Who Is Upcoming 'SNL' Musical Guest Gotye?
The April 14 episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live will be hosted by Oscar-nominated actor Josh Brolin, featuring Gotye as a musical guest. Who is Gotye, you ask?
Wouter "Wally" De Backer, 31, is a Belgian-Australian musician and singer-songwriter. His stage name, Gotye (pronounced got-tee-ay), is derived from "Gaultier," the French equivalent of "Wouter" or "Walter" in English. After Gotye and his family moved from Belgium to English-speaking Austrailia when he was two years old, Gotye enrolled in school as "Walter."
In today's whirlwind music industry, it is difficult to say whether Gotye's appearance on SNL is perfectly timed or awkwardly belated. Gotye's hit single, "Somebody That I Used to Know," which features New Zealand singer Kimbra, has been on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 11 consecutive weeks and has over 120 million views on YouTube.
Gotye's critically acclaimed album, Making Mirrors, has also been climbing the charts worldwide since its release in August 2011. It has charted in the top 20 in over 10 countries and has reached the number one spot in six of those. In Poland, for example, Making Mirrors stayed at the top spot for a record 16 weeks, and the album was declared platinum after only one day, according to the Huffington Post.
Still not sure what all the fuss is about? Check out Gotye's music video for "Somebody That I Used To Know," featuring Kimbra, here: