Hey, everybody. What’s up? It’s True Music Reviews, and today I will be tackling the Top 20 for the eighteenth time!
First, let’s talk about marketing. Where we can see good marketing is with “Cheap Thrills” by Sia, which managed to strangle the top spot due to a well-timed discount. On the other hand, we have “One Dance” by Drake at #2, due to the fact that DRAKE IS AN ABSOLUTE IMBECILE AND HASN’T DROPPED THE VIDEO. Now, I hear he is going to drop a bunch of videos at once. Considering how well “Controlla” and “Too Good” have done with little promotion, this may turn out to be a good move. We’ll see though. Meanwhile, “This Is What You Came For” by Calvin Harris is left at the dust at #3, although I think it can eventually crack the Top 2 and possibly even grab that top spot. On the other hand, “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake won’t be able to do so again. It finally slipped down to #4, although it’s impeccable staticness will ensure that it will linger around in the Top 5 for at least a couple more weeks. I can’t say that about “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers, which barely clung on to #5 this week. We’ll get into what will replace it later.
I can’t imagine “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots will be able to crack the Top 5 next week though. Sure, it’s still gaining, but it has some substantial competition that will thwart its chances of doing so. Same goes for “Needed Me” by Rihanna, which stalled out at #7 this week. Its peak is looming closer and closer. “Don’t Mind” by Kent Jones managed to catch a second wind at #8, although I can’t imagine it will maintain its spot. Same can be said about “Panda” by Desiigner, which continued its gradual descent down to #9 this week. Next week, it will certainly be leap-frogged by “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” by Adele, which is picking up some serious traction on the radio at the moment.
Unsurprisingly, “Rise” by Katy Perry managed to debut at #11. I’m unsure if it can maintain this position though. “Just Like Fire” by P!nk seems to have finally peaked and naturally fell to #12 this week. “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony dipped down to #13 this week, no surprise. Next week, it will see some competition in “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor and “HOLY” by Florida Georgia Line. The two songs clocked in at #14 and #15 respectively this week.
“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” by Mike Posner sunk down to #16 this week. It's just being cycled out of the Top 20 and should be leaving relatively soon. “Make Me” by Britney Spears managed to debut at #17 this week, although I can’t imagine it will maintain this spot next week. She surely can’t outperform Drake, who snags the #18, #19, #20 spots with “Controlla”, “For Free” by DJ Khaled, and “Too Good”.
This week, we had two dropouts. The first of which is “Let It Go” by James Bay, which plummeted hard down to #32. It was nice seeing it in the Top 20, but it’s effectively done at this point. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes, which merely shrunk to #21 this week. I can imagine it will reenter the Top 20 next week though.
If you don’t already know, Major Lazer has a new song out called “Cold Water”, which features Justin Bieber and MO. I’ve known about this song for a while, and I knew it was bound to drop soon. It will almost certainly debut in the Top 5, although I think it has a slim chance to debut in the Top 3. Either way, it's a guaranteed summer smash that will continue to solidify Bieber as one of 2016’s biggest artists. Otherwise, we have the aforementioned “Treat You Better”, “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots, “We Don’t Talk Anymore” by Charlie Puth and hopefully “Into You” by Ariana Grande as potential Top 20 candidates.
The big news of this week is that of our new arrivals. Let’s just jump straight in.
Britney Spears - “Make Me” feat. G-Eazy
I presume you all know who Britney Spears is already, but I just find the history of this star-studded superstar a fascinating one.
She broke into the mainstream in 1999 with her smash hit "Baby One More Time", which hit #1 in every country it charted in. As her career progressed, her fame diminished and her vocals became worse. She was catapulted back into the limelight in 2007 due to her freak meltdown and charted some of the biggest hits of her career.
Although she had minor success in 2011, she hasn't been able to chart a successful single since probably "I Wanna Go". This is her latest attempt after the disaster that was "Pretty Girls". Although I'm not really big on "Make Me", I still find it better than a lot of the crap she's put out so far this decade.
The lyrics are generic and the instrumental just gets a bit tedious and lifeless after multiple listens. I can't deny that it's based around a powerful crescendo, but Britney's shredded vocals can't match the intensity of the instrumental at its loudest. G-Eazy remains as dispensable as usual.
Although "Make Me" is certainly an improvement upon "Pretty Girls", I can't imagine it will do much better commercially.
Low 5 - Middle 5
Katy Perry - “Rise”
First off, I CALLED OUT! I KNEW A NEW KP SONG WAS COMING! Sorry…let’s move on.
I feel like I'm just giving a history lesson at this point. Katy Perry has had a history equally as interesting as Britney Spears, although she has less legitimately great hit songs than Brit. Whether I liked them or not, I can't help but deny that every single out of the Teenage Dream era was a catchy earworm that I could enjoy to some extent.
I can't help feel like Katy lost her knack for writing catchy songs since then though. I despised almost every single off of that album, the exceptions being "Dark Horse" and "Birthday". "Roar" and "Unconditionally" were gutless inspirational anthems, while "This Is What You Do" is a clusterfuck of dumb lyrics and torturous sound effects.
Unfortunately "Rise" falls into that same category as "Firework" and the two aforementioned songs: generic pseudo-inspirational dribble. Nothing about this song is really all that bad, but this is a disappointing single to say the least. The verses are ominous, but the chorus isn't really motivating, which makes it very difficult for Katy to relay her message.
The lyrics are mediocre and generic as all hell, and can't save the song. Katy Perry has made MUCH worse songs than "Rise", but this doesn't really capture the feeling of the Olympics nor the catchiness of Katy's best hits. I'm disappointed to say the least.
Middle 4 - High 4
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