Pitch please: Tired of Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”
This year, Pitch Please columnist Kris
Jones will be bringing you all you need to know about this week’s iTunes top five selling songs.
The former California Candy Queen’s (have you not seen the teasers) first single from her upcoming album is still atop of the chart after being rush-released on Aug. 11 due to a leak.
The song is a mid-tempo self-empowerment theme in the vein of “Firework” and “Wide Awake,” but safer and honestly quite boring.
Too bad Sara Barellies beat her to the punch with “Brave” earlier this year, but since it’s Katy, it will be added to the laundry list of No. 1’s she’s acquired.
2.Robin Thicke-Blurred Lines (feat. Pharrell Williams and T.I.)
The song of the summer. Ten weeks at No. 1 here in the States, a worldwide smash, shattered radio records and people are still buying it.
Overplayed, overrated and the lyrics are so uncomfortable and contradictory that I’m surprised there hasn’t been some type of feminist uprising by now.
I think that Interscope should pull the plug on this and allow Robin Thicke’s Britney Spears-sounding “Give It 2 U” get some air.
3.Avicii-Wake Me Up
America is always playing catch-up with the rest of the world when it comes to foreign acts and Swedish EDM producer Avicii is no exception.
A blend of dance music and honky-tonk country with vocals from “I Need a Dollar” crooner Aloe Blacc seems to be a winner and swaps the usual drink, party, sex shtick for something with a bit more lyrical depth. I see a future No. 1 if people (finally) get tired of hearing “Blurred Lines.”
Lady Gaga’s self-absorbed ode to the arts (and herself) was also rush-released to the masses after several leaks, but hasn’t been receiving the warmest of welcomes.
The vocal delivery is similar to a David Bowie tune, which probably turned people off and now that typical mind-numbing dance music is losing popularity, it won’t be up to par with any of her past hits. It won’t flop, but it won’t be breaking any records either.
5.Jay Z-Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake)
The general public seems to be eating this one up. Holy Grail is one of Mr. Carter’s less memorable cuts, but I’m guessing that thanks to JT’s featured vocals on the chorus and the fact that they are touring together was a smart marketing move.
I don’t know where this one will land on the spectrum of the charts.
It could go No. 1 if there is a big enough push during the fall or it could be at its current peak position and stay for a few more weeks before it is overtaken by Capital Cities, Lorde or that girl from “Pitch Perfect” with the red Solo cup.