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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • The Farr Side: What's this year's song of the summer?

  • Hey, we just met and I know it’s crazy, but you’re at No. 1 with “Call Me Maybe”! Carly Rae Jepson dethroned Gotye’s megahit “Somebody That I Used To Know” (8 weeks at No. 1) to claim the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Call Me Maybe.”

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  • Hey, we just met and I know it’s crazy, but you’re at No. 1 with “Call Me Maybe”! Carly Rae Jepson dethroned Gotye’s megahit “Somebody That I Used To Know” (8 weeks at No. 1) to claim the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Call Me Maybe.”
    Jepson’s hit is well on its way to being the song of the summer. It’s everywhere. Even Barack Obama is singing the song. Maybe. A clever YouTube user spliced Obama footage and audio to the lyrics of Jepson’s song. So it’s a hit on the Net, too.
    This is one of those songs plays over and over in your head to where it’s almost normal. And let me tell you, a nearly-40 year-old man should not be going around singing this song.
    “Song of the summer” typically solidifies an artist’s existence. The Beach Boys have long been synonymous with summer fun. In recent years, Rihanna and Katy Perry took turns in the role, with “Umbrella” and  “California Gurls, respectively.” Then there was 2011’s “Party Rock Anthem” and “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO that ruled.
    Jepson’s hold on the title seems imminent, but plenty of other tracks are vying for a place at your barbecue, family reunion or beach trip.
    Among the summer hits are Flo Rida’s “Run,” featuring LMFAO. This has it all, plus it has Red Foo and SkyBlu. Instant hit, for sure.
    Usher’s latest, “Scream,” is another major dance floor thumper to reign supreme, while Chris Brown’s “Turn up The  Music” makes you wanna do just that.
    My current favorite MC, Pitbull, is taking us back in time with “Back In Time,” a song that features sound bites from the 1956 hit “Love Is Strange” by Mickey & Sylvia. “Back In Time” is from the summer blockbuster film “Men In Black III.”
    Country fans are kicking back to “Drunk On You” (Luke Bryan), “Springsteen” (Eric Church), and “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck” (Kip Moore). “Springsteen” is the kind of song that will put Church in the category of Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. It’s going to be big.
    My favorite band this year has to be Fun. I still love “We Are Young,” which will certainly be apart of summer, too, as it definitely ushered in springtime. The band’s new single “Some Nights” is equally great and one to watch. Fun has that “it” factor.
    Speaking of bands that have “it": Maroon 5 is back with the new album, “Overexposed.” Sure Adam Levine’s role on “The Voice” escalated his appeal, but it’s Maroon 5’s new material we’ve been craving. The first single, “Payphone,” is everywhere, despite the fact pay phones are not. 
    Someone should tell Levine when he finds a pay phone that he should call Jepson.  Just a thought ... enjoy your summer!
    Page 2 of 2 - David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. Email him at farrboy@hotmail.com.
     

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