First Hit #1: October 25, 2008
After a surprisingly long time away from the top position, Britney Spears returns, and she’s heard a few Rihanna records. I’m not saying it’s a knockoff of Umbrella, but it does the same tricks, mostly in the playing around with the different syllables of words and using that as its core. It’s not really a successful move in this case, because a chorus that’s just repeating the same word isn’t really all the interesting, and if it succeeds it’s because it’s very fleet of foot. Basically, a fast moving beat can make you forget a lot, and Womanizer rushes forward so fast it’s difficult to catch up with what it’s doing, whether it’s doing it right or wrong. The chorus is about the only place where a listener is kept in a steady place, and that’s entirely because the repetition makes it feel like a placeholder lyric rather than anything interesting or exciting. Womanizer suffers when you catch up with it, and it’s success is largely due to the fact that you rarely do.