Cee-Lo’s viral hit “F*** You” may become first #1 without radio plays

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Cee-Lo's "fuck you" single

At the end of last week, we left the internets behind as a new pop tune began playing in the background. We didn't want to get infatuated with it and become glued to our desks all weekend, so we turned it off halfway through its opening bars.

That track was Cee-Lo's "Fuck You," a charming, classic soul song that's available on YouTube only. Despite its profane lyrics, the Gnarls Barkley member's song is an obvious smash hit, with over 1.25 million hits since Pitchfork and other music blogs mentioned it on Thursday and Friday. But how will it sell, since it is basically impossible to edit around all the "f-words"?

We predict its October 4th release on Cee-Lo's upcoming studio album will be moved up and the single will go to #1 on iTunes and, ultimately, Billboard. It would be the first #1 to have virtually no radio play in America, and that can only be a good thing for a dying format bogged down by FCC regulations.