What is it about the Smith family and summer jams? Back in his Fresh Prince days, Will Smith recorded what might just be the ultimate Song of the Summer, “Summertime.” Now, his daughter Willow Smith is staking her own claim to the summer throne with her new single, “#SUMMERFLING.”
Song Of The Summer
When Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky” officially dropped back in April, most prognosticators dubbed it Song Of The Summer material. Over the course of the last few months, that prediction has come true, as the infectious track has been dueling Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” for the unofficial SOTS crown. However, one thing that “Get Lucky” has going for it that those other two don’t is President Barack Obama‘s support!
What do you get if you take one cup of the spoken word intro Eminem‘s “Lose Yourself,” mix in some of Usher and David Guetta‘s “Without You,” and top it off with a healthy dose of Pitbull & Ne-Yo‘s “Give Me Everything”? Well, my friends, you have a recipe for a summer smash, served up to you by none other than Jason Derulo. Yes, his new song “The Other Side”* seems to have all of the ingredients to become a Song Of The Summer contender.
For the last 8 weeks, VH1 and our friends at Dove Clinical Fresh Deodorant have been keeping close tabs on the tracks in the running for the 2012 Song Of The Summer crown. We monitored SIX different data sources —the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, the Billboard Hot 100, Spotify‘s most streamed songs, the iTunes Singles Chart, YouTube’s Music Chart, and votes from you guys, THE FANS, to determine what song will go down in history as this summer’s most memorable song. Well folks, after crunching the numbers, we have ourselves a winner…
A huge congratulations goes out to Katy Perry, whose relationship rebound anthem “Wide Awake” bested all of the competitors for the 2012 Song Of The Summer title! You might remember that Katy took home the 2011 Song Of The Summer prize, too, for “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).” And, just like last summer, we have a very special acceptance speech from Katy herself, in which she accepts our supremely summery VH1 Snow Cone Trophy and thanks all the Katycats out there.
Continue along for more details about the Song of the Summer voting!
Welcome to Week 7 of VH1′s Song Of The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant! As mentioned last week, Katy Perry is killing it for the third consecutive summer. “Wide Awake” has held tight at the top of the charts since early in the race, and with only one week of voting left in the competition, the title is close in sight. That is, unless you, voters, have something to say about it! Read more…
In only a few more hours, you can tune in to see for yourself all the good that went down at Sunday Night’s Do! Something Awards. But until then, here’s this: Flo Rida performing his Song of the Summer contender “Wild Ones.” Flo Rida hit the stage with a blinged-out mic in hand and in camo pants, like he could jump from the stage straight into a service project if the evening’s spirit so struck him. And in a cat-woman like black jumpsuit and with a pink hair-bow atop her head, StayC filled in for Sia, and the bumping (and much deserved!) audience tells us that they, too, think she did a great job.
Check out their performance of “Wild Ones” above, and tune in for the full show tonight at 9 PM ET/PT! And if you think “Wild Ones” deserves to be this year’s VH1 Song Of The Summer (presented by Dove Clinical Fresh Deodorant) VOTE TODAY by visiting sots.vh1.com!
Welcome to Week 6 of VH1′s Song Of The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant. For the third consecutive summer, Katy Perry has managed to keep the #1 spot on lock (See: “California Gurls” in 2010, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” in 2011) with her post-divorce empowerment anthem, “Wide Awake.” That song has been dueling with Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Call Me Maybe” for the crown all summer long, but as we near the conclusion of our Song Of The Summer race, a new challenger for the crown has emerged. That’s right, put your lips together for Flo Rida‘s “Whistle!”
Flo, who is performing on VH1′s Do Something Awards tomorrow night, is no stranger to SOTS success himself. Back in 2010, his collaboration with French house DJ supreme David Guetta and Nicole Scherzinger, “Club Can’t Handle Me,” made a run at Perry’s “California Gurls.” It went to #1 in five countries, including the U.K., and cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 thanks in part to the prominent role it played in Step Up: 3D. This summer, his “Whistle” just ousted “Call Me Maybe” from the #1 spot on the Billboard charts, but does he have what it takes to topple Katy?
That, dear readers, is entirely up to YOU. Head over to SOTS.VH1.COM to vote for your the 2012 Song Of The Summer; hundreds of thousands of votes have been cast so far, but there’s still plenty of time to make sure your favorite artist gets their due!
This week, Flo Rida‘s “Whistle” song shakes “Call Me Maybe” from its comfy perch atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, a feat that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago. It took sixteen weeks to rise in the charts, but it was evident to all from first listen that Carly Rae Jepsen‘s hit would be a smash. And so what, maybe she’s never actually given a guy her number. After sixteen weeks of rise and nine at number one, it seemed possible that “Call Me Maybe” beamed with a sort of pop magic that could never be dampened. But alas, here it has, and we now are forced to reckon: is the reign of “Call Me” over, maybe? Read more…
Welcome to Week 5 of VH1′s Song Of The Summer Countdown, presented by our friends over at Dove Clinical Strength Deodorant. Having elbowed her way past presumptive frontrunner Carly Rae Jepsen to take the top spot early in the race, Katy Perry and “Wide Awake” have yet to budge from the top spot. “Call Me Maybe” keeps hold on that runner-up spot, while Flo Rida‘s impossibly catchy “Whistle” continued its rise, finally bumping Maroon 5‘s “Payphone” from the Top 3. Don’t see your favorite song near the top of the list? Vote for your Song Of The Summer over at sots.vh1.com! Summer’s not over yet, you know.
The biggest mover and shaker on this week’s chart was Justin Bieber, whose “As Long As You Love Me” tore up seven spots to land at #5. Might we call this the Madsen bump? David Guetta‘s “Titanium” (#8 up to #7), Owl City‘s all-fun-everything anthem “Good Time” (#14 to #11) and P!nk‘s no hold’s barred “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” (#17 to #13) also saw some upward momentum this week.
In the spirit of the Olympic Games, it’s time for our VH1 Song of the Summer to look at a track tearing up the charts on a global level. South Korean singer/rapper PSY‘s “Gangnam Style” was released on July 15 and entered the GAON Singles Chart at No. 1. It also hit the iTunes Top 40 in Sweden, Denmark and New Zealand.
When Twitter’s Head of Music @tatiana first tweeted the “Gangnam Style” video last week, it already had 12 million views on YouTube – in only two weeks.
Since then, we’ve added dozens of views ourselves singing along (to the parts we understand) of the infectious song and hypnotizing video. (It’s up over 23 million now and shows no signs of slowing down.)