Sunday, December 23, 2007

#48 Katharine McPhee, "Over It"

I'm over your lies,
And I'm over your games
I'm over you asking me
When you know I'm not OK

I still don't understand why this song flopped; I mean, if this incredibly commercial-sounding pop song, fronted by a good and good-looking singer, can't make it, there's not much hope for this, is there (even if "Over It"'s video may have had some odd shots and a pretty awful way of breaking up with someone, it's still better than that one)? Sigh. I don't think I've done much talking about how much I like this song on here, though I did mention it offhand once. Taking full advantage of the template created by JoJo's "Too Little Too Late," "Over It" is a laid-back sounding supposed-breakup song with more than a hint of sadness and melancholy and with a catchy groove that somehow wiggles its way into your brain and gets stuck there. I would've loved to see it be more successful, though once "Love Story" started to get promoted as the second single, I figured that would be successful just because I had no interest in it whatsoever.

Find it on: Katharine McPhee


Anonymous said...

"Over It" hardly "flopped." It peaked at #20 on Mediabase and has over 500,000 downloads on itunes. It's ready to be certified a gold record. That's not flopping, that's a successful single.

Poster Girl said...

I think it depends on your expectations. The song peaked at #29, which is a heck of a lot better than a lot of artists I like do, but I would've really liked to see it go top 10. This isn't a post to denigrate Katharine or her music career--which is I'm guessing what you're thinking and inspired you to comment; I'm saying the song (which I really like) didn't hugely take off. It didn't really "cross over" like I was hoping it would. The gold record thing is a good point, though. I would just be very surprised if the record executives truly viewed that as success at the level they wanted, though perhaps I'm viewing that in the light of the performance of the followup single.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you, PG. For an unknown artist, No. 29 is not bad, but for an AI alumni, it's a flop.

I really wished Billboard got their act together and made the Hot 100 a chart based on sales and only sales. Who gives a fuck about airplay? Radio airplay stopped being relevant in 1992.

Poster Girl said...

Yup, that's what I was thinking about its placing--and you said it so much more succinctly than me! :)

D'luv said...

I'm glad you included this. I almost did on mine, and had my list gone to 12 instead of just 10, it probably woulda been #12, right after Sara Bareilles' "Love Song" at #11.

The only thing that irked me about it was how similar it was to "Too Little Too Late" by JoJo, but both had the same co-writer, so there you go.

Poster Girl said...

It's such an obvious rip-off--but, like you said, I guess at least it's by the same writers! It kind of feels like it is or should be generic, and yet it ends up working for me anyway.