Category Archives: new this week

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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Empowerment With a Giggle
Hot 100 Roundup—7/26/14

It’s theme week: two country songs about dirt and dust (and titled as such), and three about female self-image and self-empowerment (four if you count Echosmith, and you might even include John Legend, though he’s just buttering his lady up … Continue reading

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Promises Promises
Hot 100 Roundup—7/19/14

Ariana Grande featuring Zedd—“Break Free” #15 If Grande wants to be the second coming of Mariah Carey (or third, since the second was Mariah herself), I’d prefer she take her business elsewhere. But if she decides to become an EDM … Continue reading

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Some Weeks Just Don’t Deserve a Headline
Hot 100 Roundup—7/12/14

Shawn Mendes—“Life Of the Party” #24 A fifteen year-old Canadian who jumpstarted his career posting six-second covers of pop hits on Vine delivers a lyrically cliche-ridden party song converted into a dubsteppy self-actualization power ballad. Who knew the end of … Continue reading

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Hungover
Hot 100 Roundup—6/28/14

PSY featuring Snoop Dogg—“Hangover” #26 The main thing wrong with “Hangover” is the thing that takes up the most space: Snoop Dogg. It’s not that his rap is bad—it has a couple of decent moments—but Snoop’s blunted, laid back flow … Continue reading

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It’s A Song About Boom
Hot 100 Roundup—6/21/14

Charli XCX—“Boom Clap” #62 Soundtrack fodder, reportedly a leftover from True Romance, and still better than 98% of whatever else has appeared on the chart this year. Charli XCX’s gift for hooks is amazing enough, but her gift for planting … Continue reading

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Slave To the Bad: Hot 100 Roundup—6/7/14

Before we get started with this week, I just want to point out that despite the fact that I’ve panned the first two singles, Miranda Lambert’s Platinum is her best album since Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, if not her best album, period. … Continue reading

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Second Rate Doesn’t Always Mean Bad
Hot 100 Roundup—5/31/14

5 Seconds of Summer—“Don’t Stop” #47 Pop-punk readymades perfectly applied, and this time without the irritating product placement. Not as deep (cough) or experimental (cough cough) as their pals in One Direction, and there’s still too much teen-boy leering for … Continue reading

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