Sure, it's from an album that came out last year, but that doesn't mean you should bet against Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" in the Summer Jam Sweepstakes. After all, there are about a million compelling reasons why it could very well be the biggest song on the beaches, chief among them this one: At this point, why bet against her?
Yes, in her meteoric rise to the top of the pop world, there's not much Gaga hasn't accomplished, though a surefire summertime smash may be one of them. "Paparazzi" started picking up steam in the summer of 2009, but due mostly to scheduling, LG has yet to release a single during tanning season. Until now, that is.
Because "Alejandro" is primed and ready as the third single from her massive Fame Monster album, and thanks to a high-profile (and slightly controversial) performance of the tune on "American Idol" and sure-to-be discussed video in the works (it's due next month), it wouldn't surprise us to see Gaga topping the charts this summer, which, by proxy, would all but cement the song as the official soundtrack to the bikini months.
There's plenty to love about the song, too: From the sparkling, slightly Spanish production work of frequent collaborator RedOne to the goofy accent Gaga adopts for the tune, it's very much an over-the-top delight, and we'd be remiss if we didn't point out just how much it reminds us of Madonna's easy, breezy "La Isla Bonita," which was a hit way back in the summer of '87. And let's face it: If there's one song that will serve as the score to your summer-long fling with a dreamy-yet-slightly-distant exchange student ("I know that we are young, and I know that you may love me/ But I just can't be with you like this anymore, Alejandro"), well, this is probably it.
So while it faces some stiff competition — from the likes of Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and the B.o.B/ Hayley Williams team-up "Airplanes" to name just two — "Alejandro" feels like a strong contender to become the song of summer 2010. And if/when it does, it'll only further illustrate the fact that Lady Gaga can basically do anything. Like we said, why would you bet against her?
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