Occupy the Charts
by Rachel Devitt | August 31, 2013
We hear a lot about the flossing and the bling that coats the charts in shiny, diamond-crusted glamour. And let's admit it: We all love (or at least love to hate) the glitz and glamour, the excessive opulence and yes, the crass commercialism of pop stardom and celebrity life. If we didn't, North West wouldn't be a person we knew or cared about, right? Right. But on the other hand, sometimes it's just really refreshing to hear a pop star not only ostensibly resist that lifestyle, but kind of try to take it down (you know, as much as they can from atop their solid-gold thrones and all). And that's how, frankly, some pretty badass songs, from Miguel's "Candles in the Sun" to Jessie J's "Price Tag," from Fred Astaire's classic hoi-polloi-mocking "Puttin' on the Ritz" to hot young thing Lorde's takedown of "Royals" have made it into the pop lexicon over the centuries. Sometimes we need a little medicine with our spoonful of sugar, no? Especially when it's coated in pure pop confectionary. So listen up -- and act up! Occupy the charts!