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Eh... it's OK.
on July 4, 2011
You know, there's a certain type of new music chart that needs to be created, and it would be based entirely upon the count of YouTube views that a given music video generates within its first few weeks of release -- with another chart (a derivative of the above) based strictly upon the velocity of weekly change. YouTube view counts, I have noticed, are something of a precursor for singles that break quickly -- the astonishing speeds that we see today on Billboard's Hot 100 for rising monster tracks are almost always indicated in advance by insanely large numbers of views at YouTube: Nicki Minaj, for example, has 52 Million views for Super Bass in a bit under 5 weeks (Billboard has the track at #5 inside of 5 weeks, too, which is incredible... especially considering that her prior single barely cracked the Top 15); Katy Perry has 40 Million views for Last Friday Night in 3 weeks (Billboard had Katy at #4 inside of those same 3 weeks on the big chart, which is also an incredible surge)... you get the idea. Gaga, Britney, Dev/Cataracts, Adele, Jennifer Lopez, etc... all have shown this same early power at YouTube with their biggest -- and fastest-rising -- singles.
What's my point...?
Britney's VEVO channel has the video for I Wanna Go at 14 Million views inside of a week. That implies a very quick ride to the top, but we'll see. A chart for YouTube views is badly needed -- my sample size is far too small, of course, to pronounce this as an obvious #1 title, although it certainly looks like this one is going to be a monster of a record. Jesus, they even clocked it dead at 3:30 -- what else can you ask for...?!! It's about as radio-friendly as a unit can get.
I Wanna Go is probably the single best thing that Spears has ever put together, which isn't necessarily saying much. A much stronger single than "Hold It Against Me" or "'till The World Ends," I really do wonder if labels are now holding back stronger singles ON PURPOSE. Traditionally, that would have been viewed as a mistake within the industry, but albums that ring-up multi-platinum numbers DO need that long-ish shelf-life, and in an age when ringtones (which can be as much as half of single sales) last barely a week for the average buyer within the market, creating the opportunity for that longer shelf-life may very well now REQUIRE the holding back of stronger tracks (for use as singles) deeper into the chart-life of the album. That would be a bizarre development within the industry -- and it would make monster albums much more rare.
Again, we'll see.
Back the the point here, Britney (musically) almost seems to steal the drum track entirely from New Order's Blue Monday, with the stuttering hook coming straight out of Ke$ha's COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO POP HOOKS FOR DUMMIES. A secondary hook is also in place here; Britney drags the E's out in the bridge-y Shame on me/To need release/Uncontrollably... and the whistling, too, could also be considered as a 3rd motif -- I'm probably alone is HATING the whistling; I'd have much preferred a keyboard... the whistling sounds far too demo-like for dance-pop, in my view. But hell, what do I know... she's gonna sell a boatload of this one -- I bet you she sells 3 Million ringtones from this ALONE, and probably by the end of the week, at that.
The whistling is an ABOMINATION.
A re-mix is badly needed.
I have no doubt there will be many.