Tag Archives: Calvin Harris

No, No, and Oh My God No
Hot 100 Roundup—4/5/14

Calvin Harris—“Summer” #69 When pop producers go EDM, their productions are still recognizable as pop—the beats and flourishes may be different, but the overall structure holds tight to tradition. When DJs go pop, though, the result is often a clumsy … 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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Luckier and Luckier: Hot 100 Roundup—5/4/13

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams—“Get Lucky” #19 Good music is its own justification, and “Get Lucky” is OK, but I still find myself questioning its necessity. It’s more of a museum piece than a pop record, a careful reconstruction and … 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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Fall Breaks and Back to Winter
Hot 100 Roundup—11/3/12

The autumn rush has gone by, or so it seems to me, much faster than usual, and with less effect than expected. Partly this is because it’s been dominated by two artists, Taylor Swift and Mumford & Sons, but also … Continue reading

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Anybody Can Do This—Even Glee
Hot 100 Roundup—5/12/12

Wiz Khalifa—“Work Hard, Play Hard” #17 The most pop-oriented track from Khalifa since “Black and Yellow”, the first in over a year that doesn’t emphasize his dope smoking, and, no surprise, his best in a while. It’s very controlled for … Continue reading

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History Repeats Itself

Since I’m a great believer in cultural cycles, I often find myself looking for the historical parallels in current pop music, but this one came upon me unbidden, while I was listening to last week’s Hot 100: DJ/Producers like David … Continue reading

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Second Tier or Below
Hot 100 Roundup, 2/25/12

Meek Mill featuring T.I., Birdman, Lil Wayne, D.J. Khaled, Rick Ross & Swizz Beats—“Ima Boss” #51 His brief change in style having flopped, at least when compared to his earlier singles, DJ Khaled goes back to the bank on this … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/8/11

Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris—”We Found Love” #16 It’s not as great, but this may be Rihanna’s most enjoyable single since “Umbrella”. That said, I do worry, though it’s not surprising, that she’s still using her relationship with Chris Brown to … Continue reading

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Has anyone freestyled over this yet?

Girl Unit’s “Wut” has justifiably been turning up on a lot of people’s year end best-of lists. It’s a great record, but what no one seems to mention is that it would make a perfect techno-based hip-hop background, with its … Continue reading

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