Friday, April 19, 2024

Pop: Pink Knocks “Despacito” off Number 1, Kesha Clean Sells About as Well as Kesha Dirty


“Despacito” — for some reason that escapes me– has been number 1 for weeks and weeks. But no more. Pink has at least temporarily dethroned the Spanish phenom with “What About Us,” a very good, straight ahead Pink type hit. “What About Us” is already all over top 40, which means the money is there, and the determination to make it a hit.

Meanwhile, Kesha’s “Rainbow” album is number 1. But it’s also number 8 on both iTunes and amazon. The number 8 version is “clean,” meaning it’s been denuded of all f words. This is for pre-teen and tween crowd of girls who can enjoy the music and not be sending their parents into a frenzy.

It’s not like Kesha has new words replacing the bad ones. They’ve simply silenced the second part of things like “mother—–.” Will kids know the difference? Probably not. But at least the bad language won’t be engraved in their heads through earbuds. And the kids can play the CDs in their moms’ minivans (if such a thing still occurs).

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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