Tag Archives: Blake Shelton

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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Remember When Iggy Meant Pop?
Hot 100 Roundup—5/17/14

Arianna Grande featuring Iggy Azalea—“Problem” #3 Produced by Max Martin, and in the great Swedish pop tradition this is catchy as hell while making no sense whatsoever. Or, to put it in the form of a question: why is the … Continue reading

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Feet Don’t Fail Me Now: Hot 100 Roundup—2/1/14

Shakira featuring Rihanna—“Can’t Remember to Forget You” #28 I think its fair to say that the last thing anyone would expect from either Shakira or Rihanna is ska, especially ska that sounds so 90s in origin. Neither singer comes across … Continue reading

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Sentiment and Schlock: Hot 100 Roundup—8/17/13

Enrique Igelsias—“Turn the Night Up” #62 It figured that Iglesias would jump on the EDM bandwagon, and also that it would be as clichéd and plastic as everything else he does. The only thing missing is a Pitbull feature. But … Continue reading

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Do They Dougie in Kentucky? Hot 100 Roundup—4/13/13

Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller—“The Way” #10 If I didn’t know that Grande came from Victorious I would have assumed she was a contestant in a Mariah Carey sound-alike contest where the runner-up gets stuck with a Mac Miller feature … Continue reading

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Skimming the Surface: Hot 100 Roundup—1/26/13

One thing that the new singles dominated market is starting to do is destroy the old release schedule paradigm. Last year’s summer lull was barely a lull at all, and here in mid-January the big guns are putting singles out … Continue reading

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Balladlands
Hot 100 Roundup—12/1/12

One Direction “Little Things”, #41 “Kiss You”, #95 It isn’t a surprise that the LP track One Direction fans are voting for with their—or their parents’—credit cards is a ballad, especially one that sounds like a PSA for teenage girls … Continue reading

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Confessions and Evasions
Hot 100 Roundup—7/28/12

Frank Ocean—“Thinkin Bout You” #85 Even without Ocean’s personal revelations, it’s hard to imagine how much further into the confessional form anyone could go than Channel Orange. His emotional confusion and the yearning that go with it shape and dictate … Continue reading

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From the Ridiculous To the Sublime
Hot 100 Roundup—7/7/12

Maroon 5—“One More Night” #42 Less irritating than “Payphone”, but also less catchy, with both the band and producer Max Martin running on automatic. Since “Payphone” still hasn’t peaked (God help us), I’m not even sure why they released this. … Continue reading

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Pouting Will Get You Nowhere
Hot 100 Roundup—6/30/12

Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean—“As Long As You Love Me” #21 Bieber isn’t stupid, and he tries harder than he probably even needs to, but he’s still young, and he still feels the need, in order to connect with his … Continue reading

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