I’ve been feeling really good about the Billboard Top Ten in this installment of ‘What the Kids Are Listening To.’ The songs have been listenable, the artists have been likable. Overall, a very chill and positive vibe.
Then comes an ugly bump in the road in the form of the abusive pig Chris Brown. How is it that in the Cancel Culture era, when artists can be written off for an offensive tweet, this convicted felon continues to release hit songs? Here’s a guy who isn’t allowed into the UK, Australia or New Zealand because of his criminal record, but American fans (many of them female) put his latest song at #7 on the Hot 100.
Rounding out Billboard’s Top Ten are two songs I have already featured. Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’, which has spent 38 weeks on the chart and 6 weeks at the #1 spot, sits at #9. And Ariana Grande’s ‘No Tears Left to Cry,’ which I wrote about just two weeks ago, is hanging on at #10.
At #11 we have ‘Freaky Friday,’ by comic rapper Lil Dicky. Drawing inspiration from the Lindsay Lohan movie, this song has Lil Dicky and Chris Brown swap bodies and rap as each other.
Sadly, the song at #14 on Billboard’ Hot 100 is yet another rap track objectifying women.
When will it get old for rappers to wax eloquent about how much money and how many women they have? Or — better questions — when will people stop buying this crap and force the performers to try something else for a change?
So the big news this Grammy night is that Rihanna and boyfriend Chris Brown both pulled out of their performances at the last minute because he (allegedly) beat her up in a car earlier today. She called the cops and they’re currently looking for him.
Police haven’t confirmed that Rihanna was the victim — only that Brown is wanted for questioning in a domestic violence incident. But sources are leaking that she is indeed the woman involved.
What. The. Fuck?