Daughtry Unveils Waiting For Superman Lyric Video

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Daughtry, goes all Roy Lichtenstein, employing colorful comic panels, to reveal the lyrics of their latest single, “Waiting for Superman.”

Daughtry’s new song, the first single from their forthcoming album, Baptized, adds EDM elements to spruce up their sound. and is a departure for the band.  Not everyone is digging it though, as American Idol season 5 alum and, band leader, Chris Daughtry tweeted shortly after the song was unveiled:

 

 

Band member Josh Paul tweeted:

 

Check out the “Waiting for Superman” lyric video below.and if you like, download the track from iTunes.

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  • JoeDaniels1

    Behind every successful act, there’s haters. I, personally, love WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. Much better than CRAWLING BACK TO YOU. :) Cannot wait for BAPTIZED.

  • karatx

    I love this song! I think the sound is very radio friendly and I hope it does well. I can’t wait for the cd.

  • JoeDaniels1

    And LOL at people rating down my comments. I guess those are Taylor Hicks fans. Go listen to his new record…Wait…what? He doesn’t have a record deal and he’s performing in a bar in Vegas? LMAO!!

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    The Lichtenstein feel is a win — the blend of retro style and deliberate artificiality fits what Daughtry’s set out to do musically.

    The kinds of risks Daughtry took with this sound are highly plausible and justifiable in this market. I’m not in love with the specific outcome, but that stems mostly from the lyrical approach, not the EDM undertones. (And even there, what he’s doing lyrically has worked commercially for other artists, I just didn’t like it when they did it, either.)

    However, once an artist starts referring to “haters” — as if his work is so innately above reproach that no reasonable, grounded criticisms are possible, and any response short of “yay! great stuff!” is mean and irrational — I don’t buy their music any more and I don’t give it any further chances to grow on me.

  • carola99

    I really love this song! Hope is a hit for Chris..

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “However, once an artist starts referring to “haters” — as if his work is so innately above reproach that no reasonable, grounded criticisms are possible, and any response short of “yay! great stuff!” is mean and irrational — I don’t buy their music any more and I don’t give it any further chances to grow on me.”

    I feel exactly the same way.

  • curlyenta

    Yep, totally agree. Daughtry has always had a holier-than-thou attitude and seems unable to handle criticism well. Perhaps a less than enthusiastic greeting to his newest attempt at overtaking the charts will bring him back down to earth a bit.

  • jpfan2

    I like the video. The song has potential and at least they’re trying for a new sound.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    To each their own, but considering the nastiness many singers experience on Twitter, I can understand the frustration. It’s not about being all YAY, WE LOVE YOU! but tempering dislike is much needed for some.

    Those who want to give Daughtry a chance will do so, regardless.

  • karatx

    Exactly, some of the tweets are way more hateful than necessary. Expressing your opinion is one thing, being totally rude is another. I get the frustration also.

  • usedtobelucy

    I totally get the frustration. However, to me, somebody who’s been in the business as long as CD has should have learned by now that it’s better for business, better for future Internet actions and better for one’s own state of mind to just ignore the crap. I’m surprised that he would let the frustration get vented in any kind of visible way, really, because I thought he had much more sense than that. I’m kind of shocked that he’d publicly respond like a teen-age first-timer, since he must know that there’s really no point to it at all.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Love the man’s voice – catchy song – hope it does well.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    Everyone has good days and bad, and how we handle certain things differ based on that. It just proves we’re human. :-)

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    Well, Daughtry shared his humanity by demonizing anybody who expresses any criticism of his music as a “hater.” Go, Daughtry!

    There’s not one artist whose work I uncritically love in its entirety, every single song. When an artist needs that from music buyers, I’m not the right person to be among those buyers.

    I totally get that many musicians think it’s a viable business plan to sell their music only to people who love all of it — skipping the ones like me who buy albums because we mostly like most of the songs — and that this is more emotionally satisfying for those musicians. In a vague way, I wish them well. But I can’t be the perfect, adoring fan that they need, and it doesn’t feel good to shell out $10 for an album only to be labeled a “hater” because there was a track that didn’t thrill me.

