This might be the most unlikely #1 hit song of the year. A sixteen-year old woman from New Zealand - no New Zealander has ever had a #1 hit in the US, by the way - and the song is really percussion-heavy, with some synth in for highlight. But it's brilliant, and I am really proud of commercial pop radio for embracing such a different song.
Scott and I have been kind of dragging our heels on posting this one. For me, it's because I didn't really like the song. It bored me. But it grew on me. And then I caught this live performance, as played in the studios of the legendary KCRW.
Pretty much indistinguishable from the studio version, isn't it? That's the mark of a solid artist. This version of the video is the one for the rest of the world, and not the US......
.....and this is the US version. Not much different.
Update: 21 June 2014: The Japanese version..... well, that's VERY different.