Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are going to have huge debuts on next week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart. Taylor Swift debuted her video for “Wildest Dreams” on the show, and Justin Bieber performed his new single, “What Do You Mean?”
It doesn’t appear likely that Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” will be another No. 1 single for the current Queen of Pop, but it could definitely be a top-five hit. Swift is currently at No. 3 on iTunes with her single. The video, which has already received over 15 million views, was actually accused of promoting colonialism by the Huffington Post.
“Instead of the cultural appropriation that has become almost status quo in today’s pop music, Swift has opted for the bolder option of actually just embodying the political exploitation of a region and its people. It’s brave, really.”
Following Taylor Swift is Justin Bieber, who Billboard claims could have another No. 1 single this week.
“Justin Bieber is set to rocket onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart, as his new single, ‘What Do You Mean?,’ appears headed for a debut likely in the top five, if not No. 1, a milestone he’s yet to achieve. Bieber has climbed as high as No. 2 with ‘Boyfriend,’ in 2012.”
Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” has received great reviews. The best one came from Idolator.
“Vocally, the 21-year-old has never sounded better… Throw in relatable lyrics, the best use of a clock effect since Gwen Stefani’s ‘What You Waiting For?’ and an instantly memorable chorus, and you’re left with the Canadian’s best single to date.”
Despite all the positive feedback Bieber has received, Forbes thought that his performance at the MTV VMAs wasn’t the comeback he expected.
“As the lights shined over the stage and his set started, it didn’t take long for timelines to flood with commentary calling out the disappointment in Bieber’s performance, with many claiming his singing and dancing were equally sub-par,” claims author Julian Mitchell.
Forbes goes on to note that when Bieber broke down in tears, it all seemed too staged. Mitchell also says that it inspired more mockery than sympathy.
It’s obvious that Bieber’s performance moved a lot of people as they went straight to iTunes in order to buy his new single. The song, which was released two days before the VMAs, had a huge sales increase after the performance. Like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber will always have his critics who think he never deserved to become such a superstar in the first place. Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber are laughing themselves all the way to the bank.
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