What do you think of her censored version of the rap classic?
The over-synthesized pop simply must end. Beyonce’s next single was leaked to the Internet a couple of days ago, prompting the pop singer to release the song earlier than anticipated. The song was just released to iTunes, but Ryan Seacrest got to release the audio track yesterday.
It’s called “(Girls) Who Run The World” and features everything bad about heavily studio-ized music today. It sounds like something that will give you a seizure. It features European club beats, but then adds Beyonce’s same style of vocals as all of her past songs. The two styles clash, and badly.
Add the fact that the chorus keeps repeating, “Who run this mother…” (which pretty blatantly comes across as motherf***er). Yeah, really great message. It’s really repetative and features a simpler beat than Gwen Stefani’s horrible “Hollaback Girl.”
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.