  • DragonFly

    No problem w/ his comments, or attitude?? for me Nothing wrong w/his calling out “Haters”. Not good to go 1 on 1 w/an idiot I agree but expressing a dislike for it (in general) not something I fault him for. They do have a right to speak & have opinions. Like the song & his voice in this song.
    Maybe “haters” s/b defined here–expressing a dislike for this song is not a hater in the same reference I’m thinking. I’ve seen vicious & vulgar remarks to artists which in my opinion are just plain stupid & hurtful.

  • jpfan2

    Well calling someone a hater isn’t exactly demonizing them. It’s a term that is common. Maybe he got some nastly tweets.

    Maybe some loyal fans don’t like the new stuff and that is his response. If they don’t like it they are certainly free not to buy his music obviously. I have no idea what he’s responding to so I can’t judge him for using the term.

  • usedtobelucy

    True. But I have to say that I express my emotional responses to personal things in a whole different way from how I express them in a professional situation! Most people do, I expect … That’s all I’m saying.

  • breakdown

    Give it up! It’s 7 years later.

  • breakdown

    The hater comment is aimed more to reassure his fans that some will like his updated sound, some will not.

  • WestiesRule

    I like that he has married his style with updated sound (which has grown on me). Everyone has to stay current or risk going back to bologna for lunch… Good for him.

  • JoeDaniels1

    Why do you comment on EVERY Chris article when you dislike him so much?

  • Lori

    Ah, his tweets are innocuous. Three tweets, 95% positive, and a few latch on to one word. I suspect those who did probably don’t like the guy to begin with. I didn’t see any comments on his use of “happy” “amazing” “positive” “proud” “anxious” “best” or “good.”

  • iani

    The lyric-video is great and even though the song-title might sound silly, the lyrics make sense and say a nice story of a girl, I like it. Pretty The Killers orientated song thematically, reminds me of “Miss Atomic Bomb” and even some synth orchestration parts of “When You Were Young”.

    As for the “haters” mention, it is known from numerous occasions that Chris is a pretty open book on tweeter, a talkative guy that speaks his mind often, not afraid to share pictures with his kids,or commenting various incidents or social events. If I would buy music based on what the songwriters say or not say on twitter or interviews, there might not be music on my shelf or on music devices.

  • jujubee22

    I’m a little ??? at all this focus on Daughtry’s “new sound”. I’m a pretty casual Daughtry fan but I like the song; downloaded it immediately but haven’t listened to it much since. Yeah I could hear some electronic elements, but at the end of the day it still sounds like a Daughtry song — Chris’ voice is his voice, the style of music hasn’t changed imo. It’s not like he suddenly released a dance track or an old school r&b song or laced the music with dubstep. Of course any attempt to do that would be ridiculous and not true to the band as artists….but a little sprinkling of updated production does not a “new sound” make. new sound, old sound who cares? all that matter is if its a good sound. This isn’t my favorite Daughtry song of all time but I like it.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    Daughtry’s profession has him living in the spotlight most of the time. The line between private and personal is sometimes crossed in cases like that. That happens to many public figures. Obviously, it’s a lot different than being in an office. And what he said was hardly an outburst. I’m not sure where the teeth-gnashing is coming from regarding a few tweets.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    I’m not sure I understand the argument. Daughtry didn’t demonize anyone. So many singers have used that term, why be upset over his use of it?

    If someone doesn’t like a song or album, they simply don’t buy it. It’s not a big deal. If you like it, support it. If you don’t, then on to the next one.

    Most reasonable artists know they will be criticized and have accepted that. Constructive analysis is likely fine with them, even if it’s negative in some way. But Twitter can be the devil when it comes to giving analysis. Some idol said that, anyway.

    I daresay some Daughtry non-supporters are projecting a bit much here. Nothing he said was harsh or demeaning. IMO.

  • Eilonwy_has_an_emu

    I’m not sure I understand the argument. Daughtry didn’t demonize anyone. So many singers have used that term, why be upset over his use of it?

    “Haters” was not a neutral term, last I checked. Its specific use is to imply “anybody who disagrees with me doesn’t have a valid point.”

