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Ciara's "Body Party" deserves better


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With more than 31 million views on YouTube since its release six days ago, it seems inevitable that Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop," already infamous for its lyrical drug references and kiiinda racist video, will enter the Billboard Hot 100 at or near its top. Which is fine. The pop charts are supposed to provide teenagers with bad influences, even if Miley may or may not be "the second coming of Pat Boone." (If you need context for that burn click here.) And more importantly, that kind of chart placement will be a major look for producer Mike Will Made It, who after establishing himself with the rap world after crafting smash hits for Future and Juicy J is making a seamless slide into the pop business, and who is consistently great.

It would be better, though, if we could put Ciara's "Body Party," which Mike Will Made It also produced, up there instead. After being released back in March, it's been hanging around just above the Hot 100's midpoint, and for as deep as it's dug itself into the hearts of a certain taxon of sappy hip-hop/R&B fan, the passion it's inspired has yet to flare up into full-on chart success. Which has some of those sappy hip-hop/R&B fans low-key angry.

Like Drake's more popular "Started From the Bottom," "Body Party" offers simple pleasures. The relationship between Ciara and Future in the song seems as uncomplicated and kind of charmingly corny and old-fashioned as their one in real life, and the beat reflects the same kind of unhurried pleasure. The song has elements that can appeal to R&B fans, rap fans, fans of Ghost Town DJs' "My Boo," or people in cornball love with each other and not giving a fuck what other people think.

In fact, there's not much else on the chart that offers such a relatively chaste, holding-hands view of romantic entanglements right now. And maybe that's what fans of the song can tap into to move it out of its midchart doldrums. An outraged parent protesting against pop music needs an alternative to offer as something worthy of her children's attention. With the right kind of persuasion it could be possible to get One Million Moms or some similar group who are no doubt furious over Miley Cyrus's corruption of young minds to promote "Body Party" as a wholesome portrait of healthy heterosexual romance and get the conservatives buying copies.

We'd probably have to change the cover art first.

Miles Raymer writes about what's on the charts on Tuesday.