Canadian Reggae Hit: Good rhythm trumps senseless lyrics

| June 20, 2014

Music news.   “Rude” was originally based on a real-life situation. The lead singer of Magic!, Nasri, had been in an unhealthy relationship with a previous girlfriend. One day, after his girlfriend had gotten mad at him and started to become harsh, Narsi began singing the lines “Why you gotta be so rude/ don’t you know I’m human too” in what he describes a “dark vibe.” However, the concept didn’t work with the band well so it was revised and eventually made into a man talking to the disapproving father of his lover. “Rude” was written by Nasri, Adam Messinger, Mark Pellizzer, Ben Spivak and Alex Tanas, and produced by Adam Messinger.

Photo courtesy www.muchmusic.com

Photo courtesy www.muchmusic.com

“Rude” entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 97 on May 10, 2014. The following week, “Rude” moved to its peak position of number 62. Two weeks after debuting onto the Hot 100, “Rude” moved to number 39, becoming the band’s first top 40 single. The next week, it moved to number 28. Then the next week, the song jumped to number 15, before peaking at number 8 two weeks later. It has since peaked on the chart at number 3.

Not sure why the father of the girl is being regarded as rude because he’s reluctant to give his daughter’s hand in marriage to a bloke he’s not entirely comfortable with. The rhythm is good but the lyrics leave much to be desired!

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