By Katie Byrne
We introduced you to Britney Spears' opening act Kristinia DeBarge earlier today, but it turns out the newcomer is already in some pretty high-profile company. Her breakthrough single "Goodbye" samples Steam's 1969 hit "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," which is turning out to be the sample of the summer.
Jay-Z and Wale are also bidding farewell using the '60s song — to Auto-Tune and haters, respectively. Here's a rundown of the summer-jam kiss-offs.
Jay is over robo-voices, and he's making it quite clear with his latest track, the title of which stands for "Death of Auto-Tune." "You rappers singing too much/Get back to rap, you T-Pain-ing too much," Jay spits. "D.O.A." references the Steam song when, at the very beginning of the song and after the chorus, Jay sorta-sings, "La-da-da-da, hey, hey, hey, goodbye." Later, Auto-Tune!
Wale is just introducing himself to the hip-hop world, and he already seems intent on making enemies. "Kickin' in the door, and I'm everybody's problem," he raps on "Chillin'." The single is one big bragging session for the D.C. rapper and Gaga, so perhaps they're actually saying goodbye to their humility with the Steam sample.
This song has two different meanings, depending on whether you hear it on the radio or on TV. If you've heard the song on your favorite pop station, you know Kristinia is dropping a no-good boyfriend: "I don't care if I never see you again/I'll be all right," she sings. But if you've seen the ubiquitous Nivea commercial that features the song, she's also saying goodbye to cellulite. It works on so many levels!