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Pop & Circumstance: Jessie J takes lessons from pop divas, nauseates Black Lips

Is Jessie J the next big thing? Or just a mixed-bag of pop divas? Photo by Stuart Wilson, Getty Images.
Is Jessie J the next big thing? Or just a mixed-bag of pop divas? Photo by Stuart Wilson, Getty Images.

When you think of partying in the U.S.A., who comes to mind? Miley, naturally. But do you know who actually wrote that giant gem of a single? This British chick named Jessie J who has a knack for formulating No. 1 hits both here and abroad. She also wrote Chris Brown’s “I Need This” for his album “Graffiti” in 2009, and rumor has it she’s penned songs for Britney and Alicia Keys, too.

Jessie J’s first single, “Do It Like A Dude” was huge in the UK, peaking at No. 2 in 2010. “Price Tag” (featuring B.o.B) came shortly after, hitting US airwaves quite successfully. Jessie J was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” on March 12 of this year, and will go on to support Katy Perry on her summer tour.

So who is Jessie J, exactly? To me, she kinda sorta sounds like a Katy Perry/Lady Gaga/Rihanna hybrid from overseas. Though little Willow Smith said Jessie J is the artist she’d most like to collaborate with these days, I’m having a little bit of trouble truly deciphering the attitude and aura that Jessie J is putting out into the poposphere.

There was some Twitter drama this week revolving around Jessie J and self-proclaimed “flower-punk” band the Black Lips. To put it simply, they were revolted by her video for “Do It Like A Dude,” which premiered in November of last year.

The tweets, which all happened in a matter of 20 minutes, started with “Jessie J is the most disgusting pop star I have ever seen. Thanks for ruining food for me today.” Which was followed by a link to her video and a “Are you fucking kidding me?????” and finally, “10 bajillion million thousand times a billion dollars to the person who can bring me Jessie J’s severed head on a silver plate” with the hashtag “#fuckjessiej.”

Tell us how you really feel, Black Lips.

The shock factor is totally Gaga. So are the rhinestone-encrusted lips, and the freaky head shakes. The blunt black haircut is totally on the same page as Katy Perry’s wigs. The island accent that comes and goes? Totally Rihanna-esque. Even the song is reminiscent of “Rude Boy,” which J says inspired her to write “Do It Like A Dude.” To me, “Rude Boy,” is pure sex. “Do It Like A Dude,” is kind of, well, gross. And the simulated sex in the video, dare I say it, is far less classy that the stuff Lady Gaga pulls off. And wait — is J insinuating that men eat human flesh? And what’s with that rando girl-on-girl makeout at 1:51? Pop darling she ain’t, but we’ll give her another chance. “Price Tag” was pretty catch, after all.

Up next: “Nobody’s Perfect,” which most definitely pulls from Perry’s “Fireworks” and Pink’s “Perfect” and sounds strangely like Beyonce’s “Halo.” But hey, at least the video isn’t nearly as nauseating as “Do It Like A Dude.” Wonder what the Black Lips will think. ..

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Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.