Posted by: daviemacdonald | October 13, 2011

Price Tag Its not about the money

travelWho is Jessie J

Jessie J a London  artist, hence the London Bus icon who using her own gile and wit came outside of the mainstream music industry to promote herself.

What is also shown here is just how the internet and YouTube can be a vehicle for young emerging talent to use use this new communication media for just plain healthy fun.

Jessie J is a new (well to me : )pop artist hailing from England who released a breakthrough single titled “Price Tag” featured here. While the song seems to be about the rejection of materialism, the symbolism of the video gives the song a deeper meaning: The music industry is no longer about generating money, it is about indoctrination. We will look at the hidden meanings of the song and video.

musicAt first glance, the song has a noble message Love Music over money. So JJ conveys this apparent revolutionary call with a made for you tube video, featuring a “crossover rap artist. Alright, that might be harsh, but it illustrates the fact that there is a lot of cognitive dissonance involved with this pop song. Although its message is about the non importance of money (consider money is actually a myth being based not on real value artificial  a perception) embracing individuality, it was successful in hitting the world uniquely via YouTube

This song was embraced across a greater part of the Australian Public School system getting featured one morning on the ABC Radio. I heard it was intrigued liked the song so decided to research so here is a compilation of what I found.

social and community commentAt end of all these YouTube takes is the original by Jessie J. I suggest you look at this post in small doses less you get your brain turning inside out. What we have here is a real example of an online community.

What I have done here is a list in my order of preference with the most appealing to me the last being in my opinion the best. I have viewed around over  40 to 50 postings on YouTube. Guess you could say of this phenomenon this is my answer to the Eurovision (er hum 🙂 Song Contest except its World Wide and without the flag waving …cheap too  I have included at the time of writing this now 2 weeks ago the number of views each video has received marks out of 10 and some thoughts on the renditions.

I hope you enjoy. Warning to much of this post in one hit could send you into Price Tag overload

Each video is interspersed with the lyrics

Seems like everybody’s got a price,
I wonder how they sleep at night.
When the sale comes first,
And the truth comes second,
Just stop for a minute and
15 A cappella CIMORELLI 6,584,339 Views         7/10

Middle America had to be here Expect the parents would be horrified to know that an old Socialist was featuring their children on this blog. Well shit happens they are a talent soooo they are here. Luv the little Rap insert.

Why is everybody so serious?
Acting so damn mysterious?
Got your shades on your eyes
And your heels so high
That you can’t even have a good time

14 Najwa Latiff   506,707 Views             7.25 /10

Najiwa just makes you smile with this version. Pure charm such a lovely smile makes me smile enjoy


Everybody look to their left (yeah)
Everybody look to their right (uh)
Can you feel that (yeah)
We’re paying with love tonight
13 Connor Maynard 3,479,618 Views  7.5/10

Very professional rendition (maybe too professional) great voice but as this post is about the soul of the singers and my for some rough edges I marked this down. Great Voice though…very Michael Jacksonish

It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,

12 Mariana Reis        44,224                            7.5/10

Fear I am being hard here beautiful voice


Forget about the price tag
Ain’t about the (uh) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching
Ain’t about the (yeah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling

11  Krystal Kruze   662,599 Views    8/10

Sounds of summer cool rap insert This version should make you smile

Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag.

10 Maddie Jane   Age 11 34,721,660 Views   8.5 /10

Great voice Great voice real soul marked down simply because of the professional acoustic guitar


[Jessie J]
We need to take it back in time,
When music made us all unite!
And it wasn’t low blows and video hoes,
Am I the only one getting tired?

9 Acoustic Version Janet & Sonia girls 1,892,084 Views   8.75 /10

Super Cool I was not going to get away with a version from God Squad Beautiful voices

Why is everybody so obsessed?
Money can’t buy us happiness
Can we all slow down and enjoy right now
Guarantee we’ll be feeling alright

8 Final Rumour         6,257 Views  9 /10

British Girl Band just what you expect from a working class girls reggae rhythm Raw honest Luv the chasing scenes. reminds of early Beatles and Monkees etc


Everybody look to their left (yeah)
Everybody look to their right (uh)
Can you feel that (yeah)
We’re paying with love tonight

7 Marria Aragon  Age 10   1,381,927   Views               9.25 /10

I may have marked this Maria down…will she grow into another Alicia Keys? If she does I have been a bit hard.

It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,

6 Brooke  24,166 Views     9.25/10

Smokey country blues voice recorded in the kitchen Just listen


Yeah yeah
Well, keep the price tag
And take the cash back
Just give me six strings and a half stack
And you can, can keep the cars
Leave me the garage
And all I, yes all I need
Are keys and guitars
And guess what, in 30 seconds
I’m leaving to Mars
Yeah we leaving across
These undefeatable odds
It’s like this man
You can’t put a price on a life
We do this for the love
So we fight and sacrifice
Every night
So we ain’t gonna stumble and fall
Waiting to see a sign of defeat
Uh uh
So we gonna keep everyone
Moving their feet
So bring back the beat
And then everyone sing

It’s not about the money

5 Acoustic Guitar by Dolan Miu  2,275 Views  9.5 /10

Nice & Nice again a little over produced but nice voice and soft acoustics


It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,

4 Hannah Trigwell     242,795 Views                 9.5/10

Vibrations of voice sung in the kitchen no sound effects soooo simple production Oooooo
It’s not about the money, money, money
We don’t need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,

3 PARADISE POINT    89,142 Views  10/10

70s cross between new Romantics and Soft Cell Punk Great energy NICE Just needs to be a little more Raw Great Version

[Jessie J Outro]
Yeah yeah
Forget about the price tag

Price Tag

2 Ready Set Go        38,911 Views 10/10

Power of punk undertones fun version great effort  Love the leap by the rhythm Guitar As the girl warms up her voice really develops

Think this is my fav Reggae beats, raw honest Love it Just aint long enough. Drumming is great good use of the new Bass drum

1 Cover Drive   23,734 Views 10.5 /10

Finally the original(s) Jessie J

Live Acoustic Session @ InDemand Studios

The Original Enjoy “Whoa”  a long session I know but I am escalatorover its my way

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