Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Harry Styles Bravura “Today Show” Performance Sends “Sign of the Times” to Number 3 on iTunes


Big morning for Harry Styles on “Today.” He performed “Sign of the Times,” “Ever Since New York,” and “Carolina.” The former song was so good vocally that it pushed the single to number 3 on iTunes. Still no action on Spotify, but that’s been the trend. “Sign” is too long for streaming.

Styles did a great job singing — or “joining in”– as they say, because the band doesn’t play live. Indeed, the band looked incredibly bored (you’ll see below). But when Styles, in a hot pink suit and great coiffed hair, let loose, he was on the money.

As for the two other songs: “Carolina” is a straight rip or “tribute” to the Beatles circa 1965. It’s a good song, very catchy, and ready for radio. But it’s amazing how Beatlesque it is. Again, it was sung to track on “Today.” “Live” is a fungible word here.

“Ever Since New York” still steals the basic lick from Badfinger’s “Baby Blue.” It’s embarrassing.

Not played on “Today” was “Sweet Creature.”

Styles also sang “Stockholm Syndrome” to the Today show audience. That’s a One Direction song, sung in their shows by Niall Horan. Just FYI.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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