Leslie Grace, “Will U Still Love Me Tomorrow?” (2012)
Currently #4 on the Hot Latin chart, presumably as a result of including sales and streaming data in addition to radio play. It’s a pretty transparent attempt to imitate the Early Sixties-R&B-Classic-Plus-Bachata formula of Prince Royce’s debut single “Stand By Me,” down to the exact patterns of language-switching. No shots: it worked for Royce two years ago, and he’s now a reliable hitmaker. I certainly hope Leslie Grace crosses over in the same way — it’d be great to have at least one female pop-bachata star.
But the song itself, or rather this performance of it, doesn’t do much for me. It’s hard, of course, to break out of the memory of the Shirelles original, especially when you’re stepping on the nostalgia pedal as hard as this video does, and the desperate edge to Shirley Owens’ vocal is entirely absent here. It’s a serviceable glee-club rendition of a familiar standard, but she doesn’t inhabit either the lust or the anxiety of the lyrics.
Well, Royce got more interesting once he started doing original material too. I can wait.