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Second Rate Doesn’t Always Mean Bad
Hot 100 Roundup—5/31/14

5 Seconds of Summer—“Don’t Stop” #47 Pop-punk readymades perfectly applied, and this time without the irritating product placement. Not as deep (cough) or experimental (cough cough) as their pals in One Direction, and there’s still too much teen-boy leering for … 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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Beyonceworld: Hot 100 Roundup—1/4/14

Beyonce “Drunk In Love” (featuring Jay Z), #12 “XO”, #66 “Mine” (featuring Drake), #99 I have a lot of respect for Beyonce. Detailing all her virtues would be redundant, especially considering how much has been written by others over the … Continue reading

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Chinese Food of the Gods: Hot 100 Roundup—11/2/13

Eminem—“Rap God” #7 Praising Eminem’s technical skills is like praising a high speed juggler or a savant who can instantly calculate the day of the week for whatever date you give him: what they do is impressive, but it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Anyone for Tennis? Hot 100 Roundup—10/19/13

Kanye West featuring Cam’ron & Consequence—“Gone” #18 Now that YouTube has figured out how to monetize the use of copyrighted material in personal videos, it’s conceivable that any piece of music, from any era, could hit the charts—Gregorian chants, arias, … 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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Obsessive Nostalgia: Hot 100 Roundup—8/10/13

One Direction—“Best Song Ever” #2 A good song, with nifty lyrical details, but One Direction’s love of rock and roll would be more meaningful if their idea of rock and roll extended beyond loud guitars, booming drums, and scripted shouts. … Continue reading

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Dance, Mr. Mambo, Dance! Hot 100 Roundup—7/13/13

Eli Young Band—“Drunk Last Night” #79 A good song, but the performance and arrangement are strictly average. Despite three decent, promising singles, I still can’t hear anything that sets Young apart from the pack. Maybe there’s no there there. Avicii—“Wake … 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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Controversy: Hot 100 Roundup—4/27/13

As the weather warms up, so do the charts, and the result is weeks like this, with twelve debuts, and without even the excuse of a big album release or a TV singing competition (the pop-chart equivalent of steroids; they … Continue reading

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