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Gift Card Week
Hot 100 Roundup—1/10/15

Even more of an annual tradition than The Voice, the latest chart reflects the first full week of Christmas gift card season, when millions of teenagers rush to cash in the Amazon and iTunes cards their less than doting relatives, … Continue reading

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The Hot 100 in 2014: The Sound of Women Laughing

It started with Beyonce, riding her alcohol-fueled “surfbort” into a flurry of giggles, and ended, for now, with Nicki Minaj’s demented chortle on “Anaconda”. In between it popped up in actuality and in attitude, in phrases and poses, in choruses … Continue reading

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Voiceless
Hot 100 Roundup—1/3/15

In what I hope won’t become an annual tradition, the first week of Billboard’s new year (the last full week of December in the rest of the world) is filled with finalists from The Voice, including, I assume, the winner … Continue reading

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Working Out, Going Out, Hanging Out
Hot 100 Roundup—12/13/14

James Newton Howard Featuring Jennifer Lawrence—“The Hanging Tree” #12 For a minute or so this almost works. Jennifer Lawrence’s singing, like the song itself, is simple and crude, which in the context of the movie is exactly what it should … Continue reading

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Oh Shit, It’s Christmas
Hot 100 Roundup 12/6/14

Pentatonix—“Mary, Did You Know?” #26 Lyrically risible (“This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you”), theologically unsound (Jesus was never the lord of any nation, and he rejected the opportunity when Satan offered it to him), vocally undistinguished (if … 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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Trumpets and Tripe
Hot 100 Roundup—6/14/14

5 Seconds Of Summer—“Good Girls” #34 Oh, good, I don’t need to like them after all. Not just because this is lumbering, overblown, sexist tripe, but because they haven’t got the brains to produce even semi-interesting sexist tripe. I.e., in … Continue reading

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Just Kissing Down By the Riverbank
Hot 100 Roundup—5/24/14

Usher—“Good Kisser” #70 I’ll admit to never being much impressed by Usher. He’s made some great records (including this one), but, much like Beyonce, you can hear how hard he’s working, the calculation and ambition behind every moment. I know … Continue reading

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I Luh Ya Pop
Hot 100 Roundup—3/29/14

Soko—“We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” #9 Yet another YouTube flash, debuting in the top ten and disappearing completely the next week. Soko herself isn’t a flash—she made a wonderful record with Cornershop a couple of years ago—but this is … Continue reading

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Small Towns and Limousines—Hot 100 Roundup—1/25/14

Lucy Hale—“You Sound Good To Me” #88 A perfectly decent record, and solo female voices have become so rare on the country charts (unless they’re named Taylor, Carrie, or Miranda), that I won’t even complain about Hale having gotten there … Continue reading

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