Monday, August 9, 2010

B.o.B. (feat. Hayley Williams) -- "Airplanes" (2010)

Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky 
Are like shooting stars
I could really use a wish right now

Ryan Seacrest at age 19
If you listen to top-40 radio, or your kids listen to top-40 radio, you've heard this song about a thousand times in the last month.  "Airplanes" -- officially credited to B.o.B., but which also features Hayley Williams of Paramore (who sings the chorus) -- hit the top 10 on "American Top 40 featuring Ryan Seacrest" the week of June 5, moved into the number one spot the week of July 10, and has held on to the number two spot ever since. 

The song tells a familiar story -- that of the unknown young performer who dreams of making it big and eventually achieves that dream, only to find that stardom isn't all that it's cracked up to be.  In this song, his wish is that he makes it on to an about-to-depart flight that will take him away from the "all the partyin' and smashin' and crashin'/and all the glitz and the glam and the fashion" and back to his home.

Blogging about a current top-40 hit is a drastic departure from my usual pattern, but I do like this song -- the chorus gets into your head, and the song as a whole is superior (in my opinion, at least) to most current pop hits.  To tell the truth, that's not really why I'm writing about it.

It's all about the visits, the views, and -- especially -- the clicks, folks.  I'm under some pressure from a woman with the same last name with whom I share this house to quit frittering away my time blogging, so I need to monetize that bad boy and do so in a hurry.  

Here's my plan.  My blog set records a couple of weeks when I was posting on a daily basis (even though most of those posts related to 40-year-old songs and my high school years, and were of interest to a very limited audience).  Last week, when I took a rest, my hits plummeted -- into single digits on a couple of days.  But when I added two new posts over the weekend -- one of which was about about a relatively hip and new group -- it was straight to the moon, Alice.

I figure the combination of a current hit song and a brand-new post, is going to generate hits beyond my wildest dreams.  (Did I hear someone mutter "sellout" under their breath?  Such an ugly word.)  

Or at least that's what I wished for earlier this evening when I saw an airplane in the night sky that looked a bit like a shooting star.

Here's the official music video for "Airplanes":

Here's a link you can use to buy the song on iTunes:

Here's a link if you prefer Amazon:

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