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Music teacher Joey Helpish who releases songs under the pseudonym Dandyland revealed that his song ‘Poopy Stupid Butt’ had racked up thousands of dollars, as children were requesting the song via the smartphone device, Alexa.
However, the musician could never have predicted what happened next, as, in the age of lockdowns, kids were stuck at home with technology devices, trying to entertain themselves.
“I went on social media and saw it over and over: ‘My kid said this to Alexa,’” Helpish said.
While the song garnered merely $100 (AUD $147 or £87) a month, Helpish was shocked to see that the tune was suddenly bringing in more than $10,000 (AUD $14,732 or £8,726) in revenue from more than 10 million streams.
We haven’t seen a musical resurgence that strong since Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill’.
The Oregon native, who works with children who have autism along with his wife Kristen, explained to the outlet the creative origins of the song.
“We did a big songwriting session with these three kids,” Helpish said.
“I said, ‘Give me five syllables to start,’ and the little 4-year-old girl screamed, ‘Poopy stupid butt!’ And the next 10 minutes were me writing down everything the kids were yelling at me that poopy stupid butt was doing.”
Helpish, along with his little muses, could put the entire song together within a matter of minutes.
And while Spotify isn’t sure how it accumulated so many streams, the musician is confident it was because of children yelling out the song’s catchy phrase.
The song is also doing quite well with its YouTube streams, as it’s even pulled in over 140,000 views.
I mean, when it comes to writing children’s songs, we have to agree this is undoubtedly a genius way to go ‘viral’.