Thursday, February 14, 2013 • Permalink