We know Glee to represent two things to musicians: “Congrats, you’ve made it!” or, “You’ve just been whitewashed into teeny-bopper submission!” Bands like Kings of Leon, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, and Gorillaz have been pretty vocal about their hesitation to be included in the Glee discography. These bands have something in common, though, and that’s their preexisting fame and success. Certain new and upcoming bands whom have had the pleasure to be covered by Rachel, Finn, Kurt and the rest of the gang are aware of the imminent change their names will experience, from boosts in iTunes downloads alone .
The latest artists to be Glee-ified are Gotye and Kimbra, with their ever popular radio hit “Somebody That I Used To Know.” The episode featuring this cover will kick off their new spring episodes (airing April 10) and introduce a new character: Cooper Anderson, Blaine’s older brother, played by White Collar stud Matt Bomer. Though Glee has taken on Australian musicians in the past (Olivia Newton-John, Air Supply, and Rick Springfield), Gotye will be the first Australian indie artist to get the royal Glee treatment. Props. Glee knew when to scoop them up, too. This song has been a ridiculous hit on the airwaves, and following their Glee debut, will become even bigger (what else can you expect, since Glee has accumulated more hits than Elvis?). Their popularity will transcend radio and conquer television; Gotye’s next hit will more than likely follow suit.