Tag Archives: Demi Lovato

Freezie Pop: Hot 100 Roundup—1/11/14

DJ Snake & Lil Jon—“Turn Down For What” #38 The best yeller in the business shores up the cracks in an overwrought pastiche of trap cliches. I like the yelling, I even like some of the cliches, but it doesn’t … Continue reading

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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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Up Down Up Down: Hot 100 Roundup—12/14/13

Justin Bieber—“Roller Coaster” #47 Unlike almost every other pop song that has featured a roller coaster, Bieber’s latest entry in his string of diaristic singles uses the slow parts of the ride. The fast bits pay proper homage to the … Continue reading

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Pop Makes Me Feel Some Type of Way: Hot 100 Roundup—8/3/13

Danielle Bradbery—“The Heart of Dixie” #58 Bradberry is a decent singer, probably the best to come off a TV competition in the last few years. But this is a terrible song: obvious musically, confused lyrically (the last verse starts like … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—6/1/13

Bruno Mars—“Treasure” #71 A lot of people pegged this as their favorite track when Unorthodox Jukebox came out, but I’ve always found it a little too perfect. It’s lovingly crafted, but even though it doesn’t have the museum case quality … 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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Teen-pop On the Radio—Finally

I have long been frustrated by the way Disney-pop and teen-pop in general have been ignored by terrestrial radio. Though I understand why programmers have avoided the more tween and pre-tween oriented music—that is, the real kid’s stuff—ignoring big-selling artists … Continue reading

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Of Beez and Men
Hot 100 Roundup—4/21/12

Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull—“Dance Again” #27 The music on the chorus is too garish, and Pitbull is wasted, but the verses are great, and this record officially establishes Lopez’s comeback as more successful than Madonna’s. Of course, Lopez achieved 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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