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Positively Fifth Street

This is one of the great “fuck you” songs of all time. And it’s brand new. So go ahead and be the first one on your block to use it.

But pick your target carefully, cuz it’ll obliterate them.

This isn’t just a hit — this is an Anthem
that will be played
and sent to exs — both personal and professional 
for the rest of our lives.

I can sure think of a few times I coulda used this baby.

This is the latest jazzy female singer-songwriter in a long line from Joni Mitchell to Norah Jones,
on her sophomore album tour, Kaleidoscopic Heart
and she is one swirling canvas.

It’s got a McCartney piano pop with Lennon’s acerbic lyric, all set within Billy Joel’s Piano Man.

Listen for the clear delivery of every syllable (Sam Cooke’s her hero), dig her conducting a deep groove with a big band (she got big ears), and enjoy the Buddy Holly hiccups. You don’t hear that much anymore.

This is one crispy band with a head fulla jazz and some doo-wop in their bebop. Check the double saxes: trumpet, then soprano and alto — makes for some cool and joyous Dixieland. And what great guitar sounds! I don’t know how edgy he is, but he’s definitely Edgy.

And check the lyrical nod to the master lyric-nodder himself, “With no direction home.

For some young singer-songwriter on her disk’s drop day, to be on The Today Show at 8 in the fricking morning, and be this grounded, and calm, and real, and on . . .
while delivering this heavy a song . . .

This is the kind of golden find you’re lookin for when scouring the wastelands for new music. Apparently she had a big hit a few years ago, but what a wino. I mean, but what do I know?  However she got here, what a singular talent. This is Joni Mitchell, but with more pop in her step. It’s Carole King with an edge. It’s Fiona Apple with cohesion. It's Feist with some zesty Scott Joplin. It’s Norah Jones with . . . a smile. 

Like Not Ready To Make Nice — this is an instant fuck-you classic — and the Grammys are gonna be all over it.

I can’t wait to load this in my cannon. I mean, I’m so glad this is now in our musical canon.


“Lemmi hold your crown, babe.”


and p.s. The Today Show doesn't have a studio audience. That applause at the end is just the crew breakin out.  

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Sara Bareilles performing "king of anything" on the Today show :)

Retrieved from Wikipedia:
King of Anything on Wikipedia
"King of Anything"
Single by Sara Bareilles
from the album Kaleidoscope Heart
ReleasedMay 10, 2010 (US Radio)
June 22, 2010 (US CD)
January 25, 2011 (Europe)
FormatCD single, digital download
GenreIndie pop, soft rock
Writer(s)Sara Bareilles
ProducerNeal Avron
Sara Bareilles singles chronology

"King of Anything" is a song written and recorded by the American singer Sara Bareilles. The song was produced by Neal Avron. It was the first single of her album Kaleidoscope Heart.[1] The song was nominated at the 53rd Grammy Awards for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, though it ultimately lost to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance". The song was her second time being nominated for the category and her third nomination overall.


"'King of Anything' is sort of a 'f*** you' song", said Bareilles. "I've had more unsolicited advice on my life than I care to mention, and this was how I dealt with it. It felt empowering to turn that frustration into music, especially a song that doesn't even sound angry. That's sort of what 'Love Song' was as well. Apparently, I don't get over things very quickly."[2]


"King of Anything" was released to radio in the USA on May 10, 2010. It was released for sale on June 22, 2010. It will be released in Europe in the spring of 2011.

Music video

The music video was released on June 29, 2010. It was filmed in Vancouver, Canada by director Laurent Briet and features Sara singing in a number of different places accompanied by a brass band; in a restaurant, on a bus, in a music store, standing in front of a mural and finally in a garden of flowers. The scenes of the video are all fragmented throughout. A behind-the-scenes of the video was released on Bareilles' official Facebook page. Bareilles states in the behind-the-scenes video that she had input in the making of the music video, writing a treatment for it as soon as she had written the song.

Charts and certifications

In the week dated July 5, 2010, this song debuted on #59 in Billboard Hot 100, making it her second entry and also her highest debut on the chart so far. It has so far peaked at #32, becoming her second top 40 single in the United States, after "Love Song". It has charted highest in the Netherlands, where it has reached #21.

"King of Anything" was certified Platinum in the United States by the RIAA for shipments of 1,180,000 copies.[3]


  1. ^ Bareilles, Sara (2010). "Sara Bareilles: King of Anythingalifianakis > Biography". Facebook note. Retrieved May 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ Bareilles, Sara (2010). "Sara Bareilles: Sara Bareilles Set To Release First Single, "King of Anything" Off Forthcoming New Album> Biography". Facebook note. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Sara Bareilles Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Sara Bareilles. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  5. ^ " – Sara Bareilles – King of Anything". Top 40 Singles. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  6. ^ "Sara Bareilles Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Sara Bareilles. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  7. ^ "Sara Bareilles Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs for Sara Bareilles. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
  8. ^ "Sara Bareilles Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Sara Bareilles. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  9. ^ "Sara Bareilles Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Sara Bareilles. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Sara Bareilles search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  11. ^ "Gold & Platinum - December 06, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  12. ^ "Best of 2010 - Hot 100 Songs". Retrieved 2011-02-14. 

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