Flo Rida Owns Us All

So, remember last week, when I was musing on the possibility of Flo Rida‘s Pete Burns-tastic “Right Round” breaking the debut-week sales record that Eminem’s “Crack A Bottle” had just set? Well, not only did it break Slim Shady’s record, the ode to getting head on the dance floor pulverized it, selling 636,303 copies in its first week at Amazon MP3 and the iTunes Store—the best single-week total ever, beating his own “Low”—and pretty much ensuring that it’s going to be this week’s No. 1 single. (“Crack A Bottle” was off 39%, selling 254,000 copies; the No. 3 song, the T.I./Justin Timberlake collaboration “Dead And Gone,” moved 237,000 units.)

R.O.O.T.S. is the title of Flo Rida’s forthcoming album, an acronym that apparently stands for “Routes Of Overcoming The Struggle.” Apparently the quickest way to overcome the “struggle” of your two follow-up singles from your debut album not performing up to standards is to get Dr. Luke on the case!

Flo rida right round [Dailymotion]

  • NeverEnough

    TOTALLY off the subject, but did you see this? [www.twentyfourbit.com] Yikes…

  • the rich girls are weeping

    Well, to be fair, this is better song about that kind of thing than “Elevator” was — but OMFG. Dr. Luke is seriously in some kind of Faustinan deal to singlehandedly re-queer the entirety of pop music. I swear, it’s like, 1982 up in here, y’all.

  • Anonymous

    Over 600,000 downloads? I don’t know, I hope I’m not being too cynical, but there’s got to be some kind of shenanigans involved here, right? That just seems impossible.

  • Maura Johnston

    @plasticnotions: never underestimate the wondertwin power of dr. luke and dead or alive.

  • Maura Johnston

    @Maura Johnston: plus, ‘low’ has sold 4,661,558 copies to date. for real.

  • bess marvin, girl detective

    so, if the world were to end next week, the #1 song in america would be this shit? 2012 can’t come soon enough.

  • Audif Jackson Winters III

    @bess marvin, girl detective: At first I thought that was a reference to presidential election years, and I was like, you really think music will be better during a potential Bobby Jindal administration?

    But then I realized it was that Mayan calendar thing.

  • the rich girls are weeping

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: Best. Comment. Ever.

  • mackro

    This track is the 17,891,457th example of turning something novelty-gay into mega-hetero. Example this time, I REALLY like the results!

    Abercrombie & Fitch must have given Flo Rida a pep talk.

  • mackro

    (not that I like A&F, lol, really bad phrasing. A&F have done the gay-gone-macho thing very well though. Or is it the other way around? Or Both? ah, whatever.)