Acapella

Album: Pulses (2013)
Charted: 72
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  • The official first single by American Pop duo Karmin, from their debut Pulses album, was penned by group members Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan with Sam Hollander (Big Time Rush's "Big Night," One Direction's "Rock Me") and Boys Like Girls frontman, Martin Johnson. The track was premiered on June 10, 2013 on Z100's Elvis Duran Show and was released on iTunes June 25, 2013.
  • The song is an ode to independence after the narrator realizes that her rich lover is a total dud. The duo flipped the the meaning of a cappella from singing without instruments to "I can do it by myself"' or "I don't need a rich boyfriend."

    "Actually, 90% of the track was done a cappella," Noonan told Billboard magazine. "We went back there and made all kinds of weird sounds and chopped it up and put it in the computer."
  • The video was directed by Matt Stawski and was inspired by '90s music videos that the duo grew up watching. It uses a monochromatic color palette as the Karmin perform choreographed moves, which is something they've never done before on camera: "I actually enjoyed it," Nick Noonan told MTV News regarding his footwork. "To be honest I was a little hesitant in the beginning, I was like, 'I'm sorry, what?' But it wasn't even like someone else was saying it, it was us saying, 'Hey, we want to do this,' but I was still like, 'hey, I'm going to go for it and we're going to do everything and see.' If it looks terrible we've got to be straight up with ourselves though. You don't put a square into a round hole; you know what I'm saying? Is that the right analogy?"
  • Acapella is really spelled "a capella", but that doesn't read well, since it looks like a reference to something called a capella. The term means "without instrumental accompaniment," and comes from an Italian phrase that literally translates to "in the manner of a choir." Kellis released a song of the same title in 2010, and also used the "acapella" spelling.

    The metaphor is apt in this song if the guy is considered the musical accompaniment. Note that "a capella" doesn't mean "solo," however, as a group of singers could perform in that style. Of course, ever since Rihanna's "Umbrella," Pop singers have been seeking "-ella" words, as they sing well and have some intriguing rhymes that can lead a storyline (fella, Cinderella...).
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