Monthly Archives: June 2011

BRITNEY GOES ALL THE WAY

With almost eight million views in two days, Britney’s video for “I Wanna Go,” is quickly becoming a bigger viral hit than both “Hold It Against Me” and “Till the World Ends.” Compared to the aforementioned videos, there was much less hype leading up to it’s release. However, this video has something those two didn’t: Britney. She actually looks like she’s enjoying herself and not doing something because someone’s holding a gun to the back of her weave.

Director Chris Marrs Piliero got it right. Instead of building a spectacle around Britney, the focus is on her. Yes, there’s no dancing. But, there doesn’t need to be. The video shows off a cheeky, fun Britney and is a perfect fit for the song. It also doesn’t try to rehash any of her past videos, but still feels like classic Britney. The styling is pure early 2000s pop princess and something only Britney could pull off.

All in all, I think people want to see Britney looking great and genuinely having a good time and that’s what this video accomplishes. There are some obscure references (see: “Crossroads 2: Cross Harder”) and things that make you go “WTF” upon first viewing, but that’s all the more reason to watch it again (and again).

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BREAKING & ENTERING

There’s been buzz around Rye Rye for the past few years, but this is the first song she’s released that sounds like a legitimate hit. The song features Robyn reinterpreting the chorus to her 2005 single, and one of my personal favorites, “Be Mine!” Robyn once again shows off her ability to create some of the catchiest pop hooks on “Never Will Be Mine.” While I’m not all that impressed with Rye Rye’s verses or flow (I’ll take Nicki over her any day), I hope this song is a hit for Robyn’s sake. Robyn hasn’t had a mainstream hit in the US since the late 90s, despite her international success. However, her fan base and buzz has been steadily building, and she continues to churn out impressive pop songs. Check out “Dancing On My Own” and “Call Your Girlfriend” for two Robyn songs that should have been hits.

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7 INGREDIENTS TO A CATCHY SONG

Put these all together and you might have the catchiest (or the most annoying) song of all time.

Spelling
The only reason an entire generation knows how to spell “bananas.”

“Hollaback Girl” Gwen Stefani

Counting
For the record, checking these chicks come before we “conversate,” but only after we hop in the vintage Rolls.

“Get Me Bodied” Beyoncé

Directions
Tell me to go left, right, up or down and I’ll do it. Repeatedly.

“Party In the U.S.A.” Miley Cyrus

Stuttering
Because it’s even better when you’re drunk.

“We R Who We R” Ke$ha

Chanting
I have a thing for cheerleaders.

“Girlfriend” Avril Lavigne

Nonsensical Warbling
I scream “Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah! Roma-roma-ma-ah! Ga-ga-ooh-la-la!” at least once a day. My parents hate me.

“Bad Romance” Lady Gaga

Any Use of “Oh”
Whether it’s “oh oh,” “woah oh” or “uh oh,” it just works. And for all my dumb friends, it’s way easier to remember than actual lyrics.

“Till the World Ends” Britney Spears

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