This Week In Music – March 25, 2011

Alyssa Dunehew / Sun Star Contributor
March 25, 2011

As much as I hate to bring this up, I really have to. For those of you who have not yet had the displeasure of hearing the song “Friday” by Rebecca Black, consider yourselves the lucky few. For those who have, you’re probably wondering, who the heck is this chick? How the heck did she get a record deal? Why is she waiting at the bus stop for friends that are picking her up in a car that probably doesn’t belong to them? Is it really that hard to decide whether to sit in the front or the back? Do these 13-year-olds really think we don’t know that Thursday comes before Friday, or that Sunday comes after Saturday? Is this even real?

This song is so bad, it’s making Rebecca Black an overnight sensation. She’s made $25,000 in iTunes sales, and has had 61,445,900 views on YouTube since Feb. 10. Some would go as far to call it the worst song ever. I’m not kidding, go to Google and search “the worst song ever,” and you’ll get Good Morning America’s interview with Rebecca Black, bringing to light the ridicule and hatred of the song as the worst anyone has ever heard.

Yes, America, this is real. Yes, the song pretty much sucks. However, the more you watch the video, the more you listen to the song, the more famous “Friday” becomes. A big thank you to Tosh.O for starting Rebecca Black’s career, and Tosh.O found it here.

A band named Sex Ray Vision remixed her song, and it’s actually really good! It was posted by my favorite blog, Camelback Music, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Okay, enough of that. Let’s move on to things that are more important. I’ve really been diggin’ the song “All of the Lights” by Kanye West ft. Rihanna and Kid Cudi. The video for the song is unique: the first minute of it is a recreation of Kanye’s favorite French black & white film. The next minute is just text, different effects on the lyrics of the song being flashed on the screen. It’s pretty sweet. The song itself seems to be Kanye’s redemption song, and being replaced by Drake after an absence in the music scene. Rihanna was put in charge of the chorus, and she just kind of stands around in an outfit looking to be made out of seatbelts… But it’s okay, because she’s hot. Kid Cudi’s appearance in the video is really fun, adding his deep vocals as a bridge. I really love the scenes with Kanye standing on top of the cop car in the ally, with the lights flashing and bouncing off the brick wall.  The whole backbone of the song is a sweet horn solo, which really gives the song an imperialistic tone, I think, fitting Kanye’s overall attitude.

There are two sweet remixes to this one, the first is still Kanye, but featuring Lil Wayne, Drake, & Big Sean. I have a feeling that this isn’t a Kanye remix, what with Drake being featured.  The other remix is by Cris Cab, who gives us a reggae/acoustic version, the YouTube video for it is cool, check it.

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