Tuesday, March 22, 2011

March Madness Breakup Bracket Day 5: Justin Timberlake vs. Rihanna; Robyn vs. Nicole Scherzinger

Vertigo Shtick has collected 64 of the best breakup pop tunes from the last decade or so to battle it out March Madness-style in a reader's choice tournament of getting over it!


It's Day 5, which means we're on the first pair of matches from the South Bracket! And the winds in the west are particularly feisty today, starting with the opening showdown between Justin Timberlake's scathing sendoff to a certain fellow pop superstar (and reportedly less than faithful ex-flame), "Cry Me a River," and Rihanna's ribald, attire-burning delight "Breakin' Dishes," which was originally planned as the eighth (yes, EIGHTH) single released off her blockbuster third album Good Girl Gone Bad, but was ultimately passed over in favor of one of the new tracks on the Reloaded re-release, "Rehab..." which was written, produced and featured guest vocals by Mr. Justin Timberlake. Oh ma-ee-ah-uh-a-yun!


In our second meeting of the day, two excellent and drastically underrated singers who have yet to find significant appreciation outside the progressive pop music world of Western and Northern Europe battle for the overseas/hipster vote as Swedish goddess star Robyn's "Handle Me" meets former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger's "Don't Hold Your Breath." (By the way, the original lyrics to the former are "You're a selfish narcissistic psycho-freakin', boot-lickin', Nazi creep." In case you, like I, always wondered what was behind the garbled censorship on the US release.)

Listen to the songs in each matchup below, and vote for your favorite for whatever reason you might think up! Readers will have 72 hours to log votes for these pairings. You're encouraged to use the comments to sway voters one way or another!


Match One 
 Justin Timberlake - "Cry Me a River"
Rihanna - "Breakin' Dishes"

Which of Today's Songs Do You Prefer?




Match Two
Robyn - "Handle Me"

Nicole Scherzinger - "Don't Hold Your Breath"

Which Song Gets Your Vote?


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