New 'Glee' songs: Will Rihanna's 'Take a Bow' be the next 'Don't Stop Believin'?

Attention Gleeks (or people who are planning to watch tonight’s premiere): Fox has already released three tunes that you will be hearing on this evening’s episode. The network and iTunes have debuted the cast’s covers of Salt n Pepa’s Push It,” Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” and Rihanna’s “Take a Bow.” Personally, my fave is Lea Michele’s take on “Bow,” which is especially poignant once you see it in the context of the episode. Last May, the Glee kids’ version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” blew up on the iTunes download charts. Will one of these tunes be the next to hit it big? And which one is your favorite? Listen to Glee‘s rousing take on the Journey song below, then let us know what you think of the new tunes.

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  • Ugly Jenny

    I’m so psyched for the Glee and the soundtrack! I haven’t been this excited for a show in a long time and I’m glad a lot of people are feeling it too. What I love about the show is that it puts a fresh spin on what could be something tired and redundant. And the songs are amazing! I get goosebumps whenever I listen to “Don’t Stop Believin'”. Keep it up Gleeks!

  • Tim

    Can we please get someone with better taste to select tracks for this show? Journey was bad enough, but Rihanna? Ugh. Pretty grim forecast.

    • Dude

      “Waaa Waaa Waaa their not singing my favorite lame band. Waaa Waaa….”

      • Tim

        I don’t expect my favorites to be covered. I expect a taste level higher than Journey, however. And Rihanna? Very lowest common denominator. But no worries, after this second episode I won’t be watching again. The show’s simply not that great.

    • Your Mom

      Well said Tim… should be a Rihanna free zone.

    • Jodi

      Well, it’s not Rihanna singing it now is it? It’s Lea and her voice is spectacular and she sings with such emotion. No one said you had to download the song. It goes well with the plot and many people, myself included, like the song.

  • Lisa H

    I must say I have loved Lea Michele since I saw her amazing performance in Spring Awakening but the talent she has displayed on her songs for Glee is truly spectacular. I have always liked Take a Bow and Rihanna but to hear Lea Michele sing it makes it sound so authentic and unadulterated by recording or producing techniques. I’m a big TV watcher but its getting to the point where I will forego all shows just to watch Glee–its just so darn good! And EW I love you even more than I usually do for profiling this show so prominently!!

    • Gael

      same.

      • superso

        couldn’t have said it better myself. i am BEYOND excited for tonight, i can’t even stand it!

    • Chappel

      Lea Michele knocked me out in the Glee Pilot. Her voice and stage presence is amazing. She’s the reason I will be watching every episode.

    • Laura K.

      I will forego all shows except Lost. If ABC keeps Lost Wednesdays at 9 (and assuming Glee makes it to the wintertime, which I hope against hope it will), Lost gets me every time. I cannot stand to watch that show sometime other than when it airs. I know. I’m a dork.

  • popculturedrandoms

    Would this be labelled as ‘blasphamy’? Because I think I might actually like the Glee version of “Gold Digger” and “Take a Bow” better than the originals! I agree that Lea Michele’s rendition of “Take a Bow” sounds more authentic and real. And Matthew Morrison rapping “Gold Digger”? That’s just plain fun and awesome!

    • Stefani

      Completely agreed!

  • Dora

    I want to hear them sing something like “Let’s hear it for the boy” from Footloose. That would be fantastic! Maybe Jenna’s character on solo!

  • Nathan

    I also like Glee’s Gold Digger more than Kanye’s, I think it’s the lack of Jamie Foxx that does it for me.

  • Eve

    Push It made me laugh so hard from both the hilarity and shear awkwardness of the performance, it was great.

  • Ugly Jenny

    Ok, I just finished seeing tonight’s episode, and I have to say that I never liked Rihanna’s version of “Take a Bow”, but this version was knocked out of the park. What a great performance, her voice is amazing and the emotion used for this song was spot-on. It was a great poignant performance about a girl singing her heart out to the guy that’s too ashamed to admit his feelings for her (stupid Finn). “Push It” was amazing and it made me laugh out loud which a TV show really hasn’t made me do in a long time!

  • ceecee

    They could sing the alphabet and I’d love it, I’d download it, and I’d listen to it ad nauseam. And I’d probably drive everyone I knew foolish by going for ‘the money note’… my friends still haven’t forgiven me for my butchered attempts at Don’t Stop Believing.

  • Jonathan F.

    I think “Take a Bow” is one of the worst songs to come out this decade, so, no, I will not be buying it.

  • Carmen

    Hearing Take a Bow sung by someone that can sing has made me love the song. Lea Michele’s vocal was perfectly heartfelt and it did work beautifully in context of the episode. Golddigger was just plain fun and I really enjoyed that as well. Push It was just ok. I cannot wait for next week.

  • graeme

    Yeah, “Gold Digger” was decent, “Push It” was kinda bland, but “Take A Bow” was spectacular. But I hope this show starts find its footing because the “cool covers” schtick can only last for so long.

    • Tim

      I’m awaiting anything ‘cool’ from this show at all. If not for Jane as the nasty cheerleader coach, this show would be unwatchable. Massive disappointment.

      • felipe

        There’s a simple solution to your disappointment and a complicated one. The simple one: don;t watch it. The complicated one requires a little more effort.

      • Tim

        I disagree Felipe. There’s nothing complicated about ‘Glee’ whatsoever. It’s very predictable, lowest common denominator entertainment. The music selections thus far reflect that. And that’s fine, after tonight’s unfunny, uninteresting episode (again, with the exception of Jane Lynch – I think that’s her surname) I won’t be watching again. But by all means, please enjoy.

  • fancypants

    this show is corny.

  • Kiriana

    I have to say, I disagree with Tim. There’s something behind Glee that you honestly couldn’t understand until you’ve authentically invested yourself emotionally in a group, particularly (in this case) that of a musical group. One of the many reasons why the show has become so popular lies in not only some amazing acting (Lea Michele in Spring Awakening was absolutely spectacular, the acting on this show is simply superb) but the fact that it reflects the sense of comradery that’s only obtainable by finding common bonds with another group of people that you would otherwise never associate with; the entire show sets a base on the idea of finding common ground. Whether the show is predictable or not, it does reflect a massive, universal concern that is by no means simple. For example. Ugly Betty, Rent, The Breakfast Club, Remember the Titans, to name just a few well known titles based on this complex theme. If something like this is so “simple”, then people wouldn’t feel the need to create so many other shows and movies based on the idea of acceptance and finding common ground.

  • J

    The show will have wide variety of music. So those complaining aobut two episode give it a chance. I’ve heard it has, Queen, Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, John Lennon, etc.

    No one show is going to please everyone every time, especially a show with music.

    I think some people just want to hate on things.

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