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Hot Lips
Hot 100 Roundup 11/15/14

Taylor Swift “Blank Space”, #18 “Style”, #60 “Wildest Dreams”, #76 “Bad Blood”, #80 Fans choice: now that the album is out we find out what Swift’s audience wants to hear. In the past, nearly every track from a Swift album … Continue reading

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Rap Week: Hot 100 Roundup—10/11/14

I can’t remember a week when so many rap records hit the chart all at once. Most of them are pretty good, too, though one of them (guess who?) is among the worst things I’ve ever heard. The rest of … Continue reading

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Cow Juice Opportunity?
Hot 100 Roundup—8/9/14

Jason Aldean—“Burnin’ It Down” #12 This is the most tolerable Aldean has ever been. He isn’t shouting or boasting or laying on too much schmaltz, and his hip hop influences, for the first time, sound integral instead of tacked on. … Continue reading

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Trumpets and Tripe
Hot 100 Roundup—6/14/14

5 Seconds Of Summer—“Good Girls” #34 Oh, good, I don’t need to like them after all. Not just because this is lumbering, overblown, sexist tripe, but because they haven’t got the brains to produce even semi-interesting sexist tripe. I.e., in … Continue reading

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Fluffer Than Fluff
Hot 100 Roundup—5/10/14

Avril Lavigne—“Hello Kitty” #75 Unless you believe that copying or borrowing elements from a foreign culture for the purpose of creating art or entertainment is racist—a broadening of the term that renders it almost meaningless and smears every artist who … Continue reading

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I Luh Ya Pop
Hot 100 Roundup—3/29/14

Soko—“We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” #9 Yet another YouTube flash, debuting in the top ten and disappearing completely the next week. Soko herself isn’t a flash—she made a wonderful record with Cornershop a couple of years ago—but this is … Continue reading

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Unconscious: Hot 100 Roundup—3/22/14

Coldplay—“Magic” #24 The news of Chris Martin’s breakup with Gyneth Paltrow, conscious or not, lends this song a certain poignancy. It sounds like too little too late, as if Martin was arguing with someone who’s already made up her mind. … Continue reading

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Top of the World, Ma! Hot 100 Roundup—2/15/14

Romeo Santos featuring Drake—“Odio” #45 This is fine, if Less loco than Santos usually gets, but I’m becoming more and more wary of his attempts at crossover. Drake singing in poorly accented Spanish is bad enough (though his rap is … 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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Men and Their Stories—Hot 100 Roundup 12/28/13

Justin Bieber featuring Chance the Rapper—“Confident” #41 Saving the best for last, Bieber finally reaches the end of his string of Journals singles. “Confident” is uptempo reggae with dub touches, a surprise after the moodiness of the previous records. Bieber’s … Continue reading

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