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DailyDirt: Live Performances Get Attention, Sometimes For Being Kinda Bad...

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How do artists create a viral meme? The answer might be the same as the infamous: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" Practice! But no matter how many dress rehearsals or practice takes you do, a live performance is still a risky venture. Here are a couple examples of some live performances gone awry, along with some strategery for virality:
  • The Broadway version of Spiderman is falling into the same trap as big budget movies -- except the audience can't exactly "pirate" the live performance. Still, a budget of $65 million seems like a risky bet for a comicbook-based musical. [url]
  • Susan Boyle needs a re-take when she burps(?) while singing. [url]
  • OK Go's Damian Kulash is still figuring out more ways to create viral videos -- demonstrating that it can take months to create the perfect single-shot performance for YouTube. [url]
  • Mashable points out some viral video tips. Tip #6: Be frugal. [url]
  • But maybe any publicity is good publicity, especially if you sell knock-off sunglasses on the internet. [url]
  • Most true fans will understand that everyone makes mistakes...
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      Michael Ho (profile), 5 Dec 2010 @ 12:21am

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