If I said that Christian TVâ€™s greatest accomplishment to date was being mentioned in one of Britneyâ€™s tweets, would you hold it against me?
To be fair, Christian TVâ€™s first single, â€œWhen She Turns 18,â€ did create a minor splash upon its release. After all, it was easily the catchiest jailbait-celebrating pop song since Jesse McCartneyâ€™s 2006 hit single (note: neither a hit nor a single) â€œDaddyâ€™s Little Girl.â€ But CTVâ€™s song mostly generated buzz due to the sleazy chi-mo bent of its lyrics, and the hype quickly dissipated. To these ears, the song, though pleasant enough, failed to resonate due to its lack of a memorable chorus â€” Iâ€™ve listened to it many times and still couldnâ€™t hum the hook for you. CTVâ€™s fame reached its spectacular zenith in June 2010, when the Holy Spearit memorably tweeted the following sentence (which had nothing, I repeat, nothing to do with pressure from her label/management/PR, and was only the consequence of the Queen Bâ€™s endlessly benevolent spirit):
Sitting with Jason. He just played me my favorite new song of the summer “When She Turns 18″by @christiantv http://mysp.ac/doO9Km – Brit
Even with Britâ€™s support, though, â€œWhen She Turns 18â€ flopped on the charts. Fortunately, I donâ€™t think CTV is going to need anyoneâ€™s help to turn â€œLove2Babyâ€ into a certified smash. The track is bombastic, deliciously derivative, and every bit as filthy as â€œWhen She Turns 18,â€ without the distasteful statutory rape undertones. Lyrically, the song appropriates every poppinâ€™-bottles-in-the-club party cliche in the book, while sonically, itâ€™s the bastard lovechild of â€œDynamiteâ€ and â€œYeah 3X,â€ managing to feel utterly familiar but not altogether stale. Basically, it sounds like the product of months of exhaustive market research and consumer testing with the singular goal of creating the perfect club anthem. And to think, without Britneyâ€™s help, it would never have been possible. Yet another victory for the Holy Spearit.
“Love2Baby” will be released later this year. (iTunes)