When Did Pop Music Get So Rhetorical?

You don't need to answer that...

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We're sure you've seen (and heard) that Beyoncé is back. 

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Yes, she and Drake this week released on to the world of the internet a new song called 'Can I'.

If you've yet to hear it, the song revolves around Bey asking 'Can I?' over and over, and over again.  23 times in fact, if my counting is any good (which it's not).

She also says ‘baby’ a lot - but for the purposes of this piece we'll ignore that part. 

Now you, like me, may be wondering who Beyoncé is talking to with all of this repeated questioning, when the answer is so obvious: Bey can do anything she bloody wants. She is Beyoncé.

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But Beyoncé isn't the only one asking a lot lately, it seems that rhetorical questions are have a music moment.  

Justin Bieber (in case you've been living in a deep hole) is desperate to know, 'What do we mean?' In his new song, which is about as addictive as a can of chive Pringles and called, you guessed it, ‘What Do You Mean?’, he asks just that a lot of times. 

We're not really sure what Bieber actually wants to know. But as a few writers have pointed out, all the insistent asking makes him seem a bit whiny. And hey Biebs, we don't always know what we mean. Okay? Note: you don't need to answer that one.

Asking pointless questions is not entirely a new thing; Bros asked when would they be famous? To which the answer was apparently as soon as they released that very 1987 track.

And then in 1996,  the Spice Girls wanted to know, 'Who Do You Think You Are?'  

As for Travis, well, they famously asked why it always rained on them. To which we all knew it might be something to do with those dreary voices, but were all too polite to sing that back to them. 

So who is next? Could Taylor bring us 'Do You Want More?' And the answer would always be YES. Maybe Calvin should release 'Wanna Netflix And Chill?' as I predict it would chart high. 

If it were down to me all songs would be more definitive. Take Jamie Xx's (I know there's gonna be) Good Times. Because at least that way I know where I stand — in a room having a good time.

Simple.

What do you think? This is not rhetorical, we'd like you to tweet us @ELLEUK

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