12 February, 2016
This is What's Trending Today....
You probably know the Beatles' song, "All You Need is Love."
This weekend, the song might go by another name: "All You Need is LoveMojis."
A new project between Paul McCartney and the video messaging service Skype made him a trending topic today on social media. The former Beatle has worked with Skype to create music for its new "LoveMojis."
Mojis are short animated videos that Skype users can send to friends and family members. The new "LoveMojis" are just in time for the Valentine's Day holiday. And, each one includes new music created by Paul McCartney himself.
One shows a sumo wrestler dressed like Cupid, complete with a bow-and-arrow. He drops from the sky and this is the sound he makes: (listen to the audio story to hear)
Another one shows two cute owls on a tree branch. One owl creeps closer to cuddle with the other. This is the sound: (listen to the audio story to hear)
Skype officials said of the project: "We've coupled original Skype designs with unique musical compositions from Paul so you can always express your love to friends and family around the world, no matter what you're trying to say."
On his website, McCartney wrote that the project was "challenging, because you suddenly realize you've got to compress a musical interpretation of an emotion into less than five seconds."
On social media, people reacted with excitement and humor. Some found it funny that someone as famous as McCartney would make emoji sound effects.
Others wrote about their excitement of using the McCartney LoveMojis this weekend.
What do you think about Skype's new musical Mojis? Let us know in the Comments Section or on 51VOA.COM.
And that's What's Trending Today.
I'm Dan Friedell.
Ashley Thompson wrote this story for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.
Words in This Story
cupid – n. the god of love in ancient Rome
couple – v. to join (two things) together
cute – adj. having a pleasing and usually youthful appearance
cuddle – v. to hold (someone or something) in your arms in order to show affection
sumo wrestling – n. a Japanese form of wrestling that is performed by very large men
composition – n. a written piece of music and especially one that is very long or complex