It's a space jam! (Not the Michael Jordan/Bugs Bunny kind). Last week, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and Barenaked Ladies' front man Ed Robertson premiered their new song I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) exclusively for CBC Radio. The catch: While Ed and a glee club sang inside the CBC Broadcast Centre in Toronto, Chris just happened to be floating miles above the earth's atmosphere inside the International Space Station. Talk about an intergalactic musical collaboration.
Watch the video for I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing) here:
CBC Music and the Coalition for Music Education teamed up with the Canadian Space Agency to produce the song for Music Monday 2013; an initiative to promote music education in schools across the country. Students will learn I.S.S. and perform the song for Music Monday 2013 on May 6.
Since its post, the video garnered both national and international attention including such media as NPR, NBC, ABC, MSN.ca, Global News, Huffington Post, Daily Mail UK, Mashable and Space.com.
Prior to Chris blasting off into space, he joined Ed for a songwriting session. Watch them at work:
By the way, I.S.S. is the first song ever to premiere in space and on Earth.