MUSEUM MONDAYS: KE$HA – DIE YOUNG

Amidst the media stir around electro-pop idol Ke$ha’s ‘Die Young,’ Wax Museum still chose to look at the influence of electronica on the track – and not it’s perceived influence on the shooting in Newton.

Perhaps this article should actually be about Dr.Luke, the producer of this and many other Top 40 electro infused tracks. Originally discovering and then eventually signing Ke$ha, Dr. Luke experimented for Ke$ha’s sound, abandoning his pop-rock style for guitarless synths and beats.

Reading up on Die Young, you’ll find a lot of comments about FloRida’s ‘Good Feeling’ (you remember that horrible remake during the height of the ‘Levels’ phenomena?) This track, also produced by Dr. Luke, had FloRida rap over Avicii’s Levels, so maybe ‘Die Young’ is actually just Ke$ha rapping over something similar?

Let us introduce you to Sebastian Ingrosso & Alesso’s ‘The Calling’:

We know the instruments used in the synth riffs of Die Young reflect an 80’s New Wave style with a large Glam Rock drum beat, but we’re listening to the notes.

In Die Young you’ll find a C# Major chord with a progression of E, F#, G#, A, B with a high C# and in The Calling you find C# Major chords with a progression of E, F#, G#, A, B with a low C#.

Similar, no?

Why they chose to dilute The Calling in this song as opposed to pulling a Pitbull or FloRida and just adopt the original song, we will never know…. but in place of this, we have supplied you with a Bootleg by Wax Museum just to prove our point.

So how do the member’s of Wax Museum feel about this song?

Etro Thinks: The ability to combine these two songs from different genres is exactly the thing that bothers me with music today. This ever-crossing boundary of Top 40 and what should be underground music is spawning the most predictable music ever created. It’s a shame because each has their own strong points yet none get to shine.

ViVi Thinks: Love the mix together. While Ke$ha is predictable, I’ve been waiting for a new hit from her since We R Who We R. She’s fun to mash up with her half rap/half singing style, and her anthems never fail to get the ladies to the dancefloor.

The Ongoing History of Songs that Changed Top 40

Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake ft. Timbaland

Released in 2006, this Timbaland track set off a major change in Top 40, combining a Bowie-esque rock style vocal with a pounding 808 bass beat and electronic chords. Timbaland steers away from Justin Timberlake’s R&B roots to create a club-funk sound, something very different at this time from the still monotonous mainstream. This song definitely paved the way for more R&B and Hip Hop artists to abandon their previous style and delve into the fresh electro sound.