Then came the next single, 'I Gotta Feeling' and it quickly overturned 'Boom Boom Pow' as the new #1 hit in America. 'I Gotta Feeling' is a better song than 'Boom Boom Pow'--it actually has a chorus and a structure--but that's really not saying much. It's the John McCain to 'Boom Boom Pow's George Bush: a better choice given the two but I'd rather shoot myself in the foot than pick either willingly. One of the things that surprised me about 'Boom Boom Pow's long reign at the top was that no one I talked to even liked the song, let alone thought it was good enough to be that popular for so long. So you can imagine my surprise when 'I Gotta Feeling' was #1 for 14 (FOURTEEN) weeks in a row; by week ten, who the fuck cared enough about this song to buy it off iTunes? When the song prevented both Miley's 'Party in the USA' and a collaboration between Jay-Z, Rihanna AND Kanye West, it seemed like an unstoppable force of nature that we'd never get rid of.
But then an angel named Jay Sean came and changed everything. Kameron at Kameron Aloud first told me about him and his song 'Down' around a month ago. He absolutely loves it and while I didn't find it revolutionary, I think it's quite good for this type of Usher-ripoff song. Of course, there's an incredibly unnecessary rap from Lil' Wayne in the middle, but that's easily forgettable. 'Down' has been hovering in the Top 10 for a few weeks now but, finally this week, the song became this country's first non-Black Eyed Peas #1 in half a year. The darkness hovering over us has finally dissipated and all I see on the horizon are blue skies, white fluffy clouds and rainbows. Jay Sean, you are a gift from heaven.
And not that bad looking, I must add. Have you all seen the beginning of the 'Down' music video? Damn.