Snap judgment: Christina Aguilera's 'Candyman'

Xtina_lEven Christina Aguilera haters have to admit, the gal’s not your run-of-the-mill pop tart. MTV News is reporting that the third single from Xtina’s Back to Basics double disc will be "Candyman" (currently streaming here, at the artist’s MySpace page), and to my ears, it’s the romping-est, big-band-iest single by a popular singer since Madonna’s "Hanky Panky." Not surprisingly, Xtina’s in great voice on this ode to a bad-boy beau, and if you close your eyes, you can practically picture a video filled with a rousing bouts of jitterbug and a flurry of jazz-hands. Oh, wait, the jazz-hands part is me, sitting here at the computer. And miracles do happen because my office door is closed. But speaking of miracles, does a track this retro stand a chance on the Billboard charts? My heart is hoping yes, but in a tuneless world where Gwen Stefani’s unspeakable "Wind It Up" can crack the top 10, my mind fears otherwise. What say you, PopWatchers?

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  • nessa

    I heard Xtina sing this on New Year’s Rockin eve and I got to tell you – it is a damn catchy song. If she has a great video – I think it could be big!

  • Alicia

    I think it stands a chance. It’s definitely catchy and people have probably already heard it used in the ipod commercial. I don’t love it myself, but I like it.

  • Jamie Proulx

    This song rocks -she sang it on the New Year’s Eve show – not sure which channel and yes I’m lame that I saw it – but she was fabulous.

  • RedRidingHood

    I noticed this song as soon as the CD came out, and it has been one of my favs since. I love all that swing/big band stuff, but I don’t think the general pop public that adores Fergalicious generally agrees with my taste, so I’ll continue to enjoy the song on my own if the radio-addicted public won’t join me.

  • GOB

    It’s pretty much a rip-off of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. So, unless she’s planning a nursing home tour of the southern U.S., I’m not sure this one will have legs.

  • dma69

    I first heard the song from the Verizon chocolate bar phone commercial and thought “This is a pretty cool song. Perfect for the ad, but would be even better as a single”. And lo and behold, Z100 starts playing it. Give XTina credit, at least she tries something different. Britney, Jessica, are you two paying attention?

  • Sean

    The song is great! And it sounds like a rip-off Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy because it samples the song

  • nathan

    The song is great, one of the album’s standouts and it’s things like this that separate her from every other pop singer, she tries new things AND has the chops to back it up.

  • Rich

    Kudos to Christina for taking a chance with this song.Its very catchy but will radio play it??Its Christina so they will spin it and wait for public reaction.

  • Dave

    This song’s great, and if it can bump Fergie from Hot 99.5’s (in DC) rotation, then I’ll love it even more!

  • Joyce

    I loved this song the first time I heard it on GMA. I was hoping it would be the 2nd single but I’ll take 3rd. This is sooo going to hit! I can’t wait for the video.

  • G. Snaps

    The fact that the hideous “Wind It Up” can make the top 10 is due to the power of a recognizable blonde starlet commodity in this commodity crazy world, and Candy Man has that going for it, too. It also has:
    a) The “what’s that song from the commercial” quotient, courtesy of the Chocolate phones.
    b) Retro-style mixed with filthy lyrics. “He’s a one stop shop, with a real big AAH!” Nothing’s naughtier than modern filth with a classic sound!
    c) Retro-style period. (See the success of Norah Jones, Corrine Bailey Rae, etc.) In this age of the tuneless top-40 — where rappers not singing are interrupted by women singing two notes over and over again — people are hungry for a melody.

  • Perkle

    My husband and I love her CD Back to Basics. Candyman is a great song, but I am kind of suprised it would get radio airplay considering the lyrics. But hey, if Promiscuous by Nelly Fertardo (sp?) can be #1 then surely Candyman which is a hell of a better song, can too.

  • Jason

    I doubt it will be a hit, but at least she’s finally showing some of the ‘retro’ stuff she promised. The first two singles were very mainstream.
    And while “Candyman” is infectious, isn’t it basically a retread of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (and “Hanky Panky”)?

  • aramis

    I’ve been on this sort of Chriskanka Aguilera fast of late. But that should not imply that have an equal distaste for her music. This last album was quite original…more so than that overrated “B’day” from Miss B (‘B’ standing for bullsh**). Furthermore, “Candyman” was an immediate standout track from the entire doubleset and I still find it as such. I say kudos to her for ignoring musical adversity of late (and the fact that radio just plain SUX) and spear-heading a retro sound for a single. The song is sexy, fun, naughty, and catchy.

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