Monday, June 17, 2024

Pop: Charlie Puth Takes Away the Biggest Part of Chicago in a Bad New Record Called “If You Leave Me Now”


 Why? Why are these things happening? Are we being punished? Charlie Puth, a kid I like in the new pop biz, has issued a record with the same title and refrain as a Chicago hit from 40 years ago. Does he not listen to the radio? Does no one say to him, this is a bad idea? On top of that, he’s fashioned it as an acappella thing with BoyzIIMen– it sounds like people being strangled on The Andy Williams Show. To make matters worse, they’ve issued this during a blizzard. A cyclone. A polar vortex. Please, is this fair?
We must now pray the Justin Timberlake song is GREAT. If it isn’t, can we make sense of this world again?


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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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