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Naptime, or How Did You Stay Awake in 2013?

If one word could sum up pop music in 2013, I would choose “exhausted”. “Tired” isn’t enough, and “comatose” would be going too far, but “exhausted” seems just right.* It isn’t that people aren’t trying—if anything they’re trying harder than … Continue reading

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Gangs, Girls, and Good Ol’ Boys: Hot 100 Roundup—5/25/13

Mariah Carey featuring Miguel—“#Beautiful” #24 The guitar intro sounds off at first, like someone without chops trying to play the opening of The Temptation’s “My Girl” and having to cut large sections of it in order to stay on the … Continue reading

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Lift Up, Put Down: Hot 100 Roundup—3/16/13

Demi Lovato—“Heart Attack” #12 The best way I can find to describe Lovato’s style of vocal attack is to quote something Robert Christgau once wrote about the late Replacements guitarist, Bob Stinson: “…Stinson’s guitar was a loud, unkempt match for … 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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Honestly, What’s A Critic?

Michele Catalano’s Tumblr post about being an “honest critic” and how she really isn’t a critic at all, despite having a regular music column on the Forbes website, isn’t worthy of much attention. She gets almost everything wrong, but there … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Stampede
Hot 100 Roundup—10/5/12

As we ease, or force, our way into October, the release schedule continues to ramp up, and probably won’t ease off until Thanksgiving. It would be easier to be happy about this if the music were better. This week is … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—9/29/12

Once a Hot 100 powerhouse, putting four or five records on the chart with every episode, Glee has faded to the point where it can’t manage more than one from its season debut—and it’s not even “Call Me Maybe”. Otherwise, … Continue reading

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Sometimes the Pop Gods are On Our Side

A couple of months ago I predicted that Maroon 5′s ghastly “Payphone” would keep “Call Me Maybe” from making number one. I was wrong, of course. The exact opposite happened. “Call Me Maybe” has now been number one for eight … Continue reading

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WTF?
Hot 100 Roundup—7/14/12

Owl City & Carly Ray Jepsen—“Good Time” #18 Adam Young, better known as Owl City, should not try to be David Guetta (especially if he’s going to sing), and Carly Rae Jepsen, who, despite “Call Me Maybe”, still needs to … Continue reading

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