Happy Memorial Day folks, time to honour our fallen comrades with time-tested traditions like drinking beer and seeing how man hot dogs one can fit into his or her mouth at one time. I can do seven! So tighten up those red, white and blue undies because the Summer Jam Winners for Hangover Weekend follow:
#8: "Down on Me" by Jeremih ft. 50 Cent
Down a bit this week but still pretty present, "Down on Me" is actually a pretty smooth track. This is actually Jeremih's less dirty Summer Hit. Hearing "Birthday Sex" again now also reminds me how much of a better song that was. I'm processing a lot here, 50 has had plenty of better tracks as well, why isn't this song awesome? I still heard this a lot this week but it's clearly slipping down the charts.
#7: "The Show Goes On" by Lupe Fiasco
This song actually keeps peaking week by week but I definitely heard it less on radio than last week. It's got a good chance to hang around despite the fact that it's been around forever by now. I've really settled into the lyrics at this point though the flawless Modest Mouse sampling for sure is the hook here. I feel like anyone who enjoys hip-hop was all about this track back in March and now the pop crowd is starting to embrace it, which may extend its life for a bit. "Rolling in the Deep" is undergoing the same phenomenon actually, discovery by a larger crossover population is extending its chart lifetime greatly. That's awesome because these songs rule.
#6: "Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars
After disappearing last week, this track has charged back onto the Winners' List with a surge of listens late in the week. I've been weirdly entranced by this song lately, probably because it accurately describes a typical day in my life. The flannel monkeys are kind of creepy in the video though, which is lazy enough to accurately fit the song's theme. To be fair Summer should be a lazy lounging time and this track fits the Warmer Months pretty well.
#5: "Just Can't Get Enough" by The Black Eyed Peas
Ranked #2 on the Pop Charts this song has had some ups and downs since its release but for now it's placed steadily high and staying there. Fergie's baby voice aside this track features some mediocre rapping (a step up from normal B.E.P. production) and less electronica than some of their other tracks (see here). So it's actually a quality song for the Black Eyed Peas, far more restrained than their typical bullshit from the future. Also that weird Asian Guy Who Dances actually does something! This is nothing like any other B.E.P. track. At least until the final minute than it's like they had been holding in their Pop-Techno bullshit and then splooge all over our eardrums. Anyway, it has a good chance to wobble around the middle of the List for a while.
#4: "Till the World Ends" by Britney Spears
Slipping a little bit this week, Britney's definitely still around despite the world not coming to an end last weekend. So now we can dance until the sunrise every night. But the world won't end. Not in October, Hal. Anyone notice that Britney is actually looking sort of okay in this song? I like how her entire career has been based on pure sex. I also heard "Baby One More Time" on the radio this week, and we should point out a few things - 1) Check out how flat she is. 2) Is there anyone she's appealing to other than the 40+ year male pervert crowd? and 3) This is the strongest pure Pop-Generated song ever, and she's still doing the same shit today.
#3: "On the Floor" by J. Lo ft. Pitbull
Let the Latins attack this summer! From the State of Miami this song was really wobbly last week, but took over everything this week. Maybe it was a surge with J. Lo on American Idol's Finale, who knows. Needless to say, nothing says 2011 like a Top 10 of the Hot 100 that includes Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Busta Rhymes. What the hell? How have we not moved on? This is a hot Latin Summer Song though the video is incredibly uninspred. Actually this is the only kind of video that Pitbull knows how to make. I hate Pitbull.
#2: "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
The Top Two Spots haven't changed for the first Three Weeks of Summer, which is unbelievable considering both tracks were hot topics in the music world months ago. My theory concerning Adele is that everyone with taste discovered her months ago but only recently has she transcended into the Pop World. She was the third most heard radio song this week but slipped on a few countdowns as well as on a few charts such as the Pop Songs, Radio Songs and Adult Contemporary. It's still #1 in most Digital Realms though which means we're really right in the midst of her popularity. This track isn't going anywhere soon.
#1: "E.T." by Katy Perry ft. Kanye West
Did you know that Katy Perry recently acquired a Billboard record by being the only artist to have a song in the Top 10 for 52 Consecutive Weeks? She did this with "California Gurls," "Teenage Dream," "Firework" and "E.T." which is sick, especially considering how different all these songs are. She's not selling sex anymore either, the "E.T." video couldn't be at a more opposite sexual spectrum as "California Gurls." Russel should just be thankful that Katy can actually make some money. Anyway, any week Adele could punk her out but for now the Summer is still Katy's.
So what's next week? GaGa's failure to produce a song to really catch on is spectacular, both "The Edge of Glory" and "Judas" ranked on the charts this week where typically only flavour of the week Glee songs fall. How the hell is she releasing a new single every other week, too? For some reason she also put out "Hair," which seems more like swamping a market already flooded with GaGa in a desperate shot that one of her songs off a Not-Great Album becomes a certified hit. I'm still telling you that the stock of "Super Bass" is rising, "Dirty Dancer" seems shitty now and I can't see much farther than that. "The Edge of Glory" will probably crack this list some time in the next few weeks but I can't see GaGa getting a crown this summer.