G.NA’s on top with her new music video.
Did you like the song?
Until I heard the end of the chorus I didn’t care for this song, but, man, the ending of that chorus goes exactly where I wanted it to. (“Boo!”) But the best part for me…
What was your favorite part of the song?
The musical bridge part that we hear right after the fire hydrant explodes and drenches everyone in water. There’s this awesome key change and a kickass section where G.NA (who has wet hair) and two dancers (who do not) dance in the fire hydrant water. Best part!
Does the English make you want to rip your eardrums out?
G.NA was born in Vancouver, and her English is pretty good. Some slightly off pronunciations at the beginning, nothing major. Still understandable. (My only issue was that when she said “sad endings all day” I thought she said “seven days all day,” which doesn’t…quite make sense. I’m still not sure “sad endings all day” makes sense, either, but oh well.)
Did you like the video?
I did, though I’m a bit uncomfortable with the implications of the video when put to the main lyrics. G.NA’s on top, but the video makes it seem like the point of being at the top of the world…is to buy things. There’s so much of an emphasis on luxury and credit cards and sports cars and buying random fancy goods. I guess it’s difficult to portray being “on top” in a music video, but somehow I didn’t mind when 2NE1 did the exact same thing in “I Am The Best” (they even had a poodle!), but it’s jarring when G.NA shows off a luxurious lifestyle in this song. Maybe it’s because I was worried 2NE1 would trash my apartment with baseball bats. Still, I wish they could show that there is more to being famous than fancy things. I guess for me 2NE1 gave off that feeling of “I’m powerful!” whereas G.NA doesn’t so much.
Was there a storyline? If so, did it make sense?
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF G.NA:
G.NA walks into an upscale boutique with the paparazzi on her heels (and a random hissing cat). The boutique is labeled “Top Girl: The Magum Dynasty Show,” and I will give an internet kiss to anyone who can plausibly explain what that means. There, people show G.NA outfits to pick out and put glittery makeup on her. They also have this irritating habit of flinging jewels into the air.
Cut to G.NA and her backup dancers performing in front of a studio audience. I think the best part was that the camera operators looked like attractive girls— complete with with glossy hair and pink dresses. And they seemed to be having fun.
G.NA drives to her next appointment…by taking up two lanes…going backwards down a highway…in New Mexico.
Then she hangs out with her friends, who look like backup dancers and thugs. Continuing in this theme, they bust off the top of a fire hydrant and are magically transported to a place where they can dance in the water. Finally, there are fireworks to signal the end of her day.
Was the dance cool and distinctive?
When we could see the dance, it looked pretty generic, not really distinctive, but seemed to fit the music nicely. The “top top girl” dance looked like G.NA was kind of tipping her top hat, so that was good.
Do the members look good?
G.NA does look very pretty but also very…tired? I mean, she’s 24 but looks much older in this video. It’s something in her eyes. And I don’t think it’s her in general, I think it’s just the way she looks in some shots in this vid. Get some rest, G.NA!
Which member stood out the most?
I’m going to have to give this to G.NA’s eye makeup artist, especially the person who decided to put sparkly diamond things on her eyes. In every shot.
Do you like it enough to buy the song?
It was a close call, but that chorus and key change bridge sold it for me.
Any ending thoughts?
I liked this song better than G.NA’s Banana, but both are good songs.
Boyfriend’s one-liner, on which I am not commenting:
“I also like my girl on top.” ;)
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