On Tuesday 22 May 2012 Cher released her debut single in the USA – the perky pop perfect…
“Want U Back”
…and absolutely fantastically, sales of the single in the USA exceeded 2,000,000 !!!
It was the original ‘Sticks + Stones’ version of ‘Want U Back’ that became Cher’s debut release in the USA, which meant it no longer featured Astro as the UK single had. I think this was simply because as a debut release it was important for Cher to debut on her own – just the same as in the UK with ‘Swagger Jagger’. The collaborations can, and did, come later, but for now, let’s talk about ‘Want U Back’ for the North American markets. Yet, as I have discussed in some detail the track in my post ‘Want U Back’, I’ll just recap here by saying that the song tells us of a girl whom having kissed her boy goodbye and walked away, is now wanting him back after spotting him around town with another girl. Perky, addictive – and from the opening “UHHN!” the track is loaded to the hilt with brattiness! And I think …
It just has ‘Cher Lloyd‘ written all over it!!!
And omg did America just love it or what!!!
Cher recorded an entirely new video for the US release of ‘Want U Back’. Which must have been loads of fun to do as it was a really good opportunity for another interpretation of the song and therefore, a platform for new ideas. When I heard there was going to be a new video I couldn’t wait to see it and how it compared to the UK version as that for me was classic Cher – funny, cheeky and bratty! So I was delighted as the US version more than kept true to the mischievousness of the track and even more so! This time in the video, Cher confronts her ex in an American Diner called ‘Cadillac Jacks’ and buys him a strawberry smoothie which ends up getting flung all over his new girl! Cher continues to play up – knocking over a tray, walking on the counter, writing ‘too bad’ on it in ketchup and putting a ‘kick me’ sign on her ex’s back! In the end the police arrive to arrest her and she is taken to the station for mug shots, pop and cookies! It is very funny and I can imagine the Dukes of Hazzard arriving later to bust Cher outta jail!
Cher’s outfits include colourful Cher wearing polka dot shirt with chunky necklace, shorts and charming floral boots – and naughty Cher wearing biker chic cropped black and grey striped top and black skater skirt with gold chain belt, gothic fabric tights and black heeled lace up boots. Enjoy the video!
Does this sound like a helicopter? Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!