Spin recently made a statement so bold that a contemporary pop-detractor* such as I had no choice but to actually do the unthinkable: listen to Carly Rae Jepsen. Brennan Carley simply wrote “Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Run Away With Me’ Is the Best Pop Song of 2015 Yet.”
Seven months into a year that pushed out pop hits from pop princesses like Taylor Swift (hey there, “Bad Blood”), Selena Gomez (she’s upping her music cred via a collab with A$AP Rocky wherein she channels Lana Del Rey – for what reason, I cannot say), and Demi Lovato, Brennan Carley’s assertion is a pretty bold one. But the move of lady-lead pop toward EDM-influenced danceable numbers has given way to Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me.” If you’re the last person on the planet (apparently) who hasn’t seen the lo-fi vid, enjoy it below:
This week's spotlight goes to one class act, one currently popular pop artist, and one classic rocker:
Christian Bale Visits Shooting Victims
Actor Christian Bale, who plays Batman in the latest movie trilogy, on Tuesday visited victims of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO. Bale spent over two hours at the Medical Center of Aurora, visiting with the patients, before heading to a memorial near the location of the shooting. This wasn't something Bale had to do, of course, but he did it anyway. And that makes him a great guy in my book.
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" Beats Lady Gaga's "Born This Way"
Love it? Hate it? Doesn't matter, because apparently people like it enough that it's reached its seventh week at #1 on the singles charts. It has now displaced Lady Gaga's 2011 hit "Born This Way," which was on the chart for six weeks. It is not, however, a record for time spent at #1, as some sites are suggesting. That record is held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men, with their 1995 song "One Sweet Day," which was at that position for 16 weeks. So "Call Me Maybe" still has a mountain to climb, figuratively, before it gets to the top.
Bruce Springsteen Extends Tour
Been hoping to see The Boss this year? You might be in luck, as today Springsteen announced that his Wrecking Ball Tour is being extended for another 16 North American dates. The fall leg our the tour begins on October 23 and runs until December 6. The tour's North American summer leg begins on August 14 and runs until September 22.
Have a great weekend everybody!