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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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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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Sex & Death
Hot 100 Roundup—11/17/12

The Band Perry—“Better Dig Two” #53 In which the group who jump-started their career with “If I Die Young” goes full bore into country gothic. The woman in “Better Dig Two” not only vows to follow her husband in death, … Continue reading

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F ‘em & F ‘em
Hot 100 Roundup—5/26/12

2 Chainz featuring Drake—“No Lie” #45 Drake’s misogyny is more subtle than that of other rappers (and rockers, and country singers, and so on), but it’s still misogyny. Instead of calling women names and physically and/or verbally mistreating them, he … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—11/26/11

Taylor Swift “If This Was a Movie”, #10 “Ours”, #13 “Superman”, #26 Swift’s detractors are no doubt salivating over the idea of her releasing a live album, but in the meantime they have to deal with these three new studio … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—5/21/11

Lady Antebellum—”Just A Kiss” #7 Definite proof that the near-great “Need You Now” was a fluke. This one, which is both mellow and overwrought in equal measure, concerns grown-up abstinence, and should relieve those who were worried by the drunken … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—4/16/11

Jennifer Lopez featuring Lil Wayne—”I’m Into You” #101 I like this better than “On the Floor”, even though it’s less forward looking in style. But that’s only because I like Shakira, who Lopez blatantly imitates here, better than Pitbull. Lil … Continue reading

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New this week—7/18/10

The Band Perry—”If I Die Young” #92 For a country death song, surprisingly unsentimental. It approaches death from a naive teenager’s point of view, the perspective of someone who doesn’t understand what death really means, rejecting sentiment and adding a … Continue reading

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New this week

Glee Cast featuring Kristin Chenoweth “Alone”, #51 “Maybe This Time” #88 The addition of actual Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth might be expected to add a level of polish, maybe even personality, or perhaps give the songs some satirical edge, but … Continue reading

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