    Up until “haters,” I’d been assuming I’d check out Daughtry’s album when it streams and that I’d like some of it better than the single, as (a) I think his general concept makes sense, both musically and commercially; and (b) it’s not at all uncommon that the official single is my least favorite song on an album, just due to what a single has to accomplish to be heard on radio. Deep tracks allow for doing more complex variants, and I generally enjoy that.

    Daughtry’s not the first artist whose “haters!” language has alienated me; however, he’s the topic of the thread, and I wasn’t going to veer off-topic by listing others and opening a discussion of their merits.

    I’m not saying artists don’t have a right or a human need to surround themselves with praise and to silence even constructive criticism by dumping it into the “haters” pot. I’m saying that once an artist classifies my mild and sporadic criticism as “hating,” he’s given up any claim on my listening or spending.

  • thirdtime

    I totally agree. New sound? Maybe a little, but nothing to be shocked about. Still sounds like Daughtry to me. I’m a little confused about the haters of the new sound that Daughtry was tweeting about…maybe they never liked Daughtry in the first place and just want to give him a hard time?

  • DaisyMagnolia

    “Haters” was not a neutral term, last I checked. Its specific use is to imply “anybody who disagrees with me doesn’t have a valid point.”

    Ah, here’s where we differ. I’ve heard the term so often, it’s lost its original meaning for me. It holds little value for me.

  • CanadianLady

    He did put “haters” in quotations marks, which means he was likely quoting what other people were saying or using the terminology that is bring used. Not quite the same thing to me.

  • jpfan2

    Maybe some long time Daughtry fans share your opnion and his “haters” comment will turn them off. But honestly if folks hate the single, the chances of them buying the album would be kind of slim anyway (haters comment or not).

  • https://twitter.com/apezpril apezpril

    I’ve been a fan of daughtry ever since. The new sound elements are very obvious in this song but it’s still a Daughtry kind of song. I like it. But Life After You is my fav song of his

  • TheOther

    Fan alliances have always been very divisive in the Idol bubble. Genuine constructive feedback is rare. So why would Daughtry (or anyone for that matter) try to please those who obviously have an ax to grind, who will never be happy regardless of what he does. And regardless of how this single does, it will not erase the fact that he is one of the most successful acts to come off AI.

  • mad1son

    Where does Daughtry say that “anybody who expresses any criticism” is a hater? In my experience the term is generally used to describe people who complain about everything an artist does, not folks who dislike a song or two.

  • Aaron

    What worked commercially in 2006 will not work in 2013 and beyond. I remember reading a Rolling Stone article many years ago, which referenced that most musical acts have a 5 year or less life cycle of popularity. Obviously there are outliers, but by and large, pop artists and bands have a limited shelf life. Daughtry is adapting to the times in order to stay on the charts. Van Halen did this with the introduction of the synthesizer in their ’1984′ album. It moved their standard hard rock guitar driven sound to include electronic instrumentation. Was it a departure? Yes, but it was commercially very successful and launched a second act of their popularity.

    I hope there is more variation of song structure and tempo than was on Break the Spell for the upcoming ‘Baptized’. Too many mid-tempo soft verse/loud chorus with a bridge songs have populated his 3 albums. Moreover, I hope Daughtry takes some cues from Jon Bon Jovi on how to maintain popularity, and change their band’s sound with changing times.

  • justmefornow

    This is how I feel as well. A half hearted attempt, at most, to update their sound. Same old Daughtry thrown over a little EDM, lol. It starts out interesting, but then about half way through I get bored. Way too repetitive and too long of a song that kinda goes nowhere, IMO. But it really shouldn’t turn off too many of their hardcore fans.
    I’m waiting to see how well radio embraces it.

    Tbh, I’m way more nervous about James’ “Psychedelic Alternative” album and how that will be received.
    Now that’s a sound change, lol.

  • Carriefan1

    This song debuts on the Hot 100 at #70!!

  • stillcrazy2195

    I like this more than I have much of the material he has put out in last couple of years- I really enjoyed his stuff initially but had become a bit bored. It had all started sounding the same to me…

  • Alane Leibner

    I agree… I actually think they picked the wrong songs to release off of the BTS album… just my opinion tho.