Rising singer/dancer Joshua Simon does the impossible and hey, did we iust spot Rebecca Black’s “Friday” in that mashup?

Singapore performer Joshua Simon has had a slow but steady rise in the music scene of late – mostly powered by YouTube, his popular remixes of pop hits and a burgeoning Facebook fanbase. Joshua’s now gone into a whole different ball game and his latest music video has paid off handsomely.

33 Songs in 3 Minutes was an effort Joshua put out on YouTube on 31 Dec 2011 featuring mashups from some of 2011’s biggest pop hits such as Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”, Lady Gaga’s “You & I” and yes, LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem”. Surprise, surprise, we also spotted Rebecca Black‘s “Friday” and 2NE1’s “I Am The Best” in the mix. Amongst split-cuts and interspersed video footage, Joshua sings against a technicolour-filtered screen to the hits that we probably serenaded ourselves silly in the clubs.

The video has garnered some 47,000 hits although Joshua reports from his Facebook page that the viewcount is registered at some 77,000 views, with the glitch likely to be caused by a YouTube error in tabulating spikes in viewcounts. The video is now the highest viewed Singapore entertainment video in the past 5 days, according to Joshua’s tweet.

In several Facebook posts, Joshua says that he is “really thankful that people are watching it”. He also thanks his supporters for the love, saying rather cryptically: “My life, beginning just as the world begins to end”. (Hey, Mayan joke!) Joshua was formerly from Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Film & Media Studies.

He also revealed plans for the future, posting on Facebook: “Next up will be the stuff that I’ve been writing. When my real, real music, from inside me, gets a response like this, that’s when my world really parachutes into a willywonka (sic) universe. 33 Songs In 3 Minutes is a celebration of pop music for 2011, the ultimate dream is to have one of my songs in the future, be included in someone else’s mashup. That would be the dream.”

He has already received support from ShiGGa Shay, Nat Ho and Gurmit Singh and wishes that Patricia Mok “can blow me a kiss”. Pat Mok, you listening anot ah?

YouTube’s efforts seem to be paying off since they launched their partners’ programme late last year in Singapore, where popular YouTube channels can earn money for their videos. Let’s hope 2012 is just the beginning for this young star, for he could be Singapore’s crossover to mainstream pop that the industry clearly lacks and could benefit from.

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