Half-black half-Korean Japanese pop star, Crystal Kay, is now trying to crack America. And why shouldn’t she? She was schooled in the States so she’s got the language and culture down pat, and she’s gotta do something to make a little paper now that her records aren’t selling in JPN.
Crystal’s already signed to an American agency, and she’s just dropped a buzz track (complete with Tumblriffic artwork, above) called “Dum Ditty Dumb.” It ticks all the boxes of 2013 blog-pop: There’s twerkable handclaps, hip-hop bass, and exotic instruments. It’s the kind of thing that girls like Zendaya or Kat Graham who want to sound like Beyonce but don’t have the budget to buy a “Grown Woman” would release. As an official single, I wouldn’t be blown away, but it definitely works as a club track and online buzz magnet.
Can Crystal please not go this direction when her real single drops, though? Her disposition is too sunny, her smile, too bright. When sifting through demos, CK should ask her self, “Would Janet Jackson have recorded this in 2001?,” and base all her decisions on that. She already resembles a more natural Miss Jackson, so I’d like some fun R&B-tinged pop jams and wiggly synth-pop, à la “Be Mine?” and “Delicious na Kinyoubi,” from English-language Crystal Kay, American pop music needs a little more sunshine, and I’m not talking the sickly Katy Perry kind.
In other “CRYSTAL KAY SLAYS AMERICA” news, the biracial beauty plays the love interest in Travie McCoy’s latest music video. Does anyone else want them to date in real life? They’d make a cute couple.