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