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Dopes: Hot 100 Roundup—11/23/13

Lady Gaga—“Dope” #8 Gaga’s love for seventies-style piano ballads is her greatest weakness, and “Dope” is one of the worst records she’s ever made. The song, with its melodramatic pauses and overloaded metaphors, is bad enough, but Gaga’s slurred vocals, … Continue reading

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The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging: Hot 100 Roundup—10/5/13

Mediocrity has always been the curse of the pop charts, but for the biggest debut week of the year to contain not one superior song has to be some kind of record. There are small pleasures to be had from … Continue reading

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Oh, Those American Girls: Hot 100 Roundup—9/7/13

Miley Cyrus—“Wrecking Ball” #50 I’m inherently biased against power ballads, but I’m impressed by the verses and the pre-chorus, which Cyrus sings very well (that burr in her voice is a great tool when she uses it right). But the … Continue reading

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The Usual Suspects: Hot 100 Roundup—7/6/13

One advantage of falling so far behind is that I know the fate of many of the records I review before writing about them. Instead of wondering whether they have the stuff to become hits, I can write my review … Continue reading

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By Default
Hot 100 Roundup—12/15/12

A busy week for the Hot 100 considering the time of year. Only two of these records—”Scream & Shout” and “My Life”—could be considered “true” hits, though. The others arrive only by default: the two souvenir songs from The Voice … Continue reading

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Chart Notes—12/8/12

There’s not much new to say about features; they increase star power, they give the primary artist a rest (and sometimes a challenge), they give new artists a chance to make a name for themselves, etc. But it’s worth mentioning … Continue reading

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If you’re looking for a good summary of the musical landscape over the last year, at least from an indie-centric but pop-loving point of view, you could do a lot worse than Matthew Perpetua’s Fluxblog 2011 Survey mix: 183 songs, … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/29/11

Snoop Dogg featuring Bruno Mars & Wiz Khalifa—“Young, Wild & Free” #10 Half good-time dope song, half, thanks to Khalifa, public service message on behalf of marijuana as a mood stabilizer, all charming in its way, but too sleepy and … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/15/11

B.o.B. featuring Lil Wayne—”Strange Clouds” #7 B.o.B. has been putting so much energy into the pop side of his career that I’d swear this is the first time I’ve heard him rap. That can’t be true, but that’s the way … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—4/16/11

Wiz Khalifa—”When I’m Gone” #57 In which Khalifa proudly explains why he doesn’t really give a shit. It’s not “When I’m Gone” as in “I know you’ll miss me but you’ll get by”; it’s “By the time I die I’ll … Continue reading

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