Wouter ‘Wally’ De Backer, also known as the Belgian-Australian musician Gotye may have made it to the international music scene with the release of the single ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ from his ‘Making Mirrors’ album.
The song also features the voice of New Zealand singer Kimbra Johnson. It held the number one spot on the Australian charts for eight weeks when it was released in July last year. The single also had further success in Europe, particularly in Austria, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom.
The hit single may sound pop but there is a unique unorthodox flavor that surprisingly still captures a wide fan base. The estimated global sales for the single is estimated at 4.5 million with 152 million hits on YouTube. Even its cover version done by Canadian band Walk Off the Earth enjoyed in terms of popularity that it sold close to 190,000 units on top of about 88 million hits on YouTube.
In the United States, ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ has been featured in popular television shows ‘Glee’, ‘90210’ and ‘Gossip Girl’. Gotye has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! In Ferbuary and is set to appear on this weekend on ‘Saturday Night Live’.
Gotye’s 14-day U.S. Tour is already sold-out. Based on these indicators, the 31-year old musician is in for bigger things in the international music scene.
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