Justin Bieber and PSY Bring Us Back to Reality
    • FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013

    • Posted by: Stephen Cardone

    The saying goes, 'some days you're the bird, and some days you're the statue.' This week saw the release of some pretty awesome material, such as that tasty new song from The National and Jay-Z's incendiary diss of the U.S legislative branch. But now it seems the music gods are hell bent on restoring cosmic balance and they chose today to bestow us with not one, but two songs that will leave you scratching your head and wondering what to next with your life. Pop wunderkind Justin Bieber and Korean viral sensation PSY both double down on their former winning formulas with their respective singles.

    Justin Bieber: It's hard to tell at this point whether or not JB just feels like being generous to Ludacris by gifting him relevancy with #1 singles, or if he is forced to include him because of contractual obligations. Regardless, Luda shows up for "All Around The World" much in the same way he does on "Baby", by providing a completely unnecessary verse that distracts you from the fact that this is a completely unnecessary song. The whole thing feels phoned in, even Justin seems like he's not even trying, and it contains god awful lines such as "All Around The World/They're no different than us." It's also pretty clear that the Biebs feels that his pop prince crown is in jeopardy when he blatantly rips off One Direction with the line, "You're beautiful, beautiful, you should know it / I think it's time, think it's time that you show it." The whole house music vibe feels totally wrong for Bieber, who seems desperate to show the ladies that he's all grown up and ready to party. The result is just even more formulaic than what we have come to expect from him. Hopefully this thing does what it was designed to do: distract us from that photo of him smoking a blunt.

    PSY: Could this dude be trying any harder? He's never going to get another billion views on Youtube so he might as well stop trying. Unfortunately, quitting while your ahead isn't on PSY's radar, and you can bet your ass we're gonna have to suffer through at least another four or five attempts to recapture our attention. The new song is a total bore. Wait for the music video on this one.

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