Tag Archives: American Idol

Human: Hot 100 Roundup—2/22/14

Jhene Aiko—“The Worst” #87 I’m not sure whether to laugh at or admire a line like “Don’t take this personal, but you’re the worst”, and I feel the same way about the music. The beat is OK, but it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—6/1/13

Bruno Mars—“Treasure” #71 A lot of people pegged this as their favorite track when Unorthodox Jukebox came out, but I’ve always found it a little too perfect. It’s lovingly crafted, but even though it doesn’t have the museum case quality … Continue reading

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Best of the Hot 100, 2012

There seems to be general agreement that 2012 was not a good year for pop music—musically, commercially, or for those who cover it. I have my doubts about this (I have my doubts about the whole concept of good and … Continue reading

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In Limbo
Hot 100 Roundup—1/5/13

In real life, this is the last Hot 100 of 2012, not the first of 2013, but since Billboard starts and ends their year ten days ahead of the rest of the world, in Chartland we’re already into the new … Continue reading

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The Best of Disney Pop

Inspired by Michaelangelo’s NPR piece on the value of compilation albums, I’ve decided to put up one I’ve been working on and listening to consistently for the last couple of years: The Best of Disney Pop. I’ve been holding off … Continue reading

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Some Things Never Change

Back in January, American Idol alum Kellie Pickler released her third album,100 Proof. Opening with “Where’s Tammy Wynette”, the album’s a fascinating throwback to the country style of the late 60s and early 70s. Despite being the best country album … Continue reading

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Only Sleeping
Hot 100 Roundup—6/9/12

Phillip Phillips “Home”, #10 “We’ve Got Tonight”, #97 Though it’s nice that American Idol has decided to go with something besides a third-rate Diane Warren imitation for its winner’s first single, a second-rate Mumford and Sons imitation is not an … Continue reading

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Mad Men Goes Glee

So after last night’s Mad Men comes the announcement that the version of “Zou Bisou, Bisou” that Jessica Paré sang in the party scene is being released on iTunes. What is the point of this? I understand the concept of … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—12/24/11

Glee Cast “We Are Young”, #12 “Survivor/I Will Survive”, #51 “Man In the Mirror”, #76 “ABC”, #88 “Red Solo Cup”, #92 T-Pain featuring Lil Wayne—”Bang Bang Pow Pow” #48 After the failure of two strong singles a year or so … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under 8/20/11

Victorious Cast featuring Victoria Justice—”I Want You Back” #108 This is pure karaoke—the only thing that sounds different from the original is the vocals—but it’s a world away from Glee or the worst of American Idol. Still, it’s a well-crafted … Continue reading

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