Highly Popular, Rated-R Music Scene

27 Feb

In case you don’t follow the music world as closely as I do, I’d like to draw your attention to two songs that made it into the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 this week. Somehow I don’t think either of these songs would have been so successful, even 10 years ago.

1) Cee Lo Green— “Fuck You” or “F*** You” or “Forget You”

Now it probably won’t rise next week, but Green’s song has the chance to become the first-ever chart-topper with such an explicit word in it’s title. This song has had incredible staying power. Time Magazine named it the number one song of 2010, but it just reached its peak position on the charts last week. Helped by a Grammy Performance, it hit number 2 on last week’s chart, blocked from the top position by Lady Gaga. Green first released a graphic video for the song, which went viral last summer. Even cynics of pop music have to admit, “this is a big f***ing song.”

2) Rihanna— “S&M”

Yep, this song about particularly kinky sex has been dominating the radio over the past couple of weeks. Just last week it hit number 7 on the chart, and it could be poised for greater heights this week. The music video has been banned by 11 countries because of its explicit content, and features Perez Hilton being walked by Rihanna. Many feared that Rihanna was done, but this sounds like her pop best. Just don’t let people hear you singing the chorus:

‘Cause I may be bad, but I’m perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don’t care, I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones may break my bones,
But chains and whips excite me.

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