Category Archives: new this week

You Only Live Once, But You Can Make Bad Pop About It Forever
Hot 100 Roundup—10/4/14

Jennifer Lopez featuring Iggy Azalea—“Booty” #18 Note the use of the third-person: it isn’t her own booty Lopez is singing about, it’s some nameless object of male attention. She sounds more like a madame, a famous courtesan herself once upon … Continue reading

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Future Games
Hot 100 Roundup—9/27/14

Fall Out Boy—“Centuries” #22 I’d like these guys a lot more if they didn’t seem so concerned about their place in the rock and roll pantheon. Of course, the fact that they believe in a rock and roll pantheon at … Continue reading

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Yawn
Hot 100 Roundup—9/20/14

Sometimes the Hot 100 almost literally puts me to sleep. Feel free to skip this week; I wish I could have. Jason Aldean—“Sweet Little Somethin’” #71 Rock by the numbers; country by default. Jeezy Featuring Jay Z—“Seen It All” #85 … Continue reading

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Darling Nicki
Hot 100 Roundup—9/13/14

Eminem featuring Sia—“Guts Over Fear” #22 Eminem says it best himself: “Sometimes I feel like all I ever do is find different ways to word the same old song.” Then he says it again: “Feel like I’ve already said this … Continue reading

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Free Shrugs
Hot 100 Roundup—9/6/14

Taylor Swift—“Shake It Off” #1 One of the paradoxes of teen life is the younger you are, the more you want to sound mature and assume adult responsibility; then, when you leave adolescence and realize just what that responsibility entails, … Continue reading

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Can I Put My Head Back In My Shell Now?
Hot 100 Roundup—8/30/14

Ariana Grande featuring Big Sean—“Best Mistake” #49 Hooking up with Big Sean is always a bad idea, and it’s even worse when the song isn’t up to scratch (or barely a song). Never that impressive to begin with, Ariana Grande … Continue reading

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Got Buns?
Hot 100 Roundup—8/23/14

Nicki Minaj—“Anaconda” #19 In pop terms, “Anaconda” is Minaj’s best record since “Superbass”. It doesn’t have the same highs, but it isn’t an unstructured mess or a sentimental wallow like most of the records before it. And even if she … Continue reading

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Pop Guns
Hot 100 Roundup—8/16/14

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj—“Bang Bang” #6 Jessie J’s voice doesn’t just grate, it stabs deep into your brain, making your extremities twitch and probably causing impotence. Arianna Grande, though she has plenty of defenders and the effect is … Continue reading

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Cow Juice Opportunity?
Hot 100 Roundup—8/9/14

Jason Aldean—“Burnin’ It Down” #12 This is the most tolerable Aldean has ever been. He isn’t shouting or boasting or laying on too much schmaltz, and his hip hop influences, for the first time, sound integral instead of tacked on. … Continue reading

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All Grammar and Syntax Weird Al Approved
Hot 100 Roundup—8/2/14

5 Seconds of Summer—“Everything I Didn’t Say” #24 This is where 5 Seconds of Summer’s love of late 90s emo comes to the fore, and of course it’s their worst, not because of the influence, but because “Everything I Didn’t … Continue reading

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