Zedd Remix of Magic!'s "Rude" Turns the Sleepy Song Into a Fist-Pumping Dance Anthem — LISTEN
There's just something about Magic!'s current number one single "Rude" that rubs me the wrong way. I can't explain it. Is it lead singer Nasri Atweh's sleepy-sounding vocals? Is it the plodding, reggae-infused beat? Or is it the overall lameness of the line, "Why you gotta be so rude?" Perhaps it's the combination of all three elements that causes me to change the station nearly every time I hear the track on the radio (which is a lot). Don't get me wrong — "Rude" is insanely catchy and you will occasionally find me singing it to myself during the day — but it's far from my favorite song of the summer, that's for sure. Thankfully, DJ/producer Zedd premiered his remix of "Rude" at Chicago music festival Lollapalooza this past weekend, and he totally transformed it from a sleepy mid-tempo into an energetic, fist-pumping, jump-up-and-down-and-scream-your-lungs-out dance anthem.
Now that's impressive! If you're not already familiar with Zedd, he hit the big time in 2013 with his single "Clarity." In the past, he's produced songs for artists like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. Most recently, he worked on Ariana Grande's new single, "Break Free." Skip to the 1:09 mark in the YouTube video below to hear Zedd's reimagining of "Rude."
It's kind of surprising just how good "Rude's" easy-going chorus sounds over Zedd's trademark electronic synths and pounding beats. It really shouldn't work, but somehow, it does. There's even a little retro disco action going on during the remix's second verse. From "reggae lite" to EDM and even disco? Talk about unexpected!
If Zedd's new remix of "Rude" is released to iTunes and other digital retailers in the future, its sales could help the original song maintain its current number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Rude" has already notched three-consecutive weeks atop the chart, but a couple more certainly wouldn't hurt! Of course, the real test is going to be what happens after "Rude's" popularity begins to fade.
Will Magic! be able to nab another hit and prove that they're not just one-hit wonders? Only time will tell.
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