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Bombs Away: Hot 100 Roundup—12/7/13

One Direction “Diana”, #11 “Midnight Memories”, #12 “Strong”, #87 Good hooks, good words (mostly about being famous, but then what else would they know?), and they love their rock and roll. But the end result is too stiff, too slick, … Continue reading

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Sports Cars and Jesus: Hot 100 Roundup—3/9/13

Nelly—“Hey Porsche” #42 This is hilarious. Nelly has always experimented with mixing different genres into his-hop, but over the last few years, as his pop success has faded, he’s started to sound desperate. On “Hey Porsche” he dredges up the … Continue reading

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The Highway Don’t Care, But My Songs Do: Hot 100 Roundup—2/23/13

Fall Out Boy—“My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)” #26 I’ve never been a fan of Fall Out Boy. Their songs, their playing, and their ideas always seemed muddled to me, and when you combined … Continue reading

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A Week of Near Misses
Hot 100 Roundup—10/19/12

One Direction—“Live While We’re Young” #3 I have nothing against party music or teen lust, and I could even forgive the Clash rip-off of the intro, but this is crass and insulting. “Let’s get some” is not something you say … Continue reading

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A Fistful of Mumfords
Hot 100 Roundup—10/12/12

A week of big names, with three new records debuting in the top 20. A great Taylor Swift (the third in a month, with more coming each week up to the release of the album on the 22nd, when I … Continue reading

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A British Invasion?

This is old news, but I felt a need to comment on the piece Billboard ran on The Wanted a couple of weeks back. I have no doubt that The Wanted are a real story; their single (which I’ll get … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—8/13/11

Kreayshawn—”Gucci Gucci” #82 Normally I would applaud a catchy record that satirizes status seeking, and especially hip-hop’s fascination with high-fashion brands. The problem is that Kreayshawn’s targets aren’t rich rappers, they’re the poor who are taken in and taken advantage … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—5/7/11

Luke Bryan—”Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” #22 The intro, especially that throbbing guitar line, shakes pretty well, but after that it’s all by rote. If Bryan actually demonstrated some honest lust, his sexism might be forgivable, but instead he … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—3/12/11

Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull—”On the Floor” #9 Anyone with any sense knows why this debuted in the top ten. Lopez’s presence on American Idol may, in fact, be the only reason this record was made at all. Some people have … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup 12/19/10

T.I. featuring Eminem—”That’s All She Wrote” #18 No matter how much he brags, the events of the last couple of years have worn the sharp edges off of T.I. Even when he’s trying to be threatening he sounds ruminative, as … Continue reading

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